Monthly Archives: February 2020

Tori Kudo LP The Last Song Of My Life

Tori Kudo LP The Last Song Of My Life – An’archives

Edition of 275, housed in a heavy “old style” silk-screened jacket (beautifully done by our friend Alan Sherry ) with obi strip (light blue, light green, natural white), postcard and inserts

Catalogue number : [An’20]

Liner notes by Jon Dale

This album documents a recording of Tori Kudo’s Last Song Of My Life. Some may know Kudo already as prime mover in pop-naïf collective Maher Shalal Hash Baz; his history stretches back over four decades, and he’s a significant figure in the Japanese underground, thanks to his membership of groups like Noise (with his wife Reiko Kudo), Guys ’N’ Dolls, Snickers, and Sweet Inspirations. Untold numbers of said underground have passed through the ranks of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, among them members of Luna Park Ensemble, Fushitsusha, High Rise, Tenniscoats, Los Doroncos, Nagisa Ni Te and  Ché-SHIZU.
On this album, Kudo and his musical collaborators performed “Last Song Of My Life” to accompany the screening of a film work by Umi Ishihara aka Ummmi entitled The Garden Apartment. During the performance, the members of the ensemble were instructed to play either the eight-bar score that Kudo provided, or noise, depending on their response to the film work that was being projected. If you’ve been following Kudo’s recent releases, particularly his recent, prodigious output on Bandcamp, “My Last Song Of My Life” feels almost like a totemic score for him – he returns to it repeatedly, elaborating different takes on its graceful melancholy.
Here, that melody cycles slowly for fifty minutes, the spine of a performance that sees Kudo and his ensemble stretching out, members of the ensemble drifting off on diversions, floating gusts of loose improvisation across Kudo’s gorgeous melody. It’s a beautiful, hypnotic performance that, across its fifty-minute arc, brings to mind, fleetingly, The Red Crayola With The Familiar Ugly, Walter Zimmermann’s Lokale Musik, Christian Wolff’s Exercises, James Tenney’s Postal Pieces, but stays fundamentally Kudo throughout. It’s another excellent example of the deeply human beauty at the core of Kudo’s approach to music-making.

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Omochi single

Omochi 7″ “Devil / Happy Moment” Ethbo

Omochi’s debut single Devil, an amorphous urban lysergic bass pop expulsion. A motorbike ride through late night Tokyo, headlights and neon ooze across wind battered eyeballs. A sudden lurch takes the ramp up to the overpass, revealing the electrified vista. With a dime bag of psychoactive tweaks and bleeps, a foraging bassline – a Billy Cobham on K. Dial-ups crying out to connect, once the signal catches, it’s moved out of view, as the organ mourns the hint of dawn on the horizon.

A Happy Moment: percussive spasm, bass once again lurches, unfolding. Omochi’s lyrical push-me-pull-you phased out vocal, the drum machine falls down the stairs, while church organ goes secular, concentrating on the notes outside – mind your pews and Qs.

Omochi is in fact Tadaki Matsunaga, of early 2000s Tokyo three piece Femini Flyers. The Feminis were Tadaki (bass), Sachie (vocals) and Koji (drums). Their 7” single “Like You See” and “Masterbed” was an early Ethbo release – the most requested track from Japan Blues’ Boiler Room Collections video, since it was first aired, way back in 2014 .

Mastered by Kuratani, pressed at the only independent record pressing plant in Japan: Toyo Kasei. Housed in psychoactive sleeve and label artwork by Mishumaro Nakamura.

$10 only a few

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Takayanagi – Togashi

Masahiko Togashi + Masayuki Takayanagi CD “Duo live 1984”  Studio One

$28

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Masayuki Takayanagi / New Direction for The Arts CD “Free form Suite” Craftman Records

One of my long time favorite !

$18

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Masayuki Takayanagi Angry Wave CD “850113” Octave Lab

$24

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Yoran LP Montparnasse

Yoran LP 45rpm “Montparnasse “- Camisole records

First reissue of this enigmatic and sought-after Japanese rarity from the 80’s, originally released on the cultish Unbalance label (run by Naoto Hayashi and Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan fame). Comprised of cut-up and collaged recordings from various unspecified French movies intertwined with the occasional spoken word segments ~ all seemingly recorded using a cheap-o cassette player making for quite the lo-fi work. A walk in Paris somewhere between the 30’s and the 50’s made by a japanese lost soul. “Montparnasse” by Yoran is a surreal journey into an era wich has maybe existed but long gone.  A melancholic phantasy about a time you’ll never know and can only smell the atmosphere.  Memories and flashes come from an ancient time, cobbled streets where heels crack far away surrounded by the tickle of a street musician, a classical dance class directed by some piano notes or an announcement from an old train station.

A walk in Paris somewhere between the 30’s and the 50’s made by a japanese lost soul. “Montparnasse” by Yoran is a surreal journey into an era wich has maybe existed but long gone.

A melancholic phantasy about a time you’ll never know and can only smell the atmosphere.

Memories and flashes come from an ancient time, cobbled streets where heels crack far away surrounded by the tickle of a street musician, a classical dance class directed by some piano notes or an announcement from an old train station.

The cryptic french spoken-word infuses the extracts and sound collages taken from different french movies looped into a broken tape player. The result is one of the most mysterious and looked after japanese 80’s underground record.

This reissue is pressed for the first time on 12″ at 45 RPM.
Remastered and limited to 500 copies.”

$19

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