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Ainotamenishis new CD

Ainotamenishis CD “XLisis” Reconquista records

Attention ! This is only the second album by this incredible band, first LP was released on Holy moutain in 2006.  “Ainotamenishis is a loud, heavy guitar group from Tokyo who were birthed from one oviduct marked “Velvet Underground” and a massive salpinx marked “Gaseneta.”  This new album has a better production but don’t believe these stray dogs are now only singing about love songs as their music is deeply rocky and sharped. There’s anger, anxiety, nucances,  the band is still influenced by Inu, Gaseneta and sometimes it’s reminescent of Yura Yura Teikoku. This is my favorite for weeks, this CD has been released last year but it’s still unheard and unknown by most of western listeners as there’s no distro outside of Japan. It’s a monster hit, it’s almost winter, go wild, go nuts ! Would make a nice companion to the recent Gaseneta LP.

$18

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Tashi Dorji cs Moone records

Tashi Dorji cassette “But a night that ends..” Moone records

Ltd to 150 with download coupon –  “But a night that ends,  as all nights end,  when the sun rises” –

“Tashi Dorji is a celebrated free-form/improvisational guitarist. Born and raised in Bhutan, but transplanted to Ashville, NC in the early 2000’s. He is a musical force that is in a caliber of his own. The amount of originality in his playing could have only been summoned when one is forced to confront limitations and raise a big middle finger to the ‘status quo’….

Tashi’s latest album but a night that ends, as all nights end, when the sun rises is pieced together in a non-linear/non-hierarchical form. Every segment equal part fragile and intense. The album feels like it is addressing a dark political climate but from an anti-establishment perspective. It is a transmission from another dimension, to let us know we aren’t doing this “humanity thing” right. However, in its confrontation, it still arouses hope for a brighter future.”

$10

Tashi Dorji CS

LW & Maher Shalal Hash Baz LP

Little Wings & Maher Shalal Hash Baz LP “Share” Moone Records

12 “/  45 rpm limited to 300, silk screened jacket

$24

LW MSBH LP3 LW MSBH LP 2

Nord live cs

Nord cs “Electric Meditation -live materials 2015-2017” Haang Niap

NORD has been pursuing original sound world in the underground since the 1980s.
Current NORD is active by the original member Satoshi Katayama with Hiroshi Hasegawa (ASTRO) and Shizuo Uchida.

only a few $13

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Gaseneta LP

Gaseneta LP Ektro records

Good things come to those who wait. It’s a yellowing cliche but it also applies handily to the life, death, and eventual rebirth of Tokyo’s Gaseneta. Formed at university in 1977, the volatile quartet barely lasted long enough to compose four perfect songs, none of which were released during the band’s two-year existence. But the music’s influence on subsequent generations of punk, psych, and avant-garage rockers belies such inauspicious beginnings. Jun Hamano’s prickly, high-velocity guitar sprayed enervated solos and no wave treble across the late Toshiharu Ōsato’s melodic basslines and the machine-gun patter of a series of drummers. At the heart of this spastic ecstasy slouched the rubber-limbed singer Harumi Yamazaki. With his tongue askew and his body convulsing, he barked abstract, hilarious, and oddly poetic phrases like some rabid auctioneer in the thralls of electroshock therapy.

After parting in spring 1979, Gaseneta’s brain trust scattered to important corners of the fertile Kanto underground: Hamano joined an early iteration of Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha before withdrawing from the public eye. Yamazaki hatched the arty, conceptual Taco with assistance from Ōsato, who would ultimately work as a professor and write Gaseneta Wasteland, a cerebral but immensely entertaining memoir that was recently translated and republished for global consumption.

But whatever happened to those four perfect songs? Until now, they’d been exiled to a succession of frustratingly unavailable CD-only retrospectives, most notably a 10-disc box set from 2011. Illogically extensive, that bewildering anthology excavated take upon relentless take of rehearsal and live performances—audio quality and consistency be damned. Priced similarly to an illegally harvested vital organ, the collection swiftly sold out its lone pressing. (Excerpts would surface on a best-of compilation and a limited-edition seven-inch, both difficult to obtain internationally.)

So what’s a young analog enthusiast to do? To solve this dilemma, Ektro’s Full Contact imprint has distilled the strongest selections from the Gaseneta box into a tidy self-titled LP. The group’s signature tunes show up in three versions each, among them a previously undiscovered, nine-minute rampage through “Tōchan no Pō ga Kikoeru” that’s exclusive to this record. A bilingual lyric sheet, courtesy of Japanophile academic Alan Cummings, attempts to clarify the chaos. Completely authorized and mastered from Ōsato’s lo-fi cassette archive, the majority of this material is finally making its debut on vinyl, where it always belonged.

