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Maher Shalal Hash Baz 2 x 10′ LP

Maher Shalal Hash Baz 2 x 10′ LP “Je est un autre” Okraina

This recording not a “best of”, it is a reflection of Tori Kudo’s evolution as a composer, from playing with seasoned musicians, to playing with people just starting out, from playing with meticulous scores, to playing call & response melodies written down, to the songs here on “Je est un Autre”: instant improvisations based on keyboard compositions that Tori plays for the group. Yes, that is it. He plays a recording of himself on the keyboard, with singing or humming sometimes and he leaves it to the “big band” to interpret this on the spot. Sometimes, you can make out the melody, other times it is quite obscure, as if a sort of common shyness flows out of the collected instrumentarium.

And other times, well, it is a big party.

Mr Kudo and the group were invited to tour Europe to celebrate 20 years of the project Le Ton MIté, members of which are absorbed into the ensemble. The recording evolves from the static sound of hermetic conditions to the live concert in the later tracks. The studio here, is a trendy concert hall in Brussels Les Ateliers Claus. You hear the applause of the brave ears that weathered the ride of accidental psychedelia & moiré of various notes fading into and out of each other. This is only a sliver of the material from the 20 hour recording marathon documenting the new composing/playing style of Mr Kudo & snippets from the last concert of the March 2018 tour. Perhaps the album should be called “Je est un autre : Volume 1” in a vague reference to “My Brother The Wind” series from Sun Ra. In any case, here you have four sides of ten inch vinyl to take you on a journey into Maher: Je est un autre…

Tori Kudo : electric guitar, keyboard, voice
Mikiko Suzuki : electric guitar
Marina Shibazaki : electric guitar
Corneliiiii : acoustic guitar, melodion
Naoki Otani : trumpet, voice
Chie Ozeki : trombone, bass, flute
Junko Harada : euphonium
Takahashi Tsukasa : drums, percussion
Junko Suzuki : percussions
Momoko Maejima : pianica
Shiu Yeung Hui : violin, melodica
Eric Kinny : slide guitar, mandolin
Zach Phillips : bass
Jeremy Latch : clarinet
Eleonore Kenis : alto saxophone
McCloud Zicmuse : bassoon, alto clarinet, recorder, chanter, synthisizer, voice
Hans Bloemmen : tenor saxophone
Oona Libens : musical saw

$20 only a few
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情趣演歌 | Enka Mood Collection 5

情趣演歌 | Enka Mood Collection 10’ LP

Mineko Itakura – Shin’ichi Isohata – Michel Henritzi

RQRQ ( Yuka Ijichi – Doronco – Tabata Mitsuru)

Edition of 275, silkscreened gatefold jacket with inserts, postcards & obi

Liner notes by Alan Cummings

Catalogue number : [An’19]

Label : An’archives

Release date : 5 November, 2019

On this, the fifth volume of An’archives’ Enka Mood Collection split 10” series, two trios explore the possibilities of enka in typically expansive fashion. Side one features four songs performed by the trio of Mineko ItakuraShin’ichi Isohata and Michel Henritzi. They’re all musicians with impressive histories: Itakura was a member of downer psych group Angel’in Heavy Syrup and Slapp Happy Humphrey; Isohata has worked with Otomo Yoshihide, and composed a soundtrack for Tadasuke Kotani’s film, The Legacy Of Frida Kahlo.

Michel Henritzi is also a known quantity: over the years, he’s been a tireless supporter of Japanese underground music, a writer, critic and record label owner who’s also recorded with Junko, Tetuzi Akiyama, Rinji Fukuoka, Masayuki Urabe, and Á Qui Avec Gabriel, among others. The trio takes on four enka songs, extracting the bittersweet tang from each melody, comfortable in the space that enka inhabits, a world of longing and nostalgia that sits somewhere between tradition, folk and blues.

Flip the 10” over, and Yuka IjichiDoronco and Mitsuru Tabata stretch out across three songs. They’ve plenty of prior form for this – Tabata’s history includes time with Acid Mothers Temple, Boredoms, Zeni Geva, Green Flames, and 20 Guilders; Doronco goes further back, a one-time member of Les Rallizes Denudes. Ijichi is a relatively new presence, but she’s released two gorgeous cassettes of acid folk on Selection Records. There’s an immediately sympathy to their playing, and a preternatural ability to grasp the core of the material; it’s beautifully performed.

