Sunday, July 23, 2017

Suede Razors "Razor Stomp"

Suede Razors
"Razor Stomp"
Pirates Press
Released: April 2017


San Francisco Bay Area legends in the making, take the pub versions of the Rolling Stones and AC/DC and mix in plenty of punk, mod and oi to give you a six pack of songs set to tear apart your local tavern.

I love the track "All Nighter", which has perfect keys. Made me flash back to reckless days at places like Wallys, the Funhouse and 4-G's in Bethlehem PA where the music and atmosphere lead the party to levels not normally witnessed. This is good time rock n roll. 

Check the video for "Bovver Girl" and prepare to enjoy yourself:



And check "Berlin or Bust" (love the part where the driver attempts to put a Suede Razors record in the car cd player):




Got my copy on orange w/white and grey and blue splatter (450 copies available).

Also available on black vinyl (100 copies) and Yellow/Orange w/White, grey and blue splatter (450 copies).

Enjoy yourself with a good stomp to let it all out! 

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Pirates Press Records
Suede Razors FB

Cock Sparrer "Forever" LP

Cock Sparrer
"Forever"
Pirates Press
Released: April 2017

Everyone who loves Cock Sparrer already has this record (CD has 4 additional tracks).

No introduction needed, if you know Cock Sparrer, and know this was coming out, there was no doubt this was going to be an album you were going to get and love.

I pre-ordered the LP in the deluxe, faux leather embossed jacket on claret and blue vinyl.

Of course I did. I have loved Cock Sparrer's punkest tunes from their 45 year career as well as their more melodic material (like "The Sun Says" - probably the first song that REALLY got me into the band oddly enough). I was in a punk covers band (Nostalgia Crisis) for many years and my favorite song to play on guitar was (and still is) "Riot Squad".


Cock Sparrer tour poster on my wall

Now. The new, sixth full length studio LP (...that I have 14 LPs in my collection is some sort of tribute to how many times I've purchased the same songs in a different format) is a classic start to finish.

Check the video for the lead off track "One By One":




Old punk and oi bands can sound tired, tedious, dated and are quite often irrelevant... tarnishing their history like a ball player who is playing out their contract but should just quit embarrassing themselves and retire.

Cock Sparrer "Forever" is appropriately titled, as this band churns out classic punk every time. Energized and energizing. Entertaining and engaging. Relevant, timely and focused... and the songs stick in your head.

I've been putting off publishing anything on this record. I had the desire to make my write up somehow as great as the record. I can't do that. Believe me, I have rewritten this review dozens of times in my head since the release back in April. Then I saw a facebook post from Pirates Press that it was three months since the release of this record, and they were asking people what their favorite track was...  That's when I got my focus, to try to convince people to get this record who haven't already done it. My favorite tracks are: "Gonna Be Alright", "Nothing Like You", "I've Had Enough" and "One By One" is one of the all-time great anthems.



There are bands like Business, Cock Sparrer and Buzzcocks who somehow are always with me. Not only do they create great songs, but they help me through this thing called life.

Cheers,
Frank FOE



Pirates Press Cock Sparrer
Cock Sparrer FB

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Body Count "Bloodlust" LP

Body Count
"Bloodlust"
Century Media
Released: March 31, 2017

I did not buy this when it was released on March 31, 2017.


I love Ice T. Love Body Count.

I didn't buy it cuz the vinyl wasn't available yet.

In case you are a vinyl addict like me, then I just wanted to remind you that the vinyl is NOW available.


ad·dict
ˈadikt/
noun
informal
an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity.


Slayer is my all time favorite band. Has been since I first heard them. They replaced Devo on the top.

Body Count covers "Raining Blood" and "Postmortem" from the Slayer album "Reign In Blood". This video gives me freaking chills, just like the original Slayer versions. When Vincent sings "Postmortem" I lose my mind.

