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“All proceeds from MONOAkuma will be used to fund research and preservation attempts for the Tasmanian Devil; which in recent years has suffered greatly due to effects of a transmissible facial cancer.“

"I think the first time I heard Merzbow must have been 1994. I remember not really knowing what to make of it. It was effortlessly deep and aggressive, but also emotive and lyrical in the way the waves of sound would erupt and decay. It wasn't easy then to discover information about artists, but...

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.“

“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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

"A mistaken but widely-held view of Japanese music is that it consists of two completely separate and non-communicating areas: on one hand the disposable J-pop music scene based on Western models, on the other the traditional classical music world with...

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...

“The reissue of impossible-to-find cult album Lady Maid by Japanese outfit Normal Brain. Originally released in 1981 as a limited vinyl pressing of 300 copies on Agi Yuzuru's fabled experimental label Vanity Records (R.N.A. Organism, Dada, Sympathy Nervous, Tolerance), Lady Maid is a testament to the creativity of the early '80s Japanese electronic and experimental scene, encapsulating a prolific era when audio gear became affordable for musicians to explore sounds in the comfort of their home, free...

“The reissue of impossible-to-find cult album Lady Maid by Japanese outfit Normal Brain. Originally released in 1981 as a limited vinyl pressing of 300 copies on Agi Yuzuru's fabled experimental label Vanity Records (R.N.A. Organism, Dada, Sympathy Nervous, Tolerance), Lady Maid is a testament to the creativity of the early '80s Japanese electronic and experimental scene, encapsulating a prolific era when audio gear became affordable for musicians to explore sounds in the comfort of their home, free...

“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...

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...

"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...

"This is the eagerly-awaited debut album from Japanese underground legends Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple/Mainliner) and Pikacyu (Afrirampo). Combining their trademark master musicianship, out-there sonic attack and off-the-wall weirdness...

"In 1973, a rock guitarist and an electronic knob-twiddler released a revered and trail-blazing document in contemporary ambient music: Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting. Thirty-five years later, guitarist Richard Pinhas and noise artist Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) have formed the 21st century version of the concept." – Brandon Wu/Washington City Paper

It's interesting that Brandon Wu compares the work of Richard Pinhas and Merzbow to Fripp and Eno. At the...

Tatsuya Yoshida – drums
Masami Akita – noise electronics
Richard Pinhas – guitars and analog synth guitars

Three founding fathers of experimental music join forces to conjure an unholy serenade for a society on the verge of collapse on Process and Reality, an hourlong whirlwind of pessimistic prophecy transformed into a heady monolith of sound.

Boundary-stretching guitarist Richard Pinhas, founder of the influential French electronic

On the back of the 2014 Rock In Opposition Festival in Japan and their album "Welcome In The Void", Richard Pinhas and Yoshida Tatsuya did a Japanese tour lasting about 2 weeks.
In order to have some fun, fresh merch to sell to the fans, Yoshida released this live album on his Magaibutsu label on CD, taken from several shows during their Japanese tour and showing off aspects of their work together. It has now been issued on vinyl.

"...two pioneers of fringe music, with the rapport of the two as the driving force behind this album" -– Something Else!

On Welcome In The Void, Richard Pinhas again pushes sonic and compositional boundaries...

"French psych-experimental-rock genius Richard Pinhas in collaboration with Sax Ruins drummer, Tatsuya Yoshida, and saxophonist, Ryoko Ono. Recorded live at Tusk Festival, at Gateshead Old Town Hall, on October 10, 2015. Richard Pinhas, the founder of '70s legends Heldon, is one of France's best known experimental musicians and is a key figure in development of rock music fusing with electronic music. Yoshida Tatsuya is one of the most innovative musicians of the Japanese experimental music scene...

Richard and Merzbow are both among the best-known figures in electronic rock music today. Merzbow is probably the single best-known artist in noise music today. While Richard's work wouldn't be considered to be in the 'noise' arena, many...