Youri Kun LP Renoir of the Toys

Youri Kun LP Renoir of the Toys

[An’37] Feb 10th

12″LP black vinyl, comes in a silkscreened jacket with obi (black or ivory), inserts and a postcard. Edition of 400

Printed by Alan Sherry & liner notes by Jon Dale

Renoir Of The Toys is a deep dive into the world of Youri Kun, the nom de plume of Japanese guitarist, singer and songwriter Hiroshi Nar. It follows a similar compilation, Unheld Ball, released in 2022 on Japanese label Inundow; like that album, Renoir Of The Toys draws from the rich catalogue of outsider psych-garage and rock recorded by Youri Kun over the past two decades. Deeply wired into the history of Japanese underground music, Nar was a founding member of legendary ‘70s outfit Datetenryu, and a member of both Brain Police (Zuno Keisatsu) and Les Ralllizes Dénudés (Hadaka No Rallizes), appearing on the latter’s ’77 Live.

After going to ground during the 1980s, Nar started making music with Niplets in the mid-90s, and releasing music at a prolific pace in 2000 – an excellent run of (sometimes archival) CD-Rs on the Hello Goodbye Studio label, both solo, and with his groups Molls, Niplets and Port Cuss; an album on P.S.F. by Jokers, where he was joined by fellow Rallizes member Yokai Takahashi, and drummer Toshiaki Ishizuka (Brain Police, Vajra, Cinorama, etc.); and sixteen albums (and counting) as Youri Kun, for labels Gyunne Cassette, Inundow, and Hören. He’s also fallen in with the Acid Mothers Temple crowd, guesting on a few of their albums, and recording a live set with Kawabata Makoto’s Nishinihon trio.

All Nar’s music shares a deceptive primitivism; it moves with the simplicity of the best 1960s garage punk, but its edges are blurred and stretched, allowing for all kinds of weird, elliptical, and psychedelic moves to happen in its margins. His guitar playing on songs like “Kakunin” (from 2011’s Yamaimo Boogie) shimmies and slurs magnificently; “Kurokami”, from 2012’s Su, has clanking six strings scrawling over loose, spaced-out synth; there are clunky psychobilly moves (“Oshiro no Ninjya”), spirited rave-ups for rattling organ and sputtering guitar (“Totsugeki”), and some lovely, drowsy, melancholy moments (“Sora”). The constant throughout is Nar’s blues-blurred, drawling voice, as unique a tool as the non-idiomatic speak-sing styles of solo Syd Barrett, Jad Fair, or Dave E. McManus. There are also three Les Rallizes Dénudés covers here, where Nar locates the pop genius at the heart of songs like “Shiroi Yoru” and amplifies this with his simple garage-reverential take on things. Renoir Of The Toys is yet more evidence that Hiroshi Nar was, and is, one of Japan’s musical visionaries, a lonesome voice dedicated to a singular, streamlined vision, one that’s in eternal pursuit of the joy and kicks at the heart of rock’n’roll, and a reminder of what a great, unpretentious rock’n’roller truly

24€




Yuki Fuji LP one Butoh

Yuki Fuji LP one Butoh – Akuphone

Ltd to 500, 28-pages A5 Portfolio

A musical immersion into the most exciting avant-garde dance style of the past century. Created in Japan in the 1960s by Tatsumi Hijikata, butō is the “dance of the obscure body”. It broke with the traditions of classical Noh and Kabuki Theater, which, at the time, seemed outdated in the national context. Nourished by a European artistic avant-garde, butō stands out as a mirror of the socio-political turmoil of a post-World War II Japan. One Butoh resonates as a perfect acoustic introduction to this subversive art and propels the listener deep into his own soul.

Fuji-Yuki is a Japanese vocalist who uses her voice like an instrument. With special vocal techniques, glossolalia and electronic pedals, she creates a wide variety of sounds. Inspired by the spirits of Buddhism and Shintoism, she creatively transforms her vocals into an ambient drone or prayers resonating in a church-like space. Her live performances are always different, depending on the place and space they take place in. She is also known as the vocalist of the experimental band Sarry.