Check it:



Behind the scenes video:



While you are at it, check the video for "Black Hoodie":



and "No Lives Matter"...



and for fun... let's revisit Ice T and Slayer working on the Exploited...



Oh how I'd love to see Body Count live in Bethlehem PA. 

Why not fill out the bill with Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exploited.

Cheers,
Frank FOE


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Exterminators "Product of America"

EXTERMINATORS
"Product of America"
Slope
Released: November 2016


The biggest reason I published a zine, wrote for the Morning Call, DJ'ed countless radio shows on a half dozen stations and continue with this blog, is the satisfaction I get when I turn someone on to music that connects with them. I have always loved turning people on to music they end up loving.

Fact: In the 1980s it was difficult to find and get music. You had to research, read, listen to college radio, buy albums based on the cover artwork, send your cash in an envelope through the US postal service to get records delivered weeks later...

In 2017, if you are connected to the internet, it is easy to get music. But I think it is equally as difficult to find. Why? Because there is so much of it out there it is easy to get lost or miss something that you shouldn't miss. It is also easy to get caught up in convenience. Everything is available, which is an overload. 

So I bring you case in point, Exterminators "Product of America".

The record came out last November 2016. I never heard one peep about this record until the summer of 2017. I was turned on to "Product of America" by the band's publicity. I am so thankful they reached out to me. Now I hopefully return the favor and turn you on to Exterminators (or if you were in on this last year, remind you to listen to this again).

"Product of America" was produced by Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Exterminators were one of Phoenix Arizona's first punk bands and this LP is a recording of songs culled from a cassette tape of the band performing live in 1978 with the original lineup featuring Dan “Johnny Macho” Clark on vocals, his younger brother Doug “Buzzy Murder” Clark on guitar, Don Bolles on drums, and the late Rob Graves on bass (Kirkwood took over for the departed Graves on the new album).




Exterminators formed in 1977 and took a break in 1978 and then let these songs ferment for nearly 40 years.

If the members of Exterminators sound familiar, they are: Dan Clark (vocals) was in The Feederz and Victory Acres, guitarist Doug Clark was in The Brainz and Mighty Sphincter, drummer Don Bolles was in The Germs, Celebrity Skin and Ariel Pink and both Don and Rob Graves were in 45 Grave.




So yeah. Of course this freaking rules. I mean the Feederz, Germs and 45 Grave are three of the biggest reasons I got into Hardcore and Punk in the early 1980s... and Meat Puppets "Melons Rising".

"Product of America" is a ripper from start to finish. The sound is amazing. The intensity perfect. The riffs and guitar work is classic. The songs diverse but fit well together. Chris's bass work is of course on point.




I love Don's drumming. Always have. Precise tight and driving the songs to wherever they need to go.

Dan's vocals snarl like it was 1980. I think I'd have a heart attack at my age trying to do what he does. Hell, what the whole band is doing. It rages that much.

If you have ever liked any of the aforementioned bands (Germs, Feederz, 45 Grave...) or Circle Jerks, Dead Boys or NoMeansNo, you must obtain.  

Give "Bionic Girl", "Patriotic American", "First and Last", "Static Planet" (love this song so much), "Mechanized Death" a listen.. They are all great.


I love vinyl. Most of the time people turn me on to the digital version of their music. If I love it, I'll order the vinyl. I ordered the vinyl. A must for the physical collection. A must for the ears, eyes and mind.

ad·den·dum

əˈdendəm/
noun
  1. 1.
    an item of additional material, typically omissions, added at the end of a book or other publication.

Addendum: After receiving the vinyl in the mail, I realize that the writing credit for the song "I Hate You" goes to "Some Kid From The Neighborhood". Brilliant.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Slope Records
Exterminators Bandcamp
Slope Facebook
Exterminators Facebook




Saturday, July 15, 2017

ZEX "No Sanctuary/No Time" 7"

ZEX
"No Sanctuary / No Time" 7"
Violated Records
Released July 2017

Zex, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, fondly brings me back to a time in the 1980s when UK punk bands, with female leads vocals like Vice Squad and The Expelled seized my attention. There was a different sound to those bands. 

