Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate

 Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate

LP Now

Label : An’archives

Réf : [An’12]

ltd to 275, comes in a  heavy old style silkscreened jacket with obi (dark blue or brick red), postcard & inserts

printed by Alan Sherry

liner notes by Jon Dale

release date :  March 3 , 2018

NOW is the third album by Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate, after Cat Vs. Frog (Palindrome, 2007) and The Psychedelic Sounds Of New Rock Syndicate (8mm, 2011). Expanding on the terrain covered on both those earlier albums, and a string of self-released and limited-edition CD-Rs, it’s a glorious set of psychedelic garage rock, with lacunae for acid-spiked instrumentals (“Intermission”, written by drummer Yamamoto Koichiro), languid blues interludes (“Blues In Haze”) and narcotic melancholy a la third-album Velvet Underground (the gorgeous “The Sound Of The Bell”).

It’s also Kawaguchi’s first major release since his solo album for Anthony Guerra’s Black Petal imprint, The Mad Guitar Sings. Much like that record, NOW has Kawaguchi playing loose and wild with rock and the blues (but not ‘blues-rock’), only this time, his blazing guitar is roaring over the fluid, deeply connected rhythm machine of Yamamoto and bass player Kikuchi Akira. Recorded in 2016, to mark the tenth anniversary of the New Rock Syndicate, it’s the consummate example of Kawaguchi’s vision of what rock music could – and should – do.

Kawaguchi already has a storied history, a player deep in the folds of the Japanese underground, having already lead Broomdusters and Miminokoto, while also contributing to LSD March, Los Doroncos, and Plugged Ear (with Fukuoka Rinji of Overhang Party). For some, he’s perhaps best known for his bass playing in Haino Keiji’s covers group, Aihiyo, as well as cutting some taut shapes on guitar in Haino’s recent blues gang, Hardy Soul. NOW is further steeped in Japanese underground music history, with a guest appearance on two songs by Maki Miura of Shizuka and Fushitsusha.

Wild and free, NOW is played for joy and kicks, led by an absolutely fierce guitarist, at the peak of his craft, letting his mad guitar sing – and sting.

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 UH CD : 25 EUR + postage (same rate as LP alone)

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UH (T.Hashimoto – Shizuo Uchida) CD

UH

[ Takayuki Hashimoto + Shizuo Uchida ]

CD ltd to 250

Free Wind Mood series

Label : An’archives

Réf : [An’13]

inch silkscreened jacket with obi (drak blue or grey), insert and postcard

Printed by Alan Sherry

Liner notes by Michel Henritzi

release date : March 3, 2018

UH is the duo of  Takayuki Hashimoto  (alto saxophone, harmonica) and Shizuo Uchida (bass), both have recorded for the legendary P.S.F. records and play also together in Kito Mizukumi Rouber.

Hashimoto is one half of Osaka-based Japanese free improv duo.es – aka dot.es and and has already played with many musicians such T.Mikawa, Gunjogacrayon, John Duncan, Tetuzi Akiyama…

Shizuo Uchida is now quite a familiar name for years as he was a long-term member of Haino’s Nijiumu medieval dream-drone unit and now for more than 2 decades. He’s also been involved in many projects such Hasegawa-Shizuo , Le Son De L’os,  Kito Mizukumi Rouber, L’Extase Métallique and many more.

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On ne connait rien ou presque de la musique japonaise, de ses traditions, de ses bruits et de ses silences. Quelques images qu’on entretient comme vérités, il en va de même de tout clichés qui nous tiennent comme références, maigre savoir. Ce disque est résolument décalé des modes qui se jouent dans l’underground, aussi un autre monde étrange de traditions fantasmées surgit là avec force.

 Cet enregistrement est un disque de silence, de silence dévorant, qui engloutie les sons joués par ces deux musiciens, Ma qui appelle la note vibrante, laisse entrevoir une sublime mélodie.

Shizuo Uchida à la basse acoustique, Takayuki Hashimoto au sax alto. Musique comme dessinée dans l’air, points et lignes, tracés existentiels sur la feuille blanche du live, on songe à des applats blancs tachés, striés de quelques signes habités. Takayuki Hashimoto glisse ses décompositions free entre les grilles silencieuses de Shizuo Uchida, improvisant avec leurs ombres evanescantes, furtives, fluides. Le sax devient harmonica, avec un foutu pathos illuminé, la basse violoncelle en pleurs.

« Un soir, j’ai assis la Beauté sur mes genoux. – Et je l’ai trouvée amère. – Et je l’ai injuriée » écrivait Arthur Rimbaud. La définition du free c’est peut-être ca. Uchida et Hashimoto nous offre un disque fragile et émouvant, la beauté disparaitra dans le silence et notre âme brûlera.

