Otomo Yoshihide x Kawashima Makoto CD

Otomo Yoshihide x Kawashima Makoto CD Duo – Homo Sacer

2 generations, guitar + saxophone

Cardboard Sleeve and Fire !

$18

Homei Yanagawa CD

Homei Yanagawa CD 炎群 – Homura Armegeddon Nova

2 solo tracks on alto saxophone

$15

Shūko No Omit LP

Shūko No Omit LP 秘密の回顧録 | Himitsu no Kaikoroku

LP comes in a 3 panel silkcreened jacket with obi (yellow, tan, green) with inserts and a postcard

Liner notes by Patrick O’Brien

Shūko No Omit is a trio of Yonju Miyaoka on guitars and vocals, Yuya Oishi on drums, and Taiju Sugimori on bass: a classic framework for a rock band, and yet…
Led by Yonju Miyaoka, a young prolific musician from Osaka who lives with schizophrenia, Shūko No Omit could have found a home in the P.S.F. records catalogue curated by the late Hideo Ikeezumi, sitting alongside Go Hirano, Tori Kudo, Chie Mukai / Ché Shizu, and Kousokuya. Yonju Miyaoka’s music seems haunted by the psychedelic rock of the late seventies, by its electric, solitary ghost minstrels, perhaps also inhabited by the impulsive riffs of no-wave. His voice can sound slightly out of tune to the western ear, on the edge, and maybe this is what makes it so terribly moving. His guitar seems to be soaked in the same acid as poured out by the amplifiers of Keiji Haino or Takashi Mizutani, a mercurial grain, a wild and inhabited psychedelia. The compositions crawl towards their ends in a reptilian, winding way, in a mud of saturation and distortion, almost overlaying like tracing paper sheets, in a disordered manner. These six tracks evoke inner collapse, loss, expectations and oblivion. Like his elders, Miyaoka shows a nonchalant, almost dilettantish way of building songs, preferring a chipped body, the trace of a conundrum disorder, to schoolboy academic perfection. This album is a long improvisation with a punctured, dismembered body, thrown in here like a bucket full of viscera, and reassembled in an alternate fashion. Miyaoka lies there, naked.

Release date : July 12th

22 €

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Gate LP Winter Songs

Gate LP Winter Songs – 8mm

Michael Morley in an hypnotic and a lightly doomy meditation…

We only have a very few, not the best pressing but one excellent piece in the puzzle. Expensive as we don’t have wholesale and we didn’t get copies from the label.

$28

Maher Shalal Hash Baz ltd 2 cs

Maher Shalal Hash Baz ltd 2 cs set D’s label


Maher Shalal Hash baz first 2 cassettes(1985)
remastered from the originals tapes

Super ltd, we only have a few $52

Kawaguchi Masami & Usurabi

Shipping will start on May 7th

Kawaguchi Masami LP “Self Portrait” An’archives

Edition of 285, comes in a silk-screened tip-on / “old style” jacket with obi (red or black), inserts and a postcard
Liner notes by Jon Dale

It’s been almost three decades since Japanese guitarist and songwriter Masami Kawaguchi first broke cover, with his group Broomdusters and their debut album, 23 hours 30 minutes (Purifiva, 1997). In the intervening years, Kawaguchi has maintained single-minded discipline, through his membership of some of the Japanese underground’s greatest groups (Miminokoto, LSD March, Los Doroncos, Usurabi, and his projects with Keiji Haino: Aihiyo and The Hardy Rocks); the exhilarating music made by his own band, New Rock Syndicate; and a small clutch of intimate (mostly live) solo recordings.

But nothing in his history has been quite as distinctive, nor as singular, as Self Portrait. The title’s a strong clue, of course, but the real tell is in the consummate nature of the eight songs here – this is Kawaguchi articulating most clearly his vision of what rock music could and should be, and what it means to him. His second studio solo album, it’s both dedication and hymn to the music that keeps Kawaguchi moving. Deftly crafted and sweetly intimate, Self Portrait is bursting with great songs, shufting from gorgeous acoustic folk-blues melancholy – see “Visions Of Marianne”, and the dreamlike closer, “On The Rooftop”, which Kawaguchi describes as his answer song to the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By” – to storming rock monsters.