I already loved female fronted bands like the Avengers, X Ray Spex and X that got their start in the 1970s, but these bands had a completely different feel. Female UK82. Vice Squad and The Expelled were female fronted bands that helped make those "Punk and Disorderly" albums remain among the best punk compilations ever released. 


Zex have been around since 2014. Core members are: Guitarist and primary songwriter: Jo Capitalicide along with Vocalist: Gretchen Steel and Bassist Gab Sex. Their debut LP "Fight For Yourself" from 2015 is mandatory punk. My write up here: Zex "Fight For Yourself"


Check out the video for the A-side of this 7" and understand exactly what I am talking about.



I love Zex. One of the best punk bands in existence in 2017.


Violated Records (Philly) has released the 7" on three colors:


100 Standard Olive Green. 
250 of Splatter Easter Yellow with lots and lots of Black Splatter. 
250 of Transparent Blood Red with lots and lots of White Splatter.

FOE seal of approval affixed.

UK82 updated to ON17, ON of course being the abbreviation for Ontario.

Take care,
Frank FOE



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Violated Records


Pat of Violated Records once made me a cassette of the Eater discography back in the day when you did that sort of thing. So this was B.I. (before internet). He did this for me as I was having a tough time finding all the records. Pat is the biggest Eater fan I know! Luckily I have much Eater on vinyl now. I still have that cassette, a keepsake for sure!

Pat has a few records that are coming out on his label that you should pay attention to.

First up is the Zex record. Go check out my write up of their LP "Fight For Yourself" at this link: ZEX
"No Sanctuary/Time" 7" is available now in olive green, Easter yellow and black splatter, or transparent blood red with white splatter vinyl. Pat also offers a deal if you buy all three colors.





Later in June Violated will release records by Eater and Foreign Legion!





Pat's wife Rachel is in the Droogettes and she is busy too! 

Test presses are in for a split record with The Droogettes and Vice Squad as evidenced by this photo with a test press in hand!



The Droogettes will be in Allentown PA on July 8 and will be playing the Rebellion fest this year!




Visit Violated records to order http://www.violatedrecords.com/
Visit Violated on FB at https://www.facebook.com/violatedrecordsphilly/
Visit The Droogettes on FB at https://www.facebook.com/droogettes/

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Iron Lung Friday May 26, 2017

Iron Lung

Iron Lung is playing in Bethlehem PA on Friday May 26, 2017.

I have three of their LPS (yes, on vinyl): "Sexless//No Sex", "Life - Iron Lung - Death" and "White Glove Test".

I have embedded all three albums digitally below so you can familiarize yourself with their music for Friday night.

The Lehigh Valley's Manbeast is also on the gig. I have embedded their awesome "Sore" below.

I don't know Burglary Years, but I certainly will after Friday.


















Seattle-based hardcore punk band, Iron Lung, will headline the next show in Tape Swap Radio's concert series this Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Charles A. Brown Ice House in Bethlehem. 

Also performing at the show is Allentown hardcore punk band, Manbeast, and Boston post-punk/dream pop band, Burglary Years. 

Proceeds from the show will benefit Tabor Children's Services youth mentoring program in the Lehigh Valley. 

Formed in 1999 in Reno, Nevada, Iron Lung has since relocated to Seattle and toured extensively across the U.S., Asia, Australia, and Europe over the last 18 years. The A.V. Club has described them as "one of the heaviest, tightest, and most ambitious duos going." Vice Magazine's Noisey has praised their adventurous approach to heavy music as "bridg[ing] the ever-closing gap between hardcore punk, noise, and power electronics. Out the gate, these two dudes smoked anyone who was willing to share a stage with them." 

This will be Iron Lung's first Lehigh Valley performance in a decade since playing in Allentown in 2007.

