July 30, 2010

JULY 30TH 2010 (PART 2 : N~Z)

N~Z +++

Narcosis "S/T" CD - Self, 2000, Peru, (No Cat. #) - $10
Early obscure Peruvian HC/Punk circa '85. One of the first Peruvian HC bands among some others like Ataque Frontal(Guerrilla Urbana), Leusemia, Autopsia(pre-Gx3) etc. Contains the "Primera Dosis" 18-track demo tape('85) and various unreleased live/studio stuff including the Sociedad Anónima(pre-Narcosis) material as well. Ultra-raw and primitive sounding HC/Punk that's comparable to Lixomania, early Cólera, Gx3 etc. I don't think this CD is available anywhere in the U.S. It's probably out of print, too.

No Lip "S/T" 7" EP - T.P.C.(Tokyo Punks Club), 1986, Japan, Insert, (TPC-1103) - $18
ADK Records styled, dark and fast-pased metallic punk! Roger from Dead Cops/SiC was in this band. Appeared on various foreign and domestic comp's. Released on the same label that also put out the Corruption Of Peace LP, Masami(Ghoul) EP, Warriors EP etc. Thought I'd waste a bit of my time again and go on writing some interesting(?) episode regarding this lesser-known Tokyo-based label(with a criminally embarrassing name...) coz probably not so many people know about it. This label was ran by a dude from the legendary punk shop called "Jim's Inn" and Sakevi's Beast Arts was originally part of T.P.C. Records(they used the same contact address) The "M.A.N." LP was planned to be released on T.P.C., however it ended up being the first Beast Arts release as Sakevi decided to establish his own label in the last minutes, although the LP was already advertised in the T.P.C. release ads.

No Value "2002/6/8 @ Cymbaline" Tape - Bad Smell(a.k.a. New Smell), 2003, Japan, Ltd. to 200 copies, w/ Sticker, (No Cat. #) - $10

Nubile "S/T" 7" flexi - ADK, 1983, Japan, 1000 pressed, (ADK 04S) - $30
ex-Typhus singer Ken Tanami on vacals. He was the singer on the Typhus "Live Take" tape. Produced, engineered and released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK Records).

Order "Saru" 7" EP - HG Fact, 2007, Japan, 1500 pressed, (HG-213) - $15

Outo "No Way Out" 7" EP - Selfish, 1988, Japan, Insert, (AMI-7033) - $35

P.C.G.(Poisonous Cross Gibbet) "Last Sheet" 7" flexi - Line, 1984, Japan, (Line-003) - $28

P.O.W.(Performance Of War) Vol.3 - Magazine - Punk On Wave, 1985, Japan, Paperback format, Full-color covers, 106 pages, (N/A) - $65
Special Sakevi issue. The main concept of this issue is "Death". This ultra-rare, awesome mag was edited by Sakevi from G.I.S.M.(Co-edited by John Duncan!!) and published by AA Records. Lots of insane pics, artworks, interviews and articles about topics like war, death, execution, politics etc. Written in both Japanese and English. Not all of them, but most of the main contents were translated into English. Glossy, full-page color and b&w photos of Hanatarash, Hijokaidan, Psychic TV etc. Rare full-page ad for the G.I.S.M. video release with a large live pic of Sakevi, Lip Cream ad, C.O.P. froLP/T.P.C. Records ad, Hold Up Records ad, Selfish Records full-page ad etc. Sakevi himself interviewed the following people: John Duncan, Hanatarash, the workers from Tokyo Medical Examiner's Office(The autopsy/death stuff here. There's a pic of Sakevi with the two examiners taken during the interview), a mental hospital inpatient etc. John Duncan also did a few other interviews. Some of the other interesting materials to read are the How To Kill article and a personal short letter sent to Sakevi by the political prisoner of East Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front, an extreme left-wing activist group. Very professionally done underground mag with the glossy covers and absolutely amazing contents.