To that end, it’s a goddamn thrill to hear Kawaguchi and friends jamming on a James Brown riff through “Awake”, squeezing all the nuance out of its stop-start, staccato rhythms. Elsewhere, Kawaguchi lazily strums a psychedelic air, on the Syd Barrett-esque “Blindfold Blues”, and rifles through his backpack to find one of his earliest songs, the strung-out, levitating “Nothing”, which he wrote when he was nineteen years old. “Song For Golden Hair” pays tribute to the psychedelic sixties; “Drinking With Mr. K” remembers Japanese psych-rock legend Jutok Kaneko of Kousokuya.

Kawaguchi’s been playing the long game, slowly whittling away at a unique and personal take on rock and the blues, one that’s equal parts reverent and forward-thinking, playful and deeply committed. Self Portrait is the clearest articulation yet of his dedicated vision. And it’s a total blast.

23€

 Usurabi LP “Remains of the Light” An’archives

Edition of 285, comes in a silk-screened (2 colors with metallic ink) 3 panels foldout jacket with obi (red or black), inserts and a postcard

Liner notes by Michel Henritzi

Remains Of The Light, the debut album by Japanese trio Usurabi, is a gorgeous thing – six generous, deftly melodic songs that stretch out slowly, breathing deeply, yet never outstaying their welcome. The members of Usurabi started playing together in 2017, but they’d known each other for several decades, meeting via their involvement in a music club at university. Led by songwriter, singer and guitarist, Toshimitsu Akiko, previously of psych-pop duos Doodles and Aminome, the trio is completed by Kawaguchi Masami (New Rock Syndicate, Hardy Rocks, Miminokoto) on bass and guitar, and Morohashi Shigeki (Majutsu no Niwa, Uchu Engine, peaflan, Alraune) on drums.

Kawaguchi and Morohashi had already played together in the legendary Broomdusters, a group they formed when they were both university students. Toshimitsu, long a fan of Broomdusters, formed Usurabi to explore what she describes as “rock music that features vocal mainly and floating sound like waves.” It’s a clear, simple and apt description of what they do. Toshimitsu’s songs are graceful, each having a dynamic arc to their construction, while allowing for all kinds of subtle inflection from her guitar, sometimes tussling with Kawaguchi’s flinty, overloaded blues; Toshimitsu drives the songs with subtletly and wit, sculpting waves of energy from his kit.

Throughout, Toshimitsu’s songs hint at questions, complexities, metaphors: allusions and illusions. Songs like “Brunnera” and the closing “Constellation” are adrift, beamed out on rays of light, the trio’s empathic playing harnessing a subtle kind of psychedelia. “Constellation” explores Toshimitsu’s thought, “Am I allowed to turn the feeling I can nothing to do into a constellation, like ancestors did?” The lovely, shaded pop of “Autumn Rain” translates a Toshimitsu solo arrangement into a stripped-back, delightful slice of happy-sad nostalgia; “The rain is always sweet to me,” Toshimitsu says of the song.

Ask the trio what other music informs Usurabi, and they share names, some expected, some surprising: Kaneko Jutok, Les Rallizes Denudes, The Doors (“The first real rock experience to me,” Toshimitsu recalls), Captain Beefheart, The Rolling Stones. You can hear elements of all of this music in their songs, but mostly it’s more a hint, or a tint, than an obvious acknowledgment; the playing certainly shares the hopeful freedom of Kaneko, and the stridency and sensitivity of the Stones at their best. It also recalls the independent music of groups like The Pastels; like that outfit, Usurabi have absolute integrity in their sound. It’s quietly ambitious, and quite beautiful.

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Ochibonoame / Makoto Kawashima

Ochibonoame CD “Syuyukan” – Homo Sacer

Second release

$19

Ochibonoame CD “Ochibonoame” – Homo Sacer

Ochibonoame is trio with Makoto KawashimaLouis Inage & Naoto Yamagishi

Fantastic first meeting, free and it leaves me breathless !

