September 11, 2009

SEP. 11TH 2009 (PART 2 : N~Z)

N~Z +++

NK 6 "S/T" 7" EP - Blood Sucker, 2004, Japan, 500 pressed, (BSR-069-7-1) - $8

New Walls "S/T" 8" flexi - Line, 1984, Japan, New/Unplayed - (Line-002) - $25
Like the harder version of Nickey & The Warriors. Great rockin' hard punk rock with really cool female volcals! Featuring ex-members of Poisonous Cross Gibbet and Headless. The vocal style reminds me of Chitose from The Comes. Rare obscure release on Line Records that also did the Rose Rose 1st flexi, P.C.G. 2nd flexi etc.

New Roteeka "Go or Stop!!" 7" flexi - Neo Family, 1985, Japan, 1000 pressed, Fold-out insert, New/Unplayed, (New Family Records-001) - $30
Produced and engineered by Tam(ADK Records, The Stalin, Typhus, G-Zet etc.) This 1st flexi so damn good!!! I've collected all their records over the years and love them all but this one and the "Last Peace" 2nd EP are definitely their best. Contains the 5 tracks in wide variety of the Punk/HC style. The song "Hot Rod Man" is a killer fast HC, "Warrior" is a cool, mid-tempo heavy HC with gruff vocals and the last song "Panic Life" is a lightning-fast, aggressive and driving punk tune with lots of catchy choruses. This song is such a great punk anthem!! Tam wanted to release this flexi on his ADK label but since New Roteeka just started their own label, it ended up being the first release of New Family Records. You still get to hear that typical "Tam sound" on this release since he was the recording engineer and prducer. Also the songs were recorded at Penta Studio, where all the ADK releases were recorded at. This and the Molugu flexi are the only non-ADK releases that Tam ever produced. The New Roteeka members were very close to the bands like L.S.D., Ghoul, Nira-Kodomo and Gasatsu(their 2nd EP is on New Family and appeared on their comp LP as well) and often played the shows with those bands before they got huge with their later albums on Captain Records. They're actually on the Masami/Ghoul tribute CD. Have such great memories in this band and seen them live a few times back in the late '80s. The Loft show is unforgettable!

New Roteeka "Drinkin' Boys" 12" - Captain, 1988, Japan, Insert, (CAP-0075-M) - $30
Speedy, catchy and high-energy Japanese punk. The whole record is great. Some of their best early works on this 1st 12". Pretty much everything they've done on Neo Family and Captain Records are awesome and are worth

Nickey & The Warriors "Dreams" CD - Captain, 1989/87, (CAP-1041-CD) - $20
Much rarer CD version of the 1st LP. Many of the original Captain Records CD's(Lip Cream, Gas etc.) are even harder to find than the LP's. Those were released right before the label disappeared and not so many copies of them were pressed.

No Class "Broken Message" 7" EP - Tune, 1988, Japan, Poster sleeve, New/Unplayed, (LM-2013) - $45
Very obscure '80s Japcore with great metallic guitar. They remind me a bit of early Lip Cream, Outo, Gauze and the late '80s Selfish Records stuff. Their only release and has 6 tracks with the titles like "Dead Alive", "Core", "No More War" etc. Good band.

Non Fiktion Noiz "¡Contaminación Mundial!" 7" EP - SouthKore, 2004, US, 500 pressed, Insert, (SK 001) - $4
Awesome raging pissed-off hardcore from Chicago, in the vein of Los Crudos and Sin Orden. Brutal shit.

Nubile "S/T" 7" flexi - ADK, 1983, Japan, 1000 pressed, (ADK 04S) - $40
ex-Typhus singer Ken Tanami on vacals. He was the singer on the Typhus "Live Take" demo. Produced, engineered & released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK).

