Monday, October 14, 2013

Pigs "Gaffe" EP on Solar Flare Records

10” EP
Released: October 15, 2013

I love Unsane. I remember seeing Unsane in Philly at the Khyber Pass every couple months in the 90s for quite a while. Dave Curran joined Unsane on bass in 1994. Everytime Unsane or Tar or Laughing Hyenas would play at the Khyber, I would drop everything to be there.

Dave Curran plays guitar and sings in PIGS. Jim Paradise plays drums and Andrew Schneider plays bass and sings.

I do not have their first album “You Ruin Everything”. So this EP is my starting point. And definitely not my stopping point. I need to obtain this 10" on vinyl (digital is nice and all, but I'm a vinyl junkie) and "You Ruin Everything" LP too.

PIGS take me back to my love affair with Amphetamine Reptile Records. Pigs use all the best influences from Cows, Unsane, Gods Bullies and even throw in some TAD for good measure (even though TAD was Sub Pop).

These three tracks are perfect noise rock songs. They have that venomous, chaotic feel that I so love from Unsane. “Gaffe” is loud and obnoxious even at low volumes.

PIGS "Gaffe" is fantastic.

Frank FOE

Up To No Good Radio October 13, 2013 playlist, audio and events listing

Reds, FOE and Johnny Generic were joined by BOB F.O.D.

F.O.D. played the previous night with A.O.D., 76% Uncertain and Devilhaus in Stanhope N.J. I do not think BOB F.O.D. had slept yet…

F.O.D. photo by Colin Markham

Rancid “Up To No Good”
Skull Control “Radio Danger”
Subhumans “No Thanx”
Black Flag “Best one Yet”
Blitz “Someone’s Gonna Die Tonight”
Fear “Friends”
Transplants “Back to You”
Boomtown Rats “Born to Burn”
Germs “Land of Treason”
999 “Boys in the Gang”
Dog Company “Not Dead Yet”
Murphy’s Law “Sit At Home and Rot”
US Chaos “Panties”
Effigies “Body Bag”
English Beat “Mirror in the Bathroom”
Jesse Malin & the St. Mark’s Social “All The Way From Moscow”
Social Distortion “Lude Boy”
T.S.O.L. “Thoughts of Yesterday”
Angry Samoans “Coffin Case”
C.O.C. “Hungry Child”
Die Kreuzen “Live Wire”
Poison Idea “A.A.”
Cro Mags “It’s the Limit”
Pleased Youth “Lunkhead”
Partisans “Blind Ambition”

A.O.D. set list from Stanhope N.J. Oct 12, 2013

Minor Threat “12XU”
American Sharks “Overdrive”
Old Firm Casuals “You Better Start Runnin”
Verbal Abuse “Free Money”
Reagan Youth “Urban Savages”
Queers “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got An Ugly Daughter”
Rudimentary Peni “Suffer”
Crumbsuckers “The Longest War”
Final Conflict “One Answer”

76% Uncertain photo by Sean Carpenter

Plasmatics “Want You Baby”
Probot “Access Babylon”
Oi Polloi “Reach for the Light”
Pissed Jeans “Health Plan”
F.O.D. “Geisha”
Superchunk “Staying Home”
Cause For Alarm “In Search Of”
F.O.D. “Teen Beat”
Bad Brains “Fearless Vampire Killers”
Oxymoron “Anti”
Night Birds “Silver Alert”
One Way System “One Day Soon”
F.O.D. “Hallucinogenic Youth”
D.I. “Johnny’s Got A Problem”
Die Kreuzen “Rumors”
Dickies “Hideous”
Professionals “Just Another Dream
Toxic Reasons “How Do You Feel”
A.O.D. “A.O.D. vs. Godzilla”

A.O.D. photo by Colin Markham

Punk Rock Vatos “The Cat from Outer Space”
F.O.D. “Kid Called Me”
Kraut “Army Song”
Bad Brains “How Low Can A Punk Get”
Depressions “Living on Dreams”
Red Rockers “Hold On”
Undertones “Jimmy Jimmy”
Slamhounds “Gassed Back”
Fang “Can’t Escape”
Dickies “Give It Back”
Joneses “Crocodile Rock”

