Japanese Rock and related

''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 ...

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.

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...

Luna Park Ensemble were a part of the same school of wonderful, twisted art-pop-experimental bands that all seemingly emerged from nowhere in the early/mid 80s from Tokyo, along with Wha-Ha-Ha, Syzygys and After Dinner. Luna Park Ensemble were absolutely as good as these bands, the only difference being that Wha-Ha-Ha, Syzygys and After Dinner had records released outside of Japan, and Luna Park Ensemble did not, leading to them being much less known here.
This collects all of the material that was...

"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...

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...

"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...

Masami Akita plays tapes, percussion, electro-acoustic noise, organ
Kiyoshi Mizutani overdubs tapes, synthesizer, violin, machine noise

“First time on CD for this classic Merzbow duo album from 1983. Material Action is a favorite among early Merzbow free-music, junk-noise workouts. Psychedelic improvised instrumental energy abounds on this essential early recording that is PURE MERZ.”

Another wild and wonderful celebration of noise from the singular Japanese pioneer who started it all. Active in live noise electronics since 1978, Akita Masami is an international cult figure, and for his second Tzadik release we are once again...

"The king of Japanese noise, Merzbow, joined on stage by Hungarian drummer extraordinaire, Balázs Pándi (known for his work with The Sun Ra Arkestra, Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick, Bong-Ra, Venetian Snares and more). The special event on September 29th, 2016 took place under the roof of the legendary FAC251 building, the original home of Factory Records' headquarters and where many of Manchester's musical elite set foot. The show features an exemplary performance of Masami Akita's trademark Japanoise...

“A Perfect Pain is a manifestation of the incredible power created by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle) -- the founding father of the industrial world, and Merzbow -- the undisputed king of Japanese noise. Recorded exclusively for Cold Spring, A Perfect Pain has been hailed as an important album and an extremely successful collaboration.“

“A Perfect Pain is a manifestation of the incredible power created by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle) -- the founding father of the industrial world, and Merzbow -- the undisputed king of Japanese noise. Recorded exclusively for Cold Spring, A Perfect Pain has been hailed as an important album and an extremely successful collaboration.“

“A certain magic floods the room when free improvisers of the highest order get together to make music. And when said improvisers are also kindred spirits who know and can anticipate each other's moves, a kind of wonderful telepathy takes over. Such was the case when enigmatic Japanese noise legend Merzbow (Masami Akita) got together in the studio with fellow countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi for Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer.
For their second encounter for...

“Merzopo is a collaborative two CD album of Japanese noise legend Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and the Czech seven member ensemble Opening Performance Orchestra, based in Prague. The first CD contains four compositions by Merzbow. "Futaomote" means 'double face' and it was originally titled 'Janus'. "Yasugibushi" is a Japanese old folk song which was sampled.
The second CD contains two live tracks from Opening Performance Orchestra which were played live in Tokyo and Prague in 2017 and studio edited...

As a strangely beautiful festival finale, the Finnish pair known as Pan Sonic met with the Japanese sound manipulator Merzbow for the first time. Perched behind their laptops, Pan Sonic artfully explored acoustic phenomena and together constructed a so...

''One of the most versatile masters of the koto, Michiyo Yagi has performed in rock bands, jazz groups, movie soundtracks, classical ensembles, noise improvisations and of course Japanese traditional and folk groups. Here, using both orthodox and unort...

Ken Matsutani – guitar
Inage Louis – bass
Hiroshi Hasegawa - electronics, field recordings
Rinji Fukuoka - drums, percussion, voice

“Instrumental psych from Japan. Ken Matsutani was manager of the legendary Captain Trip Records. Japanese guitarist and vocalist, best known as the leader of Marble Sheep, he has also participated in several other Japanese rock underground groups including AOR and Cement Women (1982), Onna (1985), White Heaven (1986). Rinji Fukuoka is a Tokyo-based...

This is an ambient-drone guitar album by Ken Matsutani, formerly of the legendary Japanese group Marble Sheep who is joined here by the the former drummer of Marble Sheep, Soichrou Nakamura, who acted as the engineer and producer. This is one continuous..

This is the fourth album by this Japanese quartet of vocals/violin/guitar, keyboards, bass/synths and drums whose history goes all the way back into the mid 1980's. An excellent quality live recording of symphonic progressive, done Japanese style. "Mid...