$19

la scène 裸身 EP

la scène 裸身 EP 7′ inch “Argonauta” Inner Pleasure

New track coupled with a Sarah Vaughan ‘The Mystery of Man’ cover
Guest player – Bouzouki by Shinji Kuroki (Z.O.A, Morrie) on ‘ARGONAUTA’
Cutting Engineer – Katsutoshi Kitamura (MIXER’S LAB)
Artwork by Tetsu Makita

$20 with CDR version

Kanai Hideto – Kosuke Mine – Yosuke Yamashita

Kanai Hideto Group “Q” Craftman

Originally releasesd in 1971 with Masayuki Takayanagi, Hiroshi Ymazaki, Kosuke Mine…

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Kosuke Mine Quintet ” Mine” Craftman

Originally released in 1970 with Hideo Ichikawa

$20

Yosuke Yamashita trio CD “Dancing 古事記” Super Fuji

$25

Yosuke Yamashita trio CD Super Fuji

1973 with Akira Sakata

$25

Carmen Maki CDs

Carmen Maki CD “Adam and Eve” Super Fuji

Carmen Maki CD “Poems In the midnight…” Super Fuji

Carmen Maki CD “Goodbye my memories 70” Super Fuji

Recorded 1969 and 1970, those 3 first Carmen Maki are just essential if you have a sweetheart.

$24 each CD or $65 the 3CD set comes in a nice heavy gatefold with obi

Keiji Haino – O’Rourke – Ambarchi LP

Keiji Haino + Jim O’Rourke + Oren Ambarchi LP “each side has a depth of 5…” Black Truffle

Sticker on the shrinkwrap reads : “Tenth release from the legendary trio. This time the trio present a deliriously psychedelic, fully immersive electronic set that is simultaneously unsettling, ritualistic and melancholically beautiful. Presented in a stunning gatefold sleeve with photography by Lasse Marhaug and an inner sleeve with live pics from Ujin Matsuo.”

Dedicated to Hideo Ikeezumi

We only have a very few

$26

Makoto Kawashima CDr &

Makoto Kawashima CDR “Two self” Homo Sacer

Just clocking under 20 minutes, this one is vibrant, Kawashima Makoto has a burning and singing heart. Direct and moving, we don’ t need any long explanations.

$10

Makoto Kawashima CD “Homo sacer” P.S.F

Re-stock of the very last CD released  in 2015 by the legendary P.S.F records label.

I can’ t tell you enough how I’m moved everytime I have this CD in hands : I remember how Ikeezumi-san was so excited when this CD was released, how he considered Makoto being as one of the best player from his generation. Different from Urabe, Makoto has maybe a more lyrical and direct style, there’s so much feelings that explode into the listener’s face….

I only have a few copies, no idea if there’s many remaining copies.

$20

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Makoto Kawashima CD “Dialogue” Homo Sacer

$12

Makoto Kawashima CD “You also here” Homo Sacer

Ltd to 100 with no distribution ! Makoto Kawashima is still considered as a new comer but believe me he’s getting stronger and within 2 years (whose Homo Sacer CD was the final release on P.S.F records) he’s been recording some of the most moving music. Somewhere between Ayler, Urabe and Abe but with a very singular lyrical mood between melancholy and rage.  Pick it up before it’s gone for collectors !

$15

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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.

$14

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Makoto Kawashima – Naoto Nishizawa duo CD”Hamachidori” Homosacer records

Great duo with Kawashima on alto sax and Nishizawa  (Exias-J) who’s a percussionist and sound artist. Far from the usual ferocious playing, music has her a lot of space with Kawashima’s singular melodic and lyrical vibe.

$18

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Makoto Kawashima CDR “Unification” Self Release $12

One more excellent release and quite intense performance from Kawashima, maybe a bit more physical from the previous releases.One new howler who slowly finds his own way…

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Ice 9 2LP Onnyck

Ice 9 2LP ” The Fifth column Years” Vinyl on Demand

VOD presents The Fifth Column Years by Ice 9. This double LP release contains 1981 and P.F.L.P. Ice 9 was a collective centered around Onnyk (Yoshiaki Kinno) a well-known on the field of Japan’s underground and free improvisation, acted as ‘The Fifth Column”, also called ‘Daigoretsu’, in mid 70’s to 80’s.

Limited, I can’t really recommend this label but definitively this music.

$36