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

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Kan Mikami book + CD

Kan Mikami book + CD “A life in Folk” Public Bath Press

21 x 15 cm, 311 pages

$29

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Dokkiri ! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989 – A History & Guide

Kato David Hopkins – Public Bath Press

21 x 15 cm , 298 pages with coloured pictures, reproductions

$26

Dokkiri book

 

Sachiko Ltd CDR

Sachiko CDR “Jangala flamed with deep red” Reverb Worship

Ltd to 50 and numbered

Sachiko creates the most superb psychedelic drone music using voice, electronics, melodica, recorder and percussion.Plans for this new album began around a year ago. This album, the second for reverb Worship, contains three tracks of drifting, ragaesque, ambient blissful drone with sounds of nature and traditional flute. Dedicated to Hideo Ikeezumi. Recorded and mixed by Sachiko and mastered by Rinji Fukuoka.

$10

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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.

$52

go hirano

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. Only a few, will get a few more in september

$19

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Harutaka Mochizuki CS

Harutaka Mochizuki cs “Short Short”

Limited to 51, each one is different

2017, Shizuoka Azarea Music Room, intimate music, perfect at night.

$18

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Kan Mikami ltd cs

Kan Mikami cassette “明天怨歌集” no Label China

Limited edition of 300. Released in conjunction with the Tomorrow Festival, Shenzhen

$14 only a few

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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

Keiji Haino LP “Watashi Dake”

Keiji Haino LP “Watashi Dake” The bLack Editions

Keiji Haino’s classic debut album will be available on vinyl for the first time since 1981 and for the first time ever as originally intended by the artist- in a special gold and silver edition.  Originally released in a small edition by the legendary Pinakotheca label, the album was heard by only a select few in Japan and far fewer overseas. Original vinyl copies became impossibly rare and highly sought after the world over.

Watashi Dake? presents a haunting vision – stark vocals, whispered and screamed, punctuate dark silences. Intricate and sharp guitar figures interweave, repeat and stretch, trance-like, emerging from dark recesses. Written and composed on the spot – Haino’s vision is one of deep spiritual depths that distantly evokes 1920’s blues and medieval music- yet is unlike anything ever committed to record before or since. Coupled with starkly minimal packaging featuring the now iconic cover photographs by legendary photographer Gin Satoh, the album is a startling and fully realized artistic statement.

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 Keiji Haino Watashi Dake