Sunday, December 4, 2016

FOE's Musical Prescription - RUIN "He-Ho / Fiat Lux"

"He-Ho / Fiat Lux"
Southern Lord
Released: December 9, 2016

Southern Lord re-releases and re-packages some of the greatest music ever made.

This 2xLP package from Philadelphia's groundbreaking, truly original, ahead of their time - RUIN - is as fantastic as we have come to expect from Southern Lord.

Twenty-eight songs, an hour and a quarter worth of music that was originally released in 1984 and 1986. 

I was privileged enough to have witnessed Ruin live a couple of times as I used to make weekly trips to Philadelphia throughout the early and mid 1980s. 

I am lucky enough to have both originals of these LPs. Not stopping me from obtaining them again.

You may not know Ruin. You may not have the originals. You should take this opportunity to expose yourself to this amazing band and this amazing piece of art.

To a young punk rocker back then, RUIN seemed to be on a level that was unattainable. They took our rudimentary hardcore and punk rock and played it like an alien species with a talent and knowledge that exceeded our capabilites. We were unworthy. Luckily we were able to comprehend their musical productions even though we can not come close to replicating their alien music. 

Please take a listen to "You", "By the By", "Make Believe", "Dionysian", "China" or "Baby Doll" or for your alien master's sake "Proof". If those don't make you order this double lp, you are reading the wrong blog.

If you love covers, Ruin has those as well. I think "White Rabbit" interpreted by Ruin is better than Jefferson Airplane. I feel as equally bullish for Ruin's version of "Famous Blue Raincoat", penned by the recently departed Leonard Cohen. 

If you can get out, please treat yourself to RUIN's one off Philadelphia gig at the Barbary, December 17, 2016.

In my opinion, Ruin's "He-Ho / Fiat Lux" is a mandatory musical experience. If I taught a music appreciation class, this would be included.

Frank FOE

Saturday, November 26, 2016

FOE's Musical Prescription - Martyrdöd "List"

Southern Lord
Released: November 25, 2016

Before the internet. 
Before paypal.
I sent well concealed cash in the mail to Sweden.
Swedish hardcore bands would then send me their 7"s in return.
This was a big part of the 1980s for me. 

Sweden's Martyrdöd combines that old dbeat hardcore from the 1980s with a guitar lead approach that gives the bleak style of music on "List" an even greater apocalyptic feel. Crusty, chaotic and punishing.

Head over to the bandcamp page and give the title track and "Intervention" a listen. 

Check out the video for "Harmagedon".

Martyrdöd "List" continues the Swedish tradition of providing the soundtrack for the imminent apocalypse. 

Frank FOE

Sunday, November 20, 2016

MUSIC FIX OF THE DAY: Bad American "Scuzz" lp

NOVEMBER 20, 2016

Torn Tendons
Released: April 16, 2016

Ray Gurz of Lost Soul Skateboards, Tile, Double Decker is the vocalist for the Lehigh Valley Hardcore band Bad American. 

Bad American combines the evil sounding, slowed down hardcore dirge of Fang with a raw version mid period, driving, Black Flag. Jamie, Eric and Mike pull off this knock out punch, channeling hardcore roots to this scuzzy musical assault. 

Bad American has shared two of the seventeen tracks that make up "Scuzz" on their bandcamp page:

The video for "Leather Candy" is as fantastically disturbing as the song and is the evilest of them all.

There are 300 pressed on vinyl. 100 clear. 200 black. Get it at Lost Soul Skateboards:
or visit Ray at Double Decker records in Allentown...

Check out Bad American live, November 25, 2016 at the Alternative Gallery in Allentown PA:

Frank FOE

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MUSIC FIX OF THE DAY: Tiny Engines Entire Discography

NOVEMBER 15, 2016


This week...

Right now (November 15, 2016) the full Tiny Engines digital catalog is available for 'Pay What You Will' on Bandcamp with 100% of the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center.

This week... so act fast...

From the Tiny Engines press kit:

Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

So yeah, go here:
Name your price.
Help some organizations.
Expose yourself to some great music.
Download some awesome music.
Don't forget to pay for some vinyl too.
Maybe pay a decent amount for one and download a bunch.
You'll figure it out.
Plus you can listen before you "pay what you will".

In case you aren't familiar with Tiny Engines, I would recommend starting off with these releases (my top dozen favorite Tiny Engines releases if you will):

  • Mannequin Pussy "Gypsy Pervert"
  • Mannequin Pussy "Romantic"
  • Beach Slang "Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street"
  • Dikembe "Broad Shoulders"
  • Annabel "Here We Are Tomorrow"
  • Annabel "Having It All"
  • Haybaby "Sleepy Kids"
  • Haybaby "Blood Harvest"
  • The Hotelier "It Never Goes Out"
  • The Hotelier "Goodness"
  • Yeesh "Confirmation Bias"
  • See Through Dresses "End of Days"
Bonus is the Dikembe/Jazz June split... but I figured you already had that one..

Seriously, click this link:

See my write up of Mannequin Pussy "Gypsy Pervert" here:

Frank FOE

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Monday, November 14, 2016

MUSIC FIX OF THE DAY: Blair Witch Soundtrack

NOVEMBER 14, 2016

"Blair Witch" Soundtrack
Death Waltz Recording Co. & Lakeshore Records 
Released: September 16, 2016

The movie Blair Witch Project was released in 1999 and blew my mind.

Completely scared the hell out of me. The movie fascinated and intrigued me. I'm currently also loving American Horror Story Roanoke and this season of AHS pays tribute to The Blair Witch Project.

