Japanese Rock and related

"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).

"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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Excellent, legimate, newly remastered reissue at a relatively bargain price (for a Japanese import), of this stupidly rare Japanese psych/progressive album, originally released on Polydor in 1971, which was the first solo album by the guitarist of Love...

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..

"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...

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...

"Under The Pipal Tree is the debut album by now-legendary Japanese experimental rock band, MONO. Released in 2001 on avant-garde icon John Zorn's Tzadik label, Under The Pipal Tree showcased a young Japanese quartet whose wide range of influences – most notably Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Velvet Underground, and Neil Young's Crazy Horse – were on ferocious and ambitious display. Though MONO would eventually become known for their expert marriage of metal and classical genres, Under The Pipal Tree...

Sometimes I quote from other reviewers because I am in a hurry or because I have to do too many of these and am at a loss for something intelligent to say and sometimes just because I am lazy. Sometimes, however, the reviewer says exactly what I wanted...

Another pretty great one from this Japanese quartet of dual guitars, bass and drums. There is some additional instrumentation (a string quartet!), but this is mostly the long, droning-yet-consistantly interesting work that we've come to expect from...

"What the hell? In April 2006, Mono released their instrumental opus You Are There on Temporary Residence and they toured the world in support of it. In September of the same year Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain is issued as a collaborative album...

First release from this excellent instrumental Japanese power trio. They are one of the best of the current Japanese rock bands, combining various experimental rock styles in a entertaining and engaging manner. Recommended! [Tzadik]

Third and generally considered the best album by this 1980's Japanese symphonic rock band that features keyboardist Katsuhiko Hayashi and vocalist Takashi Nakamura, +, on this album, violinist Takashi Kawaguchi (Outer Limits), acoustic guitarist/flutist..

Naikaku is a Japanese duo of bass and flute, but on this, their second album, there is a guitarist and drummer on the entire album. Why aren't they considered members? Maybe the main guys don't want to share all the money. There are also guests on...

The guitarist of Korekyojinn and Bondage Fruit performs solo. "Akira Komatsu it is thick, from Kazutoki coba and plum Tsu the Carmen maquis, support of the singer who was said quiet style and [yadoranka] high the solo first work of the ogre non month...

A guitar duo by the fantastic Kido (Korekyojinn, Bondage Fruit and Salle Gaveau) and Daisuke Suzuki. This is warm, acoustic playing of originals and standards (by Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Santana, Gershwin and Sting, among others); it's really...

"Nazoranai is the supergroup of Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley. For close to four decades, Haino has been a legendary figure in Japan's avant-garde community through his commanding presence in the band Fushitsusha and numerous solo ventures. Ambarchi, a prolific electro-acoustic composer of heavy ambience and hypno-rock, has long stood at the leading edge of Australia's experimental music scene, while O'Malley remains a principle architect for the drone/doom metal project Sunn O))) in...

This reissues a rare 1981 album by a California classical/progressive band with other influences as well (they specifically mention The Doors and Pink Floyd)...

Until their first release on LoLo (this is their second), Next Order were a previouly unknown to me Japanese fusion band that features two guitarists, bass and drums. One of the guitarists tends to play with a cleaner tone and one has a more dirty sound..

"Ni Hao!'s long awaited second release features more delightful music from this powerful rock unit out of Kansai. Now a duo, the music continues the direction of the first release with virtuosic short pieces filled with stop and start precision...

Really fascinating Japanese trio of guitar, bass & drums who stick together noise, repetition, no-wave, electronica, motorik, dance-music, and sound in a way that no one else does. You won't believe that they aren't an 'electronic' group...

Really fascinating Japanese trio of guitar, bass & drums who stick together noise, repetition, no-wave, electronica, motorik, dance-music, and sound in a way that no one else does. You won't believe that they aren't an 'electronic' group...

“Recorded concurrently with John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album, Yoko's features the same musicians, namely John, Ringo Starr, and Klaus Voormann along with the Ornette Coleman Quartet on one cut.
Unlike John's record, however, Yoko's is much more a "jam"-sounding record. And while there are definite songs, lyrics are mainly vocal improvisations. Still, if avant-garde is your cup of tea, then check this one out. It's good, if only to hear John Lennon really get the guitar cranking on the opening...

Here's a fine, rather edgy album by a Japanese band that I really didn't know anything about until I read the notes & started to realize who the players were. It's an all instrumental trio of Natsuki Kido (Bondage Fruit) on guitar, drummer Yasuhiro Yos...

The complete studio output of this underground/over-the-top Japanese psych/noise/P.S.F.-style band who formed in 1993 and lasted until 2008.

"The Complete Studio Recordings of Overhang Party includes each of their studio albums (each with a...

Bassist/composer/band leader Ron Anderson has been leading an ever-changing ensemble known as PAK for at least a decade. He's also been collaborating with drummer Tatsuya Yoshida in various line-ups for at least a decade as well...

"Pikacyu-Makoto is an intergalactic love and peace duo, featuring two figureheads of underground Japanese music: Pika from Afrirampo and Makoto Kawabata of legendary psychedelic avatars Acid Mothers Temple.
As a duo they embrace both sides of the coin -- drums and guitar, chaos and order, male and female, yin and yang, the angel and the devil. Pika brings her skills of mystifying performance to the table, all free-drum bluster and vocals veering between shrine maiden and wild spirit. Kawabata's...

"Pikacyu-Makoto is an intergalactic love and peace duo, featuring two figureheads of underground Japanese music: Pika from Afrirampo and Makoto Kawabata of legendary psychedelic avatars Acid Mothers Temple.
As a duo they embrace both sides of the coin -- drums and guitar, chaos and order, male and female, yin and yang, the angel and the devil. Pika brings her skills of mystifying performance to the table, all free-drum bluster and vocals veering between shrine maiden and wild spirit. Kawabata's...