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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...

Avant-garde rock from Japan, originally released on lp in the mid 1980s and then on CD in 1990, this has been out of print on CD for nearly 20 years. This CD includes 3 bonus tracks from 1989...

"After the release of the Challenge album in 1969 by the proto Flower Travellin' Band, Yuya Uchida brought in Kuni Kawachi, organist and leader of The Happenings Four. They spent the early part of 1970 putting together a series of recordings which were...

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"After the release of the Challenge album in 1969 by the proto Flower Travellin' Band, Yuya Uchida brought in Kuni Kawachi, organist and leader of The Happenings Four. They spent the early part..

"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...

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...

Note: this is NOT a CD. This is a music DVD (not DVD Audio), which contains music in full res and high quality mp3 versions of six full unreleased live recordings and contains over 2 1/2 hours of music. Note that there are no moving images on this DVD...

"3 CDs! 215 minutes! The super improvisational duo of astonishment's 2nd feature. With guests Umezu, Kazutoki, Satou Kenji, Nasuno Mitsuru, Komori Keiko and Yamamoto Seichi"

Second by this Japanese instrumental quartet, this is co-released with Poseidon Productions. "Current Japanese group led by the talented Akihisa Tsuboy (violin and guitar), KBB has given us...a brilliant and colorful work that combines the earthy power...

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...

The first album, released in 2000, by this very good Japanese instrumental progressive/fusion quartet, featuing the excellent violinist Akihisa Tsuboy (who also wrote all the pieces here), Gregory Suzuki-keyboards, Dani-bass and Shirou Sugano-drums...

Third studio album and the first after knocking the audience out at NEARFest 2006 by this instrumental progressive/fusion band from Japan that features violin, keyboards, bass and drums...

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...

A 1999 studio album from this long-lived Japanese instrumental fusion/progressive band is also their most perplexing, as it's really basically a heavy rock album. A really *good* heavy rock album, but a heavy rock album nonetheless. I quite liked this ...



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Yes, nowadays it's easy to laugh at the image of the long flowing hair of the Japanese man sitting tranquilly cross-legged on the floor, but remember that Kitaro was a founding member of the Far East Family Band in the 70s and an important part of the...

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...

This is the third (and only currently available) DVD by Koenjihyakkei. As usual, this is a wild race into Zeuhl territory, with all the throbbing bass, wild, Vander-inspired drumming, & Kobaian-via-Japan singing you could hope for. This is the most...

“I’m probably going out on a limb here, but from my vantage point, this is not only the most brilliant of all of contemporary Japanese bands, but perhaps the greatest group currently operating in the world.” –Alternative Press.

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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 latest and fifth studio release from this super wonderful Japanese power trio of amazing drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, mighty guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and astounding bassist bassist Nasuno Mitsuru...

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 ...

Well, let me first say what I said originally about this one:
Another great, great power-trio release by this excellent Japanese band featuring drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, & also featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki...

Another great, great power-trio release by this excellent 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 band...

A new band from Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins, & featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit]. ''...a burning instrumental trio mixing the raw power of rock music, the wild edge of improvisation and the complex stop on a dime compositional struc...

This is the 5th release from this this excellent instrumental Japanese 'progressive jazz rock band focused on polyrhythms' featuring drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, & also featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru [Altered States]. This band is one of my favorite things that Yoshida is involved with - and heaven knows that he's involved with a lot of good stuff! The CD is based on improvisational sessions and includes a couple of tracks with...

"Takehisa Kosugi is an inter-media artist and performer who started his career back in the '60s in Tokyo. With his first band Group Ongaku (free anarchist-conceptual improvisations) he was introduced to the Fluxus avant-garde movement. During the '70s...

Lite is a Japanese instrumental post-rock/math-rock quartet of dual guitars, bass and drums. This rocks from beginning to end and will appeal to fans of Don Caballero, King Crimson, Sleeping People, Upsilon Acrux, etc. Great stuff and nice cover too...

Famous, often great, sometimes lackluster, 1971 psych/freak Jap-rock classic with Chito Kawachi (drums), Hiro Yanagida (keyboards), Kimio Mizutani (guitar), Kosuke Ichihara (saxophone, flute), Masaoki Terakawa (bass), Naomi Kawahara (percussion), Takao...

Famous, often great, sometimes lackluster, 1971 psych/freak Jap-rock classic with Chito Kawachi (drums), Hiro Yanagida (keyboards), Kimio Mizutani (guitar), Kosuke Ichihara (saxophone, flute), Masaoki Terakawa (bass), Naomi Kawahara (percussion), Takao...

Great second release from this high-energy Japanese instrumental ensemble of soprano and tenor sax, keyboards (mostly electric piano and organ), bass and drums, with guests on guitar and percussion. Their 2003 debut blew the minds of those who were luc...

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"The epitome of a cult artist (and a favorite of Julian Cope), the enigmatic Magical Power Mako (aka Makoto Kurita) has been sporadically releasing albums in his native Japan since 1974. This lavish numbered, limited edition 5CD set collects jams taped by him between 1972 and 1975, and comes complete with a full 12-page booklet. Encompassing psychedelic folk, Krautrock, electronica and fuzz guitar, the music's effect is frequently...

"The second and all-time best Mako album, originally issued by Japanese Polydor in 1975. Packaged in mini-lp jacket sleeve. Although MPM went on to record 20+ more records after this one, he would never exceed the spatial exuberance of Super Record....

"...if you are prepared to retune your ears to the caustic guitar eruption running in parallel with some heavenly cosmic chanting, then you will be richly rewarded."-Beard Rock

One of the most celebrated Japanese underground bands have returned..

"This is a solo album by the leader and the guitar player of an unique and distinctively sounding Japanese band "Acid Mothers Temple". Makoto Kawabata offers us his personal vision of THE DRONE, which is a buzzing of slow and hypnotic forms. It is of...

"Inspired by Popol Vuh and originally released in a tiny pressing of 550 on vinyl from the inimitable Acid Mothers Temple front man. Included on this cd reissue are the bonus tracks from the even more limited 7" included with 100 copies of the original...

"Duo collaboration between the Japanese female accordionist à qui avec Gabriel, who previously released a solo album on John Zorn's Tzadik label, and Acid Mothers Temple guitarist and guitar-drone soundscape artist Kawabata Makoto. Kawabata's guitar...

"Avant-garde duo collaboration between the brilliant Japanese female accordionist "à qui avec Gabriel", who previously released a solo album on John Zorn's Tzadik label, and the leader and the guitar player of Acid Mothers Temple, for a pleasing blend...

"Basement Echo is the historical meeting point of two generations of the Japanese underground. Kawabata Makoto, leader of The Acid Mothers Temple, and Michishita Shinsuke, leader of LSD March, are together here for the first time in a guitar duo...

Manitatsu is the meeting between the two internationally acclaimed and known drummers Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins).