Monday, November 15, 2010

Agathocles/Shikabane - split

Artist: Agathocles
Title: split
Release: 1997
Label: Keloid Records

Track List:
1. Agathocles - Bio-Industry Fucked Up Humanity
2. Agathocles - Macho-Crowd
3. Agathocles - Just Injust
4. Shikabane - 所業
5. Shikabane - 無
6. Shikabane - 仏造って魂入れず
7. Shikabane - 摩訶般若波羅蜜多心経
8. Shikabane - 欲にきりなし、地獄に底なし

Fans of grindcore should be very familiar with Belgium's Agathocles as they've been around for the last 25 years (yikes!) and have been regularly putting out split 7"s with seemingly any band that will agree to do so. Wikipedia lists 69 splits but I would not be shocked if there were more out there.

The B-Side of this record (which I tend to favor considerably) is by the less prolific but no less awesome Shikabane.

I didn't mention it in my last post but their name means "corpse". Although my understanding is that 屍 (shikabane) is really closer to like what we might call a zombie or ghoul, although not necessarily animated. The implication is that some evil shit has gone down at some point and the result is a shikabane, a body without a soul, and thus no life. 死体 (shitai) just means a dead body usually of just any person. 亡骸 (nakigara) however is the remains of someone close to the speaker or for whom a degree of respect is given.

I only mention all that because the nuance of shikabane is a whole lot more appropriate for a grindcore band.

Download: Agathocles/Shikabane - split (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shikabane - 人間に生まるること難し・・・

Artist: Shikabane
Title: 人間に生まるること難し・・・
Release: 1997
Label: Self Released

Track List:
1. 善悪
2. 人間に生まるること難し・・・
3. 独裁者
4. 現実逃避
5. 罰すべき世俗の偽善者
6. 過剰欲
7. 精神安定剤
8. 虚栄の過ち
9. 心身脱落
10. 無心無念の境界

This here is Japanese hardcore/grindcore act Shikabane's first EP. Recorded in 1996 and self released in 1997. This shit rips. If you're a fan of thrashy fast and loud hardcore that borders on grindcore half of the time this is for you.

This is a personal rip. I got super lucky and was able to snag a copy for myself a few weeks ago. I've seen this posted elsewhere many times but it's always been the same kinda sub-par sounding rip. I thought I could do better so here it is.

I really wanted to provide pronunciation/translations for the song titles but I suck at reading kanji still and even when I can read them I don't know which onyomi or kunyomi pronunciation to use in a sentence just yet ( has 2 on and a whooping 17 kun). I can tell you the title of the EP roughly translates to "It's difficult to be human..." or something like that.

Download: Shikabane - 人間に生まるること難し・・・ (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Under the Influence

Artist: Various
Title: Under the Influence
Release: 1999
Label: Vicious Circle Records

Track List:
1. Where Fear and Weapons Meet - Glue
2. Ten Yard Fight - Forced Down Your Throat
3. Committed - Get It Away
4. Fast Times - Under Your Influence
5. Time Flies - Nothing Done
6. Kill Your Idols - X Claim

If you're a fan of SS Decontrol or Boston hardcore in general then consider this a must download.

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Tom and Boot Boys/The Discocks - Hated and Proud E.P.

Artist: Tom and Boot Boys/The Discocks
Title: Hated and Proud E.P.
Release: 1996
Label: Knock Out Records

Track List:
1. Tom and Boot Boys - Tom and Boot Boys
2. Tom and Boot Boys - Young Punks Pogo
3. Tom and Boot Boys - Oi Boy Oi Girl
4. The Discocks - Have Your Fun Tonight
5. The Discocks - Part-Time Youth

I love songs named after the band who performs them. Especially when the chorus is pretty much just the name of the band yelled over and over. If that's your sort of thing then Tom and Boot Boys are for you. They're fun, obviously not too serious, pogo/Oi! punk from Japan. claims the singer, Noriyasu, runs a label called Pogo 77 Records.

I suspect for some people the band on the other side of this record, The Discocks, will probably not need an introduction as they've been around for quite a while in one form or another have a number of records to their credit. The rest of us who don't subscribe to RSS feeds of blogs dedicated solely to Japanese Oi! can probably be forgiven for being ignorant. While a little less aggressive sounding than Tom and Boot Boys, The Discocks are the same sort of Oi! punk. Personally I found their side of the split getting stuck in my head more so than the Tom and Boot Boys side.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Carpenter Ant/Race to Die - split

Artist: Carpenter Ant/Race to Die
Title: split
Release: 2003
Label: Coffin Fund Records

Track List:
1. Carpenter Ant - Intro...The Grill Is Off
2. Carpenter Ant - 7 Plys Forever
3. Carpenter Ant - Ode to C. Herman
4. Carpenter Ant - Mohawk Combover Fuck Yeah
5. Race to Die - Disaster
6. Race to Die - Bald Leading the Blind
7. Race to Die - Possessed to Skate (Suicidal Tendencies)

If you google "Carpenter Ant Lehigh Valley, PA" most of the results you get are about actual carpenter ants and pest control service in Lehigh Valley, PA. I guess carpenter ants are a real problem up there. I suppose then it kind of makes sense for a bunch of pesky skaters to name their band after wood eating ants. There's pretty much no info about Race to Die out there so I have no clue where they're from or what they're all about.

Anyways, as if the cover and song titles didn't give it away, what we have here are songs about skating and other punk things that do an excellent job of not breaking the two minute rule. Both sides of this split are thrashy and at times a little sloppy hardcore played with your typical adolescent attitude problem. Race to Die even does a pretty gnarly Suicidal Tendencies cover.

Download: Carpenter Ant/Race to Die - split (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Fudge/Totsugeki Sensya - split

Artist: Fudge/Totsugeki Sensya
Title: split
Release: 2002
Label: 625 Thrashcore

Track List:
1. Fudge - No Racism, No War
2. Fudge - Selfish Rock
3. Fudge - 生存 (Seizon, Existence)
4. Totsugeki Sensya - Reality
5. Totsugeki Sensya - Search for the Sun

Sometimes I like to go on eBay and search for records without anything in particular in mind. I'll often just go to the records section and filter out all the bullshit like easy listening and world music as well as everything that is over a few dollars (if I didn't know I wanted it before I started looking then it really isn't something I want to spend much on) and sort by ending soonest. Every once in a while I'll find a gem amongst a seemingly endless number of Sex Pistols represses and Jefferson Airplane records misclassified as punk. This split by Gunma bands Fudge and 突撃戦車 (Totsugeki Sensya, which transliterates to "assault tank" but I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess it means "tank assault") is one of those gems. The best part about this record, for me anyways, is that I won the auction with a winning bid of $0.01. How's that for some luck?

Here's what 625 has to say about this record...

Gunma City hardcore fighters! My friend Mamada from SHIKABANE is always telling me about these bands from a small town outside of Tokyo called GUNMA CITY. By chance I got into contact with a member of TOTSUGEKI SENSYA and got their demo and it fucking floored me. I couldn't believe that they had been around for a few years without some kind of output. Mamada then told me about FUDGE and we started playing around with the idea of doing a GUNMA CITY comp of some type. This is the product. While FUDGE play a more traditional style of Japanese metallic hardcore (guitar solos, shouted choruses, etc), TOTSUGEKI SENSYA play a mix between CONFUSE and BASTARD. Putting Gunma on the map! (1000 pressed, all on black)

Speaking of Shikabane, expect a few awesome and related posts in the next few weeks.

