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Artist: ABE TRIO, KAORU
Title: Shinjuku
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Earliest recordings yet released by the late/great alto sax player of the Japanese underground, from March 1970, in a bs/drums trio setting. Two long, powerful, exploratory improv blast-outs. If youre into Ayler-like stamina displays, heres your lost man."
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Artist: ABE, KAORU
Title: 1972.4.11
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
Three solo alto sax improv-screech sessions from 72. "Another side of Abe. Warm and tenderly sounds. This is also previously unreleased." - FE.
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Artist: ABE, KAORU
Title: Jazz Bed
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Duo performance from 1971, featuring percussionist Yamazaki (best known for his 20 year association with the late guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi in the revolutionary New Directions Ensemble)."
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Artist: ABE, KAORU
Title: Mokuyobi No Yoru
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Aka: Thursday Evening 1972. Three solo alto sax improv pieces from 1972. This is the third disc of solo Abe work on PSF. When youre talking about sheets of sound-motion, little can approach this stuff; waves of shimmering sound build repeatedly, essential if youre into a certain kind of blare. Supposedly there is a feature film out in Japan about Abe and his cult status, which also features Keiji Haino (playing himself)."
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Artist: ABE, KAORU
Title: Solo 72
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The late Kaoru Abe is a legend in the Japanese free Jazz underground, who died at the age of 29 over a decade ago. A few years ago the DIW label issued a fairly astounding 10 Volumes of his solo improv (his main instrument is alto sax, which he plays in a very free-form style). I believe he was friends with Haino (who wrote liner notes for Vol 6 of that series), although there are no available recordings of them together." - FE.
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Artist: AHOSEN
Title: 1st
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Tokyo underground group! Avant-psychedelic." - PSF

Artist: AIHIYO
Title: Live
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Second album from Hainos covers unit, who specialize in pulling apart hoary old Japanese MOR classics and rebuilding them into single-minded masterpieces of grunting/floating garage-psychedelia. The groups debut album appeared a couple of years back on the Japanese major label Tokuma, and was doubtless missed out upon by billions still bemused by that labels mischievous foreign distribution policies. Since their inception though, Aihiyo have played out around Japan roughly once a month, and this release is a document of some of those marathon, thrilling shows. Possibly the last document too, as Takahashi has since left the drum seat in favor of smoking his pipe in a rural setting, and bassist Kawaguchi (of Tokyos finest garage-Fushitshusha hybrid Broomdusters) is talking about taking a sabbatical. Anyway, this new release features nine long tracks, including covers of a Spiders tune, the Ronettes Be My Baby, and lots more you wont know. Most staggering of all is the cover of the Stones Satisfaction, which neatly transforms Jaggers baby-in-a-Perspex-box mixture of rage and boredom into truly on-the-edge jumpy paranoia, encapsulating the songs mental entirety without replicating the riff, rhythm, faux-Americanisms or any other elements of its external whatsit. As a textbook example of how to do a cover its right up there with, what? Fushitsushas Marianne? Jandeks Rite of Spring? Not much else, for sure." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: AURAL FIT
Title: Aural Fit II
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"The reincarnation of the in-the-red psych aesthetics of early High Rise. One of the biggest underground psych/noise rock discoveries was Tokyo-based Aural Fit. A heavy, bludgeoning cudgel of a band, all distorted grime and redlined aggression, their 2004 self-released first album burst over the scene like a big bag of heavy spanners. They followed up with a track on Tokyo Flashback 5, but then line-up changes seemed to sideline their juddering, thundering rock juggernaut. Leader Mondo Bohachi has gone about reassembling the group from the ground up, and these are the first recorded results. If anything, its even scarier, noisier and more rock than last time. Loud and psychedelic are still the watchwords, needles in the red all the way, and all the Stooges, Blue Cheer, TG, etc., references you might require are present and correct. Loud, vicious and dumb -- it doesnt really get much murkier or animal-mind-melding than this. Turn it up. Four tracks, 38 minutes. Mini-LP style card sleeve with obi and insert." -PSF

Artist: BERTOIA, HARRY
Title: Unfolding
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
""Ambient and strange atmosphere" from the late sound sculptor. This reissues two of this American geniuss many self-released LPs as a great public service. His "sounding sculptures" consist of "ranks of tall slender rods, placed either upright or at special slants in rectangular formations. These metallic faces are not rigid, but give when stroked -- at the same time releasing lingering musical chords of a weirdly haunting nature."" - FE.
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Artist: BON NO KUBO
Title: Bon No Kubo
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Formed in 2007. An improvising trio consisting of guitar, contrabass and percussion. The group aims at the sublime, whispered in a uniquely Japanese sensibility." - PSF. Previously featured on Tokyo Flashback Vol. 7.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Live At Inroads
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Reissue of a long deleted cassette, live on 11/27/82, now only available as Japanese CD. The sheer sonic purity of Borbetomagus onslaught makes them the only US artist worthy of a PSF release to date." - PSF.

Artist: CHE-SHIZU
Title: A Journey
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Second CD by this group featuring Chie Mukai. The sound is a very advanced, mature/classic form of "rock," with guitars, piano, bass, drums and streaming, evocative vocals from Mukai. Hard to classify, theres a non-cliched slant to their music that one almost never experiences in the horrific corridors of near-rock. Surreal dreamscapes, perfectly realized."

Artist: CHE-SHIZU
Title: Nazareth
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Live material from Chie Mukais group, recorded in 1981, who play "ambient psychedelic music... includes Tori Kudo, leader of Maher Shalal Hash Baz." From Alan Cummingss "Japanese Psychedelia Primer" in The Wire: ""The dream-pop psych unit Ché-Shizu are one of the rare examples of a traditional Japanese instrument (in this case, the three-stringed kokyu bowed fiddle) being used in a psychedelic context. Nazareth is a sometimes shambling compilation of their live recordings and features the fascinatingly atonal sound of Chie Mukais kokyu drifting through the cracks of conventional melody. The groups interest in traditional English folk music is just one more indication of the breadth and complexity of underground Japans continuing interaction with the West."" - FE.

Artist: CINORAMA
Title: Garden, The Garden
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"2nd album for the label. Cinorama is a trio, made up of Toshiaki Ishizuka (percussion, piano, synthesizer; also member of Vajra), Sachiyo Sakata (vocal, clarinet, flute, jews harp, ocarina) & Hiromichi Sakamoto (cello, musical saw, auto harp, kalimba, musicbox). They are also joined by Haino on one track as well (voice, maracas). Together they create a mysterious haze of pastoral sound, a mysterious progressive-folk hybrid that is full of alien intuition and knowledge. One of the unknown monsters in the ever-expanding PSF catalog of real music." - PSF.
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Artist: CINORAMA
Title: Three Lies And Ding at 5 OClock
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
""New project featuring Toshi (ex-Brain Police -- legendary 70s Japanese cult group). Great complex avant garde sound with female vocal." Weird, most outright "progressive" band on PSF, and pretty interesting to hear." - FE.

Artist: D!O!D!O!D!
Title: Ghost Temple
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Fantastic album of pure guitar and drums brutality (and the first non-Japanese release for PSF in several years) from the greatest noise musician in China, Li Jianhong. Long resident in Hangzhou, Li has released several records on his own 2pi label, including solo noise work for TV monitors and an album by his avant-rock unit, Second Skin. He also curates the annual 2pi noise festival in Hangzhou. He played at the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris in 2004, and this will be his second non-Chinese release. It is kind of amazing to think that China has already managed to produce a musician as au fait as Li Jianhong obviously is with the whole free noise aesthetic. D!O!D!O!D! is a full-on duo with drummer Huang Jin that mines the rich seams previously explored by Munehiro Naritas Kyoaku no Intention and Rudolph Greys Blue Humans. Endlessly thrilling free psych-noise guitar blurt that bundles up enough flailing electric energy to illuminate half of Shanghai." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: DERAKUSHI
Title: 1st
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
Shun Suzuki (sax, voice), Luis Inage (bass), Norikazu Oziro (drum), Kuzuha (guitar). "Avant-garde, free jazz, psychedelic new group! (A. sax, guitar, bass, drums) Japanese Borbetomagus type." - PSF.

