X is Y – Never Sever/LP – 18th August 2012

Cat #: 111TZM

In transferring their powerful live act to disc on their latest recordings — “Never Sever” and “LP” — X is Y have taken a self-consciously pious DIY approach, endeavoring to capture and convey the honest minutiae of recorded performance with the intensity of emotional surrender.

The four tracks here are the Never Sever EP. Buy the CD package to also receive the first album on CD.

Never Sever was originally released thru our great pals at miniless – mini019.

Keeping up with tenzenmen – 15th August 2012

New titles

Snapline – Future Eyes CD
Out now!
Martin Atkins (PiL/Pigface) produced sophomore album for Snapline

Snapline – Phenomena CD/LP
CD out now!
Snapline’s darker re-imagining of their sophomore recording. Vinyl coming soon.

Make More – Less Deaths digital single
Available now!
Precursor to a full-length vinyl release from these Brisbane favourites.

Automating/Torturing Nurse – Contest to Kill 100 People tape
Out now!
Australia’s Automating offers up drone whilst China’s Torturing Nurse bursts forth with harsh noise in a contest to kill everyone!

Jagernaut/Terlarang – split 7″
Out now!
Two crusty thrashers from Greece and Malaysia and available on 3 different coloured vinyls!

New photographs

IDYLLS at Hamilton Station Hotel
I actually managed to get quite a few new sets up last month!
Check them out and post some comments to let me know what you think.

You can find all my pix here.

Packaging options
Maybe you didn’t know that tenzenmen also stocks Stumptown Arigato packs for CD, tape and 7″!
Stock is getting low so get in quick!

This month’s special

V/A – Give and Take
Get yourself a whopping 80% off the Give & Take compilation from Malaysia – a great and varied mix of alternative music from the heart of South East Asia – I really wish I was going there again this year! Enter the code ‘givetake’ at check out!
Offer valid til 1st September.

Your feedback is always appreciated.

Automating/Torturing Nurse – Contest to Kill 100 People – 10th August 2012

Cat #: 095TZM

The contest to kill 100 people using a sword (百人斬り競争 hyakunin-giri kyōsō) is a wartime account of a “contest” between two Japanese Army officers during the Japanese invasion of China over which of them could first kill 100 people with his sword. The two officers were later executed on war crimes charges for their involvement. Since that time, the historicity of the event has been hotly contested, often by Japanese nationalists or revisionist historians seeking to invalidate the historiography of the Nanjing Massacre.

The issue first emerged from a series of wartime Japanese-language newspaper articles, which celebrated the “heroic” killing of Chinese by two Japanese officers, who were engaged in a competition to see who could kill the most first.The issue was revived in the 1970s and sparked a larger controversy over Japanese war crimes in China, and in particular the Nanking Massacre.

The original newspaper accounts described the killings as hand-to-hand combat; historians have suggested that they were more likely just another part of the widespread mass killings of defenseless prisoners.

for more details: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest_To_Cut_Down_100_People

Alternative China – 6th August 2012

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Painkiller Magazine, Genjing, Nevin Domer, Aweh.TV, Josh Feola, Tiny Mix Tapes, Cui Jian, 100 Flowers, Yan Jun, Duck Fight Goose, Battle Cattle, Chris B, HK Underground, Jon Campbell, Jake Newby, Xiao Zhong, Next Year’s Love, Time Out, Uptown Records, Andy Best, Top Floor Circus, Kungfuology, Pangbianr, Inseparable, David O’Dell, Jerry Chan, Rainbow Danger Club, Shanghaiist, Shanghai 24/7, 2Kolegas, Beijing Daze, Miserable Faith, Zhangbei, Pilot Records, China Music Radar, Inner City Music Festival, Torturing Nurse, lllllllllllHH, NOIShanghai, Arrebato, World of Chinese, Liz Tung

Snapline – Phenomena – 2nd August 2012

Cat #: 112TZM

By the time of release in the US, Snapline’s ‘Future Eyes’ (produced by Martin Atkins (PiL/Pigface)) didn’t meet the constantly evolving vision of the band.
With the support of Beijing label Maybe Mars, the band re-recorded many of the tracks and added others to complete something that more clearly expressed their artistic direction.
For Snapline ‘Phenomena’is a recording of clarity, keeping all the sounds pure – presence, tone, rhythm and frequency are all united. Vibration, sound, recording, phenomena – Snapline softly mix all these things together.