La Monte Young & The Theatre of Eternal Music CD “Raag Bhaivara” Mongolian Mognolia
Comes sealed in a digipak, only a very few and sold out within a couple of days
V/A “Rebellion 1985” cs Vis A Vis Audio Art 2016
Compilation on Juntaro Yamanouchi (Gerogerigegege) label
In 1985,K Produkt had planned this compilation but never released it.
All tracks are unreleased. 4 inserts
Only a few $18
Nord 2CD Art Into Life $18
Nord, consisting of Satoshi Katayama and Hiroshi Oikawa, were one of the leading groups in the Japanese underground music scene of the 1980s. The group’s two members now perform separately, both of them using the Nord moniker. This is the first CD reissue of their debut LP, originally released by Pinakotheca Records in 1981 when they were still performing as a duo. This reissue includes a disk of bonus material recorded around the same time as the LP. The bonus material includes four previously unreleased studio live takes recorded on April 29, 1982, and a complete version (18:49) of their live set at Shinjuku Loft on August 24, 1981 (part of the live set was previously issued on the “Live Materials” cassette on Vanilla Records). A rare glimpse of Katayama and Oikawa as a duo ! Limited edition of 300.
Joseph Lewis and David Steans CD + DVD “Our Demons and our >Demons 2” Art Into Life $14
John Mylotte (aka Sir Ashleigh Grove) is the leader of the ultra-mysterious cult group Metgumbnerbone, which also includes Richard and Philip Rupenus of The New Blockaders.This is a heretical two-part work, entitled “Our Demons 1 & 2”, and was filmed on mini-DV cameras by Mylotte’s friends David Steans and Joseph Lewis. The films capture various ritualistic actions performed by ten masked individuals, somewhere in the blasted landscape of England. The films overflow with a warped humour, confusing the viewer as to the participants’ real intentions. The background music weaves an even more cultic atmosphere – not noise, but a kind of self-imagined trad folk. This version comes with an additional, stand-alone, remastered CD of the soundtrack. Only a small proportion of the soundtrack was used for the final cut of the film, so this is the only place where you can hear the full soundtrack. Highly recommended for all devotees of Metgumbnerbone’s uniquely eccentric sensibilities!
Hardboard cover with tarot card prints by Joseph Lewis, and liner notes. Limited edition of 150.
Afrirampo x Hei Tanaka CS “Tomadase” $16
Comes with a ltd Disk Union Keyholder
Takashi Goda Book + CD “Japanese underground Music in the late 70s & 80s” Loft books RESTOCK IN MAY $35
All written in japanese but has a few pictures, more than 400 pages. CD is really interesting since there’s some 18 tracks with Tori Kudo, High Rise, Gap, Takafumi Sato (Pinakotheca label founder) A-Musik, Inryo Fuen…Heavy , only a very few !
Michel Henritzi – À Qui Avec Gabriel CD “Koyonaku” Bambalam $12
“Koyonaku” is the result of the encounter in downtown Tokyo between Japanese accordeonist À Qui Avec Gabriel and guitarist Michel Henritzi.
The duo re-interprets through improvisation Enka music, soulful and melancholic popular Japanese songs. They meander solitary through these sad melodies in their very own iconoclastic ways. À Qui Avec Gabriel’s voice whispers in our ears and bewitches our senses with these love songs. Whether on the strings of the guitar or the keys of the accordeon, the combined 4-handed creative soul disconstruct this abstract blues with the perfect balance of sensuality and violence.
“Koyonaku” is a game of mirrors reflecting different exotic folklore, where each one of them feeds on the other, the suspended space of “mono no aware”: this infinite melancholy of the present, echoing its silences, its cries and its screams.
A beautiful blues record for your lonely nights.
High Rise 5 CDR’s Live set New
Aunt Sally CDR “Early gig ’78” $65
Incredible and extremely nicely done boot that comes in a heavy japanese professional printed jacket. How fine to hear Phew singing Sunday Morning, sound is raw but it’s a rare opportuny to catch the vibe from 1978 with one of the most interesting japanese artist for more than 3 decades.
Aunt Sally CDR “1979.5.21 Kyoto circus circus” $65
Same source than the precedent and theTamio Shiraishi below.
Tamio Shiraishi + Keiji Haino CDR “Pure Music Tamio” New
Excellent and extremely nicely done boot that comes in a heavy japanese professional printed jacket.
Music comes from a video that came out in 1990. If yo uare interested I have the same boot, same content but comes in a cheaper jewel case version.
4 A M with Keiji Haino CDR “1980.11.15 Kanagawa university” New
La Monte Young 5CDR + DVD-R ” Draw a straight line and follow it IV”
La Monte Young 2CDR”The Theatre of Eternal music string Ensemble” $60
Pandit Pran Nath CD “ragas of Morning & Night” Just Dreams $30
La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela CD “The Tamburas of Pandit Pran Nath (an Homage)” Just dreams New $35
Comes in a double box case witha 44-page printed booklet, including two color and seven black & white photos
Phew CD “Phew + 2” Clinck Records $20
Nice reissue of this great classic (with Jaki Liebezeit, Holger Czukay & Conny Plank), with 2 bonus tracks, comes in a mini LP jacket.
Seikatsu Kojyo Linkai CD ” Seikatsu kojyoLinkai” Off Note
After forty odd years one of the most important works of the Japanese jazz scene gets a release! Features two Japanese jazz musicians Kazutoki ‘Kappo’ Umezu (sax) and Yoriyuki Harada (piano, bass clarinet). In the mid 1970s, Umezu and Harada were part of the ‘Studio We’ new jazz movement in New York. On this recording made in Studio We in August 1975, they performed with Ahmed Abdullah (trumpet) William Parker (bass) and Rashid Shinan (drums) all of the Sun Ra Orchestra. Seikatsu Kojyo Iinkan was the first band formed by Umezu, and would go on to influence a generation of musicians upon his return to Japan from New York, including Compostella (the late Masami Shinoda), Daisuke Fuwa (Shibasashirazu etc.) and many other artists from the undergound jazz and avant garde scene.
Somei Satoh CD “Echoes” Omega PoinT $16
Originally released on Alm Records, “Emeral Tablet” still remains as one of the most important work recorded at NHK studio by Satoh.
Marzette Watts CD “Marzette Watts” Venus – ESP Japan EX copy $22
As / SS / gZ / WHITE HOSPITAL 2CD + Promo DVDr $25
(CD1 White Hospital CD2 As / SS / gZ )
[Disk Union Original benefits: LIVE video DVD-R] – 360 ° panoramic image
The live show named “TASTE PRESENTS Live Aktion 4“FIRECRACKER”” held at 18th April, 2015
is fully included in this 2cd live album.
As/SS/gZ is a unit band of the space-explosion-sound army “ASTRO”, the insane alternative
junkrock band/torturing sound laughing bikers “Co/SS/gZ” and its mascot girl”GrinderS”.
WHITE HOSPITAL is the legendary industrial band which comes back to life after 30 years.
This album is recorded live by Kimijima Yui, the doctor of sound reaper from Tsubame studio.
This is the first live reocrding in the Rokuonki series
Aishi Oyauchi CD “Hikureteyomowakuraku” Armageddon Nova $13
Aishi Oyauchi is a radical alto saxophonist in the tradition of Kaoru Abe and who hails from the same first generation of Japanese free improvisers and he regularly plays with Deku bassist who comes out of the whole Motoharu Yoshizawa school of radical free improvisation and rigorous sound art and was a student of legendary percussionist Masahiko Togashi. Here Oyauchi plays soft, no reed torture and this release offers one more missing part of the japanese free music underground. Unrecorded despite being in his 60s and playing out for several decades so this is the only 3rd recorded evidence of the invention Oyaushi is capable of and that has attracted regular collaborators such Kan Mikami and drummer Sabu Toyozumi.
Toshi Ichiyanagi + Kobayashi Kenji 2CD “Duo Recital” Omega Point $26
In 1961, soon after Ichiyanagi returned from USA, 2 concerts were performed at the Sogetsu Art Center. Some members of Group Ongaku joined and the duo was also recorded at this occasion. 6 months later John Cage visited Japan for the first time and then the japanese music scene was struck by a huge “shock”. So we ca nconsider this recital as a “quiet shock” before the storm.
