Monthly Archives: May 2019

Masayuki Takayanagi LP April…

Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit  LP April is the cruellest month Blank Forms

Masayuki “Jojo” Takayanagi (1932 – 1991) was a maverick Japanese guitarist, a revolutionary spirit whose oeuvre embodied the radical political movements of late ‘60s Japan.

‘April is the cruellest month’ is taken from 1975 recordings destined for ESP Disk which remained unreleased due to the label’s collapse in 1976. It’s understandably hailed as a missing link between Western jazz and Japanese noise for its joyously unhinged, thrilling levels of abandoned form, and begs the question; how would an international understanding of Japanese noise be altered if it had been issued as and when intended?

Until the late ‘60s, Takayanagi, who cut his teeth under Lennie Tristano, was an accomplished player of cool jazz, but his mind was blown by Chicago Transit Authority’s ‘Free Form Guitar’ in 1969 and he turned his back on the Japanese jazz scene, infamously calling them “a bunch of losers” in the music press. Shredding solo, and with saxophonist Kaoru Abe, he would dextrously yet elegantly lay waste to convention and effectively arrive at similar, iconoclastic, and expressive conclusions to the likes of Ornette Coleman, Peter Brötzmann or Derek Bailey at the other ends of the world.

In key with the revolutionary spirit of late ‘60s Japan, and the world for that matter, Takayanagi’s shapeshift into “free” zones was cemented with ‘April is the Cruellest Month’, where they inquisitively splay the jazz atom into atonal quarks and bestial chatter in ‘We Have Existed’, and a cranky smear of brass and diffused percussion recalling aspects of Gruppo in ‘What Have We Given?’, before the B-side’s catalcylsmic 20 minute charge ‘My Friend, Blood Shaking My Heart’ truly lets rip with unearthly intensity, Takayanagi’s guitar intrepidly blazing a trail thru the gurning, ecstatic maelstrom in an every-direction. Indispensable – Essential !!!

LP $29

CD $16

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Makoto Kawashima CDS

Makoto Kawashima CD “Homo sacer” P.S.F

Re-stock of the very last CD released  in 2015 by the legendary P.S.F records label.

I can’ t tell you enough how I’m moved everytime I have this CD in hands : I remember how Ikeezumi-san was so excited when this CD was released, how he considered Makoto being as one of the best player from his generation. Different from Urabe, Makoto has maybe a more lyrical and direct style, there’s so much feelings that explode into the listener’s face….

I only have a few copies, no idea if there’s many remaining copies.

$20

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Makoto Kawashima CD “You also here” Homo Sacer

Ltd to 100 with no distribution ! Makoto Kawashima is still considered as a new comer but believe me he’s getting stronger and within 2 years (whose Homo Sacer CD was the final release on P.S.F records) he’s been recording some of the most moving music. Somewhere between Ayler, Urabe and Abe but with a very singular lyrical mood between melancholy and rage.  Pick it up before it’s gone for collectors !

$15

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Makoto Kawashima CD “Dailogue” Homo Sacer

$15

Makoto Kawashima Dialogue

Harutaka Mochizuki | Makoto Kawashima LP “Free Wind Mood” series
Label : An’archives
Réf : [An’14]
ltd to 275, comes in a heavy old style silkscreened jacket with obi (black, dark green or grey), postcards & inserts. Printed by Alan Sherry, liner notes by Michel Henritzi
$20

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Moonsun cs

Moonsun cs “Mixtape by Cadmus tape”

MOONSUN is the solo artist, Korea-based singer-songwriter, producer, musician, designer and also as known as a creative director of art project group ‘dnfl’ and also the producer of moi, project group with minsu.

MOONSUN draws inspiration from a wide range of influences, from Jazz to old pops from 60s to 80s with a synthesizer and electronic sounds.

High grade type 1 cut to length bi-colour tape with postcard rare scratch and sniff sticker
Exclusively compiles tracks from MOONSUN’s work to date.

