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Polyphonic Cosmos: Sonic Innovations In Japan (1980-1986) (Compiled By JD Twitch)

    Ever since he made his first trip to Japan to DJ, Optimo Music founder JD Twitch has been bewitched by Japanese music, and particularly the vibrant, imaginative, and often far-sighted sounds which emerged from the island nation during the 1980s. Now he’s put years of digging in Japanese record shops to good use on Polyphonic Cosmos, the latest release on his compilation-focused Cease & Desist imprint.

    Subtitled ‘A Beginners Guide to Japan In The ‘80s’, the collection offers a personal selection of Japanese gems recorded and released between 1981 and ’86 – a period when advances in recording and musical technology offered the nation’s artists and producers a whole new tool kit to employ. When combined with the unique musical culture of Japan, where local traditions are frequently fused with Western styles to create timeless, off-kilter aural fusions, this embrace of locally pioneered music technology had spectacular, often unusual results.

    Eight years in the making, Polyphonic Cosmos provides an endlessly entertaining musical snapshot of Japanese music of the early-to-mid ‘80s with all of the open-minded eclecticism and sonic twists that you would expect from the Glasgow-based DJ.

    Compare and contrast, for example, the gently breezy, morning-fresh folk-plus-electronics bliss of ‘ばら二曲 Baranikyoku (Fellini&Rota)’ by World Standard – the most familiar alias of long-serving musician/producer Sohichiro Suzuki – and the hallucinatory, slow-motion tribal rhythms, post-punk rhythms and tape delay-laden electronics of Imitation’s ‘Exotic Dance’. Or, for that matter, the tipsy mid-‘80s electronic reggae of Pecker’s ‘Sha La La’, the grungy but melodic post-punk strut of ‘You Go On Natural’ by Earthling (a track Twitch accurately describes as “sheer unrelenting groove”), and the unearthly, swirling sonics, new age instrumentation and flotation tank vocals of prolific (and seemingly mysterious) act Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s ‘Rimme Kohkyogaku Meiki’.

    It’s a credit to JD Twitch’s curatorial skills that the quality never dips, and sonic surprises lurk around every corner. Consider for a moment the hard to describe, far-sighted audio immersion of D-Day’s ‘Ki-Ra’ – all languid post-pop guitar, enveloping chords, spoken word vocals, shuffling 808 beats and marimba melodies – and the two contributions from video games soundtrack specialist (and driving instrumental synth-pop specialist) Hiroyuki Namba.

    The collection naturally includes some selections that have long been favourites in Twitch’s DJ sets – see Masumi Hara’s ‘Your Dream’ – as well as a handful of tracks from artists who may be more recognisable to those with only rudimentary knowledge of Japanese musical culture. The great Yasuaki Shimizu, whose work as Mariah has become far better known in recent years thanks to reissues of some of his most magical albums, is represented via ‘The Crow’, a picturesque chunk of horizontal, hard-to-define jazz-not-jazz smokiness, while the collection fittingly concludes with a sublimely funky, oddball electronic workout from Yellow Magic Orchestra legend Ryuichi Sakamoto (the frankly incredible ‘Wongga Dance Song’).

    Matt Anniss

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. World Standard - Á

    Japan

    Exorcising Ghosts - Half Speed Master Edition

      Exorcising Ghosts (1984) is a 16-track 2LP set compiled and produced in consultation with lead singer David Sylvian, two years after Japan dissolved.

      This career spanning ‘Best of’ features three recordings from the band’s early career on the Hansa Records label (including 1979’s “Quiet Life”) but mainly focuses on material from their two seminal studio albums on Virgin Records; Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) and Tin Drum (1981).

