White Heaven - Out




Blown-out psych monsters mixed with lilting balladeer tactics on this P.S.F. Records release that saw a vinyl version in 1991 and a CD in 1994.

Out

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White Heaven - Strange Bedfellow




60's garage-psych with a soupçon of L.A. Woman era Doors vibrations.

LP released on P.S.F. Records in 1993.

Strange Bedfellow

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White Heaven - Threshold Of The Pain / 4 Hours (In The Afternoon)




In the hands of somebody else Side A would be a pop song. The reverse is a gorgeous desert song all wrapped up in sustain until it feeds back.

7" released on HG Fact in 1994.

4 Hour Threshold

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White Heaven - Next To Nothing




This comes straight out of a very unexpected place where the Heaven audition as Van Morrison's backing band circa 1972 and You Ishihara comes across as a swooning, crooning Nick Cave ably supported by Go Hirano's lounge bar keyboards. The full intentions for this release are revealed by the cover of Bacharach And David's "The Look Of Love". There is a sly genius behind this music that never stops making me smile ...

CD released on Noon Disk in 1994.

Next To Nothing

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White Heaven - Electric Cool Acid




The first six tracks are from a gig in Tokyo (apparently recorded from the back of the room) in 1987 with Tetsuya Sakamoto alongside Michio Kurihara on guitars. This saw a tape release in 1988 but for this version, there is a "bonus" 15 minute studio recording from 1988 where the line-up reverts to the same as the previous post.

Fuzzed out, heads down CD released on Noon Disk in 1995.

Electric Cool Acid

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White Heaven - Levitation




Souichirou Nakamura on bass, Ken Ishihara on drums, Michio Kurihara on guitar and You Ishihara on guitar and vocals.

Psyched out rock expansion recorded in 1988 and released on vinyl by The Now Sound in 1997.

Levitation

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S.Isabella - Point De Caption




"Unfilmed 'avant-garde' soundtrack to movie yet to be made."

Stunning CD released on Xerxes in 1996.

Point De Caption

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S.Isabella - Pleroma




Kayako Hosoi, Setsuko Martin, Yasutoshi Yoshida (aka Government Alpha) and Yoshiaki Funayama. This features sound sources from the people named on the front that are then given the Government Alpha treatment to offer haunting glimpses of the real lives lived behind the junk noise.

CD released on Xerxes in 1998.

Pleroma

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Ground Zero - Consume Red




Ground Zero were an astonishing collective with Otomo Yoshihide at the helm. This is simply his good self sampling Kim Suk Chul playing the Hojok (a Korean double reed wind instrument) and then giving it the Otomo Yoshihide treatment.

That is until around 25 minutes when everybody else arrives and it transforms into another half hour of the greatest bass and drum foundation ... and the sample returns and returns ... and it destroys itself ... and the sample returns and returns.

The only downside is that this eventually ends. Just play this on a perpetual loop. Your life will be fulfilled. You don't need anything else.

For me, this is truly a work of beauty. Words are overrated, just listen.

The preceding two posts are other artists re-imagining this wonderful thing. All three are exquisite in their own way ... but nothing / no thing is better than this!

This one was released on Creativeman Disc. in 1997.

Consume Red

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Ground Zero - Conflagration (Project: Consume / Consuming Ground-Zero Vol. 2)




The first remix take on Ground Zero's "Consume Red" released on Creativeman Disc. in 1997.

Conflagration

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Ground Zero - Consummation (Project: Consume / Consuming Ground-Zero Vol. 3)




The second remix take on Ground Zero's "Consume Red" released on Creativeman Disc. in 1998.

Consummation

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The Fifth Column - The Early Fifth Column: Indiscreet Music 1976-1980




So here's the Early Fifth Column.

You've already met the Middle Fifth Column.

The most late Fifth Column tape that I have is the 48th release (the "Ants Walk On The Door" compilation tape and that was released in 1990). The late fifth Column? Post 1990? I always assumed that there was no such thing. I could never really find any information about the Columnists and haven't been able to find anything on the Alchemy list to confirm the existence of a late period.

It turns out that there were plans to release it but that never happened. I only know that because some gorgeous human has uploaded the translated liner notes for a three disc box-set (with a DVD as well for christ's sake) that was released on Youth Inc. in 2013. Apparently, it's called "The Fifth Column 1976 〜 2010 Sound and Images". Youth Inc. is a truly truly great label but it only has a Japanese option as far as I can tell which means that I can't really navigate it and the treasures pass me by. Maybe you will have better luck.

Anyway. This was originally released on Alchemy Records in 2001 and you can find the artists involved here on the aforementioned liner notes.

The hidden world of The Fifth Column is a profoundly beautiful place to live ... and Donkey Stomp on rotation provides my internal monologue.

Welcome to The Fifth Column. Long live The Fifth Column.

The Early Fifth Column: Indiscreet Music 1976-1980

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The Fifth Column - The Middle Fifth Column: Suspect Music 1981-1990




Let's leave the explanation to Geso: "My friends and I wanted to do something and just started it in about 1977. We were all interested in music, poetry, and art. There was no set purpose. We wanted to make it something that refuses definition and can only be explained as a situation or place that resolves or dissolves by itself while searching for something unknowable, unnameable. We just named it [The Fifth Column] because it would be inconvenient if it didn't have a name. The Fifth Column is a non-organisation; it's such a vague entity, it has no stipulations or fixed members. We wouldn't mind anyone calling themselves a Fifth Columnist (though we'd be annoyed if someone abused the name to do terrible things) ... It could be said that the Fifth Column exists only when the name is being used. Therefore, most of the time, the Fifth Column does not exist."

