Rasenkaidan - 不思議なところ (Fushigi Na Tokoro)

Early Hijokaidan-related shoegaze goth rock recorded in 1979 and 1980, released on CD by Alchemy in 2006. 

Rasenkaidan - 不思議なところ (Fushigi Na Tokoro)

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Noise - Tenno




Noise were a shifting collective with a improv-noise-drone mission. In their latter phase, the core appears to centred on Tori Kudo and Reiko Omura (who later married). The only other aural evidence of their existence is a split with Inryo Fuen that was released on Cragale ... but I've never seen it.

There was reissued on Alchemy Records in 2005. However, this is the CD released on Pataphysique Records in 1997 that comes with two bonus tracks.

天皇

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Cockc' Nell - Live In ヤネウラ 81.10




Effectively, another bootleg but this was given away for free (what?) if you bought something else from the label in a few record shops in Tokyo.

CDr passed on by Cragale.

Live In ヤネウラ 81.10

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Cock c' Nell - Live in Shibuya Yaneura 1980.10.07




This is a bit of a mystery given that I can't find any mention of it anywhere on t'web. It's made the more odd by the fact that the label spent it's time bootlegging extremely mainstream artists, so what they were doing dipping their digits into obscure Japanese territory is anybody's guess. Anyway, it's yours if you want it.

Released on Ze Anonym Plattenspieler at some point.

Live in Shibuya Yaneura

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Cockc' Nell - Boys Tree




The line-up is doubled to eight on this release and includes Tori Kudo. Originally a 12" from 1986, this is considerably more polished than the original single. Not a surprise given the five years that have passed ... this remastered edition also has a bonus track.

CD inevitably released on いぬん堂 [Inundow] in 2002.

Boys Tree

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Cockc' Nell - Kokushineru




Who you may ask?

I say, you no longer have to ask.

So stop asking then.

This has the Dodo rare 7" released on Pinakotheca Records from 1981 (with the brilliant violinist Yasuo Kojima). To be honest, that would be enough but you also get another nine live tracks.

That'll be a good thing then?

If in doubt, don't ask.

CD released on the increasingly indispensable いぬん堂 [Inundow] in 2002.

コクシネル

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Children Coup d'Etat - Shiva Of Barbeque / Technepas






Now, this Children Coup d'Etat may be the last that I will ever be able to post. I obviously hope not but if it is ... what a way to go out. A truly delirious and beautiful thing for the brain to behold!

7" released on Public Bath in 1992.

Shiva Of Barbeque / Technepas

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va - ZK Samplers 1992→93

Japanese noise-rock compilation from the early 90s, featuring Surfers of Romantica, Ita-Roh, Yellow Cab, UFO or Die, Coaltar of the Deepers, Gaji, Korean Buddhist God, Ruffians, Convex Level, Dado, Koenjihyakkei, U. (which is one guy from Corrupted), Elekki Bran and others even more obscure. 

va - ZK Samplers 1992→93

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Harpy - Do Not Eat




More brain dislocation for the Radio Gnomes who sailed out too far and found out that the Earth isn't flat ... it's a helix. Sorry to break it to you like that.

CD on Stupeur & Trompette! in 1997.

Do Not Eat

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Harpy - Speech On The Radio




The heart of Harpy is Kenichi Ito (who was in Aburadako) and Kyoko (who was in Kokushoku Elegy and OOIOO). This is a warped blend of Zappa anti-jazz and funk-punk orchestrated by lunatics on children's toys. And then there is the wonderful vocals of Kyoko coming across as a more weird Kate Bush with echoes of Elizabeth Fraser and Laetitia Sadier.

CD on Stupeur & Trompette! in 1999.

Speech On The Radio

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Pärson Sound

Two-disc set of psychedelic fuzz from the legendary Swedish band Pärson Sound, mostly concert and radio performances recorded in 1968 and 1969. Pärson Sound would morph into International Harvester and Trad Gras Och Stenar, but this is where they started. Fans of Acid Mothers Temple, Vibracathedral Orchestra and Amon Duul 2 will appreciate Pärson Sound's high-volume jazz/noise/rock bliss.

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A-Musik - Live at Muon '82

As the title says, this is a live recording of A-Musik from 1982, released on CDR by a Japanese label called Cragale. No idea what year it came out. The Cragale label looks very interesting, judging by their Discogs entry: lots of reissues of Japanese no wave, new wave and related experimental obscurities.

