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Worst Mixtape Ever

Posted on 26 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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Worst Day Eva

Posted on 21 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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MC Lars - I Want My GnR

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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Shakira Ft. Danzig?!?

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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Craig’s Vinyl Pile: Gauze, Paintbox and Blowback

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Craig

2008 is a year that has been ripe with political hyperbole, shaky economies, and bad, bad music. In times like these it can be hard to know what you can count on. Thankfully this year has been a great time for the ever reliable and consistent ass kicking ability of Japanese hardcore. A string of great releases have made their way to us nervous Americans to assure us that somewhere, at least in the world of punk rock, somebody knows what the hell they’re doing. Here is a short round up of newly available U.S. versions of amazing Japanese punk rock records. These have been glued to my turntable.

Gauze –Binbou Yusuri No Rizumu Ni Notte LP

gauze194Name a punk rock band that has all been around for nearly thirty years, has all original members, and has never made a crappy record? ”Such a band does not exist,” you might answer, but you would be wrong. Gauze is the answer. These guys might be well into middle age but their music has not let up one bit. This is only Gauze’s fifth record since forming in 1982, and it finds the band at its most vicious. While other well established band s look to Pro Tools to make their records more produced and clean, Gauze‘s new record delivers a totally raw and almost live sounding experience. On this record you’ll find the ugly, jerky, stop and go thrash that the band is famous for, but this time around the songs are even faster and more vicious. The mix is thin and in the red, yet the raw recording only makes their sound more frantic and immediate. It’s nearly impossible to find another band that has been around since the early years of punk and still sound as vital as these guys do on this album. Their last record came out ten years ago so don’t miss your chance to own a new Gauze record while it’s available. This was released on CD in Japan earlier this year and now Prank Records has brought it to the U.S. on twelve inch vinyl. Prank may be sold out but if you check the mail-order section of their website, you’ll see a list of distros that carry Prank Records. You should do this now.

Gauze - Eat a Meal

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Paintbox- Singing, Shouting, Crying LP and Earthball Sports Tournament LP

paint1st_prankNormally if you used phrases like, “melodic and hooky” or “blends different styles” when describing a hardcore band to me, I would instantly lose any desire to hear them. Apply those phrases to Tokyo’s Paintbox and it’s a different story. The band is amazing because they take the speed and ferocity of traditional Japanese hardcore and blend it with hard rock riffs, pop hooks and a sense of melody. This is some seriously energetic hardcore but their records can be a bit jarring. They go from straight ahead thrashers to more rocking melodic songs, made stranger by the occasional use of such non-punk instruments as the keyboards, acoustic guitars and strings. In anyone else’s hands this style would fall flat or worse, get you a slot on the Warped tour.Thankfully, Paintbox use this weird mix of style and sound to create unique and passionate punk rock that doesn’t let up on the drive or intensity. paintboxearthlp Singing, Shouting, Crying was originally released in ’99 by the Canadian label Ugly Pop. Earthball Sports Tournament was released on CD by HG Fact in Japan in 2000. Both records are now again in print thanks to Prank Records. These two albums are made even more important by the recent passing of Chelsea, the bands guitarist. Chelsea was the string shredding master in the legendary band Death Side and truly one of the best musicians in underground music.

Paintbox - A Mirror World

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Blowback- Living Vibration LP

blowbackI was unaware of Blowback until I saw them on their U.S. west coast tour with Portland Oregon’s Tragedy. Blowback stole the show with their thick and burly hardcore. They were painfully loud, the singer had a great voice and he flung himself around like a madman. Their new album, originally released in Japan by HG Fact, delivers everything I liked about the band at the show. This is nasty sounding hardcore punk with the dark, bombastic sound of Discharge and a healthy dose of Motorhead style hard rock swagger. Living Vibration contains eleven mostly mid-paced songs with loud, thick guitars a solid, pounding rhythm section and some strained and over the top vocals. Blowback is a great reminder that punk and hardcore both come from rock n roll. Portland’s Black Water Records have made this available on vinyl in the U.S. so don’t miss out on a masterpiece of boom and crash.

Blowback - Cut of the World

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シュール・豆しば

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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The Big Dog House pt 2

Posted on 17 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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The Big Dog House pt 1

Posted on 16 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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Robot and Wiener Dog

Posted on 15 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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The Ol’ Breakdance Baby Kick

Posted on 15 November 2008 by Jeff O.

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