Japanese Rock and related

Gerard are one of the oldest, still active (well, as of 2011) Japanese progressive / symphonic rock groups. Led by keyboardist Toshio Egawa, who made his name playing with the 80's symphonic rock band Novela, this is Gerard's first release from 1984. It is one of three to feature guitarist/vocalist Yukihiro Fujimura in addition to bass and drums.

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...

"Returned from early '90s Japan are the holy sounds of Ghost. Their collective, clearly inspired by various forms of transcendental music throughout history, created a new syncretic psychedelia with these albums, mixing the texture and vibe of multinational forms of traditional music, with strummed antique stringed instruments and the haunting wail of a recorder on top of their heavy beats and guitars. The considerable depth of this approach was explored through...

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 another chance meeting of the Green Milk trio hanging with the Zig Zag man and smoking out two improvised, one take, no over dubs, recorded straight to glorious analog tape jams. “KillMeKillMeKillMe” leans toward the Rock In Opposition/Avant Rock space...

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...

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...

“On Nova Naturo, Japan's Haco expands her already divergent song craft into a zone that meshes field recording, electronics and layers of floating voice into an imagined sound environment that encourages a sense of a deepened interior terrain.
Haco's work in groups including the now legendary After Dinner and Hoahio have earned her a unique and respected position in the Japanese music communities, but it is with her solo work that she has unlocked an utterly unique and deeply personal approach to...

"Weightless, not so much a voice from heaven but a voice that swirls in liquidity, water spirit, a world and a time in which humans, plants, animals and weather could communicate in multiple tongues through the barriers that separate living entities, the world of Apitchatpong Weerasthakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), in which a catfish with erotic powers speaks to a princess, a world in which spirits could be heard whispering in forest glades, in spider's webs and waterfalls...

"This album is gorgeous. I picked it up expecting some crazy experimental thing because it's a Haco project, but what I ended up hearing was an achingly beautiful collaboration of slow, climaxing songs, inventive string technique, and head-bobbing goodness. This is a really, really good disc."-Eon Fontes May

"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...

"This album is gorgeous. I picked it up expecting some crazy experimental thing because it's a Haco project, but what I ended up hearing was an achingly beautiful collaboration of slow, climaxing songs, inventive string technique, and head-bobbing goodness. This is a really, really good disc."-Eon Fontes May

"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...

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...

FULL TITLE: Each side has a depth of 5 seconds A polka dot pattern in horizontal array A flickering that moves vertically; wouldn’t want you to feel left out.

“The trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi return to Black Truffle with their tenth release, recorded live in Tokyo in February, 2017. While many of the trio's recent works have seen them focusing primarily on their core guitar/bass/drums power trio format, on Each side has a depth of 5 seconds A polka dot pattern in...

“Full title: A Loss Permitted To Open Its Eyes For But Three Hours And There Glimpsed, Finally In Focus A Mystery That Begs Earnestly, "Ask Me Nothing" Now, Once More The Problem Is Yours Alone.

Experimental music pioneer Keiji Haino, one of the most mysterious and influential figures to emerge from the Japanese psychedelic underground, teams up with Charles Hayward, British drummer and founding member of This Heat and Camberwell Now, on a new live album.
A Loss Permitted... comprises a...

“Full title: In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button.
For its 50th release, Black Truffle presents the ninth album from one of the label's core ensembles, the power trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi.
Drawn from a November 2015 performance at Tokyo's now-defunct SuperDeluxe, the record's opening piece drops us immediately into the maelstrom, abruptly...

“Full title: In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button.
For its 50th release, Black Truffle presents the ninth album from one of the label's core ensembles, the power trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi.
Drawn from a November 2015 performance at Tokyo's now-defunct SuperDeluxe, the record's opening piece drops us immediately into the maelstrom, abruptly...

"Two living legends of extreme Japanese music sharing the stage for the first time outside of Japan."

