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Mere seconds after Melt-Banana started into its set, I get kicked in the face and am left with a busted nose. Still, I enjoyed the show.

The 12th birthday party on Sunday for Nagoya record shop File-Under Records featured Melt-Banana at the top of its bill, easily reigning supreme over the night. Ichiro Agata expertly ripped his guitar through the sludgy molten trenches of his vast pedal collection, while vocalist Yasuko Onuki dropped her rapid-fire spit-scream and added any missing elements of the band’s set (the group is now a duo) via a sampler.

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