Devilhaus photo by Sean Carpenter

Up To No Good Radio
Approved Events Listing

Sunday, October 13, 2013 The Spits, Useless Eaters @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly PA
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 American Sharks @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly PA
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Saint Vitus, The Hookers @ The Note West Chester PA
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Good Riddance, Flatliners @ Voltage Lounge Philly PA
Friday, October 18, 2013 Godflesh @ TLA Philly PA
Friday, October 18, 2013 Barenaked Ladies @ Sands Bethlehem PA
Friday, October 18, 2013 Altercation Comedy Tour @ Mothers Easton PA
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Gloominous Doom, Apocryfiend @ Jabber Jaws Allentown PA 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Kraut, Channel 3 @ Brighton Bar Long Branch NJ
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Senses Fail @ The Note West Chester PA
Friday, October 25, 2013 Fidlar @ First Unitarian Church Philly PA
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Murphy’s Law, Sardonica (Dr. Chud of the Misfits), Society’s Blood, SuperTruck, Dead End Drive @ Gin Mill Northampton PA - Halloween Costume Party with $100 gift certificate to Critical Acclaim Tattoo's  for best costume and giveaways to runners up !!!! 
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Black Tusk @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly PA
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Serial Killers @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Thee Oh Sees @ Underground Arts Philly PA
Thursday, October 31, 2013 Overkill, Kreator, Warbringer @ The Troc Philly PA
Thursday, October 31, 2013 Serial Killers, Limecell, YDI, etc.. @ Khyber Pass Philly PA
Saturday, November 02, 2013 The Dickies @ The Note West Chester PA
Saturday, November 02, 2013 Pink Slip Daddy @ Kung Fu Necktie Philly PA
Saturday, November 02, 2013 Sebadoh @ Johnny Brendas Philly PA
Sunday, November 03, 2013 Orange Goblin @ The Note West Chester PA
Sunday, November 03, 2013 Pelican, Coliseum @ First Unitarian Church Philly PA
Friday, November 08, 2013 Less Than Jake, Anti Flag, @ Troc Philly PA
Saturday, November 09, 2013 My Bloody Valentine @ Electric Factory Philly PA
Monday, November 11, 2013 Paramore @ Sands Casino Bethlehem PA
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Morbid Angel @ TLA Philly PA
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 High On Fire @ Underground Arts Philly PA
Saturday, November 16, 2013 Gwar, Iron Reagan @ Reverb Reading PA
Saturday, November 23, 2013 Weezer @ Sands Event Center Bethlehem PA
Sunday, November 24, 2013 Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Testament @ Electric Factory Philly PA
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Pork Dukes @ Hank's Saloon Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Rob Zombie & Korn @ Sands Event Center Bethlehem PA
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Pork Dukes @ Pariah House Philly PA
Thursday, November 28, 2013 Pork Dukes @ The Shrine NYC
Friday, November 29, 2013 Pork Dukes @ Catty Club Catasauqua PA
Saturday, November 30, 2013 Megadeth, Fear Factory @ Sands Event Center Bethlehem PA
Saturday, November 30, 2013 Pork Dukes @ Penn Skate Allentown PA (1:00 Matinee)
Saturday, November 30, 2013 Pork Dukes @ Jacksonian Club Nazareth PA
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Casualties, Negative Approach @ Voltage Lounge Philly PA
Friday, December 13, 2013 Monster Magnet @ The Note West Chester PA

Frank FOE

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Obituary in Wind Gap PA Oct 11 2013

Cheers to Skip.

He never backs down. He is not afraid to take the chances, to set up gigs no one else will. He brings bands to the Lehigh Valley no one else can, finds and secures new venues in an area of the world that isn't as blessed as Philadelphia. And Skip has been doing this relentlessly for decades.

Thanks Skip and Biz R Ent. 