Artist: DISLOCATION
Title: Peak to Peak
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Underground improvisation saxophone/noise-electronics band, in a vague Borbetomagus-vein." - FE.

Artist: DOO SOO, KIM
Title: 10 Days Butterfly
Format: Double LP
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $66.00
"Kim Doo Soo is the deepest and most introspective of Koreas acid folk singers. Many are the legends that cling to his songs -- political oppression, alcoholism, suicide, a ten-year period of mountain seclusion. Despite having been active since the mid-80s and having released four acclaimed albums in Korea, most Western listeners only became aware of him through his tracks on the recent Damon & Naomi compilation, International Sad Hits. On 10 Days Butterfly, his fifth album, he mines productive veins of profound melancholy, animistic nature, and unfathomable, hermetic affection. The whole is couched in a veil of the most gorgeous, still melodicism, Kims vocals and guitar shaded with subtle accordion, violin, piano, organ and harmonica. A reflective and unearthly beautiful masterpiece." - Alan Cumming. Small restock..

Artist: EXIAS-J
Title: Live Document 2003-2005
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Free improvisation may have provided the original touch-paper for Exias-Js inception as a group, but by the time of the performances documented on this DVD we had gradually begun to move beyond it as a category. For instance, we began to incorporate deliberate internal structures in the form of compositional techniques such as minimalism, twelve-tone or atonalism, and we started to interrogate musical forms such as the sonata or ostinato. Or else in performance, we adopted approaches such as reliance upon a restricted number of modes, variations on a particular theme, extended instrumental technique, and forms of expression based on (non-harmonically structured) sound images themselves. In order to construct these phenomenological relationships, multiple techniques have been employed here, however, they appear to be completely subordinated to receptive function of the viewer and the creative function of the musicians. I believe that this is something of which we can be justifiably proud. Since music relies upon these phenomenological relationships as its medium, I never like to make light of the methods by which modes and phenomena can be generalized, however, I have no desire to turn a method into a goal. --Kondo Hideaki. Third release on PSF by Exias-J (Experimental Improvisors Association of Japan), Japans most conceptually-determined improvising collective and their first DVD. Containing three performances from Tokyo and New York, this is a challenging clash of methodologies and sonorities, hugely exciting in its electric power and formal heft. 142 minutes, region free, NTSC format, 4:3." -PSF.

Artist: FURUSAWA & KAN MIKAMI, RYOJIRO
Title: Buriki/Tin
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"A sparse and stripped-back yet fully-impassioned meditation on time, history and freedom. Surreal folk meets free jazz. Two tracks, including a 24-minute, one-take masterpiece. Ryojiro Furusawa is one of Japans most respected jazz drummers, having played from the late 60s with everyone from Yosuke Yamashita and Sadao Watanabe to Yuji Imamura, Maki Asakawa and Shang Shang Typhoon. Hes also been a long-time collaborator with Kan Mikami, appearing on Kans Bang! album in 1974. Kan Mikami is Japans wisest and wildest folk-poet, a surreal master of the non-sequitur blues, a worldclass howler of truth and passion. This is the duos third album, following Shokugyo (1987) and Dereki (2007). Gatefold high-gloss papersleeve, including lyrics in Japanese and English." -Alan Cummings