To boot, Yamazaki has resumed gigging around Tokyo. His resurrected Gaseneta features drummer Jun Inui (from the original ’70s incarnation as well as punk heroes the Stalin) plus guitarist Mitsuru Tabata (of Boredoms, Zeni Geva, and Acid Mothers Temple fame) and bassist Chiyo Kamekawa (from Yura Yura Teikoku). The deafening crudeness and minimalist absurdity of the initial endeavor remain very much front and center.

Unsurprisingly, the word “gaseneta” isn’t particularly easy to explain in English. Loosely speaking, it means something akin to “disinformation”—or, less politely, “bullshit.” The revelatory racket of this album, however, resonates more like a universal truth.

Jordan N. Mamone, New York City
July 24, 2018

Limited to 500, only a few

$20

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Toshiharu Osato CD Aquirax Aida

Toshiharu Osato CD “Improvisation dedicated to Aquirax Aida” Companysha

Excellent archives from Osato who played in Taco & Gaseneta, maybe one of the most important and still unknown musician coming from the early 80’s – he played with Tamio Shiraishi, Tori Kudo…. Limited to 200

$17

Toshiharo osato CD Toshiharo osato 2CD

Andrew Chalk LP & Elodie

Andrew Chalk LP “Baroque steps” Faraway Press

All handmade sleeve in full coloured papers tipped on. Colour lined inner. Japanese obi

With full colour insert, Edition of 300 copies only

“Sun-lit leaves.

It is a clear blue message of hope, as it rings out on a cold

winter’s day.

As the spring progresses, it becomes a cascade that overflows

with bubbling sound, and ends with a challenge “

$24

Andrew Chalk Baroque Steps

 

Elodie LP “La Lumière Parfumée” Faraway Press

All handmade sleeve in coloured papers tipped on.

Colour lined inner. Letterpress texts and image to main sleeve

With duotone insert, Edition of 300 copies only

Elodie is here : Timo van Luijk & Andrew Chalk ,

Original release on CD December 2011

“ A repertoire of delicate acoustic and electronic sounds, weaving a rich tapestry of impressionistic pastel shades and shimmering opalescent rays”.

$24

Elodie La lumière

Kaoru Abe / Toyozumi LP & more

Kaoru Abe / Sabu Toyozumi LP “Banka” Nobusinessrecord

Recorded live at Gaïa, Hatsudai, Tokyo, Friday, 13th January, 1978

Japanese free/jazz sax legend, Kaoru Abe, dies at the age of only 29 in 1978, living a fast and crazy life and dieing of a drug overdose. His entire music career was only 10 years, from 1968 to 1978. In that short period, he was well recorded with around 30 releases, ten of which are solo sax efforts, duos with guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi, bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa and drummer Sabu Toyozumi. Mr. Abe also toured and recorded with Milford Graves, Derek Bailey and Toshinori Konda in 1977 & 1978. Sadly, nothing by Kaoru Abe has been in print for many years until now… Many of his rare CD’s & LP’s go for big bucks on the resale market. This disc was recorded at two concerts in Tokyo in January and July of 1978, the year that Mr. Abe passed away. Those in the know, free/jazz freaks worldwide, should know of drummer Sabu Toyozumi from his work with Peter Brotzmann, Derek Bailey, Misha Mengelberg and Haino Keiji. ‘Part 1’ kicks things off with an immense blast with Mr. Abe on alto sax and Mr. Toyozumi on drums. Abe sounds a bit like Albert Ayler, although he plays alto & soprano saxes, bending and twisting every note in his own unique way. This duo recorded a few disc together and they sound just right working together, shadowing each other, tightly connecting no matter where they soar. If you savor what is essentially the beginning of fee/jazz in Japan, then you should really hear this disc. It is some 73 minutes long and it all flows together in powerful waves. So good to finally a disc back in distribution that captures the amazing talent & passion filled music of Kaoru Abe and Sabu Toyozumi. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

ltd to 300 (that’s not so many, do no wait too long)

$20

Kaoru Abe Toyozumi LP

Kaoru Abe / Sabu Toyozumi CD “Mannyoka ” Nobusinessrecords

First two tracks recorded live at Minor, Kichijôji, Tokyo, Saturday, 7th July, 1978

The rest of the tracks recorded live at Gaïa, Hatsudai, Tokyo, Friday, 13th January, 1978

$15

Kaoru Abe Toyozumi

Choi Sun Bae quartet LP “Arirang Fantasy” Nobusinessrecords

with Choi Sun Bae – trumpet
Junji Hirose – tenor and soprano saxophones
Motoharu Yoshizawa – electric vertical five-strings bass
Kim Dae Hwan  – percussion

LP

$19

Choi Sun Bae Quartet

Arrington de Dionyso & Tori Kudo

Arrington de Dyoniso & Tori Kudo CDR “Yama Neko Improvisations”

Tori Kudo- pump organ
Arrington de Dionyso- bass clarinet, some voice, membrane horns

Recorded in February 2007 at Tsuru’s home studio in Matsuyama Japan during the Maher Shalal Hash Baz/Arrington de Dionyso/Karl Blau joint tour organized by 7ep and K Records to celebrate the release of the KLP/7ep album “L’Autre Cap” by Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Only a few !

