Monthly Archives: September 2019

Gerogerigegege LP

The Gerogerigegege LP “Uguisudani Apocalypse” The Trilogy Tapes

This is a baffling record. The press release merely states that it’s a soundtrack to a ‘JR Yamanote line running in Tokyo’ that ‘has the fewest number of users per day’. The Gerogerigegege are a legendary experimental project that have been known to masturbate onstage, release a 75-track album called ‘Tokyo Anal Dynamite’, and released an album that was a single octopus tentacle in a box. It’s strange, then, that as far as I can make out, this album is twelve songs of soulful, keyboard-led funk that sounds like it being played a seedy bar with wipe-clean menus. Still, strange is what this group do best.

SOLD OUT

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Seitō LP In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

V/A Seito : In  the beginning, woman was the sun – Akuphone

Seitō {青鞜} gathers Japanese female artists from various electronic and experimental music fields. The title refers to a cult feminist magazine printed in Japan in the 1910s. Featuring: Fuji-Yuki’s glommy folk song, Kiki Hitomi’s haunted dub tune, Mikado Koko’s deep house hit, Miki Yui’s electoacoustic performance, Kakushin Nishihara’s noisy folk track, Kuunatic’s oriental psych blend and Keiko Higuchi’s memorable 9 minutes cover of classic Japanese folk song Okesa Bushi. All tracks issued for the first time.

$22 only a very few

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Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo LP

Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo LP  “Ein Traum fûr dich” Black Truffle

“Black Truffle announce the release of this genuine head-scratcher, the first collaboration between DJ / mixtape-compiler Kayo Makino and underground legend Tori Kudo. Originally created to be played between acts at the launch of Eiko Ishibashi‘s acclaimed The Dreams My Bones Dream (2018) and then reworked and refined for LP release, the two side-long pieces are sonic environments constructed by Makino for Kudo’s piano to inhabit, or, as the LP’s credits suggest, a “cinéma pour l’oreille” in which Kudo’s piano plays the starring role. Beginning with a soothing field recording of crickets dramatically punctuated by smashing glass, the first side finds Kudo playing his way repeatedly through one of Satie‘s 1897 Pièces froides. Best known to many listeners for his role as leader of the ecstatically shambolic rock unit Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Kudo’s performance of Satie’s whimsical yet haunting melody is alternately halting and fluid, delighting in the hesitations of unstudied technique and the subtle variations between repeated attempts. “

LP $20

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Keiji Haino – Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi

Keiji Haino – Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi CD or 2LP ” In the past only geniusus were capable of staging the perfect crime…” Black Truffle

For its 50th release, Black Truffle presents the ninth album from one of the label’s core ensembles, the power trio of Keiji HainoJim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi. Drawn from a November 2015 performance at Tokyo’s now-defunct SuperDeluxe, the record’s opening piece drops us immediately into the maelstrom, abruptly cutting into an extended episode of Ambarchi’s pummeling drums, O’Rourke’s fuzzed-out six-string bass, and Haino’s roaring guitar and electronics. Eventually settling into a hypnotic bass and drum groove over which Haino unleashes some almost Ray Russell-eque skittering atonal screech, these opening 13 minutes act as a potent reminder of the trio’s power.

2LP $25

CD $16

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