Paintbox "Honou / Sabaku" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1998, Japan, Insert, (EX-/VG), (HG-101) - $25

Para-Phrase "Su-De-Ni!?" 7" Flexi - Beat Generation, 1981, Japan, Clear blue flexi, (Ino 1-ban) - $35
Total Friction worship!!!!!! Reminds me of Speed, too!! I don't have much infos about this unknown early Japanese punk band, but according to the "Punk Tengoku" guide book(by Doll), they were from Sapporo city. Quite rare to see this style of bands from that area in the early '80s. Great raw primitive punk rock with a sharp edge. I'd totally recommend this to anyone who likes Friction, Mirrors, Speed, Lizard or the other Tokyo Rockers related bands from that era.

Poison Arts "Kick Rock" 7" flexi - Rockin' F, 1989, Japan, Freebie, Photocopied sleeve, (No Cat. #) - $10
Re-recorded version of their killer title track tune from the classic 1st LP on Selfish Records. Much faster and better than the original version! Sounds really awesome. This track is exclusive to this flexi and can't be heard elsewhere, not even on the official discography double CD. Please note that the sleeve is a photocopy.

Pretty "Neo Damaging Noise III" CD - Fuck The System, 2006, Japan, Obi, (FSR-003) - $10

Rabid "Total Chaotic Attack" Tape - E.A.S.T. Peace, 2001, Japan, Ltd. to 500 copies, Pro-copied blue cassette, (EPCA-001) - $25
'80s Swedish HC style ala S.O.D., Disarm, Absurd meets distorted Kyushu noisecore!!! The only release ever(and it's very rare) by this killer short-lived band from Kyushu. Wish they've released at least one record! Noisy and chaotic HC attack like the title says, cool artwork and excellent production. Perfect!!!

Raise Cain "Return To Many Shocks And Panic..." 7" EP - Self, 1989, Japan, Orig. 1st press, Insert, (RC-001) - $40
Very hard to find '89 original self-released pressing with full-color original artwork(glossy pocket sleeve) and insert, not the later German reissue on Amok Records from the early '90s. This original one almost never pops up for sale... Excellent traditional Japcore in the vein of Nightmare, Bandit, Crück, Death Side, Warhead etc.

Real "Real 4" 7" EP - ADK, 1984, Japan, 2 x booklet, (ADK-20E) - $35
Produced, engineered and released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK Records). I like most of the Real releases, but this 7" and the 8" on Ducasse label are their best in my opinion. Solid and hard sounding punk with sharp guitar. Probably one of the most overlooked, yet harder to find ADK releases. Never seen it for sale elsewhere outside of Japan. Real was one of the very few ultra-political activist bands in Japan among the others with the similiar political stances(anti-emperor, anti-war, animal rights) like Theze, The Ballad, Nué, HDW, Hellnation etc. I remember some of them getting arrested in the chaos of the riot when the Showa Emperor died(X-day) in '89. This copy comes with the two East Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front booklet inserts(not all copies came with them).

Refuse "Punk Save The World???" 7" EP - Beer City, 2001, Japan, 500 pressed, (Beer City Records-01) - $28
Lo-fi noisecore. Includes a Gai/The Swankys cover song "Little Star". The center labels say "Beer Cider Noise!!!!!". 6 tracks includes the song titles like "Noise Never Die!", "The Fuck Song" etc. Self-released on the band's own Beer City label, not to be confused with the U.S. label with the same name.

Resistance "Showa Memory Sheet" 7" Flexi - Self, 1982, Japan, (No Cat. #) - $35
The only ever released by this ultra-obscure band from Nagoya city. Gloomy sounding, ADK style hard punk that sounds very similar to Masturbation, Aka, Kikeiji, Sekiri, or Sekinin-Tenka. You'll love this flexi if you're into Japanese punk in that particular style. The guitarist Lou later joined The Star Club in '82 after this flexi release. Includes 4 tracks with the titles like "Fat State" and "Carcass Of Suicide".

Robbing The Cradle "Blue Note/Echoes" 7" EP - Battle Company, 198?, Japan, New/Unplayed, (FEI-8032S) - $10
Self-released 1st EP by this obscure KBD-style, wavey and rockin' punk rock band from Kyushu. They've done a few LP's after this EP. ex-Sheena & The Rokkets!