$13

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Kawaguchi Masami’s NRS single

Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate 7″ Kira Kira /Melt”  Magnetic South

Mono mix, it’s a hit ! only a few copies

$10

Kawaguchi Melt Kirakira

Harutaka Mochizuki | Makoto Kawashima LP

Harutaka Mochizuki | Makoto Kawashima
LP “Free Wind Mood” series
Label : An’archives
Réf : [An’14]
ltd to 275, comes in a heavy old style silkscreened jacket with obi (black, dark green or grey), postcards & inserts. Printed by Alan Sherry, liner notes by Michel Henritzi
release date : July 7th , 2018

During the past decade, a number of free music players in Japan have fiercely, with no compromise, continued to grapple with the questions that lay at the heart of the solo saxophone recital: how to tease and tear new formations out of the interface between human breath, human flesh and skeleton, and the instrument itself, its keys, holes, pads, reed, and brass body.
With Free Wind Mood, An’archives splits one vinyl record down the middle, giving a side each to two of the most rigorous, exciting, and committed players from the scene: Harutaka Mochizuki and Makoto Kawashima.
While there are elements of their playing that places them in a history of Japanese free blowing, from Kaoru Abe through Masayoshi Urabe to now, they both have a singular voice: Harutaka more stringent and tart, Kawashima, perhaps, more melancholy. Tellingly, they’ve both intersected with rock music and free sound ensembles, with Kawashima working alongside Nishizawa Naoto of EXIAS-J (Experimental Improvisers’ Association of Japan), while Harutaka has worked in a duo Tomoyuki Aoki of psych-rock group Up-Tight, and guitarist Kondo Hideaki (also of EXIAS-J).
But both of them have made their most massive strides forward with their own solo releases, Kawashima’s potent Homo Sacer one of the final releases on PSF, and Harutaka’s Pas LP and Through The Glass CD exploring new terrain for the nexus of breath and brass. Moving on from those releases, Free Wind Mood is a devastating listening experience, blood and guts on the floor as the players fully inhabit the architecture of the space, and of the self, and play like their lives depend on it.
Jon Dale

Pricing  :

18 EUR + Postage

France : 23 EUR (lettre) / 25 EUR (colissimo)

Europe & EEC : 28 EUR

Rest of the world : 31 EUR

paypal : clerouley[at]free[dot]fr

Special price with  Fuji Yuki – Michel Henritzi – Harutaka Mochizuki CD or  UH CD :

26 EUR + postage (same rate as LP alone)

Orders are processed within 48/72 hours max

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Andrew Chalk 10 ‘ LP Painted Screens

Andrew Chalk

10”/25cm LP  ‘Painted Screens’

Label : An’archives

Réf : [ An’08 ]

 Edition of 250 copies in tipped-on sleeves with Japanese obi, insert and postcard. Entirely handmade sleeve edition of Painted Screens – designed & assembled at Impression Lointaine, signed on the back.

In this album (originally released in 2014), newly remastered for this vinyledition, Andrew Chalk plays musical arrangements along with Federico Durand, Daisuke & Naoko Suzuki, Francis Plagne & Timo Van Luijk.

Music box : intimate music with a large palette of instruments ; Voices and sounds, mixed feelings and mysteries…A window opened on travelling memories, half-awakened thoughts and shared moments – dreamed and nocturnal wandering atmospheres, with undulating rays sporadically lighting a subconscious painting.

Release date :  09 June 2018

Andrew chalk Painted Screens 2  Andrew chalk Painted Screens 3

Price : 20€

Within Europe / EEC : 28 € including airmail

Other countries : 30 € including airmail

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Cedar slipcase edition, handmade and  silk-screened by Alan Sherry

Limited to 40 copies

slipcase 3   slipcase 2

Price : 75€

 Postage : please ask. Within ECC, I’d recommend EMS shipping,  16 € would cover

Elsewhere else, there’s different available options but 25 € would cover registered postage.

