Thursday, April 21, 2011

キナルラ - 雀ノ涙 (2002)

(Kenllre - Suzume NO Namida)

Genre: Goth/Alt Rock
Released: July 27th, 2002
Region: Chiba, Japan
Label: Self-Released
Catalog #: KR-3610
Format: CD
Bitrate: 320kbps

tracklist
01. 惨劇館
02. 裏切りの舌
03. イバラノミチ

Highly underrated, unique visual kei band that never grew very big overall, but developed a strong, devoted following until their breakup in 2007. This is their first CD release that wasn't on a compilation and the three songs on it show exactly what excellence they were capable of.

Quirky and strange, lots of gothic rock influence but not fully genre-qualifiable(as per most vk,) despite my attempts to do so anyway. Truly a shame these guys didn't get more attention.

Highly recommended to anyone looking for something unique.

Bought it off y!jp auctions.

美空ひばり - 歌は我が命 第9集 -ひとりぼっち- (1975)

(Misora Hibari - Uta wa Waga Inochi Dai 9 Shuu -Hitoribocchi-)

Genre: Enka/Folk
Released: 1975
Region: Yokohama, Japan
Label: Columbia
Catalog #: ACE-7106
Format: 12" LP
Bitrate: 320 kbps

tracklist
A1. ひとりぼっち
A2. 渚の足跡
A3. ある日、秋の夜
A4. 最後の一本
A5. 海沿いの駅
A6. 波止場情話

B1. 真珠の涙
B2. 霧の別れ
B3. 紺がすりの女
B4. 泣き笑い人生
B5. 隅田月夜
B6. さようなら

Another 70's enka compilation, this time from one of THE definitive enka artists and one of the most popular(underrated in the west,) Hibari Misora.

Bought it from a local music store.

Anne - Demo 2010 (2010)


Genre: Shoegaze/Dreampop
Released: 2010
Region: Portland, OR
Label: Self-Released
Catalog #: N/A
Format: CD
Bitrate: 320 kbps

tracklist
01. Summer Babies
02. Punk Bike
03. Rich People
04. Collection
05. The way you talk about other people makes me wonder if you hate me

More from the super awesome, brand new 'gazer/dreampoppy band Anne from Oregon.
This release features what are EASILY their best songs so far, IMO, and the first track got a video made for it.

Bought from the band.

Prefab Sprout - Two Wheels Good (1985)


Genre: Pop Rock/New Wave
Released: June, 1985
Region: Durham, England
Label: Kitchenware
Catalog #: BFE-40100
Format: 12" LP
Bitrate: 320 kbps

tracklist
A1. Faron
A2. Bonny
A3. Appetite
A4. When Love Breaks Down
A5. Goodbye Lucille #1
A6. Hallelujah

B1. Moving The River
B2. Horsin' Around
B3. Desire As
B4. Blueberry Pies
B5. When The Angels

More from the unique pop rock band Prefab Sprout, this time the full album that the previously posted single came from. This was their second album and it was produced by the great Thomas Dolby.

This is the US release, the original UK release was called "Steve McQueen" and track 1 on the UK version is titled "Faron Young" - the name changes were due to copyright issues in the US. Feel free to change them to their actual titles, I just kept them this way for authenticity.

Bought from a local shop.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Prefab Sprout - Appetite (1987)


Genre: Pop Rock/New Wave
Released: 1987
Region: Durham, England
Label: Kitchenware
Catalog #: SKX-23
Format: 12" single
Bitrate: 320 kbps

tracklist
A. Appetite

B1. Heaven Can Wait
B2. Oh, The Swiss!

Super catchy and unique (in this case, synthy)pop rock band that went way under the radar pretty much everywhere when they were around. This was their second single off their second album, released in 1985. The B-sides are soothing instrumentals. Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Paddy McAloon had a very unique sense of song structure and put a fresh spin on pop music.

I highly recommended you check out their first two albums after you hear this single.
Bought it off Discogs.