I'd also like to thank everyone who was at this show. I haven't been to a show with such a great atmosphere in a long time. It reminded me of an early 80s hardcore / punk show. There was  great diversity in the crowd. From the fashionable (I think some people took a few hours to get ready for this show) to the come as you are black t-shirt crowd. Long hair and no hair. Big and small. Punk, metal, hardcore, goth, stoner, death etc... you name the sub category, they were at this show. I met a ton of new people and had a great time. People were handing out flyers, demos, stickers, generally sharing their love of music whether or not they were in the bands playing today or not. It was refreshing to be a part of that. So thank you to the everyone at the show. It kind of felt like a "scene". Was handed demos from Dying Eyes of Sloth, Gutrot and Andy Stewart's bass demo. Cheers to this young lady for her musical passion. 

Now onto the bands. Understand that all of the bands, not just Obituary and Strong Intention killed on this night. Thought every band deserves your support. Enjoy the photos and check out the bands facebook pages for more information.

Some quick observations:

  • Seeds of Perdition. I've been missing out on this Philly band. Where have I been?
  • Bethlehem's Decaysia simply stated, rip. One of my favorite local bands.
  • March To Victory's singer is a woman who has a killer guttural voice that could scare little children!
  • New Jersey's Ominous... Geez where the hell have I been. Loved this three piece aural assault.
  • Strong Intention is classic hardcore thrash metal. Love the singer's old school COC tattoo on his leg. We reminisced a bit about Raw Deal/Killing Time and Airport Music Hall.
  • Obituary. If you were there you understand nothing needs to be said. If you weren't, you should have been there. Legends playing like legends. Donald Tardy, Obituary's drummer, is one of my favorites. I could watch him play drums all day. Guitarist Trevor Perez is a gracious guy, besides the fact that guitar sound / style has been in my head since the first time I heard it back in what, 1989 or 1990. No one in death metal touches John's vocal delivery to this day.  

Frank FOE

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Vibrators October 7 2013 at Penn Skate Allentown PA

Johnny Clap, being a made man, a goodfella, a wiseguy.... in the punk rock scene, not the mafia, hooked the Vibrators up with a last minute show on an open date. Literally, this show was announced six days before the gig. 

For a Monday night, with less than a week's notice, this gig was amazing! Hell it was amazing no matter what the circumstances. Thanks to Chris at Penn Skate and Johnny for putting this together. 

The following are photos of the VIBRATORS from the Allentown PA gig at PENN SKATE.

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

Willy Slamhound and The Vibrators

Willy Slamhound and The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

The Vibrators

Willy Slamhound and the Vibrators

Willy Slamhound and the Vibrators

Willy Slamhound and the Vibrators

The Clap warmed up the crowd (after Transmission Now and DMA),
playing some original Clap songs and a few covers.

Larry Youthquake and Johnny Clap

Mikey CLAP

Mr. B. of the CLAP

Mr. B. of the CLAP

UTNG Johnny Generic and the new Maddog Surrender LP (just released last week).

Mr. B. of the Clap and Ms. E.

Reds UTNG scoring the Vibrators setlist



Wed. 2 Oct.
PITTSBURGH (PA), Belvedere's
  Thurs. 3 Oct.
  Fri. 4 Oct.
LONG BRANCH (NJ), Brighton Bar
  Sat. 5 Oct.
BROOKLYN (NJ), Trash Bar.
  Sun. 6 Oct.
READING (PA), Reverb
  Mon. 7 Oct.
ALLENTOWN (PA), Pennsounds
  Tues. 8 Oct.
  Wed. 9 Oct.
JOHNSON CITY (TN), Mecca Lounge
  Thurs. 10 Oct.
COLUMBUS (GA), Plug House
  Fri. 11 Oct.
  Sat. 12 Oct.
MIAMI (FL), Churchill's
  Sun. 13 Oct.
  Tues. 15 Oct.
  Wed. 16 Oct.
LAKE CHARLES (LA), Luna's Live
  Thurs. 17 Oct.
HOUSTON (TX), Mango's
  Fri. 18 Oct.
DALLAS (TX), Three Links
  Sat. 19 Oct.
AUSTIN (TX), The Parlor
  Sun. 20 Oct.
  Tues. 22 Oct.
MIDLAND (TX), Blue Max
  Wed. 23 Oct.
  Thurs. 24 Oct.
PHOENIX (AZ), .910 Live
  Fri. 25 Oct.
LAS VEGAS (NV), Double Down
  Sat. 26 Oct.
LOS ANGELES (CA), Redwood Bar