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Methods Of Dance
      Swing
      Gentlemen Take Polaroids
      Quiet Life
      Side B
      A Foreign Place
      Nightporter
      My New Career
      The Other Side Of Life
      Side C
      Visions Of China
      Taking Islands In Africa
      Ghosts
      Songs Of Pioneers
      Side D
      Voices Raised In Welcome, Hands Held In Prayer
      Life Without Buildings
      Talking Drum
      The Art Of Parties

      Various Artists

      WaJazz: Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol. I - Deep, Heavy And Beautiful Jazz From Japan 1968-1984

      Universounds, HMV Record Shop and 180g team up for an exceptional release: from blazing hard bop to free jazz, to introspective saxophone solos and massive big band sounds, renowned Japanese jazz expert Yusuke Ogawa presents an essential 14 track collection of "WaJazz" music taken from the Nippon Columbia vaults. Featuring Jiro Inagaki, Minoru Muraoka, Hiroshi Suzuki, Hozan Yamamoto, Count Buffalo, Takeshi Inomata, and much more!

      "Japanese jazz has been recognized and celebrated by music lovers worldwide for decades. The origins of this trend may be traced back to the rare groove movement that flourished in the 1990s, but its current deep and wide popularity seems to be connected to the fact that Japanese people have been reevaluating their own jazz since the mid-2000s, locally referred to as WaJazz ("Wa" meaning Japan but also theShōwa emperor period, from 1926 to 1989). Since the beginning of the 2000s, there has been a growing trend to move away from the DJ-focused perspective and to appreciate jazz with a deeper understanding. Nowadays, there is more and more interest in the background and roots in which jazz has developed in Japan, with Japanese jazz as a whole now considered as its own distinctive genre.

      Of course, even if we speak about "WaJazz" as one genre, there is a truly wide variety of styles within it. However, when Japanese musicians play, there is something uniquely Japanese flowing through that creates a kind of synergy. It may be the melody, the rhythm, or even something deeper, like an inexpressible flicker. I would be happy if some of its charms and secrets emerge from the fourteen tracks included in this collection." (Yusuke Ogawa)

      Yusuke Ogawa has been running the Universounds store in Tokyo since 2001, specializing in jazz and second-hand, rare, and collector records. He is also a reissue supervisor, label manager, DJ, and music writer. Known for his vast musical knowledge, eye for detail, and archival skills, Ogawa has worked on more than 250 reissues and compilations – including the highly praised Deep Jazz Reality and Project Re:Vinyl series. He is the co-author of the Wa-Jazz Disc Guide and the Independent Black Jazz of America books.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Tadaaki Misago & Tokyo Cuban Boys - Sakura Sakura
      2. Minoru Muraoka With New Jazz Players - Muraiki
      3. Count Buffalo &The Jazz Rock Band - Mago-Uta
      4. Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quartet - D-51
      5. Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - Adult's Day
      6. Soul Media - Breeze
      7. George Otsuka - Sea View
      8. Hozan Yamamoto, Masahiko Togashi & Yosuke Yamashita - Breath Prologue
      9. Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media - Do It!
      10. Hiroshi Suzuki - Romance
      11. Masahiko Sato - Tochi Mo Kurumi Mo Fukiotose
      12. Masahiko Togashi - Fourth Expression
      13. Takeshi Inomata & Sound Ltd. - Mustache (Live)
      14. Takeo Moriyama - Watarase

      Geese

      Low Era / Smoke In Japan

        Geese are a band that begins and ends in Brooklyn, as a project between friends to build a home studio out of a basement.

        Their debut album, ‘Projector’ (from which this single is taken), is born from the same ambition: make music by any means necessary. The songs were recorded with sneakers as mic stands and blankets draped over the amps, all within the afternoon following a school day, up until they ran the risk of noise complaints. 

        TRACK LISTING

        A - Low Era
        B - Smoke In Japan

        Various Artists

        Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988

          All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

          Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988 hovers vibe–wise between two distinct poles within Light In The Attic’s acclaimed Japan Archival Series—Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986. All three albums showcase recordings produced during Japan’s soaring bubble economy of the 1980s, an era in which aesthetic visions and consumerism merged. Music echoed the nation’s prosperity and with financial abundance came the luxury to dream.