A-Musik - Live at Muon '82

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Nikudan - Nikudan




I spent quite a while surgically removing some big pops and crackles from this ... given the age and the format, it sounds great!

7" flexi disc courtesy of Lucky Strike Records in 1983.

肉弾

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Nikudan - Puroretaria Supōtsu




Irresistible.

Self-released 8" EP released from 1984.

プロレタリア・スポーツ

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Nikudan / Gas - Hunter Diary / Spirit World






Gas sometimes steer too close to the metal edge for my liking but just about pull it off with some decent hardcore post-punkery. Human Bullet are obviously great.

8" EP released on Jisatsu Rēberu in 1984.

猟人日記 / 霊界

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A-Musik - E Ku Iroju

Strange 1984 LP of avant-jazz-improv-rock grumble, led by critic Kenichi Takeda and featuring contributions from Tori Kudo, Masami Shinoda & Yoshio Kuge (of Maher Shalal Hash Baz), John DuncanRiyuchi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic Orchestra) and many more. 

A-Musik - E Ku Iroju

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Nikudan - Nikudan




Let's face it, you would probably download this on the basis of the cover alone ... but ... your entry point is early Pere Ubu, Dead Kennedys cowpunk and a Buttholes bass bounce. As usual, there seems to be little recorded evidence of their existence with only a tiny handful of releases from 1983-4.

CD retrospective released on いぬん堂 [Inundow] in 2002.

In the spirit of dreaming the impossible dream, the label simultaneously released a CD of live recordings ... never seen it but hearing it would be good!

肉弾

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Kokushoku Elegy - Esoderic Mania




The guitar of Ichiro Shitakiri, bass of Koichi (who were both in Nikudan) and the drums of Yasuyuki would normally be good enough. But, when you add in the voice of Kyoko? Seriously, you are in a different league! Exemplary post-punk band that appear to have existed between 86 and 89 and only released three 12"s ... the supercharged Banshees influence is obvious but it's so much more than that. This collects together all of their vinyl with some compilation tracks. It's a very good and rare thing.

CD released on SSE Communications in 1993.

Esoderic Mania

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Children Coup d'Etat - Masochistic Instruments




I seriously thought that I would never get to hear this. Then, an anonymous genius dropped this into the comments of a recent post. Mind = Blown.

So just in case you missed it, here's this magnificent CD released on Bloody Butterfly in 1991.

マゾ的楽器

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Gaseneta - Gaseneta




Another unearthed gem. Recorded live at Meiji University, Tokyo in the Spring of 1978.

7" released on Super Fuji Discs in 2017.

Gaseneta

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Toshiharu Ohsato - Takaranetanchototakaine




Toshiharu Ohsato is one of the people behind Gaseneta and Taco and that entire orbit of what? This only tells half of the tale ... the list of collaborators on here is ridiculously impressive but I don't have the time to explain. It took me days to tag this so you either trust me or you are here by accident.

A massively impressive and unexpected five CD retrospective released on Super Fuji Discs in 2011. There is a one hour DVD that came with this set but I don't have that ... sorry.

タカラネタンチョトタカイネ

タカラネタンチョトタカイネ

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Cassiber with Shinoda Masami - Live In Tokyo




The first disc is the titular outfit recorded live at R's Art Court in Tokyo on October the 23rd, 1992.

The second disc is the event reworked and remixed by the full force of Ground Zero.

This has so many unpredictably poignant intercepting timelines that it beggars belief. Cassiber were an excellent German avant-garde improv/jazz/rock/skronk band and this is the first time that toured in Japan ... and they called it a day very soon after this recording and ceased operations. Here, they are joined by Masami Shinoda. Within a few months of the recording, he unexpectedly died. This also the final time that Ground Zero recorded anything before dissolving and going their separate ways. You couldn't make it up. Monumental in so many ways.

Double CD originally released on Off Note in 1997.

Live In Tokyo

Ground Zero

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Cinorama - Garden, The Garden

The 1995 sophomore album of dreamy, jazz-inflected pop, released as a CD by the essential PSF label. Features a guest appearance by Keiji Haino on one song.

Cinorama - Garden, The Garden

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Kyoko Kuroda / Masami Shinoda - Duo




In his time, Masami Shinoda was a master sax-blaster with the likes of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Ché-SHIZU and A-Musik. He's here on alto and tenor with Kyoko Kuroda drawing sounds out of keyboards and piano that defy belief ... and it's all recorded live on the 30th of August, 1988 at Manda-La2 in Kichijoji, Tokyo.