Rustler, The "S/T" 7" flexi - D.I.S., 1988, Japan, Insert, (D.I.S.-005) - $25
One of the best Shizuoka city Japcore bands among with So What, Innocents, Deadless Muss, Griffin FZ(pre-Zone), Mental etc. Rustler had a split EP with So What. Very rare 1st flexi on Deadless Muss' D.I.S. label. 10 tracks!!
Note: Unfortunately, the flexi is bent and skips once or twice during the song. Arm pitch adjustment might help on some turntable, but I can't guarantee and thus priced low(selling it for my cost). Too bad I didn't check it well when I got it. The sleeve and insert are in very nice shape, perfect for upgrading your copy though.

S.D.S.(Societic Death Slaughter) "Ameber" 12" - MCR, 1998, Japan, 1000 pressed, Insert, (MCR-100) - $40

S.D.S.(Societic Death Slaughter) "Live In Automatic Country" Tape - E.A.S.T. Peace, 1999(?), Japan, Pro-copied cassette, (Sore Core MT002) - $25

2nd Degree "S/T" 7" EP - Self, 2004, Japan, 500 pressed, (No Cat. #) - $7
The Bristles, The Last Survivors, Persevere, '82 U.K.(No Future/Riot City) styled Japanese HC/Punk. Their 2nd EP and CD are out on HG Fucked.

Shoichi Miyazawa "Kiristo Wa Umagoya De Umareta" 7" flexi - Political, 1981, Japan, (MIG-2502) - $85
Mega-rare release on the legendary Political Records by Michiro Endo(The Stalin). This one is actually much rarer than any of the other Political releases(The Stalin & Typhus), however it's quite unknown and obscure comparing to the others such as the "Trash" LP or Typhus flexi. For the serious, die-hard collector of Japanese punk or The Stalin. Produced by Michiro and he also plays a guitar and drums on this flexi.

So What "Murder" 7" EP - Selfish/Dynamite, 1991, Japan, Insert, (EX-/VG), (AMI-7043/DON DON-009) - $38
Legendary Shizuoka-city Japcore! Produced by Minoru from Lip Cream. Split release by Selfish Records and Lip Cream's Dynamite label. This is one of the very few last Selfish releases that rarerly pop up for sale, like the Gauze 3rd LP('91), Death Side/Chaos UK split CD('93), Death Side 2nd LP('91), Assfort CD('91), Acid 2nd LP('91) etc. While most of their releases before '90 were pressed in the large quantity of a few thousand each or more, the later ones that came out a little before the label ended were pressed in the much smaller quantity and probably no represses either. Anyways, this last So What EP is awesome and is much better than their split with The Rustler in my opinion. 6 tracks of blazing Burning Spirits style, top-notch quality Japcore at it's best. Can't believe this was their last release though. The whole EP rules! They should have done a full-length LP with this last lineup before breaking up....!!!!

Sorto "1984-1986" 7" EP - Power It Up, 1992/2003, Finland, 500 pressed, Ltd. edition w/ orig. '92 sleeve & blank center labels, Insert & label postcard, (P.I.U. #6) - $7

Stalin, The "Stop Jap" LP - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, 2nd press, Orig. sticker on sleeve, Printed inner-bag sleeve, (CMC-2505S) - $38
This is the rare 2nd press on black vinyl that's harder to find than the red vinyl 1st press copies which seem to be more common.

Stalin, The "Allergy/No Fun" 7" EP - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, (CMA-2033) - $25
The killer classic tunes on this EP. Includes a B-side track that's not on the LP's.

Stalin, The "Stalinism" 12" - Independent/B.Q., 1987, Japan, Insert, (Independent 009ML) - $30
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 visible, but light scratch on Side A that does not affect playing.