"Japan’s fearless multi-instrumentalist and cultural provocateur Keiji Haino has made a career out of his free-form musical improvisations and diverse collaborations. Whether deconstructing American blues to a few rogue notes hanging across chasms of empty space in his solo endeavors, sparring with the nebulous fringes of psychedelia in Fushitsusha, or teaming up with musicians like Faust, Boris, Jim O’Rourke, Stephen O’Malley, John Zorn, and Peter Brötzmann for fleeting aural experiments. Haino’s work....

“This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood to Pour Let Us Never is the third collaborative album by Japanese free music provocateur Keiji Haino and expressionist metal trio SUMAC. Into This Juvenile Apocalypse... finds the quartet navigating the push-and-pull of creative interplay with bolder strides and stronger chemistry. Recorded on May 21, 2019 at the Astoria Hotel on Vancouver BC’s notorious East Hastings Street as a one-off performance during a short North American tour for Haino, the six...

"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. ...

"A reissue of High Rise's II, originally released in 1986. High Rise exploded onto Tokyo's underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man's curve. Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjo and frenetic guitarist Munehiro Narita, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music. Their second album is a defining document of the band and unquestionably one of the greatest albums to emerge from 20th...

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...

''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 ...

“Ikue Mori, Phew and YoshimiO are three legends of the Japanese Avant Garde music scene: Ikue was an original member of DNA and is a vital member of the NYC Downtown Scene, Phew founded Aunt Sally in 1978 and has performed in countless folk/rock solo projects and collaborations and YoshimiO is a core member of the Boredoms, Saicobab and OOIOO. Here they come together for their first ever trio project. Recorded at U.F.O. CLUB in Tokyo, the music was edited and mixed during the shelter-in-place months of...

"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...

"The second in a series of releases by the legendary downtown pioneer Teiji Ito presents his postmodern masterpiece Tenno, blending Japanese, African, Carribean and Western musical instruments with sound effects, voice and electronics to create...

"The fifth CD in Tzadik’s initiative to make available the music of Teiji Ito presents his undisputed masterpiece Watermill. Created in 1971 for the controversial ballet by Jerome Robbins and named for the town on Long Island where Robbins had a...

Makoto Kawabata - electric guitar
RG Rough – electronics

“A collaboration between Makoto Kawabata (leader of the legendary Japanese psychedelic band, Acid Mothers Temple) and the French/British multi-instrumentalist RG Rough. The pair create an unsettling sonic jungle in which Makoto's guitar drones multiply, intertwine, and collide with a wide variety of electronic and concrete sounds and percussion. On two occasions a soft, sleepy sounding voice comes out of nowhere and whispers a strange...

NEARfest 2006 will get off to a rousing start with the fiery symphonic fusion Japanese quartet KBB. Led by the alternately subtle and searing electric violin work of Akihisa Tsuboy, contrasted with the outstanding Keith Emerson- and Dave Stewart-influe...

Hot instrumental Japanese fusion trio on guitars/synths, bass and drums. While everybody plays well, the emphasis is on the soaring guitar work. Maybe a bit comparable to mid 90's style Kenso with much less emphasis on keyboards, and with a bit of Bran...

''Enigmatic'' noise-making musician/guitarist Haino is the man of the moment in certain circles. This is performed mostly on hand percussion & ''impassioned'' vocals. I dunno; I thought this was pretty much a big wank! [Tzadik]

Haino Keiji is a mysterious psychedelic minstrel who has been performing his peculiar blend of rock, medieval music and improvisation since the early 1970s. Incredibly prolific, he has headed dozens of bands and released hundreds of CDs on a variety of...


Thi is a sealed promo. There is also a small dent in the traycard and obi. Out of print.

"This is the third album by Osamu Kitajima, one of Japan's most prolific artists from the ethno rock, world music, and progressive department. You certainly cannot divide all the mentioned stylistic aspects from each other for they were all incorporated in these complex arrangements and homogeneous sound. It is the same with his other albums like 1976's Benzaiten and or his fourth album, 1980's Masterless Samurai; traditional Japanese music meets Western jazz-rock and progressive sounds to form a new...