Fri. 1 Nov.
BATLEY, Brooklands
Sat. 2 Nov.
  Fri. 8 Nov.
Sat. 9 Nov.
DUNDEE, Beat Generator
Sun. 10 Nov.
Fri. 15 Nov.
SELBY, Riverside
  Sat. 16 Nov.
Sun. 17 Nov.
IPSWICH, Railway
Fri. 22 Nov.
COVENTRY, The Arches
  Sat. 23 Nov.
CORBY, Zombie Hut
Fri. 29 Nov.
GOSPORT, Clarence Tavern
Sat. 30 Nov.
  Fri. 6 Dec.
GRIMSBY, Walter's
Sat. 7 Dec.
Thurs. 12 Dec.
Sat. 14 Dec.
RAUNDS (Northamps), Red Lion

Thurs. 19 Dec.
RYAZAN (Russia)
Fri. 20 Dec.
Sat. 21 Dec.
MOSCOW (Russia)
Sun. 22 Dec.
SAMARA (Russia)

The following is a repost of the "On The Guest List" review I posted earlier this year!

The Vibrators "On The Guest List" LP

The Vibrators
On The Guest List LP/CD
Released:  May 7, 2013

Knox (guitar/vocals), Eddie (drums), Pete (bass) and Nigel (guitar) make up the core of the Vibrators on “On the Guest List”. For those not in the know, “Pure Mania” and “V2” are MANDATORY punk albums from 1977 and 1978. There really is no question. If you do not own them, you are not into punk.

“On The Guest List” brings in some equally legendary special guests to contribute to sixteen Vibrators tracks. Without question, “On The Guest List” will hold a place as one of my favorite LPs from 2013.

Top Five Reasons to own this LP/CD:

Reason #1 Eddie Spaghetti and Dan “Thunder” Bolton of the Supersuckers appear on “My Stalker”. I am a huge fan of the Supersuckers and Eddie Spaghetti. This track is a complete ripper, a classic whether you know who the Vibrators are, who the Supersuckers are or what punk is!

Reason #2 Ty Segall lending his guitar chops to “Automatic Lover” transforms the song beyond any expectations. I think this is a great opportunity. I appreciate the respect Knox and crew offer Ty Segall by involving him in this project. I also hope that many old punks will now be exposed to the tremendous talent that Ty Segall possesses.

Reason #3 Nicky Garratt of the UK Subs shreds up the guitars and bass on “The Ohio”.

Reason #4 “Birdland is Closed” is amazing with Ross the Boss of the Dictators. I can’t stop listening to this track. Makes me think many current bands have forgotten that music doesn’t have to be complicated to be great.

Reason #5 “On The Guest List” list feels like a classic album. This could have easily been a lame attempt at rehashing old songs with guests who don’t add anything to the song but their name. The Vibrators approached this from the right perspective and the result is remarkable. This could have sounded like a contract album, the last album of a record deal. Instead, “On The Guest List” is a fresh sounding, full album of sixteen songs that flow, yet have an inspired sound. Walter Lure, Brian James, Wayne Kramer, Stan Lee, Leonard Graves Phillips, Chris Spedding, Campino… are you kidding me… I can’t really even comprehend all the true legends involved in this project. This is mind-blowing.

Complete List of guests:

·         Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers

·         Chris Spedding

·         Ty Segall

·         Ross the Boss of the Dictators

·         Eddie Spaghetti and Dan “Thunder” Bolton of the Supersuckers

·         Nicky Garratt of UK Subs

·         Leonard Graves and Stan Lee of The Dickies

·         James Donovan and Lorne Behrman of The Dead Tricks

·         Mickey Finn of Cold Blue Rebels

·         Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock

·         Tony Lovato of Mest

·         Wayne Kramer of MC5

·         Tomomi Nabana of Detroitseven

·         Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers

·         Campino of Die Toten Hosen

·         Brian James of the Damned

In July of 2013 look for "Slow Death", another Vibrators 7". This will feature "Slow Death" (Flamin' Groovies) and two new tracks ("Get Me A Beer" and "On My Way To Hell").

Frank FOE