K. Yoshimatu - Sepia Reminiscence

Another tape from 1983 on DD Records.

K. Yoshimatu - Sepia Reminiscence

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Various - Eat Shit Noise Music






In 1989, RRRon put out a cheeky "unofficial" tape that took tracks from a host of Japanese tape compilations. He did a pretty good job: Hanatarash, Boredoms, White Hospital, The Gerogerigegege, Ruins, Grim and Dissecting Table.

C46 courtesy of Statutory Tape. Hurrah!

Eat Shit Noise Music

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K. Yoshimatu - Melancholy Mix

This tape was released on DD Records in 1982, I have no other information than that.

K. Yoshimatu - Melancholy Mix

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Boredoms - Boretronix




The Noizunzuri posts took me back to the Boretronix tapes. There are parts of the first tape where you can hear remnants of Mitsuru Tabata's previous band but you quickly come to terms with the reality that he has climbed on board Yamatsuka Tetsurō's post-Hanatarash armour-plated chaos engine.

Maybe one or two of you don't have these already ...

C50 released on Eye's ? Records in 1988.

Boretronix

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Boredoms - Boretronix 2




C50 released on ? Records in 1989.

Boretronix 2

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Boredoms - Boretronix 3




C50 released on ? Records in 1990.

Boretronix 3

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Kaoru Abe - 未発表音源+初期音源




You really should have expected that this was next.

The label is generally fantastic but unfortunately seems to attract speculators so prices very quickly spiral well beyond the depths of the pockets of most people.

Four CD set released on Youth Inc. in 2012.

One

Two

Three

Four

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Kaoru Abe - CD Box 1970-1973




If you don't know him then there is nothing that I can say to prepare you.

All human emotion and/or the real sound of Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell channeled through a saxophone except it's so much better than that.

Seven CD set released on Youth Inc. in 2012.

01 Abe Kaoru Trio - 1970.3.15

02 Abe Kaoru & Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo - 1971.1.24

03 Abe Kaoru - 1972.1.21

04 Abe Kaoru - 1972.4.11

05 Abe Kaoru - 1972.7.13

06 Abe Kaoru - Winter 1972

07 Abe Kaoru - Solo 1973

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Noizunzurie - 人間は金の為に死ねるか / Wish You Are Here




The final act of off-kilter cabaret psychodrama before Mitsuru Tabata left to help form Boredoms.

LP released on DIW in 1986.

Wish You Are Here

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T. Kamada, A. Koshi, T. Nakamura - Home Made Music 1981/4

On this 1981 cassette, Kamada is joined by two other mysterious artists called A. Koshi (I have not been able to even determine his full name) and Teruo Nakamura... who, amazingly, seems to still be (a little bit) active! Yes, he has a band called Lake of Madder and there's even a Bandcamp page.

T. Kamada, A. Koshi, T. Nakamura - Home Made Music 1981/4

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Noizunzurie - Ho-Yo




Indori Igami, Ken Fukuda and Mitsuru Tabata with an album full of enthrallingly odd performance art rock.

LP released on Telegraph Records in 1985.

抱擁

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K. Yoshimatu - Marine Crystal

This one is not on Discogs. No information, but probably recorded between 1981 and 1985.

K. Yoshimatu - Marine Crystal

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Daisuck & Prostitute - 光の海の中で




I'm leaning towards the record label being one of those that "kind of unofficially" release things. D&P were done and dusted by the time this saw the light of day ( ... and there was another one they put out in the same year that I have never seen nor heard ... any help there would be marvelous). Apparently "recorded at Lock On Studio, January to November 1991" but presumably this is a venue as this is clearly live (as in, in front of a paying audience). Also Discogs (which, of course is never wrong) has this as having eight tracks, my copy has seven. As far as I'm concerned it's a live bootleg recorded who knows where or when but a very welcome addition nonetheless.

CD released in 日本晴 Records in 1994.

In The Sea Of ​​Light

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K. Yoshimatu - Emerald Eclipse

Another one from 1983 on DD Records (of course).

K. Yoshimatu - Emerald Eclipse

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Daisuck & Prostitute - Ushirosugata no Suteki na Bokutachi




Four years passed before the next appearance and the sound is different. If they were attempting a more commercial sound they clearly forgot that the weird would get in the way.

Originally released on vinyl in 1985. This is the CD reissue from 1991.

