Monthly Archives: November 2021

Sweet Inspirations [ Tori Kudo ] LP + CDEP

Sweet Inspirations [ Tori Kudo ] LP + CDEP Sweet Inspirations at Muon – An’archives

ltd to 385, silkscreened chipboard jacket with obi (orange or yellow), inserts and postcard –

Liner notes by Jon Dale

Release date : Nov. 26th

With the release of Sweet Inspirations At Muon, the first appearance on vinyl of Tori Kudo’s mythical early ‘80s primitive rock gang Sweet Inspirations, another piece of the seemingly endless puzzle of the Japanese underground has fallen into place. Recorded some time in 1982 at Yokohama venue Muon – precise details are sketchy – we’re now given another chance to discover what was going on in Kudo’s mind just before he formed the group he is now best known for, the ragtag gang of pro and amateur musicians that was Maher Shalal Hash Baz.
Sweet Inspirations were one of several groups formed by Kudo around this time. He’d already released the visionary naïve-art album, Tenno, in collaboration with Reiko Omura, in 1980, and a trip to New York the following year led to the recording of Atlantic City, under the name La Consumption 4. Returning to Japan, Kudo first formed Guys’N’Dolls with Jun Yoshiwara (bass) and Kiyoaki Iwamoto (drums); Yoshiwara carried over into Sweet Inspirations, who existed for a few years, their membership, at various times, featuring Asahito Nanjo (High Rise etc.), Jutok Kaneko (Kousokuya), Yoshio Kuge (Les Rallizes Denudes etc.), 3C123 and many more.
The material here was originally released, without permission, by the Cragale label on CD-R in 2000. It was one of a sudden wave of archival CD-Rs that Cragale pumped out that year of material recorded at Muon, which was owned by Kohei Iehara, who co-founded Cragale with Tamotsu Hongo. In the context of the recent unleashing of material from the Kudo archives – the 9CD At Goodman set, the reissue of the first two Maher Shalal Hash Baz cassettes and the Noise LP, and the tantalising glimpses of other historical gems via Tori’s own Bandcamp page – hearing Sweet Inspirations with such clarity fills in a significant piece of the puzzle; here is Kudo, just before Maher, channelling the rough conceptualism of Red Krayola and the glinting, staggered rhythms of Syd Barrett into extended blooms of ragged glory, sketching out future classics like “Manson Girls”; A bonus CD includes a cover of a song by legendary South Korean rock group San Ul Lim.

26 €

or 45€ with Akiko Hotaka – Takuya Nishimura – Ikuro Takahashi LP

Akiko Hotaka – Takuya Nishimura – Ikuro Takahashi

Akiko Hotaka – Takuya Nishimura – Ikuro Takahashi LP Live – An’archives

LP ltd to 285, silkscreened chipboard jacket with obi (tan or ivory), inserts and postcard

Liner notes by Michel Henritzi

Release date : 26 November 2021

An’archives are proud to present a reissue of the self-titled first album by the trio of Akiko Hotaka, Takuya Nishimura and Ikuro Takahashi. Originally released in 2020 as a limited CD-R on the Uramado label, those who had the chance to hear this collection of live recordings, documenting a brief window of exploratory activity for Hotaka during the mid-2010s, were knocked out by its elemental force, Hotaka’s minimal, carefully sculpted pop songs spirited away to other planes of where by Nishimura and Takahashi’s improvisatory tactics, with Hotaka’s guitar now tender, now furiously overloaded.
Hotaka first came to attention as a member of Tori Kudo’s Maher Shalal Hash Baz. She’s been playing and recording her own songs for almost two decades now, though, releasing a string of CD-Rs across the 2000s that documented live performances at Enban, some with Masanori Hattori and Yuki Yoshida; this trio subsequently released several lovely folk-like albums on F.M.N. Sound Factory. More recently, Hotaka has formed a new trio, Hotarutachi, with Shohei Matsuo and Kenji Yoshikawa (their debut album, Hikari, was released by Hayabusa Landings in 2018). Playing with Nishimura and Takahashi, though, freed Hotaka’s playing immensely. There was always something expansive about her approach to the song, but this freedom was implicit in earlier music; on this album, which draws from performances undertaken across 2015 and 2016 at Hikari No Uma, Okubo, Hotaka wrings great intensities from the simplest of two-chord levitations, allowing her melodies to follow lines of deeply personal logic. There are still skeletal pop songs here, but with Nishimura and Takahashi as Hotaka’s backing group, there’s something very open about the music; it’s wild yet courteous, gallant yet refined. Throughout, both Nishimura and Takahashi draw on the double-language they’ve developed over the years, through performing in groups who are dedicated to the wide open spaces between song form and freedom – Nishimura has played with Ché-SHIZU, Miminokoto and Suishou No Fune, among others; Takahashi’s history is deeper still, with time spent with Ché-SHIZU, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, LSD March, Kousokuya, Nagisa Ni Te, High Rise, and Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha and Aihiyo, and on. They are ideal foils for the slow breathing, simply structured songs that Hotaka writes, sourcing great depth of feeling from the most fundamental of gestures.


but you can find copies here at Souffle Continu

Ainotamenishis Cds

Ainotamenishis CD XLISIS – Reconquista

3rd album released a few years ago in 2017, hard to find outside of Japan. They are nuts, wild, if you are in Gaseneta , Inu, Murahachibu and need rock, madness, energy and tension, you’d love them. One of my favorite band, they released their first album in 2006 on Holy Mountain and since we haven’t heard of them.


