Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cymbals Eat Guitars Lose Review

Cymbals Eat Guitars 
"Lose"
Barsuk Records
Released: August 26, 2014

In case you missed it, Cymbals Eat Guitars released a great alternative pop record about a year ago. You can go see them live this week.

They play Monday July 6th in Lancaster at the Chameleon, Thursday July 9th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ and Sunday July 12 in Philly at the Electric Factory.


My ears hear the driving bass and emotional feel of the best of Archers of Loaf, the dream-pop meets angst of a band that knows that alternative music exists across the Atlantic and beyond the current decade and rounded out with the pop feel of Weston meets the Strokes.

Check out the video for "Warning". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nFHXNN_dzk



By the way, that isn't the band in the video. The band Crosshair is in the video.

"LOSE" is an exceptionally solid pop record. Repeated listens brings out an understanding of the multiple layers that producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) captured masterfully from vocalist and guitarist Joe D'Agostino, bassist Matthew Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Andrew Dole.



Check out the vintage Flaming Lips-like "Laramie" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pOLtkgkHMI
 


Cheers,
Frank FOE






Sunday, June 28, 2015

All Out War "Dying Gods" Review


ALL OUT WAR
"Dying Gods"
Organized Crime Records
Released: June 23, 2015

With the exception of a little break in the action, New York's All Out War has been inspiring crossover metal/hardcore mosh pits since 1991.

On "Dying Gods" they reunite a lineup from 1998 that released the album "For Those Who Were Crucified". 


"Dying Gods" includes All Out War covering Amebix "Arise" and Carnivore's "God Is Dead". Just knowing to cover those two songs scores a ridiculous amount of points in my book. Doing a fantastic job at it, scores even more. Amebix and Carnivore were so far ahead of their time. Their power and creativity is an important link to today's music evolution. Thank you to All Out War for paying tribute to these giants.

Brittany (guitarist from The Straphangers) expertly contributes vocals to a few of the songs on "Dying Gods". What she adds is perfect. She is definitely not one of these guys pictured below.




ALL OUT WAR:
Mike Score - vocals
Erik Carrillo - bass
Taras Apuzzo - guitar
Andy Pietroloungo - guitar
Jesse Sutherland - drums


All Out War has all the check points for a classic in my mind. The punishing riffs, insane vocals, brutal breakdowns, expertly crafted actual songs, inspirational grooves and a great recording provide for a wickedly cathartic release. If Ringworm and Kreator jammed, it might sound like All Out War.

Check out "Nothing Left To Bleed" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBEkxAx1zVQ.



All Out War is playing the craziest day of the upcoming This Is Hardcore fest in Philly PA. Exploited, Negative Approach, Slapshot, Wisdom in Chains and All Out War... 


Cheers,
Frank FOE

Friday, June 12, 2015

PRIMITIVE MAN "Home is Where the Hatred Is"

PRIMITIVE MAN
"Home Is Where The Hatred Is"
Relapse
Released: February 17, 2015


Brutally demented, Primitive Man's four song, 30+ minute LP "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" is a mood altering trip in a very negative way. I'm not kidding. 



You could be out skipping through a meadow of flowers with the love of your life, with butterflies surrounding you and the sun shining and then if this record came on the scene would change drastically. "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" would conjure up armed assassins from their hiding spots in the grass, bombs would go off, fire everywhere, bloody body parts would rain down from the sky... hell, Satan himself might even show up to direct the scene. 

This music will make you see horrific visions no matter how good things might be going for you. Your brain chemistry will change when you listen to Primitive Man. 



Desperate. Doom. Unhappy. Bleak. Powerful. Evil. Amazing.




Primitive Man is playing Allentown PA on June 23, 2015. Facebook gig info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/888449681219053/ One of the most anticipated gigs of the year for me. I can't wait to see how these songs translate live, especially in a place like Good Weekend.