Tape Swap Radio's concert series is part of Ice House Tonight which allows the arts, theater, and independent music to have a space at the Ice House throughout the year. "The big response we've received since announcing this show demonstrates that there is a real need to have outlets like this for independent music in the Lehigh Valley," said Tape Swap Radio co-founder Shamus McGroggan. "We're excited to be able to bring music of all kinds to the Lehigh Valley from indie folk to punk rock."

Tape Swap Radio is an original live music series which, in addition to hosting its concert series, produces a radio program that airs on WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley's community NPR station. Since 2015, Tape Swap Radio's concert series has raised $6,543 for Lehigh Valley non-profit and community programs like The Center for Animal Health & Welfare in Easton, The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, and the Homebase Skateshop After-School Skate Program in Bethlehem.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parasites "Pair of Sides"

Parasites
"Pair of Sides"
Violated Records
Original 1990, Reissue 2016



Originally from Livingston New Jersey, Parasites instantly became one of my favorite pop punk bands the first time I heard them.

"Pair of Sides" was released in 1990 on Shredder records on vinyl and cassette. Violated records is moving this classic into the digital age. There is also a planned vinyl reissue.

Violated Records "Pair of Sides" order information here: http://www.violatedrecords.com/products/578292-parasites-pair-of-sides

The Parasites are playing the Brighton Bar May 12, 2017 with The Accelerators and The Fiendz.

The Parasites are playing the Kung Fu Necktie May 13, 2017 with The Fiendz, Seeing Snakes and Missile Toads.



This link will take you to an interview I did with the Parasites many years ago in the pages of FOE zine:  http://www.foe.firstpress.net/parasites.pdf

The album kicks off with "Refuge", which is a pop masterpiece in every sense of the word other than it didn't sell a million copies (at least I think it didn't). Parasites have always had a knack of pulling together varying degrees of Beatles, Ramones, Beach Boys, Buzzcocks, early Misfits and Generation X. 




Weston and Parasites are two bands I think should have been huge. Like Green Day huge.

When I say this, I tell you meaning that Parasites have some great songs and then they have songs that make the hair on my arms stand up. "Crazy" from their LP "Punch Lines" (1993) is one of those songs. I've listened to that song a thousand times if I've listened to it once.



The hair standing on my arm hit from "Pair of Sides" is "Refuge". The raw sound throughout the album balances out the bubblegum pop. "Fool For You" and "Waiting Game" are melodic rippers. "I Wanna Be Like Dee Dee" (Ramones) is obvious, "Wild Youth" is too (Generation X). "Make You Mine" is a garage/Beatles slice of brilliance. "My Demon Eyes" is a page out of the early Misfits buzzsaw and melody. "Good Grief" is pure Parasites pop groove. "Never Giving Up On You" is haunting, yet has a Beach Boys flair. "Pair of Sides" is a great debut LP from the beginning stages of the pop punk explosion.



If you missed their debut the first time around in 1990, don't miss out again.  

Cheers,
Frank FOE


Parasites FB










Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cock Sparrer "Forever" PreOrder

Cock Sparrer
"Forever"
New album pre-order time!

Cock Sparrer are one of my favorite bands of all time. This poster is one of my prized possessions, from when I finally got to see the band live in 2012 after being a fan for so many decades. 


So the new album is due out, Spring 2017.

The photo collage video of the new song "One By One" is classic Cock Sparrer and it is time to put the pre-order in for a deluxe vinyl edition (or whatever your preference may be). Check the video: 


Pre-orders here: http://www.piratespressrecords.com/store/12-inches-c-1_6/cock-sparrer-forever-12-lp-p-969.html

The 50 year old me is as excited about this as I was as a five year old at Christmas!


From the Pirates Press Website:

Cock Sparrer - Forever.

