Sunday, September 4, 2011
It's been a while since updates. I more or less took the last month off, just keeping up with mailorders and behind the scenes stuff, because my boy started crawling, and climbing, and falling off things, so it became even more of a full time job to keep an eye on him and keep him out of trouble. He's just hanging out today, so I was able tog et all this together.
First up, the new Slowmotions single, excellent as always, and the Isterismo discography 12", both on 540, released for Chaos In Tejas courtesy of Timmy Hefner. Istermismo are raging Japanese crustiness, obviously inspired by the Italian classics. Next, I got copies of the recent Annihilation Time reissues on Tank Crimes. Sure it falls outside my general focus on Japanese hardcore, but it's a similar rock/hardcore fusion, and frankly I think they were one of the best American bands in the last ten years. Similarly, I got a few copies of the reissue of Poison Idea "Feel The Darkness" on Farewell. Like Discharge, undisputed classic and very influential on the Japanese scene. Finally got some copies of the newest Crude 12", "Corner". Raw and along the lines with their last 7" on HG Fact. And brand new is the Etae discography 12". Compiling both their 7"s on the A side and all 5 comp tracks on the B side. Etae were from Hakodate and shared a guitarist with Crude around the time of their "Attitude" 12". If the new raw Crude doesn't satisfy your jones for burly melodic Hakodate style HC, Etae will.
Unfortunately, thanks to soft European cardboard, some of the Etae and Crude jackets suffered corner damage in shipping. I'll sell the cleanest copies first while I wait and see if the label can send me replacements for the rest.
Also, a lot of stuff in the distro is getting down the last copies, so I noted that where applicable in the mailorder list.