O-Geletzt Special Issue - Photo Zine - O-Geletzt, 1987, Japan, 50 slick pages & color covers, (No Cat. #) - $30
It's kinda like the photo zine that MRR did back in the '80s except this one's got a little better quality/production. Lip Cream, The Bad Lots(ex-Ghoul/Masami), Gasatsu(Crime Fighter), New Roteeka, Kenzi, The Blue Hearts, The Pogo, Loud Machine, The Strummers etc. There's also a cool pic of Jha-Jha(Lip Cream) showing his funny underwear that he's wearing right next to Masami's face.

Outo "S/T"(Official Discography) LP - Specialized Fact, 1999, Japan, 1000 pressed, Large glossy booklet, (SFAN-003) - $40
Limited release on Specialized Fact, the label ran by some of ex-Outo and S.O.B. members. Comes with a very nicely made, 10" x 10" size glossy booklet with tons of rare old photos, biography and gig flyers by a great Japcore artist Tom. Also a killer sleeve artwork done by him as well. An almost-complete discography of one of the most important bands in the Japanese HC history, contains their '84~88 materials incl. all the 3 EP's, 6 tracks off the "Shoujikimono..." LP, tracks off the "Hardcore Unlawful Assembly", "Thrash Til Death" and "My Meat's Your Poison" comp LP's. Released also on the CD format, but this vinyl edition was limited and sold out fast. Long out of print and hard to find.

P-Nissarna "Världskrig III" 7" EP - Really Fast, 1989, Sweden, Recorded in '82, (Really Fast-6) - $30

Paintbox "Back Reporter/Gaichuu-no-uta" 7" flexi - HG Fact, 2000, Japan, Gig-only ltd release, (HG-152) - $68

Poison Arts "Kick Rock" 7" flexi - Rockin' F, 1989, Japan, Freebie w/ pocket picture sleeve, (No Cat. #) - $20
Re-recorded version of the killer title track tune from the classic 1st LP on Selfish. Much faster and better than the original version!

R.I.P. "Samurai Anthems" 7" EP - Discrete, 1998, Japan, 500 pressed, Insert, (DIS-18) - $55

Raise A Flag "League Of Faith" 7" EP - Hunter, 1998, Japan, (Hunter-003) - $45

Raiya "Remain" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1998, Japan, Label flyer, (HG-094) - $20

Rapes "Murderers Night" 7" EP - Wild West, 1988, Japan, Insert, (AWWR-001) - $65

Razors Edge "Thrash March" 7" EP - Booz, 1998, Japan, 1000 pressed, Original Japanese press on clear red vinyl w/ red sleeve, (BOOZ-003) - $10

Razz, The "The Great Punk Rock Storm" 8" flexi - Self, 1984, Japan, (1984-001) - $35

Reaction "Joy Ride" 7" flexi - ADK, 1984, Japan, (ADK-15S) - (Trade or Offer)

Refuse "Punk Save The World???" 7" EP - Beer City, 2001, Japan, 500 pressed, (Beer City Records-01) - $45
Includes a Gai/Swankys cover song "Little Star". The center labels say "Beer Cider Noise!!!!!". Self-released on the band's own Beer City label(not the one from the U.S.)

Resurrection "S/T" 7" flexi - ADK, 1985, Japan, New/Unplayed, (ADK-23S) - $25
Produced, engineered & released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK). Had ex-member(s) of Hentai Club(the pre-Aburadako band with Paruo from Sha-London/Sex Imagination Drugs/Incest Rec.)

Rise From The Dead "Haraguro" 7" flexi - Bron, 1990, Japan, w/ sticker, New/Unplayed, (Bron RFD-1/GIGA-1) - $25
Original/early line-up featuring the ex-members of Crow, Outo, Chicken Bowels and S.O.B. This is their best work in my opinion.

Robbing The Cradle "Blue Note/Echoes" 7" EP - Battle Company, 198?, Japan, New/Unplayed, (FEI-8032S) - $20
Obscure KBD style, wavey and rockin' punk from Kyushu. Rare self-released 1st EP. ex-Sheena & The Rokkets!