          Sonically, Somewhere Between mines the midpoint between Kankyō Ongaku’s sparkling atmospherics and Pacific Breeze’s metropolitan boogie. The compilation encompasses ambient pop, underground electronics, liminal minimalism and shadow sounds—all descriptors emphasizing the hazy nature of the nebula. Out–of–focus rhythms wear ethereal accoutrements, ballads are shrouded in static, and angular drums snake skyward on transcendent tones. From the Avant–minimalism of Mkwaju Ensemble and Yoshio Ojima, to the leftfield techno-pop of Mishio Ogawa and Noriko Miyamoto (featuring members of YMO), and highlights from the groundbreaking Osaka underground label Vanity Records, these are blurry constellations defying collective categorization.

          These tracks also exist in a space of transition when the major label grip on the Japanese recording market began to give way to the escalation of independents. Thanks to the idyllic economic climate and innovations in domestically–manufactured music gear, creators on the edges were empowered to focus on satisfying their artistic visions in the open headspace of home studios. While labels like Warner Music and Nippon Columbia explored new sounds through traditional channels, it was possible for Vanity, Balcony and other indie labels, not to mention self–released artists like Ojima and Naoki Asai, to publish their work via affordable media such as cassettes, 7" vinyl, and flexi–discs.

          Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), Somewhere Between is a collection of music, much of it released for the first time outside Japan, that is bound more by energetic vibration than shared history, genre or scene. They are the sounds of transition and searching—a celebration of the freedom found in floating.


          TRACK LISTING

          Noriko Miyamoto - Arrows & Eyes
          Mishio Ogawa - Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito
          Yoshio Ojima - Days Man
          Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
          R.N.A-ORGANISM - WEIMAR 22
          Naoki Asai - Yakan Hikou
          Takami Hasegawa - Koneko To Watashi
          Mammy - Mizu No Naka No Himitsu
          Dip In The Pool - Hasu No Enishi
          Wha Ha Ha - Akatere
          D-Day - Sweet Sultan
          Perfect Mother - Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run
          Neo Museum - Area
          Sonoko - Wedding With God (À Nijinski)

          Japan

          Quiet Life - 2021 Remaster

            All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

            That Japan’s breakthrough record Quiet Life was released in both 1979 and 1980 is uniquely fitting for a band who were about to step out of the glam rock, post punk shadows of the late 70s and deliver an as yet genre-less record that would come to define the 80s.

            Quiet Life was the third, final and most successful release on the Hansa Records label. A forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade, the album would become one of the great classic British albums.

            The record is now the subject of a major new reissue featuring a brand new Abbey Road half-speed remaster of the original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’.

            We are working directly with original band members Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, producer John Punter and with consultant advice from band biographer Anthony Reynolds and the Japanese Shinko archive.

            The release features newly restored original album artwork, new liner notes with contributions from band members and original producer, rare and unseen photography and memorabilia.

            TRACK LISTING

            Quiet Life (2020 Remaster)
            Fall In Love With Me (2020 Remaster)
            Despair (2020 Remaster)
            In Vogue (2020 Remaster)
            Halloween (2020 Remaster)
            All Tomorrows Parties (2020 Remaster)
            Alien (2020 Remaster)
            The Other Side Of Life (2020 Remaster)

            Japan

            Quiet Life - 2021 Remaster (Deluxe Edition)

              That Japan’s breakthrough record Quiet Life was released in both 1979 and 1980 is uniquely fitting for a band who were about to step out of the glam rock, post punk shadows of the late 70s and deliver an as yet genre-less record that would come to define the 80s.

              Quiet Life was the third, final and most successful release on the Hansa Records label. A forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade, the album would become one of the great classic British albums.

              The record is now the subject of a major new reissue featuring a brand new Abbey Road half-speed remaster of the original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’.

              We are working directly with original band members Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, producer John Punter and with consultant advice from band biographer Anthony Reynolds and the Japanese Shinko archive.

              The release features newly restored original album artwork, new liner notes with contributions from band members and original producer, rare and unseen photography and memorabilia.

