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Gorilla Biscuits - Forgotten

Posted on 21 April 2009 by Jeff O.

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A.NW.L. - For You

Posted on 17 April 2009 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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Passive Aggressive Record Store Notes

Posted on 27 June 2008 by Jeff O.

The good folks over at PassiveAggressiveNotes.com always have some great posts but I thought these were particularly good and represent the frustration your local record store employee must feel every day dealing with idiots like you and I… Continue Reading

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CNET Feature on Vinyl Production

Posted on 26 June 2008 by Jeff O.

CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is living my dream and traveling the country in car packed with gadgets and posting images and stories from his many geekish adventures. This week he stopped in at Nashville’s own United Record Pressing and posted an interesting story and some cool photos. Continue Reading

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D.O.N.D.O.N. Japanese thrash reissued!

Posted on 19 June 2008 by Craig

dondon coverThe years 1985 through 1991 make up my favorite period in Japanese hardcore. The bands of Japan at the time were mixing the crusty gloom of England’s Discharge with the thrashing tempo of mid 80’s euro thrash like B.G.K. If that’s not bad ass enough, they also embraced heavy metal’s crunch and blazing lead guitars. It’s funny that I like the ‘85-‘91 period so much because that’s the exact life span of the mighty band D.O.N.D.O.N. They released a couple of EP’s, a split flexi, a handful of compilation songs and two LP’s. The second of which is the “Last Warning” LP. It was originally released in 1991 on Never Again Records, in a small pressing of only 200. This basically makes “Last Warning” a lost record to those of us outside of the bands home of Japan. At the time of the album’s release, Japan had been experiencing a tsunami wave of thrash-fueled hardcore punk bands, many of whom never had proper releases outside of their native country. Luckily Schizophrenic Records has re-released this piece of blazing hardcore history in the U.S. and Canada. Continue Reading

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Lewee Regal

Posted on 14 June 2008 by Jeff O.

This is my buddy Sam, aka LEG, aka Lewee Regal. He sings for a great band, Get Dead and also does some solo stuff. He’s a good guy and throws together some good tunes. Here’s two tracks, enjoy… Continue Reading

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Hit the Road

Posted on 08 June 2008 by Jeff O.

About three years ago now I had just lost my job, I’d moved back in with my folks, and I was struggling to find direction. Luckily I got an invite out on the road with The Dollyrots, Helper Monkeys and The Groovie Ghoulies. I spent the last few dollars I had on a camera and snapped off as many pics as I could. Continue Reading

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Die! Die! Die! - Sideways Here We Come

Posted on 08 June 2008 by Jeff O.

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