Kodo is a Japanese drumming ensemble based on the island of Sado. They tour constantly, and have performed on all continents except Antartica. They are famous for their unbelievably PHYSICAL performances on these huge huge huge drums. Anyone who has se...

Yoshida Tatsuya: drums, vocals
Sakamoto Kengo: bass & voice
Kanazawa Miyako: keyboards & voice
Yamamoto Kyoko: vocals
Komori Keiko: reeds & voice

“This new edition of Koenjihyakkei's landmark fourth album, (which includes 3 live bonus tracks) follows the release of 2018's critically acclaimed "Dhorimviskha". Japan's Koenjihyakkei blend progressive rock, jazz fusion, symphonic rock and neoclassicism with the energy of hardcore punk, the volume of metal and the attitude of...

The first new studio album from Tatsuya Yoshida and friends in a long time. A wild race into Zeuhl territory, with all the throbbing bass, wild, Vander-inspired drumming, & Kobaian-via-Japan singing you could hope for.

“Some bands you just have to hear. Japan's KOENJIHYAKKEI (aka Koenji Hyakkei aka Hundred Sights of Koenji) are just such a band. Headed by vocalist/composer/drummer extraordinaire Tatsuya Yoshida and emboldened by overcharged reeds, glittery keyboards and a soaring front-woman...

“A live document of a band that is indescribable - performing at home - fresh off of their European tour, and with new members AH on vocals and Yabuki Taku on keyboards.
Filmed with multiple cameras and excellent sound, "Live at Koenji High" is the bare bones - no interview clips – no special features – no mysteries revealed - just Koenjihyakkei live on stage.”

This is a re-working of the unavailable 3rd release by this Ruins offshoot project, led by Tatsuya Yoshida-drums, vocals, with Jin Harada-guitar, Sakamoto Kengo- bass, Oguchi Kenichi-keyboards (of Kenso) & Sagara Nami (soprano voice).
While not quite a Magma-derived as their first, this is still a wild race into Zeuhl territory, with all the throbbing bass, wild, Vander-inspired drumming, & Kobaian-via-Japan singing you could hope for. Really nice & powerful! For better or worse, it has been....

This is a re-working of the unavailable 3rd release by this Ruins offshoot project, led by Tatsuya Yoshida-drums, vocals, with Jin Harada-guitar, Sakamoto Kengo- bass, Oguchi Kenichi-keyboards (of Kenso) & Sagara Nami (soprano voice).
While not quite a Magma-derived as their first, this is still a wild race into Zeuhl territory, with all the throbbing bass, wild, Vander-inspired drumming, & Kobaian-via-Japan singing you could hope for. Really nice & powerful! For better or worse, it has been....

A second CD of astounding vocal acrobatics by one of the most original singers in the world. A master of every conceivable vocal technique both imaginable and unimaginable, Makigami fuses the avant garde with Tuuvan throat singing, cartoon music, Japan...

''Makigami Koichi is an incredible vocalist and performer, employing creative and versatile techniques blending Japanese traditions and Tuvan throat-singing with rock and avant garde. Kuchinoha, his first album for solo voice, contains 9 improvisations...

"Composer/producer/actor/director/vocalist extraordinaire Makigami Koichi is one of Japan’s most charismatic performers. His solo vocal pyrotechnics and dynamic band Hikashu have thrilled audiences the world over. Combining extended vocal techniques...

"Toshinori Kondo, a highly-acclaimed Japanese electric trumpeter, has been playing and recording all over the world with musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell (bass), John Zorn (saxophone), Derek Bailey (guitar), Herbie Hancock (keyboard), Peter...

This is the 3rd release from this this excellent instrumental Japanese band featuring drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, & also featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru [Altered States]. This ...