20.5.15

Lunatic Festival

For those of you who haven't already heard - Buck-Tick's insistence in the recent Fish Tank newsletter that "we won't be standing on stage for our fans for several more months" proved to be a fakeout - Buck-Tick have just been announced as a headlining guest for Luna Sea's 25th anniversary festival, along with their favorite mortal frenemies, X Japan.

Passing over the fact that 1) Luna Sea are celebrating their 25th anniversary without actually having been active for many of those 25 years, and 2) something tells me another band we know have already done this anniversary festival thing twice already while actually having been active for the length of time they're advertised as celebrating, Luna Sea have gathered together a truly stupendous lineup for this festival, enough to make fangirls sprout butt-rockets and shoot off into the cosmic circus. The festival lasts two days, and at 15500 yen per day, the ticket prices are on a par with mega-festivals like Summer Sonic and Fuji Rock, which smacks a bit of narcissism to my ears, but depending on your musical preferences, it might very well be worth it.

On Saturday, June 27th, the lineup includes some of the most popular names in homegrown Japanese hard rock and metal - not only X Japan, but also Dir en grey, the recently popular younger heavy rock band 9mm Parabellum Bullet, Morrie's Dead End, Xtasy Records brothers Tokyo Yankees, hair metal veterans LADIESROOM, and if you get sick of all those hard guitar riffs, sweet early 90's soft rock visual kei titans Siam Shade, as well as coldrain, The Telephones, and Las Vegas, whose work I personally am not familiar with, but if you like the other bands on this list you should probably look them up. The presence of Tokyo Yankees on the lineup seems especially significant, at least for the Yankees' members themselves, considering the fact that the last time Cayce saw them perform, they were playing on a bill with five unknown indie deathrock bands in a teeny-tiny underground live house in northern Ikebukuro. Go for it Yankees, you're not dead yet.

Our beloved Buck-Tick will be headlining Sunday, June 28th, along with old-school metal rockers AION (longtime Luna Sea friends), [Alexandros] (whose claim to fame is the fact that they used to be called [Champagne], but were forced to change their name after a cease and desist order from the Bureau of Champagne, Japan - yes that would be the body that oversees the protected designation of origin status for bubbly wine made in the Champagne region of France, yes this is a true story, no you can't make this stuff up...and those brackets around the name, oh the pretension!), Rottengraffty (who not only seem to have stolen their name from Porno Graffiti, but also couldn't be bothered to learn how to correctly spell "graffiti"), dark indie weirdo darlings Lin Toshite Sigure, and a bunch of other bands you've never heard of and therefore probably don't want to see, especially because they have nothing to do with Buck-Tick and no appeal to Buck-Tick fans...APRIL FOOL!

No, let's be real here. The rest of the lineup for Sunday is like a ultra-rare and overpriced gotta-catch-em-all Pokemon card collection of "if you like Buck-Tick you might also like" bands, including D'erlanger (who co-headlined the final stop on Buck-Tick's Parade Tour 2012, and also the second day of the Buck-Tick 25th anniversary festival in 2012, and whose vocalist Kyo also performed as part of the unit Runaway Boys at Buck-Tick's 20th anniversary in 2007), GLAY (rock titans in the own right, whose very own guitarist Hisashi performed as a member of Rally, a Buck-Tick fanboy session band formed for Buck-Tick's 20th anniversary festival in 2007), dark guroguro visual screamo self-professed Buck-Tick fanboy band Mucc (some of whose members got their start playing in Buck-Tick copybands, and who later went on to perform at Buck-Tick's 25th anniversary in 2012, and also invited Buck-Tick to perform at their event 69 Wars in Osaka in 2014), newly formed electro downtempo unit minus (-) (made up of former Soft Ballet members Morioka Ken and Fujii Maki, who also happen to be good buddies and former Taiyo Records label brothers with Buck-Tick), and last but not least, the supergroup so dark, spooky, glittery and glammy that clouds of bats follow them wherever they go and actual blacklight shines out of all their orifices - yes I'm talking about KA.F.KA, Tsuchiya Masami's grand return to the music scene, featuring the man himself on guitar, Morioka Ken (of minus, formerly of Soft Ballet) on keyboard, Ueno Koji (of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant) on bass, madcap Imai drinking buddy Motokatsu (of the Mad Capsule Markets) on drums, and Issay of Der Zibet on vocals (and just between you and me - all the rumors concerning him and Mr. Sakurai are true, every last one of them. In fact, everything you read on the internet is true, come to think of it.)

