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.

  1. 1.
    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