Mikawa Toshiji EP ltd to 40

 Mikawa Toshiji EP 7′ “No Breath Oblige”  Licht-Ung

Ltd to 40, clear vinyl, comes in a handmade pasted cover

Incapacitants Nice X Mas lullaby, with Licht-Ung violin on side B

Only a very few !

$25

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Tomoyuki Aoki + Harutaka Mochizuki CD

Tomoyuki Aoki + Harutaka Mochizuki CD Self Release 2014

Back in stock,  my favorite album in 2014 and that’s why I asked the duo to participate to the Enka Mood Collection. Aoki is the singer and guitarist of UP-TIGHT and Harutaka has since participated to Tomokawa’s last album.  Fantastic !

$16

Aoaki Mochizuki

Phew – Chie Mukai

Phew LP “Light Sleep” Mesh-Key

Second pressing and last copies

Propulsive rhythms from early drum machines, whirring electronics and dreamlike vocals make for a jaw-dropping late-career masterpiece from legendary Japanese musician Phew, recorded solo at her home in Tokyo. Phew’s career began in the late 1970s as lead singer of Osaka punk group Aunt Sally (whose only full-length was released by Vanity Records in 1979). Ryuichi Sakamoto produced her first solo release in 1980, a two-song single, and in 1981 Pass Records released her debut album, a bonafide classic recorded with original Can members Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit at Conny Plank’s studio in Germany.  Highly recommended !

SOLD OUT

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Chie Mukai + Justin Simon LP 45 rpm single sided ” 日 月” Mesh-Key

Limited edition of 300 copies. Each record comes folded inside thick Italian pastel paper, and each copy has been individually hand-decorated with a design in sumi ink by Simon. The jackets and two-sided inserts were silkscreened at The Circadian Press.

Composer and musician, best known for her underground improv-folk group Ché-SHIZU (PSF). Mukai has been an active improvisersince 1975, when she joined the East Bionic Symphonia group under Takehisa Kosugi in Tokyo. She has since collaborated with Keiji Haino, John Duncan, Agata Morio and many others. Her primary instrument is the bowed Chinese er-hu, but she also plays piano and percussion. Lovely, poetic, far too short but essential. 

$22

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Kito Mizukumi Rouber ltd CD & cs

Kito Mizukumi Rouber CD ” The Best of Aero Dance Music” Rocket Samurai Rec.

The worst and the best of this enka punk collected from singles, cassettes and some obscures sources. Comes in a LP jackets with CD fixed on a punched vinyl (that cannot be played…some frenchies could ask me…) Ltd, I only have a few. Band has now a newcomer  with Takayuki Hashimoto and they often play as a quatuor. Old geez’ are Uchida Shizuo, Hirotomo Hasegawa, Masahito Okuni and they only play hits.

$25

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Kito Mizukumi Rouber cs “At Cabaret Le Chat Noir” Papa records

Quatuor is back, alive & kicking !

$10

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Kawaguchi Masami | Toshimitsu Akiko

Kawaguchi Masami | Toshimitsu Akiko 

情趣演歌  [Enka Mood Collection ] 

Split 10 inch LP ltd to 250, comes in a silkscreened gatefold  jacket with obi (blue, pink, brick red) insert + postcards… 

Liner notes by Alan Cummings

Silk-screening by Alan Sherry

4th volume in the enka series, we’re happy to announce the release of this new one : 

a split with 2 longtime friends and music associates since the late 1990’s. 

Masami Kawaguchi has been an influential figure in the Japanese underground scene for 2 decades, playing with bands such MiminokotoBroomdustersLos Doroncos and more recently with his New Rock Syndicate. He’s also known as a major & regular Keiji Haino’s collaborator in  Aihiyo and more recently in Hardy Soul. He’s one of the greats of modern Japanese psychedelic rock and more recently he recorded the beautiful “The mad guitar sings” album on Black Petal  which is a dark solo take on Masami’s signature sound, balancing between late night-early morning comedown blues and black luminescent storm-song. On this release Masami covers 2 different songs, delivering a personal & bleak version of a great enka standard (if not the prototype of  the enka song)  and a fiery cover of a weird and rather unknown song.

Toshimitsu Akiko is  better known under her maiden name of Terashima Akiko and she led a band called Doodles for more than 15 years. She and Kawaguchi Masami teamed up together for a short time as Homemade and after releasing a cassette, the first Doodles CDR was released on Masami’s Purifiva imprint and later a CD on Alchemy records.  Doodles played plodding, haunted psych-rock, with storms of guitar distortion hovering on the horizon, and sweet, sad vocals quivering deeply soul-ward. More recently she mostly plays music as a duo named Aminome that could be heard as a Doodles follow up with slightly rounded corners 

On this release Akiko plays guitar, drums & accordion, covers these enka songs with her timeless & forlorn voice, picking up any human with a heart.

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 Release date :  September 20

Price : 17 euros or $20 

Including airmail : 

France : 20€ en lettre (colissimo suivi + 2€)

Europe : 24€ with airmail or $29

Rest of the world : 26€ or $31

Go Hirano new LP

After a 13 years silence, we’re really glad to anounce a new Go Hirano LP  designed by Atsuo Ogawa &, stricly ltd to 100.

Hirano is known as a sometime White Heaven collaborator, renowned expert on Canadian psychedelia and acid folk, and ultra-sensitive sound artist. His previous 3 albums on PSF have wound lo-fi wisps of fragile piano melody and bell chime around nagging, sometimes subtly unsettling field recording techniques. This one has only piano but Go has once again his own sensibility, with being simple witout being simplistic.

$60

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Masayuki Takayanagi – Kaoru Abe Ltd LP

Masayuki TakayanagiKaoru Abe LP ” Kaitai Teki Kōkan”  Craftman Records

The album features a recording of the duo’s live performance at the Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan concert hall in Shinjuku on June 28th, 1970. The reissue is pressed on 180g vinyl and replicates the original LP’s textured sleeve. It also includes a replica flyer that advertised the original event. Supposedly released in a limited run of 100 copies, this incredibly rare record is finally getting its first vinyl reissue via Craftman Records – but still at an incredible high price. Sorry for that but I don’t have any wholesale and I paid cash to get these few copies.

$85

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Polygonola CD with Haino Keiji

Music of the Polygonola (a polygonal flat musical instrument)
A unique tone, timbre and scale CD Applied Vibro-Acoustics Inc

This disc comes with a 50-page booklet in English and Japanese discussing the instrument and the pieces.

Polygonola is a flat polygonal musical instrument and made from bronze (see below). The size and shape varies and depends on the pitch of the original scale based on a vibration theory of the plate. The shapes are triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon and disc. There are also a pentagram and hexagram Polygonola. It is played by hitting with any type of mallets.

$19

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Makoto Kawashima CD

Makoto Kawashima CD “Dialogue” Homer Sacer

What a fantastic 19 minutes track, maybe one of  the most moving solo I’ve heard for months, once again it’s hard to not having Ikezumi Hideo in minds as he was the first who supported Makoto. That’s more than a solo sax track, it’s so intense and elegiac, words can’t really make justice to the music.

$15

Makoto Kawashima Dialogue

Jun Konagaya LP Memento mori

Jun Konagaya LP  ” Memento Mori” Steingklang Industries

New solo album from GRIM mastermind Jun Konagaya! More nuanced than Grim, there’s some great & sad love songs on it.
Black vinyl in sleeve with inlay, ltd to 200

$15

Black vinyl with heavy white splatters in sleeve with inlay, numbered and ltd to 50

$35 only a few

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