              TRACK LISTING

              LP – QUIET LIFE
              A1. Quiet Life (2020 Remaster)
              A2. Fall In Love With Me (2020 Remaster)
              A3. Despair (2020 Remaster)
              A4. In Vogue (2020 Remaster)
              B1. Halloween (2020 Remaster)
              B2. All Tomorrows Parties (2020 Remaster)
              B3. Alien (2020 Remaster)
              B4. The Other Side Of Life (2020 Remaster)

              CD1 – QUIET LIFE
              Quiet Life (2020 Remaster)
              Fall In Love With Me (2020 Remaster)
              Despair (2020 Remaster)
              In Vogue (2020 Remaster)
              Halloween (2020 Remaster)
              All Tomorrows Parties (2020 Remaster)
              Alien (2020 Remaster)
              The Other Side Of Life (2020 Remaster)

              CD2 – A QUIETER LIFE: ALTERNATIVE MIXES & RARITIES
              European Son (Steve Nye 7” Remix 1982)* [10/02/21]
              Life In Tokyo (Steve Nye 7” Special Remix 1982)
              Quiet Life (Original German 7” Mix 1980)*
              I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 7” Remix 1982)*
              All Tomorrow’s Parties (Steve Nye 7” Remix Version 1983)
              European Son (John Punter 12” Mix 1980)
              Life In Tokyo (Steve Nye 12” Special Remix Version 1982)
              I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 12” Remix Version 1982)
              All Tomorrow’s Parties (Steve Nye 12” Remix Version 1983)
              European Son (Steve Nye 12” Remix Version 1982)
              Quiet Life (Japanese 7” Mix 1980)* [18/01/21]
              A Foreign Place
              All Tomorrow’s Parties (John Punter 7” Mix 1979)
              Life In Tokyo (Theme Giorgio Moroder Version 1979)* [05/03/21]
              Deviation (Live In Japan)
              Obscure Alternatives (Live In Japan)
              In Vogue (Live In Japan)
              Sometimes I Feel So Low (Live In Japan)

              CD3 – LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN 27/03/1980
              Intro*
              Alien*
              ...Rhodesia*
              Quiet Life*
              Fall In Love With Me*
              Deviation*
              All Tomorrow’s Parties*
              Obscure Alternatives*
              In Vogue*
              Life In Tokyo*
              Halloween*
              Sometimes I Feel So Low*
              Communist China*
              Adolescent Sex*
              I Second That Emotion*
              Automatic Gun*
              *rare Or Unreleased

              Various Artists

              J-Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan

                J Jazz volume 3 is the latest in its definitive compilation series exploring the finest modern jazz from Japan. Since the first volume in February 2018, the J Jazz compilation series has showcased some of the most creative, inspired and sought-after jazz recorded in Japan during a golden period spanning the 1960s to the 1980s. Illustrating the richness and versatility of the composers and musicians on this collection, the music spans a wide yet coherent range of styles: samba, funk fusion, modal, spiritual, post-bop and bossa all combine to present an aural portrait of a jazz scene that was constantly moving and shifting its multiple musical centres of gravity. Mastered at the Grammy-nominated Carvery studio in London, many of the tracks featured are reissued for the first time, including mega-rare private press cuts from the Yasuhiro Kohno Trio, Masaru Imada Trio, and Hideyasu Terakawa Quartet. There’s heavy post modal bop by J Jazz legends Kohsuke Mine and Koichi Matsukaze; samba heat from Tatsuya Nakamura, Hideo Shiraki and Seiichi Nakamura; and funky dance floor energy by Hiroshi Murakami, Ryojiro Furusawa Quartet and Shigeharu Mukai. 