**NOTE:**
- Normal CD’s, black vinyl, and T-shirts will ship starting April 24th/25th. 
- Deluxe vinyl will ship by May 15th.
- If your order includes a T-shirt or the deluxe vinyl version, those may ship separately.
- Free flexis and stickers will be included in all vinyl orders, while supplies last


AVAILABLE PRODUCTS:
- Exclusive 7" single of “Every Step Of The Way” - 2 versions - red & white vinyl
- 12 track 180gram black LP in a debossed jacket, with 12 track digital download and lyric insert.
- 16 track CD in a debossed digipak, with lyric booklet.
- DELUXE version LP, on 180gram claret and blue AsideBside colored vinyl in an old-school faux-leather casewrapped "tip on" jacket.
- 12 track chrome cassettes with 3 panel J-card.
- “Forever" T-shirts, enamel lapel pins, and stickers


TRACK LISTING:
A Side
1. One By One
2. Believe
3. Gonna Be Alright
4. Don't Tell Anyone Anything
5. Family Of One
6. Every Step Of The Way

B Side
7. In My Town
8. Contender
9. Nothing Like You
10. I've Had Enough
11. Somebody's Brother; Somebody's Son
12. Us Against The World


PRESSING INFO:
5000pcs. - 12" Black 180gram Vinyl (RETAIL version)
1000pcs. - 12" Claret & Blue AsideBside 180gram Vinyl (PPR DELUXE LEATHER-BOUND Mailorder version)
1000pcs. - 12" Red & White Half-N-Half 180gram Vinyl (Randale DELUXE LEATHER-BOUND Mailorder version)

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Pirates Press FB
Cock Sparrer FB





Friday, March 31, 2017

The Old Firm Casuals "Wartime Rock N Roll"

The Old Firm Casuals
Wartime Rock 'N' Roll
Rebellion Records
Released: March 20, 2017


From the Rose Tattoo-like power rocker "Hell's A Lot Better" to the Electric Frankenstein-like, driving punk, face smash called "Sex Case" to the mid tempo, melodic oi of "1312" that the band is loved for... The Old Firm Casuals always have a blasted good time. Even on the decidedly slower title track, there is a snarl that radiates an empowering attitude. Give it a listen on this youtube version: 



The 12” vinyl version has the music on one side and an etching on the b-side.
Pressing:
700 black
300 gold
20 test presses...

I guess I need to find this on vinyl... my addiction is kicking in!

CD/digital has a bonus rager in "Sanctuary City". The Electric Frankenstein power is undeniable!

Love this band. Love this release. Lars (and his associates) can do no wrong.

Wish I was going to Hawaii!!!!



Cheers,
Frank FOE

Old Firm Casuals FB
Rebellion Records
Rebellion Records OFC

Wire "Silver/Lead"

WIRE
"Silver / Lead"
Pink Flag
Released: March 31, 2017


I don't know anyone, who truly loves punk, hardcore or alternative music who doesn't acknowledge that Wire's 1977 LP "Pink Flag" is a mandatory, influential and classic record.

 ac·knowl·edge
əkˈnäləj/
verb
  1. 1.
    accept or admit the existence or truth of.

Most then also add titles like "Chairs Missing", "154", "The Ideal Copy" and "A Bell Is A Cup" to some extent as titles you have to follow up with and or also note as classic records, depending if they ever even listened to anything beyond "Pink Flag". Basically, you can't go wrong with anything in the 1970s or 1980s.

Most of my hardcore friends were introduced to Wire in the same manner... through Minor Threat's ripping cover of "12XU". Hell, I didn't even know it was a cover until years later. Then I picked up "Pink Flag" and understood.

Seriously. If you are reading this and do not have Wire and Minor Threat's versions of "12XU", if you don't own Minor Threat's entire discography or Wire's "Pink Flag', make sure you obtain those before the end of the day, preferably on vinyl.
"Silver / Lead" is Wire's 15th studio LP.

