Knead - This Melting Happiness, I Want You To Realize That It Is Another Trap

... and in order to introduce additional jeopardy ... this time it's Keiji Haino with Ruins.

LP released on Fractal Records in 2003.

Another Trap


Knead - Knead

It's Ruins with Keiji Haino. Nowt else needs saying really.

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 2002. It's not MP3.



The World Heritage - Invitation To The World Heritage

Superficially, this doesn't look promising. However, on guitar we have Natsuki Kido and Seiichi Yamamoto, on bass is Mitsuru Nasuno, on violin is Yuji Katsui and behind the kit is Tatsuya Yoshida. That in itself is a list that would slacken the tightest jaw. The CD is a set of improvisations recorded seperately. The DVD is them live at High, Koenji, Tokyo on December the 10th, 2008. I had heard some of their work prior to watching the live gig ... watching them in action made all of the difference to me and revealed it as the hardcore psychedelic spaceprogrock that it is. Probably doesn't make that sound more inviting but hey ho.

DVD and CD set released on Magaibutsu in 2009.

Invitation Accepted


YBO² - Exterminal

This was recorded live at Ink Stick Shibaura on the 27th of March, 1988. It is a wonderfully warped edition to the YBO² canon so hold on to your witch hats! This release seems to be a cleaned up version of the gig. Cleaner is not always better. The original recording clearly exists out there somewhere and if anyone has that I would love to compare the recordings ... so please feel free!

CD released on Transrecords and Fool's Mate in 2018. It's not MP3.



YBO² - Box

Some previously released material with interesting additional live sounds and images.

A thoroughly unofficial nine CD and one DVD collection from Youth Inc. in 2016. It's not MP3.





Various - Real Japanese Underground 2005

As far as I know, there were only the five in the series. There is too much to say about the individual releases. You will have already made your mind up whether you are in or out. Personally, the series is so mentally entertaining that it probably shouldn't be allowed. Luckily ... it's allowed (I checked). This is a Crucial Blast review of this one and apart from the names, the themes stand for the entire series. Happy Saturday people!

"This double CD-R compilation is one of the craziest mixtapes of extreme noise/core we've ever heard, two discs completely loaded with over 2 hours of fucked up, utterly bizarre psychedelic Japanese noisecore, avant grind, psych drones, harsh noise, gabba pop, and other 100% mutant, 100% Japanese confections. Unfortunately, the label that put this out stuck the discs in what pretty much amounts to the most unimaginative packaging possible, a simple xeroxed sleeve with absolutely zero artwork, appearing more like a cheap label sampler than anything. That sucks, because the sounds collected here are from another fucking planet. But then again, you can't really go wrong with 2 hours of music for $6. The first disc has improv noisegrind from Sete Star Sept and Napalm Death is Dead, AWESOME speedmetal/techno from Bakans, retardedly brutal goregrind chugalug from Pultrefaction Apartment and Fuck Me Please, Aostrapos' epic blast psychedelia, freaking killer deathcore weirdness from Deathlate, amazing brutal noise/pop/gabba/hypergrind from Grind D.C.P.S., two MINDBLOWING solo-guitar post-rock/psych/hard rockin' shred instrumentals from Mindweaver (honestly, we recommend picking this sampler up for the Mindweaver tracks alone! Total lo-fi stoner guitar bliss!), plus a handful of other bands whose names we can't read because we can't read Kanji, but we can say that they deal in a variety of bizarre avant-garde J-pop noise, immolating digital noise improv. Then there is the very last track, again by someone whose name is written in Kanji, entitled "Unholy Satanic Improvisation". It's six minutes of a man alone in a room, muttering all sorts of insane nonsensical shit, sometimes letting loose with death metal grunts while he severely abuses his guitar through a tinny practice amp. Essential. The second disc has more brutal electronic noisecore chaos from Feedback Nine VOlt, spastic digital cut-up destruction from Bloody Letter, PLANET CRUSHING powerdrone rumble from Aiz, crunchy harsh noise from 666, ultraviolent feedback improv from Destructionisties and Vent, evil dronenoise from Wyrs, Wolf Eyes-esque devilgnarl from Beautiful Demise, and an awesome set of massive Sunn O)))-meets-Astromero drone metal and ambient annhiliation from Te:ch/a/os:mosis. We're talking GOBS of variety here, folks. A detailed exploration into the utterly mutant underbelley of the Japanese extreme underground."

Double CDr from Lost Rivers Product in 2006.

Real Japanese Underground 2005


Various - Real Japanese Underground 2006

Triple CD released on Lost Rivers Product in 2006.

Real Japanese Underground 2006


Various - Real Japanese Underground 2007

Triple CD from Lost Rivers Product in 2007. This one is not MP3.

Real Japanese Underground 2007


Various - Real Japanese Underground 2008

Triple CD on Lost Rivers Product in 2008.

Real Japanese Underground 2008


Various - Real Japanese Underground 2009

A double CD set released on Lost Rivers Product in 2009.

Real Japanese Underground 2009


Hijokaidan x You'll Melt More! - Watashi o Noise ni Tsuretette

From one end of the Hijo collaboration spectrum to the other ...

CD released as part of the (always revelatory) Alchemy Records Special Edition Series in 2015.



Genbakustakaidan - Live At Shinjuku Loft 2009.10.10

The Genbaku Onanies and Hijokaidan. Live. Unless you were a member of the audience with an alergy to squid, this is a shitload of fun!

DVD released on Alchemy Records and Uplink Records in 2010.