SS-20 "I Never Change The Life" 7" EP - Self, 1993, Japan, 300 pressed, New/Unplayed, (No Cat. #) - $35
Yes, this is SS-20 from Japan, not those other bands with the same name from Mexico, Poland, Italy or France. They've existed from '87 and probably broke up not too long after this release which is the only record they've ever done as far as I know. Awesome solid sounding Japanese hard punk in the vein of The Stalin("Stop Jap" era), with a bit of ADK touch. Sounds very similar to The Stalin, actually. The songs are pretty catchy yet hard and strong. The chorus parts on the song like "Kill or Killed" and the title track are so damn good! The guitar riffs sound so shorp. Fucking brilliant. I love this style. Man, it was released in the early '90s but all the songs totally sound like if they were from the mid '80s. Could easily be on ADK or City Rocker Records if this came out back then. This 7" was self-released by the band themselves and sold only at their shows and an old shop in Kanagawa that one of the band members worked at. That makes it nearly impossible to find after 16 years of its release. Some copies came with a tiny release show flyer says "This EP is our final warning. Strictly limited to 300 copies only, sold at our future shows & mailorder. No repress!"(in Japanese).

Sabotaasi "Kulissit" One-sided 7" EP - Kahlenukke, 1987, Finland, 200 pressed, Insert, (Reaktio-3) - $25
Traditional Finnish HC, recorded in '86. Some of the members went onto form Juggling Jugulars. Only 200 copies of this 1st EP were pressed. 500 each of the later EP's, I believe. This EP recently sold on ebay for $78... ouch.

Samé "Cyborg-Keikaku" 7" EP - Premium, 1988, Japan, (No Cat. #) - $50
Ultra-rare and unknown 7" on Ikka-Shinju's Premium Records. Very obscure one here. 6 tracks of fucking killer metallic Japcore!! As far as I know, it's the only non Ikka-Shinju release done by their label. The band's only ever release besides the "I'll Gather Up" comp tracks. Full-color, wicked sleeve artwork. Note: The band name is supposed to be read in the Japanese way "Sāmé"(Shark) not like the English word "Same".

Samé "Cyborg-Keikaku" 7" EP - Premium, 1988, Japan, New/Unplayed, (No Cat. #) - $55

Scantys, The "Punk Faker" 7" flexi - Drunk With Party, 1997, Japan, 500 pressed, Stamped & numbered sleeve(# 480), Insert, (DWP-0000) - $15
Released on a short lived label ran by Chatter, the ex-Chaos CH singer. DWP also did the 7" by Chatter's post-Chaos CH band called Kick The Bollocks. Total Swankys, Kings World & late '80s Kyushu worshipped punk. This is the rare promo-only freebie flexi. Produced by Chatter.

Scantys, The "Greeting From The Scantys" 7" EP - Drunk With Party, 1997, Japan, Insert, (DWP-002) - $15

S.C.U.M., The "Inconstant"(Hardcore Box Tape) Cassette - King's World, 1992, Japan, Ltd to 500, Pro-copied cassette, Hardshell package, Insert, (KWCT 003) - (Trade or Offer)
Ultra-obscure '80s noisecore from Kyushu. The flexi isn't their only release, but also this boxed tape and the self-released 30-track CD as well. They're all equally rare(if not, this tape is probably the rarest). Contains their 1st demo('88) and 2nd demo('90). Comes in a 7" x 5" size, cool hardshell box package with a color sleeve. Very nice packaging. The folded insert has the lyrics and band history. King's World Records did some unknown cassette-only releases like this one and a few others by The Swankys, Kuro, F.B.I.(The Swankys singer's HC project in '92), Bastly Backs etc. There's a release ad on the back side of the F.B.I. tape package stating that The S.C.U.M. tape box is limited to 500 copies and needs pre-ordering.