Here we still love pop and we’d also recommend you this discreet label
Only 25 copies available., we only have a couple of copies

$10

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Ora – Andrew Chalk & Lumine LP

In process of re-stock, let me know if you are interested

Ora LP “Time Out of Mind” La Scie Dorée

Music first and foremost, with odd numbers that drift and dissolve better in the air, with nothing heavy or static about them.
Shaded tints we desire, no colour only tints and hues.
Nothing lovelier than a grey song, where uncertainty and precision meet.
Beautiful eyes veiled and dim, the quivering bright light of noon, and the blue tangle of clear stars in a mild autumn sky.
Only the shaded tint can link dream to dream and flute to horn.
(adaptation of a poem by Verlaine)

Recorded by Darren Tate & Andrew Chalk, 1986 to 1996,
on locations and at ICR Studios in York, engineered by Colin Potter.
Arrangements made at Impression Lointaine.
Some tracks with Daisuke Suzuki.

Regular edition on Black vinyl

$18

 ltd sub-edition of 100 that comes on clear vinyl with insert and postcard

SOLD OUT

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Lumine LP  “Quiet Ends” La Scie Dorée

‘Quiet Ends’, the 2nd album by Lumine, draws an isolationist scenery with subtly merging halftones of twilight. The penumbra diffuses mysterious textures and a melancholic hypnotic atmosphere conductive to introspection. In the gathering darkness all troubling details of reality melt into large evocative masses and abstract surfaces.

Played, recorded and mixed by Timo van Luijk & Graham Stewart at Kulta Saha, 2017-2018.
Sleeve drawing, design and text by John Whyte.

La Scie Dorée, Scie 2119, Belgium 2019
Edition of 350 copies
With download card

$18

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Mayuzumi Toshiro OST

Toshiro Mayuzumi EP 7′ “The Beast must die” Super Fuji

1959 OST, A tense crime soundtrack from Japan by the legendary Toshiro Mayuzumi a Japanese composer known for his implementation of avant-garde instrumentation alongside traditional Japanese musical techniques. His works drew inspiration from a variety of sources ranging from jazz to Balinese music, and he was considered a pioneer in the realm of musique concrète and electronic music – served up in a host of shorter tracks with a really evocative feel! There’s a definite jazz bent to some of the music, but given the brevity of the tunes, most numbers don’t have standout solos –  The whole thing’s a wonderful pastiche of short melodies, instrumental solos, and dynamic rhythms.

$16

Mayuzumi beast must die EP

 

Masao Yagi – Toshiro Mayuzumi EP 7′ “Good bye Moscow” Super Fuji

1968 OST performed by Masao Yagi (piano), Akiko Miyazawa (piano), Masahiko Togashi (drums), Yasumasa Hino (trumpet), Yasuhiro Higashimoto (trompone), Akira Miyazawa (clarinet), and Satoshi Sawada (guitar).

$15

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Hideo Shiraki – Takeshi Inomata EP 7′ “The Stormy Man” Super Fuji

Nikkatsu movie released in 1957 directed by Umeji Inoue, starring Yujiro Ishihara. A rare soundtrack session from Japanese jazz legend Hideo Shiraki; Also with pianist Takeshi Inomata and saxophonist Hidehiko “Sleepy” Matsumoto.

$15

Stormy Man EP

OST  CD Goodbye Moscow Super Fuji

1968 OST performed by Masao Yagi (piano), Akiko Miyazawa (piano), Masahiko Togashi (drums), Yasumasa Hino (trumpet), Yasuhiro Higashimoto (trompone), Akira Miyazawa (clarinet), and Satoshi Sawada (guitar).

1968 Toho movie (directed by Hirotori Horikawa, starring Yuzo Kayama), a movie based on Hiroyuki Itsuki’s masterpiece.

A few copies for cheap !

