Sunday, June 18, 2017

Violated Records


Pat of Violated Records once made me a cassette of the Eater discography back in the day when you did that sort of thing. So this was B.I. (before internet). He did this for me as I was having a tough time finding all the records. Pat is the biggest Eater fan I know! Luckily I have much Eater on vinyl now. I still have that cassette, a keepsake for sure!

Pat has a few records that are coming out on his label that you should pay attention to.

First up is the Zex record. Go check out my write up of their LP "Fight For Yourself" at this link: ZEX
"No Sanctuary/Time" 7" is available now in olive green, Easter yellow and black splatter, or transparent blood red with white splatter vinyl. Pat also offers a deal if you buy all three colors.





Later in June Violated will release records by Eater and Foreign Legion!





Pat's wife Rachel is in the Droogettes and she is busy too! 

Test presses are in for a split record with The Droogettes and Vice Squad as evidenced by this photo with a test press in hand!



The Droogettes will be in Allentown PA on July 8 and will be playing the Rebellion fest this year!




Visit Violated records to order http://www.violatedrecords.com/
Visit Violated on FB at https://www.facebook.com/violatedrecordsphilly/
Visit The Droogettes on FB at https://www.facebook.com/droogettes/

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Iron Lung Friday May 26, 2017

Iron Lung

Iron Lung is playing in Bethlehem PA on Friday May 26, 2017.

I have three of their LPS (yes, on vinyl): "Sexless//No Sex", "Life - Iron Lung - Death" and "White Glove Test".

I have embedded all three albums digitally below so you can familiarize yourself with their music for Friday night.

The Lehigh Valley's Manbeast is also on the gig. I have embedded their awesome "Sore" below.

I don't know Burglary Years, but I certainly will after Friday.


















Seattle-based hardcore punk band, Iron Lung, will headline the next show in Tape Swap Radio's concert series this Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Charles A. Brown Ice House in Bethlehem. 

Also performing at the show is Allentown hardcore punk band, Manbeast, and Boston post-punk/dream pop band, Burglary Years. 

Proceeds from the show will benefit Tabor Children's Services youth mentoring program in the Lehigh Valley. 

Formed in 1999 in Reno, Nevada, Iron Lung has since relocated to Seattle and toured extensively across the U.S., Asia, Australia, and Europe over the last 18 years. The A.V. Club has described them as "one of the heaviest, tightest, and most ambitious duos going." Vice Magazine's Noisey has praised their adventurous approach to heavy music as "bridg[ing] the ever-closing gap between hardcore punk, noise, and power electronics. Out the gate, these two dudes smoked anyone who was willing to share a stage with them." 

This will be Iron Lung's first Lehigh Valley performance in a decade since playing in Allentown in 2007.

Tape Swap Radio's concert series is part of Ice House Tonight which allows the arts, theater, and independent music to have a space at the Ice House throughout the year. "The big response we've received since announcing this show demonstrates that there is a real need to have outlets like this for independent music in the Lehigh Valley," said Tape Swap Radio co-founder Shamus McGroggan. "We're excited to be able to bring music of all kinds to the Lehigh Valley from indie folk to punk rock."

Tape Swap Radio is an original live music series which, in addition to hosting its concert series, produces a radio program that airs on WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley's community NPR station. Since 2015, Tape Swap Radio's concert series has raised $6,543 for Lehigh Valley non-profit and community programs like The Center for Animal Health & Welfare in Easton, The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, and the Homebase Skateshop After-School Skate Program in Bethlehem.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parasites "Pair of Sides"

Parasites
"Pair of Sides"
Violated Records
Original 1990, Reissue 2016



Originally from Livingston New Jersey, Parasites instantly became one of my favorite pop punk bands the first time I heard them.

"Pair of Sides" was released in 1990 on Shredder records on vinyl and cassette. Violated records is moving this classic into the digital age. There is also a planned vinyl reissue.

Violated Records "Pair of Sides" order information here: http://www.violatedrecords.com/products/578292-parasites-pair-of-sides

The Parasites are playing the Brighton Bar May 12, 2017 with The Accelerators and The Fiendz.

The Parasites are playing the Kung Fu Necktie May 13, 2017 with The Fiendz, Seeing Snakes and Missile Toads.



This link will take you to an interview I did with the Parasites many years ago in the pages of FOE zine:  http://www.foe.firstpress.net/parasites.pdf

The album kicks off with "Refuge", which is a pop masterpiece in every sense of the word other than it didn't sell a million copies (at least I think it didn't). Parasites have always had a knack of pulling together varying degrees of Beatles, Ramones, Beach Boys, Buzzcocks, early Misfits and Generation X. 




Weston and Parasites are two bands I think should have been huge. Like Green Day huge.

