Japanese Rock and related

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.

At this exact moment in October 2015, Richard and Yoshida are similarly touring France and England.

In order to have some fun, fresh merch to sell to the fans, Yoshida released this live album on his Magaibutsu label, taken from several shows during their Japanese tour and showing off aspects of their work...

"...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...

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...

The debut album from 2002 by this band was one of the big, pleasant surprises of that year to my. Since that time, the band has changed in that one of the two keyboardists left the band and was replaced by violinist Akishisa Tsuboy of KBB and other...

The debut album from 2002 by this band was one of the big, pleasant surprises of that year. Since that time, the band has changed in that one of the two keyboardists left the band and was replaced by violinist Akishisa Tsuboy of KBB and others excellen...

An extremely good debut album by a quartet from Japan of dual keyboardists, bass & drums. The bassist previously played in 100 Sights of Koenji, & one of the keyboardists plays in Ghost. Additionally, the band backed Lars Hollmer on his 2001 Tokyo tour, playing Samlas tunes! They are obviously a Zeuhl band, as the rhythm section is firmly in that vein, but the lead keyboards tend to be Hammond organ or piano, & they have a Keith Emerson at his early Hammond best kinda sound. So, if you could imagine...

"Perhaps the most legendary of all Japanese rock musicians, Shinki Chen is Japan's most celebrated guitarist. Before going on to form Food Brain, Speed, Glue & Shinki et al, Shinki worked with vocalist Eiji Takamura, who took the stage name 'Chibo'...

"Perhaps the most legendary of all Japanese rock musicians, Shinki Chen is Japan's most celebrated guitarist. Before going on to form Food Brain, Speed, Glue & Shinki et al, Shinki worked with vocalist Eiji Takamura, who took the stage name 'Chibo'...

''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....

"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...

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...

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.”

The famed and great vocalist for Can during their heyday has carried on for decades now performing improvised music with a revolving cast of players. This is his latest.

Dirk Dresselhaus/Schneider TM on the concert: "I find it fairly difficult to say something about how the music in this concert came about, cause we didn't plan or rehearse anything and hardly were able to hear each other on stage. Wherever it came from, the energy and course of this concert is very much based on group dynamics and

"The Japanese improvising rock trio of Kazuto Shimizu on keyboards, Nasyuno Mitsuru on bass, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums performing live at Club Goodman in Akihabara, Japan, 2016 for technically superb, fast paced, turn-on-a-dime, joyful prog-oriented playing."

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 ...