Artist: FUSHITSUSHA
Title: 1978: Eien no ho ga saki ni te o dashita no sa
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"From 1978, the earliest group recordings by Fushitsusha yet to be released. A vital document for understanding the Japanese underground and the truest, most exciting rock group of the contemporary era. Now heres something unexpected and utterly fascinating. The earliest years of Fushitsusha have long been shrouded in mystery, palely illumined by only the dimmest of rumours and half-facts. As a live entity the group seems to have begun sometime in 1978 (also the year that Friction, Japans first punk group formed), initially in a couple of strange duo line-ups, one of which included Tamio Shiraishi on synth. But soon after that it took on the familiar rock trio form, with Jun Hamano (of the legendary acid-splatter group Gaseneta) on bass, and a shady character called Takashima on drums. This version of the group lasted for about a year before falling apart, and documentation was pretty much non-existent. Until now. On the usual all-black textured paper gatefold, the only distinguishing mark is a small silver 1978. Unchanging timelessness is one of Fushitsushas most salient characteristics, and this release reveals that the groups radical dissection of rock rhythm, fracturing of attack and summoning of vibration was born entirely fully-formed. That the group has retained an identical level of intensity, experimentation and commitment for twenty-five years is a truly a testament to something. Either way, this is one more piece of a puzzle too vast to be grasped in its entirety by anyone other than Haino. And further proof, as if any was needed, that Fushitsusha are the most exciting rock group of the contemporary era. For those that pay attention to such things, the title means something approximately like It was eternity that reached out its hand first?"
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Artist: FUSHITSUSHA
Title: 1991.9.26 19:15-20:08
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
NTSC region free. "26th September 1991 saw a titanic showdown at the Shibuya La Mama club in Tokyo. Keiji Hainos tumultuous Fushitsusha brought their epochal de/re-construction of rock to ringside to tussle it out with John Zorns international hardcore skronk trio Pain Killer. The night was being documented for a Pain Killer live album (released as Rituals), which meant that Fushitsusha got to benefit from an unusually high-quality recording. Previously available as a PSF video, but out of print for the last few years on that unwieldy medium, this is the document of Fushitsushas jaw-dropping set that night -- and still the only official Fushitsusha visuals available. A digest-sized version of everything that is great about the group, somehow squeezing the Grand Canyon breadth and depth of Hainos ambition into a far shorter set than they usually play. Raining down like manna from heaven for the converted, 53 minutes worth of prime Fushitsusha live, loud and leveling. What more do you need to know?" - Alan Cummings.
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Artist: FUSHITSUSHA
Title: Origins Hesitation
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Expectations exploded, intentions fleetingly revealed, faith justified. A new album from Keiji Hainos Fushitsusha is always going to be a major event. And to make the release of Origins Hesitation even more significant, it is the first new album from the group in almost two years, the first studio recordings by the new duo line-up, and the first Fushitsusha album on PSF since 1994s stunning Pathetique. The popular perception of Fushitsusha has usually been as a rock band, albeit one that pushed the definition of that term further than anyone had ever done before. While the groups approach has always been (and remains) rock to the core, the outside manifestation of those intentions have gradually moved further and further away from the rock framework. Shockingly, on this release, Haino takes the process to its natural conclusion and has decided to eschew the guitar entirely. In its place, nothing but the eerily empty hiss of overdriven amplification. Here Haino sings, plays drums, and conjures with spectres. Consequently, the sound palette is starker, and Hainos intentions plainer than they have ever been before. The no overdubs policy remains, though both Haino and bassist Ozawa work with realtime loops. The unique dynamic hallmarks of the group are preserved, the focus on individual sounds and their interaction underlined. Attack, duration, beginnings and endings all merge into one heartrending, emotionally eternal present. This is a hugely important, hauntingly insistent, spectral blast of a record. Quite simply and beyond any doubts, one of the releases of the year." - Alan Cummings.
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Artist: FUSHITSUSHA
Title: Pathetique
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The fourth overall release by Keiji Hainos Fushitsusha group (following the Double Live LP (PSF 3/4), Double Live CD (PSF 15/16) and Allegorical Misunderstanding (Avant 008). This has 4 long tracks, 74 minutes of music; stylistically its in the heavy over the top guitar trio mode a la PSF 15/16 and absolutely the dream Fushitsusha release that everybody was waiting for. Packed again in a gorgeous black fold out, with a first: English lyric translations."
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Artist: GASENETA
Title: Sooner Or Later
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Described as: "Legacy of Japanese late 70s legend. Frantic voice, over-the-top distorted guitar, thunderous rhythm section made a killer garage sound. Gaseneta had inestimable influence on High Rises sound (indeed, High Rise covered Gasenetas song in their early days.)" Recorded in 1978, this is really fried stuff, some of the most aggressively gargled Japanese music (in a sorta acid-punk vein) ever witnessed." - FE.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: 21st Century Hard-y-Guide-y Man
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Solo hurdy-gurdy improvisations. Haino has long been a fan of medieval music, which is one of the few places where the hurdy-gurdy makes an appearance. Its a pity that the instrument isnt more used since it has great possibilities for higher-minded multiple drones that can vary in sound from a high-pitched violin-like scraping and squealing to deep quaking resonances. The beauty of the instrument is that you can combine the various drones to build up a multi-layered effect...Hes been experimenting with them over the past year or so in various permutations -- solo, with Fushitsusha, with Vajra and in duos with other musicians. The sounds produced have ranged from gentle accompaniment to a dense brain-altering fug that blows everyone else off stage...Five tracks of beautiful late-night drones, suffused with instantly recognizable Haino atmosphere of mystery." - Alan Cummings.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Affection
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"This is another side of Haino. Full of dark and beautiful atmosphere." A live solo performance from 91, vocals and guitar. Stunning folked-out passages elevate into new parameters of density. Truly peaked, alien music." - FE.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Global Ancient Atmosphere/Konokehai Fujirareteru
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Rhythm, duration and silence lie at the foundation of all of KEIJI HAINOs music. After a clutch of documents of his hair-raising solo performances for both acoustic and electric percussion, this latest album presents Hainos first recorded outing behind a regular drumkit. Haino has long desired to release a solo drum album, and he has been playing a regular kit occasionally live for several decades now. Global Ancient Atmosphere (the alternative Japanese title means These Signs, A Sealed Beginning) contains nine tracks that showcase an austere yet thrilling investigation of attack and decay on nothing less than the molecular level. As inimitable, and as life-affirming as ever." - PSF.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Koitsukara Usetaitameno Hakarigoto
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"The return of the "21st Century Hard-y-Guide-y Man"! "With its crank handle mechanism and drone strings out-numbering melody strings, the hurdy-gurdy is the Ur-industrial instrument par excellence, a connection Keiji Haino makes abundantly clear on the opening track of Koitsukara Usetaitameno Hakarigoto, the third album he has made under the tortuously punning banner of the 21st Century Hard-y Guide-y Man. The terrifying density and textures of his bone-shearing noise immediately bring to mind the arresting closing sequence of Halber Mensch, Japanese director Sogo Ishiis document of Berlin group Einstuerzende Neubautens mid-1980s visit to Japan, when he filmed them in all their destructive glory at a busy intersection bringing the city to a standstill with their armoury of scraped metal and heavy machinery. The major difference is Haino achieves his pandemonium totally alone on an electrically amplified medieval instrument, and the chaos he invokes is of a wholly other kind to that of the displaced Berliners. Rather than creating chaos, he accepts it, even as he taps it for the tremendous energies needed to generate the overarching schemes that shape and contain his monumental works. Haino is not the only person using the hurdy-gurdy as something more than folksy color. Theres Stevie Wishart working at the interface of contemporary composition and improvisation; and hurdy-gurdy player Cliff Stapleton featured strongly in the late output of Coil (the UK outfit of John Balance and Peter Christopherson, not to be confused with the Japanese unit of the same name with whom Haino has performed blues sets live). And though the hurdy-gurdy is but one of the hundreds of instruments he has gathered during his frequent working trips around the world, next to guitar, voice, percussion and electronics, its the one on which Haino continues to evolve a distinctive body of work that is at once of a piece with and different from the main thrust of his music. Not that any one style holds true, mind, in a discography that is approaching 200 entries. As with his other instruments, Haino has developed methods of playing the hurdy-gurdy that both exploit and defy its particular character. Asked what compelled him to acquire one on a trip to France in the mid-1990s, he replied by mimicking the turning of a handle, saying it was the only instrument he knew of that you played that way, as opposed to striking, blowing, bowing or plucking it. His long-held interest in medieval European troubadour music might well have been another contributing factor. However, the hurdy-gurdy is more than the purely mechanical cranked instrument such as the barrel organ which it is sometimes confused with. The handle turns a rosined wooden wheel that bows a melody string, whose pitches are determined by pressing the tangents, or keys, with the other hand. The instrument usually contains two more sympathetic drone strings. How the player jerks or cranks the handle creates the fluttering beats and rhythms characteristic to its traditional use as a folk instrument at carnival or festival dances. Knowing as much is only so helpful to understanding the way Haino plays it. He hadnt had the instrument long when he released his first hurdy-gurdy album, Twenty-first Century Hard-y- Guide-y Man, on PSF in 1995. It was followed in 1998 by Even Now, Still I Think, released by the Japanese major label Tokuma as part of an extraordinary deal that saw the release of eight Haino/Fushitsusha projects in two stages (and if you think signing to a major in any way compromised the artist, you only have to check the number of CD length tracks of unrelieved intensity produced during the deal). First impressions from both is that Hainos instrument of choice is immaterial, that Haino plays Haino regardless, and on these two occasions the hurdy-gurdy just happened to be the tool selected to do so. To be sure, they both set out an extreme position from which they rarely retreat, with Haino sounding like hes pushing the instrument to the very limits of endurance. This is especially the case on the barely wavering 72-minute assault of the Tokuma disc. But as with much of Hainos music, it rewards the listeners perseverance through its most extenuated passages, which often come right at the front of his work, with moments of otherworldly, overwhelming beauty amid the swarming overtone activity generated at this volume. Before returning to his 21st Century Hard-y Guide-y Man persona on Koitsukara Usetaitameno Hakarigoto here, Haino dedicated a hurdy-gurdy disc apiece to the two double sets, Abandon all words at a stroke, so that prayer can come spilling out (released in 2001 by the Canadian label Alien8) and Reveald to none as yet -- an expedience to utterly vanish consciousness while still alive (recorded live at Tokyo Super Deluxe in 2005 and jointly released in December that year by the U.S. labels Archive/Important). Through them, all its possible to discern id an increasing awareness and appreciation of the hurdy-gurdys character. Its very much evident in this discs opening track, alluded to earlier, in the way the turning crank handle sinks its drone deeper to the core, even as it sends up the baleful clouds of overtone dust that hover above the churning chaos. Tracks two and three make play with the bowing mechanism of the hurdy-gurdy wheel, its sorely tested violin tone transformed into an electric buzzsaw over rasping tones that simultaneously betray and exploit the hurdy-gurdys fundamentally primitive construct. The third track, incidentally, is the albums magnificent centerpiece, evolving from a manic hoedown into a frenzied dance warding off the onset of melancholia represented by a buzzing secondary drone. Elsewhere the sounds Haino draws from the instrument range from delicate music box prettiness to something altogether darker, conjuring an image of a creaking ghost ship whose fate it was to be sealed at the point of breaking up in a storm for all eternity." -Biba Kopf