When I say this, I tell you meaning that Parasites have some great songs and then they have songs that make the hair on my arms stand up. "Crazy" from their LP "Punch Lines" (1993) is one of those songs. I've listened to that song a thousand times if I've listened to it once.



The hair standing on my arm hit from "Pair of Sides" is "Refuge". The raw sound throughout the album balances out the bubblegum pop. "Fool For You" and "Waiting Game" are melodic rippers. "I Wanna Be Like Dee Dee" (Ramones) is obvious, "Wild Youth" is too (Generation X). "Make You Mine" is a garage/Beatles slice of brilliance. "My Demon Eyes" is a page out of the early Misfits buzzsaw and melody. "Good Grief" is pure Parasites pop groove. "Never Giving Up On You" is haunting, yet has a Beach Boys flair. "Pair of Sides" is a great debut LP from the beginning stages of the pop punk explosion.



If you missed their debut the first time around in 1990, don't miss out again.  

Cheers,
Frank FOE


Parasites FB










Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cock Sparrer "Forever" PreOrder

Cock Sparrer
"Forever"
New album pre-order time!

Cock Sparrer are one of my favorite bands of all time. This poster is one of my prized possessions, from when I finally got to see the band live in 2012 after being a fan for so many decades. 


So the new album is due out, Spring 2017.

The photo collage video of the new song "One By One" is classic Cock Sparrer and it is time to put the pre-order in for a deluxe vinyl edition (or whatever your preference may be). Check the video: 


Pre-orders here: http://www.piratespressrecords.com/store/12-inches-c-1_6/cock-sparrer-forever-12-lp-p-969.html

The 50 year old me is as excited about this as I was as a five year old at Christmas!


From the Pirates Press Website:

Cock Sparrer - Forever.

**NOTE:**
- Normal CD’s, black vinyl, and T-shirts will ship starting April 24th/25th. 
- Deluxe vinyl will ship by May 15th.
- If your order includes a T-shirt or the deluxe vinyl version, those may ship separately.
- Free flexis and stickers will be included in all vinyl orders, while supplies last


AVAILABLE PRODUCTS:
- Exclusive 7" single of “Every Step Of The Way” - 2 versions - red & white vinyl
- 12 track 180gram black LP in a debossed jacket, with 12 track digital download and lyric insert.
- 16 track CD in a debossed digipak, with lyric booklet.
- DELUXE version LP, on 180gram claret and blue AsideBside colored vinyl in an old-school faux-leather casewrapped "tip on" jacket.
- 12 track chrome cassettes with 3 panel J-card.
- “Forever" T-shirts, enamel lapel pins, and stickers


TRACK LISTING:
A Side
1. One By One
2. Believe
3. Gonna Be Alright
4. Don't Tell Anyone Anything
5. Family Of One
6. Every Step Of The Way

B Side
7. In My Town
8. Contender
9. Nothing Like You
10. I've Had Enough
11. Somebody's Brother; Somebody's Son
12. Us Against The World


PRESSING INFO:
5000pcs. - 12" Black 180gram Vinyl (RETAIL version)
1000pcs. - 12" Claret & Blue AsideBside 180gram Vinyl (PPR DELUXE LEATHER-BOUND Mailorder version)
1000pcs. - 12" Red & White Half-N-Half 180gram Vinyl (Randale DELUXE LEATHER-BOUND Mailorder version)

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Pirates Press FB
Cock Sparrer FB





Friday, March 31, 2017

The Old Firm Casuals "Wartime Rock N Roll"

The Old Firm Casuals
Wartime Rock 'N' Roll
Rebellion Records
Released: March 20, 2017


From the Rose Tattoo-like power rocker "Hell's A Lot Better" to the Electric Frankenstein-like, driving punk, face smash called "Sex Case" to the mid tempo, melodic oi of "1312" that the band is loved for... The Old Firm Casuals always have a blasted good time. Even on the decidedly slower title track, there is a snarl that radiates an empowering attitude. Give it a listen on this youtube version: 



The 12” vinyl version has the music on one side and an etching on the b-side.
Pressing:
700 black
300 gold
20 test presses...

I guess I need to find this on vinyl... my addiction is kicking in!

CD/digital has a bonus rager in "Sanctuary City". The Electric Frankenstein power is undeniable!

Love this band. Love this release. Lars (and his associates) can do no wrong.

Wish I was going to Hawaii!!!!



Cheers,
Frank FOE

Old Firm Casuals FB
Rebellion Records
Rebellion Records OFC

Wire "Silver/Lead"

WIRE
"Silver / Lead"
Pink Flag
Released: March 31, 2017


I don't know anyone, who truly loves punk, hardcore or alternative music who doesn't acknowledge that Wire's 1977 LP "Pink Flag" is a mandatory, influential and classic record.

 ac·knowl·edge
əkˈnäləj/
verb
  1. 1.
    accept or admit the existence or truth of.