Check out the video for Primitive Man's - Bag Man (Director's Cut, NSFW)here: https://youtu.be/6M2rJkvDSAw

Check out the video for "Loathe" here: https://youtu.be/uDRlZZRCwC0




Download their single for "Futility" here: http://primitivemandoom.bandcamp.com/album/futility-single



Primitive Man on Facebook

"Loathe"
some things you take to the grave
like a hatred transcending
no f*&^ing pleasure
all pain
with only myself to blame
I am not right
not free
darkness
swallows me
loathe
torn
f*#(ked up
forever out of control
loathe
in hell

"Downfall"
every pig hung in the streets
f*#%ing paradise
with their bellies slit
with enough guts to hang their leaders with
the struggle is all I have
master vs. slave
ride for revenge
I ride for revenge
look at what they’ve f#%@ing done to us
greetings from the f*&#ing slums
I ride for revenge
a black mask
and a dead f*#@king pig
I ride for revenge
pigs dead pigs
cowards
my own f*#%ing no knock
driving over steel gates
kicking over ivory doors
drag them out by their hair
beat them in the streets
rape the house without windows on its bars
covered in pig blood and gasoline
screaming into dead eyes
finally prove your worth
like all those before
rising out of ruin
struggle on
in a world burning to hell
this suffering is for you
your world is burning
no knock

"Bag Man"
it is all I have
a life wasting away
I’m covered with sores
a symptom of my loss
a chain over the neck
of the f#$*ing bagman
I’ll just smoke to dust
to dust
a toast to my alcoholism
a smoke to my struggle
bag man
witness
no one around me to relate
to this
the sting of all wounds
stain my world black
my only companion
in this f&$#ing nightmare
is the darkness I conceal
the sting of all wounds
stains me with blood 
in over my head
in this life as trash
trash
raped
discarded
filled with
the stone that is my heart
submerged
chained
to a life
of nothingness
my hate is real
my hate is 

Umm, Cheers?
Frank FOE

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Violent Reaction



Violent Reaction

"Marching On"
Revelation
Released: March 31, 2015



First thing, before I even listened to this, I'm like, nice tribute to an old No Future 7" record cover. I always liked that style with the name of the band at the top and the name of the record on the bottom, interrupting the square framing the cover. So, many points awarded for that, whether the tribute was intentional or not. 



Secondly, Violent Reaction is a straight edge band from Leeds, England that has found their way on to the legendary US label Revelation Records.




"Marching On" will undoubtedly be one of my favorites for 2015. I've listened to the 14 songs (clocking in around 19 minutes) dozens of times already. An amazing blend of old school Boston hardcore meets old school oi. Think Blitz meets Slapshot or Gang Green (Boston Not LA era). 




Refreshing. Violent Reaction's "Marching On" should appeal to both hardcore kids and punks whether they are in their teens or 40s (50s?). Energetic, musical, aggressive, hardcore and the entire UK 82 influence is like the dash of spice that makes the recipe perfect. 





Cheers,
Frank FOE



http://www.facebook.com/pages/Violent-Reaction/177017079042937
http://www.violentreaction.bandcamp.com
http://www.revelationrecords.com
http://www.revhq.com
http://www.facebook.com/revelationrecords
http://www.youtube.com/user/REVELATIONRECORDS

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Fest 14 WESTON is PLAYING!!!


Lehigh Valley legends
WESTON 
is playing THE FEST 14.


Follow this link to see the entire FEST band lineup: http://thefestfl.com/bands/




Go read an interview I did with Weston a long time ago: http://www.foe.firstpress.net/weston412.pdf

Go read this even older interview I did with Weston:

Oh yeah and here is an older article I did: 

And here is a tour diary that was in FOE:

And then here is an interview from 1992, wait, 1992?:

And then you can go here and listen to the Weston songs (and all the other music) ever released on FOE records:

And then book your trip to Gainesville Florida for the end of October through the beginning of November.



ABOUT THE FEST

THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL, with support from the fine folks at No Idea Records. In 2013, THE FEST celebrated 12 years and expanded to four days, as well as adding two days for the first annual BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR in the historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, FL. FEST 12 hosted 400 bands in four days while BIG PRE-FEST gave 100 of those bands and close to 1,000 attendees another two days to enjoy the party in a new city.

2015 brings FEST to our 14th year and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Over 10,000 music lovers will converge on Florida to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and some of the best underground punk, hardcore, indie, and alt-country bands from all over the world. FEST will once again expand into Ybor City for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 3 (Oct 28 + 29) and return to the standard three days in Gainesville for FEST 14 (Oct 30, 31, Nov 1). 2015 will also find FEST working even closer with the city of Gainesville to add into their roster of venues, including LOT 10 located in the heart of downtown. This additional venue will allow more attendees to enjoy the headliners and give FEST organizers an opportunity to utilize a larger space to grow the festival.