後ろ姿の素敵な僕たち

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K. Yoshimatu - Commercial Romanticists

One of six cassettes released by K. Yoshimatu (aka Juma) under his own name in 1983 alone. Commercial indeed! Be forewarned. The love song to Jenny is adorable.

K. Yoshimatu - Commercial Romanticists

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Daisuck & Prostitute - Shinu Made Odori Tsuzukete




Maybe it's just the way I feel right now but I can't think of a comparator to Daisuck & Prostitute. They just seem to exist on one of those higher planes of genius. It's not possible for me to recommend these people enough.

Originally released on vinyl on Japan Record in 1981, this is the rather excellent remastered reissue on Super Fuji Discs from 2010.

死ぬまで踊りつづけて

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T. Kamada - After Music

Following two 7"s in 1980 and a flexi-disc in 1981, DD Records' owner Tadashi Kamada released a flood of cassette albums, at least 20 of them between 1981 and 1985. This is the only solo tape I have by him, released in 1982 to an audience that still hasn't noticed that it happened.

T. Kamada - After Music

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Daisuck & Prostitute - Daisuck & Prostitute






Ridiculously great post-punk behemoths.

7" released on Altamira Records in 1980.

Daisuck & Prostitute

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Children Coup d'Etat - Children Coup d'Etat




Unfortunately, this is the only other release of theirs that I have ... think healthy Rip Rig & Panic / Pigbag horn sections and King Of The Slums style stab and slash violin.

C46 released on B-Sellers in 1983.

Children Coup d'Etat

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Children Coup d'Etat - Fear Of Liberty




For years, these Children were one of those Japanese collectives from the early 80s that released one tape of obscure gold and then disappeared presumed lost. They then popped up in the early 90s for a few releases and promptly disappeared again presumed lost. Then they raised their heads in 2014 to release this utterly sophisticated anarcho-funk-jazz classic and then fucking disappeared again presumed lost. Maybe in 2023?

Think of a basis of Pop Group, Citizen Fish and Radical Dance Faction and then sack it off (because that just made you download it). Utter genius and as funky as a really fucking funky thing. "Let's Becquerel" on its own will immediately improve your day. Let's face it, you deserve it!

CD released on Hosoi KoBo in 2014.

Fear Of Liberty

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Various - Galaxy & Nū Beauty




As seems usual, the first time is always the best. This time, amongst the loveliness, it's YBO², UFO Or Die, Katsurei, Kuroyuri Shimai and the quite brilliant Children Coup D'Etat.

CD released on SSE Communications in 1990.

Galaxy & Nū Beauty

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Juma - Aqua Cosmos

DD Records was a Japanese label that existed from 1980 until 1985. In that brief time, they released more than 230 albums, nearly all of which were cassettes. I can only say "more than" 230 because the Discogs entry is incomplete. It stops at number 233 with some gaps in the catalog. Maybe there ere more, maybe not. No one really knows! I haven't been able to find any label history, or much information about any of the main players. DD Records was run by T. Kamada, about whom I know nothing more than his name. Most of the albums on DD Records were made by people who, as far as I've been able to tell from my amateur detective work, never released anything on other labels and seem to have stopped recording at the same time that DD Records stopped publishing. The only exceptions are Kimihude Kusafuka, who released one tape under his given name and one as Techno Menses before going on to noise superstardom as K2; Margarin, who would remain a prolific techno and ambient producer as Woodman, Bathroom Monkeys, Arctic Cat and Macaroniman (among too many other pseudonyms to list here); and Naoki Kasugai, who made some psych rock records and a slew of field recording CDRs later in his "career". Everyone else (Pop Company, 260, Vinyl Bomb, Puppets System and so on) remains a total mystery. Isn't it strange that such a prolific and short-lived scene would remain virtually unknown in today's world of instant online information and 1980s reissue labels?

Koushirou Yoshimatu was one of DD Records' most active participants. I've been able to learn a little bit about him: apparently, he recorded a ton of tapes for DD Records, both under his own name and as Juma, then recorded new age and light pop music and some films. Yoshimatu keeps a YouTube channel with a lot of his recordings set, bizarrely, to still stock images. Some of his early 80s music was homemade new wave that's very much of its time, some is abstract ambience, some is grating machine noise. It's all over the place, as inexplicable as DD Records itself. Luckily, a recent double LP on Bitter Lake collects tracks from Juma's cassettes, making it one of the only DD Records reissues (apart from K2's Vinyl on Demand treatment and a self-released run of Naoki Kasugai LPs and CDRs available only directly from the artist and yet unheard by me). Hopefully, other hometaper archeologists will get on board and mine this label for gold.