$14

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Tokyo Flashback P.S.F 2CD Haino Keiji back in stock

Recently re-released on 4LP by Black Editions, this  original 2CD set is a nice alternative at a democratic price

V/A “Tokyo Flashback P.S.F. ~Psychedelic Speed Freaks~”

2CD  (22 tracks) Super Fuji

Hideo Ikeezumi, who passed away at the end of February, established the legendary record label, P.S.F. Records. Since the 1980s, the label reigned supreme over the Japanese underground, acting as a home to a large number of unique artists and releasing over 200 titles. Countless numbers of Japanese artists were able use their P.S.F. releases to gain international exposure, and the label’s releases attracted attention from avant-garde music fans around the world. Ikeezumi also ran Modern Music, a shop whose stock selections ignored popular trends like New Wave and were based solely on its owner’s instincts and taste This compilation album is released as a tribute to Hideo Ikeezumi and is comprised of unreleased tracks donated by P.S.F artists.

Disc 1 1. White Heaven ‘OUT’ 2. Kazuo Imai ‘Delay 160715’ 3. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’ 4. maher shalal hash baz ‘ikeezumi-san’ 5. Kim Doo Soo ‘Wild Flower’ 6. .es ‘Akatsuki No Uta’ 7. à qui avec Gabriel‘has come’ 8. Shizuka ‘Lunatic Pearl’ 9. Masayoshi Urabe ‘Alto Saxophone Solo’ 10. Keiji Haino‘Tozakariwashinai’ 11. Overhang Party ‘Now Appearing! Naked Existence’

Disc 2 1. Keiko Higuchi ‘Nothing Is Real 002’ 2. Ché-SHIZU ‘Emperor’, ‘Notify’ 3. High Rise ‘Outside Gentiles’ 4. Reizen ‘Untitled’ 5. Ghost ‘Blue Link’ 6. hasegawa-shizuo ‘Low Blues’ 7. Fushitsusha ‘Omae’ 8. Makoto Kawashima ‘Madokarano Kagayaki’ 9. Go Hirano ‘For Rains’ 10. Niseaporia ‘Sora no Ao ni Somazu Utau’ 11. Hideaki Kondo ‘Bach: Sonata #1 In G Minor For Solo Violin, BWV 1001 – 1. Adagio’

SOLD OUT

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Ikuro Takahashi LP An’archives

Ikuro Takahashi
しりえないものとずっと [shirienaimono to zutto]
LP ltd to 275, silkscreened jacket with obi (light blue or salmon) by  the one and only Alan Sherry, inserts and postcard
Liner notes by Michel Henritzi
Label : An’archives
Ref : [An’16]
Release date : January 21, 2019

Legendary drummer, Ikuro Takahashi played in most of the important bands of the psychedelic underground Japanese scene : Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha, Seishokki, High Rise, Ché-Shizu, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Kousokuya, LSD March and Nagisa Ni Te, but also with Junzo Suzuki, Tamio Shiraishi, Akiko Hotaka and many others, making it difficult to write a comprehensive list. Ikuro does not make a distinction between the young musicians with whom he collaborates, and the big names of the underground behind whom he brings an enveloping rhythm, like the wind blowing through a bamboo forest.
A native of Hokkaï do, born in 1957, exiled in downtown Tokyo, Ikuro Takahashi lived there for a while before settling back in Sapporo with his partner, dancer Yoko Muronoi, starting the Anoyonodekigoto project together. All pieces gathered here were composed for their duo shows. Yoko Moronoi was reunited with the shadows of her ancestors in 2017, leaving Ikuro alone in the world of the living. This record appears as the last flower laid at the shrine of her dance.
This album gathers 7 tracks, most of which were built from an overlay of oscillators, music boxes and metronomes. Sometimes it recalls Takehisa Kosugi’s pieces, a common way of unfolding time and space, of making our perception float. A common saving of gesture, of concept. Ikuro Takahashi is like a weaver trapping our listening in his electric wires, dragging us in a flux of rhythmic, fluid, circular patterns.
Ikuro Takahashi is like these shamans summoning our shadows, our ghosts, to make the living core within us sing.