Since I'm a bit of a dork and am always curious about places I've never heard of before I looked up Gunma City but couldn't find anything. It turns out, according to Wikipedia that "On January 23, 2006 Gunma, along with the towns of Kurabuchi and Misato, all from Gunma District, and the town of Shin, from Tano District, was merged into the expanded city of Takasaki.". So there was a Gunma-machi (town) in Gunma-gun (district) in Gunma-ken (prefecture) at the time this record was pressed but it has since been absorbed by Takasaki which is considerably larger.

The only pictures I could find that were definitely of Gunma-machi were of an old (probably neolithic) burial mound...

this western pasta restaurant...

and a snow covered field...

Not exactly someplace I can imagine as a breeding ground for great hardcore, but don't let the quaintness fool you, the bands on this 7" rip.

Download: Fudge/Totsugeki Sensya - split (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Luck - Cleaver

Artist: My Luck
Title: Cleaver
Release: 2004
Label: Pass Youngblood Records

Track List:
1. Flashbacks
2. Alone
3. Caring for Nothing
4. Fingers Crossed
5. Vinyl Fix

More from this Houston band. This is their 2001 demo plus one more song. For fans of Champion, Carry On, Far From Breaking, etc.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wiccans - Teenage Cults

Artist: Wiccans
Title: Teenage Cults
Release: 2010
Label: Pass Judgement Records

Track List:
1. Repitition
2. Educational Films
3. End Game
4. Teenage Cults

My initial impression of Wiccans was that they sounded a lot like Career Suicide. Upon seeing them a second time and giving their brand new 7" a few spins I'm not so certain that would be the comparison I'd make now. But, much like Career Suicide, there are guitar rhythms present in all the songs on "Teenage Cults" that are sure to get your head nodding and foot tapping. Yet another reason DFW hardcore is awesome.

Once again, I don't think you can buy this online anywhere yet, but if you head over to Facebook and send the handsome dudes in Wiccans a message they just might be able to work something out.

If you downloaded this during the short period where this was posted before I deleted the post you'll want to redownload it as I majorly screwed up the first track during the cutting process. Oops.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

High Anxieties - Negaduck

Artist: High Anxieties
Title: Negaduck
Release: 2010
Label: Rise and Shine Records

Track List:
1. Langolier
2. Neutralized
3. Three Issues
4. Youth
5. All Nighter
6. Dark Roads
7. Bottle Rocket

I've been waiting to get my hands on this record for a while.

High Anxieties, from Fort Worth, used to go by the name Negaduck (hence the title of this 7" I suppose) but they changed it for reasons unknown to me. I really cannot say enough good things about this band and this record. The songs are fast, energetic, and fun, just the way hardcore should be. Langolier is my favorite song on this 7" and is quite, pardon my overuse of the word, catchy.

Lyrically this 7" is pretty cool too as some songs touch on weighty issues in a necessarily cynical but smart way that I feel is part of what sets punk apart. High Anxieties obviously doesn't take themselves too seriously though; "Sleep can get bent. Coffee makes your teeth black. Full Throttle's where it's at." I'm more of a Monster kind of guy myself.

I don't know if you can even buy this online anywhere yet, but they have a Facebook page, so you might want to try and send them a message to see if they're willing to do mailorder. My copy was hand numbered out of 200, I'm not sure if that's for the color I got or of that's in total, either way don't hesitate.

High resolution scans of the cover and lyrics insert included.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Through Being Cool - A Tribute to Devo

Artist: Various
Title: Through Being Cool - A Tribute to Devo
Release: 1997
Label: Jolly Ronnie Records

Track List:
1. The Johnnies - Gut Feeling / Slap Yer Mammy
2. The Role Models - Jerkin Back 'N' Forth
3. Mexican Breakfast - Come Back Johnny
4. The Sillies - Through Being Cool
5. The Slobs - Be Stiff
6. Snap-her - Mongoloid

I just picked this up yesterday and I thought it was so much fun I had to share it right away. When I first saw the title I thought it had to do something with Saves the Day, and then I noticed where it says "A Tribute to Devo" and got really excited. Lo and behold, one of the bands featured on this record was The Role Models, whom I have posted about before. I wasn't 100% certain if it was the same band at first, but the address on the back was the same as the one given for where their song on "As I Look to the Future" was recorded.

I don't know anything about the other bands on this compilation, except that I think this is the same band as The Sillies on this record. What I do know is that Devo is awesome and these covers are all in their own way excellent takes on their songs. My personal favorite is The Johnnies' cover of "Slap Yer Mammy".

Scans of the front, back, and insert included.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cluster Bomb Unit/Raagg - split

Artist: Cluster Bomb Unit/Raagg
Title: split
Release: 2002
Label: Rabid Dog Records and Crimes Against Humanity Records

Track List:
1. Cluster Bomb Unit - Parties in Villas
2. Cluster Bomb Unit - Wie Lange Noch
3. Cluster Bomb Unit - Das Große Spiel
4. Raagg - Death of Last Species
5. Raagg - Sick Society Suicide Systems
6. Raagg - Extinction

This was one of the first records I ever bought. Probably not long after it came out. I dunno how I found Crimes Against Humanity Records, but I remember the first time I went to their website I was floored by how cheap everything was. Seriously, if you like hardcore, grindcore, or metal take a look at their selection. Odds are you'll find at least a few things you want, and for prices that are still so low I can't help but wonder if they actually make a profit on what they sell.

Anyways, enough plugging someone else's business. Cluster Bomb Unit is rad crusty hardcore from Germany. They've put out a number of records over the years, some of which have been collected into partial discography CDs. I think this 7" isn't on any of them. I will likely post those discography CDs in the near future. The artwork for their side of the split is punk as fuck. I'll admit it's the reason I ordered it in the first place. I figured it had to be good. I was right.

Raagg is noisy hardcore from Japan. I know absolutely nothing about them. As far as I (read "Google") can tell this split is their only recorded output. Their side has some minor static noise in it that I wasn't able to remove. I think it might actually just be the original recording was done on shitty equipment and not due to the vinyl playback. Given the kind of bands we're dealing with here that's extremely likely.

At least Cluster Bomb Unit has a website.

I had to change one of the filenames to make it work with the .zip format. If you're curious as to why that's sometimes necessary read this.

Download: Cluster Bomb Unit/Raagg - split (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Japan in Decline

Artist: Various
Title: Japan in Decline
Release: 1999
Label: Six Weeks Records

Track List:
1. Slang - Yukusaki-Wa-Michi
2. Fuck on the Beach - Go Muscle
3. Shikabane - Pain of Existence
4. 324 - Advance
5. Smash Your Face - I Believe in My Way
6. Frigora - Ett Krig Formel
7. Curtainrail - Away
8. Hellpop - Act Like Nothing
9. Kung-Fu Grip Man - Like You
10. Mass Genocide - Justice?
11. Vryker - Do as You Feel!
12. Unholy Grave - Kamui: Indigenous Peoples
13. Smash the Brain - M.F.
14. Majestic Four - 出るなら出てこい!
15. Carcass Grinder - Waffle Is Not a Crepe
16. Judgement Disorderly - Crazy
17. Dudman - Simon Hell
18. Su19b - Disappoint
19. More Noise for Life - Exterminate Racism
20. Hashdum - Insain and Future!!!
21. T.R.U.T.H. - Hatred for the Self-Humanity of Stupidity (Total Raw Death Noise Mix '97)

You know that feeling when you're browsing through the wares of a record store and you chance upon something totally unexpected and totally awesome and you take it right out of the bin or whatever and think to yourself "Holy shit!"? That was exactly what I felt when I found this record. I still feel like I won the lottery when I look through my own record collection and see sitting nicely near the end where I keep all my compilations.