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Little is known about Japanese music, its traditions, its noises, and its silences. Some images are maintained as truths; so are all clichés that stick to us like references, thin knowledge. This record is resolutely offbeat with regards the trends in underground music, and a new strange world of fantasized traditions asserts itself with strength here. This release is a record of silence, a devouring silence engulfing the sounds played by these two musicians, Ma calling the vibrant note, unveiling a sublime melody.

Shizuo Uchida on acoustic bass, Takayuki Hashimoto on alto sax.

Music drawn into thin air, dots and lines, existential traces on the white sheet of the live performance; one is reminded of a white gessoed canvas, stained and striped with some haunted signs. Takayuki Hashimoto infuses his free decompositions between the silent grids of Shizuo Uchida, improvising with their evanescent, furtive, fluid shades. The sax turns into harmonica, with a bloody illuminated pathos, and the bass turns into cello, in tears.

Rimbaud wrote « One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her ». This might be the definition of free. Uchida and Hashimoto present us with a fragile and moving record, where beauty will vanish into silence, and our soul will burn.

Michel Henritzi

Thanks to Jean Noël and Jon Dale for their help with the english version

Pricing

10 EUR

France : 13 EUR en lettre

All destinations : 15 EUR including airmail

Paypal : clerouley[at]free[dot]fr

Special price with Kawaguchi Masami New Rock Syndicate LP : 25 EUR + postage

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Doronco Gumo CS

Doronco Gumo CS “Man Star” Selection Rec

Excellent ltd cassetten sometiems sounds abit like MSHB with

Colin Molter : Trumpet & Vocal
Doronco : Bass & Vocal
HIiragi Fukuda Guitar & Vocal
Mako Hasegawa : Drums
Reina Higa : Melodica & Vocal
Itsuki Suizu : Melodica & Vocal
Hainezumi Nishimiya : Banjo & Vocal
Osamu Karita : Cowbell & Scream

$10

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Masonna 4CD box

Masonna 4CD  Wooden Box  “Exploring self-corrosive noise with Coquette” Urashima

Masonna is an emblematic figure of Japanoise, who shines by a personal approach and an immediately recognizable style. A zenith in the noisy Japanese landscape.
Urashima is proud to present seven amazing Coquette tapes for the first time remastered digitally on four CD in an exclusive black wooden box with laser engraving :
Like A Vagina : 1988 :
All Live Recording At My Room : 1989 :
Mad Onna : 1989 :
Maso + Onna = Masonna : 1989 :
Hate : 1995 :
Freak : 1995 :
Filled With Unquestionable Feelings : 1995 :
Each single CD inside wooden box comes in cardboard wallet with credits and new artwork plus individually numbered certificate in 250 copies.

$45

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Mayuzumi EP Kaga Mariko Keitaro Miho

Toshiro Mayuzumi 7 inch EP “Only on Mondays ost ” Super Fuji

The movie Japanese title is “GETSUYOBI-NO YUKA” , released in 1964,
directed by Koh Nakahira with Mariko Kaga actress. She was and still is a very famous actress in Japan but what hardly anyone knows is that while she was still a young nymphet  when she recorded her only album in 1971 when she was 28 years old.

$18

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Keitaro Miho 7 inch EP “La Cloche ost”  Super Fuji

The movie Japanese title is “KANE 鐘” 1966, directed by Yukio Aoshima.
Cannes Film Festival awarded in 1967
Music by Keitaro Miho, a renowned musician also famlous as a car racer, his influences are a mix of scatting, Bossa Nova &  the theme sounds a bit like like Nino Rota.

only a few $18

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Masayuki Takayanagi – Kaoru Abe Ltd LP & CD

Masayuki Takayanagi – Kaoru Abe LP ” Kaitai Teki Kōkan”  Craftman Records

The album features a recording of the duo’s live performance at the Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan concert hall in Shinjuku on June 28th, 1970. The reissue is pressed on 180g vinyl and replicates the original LP’s textured sleeve. It also includes a replica flyer that advertised the original event. Supposedly released in a limited run of 100 copies, this incredibly rare record is finally getting its first vinyl reissue via Craftman Records – but still at an incredible high price. Sorry for that but I don’t have any wholesale and I paid cash to get these few copies.