Price : 18 € or $20 

Including airmail : 

France : 24€

Europe : 26,5 € with airmail or $29

Rest of the world : 29€ or $32

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Takayanagi – Shoji Aketagawa

Takayanagi’s Angry Wave CD 850113 – Octave Lab

$20

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Shoji Aketegawa trio  + Kazutoki Umezu + Nakamura Masuko CD “Shudan Seikatsu” Octova Lab

$20

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Kazumi Odagiri Trio CD 突撃神風特攻隊 – Octive Lab

With Koichi Yamazaki, Kenichi Kameyama, Katsumi Odagiri record in 1976 originally released on Aketa’s Disk

$20

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Shoji Aketegawa CD アケタズ・エロチカル・ピアノ・ソロ & グロテスク・ピアノ・Octave Lab

Title can be transliterated to “Aketa’s Erotical Piano Solo & Grotesque Piano Trio”

Solo piano recorded on 30 March 1975 and trio recorded live on 31 March 1975

SOLD OUT

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Koji Wakamatsu  – Food Brain ost “Shinjuku Mad” Octave Lab

Soundtrack to Wakamatsu Koji’s 1970 film “Shinjuku Maddo” (Shinjuku Mad).
Inclues a booklet of liner notes, lyrics and film stills.

$16

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Eddie Marcon & Tenniscoats

Tenniscoats & Tachibana Yasuhiko CD “Waltz for Dubby” 7e.p records

$18

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Oneone CD “Alapla” Majikick

Saya(Tenniscoats) + Satomi(Deerhoof) = oneone. 7 years after their first album “aooo”, their own sunny melody line & vocal harmony are still shine strongly here. Recorded by Saya & Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, mixed by Greg. Greg also contribute drums & Ueno of Tenniscoats does guitar & cover drawing.

$16

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Eddie Marcon & Ikuro Takahashi  7′ EP “Storobo / Koushin” Pong Kong

$12

Ikuro Eddie Marcon EP

Eddie Marcon 7 ” EP “Shoujo” Pong Kong

$12

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Arayots CDR “Michikusa-Syobon” Pong Kong

Eddie & Marcon (from Eddie Marcon) + Jun Muraoka (from Test Pattern) = Arayots.

$15

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Eddie Marcon CDR EP “”Hakuchuuyume Danuki” Pong Kong Records

$14

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Tenniscoats CD “Music Exists disk 5” Majikick

Come with a box that fits all 5 volumes of the series

$29

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Tenniscoats & Bibi 7 ‘ EP “Tamashi/Akuma made todoku koe” Majikick

$11

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+ DJ Tenniscoats cassette “Hip Hop 3” $11

+ DJ Tenniscoats cassette “Hip Hop 4” $11

 

 

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.

$24

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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 $23

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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 $29

CD $17

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Kosai Hori ltd CD Omega Point

Kosai Hori “Reading-Affair” CD+booklet
OMEGA POINT/Japanese Art Sound Archive OPS-002

Texts are in Japanese and English, limited to 150 copies. Collaboration work with Japanese Art Sound Archive.

Born in 1947 in Japan. This collection is the first selection of Hori’s sound works from the 1970s, a time in which he organized an art movement called Bikyoto REVOLUTION Committee – Bijutsuka Kyoto Kaigi [Council of artists for a United Front] (also known as Bikyoto) – together with artists like Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Nobuo Yamanaka and Yasunao Tone. In those days, Hori’s performance pieces employed various media such as tape recorders, typewriters and video cameras. Texts are in Japanese and English, limited to 150 copies. Collaboration work with Japanese Art Sound Archive.

tr.1 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair)
On the table is a newspaper of the day, which the pair alternatively read up letter by letter. Their voice is played by the two tape recorders with a little delay. The sound from the devices is picked up by the microphone and taken into the loop again with a delay. As this process repeats, the voices of the performers are, as it were, accumulated in the space. As time goes on, the howling from the sound equipment becomes increasingly louder.

tr.2 ACT No.3
A man reads aloud from a book clause by clause, with the recorded word “REVOLUTION” in Hori’s voice inserted after each clause. Heard in the sound recording of this performance are Akugenta’s voice, Hori’s voice, the operating sound of the cassette tape recorders, and loud traffic noise from outside. Through an open window on the venue, the circular expressway of Tokyo could be seen.