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BaraNambu CD DU

BaraNambu CD + promo Disk union CDR 深く、花を見て ‘Fukaku.Hana Wo Mite) Eyeliner

First full album by the trio of Fujii Masahide (YBO² ), Nambu Terihisa (Aural Fit) & Yamazaki Taiga (The Silence)

Glam rock rooted in the 70’s with a heavier sound, you can hear they are a true live band with few rampant ballads

Digipak + exclusive Disk Union CDR – a few copies available

$35

Kawashima / Mochizuki / Henritzi CD

Kawashima Makoto / Mochizuki Harutaka / Michel Henritzi CD Chinmoku wa ishikure ni yadoru bouryoku – Trost

Makoto Kawashima – alto sax on 1 and 3
Harutaka Mochizuki – alto sax on 1 and 2
Michel Henritzi – lapsteel on 1 and 3, guitar feedback on 2

the title is inspired from the poem « Nachtlied » by Georg Trakl

dedicated to Takayuki Hashimoto (1969 – 2021)

‘Chinmoku wa ishikure ni yadoru’ is a tough album to define. Led by the extraordinary sax duo of Makoto Kawashima and Harutaka Mochizuki, with Michel Henritzi padding out the space in-between using lapsteel and guitar feedback, it’s a record that feels indebted to the free improv scene but not beholden to it. Henritzi’s cloudy textures provide a subtle inky backdrop for Kawashima and Mochizuki’s expressive overblown alto blasts, that dip and spray like screams in the night. 

Reference points might be scene originators like Anthony Braxton and Peter Brötzmann, or more recent acolytes such as Mats Gustafsson, but Kawashima and Mochizuki also touch on the frothy freewheeling noise of Les Rallizes Denudes, and Henritzi’s contributions strike a chord that’s not a million miles from Heather Leigh’s sacred dissonance. ‘ Boomkat

$16

Kazuo Imai quartet CD

Kazuo Imai quartet CD “Has the future become the past” Jinya

With Kazuo Imai, Tsutom Toudou, Nobyoshi Ino, Hiroshi Yamazaki

$38

Faust feat Keiji Haino box 2LP+CD

Faust feat Keiji Haino box 2LP+CD This is the right path – Old Heaven books

Jean-Hervé Péron – 人声 Vocals / 贝斯 Bass / 原声吉他 Acoustic Guitars / 小号 Trumpet / 水泥搅拌机 Cement Mixer
Werner “Zappi” Diermaier – 鼓 Drums

特邀嘉宾 Very Special Guests:
Maxime Manac’h – 键盘 Keyboards / 吉他 Guitar/ 煤气罐 Gas Cylinder / 手摇风琴 Hurdy-Gurdy
灰野敬二 Keiji Haino – 人声 Vocals / 电吉他 Electric Guitars / 电子设备 Electronics
魏籽 Wei Zi, Tina, 郦亭亭 Li Tingting – 针织行为表演 Knitting Performance

Comes in a heavy box with full illustrated booklet ltd to 350

Black or silver vinyls

$69

We also have a few copies with Picture Disks $110

CD version $28

Belhomme + Harutaka Mochizuki book + CD

Guillaume Belhomme + Harutaka Mochizuki book + miniCD “Eugène”- Lenka Lente

LIVRE + CD, 36 PAGES, 10 X 15,5 CM

Peintre et lithographe, Eugène Carrière (1849-1906) a, pour citer le Larousse,
« surtout peint des maternités et des portraits, réduisant les couleurs à une sorte de camaïeu fluide de brun, d’où les formes essentielles se dégagent par contraste lumineux. » Devant l’une de ses toiles, Degas osa : « On a fumé dans la chambre des enfants. » C’était assez pour brouiller les cartes, au point de confondre bientôt les frontières de la France et du Japon.

12€

Les Rallizes Denudes 6 LP set

Les Rallizes Denudes 6 LP set – Tuff Beat

’67-‘69 STUDIO et LIVE LP

MIZUTANI / Les Rallizes Denudes LP

77′ Live 3LP

Live Bonus LP Romance Of The Black Pain Otherwise Fallin’ Love With + Résonance & Tbobocco road

$175 SOLD OUT

Yoshio Kuge LP

Kuge Yoshio LP Kuge Yoshio solo – Uramado

Japanese punk/underground drummer. Born in Osaka. Has played with many Japanese underground groups including Pungo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Masami Shinoda Unit, Paradise Garage, etc. LTD to 200

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Jacques Bekaert LP

Jacques Bekaert: Jacques Bekaert – LP Metaphon

Edition of 500 copies
Originally released in 1981 on the Belgian Igloo label this reissue comes with the same sleeve as originally designed by Alain Géronnez.

A Late Lunch’ is the soundtrack to Akiko Iimura’s eponymous movie realized in 1978. It is based on acoustic instruments and field recordings, brilliantly reconfigured and mixed by Jaques Bekaert to create a surreal, immersive soundscape. The technique used includes superposition and speed change of recordings, radical sound effects and juxtaposition of sounds. The players were prominent musicians of the 1970’s, including Maggi Payne, George Lewis, David Rosenboom and Blue Gene Tyranny. ‘A Summer Day at Stony Point’ was composed in 1969, with participation of David Behrman, Shigeko Kubota and Charlotte Warren. The piece was commissioned by English composer Hugh Davies who presented it at the Harrogate festival the same year.

