Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Corps "Bottle of Rock n Roll" 10"

The Corps
“Bottle of Rock N Roll”
Longshot / Black Hole Records
Released: April 9, 2013


The Corps kick things off with “All My Money”, which is spent on whiskey and women. There is a certain element that will take this as their anthem!

This 10” is for fans of punk with a US Southern rock flare, such as the masters of the genre, Nashville Pussy. This is also for fans of good old rock n roll with guts, such as bands like Rose Tattoo. I swear I did not know The Corps were from Sydney Australia before I made the Rose Tattoo reference! I swear I also did not know The Corps had a song called “Snake Eyes” before I made the Nashville Pussy reference.

Speaking of “Snake Eyes”, The Corps sound like Nashville Pussy doing a Gang Green (“Alcohol” era) cover on this track. 

Top the whole sound off with the punk snarl of Anti-Nowhere League and you are all set to fall in love with The Corps.

Originally released in 2010 on CD/LP, “Bottle of Rock N Roll” is The Corps’ sixth release and first in the US. The non-US version has The Corps covering Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and obviously, Rose Tattoo’s “Nice Boys”, two of the greatest songs ever written by any band. So I don’t have those songs at this moment, which is extremely disappointing and will set me searching.

Not only does The Corps have good taste in music, but they channel their influences with all the “charm” of their influences, nicely done gentlemen. 

Check out this video for "Know The Code", the title track off The Corps most recent LP.

I love this video featuring Sharpies. I had to look up the definition of "Sharpies" too. Makes sense: "Sharpies" were members of suburban youth gangs in Australia, most significantly from the 1960's and 1970's. They were particularly prominent in Melbourne, but were also found in Sydney and Perth to lesser extents. Sharpies were known for being violent, although a strict moral code was also evident. The name comes from their focus on looking and dressing "sharp".

Frank FOE

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Prins Carl "New Order" LP

Prins Carl
New Order
Noise of Sweden / Black Hole
Released: March 30, 2013

“New Order” is the debut album from Swedish street punk/oi band Prins Carl, which has been released on CD in 2011 by the  band. This is the vinyl release, finally coming out on Noise of Sweden and in the US on Black Hole (250 copies on white vinyl). 

Prins Carl play straight forward, good time, hard drinking, late night / early morning rowdy punk rock. Musically, I keep hearing the Wretched Ones if they had a guy from Sweden singing. Actually, this would fit nicely in the Headache Records camp.

The thirteen songs on "New Order" are melodic, with plenty of punch and dare I say, deliver a happy (uplifting) sound. After hearing each track I was inclined to change my mind on my favorite song. That is a good sign for the strength of any album. Each song is similar in that they are in the street punk / oi vein, but hit the listener a little differently. 

Black Hole is also distributing Prins Carl's 2012 LP "No Mercy". Smart move gentlemen.

Frank FOE

Friday, March 29, 2013

Enabler "Shift of Redemption" download / 7"

Shift  Of  Redemption
Released:  April  9,  2013

Milwaukee’s Enabler wasted no time putting their revamped lineup to work. The cast for the “Shift of Redemption” 7” includes founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber and bassist Amanda Daniels along with a new lead guitarist (Eric Dunn) and drummer (Dave Mann). Don’t worry, Enabler still hammers.

Enabler's album from last year, “All Hail The Void”, made it to number 21 on my list of the Best of 2012. I am sure this 7” will find it’s way into my list of favorites from 2013.

These four tracks will be available as a digital download and 7”; the first pressing limited to 1,000 copies, with 350 copies pressed on gold wax and 650 on clear.

“Live Low” is a unadulterated embodiment of Enabler’s attitude of  “the world is f&#ked and this is the soundtrack to its demise”.  It is the perfect release for just about any circumstance, with the chorus “F&#k you, f&#k you, f&#k you forever" leaving nothing left to chance. There is no misunderstanding.


Frank FOE

Batillus "Concrete Sustain" LP CD

“Concrete Sustain”
Released: March 19, 2013

I have entered the darkness that is Batillus fairly late. Actively releasing material since 2009, their discography includes full lengths, eps, and 7”s. Follow the link and experience some of the gloom for yourself.