If you're a fan of any of the bands on this compilation you've probably already seen this posted over here before. The dude who does that blog does excellent work. But, sadly the CD version of this compilation, which is what he posted, inexplicably leaves out two tracks. I'm mystified as to why since the LP version is a mere 2 minutes 11 seconds longer (clocking in at 26:14). That's short enough to fit on a CD two and a half times over.

So here it is, a rip of the LP version of this fantastic compilation of Japanese hardcore and grindcore (mostly grindcore) bands. There's some real gems on here, notably from Slang and Shikabane. Both of whom would be placed up fairly high if I had to make one of those bullshit favorite bands lists.

I really wish I could have scanned the insert but it's far too large for my scanner. The only band to put lyrics (in English) in their info was Unholy Grave. I'm really glad they did because they touch on a very sensitive subject in Japanese history, the Ainu people, who are the true indigenous people of what is now known as Japan. Since around 720, and likely before, they've faced persecution and outright genocide at the hands of various Japanese administrations mostly so that their land could be taken for farming. Today they still face discrimination even if it is no longer sanctioned by Japanese law. I've been told that the subject brings up lots of strong negative emotions in Japan, so it's kinda cool to see a Japanese band discussing the issue of indigenous people's rights. Especially since it took until 2008, 9 years after this compilation came out, for the Japanese government to fully recognize the Ainu people as a distinct culture of their own.

Kamui: Indigenous Peoples
Ainu-moshiri... We know it as Hokkaido
Before... No Japanese there
It was land for the Ainu race
For indigenous peoples living with Kamui

They have no letter
It never means the lower race
Before the Japanese invasion
It was land for the Ainu race
For indigenous peoples living with Kamui

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Affront/District - split

Artist: Affront/District
Title: split
Release: 1997
Label: Plastic Bomb Records

Track List:
1. Affront - Time Is Now
2. Affront - New World Disorder
3. Affront - It's Your Life
4. District - I Can't Stand the Crush on Me
5. District - Bored for a Lifetime
6. District - Sensational

Yet another bargain bin gem (I'm gonna be posting a lot of these). This split features two bands from Germany. It was recorded in 1997. That's about all the background information I know. Both bands are fast, energetic, and angry hardcore punk. Nothing you haven't heard before, but if that's a problem for you then you probably don't like punk anyways.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

On My Side - Redefinition

Artist: On My Side
Title: Redefinition
Release: 2007
Label: Words of War Records

Track List:
1. Firm Grasp
2. On My Side
3. Definition
4. Speak Out
5. Prison Break
6. Do It Right
7. Gossip

I miss this band so much. It still bums me out that they broke up. Great dudes playing great hardcore with extremely positive lyrics is what you're in for here. Musically they remind me of Judge and other similar late 80's NYHC bands but Carlos' lyrics are far more upbeat and far less negative. He told me once that he actually had a cold that caused his sinuses to back up when they were recording this so the vocals didn't turn out how they wanted at all.

Carlos was awesome enough to send me a CD copy of the "Redefinition" EP the other day. I've heard this a thousand times, but it's always been rips from a cassette or vinyl, and never ones done properly. So hearing it with this much clarity for the first time is, for myself, a real treat.

Download: On My Side - Redefinition (CD) (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Here's a little bonus (I guess...). This is a rip of my cassette copy. I got a decent tape deck at Goodwill for like 8 bucks a couple of months ago so I've decided to start ripping some of my cassettes. After some minor tweaking in Adobe Audition I'd say this sounds pretty damn good for a tape. But still not as good as the CD.

Scans of the cover and lyrics insert included.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Upsets - Tommy Gun Heart

Artist: The Upsets
Title: Tommy Gun Heart
Release: 1998
Label: TKO Records

Track List:
1. Tommy Gun Heart
2. Sonic Reaction
3. Vampires

Straight from the bargain bin this was a pretty awesome find. The Upsets are polished but not overproduced punk rock. More rock than punk, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. "Tommy Gun Heart" is catchy as hell and will get stuck in your head. I can't find anything about this band but this record is apparently still for sale at TKO Records. I got my copy for a fair bit less from End of an Ear in Austin.

Download: The Upsets - Tommy Gun Heart (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Between the Clouds

Artist: Various
Title: Between the Clouds
Release: 1991
Label: Greenrecords, SOA Records

Track List:
1. Creepshow - Something Inside
2. Growing Concern - Beyond / Your Democracy
3. One Step Ahead - Break the Chain
4. Rabid Duck - Search
5. Permanent Scar - Fed Up

This is for fans of Judge and late '88 era NYC hardcore. Given my previous experience with Italian hardcore I never would have guessed. I know absolutely nothing about this compilation though.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Conan O'Brien & The Legally Prohibited Band - Live at Third Man

Artist: Conan O'Brien & The Legally Prohibited Band
Title: Live at Third Man
Release 2010
Label: Third Man Records

Track List:
1. Blue Moon of Kentucky
2. Rock This Town
3. Polk Salad Annie
4. On The Road Again
5. Too Much Monkey Business
6. King Creole
7. Seven Nation Army
8. Creep
9. The Weight
10. Twenty Flight Rock

This is way out of place here, but who cares. Considering how popular Conan O'Brien is it's kinda odd to me that I haven't heard too much buzz about this record. Especially since it's actually pretty good. It's a little light on the comedy, but that's okay since Conan's TV show will be back soon. All the songs are covers. The White Stripes and Radiohead aside, mostly from older Rock & Roll acts that are from before even my parents time. Not that that's a bad thing at all.

I ripped this myself from my fresh new copy that came in the mail earlier this week. It sounds fantastic considering it's a live record so I'm guessing the setup they used to record it was pretty fancy. The vinyl itself, being brand new, was in pristine condition so I had to do very little editing to the rip. Just the standard subsonic hum removal, reducing the subtle static noise that all records seem to have, and fixing only a single noticeable pop.

I'm not in the habit of posting things in FLAC, it's too large and the quality difference between FLAC and LAME V0 is negligible, but I thought I'd make an exception here. For the FLAC version each side will have to be downloaded separately.

Download: Conan O'Brien & The Legally Prohibited Band - Live at Third Man (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pools/Cleric - split

Artist: Pools/Cleric
Title: split
Release: 2008
Label: self released

Track List:
1. Pools - Who We Are
2. Pools - Succombs to a New Life
3. Cleric - Men of Blasphemy

I promise I'll get back to posting more hardcore records soon, but first here's the 2008 split between Denton/Austin's Pools and Dallas' Cleric.

It's rare that I meet people who actually like screamo as much as I do. It's not exactly easy listening. Even amongst fans of hardcore, which to the general public is little more than yelling and chaotic noise, "screamo" is often a four letter word no matter the context. Getting a chance to talk with Garrick, guitar and vocals for Pools, and Jason Warhammer (of Resigned to Fate) about music while sitting on his roof during Chaos in Tejas a few years ago was a memorable experience for myself. I always get a little excited whenever I talk to someone in person about bands like pg. 99, Orchid, and Saetia. It's not something I get to do often.

Even though it's so close I really wish I made it up to Denton more frequently. Pools, even though they are on hiatus or whatever now, is part of the reason for that. There's a whole lot of dudes up there who love good screamo and play in lots of awesome bands whose shows I don't go to enough.

On the other side of this split is Cleric. Birthed from the remains of Cøma in 2007/2008, my memory kinda blurs on when exactly, they play what I guess would be called doom metal. I don't really know. Much like Oi (see this post), it's something I know I like, I just don't have a whole lot of experience with so I don't feel comfortable talking about it lest I sound completely ignorant.