(Stalin, The) Ing,o! No.4 - Zine & The Stalin 7" flexi - Political Project, 1984, Japan, A4 size, 31 pages, (ING-004) - $75
Mega-rare infamous zine published by The Stalin singer Michiro Endo and his Political Project(Records). Complete with the "Dendou Kokeshi/Tempura Rock" flexi!!! The flexi has a picture sleeve insert. This is "The Stalin Special" issue w/ photos, centerfold poster, interview, "Vietnam Legend" full-page ad, MRR reprint etc. Very rare to find The Stalin photo(centerfold poster) with their early '84 line-up incl. Michiro, Jun Bleed(The Willard), Teruya Ogata and Jun Inui. Perhaps this is the only one ever appeared in the zine. Large A4 size, thick pages.

(Stalin, The) Michiro, Get The Help! "Help!(Take 2)" 7" flexi - B.Q./GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, Japan, Promo-only/freebie, Clear red flexi, (SPS-2) - $10

(Stalin, The) Michiro, Get The Help! "Odyssey 1985 Sex" 7" EP - GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, (K07S-10052) - $20
Post-The Stalin project band under the name of "Michiro, Get The Help!" with Masayuki Ono(Allergy/The Stalin) and Jun Shimoyama(The Roosters). The 12" version of this single isn't so hard to find, however this lesser-known 7" version is pretty rare. Would be a nice addition to The Stalin/Michiro Endo collection. The front cover artwork was done by a cult Japanese comic artist Suehiro Maruo, who also did The Stalin "Mushi" picture LP artwork. GNP was the newly established label by Michiro.

(Stalin, The) Michiro Endo "Hasan" LP - GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, Japan, Insert & obi, (K28A 742) - $15
Post-The Stalin solo project band(The Gay-Nou Brothes) of Michiro with Jun Shimoyama from The Roosters(Burst City!) etc. The first full-length release under the concept of what he called "Grotesque New Pop", an essential mix of punk/new wave/post-punk, plus the usual Michiro craziness. A year after the several GNP releases, he formed the new bands Video-Stalin and Paranoia Star. While Video-Stalin was around for about two years and very active, as far as I know Paranoia Star played only a few gigs and released one LP which contains a few re-recorded early tunes of The Stalin.

Star Club, The "Anoko Ni Hitomebore" 7" flexi - Club The Star, 1984, Japan, Gig freebie, (The Star Club No.7/CSR 005) - $35
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 surely incorrect.

Stupids "Leave Your Mark"(a.k.a. "Untitled") 7" EP - Vinyl Solution, 1987, UK, Ltd. mailorder-only EP, Clear red vinyl, Orig. clear sticker on stamped plain die-cut sleeve, Stamped blank labels, (VS-3) - (Trade or Offer)
This is a very rare, special 5-track EP that was only available through mailorder from the label. It's sometimes called the "Untitled" EP. Not sure of the exact pressing info, but only a couple of hundred copies were pressed as I heard. Not all copies have the sleeve and center labels stamped. This copy does.

Swankys, The "Five Star" 7" EP - Kings World, 1987, Japan, (M-/VG+), (KK 001) - $35
This is the hard vinyl version of the "R&R History Fuck Off!!"(Neo Damage) flexi from '86(the flexi actually came out a few months earlier than the "Very Best Of Pt. 2" EP on Dogma). Contains the same 4 tracks as the flexi, but the titles for the B-side tracks have been changed, and has a completely different artwork. Cool ass porno photo sleeve design, done exactly in the Swankys style if you know what I mean! The catalog number for this release is the same as the flexi.

Swankys, The "Five Star" 7" EP - Kings World, 1987, Japan, (KK 001) - $40

Swankys, The "Foolish" 7" EP - Kings World, 1987, Japan, Orig. sticker on blue die-cut sleeve, (KK 002) - $28

Swankys, The "Last Punk Show"(+ Studio Trax) LP - Kings World, 1996, Japan, 800 pressed, Obi, (KWLP-7001) - $65
Contains their last show at Loft, Tokyo on Side A(33 1/3 RPM) and the two previously unreleased studio demo tracks "Fucker" and "Pop Rocker" on Side B(45 RPM) as bonus tracks. The "Last Punk Show" was originally a cassette-only release on Kings World from '89 or '90. This is the official vinyl issue and is limited to only 800 copies like the Gai "Damaging Noise" ltd. 12". Cool sleeve artwork. This one is pretty rare to find nowadays. Would be a nice addition to any Swankys/Gai/Kyushu punk collection.