To introduce you to the shadowy world of DD Records, here's the first cassette by Juma, released by in 1981.

Juma - Aqua Cosmos

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Various - Galax 2




Another mixed bag of Japanese chanteuse, math-art rock, some more traditional capering in a wood with a brass band in tow and a near 13 minute cover of a Van Der Graaf Generator song. It's a lot more fun than I am making it out to be. What's to lose, it's not costing you anything?

CD released on SSE Communications in 1991.

Galax 2

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Xombie - Untitled

2002 CDR by Ryan Oppermann's Xombie, the only full-length album he did under this name.

Xombie - Untitled

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Various - Galax 3




It's really quite surprising to me how much some Japanese artists were mirroring the UK music scene. You can imagine them with the Joe Bloggs flares, bowl cuts and cute little hats. I'm not sure how much this needs to be heard but I've never lost sleep about that side issue before so I guess I'll be OK in the long run. The sound of Manchester City Centre clubs nearly thirty years ago via Japan. There's even a seven and a half minute Zeni Geva track (that I don't remember appearing anywhere else) so that's Thursday night at The Banshee covered. And, of course, there is the obligatory "erm ... what?".

CD released on SSE Communications in 1991.

Galax 3

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Envenomist - Weighted Ghost

"Weighted Ghost" must have been some inside joke between American noise dudes in the 00's, but I have no clue what it means. There are albums with that title by Failing Lights, Spine Scavenger, Andrew Kirschner, Uneven Universe, Outer Space, Evenings, Black Sand Desert, Black Rubber & New Pledgemaster, Sick Llama, Walter Carson, Latrine Psychology Guild, Charlie Draheim, Avulva Accent Thief... and Envenomist. It must be funny to somebody.

Envenomist - Weighted Ghost

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Various - Galax 4




A compilation of Japanese post-post-punk some of which is reminiscent of late 80s UK indie shoegaze jangle-pop (with a part of one track that reminds me of an aggressive Soup Dragons, as though such a thing existed) and others that come with a welcome Slint / Thalia Zedek vibe.

The fourth of a series released on SSE Communications ... this one from 1992.

Galax 4

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Pulse Emitter - Outpost

Synthesizer noise meditations recorded live on the radio, released as a CDR by Snip-Snip in 2006. Pulse Emitter's other Snip-Snip release, "Magma", can be heard here at the artist's Bandcamp page.

Pulse Emitter - Outpost

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Various - Mi Caballito Chulo....! Como Lo Quie Ro.....




Somebody requested this in a comment somewhere and I don't think I even "published" it. Sorry about that if that is what happened. Nobody cares either way.

Don't be sidetracked by the Mexican wrestling, this is full on Japanese weird shit. Sure you get Merzbow, Pain Jerk, Magical Power Mako, Violent Onsen Geisha, Yoshimi and Melt Banana but they sit alongside a whole host of part-time leisure interests. I'm full-on convinced that most of them are down to Yamatsuka Eye. Who cares what I think? Nobody. Not even me.

Strap in for a big old pile of "hhhmmm, this might be just weird shit but I think that I might be entertained and there is a possibility that it's genius" action

CD released in Japan on ¿Los Apson? in 1994.

ps: it's genius action

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Brittle Foundries - Elegy

2004 3"CDr by a relatively short-lived project of David Reed, the man behind the Snip-Snip label and Luasa Raelon.

Brittle Foundries - Elegy

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Building Of Gel - Flashback




Almost impossible to find trio of Yukihiro Shii, Yasutaka Nakajima and Masahiro Yamada.

7" released on New Noise in 1997.

Flashback

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Various - New Catastrophic Forces




I posted this six years ago ... so maybe it will have been missed by some. Anyway ...

A stone cold classic compilation of quality noise: MSBR, Facialmess, Mo・Te, K2, Macronympha, Dogliveroil, Stimbox, Incapacitants, Crack Steel, Skin Crime, Building Of Gel, S·Core, Grunt, Kazumoto Endo, Mlehst and more.

C90 and C60 set released on Hideki Kato's United Syndicate in 1997. The final track goes to his own Crack Fierce and the title might hint at some of the reasons why he just walked away: "Hey Masaya! I Don't Hope To Become Thurston's Favorite Noisician". Who knows?

"Dear all my Friends and Listeners! This double cassette is first United Syndicate compilation and third release on my label. The compilation concept isn't exactly established, But all contributors are my favorite and respectable noisicians. I like both of all sounds and all personalities. I wish each contributors and listeners would enjoy all sound! I think so!!!"