Regardless of what you might call it, Cleric is loud, heavy, and evil. Knowing that, it should be no surprise that Kill the Client's Chris "Hollywood" Richardson is the mastermind behind it all. Before Cøma/Cleric I knew he sure as shit could play guitar but it turns out he's pretty good at vocals too.

Needlessly high resolution scans included. I dunno if I'm gonna keep including high res scans of my own records. It takes too damn long to do and it increases the file size of the download by as much as 200%.

Download: Pools/Cleric - split (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload

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Anger Management Session 1

Artist: Various
Title: Anger Management Session 1
Release: 2002
Label: Martyr Records

Track List:
1. Kill Your Idols - All Those Wasted Calling Cards...
2. Holding On - Turn the Screw
3. Close Call - Left in the Dark
4. My Luck - Just Friends
5. Diehard Youth - Scene Vampire Killers
6. What Feeds the Fire - Without the Weapon

I somehow ended up with two copies of this 7". I don't remember where I got the first one. Either way Kill Your Idols and My Luck are both really awesome. The rest of the bands on this compilation are pretty generic 2000 to 2009 American hardcore. In 2002 I might have been excited about every band on this compilation, but in 2010 I can't help but roll my eyes at most of them.

That being said this is really worth it for the Kill Your Idols and My Luck songs. I've posted My Luck here before, so you might have already heard them. If not think Carry On or later Champion.

600 DPI scans of the artwork included.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Pizza/Tideland - split

Artist: Pizza/Tideland
Title: split
Release: 2009
Label: Cosmic Debris Records

Track List:
1. Pizza - Do-Do-La-La
2. Pizza - In Your Head
3. Tideland - Graveyard Song

Both Pizza and Tideland hail from Sterling, Virginia. That town should sound familiar to some of you out there. It's the home of pg. 99 and a myriad of other fantastic bands. I'm pretty certain Tideland has at least one member who was in pg. 99, and you can hear the noisy Sonic Youth influence that pg. 99 was apparently all about. However neither Tideland or Pizza is remotely close to screamo or hardcore.

Pizza's two songs are nice and quiet. Relaxing even. But not in the almost eerie way fellow Virginians Pygmy Lush can be at times. In comparison the Tideland side of this 7" is pretty loud. But not as loud as one might expect if all you've heard from the Sterling scene is pg. 99 or Pig Destroyer.

I'm still not sure what the hell the animal on the cover is supposed to be. Some kind of rat dog? I've included 600 DPI scans of the cover and insert so maybe you can figure it out.

You might still be able to buy this over at Robotic Empire. Their store doesn't say how many are left in stock and this has been out for a while so don't hesitate to order it.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gauze - 面を洗って出直して来い

Artist: Gauze
Title: 面を洗って出直して来い
Release 1997
Label: XXX Records

Track List:
1. 栄枯盛衰
2. 面を洗って出直して来い
3. ワッショイ
4. 歯を喰い縛れ
5. 口を閉ざした臆病者
6. 金返せ
7. 一言物申す
8. エッサホイサッサ
9. 負け惜しみ
10. 最後のお願い

This is Gauze's fourth album, released around the same time as the reissues of their previous three albums. I've posted this before, but this is from a source I can verify as being perfect or near perfect. It's a LAME V0 encode made from a FLAC rip of the CD.

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Gauze - 限界は何処だ (reissue)

Artist: Gauze
Title: 限界は何処だ (reissue)
Release 1997
Label: XXX Records

1. 山深雪未溶
2. 己
3. 聾桟敷
4. 一触即発
5. 小細工無用
6. ふんだくる だけなら 誰にでも出来る 汚い 臭い 手前らクソ爺に 四の五の言われ 銭を取られるのは 真っ平御免だ
7. 人非人
8. ゴム紐どうだ
9. 逃れの街
10. 死人に口無し
11. Live in Scotland 1989 August

Originally put out in 1989 by Selfish Records this is Gauze's third album. 限界は何処だ (genkai wa doko da?) means "where is the limit?". Kind of an appropriate question for Gauze to be asking.

This is a LAME V0 encode made from a FLAC rip of XXX Records' 1997 CD reissue.

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Gauze - Equalizing Distort (reissue)

Artist: Gauze
Title: Equalizing Distort (reissue)
Release 1997
Label: XXX Records

1. Pressing On
2. Crash the Pose
3. Thrash Thrash Thrash
4. 勝手にさらせ
5. Fact and Criminal
6. パッパッパ
7. Low Charge
8. Absinth Trip
9. Distort Japan
10. 言いなり / Children Fuck Off

Originally put out in 1986 by Selfish Records this is Gauze's second full length. Probably their best work. Probably one of the best hardcore albums period.

This is a LAME V0 encode made from a FLAC rip of XXX Records' 1997 CD reissue.

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Gauze - Fuck Heads (reissue)

Artist: Gauze
Title: Fuck Heads (reissue)
Release 1997
Label: XXX Records

1. Power
2. Fuck Head
3. Shot
4. Coretik
5. One Last Kiss
6. Love Song
7. Ghostlike Crime
8. ノイローゼ
9. 酔狂
10. Go

Originally put out in 1984 by ADK Records this is Gauze's first LP. Consider this required listening.

This is a LAME V0 encode made from a FLAC rip of XXX Records' 1997 CD reissue.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

As I Look to the Future

Artist: Various
Title: As I Look to the Future
Release: 1997
Label: Solution Records

Track List:
1. Capgun - Take a Hint
2. Bane - Lay the Blame
3. Driven - Fear
4. The Rolemodels - Messy

I bought this solely because of the track by Bane but I was surprised to find that The Rolemodels song was actually my favorite on this. From what little I can gather this compilation was put out around 1997, it may have been 1996 but I'm gonna go with 1997 since that's when someone on a certain message board says they remember buying it.

The Capgun song isn't anything special, pretty typical 90's hardcore. If you've heard anything from that era you've probably already heard this. Bane's offering to this compilation is apparently some of their earliest recorded output. It definitely sounds more youthful in comparison to "Give Blood", and that was nine years ago now! I'm not really a fan of the song by Driven. It's got some dude from Killswitch Engage on it, vocals I think. Not my style at all.

What is my style though is The Rolemodels. When I was looking over the inside of the sleeve I noticed that the address given for them was Denton, TX. I thought this was pretty weird since the rest of the bands were from the North East so with a little help from google I found out that their drummer was actually the drummer from The Marked Men and their bass player was one of the early bass players for The Riverboat Gamblers. It seems the drummer started The Rolemodels not long after moving to Denton from Connecticut. I guess it makes sense that I found a copy of this in Carrollton, which isn't too far from Denton. Pretty interesting connection between two far away (especially in the 90s) places if you ask me.

600 DPI scans of the sleeve included.

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The Riverboat Gamblers/Electric Eel Shock - split

Artist: The Riverboat Gamblers/Electric Eel Shock
Title: split
Release: 2004
Label: Gearhead Records

Track List:
1. The Riverboat Gamblers - That's Entertainment!
2. Electric Eel Shock - Rock & Roll Can Rescue the World!

I picked this split picture disc up at a local record store a few years ago. If you're from Texas you're probably already familiar with The Riverboat Gamblers. The Electric Eel Shock side of the split is the only song by them that I've heard. It's a little more on the rock side of punk rock but that's okay by me. This record doesn't fall under "hardcore" at all, but I'm yet to meet a fan of hardcore or punk that doesn't enjoy The Riverboat Gamblers.

