Three Discs from Toyama

Yesterday was a public holiday, Showa Day, which is a holiday honouring the birth of the previous emperor. So, we had a day trip to Toyama city which is in the next prefecture. Our main goals were to go to an art gallery (I saw paintings by Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollock), go to a large shopping mall (there are none in our city), go wild in Costco, and of course visit the local Book Off. As luck would have it there was a 50% off all CDs priced under 500 yen discount going on, so I had a good hard look for stuff to get. Here is what I got…


Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
I wouldn’t say I am a Primal Scream fan, but when I came across I thought I may as well get it, especially as pickings were slim. Overall it is a decent album, but it still does not make me a fan.


Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
There was a trolley full of CDs at the Book Off with a sign saying “All 108 yen”, so I picked through it. Apart from the first Punk-O-Rama CD the only other decent CD in there was this one, the rest were all terrible Japanese pop and rock bands. So, with a discount of 50% it was only 54 yen. I knew beforehand that this album is considered to be a landmark album in the hip-hop world, so I had to try it out. I haven’t listened to all of it yet, but what I have heard is just average.


Graham Coxon – Love Travels at Illegal Speeds
I was most pleased to find this as I like Graham Coxon lots. And this album does not disappoint, catchy guitar riffs and all rather upbeat and fun. By far the best CD I bought yesterday, I just wish I could have found more.

Music count 2018: 45

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.