And if all that hasn't made you feel faint already, don't worry - opening acts are due to be announced on May 29th, and who knows, Kokushoku Sumire might be on that list.

Anyhoo, I wouldn't generally advocate traveling from overseas just for a festival, but given the lineup, this festival might actually be an exception. The second ticket presale lottery is on until May 29th, followed by general sales starting May 30th. There is no block system and re-entry is free, meaning you can leave and come back at your leisure and there's nothing preventing you from fighting your way to the front railing except for masses of fangirls who all had the same idea. In addition, the performances will take place on three stages, meaning that each band gets to play longer sets, so you get more for your money, provided the bands you like aren't booked opposite each other. No worries for minus (-) and KA.F.KA fans, though - Morioka Ken can't be in two places at once!

Additionally, the festival will take place at Makuhari Messe, an indoor festival space a slightly inconveniently long train ride from central Tokyo - so no worries about rain, but get ready to wake up extra early, since the doors open at 9:30 AM. If you have any further questions, or need help getting tickets, email Cayce. In the meantime, have fun hyperventilating and having a fangasm.

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30.4.15

Holiday Notice

Hi folks, just a heads-up: Japan's Golden Week has arrived, and in conjunction, Cayce will be on holiday and unable to respond to email until May 20th. All shopping service requests will be processed after that date. Feel free to email and reserve items, however, understand that you will not receive a response till May 20th. As always, reservations are on a first-come, first serve basis. We apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, go out and smell the flowers and enjoy your spring!

24.4.15

More Buck-Tick Pamphlets For Sale

After the enormous response to the last shopping service post (all but two items sold out in under 24 hours!), we've decided to bring you some more goodies! This time, we have some ultra-rare tour pamphlets available, so if you want them, don't hesitate, email me right away. I may not be able to track down more copies for quite a while.

Also, to reiterate - if you want to buy something, contact me by email (themadaristocrat at gmail.)  I do not accept requests to purchase items via the comments section. If more than one person emails me and you both want the same item, I will sell the item to the person whose email has an earlier time stamp. Payment in Japanese yen only, via PayPal.

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Fish Tanker's Only Tour 2008 Pamphlet

This softcover pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case and contains 64 pages of full-color studio photos of the band members, some of which have been combined with graphics produced by GRADELIC studio. This tour was launched partly in support of the Heaven single, so half the photos feature the band members in white outfits and white hair - it's a very interesting look which they've never replicated before or since, so if you love your silver foxes, this is the pamphlet for you! The pages were difficult to photograph so I apologize for the flash flares in some of the sample photos, but obviously no flash flares will be present in real life. Aside from slightly worn corners, the pamphlet is in perfect condition. This pamphlet was only available for purchase by Fish Tank members at the venues on the tour, and is consequently extremely rare. If you want it, this may be your only chance to get it! 6000 yen.




















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Schweinfest Tour Pamphlet A

This softcover pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case and contains about 80 pages of photos, including studio glamor shots, candids from Schwein's photoshoot in New York City, making-of shots from the You're My Disease PV filming, photos of the band's at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, and others. It was only sold at the venues on the Schweinfest tour and is consequently extremely rare and nearly impossible to find for a reasonable price, even in Japan. If you want it, this may be your only chance to get it! The binding is a bit weak, but aside from that, the pamphlet is in perfect condition. To avoid stressing the binding, I have only posted a few sample photos of the copy I have available. The rest of the sample photos are scans taken from a kind internet user. However, all photos are present in the booklet. 9000 yen.

