Sunday, January 29, 2012

FOD, Nostalgia Crisis, Maestro Please, Dave Phlegmball 1/28/12 Photos

Dave Phlegmball solo. Dave kept the makeup on all night. 

Bob FOD side project with Ron Fathead! A bass and drum clinic.

Nostalgia Crisis ran through these punk rock classics:
C.I.D. – U.K. SUBS

Flag of Democracy blazed as usual!

Special thanks goes out to all the bands who played this amazing gig, everyone who came out to the gig (including the many old-timers), Maggy for putting this all together, David for making sure everything went smoothly and Hannae for kicking ass at the SAS. 

Amoebas, Neighborhood Brats, Sharp Objects LP Reviews on Modern Action Records

I have recently picked up three outstanding records on Sonoma California's Modern Action Records, thanks to recommendations from Cobrakale at My Wife Says I'm An Angry Person blog.

Grand Rapids Michigan strikes again! 8 songs, 17 minutes, ripping punk that slams together the sounds of N.O.T.A., Zero Boys, Briefs and early Vibrators. If you have ever loved the energy of punk, the straight forward approach to power pop and/or early 80s US HC punk, the type with understandable vocals, then there is no reason you should not seek out this record. Seventeen minutes of compelling reasons why punk rock should still exist in 2012. This was recorded in 2010 along with the aid of Gimme Gimme Records. The Amoebas need to release some more records!


Neighborhood Brats "Neighborhood Brats" 12"
Modern Action Records
This is a five song, one sided 12 inch, clocking in at just around 9 minutes. Just enough to make you anticipate the next step. We will require more recordings. It would be a crime for this to end without the realization of a full discography. So the Neighborhood Brats need to get to it. It has been started. This is instantly timeless California punk. You could have dropped the needle on this record in the late 70s or early 80s or in 2012 and the result would be the same. This kills. Female vocals, furious energy, leather jacket clad, snotty punk rock. I want more!!!

 Neighborhood Brats
Neighborhood Brats

Billed as two guys from the Bodies, one from the Briefs and a guy from Puerto Rico, the Sharp Objects fuse early Posh Boy California sounds like Agent Orange and Red Cross and work just as well as the Cute Lepers as a post Briefs band. Every song is a ripper, reminding me of the first time I heard the Briefs! If you are looking for a surefire way to improve your day, I suggest dropping the needle on this piece of vinyl (comes with a download code)! This could have been the next Briefs album, an instant classic.

Sharp Objects

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Up To No Good Radio January 22, 2012 Playlist

Maddog Surrender

Frank FOE and Johnny Generic (click here to listen) were honored to play you these songs on Sunday January 22, 2012:

Rancid "Up To No Good"
Maddog Surrender "Sober Living"
Lifeless "Day By Day"


DRI "Shame"
Cro Mags "By Myself"
Faith "You're X'd"
Corrosion of Conformity "Rat City"


Poison Idea "Pure Hate"
Sworn Enemy "Labeled"

Sworn Enemy

Common Enemy "Bail Out"
Ex Humans "Shakin'"
Eddy Current Suppression Ring "You Let Me Be Honest With You"
Biohazard "Reborn"


Bottomfeeder "Suburban Warzone"
Dox "Her Secrets"
Hairy Phlegmball "Designated Driver"
Mr. Yuk "Wilding"
Angelic Upstarts "2 Million Voices"
Buck Satan & The 666 Shooters "Quicker Than Liquor"

N.O.T.A. "Face the Facts"
Angry Samoans "Todd Killings"
Melvins "Candy-O" (the Cars)
Social Distortion "1945"
F.O.D. "Commercial Success"
Unlearn "Unlearn"
Corrosion of Conformity "Leeches"
Faith "Trapped"


The Neckbones "Cardiac Sutures"
Jimmy Cliff "Guns of Brixton"
Strength For A Reason "Ties That Bind"
Strength For A Reason

S.O.D. "United Forces"
Samiam "Home Sweet Home"
Dead Boys "Sonic Reducer"
Eddy Current & The Suppression Ring "Anxiety"
Chelsea "How Do You Know"

Thank you for listening!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Up To No Good Radio January 15, 2012 Playlist


Reds and Johnny Generic provided the punk rock soundtrack to your Sunday on 1/15/12. Show was not recorded.

