KYOHANSHA – Keiko Higuchi

Kyohansha cassette 2017-2018

Isshe on Bass + Keiko Higuchi on drums & vocals = explosive no wave

ltd and numbered to 100  with dowload coupon

$14

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Elodie + Timo Van Luijk LP

Elodie LP “Le Nid D’ivoire” La Scie Dorée

Edition of 500 copies on transparent vinyl
including reproduction of  largeart-print and postcard
Seven track studio album by Andrew Chalk & Timo van Luijk 
recorded and mixed at Kulta Saha and Impression Lointaine, 2016-2019

One of the most beautiful Elodie they ever recorded, sometiems reminescent of Luciano Cilio and some other italian composers. No this is not ambient or furniture music, it has really to be listened…One of my favorite release so far, already in the 2020 top !

$22

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Timo Van Luijk & Frederik Croene LP “Ipnopedion” La Scie Dorée

La Scie Dorée, Scie 2519, Belgium 2020
Edition of 300 copies on transparent vinyl with printed insert

On the frigid moonless night of December 6th, 1978, a 26 year-old night watchman named Pier Zanfretta was on a routine patrol in the village of Torriglia, where he stumbled into a horrifying encounter with aliens from Taetonia. In order to get more clarity about what happened that night Pier Zanfretta agreed to undergo hypnosis, to let his subconscious speak about his abduction by these aliens.
As his discours under hypnosis sounded uncannily musical and mesmerizing, even without understanding the words, it became the basis of this Ipnopedion album.
For the recording of the title track ‘Ipnopedion’ (side 1) Zanfretta’s speech was played back on headphones, then phonetically reproduced by FC and TVL, lying down in darkness as being hypnotised. Apart from this transposed text only piano and a few hypnosis inducing atmospherics and spatialisations were added.
The ‘Taetonia’ track (side 2) opens with a naieve and enticing piano play slowly being beamed into a vacuum void towards Taetonia.  As Zanfretta’s words were vague it remained unclear what happened in Taetonia but things certainly had changed…
Ipnopedion became a ritual invitation to withdraw from the concrete world, returning to it as uncanonical aliens from Taetonia.

That’s a long time I haven’t heard such a strange album, it sounds really hypnotic, mysterious and sometimes a bit disturbing but music is always rroted in a timeless and acoustic world with Timo as a wizard. This is just excellent, hard to categorize, very like the talented muscians Frederik and Timo are.

$22

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Louise Landes Levi – Bart De Paepe – Timo van Luijk LP ‘Kami’  Sloowax

Like the ever changing shapeshifting nature of Kami in Japanese Shinto faith, the music on this new collaborative lp is itself a mirror reflecting, obscuring or modifying the ever changing rivers of sounds.
Louise Landes Levi has a long history in music from studying sarangi with Annapurna Devi and La Monte Young to performing with like minded poets as Ira Cohen and Simon Vinkenoog. As on the previous Ikiru lp she collaborates with Timo van Luijk  (Af Ursin, Elodie, Asra, In Camera etc) and Bart De Paepe (Ilta Hämärä, Bombay Lunatic Ensemble etc). The trio weaves several delicate threads together into a surrealist, organic and overall poetic language.  Ltd to 500 with postcard

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Michael Ranta CD ” Die Mauer” Metaphon

11 track album of previously unreleased music for a ballet choreographed by Philippe Talard.
Composed, performed and recorded by Michael Ranta in 1988/1989.
Mixed by Michael Ranta and Stefan Deistler.
Mastered by Earlabs.
Program notes for the ballet by Karla Nieraad.
Translation by Christoph Heemann.
Production and artwork by Timo van Luijk.
Design by Meeuw

$15

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Takahashi – Steve Lacy – Takehisa Kosugi

Steve Lacy – Yuji Takahashi – Takehisa Kosugi CD “Distant voices” Denon / Columbia 2006

This  edition has has also 2 bonus tracks with Yuji Takahashi &  Masahiko Sato from 1974 whereas “Distant voices” tracks were recorded in 1975

New old stock, comes in a mini LP jacket with obi, only few no re-stock as it’s out of print for years

$25

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Mikami Kan – Hijokaidan

Mikami Kan – Hijokaidan – Mikamikaidan – 三上階段 2CD Chaotic Noise recordings

ltd to 500, comes in a multi panel digipak

$35

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Michel Henritzi & Ikuro Takahashi CD

Michel Henritzi & Ikuro Takahashi CD “We were there” Psych-Kg / Klageto E-Klageto series , comes in a 7 inch jacket , ltd to 250

$14

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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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la scène 裸身 CDEP

la scène 裸身 CD-EP コリド “Corridor” Inner Pleasure #9

Second CD with  Atsuo from Boris with Roger Waters  “Cymbaline” cover

The band is actually on Tour in Europe,  believe me their name should grow. This one sounds a little more psychedelic and out with their own composition while their Roger Waters cover is very minimal & personnal. Not long enough (just clocking under 25 ‘) for sure as there’s no false note here !

Comes in a 3 panels digipak with obi

$12

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la scène 裸身 CD 天の赤道  – Ten No Sekido – Inner Pleasure

Subtle and profound Japanese slowcore; It will transport you to the fount via the bowels of the sound. This work is created from a collaboration of Atsuo (Boris), especially inspired by his view about the voice. Each song exudes its presence like a small signpost glowing in the darkness, and its introspective sound swells as a form of therapy.
It features guest guitar by Hideki Yamagiwa (Katurei/Chi to Shizuku) and also guest vocals by Atsuo in 16mins title track “Ten no Sekido” Mastered by Soichiro Nakamura (PEACE MUSIC).

$20

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Masayoshi Urabe CD

Masayoshi Urabe CD “What Hasn’t Come Here, Come !” Relative Pitch

Recorded 5th August 2017 at Sakedelic, Space Shuyukan (Oumi-Hachiman, Shiga, JAPAN)

$15

(shipping is $2,5 in France & $4 everywhere else)

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Dustbreeders LP with Junko

Dustbreeders LP The only house in town – Elevage de Poussière

The terrific trio is back with Junko on one side – Rock N’ Roll, what a regressive pleasure !

Only a very few

$15

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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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Tori Kudo CDR “Live at Shichoshitu 3 – Yokohama”
Tori Kudo CDR” Live at Kochi”
$15 each
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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

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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

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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.

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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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