DISC 1: Sylvano Bussotti (1931-) : Music for violin Italy-born Bussotti is a composer, a director and a designer but also well known as a multitalented person. At an early age, he began work on a graphic score. The music he wrote had quality but it was also visually interesting. For this performance, Kobayashi took a unique style. They used overdubbe d violin sounds from a tape, which perhaps Kobayashi helped to record, and added a live performance of piano and percussion as well as some [sounds of] object.
Morton Feldman（1926-87）: Duet for violin and piano Along with John Cage, Feldman is one of the leading figures from the New York experimental music sce ne. He is also well known as a soft sound composer as well as for an interesting episode when he inv ented graphic notation. Feldman was a productive composer but he often gave less creative simple tit les to his music, for example, by referring a composition to the musical instruments.
Toshi Ichiyanagi（1933-）: The Pile / For String #2 (simultaneous performance) ‘The Pile’ is a piece composed for arbitrary musical instruments. At the concert, the composer him self performed with a method of playing the internal parts of a piano along with Yoko Ono’s voice w hile Juunosuke Okuyama assisted him as an engineer, which made it the first and only real piece with live electronics . Like John Cage often taking this method for his work, they made a simultaneou s performance for this piece, ‘For stringed instruments, the second movement’ by Kenji Kobayashi. The only instruction in the score was; “Through the whole performance one should only play one note ” . The piece was not only performed throughout the sixties but also is played today.
Anton Webern（1883-1945） : 4 Pieces for violin and piano, Op.7 Along with Schoenberg and Berg, Webern belonged to the New Wienna School of music. Preceding Feldman , he was a soft sound composer and had a particular taste about extremely conscious tones. Unlike ot her pieces on this album, this piece was composed in the very early period in 1910.
La Monte Young（1935-）: 561 to Henry Flynt  La Monte was one of the composers who created pieces that were later categorized as Minimal Music. B ut most notably, he was a member of Fluxus, which we shouldn’t forget. This piece is very conceptua l. The same note should be played for arbitrary number of times that was pre-determined. It was perf ormed at this concert for the first time and Ichiyanagi played clusters with both arms. By the way, Henry Flynt (1940-) was a musician belonging to Fluxus.
DISC 2: John Cage（1912-92）: 34’46.776″ A piece composed in 1954 and performed in the same year on October 17th for the first time at Donaue schinger Musiktage, a music festival, (simultaneous performance with ’31’57.9864″ for a pianist’). Later that year, a score was published under the title ’31’57.9864″ for one pianist’. In this re cording, apart from Toshi Ichiyanagi’s piano and Kenji Kobayashi’s violin, one can hear female nar ration in English and Japanese, about which there was no mention in any document at the time (assumi ng it as Yoko Ono’s voice however it is not confirmed). Perhaps, Ichiyanagi reproduced it by referr ing to an early performance method of the piece  In a promotional document of the concert, Yuji T akahashi’s name is written as another pianist. However, according to the musician, he canceled it a fter he got an offer of a simultaneous performance due to a technical reason.
Toshi Ichiyanagi + Kobayashi Kenji 2CD “Duo Recital” + poster Omega Point $39
Ltd Edition, same as above, comes with a 30 x 45 cm poster
This special edition includes original concert poster designed by Kouhei Sugiura and Katsuhiro Yamag uchi. Sugiura is one of pioneer of Japanese graphic design after WW2. He had created cover art of ma ny titles of Japanese avant-garde music – for example, ALM records, Japanese edition of WERGO, early electronic music of Mayuzumi, a.o. Yamaguchi was a visual artist and one of founder of Experimenta l Workshop in 1950s.
Toshi Ichiyanagi CD “Music for Piano” Omega point $17
Composed between 1959-1961 with Takuji kawai on piano
Veltz CD “Hommage to Home Electronics” Omega Point
Ok, this is the less famous name but Akira who’s behind Velz is an intersting musican (anti) musician who used broken Tvs, analog equipments. Excellent and far more interesting than the New blockaders and consorts.
Fukuoka Rinji & Michel Henritzi CDR “Dark Carnival” Dying Ghost $10
Ltd to 55, with different obi colours, comes in a japanese size jacket
guitar’n’violon muddy blues, new moving collaboration between the French avant-garde guitarist Michel Henritzi (Dustbreeders) and Fukuoka Rinji, formerly of Overhang Party and currently of Majutsu No Niwa
Kito Mizukumi Rouber cs “Savaita Calvi ni KMR” No Basement is Deep enough $14
This fifth KMR studio brawl comes in a cloth rib cage with all the mental flesh chewed off so you can get properly dressed for lustful wanderings through the rest room of your favorite steak joint. They are all nuts, the band couldn’t have found a better label after Ultra Eczema ! Acid enka proto punk ballads with a new member on sax !
Limited to 89 hand-numbered copies, only a few !
Kazuki Tomokawa CD “Gleaming Crayon” Modest Launch 2016
New and fantastic album with guests such Harutaka Mochizuki and Harumi Yamazaki (Taco / Gaseneta) , the howling poet is back ! Comes in a gatefold jacket with obi
Harutaka Mochizuki CD “Through the Glass” Armageddon Nova $15
ltd to 100 copies, comes with a badge
Well, what ca nI say as I consider Harutaka as one of the best howler coming from Japan for a couple of years. This album is the first one recorded in studio, it’s direct, gracile without any artifice. That’s only the expression of a true soul
Makoto Kawashima – Naoto Nishizawa duo CD”Hamachidori” Homosacer records $15
Great duo with Kawashima on alto sax and Nishizawa (Exias-J) who’s a percussionist and sound artist. Far from the usual ferocious playing, music has her a lot of space with Kawashima’s singular melodic and lyrical vibe.
Andrew Chalk CD “Everyone Goes Home When the Sun Sets” Faraway Press $16
New album from Andrew and once again it comes in a lovely handmade gatefold jacket, please once again think about the amount of love and work.
Andrew Chalk CD “Everyone Goes Home When the Sun Sets” Faraway Press $30
This is the portfolio edition (multi panels), once again it’s handmade. Only a few !
Elodie CD ” Odyssee” Faraway Press $16
Andrew Chalk + Timo Van Luijk
Comes in a handmade gatefold jacket with obi
Elodie CD ” Odyssee” Faraway Press
Andrew Chalk + Timo Van Luijk
This is the portfolio edition (multi panels), once again it’s handmade. Only a few !
Aoi Swimming CD “Top of the fancy” $20 only a few
Coming from the Sapporo scene and now newly located in Tokyo, we have here the first true CD with the great diva of avant pop also known for her funny videos. She’s an idiosyncratic singer-songwriter cum performance artist playing toy keyboards, her weirdly plastic neon voice bounces witty, observant lyrics over pumping toy house rhythms.
Absolutely nuts and creative, almost unknown on the western shores she was recently on a european tour co-starring with Otaco and Cup & Saucers native friends from Hokkaido.
Bibi & Tenniscoats 7′ “Tamashi / Akuma made todoku koe” Majikick $10
Gezan & Tenniscoats CD “Live In zaban” Majikick $15
Tenniscoats CD “Tan Tan Therapy” 7ep
New edition with one Japan bonus track of this long acclaimed album originally released in 2007 with a great cast of swedish friends such as Andreas & Johan Berthling..
Makoto Kawashima CDR “Unification” Self Release $12
One more excellent release and quite intense performance from Kawashima, maybe a bit more physical from the previous releases.One new howler who slowly finds his own way…
Marginal Consort 3CD “08.09.13” Meena $25
Marginal Consort is the collective improvisation project made up of Kazuo Imai, Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii, and Masami Tada. All of the members were students of Takehisa Kosugi at Bigakko art school in 1975. They started the project on the invitation of Imai in 1997. Each year Marginal Consort holds from one to several concerts in which they perform continuously, without interruption, for two to four hours. Various electronic and acoustic sounds blend and coexist, and myriad sound colors/textures and reverberations flow in a free and spacious way while making large-scale transformations over time. Superb. These 3 CDs document Marginal Consort’s live performance at a gallery in London in September 2013.