C80 released on Omba Records in 1988.

Duo

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Cinorama - Three Lies and a Ding-a-Ling at 5 O'Clock

Attention harsh heads: keep on walking. This is not for you. Toshiaki Ishizuka, drummer of proto-punk group Brain Police and two of Kan Mikami's bands (a trio with Keiji Haino called Vajra, and one with Masayoshi Urabe called Sanjah... he's also recorded a duo album with Mikami and has sat in with Hijokaidan a handful of times) formed Cinorama with cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto and singer/clarinetist Sachiyo Sakata. This album is mostly low-key, pastoral pop that fans of David Sylvian, Ai Aso or Go Hirano would get into. Released in 1994 by the mighty PSF, it remains one of the more obscure titles in that legendary label's catalog.

Cinorama - Three Lies and a Ding-a-Ling at 5 O'Clock

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Masami Shinoda - Tokyo Chin Don Vol.1




Chindon'ya are effectively Japanese marching bands that were elaborately dressed troupes playing traditional instruments that were designed as the bearer of that modern curse: advertising! Now much more rare to see on the streets and viewed through nostalgic eyes. Masami Shinoda's goal was to document the music whilst it was still around. One disc is recorded in the studio and one is recorded on the streets and it's much better than I've made it sound.

Double CD released on Puff Up in 1992.

Tokyo Chin Don Vol.1

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Satoshi Sonoda - Early Works Of Satoshi Sonoda 1977→1978 Memories Of Yasushi Ozawa




Key figures within the Japanese underground aggregating as Free Music Space, Free Music Revolt and ANARkiSS and not really appearing anywhere else but here.

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 2009.

1977-1978

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Satoshi Sonoda - Mimi-Nuki: Secondary Works Of Satoshi Sonoda 1982-1989




Secondary in a sequential sense rather than inferior. Satoshi Sonoda slipped past the occidental world ... until ...

Collaborators include Tori Kudo, Masami Akita, Takuya Nishimura, Shinya Kimura, Otomo Yoshihide and many others (including the influence of Sten Hanson). Magical gear!

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 2012.

1982-1989

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Mainliner - Live In Tokyo 2014




Recorded live at UFO Club Tokyo on the 6th of February, 2014. Yes, it's properly recorded but damn the latest line-up nailed every single note ...

CD released on Acid Mothers Temple in 2018.

Live In Tokyo 2014

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Mainliner - Live In New York 97




Recorded live at the Knitting Factory in March 1997. God knows what recording device was used to bootleg this BUT there are parts where the applause is louder than Mainliner even when Mainliner are still playing!!! File it under "Asahito Nanjo ... WTF are you thinking? ... oh yeah, kerching." Even so, it has some fine parts.

CDr on La Musica Records from probably 1998.

Live In New York 97

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Mainliner - Live In London Twenty Thirteen




It's always a joy to know that the Mainliner juggernaut keeps on (steam)rolling. This is Makoto Kawabata on guitar, Taigen Kawabe on bass and the utterly legendary Shimura Koji on drums.

"Recorded live at Corsica Studios, London September 2013. Mixed and mastered from three different source recordings inc soundboard."

C64 released on Swap Meat in 2014 (and that is a cassette subdivision of the splendidly egalitarian Riot Season).

Live In London Twenty Thirteen

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Mainliner - La Musica Tapes Vol. 1




"Compilation CDr of two old tape albums released on La Musica. Tracks 1-6 were originally released as "Troop" and are demo versions of songs that appeared on "Mellow Out". Tracks 7-11 were originally released as "Mainliner Sonic" are a demo versions of songs that appear on the album of the same name."

The first half has Hajime Koizumi on drums whilst the rest has Tatsuya Yoshida in the seat.

CDr released on Acid Mothers Temple in 2013.

La Musica Tapes Vol. 1

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Mainliner - La Musica Tapes Vol. 2




"A compilation of releases previously put on on cassette by La Musica. Tracks 1-5 were originally on "Psychedelic Atmosphere Beatnik" and all but the last track are live recordings, tracks 6-8 were originally on "Kamikaze" which was originally planned to be the second Mainliner album."

This is the line-up of the band that had Tatsuya Yoshida on drums.

CDr released by Makoto Kawabata on the Acid Mothers Temple label in 2013.

La Musica Tapes Vol. 2

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Mainliner - Kamikaze




Given that the Makoto Kawabata reissue is coming next, you may ask the question why bother? Well, I hadn't realised that I hadn't posted this before now ... and there are slight differences in the track times ... and frankly, it's rude not to.

