Japanese Rock and related

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"

The fifth album (and their 1st in six years!) by this greatly liked Japanese instrumental progressive jazz/rock quartet, led by the great violinist Akihisa Tsuboy, and also featuring Shirou Sugano (drums), Dani (bass) and Toshimitsu Takahashi (electric...

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 ...


“5th album from this Japanese psychedelic rock band with a jazzy Eastern/Indian raga acid-folk feel. Many of the songs have a charmingly elegant, though eccentric and unpredictable, pop nature. From lounge-y ethnic harmonic twists to power pop hints, from hallucinogenic guitar runs to otherworldly cosmic explorations—there are welcome surprises around every corner. Sometimes recalls bands/artists like Eternal Tapestry, Goat, Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd, Mick Hutchinson, Dungen, Wooden Shjips, Yonatan Gat...

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...

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...

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.”

“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.

Freshly mastered...

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 2nd release - and my personal favorite - 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 State...

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 ...

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...

Yoshida Tatsuya : percussion
Kido Natsuki : acoustic guitar
NasunoMitsuru : fretless bass
Miyamoto Rei : violin on track 2,4,6,8,10

Well, not 100% and strictly acoustic, but compared to the usual bone-crushing density of these guys, it's close enough.
Here's a bunch of yours and my favorites from this powerhouse outfit, performed in a very different way.

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...Justly famous, often great, sometimes lacklaster, 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)...

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...

"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...

"Hot Rattlesnakes is a reissue of a classic out of print Acid Mothers Temple-related CD. Pressed in a limited quantity in the UK, it sold out almost immediately and currently commands high prices on ebay and is whispered about in hushed tones from thos...

"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).

"Brand new re-mastered and expanded edition of this long out-of-print seminal live CD from Japan's Marble Sheep (or to give them their full title on this release: Marble Sheep and the Run-Down Sun's Children). This was originally issued by Cold Spring...

Jun Matsue is a Japanese guitarist sorta in the Jeff Beck vein and I first heard of him from his excellent guest work on the first Machine and the Synergetic Nuts album. MSN informed me that he has a solo career and they sent me a sample of this solo a...

''Melt Banana is the defining band of New Japanese Hardcore...their songs combine compositional complexity and improvisational noise with the power of a locomotive going full blast through a brick wall. Recorded during their tour of the States in 1998,...

"Containing an 8-page booklet with band info and photos. Melting Glass Box ('Tokedashita Garasu Bako'). This was a studio-only project of Nishiokai Takashi from Itsutsu No Akai Fusen (guitar, percussion and vocals), with Tetsuo Saito (vocals, percussion),

"This is the 4th release in the 13 CD series. Karasu is April's release. Much like the flagship release in this 13 month/13 cd series Masami Akita, herein known as Merzbow, returns to his drumset to accompany his complex analogue noise. His prowess as...

''Merzbow is the one and only original Japanese noise band, begun by Masami Akita over 20 years ago and he is still the best of them all.'' [Tzadik]

"Volume two of Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds series. Limited edition of 1000. Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds is a 13 month series of releases inspired by Olivier Messaien's Catalogue D'Oiseaux. Beginning in January 2009 one volume of 13 Japanese Birds will...

“Merzbow is back with a marvelous concept double album. Hatobana is a complex harmonic sculpture featuring squealing tribal sounds and characteristic ethnic noise. Massima Akita keeps us on our toes by offering experiments with varying instruments such as guitar, wooden percussion, violin. A sublime noise opera among the best works to date from this unique Japanese artist.”

First time on CD for this early, analog material from the man who made noise into a household musical word.

"Over an hour of the best analog material from the King of Japanese noise. Reissue of an extremely rare cassette, dating back to 1985, originally released in Japan by Merzbow's own ZSF Produk and in France by Le Syndicat. All tracks made for "Nil-Vagina Mail-Action February 85." Recorded at Merz-bau Studio, and not "live" as the title would suggest. All material taken from the original...