January 5, 2013

JAN. 5TH 2013 (PART 2 : N~Z)

(   N ~ Z   )

Nausea "Smash Racism, Now." 7" EP - Boot, 1992, US, Pink sleeve, Insert, (No Cat. #) - $20
Old and hard to find German bootleg. Recorded live at CBGBs June 19, 1988. The sleeve says "Parts of the profits made from the sale of this record will be donated to a local anti-facist organization."

Nightmare "Footprints Of The Wind"(足跡) 7" EP - Blood Sucker, 1999, Japan, Insert, (BSR-053) - $15

Nikudan (肉弾) "S/T" 7" flexi - Lucky Strike/Ing,o!, 1983, Japan, (ING-003) - $20
Produced by Michiro Endo(The Stalin). The Stalin meets ADK Records styled, '80s Japanese punk ala Kikeiji, Aka, Aburadako or Masturbation. This is their 1st flexi(3 tracks) that was originally issued with Michiro's infamous Ing,o! zine. The first track "Seppuku" is a fast-pased, solid punk tune that reminds me a lot of The Stalin songs from the "Stop Jap" or "Mushi" albums. Insanely complicated and metaphorized, Aburadako-like lyrics that make absolutely no sense to me. Nikudan also had the split 8" with Gas. I've been looking for the "Proletariat-Sports" 8" EP by this band...!

No Value "Peaceful Violence" 7" EP - Under The Surface, 2009, Japan, (UTS-006) - $8

Nubile "S/T" 7" - ADK, 1983, Japan, 1000 pressed, (ADK-04S) - $35
Featuring ex-Typhus singer Ken Tanami and ex-Sadie Sads guitarist. He was the singer on the Typhus "Live Take" tape, after the first singer Izumi(Aburadako) left the band. Produced, engineered and released by Tam(ADK Records, The Stalin, Typhus, G-Zet/Bradbury etc.) Excellent 4AD-ish, post-punk/darkwave from Tokyo.

Nubile "Spyral Totem Toler Than East Poll" 7" EP - Wechselbalg Syndicate, 1984, (New/Unplayed), (WT-704) - $20

Oddball "Losing Face" 7" EP - Laboratory, 1996, Japan, 500 pressed, Insert, Blue sleeve version, (Laboratory Records 008) - $5
This one is pretty good. The Kyoto-based HC band with a huge D.O.A. and early '80s U.S. hardcore influences. Featuring a Constricted member. Rockin' driving fast hardcore/thrash tunes with a cool distorted vocals. One of the songs has a Dead Kennedys parody intro. I think this band played with D.O.A. when they toured Japan. This is their first EP and they also have another EP called "Sell Out" on Mangrove Records and the LP called "Hardcore '99" with a D.O.A. "Hardcore '81" parody artwork.

Outo "S/T" LP(Official Discography) - Specialized Fact, 1999, Japan, 1000 pressed, Large glossy booklet, (SFAN-003) - $45
Limited release on Specialized Fact, the Osaka-based label ran by some of the ex-Outo and S.O.B. members. Excellent production. Comes with a very nicely made, 10" x 10" size glossy booklet with tons of rare, old photos, biography and reprints of 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 Japanese HC history. Contains their '84~'88 materials incl. all the 3 EP's, 6 tracks off the 1st LP, tracks from the "Hardcore Unlawful Assembly", "Thrash Til Death" and "My Meat's Your Poison" comp's. This was released also on the CD format, but this vinyl edition was limited and sold out fast. Long out of print.

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

Paintbox "Raise The Capital" CD-R - Self, 2003, Japan, Ltd. mail order & tour-only release, Pro-printed full-color sleeve & back tray card, (No Cat. #) - $35

Pinocchio (ピノキオ) "Akubyodou"(悪平等) 7" flexi - Uramachi, 1996(?)/97, Japan, 110 pressed, Ltd. 2nd edition w/ different artwork on pocket sleeve & insert, (No Cat. #) - (Trade or Offer)
This is the super tough to find, limited version with the picture of a cop riding a bike(and getting a gunshot!) on the pocket sleeve, and with a lyric insert. Only 110 copies of this version were ever made, as it's indicated on the back side of the sleeve. The more-common(although, still pretty rare), first/standard edition with a completely different artwork on a fold-out sleeve was pressed in a larger quantity of 1000 copies, and was put out by the band's own label called Oozake Records. The lyrics are printed inside the sleeve and no insert came with the standard edition. This limited version was co-released by Uramachi Records(which I believe was a label ran by another Pinocchio member) and the record shop Base. I'm guessing that the band came up with an idea of pressing exactly 110 copies because 110 is the number for the police station in Japan, and assuming from the sleeve artwork these guys were big police fans. Rare, self-released 5-track flexi by this awesome Tokyo-based band from the mid '90s that you definitely don't wanna miss. Their music is like a more chaotic and rawer vesrion of the Selfish Records-era Gauze, plus that viciously violent feel of the '80s Japanese HC bands ala Kuro or Kyojinbyo. In my opinion, Pinocchio was one the best '90s Japanese bands although they're criminally unknown outside of Japan. Wish they've done a full-length LP. As far as I know, at least one demo tape exists, but I've never seen it before. I would love to hear it someday! The only other known release is a really cool, tour documentary comp video(also on Uramachi Rec.) that contains the live footages of Pinocchio, Gaizi, Ai, Liberate, Crusty Hi Charge etc recorded during the Pinocchio & Gaizi summer tour in '97. I don't think they put out anything else. The band was active for only a couple of years, I think. Some of the members went on to form Geshpenst and Sicks In Throat shortly after Pinocchio broke up. Yes, this flexi sure rips fucking hard!! All the songs are full of tension and energy. This is one defnite record you won't get bored of listening to. Highly recommended for any Japanese HC fans!!!!!!       

Poison Arts "Hi-Energy/Absolutely Hungry" 7" flexi - Slice, 1988, Japan, 1000 pressed, Glossy poster sleeve, Insert, (PLM-173) - $30

Reality Crisis "Deformed Society" 7" EP - MCR, 1999, Japan, 1000 pressed, Insert, (MCR-141) - $30
Long out of print 1st EP. It's on MCR but for some reason this one is a bit tough to find. 

Rise From The Dead "Haraguro" 7" flexi - Bron, 1990, Japan, (New/Unplayed), (Bron RFD-1/GIGA-1) - $20
The first and probably the best work done by this Osaka-based band consisted of Naoto(S.O.B.) on vocals, Motsu(Outo, Chicken Bowels & Half Years) on guitar, Mitchun(Outo) on bass and Taku(Crow) on drums. Formed in the late '80s. Yes, their later releases are pretty lame, I must admit that... I guess they played HC only up to the split EP('91) with Filthkick, when they still had the original line-up. I remember not liking their 1st album on Selfish Records so much when it first came out in the late '92. It still sounded HC but was kinda weird, I think. An unplayed, mint stock copy. (P.S.) If anybody wants to either sell or trade a ltd. promo/hard vinyl edition of this flexi, lemme know! I know the promo copies exist like the ones made for the S.O.B./Napalm Death split flexi.

Rocky & The Sweden "844" 7" EP - Blood Sucker/Rebelabel Planning, 1999, Japan, Insert, (BSR 046/REB 014) - $15

SA "Youth On Your Feet" CD - Submission, 1999, Japan, Obi, (SUBM-001) - $20
This self-released CD contains the tracks off the "Oi Of Japan" comp LP(AA Records, '85), a previously unreleased demo track "No Name"('84), a live track "Confound It"('86) and the '99 re-recorded version of their classic tune "Youth On Your Feet". The '99 track is from their first recording session/studio demo that was recorded right after SA got reformed in the late '90s, when they still didn't have the permanent band members. Jun Gray(ex-Sekinintenka, Bitousha, Bradbury & Kenzi) from Dessert plays the bass on this recording. I have no clue who the other two guys are. I think this '99 version sounds way cooler than the original "Oi Of Japan" version. Although the recording is pretty rough, the rerecorded version sounds much faster, rawer and more powerful. The best thing about this CD is those unreleased demo and live tracks you won't find anywhere else. The studio version of "Confound It" originally appeared on the amazing "I Get Position" 8" flexi in '85! If you've never heard that classic flexi, you're missing out something!!! I don't remember which songs but you can hear one or two tracks off this flexi on the "Nagasaki Nightrider" boot comp LP that came out in the '90s.

S.O.B. "Still Grind Attitude" CD - Toshiba EMI, 2003, Japan, Out of print, (TOCT-25147) - $30
Here's S.O.B.'s come back release with the new singer Etsushi. Contains 25 tracks. Their classic tunes from the Selfish~Toy's Factory label era re-recordeed with the new line-up. Like the title says it all, they're returned with the total grindcore style. For some reason, this CD went out of print not too long after its release and the band doesn't seem to be active lately.

Sadist, The "Seiri-Youhin"(生理用品) 7" EP - Vanilla, 1989, Japan, 800 pressed, (VANILLA REC-2) - $25
The Stalin and ADK Records influenced, great punk ala Kikeiji, Aburadako, Masturbation, Aka, Transformer or Sekinin-Tenka! They also have a flexi out on MCR in '86, but this 2nd EP is much harder to find. 800 copies were pressed. The songs on this EP still sound dark like their 1st flexi, but definitely more punkish with some killer razor-sharp guitar riffs. Crazy SKB(of Kyoaku-Kyojindan, Headwasher, Hi-Technology Suicide & Satsugai Enka Vinyl label) is credited as a guest recording member for this release! The EP title is "Seiriyouhin"(just Google it) and the large photo of a vibrator is on the front sleeve! How can you go wrong with this?? Check out the songs here!

Screen Out "Despair Of Ignorant" 7" EP - Tribal War Asia/One Coin, 2000, Japan, (No Cat. #) - $5

Sekinin-Tenka (責任転嫁) "Good Luck" 12" - Muzihi, 1985, Japan, Insert, (無慈悲-03/G.R-1) - $48
Compiles their previously unreleased studio and live materials recorded during '81 to '84, plus the tracks from the super-rare 1st flexi. Most of the tracks on this 12" were recorded prior to the "ADK Omnibus" release. Awesome early Sendai-city punk featuring a member from Bitousha and G-Zet/Bradbury(a.k.a. Bloodberry) For fans of The Stalin(pre-Stop Jap), Typhus, The 4th International, The Sex Imagination Drugs and the ADK Records related bands like Aburadako, Kikeiji, Nurse, Masturbation, Transformer etc.

Shock Troop "Your Worst Nightmare" 7" EP - Overthrow, 1999, Austria, Ltd. mail order-only edition on clear green vinyl, Insert, (Overthrow-025) - $15
Death Side worshipped, Burning Spirits style HC from Austria. Japan-only release on Overthrow Records.

Shura (修羅) Vol.1 - Zine - Shura Project, 1985, Japan, B5 size, 42 pages, (No Cat. #) - $65
From my personal collection! Ultra-rare, original Japanese zine from '85!! Shura was one of the most well known and active punk zines in the '80s Japanese punk scene. Contains lots of rare photos and interviews of the various bands. The main contents in this issue: The Comes(Chitose, 2 pages), The Star Club, The Willard, Tam(ADK), AA Records, Madame Edwarda // Live report, mini interview etc.(w/ large or small photos): Aburadako, Sodom, Madame Edwarda, Phaidia, Kyaah, Bradbury/Bloodberry(G-Zet), Masturbation, The Continental Kids, The Willard, Sadie Sads, Pill(Lip Cream/Bradbury), Real, Gasatsu Rude Beats, Tokyo Battle Days(Gauze, Lip Cream & G.I.S.M.: Sakevi holding a guitar and microphone), Gastunk, Laughin' Nose, Auto-Mod, Hiroshi(Aburadako/Kikeiji), Tatsu(Gastunk) & Ume(Kyaah), Outo, Gas, Cobra etc. // Ads: ADK Records(Gauze, Masturbation, G-Zet, an unreleased Bradbury EP etc.), Ducasse Records etc. // Front & back cover: Chitose(The Comes), Charmy(Laughin' Nose) & Hikage(The Star Club) 
Additional note: The correct spelling for the name of the post-G-Zet band is "Bradbury" and NOT "Bloodberry" or "Bloodveli" etc. The history/biography section of the ex drummer Pill's official site says "Bradbury":

Shura (修羅) Vol.9 - Zine - Shura Project, 1989, Japan, B5 size, 58 pages, (No Cat. #) - $45
From my personal collection! Ultra-rare, original Japanese zine from '89!! Shura was one of the most well known and active punk zines in the '80s Japanese punk scene. Contains lots of rare photos and interviews of the various bands. The main contents in this issue: Zoa, Ranko(The Continentl Kids/Sperma), Neurotic Doll, Chu-Doku, Mother Goose/Ex-Ans/Dip The Flag, Kokushoku Elegy, Roger Armstrong(Sic/Straight Time Prod.), Mad Conflux, Systematic Death, Outo etc. // Live report, mini interview etc.(w/ large or small pics)" Asbestos, Nira-Kodomo, Zoa, Asylum, Kuro, Sic, Aggressive Dogs, Fuck Geez, Lip Cream, Gauze, Death Side, Matsuji, Don Don, Mental, Final Bombs, Front Guerrilla, Honge Honge, Nue, Mess, Rap, The Magnets, Sqwad, Chu-Doku, Kyaah, Tetsu-Arrey, The Zolge, New Roteeka, Bardo Thodol, L-TRans, Neurotic Doll, Geil, Gastank, Keiji Haino, Ruins, Zeni Geva etc. etc. etc. etc. // Conneca Bazaar, Dead End(punk shop) etc. // Front & back cover: Morikawa(Zoa) & Ranko(The Continental Kids/Sperma)

Sic "History Ends Tonight" Tape - Straight Time Productions, 1990, Japan, Ltd. to 300 copies, Hand-numbered yellow sleeve(# 172), (No Cat. #) - $15

So Much Hate "Seein' Red" CD - X-Mist/NNNW, 1990/1993, Norway, (WKP 02) - $5
Includes the bonus tracks from "A Day At The Station" EP and another bonus track called "Purple Haze". The orig/early pressing with the "WKP" release number like the Heresy/Meat Fly split LP.

Sodom "Breaking Glass" 7" EP - Wechselbalg Syndicate, 1985, (New/Unplayed), (WT-705) - $20

Sperma "S/T" 7" EP - Beat Crazy, 1985, Japan, (Beat Crazy Records-2) - $10
The Kyoto-based punk rock band featuring The Continental Kids(ex-SS) members. Their female bassist Ranko is on vocals.

Stalin, The "Stop Jap" LP - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, Orig. 1st press on red vinyl, Printed inner-bag sleeve, w/ pink round sticker from shrinkwrap, (CMC-2505S) - $40

Stalin, The "Go Go Stalin" 12" - Climax/Tokuma, 1983, Japan, (CMC-1) - $25

Stalin, The "Mushi" Picture LP - Climax/Tokuma, 1983, Japan, Orig. 1st press on picture disc w/ die-cut sleeve, Obi, (CMC-2512) - $40

Stalin, The "Fish Inn" LP - B.Q., 1984, Japan, Original, Insert, (BQL-1) - $35
This is the original pressing on Michiro's B.Q. label, not the '86 reissue on J.A.P./Japan Records which 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 was 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. mail order copies came with a flexi and that version is harder to come by.

Stalin, The "Dendou-Kokeshi/Niku"(電動こけし / 肉) 7" flexi - SS Recordings, 2005, Japan, Ltd. reissue, Clear red flexi, Insert, (SS-5001) - $35
The official reissue of the 1st flexi, originally released on Political Records in '80. The original price of this and the "Stalinism" EP reissues were 1500 Yen each when they came out in 2005....! SS Recordings = The 'bottakuri' label.

(Stalin, The) Michiro Endo "Hasan" LP - GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, Japan, Insert & obi, (K28A 742) - $10
Post-The Stalin solo project band(= The Gay-Nou Brothes) of Michiro with Jun Shimoyama from The Roosters(Burst City!) and some other dudes that I can't remember. The first full-length release under the concept of what he called "Grotesque New Pop", an essential mix of punk rock/new wave/post-punk, plus the usual Michiro craziness. A year after the several GNP releases, he started the two new bands Video-Stalin and Paranoia Star! While Video-Stalin was very active for about two years and released the two videos and one LP, which contains the original songs and a few re-recorded version of The Stalin tunes, Paranoia Star played only a few gigs as far as I know.

