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Return Of 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 2000-2009) by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Return Of 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 2000-2009)
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In advance of two North American tours, including appearances at Maryland Deathfest in May and Wisconsin’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner), Melt-Banana delivers their second compilation of singles and tracks from split releases.?! Originally released between 2000 and 2009, the collection includes covers of “Tintarella Di Luna,” by Italian singer Mina, Toots & the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” DEVO’s “Uncontrollable Urge” and The Damned’s “Love Song.”  TOUR DATES:Tour A5/6 – Phoenix, AZ5/8 – ABQ, NM5/9 – Norman, OK5/11 – St.?!

CD $12.00

05/12/2015 655035201023 

AZ 10 


MP3 $9.90

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FLAC $11.99

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***BACK IN STOCK!!! Received a 7.8 rating from Pitchfork.?!  From the whip-like crack of Yako’s signature staccato vocals and impossible-to-memorize lyrics to the relentless overdrive tempo of their one-of-a-kind prog-core, Melt-Banana have long resided in a cybertopia of their own devising where the limits of technology and human capability are old-world concerns as quaint and cumbersome as bartering with a blacksmith.?! The demos for Fetch, their first studio album since the severely fried pop-punk of 2007’s Bambi’s Dilemma, were completed in March 2011, but the Fukushima earthquake changed everything, including their ability to concentrate on recording.?! Which stopped completely.?! Once they felt ready to return to their music, they decided to approach the songs on a sound-by-sound basis, choosing each tone with meticulous attention to detail, affirming their personal connections, being themselves naturally and openly.?!

LP $16.00

11/05/2013 655035200910 

AZ 09 LP 


CD $12.00

10/01/2013 655035200927 

AZ 09 CD 


MP3 $9.90

10/01/2013 655035200927 

 


FLAC $11.99

10/01/2013 655035200927 

 


2011 Boom Box T-shirt - Lg by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

2011 Boom Box T-shirt - Lg
Azap

***Sweet black Tees.?! Printed on both front and back.?! Limited quantity available..?!

TSHIRT $15.00

12/13/2011  

TSMELT LG 


2011 Boom Box T-shirt - Med by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

2011 Boom Box T-shirt - Med
Azap

***Sweet black Tees.?! Printed on both front and back.?! Limited quantity available..?!

TSHIRT $15.00

12/13/2011  

TSMELT MED 


2011 Boom Box T-shirt - Sm by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

2011 Boom Box T-shirt - Sm
Azap

***Sweet black Tees.?! Printed on both front and back.?! Limited quantity available..?!

TSHIRT $15.00

12/13/2011  

TSMELT SM 


2011 Tour Shirt - Xl by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

2011 Tour Shirt - Xl
Azap

***Sweet black Tees.?! Printed on both front and back.?! Limited quantity available..?!

TSHIRT $15.00

12/13/2011  

TSMELT XL 


Lite Live: Ver.0.0 by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Lite Live: Ver.0.0
Azap

These days, Melt-Banana performs some of their shows under the name Melt-Banana Lite, and this album is a live recording of the new configuration.?! Melt-Banana Lite is not the usual Melt-Banana: there are drums and vocals, but no guitars--instead samplers and synth.?! It is different, but at the same time, one definitely feels Melt-Banana when one listens to it.?! It is like watching the ocean when diving, not when standing and watching from the land.?! Melt-Banana Lite shows another face of Melt-Banana, with more flexible, concentrated, and free minds.?! They have stepped forward, attempting to discover new possibilities for their music. Yako said to me, "There are as many things to do as there are interesting things, but the important thing is to figure out what I really want to do now.?! Life is short and we don't have enough time to get everything done, you know." Where are they heading?!

CD $12.00

11/03/2009 655035200828 

AZ 08 CD 


MP3 $9.90

11/03/2009 655035200828 

 


Bambi’s Dilemma by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Bambi’s Dilemma
Azap

On their sixth full-length studio release Melt Banana exercise a hitherto undetected area of their musical musculature: the “rock” region.?! Summing up an entire album, and one as diverse as Bambi’s Dilemma, with such a pedestrian qualifier is risky business, agreed, but it seems to fit like never before. The band, of course, refuses to accommodate any such pigeonholing: “Maybe it is rock, but maybe not.?! We just make whatever we want.?! We just follow our own instincts!”  The truth is MxBx makes music as they please, relying solely on their own maverick talent to get them where they need to be.?!  Bambi’s Dilemma’s eighteen tracks careen from extreme, fast-blast attacks to more serene moments (usually reserved for non-album releases) to the band’s revolutionary new, guitar and bass-less “Theremin-core.” Look for them on tour throughout the US, May through June, 2007..?!

LP $16.00

04/24/2007 655035200712 

AZ 07LP 


CD $12.00

04/24/2007 655035200729 

AZ 07CD 


MP3 $9.90

04/24/2007 655035200729 

 


13 Hedgehogs (mxbx Singles 1994 - 1999) by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

13 Hedgehogs (mxbx Singles 1994 - 1999)
Azap

• 56 tracks from 13 different singles and splits • Highly sought after and long unavailable tracks • Huge fan base world-wide from near constant touring  HEDGEHOG 7-INCH 1.?! Stick out 2.?! So unfilial Rule 3.?! Mind thief 4.?! Screw, loose 5.?! Scrubber 6.?! Pierced eye SPLIT 7-INCH WITH GOD IS MY CO-PILOT 7.?! Ketchup-Mess 8.?! First Defy 9.?! Iguana in Trouble IT’S IN THE PILLCASE7-INCH 10.?!