Shala "Hard & Loose" 7" flexi - Great Junk, 1985, Japan, (001) - $35
Totally excellent obscure band here! The Swankys influenced, raw and noisy punk with the gruff vocals that really stand out. Well, they sound much rawer than The Swankys though. Hard and loud, yet catchy as hell. I love this flexi!!!!! Wish to hear more from them.

Signal Lost "S/T" Demo Tape - Self, 2003, US, Pro-copied cassette, (No Cat. #) - $8

Smash Your Face "Dirty, Nasty & Fuckin' High Energy" LP - Ride On/Mangrove, 1997, Japan, Insert, poster, obi & flyer, (Ride On-005/ROOT-011 1/2) - $8

Smash Your Face "Loose Times, Light Times" 7" EP - Prank/Ride On, 1998, Japan, (Prank-029) - $3
"dirty, nasty, fuckin' high energy" mixture of early LA punk (ala Germs, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, The Dwarves, and The Stooges) and early Japanese hardcore such as Lip Cream.

Snobb Slakt "S/T" 7" EP - Self, 1984, Sweden, (Snobb-EP 001) - $45

Sound Like Shit "Once Upon The Metal" 7" EP - Six Weeks, 2000, Japan, Insert, (SW-38) - $3

Stab 4 Reason & The Styles "S/T" 7" EP - Radical East, 1999, Japan, Stickered outer sleeve, (RE-19) - $2
The Roots Rock Reggae project by the Bad Brains/FVK influenced hardcore band. They've had a split EP with Real Reggae on MCR.

Stalin, The "Allergy/No Fun" 7" - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, (CMA-2033) - $28
The killer classic tunes on this EP. Includes a B-side track that's not on the LP's.

Stalin, The "Dendou Kokeshi/Tempura Rock" 7" flexi - Ing,o!/Lucky Strike, 1984, Japan, (ING-004) - $30

Stalin, The "Fish Inn" LP - B.Q., 1984, Japan, Original, Insert, (BQL-1) - $30
This is the original pressing on Michiro's B.Q. label. The '86 reissue on J.A.P./Japan Records is the remix version with extra guitars, bass and keyboard added by Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock etc. This B.Q. original recording and the remix version sound very different. The "Fish Inn" remix LP is the very first Japanese record Bill Laswell has ever produced. He's an well-known producer who has also worked with Motorhead, Ramones, Iggy Pop, P.I.L., Bob Marley, Mick Jaguar, Yoko Ono, Ryuichi Sakamoto etc. I personally enjoy listening to both versions, however most of the Japanese fans say that the additional instruments and over-remix work ruined the original sound. Also, the B.Q. issue has a completely different sleeve artwork than the reissue. Only the ltd mailorder copies came with the flexi and that one is a bit harder to come by.

Stalin, The "Stalinism" 12" - Independent, 1987, Japan, Insert, Dist. by B.Q. Records, (Independent 009ML) - $40
Official collection of their early classics. Compiles the "Dendou-Kokeshi" 1st flexi(Political, 1980), "Stalinism" EP(Political, '81), "Vacuum" mailorder-only bonus flexi for the "Fish Inn" LP(B.Q., '84), "Chicken Farm Chicken" off the "Welcome To 1984" comp LP(MRR, '84).
Note: There's a scratch that doesn't affect playing.

Stalin, The "Dendou Kokeshi/Niku" 7" flexi - SS Recordings, 2005, Japan, Clear red flexi, Insert, (SS-5001) - $30
Limited official reissue of the 1st flexi, originally released on Political Records in '80. The original price on these reissues was 1500 Yen...

Stalin, The "Stalinism" 7" EP - SS Recordings, 2005, Japan, (SS-5002) - $30
Limited official reissue of the 2nd EP, originally released on Political Records in '81. The original price on these reissues was 1500 Yen...

