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Orders outside of ECC are disabled or delayed for a short period as the situation with the postal service is a bit complicated for days.

Small packages (1-3 CDS) can ship within a a couple of days and only 1-4 LPs can be shipped  with EMS within ECC. But I cannot say how long it would take to be delivered to your address as situation is different from a country to another one

If you want me keeping some stuff, just let me know. Tori Kudo LP has almost sold out, thank you !

Please take care, be well and play music.

Thursday March 19, 2020

Alien Brains CD

Alien Brains CD “Live a tthe Basement” VLZ produkt

Comes with a booklet including a recent interview with Nigel Jacklin. CD, edition of 200

Originally issued on cassette(Aeon,1982),Live At The Basement does indeed sound like it was recorded in a basement – metallic squeals, languorous clanging and echoes in excelsis. Suffused with suffocation and the mysterious darkness that only lo-fi can grant, idle whistling and muffled screams falling from the ceiling; rhythms are begun then abandoned. There is the distinct feel in one’s hand of the rusty tubularity of iron piping, like a suite for haunted Hallowe’en housing. Each lonely sound is truer than the one that came before it. Concentrated strangeness from one of the more remote locations on Earth one might expect to find concentrated strangeness. Hence the Alien, and the alienation. –Signal To Noise

Alien Brains was founded in 1979. Their first release was Menial Disorders (Deleted Records, 1980.) Around that time, Alien Brains founder Nigel Jacklin organized the legendary Throbbing Gristle concert at Oundle School which was released on Industrial Records. Following Menial Disorders Alien Brains released several more cassettes either privately or on Deleted Records including ‘Blatantly Nihilist,’ ‘IV: Natural Advantages,’ ‘Der Blaunk Teps,’ ‘British Interiors’ and ‘U.S.E.’ (Unusual Social Embraces) as well as contributing to several compilations. Alien Brains were ‘an abstract non-collective’ (rather than a group) and in addition to Nigel Jacklin also included Philip and Richard Rupenus (TNB), David Jackman (Organum), Mark Lancaster (Instant Automatons), Philip Sanderson (Storm Bugs), Allen Adams (Methods Of Execution) and Truus de Groot (Nasmak.) Nigel also worked with Dominic Guerin (SPK.) Alien Brains live appearances included The Basement in Newcastle, Centro Iberico in London and Ultras in Amsterdam. Alien Brains ceased in 1985.


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Yakouchu CD back in stock

Yakouchu CD “Yakouchu” VLZ produkt 2015

back in stock !

First CD with this band that appeared on PSF Tokyo Flashback 6 in 2007 and toured since with Overhang Party, Keiko Higuchi. Centered around female singer Madoka and Louis Image guitar (Majutsu No Niwa, Keiko Higuchi) + drums and organ, music is rooted in psychedelism with a light touch of Quicksilver Messenger Service influence, or like White Heaven with dreamy mid tempos. Madhoka singer has a smokey voice sometimes a bit like Maki Asakawa….For psychedelic life, psychedelic people, a new name to discover !


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Takashi Masubuchi & Shizuo Uchida

Takashi Masubuchi & Shizuo Uchida CD “Dripping Nocturne” Headlights records
Takashi Masubuchi – acoustic guitar
Shizuo Uchida – acoustic bass
Enigmatic duo, Shizuo is one of the most prolific musician for 3 decades, he played with Nijiumu and has a very personnal sound with gaps of silence and strangeness. Takashi Masubuchi is less well known for us but he’s a discreet guitarist and plays like a slowed down abstract blues. Here there’s sometimes some chaotic & percussive moments but we stay in a half awakened state.
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Kumio Kurachi CD

Kumio Kurachi CD “Sound of turning Earth” Bison records

After 11 albums and unknown quantities of cassettes, compilations and split releases, Sound of Turning Earth is the first release outside of Japan for one of the most original figures in Japanese music, Kumio Kurachi. Recorded by Jim O’Rourke at his home studio, Sound of Turning Earth is Kurachi solo on vocals and guitar, mixing surreal lyrics and theatrical vocal personas with unorthodox tunings inspired by Japan’s national instrument, the koto. Lyrically Kurachi draws life from the small events of life, the hira, – the joy of choosing a lipstick in springtime, the business of changing the tatami, raindrops deciding whether to fall as snow. Set to his own brand of progressive folk in the Hirajōshi scale and laced with winding melodies which can be hard to forget, Kurachi maps his own territory for the people who inhabit his everyday.