Various - Improvised Music From Japan

I posted this in 2014 but things have improved in the past seven years so this time it is non-MP3. It is still ten discs containing pretty much all of the Japanese improvising savants that you could wish for! Just for good measure, you also get a 20 minute live performance by Incapacitants.

The Improvised Music from Japan label was created by Yoshiyuki Suzuki to document the Onkyō music scene that began to emerge in Tokyo during the late 1990s. Onkyō translates as "sound, noise, echo" and represents a form of free improvisation which is more interested in texture than structure. It was also a sub-label of the utterly magnificent Ftarri. The Tokyo venue Off Site was the centre from which the "movement" emerged and the Off Site label also released music from this headspace.

One & Two

Three & Four

Five & Six

Seven & Eight

Guess & What


Altered (States) Images

This is suitably niche, but here are all twelve of the Monthly Altered States: Live Video Selection VHS tapes released on Zenbei between March 1995 and February 1996. The images are all great but let's say that some of the camera angles don't work so well ... you'll see what I mean.

Vol. 1 - Live at Manda-la 2. ZEN-V001

Vol. 2 - Live at Silver Elephant. ZEN-V002

Vol. 3 - Live at Dampfzentrale. ZEN-V003

Vol. 4 - Live at Knitting Factory. ZEN-V004

Vol. 5 - Live at Lounge AX. ZEN-V005

Vol. 6 - Live at Manda-la. ZEN-V006

Vol. 7 - Live at Cegep de Victoriaville. ZEN-V007

Vol. 8 - Live at Big Apple. ZEN-V008

Vol. 9 - Live at Crocodile. ZEN-V009

Vol. 10 - Live at Buddy. ZEN-V010

Vol. 11 - Live at Shinjuku Pit Inn. ZEN-V011

Vol. 12 - Live at Hosei University Student Hall. ZEN-V012


Fushitsusha - Secret Black Box

I posted this in 2012 and resurrected it in 2016 but this really deserves to be kept alive forever. All seven hours of a Fushitsusha performance at Hosei University in Tokyo on December the 13th, 2003 spread across six CDrs in an edition of 20 that were given to Keiji Haino himself or to friend/s of the label owner.

If you don't have it already, take it and give it ten other people ...

[Edit: there were two tracks missing from the 6th disc on yesterday's upload. I hadn't noticed so thanks go to you know who in Hamburg. No idea why the two tracks were missing but I have this release backed up for such "just in case" moments. So, the big link is now the complete box but here are the two missing tracks to save you the bother of doing it again.]

Secret Black Box


va - Great Blue Thing


Compilation of mostly Japanese noise, grindcore, rock whatever with tracks by Merzbow, Discordance Axis, Yeah, The Love Apaches, Tatsuya Yoshida, Multiplex, more.

va - Great Blue Thing


Various - Festival Beyond Innocence: A Brief History In 67 Chapters

I posted this in 2012. In 2014, somebody asked for it to be re-upped, commenting that "I know you are peculiar about these things". You know what, with chat up lines like that you are guarenteed success. So I didn't. Since then, I have honed my skills in being poised like a coiled spring ready to react to the whims of random people that I wouldn't care about if I had slept with them. Seven years ago, I said I'd get around to it eventually and I am a Badger of my words. As then ... there are so many things going on here, it's a swingers party for ridiculously talented improvisors.

A four CD set on FBI Discs in 2002.

car keys in the fish bowl


Altered States - Live In Tokyo

There is a post of twelve VHS tapes of live Altered States coming soon. I thought that if you weren't familar with the work of this avant-prog free-jazz rock juggernaut then this would be a very good introduction.

On bass: Mitsuru Nasuno (Fushitsusha, Ground Zero, Korekyojinn, Sanhedrin, The World Heritage and so much more). On drums: Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (Ground Zero, Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden, any number of Otomo Yoshihide's projects and so much more). On guitar: the main man - Uchihashi Kazuhisa.

Double CD released on Innocent Records in 2011. It's not MP3.

Live In Tokyo


Les Rallizes Dénudés - Hanging Dance Party

I think it's me and kingpossum (might be wrong) that can't wait for the 20 disc release of those rare recordings of LRD having breakfast and taking a dump. Lord knows, everything else they have ever done seems to have been released. Mind you, they recorded very little in the studio so a lot of it is fan archived material ... but let's just say that there was a time a lot of it appeared to be endlessy recycled in the "grey area" vortex. Needless to say, for a hefty price.

There were two people in the audience recording this gig so the two discs are the same thing but from different perspectives. It's actually more rewarding than that sounds given that there isn't a lot of "video" footage of them.

Recorded on July 10th, 1994 at Seibu-Kodo (Western Auditorium), Kyoto University (京都・京都大西部講堂).

A double DVD set released on the very unofficial Ignuitas in 2006.

Soon, it will make another appearance wearing different skin. Until that happens, is there any appetite out there for rips of all 12 Monthly Altered States VHS tapes? They have never been referred to on Discogs and I've never seen them for sale ... but they are these.

To pre-empt sentient butt-plugs everywhere, it's not MP3 and the file is quite large.



Mayuko Hino - Performance At Club FUCK In L.A.

This purports to come in at half an hour in length but it isn't. It takes a while to start and initially the images are poor (it was filmed in a dark club after all). Move past that ... this is a Mayuko Hino artistic performance and the musical backdrop is provided by then-husband Hiroshi Hasegawa so in effect it's a mini C.C.C.C. gig. Not going to say anything else. If you are even mildly interested ... just watch.

VHS released on Endorphine Factory in 1993.

Just to keep the sentient butt plug up to speed ... it's not MP3.

Club FUCK Off