Thankfully “Concrete Sustain” provided an on ramp for my experience. I would love to see Batillus perform these tracks in some dark, cold club with a crowd of like minded enthusiasts.  

Batillus travels on the road that was paved by Black Sabbath, expanded upon by the likes of Neurosis and Godflesh and stand powerfully alongside any of Hank III’s doom projects.

“Concrete Sustain” contains brutal, morose and heavy music that entices you to come along for the horrid ride. You’ll enjoy yourself. Yes you will. 

Frank FOE

Toxic Holocaust "From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction" Album

“From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction”
Relapse Records
Released: April 2, 2013

This is a collection of Toxic Holocaust non-album tracks over the last decade. "From the Ashes..." gives you early demo sounding tracks that bring to mind vintage Destruction (I love vintage Destruction).

"From the Ashes..." also brings you material from extremely hard to find compilations such as “Outbreak of Evil” and “Don’t Burn the Witch”.

From the splits, you are granted access to the track from the Toxic Holocaust / Midnight split and the Municipal Waste split tracks, but you don’t get the Inepsy split or the Oprichniki split material.

So while there are twenty-two tracks on “From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction”, it is not the complete B-sides compilation you may be salivating for… we would need a box set to put all the oddities and splits together (that would be nice). Until the box set comes out (vinyl please?) this is mandatory thrash from the Toxic Holocaust vaults.

Frank FOE

Thee Oh Sees "Floating Coffin" Castle Face

“Floating Coffin”
Castle Face Records
Release Date: April 16, 2013

Thee Oh Sees manage to combine garage rock, post-punk and psychedelic influences and not come off sounding boring or jaded or forced.

Thee Oh Sees photo by Kristin Klien

Start anywhere in Thee Oh Sees rapidly growing discography (“Floating Coffin” is as good a place as any) and you will be greeted with the same, amazing results.

Brigid Dawson’s female vocals add an element to Thee Oh Sees lead vocalist John Dwyer’s style that puts the compositions over the top.

The level of creativity and simultaneous ability to make that creativity enjoyable is rarely achieved. Thee Oh Sees make it look easy. The Butthole Surfers and The Flaming Lips are two great bands that took the same type of influences (garage, post punk, psych) and created something unique. Thee Oh Sees are just as creative and genuine as the Butthole Surfers or Flaming Lips and are just as successful in their craft.

Take a listen to "Toe Cutter Thumb Buster" and enjoy the ride. Here’s to another great Thee Oh Sees record!

Frank FOE

UTNG Radio Approved Events Listing as of 3/29/13

Up To No Good Radio Approved EVENTS Listing

Fri 3/29                  Nona, Moonstruck, Cayetana, Grower @ Secret Art Space Bethlehem PA

Sat 3/30                 Plow United @ Barbary Philly PA

Sat 3/30                 Rudie Crew, Trouble City AllStars, Aqua Cherry @ Mothers Easton PA

Sat 3/30                 Flourescent, Panic, Drakona, The Last Remark @ PennSkate Allentown PA

Sat 3/30                 Common Enemy, The Bleach Boys (Dead Milkmen Tribute Band) 
@ Rebel Rock Bar Philly PA

Sat 3/30                 Slingshot Dakota , KOJI, Prawn,  Slow Warm Death, Halfling
@ Secret Art Space Bethlehem PA

Sun 3/31                Paint It Black @ First Unitarian Church Philly PA

Wed 4/3                Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore) @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Fri 4/5                    They Might Be Giants @ TLA Philly PA

Sat 4/6                  Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot @ The Note West Chester PA

Sat 4/6                   Lez Zeppelin @ Reverb Reading PA

Sat 4/6                   Infernal Opera, Apocryfiend, Black Fate @ Jabber Jaws Allentown PA

Sat 4/6                   Goddam Gallows, American Speedway, The NOid @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly PA