tr.3 REPORT Vol.3
The work has the subtitle: “1500km Drive.” On a motorbike, Hori headed from Tokyo towards the north, driving around Tohoku areas all day long while recording the sound of the ride until he came back to Tokyo again. Then he exhibited the motorbike over a white fabric laid in the exhibition venue, while an actor with his face painted in white rode it performing a pantomime of driving. In addition, Hori placed a tape recorder in an adjoining room to play the recording of his ride. The audience gathered in that room to listen to the sound.
The title “REPORT” [“Chousho” in Japanese] is taken after the novel of the same name by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio. However, the word also refers to the written records that the police make when investigating suspects, which Hori described as the “most alienated empty mark of a person.”

tr.4 REPORT Vol.4
In Report Vol.4 shown at “Artists to-day ‘73,” Hori again recorded his own voice, speaking up what he saw on the way from his home to the venue. Once he arrived at the venue, he put a cassette tape recorder on a podium to play the recorded sound at a low volume and left the place.

tr.5 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair)
This performance used a tape-delay system similar to the one used in his 1977 piece, as well as the same fabric, but this time Hori himself appeared as one of the two performers with his face painted in white. Also, instead of newspapers and books, this reenactment used the testimonies of the perpetrators of the Asama-Sanso incident of 1972, the Sakamoto family murder by Aum Shinrikyo in 1989 and the Kobe child murders of 1997, which the pair read aloud alternatively clause by clause.
(Each track is an excerpt from the original tape.)

$32 only a few, no restock

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tr.1 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair) Paris/1977_15’04″
sound file: http://paganrail.sakura.ne.jp/omegapoint/omega-sound/OPS002-1.mp3
tr.2 ACT No.3/1972_6’10”
tr.3 REPORT Vol.3/1973_6’14”
sound file: http://paganrail.sakura.ne.jp/omegapoint/omega-sound/OPS002-3.mp3
tr.4 REPORT Vol.4/1973_8’08”
sound file: http://paganrail.sakura.ne.jp/omegapoint/omega-sound/OPS002-4.mp3
tr.5 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair) New York/1999_6’53″

Toshi Ichiyanagi CD “Computer Space” Edition Omega Point

Obscure tape music of Japan 23

Two sound compositions discovered at Mr. Ichiyanagi’s home in 2018 to be released for the first time ! One is an unknown early work created on a computer and the other is material for an experimental short film by Toshio Matsumoto. Particularly, the former piece was revolutionary. The quirky sound he made on the computer at the time was unheard of especially because a computer could only create simple sounds then. Moreover, it also includes an unknown electronic ambient piece reminiscent of a bi
rd tweeting as well as a reissued version of an accompanying single of a mythical self-published book, which inspired Yoji Kuri’s animation work known as “Tragedy on G string”!

1_Toshi Ichiyanagi Computer Space / 1970_3’12”
2_Toshi Ichiyanagi material of Metastasis (a) / 1971_0’39”
3_Toshi Ichiyanagi material of Metastasis (b) / 1971_0’34”
4_Toshi Ichiyanagi title and year unknown (a) _7’25”
5_Toshi Ichiyanagi title and year unknown (b) _7’18”
6_Toshi Ichiyanagi For String #2 + Stanzas (1961, simultaneous performance)_15’55”
– Yoko Ono participated in performance

$19

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Kuniharu Akiyama CD  “Environmental Music for Dining Room of Athletes’ Village in Tokyo Olympics 1964” Omega Point

From participation in the early FLUXUS to giving an introduction of FUTURISM, Kuniharu Akiyama (1929-1996), a renowned music critic, was involved in a vast range of activities. Particularly in the 1960s, he recorded a lot of music on tape for himself. To our surprise, the music compiled on this CD was actually discovered from a series of ambient music pieces played in the Athletes’ Village at the Tokyo Olympics! During this period, Akiyama was fascinated by the sound of Sanukite stone from Sanuki, Shikoku island and he composed several ambient music pieces including this one. Despite the detail of the work have been unknown as the composer was already passed away, a guru of electronic musicologist, Koji Kawasaki, managed to reveal everything behind the piece.

$18

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Gap 2CD “Practical Concert” Omega Point

GAP is an improvisation group which was founded by Kiyohiko Sano, Masaru Soga and Masami Tada in the Mid 1970’s. Now, there are not so many people who could remember their name but since they performed a gig after 40 years in 2017, their unknown sound source was rediscovered by the world. From the early time, they played oscillators and synthesizers, adding to simple self-made instruments, and made a free improvisational performance which is comparable to Taj-Mahal Travellers. Especially for Tada who was under tutelage of Takehisa Kosugi, GAP was a missing-link which lead him from East Bionic Symphonia to Marginal Consort.