C38 released on La Musica Records in 1997.

Kamikaze

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - First Gig




Apparently recorded at Kid Ailack Hall on the 14th of December 1984, this incarnation doesn't include Tori Kudo. The line-up is Chie Mukai, Takuya Nishimura, Kiwame Oizumi and Tsukasa Takahashi.

C30 released on La Musica Records in 1996 (probably).

First Gig

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Tori Kudo / La Consumption 4 - Atlantic City




Recordings from New York in 1981 that surfaced on a La Musica Tape in 1996 and thankfully cleaned up and released as an LP on Siwa in 2005.

Atlantic City

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Tori Kudo - Early Tapes




This isn't on Discogs so don't bother. It sounds like some of the tracks on the first side are taken from a number of live events. The first track is a rather tentative but enjoyable ragtime piano piece followed by an introduction (?) and then a trio of piano, double bass and drums with some smokey lounge jazz. The second side is all Guys & Dolls and are probably demo recordings. Given that the vast majority of the evidence of Guys & Dolls existence is via this label's bootlegging, everything is welcome.

This is a C30 that was inevitably released on La Musica Records. I can't quite make out the catalogue number in the very poor quality pictures I've seen. Mind you, catalogue numbers never seemed to bother Nanjo much. My best guess is 1996 but the recordings are likely to range from mid to late 70s to very early 80s.

Early Tapes

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Tori Kudo - Tori Kudo Tapes




Another deeply grey area release from Asahito Nanjo that could very easily fit onto two discs rather than four. Even the cover art is inaccurate (there's no mention of La Consumption 4 for instance). I've taken the tagging information from a proven source. In spite of the questionable source material, it quickly becomes very enjoyable.

Four CDr set released on La Musica Records in 2001.

Tori Kudo Tapes

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Vote Robot - In Meorm Na

Full-length head-scratcher by Vote Robot, released by Scratch Records in Canada and (K-RAA-K)³ in Belgium.

Vote Robot - In Meorm Na

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Super Milk - Live ・ Elecdance 1979~1980




Slip into a day-glo Taco / Gaseneta envelope and record live in various venues in Osaka and Kyoto forty years ago.

Another exercise in quality reanimation on this CD released on いぬん堂 [Inundow] in 2001.

ライブ・エレキダンス 1979~1980

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Vote Robot - H.waiian Blue

Seven inch single from 2001, released by Tonschacht.

Vote Robot - H.waiian Blue

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Various - Trans Craze (The Golden Death Menu 1985-1988)




A compilation of tracks that had been previously released on the excellent Trans Records apart from a couple of unreleased live tracks courtesy of Z.O.A. and The Gerogerigegege.

CD released on Wechselbalg Syndicate in 1989.

Trans Craze

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Vote Robot - R.U.R.

Mysterious debut LP by an obscure duo called Vote Robot, whose noise is appreciably difficult to describe. If you like Pork Queen, Microstoria, Glands of External Secretion or Climax Golden Twins, this oddball might tickle all the right soft spots.

Vote Robot - R.U.R.

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Koichiro Watanabe - Matomete Abayo O Iwa Sete Morau Ze




Koichiro Watanabe is an integral part of the Japanese outsider scene ... think Maher Shalal Hash Baz, The Fifth Column and Ultra Bide ... and this is a great and obscure retrospective that was released to mark his passing.

A CD from 1991 on a label that escapes me.

In 2013, it was reissued on Super Fuji Discs but it didn't include the 29 second intro that appears here ... speculate as you will.

まとめてアバヨを云わせてもらうぜ

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Morse Code vs. Can't - Untitled

Untitled 3"CDr by Jessica Rylan (in her early guise as Can't) and Tim Morse (drummer of Anal Cunt and Japanese Torture Comedy Hour).

Morse Code vs. Can't

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Saboten - Non Position




I've completely lost track of the number of times I've played this over the past month. It's great.

Compilation CD released on いぬん堂 [Inundow] in 2002.

Non Position

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T. Isotani & K. Yoshimatu - Trypanosoma

An early duo collaboration, released on tape in 1981.

T. Isotani & K. Yoshimatu - Trypanosoma

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Various - Moodoo Dancer: Do The Flop with Sadie Sads, Nubile & Sarasvati




Quite self-explanatory.

Quality triple CD resurrection from 2011 courtesy of the frequently brilliant Super Fuji Discs.

Do The Flop

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