CD $12.00

05/17/2005 655035200620 

AZ 06CD 


MP3 $9.90

05/17/2005 655035200620 

 


Cell-scape by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Cell-scape
Azap

***A band who have justifiably been championed across the world, Tokyo’s Melt-Banana have been responsible for some of the most complex punk rock ever made … that far outshines ninety-nine percent of most other bands out there.?! The band once described their live show as “Shooting machine gun and laser beam, chaos in order.” And I think that pretty much sums them up.?! — Olli Siebelt, BBC  No wave without the self-conscious pretension, avant garde composition compressed into one-minute-or-less bursts, urgency, intricate destruction, pure glorious abandon.?! Melt-Banana play the same way that Repulsion, Naked City, The Ruins, or The Boredoms all make you want to scream and dance and kill your neighbors.?! This is not music that we are conditioned to accept.?! This is you delirious with joy scraping your five senses off the floor.?! —Matthew Moyer, Ink19  Melt-Banana are in a league of their own.?!

LP $16.00

06/17/2003 655035200415 

AZ 05LP 


CD $12.00

06/10/2004 655035200521 

AZ 05cd 


MP3 $9.90

06/10/2004 655035200521 

 


Speak Squeak Creak by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Speak Squeak Creak
Azap

***Produced by Melt-Banana and K.?! K.?! Null of Zeni Geva, engineered by Steve Albini, recorded in a Chicago basement, June 1994, the 24-track 30-minute Speak Squeak Creak was originally released in '94 by Null's Nux Organization label, was sporadically available throughout the decade, and is now reissued by the band's own label - on vinyl for the first time.?!   The band for this recording consisted of Yasuko, Agata, Rika mm' and Sudoh.?! They have long been admired by everyone - from the highest brows within the ranks of the avant garde such as John Zorn and Mike Patton, to shorts-draggin' munters who need to carry their wallets on a leash - for their riotous cacophony in which free jazz, math-rock, speed-metal, and grindcore all enjoy equal opportunity employment.?!   Vocalist/principal songwriter Yasuko regards Speak Squeak Creak as the band's "base camp.?! Everything started from this album.?!

CD $12.00

06/26/2001 655035200422 

AZ 04CD 


MP3 $9.90

06/26/2001 655035200422 

 


***BACK IN PRINT!!!  Another all-out spazztak of scream-and-careen mathified skree core from Tokyo’s most tightly wound springs.?! Fourteen tracks of mind altering, brain boggling, and spine crushing shrapnel punk with vocals that hit your head like high-pitched knives and music that bores through your flesh like some kind of new super drill.?! Sure they look nice enough, but don’t get your ears too close, these yaros bite.?! Like getting stabbed in the face and bragging about the conquest later.?! Embarking right this second on a trans-continental tour that will bring them perilously close to each and every one of you.?! Our advice, go see them you obviously haven’t been using those ears for any good purpose anyhow.?! Guest appearances from MR.?! BUNGLE, the THREE DOCTORS BAND, THE WINTERMITTENS, and members of DIESELHED.?! Posters and promotional match books are yours for the asking, go ahead, ask....?!

LP $16.00

01/08/2003  

AZ 01 


CD $12.00

01/08/2001 650035200120 

AZ 01CD 


MP3 $9.90

01/08/2001 650035200120 

AZ 01 


FLAC $11.99

01/08/2001 650035200120 

AZ 01 


2016 Tour T-shirt by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

2016 Tour T-shirt
Azap

FROM THE VAULTS!!! Please specify size in order notes - Medium and Large only while supplies last..?!

TSHIRT $20.00

01/08/2001  

SHIRT2016 


Teeny Shiny by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Teeny Shiny
Azap

***BLUE / GRAY MILKY VINYL, LIMITED TO JUST THIS PRESSING!!!Melt-Banana describe their third self-released album as "pop and nice," a claim to which numerous incredulous subscribers to the band's mailing list have replied, "No pop!" and "Extreme, please!" This angular Pythagorean-core HC quartet supposes that the words "pop" and "nice" have slightly different nuances those outside their native Japan are failing to see; perhaps they mean "pop" not in the Celine Dion sense, but in the Andy Warhol sense, "nice" not as in smashing a bunch of garbage together and expecting fans to swallow it out of habit, but as in well-crafted, hairball mania.?! Even as the band acknowledges that Teeny Shiny is punk, noisy, screeching, and fast, they steadfastly maintain that it is pop and nice for them.?!

LP $16.00

11/07/2000 655035200316 

AZ 03LP 


CD $12.00

11/07/2000 655035200323 

AZ 03CD 


MP3 $9.90

11/07/2000 655035200323 

 


FLAC $11.99

11/07/2000 655035200323 

 


Cactuses Come In Flocks by Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Cactuses Come In Flocks
Azap

*** An album from the morning hours of the Melt-Banana history, the second release on Melt-Banana's label was originally released in 1994 on cassette by Scottish label Chocolate Monk.?! More than half the extant copies were lost between the Chocolate Monk dubbing deck and the nearest post office, thanks in no small part to the bar located between the two; consequently, Cactuses Come in [the] Flocks has been heard by an extremely random sampling of extremely patient tape traders and hardly anyone else.?! The first half of Cactuses is a live recording from a 1992 improv festival that took place in a small room at Tokyo University; the second half is made up of four-track recordings created in mid-1994.?! As many voices from across the literacy rainbow are quick to point out, Melt-Banana is nothing if not a force to be reckoned with.?!

CD $12.00

09/21/1999 650035200229 

AZ 02CD 


MP3 $9.90

09/21/2000 650035200229