Monthly Archives: February 2018

Andrew Chalk LP & CD

Andrew Chalk & Daisuke Suzuki CD ‘Yama to nashi’  (Siren 027)

handmade mini LP style gatefold package with an insert. Letterpress and debossed imagery on a heavy card sleeve. Don’t forget they are all handmade, one by one



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Andrew Chalk LP ‘The River That Flows Into The Sands” Faraway Press

(originally released in 2005).

Heavyweight card sleeve with tipped-on images in an exact facsimilie of the original CD package.Every copy features unique and original monotype artwork-printed by hand at Faraway Press. No two copies are alike. 180 g clear vinyl with full-colour labels.

Limited edition of 300 copies only


Terumasa Hino Quintet  & Style To Kill EP

Terumasa Hino Quintet 7 inch  33rpm “Snake Hip Extented Play” Super Fuji

The original version of “Snake Hip” popular as the highest peak of jazz funk and jazz rock in Japan . This is  the soundtrack of the 1970 movie “Hakuchu no Syugeki”.

Performed by Terumasa Hino Quintet
Terumasa Hino : trumpet (A fine trumpeter influenced by Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, Terumasa Hino has long been considered as one of  the best Japanese jazz musician.
Takeru Muraoka : tenor sax
Hiromasa Suzuki : el-piano
Kunimitsu Inaba : bass
Motohiko Hino : drums


Snake HIP EP


Style To kill EP 7 inch 33 rpm OST Super Fuji

Branded to Kill is a 1967 Japanese yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki and starring Joe Shishido, Koji Nanbara and Annu Mari.
This soundtrack composed by Naozumi Yamamoto (he was also a conductor and a long time collabor of Suzuki) has unique and bold sounds like harpsichord and harmonica, as well as accordion and viola.
Vocal : Atsushi Yamatoya
Music : Naozumi Yamamoto (1932-2002)


Style to kill EP

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