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Mazu Wa Iro O Nakuso Ka
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
(Translation: First Lets Remove the Color). "Gorgeous new bag of home-recorded mystery from Haino. Apparently recorded alone, late at night and at minimal volume, these latest recordings tremble with the same deep-welled emotional sensitivity and sense of veiled threat that animated classics like Watashi Dake?, Affection and Era of Sad Wings. With the trademark roar of his guitar held in check by necessity, Haino instead builds up a base of gently fractured looped riffs, over which he unfurls snaking, jagged ribbons of blue notes, layers of choral chant and whispered warnings. The atmosphere is replete with suggestions of medieval music, delta blues, and jazz - but glimpsed through a constantly shifting, dark and alien fog. The effect is entirely beautiful, managing to be impossibly touching, deeply meditative, and truly scary all at once. This is one that will suck the air out of the corners of your room late at night." -- Alan Cummings.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Nijiumu
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Solo project from Haino, with his voice/ guitar/ percussion combining to make up one of the most alien, "mysterious energy" listening experiences imaginable -- a careening excursion into the ecstasy-sounds of train wreckage and higher consciousness. Evidently this is the result of a study of Chinese breathing methods, 12th century troubadour music and Blue Cheer." - FE.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Uchu ni karami tsuiteiru waga itami
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
Keiji Haino (digital theremin, air synth, air FX, etc). Another step into previously unexplored territory for Haino - his first ever all-electronic album. Uchu ni karami tsuiteiru waga itami (the title means roughly Tangled up in the universe, my pain) sees Haino using a bewildering range of electronic instruments. However, these are not the vintage synthesizers and analogue modules so beloved of some other Japanese electronic units. Rather Haino has chosen instruments whose user interface is close to magical: theremin-like devices such as the air-synth and air-FX, both of which are controlled by hand movements in three dimensions. Recent live shows have seen him hovering and jerking wildly over these devices, like some demented conjuror trying to levitate a table. The results are as purely Haino as everything else he lays his hands to. Sub-atomic particles and dark matter collide endlessly in the black and coiling chaos space of some just-appeared proto-galaxy." - Alan Cummings. Highly recommended!!

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Watashi-Dake?
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Much needed reissue of the first solo Haino, a self-released album from 1980. This is an incredible record, guitar and voice and the extreme personal depth that every Haino release exudes. This CD adds an unbelievably good 28 minute previously unreleased track that is possibly the single greatest guitar overload blow-out of all time. An absolute must." - FE.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Yaranaiga Dekinaikotoni Natteyuku
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Following Keiji Hainos recent experiments with acoustic guitar, solo Theremin and electronics, and percussion, this is his first guitar and vocal album in a couple of years. Emotionally devastating, gorgeously intense free-floating atmospherics that hark back to the folk-ed out genius of Affection, with a caustic blending of the layered, late-night guitar extrapolations of First Lets Remove the Colour. As masterfully singular as ever." -Alan Cummings
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI & MICHIHIRO SATO
Title: Tayutayuto Tadayoitamae Kono Furue
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Fascinating and incendiary string-meshing duel between two contemporary masters of musical metaphysics. Michihiro Sato is a master of the tsugaru-jamisen, a traditional plucked and strummed stringed instrument. But forget anything you may have heard about the delicate restraint of Japanese traditional music. Sato plays in the rough, ultra-speedy, explosively percussive style associated with the bleak, rural and snowbound far north of Japan. Originally associated with blind minstrels, the instrument underwent a huge revival in the sixties and seventies, becoming a counter-cultural symbol of brutal hardship, rural authenticity, and indigenous creativity. In the hands of a virtuoso like Sato (a two-time winner of the national championship), the shamisen is an instrument that can generate emotional involvement and pulses of sheer, untrammelled excitement. Sato is also unique in his field for his willingness to experiment and play with other improvisers -- previous collaborators have included John Zorn, Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, Christian Marclay, Sean Meehan and Kan Mikami. Satos first studio meeting with Keiji Haino sees a rare melding of open minds and taut strings. Common languages are invented, experimented with and discarded at will. Haino revisits the evocative nylon-strung guitar style he first explored on Hikair yami uchitokeaish kono hibiki (PSFD-8017), laying down fields and forests of string texture, while Sato burns blazing trails of narrow-beam intensity straight through the middle of your skull." -- Alan Cummings.

Artist: HAINO/MAKOTO KAWABATA/TATSUYA YOSHIDA, KEIJI
Title: Ichi To Ichi To Ichi Ga Kasanatte Shimaumade
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
Live At Missions, December 19th 2008. "Second release by a new super-group featuring Keiji Haino, Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), and Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins). Recorded live in Tokyo in December 2008. An hours worth of sharply photographed alternately dense, brutal, coruscating and beautiful interplay from three of the hardest hitters in the Japanese underground, with the interplay between Hainos scalding, molten darkness and Kawabatas crunch and ripple particularly invigorating. For those confused by the title, the trios previous release on Magaibutsu was entitled Ichi to ichi ga kasanatte shimaumade (Until one and one come to overlap). This one is Ichi to ichi to ichi ga kasanatte shimaumade (Until one and one and one come to overlap). Just so you know. Fifty-nine minutes. Region-free NTSC DVD." -- Alan Cummings

Artist: HAINO/MIKAMI/YOSHIZAWA
Title: Live In The First Year of Heisei Vol I
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Live improv folk-noise, between Keiji Haino (guitar), Kan Mikami (guitar, vocal) and Moto Yoshizawa (bs). These 2 companion volumes were (as LPs) amongst the first batch of releases on the fledgling PSF label in the late 80s. Now available on CD as well. Accurately described as "twisted folksongs, harsh voice and noise guitar passage. Very strange atmosphere."" - FE.
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Artist: HAINO/MIKAMI/YOSHIZAWA
Title: Live In The First Year of Heisei Vol II
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Live improv folk-noise, between Keiji Haino (guitar), Kan Mikami (guitar, vocal) and Moto Yoshizawa (bs). These 2 companion volumes were (as LPs) amongst the first batch of releases on the fledgling PSF label in the late 80s. Now available on CD as well. Accurately described as "twisted folksongs, harsh voice and noise guitar passage. Very strange atmosphere."" - FE.

Artist: HAINO/PHILLIPS/TOYOZUMI
Title: Two Strings Will Do It
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"A trio improvisation between Haino (guitar), Barre Phillips (bass), and Sabu Toyozumi (percussion), recorded in 1991. Four tracks of sparse, very free-form improv, more in the FMP or Incus mode." - FE.

Artist: HANO, SHOJI & DEREK BAILEY
Title: Fish
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Latest in a very long line of guitar and drums duo releases from Bailey, encompassing sessions with Han Bennink, Jamie Muir, Andrea Centazzo, John Stevens, Cyro Baptista, Tony Oxley, Susie Ibarra, Eddie Prevost, and probably several more that have slipped my mind. This is his first record with Japanese powerhouse drummer Shoji Hano, recorded at Moat Studios in London in June 2000. Hano is best known outside of Japan for his brief tenure as drummer in speedfreak rock band High Rise. But he has had an even lengthier career as an improv drummer, with his own roster of groups (including the Polybreath Percussion Band, as documented on PSFD-92) and with the likes of Peter Brotzmann and William Parker. This session with Bailey was the realisation of a long-held dream for Hano, and he was fully psyched up for the date. Baileys playing is squarely in his recent style, centering around dry note clutches and some gorgeously controlled feedback swells. Hanos drumming here sacrifices his exemplary rock motion in favour of a more pulse orientated approach. He brings a weighty presence to his work on toms especially, the result of years of rigorous training in locating the spiritual through the physical. The results are pleasingly heavy, with a density of detail that repays high-volume playback. Four tracks, two of them just under the twenty minute mark, the other two hovering around five or six minutes. Each one named after a species of fish. Very fetching picture of a monkfish on the cover, too." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: HASEGAWA-SHIZUO
Title: Gene Packs
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Debut album by a new improvisation group consisting of Hirotomo Hasegawa and Shizuo Uchida. Both have a leather-bound folder full of underground back-story -- Hasegawa was the lead singer of seminal early eighties Japanese punk/hardcore group Aburadako (Greasy Octopus), while Uchida was a long-term member of Hainos Nijiumu medieval dream-drone unit. The groups instrumentation is highly unorthodox, placing Uchidas mysterious bass textures against the wet skirl of Hasegawas hichiriki, an ancient double-reed wind instrument whose haunting upper register tones are an unmistakable feature of gagaku court music. Hasegawa brings a bucketful of phlegm to his approach to the instrument, out-honking Zorns duckcall work by a marshy mile. Uchida also contributes some striking ichigen (single-string) koto. Deliriously psychedelic, fully immersive drone and oriental wind works in the grand tradition of Taj Mahal Travellers, Nijiumu, Marginal Consort and too few others." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: HIGH RISE
Title: Desperado
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Long awaited sixth album for PSF (following the epics II, Dispersion, Live, and Disallow) by this time-honored post-motor-city rave up clan, featuring Nanjo Asahito on bass/vox, Munehiro Narita on motor-cycle-guitar? and Shoji Hano on drums. Phrases like in the red or amped-up dont even begin to relate present levels of near-fatal voltage abuse. Contains some off-kilter exploratory cuts that dont veer too far from paths cut by sister ensemble Musica Transonic, which I suppose could be determined as a new direction. Still, a ridiculous display of caffeine/sugar energy converted into audible wavelengths by Tokyos premiere baff-rock scuzz-manics." - Hrvatski.

