Dark the Giant releases first single “Diamond”

Dark the Giant’s single is coming out! Original post is here.


Dark the Giant takes 70s punk and power pop and twists them into a whole new sound that’s both powerful and filled with sweet melodies. Their first single “Diamond” (7-inch with download code) came out on March 8 and they’re playing a free release show on Friday, March 16.  Continue reading


Talent Show “3 Tunes” cassette and download out now!

Time for a little shameless self-promotion! You can get my band Talent Show’s “3 Tunes” cassette through Record Shop Base’s online store here, or come see us on 2/24 at Nishi-Ogikubo Pit Bar with Litters, Car Crash, the Savages, and Silver Wigs. THERE AREN’T MANY LEFT (I think…). And I don’t wanna hear yer whining about how you don’t have a tape player. I don’t either! It comes with a free download, so you can get the tunes off that internet thingy and put it on your phone thingy or whatever it is you kids do these days. 


Description from Record Shop Base:

New in stock!!

This is the 3-song cassette from Continue reading

Tweezers ”Already” remastered and reissued with bonus tracks!!

These guys are friends of mine…

New from Timebomb Records!

A remastered edition of the Tweezers “Already” is set for release on August 18 on CD and LP, along with a new previously unreleased 7″ EP!

Twenty years after the release of the band’s sole full-length, “Already” has been remastered and is hitting stores August 18. The Tweezers Continue reading

Tsukemen Of Death – an (old) interview with Supersnazz

Folks, with Supersnazz playing our last show on May 20, I dug out this li’l interview we did right after we put out our record “Get Down” in 2008. Enjoy!

At the time of writing, July 16, 2008, Supersnazz is eighteen years old. They’re putting out their seventh album, “Get Down,” on Meerkat Records (Vivid Sound). The album is infused with the energy of its new member, Greg, and its new label and it doesn’t have a second of filler. The day after they finished mixing, I sat down with the band to talk about the album and a whole bunch of other random stuff.


Interview by Haruko Shiozawa

“Congrats on finishing the record!”

“Thanks! Cheers!”

(Glasses of beer, oolong tea and Black Hoppy are raised, cheers’d and glugged)

“Whew… we’re done.” Continue reading

Rock tonight – the story of Stairs

Here’s an interview with Tappei (mostly) from Stairs that Nakagami-san gave me from the vaults. It’s from June 2009 and was recorded at an undisclosed Tokyo location that probably has cheap drinks. Here’s Nakagami-san’s intro…


It’s never really occurred to me to interview the Stairs because I was in their previous band and I know pretty much everything about them, and I went to high school with the ever-quirky Iizuka. So, what on earth could ask them about? But once we started talking, things started getting interesting. Stairs are starting to amass a pretty big following and they have a 7-inch coming out on Needle Records. In this interview, we mostly talk about the formation and history of the band.

Tappei There was a guy I used to work with, he was a real business type but he had some kind of connection with Kei Ogura*, and he said, “Hey, let’s go play on the street in Shin-Yokohama.” That was back when you didn’t see so many people doing that. Continue reading

Frantic Stuffs – punk is a toy that kills

The mighty Frantic Stuffs from Osaka, Japan. Here’s an interview with one of the baddest-assed punk rock bands in Japan today.

After rockin’ for 15 years, Osaka punk band Frantic Stuffs is finally putting out its first LP “Last Wave,” on Episode Sounds.

Armed with nothing more than a raging passion for the music they love, the ‘Stuffs have unleashed a record upon the world that’s a stew of the style they’ve developed over the last decade and a half. If you ask them, they’d say they just play the good ol’ straight-up punk rock of old, but it’s not some boring purist nostalgia punk act. When you see the frenzy they whip up at their shows, the artificial lines between “punk,” “rock and roll,” “hardcore,” and etc. etc. fall away and that’s their unique charm.

There are a lotta bands around these days flying their “proto-punk” influence flag (espesh in the US of A) but the ‘Stuffs have been doing that all along and they stumbled upon it naturally. They’ve developed their style time, slowly absorbing the influence of their favorite rock and roll, and then letting their own mutant brand of punk rock and roll ooze out naturally.

“Last Wave” is a collection of 10 songs that condense all of those punk rock influences from the 70s to today with all of its blood, sweat and other bodily fluids it’s best not to acknowledge or name.

(Interview by Tep / Photos by Yada)


What kind of bands have been the most influential on Frantic Stuffs?

Naoki (guitar): I guess I’d say so-called “proto-punk,” Detroit rock like Continue reading