(Stalin, The) Video-Stalin "Ultra Sex Man/24 jikan ai no Fascism" 7" flexi - BQ, 1987, Japan, Plain blue sleeve, (BQS-011) - $38
Super-rare gig freebie-only flexi that was given away at their first show at Loft prior to the VHS and LP releases. This flexi is totally unknown, even to those Michiro/The Stalin fanatic collectors!! A few hundred copies made? Nearly impossible to find.

Star Club, The "Anoko ni hitomebore" 7" flexi - Club The Star, 1984, Japan, Gig freebie, (The Star Club No.7/CSR 005) - $40
Mega-rare gig freebie-only flexi! One of the hardest to find and most sought-after S.C. releases of all. Contains a killer, fast and hard drivin' punk title track tune which was actually the very first song that was ever written by them right after the band was formed, however has never been officially recorded until 1984(Except the live version of this song appeared on the "Go To Hell" acetate 7" that they've pressed less than 5 copies in 1977.) Although this studio track isn't available on any of their other records, it's one of the most well known and loved S.C. tunes to their older fans. The flexi was given away free to fans only at one show at Loft in 1984(Says "Not For Sale" printed on it.) Some online resources say that it was the first flexi to be given away through their "Cosa Nostra" fan club(existed '85~'90), but that's wrong.

State "No Illusions" 7" EP - Reagan Era HC, 2001, US, Insert - $3 Originally self-released on Statement Records in '83.

Still "Real Time" 7" EP - Strawberry, 1985, Japan, Photo card insert, Clear PVC sleeve, New/Unplayed, (P-2006) - $10
Produced by Tsunematsu Masatoshi from Friction and E.D.P.S. Melodic darkwave with good female vocals. Featuring a Jagatara member. Reminds me of the British 4AD stuff. The singer was also a guest member for Tsunematsu's solo LP.

Strong Style "Akashi" 7" EP - Juke Boxxx, 2002, Japan, 500 pressed, (JB-016.5) - $65

Stupid Babies Go Mad! "S/T" 7" EP - Human Stench, 2000, Japan, (Stench 07) - $3

Suicide "S/T" 7" flexi - Bizarre, 1984, Japan, Insert, Clear red flexi, (No Cat. #) - $35
Produced by Atsushi Kaneko from The Stalin. Self-released 1st flexi. I thought their 2nd EP "Warning For The World Punks" is very good but this flexi is even much better. Like an old zine review says, I can definitely hear The Stalin influence and the song "Heroes(Your Dirty Face)" sounds like one of the songs on The Stalin's "Stop Jap" LP!! Really good stuff. Very mid '80s Japanese punk sounding release.

Suicide "Celebration" 7" EP - Captain, 1985, Japan, (CAP-0003-E) - $15

Swankys, The "More Fuck" Demo Tape - Self, 1985, Japan, Red sleeve w/ green outer slipcase package, (No Cat. #) - $60
Origina!!!! Early Swankys recording(w/ orig. members) from right after they switched the name back from Gai to The Swankys in '85. Nice packaging.

Swankys, The "This Is My Lifestyle" 7" EP - KPP, 1985, Japan, (KPP-002) - $60
The legendary 1st EP on Kuro's KPP Records.

Swankys, The "Rock'n'Roll History Fuck Off!!"(a.k.a. "Neo Damage") 7" flexi - Kings World, 1986, Japan, (KK 001) - $40
It's actually their 2nd 7" and the "Best Of 2" EP on Dogma came out several months after this one. Also this is the very first Kings World release.
Note: The sleeve has a bent mark at the middle.

Swankys, The "Best Of Lifestyle" 12" - King's World, 1989, Japan, 1000 pressed, Clear vinyl, Clear PVC sleeve, (KK 008) - $68
Contains the 3 tracks from the "This Is My Lifestyle" 1st EP('85, KPP Rec.) on Side A and the 3 tracks by Gai on Side B. All the songs are in their early noisy HC punk style. This is probably the second hardest to find Swankys/Gai records of all. Rarely seen for sale outside of Japan.

