Japanese Rock and related

''A new supergroup featuring Keiji Haino, one of the most...original guitarists/ vocalists, Bill Laswell, contemporary music's most personal & experimental bassist, & Rashied Ali, Coltrane alumni & godfather of free jazz drumming.'' [Tzadik]

"Qui is the brainchild of Japanese guitarist Takashi Hayashi, who assembled an instrumental jazz-rock fusion band with progressive rock leanings. The trio included, guitar, bass, drums and some keyboards parts. After having released a first album...

A co-production with Poseidon from Japan, this is a trio consisting of Totoki Yukiko-female vocals, concertina (an old folk-style accordion) harmonium & percussion, Sasaki Emi-accordion, glockenspiel, psaltery, toys, percussion & vocals and Oguma Eiji...

A trio consisting of Totoki Yukiko-female vocals, concertina (an old folk-style accordion) harmonium & percussion, Sasaki Emi-accordion, glockenspiel, psaltery, toys, percussion & vocals and Oguma Eiji-guitar & bouzouki. I didn't realize taht they were...

Quikion are a quirky, charming trio from Japan (have you noticed that 'quirky' and 'charming' describes a decent percentage of Japanese new-music? It's an interesting phenomenon.)...

Here is a young trio of musicians from the Kansai area on soprano sax, bass and piano who have created a remarkably original world of sound. Although one can hear occasional influences from Steve Lacy and the Jimmy Giuffre Three, this music is uniquely...

"Legendary Japanese rock outfit Les Rallizes Denudés were formed in 1967 and incredibly, for a group that had only one official release (Oz Days Live, a double vinyl compilation release in 1973), played their last gig almost 30 years later in October...

"Legendary Japanese rock outfit Les Rallizes Denudés were formed in 1967 and incredibly, for a group that had only one official release (Oz Days Live, a double vinyl compilation release in 1973), played their last gig almost 30 years later in October...

"Between August 1980 and March 1981, Les Rallizes Dénudés (or The Naked Larryz, as the long-lost acetate they are rumored to have recorded for Virgin Records in the mid-'70s dubbed them) played seven concerts in and around Tokyo. Never officially....

"The best-known studio recordings by Les Rallizes Dénudés is the legendary Mars Studio sessions from 1980. The tracks were laid down during the tenure in the group of guitarist Fujio Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi is one of the more notorious figures in the...

"Has a one way trip to the heart of darkness ever been made in a more handsome jalopy?"-Julian Cope, Japrocksampler

"Various live tracks assembled circa 1973-1987. As news of the new rock music made it to Japan from the UK and the USA, mostly...

"Seemingly endless sonic flame-throwers of phased white noise streak across your inner landscape, as stupidly loud and overly-backlit lead guitar emissions perpetrated by a perpetually be-shaded longhair pummel the similarly be-shaded but barely...

"Ring is probably one of the oldest Japanese Progressive rock bands, that existed prior to the golden age of the local scene, that took place during the Eighties. Jointly published by the Musea and Poseidon labels, "The Empire Of Necromancers" was init...

"Round House started its career in 1975, as an instrumental quintet including two guitarists, a keyboards player and a rhythmic section. From this period, one can find two studio albums and one track on the "The Seventies West Japanese Rock Scene" comp...

Very limited edition, self released CDR reissue of the first album from 1978 by one of the best West Japanese progressive rock bands. This is a symphonic rock album with jazzy influences combine with a melodic feel that might be a bit comparable to a j...

Round House were one of the best West Japanese progressive rock bands. The band made an unexpected reunion in 2000, and are now performing actively. "The structure of the music, dramatic and tight in the vein of of Return to Forever, topped with wailin...

Very limited edition, self released CDR reissue of the 2nd album, recorded in 1978 and 1979 by one of the best West Japanese progressive rock bands. This has a more prog/fusion sound than their first. "The structure of the music, dramatic and tight in...

Some of the very best musicians in Japan, veterans of such bands as Bondage Fruit, the Boredoms, Bazooka Joe, Demi Semi Quaver...have come together in Rovo, a virtuosic trance-rock group based in Tokyo. This dynamic set collects the best of their legendary two-night run at New York City's premier new music club, Tonic. Beautifully recorded and impeccably mixed by Rovo mastermind, violinist Katsui Yuji in Japan, Tonic 2001 captures the firey brilliance of this dazzling band like no studio recording ever...

"Steve Hillage, guitarist for prog rock legends Gong and mastermind behind the electronic group System 7, joins the phenomenally talented Japanese instrumental band Rovo on this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration!

Performed and recorded live, this album captures a truly magical melding of musical minds uniting Hillage's rhythmic and sonic inventiveness with Rovo's technical and melodic prowess to create a truly groundbreaking recording!"

I wasn't quite sure what to make of this when I heard about it; was it going to be a solo drum release from Yoshida? Anyway, my concerns were allayed when it arrived and I got to hear it. It's a fully orchestrated, (I suppose with computers and...

The truly amazing bass/drums duo where drummer/composer Yoshida Tatsuya first made his mark and appeared on people's radar, who were obviously influenced by punk, math rock, Magma & This Heat.
"Along with the Boredoms, Naked City and very few others, this amazing drums/bass duo are masters of quick-change, stop/start tempos, time-signatures and textures. Ruins' explosive and intricately composed tunes are sung in a peculiar language of their own invention." [note: which sounds a LOT like Kobaian]....

''A blistering live performance...of over twenty stop-on-a-dime Ruins classics, Mandala 2000 captures the raw power and visceral energy of this dynamic band better than any studio recording ever could. Also included is twenty minutes of encores featuri...

This is something like their 16th CD, I think (!) & represents a strong return to form, as the duo of Yoshida Tatsuya (drums, percussion, vocal) and Sasaki Hisashi (6 string bass, MIDI controller, vocal) just TEAR through it all, mixing thrash, Zeuhl, ...

"The members of Japan's Ruins have extensive experience and tireless commitment! A furious barrage of explosive and intricately composed drum(s) and bass, Ruins covers all stops between hardcore's hysteric intensity, metal's pummeling dynamics, and the...

''A new direction for this innovative group , which until now has worked solely as a duo. Augmenting their core unit of drums and bass with two female vocalists and a keyboard player of astonishing virtuosity, these brilliant orchestral arrangements of...

"Sajjanu is a ripping new unit from Tokyo that performs incredibly complex through-composed compositions with few if any repetition. Performed with an intensity and power that is absolutely staggering, this trio of two guitars and drums sounds like a...

"Friendly Pants is the first American release by legendary Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata in more than 20 years. It pairs the 65-year-old traveler alongside Chikamorachi, the bombast rhythm section of drummer Chris Corsano (Paul Flaherty Duo, Bjork...

Led by guitarist Kido Natsuki of Bondage Fruit, Salle Gaveau combines the art-music tango, as typified by the brilliant and famous work of Astor Piazzolla with a rock energy and zaniness. Using the same quintet musical configuraration as Piazzolla's...

Packaged in a slim-line DVD case, in a similar manner to some of the releases on Magaibutsu, Sanhedrin are a Japanese avant-rock supergroup consisting of Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals), Tatsuya Yoshida (drums) and Mitsuru Nasuno (bass)....

I dont know too much about this, since almost all information is in Japanese, but I believe that this is music composed for a theatre work in Japan. The composer plays keyboards & samplers, & he is joined by guests on violin, cello, bass, percussion & ...

1971 psych/weirdo/jazz-rock Japanese classic rarity featuring Shungo Sawada (acoustic guitar), Masaoki Terakawa (bass), Louis Haynes (drums), Kimio Mizutani (guitar), Hiro Yanagida (organ), D.D. Dickson (trombone), Jochen Stadt (trombone), Jackie...

Before the advent of the Japanese school of progressive rock music during the Eighties, represented by Gerard, Outer Limits and Pageant, among others, a certain number of local bands of great interest were already active. Amongst them, the name of Shin...

5{ of the greatest Japanese progressive rock bands of all time, Shingetsu ('new moon') arrived in the Japan music scene in the late 70s to carry the torch which seemed to have been left behind in England. Led by the 'Japanese Peter Gabriel'...

Show-Yen is a Japanese band led by guitarist-composer Yasuhiro Nishio, that has existed as an instrumental trio since 1998. Its other members are bassist Hiroaki Fujii and drummer Naoki Itoi. After a two year break, Show-Yen strikes back in olympic for...

The third from this indefinable & quietly excellent Japanese trio. The band consists of Miyako Kanazawa-piano and vocals, Yoshiharu Izutsu-guitar, vocals and Michiaki Sugenuma-drums, vocals.

This is mostly instrumental music for the trio of...

This is really different. This is a release by Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenjihyakkei, Korekyojinn, etc) that has elements of late 70s/early 80s new wave (not punk, but song-form new wave) mixed in with the usual Yoshida sound. I guess this isn't...

"Holds the joint top spot on Julian Cope's Top 50 Japanese album chart (along with Flower Travellin' Band's Satori)."

"Speed, Glue & Shinki's 1971 debut album, Eve. Ex-Food Brain guitarist Shinki Chen, bass player Masayoshi Kabe (also known as...

"Following on from the gutsy blues-rock groove of the band's first and probably only genuine studio release, 1971's Eve, Speed, Glue & Shinki's second release, originally released in 1972 on Atlantic and often referred to as Tiger, brought together a...

Gorgeous, heavy-weight, gatefold vinyl edition

"Following on from the gutsy blues-rock groove of the band's first and probably only genuine studio release, 1971's Eve, Speed, Glue & Shinki's second release, originally released in 1972 on...

Legitimate, remastered Japanese version of this album, released from the master tapes for the first time, and housed in a mini-lp sleeve! "Another lost gem for lovers of Japanese psych and hard rock, this time from the inspirational '70s prog outfit...

Very good new Japanese progressive/fusion band releasing their first CD. This was recorded live on 1/14/2002; it's hard to tell from the info here if this was their first gig or not. If it was, I am doubly impressed. Dual guitars (Hirofumi Okamoto and ...

"Suishou No Fune [soo-ee-sho no foo-nay] was formed in 1999 by guitarists Pirako Kurenai and Kageo. They were quickly acknowledged in Japan for their unique take on Japanese psychedelic traditions but it wasn't until their inclusion on PSF's Tokyo...

Together again (semi-posthumously) for the 1st time!

“Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the Sun Ra estate, Cold Spring's Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the Sun Ra archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The tracks incorporate the jazz power of Sun Ra, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist Merzbow.”

This is 2 Japanese women who have been working since 1985. I believe this is their 1st release, & it is reminiscent of an updated Young Marble Giants (due to the drum machines & general combination of simplicity with tunefulness) with microtones! This ...

A reissue of this rare and legendary album. TMT was led by Fluxus member Takehisa Kosugi (electric violin, harmonica, voice, etc.) with Kyo Koike (electric double bass), suntool, voice, etc.), Yukio Tsuchiya (bass-tuba, percussion), Beiji Nagai..

"Using a variety of acoustics and a barrage of electronic instruments, the Taj Mahal Travellers attempted to reach as far into the sonic frontier as they could on an album side. Live, I can easily imagine that they'd continue until they simply...

"Led by infamous Fluxus member Takehisa Kosugi, Tokyo's Taj Mahal Travellers were one of the prime examples of a band more heard-of than actually heard. Their vinyl legacy (the 1972 LP July 15, 1972 released on CBS/Sony Japan; the 1974 2LP August 1974...

''One of the foremost pianists of the 20th century, composer Yuji Takahashi makes a long-awaited return to solo piano composition along with intriguing works for shamisen, bass shamisen and sho (Japanese mouth organ), applying his own techniques to the...

''A founding member of the Fluxus Movement with Takehisa Kosugi, Yoko Ono and George Maciunas, Yasunao Tone has been doing experimental sound pieces since the early 1960s. For the past ten years much of his work has centered on extending the possibilit...

Sudoh Toshiaki is the drummer and leader of the excellent Canterbury-influenced jazz/rock band Machine and The Synergetic Nuts. They put out two pretty great albums in the late 90s/early 00s and have been silent every since (although they are still around, at least as a live unit).

Still, many of our customers remember them fondly.

This is a CD featuring Sudoh performing all the musical parts on drums, keyboards, computers, bass, etc. What is mostly sounds like is a demo recording for a...