Japanese Rock and related

"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...

"Their music is so unique, humble like typical old-fashioned Japanese women, but also strong like typical recently Japanese women... "-Makoto Kawabata

Hagi : guitar, vocal
Natsue : guitar, vocal
Akemi : drums

"Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) presents squimaoto. squimaoto is a female trio from Kobe, Japan formed in 2003. They have been preparing their comeback for 2017 with the help of Kawabata, who has been remixing and adapting their self-titled album (2007). Just 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 ...

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...

"The highly-anticipated reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's sought after and timeless ambient/minimal album Through The Looking Glass, originally released in 1983 by RCA Japan. Considered a holy grail of Japanese music by many, Through The Looking Glass is Midori Takada's first solo endeavor, a captivating four-song suite capturing her deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language and exploring contemplative ambient sounds with an admirably precise use of marimba....

Comes in a Stoughton "Tip-On" jacket with printed inner sleeves.

"The highly-anticipated reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's sought after and timeless ambient/minimal album Through The Looking Glass, originally released in 1983 by RCA Japan. Considered a holy grail of Japanese music by many, Through The Looking Glass is Midori Takada's first solo endeavor, a captivating four-song suite capturing her deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language and exploring...

''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...

Co-released by Poseidon, despite this having the stupidest name in the world (for the record, this is by a quartet of Japanese musicians playing guitar, tenor sax, bass and drums. The sound is very live; I assumed it actually was live in front of an au...

Tsurubami may very well be the most blissfully unrestrained blast o"Tsurubami may very well be the most blissfully unrestrained blast of hallucinatory fire to ever spiral forth from the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective. Certainly the inspiration....

Packaged simply but attractively in a regular CD size case, this is a simple but attractive document of four band's performances in Japan on July 20th, 2002, captured in a two-camera shoot from a good angle. Each band gets 20' minutes or so - a little ...

Totally cool & weird album (one of only two albums I know about) by this Japanese composer/instrument maker who was part of FLUXUS, moved to NYC for a while and made these weird, unique, bagpipe/reed-like instruments that were force-fed air by a...

Totally cool & weird album (one of only two albums I know about and the best of the two, imo) by this Japanese composer/instrument maker who was part of FLUXUS, moved to NYC for a while and made these weird, unique, bagpipe/reed-like instruments that were force-fed air by a compressor! LONG tones, obviously. Never before on CD, this was released on the free jazz-oriented FMP/SAJ label and has been unavailable for a couple of decades. Conditionally highly recommended if you dig the BIG drone!...

First album by this typically very, very skewed Japanese band doing 'pop' music in a way that only the Japanese can. Kido Natsuke (Bondage Fruit) plays guitar, synths, organ, recorder, Ohtsubo Hirohiko plays bass, voice, ukelele, recorder, kazoo, bottl...

Second album by this typically very, very skewed Japanese band doing 'pop' music in a way that only the Japanese can. Kido Natsuke (Bondage Fruit) plays guitar, synths, organ, recorder, Ohtsubo Hirohiko plays bass, voice, ukelele, recorder, kazoo, bott...

Stomu Yasmashta was a renowned and young Japanese percussionist and composer from Japan who moved to London around 1970 and made a number of albums for Island Records, all of which are quite hard to find. This 1975 album was his first release after his jazz-rock group East Wind fell apart.
The line up is: Stomu Yamash'ta -percussion, Gary Boyle-guitar, Tsuneo Matsumoto-guitar, Brian Gascoigne-keyboards, Daito Fujita-bass, Tozumi Tanaka-drums, Hisako Yamash'ta-violin, with guests on vocals. This is a...

Oldsters like me will remember these albums, Go, Go Live (a double album) and Go Too, which sold quite well at the store I used to work at in the mid/late 70's. This marks the first time that all three of these are available on CD, and unlike the US ve...

A really great, crazed, over-the-top Japanese psychedelic / progressive album by the man who brought us the amazing "Milk Time".

"Japanese keyboardist with more than his fair share of appearances on future-rarities (Apryl Fool, Foodbrain, Love Live Life + One, etc.), here's the 1971 follow-up to his heavyweight solo debut 'Milk Time'.
Teaming up once again with guitar surgeon Kimio Mizutani, its a dense bunch of pounding instrumentals, melancholy vocals and 'My Dear Mary', a doo-wop paean...

Featuring Ruins drummer Yoshida Tatsuya going head to head with versatile jazz pianist Satoko Fujii, Erans is a meeting of masters. Twelve intense compositions showcasing the passion and virtuosity of these two Japanese visionaries. Absolutely breathta...

"This is the third release of the amazing improvising duo of Uchihashi Kazuhisa (Altered States, Ground Zero, Otomo Yoshihide, R.U.B.) and Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenjihyakkei, Korekyojin, etc.) which is a DVD+CD set."

Four new compositions exploring free jazz, Cagean dialectics and noise improvisation...beginning and ending with two of the most intense recordings Otomo has ever done, the centerpieces of this remarkable CD join the Cagean aesthetics of randomness and...

The first solo release by the former leader of Ground Zero. ''Here he steps out as a serious composer. 'Modulation #1' and '#2' are two of his most satisfying and provocative recordings, combining traditional Japanese instruments with noise, improvisat...

Otomo Yoshihide: Guitar
Paal Nilssen-Love: Drums
Recorded at Copenhagen JazzHouse 4 May 2013
"The first duo release ever by these two masters of improvised music presents revelatory and astonishing music for electric guitar and drums. A.

''Japanese Free Jazz has a history that goes back to the 60's, & Otomo's latest project brings together some of the best free jazz players in Japan with noise musicians Sachiko M & Akita Masami (Merzbow). Features 3 bizarre covers of tunes by Eric Dolp...

"Otomo Yoshihide is one of the most versatile and creative musicians in Japan today. Known for his eclectic arrangements, noise drones and turntable magic, he is never so alive and filled with fire as when he plays his original instrument: the electric...

Katsui Yuji plays violin, keyboards and percussion (but mostly concentrates on very atmospheric synths and violin) and Mr. Bondage Fruit, Kido Natsuki plays acoustic guitar. While not ambient, it's surprisingly low-key.

A freewheeling acappella vocal trio led by Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida -- as usual, all in a language of Yoshida's invention. ''Essential listening for those interested in the outer limits ofweirdness.'' [Tzadik]