Artist: HIGH RISE
Title: Disallow
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Fourth High Rise CD (fifth album overall) and first studio production in quite some time. Utterly massive trio psychedelic heavy rock. With new (and amazing) drummer Pill, the guitar/bass duo of Nanjo & Narita blast the spheres like nobody else, in a seemingly more complex manner, but just as pure in their pursuit of the deeply submerged." - FE.
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Artist: HIGH RISE
Title: Dispersion
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Third album. Studio recordings of severe-grunge extendo guitar anthems in a most identifiable style. Original Japanese CD edition, US edition on Squealer seems to be defunct..." - FE.
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Artist: HIGH RISE
Title: II
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Reissue of the 2nd High Rise LP, with 2 bonus tracks. Ultimate all-in-the-red distortion-psych monster. Blew away the few who heard it on first release in the mid 80s and continues to convert people along the way. Original Japanese CD edition, US edition on Squealer seems to be defunct..." - FE.
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Artist: HIGH RISE
Title: Live
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Trio heavy fuzz blasts of near speaker blowing proportions. Their third CD (fourth album overall) and possibly their most flat out insane. Original Japanese CD edition, US edition on Squealer seems to be defunct... " - FE.
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Artist: HIGH RISE
Title: Psychobomb - US Tour 2000
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"First live High Rise album on PSF since the still astounding peak of Live (PSFD-48). Seven tracks, fifty-two minutes. If theres anyone that doesnt already know, High Rise were where it all started. A group that boiled down improv, the hardest psych, the fastest punk into an injectable shot of accelerated adrenaline. The group were source of the first psychic rumbles to reach the West, indicating that something quite remarkable was happening in the Tokyo underground. Without High Rise there would have been no PSF (the acronym stands for Psychedelic Speed Freaks -- the groups early moniker and the title of their debut album), no Musica Transonic, no Mainliner... This latest release features the group live in New York and Seattle on their most recent US tour, before an adoring audience of speedfreak boneheads (maybe youll even hear yourself hollering louder or faster). Surprisingly, the trademark Nanjo production aesthetic has been toned down a notch, leaving the splattered acid genius and tonal control (!) of Naritas solos the most evident theyve ever been. Nanjo and ex-White Heaven drummer Koji Shimura are as poundingly heavy a rhythm section as you could wish for. But its the guitar where it is at: theres still nothing quite like Narita kicking open the throttle and tearing into a manic solo, leaving shit-eating grins to eat dust in his wake..." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: HIRANO, GO
Title: Corridor of Daylights
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
Go Hirano (piano, pianica, glockenspiel, accordion, windchimes, thumb piano, percussion, voice, etc). "Its been a long time coming, but Go Hiranos stunning new album has finally been released. Hirano is known as a sometime White Heaven collaborator, renowned expert on Canadian psychedelia and acid folk, and ultra-sensitive sound artist. His previous two albums on PSF have wound lo-fi wisps of fragile piano melody and bell chime around nagging, sometimes subtly unsettling field recording techniques. Corridor of Daylights resurrects the absolutely exquisite instrumental palette of his second, Reflection of Dreams (PSF 071). It is a dreamy walk along insubstantial, lysergic paths where all-too breakable souls breathe shallowly and insects hum in sympathetic resonance. An almost flawless album of touching late-night psychedelics." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: HIRANO, GO
Title: Distance
Format: LP
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $34.00
"The first Go Hirano album, only issued on vinyl, from 1995. Last available copies and long o/p elsewhere. Curious, beautifully produced violin, guitar and electronics improvisations, vaguely referable to the Organum school of music." Highly Recommended!
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Artist: HIRANO, GO
Title: Reflection of Dreams
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
2nd album for PSF, that is nearly an all-solo affair, with Hirano playing piano, pianica, organ, windchime, glockenspiel, percussion, voice. "...a compilation of 14 short tracks recorded between 1990 and 1995. There is a genuine late-night quality to most of the tracks -- delicate, almost hesitant in places, gorgeously lyrical in others -- a real contrast to the buzzing harshness of his last album. Id almost be tempted to use the word ambient to describe a lot of this album, but that word has become particularly debased of late... and besides, there is a quality of surreal, dreamlike naivete to Hiranos works thats thousands of miles away from most purveyors of fleaty textures... puzzling, but good." --Alan Cummings.

Artist: IRO
Title: Tamafuri
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"An ultra mysterious blast from the deepest underground! Iro were (and still are) a little-known shamanic improvisation unit, consisting of Kawasaki-based husband and wife Shizuko and Toshio Orimo. Formed in 1981, they released a number of cassette-only albums during the 80s. Deeply suspicious of the merest whiff of commercialism, they never took the opportunities for greater fame -- in spite of some substantial media coverage in Japan at the time. The duo still perform today, in a more ethnic, esoteric ritual mode. Tamafuri was originally released on cassette on their own Shaman Label in 1985. Its a fantastically charged blend of ultra-propulsive ethnic drone, free jazz drumming with harsh noise textures and intense, almost possessed vocal incantations from Shizuko. As Takeo Udagawa puts it, their high-energy improvisations feel intensely dangerous, like a nuclear reactor-core going into meltdown, throwing out waves of radiation and intense heat. A must for any true believer in the power of wailing blurt -- from Keiji Haino, to LAFMS, to Takayanagi. Comes with great contextual liner notes (in Japanese and English) by fringe music researcher Takeo Udagawa. And, yes, Shizuko and Toshio are indeed the parents of young shakuhachi sensation, Sabu Orimo." - PSF

Artist: ISHIZUKA, TOSHIAKI
Title: Drum Drama
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"New solo work from the Japanese undergrounds drummer of choice. Six years on from 1999s masterful Red Night, Toshiaki Toshi Ishizuka is back with a new set of deep, shimmering nightscapes for percussion. Toshi has been a pivotal figure in the Japanese underground since the late 60s, when he founded Japans first radical, politically-engaged punk group Zuno Keisatsu. Since then he has been the sticksman of choice for howling folk-poets Kazuki Tomokawa, Yasuki Fukushima and Kan Mikami, as well as making up one corner of the Vajra trio with Mikami and Keiji Haino, and leading his own group Cinorama. More recently he has been active in the Sanjah trio with Mikami and altoist Masayoshi Urabe. Drum Drama is Toshis third album of solo percussion. The first, Kaze no Yami, was released in a miniscule edition in 1991. Since a full reissue is for various reasons impossible, Toshi has included two mesmerizing pieces from Kaze no Yami here, alongside three new pieces. Toshi has a unique approach that blends overtly textural work (rubbing cymbals, rolling metallic balls, bowed gongs) with mountain-deep kick-drum bombs and flashes of staccato martial snares. The results are deeply evocative nocturnal landscapes of immense percussive variety, subtle, lyrical, cinematic and even soulful. Another major statement from an unsung thinker." -Alan Cummings