Kazuo Imai CD “For Tentou Mishima” Hitorri $15
Kazuo Imai (born in 1955) studied with Masayuki Takayanagi and Takehisa Kosugi, and has been performing improvised music since the 1970s. While his principal instrument is the guitar, he also makes extensive use of viola da gamba, electronics, everyday items and natural objects, freely performing music born of myriad sounds. This album is comprised of five pieces from Imai’s live performance on the final day of a solo exhibition by graphic artist Tentou Mishima (who died in 2012), held at the gallery Nanzuka Agenda in Shibuya, Tokyo, in August of 2010. In the first track, which is over 40 minutes long, Imai uses an acoustic guitar, Fiedel Gamba, piano wire, branches and small objects, changing instruments and expressive techniques several times in the course of the performance. With its superb structure and dynamism, this epic work makes a powerful impression. In tracks 2 to 5 (each about 4 minutes long), Imai used (composed) Mishima’s drawings like scores and performed them on acoustic guitar. Imai’s outstanding artistry and skill are fully demonstrated in these amazing performances.
Junji Hirose “SSI-4” Hitorri $14
Junji Hirose became active on the free jazz/improvised music scene at the end of the 1970s. He has played the saxophone in a variety of groups and projects, including Masahiko Togashi’s band and Otomo Yoshihide’s Ground-Zero. But Hirose’s work is not limited to sax playing: in the 1980s he started performing noise music on his SSI (self-made sound instrument), an apparatus made from his collection of bicycle wheels and other everyday odds and ends. The sounds produced by hitting and scraping the objects are amplified via installed pickups, turning into complex, intricate layers of sound clusters that reverberate through the space. This is a live recording of two pieces performed by Hirose in January 2013 at Ftarri, Suidobashi, Tokyo, on version 4 of the SSI. You’re sure to be caught up in the whirlpool of dazzling sound produced by his truly unique self-made instrument.
Cup & Saucers “Awesome” Self release $12
Formed in 2013, Sapporo guitarist and singer Miyuki Mori’s female duo Cup & Saucers, completed by Mari Watanabe on drum, belong to the same informal Sapporo underground network of intuitive, inventive and often funny young musicians, improvisors and video makers as Aoi Swimming and Shimettainu, with legendary drummer Ikuro Takahashi (Fushitsusha, Lsd March..) acting as spirit guide. Cup & Saucers’ debut album Awesome, recorded at Sapporo’s Musical Bones Studio sometimes reminds as early Afrirampo band with their childish voices but in a more rocky mood, sometimes a bit of Non Band or even some reminescences of Aunt Sally. We’re are very happy with modestly promoting the Hokkaido scene since it’s still unheard here and it’s nice to discover some young musicians outside of the well known Tokyoïte scene. Cup & Saucers will grow up for sure, please open your ears to new names and help the band with finding some european dates.
Andrew Chalk cassette “Higan / Kanashiki Haibun” 2016 $30
Comes in a nice slipcase, ltd to 100, 2 very moving tracks . Only for regular customers,
Grim ” Maha” 2LP & 2 CD versions on Steinklang 2CDs : $14 or 2LPs : $25
Honestly I’m rarely in industrial-noise music but for a couple of years Grim offers a crazy mixture of psychotic rhythms with schizophrenical vocals and powerful Industrial songs in a typical oldschool style. Both versions comes in a heavy gatefold jacket with attached booklet (funny collages !)
Carmen Maki “Poems in the Midnight…” + “Adam & Eve” + “Goodbye my memories ’70”
3 x CDs housed in Disk Union promo box Each album comes in a nice gatefold jacket with obi $95
It’s just a miracle to these 3 essential albums orginally released in 1969-1970
These are the first Carmen Maki albums, “Poems in the midnight..” with lyrics written by Shuji Terayama is emotionally charged with sentiments that go back to her child day memories when her American father (stationed in Japan) abandoned his wife and kid once his tour of duty was finished. So this work can be seen as partly autobiographical, filled with emotional power blows . The 2 other albums “Adam & Eve” & “Goodbye my memories ’70” sees her delving a bit deeper into the possibilities of mixing sensuality with fragrances of kayokyoku, soft psych and folk elements, all poured over with an utterly late sixties vibe of Japanese exotism. “Adam & Eve” stands alone as a whole coherent album and “Goodbye my memories” is more a mixed up of different styles with lush orchestrations covering some beautiful Nobuyasu Okabayashi songs.
Believe me these are my all time favorite albums, I’m always returning to these albums since I discovered them. We only have a few of these limited box sets.
Miyanishi Keizo The Hundred Devils 2CD “Japanese Original rock style” Pataphysique rec.$17
Comes in gatefold mini LP jacket with extensive bookletIt is a compilation and new front of the long-time artist (drawing) and musician, Miyanishi Keizo’s art work, music and poems till the present.
The Hundred Devils is his new band, and this first album is the absolute genre-less music.
Hideaki Kondo CD “Asyl” PSF $16
Kondo on guitar and biwa, with covers of Berg, Miles Davis, Astor Piazolla. Just beautiful !
Keiji Haino & Suichou No Fune 2CDR “February 24, 2005” Otherside rec.Massive, my favorite Suichou release so far !$60
La Monte Young CDR “The Just Alap raga Ensemble”
Ché-Shizu CD ” Hi No Tamaki” Jigen $16
New album with Mukai Chie, Tori Kudo, Nishimura Takuya and Takahashi Tsukasa.Nice pych band that was originally formed in 1981 and as always is a combination of folksongs, covers and some free improvisations.
Tori Kudo CD ” Haikairoujin Sonota” 7e.p. 2014 $16
comes in a mini LP jacket with obi and booklet .What a stunning, odd album… From Maher Shalal hash Baz ‘ mastermind !
Maher Shalal Hash Baz 2CD “l’autre cap” 7ep $20
Second CD with Jim O’Rourke
Maher Shalal Hash Baz 3CD”C’est la dernière chanson”7ep $24
Eddie Corman (Eddie Marcon) CD ” Kokage no Hiwa” 7e.p. 2014 $12
Lovely as always and ever, if you like Tenniscoats, Eddie Marcon without the band, in a more solo mood with acoustic guitar, electric piano. & overdubbed voice
Keiko Higuchi CD “Between dream & haze” Improvised Beings $10
With Masami Kawaguchi, Luis Inage (Majutsu No Niwa , Yakouchu), Tatsuya Nakatani.Maybe the most important step for Keiko, she could be considered like a japanese Diamanda Galas but here she’s going further with some great musicians covering some great classics such “Moon of Alabama ” with fire in the studio. Singular, maybe sometimes it’s sounds too much but it merits to be heard
Itaru Oki – Axel Dörner CD “Root of Bohemian” Improvised Beings $10
《《》》 [Metsu] featuring Saya（from Tenniscoats）＆ Shibata Satoko CD “Relay” Doubt $15
Oshima Teruyuki – guitar, bugeffects
Takeshita Yuma – electro-bass
Kayu Nakada- bugsynthesizer
Yuji Ishihara – drums, percussions
Saya – vocal
Shibata Satoko – vocal, acoustic Guitar
Taco 4CD “Box vol2 ” Super Fuji Comes with 47 pages booklet NM $75
Second box with unreleased tracks from this crazy band centered around Harumi Yamazaki (Gaseneta), OHsato Toshiharu, Lolita Junko and Shiraishi Tamio
Their famous and mythic first album was released in 1983 on Pinakotheca label with the help of Ryuichi Sakamoto..Music is hard to describe because you don’t know what is coming track after track.
This second volume gathers some live performances from 1982 to 1985 with a lot of participants such Tori Kudo, Machida Machizo, Sato Kaoru, Fumio Kosakai, Goitsuka Ryo, Narita Munehiro and a lot more forgotten names from the underground scene. Chaotic, wild, funny, stupid, just enough to catch the breeze from the 80’s !
Search Ensembles CD Search Ensembles – And Oar $10
Search Ensembles is a new evocative project of and/OAR founder / operator Dale Lloyd presenting “sonic archeology”, unearthing forgotten and previously unreleased recordings from project participants’ archives, plus new recordings to create a conceptually cohesive album.