Last year, THE FEST 13 hosted 373 musical acts over three days at 20 venues in the heart of Gainesville - home of University of Florida, including THE FEST taking over downtown Gainesville's Bo Diddley Plaza, THE FEST's first open air main stage. The total four day impact on Gainesville was 21,888 FEST wristband holders. 20% of the attendees were non-US residents, a five percent increase from the previous year. 69% of attendees were not from Florida, once again proving that THE FEST brings some great tourism to the state.

Established in 2002 with only 60 bands, four stages, and two days, THE FEST has experienced a massive growth rate, now finding the festival outgrowing the amazing city it was birthed in. The past five FESTs have sold out prior to the actual event! THE FEST also finds attendees and bands traveling to Florida from all over the world.


Cheers,
Frank FOE

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Halshug "Blodets Band"

HALSHUG
Blodets Bånd
Southern Lord
Released: February 24, 2015


Halshug translates to "Decapitate" in English.

Halshug is from Copenhagen Denmark.


Halshug takes me back to a time when I would send US $ in an envelope to places like Sweden to obtain 7" eps by bands like Asocial, Crude SS, DTAL, Mob47, Rattus, Kaaos, Lärm, Terveet Kädet and Anti-Cimex. The 1980s were a fantastic time to send money in an envelope around the world and wait for records to show up in your PO Box. 

Today, you would call Halshug a d-beat hardcore crust punk band. Halshug probably wasn't born in the 1980s but they sure sound like they were teenagers, just like me, in the 1980s. 


Check out Halshug's "Dödskontrol" ep from 2013 for free on their bandcamp page:



Most of the eight songs (18 minutes) go by in a d-beat fury. "Knæl" is a total hardcore punk masterpiece. Wonderful chemicals are released in my brain when I listen to "Blodets Bånd" but "Knæl" sends me completely over the top. 





Thank you Halshug and thanks again Southern Lord (this label is putting out non-stop amazing releases).

Give Halshug's "Blodets Bånd" a listen!




Cheers,
Frank FOE



http://halshug.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/halshugcph
http://www.halshug.blogspot.com
http://www.southernlord.com
http://southernlord.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/SLadmin
http://twitter.com/twatterlord

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Top 5 Mainstream Records for RSD 4/18/15


High Fidelity got it right. Top 5 is the way to go. 
Fits the internet. Fits the modern attention span. Gets to the point.
 
TOP 5 
Mainstream Records I am looking forward to on
Record Store Day April 18, 2015
 
1. White Stripes "Get Behind Me Satan"
2. Mark Mothersbaugh "Lego Movie Soundtrack"
3. Joan Jett "Flashback"
4. Willie Nelson "Teatro"
5. Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Question The Answers"

The White Stripes
Get Behind Me Satan

DETAILS
Format: 2 x 12" Colored Vinyl
Label: Third Man Records
Release type: 'RSD First' Release
More Info:

FIRST EVER COMMERCIAL VINYL RELEASE OF THE ALBUM!!

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the release of Get Behind Me Satan, Third Man Records is happy to unleash the first-ever commercially available version of the album on vinyl, to be released on Record Store Day, 4/18/15. This release includes a full-size, 12'' x 12'' lenticular cover and has disc one pressed on red vinyl with disc two pressed on white vinyl. Newly-created artwork reprising themes of the original promo-only version of the Satan LP will be exclusive to this release.

Winner of 2006 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album
Includes their classic singles, ''Blue Orchid,'' ''My Doorbell,'' and ''The Denial Twist.''
LP1: RED Colored vinyl
LP2: WHITE Colored Vinyl
includes mp3 download
Record Store Day Exclusive 3D lenticular cover gatefold jacket
printed inner sleeves

TRACKLIST (sequence exclusive to this vinyl):

Side A: 1. Blue Orchid 2:37, 2. The Nurse 3:47, 3. My Doorbell 4:01
Side B: 1. Forever For Her (is Over For Me) 3:15, 2. As Ugly As I Seem 4:10, 3. The Denial Twist 2:35, 4. White Moon 4:01
Side C: 1. Instinct Blues 4:16, 2. Passive Manipulation 0:35, 3. Take, Take, Take 4:22
Side D: 1. Little Ghost 2:18, 2. Red Rain 3:52, 3. I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet) 4:19

Mark Mothersbaugh
The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

DETAILS
Format: 2 x 12" Vinyl
Label: SPACELAB9
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

Picture Disc Edition w/ Lego Record Store Poster - picture disc and poster exclusive to Record Store Day

Joan Jett
Flashback

DETAILS
Format: 2 x 12" Colored Vinyl
Label: Blackheart Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

Double blue 140g vinyl. Includes CD of full album plus bonus enhanced footage. Title never previously available on vinyl.