                TRACK LISTING

                Song Of Island
                Morning Tide
                Kemo Sabe
                Groovy Samba
                Song For Hope
                Cumorah
                Phoebus
                ¼ Samba II
                Cumulonimbus
                Burning Cloud
                Planets
                Wolf’s Theme
                Honey Sanba
                Kirisame
                Black Nile
                Acoustic Chicken

                Over the years Argentinian duo Klik and Frik have taken the bubbling Latin electronic scene to deeper levels and in the process garnered support from the likes of Vice, Billboard, Red Bull as well as sharing line ups with Squarepusher, The Orb, Nina Kraviz, Detroit Swindle and more. Their debut album was released in 2017 and featured friends Nicola Cruz, Chancha Via Circuito and Mohanad Zohair. But it is impossible to talk about Klik & Frik without first delving into their origins as the explosive Frikstailers. The Frikstailers (pronounced freak-stylers), composed of duo Rafa Caivano and Lisandro Sona, exploded onto the scene in 2006 by turning the who electro-cumbia genre on its head. Fusing cumbia with dancehall, hip hop and electronic beats they took tropical to extraterrestrial levels and tore up unsuspecting dancefloors across the world. Their unique style has seen them put out remixes on DFA Records, Young Turks / XL Recordings, Mad Decent ("Hold The Line" Cumbia style anyone?) and included on Modeselektor’s "Modeselektion Vol 2". They have played sessions on KEXP, Boiler Room and NPR and their debut album caught the attention of XLR8R and more. But during their journey as Frikstailers, Rafa and Lisandro found they were maturing in their ideas, sounds and productions. They needed a musical outlet that enabled them to showcase more subtle and textured sounds for the dancefloor that weren’t just upbeat bangers. They wanted to go deeper. In 2013 they were invited to play Mutek Mexico on the Red Bull Music Academy stage and so they began making new music. They explored indigenous sounds (which at the time had been largely ignored) and started to blend them with deeper electronic production. The resulting hypnotic, ritualistic and meditative blends were debuted at Mutek Mexico under their new moniker Klik & Frik. With rich layers of electronic synthesizers and groove boxes the "Refugio EP" has a unique approach to the ancestral influences of South America. From the bass propelling opener "Achalay" (meaning 'How Beautiful') textured with glitches and synths, to the quenacho flute and hypnotic beat on "Refugio" (Refuge), to the piano on "La Puna Satie" inspired by French composer Erik Satie, and the euphoric "Las Penas", the EP is a deep and meditative melding of influences. The traditional quenacho and pinkullo flutes feature across the tracks as a tribute to the indigenous music and mysticism of Argentina. The "Refugio EP" is a reflection on the need for human connection, refuge and a noble reasons to keep going at a time when the world is burning both politically and literally.

                TRACK LISTING

                Achalay
                Refugio
                La Puna Satie
                Las Penas

                Rodrigo Y Gabriela

                Live In Japan

                  Live in Japan is the second live album by Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. It was released on independent label Rubyworks Records on October 17 and October 20  2008 in Ireland and the UK, respectively. The album captures Rodrigo & Gabriela making their live Japanese debut, at Tokyo’s Duo club on March 30, 2008.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Disc: 1
                  1. Satori
                  2. Ok Tokyo
                  3. Juan Loco
                  4. Ixtapa
                  5. Viking Man
                  6. Orion
                  7. Take Five
                  8. Foc

                  Disc: 2
                  1. Stairway To Heaven
                  2. One
                  3. Tamacun
                  4. Gabriela Solo
                  5. Rodrigo Solo
                  6. Diablo Rojo

                  Various Artists

                  J-Jazz Vol.1: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984

                  In the years following the World War Two, Japan developed one of the most insatiable, dynamic and diverse markets for jazz. For a crucial period of little over a decade - from the late 1960s to the early 1980s - Japanese jazz culture progressed at an astonishing rate, producing an extraordinary array of artists, recordings and record labels that created some of the most forward thinking and impressive jazz to be committed to tape. This amazing journey is explored on ‘J Jazz’. This compilation from BBE uncovers some of the most sought after and rare material from this period and pulls together key artists who shaped the postwar modern jazz scene in Japan.

