New Manics Old Peshay Digital Burial

For all three of these releases click on the cover image to be taken to a song.

Manic Street Preachers – Resistance is Futile
Yesterday was supposed to be an exciting day as a package with the new Manic Street Preachers album “Resistance Is Futile” was scheduled to arrive from Amazon. It didn’t turn up however, even though I use Amazon Prime which guarantees delivery the next day. A phone call to the courier company today revealed that the courier dude had taken the package to the next house, and the neighbours accepted it, signed for it, and even opened the box! Well, the opened box finally made it’s way here today and I have in front of me the nice new album from the Manics. I have not listened to it it, but have have heard the first single online, and it is typically excellent.

The cover photo was taken in 1881 by a German photographer by the name of Baron Raimund von Stillfried, and was of one of the last samurai.

Peshay – Miles From Home
While I was on my Drum ‘n Bass high last week I discovered this album and thought it would be worth a try. So, I bought it used on Amazon and it turned out to be a most astute purchase. It reminds me partly of DJ Food as well as Roni Size. Peshay is a British drum ‘n’ bass producer who has four albums out, with “Miles From Home” being his first, released in 1998. I shall collect more of his releases.

Burial – Young Death/Nightmarket
As I did a few blogs back, I decided to beef up my post a bit by buying something on Bandcamp, so I chose another Burial release. This one has two songs and is a bargain at only two pounds. A short listen to both tracks reveals yet another atmospheric and soothing Burial release.

Music count 2018: 42

Eleven Holiday Discs

Over the holiday period I was busy hunting around for music in both Tokyo and here in Nagano. Here is what I bought:

Manic Street Preachers – From Despair to Where EP
The Manics are one of my all-time fave bands, so I try to buy everything they have released when I come across something. The title song is from their second album, and I have the rest on a compilation of rarities and B-sides, but it is good to have the original disc too.

Rancid – Rancid
This Rancid’s second eponymously titled album, released in 2000, with their first being released in 1993. I have not listened to it yet, but Rancid’s sound does not change much.

Public Enemy – Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age
Public Enemy albums are hard to find used, so when I saw this in Book Off in Akihabara (an electronics and entertainment part of Tokyo) I immediately grabbed it before someone else saw it. You really can’t go wrong with Public Enemy.

Passion Pit – Manners
Also in Book Off I found this and thought it would be worth a try as I had heard they are good (actually it is basically only one guy). And indeed it is very good stuff. A nice find.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Steady As She Goes
VGS are a ska-punk band that I have slowly been collecting albums from. Their sound, like Rancid, does not change much from album to album, which is fine as they make good sounds. Not listened to this yet.

Punk-O-Rama, Volume 4
My days of hunting for Punk-O-Rama CDs has now come to an end with this, the last one I needed to complete the collection of ten releases. In a way I am sad it is over as seeking them out was fun, kind of like going on an Easter Egg hunt, looking for them is more fun than actually consuming them. This one has the usual punky bands like Pennywise, Rancid, and Bad Religion, but for some reason Tom Waits’ “Big in Japan” is on it. No complaints though, I like Tom Waits a great deal…

Tom Waits – Real Gone
I like Tom Waits a great deal, so whenever I see his stuff I pounce on it and clutch onto it like a child holding a precious teddy bear. An added bonus is that the Book Off I got this at here in Nagano had half-price off all CDs that were 500 yen or under, so I got this for 250 yen…double bonus! Good stuff it is too.

R.E.M. – Up
R.E.M. are another band I am slowly collecting albums from. I have heard this album before, and it is decent.

Primal Scream – XTRMNTR
I found this yesterday in Book Off, and with 50% off I thought it would be more than worth buying. I have had a quick listen to a couple of songs, and it sounds good enough.

U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and October
Well, it looks like I am collecting U2 albums now, as today I bought both of these albums at Mandai (20% off today). I listened to Boy a couple of days ago and enjoyed listening to their early stuff again. So choosing October was easy. I dilly-dallied a bit before buying HTDAAB, but after looking it up online I found that it had favourable reviews, and twenty percent off certainly helped (both were dirt cheap anyway). So I am looking forward to listening to both.

Album count 2018: 11

Note: I actually bought 13 CDs but doubled-up on R.E.M.’s Out of Time album, and Broken Social Scenes’s Forgiveness Rock Record. I checked my spreadsheet on Google Drive to see if I already had the R.E.M. album while I was in the store, and thanks to not adding it I thought I did not have it. And I was convinced I did not have the Broken Social Scene album, so I did not bother to look it up, which if I did I would have seen it listed. Poop.

Generation Terrorists and Burial

After hearing Burial on Songpop I thought I would check them out. Actually, as is usual with dubstep it is just one guy. So I went to Burial’s record label and downloaded the first album as a download which was 6.49 pounds, not bad. It is pretty good too, not your usual dubstep, more atmospheric and chill. It was named album of the year by Wire magazine in 2006.

And today the 20th Anniversary edition of Generation Terrorists arrived from Amazon. It has 2 CDs and a DVD of rare movies. AT the moment I am listening to the album proper. The second CD has various demos. It comes in a sleeve cover, and has a couple of booklets inside, quite a nice package but nothing everly special. Still, it didn’t cost too much and is a nice addition to my Manics collection.

I ordered the new Black Sabbath album on Amazon a couple of days ago, it will arrive on it’s release day, June 11th, looking forward to it.

Album count 2013: 48

Manic Street Preachers and Type O Negative

I bought ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’ by the Manics at a DVD/CD rental place that had a used CD section. I realised a few days ago that I didn’t have that album, although I have heard it. Top notch stuff of course.
And I bought ‘October Rust’ by Type O Negative on Amazon, they are fast becoming a fave band. Unfortunately the lead singer died in 2010 so they are history. Darn good album though.

Album count 2013: 14

Manic Street Preachers – Theme from M*A*S*H*

This was a split single with The Fatima Mansions put out by NME as a fundraiser for The Spastics Society.

The Manics song is pretty good but not their best, and the Fatima Mansions is nothing special. There is also a recording of a discussion between NME staff members about the Richey Edwards razor incident and the debate on whether to include the photo of him showing off his cut-up arm. It is not all that interesting.

Good to have I suppose.

Manic Street Preachers – Know Your B-Sides

In my ongoing quest to purchase all of the Manics’ releases I received this today in the mail. I bought this on Amazon, used, for 1 yen plus 340 yen postage. Pretty ridiculous price for gold like this but I ain’t complainin’.

This is of course b-side tracks, and they are quite an eclectic mix. Some songs are re-mixes, some kind of experimental and some are not. All though are great, of course. I likes the Manics I does.

I also bought the ‘Suicide is Painless’ single for 1 yen but that will arrive maybe tomorrow, so I’ll wax poetic about it then hopefully.

This is not an album, but at 7 tracks it is close enough so I’ll include it in the album count.

Album count 2012: 55

Here is one of the tracks…