The Riverboat Gamblers originated nearby in Denton, TX but have since moved to Austin, TX. They've gone through a slew of members, most of who have been in other awesome bands. All I really know about Electric Eel Shock is that they're from Japan.

This is my first solid attempt at ripping a record with my new record player. I think it sounds fantastic. There's a bit of noise at the beginning and end of The Riverboat Gamblers' track but I couldn't seem to get it out without degrading the rest of the audio. It's not terribly distracting and might actually be from the recording not the record itself.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

My wonderful amazing girlfriend got me a USB turntable for my birthday! I've tested it out already with a few records and it sounds fantastic. This blog is gonna get real busy real soon.

Various Artists - Colorado Krew III: This Is My Donut
Various Artists - Pigs Suck
Meadowlark - Meadowlark
Pizza/Tideland - split
Pools/Cleric - split
Lie and Wait - Unrestrained
Riverboat Gamblers/Electric Eel Shock - split

Sunday, July 25, 2010

100% British Oi!

Artist: Various
Title: 100% British Oi!
Release: 1997
Label: Captain Oi! Records

Track List:
Disc 1
1. ABH - Don't Mess With the SAS
2. Angelic Upstarts - Victory in Poland
3. Anti-Establishment- 1980's
4. Anti-Social - Official Hooligan
5. Attak- Today's Generation
6. Barbed Wire - The Age that Didn't Care
7. Blitz - Warriors
8. The Blood - Such Fun
9. The Burial - Friday Night
10. The Business - Product
11. Cockney Rejects - Beginning of the End
12. Cock Sparrer - Chip on My Shoulder
13. Combat 84 - Poseur
14. Condemned 84- Oi! Ain't Dead
15. Crack - Going Out
16. Fighting the System - Criminal Class
17. Crux - C. I. A.
18. Ejected - Have You Got 10p?
19. 5ive-O - Dr. Crippins
20. The 4-Skins - Sorry

Disc 2
1. Gonads - Jobs Not Jails
2. The Guttersnipes - Addicted to Love
3. Infa-Riot - Riot Riot
4. Intensive Care - Ghost Town
5. The Last Resort - Resort Bootboys
6. Menace - Screwed Up
7. The Oppressed - White Flag
8. The Partisans - 17 Years of Hell
9. Peter & The Test Tube Babies - Up Yer Bum
10. Prole - Generation Landslide
11. Red Alert - Take No Prisoners
12. Section-5 - For the Love of Oi!
13. Sham 69 - Borstal Breakout
14. Skin Deep - Football Violence
15. Slaughter & The Dogs - Situations
16. Splodgenessabounds - Pathetique
17. Strike - Skinhead
18. Subculture - Loud & Clear
19. Vicious Rumors - Anytime Day or Night
20. The Warriors - Horror Show

I'm not really a big oi fan. That doesn't mean I don't like what I've heard. It's just that where I'm from it's a pretty underrepresented subgenre of punk so it's not something I'm exposed to that often. As such I've never really made much of an effort to really delve in too deep into the world of shaved heads and boots (I'm more of a long hair indoor desk job kind of guy anyways). This compilation seems like as good a place to start as any based on what little I know.

I can't really comment on whether or not this compilation good. I mean I like it, but aside from Sham 69 there isn't anything else on here that I've heard more than a few songs of. And outside of this compilation the only oi band I've really heard is On File. I know how annoying it is when someone who knows next to nothing about a type of music that is important to you starts singing the praises of thoroughly mediocre bands that play that type of music and when asked don't know any of the genre defining bands. I think I'd run the risk of being that guy when it comes to oi. So I'll just say this, as someone who knows little about oi this is a pretty cool compilation. Big fans of oi may or may not like it, but they probably already know about it anyways.

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World Class Punk (reissue)

Artist: Various
Title: World Class Punk (reissue)
Release: 1998
Label: ROIR Records

Track List:
1. E.A.T.E.R - Kriget Vancinne
2. What? - Campbells Sign
3. The Zero Point - Working Class Zero
4. Hova-Lett Nagyfero Bikini - Come of It
5. Ratos de Porao - Parasita
6. Solucion Mortal - Ni un Amigo
7. Herpes Distress - Mozak
8. Slips n' Sperma - Caos Final
9. Akutt Innleggelse - Klasse
10. Nervose - Detournement
11. Zyklome - Scapegoats
12. Dezerta - Spytaj Milicjanta
13. BGK - Gone Mad
14. Mottek - Eine Neue Nacht
15. Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers - HC Music
16. A-64 - Moment
17. Exile in the Kingdom - Freedom
18. Purrkurr Pillnikk - Surprise
19. Warriors of the Last Days - Under the Sun
20. Grisen Skriker - Dansa
21. Deja Voodoo - Jungle Out There
22. Copulation - Quicklime
23. Villa 21 - In the Darkened Night
24. Pop Guns - Shock Time for Rock
25. K4 - Six Million
26. Sort Sol - Boy/Girl
27. The Bastards - Liian Monta Turhaa Sotaa

More on this later.

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Artist: Various
Title: SHORT,FAST+LOUD! vol.#1
Release: 2000
Label: Slap A Ham Records

Track List:
1. Aftermath - Loyalty Oath
2. B.S.E. - What's Worse?
3. Catheter - Slain and Broken
4. Dataclast - Strategic Intertext
5. Daybreak - Romulan Boarding Party
6. Dead Nation - What Are You gonna Do About It?
7. Despite - Crust
8. Discordia - Segregacion
9. Dread 101 - Predestination
10. Dumbstruck - 180 Degrees
11. El Nudo - Hate and Hate
12. Entropia - Assunizone
13. Existench - Cleanse
14. Fetus Eaters - Father Howard
15. Goat Shanty - Thirteen
16. In Control - Crash and Burn
17. Insult - Let's Give Emo Something to Cry About
18. Iron Lung - Pushing Life
19. Kontortion - Boxed In / Closed Off
20. Lana Dagales - Instrumental
21. Life in a Burn Clinic - Unsilence
22. Life's Halt - Take It to the Heart
23. Mouthbreather - Pandemic
24. Mukeka di Rato - Mickey
25. Otophobia - Blue Polyester
26. Peruke - Your Choice
27. Pignation - Moral Demise
28. Point of Few - Developed Research
29. Progeria - Life's Scars
30. Ruinacre - Atrophied Emotions
31. Ruination - Who's in Season?
32. The Scarlet Letter - Collateral Damage
33. Shank - Ergot
34. Spaul - Unexpected Terms
35. Totally Ridiculous - Conquer Earth
36. Tusks of Blood - Flesheater
37. The Ultimate Warriors - The Only Good Mark...
38. Uniq - Take No Notice
39. What Happens Next? - Those Who Own the Streets
40. Wilbur Cobb - N.S.T.

Like 40 punches to the face in a little under an hour.

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Kakumei 2

Artist: Various
Title: Kakumei 2
Release: 1991
Label: MCR Company

Track List:
1. Misery - Total Destruction
2. Misery - Born, Fed... Slaughtered
3. Misery - Falling of Darkness
4. Fearless Vampire Killers - Dazzle
5. Fearless Vampire Killers - Bike
6. Fearless Vampire Killers - I'm a Believer
7. Fuck Geez - Stay Free
8. Fuck Geez - Wasted Land
9. Fuck Geez - 葛藤と矛盾
10. Spermbirds - I Might Kill You
11. Spermbirds - Hiding
12. Spermbirds - Dangers of Thinking
13. Don Don - Politics
14. Don Don - Cleopatra's Dream
15. Don Don - Love Song
16. Cox-Orange - Don't Throw Your Life Away
17. Cox-Orange - Nosy Neighbours
18. Assfort - No Reason
19. Assfort - Not Have a Leg to Stand On
20. Assfort - Keep My End Up
21. Nessun Dorma - Follow the Crowd
22. Nessun Dorma - Hardsell
23. Nessun Dorma - Meathead
24. Idora - Self Defence
25. Idora - Not Communication

Another international compilation by MCR Company. Assfort was the only band on this I'd heard of before. Misery reminds me a lot of Amebix.