Willie Nelson
Teatro

DETAILS
Format: 2 x 12" Colored Vinyl
Label: Modern Classics/Light in the Att
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

* First time ever issued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2015
* Features duets with and backing vocals by Emmylou Harris
* Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2 Joshua Tree; Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind; Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball)
* Record Store Day exclusive featuring deluxe gatefold “tip-on” uncoated jacket and gold vinyl
* Limited to 5,000 copies

Location is everything. When Willie Nelson and album producer Daniel Lanois set out to create a cinematic-sounding album, Teatro, they took over a disused movie theatre in Oxnard, California, and pictured its dusty glory on the LP sleeve. Recorded as-live in situ amid the red velvet seats, Teatro sees Nelson working extensively with his frequent collaborator Emmylou Harris, who joins him for duets and on backing vocals on 11 of the 14 tracks. The other major player is U2 and Paul McCartney collaborator Daniel Lanois (producer of Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind, Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball), who produces the album, plays guitar and bass, took the cover photo and wrote one of the album’s songs, "The Maker”, a stunning performance with glacier-thick vibe.

Reinvention is key on Teatro, with Nelson revisiting a number of songs he first wrote in the 1960s, including 1968's "I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye” and 1962's "I've Just Destroyed the World" and "Three Days". Though the songs are familiar, the sounds aren't: Teatro found Nelson experimenting with rhythms and flavors as never before, from the Spanish-influenced "Darkness On The Face Of The Earth" to the double-drum-kit percussive groove of "My Own Peculiar Way".

Accompanied by a nine-piece band that included Nelson's sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano, the group conjure up an atmosphere informed by the howling harmonicas and distant mariachi bands of spaghetti western soundtracks, the end result being a Willie Nelson album quite unlike any other in his career, and one that reveals it widescreen vision through arresting sonic imagery.

Originally released by Island Record in 1998, Teatro is issued here as a special Record Store Day release. LA and Seattle-based Light In The Attic present the album as it's never been seen before – on vinyl. Pressed on gold vinyl with a deluxe, gatefold, 'tip-on' uncoated jacket, this is a chance to own this unique album in its most beautifully presented form.

TRACKLIST:

Side A: "Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? (Where Are You, My Love?)”, "I Never Cared for You”, "Everywhere I Go”, "Darkness on the Face of the Earth”
Side B: "My Own Peculiar Way”, "These Lonely Nights”, "Home Motel”, "The Maker"
Side C: "I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye", "I've Just Destroyed the World (I'm Living In)", "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces"
Side D: "Three Days”, "I've Loved You All Over the World”, “Annie”


Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Question The Answers

DETAILS
Format: LP
Label: Asbestos Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

FIRST TIME ON VINYL IN OVER 20 YEARS!!

While Lets Face It was their smash hit record, Question the Answers might very well be the bands defining musical statement. Packed top to bottom with fan favorites that still dominate the bands’s live sets 2 decades later this record has it all and was the perfect synthesis of ska punk with Boston punk/hardcore delivered by growling vocals of arguably the most identifiable frontmen in punk rock. Question the Answers was the far and away one of the most important ska-punk records ever recorded.

3000 pressed -- 2900 Blue and 100 randomly inserted Yellow/Red Split records. Standard LP jacket. Manufactured by: United Record Pressing.

TRACKLIST:

A1 Kinder Words 3:06, A2 A Sad Silence 3:57, A3 Hell Of A Hat 3:54, A4 Picture To Prove It 3:16, A5 We Should Talk 3:11, A6 A Dollar And A Dream 3:18, B1 Stand Off 3:22, B2 365 Days 3:10, B3 Toxic Toast 3:47, B4 Bronzing The Garbage 2:27, B5 Dogs And Chaplans 3:01, B6 Jump Through The Hoops 4:11





Full Record Store Day List here:  http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases#RSD%20Exclusive%20Release


Cheers,
Frank FOE