Here you have offerings by Akanarum, Akira Ichiguchi, Anode/Cathode, Geso, Ice⁹, Jun Mizukami, Koichiro Watanabe, Kumio Kurachi, Onnyk, Seiichi Nakatsubo, Tadashi Otsuka, Takashi Kazamaki, Tsutomu Terakawa and Wolfgang Wiggers that had appeared on previous releases by the Fifth Column label and on Pinakotheca.

Welcome to The Fifth Column. Long live The Fifth Column.

Released on Alchemy Records in 2005.

The Middle Fifth Column: Suspect Music 1981-1990

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Ultra Bide - The Original Ultra Bide




Fujiawara Hidenori, Jojo Hiroshige, Koichiro Watanabe and Tomiie Taiki. All legends! Imagine the blueprint for Hijokaidan played out by an early line up of the Fall.

Featuring recordings made between 1978 and 1979, this was originally released as an LP on Alchemy Records in 1984 and given CD re-releases in 2002 and 2009.

The Original Ultra Bide

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Various - Dokkiri Record




This LP was the only thing released on 必要レコード (which apparently translates as "Necessary Record") in 1980. Across two sides of vinyl, you get Ultra Bide (who included a young Jojo Hiroshige), Alcohol 42%, Henshinkirin, Inu and Chinese Club (Jun Shinoda and Tsuyoshi Takeno who were also in Kansai punk outfit SS with the former also appearing in The Continental Kids). It's a fascinating joyride through the weird Japanese punk undergrowth. It might hit the occasional tree along the way but what doesn't kill you makes you stranger!

Dokkiri Record

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Keiji Haino - わたしだけ?




This is also known as Watashi Dake? (or Only Me?). Originally, this was an LP released on Pinakotheca in 1981 but it wasn't re-released until P.S.F Records dropped a CD version in 1993 that includes a bonus track. Discogs says that there are three bonus tracks but I don't believe that for a second. The first 12 tracks are from an entirely different time and place. The final 29 minute live track is truly mind-blowing but doesn't chime with what goes before. Don't get me wrong, everything here is classy and classic ... I'm just saying ...

わたしだけ?

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Various - Aiyoku Jinmin Jûji Gekijô




It would be so much easier for you to go here to find out who is present and then listen to it and create your own pigeonholes to fit the tracks into and then let me know what I think. Every time I listen to this I change my mind so what is the point in imprinting my opinion on this? There is no point. So shut the fuck up you say. Point taken I say.

LP released on Pinakotheca in 1980 and never reissued ...

Aiyoku Jinmin Jûji Gekijô

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Various - Infecund Infection




Pinakotheca had a symbiotic relationship with the 5th Column that I will never be quite able to piece together. A lot of the 5th Columnists are here to deliver an album of wonderfully inventive and curious creations. The term "post-punk" has specific meanings in my part of the world and to be honest it covered a lot of sins. What is on show here is far better than 99.9% of the music that is typically lauded and regurgitated on a million boxsets.

Indescribably great and indescribable LP released on Pinakotheca in 1982.

Infecund Infection

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va - Noise Fest

This super-rare (and, if Discogs is accurate, super-expensive) compilation tape recorded live at White Columns gallery in New York City in 1981 and released by ZG Music in 1982. To be sure, not all of these bands are what we today would call "noise", but remember that in 1981 the term wasn't so codified. A lot of this is post-punk, no wave, avant-rock and noisy unclassifiable strangeness, much of which was made by visual artists and/or musicians who played in Glenn Branca's early groundbreaking noise orchestras.

The tape includes tracks by Borbetomagus (truly one of the greatest bands this planet has yet produced, here in their classic trio line-up), Y Pants (short-lived no wave band led by former Theoretical Girl Barbara Ess), Blue Humans (in this instance Rudolf Grey is joined by out-jazz legends Arthur Doyle and Beaver Harris), Don King (including members of Mars), the born-to-be-ubiquitous Sonic Youth, Jules Baptiste's Red Decade (featuring Fritz van Orden, who would later form avant-chamber-group The Ordinaires, and Kurt Hoffman who would become a member of late-period They Might Be Giants), UT (who years later would record for the seminal Blast First label), Mofungo (one of many obscure SST Records bands), Khmer Rouge (a tasteless name, yes, but one member of the band, Klaus Castenskliould, would later paint the cover image for The Fall's Perverted By Language LP) plus other more obscure folks: Off Beach, Smoking Section, EQ'd, Jeff Lohn, Avant Squares, Jeff Rehberger, Primatives (note the spelling... this is not the Chrissy Hynde band!), Ad Hoc Rock (member David Garland would later play in The Angels of Light and World of Love with Ikue Mori), Economic Animal, Glorious Strangers (led by producer Wharton Tiers), Fakir, Chinese Puzzle, Built on Guilt (featuring painter Robert Longo, who very soon would find popular fame for contributing work to a new television channel called MTV), The Problem, and Lampshades. A time capsule if there ever was one.

va - Noise Fest

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Takayanagi's Angry Waves - 850113




The cover tells you who is here. Compared to the early '70s work, there is nothing other than relative calm. Released as an LP and CD on Aketa's Disk in 1985 and 1990 respectively.

850113

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