                  ‘J Jazz' includes obscure and sought after rarities like the bass-driven power jazz of Koichi Matsukaze’s ‘Earth Mother’, the holy grail rarity of Aizawa Tohru Quartet’s ‘Dead Letter’ and the loping majesty of Takeo Moriyama’s ‘North Wind’. This collection takes the listener into deep spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fierce dance-floor fusion with material from artists and composers whose names are generally only known to committed collectors of Japanese jazz. Fumio Karashima, Mitsuaki Katayama, Takeo Moriyama and Kiyoshi Sugimoto are among the names featured on an album aiming to shed a little light on the shadowy world of Japanese jazz clubs, tucked away in the neon backstreets. This music demands a wider audience and BBE are excited to deliver a landmark compilation, lifting the veil on this wonderful and mysterious area of the global jazz catalogue.

                  None of the tracks featured on ‘J Jazz’ have ever received an official release outside Japan before. The albums the tracks are taken from are extremely hard to find and often fetch huge sums on the collector’s circuit. Originally pressed in small numbers on independent and private labels such as Union, Johnny’s Disk, Whynot, ALM and VAP, these tracks are now available for everyone to enjoy.

                  Compiled by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden, both long-time collectors of Japanese jazz, ’J Jazz’ brings together the very best in modern jazz from Japan, recorded during a critical period of musical and cultural transition that saw composers and musicians not only assert a new artistic identity but also create a lasting musical legacy.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  CD
                  1. Koichi Matsukaze Trio - Earth Mother
                  2. Tohru Aizawa Quartet - Dead Letter
                  3. Eiji Nakayama - Aya’s Samba
                  4. Takao Uematsu - White Fire
                  5. Shintaro Quintet - A Blind Man
                  6. Mitsuaki Katayama - Unknown Point
                  7. Takeo Moriyama - Kaze
                  8. Fumio Karashima - Little Island
                  9. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - Long Neal

                  LP
                  A1. Koichi Matsukaze Trio - Earth Mother
                  A2. Takeo Moriyama Quartet With Shigeharu Mukai - North Wind*
                  B1. Tohru Aizawa Quartet - Dead Letter
                  B2. Eiji Nakayama - Aya’s Samba
                  C1. Takao Uematsu - White Fire
                  C2. George Otsuka Quintet - Sea Breeze*
                  D1. Shintaro Quintet - A Blind Man
                  D2. Mitsuaki Katayama - Unknown Point
                  E1. Fumio Karashima - Little Island
                  E2. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - Long Neal
                  F1. Takeo Moriyama - Kaze
                  F2. Terumasa Hino Meets Reggie Workman - Ode To Workman*

                  David Bowie

                  Japan 90

                    Limited to 350 numbered copies on mint coloured vinyl.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side 1
                    1. "Changes" (2:50)
                    2. "Rebel Rebel" (3:10)
                    3. "Ashes To Ashes" (4:53)
                    4. "Starman" (3:46)
                    5. "Fashion" (4:57)
                    Side 2
                    1. "Sound & Vision" (3:34)
                    2. "Ziggy Stardust" (3:44)
                    3. "Heroes" (4:40)
                    4. "The Jean Genie/Gloria" (8:08)

                    "Devil's Music" and more! EM Records presents the re-release of Nicolas Collins' live radio sampling masterpiece, originally released on vinyl in 1986, served up in all its stuttering glory, a time capsule of the mid-80s New York City airwaves. Acclaimed by Philip Sherburne as 'an early template for techno', the album has a feel somewhat akin to scratching turntablist madness, a block-rocking party put through a blender and reassembled by body-popping demons. Nicolas Collins is a hugely influential in contemporary electronic music, having performed world wide for many years, collaborating with Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, David Shea, David Tudor and John Zorn, composing, recording, modifying circuits and inventing instruments,and spreading the good word through his writing and teaching. The pieces released here are only part of his ongoing, multifaceted and truly experimental activities.


                    Big In Japan

                    Destroy The New Rock

                      Straight from the streets of Reno, Nevada comes Big In Japan and new to the Honest Don roster! Singer Zac was frontman in Zoinks and was in Screeching Weasel for a bit. A mix of classic new wave and modern pop/punk. The 12 hook laden tracks here touch on every subject from the likes of small towns to girl troubles and this is truly pop/punk for the new decade!


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