This is the second album by this Japanese quartet of vocals/violin/guitar, keyboards, stick/bass and drums whose history goes all the way back into the mid 1980's. "Midas were one of the unheralded "Made In Japan" groups who recorded their debut album ...

This is the third album by this Japanese quartet of vocals/violin/guitar, keyboards, bass/synths and drums whose history goes all the way back into the mid 1980's. "Midas were one of the unheralded "Made In Japan" groups who recorded their debut album ...

"Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami is nothing less than an unalloyed force of nature; a skin-shredding blast of frozen wind from the poor, rural north of Japan that he calls home. In the late 1960s, like thousands of other Japanese young people Mikami made his way to Tokyo in search of a life different from that of his parents. Since then he has forcefully carved out a space for himself in the culture as a modernist poet, a raging folk singer, an author, an actor, an engaging TV personality, and one of...

So, you can read the below and you can read other things about them on the internet, but basically, this is a Japanese band who are trying to sound like a 70s German band.
Ultimately, though, knowing that this is released on the "Guru Guru Brain" record label probably tells you as much about what the music sounds like as anything you could ever read!

"Minami Deutsch is back at it again with their 2018 album. Whilst softening their sound and cushioning the blow, you can expect a more profound.

“MONO formed in Tokyo, Japan in the closing winter weeks of December, 1999. They played their first live shows at the top of the new millennium, and released their first album, Under The Pipal Tree, in 2001. Recorded live in one day on a razor-thin budget, Pipal Tree was an earnest introduction to the curious magic of a band that would eventually become synonymous with monstrously dynamic, contemporary classical rock music. To commemorate those austere beginnings – and celebrate their remarkable...

“MONO formed in Tokyo, Japan in the closing winter weeks of December, 1999. They played their first live shows at the top of the new millennium, and released their first album, Under The Pipal Tree, in 2001. Recorded live in one day on a razor-thin budget, Pipal Tree was an earnest introduction to the curious magic of a band that would eventually become synonymous with monstrously dynamic, contemporary classical rock music. To commemorate those austere beginnings – and celebrate their remarkable...

Nice collection of all of this great Japanese instrumental post-rock quartet (dual guitar, bass and drums) sampler, single and non-album tracks.

"Collecting all of Mono's rare and out-of-print non-album tracks, Gone perfectly...

"Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, Mono return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive Hymn To The Immortal..

Latest from this very fine, long-standing Japanese post-rock band, obviously originally influenced greatly by Godspeed, but by now with their own distinct take on ‘the epic’!

“The conflict and correlation between dark and light is a universal theme with a historically rich history. Musically, perhaps no band in the 21st Century has mined that relationship more consistently or effectively than Japan's Mono.
Across 10 albums in 20 years, Mono have convincingly reflected the quietest and most..

Latest from this very fine, long-standing Japanese post-rock band, obviously originally influenced greatly by Godspeed, but by now with their own distinct take on ‘the epic’!

“The conflict and correlation between dark and light is a universal theme with a historically rich history. Musically, perhaps no band in the 21st Century has mined that relationship more consistently or effectively than Japan's Mono.
Across 10 albums in 20 years, Mono have convincingly reflected the quietest and most..

"More structured and with a greater feel for dynamics than many Japanese noise rock releases, Mono's One Step More and You Die shows that noise rock shouldn't be afraid to explore quieter sonic spaces -- in fact, the opening track, "Where Am I," is dow...

“MONO began in Japan at the end of the 20th Century as a young band equally inspired by the pioneers of moody experimental rock (My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai) and iconic Classical composers (Beethoven, Morricone) who came before them. They have evolved into one of the most inspiring and influential experimental rock bands in their own right. It is only fitting that their evolution has come at the glacial, methodical pace that their patient music demands. MONO is a band who puts serious value in nuance...

2008 release by this pretty fantastic and surprisingly popular Japanese instrumental post-rock band. One of the best in this style

"The Sky Remains The Same As Ever is a nearly two-hour document of the recording sessions for You Are There, and...

Mono is a young instrumental band from Tokyo austere and intensetheir music is simple, beautiful and incredibly direct. Sheets of sound, lyricism, wailing guitars and pounding rhythms evolve slowly, morphing into a ritual of noise and ecstasy. What the...