$59

Takayanagi abe LP   Takayanagi abe LP2

Masayuki Takayanagi – Kaoru Abe HQCD ” Kaitai Teki Kōkan”  Craftman Records

Comes in a Mini LP Jacket with obi

$22

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Andrew Chalk  & Jean Noël Rebilly LP

Andrew Chalk  & Jean Noël Rebilly LP “L’état Intermédiaire” Faraway press

 only a few copies available, even better if you can order directly from Faraway Press

http://farawaypress.info/

18 €

Andrew Chalk Rebilly LP

Tetuzi Akiyama – Michel Henritzi LP

Tetuzi Akiyama – Michel Henritzi LP (1 sided) “Broken Blues” Rekem

Reissue of an ultra-limited cdr that popped out quietly on absurd in 2007, this record finds Tetuzi Akiyama and Michel Henritzi joining strengths for a singular set of guitar music recorded at the Alchemy Music Store in Osaka.Captured during the heyday of stylised and pensive improvisation, the music here breaks protocol by avoiding some of the more polite mannerisms of the genre. What starts as a coarse yet beautiful duet of sparse melodic fragments, soon brings into fold the systematic undoing of the bodies of the two guitars themselves. Putting drills, hammers, nails, screws and saws into good use, and with maximum amplification, the two artists manage to bridge the distance between the freely atonal sketches of post-Derek Bailey guitar music and the Fluxus tradition of more overtly disruptive actions. In the process, they craft a singular work that, through raw tactile means, channels some of the violence and expressiveness that runs deep throughout the long tradition of guitar music.
Edition of 192 hand-stamped numbered copies

Only a few $ 18

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Masao Yagi EP Bad Girl Terumasa Hino

Masao Yagi EP 7inch 33 rpm  “Bad Girl, Yoko” Super Fuju Discs

A marvelous jazz session from 1966 :
Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Masahiko Togashi, Masanaga
Harada, Masao Yagi, Hozan Yamamoto
Alto Sax:Sadao Watanabe
Trumpet:Terumasa Hino
Bass:Masanaga Harada
Drum:Masahiko Togashi
Piano:Masao Yagi
Bamboo Flute:Hozan Yamamoto

$19

Bad Girl Yoko Bad Girl Yoko 2

Terumasa Hino Quintet CD “OST Hakucho No Sugeki” Super Fuji

$19

Terumasa Hino Quintet CD

 

Strobe Talbot / Jad Fair ltd LP

Strobe Talbot LP “Funland” Moone Records

second edition, opaque blue vinyl featuring morphing hologram,  comes in a silscreened jacket

Stunning edition for a lovely album, this is not japanese but we both love the album and people behind this label.

“Strobe Talbot started as it is now—a trio of Jad Fair, Mick Hobbs, and Benb Gallaher. They were younger in the past (this is typical), but their interpersonal and musical chemistry is very much the same as it was when at their outset. Generally, Benb gambols atop and plotzes upon the drums, Mick enjoys oblique and uniquely appealing rapport with all ilk of spronging stringed things, and Jad issues de facto proclamations with winsome verve from atop the plinth thereby provided. “

$30 only a few

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Japanese Avant Garde Seiji Onishi

Great White Light LP OMEGA POINT / Japanese Art Sound Archive OPS-001

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 !

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Yasumune Morishige /  Reizen CD “Music For Piano” Omega Point

This new recording is collaboration by Yasumune Morishige and Rezen.
Yasumune Morishige is one of Japan’s most unique voices of the cello, improvising musician. His sound is not only hard edge and deep but also sensitive, however, he has played with other artists almost than solo.
Reizen has acted as ambient unit Nerae until several years ago. He plays guitar drone now, and the sound was released on PSF and Fylkingen.

In this recording, they played inside (and prepared) piano only. Especially Morishige’s solo piano play is extremely rare. Reizen’s sound is made from wires of piano vibrated by handy fan. All tracks consists of their solo playing.

1st edition: metallic blue cover (ltd.90)

$17

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Yasumune Morishige /  Reizen CD “Live in Hong Kong” Omega Point

$16

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Somei Satoh CD “Echoes” Omega Point

Back in stock ! Great Classic

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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.
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Takashi Matsudaira “Extended Voices” Omega Point

Extended Voices, a compilation LP album released from Odyssey, a former section of Columbia Records, the U.S., contains works of “extended voices” offered by important authors of the experimental music circle including Pauline Oliveros, Morton Feldman, John Cage and Alvin Lucier [1]. As we had obtained the tape recording of Extended Voices composed by Toshi Ichiyanagi, a number consisting of electronic sounds and modulated voices which is contained in the album, we sought help from Takashi Matsudaira, a baritone singer, and worked on the realization of the piece in a different manner from the original version. By featuring this realization but also adding experimental pieces selected by Matsudaira as well as his own original work, we constructed “an anthology of extended voices” partially as homage to the original LP.

