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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Charles Curtis 3CD

Charles Curtis 3CD “Performances & Recording 1998-2008” Saltern

Edition of 500. Liner notes by La Monte Young, Spencer Gerhardt, and Tashi Wada. Custom packaging and screen printing by Alan Sherry.

Saltern presents its fifth release, Charles Curtis: Performances & Recordings 1998-2018, the first comprehensive collection of recordings surveying the career of renowned, American cellist Charles Curtis. Selected by Curtis and Tashi Wada from recordings spanning the past two decades, the collection offers a broad, inclusive view of Curtis’s activities across the diverse worlds of music he inhabits, containing rare, unreleased recordings, and never-before-released music by Terry Jennings, Richard Maxfield, Éliane Radigue, Alison Knowles, and Curtis. The wide-ranging scope of this release speaks not to a musical restlessness, but to a genuine spirit of inquiry, as these areas of activity for Curtis have existed concurrently in dialogue, not simply in succession, for decades. Over two hours of music by composers and artists with whom Curtis is closely associated including Éliane Radigue, Guillaume de Machaut, Tobias Hume, Silvestro di Ganassi, Terry Jennings, Morton Feldman, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, Alison Knowles, Richard Maxfield, and Curtis himself

Tracklist :

1.01. Éliane Radigue – Occam V 1.02. Guillaume de Machaut
– Helas! et comment 1.03. Tobias Hume – Touch Me Lightly
1.04. Tobias Hume – Captain Hume’s Galliard 1.05. Tobias
Hume – Mistress Tittle’s Jig 1.06. Anonymous – Woodycock 1.07.
Silvestro di Ganassi – Ricercar Secondo 1.08. Silvestro di
Ganassi – Ricercar Quarto 1.09. Guillaume de Machaut – C’est
force, faire 1.10. Charles Curtis – Unfinished Song
2.01. Terry Jennings – Song 2.02. Morton Feldman – Durations
II 2.03. Anton Webern – Drei Kleine Stücke, Op. 11 2.04. Olivier
Messiaen – Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus (from Quatuor pour la
fin du temps) 2.05. Alison Knowles – Rice and Beans for Charles
Curtis 2.06. Anton Webern – Movement for String Trio, Op.
Posthumous
3.01. Richard Maxfield – Perspectives for La Monte Young 3.02.
Charles Curtis – Unison Offset 3.03. Charles Curtis – Music for
Awhile 3.04. Charles Curtis – Music for “Lester”

Only a few, that’s really a given price, we really can thank the label !

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