Stony Point is a small village in New York State where John Cage co-owned a small pseudo-commune art resort where like-minded artists gathered. ‘A Summer Day at Stony Point’ is nothing more than a page of a journal, a fragment of a notebook that utilizes a series of sound sources recorded at Stony Point on one beautiful day in the summer of 1968. Other electronic sound sources were recorded at the Brandeis University where Alvin Lucier was professor. The final realization of the piece was done at Henri Pousseur’s APELAC Studio in Brussels, 1969. The soundtrack for Akiko Iimura’s ‘Mon Petit Album’ was composed on the basis of a simple description of the technique of the film and its time span. It includes David Behrman on alto, from an outdoor recording at Stony Point, plus excerpts from a Transition concert in London, the band Bekaert formed in 1971 with Michel Herr, Takehisa Kosugi and Ryo Koike, both members of the Taj Mahal Travelers. The atmosphere is quiet and pastoral throughout, with a very dreamlike flavour. …Gentle threads of instrumental and electronic sounds are mixed with outdoor rural field recordings and occasional voices of his friends speaking, whistling or singing. Bekaert creates a warm environment within which we can hear subtle individual voices of good musicians who are relating to his loosely-notated scores and verbal instructions… (David Behrman)

$24

Michael Ranta CDs

Michael Ranta “Azabu” Metaphon

CD and 8 page booklet in gatefold cardboard sleeve
Edition of 500 copies

Even though only being fully terminated 50 years after its conception, ‘Azabu’ can be regarded as the starting point of Michael Ranta’s creative self-discovery. The recordings that form the base of ‘Azabu’ were mostly made in the Tokyo district with the same name (Azabu-Juban). Next to abstracted field recordings ‘Azabu’ is also pervaded by a rich variety of percussion, string and wind instruments, all played by Ranta himself. Subsequently Ranta edited, layered and processed the recordings at the NHK electronic music studio in Tokyo. Both pieces display a vast array of acoustic, electronic and concrete sound events meticulously sequenced to a complex fusion symbolizing the entire spectrum of earthly and heavenly sounds. Dynamic extremes evoke a restless flight through space, or through the depths of human subconsciousness, between dream and reality. Ultimately the music disappears, like a dot in the sky gradually fading into nothingness – an “ascension” that closes the loop in a ritual of life that can begin anew again at any time.

Michael Ranta: composition, performance, mixing (1971)
Stefan Deistler: final mixing and mastering (2021)

Like all the Michael Ranta albums, we highly recommend this one !

$15

Michael Ranta – Mike Lewis – Conny Plank 2CD box “Mu” -Metaphon

Previously unreleased studio material from 1970 recorded a few months after the legendary ‘Wired’ session.

Hardboard linen CD box contains 2 CD’s and a 28 page booklet with biography text and notes (in Dutch, German and English) from Michael Ranta. Second edition.

$29

Johannes Fritsch LP

Johannes Fritsch LP ‘Kyo Mu / Hochtöner’ Metaphon

Edition of 500 copies, gatefold sleeve

KYO MU (Japanese for ‘emptiness and nothingness’) is a composition for the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi und audiotape, premiered in 1982 by Hitomi Endō at the Second Weltmusik-Kongress in Vlotho, Germany. The recording on this LP is from the premiere and was made by the Feedback Studio. The version for shakuhachi was performed on numerous occasions in Europe as well as Japan. According to Johannes Fritsch, however, the piece can also be performed by tenor recorders or alto recorders.

HOCHTÖNER, written in 1974 and premiered in the same year at the PRO MUSICA NOVA festival in Bremen, Germany, is a harmonic composition referencing Pythagorean tradition. It was written for and performed by the three Feedback Studio founders: Johannes Fritsch, viola; David Johnson, flute and synthesizer; Rolf Gehlhaar, percussion. The trio and the live electronics make this piece typical of the 1970s work of the Feedback Studio. HOCHTÖNER was performed several times in the 1970s during concert tours; the recording on this LP was made in 1974 at a Feedback Studio Hinterhausmusik concert.
Fritsch described the piece in a text for a CD published by cybele records in 2006.

Fantastic, a very mysterious album

$25

Tori Kudo cs NY tapes

Tori Kudo cs NY tapes

Atlantic City outtakes, 67 mins. cassette tape, recorded in Lower East Side, Including ok takes, circa1981. comes with a photo (reprint), most are different, there are 13 !

DL code included

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