Wire in 2017 reminds me of the haunting, dark, post punk of the 1980s. I was always attracted to that sound because it felt like it was trying to be energetic and hopeful but there was an undercurrent of complete bleakness. An aural reflection on how I felt most of the time. 


bleak·ness
ˈblēknəs/
noun
  1. the quality or state of being bare and inhospitable.

    "the bleakness of that destroyed landscape"
    • the quality or state of cold and miserable weather.

      "the bleakness of winter"
    • the quality or state of being hopeless, discouraging, or unlikely to have a favorable outcome.

      "this story is marked by unrelenting bleakness"

Give "Short Elevated Period" a listen:


SHORT ELEVATED PERIOD
Skippering a skiff, in the typhoon season
Open to change, in need of a hand
No longer confused by rhyme nor reason
Indian queens paddle dugout canoes

The passenger matches the price that he’s asking
Embracing the modern he now understands
It’s a pivotal moment, in an uncertain future
A pain relief deal done on the Frankfurt Express

Right up to the moment I I.D. you
My reasons for living were under review
A parting of the ways, what had it come to?
Standing in the road, where would I go to?

In a short elevated period

The album is varied, sometimes very heady, atmospheric and dark... begging you to put the headphones on and turn out the lights to be transported. The kind of record you want to listen to when you are just listening to a record. There are textures and sounds you don't want to gloss over and potentially miss.


The new Wire album "Silver/Lead" is available on CD, Vinyl and a Special Edition - a hard backed 80 page case bound book, with text by Graham Duff, extended credits, lyrics and lots of color photos as well as the CD. 


THIS TIME
Some folks believe in magic
Does voodoohoodoo do it for you?
Some folks claim they know all the answers
And for a price they’ll share them with you

This time it’s going to be better
This time I’m going to be strong
This time I refuse to get bitter!
Even though I knew you were wrong!

Some folks have the gift for living
Others make a living hell
Some folks take love as a given
And can’t stop falling under its spell

This time it’s going to be better
This time I’m going to be strong
This time I refuse to get bitter!

Even though I knew you were wrong!

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Pink Flag Records
Silver/Lead
Wire FB



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Record Store Day April 22, 2017



The Record Store Day list for April 22, 2017 has been released.

See the whole list here: http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

Frank FOE's Ten Most Anticipated Record Store Day April 22, 2017 releases:


  • Johnny Cash "Children's Album"
  • The Cars "Live at the Agora, 1978"
  • Cheap Trick "The Epic Archive Volume One"
  • The Distillers "Coral Fang"
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad "Frida"
  • Superchunk "Cup of Sand"
  • A Bronx Tale Soundtrack
  • Integrity "Humanity is the Devil"
  • Def Leppard "EP"
  • Lost in Space: Title Themes from Irwin Allen's Hit TV Series

Honorable mentions (aka if I had a lot more money and/or I expect some of these to not meet my out of pocket cost vs value analysis, but sure would be sweet to own):

  • Big Star "Complete Thirds Volume"
  • David Bowie "Bowpromo"
  • Fleetwood Mac "Alternate Mirage"
  • The Germs "Lexicon Devil"
  • Robert Johnson "The Complete Recordings"
  • MDC "Magnus Dominus Corpus"
  • Stevie Nicks "Rarities"
  • Ramones "76-79 Singles Box"
  • The Runaways "Cherokee/Gold Star Sessions"
  • The Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK --The UK & US Singles "
  • Slick Rick "The Great Adventures of..."
  • Wipers "Better Off Dead"
  • John Williams "Star Wars: A New Hope"
  • Biters "Stone Cold Love"/"Callin' You Home"
  • Blondie "Long Time"
  • Flat Duo Jets "Wild Wild Love" Box Set
  • Goo Goo Dolls "Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves, and Tiny Victories  (1987-1995)"
  • Walter Lure & The Waldos "Live in Brooklyn"
  • The Meters "A Message from The Meters--The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977"


Cheers,
Frank FOE