For this release, Search Ensembles was:
– Alan Courtis: field recordings
– Cédric Peyronnet: field recordings, voice, objects
– Cyril Herry: objects, voices
– Dale Lloyd: field recordings, objects, percussion, production, slide whistle,
– David Tobin: percussion, slide whistle, violin, voice
– Jani Hirvonen: electronics
– Jon Tulchin: field recordings
– Katerina Nejepsova: flute
– Loren Chasse: field recording, flute, percussion
– Michael Northam: field recordings
– Petr ‘Pedro’ Tuzar: guitar
– Phil Legard: banjo, drum, psaltry
– Slavek Kwi: analog echo, banjo, monotar, percussion, tapes
– Stuart Arentzen: electronics
Bill Wells CD “Summer dreams” + CD “Autumn Dreams” $26 for the set
or $15 each
Both albums are Japanese release only on 7ep label, covers artwork by Namio Kudo
Sundays & Cybele CD 1st Gyune Cassette 2008
First CD by a young band who has LSD March / Shinsuke Mishishita support and it’s quite easy to understand. This first album starts a bit where LSD March late period sits as a duo with its soft ballads, very close to Les Rallizes Dénudés circa “Mizutani” / “Mars Studio”. All along the years and through the albums Sundays & Cybele have tried different directions, like soft psych, a slight touch of dub (like LSD March in their very last album), spacy sounds and always some folky roots.
Taj Mahal Travellers 2CDR”Sound Picnic At Kuwanichika” $60
Tori Kudo / M. Suzuki / No. Plum / T. Mochizuki CDR “O Caroline” Live at Barasoo 2015/4/12 $25
Once again what an odd release with Tori, when the song is good, you can keep on playing it for hours (here it clocks around 35 minutes) Only a few, private and limited release
Kaneko Jutok + Tori Kudo CD “Duo lIve” Ray night $25
comes in a 7inch cover
Taj Mahal Travellers / Takehisa Kosugi “August 1972 London” Otherside Rec $70
Recorded live at the International Carnival of Experimental Sounds, London, August 1972
La Monte Young CDR “The Theatre of Eternal music” $65
Sir Ashleigh Grove CD “The Nimply Power Sessions” Siren records $12
Sir Ashleigh Grove, it would be people who are familiar with the UK noise scene of the ’80s is the throbbing chest to hear its name. Broken and Flag (and related) few songs that have been recorded in the compilation of, and without leaving the official sound source in addition to co-starring credits in ‘Live at Morden Tower (aka Seinsart) “of The New Blockaders, that from the scene to the boundary of 1984 disappeared Sir Ashleigh Grove (SAG). Its identity is that it was a pseudonymous leader John Mylotte of Metgumbnerbone is a well-known fact. So far, work of the SAG Whitehouse, Sutcliffe Jugend, such as Ramleh, early 80s It has been compared to the artist to be categorized in the United Kingdom Power Electronics. At that time there was also criticism of the “vocal Opener Sutcliffe Jugend”, it is not a altogether mistakes when it comes to music surface. But interest in these artists is Nazism, serial murder, Marquis de such as contrast had been directed to Sado, SAG’s was interested in Edgar Allan Poe, H · P · Lovecraft, Arthur – It was the work of writers such as Conan Doyle. Also while many artists at the time of the Power Electronics is using a synthesizer, SAG is vacuum tube radio was used, function incomplete effector and in familiar available electronics, such as metal detectors, and the normal instrument I did not use. With the exception of the work that has been recorded in some of the compilation, but work of SAG was stored in his personal archive box, it has decided to this time release the Works by his own music selection. Although all seven songs that the album is what all was recorded in 1983 compared to, has passed more than 30 years from recording, since it is progressing deterioration of the original master tape, a recording of the current digital equipment Then, it has become a lo-fi sound enough to scaring. Still, it is a sound source should be recognized as a “lost treasure” in the early 80’s of the UK noise scene, it seems that time if these sound source long been officially released, might have changed the history of the United Kingdom noise This is the album that had the charm to. Sound quality adjustment and mastering, Phil Julian, also known for costarring with TNB was done in 2015. Double jacket (paper jacket), it is a specification that the insert card is attached which describes the complete discography of SAG. Limited 500 copies, gatefold with insert
Harutaka Mochizuki – Kondo Hideaki CD “El idioma infinito” Bishop $17
ltd to 100
Kaoru Abe + Inoue Keizo + Nakamura Tetsuya CD”Live at Hachioji , sept.3.1977″ DIW $18
Andrew Chalk CD ‘A Light At The Edge Of The World’ Faraway Press : FP 025 $18
‘A Light At The Edge Of The World’ captures the fading essences and glow of ‘Forty-Nine Views In Rhapsodies’ Wave Serene’ (2012), in a single 40 minute piece for electric piano atmospherics.Its predecessor being an album of romanticised vistas, is concluded here in a restrained and delicate homage of poetic impressionism.
Mini CD slipcase with wooden spine on inner sleeve, clothbound spines, offset printed papers. Debossed motifs.These are all handmade, no plastic, it’s really a given price for a such amount of work. Please think about it.
You can also order directly from Faraway Press in order to support directly the artist http://farawaypress.info/
Kazuki Tomokawa DVD “Tawarayama, 2014.9.27″ (all NTSC, with insert/lyrics) $30
Vanilla recordings cassettes – all are new and sealed, only a few of each title
Nord cs Live Materials 1980-1993
C.C.C.C cs Reflexive Universe $25
Incapacitants cs Extreme Gospel Nights $35
Diesel Guitars cs Materialism rock SOLD OUT
Violent Onsen Geisha cs Shocks shocks shocks $20
666 Volt Battery Noise cs A bief history…
Kyofu Shinbun cs Sniper system $35
Merzbow VHS Live at middle east Cafe Boston 21 sept 1990 $35
Naoki Miyamoto / Chie Mukai – Tetragrammaton CD “Ftarri Collection ” New $15
Red / Green cs Papa records $13
Amazing compilationns with Kito mizukumi Rouber and some new bands to discover on Uchida Shizuo label;
Participation band, Convulsions acid garage Enka sound ” Kito-mizukumi Rouber“, Orthodox ethno New wave band of girls ” FALSETTOS ”,And the Bealtes meets No wave!! in dangerous smell. Marvelous senior band “ Galakuta ”. New wave garage slider from Nishiogikubo ” KEBRI DEHAR PARK “.And the Blast Pop Fuckin Girls vocal band “Ten Pen Chee “,A drum plays an original member of Space Streakings.And awesome guitarist NP(ex ZENI GEVA) is guest participation!
It’s obscure and trash, psychedelic, pop truck filling!Cassette release only, 100 limited edition. C-47New No New No New No Wave !!!!
Kito Mizukumi Rouber cs “Yumeno Kippuutino KMR” second pressing $12
Hasegawa-Shizuo ” 120728″ $12
Masahiko Togashi + Masayuki Takayanagi CD “Duo live 1984″ Studio songs 2014 $28
Hanatarash CDR ハナタラシ $45
Nice boot of this famous 1st album orginally released in 1985 on Alchemy records
Hanatarash CDR 2 $40
second album orginally released in 1988
Hanatarash DVD-R “Cock Aktion” $28
Yasui Kazumi CD “Zuzu” Solid 2014 $38
Disk Union ltd picture, comes in a a nice gatefold jacket
1st album by poetess Yasui Kazumi. She only made two albums, both borderline crazy rare items and this one here was her first recording, released on October 1970. The music is just breathtakingly beautiful, softly hushed Bossa Nova/ Enka/ Kayokyoku inspired female vocal trash, delicately orchestrated without being blatantly over the top, the whole album is a eargasmatic affair that will hush your demons to sleep. Impregnated with that late sixties/ early seventies vibe, sparsely orchestrated, creating a very laid back atmosphere. Sometimes close to Carmen Maki, Yasui Kazumi wrote a lot of songs covered by other queens such Henmi Mari. But Zuzu sounds more melancholic , with sometiems a heavy influence à la Gainsbourg.