Star Club, The "Hot & Cool" LP - City Rocker, 1983, Japan, Insert, (CR-00E) - $30

Star Club, The "The Very Best Of The Star Club" Picture LP - Club The Star, 1987, Japan, Orig. 1st press on pic. disc w/ pink die-cue sleeve, 2 x insert, (CSR 00B) - $25
"10th Anniversary Limited Edition Album". It's a compilation of the tracks from their early releases, rare and previously unreleased materials, including the "Front Line/The Unknown Soldier" 7"('83), tracks off the "Club Take One" 7"('81), "Young Assassin" 7"('82), "Shut Up!" 7"('82), "Anoko Ni Hitomebore" freebie flexi('84), 3 tracks off the unreleased 7th and 8th 7"s, and the "Toll Gate Ahead"('80) rehearsal session. The picture disc looks very nice.

State, The "No Illusions Reunion" Tape - Take 'Em Up, 2003, US, Hand-written on chrome tape, (Take 'Em Up #1) - $3

State Of Fear "Discography 1994-1996" CD - Fired Up!, 2001, US, (Fired Up 006) - $4

Still "Real Time" 7" EP - Strawberry, 1985, Japan, Single-sided sheet insert/sleeve & photo postcard, Clear PVC outer sleeve, (P-2006) - $20
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 Toshie was also a guest member for Tsunematsu's '87 solo LP, which was also released on the same label as this 7".

Straight Edge Kegger "Is A Fucked Up Mess" 7" EP - Wicked Witch, 2007, US, (New/Unplayed), (WWR 029) - $4

Tetsu-Arrey (鉄アレイ) "Hakkiri Itte Nanimo Shinyou Dekinē"(ハッキリ言って何も信用できねえ) One-sided 7" EP - HG Fact, 1999, Japan, Promo-only/freebie, (HG-150) - (Trade or Offer)

United "Beast Dominates '92" CD - Howling Bull, 1992, Japan, Obi, (HBR-M0006) - $35
All the songs from the "Beast Dominate" EP('86, Hold Up/Noise Room Rec.) re-recorded with the '92 line-up, plus two bonus tracks. Long out of print, early Howling Bull Records release.

Vorkriegsphase "Auf In Den Tod" LP - Boot, 200?, Germany, (No Cat. #) - $20

Willard, The "Lightning Scarlet" 2 x 7" EP - Eastworld, 1986, Japan, Gatefold sleeve, (T65-1096/97) - $10
Great 4-track double EP containing the two studio tracks and the exclusive live version of their early classic tunes, "Punx Sing A Gloria" and "Outlaw". The studio version of those two songs originally appeared on their 2nd and 3rd 7"s that are pretty tough to find. Very nice packaging in a heavy cardboard gatefold sleeve. While The Willard was temporary broken up sometime in '84, their singer Jun joined The Stalin as a guitarist and the drummer Kyoya played in The Execute.

Willard, The "Mercy For The Rabbit" 12" - Eastworld, 1988, Japan, Insert, (T18-5013) - $8
One of my favorite Willard releases from the late '80s era. Great songs and great sleeve artwork.

Wrestling Crime Master "Bigtown Calling" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1995, Japan, 1st press on black vinyl, (HG-029) - $3

Wrestling Crime Master "Bigtown Calling" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1995, Japan, 2nd press w/ different center labels, Ltd. clear green vinyl, (HG-029) - $3

Zenryoku Onanies, The (全力オナニーズ) "Onanies At First" 7" EP - Alchemy/Wild West, 1989, (VG/EX+), (AWWR-005) - $5
The Genbaku Onanies parody, Beat Crazy Records-related punk rock band from Kyoto. Their songs are not The Genbaku Onanies covers.

Zone "The First Blow Is Half The Battle" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1996, Japan, 1000 pressed, (HG-068) - $15