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Fiesta Comes Alive!

Artist: Various
Title: Fiesta Comes Alive!
Release: 1997
Label: Slap A Ham Records

Track List:
1. Lack of Interest - My Life
2. Lack of Interest - Social Inequality
3. Excruciating Terror - Addiction
4. Bludgeon - Kill GOD
5. Dystopia - Backstabber
6. No Comment - Dead Stare for Life
7. No Comment - Distant
8. No Comment - Lament
9. No Comment - Skin Rape (Soiled by Hate)
10. Cavity - Burning My Eyes
11. Plutocracy - Dankstahz
12. Discordance Axis - Panoptic
13. Phobia - Internal Rot
14. Agents of Satan - Castigo Del Brujo
15. The Locust - Emaciation Fuckers
16. Gob - Columbian Nectie
17. Enemy Soil - Group Think
18. Nuclear Armed Hogs - Diff'rent Strokes
19. Man Is the Bastard - Heretic's Fork
20. Man Is the Bastard - Ether Rag
21. Man Is the Bastard - Instantly Beat
22. Man Is the Bastard - Semen in the Eysocket of Thomas Lenz
23. Stapled Shut - Killer Breed
24. No Less - Balls Deep
25. His Hero Is Gone - T Minus Zero
26. Noothgrush - Gage
27. Spazz - Might for Right
28. Evolved to Obliteration - Picked a Fight
29. Crossed Out - Pure Delusion
30. Crossed Out - Practiced Hatred
31. Benümb - Beyond Fucked
32. MDC - Nazis Shouldn't Drive
33. Cattlepress - My Only Wish Is to Destroy
34. Cop Out - Untitled
35. Cop Out - Over There
36. Hellnation - Silent Bigot
37. Utter Bastard - Macho Man
38. Capitalist Casualties - Rumor Mill
39. Capitalist Casualties - Fuck the Christians
40. Capitalist Casualties - Roll Over & Play Dead

This is a collection of live recordings taken from previous Slap A Ham Records compilations. Just look at the track list, you don't need me to convince you this is worth downloading.

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Fucking Noise Terror

Artist: Various
Title: Fucking Noise Terror
Release: 1996
Label: Sound Pollution Records

Track List:
1. Toxic Noise - Asinine Power
2. Toxic Noise - Uncertainty Life
3. Systral - Insignificant
4. Jack with Killer - Black Sheep
5. Jack with Killer - Conflicting Character
6. Jack with Killer - Wait for a Change
7. In/Humanity - Teenage Suicide... Do It
8. Hail of Rage - Unheard / In Vain
9. Hail of Rage - Cleansed
10. Wounded Knee - Usual Man
11. Genocide SS - Untitled
12. Genocide SS - Untitled
13. Genocide SS - Untitled
14. Damnable Excite Zombies - I Hate
15. Damnable Excite Zombies - Eight Roads
16. Sarcasm - Ghouls
17. Sarcasm - Sour
18. Sarcasm - Watching
19. Disassociate - Their Freedom
20. Visions - Evil Minds
21. Visions - Imperial State Terror
22. Haymarket - Police Acedemy
23. Haymarket - Slaphappy
24. Haymarket - Sucker / My Life as a Hamster / Hole Boy
25. Society Gang Rape - Terminal Abuse
26. Society Gang Rape - Drown in the Pit
27. Frequent - Chinese Fire Drill
28. Frequent - Same
29. Frequent - Fall into a Groove
30. Diskonto - Som Flugor
31. Diskonto - Ta Ert Ansvaret
32. Diskonto - Kopiöst / Hatet Gror

Pretty sweet international compilation of crusty hardcore. Put out in the States by Sound Pollution and distributed in Japan by MCR Company.

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Kamikaze Attacked Amerika / Yankee Bombed Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Artist: Various
Title: Kamikaze Attacked Amerika / Yankee Bombed Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Release: 1996
Label: Sound Pollution Records, MCR Company

Track List:
1. Insane Youth - The World Has Reached It's Worst
2. Ottawa - Desensitized
3. Ottawa - A Million Reasons
4. Ottawa - Cycle
5. Anti Authorize - It's Time for Change
6. Final Warning - Death Sentence
7. Senseless Apocalypse - About the War
8. Senseless Apocalypse - White Hassles
9. Suppression - Machines of War / Dick Fear
10. Disclose - Burned Alive
11. Mankind - Strategic Deterence
12. Balzac - Day the Earth Caught Fire
13. Spazz - D.J. Tinkle Fingers / Diplomatic Services
14. Addiction - Survivors
15. Monster X - Battle Fatigue
16. C.F.D.L. - Let You Know
17. C.F.D.L. - Tofu Song
18. Quadiliacha - Think About It
19. Masskontroll - Winds of Genocide
20. Violent Pain - Feel for a New Age
21. Bleed for Freedom - Sukiyaki

I must say, it warms my heart a little when I think about relations between the US and Japan over the last several decades. Considering the awful shit that went down between our nations it's a wonder we don't hate each other. Whenever I see a band from Japan playing in America everyone around me is always super excited they made the trip. I imagine the feeling in Japan is very similar when our bands play over there. With broken Japanese and broken English I've had the privilege to communicate with a few dudes touring the country from Japan and have been left with the impression that their respect and excitement about our hardcore is just as great as ours for theirs.

Anyways, enough sentimental talk. This here is a compilation of Japanese and American crusty hardcore. Real great stuff. Kinda the same deal as the next post, Sound Pollution in the states and MCR Company in Japan.

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Distortion to Hell

Artist: Various
Title: Distortion to Hell
Release: 1994
Label: Distortion Records

Track List:
1. Warcollapse - Misery & Despair
2. Warcollapse - Warcollapse
3. Dispense - Disorder
4. Dispense - Nervous Breakdown
5. Dispense - Massgenocide
6. The Perukers - Protest & Survive
7. The Perukers - Spräckta Snutskallar
8. The Perukers - Burn Out
9. Sauna - Bestiality
10. Sauna - Different
11. Sauna - M.N.C
12. Asocial - The Nightmare Arrives / Goodbye
13. Asocial - Burn Offerings
14. Asocial - Rebound Reality
15. Bombraid - Fuck Society
16. Bombraid - Brända Pengar
17. 3-Way Cum - Government Arseholes
18. 3-Way Cum - Begging for Help
19. 3-Way Cum - Kill & Infest
20. Dissober - Bödlar I Vita Rockar
21. Dissober - In the Shit
22. Dissober - Days of Pride
23. S.L.R - When the System Falls
24. S.L.R - Stimulated Agression
25. S.L.R - Crusade of the Cursed
26. Black Nation - Bomben
27. Black Nation - Ändrar Din Asikt
28. Black Nation - Vägra Blunda
29. Black Nation - Maskiner
30. Arsedestroyer - 4.25 Minuters Sodomi
31. Driller Killer - Who?
32. Driller Killer - Alcoholocaust

This is an excellent compilation of Swedish crust bands from the mid-90's. Highly recommended. I got lucky and picked this up for dirt cheap. I figured I might as well post my own rip. Expect more awesome compilations to follow.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Systematic Death - Systemania 2

Artist: Systematic Death
Title: Systemania 2
Release: 2007
Label: Fade In Records

Track List:
1. Hi (7" Version)
2. 25
3. Island (7" Version)
4. Free (7" Version)
5. Check
6. Whisky (7" Version)
7. May Peace Prevail on Earth
8. Tonight
9. Jap Gate
10. Disobey
11. アニーにくびったけ
12. Don't Stop My Way
13. Underage
14. Chance
15. Liar
16. かんきせん
17. Don't Stop My Way (LP Version)
18. No! Rental
19. New York City (LP Version)
20. Inside
21. Color
22. Let's Go Back
23. Underage
24. Open Your Eyes
25. Jock
26. Bad Boy
27. Don't Stop My Way
28. Jap Gate
29. Jock
30. Free
31. Hi
32. New York City
33. Island
34. Whisky
35. アニーにくびったけ
36. Step
37. Sink You (7" Version)
38. Light (7" Version)
39. Read on Speed
40. Gamble
41. Bad Boy (7" Version)

Second part of the discography collection.