Itoh Yukari CD “Itoh Yukari sings love songs” Victor /Showboat NM $38
Disk Union promo, gatefold jacket, comes with a magnet
Incapacitants cassette “We shall return” Deterra 2015 New $22
Edited during January 2015 using live and studio recordings from the late 1990’s as sound sources. Limited edition of 100 copies. Standard cassette case with 3-panel J-card, cassette with on-body print
Improvisation Group cassette baby Yoga Records
Mysterious and previuosly unreleased jams from Improvisation Group, collective jam with members of Taj Mahal Travellers, recorded back in 1976 and never released. On the jacket someone told me it was written “Sano Kiyohiko + Tada Masami”, and “Ecological Music.” On the lower part of the photo is says “East Bionic Symphonia” with “Collective Improvised Performance.”
Ruriko Asaoka CD “Ai Wo Utau” DIW / Teichiku – Disk Union ltd ed $38
Originally released in 1970 with a Tanadori Yokoo artwork, comes in a nifty gatefold jacket with booklet.Well, Ruriko Asaoka is a star, I wrote a lot in the past about this release, this is one of my all time favorite album.This is the limlited Disk Union copy, comes with a second obi, a replica of the original obi. Only a few for true fetichists and I’m one of them
Yakouchu CD “Yakouchu” Veltz New
First CD with this band that appeared on PSF Tokyo Flashback 6 in 2007 and toured since with Overhang Party, Keiko Higuchi. Centered around female singer Madoka and Louis Image guitar + drums and organ, music is rooted in psychedelism with a light touch of Quicksilver Messenger Service influence, or like White Heaven with dreamy mid tempos. For psychedelic life, psychedelic people, a new name to discover !
Les Rallizes Dénudés 10 CD set Disaster sources “Encyclopedia of Rallizes vol.2″ Pressed CDs : No label Like new $100
Tomoyuki Aoki – Harutaka Mochizuki CD “St” Self Release ltd to 20
Fantastic duo , my favorite release for 2014 between the leader of UP-TIGHT and sax player Harutaka who becomes stronger with years.
Tori Kudo cassette “Early tapes” La Musica records 1996 EX
Tori Kudo cassette ” Atlantic City” La musica Records 1996 EX $65
la Monte Young 2CDR “the Theatre of Eternal music string Ensemble” Otherside Recording
rare & stunning recording from 2007
La Monte Young 2CDR “Live in Augsburg” Othersode recordings mint $62
V/A Substancials # 4 Book + CD 2011 Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu New $28 160 pages with tracks from Jim O’rourke, Akio Suzuki, Keith rowe, Marcus Schmickler, Toshiya Tsunoda. English / Japanese
Junko / Sachiko CD “Vasilisa the beautiful” – Musik Atlach NEW $14 Comes in a carboard sleeve. This is the live recorded duo set of Junko, a distinct vocalist and voice performer from Hijokaidan, and Sachiko (kousokuya, Overhang Party) who also utilizes voice to develop her particular sounds. Being so unique as that Junko’s one-of-a-kind screaming leaves any unwanted elements what-so-ever, Sachiko applies her voice as a generator with delay and fuzz to fortify the space and resonate.. It seems as their expressions are bipolar, yet this is the world of a rare female sound that may lead you even to a sphere beyond what’s brought to your ears
Hanatarash 2CDR “Rare Scum stinks” Otherside recordings New $48
Nice boot with Hanarash + Kyoku Kyojindan
Atsushi Reizen cassette [Perpatetic Collection] ltd to 77 VLZ produkt $12
Atsushi Reizen “Sapphire” Haang Niap Records $12
special offer : both cassettes for $20
Keiji Haino + Fujikake Masataka CD “Arufabetto ga kiete shimaimasu yô ni” Full design records like NeW$22
Michel Henritzi & Rinji Fukuoka cassette “Eclipse in Berlin” Nahàsh Atrym Prod. $10
V/A Sounds for the Masses cassette Haang Niap Records $10
66 minutes with ODA takumi(Japan) / Torturing Nurse(China) / Rohco(Japan) / Nguyen Hong Giang (Vietnam)
High Rise CD “Tapes +” U-Rythmics New
Comes in mini LP jacket
Yumbo CD “That’s reality” 7e.p. New $15 Lovely band featuring members of Maher Shalal hash Baz and they played with Tenniscoats who released their precedent album. Has sometimes really a similar feeling, between MSBH, Pungo and Tenniscoats. It still has to be discovered
Tenniscoats Cd “Hope you are Wells” 7e.p. $15
Great collection released by the excellent 7e.p label ! Comes in a mini LP jacket
Tenniscoats CDEP “The theme of Tenniscoats” Majikick $16
First wonderful Ep recorded in 1998-99 and released in 2004. Comes in a slimcase with obi
Edge x Jim O’Rourke CD full design $ 15 Cardboard sleeve
Fujikake Masataka CD “Universe, red & Blue” Full Design New $10 with Reck from Friction, sakamoto Hiromichi, Kurihara Michi (White Heaven, Stars), Fuzuki, comes in a cardboard sleeve
Les Rallizes Dénudés 4CD box “Tripical Midbooster” Univive 2009 New $95
Amazing box with Akira Fuji on sax (only a few minutes were released before on Naked Dizastar box)
High Rise CD+DVD “Psychedelic Speed Freaks” U -rythmics new
comes in a mini LP gatefold cover, limited to 500 / First release in 1984 on the legendary PSF label, first issued as a ltd LP and later as a CD; It seems the DVD is an unreleased document from 1987. So don’t sleep too long, O’m sure it’s going to be sold out within a few weeks. Sold out at source ! Already a collector !
Junko 2CD “Voice & Destroy” Teichiku NM $40
Junko + Ansonic CD “Live at KD Japon ” Ellen Label New $14
Toshiji Mikawa / RDCD Split CD-R (ltd 50 copies- printed CDR) – Trangsao $13
Intense harshedelic madness paired with a grandiose epic masterpiece furthering the journey through the outer realms.
UP-TIGHT CD The night is yours -Essence music New $12
Originally released as an instantly sold-out LP edition on Sloow Tapes in 2011, this time as a CD edition limited to 200 copies. Housed in high quality tip-on mini-LP gatefold packaging (plus insert)
Michel Henritzi & Fukuoka Rinji cassette “Berlin” Anarchofreaksproduction New $10
La Monte Young Box 6CDR “the Well tuned piano” $110
The complete continuous 6 hours 20 minutes live concert – 1987
La Monte Young Box 7CDR ” Draw a straight line and follow it”
La Monte Young Box 7CDR ” Draw a straight line and follow it” II $115
La Monte Young 2CDR “Sunday Morning Blues /Bb Dorian Blues / The well tuned-Piano / Map of 49′s Dream”New $65
La Monte Young 2 x CDR “The Celebration of the Tortoise” New $65
La Monte Young CDR ” The Theatre of Eternal Music” Mint $55
LSD March CD “Kimi no uta..” Donburi records 2013 New
Excellent album in a duo incarnation (Shinsuke Mishishita + Ikuro Takahashi) that covers last releases on Important rec. with reinterpretations and some unreleased tracks with an iresistible funky vibe. Funny, Hope we could hear more from them in a near future.
Angkanang Kunchai with Ubon-Pattana Ban CD Em records NMint $20
If you are in Luk Thung and Molam music, this is probably the release of the year, if you dig thai voice with tremolo, khaen …Can’t stop playing it since it arrived. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam and Luk Thung were fused together for the very first time. Born in the province of Ubon Ratchathani in Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand), Angkanang Kunchai was a young female prodigy who emerged on the Molam scene, and became one of the first generations of Molam performers who were able to “sing” popular music.
Kiyoshi Mizutani & Kiyoharu Kuwayama CD ” Interlude” And-Oar $15 Kiyoshi Mizutani: feedback / Kiyoharu Kuwayama: handmade electronics, contact mic & mix
Toshi Tsuchitori CD “the songs of the civil rights movements at Meiji period (1868-1926) – Ryuko Gakusha NM
SOLD One more beautiful release by Tsuchitori who sings and play all instruments : shamisen, percussions…Know as a free musician he had collaborated with Momoyama Harue and has been deeper in ancient instruments and now in old forgotten songs. Not experimental but if you are in minyo, in deep folkloric waters.