Sweet Weapon "Overheat" 7" EP - Adventure Family/Nitro/Water Land, 198?, Japan, (NTR-01) - $10
Quite unusual release by Adventure Family Records. This sounds more like KBD stuff. Uptempo and a bit wavey punk rock. Adventure Family put out mainly HC bands from the Yokosuka area and also Water Land did the Janky/Mad Conflux split and I believe the Front Guerrilla 7" as well. I know nothing about this band though.

Tetsu-Arrey "S/T" CD - S.E.X./Sunshine Sherbet, 1991, Japan, Obi, (SS-011) - $55

Tetsu-Arrey "Tetsu-Arrey II" LP - HG Fact, 1998, Japan, Heavy gatefold sleeve, Poster insert & obi, (HG-100) - $45

305, The(The Three-O-Five) "S/T" 8" flexi - Beat Time, 1984, Japan, New/Unplayed, (A-305) - $7
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.

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

Tranquilizer "The Massacre of St. Bartholomew" 7" flexi - Self, 1986, Japan, (Tranquilizer Record-002) - $120

Tsunematsu Masatoshi "S/T" 12" - Pass, 1981, Japan, Insert, (PAS-4002) - $20
ex-Friction and E.D.P.S.!! Rare original 12" on the Friction-related, legendary and one of the earliest Japanese punk/wave labels, Pass Records.

Unholy Grave "Terror" 7" EP - Blurred, 1997, Japan, Ltd. clear red vinyl, (Blurred-12) - $9

United "Destroy Metal" 7" EP - Hold Up/Noise Room, 1985, Japan, Orig. 1st press on black vinyl w/ poster sleeve, New/Unplayed, (NRR-E003) - $25
The 1st EP from their pre-thrash metal era. Very HC influenced Japanese metal. It's like a perfect mix of old school speed metal and the Gastunk/Ghoul/Poison/Mobs-like metallic HC sound. United was also on the legendary Hold Up Omnibus LP. Max from Ghoul and The Trash are listed on the Special Thanks list. If you dig that metal-punk sound of the G.I.S.M. "M.A.N." LP, you probably will enjoy this as well. Unplayed old stock copy!

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

War Crimes "The True Face of Bombings" 7" EP - Blood Sucker/Pikadon, 1993, Japan, 500 pressed, Poster sleeve, Stamped & numbered plain inner-sleeve(# 363), (BSR-009/PIKA-01E) - $40
War Crime was the very first crust styled HC band from Hiroshima. Great mix of Scandi-styled crust and traditional Japcore. Split release by Bloodsucker Records and the band's own Pikadon label. This 7" almost never pops up for sale nowadays. Awesome sleeve artwork by Sugi!

Warhead "The Lost Self and Beating Heart" 7" EP - Blood Sucker, 1996, Japan, Ltd. mailorder edition of 200 on clear blue vinyl, (BSR-017) - $38

Warhead "The Lost Self and Beating Heart" 7" EP - Blood Sucker, 1996, Japan, (BSR-017) - $32

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

Willard, The "Lightning Scarlet" 2 x 7" EP - Eastworld, 1986, Japan, Gatefold sleeve, (T65-1096/97) - $15
Awesome 4-track double EP includes the exclusive live version of their early classic tunes "Punx Sing A Gloria" and "Outlaw". Very nice packaging as well. The singer Jun joined The Stalin as a guitarist and the drummer Kyoya played in The Execute while The Willard was temporary broken up in 1984.

World "Why Who What" One-sided 7" EP - Meaningless Sounds, 1996, Japan, Clear vinyl, (MS-003) - $18

World Downfall "S/T" 7" EP - Agromosh, 2003, Japan, 900 pressed on black vinyl, Flyer, Small sticker tear on back sleeve, (Agromosh-011) - $3

Zyanose "Crossing" 7" EP - Guerrilla, 2006, Japan, 700 pressed, Insert, w/ Sticker, (Guerrilla-02) - $55