DISC 1: Practical Concert – part 1_31’53”, part 2_16’24”
DISC 2: Eros Music – 46’49”

$28

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Haino Keiji & Charles Hayward LP

Haino Keiji & Charles Hayward LP “Alost permittes to open its eyes…” 2323

Only a few $26

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Joji Yuasa & Ichiyanagi LP Omega point

Joji Yuasa LP “Aoi-no-Ue” Edition Omega Point

New designed cover version of OMEGA POINT’s early LP  limited to  50 copies !

 This work “Aoi-no-Ue” is composed mainly based on metamorphosed sound of Noh-chant. The other sound  is concrete sound such as birds songs, water drops, glasses, warped sound of vibraphone, some genera ted electronic sound and others. My Blue Sky (No.1) is a special electronic work for me, for most of  my other works on this field are based on White Noise. Where as only this piece is exceptionally us ing the other generated sound. – from liner notes by the composer

Only a very few $35

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Toshi Ichiyanagi LP “Music for Tinguely” Edition Omega Point

New designed cover version of OMEGA POINT’s early LP limited to 50 copies!
Ichiyanagi is the best known composer for domestic and foreign avant-garde music fans. Especially in  his brilliant 60’s, he made many great tape music. This LP consists of his obscure three tape works . “Music for Tinguely” was made from junk objects of kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely. “Appearance” is  live electronic music. It was not only premiere performance but also John Cage and David Tudor part icipated in performance. Very noisy and hard core!! “Music for Living Space” was composed for inner space of ‘Sun Tower’ of World Expo in Osaka. Computer generated voice reads architect Kisyo Kurokawa’s manifest.

Only a few $35

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Great White Light LP Omega Point 1

Great White Light organized by Seiji Onishi, Kazuo Kawasumi, Mitsuyoshi Shioya, Goji Hamada performed at the Kishi Memorial Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, on February 13, 1971. Ten years after the performance, Onishi released a recording of it in LP format as an appendix to his collection “The Works of Seiji Onishi 1966 → 1981”, hereinafter referred to as “Works”). Given that “Works” was published in a small edition, and Onishi moved to Belgium soon after, it was difficult to get our hands around this documentation of the use of sound in the Japanese art of the 1970s. A reissue of this recording is Japanese Art Sound Archive’s 1st LP release.

Great White Light was full of noises created by the wind from the air blowers hitting the microphones. The artists stood in the center of the venue surrounded by the devices: six loudspeakers and air blowers, all facing outward, with a fixed microphone in front of the air outlet of each blower•3. Seats for the audience surrounded the circle, and a beam projector was set next to the wall. During the performance, Onishi operated the transformers of the blowers, and Shioya the lighting. Hamada performed his “action voice” with four microphones•4. In addition to this setup, Taj Mahal Travellers joined as a guest performer. Initially, they had planned to perform only with the blowers and voice, but just before the concert, they got suddenly overtaken by pre-performance anxiety and decided to invite the guests.
(note: this reissue was made from original LP, and some sound problems – slight surface noise and vibration – are on recording.) Ltd to 300, just incredible, noisy and libertaire !

$35

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Makoto Kawashima CDR

Makoto Kawashima CDR “Rain” Homo sacer

pro-CDR, this one is  Kawashima’s last statement, he considers this recording has a different one….Kawashima is really as one of the most uncompromised and talented sax player of these last years, he’s almost like a song-teller, far from intellectualism and the usual Kaoru Abe reference. Different from Urabe, slowly he’s showing a true identity.

$11

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Takehisa Kosugi  new ltd LP Slowscan

Takehisa Kosugi LP “August 14, 1991” Slowscan

Edition of 300 copies, historical recordings from 1991, as the composer wrote “the music was performed by myself, solo. Recorded live at my former apartment in New York”.

Labels designed by George Maciunas, founder of Fluxus movement.

The live prerformance documented here is made using pre-recorded environmental sounds (birds) recorded in the city of Ferrara, in Italy, various noises [live broadcasting sound on WCbs Radio, New York], sounds from the actual performance [a plastic bottle in which a small microphone is installed for pick up voice & other sounds], Electronics [Audio Generator], effects [Time-delay Machine, Pitch Shifter] 

$30 Only a few, move fast

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