Tori Kudo – Sayasource CD “Return to a source” Minamoto 2004 EX+ $35 Out of print for years, no obi but I don’t know if it came with..Well, you might know these 2 familiar names…
Tori Kudo – Kinutapan – Yumbo CD “Igloo 3 – Don’t fear an ajoining island” Igloo 2004 EX+ $22 I love this album so much..It’s really Kudo-esque , coherent all along the hour…Like some MSBH debris songs with some folky songs, sometimes between Reiko Kudo & Tenniscoats…What a deviant affair, we’d like to hear more like this ! Funny, amazing, crazy, lovely timeless, dilletante and impossible to categorize.
Tzitziki CD “Tzitziki” – Ein klein Nachmusik 2008 EX+
SOLD OUT Cardboard sleeve..free jazz with Tori kudo, Takuya Nishimura, Yoshio Kuge & kanji Nakao, recorded in 1995
Chie Mukai & Che Chen CDR”2.23.11″ Ltd New $25
Very ltd tour CDr before the Lp…Nice collaboration, Che Chen is a young & talented musician.
Gaseneta 10 CD Promo box “Gaseneta in the box” + Bonus CD & Badge Disk Union 2011 NM
CDs, each in individual card sleeves, in a small hinged cardboard box with obi. Comes with a 16 page booklet of liner notes in Japanese and English, photographs, reproductions of fliers and posters, a chronology of the group, lyrics, etc…has a re-release of the High Rise play Gaseneta cassette , Harumi Yamazaki, Toshoharu Ohsato, Jun Hamano, tatsumi Murata…MEGA RARE, SOLD OUT WITHIN A FEW WEEKS
Takayuki Hashimoto CD “Cololurful : alto saxophone improvisations” Nomart NM
After Ayler, Abe, Urabe, one of the most interesting player of these last years, Ikeezumi ‘s recent favorite musicians.
Toshi Tsuchitori 2CD “Azembo & Chido’s enka” – Ryuko Gakusha 2013 $48
beautiful release with some old enka tunes (pre WW2), vocal, shamisen and a lot more all played by Tsuchitori. This the heart of japanese soul with some minyo, folk incursions. Nothing experimental, just beautiful.
Taco 2CD Disk Union Promo Box Super Fuji NM 2011 $70
Originally released in 1983 on Pinakotheca label, one of the most amazing album coming from the japanese scene with Harumi Yamazaki, R.Sakamoto, Tori kudo and a lot more; 2 Cds comes in card jacket , It’s a hit, it’s a collector ! The Japanese band taco, formed at the beginning of the 80s, is a loose group/collective of varying members that belongs to the post-punk alternative music movement. The network of members was all friends and acquaintances of Harumi Yamazaki, ex-member of Gaseneta and taco’s central member. taco can be described as a band of guerillas who, over the years, continued to connect, collect, interrupt, and scatter while sending out, into the world, music and sounds that can best be described as transient. taco also performed without Harumi and so it is as though the band is an anonymous group of mercenaries. taco’s first album was released in 1983 and had a huge impact on Japan’s underworld music scene as an anomalous and collaborative album involving various participating artists (the stars of Japan’s underground music scene!) and Harumi, who provided the lyrics. Although each track represents a reverberating conglomeration of sounds created by this transient local network, common to all the tracks is Harumi’s expressive lyrics. This has the effect of transforming all the tracks into a single powerful force which in turn spawns an ‘incident’ which spreads like a giant ripple. However, because of another incident in which the records were recalled due to the scandal caused by some of the lyrics, only a limited number of people actually own a copy of the album
Ikuro Takahashi CDR “Oscillators Lights” 2013 Galleria Zarigania Mint $15
Ikuro Takahashi CDR “Drums and Cymbals” 2013 Galleria Zarigania New $15
Ikuro Takahashi CDR “oscillators” 2013 Galleria Zarigania New 2013 $15
Nakahara Masaya CD “The Mix CD” Black Smoker records New $15
Nikasaya CD “One Summerheim” 2009 Someone good NM $15 Kazumi Nikaido + Saya (Tenniscoats) comes in a digipak
Kan Mikami CD “Yamamoto” – Donburi 2013 +promo DU CDR Disk Union NM $50 Live with Shinsuke Mishishita ( LSD March) , Ikuro Takahashi (Fushitsusha, LSD March), Chiyo Kamekawa (Fushitsusha , Yura Yura Teikoku), one of the best recent Mikami, reminds me Vajra with Shinsuke playing like Haino with Mikami and Yoshizawa; Highly recommended
Takumi Akaishi cassette + Object Box ” Naked tapes and others” new $20 Takumi Akaishi is a discreet japanese musician who plays music with hurdy gurdy. This is his second work after a first LP wich has sold out very quicky, sadly 100 were only made Ten music by hurdy gurdy and tapes which were recorded between 2008 and 2013, once again it’s a timeless music, not so much experimental but really moving and cassette support here is very adapted.Takumi played with Otomo Yoshihide, he’s still relatively unknown but sure he’s a sensitive artist who will get more recognition in a near future. old book-based covers with human body pictures, all are different /40-minute cassette, one insert, gut-string, cotton, 90-minute private / “naked tape” with a box of paulownia wood.
Kito-Mizukumi Rouber cassette ” Yume No Kippuuri No KMR” Papa records / Chocolate Monk $15 Ltd to 100, stupid, weird and funny
V/A Cassette “Modoku / Kyoki” d’s -1986 EX $75
Nice and extrelely rare compilation edited by Tori Kudo, first cassete in a serie of 3 ,also known as “Toxic”, if you are in Noise / Kudo stuff, in the underground scene from the 80’s with a rare track with Kudo’s family
Zuno Keisatsu CD “Zuno Keisatusu 1” Hayabusa Landings 2012 NM $30 Comes in a CD-sized papersleeve album replica, with obi-strip and two inserts of notes. Japanese ur-punk/rock band formed in 1970 by Panta and Toshiaki Ishizuka ( who’s still playing with Tomokawa kazuki and has produced some of his early albums), known for their extreme left wings opinions.
Zuno Keisatsu CD “Zuno Keisatusu 2” Hayabusa Landings 2012 NM $30 Comes in a MINi LP gatefold jacket
Zuno Keisatsu CD “3” Hayabusa Landings 2012 NM $30 comes in a mini Lp gatefold jacket
Jacks CD “Second Session” promo Disk Union Toshiba 2004 Mint $30 Originally released in 1968 Comes in a mini LP jacket with 2 obis
ONNA 2CD “Eros” Bloody Butterfly 2001 EX+
SOLD Fantastic set leaded by Keizo Miyanishi who’s better known as a manga cartoonist. Music is the link between Iuchi Kengo & Shoichi Miyazawa (the Rabbits and his solo album), on these hypnotic selections recorded in 1983 he was helped by Michio Kurihara (White Heaven – Ghost ). definitively the best release from ONNA who started in 1983 as a cold wave band. Gorgeous artwork, comes in a gatefold with inserts.
Pastacas & Tenniscoats CD “yaki Laki ” – Afterhours NM $25 amazing acoustic collaboration with songs in finnish, estonian, japanese…Lovely but maybe as a minor critic we could sau it’s far too long, maybe it lacks of concision. Just perfect for this autumn, comes in a digipak with obi
Tenniscoats CD “we are everyone” Majikick / Rover 2003 New $30 First album, with this great pop band, had a few more rocky incursion in those early years. Indispensable, comes in a gatefold cover
Phew x Bikke cassette Bereket 2009 EX+ $30
One of the best surprise with Phew, this is a stunning and a beautiful collection of soft and melancolic ballads, really one of my favorite. This cassette just came out before her wonderful”Five finger discount” album. If I could I would re-release this lovely stuff on vinyl. Just guitar and voice with one of the most singular japanese singer for more than 3 decades. Took me some time to find my own copy…
Zenkoku ban! nippon minyō dai zenshū 15CD Box Polydor $130
Massive collection, one of the most complete minyo collection with a lot of superb songs and musics covering all the folkloric vibes coming from Japan and its islands. Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Okinawa, Fukushima, Nagano…A lot of different instruments, voices, polyphonic singers..Highly recommended, heavy, comes is a plastic rack !