Tracks 1-6 from "Flash Back (Systema 3)' 7" (1986, Selfish Records)
Track 7 previously unreleased but recorded for "AA Record Omnibus" compilation (1986)
Tracks 8-12 from "Thrash 'Til Death" compilation (1986, Selfish Records)
Tracks 13-22 from "Final Insider/Lucky Time" LP (1987, Selfish Records)
Tracks 23-26 from "My Meat's Your Poison" compilation LP (1987, Kagamousou Records)
Tracks 27-35 from "Stimulate (Systema V)" cassette tape (1987, Systema Project)
Tracks 36-41 from "Gratis" 7" (1988, Systema Project)

"Stimulate (Systema V)" was sold at "Pipe-Cut Gig Vol.16" at Jean Genie, Yokohama on October 24, 1987. The recordings for "Jap Gate", "Jock", and "Hi" were sent to France in order to be included in Jungle Hop Records' 1988 "Virus" compilation LP.

"Gratis" was given away for free at "Super Battle Royal'88" in the Toshima Public Hall, Ikebukuro, July 17, 1988.

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Systematic Death - Systemania 1

Artist: Systematic Death
Title: Systemania 1
Release: 2007
Label: Fade In Records

Track List:
1. 77kids (Demo)
2. 腐乱死体 (Demo)
3. Japanese Punx (Demo)
4. Save (Demo)
5. Systematic Death (Demo)
6. かんきせん (Demo)
7. U.S. City (Demo)
8. Next You (Demo)
9. So What (Demo)
10. Sink You (Demo)
11. Instro (Demo)
12. Save (Flexi Version)
13. 77kids (Flexi Version)
14. Systematic Death (Flexi Version)
15. Sink You (Flexi Version)
16. U.S. City (Flexi Version)
17. Alley Army (Flexi Version)
18. 腐乱死体 (Live)
19. Japanese Punx (Live)
20. Disobey (Outtake)
21. Japanese Punx (Outtake)
22. Alley Army / Life / Disobey (Live)
23. Save
24. 77kids
25. Sink You
26. U.S. City
27. Alley Army
28. 腐乱死体
29. Japanese Punx
30. So What
31. 一神教
32. Oi Oi Oi
33. Island
34. U.P.P
35. Systematic Death
36. Disobey
37. Life
38. Pinfu Nippon
39. かんきせん
40. Near By War
41. Tokyo City (Live)
42. Fight Go (Live)
43. From Hell
44. Trial

This is the first compilation record from Systematic Death. The second one will be posted shortly. Off the top of my head I can't really think of many other bands from Japan that draw such obvious influence from Minor Threat. If you're not already familiar with Systematic Death then that should give you an indication as to what to expect. Fast, straight-forward, hardcore punk.

This particular encode is from a FLAC rip from the same generous soul that made available FLAC rips that some of my previous posts are encoded from. I've seen other half assed rips elsewhere on the internet which is a damn shame. If you're gonna do it do it right, sheesh.

Tracks 1-11 from the demo cassette tape (1983)
Tracks 12-19 from "Systema" 7" flexi (1984, Hold Up Records)
Tracks 20-21 are outtakes from the "Systema" recordings
Track 22 from "Hold Up Omnibus" 8" compilation (Hold Up Records, 1984)
Tracks 23-44 from "Systema 2" cassette tape (1984, Systema Project)

Download: Systematic Death - Systemania 1 (LAME 3.98r V0) Multiupload
Download: Systematic Death - Systemania 1 (LAME 3.98r V0) Mediafire

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hakodate City Hard Core

Artist: Various
Title: Hakodate City Hard Core
Release: 1997
Label: Straight Up Records

Track List:
1. Crude - No One Gave the Right Answer
2. Crude - 義勇 (Giyuu, Heroism)
3. etae - Protect Oneself
4. etae - Proof of Truth Proof of Power
5. etae - 絶望の時 (Zetsubou no Toki, Hour of Despair)
6. Mustang - 箱館 (Hakodate)
7. Mustang - 馬 (Uma, Horse)
8. Mustang - ヒエロ (Hiero)
9. Grass - 意識 (Ishiki, Consciousness)
10. Grass - 痛みの向こうに (Itami no Mukou ni, Beyond the Pain)
11. Grass - Humanity
12. Bad Trip - Fuck Religion
13. Bad Trip - Junky
14. Bad Trip - 矛盾 (Mujun, Contradiction)
15. Bad Trip - Impostor
16. Bad Trip - Decided Life

More on this later.

Download: Hakodate City Hard Core (FhG 192 kbps)

Chest Pain - Chest Pain

Artist: Chest Pain
Title: Chest Pain
Release: 2009
Label: Self Released?

Track List:
1. Yellow Noose
2. False Self
3. Murderers / Shop Till You Drop
4. Reverse Baptism
5. A Lifetime of Spit and Swearing

When I first met Matt Needles I figured "Needles" was just some nickname he'd acquired long ago that had just stuck well enough for everyone to know it. About a year later I asked him what his last name was and he said it was Needles. I thought he was just bullshitting me. But then he showed me his drivers license. Needles is seriously his last name, at least according to the great state of Texas.

I got this rip from another blog, so the credit goes to them for posting what I assume is their own rip from the cassette.

Matt (who plays Bass) was kind enough to give me the proper track listing since he knows how anal I am about that sort of thing. So what you'll find below isn't really anything you can't find elsewhere, but I like to have all my i's dotted and my t's crossed when it comes to my mp3 collection. Matt suggested I throw this up here, but I probably would have done it anyways since this little demo (I guess it's a demo) is really fucking good.

Don't let the first minute or so of the first track "Yellow Noose" fool you, Chest Pain is fast as hell hardcore. Some might even say power violence, but whatever. 6 songs in just over 8 minutes is perfect as far as I'm concerned.

I like to think Texas has consistently produced some of the best hardcore for decades now. Bands like Chest Pain are part of the reason that belief is continually reaffirmed.

Download: Chest Pain - Chest Pain (FhG 192 kbps)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Confuse - Nuclear Addicts E.P. (reissue)

Artist: Confuse
Title: Nuclear Addicts E.P. (reissue)
Release: 1996
Label: Anarchy Centre Recordings

Track List:
1. Indignation
2. People Are Nuclear Poisoning
3. Rebel & War
4. Hate (Is It War?)
5. No Victor
6. Disaster
7. The End...

This was originally released in 1984 by Blue Jug Records.