Most then also add titles like "Chairs Missing", "154", "The Ideal Copy" and "A Bell Is A Cup" to some extent as titles you have to follow up with and or also note as classic records, depending if they ever even listened to anything beyond "Pink Flag". Basically, you can't go wrong with anything in the 1970s or 1980s.

Most of my hardcore friends were introduced to Wire in the same manner... through Minor Threat's ripping cover of "12XU". Hell, I didn't even know it was a cover until years later. Then I picked up "Pink Flag" and understood.

Seriously. If you are reading this and do not have Wire and Minor Threat's versions of "12XU", if you don't own Minor Threat's entire discography or Wire's "Pink Flag', make sure you obtain those before the end of the day, preferably on vinyl.
"Silver / Lead" is Wire's 15th studio LP.

Wire in 2017 reminds me of the haunting, dark, post punk of the 1980s. I was always attracted to that sound because it felt like it was trying to be energetic and hopeful but there was an undercurrent of complete bleakness. An aural reflection on how I felt most of the time. 


bleak·ness
ˈblēknəs/
noun
  1. the quality or state of being bare and inhospitable.

    "the bleakness of that destroyed landscape"
    • the quality or state of cold and miserable weather.

      "the bleakness of winter"
    • the quality or state of being hopeless, discouraging, or unlikely to have a favorable outcome.

      "this story is marked by unrelenting bleakness"

Give "Short Elevated Period" a listen:


SHORT ELEVATED PERIOD
Skippering a skiff, in the typhoon season
Open to change, in need of a hand
No longer confused by rhyme nor reason
Indian queens paddle dugout canoes

The passenger matches the price that he’s asking
Embracing the modern he now understands
It’s a pivotal moment, in an uncertain future
A pain relief deal done on the Frankfurt Express

Right up to the moment I I.D. you
My reasons for living were under review
A parting of the ways, what had it come to?
Standing in the road, where would I go to?

In a short elevated period

The album is varied, sometimes very heady, atmospheric and dark... begging you to put the headphones on and turn out the lights to be transported. The kind of record you want to listen to when you are just listening to a record. There are textures and sounds you don't want to gloss over and potentially miss.


The new Wire album "Silver/Lead" is available on CD, Vinyl and a Special Edition - a hard backed 80 page case bound book, with text by Graham Duff, extended credits, lyrics and lots of color photos as well as the CD. 


THIS TIME
Some folks believe in magic
Does voodoohoodoo do it for you?
Some folks claim they know all the answers
And for a price they’ll share them with you

This time it’s going to be better
This time I’m going to be strong
This time I refuse to get bitter!
Even though I knew you were wrong!

Some folks have the gift for living
Others make a living hell
Some folks take love as a given
And can’t stop falling under its spell

This time it’s going to be better
This time I’m going to be strong
This time I refuse to get bitter!

Even though I knew you were wrong!

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Pink Flag Records
Silver/Lead
Wire FB



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Record Store Day April 22, 2017



The Record Store Day list for April 22, 2017 has been released.

See the whole list here: http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

Frank FOE's Ten Most Anticipated Record Store Day April 22, 2017 releases:


  • Johnny Cash "Children's Album"
  • The Cars "Live at the Agora, 1978"
  • Cheap Trick "The Epic Archive Volume One"
  • The Distillers "Coral Fang"
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad "Frida"
  • Superchunk "Cup of Sand"
  • A Bronx Tale Soundtrack
  • Integrity "Humanity is the Devil"
  • Def Leppard "EP"
  • Lost in Space: Title Themes from Irwin Allen's Hit TV Series

Honorable mentions (aka if I had a lot more money and/or I expect some of these to not meet my out of pocket cost vs value analysis, but sure would be sweet to own):

  • Big Star "Complete Thirds Volume"
  • David Bowie "Bowpromo"
  • Fleetwood Mac "Alternate Mirage"
  • The Germs "Lexicon Devil"
  • Robert Johnson "The Complete Recordings"
  • MDC "Magnus Dominus Corpus"
  • Stevie Nicks "Rarities"
  • Ramones "76-79 Singles Box"
  • The Runaways "Cherokee/Gold Star Sessions"
  • The Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK --The UK & US Singles "
  • Slick Rick "The Great Adventures of..."
  • Wipers "Better Off Dead"
  • John Williams "Star Wars: A New Hope"
  • Biters "Stone Cold Love"/"Callin' You Home"
  • Blondie "Long Time"
  • Flat Duo Jets "Wild Wild Love" Box Set
  • Goo Goo Dolls "Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves, and Tiny Victories  (1987-1995)"
  • Walter Lure & The Waldos "Live in Brooklyn"
  • The Meters "A Message from The Meters--The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977"


Cheers,
Frank FOE