Masahiko Togashi CDR (professionally duplicated) “Guild For human music” – Columbia NM $30 rare & official released duplicated on demand for a short time, Guild for Human music was released in 1976 with Yoshio Ikeda, keiki Midorikawa, Masahiko Satoh, Toyuzumi, Shigeo Suzuki and a few more well known form the mid 70’s. One of my favorite Masahiko Togashi, rare edition .
Dohshimasu-Symphonia CDR “At kongoh juin 2011” NM $15 Nice improvised ensemble conducted by Onnyk, Morita Yasumasa, Kakusika Noziuke…Comes in a nice cover with vinyl like black CDR
V/A Fecund Infection– Pinakotheca compilation CD – Super Fuji – Promo copy, comes with a badge $50 Fantastic re-release of the very first compilation on Pinakotheca mythic label; Some nice tracks with Onnyck, David Toop, Toshiharu Osato, A-Musick, deku, Satoshi Sonoda. Comes in a miniature replica of the gatefold cover.Underground and timeless music, Super Fuji becomes the best label for a couple of years with true indispensable archives : taco, Osato, K. Watanabe
V/A Screaming a go go selected by Masaya Nakahara – Toho/1996 NM $25 Comes with a poster..Nice compilations from some obscure porn films and more from Toho studio..Funky, wild, insane and nicely done, just perfect for springtime !
Tokyo Suicide cassette La Musica Records LA-120 / 1996 NM $85 Extremely rare document from 1982 with Tori kudo just after the Snickers disbanded, a quick project / homage to Suicide – Alan vega and drum Machine.Psych punk group from Tokyo
Yamash’ta & The Horizon CDR “Sunrise from west sea “live”” – SEIDR – EX+ $85 Boot of a famous album originally recorded in 1971 with Takehisa Kosugi, Masahiko Satoh…I bought it 5 years ago on Ebay, SEIDR has also done someRallizes denudes. Printed on photo paper, printed CDR
Miki Minoru CD (digipak with booklet) The Music of Minoru Miki – vol 1 performed by Ensemble Nipponia – Westminster / Columbia new $25 Excellent and rare CD with Minoru Miki, an underrated composer who wrote many pieces for traditionnal instruments..But it doesn’t sound strictly traditionnel, you can hear some european influences…Just perfect for springtime, as good as Makoto Moroi but less austere . highly recommended ! Soud recording is exceptionnal, if you can’t afford the vinyl box, you should really give a try.
Reiko Kudo CD Mikan – Hyotan 2013 –
sold outLast album with Reiko’s songs like haikus and music played by her husband Tori and their son Namio. Once again less is more, fragile, strange, quiet, out of tune, freaked…Sweet.. Music is diverse and offers a large palette of instruments such guitar, organ, violin… Just FANTASTIC in one word, one more timeless album, Already my favorite album for 2013 ! Fold out cover / poster
Tori Kudo cassette single “net cafe mystery” Uramado cassette Ltd ed to 100 NEW
2 nice songs recorded in 2004 & 2011
Tzitziki cassette “Tapes” – Uramado cassettes 001 ltd to 100 NEW $65
Les Rallizes Denudes DVD “1994 live final era” – Univive 2006 NM – $35
Koichiro Watanabe CD “Matomete Abayo wo I wasete Moruse ” Super Fuji 2013 new SOLD OUT CD case comes in a splipcase with fold out insert. Reussie of a long out of print homage CD , it seems Super Fuji is going on deeper in 80’s documents excavations and I must say many of these releases are just very nice & even truly fantastic f you are in early years of the japanese post punk actions. Koichiro Watanabe was a musican who played with Tori Kudo eraly MSBH’s incarnation, Unltra Bide with Jojo, Fumio Kosakai and linked to Pinakotheca label. Once again it’s a mix of munk rock with electronics assaults, I must say I’m a huge fan of this kind of stuff, it’s really hard to catorize. It’s rocky, expremental, sometimes songs oriented…But so wild and true ! If you are in recent Satoshi Sonoda, Taco, Osato recent releases,
Yuriko Futaba CD “Kuradashi Rokyoku meijin sen 4” – 2000 King NM with Obi $18 Originally released in 1972. Futaba Yuriko is probably one of the most emblematic japanese singer, she’s just considered as a national treasure, she’s the queen or rokyoku / naniwa bushi style that was popular in the Meiji period (it ended in 1912). This music is very popular in Japan and was mainly played in radio programs until the 60’s, in fact it’s a mix of narrative ballads and enka songs with shamisen interludes and sometiems with a lot of environemental sounds. Futaba is just a monument, she’s probably hundreds of recordings and she’s not so well considered by theyoung generations because with her cheap kimonos she became the symbol of conservative ideas. On a musical level, it’s just unbelievable, it’s really melodramatic and very odd because it gathers so many things, even for non japanese readers you understand tragic stories, Futaba is a singer, an actress, hard to belive she’s behind all voices. Strangely with years, I can hear a lot of similitudes Mikami Kan, of course his lyrics are absolutely modern, personnal and poetic but on a formal aspect you can really hear where are his roots. I mean the actual Mikami, and the one’s from the late PSF period. Also, Futaba is a name to discover if you are in theatre and Cinéma for L’oreille, just close the eyes and you’ll see a movie. For those who aren’t vinyls fetichists, I think these relases are a good start for cheap. Recommended
Yuriko Futaba CD “Kuradashi Rokyoku Meijin sen 27” KIng – NM with obi $18 Originally released in 1978
Yuriko Futaba CD “Futaba Yuriko Rokyoku no Miryoku 10 ganpaki no Haha” – 2007 – NM with obi $18 Originally released in 1977
Ikuro Takahashi CD Domori To Sanshu – Siwa – silkscreened wooden slipcase with inersleeve & obi – NM $25 Excellent and beautiful release by Fushistusha’s drums section ! Ikuro has been active for years, he has played with all the japanese impro scene, he’s also a key member of LSD March. He’s an excellent percusionist but he has also some activiteies with cheap electronics; like electronic crickets….here we have 2 different aspects of his works….recommended !
Junko + Ansonic CD “Live at K.D. Japon” – Ellen records – new $15 Junko solo + one meeting Ansonic duo –
Mibu Kogawa / Furukawa CD “mibu” – P-Vine – NM $45
Taco 4 CD box “Vol. 1 / amachan” – Super Fuji – Like new $75 DVD box size, comes with a 56 pages booklet. Harumi Yamazaki and Toshiharu Ohsato….A legendary band mostly known for Gasaneta and Taco first album on Pinakotheca. Materials here is rawer with some contributions from Tamio Shiraishi recorded in 1980 just after Gaseneta stopped, Tamio became then a major contribution to their noisy aspect. Dense, wild, amazing and with Ohsato box 4CD, one of the most true interesting archives coming from the 80’s underground.