Rancid "Up To No Good"
Skull Control "Radio Danger"
Ramones "Anxiety"
American Dream "Get A Grip"
Free Beer "Pigs in Space"
Free Beer "Start the Ark"
Strangers "Kiss This World Goodbye"
Cock Sparrer "Roads to Freedom'
D.O.A. "Let's Wreck the Party"
Dead Boys "Hey Little Girl"

Dead Boys

Boomtown Rats "Joey's on the Street Again"
Slamhounds "Hate"
Roger Miret's Disasters "Give Em the Boot"
Jack Black "Drive Them Wheels"
Die Toten Hosen "Love and a Molotov Cocktail"
Fear "I Believe I'll Have Another Beer"
T.S.O.L. "Secret Shelter"
All "Wrong Again"
999 "Found Out Too Late"
Agent Orange "Everything Turns Grey"
X Ray Spex "The Day the World Turned Day-glo"

X Ray Spex

Wayne County and the Electric Chairs "Night Time"
Flyboys "Different Kind of Guy"
Flyboys "Theme Song"
Schaeffer Beer theme
Murphy's Law "Sit at Home and Rot"
Chelsea "45 RPM"
Bags "We Will Bury You"
Damned "Problem Child"


Cock Sparrer "Teenage Heart"
Vindictives "Carbona Not Glue"
Meatmen "Abba, God and Me"
Meatmen "Morrisey Must Die"
Ramones "The KKK Took My Baby Away"
Dead Kennedys "Chemical Warfare"
Fear "Let's Have A War"
Saints "Stranded"
Stiff Little Fingers "Straw Dogs"
Plasmatics "Concrete Shoes"
Plasmatics "Butcher Baby"
HIM "Back in My Arms"
Briefs "My Girl Wants To Be A Zombie"
Hairy Phlegmball "Designated Driver"
D.O.A. "That's Why I Am An Atheist"
The Explosion "If You Don't Know"
The Carpettes "Radio Wunderbar"
Walter Lure and the Waldo's "Let Go"
Napalm Death "Nazi Punks F*** Off"

Napalm Death

Undead "The Invisible Man"
Superchunk "Girl You Want" (Devo)
Violent Society "I Am the Hunted"
Dr. Know "Circle of Fear"
The Mad "I Hate Music"
Squat "She"
AOD "New Year's Eve"
Hairy Phlegmball "Cheap Beer"

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Up To No Good Radio Approved Events List as of January 21, 2012

Listen To Up To No Good Radio Every Sunday Noon - 3 PM WLVR 91.3 FM Bethlehem PA or online at


Sun 1/22 Darius Rucker @ State Theater In Easton PA

Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock, a traveling exhibit from Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is presented at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Main Gallery from January 25 to May 25, 2012.

Thurs 1/26 Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil @ Susquehanna Bank Center NJ

Thurs 1/26 Lamb of God @ Trocadero Philly PA (sold out)

Fri 1/27 Damn Dirty Apes, Rough on Rats, Red Hill Ramblers, Defeated @ Mothers Easton PA

Sat 1/28 F.O.D., Maestro Please, Nostalgia Crisis, David Phlegmball @ Secret Art Space Bethlehem PA

Sat 1/28 Smokers and Rollers, Buzzherd, Bastard Thieves, Mountain of Skulls, Battering Ram, Pity Da Fool @ Jimmy's Place Allentown PA

Sat 1/28 Endzone @ Peppercorn Pub

Sun 1/29 Fuel @ Crocodile Rock Cafe Allentown PA

Tues 1/31 Anvil @ Sellersville Theatre Sellersville PA

Thurs 2/2 Machine Head, Suicide Silence @ Trocadero Philly PA

Fri 2/3 Leslie West (Mountain) & Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA

Mon 2/6 Anthrax, Testament & Death Angel @ Croc Rock Allentown PA

Thurs 2/9 Queers, Ataris & Far From Finished @ The Barbary, Philly PA

Sat 2/11 Cro Mags, Wisdom in Chains, Death Before Dishonor, Stick Together, Unlearn @ Reverb in Reading PA

Who Shot Rock N Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present, running at the Allentown Art Museum from February 11 – May 13, 2012

Sun 2/12 Keystone Record Collectors Music Expo @ Continental Inn Lancaster PA

Tues 2/14 Wayne Static @ Crocodile Rock Cafe Allentown PA

Thurs 2/16 David Johansen (NY Dolls) @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA

Fri 2/17 Less Than Jake, Plow United, Samiam, Flatfoot 56 @ Trocadero Philly PA

Sat 2/18 Suffocation, Strong Intention, March To Victory, Limb By Limb @ Jimmy’s Place Allentown PA

Sat 2/18 Cordova @ Funhouse Bethlehem PA

Sat 2/25 Terri Clark @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA

Fri 3/2 Deicide, Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne @ Reverb Reading PA

Sat 3/10 Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys @ Wells Fargo Center Philly PA

Sun 3/11 Keystone Record Collectors Music Expo @ Continental Inn Lancaster PA

Sun 3/11 Michael Schenker @ Croc Rock Allentown PA

Thurs 3/15 Henry Rollins @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Fri 3/23 DRI, Common Enemy, Product of Waste, Tight Fits @ Reverb Reading PA

Fri 3/30 Andrew WK @ TLA Philly PA

Fri, Sat & Sun 3/30-4/1 Skindustry Tattoo Expo featuring musical guests Trouble City All-Stars and Ultra Kings @ Holiday Inn Allentown

Sun 4/1 Keystone Record Collectors Music Expo @ Continental Inn Lancaster PA

Sat 4/7 Moody Blues @ State Theater in Easton PA

Wed 4/18 Black Dahlia Murder @ TLA Philly PA

Fri 4/27 Graham Parker & the Figgs @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA

Sat 4/28 Melvins @ Note in West Chester PA!/UpToNoGoodRadio

Friday, January 20, 2012

Faith "Subject To Change Plus First Demo" LP Review

When this LP was originally released (minus the demos of course) back in 1983, it had such an impact on me that I played it constantly on my radio shows on WLVR and eventually owned a blue and a pink vinyl copy. I say this, not to prove my record collecting prowess, but to prove another point. That point being how much I love this record. Although I love collecting records, it is a rarity that I have ever owned more than one copy of any record. Agnostic Front's "Victim In Pain" comes to mind as the only other record falling into this category for some reason, besides my close friends bands' records, of which I try to have every version. 

Listening to the demo versions of Faith's hardcore classics, that appear in non-demo form on either the original of this LP or the split LP with Void is an exhilarating sensation! The raw, rough, developmental angst of early hardcore comes across perfectly. One of the premier, groundbreaking harDCore bands. Another work of Dischord art.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Biohazard @ Reverb January 16, 2012

Biohazard, Sworn Enemy, Strength For A Reason, Lifeless, Bottomfeeder
Reverb Reading PA
January 16, 2012

As Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton would say, "It was a dark and stormy night..." The perfect setting for my first show of 2012. The sleet and freezing rain that was in the forecast was not going to keep me away from my first show at the Reading club, Reverb. I found out about the club from someone I met at the Murder Junkies show at Jimmy's Place in Allentown. I believe Reverb is run by Chris from Mushmouth and Frank Phobia. Nice to see a venue of this status run by members of the music scene. Reverb is awesome. Great free parking, an amazing sound system, smartly divided over and under 21 areas, affordable food and drink, clean bathrooms, and bouncers who are cordial, yet act fast and decisive to squash what needs squashing, while letting the pit action work out its own issues when it can. Great venue.

Only saw one song by Bottomfeeder, who are based out of Delaware, but I got to speak to one of the members of the band, after their set, who is from Trenton NJ. We talked briefly about their 7",  awesome t-shirt designs (see one of them above) and City Gardens. Bottomfeeder's one track was good enough for me to search out their metallic hardcore on stereokiller. Real driving and punishing music.

Lifeless from New Jersey, slug it out with their instruments with quick paced powerful head bashing tunes that are offset by completely down shifted tempos. They create some scary sounds. I really started to notice how under tattooed I was at this show! Especially on the neck, hands and face! I gotta get with the program!




I had never heard of Lifeless before this show, but they have an LP out on Harvcore, which if it is as good as they were live, I will have to obtain.

Strength For A Reason killed. They seemed to have the largest and most energetic fan-base judging by the pit activity. Lots of karate dancers for most of the night (for all the bands), even though just about every band tried to coerce the crowd to start an old school circle pit.

Strength For A Reason

Strength For A Reason

I was looking forward to seeing Sworn Enemy. Their high energy required that they play their guitars wirelessly. Had they actually had cords plugged in they would have ended up in one big knot at the center of the stage by the end of the first song. Love it when the vocalist channels vintage Raw Power ferocity.

Sworn Enemy

Sworn Enemy

I love Biohazard. I have seen them too many times to count. My old hardcore band Forthright opened for them at Airport Music Hall a couple of decades ago, I wrote an award winning article for the Morning Call from an interview I conducted with Biohazard, interviewed them for my zine FOE back in the day, I saw them with my now deceased friend Digger on many occasions and I believe I saw them with Sheer Terror in Philly. Lots of great memories. This would be my first Biohazard memory without Evan Seinfeld. I am very much looking forward to their new album "Reborn in Defiance", which comes out January 20, 2012 and will be available for free at RevolverMag upon its release. Evan recorded for the album but is not a part of this touring lineup. For more on what Evan is up to, check out this interview in Inked. I had no idea he was divorced and now with Little Lupe!


No worries, if you close your eyes, you'd think Evan was singing and playing with the band! They played a variety of old and new tracks. The crowd, having not heard the new songs listened with judging ears. By the time Biohazard got to the old classic "Punishment" (one of the best songs of all-time, by any band), it seemed like everyone was on board and ready for the next chapter of Biohazard. 


Thank you to all the bands that played the show. Thanks to the fantastic people at Reverb. I look forward to more visits to Reading PA!

UPDATE 1/20/2012

Biohazard have released the following statement explaining why Reborn in Defiance will not be given away as a free download today, as they had previously announced.
“We regret to inform you all that due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to offer our new record Reborn in Defiance in the US at this time.  We love all of you who have continued to support us through the years and can’t wait to share with you a record that we are extremely proud of. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience and a special thanks to our partners Revolver, Repudo and Google for their hard work setting this up. All of our touring plans are still solidified and we are excited to see you all out on the road!”
Reborn in Defiance is still available for purchase in the rest of the world outside North America via Nuclear Blast starting today.