New Catastrophic Forces

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Crack Fierce - Red Flag




Hideki Kato blazed a fierce harsh noise trail for a few short years prior to the millenium ... and then this turned up completely unexpectedly. Apparently recorded in the year of it's release, it's entirely plausible that somebody like Kazuma Kubota could prise him out of retirement. However, after this he disappeared back into "normal" life ...

3" CDr released on Kazuma Kubota's Noise Ninja Records in 2008.

Red Flag

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Kazumoto Endo / Crack Fierce - Split




A match made in heaven.

7" released on United Syndicate in 1998.

Kazumoto Endo / Crack Fierce

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Black Sand Desert - Blight

The 23rd Snip-Snip, released as a 3"CDr in 2004, was by Black Sand Desert, a moribund noise project by Greh Holger, who you'll know as the man behind Hive Mind and the Chondritic Sound label.

Black Sand Desert - Blight

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Seplophobia - City of the Dead

Another underground noise mystery, released as a CDR on Snip-Snip in 2005. 

Seplophobia - City of the Dead

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Monotract & Astro - Collaboration




A four-way live collaboration between Carlos Giffoni, Nancy Garcia, Roger Rimada and Hiroshi Hasegawa recorded live at Muriki Muzendera, Tokyo on the 25th of August, 2002.

CDr released on RRRecords in 2003.

Collaboration

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Skin Suit Highway - Steele

2005 CDR on Snip-Snip by a group I know nothing about, who seemed to exist for a year and then call it quits.

Skin Suit Highway - Steele

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Analog Suicide & Astro - Live In Tokyo




A live recording from somewhere in Tokyo on July the 25th, 2006.

Synthsploitation that starts off in a fluxan tumble dryer before reaching for the outer limits ( ... of a fluxan tumble dryer).

A CDr released on Transmit Records in 2006.

Live In Tokyo

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Ahlzagailzehguh & Foutredieu!!! - Untitled

Snip-Snip #22 was a split CDR of classic harsh noise by Ahlzagailzehguh & Foutredieu!!! (aka Wapstan), released in 2004.

Ahlzagailzehguh & Foutredieu!!! - Untitled

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Astro + Reiko A - Lilith's Ilium




Gorgeously expansive synth noise recorded live at the Penguin House in Tokyo on March the 14th, 2007.

It sounds literally immense as a recording so I can only dream about how it must have felt to have been present. Completely immersive and a stroke of genius ... play it very loud in the biggest space that you have!

CDr released in 2007 on Doufu Records (a Chinese label that seems to have appeared briefly, released a few really great things and disappeared?).

Lilith's Ilium

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Ryan Oppermann - Oxide Lullaby

This 2004 CDR on Snip-Snip is, to my knowledge, the only release by Ryan Opperman under his own name. You may know him as death industrial/noise/power electronics projects Redrot, Xombie, Klinikal Skum, Neuntoter der Plage, Post-Mortem Junkie and others. 

Ryan Oppermann - Oxide Lullaby

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Astro / Tabata / Reiko.A / SynYo - Live At Velvet Sun




Hiroshi Hasegawa with Mitsuru Tabata (guitarist with multiple incarnations of Acid Mothers Temple, Zeni Geva, a founder member of Boredoms and a generally essential person), Reiko Azuma (who apart from recording in her own name has been a member of Merzbow) and Yuichiro Ohmura (who I know very little about).

Recorded live at Velvet Sun in Ogikubo, Tokyo on October the 23rd, 2004.

CDr released on Utsu Tapes in 2007.

Live At Velvet Sun

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Merzbow / Xome - Merzbow / Xome






This time, Xome is Bob Scott with Shin'ichi Tanaka and Eriko Sato with Masamia Akita contributing a track that would later appear in longer form on Space Metalizer.

7" released on Gentle Giant Records in 1996.

Merzbow / Xome

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Xome / Oscillating Innards - Untitled




Here's Bob with Gordon Wilson Ashworth's rather excellent Oscillating Innards project.

CDr released on Iatrogenesis Records in 2004.

Xome / Oscillating Innards

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Likasa Shiflon - Vidi

Twelfth Snip-Snip album, this one is a laptop/theremin collaboration by Ohioans Mike Shiflet and David Reed/Luasa Raelon. Released as a 3"CDR in 2003.

Likasa Shiflon - Vidi

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