Guys & Dolls cassette “Last” – La Musica $75 One the rarest among the band’s cassette, one more nice document…
Les Rallizes Dénudés 2CD “The Archives Of Dizastar Sources 20 Discs ” – Ignuitas / Darch – NM $25
LTD to 100 , the first in a serie of10 x 2CD
Les Rallizes Dénudés 2CD “The Archives Of Dizastar Sources 20 Discs ” – Ignuitas / Darch – NM $25
Les Rallizes Dénudés 2CD “The Archives Of Dizastar Sources 20 Discs ” – Ignuitas / Darch – NM $25
Les Rallizes Dénudés 2CD “The Archives Of Dizastar Sources 20 Discs ” – Ignuitas / Darch – NM $25
Les Rallizes Dénudés 2CD “The Archives Of Dizastar Sources 20 Discs ” – Ignuitas / Darch – NM $25
Kito Mizukumi Rouber cassette “concertattheroalalberthall” – Rockatansky records – NEW $10 The trio is back ! Stupid, funny, rocky and recommended – LTD to 100
Grim cassette “5eyes” – Rockatansky records – NEW $15
Sono Mari 3CD box ” Derrakusu – Mari Chan to deto” – 2007 USM – EX+without obi – $65 Nice out of print box with a lot of early songs from 1962, Sono Mari was one of the most nice gifted voice singer, she was one of the most lovely enka/kayo singer between 1965 & 1970, also signed on Polydor like Sachiko Nishida. Very interesting box because tracks from 1962 are not well known whereas the 2 others CDs are a nice compilation of her hits when she was at her peak. Already a collector, price is reasonable…
Tori Kudo & Rick Potts CDR “Ka-Bella-Binsky- Bongo !” ltd and numbered – DDS – Japon 2011 $75
V/A “Shinano ro no minyou” 11 CD box Private release – EX+
SOLD Fantastic box released by a local Shinano Association, Shinano was an old province of the actual Nagano prefecture on Honshu’s island, this box offers a lot of minyo/folkloric sides originally recorded & released as a LP box in 1977, these releases were only sold through the local small libraries. There’s so much to hear here, from shakuhachi solos to some beaten shamisens, sometimes nicely recorded in their environment, there are also a lot of folkloric songs, sometimes it sounds like some incantations, sometimes there are some drunken men typical songs, rythmic transes with female demonic choirs, shamanistic characters , wild drumsand so much more…. A lot of mysteries, far from the usual clichés coming from the eastern world music collections, this is the typical and true folk recorded by and for japanese. Strange in its true definition, absolutely out of time, Shinano was really important because of its central place on Honshu’s island, you can hear a lot of different influences and this box is quite a serious and complete document if you have opened ears and if you both like the folkloric side and the experimental one’s…and so nicely illustrated…
Uramado second anniversary CDR with Tamio Shiraishi, Tori Kudo, Yoshihide Otomo, Keiji Haino ltd and numbered EX/EX+ $120 Mega rare numbered 57/100 release from 2005 that compiles 4 tracks from 2003 to 2005 with 4 japanese stars, solos by Otomo, Kugo, Haino and one duo with Kudo & Tamio Shiraishi
Kaga Mariko CD “Aishiau Futari No Tame Ni Ai No Resson”- Warner 1999 – NM -$35 Originally released in 1971, one excellent and hard to find erotic release, a nice soft pop album with french arrangements à la française, this highly addictive. Comes in nicely illustrated booklet, one of Tiliqua’s favorite and it’s quite easy to understand why… “Kaga Mariko was and still is a very famous actress in Japan but what hardly anyone knows is that while she was still a young nymphet she recorded this one off LP in 1971 when she was 28 years old. The album whose title translates itself as “Lessons in Love” sees Mariko embarking on an erotic French inspired vibe but instead of singing songs into being she fills up the whole of the compositions with private pillow talk, erotic one liners, girlie sexy mumblings and so forth. She knew she wasn’t cut out as a chanteuse and instead embarked on what she was strong in, becoming a love tainted young girl, exploring love in all its aspects through a journey towards the true one. Her voice is bewitchingly beautiful and even if she just fills every composition with her soft talking, it comes over as singing to these ears. Mariko was a vamp, one can her it and also judge it from the sexy pictures filling the gatefold. Coquette, ultra feminine, erotically charged and highly individualistic, she was the femme fatale of 1971 downtown Tokyo. The whole vibe reminds me a bit of the Kuwabara Yukiko LP, only that Kaga Mariko takes it a step further as far as talent, girl power, erotic vibrations and professionalism goes. One of the most obscure and highly sought after erotic records to seep out of Japan, copies just never surface – especially ones in top condition like this one here complete with obi and pin up poster. To make it even more mouth watering, this is the blue label promo copy. Fantastic LP, it took me only a decade to dig up my own personal copy and here is the first ever-complete copy I have to spare. Mint all the way, stunning both to behold and to get soaked into. Kaga Mariko is my personal Iroke Queen ” – Tiliqua
Itoh Kiyoko & The Happenings Four CD “O Ganso” – Shinseido 2000 – ex+ / $35
Excellent and out of print with a lot of unreleased mixes with the lovely Itoh Kiyoko and nicely produced by Kuni Kawachi and his band. A lot of acoustic details with a slight touch of psych .
Reiko Kudo & Tori Kudo CD “Light” – Siwa – NEW – $10 Comes in a silkscreened slipcase and 10 inserts, it’s a shame it hasn’t become a hit, one of the best Siwa release and as usual the artwork is gorgeous. Music is just excellent with Reiko Kudo songs /.haikus and Tori brings a large palette of instruments, recorded at home with his approximative aspect. Highly recommended, it really merits a wider audience and NO PLASTIC
Keiji Haino mCD “Shruti Box” – promo Not for sale – 1997 P.S.F – EX $50 The rarest Keiji Haino artefact and sadly it’s an excellent release from the gold period.
Sachiko Kanenobu Cd “Misora” mini Lp gatefold – EMI – EX+ $30 One great classic but this is the rare japanese edition CD, this album was released during the Japanese ‘folk boom’ and featured seminal figures Happy End and Haruomi Hosono. Kanenobu was labeled the ‘Japanese Joni Mitchell’.
Ruriko Asaoka CD “Best” – Teichiku 2001 – Mint/ sealed $20 Ruriko Asaoka has reached a cult status for year in Japan. She was a model, an accomplished and well known actress and also one of the best singer since the 60’s. This compilation is a short introduction, there are only 7 tracks but that’s enough to go in heavens. These are true kayo songs with a lot of varied influences but Ruriko Asaoka has really a true voice, romantic and melancholic, someone you’d like to cherish. One of my favorite kayo singer, she even surpasses Meiko Kaji and consorts. Very rare, if you wer disappointed with her, I’d accept a return !
V/A “Midnight Shinjuku” 2CD box – Coulumbia 2009 – NM – $40 Great idea with this box centered on Shinjuku…With Keiko Fuji (of course), Ogi Hiroko (one name to discover), Shinichi Mori, Matsuo Kazuko and many more…A lot of tracks, 34 to get immersed in the night with an extensive booklet.
Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate CDR “Another side…” numbered – Nyali – Mint – $25
Emergency CD “Homage to peace” – Digipak -America / Numbered – New – $20 Nice collection by Universal side label. Glenn Spearman, Toyozumi, Takashi Kako, Bob Reid, Boulou Ferret recorded in 1970
V/A Psychedelic Atmosphere Beatnik Tour CD – C & P by Manifatture Criminali under license from La Musica – EX+ – $15
One forgotten and nice compilation with Mainliner, Musica Transonic, Tatsuya Yoshida, Ohkami No Yikan, Toho Sara…
Creation / Rinji Fukuoka cassette C46 “Creation” – 1992 – EX+ – $40 Early rare recording by Rinji Fukuoka leader of Overhang Party. Deeply rooted in drone music with synths and guitars, you could already hear one aspect of his psyché side.
Creation (Rinji Fukuoka) cassette C46 “Music for the nerve maze garden 2” – MEDIUM 001 EX+ – $40 Second cassette and also rare, this early period has never been covered since 1993, with synths and violin, dedicated to Stan Brakhage.
Akihiro Miwa CD “Byakuju” – Ensemble inc. 2005 – EX+ with obi
-SOLD First realeased in 1975, Akihiro Miwa was in Tenjo Sajiki / Terayama group and had a relation with Yukio Mishima. She’s now very famous and popular in Japan but was in the 70’s a true provocateur as a transexual (First name was Maruyama Akihiro). Her repertoire here is more opened than before balancing between some cabaret styled songs à la française with some psych elements and some more enka /kayo songs. Highlight is one long track, a minyo influenced track with her voice finding here its richest palette…One key album and sadly out of print.
Tori Kudo CD-R “Unify my heart” Hand painted – New –
SOLD Handmade release from 2004-2005, despite its cheap artwork music is very nice, countains different versions of the eponymous titled song and some more for a total of 20 tracks. I think you can hear a nice compilation of Kudo’s typical spirit, there’s some spontaneity, humour and mystery.
Sweet Inspirations cassette “Life Affair Trust Music I” La Musica – NM $70
Toshi Ichiyanagi CD “Violin concerto /Rythm gradation/ Portrait of forest” – Camerata – NEW $15
Les Rallizes Dénudés 2CD box “Critical Trip” – Univive – Mint $45