Snuffy Smiles (2015)
I had already discussed the music on π Japanese back when I reviewed the CD version of this album a couple of months ago. You can read that here, but to briefly recap, this is a sterling example of a Japanese punk rock band putting out a record on Snuffy Smiles. Fast, catchy and just one of my favorite strains of melodic punk rock music.
Despite my typical aversion to cassettes, the real reason I needed to get this on top of already owning the CD version really just comes down to the matrix number used. Snuffy Smiles has 2 matrixes that they use: SMILE-xxx for CDs and SNUFF-xxx for 7"s and LPs. While I do not quite have a complete collection of Snuffy Smiles CDs, I do have all of the 7"s, all one hundred and thirty something so far. When this cassette was released, Snuffy Smiles used the SNUFF-131 matrix number and that meant there was sort of a hole in my 7" collection.
I realize that probably doesn't make a ton of sense. Sure, I'm not actually missing a 7" but just having that gap in the numerical order drove me crazy. Luckily the Dead Broke Rekerds distro restocked this tape, so I picked it up and once again the collection is complete. At least until the next batch of 7"s.