Artist: ITSUMI, YUJI
Title: Free Will
Format: Book/CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $65.00
Softcover book with bonus CD, 140 pages, edition of 500 (mostly full page b&w photography; text is in Japanese only). "For the past ten years, Tokyo-based photographer Yuji Itsumi has taken a series of remarkably evocative B&W photos of many underground musicians for the PSF magazine G-Modern. Itsumis intensely intimate photos capture the musicians off-stage in their everyday lives, but still manage to capture a sure sense of their music. This book compiles Itsumis work for G-Modern, along with short interviews (in Japanese only) with each of the twenty-nine musicians featured. Those pictured include giants of the Japanese underground like Keiji Haino, Yoshihide Otomo, Motoharu Yoshizawa, Chie Mukai, Kan Mikami, and Masayoshi Urabe, alongside international doyens of free-playing such as Derek Bailey, Arthur Doyle, Han Bennink, and Peter Brotzmann. The book comes with a nine-track, hour long CD containing previously unreleased tracks by Derek Bailey, Keiji Haino, Yoshihide Otomo, Kazuo , Motoharu Yoshizawa, Toshiaki Ishizuka, Hiroshi Kawani, Chie Mukai, and Kan Mikami with Masayoshi Urabe." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: ITSUMI, YUJI
Title: Photography Meets Music
Format: VHS
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Video version of the Yuji Itsumi book. Itsumi Yuji (photography); Ohkuchi Junichiro (piano); Imai Kazou (Live electroacoustic); Urabe Masayoshi (alto sax). Color; 80 minutes." - FE.

Artist: JIANHONG, LI
Title: Classic Of The Mountains And Seas
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"First solo album on PSF (after the Ghost Temple duo and a couple of tracks on the Asian Flashback compilation) for Chinas hottest, loudest and most psychedelic avant-noise guitarist, Li Jianhong. Born in Fenghua in 1975, Li Jianhong has been blowing ears open with his own unique brand of higher-mind noise for five years now. This solo disk sees him simultaneously channeling Keiji Haino and Masayuki Takayanagi, as he dissolves himself into an avant-guitar mandala comprised of full-bore drone, sustained runs of psychedelic soloing, and phantom echo. An essential blast of young China. Seventy minutes." -- Alan Cummings

Artist: KADOTANI, MICHIO
Title: Rotten Telepathies
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"This was a tribute CD of sorts to a late Japanese underground legend from the 70s, who never had anything officially released. His solo music, as documented here, was fuzzy, aggressive, angular-punk-influenced junk; at its best, a muzzy flair rears its head." - FE.
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Artist: KANEKO, JUTOK
Title: Endless Ruins
Format: LP
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $38.00
"Jutok Kaneko is not a name that will ring too many bells among lightweight cognoscenti of the Japanese psychedelic underground, but too those with sharper ears and deeper wallets the news that Tokyos OTHER black-clad guitar master has finally made a solo album is true cause for rejoicing. Kaneko is known, if at all, as leader of Kosokuya, one of the most idiosyncratic and least appreciated rock groups in Tokyo. The group have been in existence since the late seventies, pounding out a unique take on the space-rock idiom that sucked crushing chords and spiralling solos into the heart of blank, bleak emptiness. Not as career-minded as certain other scenesters, the group only released three albums over those 22 years ( Ray Night 1991-1992 Live on Forced Exposure, and The Dark Spot collaboration with Masayoshi Urabe on PSF [PSFD-90] are still available). Although Kaneko frequently guests at improv gigs in Tokyo, non-Kosokuya recorded appearances have been equally rare, encompassing only a duo album with Rinji Fukuoka on Pataphysique and a very limited live improv video with Chie Mukai and others. Hence the excitement at this solo release. Naked and mostly alone, Kaneko hurtles into a deep, dark hole of his own devising, his immensely distinctive vocals howling out his pain as his guitar shoots out pulsating tendrils of beautiful black light. Stylistically not that distant from Kosokuyas deployment of heavy space, its at once a depressingly nightmarish and exhilarating sound, utterly unique. On two tracks he ploughs a deeper furrow with the help of Takuya Nishimura (Che-SHIZU) on bass, and Koji Shimura (ex White Heaven, Mainliner) on drums. One for those select moments when you dream that Jandek had jammed with Quicksilver." -- Alan Cummings. Restocked!
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Artist: KAWANI, HIROSHI
Title: Flashback
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Hiroshi Kawani is a little known figure in the West, but he has been crucially central to the Tokyo avant-garde scene since the fifties as performer, commentator, theorist, organiser, and agitator. He was part of the sixties experimental art nexus that included Takehisa Kosugi and Yasunao Tone as well as radical artists like Natsuyuki Nakanishi and Genpei Akasegawa (in the greatest cause célèbre of the 60s Japanese art world, the latter was prosecuted by the Japanese state for creating one-sided simulacra of bank notes). Later, as an editor at publishers Gendai Shichosha Kawani was responsible for bringing out Japanese translations of work by Artaud, Bataille, Derrida and others -- works that galvanised a new generation of radicals. Kawani has been active as a solo voice performer since the early 80s, and though now in a wheelchair he still performs regularly. The private home recordings presented here have been unearthed by alto terrorist Masayoshi Urabe from a mountain of cassettes of unknown provenance, and would seem to date from around 1983. Theres the unmistakable feel of low-level mania throughout, as Kawani moans, jabbers and obsesses wordlessly into a microphone over an patterned tapestry of feedback and amped everyday objects (rubber bands, cans, bottles, knives, steel pipes, shoes, chopsticks etc). This touches on all kinds of synapse-warping art bases from Robert Ashley to the Nurse With Wound in a gloriously messy, unacademic (and yes, psychedelic) way." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: KOUSOKUYA
Title: 1st
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Reissue of one of the absolute, no-doubt-about-it, stone classics of the Tokyo underground, with one bonus unreleased track. The first album by Kosokuya was originally released on the groups own Ray Night imprint in 1991. The original edition was of just 200, with very few copies making it out of Japan and as a result has long fetched huge sums amongst collectors. Kosokuyas unique brand of space-rock has been a fixture on the Tokyo underground rock scene since 1978, and both Narita and Nanjo (who would go on to form High Rise) were one-time members. By the time this album was recorded, though, the group had stabilized into the classic trio line-up of Kaneko, Mikk, and Takahashi -- the same line-up that appeared on the tracks on Tokyo Flashback, and on the Forced Exposure album. The infinite, echoing spaces contained in this music still sound unbelievably great. Kosokuya specialized in loud, very extended pieces with the capacity to utterly destroy your sense of time. Takahashis heavy drumming and Mikks bass lay down a defiantly non-linear foundation, layering just-out-of-time accents that perfectly fracture the cold darkness that envelops the group. Kaneko, armed with nothing more than a single Marshall amp and a beat-up old fuzz pedal, twists and weaves immense feedback fields and eloquent clusters of single notes in and around Mikks anguished voice. This is a heavy, heavy record, fully on a par with the early Fushitsusha classics or the second High Rise album." - Alan Cummings. Kaneko R.I.P. Highly recommended!!
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Artist: KOUSOKUYA
Title: First Live 1979
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Miraculously unearthed live tape from one of the earliest incarnations of Tokyo heavy psychedelic legends Kousokuya. For a group with a 25-year history on the Tokyo underground scene, Kousokuya have left very little imprint of their activities. Once heard, though, their sound is unmistakable - a grinding, soaring sonic blackhole that charts the empty gulfs of tension-space like no one else this side of Fushitsusha. This tape, recorded at legendary 70s Tokyo underground venue Minor, captures Kousokuya at a formative stage in their existence - Micks blank, disembodied howl is present and correct, as is the choppy brilliance of Kanekos guitar playing. But the real surprise is synth player Hiroshi Yokoyama, who lasted just a few gigs with the group. He contributes great clots of synth-blurt to the mix, wailing and derailing, the soul of this groups genetic instability. Another piece of the jigsaw..." -Alan Cummings $14.25 UPC: N/A ROCK HAINO, KEIJI: Yaranaiga Dekinaikotoni Natteyuku CD (PSF 8024CD). "Following Keiji Hainos recent experiments with acoustic guitar, solo Theremin and electronics, and percussion, this is his first guitar and vocal album in a couple of years. Emotionally devastating, gorgeously intense free-floating atmospherics that hark back to the folk-ed out genius of Affection, with a caustic blending of the layered, late-night guitar extrapolations of First Lets Remove the Colour. As masterfully singular as ever." -Alan Cummings
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Artist: KOUSOKUYA
Title: Live At Shinjuku Jam, 2006
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"The sudden death of Jutok Kaneko in January 2007 robbed the Tokyo underground scene of one of its most startlingly original and emotionally devastating psychedelic free-thinkers. Kousokuya was the cold-space rock group that he led, on and off, since the late 1970s. This DVD documents two of the groups final concerts, in May and October 2006 at Shinjuku JAM in Tokyo. The groups unique sound was founded on the dark, staggered spaces set up by the jarring rhythms set up by bassist Mick and drummer Ikuro Takahashi (ex-Fushitsusha) over which Kaneko drapes some jaw-dropping guitar -- bleak, brutal power-riffing one minute, shading into deep-space feedback filigrees and baroque fuzz forms the next. Unbearably psychedelic, deeply affecting and a fitting memorial to one of the great rock groups of the last 30 years. 120 mins.; Color; NTSC region-free; Stereo Dolby Digital; 08:11:21." -PSF

Artist: KUDO, TORI
Title: Piano Solo
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"I came up with the title He would come home through the window, job in hand for a dance performance by Mari Fujii. We hung a large frame made out of cardboard on the stage, and Mari would dance -- sometimes within the frame like a dancing girl at one of the old Nichigeki reviews, sometimes stepping outside it -- while I watched and played piano." -- Tori Kudo

Artist: LE SON DE LOS
Title: Grass Pillow
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"First album from mysterious free-floating acoustic improvisation trio Le Son De Los who had a stunning track on the Tokyo Flashback 7 compilation. The group have apparently been together for several years, exploring performance in a variety of outdoor spaces. They consist of Yuko Hasegawa, Shizuo Uchida (Hasegawa-Shizuo, Kito Mizukumi Rouber), and Masahiro Deguchi (Gendai Sokkyo). Hasegawa and Uchida previously played together in Onna-Kodomo - one of the great, lost late-night Tokyo drone improv groups of the nineties. Theres a similar sense of subtly shaded space and poised atmosphere here, as Hasegawa threads wordless threnodies around the breathy lines of flute, and the strangely accented spaces created by Uchidas bass. Simultaneously fragile, melancholically beautiful and unsettling. File with your Taj Mahal Travellers, Nijiumu and Toho Sara records. Five tracks, 48 minutes. Gatefold papersleeve with obi." -Alan Cummings

Artist: LOST AARAAFF
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Hainos first band, recorded 1971; piano, percussion and vocals, from his "influenced by Albert Ayler" period. Amazingly out performance." - FE.

Artist: MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ
Title: Kunitachi Kibun (84 & 85)
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Maher Shalal Hash Baz stand at the pinnacle of Tori Kudos eccentric and beguiling musical weltanschauung, a stew of soaring melodic genius, naïve wisdom and the eternal amateur freshness of left-footing your own brain. Emperors of error, indeed. Their very special talent has been recognized by a slew of underground labels across the world and garnered them famous friends and fans aplenty including The Pastels. But until now, the very earliest roots of the band have remained shrouded in misty tendrils of mystery. Kunitachi Kibun delves deep into the bands beginnings, presenting two previously unreleased gigs, including their first show from December 1984 when they played in a legendary triple header with High Rise and Kosokuya at the Kid Airaku Hall in Tokyo. The second show from six months later includes an appearance by the late alto saxophonist Masami Shinoda. Both soar with idiot-savant genius, Toris truly distinctive guitar and vocals creating their own idiot-savant networks of logic with the rest of the group. A stupendous glimpse into a simpler world of communal transcendence and music making." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ WITH MASAMI SHINODA
Title: Koshi Kudake No Inu
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Enticing archival document of an early (1987) show by wide-eyed mystics Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Kid Ailack Art Hall, Tokyo. The visuals provide a rare and valuable opportunity to pick apart the working methods of one of the Japanese undergrounds most truly original and agile thinkers, Tori Kudo. In Maher Shalal Hash Baz, he took the heterophonic voicings, the deliberately fluctuating rhythmic mis-steps and the non-unison unison so characteristic of Japanese traditional music and re-applied them to idiot savant mini-hymns arranged for electric guitar, euphonium, ocarina and organ. Its a music that exists in a unique world of its own, alternately donning and shedding the armor of rock and jazz. Another major draw is the presence of the late Masami Shinoda on alto sax. Shinoda was an important, though largely unsung, figure in the history of the Tokyo underground during the 80s and 90s, showing up in all manner of groups from punk iconoclasts Jagatara and Pungo, to his own experiments with chindon marching advertising bands. He spent a few years in Maher in the 80s and this DVD captures the innocent joy and rapturous invention he brought to their music. 24 tracks, 75 minutes. Color, NTSC Region Free (says Region 2 on the package, but that is a typo, it plays Region Free), Stereo, 08.09.21." -PSF

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: -1 (Minus 1)
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"With the coming of spring, another year brings another bulletin from the mind of post-war Japans greatest blues singing surrealist poet, Kan Mikami. Part of the pleasure of Mikamis annual solo releases on PSF is plotting the changes in his rough-cut voice and guitar style. This time around the blues and enka feel of the last two or three albums has been pruned back to a more restrained psychedelic core. The voice too seems deliberately held in check, the melismatic flourishes excised in favour of a plain and meditative directness. The lyrics are as scabrous and bewildering as ever, focusing again and again on images of his native place in the north of Japan, but also devising a great triptych of spread legs, Bush and the wall of a Dada toilet. Another classic, then. Six tracks, twenty-nine minutes. Lyrics in Japanese and English." -- Alan Cummings

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: 13/4,900,089,658
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The new Mikami album (previously available as part of the massive PSF 13CD box set (PSF 110/122)."

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: 1979
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Twelfth solo album from Kan Mikami in as many years -- and, seemingly, the last in this monumental series. Mikami is Japans undisputed, one and only voice of urban folk surrealism. 1979 presents few surprises for the converted -- tightly gripped clusters of electric A-minor riffing, weird phrasing, and those unmistakable honey-over-broken-glass vocals. Even better than usual are Mikamis bizarre and incisive ruminations on the state of modern Japan (megaliths in the garden, a Gibson guitar hang from the rafters of a rural shrine, the return of Elvis, sake-guzzling crabs and the resurrection of the dead). As a poet-analyst of middle-aged male frustrations and everyday epiphanies in the toilet, Mikami has no equal (well, maybe Richard Meltzer). Comes with full English translations of the lyrics and linernotes." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Barking Practice///White Lines
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Two new heavy-hitting blasts from Japans indefatigable master of the psychedelic, surrealist blues. After a recent European tour and an hour-long special on Japanese television, the wonderfully titled Barking Practice /// White Lines finds Kan Mikami back in the studio in one-take guitar and vocal mode. Theres a depth of song spirit on display here that beggars belief -- the guitar bites in all the right place, and Mikamis voice is tuned to a new pitch of hard-won soulfulness, in turns bristle-harsh, lush, fractured, deep as all hell. Staggering work. Includes English lyrics and some fabulously atmospheric photos by Paolo Patrizi." - FE.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Im The Only One Around
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Great guitar/vocal acoustic zoner folk from this legend, his first release on the label. Solo studio performances." - FE.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Jazz And Other Things
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Fifth album for the label, and another astounding visionary triumph for the emotionally bursting singer/guitarist. The second track here, where Mikami enunciates just one word over and over, is one of the most spirally, physically stroked tracks in the extensive PSF catalog (were only talking about the worlds most aesthetically perfect record label). "Mikami is the blues; pure uncut humanity and universal force that dont need no words ? you going to tell me you didnt understand a single word of Blind Willie Johnsons Dark Was the Night, or Loren Mazzacanes early moaning, or even Aylers soul scream? Mikamis got a voice, a soul, and a guitar and you should be able to deal with those." - Alan Cummings. Comes with English notes and lyric translations.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Jo-You (Actress)
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Trademark rough, distorted folk-esque material that stands outside parameters of time/space. Second release on the label." - FE.
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Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Juw
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Latest in PSFs popular long-running series of solo releases by Kan Mikami. Its another coruscating slab of truly individualist Dada-folk-blues, obliquely twisted songcraft that refuses to pander to the banal realities of contemporary society. For those that choose to partake in its bounty, theres richness aplenty here -- the utter devastation and the unbearable ecstasy of the quotidian, transmitted just through six strings and the sandpaper rasp of Kans vocal chords." -PSF