Sat 4/6                   Allentown 45/78 Record Expo @ Merchants Square Mall Allentown PA

Sun 4/7                  Redd Kross @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly PA

Sun 4/7                  Great White Caps, Thundr Villian, Fisthammer @ Secret Art Space Bethlehem PA

Sun 4/7                  Allentown Record/CD/DVD Expo @ Merchants Square Mall Allentown PA

Tues 4/9                 Wavves, Fidlar @ Johnny Brendas Philly PA

Wed 4/10              Reverend Horton Heat back at Croc Rock Allentown PA

Fri 4/12                 Damn Dirty Apes, March To Victory, Chinga @ Mothers Easton PA

Sat 4/13                 Death Threat, Lifeless @ Reverb Reading PA

Sat 4/13                 Dropdead @ KungfuNecktie Philly PA

Sat 4/13                 Black Anvil, Buzzherd, Bastard Thieves @ Jabber Jaws Allentown PA

Sat 4/14                  Shiny Toy Guns @ TLA Philly PA 

Thurs 4/18             Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall @ TLA Philly PA

Fri 4/19                  Suicidal Tendencies, Sick of it All @ Electric Factory Philly PA

Sat 4/20                 Record Store Day - in the Lehigh Valley area happening at Double Decker,            
 Compact Disc Center and Main Street Jukebox.

Live music at Main Street Jukebox:
4:20 PM Steve McDaniel with Troy Heiland
6:00 PM Full Goat
7:00 PM Fresian
8:00 PM Swarm of Arrows

Sun 4/21                KILLING JOKE @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Sun 4/21                BURIAL(Germany), Prosthetic Head, Bastard Thieves 
@ Secret Art Space Bethlehem PA

Sun 4/21                Black Breath @ OReillys Philly PA

Sun 4/21                Sorcery (Sweden), Infinitum Obscure (Mexico)
 @ Freddies Tavern & Grille Bristol NJ

Thurs 4/25             Death to All @ TLA Philly PA

Fri 4/26                 SKINDUSTRY TATTOO EXPO @ Holiday Inn Conference Center Allentown PA

Fri 4/26                  Diamondhead, Sinister Realm, March to Victory @ Gin Mill Northampton PA

Fri 4/26                  Rodent Lord, Gasholes, Weird Wolf, Hate To Say It… 
@ Rat Milk Collective Kutztown PA

Sat 4/27                 Hooters @ Electric Factory Philly PA

Sat 4/27                 SKINDUSTRY TATTOO EXPO (DJ Chris Bickert) 
@ Holiday Inn Conference Center Allentown PA

Sun 4/28                SKINDUSTRY TATTOO EXPO (UTNG Radio DJing) 
@ Holiday Inn Conference Center Allentown PA

Sun 4/28                Raw Power, Submachine, Wartorn @ Belevederes Pittsburgh PA

Sat 5/4                   Nails, Cop Problem @ OReillys Philly PA

Sun 5/5                  The Breeders @ Trocadero Philly PA

Tues 5/21              Rotten Sound, Kromosom @ Barbary Philly PA

Wed 5/22              Barb Wire Dolls @ Reverb Reading PA

Thurs 5/23            Wednesday 13 @ The Troc Philly PA

Fri 5/24                  Total Control, UV Race @ Johnny Brendas Philly PA

Sat 6/1                   Maddog Surrender @ Tutfest

Sat 6/1                   Wednesday 13 @ Reverb Reading PA

Thurs 6/6              Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Magrudergrind @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Fri 6/7                    David Allan Coe @ Reverb Reading PA 

Sat 6/9                   Punk Rock Flea Market @ The Silo, Reading PA noon to 6 pm

Thurs 6/13             Torche @ The Note West Chester PA

Mon 6/17              Black Flag (Ginn/Reyes), Good For You @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Thurs 6/20             The Zombies @ Penns Peak Jim Thorpe PA

Fri 7/12                  OMD @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Sat 7/13                 Wire @ Union Transfer Philly PA

Thurs 8/22             George Jones @ Penns Peak Jim Thorpe PA

Frank FOE