Sunday, December 18, 2016

FOE's Musical Prescription - NOI!SE "The Real Enemy"


"The Real Enemy"

Pirates Press / Randale
Released: October 21, 2016

Noi!se is a brash punk rock band from Tacoma Washington that sounds like they came out of the Oi explosion when Link Records was at the forefront of bringing these sounds to the world. 

That Noi!se knows what they are doing (professional, on-point, medium-to-quick paced punk/oi/street) is known. That they are loved and respected is evidenced by those who have joined them for the assist on this record. Additional vocals on “SPD” by Gordy Carbone (THE FORGOTTEN/LARS & THE BASTARDS), on “The War Inside” by THE INTERRUPTERS and on “The Real Enemy”, by Al Barr (DROPKICK MURPHYS/THE BRUISERS). 

The packaging on this LP is top notch, as expected from Pirates Press. Awesome fold out lyric sheet that resembles a newspaper, but on thick stock quality paper. Killer quality color vinyl along with multi layer album jacket sets the package apart. 

Quality punk rock is alive and well in 2016.

50pcs. - 12" Black Vinyl (Promo Version)
300pcs. - 12" Camoflauge Vinyl (Exclusive Mailorder Version)
1000pcs. - 12" Silver Vinyl (Retail Version #1)
1000pcs. - 12" White Vinyl (Retail Version #2)

Frank FOE

FOE's Musical Prescription - Mayhem "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive"

"De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive"
Released: December 15, 2016

Black metal legendary album from 1994 released as a live performance in 2016.

Available on CD, LP, and DVD (the first 1000 copies are numbered) and all self released by the band.

They are also touring, playing this album in its entirety. Playing Philly February 16 at the TLA. North Carolina gets the Valentines Day treatment.

MAYHEM w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition:
1/20/2017 Club Solda – Montreal, QC
1/21/2017 Phoenix Theater – Toronto, ON
1/22/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
1/23/2017 Metro – Chicago, IL
1/24/2017 Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
1/25/2017 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
1/27/2017 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
1/28/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
1/30/2017 Marquee – Calgary, AB
1/31/2017 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/02/2017 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/03/2017 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/04/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/06/2017 Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
2/07/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
2/10/2017 Alamo Music Hall –  San Antonio, TX
2/11/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
2/13/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/14/2017 Throne Theater – Wilmington, NC
2/15/2017 The Howard Theater – Washington, DC
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
2/17/2017 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
2/18/2017 Royale – Boston, MA
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

To be 100% honest, I never got Mayhem... Not until their most recent album. And more specifically, until I saw their video for "Watchers"... my most watched video of 2016. 

Frank FOE

Thursday, December 15, 2016

FOE's Musical Prescription - Nomad Stones "Neighborhood Bird Dispute" EP

"Neighborhood Bird Dispute" EP
Brutal Panda
Released: December 8, 2016

It doesn't get much better than intentionally free, great music.

So head on over to Nomad Stones bandcamp page and send them your email and they'll send you the link to download their EP.

Part Dickies punk rock energy.

Part vintage Adolescents California circle pit mayhem.

Part early Dinosaur Jr. fuzziness.

All great.

Plus an amazingly enjoyable version of David Bowie's "Scary Monsters".

Formed in late 2015 and led by Adam McGrath (Cave In, Zozobra, Clouds) and JR Conners (Cave In, Doomriders, ex-Goatsnake, etc) this free EP is going to make you seek out their debut, self titled LP.

Find Nomad Stones on facebook:

Frank FOE

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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