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18 EUR + Postage

France : 23 EUR (lettre) / 25 EUR (colissimo)

Europe & EEC : 30 EUR

Rest of the world : 32 EUR

paypal : clerouley[at]free[dot]fr

Special price with any  An’archives CD :

26 EUR + postage (same rate as LP alone)

Makoto Kawashima LP Homo Sacer

Makoto Kawashima LP Homo Sacer Black Editions

Japanese saxophonist Makoto Kawashima’s debut album and the final release by the legendary P.S.F. Records.

Though he has played the saxophone for just over 10 years, Makoto Kawashima has emerged as one of the most original improvisers in a new generation of Japanese players. His releases on his own Homosacer label as well as on this, his debut reveal a haunting and impassioned style of playing.

“Homo Sacer — Sacred Human. Kawashima’s sax is ripe with the spirit of Japanese free jazz, dwelling as it does between the violent and the beautiful. Kaoru Abe, Masayoshi Urabe, Takayuki Hashimoto, Harutaka Mochizuki… all of these altoists live in an area of personal expression rare in the world, one that feels like the body itself is being whittled away at. It feels like we have a new genius to add to that list.” –Hideaki Kondo, from the Japanese liner notes.

Housed in a heavy tip-on jacket featuring metallic printing and gloss film-laminate finish. Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI; Digital download included.

Only a very few as we don’ thave any deal with this label

$28

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Polygonola CD with Haino Keiji

Back in stock

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.

$20

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Andrew Chalk cassettes

Andrew Chalk Cassette “Paradise Lost”  Impression Lointaine

With Naoko Suzuki

$12 only a few

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Andrew Chalk Cassette “The circle of days 4” Faraway press

With Tom James Scott & Timo Van Luijk

$12 only a few

Andrew Chalk circle of days 4002

 

Masonna & Incapacitants LP

Masonna  LP Bursting Absolute Moods (The Lost First Album 1989) – Urashima

Black inner sleeve with deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve with Maso Yamazaki’s photo cover art plus full color postcard in 300gr, foldable in A4 size and business card with art cover replica of Coquette tape All Live Recording At My Room where debut Lp on Vis A Vis was announced / Here the God of Noise Masonna in fine early form here on Bursting Absolute Moods, an album recorded in 1989 and originally due to be released on Vis A Vis Audio Arts. But it never happened, and these recordings, made in super-direct manner at home (neighbours be damned) never came out… Until now! Raw electronics, feedback, and loads of screaming, all extremely distorted 

ltd to 300, only a few

$23

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Incapacitants LP Extreme Gospel Night – Urashima

Extreme Gospel Nights is a shocking cassette from 1993, released by one of the Japanoise-defining labels, Vanilla Records, whose sound is particularly exciting, agonizingly dense and full of detail – there’s very little air to breathe here. Gospel refers to the place (in Tokyo) where the recordings were made, so don’t expect traditional spirituals. Instead you get some truly alien performances, complete with sporadic screaming of vivisected baboons drowning in the sonic sludge. There are two tracks on Vanilla tape; Bitter Insect on side A and the super lo-fi Accelerated No(i)sebleed on side B, in all probability recorded directly from the soundboard. Just pure, unadulterated electronic distortion of the highest quality done by two of the masters who have ever turned the knob on a distortion pedal that is fun, terrifying, hypnotic and fascinating all at the same time; their noise takes root not in violence or gimmickry, but in pure energy.  It also serves as great example of just what makes well done noise so great:  the layers of complexity that build upon each other reveal new and different textures and patterns on subsequent listenings.

Mastered by Toshiji Mikawa and reissued for the first time in vinyl, the record has been pressed on 140gr black vinyl with black label and black inner sleeve and comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve in 300 copies with Tomyodai-lighthouse photo (in the late Meiji) cover art plus an insert in classic paper ultra-bright with finish glossy plastic coating with perfect replica of original art from Vanilla Records tape cover. Each copy enveloped in tissue golden paper (plus sticker) as original tape release. Only a few !

$23

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