Japanese Rock and related

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...

Era is ace violinist Tsuboy Akihisa, of the group KBB and ace guitarist Kido Natsuki, of Bondage Fruit. While this is very acoustic oriented, it's not low key at all; there's a lot of high energy playing. This version is a new recording of the original...

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...

"For fans of Djong Yun (Popol Vuh) and Lisa Gerrard. Edition of 200.
Fuji-Yuki is a Japanese female vocalist known as a member of the ethereal drone pop duo Sarry. She is influenced by ancient music, Buddhist ritual music, krautrock, progressive rock, noise music, and abstract experimental music. Her vocal styles include unusual singing approaches: minimal phrase repetition, voice drone, etc. Her voice works as one of a number of great instruments. Many artists have played with her original abstract...

Edition of 200.
"Electronic experiments and free saxophone -- Recorded in studio at Nagoya in 2014 and 2016 by Gakusei Jikken Sitsu (GJS). The title Hekizan comes from the poem "Sanchu Mondo" by Ri-Haku. GJS means "experiment room". Gakusei Jikken Shitsu (GJS) is: Ryoko Ono (saxophone), Hiroki Ono (electronics), and Yuko Oshima (drums). Ryoko Ono, born in Sapporo and currently playing mainly in Nagoya, is an active Japanese female saxophone player, specializing in improvised music and works for...

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 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...

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...

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...

"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...

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...

"Black Truffle presents the eighth full-length release from the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi. Over the course of four LP sides, the October 2014 concert documented here ranges from rock power trio dynamics to maelstroms of analog electronics. Once again, the three demonstrate their commitment to pushing into new areas of instrumental exploration and group interaction. Where their previous releases featured extended vocal workouts from Haino, his vocalizations here are restricted...

Keiji Haino - vocal, guitars, etc.
John Butcher - saxophones and feedback

"Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multi-phonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback. Haino and Butcher...

"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....

"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...

A reissue of this weird semi-psych/semi-pop album, which was originally released on Verve in 1968. The two long tracks (sides 3 & 4 of the original double album, which total about 40') are pretty ahead of their time in a stoner/rock/psych kinda way. The other half is pretty disposable for my tastes.

"Produced by Tom Wilson (the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel,The Mothers of Invention, Soft Machine), this sprawling set of Japansese acid pop and folk was largely recorded in New...

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...

"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 ...

"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....

"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...

Karuna Khyal's album Alomoni 1985, originally released on Voice Records around 1976, is widely acknowledged as years ahead of its time, preceding other Japanese underground experimental outfits such as Fushitsusha and White Heaven by almost 20 years...

Karuna Khyal's album Alomoni 1985, originally released on Voice Records around 1976, is widely acknowledged as years ahead of its time, preceding other Japanese underground experimental outfits such as Fushitsusha and White Heaven by almost 20 years...

"Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Richard Pinhas (Heldon), and Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins). What else is there to say? Richard Pinhas is one of the more atypical French musicians of the last 40 years. He has been surprising everyone all these years -- Always appearing where you expect him the least. Makoto Kawabata, who has been a big follower of Heldon, has also been a longtime friend and partner of Tatsuya Yoshida. So naturally, these three reunited in 2016 at the Studio Condorcet in Toulouse...

"Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Richard Pinhas (Heldon), and Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins). What else is there to say? Richard Pinhas is one of the more atypical French musicians of the last 40 years. He has been surprising everyone all these years -- Always appearing where you expect him the least. Makoto Kawabata, who has been a big follower of Heldon, has also been a longtime friend and partner of Tatsuya Yoshida. So naturally, these three reunited in 2016 at the Studio Condorcet in Toulouse...

"This is a two-fer reissue of early '70s Japanese underground rock albums Love Suki Daikirai and Kirikyogen, featuring Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band. Recorded in 1970, the tone of Kirikyogen is cast in a shadow, and it seeps through the pores...

Well known Japanese fusion guitarist who may be best known in the USA for his tenure with Elvin Jones' electric band in the mid-70's (I saw them open for Charles Mingus in NYC in spring, 1976!) "Ryo Kawasaki is a legendary jazz/fusion guitarist still g...

Well known Japanese fusion guitarist who may be best known in the USA for his tenure with Elvin Jones' electric band in the mid-70's (I saw them open for Charles Mingus in NYC in spring, 1976!). This live album is a great introduction to his work; it b...