$18

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Toshi Ichiyanagi + Kenji Kobayashi 2CD “Duo Recital” Omega Point

In 1961, soon after Toshi Ichiyanagi returned from the USA, two concerts were performed at the Sogetsu Art Center ; “Toshi Ichiyanagi Concert”, at which some member of ‘Group Ongaku’ joined, as well as “Toshi Ichiyanagi and Kenji Kobayashi Duo Recital”, which recording is used for this album. It was a major opportunity for its audience to experience the works of Toshi Ichiyanagi and the avant-garde philosophy directly in front of their eyes. Six months later, John Cage made his first visit to Japan for a concert tour. Of course, then the Japanese music scene would be struck by a huge “shock”. So we can consider the recital by Ichiyanagi as a “quiet shock” before the “storm”.

DISC 1
track 1: Sylvano Bussotti Music for violin / 9’18”
track 2: Morton Feldman Duet for violin and piano / 9’55”
track 3: Toshi Ichiyanagi The Pile / For String #2 (simultaneous performance) / 19’06”
track 4: Anton Webern 4 Pieces for violin and piano, Op.7 / 5’18”
track 5: La Monte Young 561 to Henry Flynt / 11’24”

DISC 2
track 1: John Cage 34’46.776″ / 31’33”

$29

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Toshi ichiyanagi CD “Music For Tinguely” Omega Point

music composition: Toshi Ichiyanagi / technical assistance: Shigenosuke Okuyama
track 1_Music for Tinguely (1963) 10’01” (from OPA-005)
track 2-4_Sound Materials of ‘Music for Tinguely’ (1963) 15’46”

This simple CD version was made as related item of the magazine gq No.9. Special cardboard package, limited of 300 copies.

$17

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Veltz CD ” Homage to Home Electronics” Omega Point

“I’m interested in junk materials and have made sound works since several years ago. Before then, I listened experimental music as a fan, but my border of music and non music became meaningless by encounter with Fluxus, sound-art, media-art and others. Since then, I love texture of ‘sound’ itself.
I remarked abandoned analog televisions when transmitting system of broadcast signal was changed to digital format in 2011. They are one of my favorite instrument at present, and I hold live performance and installation used them.
In this CD, I used analog TV, cassette tape recorder and video player. However, their sounds are not manipulated, and I recorded their spontaneous machine noise only. Are These one of ‘experimental music’? I think it may be ‘discovered music’. Obviously, I cannot leave from the fascination of ordinary equipments in my life.”

$15

Veltz CD Omega003

 

Tori Kudo ltd single

Tori Kudo 7inch ” Working Holiday/licking up the dust” Slowboy records

Comes in a nice silkscreened jacket, ltd to 300

Sorry for the price,  I only have a very few

$15

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East Bionic Symphonia 2LP

East Bionic Symphonia 2 LP “Improvisation 1976” Cyclope

Second LP is one sided

Packaged as two separate albums each with a silk screened die-cut cover.
Labels are silk screened on one side and handwritten & numbered on reverse.  ltd to 200

 During the mid-1970s, a group of art students at the Bigakko school in Tokyo, working under Takehisa Kosugi, the renowned Fluxus composer, violinist, and member of Group Ongaku and The Taj-Mahal Travellers, came together as the free improvisation collective East Bionic Symphonia. They recorded a single album – their graduation project, released in 1976 under the title Recorded Live, before going their separate ways. While largely overlooked at the time, it now stands as one of the great artifacts of the Japanese sonic avant-garde, in part because of its remarkable sounds and influence, and in part because of the later significance of the voices within. The collective reformed during the 1980’s under the moniker Marginal Consort – playing and recording extensively, but until now, it has been widely accepted that Recorded Live was the only existing document of their early efforts. We are thrilled to announce a release of further recordings, made during the months following the creation of their long heralded LP.

The East Bionic Symphonia is a founding cornerstone of the Japanese movements of Noise and improvised music. The seed the ensemble helped plant, cut a path through the years to follow – its influence stretching across the globe. They were singular – seeming to effortlessly break every rule in the book,eradicating signifier and association, blending electronic and acoustic sound, in ways that few had. They demand little need for comparison or cross reference. Had its members done nothing since, their contribution to history would still be significant. Some – Hiroshi Shii, Kaoru Okabe, Masaharu Minegishi, Tatuo Hattori, and Tomonao Koshikawa, are little known beyond their work within the ensemble and Marginal Consort. Others went on to make deep and diverse contributions to the landscape of avant-garde and experimental sound. Chie Mukai and Masami Tada have both become legendary for their solo work, the guitarist Kazuo Imai is widely celebrated for his unparalleled approach as an improviser, as well as for his work with Barre Phillips, Arthur Doyle, Han Bennink, and countless others. Yasushi Ozawa is equally noted for his work as the bassist in Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha project.

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