Fuji Yuki – Michel Henritzi – Harutaka Mochizuki CD

Fuji Yuki – Michel Henritzi – Harutaka Mochizuki
Shiroi Kao
CD ltd to 250
Free Wind Mood  series
Label : An’archives
Ref : [An’15]
7 inch silkscreened jacket with obi blue, red or grey), insert and postcard
Printed by Alan Sherry
release date : July 7th, 2018

SHIROI KAO

 Disque hivernal, fleurs et flocons, il y a le bleu du ciel où le souffle s’évapore, épouse les nuages blancs, le cristal de la voix et les notes cuivrées  tomberont comme une neige humide sur un temps passé, quelque chose n’est plus et pourtant.

 Souffles de la voix et d’un saxophone alto, calligraphies soniques dessinées sur la page blanche du silence, griffée par les cordes d’un lapsteel mélancolique. Courbes et tourbillons ascendants, appelant l’orage. Quelque chose pleure, un alto au bord du gouffre, on ne renonce pas à ce qui nous hante, ça nous appelle, nous tient comme au bout d’une corde.

Harutaka Mochizuki est comme un asphyxié, écoutez le ! Il joue des phrases tristes sur cette pierre tombale, ce wall of noise. Le bruit assourdissant des larmes et du cœur, tout çà coule là dans l’embouchure, le pavillon débordant de notes maigres, de pétales de chrysanthèmes, de stridences, d’étouffements.

Puis une voix semblant sourdre d’autres temps, Fuji Yuki  ectoplasme flottant dans le murmure du crépuscule, nous prenant la main contre son cœur, lied infiniment mélancolique, ses longs cheveux noirs la recouvrant, échappant à la terre qui nous tire à elle. Elle flotte, Ophélie noyée, ondine serpentant vers une mélodie apaisée. Cordes frottées, un écrin de soies et de rouilles s’enveloppant autour de sa voix, au loin s’en vont les nuages. Il reste le corps flottant, visage blanc, infini paysage, les ombres dévorantes qui gagnent. D’anciens folklores joués pour cette danse oubliée, cordes percussives, glissendi plaintifs.

Un banjo au loin rappelant la tourbe de l’existence. Etait-ce toi, ces voix ? Le sax reviendra dans la ronde, la voix tue, s’accordant au lapsteel dans un jeu de miroir brisé, deux soliloques entendus à travers un brouillard de tristesse, le crépuscule nous appelant à rejoindre nos ombres.

Michel Henritzi assis dans l’antichambre face à ce visage blanc silencieux, la barre glissant sur les cordes, les notes mourant avec le souffle du sax. Un feedback qui meurt ou est-ce nos pleurs …

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SHIROI KAO

 Winter record, flowers and snowflakes. Here is the blue sky into which the breath evaporates and kisses the white clouds, the crystal voice and the brass notes will fall like a wet snow on a long gone time, something vanished and still…

The breathing of the voice and the alto sax, sonic calligraphies drawn onto the white page of silence, scratched by the strings of a melancholic lapsteel. Ascending curves and whirls, calling the storm out.

Something cries, an alto on the edge of the abyss, you don’t give up on what haunts you, it summons you, holds you at the end of a rope. Harutaka Mochizuki is almost asphyxiated, listen to him !

He plays sad phrases on this tombstone, this wall of noise. The deafening sound of tears and heart, all of this flowing into the estuary, the bell overflown by lean notes, chrysanthemum petals, shrillness, mufflings.

Then, a voice that seems to arise from other times, Fuji Yuki, floating ectoplasm in the whisper of dusk, taking our hand onto her heart, her song of infinite melancholy, her long black hair cloaking her, escaping from the soil that holds us back.

She floats, like a drowned Ophelia, like a female spirit winding towards a relieved melody. Bowed strings, a net of silk and rust wrapping around her voice, and faraway, clouds drift.

The floating body remains, pale face, infinite landscape, devouring shadows spreading. Ancient folk songs played for this forgotten dance, on percussive strings, plaintive glissandi.

A distant banjo recalls the peat of existence. Was it you, these voices ? Sax will come back into the circle dance, the voice kills, tuning to the lapsteel in a broken mirror play, two soliloquies heard through a smog of sadness, with dusk calling us to merge with our shadows.

Michel Henritzi, sitting in the antechamber in front of this white silent face, the bar sliding across the strings, notes dying in the sax breath. A feedback loop dying, or is it our sobs ?

Pricing

12 EUR

France : 15 EUR en lettre

All destinations : 18 EUR including airmail

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Special price with Harutaka Mochizuki | Makoto Kawashima or Kawaguchi Masami New Rock Syndicate LP : 26 EUR + postage

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