I have yet to see the Blair Witch 2016 movie (Blu-ray available  January 3, 2017).

It is on my must see list. The trailer (see below) gave me chills.

So yes, being a musical (vinyl) nut first, movie person second, I of course bought the soundtrack on vinyl before seeing the movie. It is a "limited one time pressing of 1,000 units. Pressed on 180 Gram Black As Night Vinyl". Gatefold sleeve. I love soundtracks on vinyl.
The ambient music succeeds independently from the movie.

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    a style of instrumental music with electronic textures and no persistent beat, used to create or enhance a mood or atmosphere.

The mood here is "Scary as all hell".

Doubt me? Give it a listen to on Spotify, with the headphones on, lights out, when you are alone in the house at 3:00 AM. Or seriously, just listen to it with the lights on, kids in the other room, in the middle of the day.

Next Halloween, play this loudly at your house rather than that silly chain clanging, door creaking "horror soundtrack". This will keep the trick or treat youngsters away.  

I played this entire soundtrack while reading Chapter 3 "Destiny" from the book "Drinking: A Love Story". The chapter, as horrific as it would be on its own, was far more horrific with this playing from my turntable. 

Seriously. Turn the lights out, put the headphones on and drop a needle on this vinyl soundtrack. Just go with it.

Thanks to the fine folks at Mondo Tees for bringing this to life.

Frank FOE

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dropkick Murphys "Blood" Sands Event Center 2/21/17

  • Kick off their tour in the Lehigh Valley, the place I call home, at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem PA on Saturday February 21, 2017
  • New LP "11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory" will be released on January 6th, 2017
  • Check the video for the new song "Blood":

2/21/17 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center *+
2/22/17 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! *+
2/24/17 - Clive, IA - 7 Flags Event Center *+
2/25/17 - Hinckley, MN - The Grand Minnesota Taste Together *
2/26/17 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District *+
2/28/17 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater *+
3/1/17 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom *+
3/2/17 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex Live *+
3/4/17 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City *+
3/3/17 - Robinsonville, MS - Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesville *+
3/4/17 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City *+
3/6/17 - St. Petersburg, FL - Janus Live *
3/7/17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live *
3/8/17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues *
3/10/17 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues *+
3/11/17 - Washington, DC - Shamrockfest Dropkick Murphys ONLY
3/12/17 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount *+
3/15/17 - Boston, MA - TBA
3/16/17 - Boston, MA - TBA
3/17/17 - Boston, MA - TBA
3/18/17 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
3/18/17 - Boston, MA - After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing
3/19/17 - Boston, MA - TBA

* w/ Blood or Whiskey
+ w/ The Interrupters

See you in Bethlehem!

Frank FOE

Saturday, October 22, 2016

MUSIC FIX OF THE DAY: Grim Reaper "Walking in the Shadows"

OCTOBER 22. 2016


"Walking in the Shadows

Dissonance Productions

Released: Oct 14, 2016

Back in 1984 when Grim Reaper released "See You In Hell" I was fully enveloped in the worldwide hardcore punk scene and was paying absolutely zero attention to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (commonly abbreviated as NWOBHM). 

As I got older my music appreciation expanded greatly.

So rather than as a teenager (when the debut Grim Reaper LP was released) I am a 50 year old man who has been walking around the house singing "See You in Hell" all week leading up to Saturday the October 22, 2016 gig at Jabber Jaws in Allentown PA, The great thing is I still have the excitement of a teenager when I head out to see a band!  

Loudwires' 10 greatest NWOBHM bands

10. Girlschool
9.   Grim Reaper
8.   Satan
7.   Angel Witch
6.   Witchfinder General
5.   Saxon
4.   Venom
3.   Motörhead
2.   Judas Priest
1.   Iron Maiden

Flash forward three decades and the just released, "Walking in the Shadows" by Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper is a modern day classic of the NWOBHM.

Check the video for the title track "Walking in the Shadows":

In all its rock excess glory. 

I played "I'm Coming For You" (my favorite song off the new album) for my son. "Is that a guy singing?" Of course he isn't used to Judas Priest or Iron Maiden falsetto either. Steve Grimmett's voice is amazing. You can add the "for his age" on there, but for any age, Steve Grimmett's voice is amazing.

"So do you like it?" My son is used to me playing anything from Napalm Death to George Jones to the siriusxm station SPA, but not necessarily NWOBHM. As the song progressed, I could see him appreciating the talent. This is a major win for him. Usually the response is "Dad what the hell are you listening to?"

I love so much about "Walking in the Shadows" (first new Grim Reaper album since 1987). The power metal status in the guitar playing. The trigger of some of the songs to remind me of the Scorpions (for my exposure at least). The groove that reminds me of the most driving Motley Crue songs. "Call Me In The Morning" had me rushing home from my work commute to get behind my drum kit (that's called inspiration). The cowbell in "I'm Coming For You", the breakdown in "Reach Out" and that the overall effect of the entire album is that "Walking in the Shadows" is just a great, loud listen. 

I think seeing Metal Church with vocalist Mike Howe earlier this month also primed me. I was never much a Metal Church fan, not that I knew much about the band to make an evaluation. But seeing Metal Church open for Megadeth (and Suicidal Tendencies - the band I was most anxious to see, for like the tenth time) got my attention, both for Metal Church and for "singing" or "falsetto" metal in general.

Very excited to see Grim Reaper in such an intimate setting as Jabber Jaws!

Also hoping they have the vinyl as "Walking in the Shadows" needs to be in my record collection!

Frank FOE

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