Systematic Death "Final Insider/Lucky Time" LP - Selfish, 1987, Japan, Printed inner-bag sleeve, (BEL-12019) - $85

Taisho "S/T" 7" EP - Phalanx, 1999, Japan, Insert, (PX-035) - $28

Tam Boy Ide "Bootleg" 10" - ADK, 1984, Japan, (ADK-18M) - $110

Tetsu-Arrey "Force" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1996, Japan, 1st press on black vinyl, (HG-063) - $20
Classic 1st EP by one of the originators of Burning Spirits style Japcore.

305, The(The Three-O-Five) "S/T" 8" flexi - Beat Time, 1984, Japan, New/Unplayed, (A-305) - $8
Catchy, melodic and fun punk rock with sharp and trashy rockin' guitar riffs. Completely unknown band here. Some of the members went onto form The Pogo and Kenzi.

324 "Boutoku no taiyo" LP - Studio Grey/HG Fact, 2001, Japan, Insert, (SG-001) - $8

Total Fury "Committed To The Core" 7" EP - Youth Attack, 2002, Japan, Ltd U.S. tour press, White blank labels w/ large center hole, (YA #16) - $10

Truth Of Arize "Genocide Massacre Holocaust" LP - Savanna Elektnica, 2000(?), Japan, 500 pressed, Hand #'d label(# 325) & handwritten inner dust sleeve, (No Cat. #) - $30

Video-Stalin "Ultra Sex Man/24 jikan ai no Fascism" 7" flexi - BQ, 1987, Japan, Plain blue sleeve, (BQS-011) - $38
Super-rare gig freebie-only flexi that was given away at their first show at Loft prior to the VHS and LP releases. This flexi is totally unknown, even to those Michiro/The Stalin fanatic collectors!! A few hundred copies made? Nearly impossible to find.

Violent Pain "Feel For New Age" 7" EP - MCR, 1996, Japan, 1100 pressed, Poster sleeve(tiny sticker tear), (MCR-093) - $3

Wanderers, The "Changing All Those Changes" 2 x 7" EP - AA, 1987, Japan, Gatefold sleeve, (AA-019) - $35

Wankys, The "The Very Best Of Hero The Wankys" CD - Hardcore Kitchen, 2008, UK, Bonus "Noise Punk" EP tracks, Japanese import, (HxCxK-015/Distortion Party #7) - $8

Waves "The Vagrancy Of The Hell" 7" EP - Human Stench, 2002, Japan, Insert, (Stench 11) - $3

Wart "Shusou-Danji" CD - Hardcore Kitchen, 2008, Japan, Obi, Japanese import, (HxCxK-017) - $8
Raging thrash HC punk with lots of sing-a-long catchy parts/choruses that reminds me a bit of Tomorrow but with more traditional straight-forward Japcore feel. The entire lyrics are in Japanese. Includes an awesome Japanese cover of Chaos UK's "No Security". 13 tracks in total. Great and unique band. Short, fast and loud!

World Downfall "S/T" 7" EP - Agromosh, 2003, Japan, 900 pressed on black vinyl, Flyer, Small sticker tear on back sleeve, (Agromosh-011) - $5

Youth Brigade "Sink With California" 7" EP - AA/B.Y.O., 1984, US, 1000 pressed, Insert, (AA-012) - $40
Mega-rare and very sought after Japan-only release on AA Records. The B-side track is "Who Can You Believe In".

Yumefuda "Kurutta yumeno hatemade..." 7" EP - Cut Up, 1998, Japan, Black die-cut inner sleeve, (Cut Up-001) - $25
120% raging traditional '80s style Japcore smasher. All female members(and they look BAD ASS!). They were also on the Japankore Omnibus LP. Rare self-released EP with a nice full-color artwork and photos on the slick fold-out sleeve. See here: