Japanese Rock and related

"Phoenix Records reissues Brast Burn's Debon -- a classic of Japanese Kraut obscurity originally released in 1975 on Voice Records, now digitally-remastered. Brast Burn are often linked with Karuna Khayal, with many aficionados concluding that they...

"This is Masayoshi Takanaka's (pre-Flied Egg) first-ever recording, originally released in 1971 as a tiny private pressing in Japan, also one of the great collector's unsolved mysteries, appearing in Hans Pokora's book, 3001 Record Collector Dreams...

Tokyo playwright, director and artist J.A. Caesar sprang to prominence in the early '70s largely through his work with Shuji Terayama's Tenjo Sajiki Theatre, specializing in vaguely sinister music reminiscent of a Hammer House Of Horrors soundtrack...

Cassiber were Christoph Anders, Heiner Goebbels & Chris Cutler, & they play reeds, keyboards, drums, guitars, tapes, vocals, & more. They were a band who always played with great fire, recording improvisations that are recorded in real time.This is...

Excellent, legimate, newly remastered reissue at a relatively reasonable price (for a Japanese import), of this stupidly rare Japanese psych/progressive album, originally released on Polydor in 1971. Psychedelic spewage at its finest. A wonderful period..

"Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails) and Japanese noise legend Masami Akita (Merzbow) share a mutual love for the EMS Synthi, a British synthesizer from the early '70s notorious for its patch matrix, portability, and distinct tone. Astonishingly, these two disparate artists meld into a single sound as they flex the analog circuitry of the EMS Synthi in new ways; giving this classic synth a modern workout and proving that, in capable hands, a 40-year-old analog synthesizer is a tool for the ages...

Famous and rare on vinyl 1973 Japanese psych/hard rock release.

"A really beautiful and very atmospheric hard rock album. The melodies are strong, carried mostly by keyboards. The bass is quite loud and up-front. The vocalist sings sometimes...

A co-release with Poseidon Productions. Djamra is a current Japanese band, coming from Osaka. Three years later, Djamra is back with a new line-up. Guitar makes its entry with much noise, and its devastating riffs now take the lion's share with the bas...

"East Wind Pot is a current Japanese band, led by keyboards player Yuko Tsuchiyat, former member of the Progressive rock group Theta. One can also find a drummer, a bass player and woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet). Jointly published by the Musea and Pos...

"Originally released in 1976 by Nippon Columbia, this is the final album by legendary Japanese space/psych-rockers Far East Family Band. Unlike other albums where the band focused on Pink Floyd-esque psych ballads, on Parallel World, the influence of...

"The fifth and final release by Far East Family Band (if you include 1973's Nihonjin, released under the Far Out banner), 1977's Tenkujin was the first of the band's albums to be released in the U.S. on the small and short-lived California-based...

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"The fifth and final release by Far East Family Band (if you include 1973's Nihonjin, released under the Far Out banner), 1977's Tenkujin was the first of the band's albums to be...

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"The fifth and final release by Far East Family Band (if you include 1973's Nihonjin, released under the Far Out banner), 1977's Tenkujin was the first of the band's albums to be released in...

"In the series of the great revelations of the Japanese Progressive rock scene, here is Flat122 on their first album. This Japanese trio plays a very original and a bit disconcerting music, although not unpleasant at all. It is a kind of quite particul...

Legimate, newly remastered reissue at a relatively bargain price (for a Japanese import), of this stupidly rare Japanese psych/heavy album, originally released on Japanese Vertigo in 1972. They were a short-lived offshoot of Strawberry Path. "The 2nd...

A reissue of a stupidly rare Japanese psych/heavy album, originally released on Japanese Vertigo in 1972. They were a short-lived offshoot of Strawberry Path.

"The 2nd and last album from Flied Egg, also originally released in 1972 on Japanese...

A legit Japanese reissue of the first album from 1970 by this early, heavy, proto-stoner-rock Japanese group, featuring the famous cover of them naked on their motorcycles and featuring the famous singer "Joe". This album features five long covers of...

"Possessing the vision to select Akira 'Joe' Yamanaka as their vocalist, the Flower Travellin' boys elevated themselves...

It wasn't readily apparent (this is a good thing) when I played and enjoyed this, but Fossil is a solo project by guitarist Hiraku Sekine. There are always at least 2 guitars going, and sometimes more, both electric and acoustic/nylon string, so I was ...

"In his third CD for Tzadik, Mamoru Fujieda continues his fascinating exploration of the creativity of, by and about plant life with five more pieces from his continuing series Patterns of Plants. Utilizing the violin in combination with two Japanese...

This works computer controlled synthesizer tuned in justintonation in with Buddist chant, traditional Japanese instruments, Indonesian gamelan modes and texts. [Tzadik]

''Jazz, contemporary classical and traditional Japanese folk music blend seamlessly in Satoko Fujii's powerful and unique musical universe. Presented here are three intimate groupings: in duo with her long time associate Sachi Hayasaka, in trio with th...

Satoko Fujii is an masterful Japanese pianist who is also ridiculously prolific, which dozens of releases, most of them Japanese-only, to her credit. She works in a pretty wide variety of jazz styles, from utterly free to scored big band and many...

Natsuki Tamura-trompette, Curtis Hasselbring-trombone, Andrea Parkins-accordion, Satoko Fujii-piano. "Min-Yoh means folk music in Japanese. Almost all of them are made by people, not by professional composers. And they were arranged as they were

Compatriots Satoko Fujii and Tatsuya Yoshida thrillingly demonstrated the virtues of speed metal improv. The piano/drums duo threw itself headlong into a wild and bogglingly precise exchange of hammering percussion and jabbering voices - part battle, p...

Latest from Keiji Haino's highly polarizing power-trio, recorded live at the '97 Victo Festival. This is one of those records of a concert that it's good to have, if only so that you can listen to it at a volume of your own choosing (which will probabl...

Great price on a excellent document by this long-standing Japanese new-psychedelic/progressive band. The CD is almost an hour long and the DVD is 90' and is in stereo and 5.1 surround...

Fourth release from everyone's favorite very young Japanese noise/psych extravaganza experience! "Two recordings from summer 2004 Portland, OR. almost representing a transition between "He's Crying Look" and "City Calls Revolution". Here we have...

GZ are fronted by fabled Japanese sampler/guitar terrorist Otomo Yoshihide. This is one of the best by them I've heard. It starts with sampled (?) futozao shamisen that slowly builds up constantly, in added instrumentation & i...

Ground Zero pays tribute to some of their favorite music on this CD, where they integrate classic older material that has been very influential to them with their own music, merging them into something all new (something that Otomo refers to as the voi...

Revolutionary Pekinese Opera was the third album from Ground Zero who are fronted by the fabled Japanese sampler/guitar terrorist Otomo Yoshihide. For this project Otomo and the band pay personal homage to Heiner Goebbels' and Alfred 23 Harth's...

Latest solo album from Haco, this is a remix of the Japanese only version released in 1999. This has Hacos vocals & keyboards, plus Pierre Bastien, Peter Hollinger, Imahori Tsuneo (Tipographica), and many other Japanese musicians, this album features a...

For over 30 years, first with her group After Dinner and then as a solo artist and international musical collaborator, composer and vocalist Haco has been charming folks with her unique take on post-punk, electroacoustics, avant-garde, improvisation...

Charismatic singer, lyricist and performer Haco came to the fore in the early 80s with the group After Dinner, a sublime incarnation of surreal, direct, and offbeat Japanese/European pop. They featured astonishing swathes of ambient sound, over which H...

A compilation of 29 one minute tracks by a number of very well known 'unknown' artists (including: Haco, Pierre Bastien, Bratko Bibic, Fred Frith, Tatsuya Yoshida, Iva Bittova, Frank Pahl, Lars Hollmer, Tom Cora, and many others, presented in both...

"The controversial work which stepped into the forbidden territory of editing the performance of Haino Keiji. Yoshida breaks up their studio session boldly and restructures it from the unacceptable tune reproduced by extreme editing to the pop song...

"A new recording by a legendary duo! Following up on their acclaimed CD New Rap, two of the Tokyo Underground ’s most extreme artists get together again for another twisted exploration of the outer limits of sound. Performing on voice, guitars, drums...

Happy Family are a Japanese instrumental quartet (keyboards, guitar, bass, drums) who are influenced by groups such as Magma, Univers Zero, Weidorje, King Crimson & Area. If you can imagine a full CD's worth of the kind of inspired playing & intensity ...

"Skewered blasts of noisome, Red metal shatters through rough and tumble landscapes of shuddering percussion, ominous, gravelly basslines and wheezing synths. An all-instrumental bulldozer of an album..." – i/e...

This title has been out of print for ages, but in anticipation of their new, third album, we made one last printing. Here it is, with the previously Japanese-only bonus track "Dear My Daughter", while they last!

Happy Family are a Japanese...

For many years Posidon Productions has brought bands to play in Japan. Now they have started a label to bring out some of the many great bands playing progressive oriented music in Japan. Head Pop Up are an progressive rock band with fusion overtones. ...

Makigami Koichi is one of Japan's most popular underground performers and this follows the journeys of his remarkable rock/pop band Hikashu through over twenty-five years of musical mayhem. From techno (before the Yellow Magic Orchestra) to noise/samp...

"Hiromi Uehara is the petite Japanese pianist that has been shaking up the jazz world for a number of years. With each passing album she has added more electric instrumentation and the music has taken on some fusion overtones. Time Control is a new...

''A founding member of the legendary band After Dinner, Haco is one of the most versatile vocalists in the Japanese indies scene. Her newest project, Hoahio, finds her collaborating with two of the most exciting young musicians in Tokyo: koto virtuoso ...

Lars I think we all know from his over 30 years of great work solo, with Samla/Zamla/Von Zamla, while Yuriko is a Japanese violinist who participates in Lars' Global Home Project group. Issued only in Japan in a limited edition of 500 copies, this has ...

"Originally released on the Iskra label in 1975, Improvisation Sep. 1975 is a mind-bending slice of drone improv from two of Japan's post-war heavyweights; former John Cage student, Juilliard graduate, and Yoko Ono's former husband, Toshi Ichiyanagi...

A real rarity of the Japanese scene (and being from 1971, quite early in the Japanese scene).

Takeshi Inomata is a well known and legendary name in Japanese music whose earlier albums mixed jazz and rock in a pretty far out and unusual way...

"Indifferent is only the second studio release from Japanese symph-rockers Interpose+, but quite a bit of history lies behind this group: formed in the mid-1980s by guitarist Kenji Tanaka and drummer Katsu Sato, Interpose performed in a variety of...

Released at the same time as Korekyojinn's Doldrums album and featuring the same instrumentation: Yoshida Tatsuya / drums, Nasuno Mitsuru / bass, Kita Naoki / violin, Murakami Naoki / guitar, this is a very different release, having a loose, more....

"Keyboardist and former member of the Far East Family Band, Akira Ito embarked on a solo career making what has been described as "floating electronics," using a medley of analog synths, guitar, bass, drums, and choral vocals. He released Japanesque...