Kumio Kurachi has performed actively in Japan since the 80’s, and still plays shows in Fukuoka regularly. Past collaborators include Taku Unami and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto. He has played with Tenniscoats, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Katsura Yamauchi, Tori Kudo, Jim O’Rourke and Eiko Ishibashi. If you like odd birds, outsiders,  weird folk, this album is really for you. A very nice discovery, comes in Deluxe Gatefold CD with fold out poster & 3 double sided art cards featuring Kurachi’s illustrations. 


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Akio Suzuki Analopos CD – Merzbow

Akio Suzuki CD + Booklet “Analopos” Room 40

Matte laminate CD, embossed artwork, insert card and 28 page book which includes exclusive photographs and an extensive interview conducted by Aki Onda about the history of the Analapos

In 1979, Akio Suzuki recorded a performance, ’New Sense Of Hearing’, at the Nagoya American Centre. During the performance, Suzuki used voice, turntables, glass harmonica and his self-designed instrument the Analapos to create a series of improvised pieces that effectively charted out his sonic investigations for the proceeding decades.

In 1980 these recordings were issued by ALM records as Analapos, the first work made publicly available by Akio Suzuki.

For going on six decades now, Akio Suzuki has been responsible for creating amongst the most otherworldly, yet deeply affective sound works of his generation. As a musician, sculptor and sound artist, Suzuki’s work threads an important linkage between Eastern and Western sound art practices. His approaches, that focus primarily on intense states of listening, ’throwing and following’ and a relentless sense of open curiosity, have allowed him to continuously deepen his work.

Originally published in an edition of just 200 copies in 1980, Analapos has been out of print literally since its release. Clocking in an over an hour, the original pressing of the recordings to a single LP, presented some technical limitations.

This 40th anniversary edition of Analapos is entirely remastered and is published with a booklet that includes a long form interview with Akio Suzuki conducted by sound artist and collaborator Aki Onda, plus extensive photographic documentation of the development of the Analapos. The publication of this edition is announced in conjunction with the Sense Of Ekō retrospective exhibition which opens at The Substation in Melbourne late January.


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Merzbow CD “StereoAkuma” Room 40

Monochrome printed, matte Laminate embossed cover, insert card



Sanhedrin / Keiji Haino + Nasuno Mitsuru

Sanhedrin CD  密度を変えろ 義務の海から這い上がるように – Trailghts rec.

Keiji Haino + Mitsuru Nasuno + Tatsuya Yoshida

Comes in a 6-panel Digisleeve.

Only a few $25


Nasuno Mitsuru CD-R (pro duplicated) 2019 – Trailights rec.


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White Heaven & Go Hirano

White Heaven LP “Out” Black Editions

Deluxe edition featuring pure black paper cover and insert with metallic gold ink and all new artwork.
Digital download is included. Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.

First released in 1991 by Tokyo’s P.S.F. Records and pressed in an edition of 500 copies the original LP has become a holy grail in underground circles, with only a scant few copies ever making it outside of Japan. Built on the chemistry between You Ishihara’s lysergic lyricism and the blistering leads of one of Japan’s undisputed guitar gods Michio Kurihara, Out is an absolute classic. It is one of the few albums to successfully join a deep love of classic rock n’ roll with the rapturous energy of punk and openness of the avant-garde.


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Go Hirano LP “Corridor of Daylight” Black Editions

GO HIRANO’s third album, Corridor of Daylights, is a quiet work of dreamlike brilliance. A home field recording where fragile piano melodies float alongside wind-chimes and wistful melodicas — insects hum in the distance and a breeze gently rustles as summer day eases toward evening. Originally released in Japan by P.S.F. Records in 2004, Corridor of Daylights is a beautiful, soulful dispatch from early aughts Tokyo.In the already eclectic spectrum of music released by the revered Tokyo based P.S.F. label, Go Hirano’s three releases are true outliers in the catalog’s thirty year history.

Deluxe edition featuring pearlescent paper, metallic inks and foil stamped letters as well as two inserts including a newly translated illustrated story booklet. Digital download is included. Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.


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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


Takayanagi – Togashi

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


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

One of my long time favorite !


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Masayuki Takayanagi Angry Wave CD “850113” Octave Lab



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.”


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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.
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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