Ainotamenishis CD Die For love /Room and Dream Gyunne

second album from 2010


Masayuki Takayanagi CD Dangerous

Masayuki Takayanagi CD Action Direct – Dangerous – Jinya

recorded in Yokohama 1991


Special Disk Union – with bonus CD Action Direct Endless Final – April 27, 1991 at Nagoya

Only a few and only for regular customers


Mikami Kan book + CD

Mikami Kan book (only in French) by Benjamin Mouliets + CD Lenka Lente

13 x 19 cm, 300 pages

Preface / Foreword by Alan Cummings & Michel Henritzi

Un livre essentiel, un immense travail, un livre fondateur pour ceux qui s’intéressent au poète, chanteur, acteur qui bouscule le Japon depuis plus de 50 ans et qui pour rappel quiaprès une première période folk sur des majors japonaises a participé à la reconnaissance du label PSF.Une figure historique pour un livre qui l’est tout autant.

So sorry it’s only in French as this is an essential and incredible amount of work;

CD is mis of a solo recorded in France in 2008 + Sanjah recorded in 2007. Sanjah are Mikami Kan with Urabe Masayoshi & Ishizuka Toshiaki

29 €

Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane

Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane LP At Issue – Alara

ltd to 500, recorded live Wed 03 Dec, 2014 at Issue Project Room


Juro Kara / Red Tent

Juro Kara / Red Tent CD – Super Fuji

 Otoban Karagumi- Red Tent Drama songbook was firstly released on cassette in 1984 by PARCO Publishing Cassette Book

“John Silver” (1967), “Girls’ City” (1969), ” “Vampire Princess” (1971), “Taraban Kaze no Matasaburo” (1974), “Taraban Inuwolf City” (1979), “Haunted Chimney Story” (1981)

With Juro Kara, Reisen Ri..If you are in Terayama, Tenjo Sajiki & JA Seazer…

CD comes in a slipcase – $29

Gotou LP

Gotou LP Gotou – Inu Wan Wan rec.

Firtly release on CD in 2019 this trio coming from Sapporo and was recorded by Richard Horner at Snowflake studio (LSD March, Tabata Mitsuru). They sound rock and punky, kind of homage to Malaria ! / Gudrun Gut german band from the 80’s. In fact they are not unknown muscians as one of the musician is Otaco whom we carried some her lo fi songs releases in the last couple of years. It seems there’s a specific scene in Hokkaido and kind of support and help between generations of musicians such Ikuro Takahashi, Aoi Swimming, Richard Horner, MC Mango and more recently Marusu, Meno (with Ikuro)…This is fun, energic and don’t say underground spirit  doesn’t exit anymore in Japan , Tokyo is just not the only place where something happens .

jackets are a bit poorly printed, thay all come with somes creases , ringwear or marks. Pressing is nice


Speed, Glue & Shinki – J.A Seazer

Speed , Glue & Shinki CD “Maahngamyauh” Super Fuji

Recorded in 1971, 4 tracks, 2 unreleased recorded after “Eve” album – Acid heavy rock..

sold out

J.A Seazer 4CD box ” The Daylily Songs – 1980 ” Super Fuji

With Yoko Ran, special price


J.A Seazer 7 ‘ single ” “Huten Oiwake / When everyone is dying”” Super Fuji 2018

A song that should have been released in 1970 on J.A Seazer first single but it was banned by authorities because the title is related to Death.


Isao Suzuki – Takayanagi Masayuki

Isao Suzuki Quartet + 2 CD Orang-Utan – Craftman

Originally released in 1975 


Isao Suzuki trio / quartet CD “Blow up” Craftman

Recorded March 29 and 30, 1973.


Itaru Oki

Itaru Oki CD “Mirage” Trio records

Nice and new edition that comes in a jpanese jacket with obi, great classic from 1977 with Masahiko Togashi Keiki Midorikawa, Takashi Kaki..

Only a very few $25

Itaru Oki with Masahiko Satoh CD Last Message – Super Fuji

recorded and edited in 2018 by Masahiko Satoh, Oki on trumpet & native American flute and Satoh on piano

2 legendary player, Oki has gone a few months ago, he was a pioneer of the japnese scene who moved to Paris in the mid 70’s. In 1966, he formed ESSG with Masahiko Sato, Mototeru Takagi, and Masahiko Togashi, and toured Europe in 1969. Co-starred with Kosuke Mine, Yosuke Yamashita, Takeshi Shibuya, Kazuko Shiraishi, Gozo Yoshimasu, Mototeru Takagi, Hiroaki Katayama, Nobuyoshi Ino, Yoshihide Otomo, Keiki Midorikawa, Motoharu Yoshizawa, Sabu Toyozumi, etc. Since the 1970s, he has often performed with butoh dancers, including Kazuo Ohno, Ko Murobushi, and Akira Kasai. In 1974, when he moved his base to Paris, the Asahi Shimbun wrote that “Itaru Oki’s migration to Paris is a brain drain.” After moving to France, he performed with Art Farmer, Maynard Ferguson, Noah Howard, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Alan Silva, Sunny Murray and others all over Europe. 


Jacks CD 2nd Jacks show, 1968

Jacks CD Second jacks show, Jul 24, 1968 Super Fuji

First official reissue since 1973, it was only available through their fanclub and has turned into being one of the most hunted; This version comes remastered with 2 more tracks for a total of 14 essential and miraculous songs !

We only have a few, we don’ t have any wholesale

$30 regular edition

$45 Disk Union ltd edition, comes with a A2 poster folded in 4

Jacks CD “Live, 15 Jun. 1969 – Super Fuji

With guest Tomoya takaishi on 2 tracks