Front Cover


Back Cover







Imai: "Acchan...please don't tell anyone that I woke up in that dumpster this morning."


In Times Square!




Homo-eros!





Schwein! Get it?



Imai: "Does this blackout facemask make me look fat?"


Whose house is this, I wonder?



Phone sex, Schwein style: "I'm naked except for the flag of your country"


Fushimi Inari in Kyoto


Barrels of blessed sake


You're My Disease PV filming







More homo-eros!


Imai is horny and down with this (literally!)


Imai always wanted to be in the middle.


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13th Floor With Moonshine Tour Pamphlet A

This matte hardcover tour pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case, and contains 64 full-color pages of studio photography of the band members waltzing around gothically, showing off their sexy tophats, and, in the case of Hoshino Hidehiko, leering up the ballerina's tutu. Widely regarded as Buck-Tick's Best Tour Pamphlet Evar. Extremely rare and out of print. Perfect condition. 6000 yen.







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ONE LIFE, ONE DEATH Tour Pamphlet B

This softcover, all full color pamphlet contains pages and pages of live photography from the One Life, One Death tour. Very rare and out of print, perfect condition. 3000 yen.

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Memento Mori Pix Photobook

This huge, hardcover coffee table photobook contains reams of full-color photos from the Memento Mori Tour 2009, as well as black-and-white backstage shots and in-depth interviews with each band member. The photobook comes with a glossy slipcover, underneath which is a faux-leather binding embossed with intricate Memento Mori-themed patterns outlined in gold. Fans of Imai with long hair: relish Imai's braided Rapunzel look!  Fans of bearded Mr. Sakurai: this is the book for you! This is the one and only photobook featuring Mr. Sakurai with a beard, so if beards are you cup of tea, this is a must-not-miss. Perfect condition, rare and out of print. 6000 yen. Special shipping rates apply (this thing is heavy!)

Front Cover (slipcover)


Front Cover (inside slipcover)



Acchan-chan macks on Dokuro-chan




Yutaka plays the woody bass



Intimate backstage paparazzi shots!


Band member interviews


Photo series showing the beginning of the show


The band lines up at the front of the stage for "Makka na Yoru"



Beard clock o'clock.


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Rock and Read #42

Volume 42 of Rock and Read magazine, with a 32-page cover feature on Sakurai Atsushi, including a long interview and 13 pages of full-color photos. Also includes a bonus postcard. Other artists featured include Inoran of Luna Sea, Gara of Merry, Asagi of D, Akihide of Breakerz, Bansaku of Baroque, and others. This was one of the best selling issues of Rock & Read magazine and is very difficult to find for sale compared to the other issues. Perfect condition, out of print. 1700 yen.

Front Cover


Back cover


Bonus postcard.




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Tsuchiya Masami - Mori no Hito

1997 solo album from Tsuchiya Masami features Sakurai Atsushi on guest vocals on two tracks, "Manatsu no Yoru no Mori," ("A Midsummer Night's Forest") and "Goblin Forest." Beyond Sakurai's guest vocals, this is a beautiful album in general, full of mysterious, soothing tracks, including vocals and instrumentals, and incorporating many forest sounds like birdcalls and crickets...great to listen to for relaxation and very possibly one of Cayce's top ten favorite records ever!  Conceived as a concept album against environmental destruction, the case and booklet were printed on recycled paper. The album was recorded in London and released by Cross Records, Sugizo's label. Song samples available on request. Incredibly rare and out of print. Excellent condition.
4500 yen.



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If you're interested in buying or reserving anything, send me an email at themadaristocrat at gmail.  If there's an item you're sure you want but you need a few more days/weeks to scrape together the cash, I suggest you email me and request that I hold the item for you, otherwise, there is a possibility someone else will buy it first. I sell all items on a first-come, first-serve basis. I'm willing to put items on reserve for up to a month.

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