Download: Confuse - Nuclear Addicts E.P. (reissue) (LAME 3.98r V0)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Order of the Kite Volumes One and Two

Artist: Various
Title: Order of the Kite - Volume One
Release: 2001
Label: Bootleg

Track List:
1. Anti-Septic - Visions of Power
2. Anti-Septic - War Game
3. Anti-Septic - Dice with Death
4. Anti-Septic - Death or Glory
5. Crime - Suicide
6. Crime - Best to Death
7. Crime - Nucler Blood
8. Crime - Inside Out
9. Z - Violence Action
10. Z - Go to Kill
11. Z - Go Ahead
12. Z - Peace of Hiroshima
13. Disarray - Social Victim
14. Disarray - Sadist
15. Disarray - Slay
16. Disarray - Balder Dash
17. Disarray - Bad Blood
18. Disarray - Cry Murder
19. Disarray - The Place of Horror
20. The Sexual - Anarchy & Destruction
21. The Sexual - Crime of Sexual
22. The Sexual - War Cry
23. The Sexual - The Last Days
24. The Sexual - Scatter the Hatred
25. The Sexual - Devil Reversion
26. The Sexual - The End Approaches
27. M78 - M78

Tracks 1-4 from "First-Last" 7" (1986, Hold Up Records)
Tracks 5-7 from "Nuclear Blood" 7" flexi (1985, Uma Oi Records)
Track 8 from "I'll Gather Up" 8" compilation (1989, Musical Friends)
Tracks 9-12 from "Violence Action" 7" flexi (1988, Z Records)
Tracks 13-19 from "Disarray" 7" flexi (1984, ADK Records)
Tracks 20-24 from "The Last Days" 7" flexi (1985, Kochi Records)
Tracsk 25-27 from "Jisatu" 8" compilation (1985)

Download: Order of the Kite - Volume One (LAME 3.98r V0)

Artist: Various
Title: Order of the Kite - Volume Two
Release: 2001
Label: Bootleg

Track List:
1. The Clay - The Demilitarized Neutrality
2. The Clay - Fight for Your Rights
3. The Clay - The Middle East Combat Area
4. The Clay - Future Terror
5. The Clay - Militia
6. The Clay - Freeze Bomb / Distraction Symbols / The War to End War / War Crimes / Black Flag
7. Bitousha - Giseisha to Shiteno Kyouraku
8. Bitousha - Batou Kansha
9. Bitousha - Kyouja To Shiteno Koufuku
10. Dead Person - No Marcy Surviving
11. Dead Person - M.D.I.
12. Dead Person - Charge in Trap
13. Dead Person - Shout
14. Dead Person - No Money
15 LSD - Zouaku Sensou / LSD
16. LSD - Warst Time
17. LSD - Kill You / LSD (Instrumental)
18. Final Count - Imitate a Human
19. Final Count - Silence
20. Final Count - Will Full Life
21. Final Count - No Follow the Fashion
22. Final Count - Double Faced Person
23. Final Count - Organization
24. The Execute - Criminal Flowers Part 1 & 2
25. The Execute - Slash
26. The Execute - Moron
27. The Execute - The Voice
28. The Execute - Sag

Tracks 1-3 from "Middle East Combat Area" 7" (1986, Hold Up Records)
Tracks 4-5 from "Great Punk Hits" compilation (1983, Japan Records)
Track 6 from "Hold Up Omnibus" 8" compilation (Hold Up Records, 1984)
Tracks 7-9 from "Hiromi's Party Part 1" 7" flexi (1984, ACS Records)
Tracks 10-14 from "Dead Person" 7" flexi (1987, Stomping Records)
Tracks 15-17 from "Destroy" 7" flexi (1984, ADK Records)
Tracks 18-22 from "Final Count" 7" flexi (1988, Final Records)
Track 23 from "Enjoy Your Youth" compilation (1998, Adventure Family)
Tracks 24-26 from "Criminal Flowers" 7" (1984, Hit Parade)
Tracks 27-28 from "Great Punk Hits" compilation (1983, Japan Records)

Download: Order of the Kite - Volume Two (LAME 3.98r V0)

Both of these compilations are bootlegs from sources unknown (to me and apparently google as well). I'm normally not too keen on bootlegs since they tend to be of dubious quality and I don't really like the idea of people putting out a bands music without their consent. But, I suppose after enough time has passed and no official repress or discography collection is released then bootlegging can serve a valid purpose in that it can keep hard to find music from fading into obscurity. My understanding of "Order of the Kite" volumes one and two is that they collect records that, with a few exceptions, are neigh on impossible to find for anything resembling a reasonable price.

I won't spend much time describing each band contained in the compilations as reviews can easily be found elsewhere. But, I will say that if you like hardcore, especially the kind that is distinctly Japanese hardcore, then you'd be a damned fool to not download this.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

City of Caterpillar - Demo + Live Recording

Artist: City of Caterpillar
Title: Demo + Live Recording
Release: 2002
Label: Level Plane Records

Track List:
1. A Heart Filled Reaction to Dissatisfaction (Demo)
2. Shadows of Ghosts Passing on City Streets (Demo)
3. Demo Track 3
4. Demo Track 4
5. Demo Track 5
6. When Was the Last Time We Painted over the Blood on the Walls? (Live)
7. An Innocent Face (Live)
8. Shadows of Ghosts Passing on City Streets (Live)
9. A Little Change Could Go a Long Ways (Live)

While no means what I would consider a "hardcore" band City of Caterpillar nevertheless deserves some attention here. Active back in the days when screamo was for the most part not yet a dirty word City of Caterpillar played what I think is best described as a fusion between their contemporaries and Post-Rock. At times they lean so heavily towards the sort of beautiful and eerie sounds typically associated with bands like Mogwai that it can be pretty jarring when they suddenly shift into the harsh noise and screaming.

Somewhere around 7 years ago I left their self-titled album in my car's CD player when my mom asked to borrow it. Later that day when she returned it to me she made the comment that whatever was in my CD player sounded really pretty until it started to get really ugly. That's a pretty accurate description I'd say.

This particular recording is a little more on the ugly (in a good way!) side of things than their self-titled release but it's just as great of a listen. Rather than type out my own description, from the insert:

Songs 1-5 were recorded at Signal to Noise Studios by Duncan & Jay in the April of 2000 in Richmond, VA. These songs were originally released on demo tapes & CDRs. Song 3 also appeared on a split 7" with System 2600 which was released by the Sea of Dead Pirates record label.

Lineup... Brandon, Ryan, Adam, Jeff.

Songs 6-9 were recorded live on WNYU by Steve Roche in Manhattan, NY in the December of 2000. Songs 6 & 8 were released on a one sided tour edition 7" which was pressed by the Level Plane record label.

Lineup... Brandon, Ryan, Kevin, Jeff.

This release is intended to make these songs available at a reasonable price. There should be no need to pay ridiculous prices for these recordings on out of print records.

...Endless thanks go to...
Planes Mistaken for Stars, System 2600, Level Plane, pg 99, Lilac Sky, Adagio 830, Fil "Mako", our friends & families, and everyone who has supported us.

It's kind of funny now since this record can go for a good amount of money on eBay. I was fortunate enough to get my first copy on black vinyl for normal retail price. I won't say how much I paid for my second copy on clear vinyl, but it was as Brandon said, ridiculous.

I'm kind of in the process of organizing my mp3 library right now. Since I don't actually own a CD copy of this record I was curious to see if it is even available for sale anymore and sadly it appears it isn't. The only downloads I could find through Google find were low bit rate and probably done poorly. Fortunately, even though I don't have the actual CD I do have a FLAC rip with an EAC log that says it's damn near perfect. So for your convenience here it is in V0 mp3.

Download: City of Caterpillar - Demo + Live Recording (LAME 3.98r V0)