FIRESTARTER: Livin’ on the Heat: LP

This reissue of the second Firestarter album, originally recorded and mixed in 2002 and 2003, is a must for fans of Japanese punk and powerpop. Along with Secret Mission’s new edition of Firestarter’s first album, this record is a solid reminder that Teengenerate’s alumni went on to bands at least as vital as the one they remain the most famous for. Unnervingly good, Firestarter is well-deserving of rediscovery. –Art Ettinger (Secret Mission, secretmissionrecords.com)