Japanese Rock and related

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....

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...

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...

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]