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Lesbos
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"For the past twelve years, the coming of spring has also heralded a new Kan Mikami album. Lesbos, his 11th solo album for the label, is yet another step into that same everflowing river of truth that Mikami has been bathing in for over thirty years. The format is unchanging -- rough and abstractly percussive electric guitar accompaniment, a voice capable of a delicate caress, a wistful cajoling, or flesh-stripping ferocity, and songs of arcane wisdom as personal and poetically impenetrable as anything Jandek has ever laid down. This time out the topics include the mystery of Michael Jordan, the rain in Rome, and cans of pineapple chunks. Just like Heraclituss river, Mikamis world defines it eternity through constant flux. Isnt it about time you stepped up and got your feet wet?" -- Alan Cummings.
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Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Shichigatsu No Eiketsu (A Great Man Of July)
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Fourth release of intense guitar/vocal exorcism for PSF. From Alan Cummings liner notes: "Haino Keiji has said that Mikami is the only person he trusts to sing in his place."" - FE.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: U.S.E.
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
His 3rd for PSF. "Kan has perfected a form he calls Japanese Blues, but every album he has made over the past 20 years has raised it to a new height of creative intensity... regulars come back year after year to hear songs that are raucous, splendiferous, surreal, Japan Itself, both image and critique. The words are sometimes soft, as limp and multidimensional as Dali watches, other times razor sharp, slicing through the screen of conventional morality. And the triumphant voice! Like gravel scratching on a riverbed, a crow and then an eagle, screaming out of range, then soft and mellow, silky and sublime. Theres nothing like it in Japan. And theres no rival to Mikami Kan anywhere else, either." - Drew Stroud.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN
Title: Yakichi
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Seven tracks of twisted enka blues, from the immortal Kan Mikami, Japans king of the surrealist aside and situationist duckwalk. These latest seven missives from Mikamis febrile imagination sketch out a concern with the passing of time, with the inexorable processes of aging, and the losses and gains of Japans modernity. Present and correct are the masters unique sense of expanding and contracting rhythm, his trademark jaggedly beautiful riffing, and that glorious, honeyed howl of a voice. Making a special guest appearance this time round is Korean folk singer Kim Doo Soo, contributing spectral blues harp on one track. Seven tracks, 32 minutes. Booklet includes lyrics in English and Japanese." -- Alan Cummings.

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN/KAZUKI TOMOKAWA
Title: Goen
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Live record by these two legendary members of the Japanese 70s singer/songwriter/guitarist school, with their combined gruff, emotional styles. Starts out as solo Mikami, than joined by Tomokawa and a larger ensemble. Both of these guys have been resurrected career-wise by PSF, in a pretty impressive way."

Artist: MIKAMI, KAN/TOSHI ISHIZUKA
Title: Shinshi-no-Yuuutsu
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Another March, another spring, another studio record by Japans folk philosopher-king Kan Mikami. If you were wondering how he was planning to top last years monolithic 13 CD boxset, heres the simplest of answers. A duo record with long-time comrade in arms (and the Tokyoscenes most self-effacing drummer), Toshi Ishizuka. Ishizuka is best known as the ball of percussive energy that powered Vajra, but he has an underground history as long as your arm, stretching right back to Japans original seventies rock-punkers Zuno Keisatsu. As well as being Kazuki Tomokawas drummer of choice for the past 30 years, Ishizuka has led Cinorama, released a couple of solo drum disks (including last years wonderful PSF release In The Night [PSFD-107]), and held down a career as a session drummer. For as many years as anyone cares to remember hes also played in a regular monthly duo with Mikami (first Sunday of each month, Aketas Place in Tokyos Nishi-Ogikubo). That duo has seen some previous low-key documentation on a couple of compilations, including the Opprobrium benefit Waiting To Be Old, but this is their first full album release. On the six new tracks on Shinshi No Yuuutsu (which can be translated as A Gentlemans Depression), Mikami is in as fine a fettle as ever. Gruff, hoarse and strangled, choking out a multi-voiced pearled stream of wisdom, his guitar rippling and jerking through those convulsive A-minor patterns akin to little else on gods earth. Ishizuka is the perfect partner to Mikamis unique phrasing, all in the eternal now as straight forward momentum is fractured into a schizophrenic tumble in twenty dimensional directions at once. His playing has a rock heaviness, but broken through with delicate improv shadings and an occasional and unexpected processed whoosh. Its a naked and innocent record, as yielding as granite and as hard as new-born baby..." -- Alan Cummings.

Artist: MUKAI, CHIE
Title: Kokyu Improvisations
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Chie Mukai has long been a legendary figure in Japan (going back to the Taj Mahal Travellers), and more recently has been working with her band Che-Shizu (2 CDs on PSF). This CD features her playing an ancient Chinese violin (Kokyu), with bits of voice, pieces of metal, bronze rings, cymbals, tape-soundscapes added in. Much appeal for anyone interested in a Fluxal/Theater of Eternal Music-influenced hour of subtle screech; the sound of "floating atmosphere."" - FE.

Artist: MUSICA TRANSONIC
Title: Introducing.....Musica Transonic!
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Debut CD by a Tokyo supergroup featuring Asahito Nanjo (High Rise) on bass, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) on drums, and Hajime Kawabata (Toho Sara) on guitar. Totally distorted monster heaviness in an early High Rise meets Ruins mode. Essential."
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Artist: NARITA, MUNEHIRO
Title: Narita
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $19.50
"First solo album by HIGH RISE and KYOAKU NO INTENTIONS six-string speed meister MUNEHIRO NARITA. Featuring a guest appearance by TAKASHI UENO of MAHEL SHALAL HASH BAZ, TENNISCOATS, and a couple of dozen MAJIKICK-related units fame. With High Rise currently on extended vacation, Narita has been burning up stages across Tokyo in his aggressive, free-jazz inflected improv rock unit Kyoaku no Intentions, and more recently in naked solo style. He has deconstructed the most thrilling elements of rock guitar pyrotechnics-wah-wahed smears, slowed down slides, sensual string bends-and retooled them into a far more subtle improvised psychedelia. Derrida with a Marshall stack." - PSF.

Artist: NEW MIMINOKOTO
Title: All About Mimi
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Another first release on PSF for Miminokoto, a Tokyo-based garage psychedelic rock trio who have previously released a string of acclaimed albums on the Alchemy, Gyuune, Siwa and Last Visible Dog labels. This is the groups first album since Junzo Suzuki (20 Guilders, Astral Travelling Unity, ex Overhang Party) took over on vocals and guitar. The key to this group has always been their deep sense of song -- a densely emotive core around which the songs surge, billow and break. That core is retained here with an even harder psychedelic edge to the guitar. Includes two covers of songs by the late Jutok Kaneko of Kousokuya. Forty minutes, seven tracks." -- Alan Cummings

Artist: NIJIUMU
Title: Era of Sad Wings
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Nijiumu is the performance group of Keiji Haino. Here his reverb drenched voice careens over a wash of unearthly electronics into a holy storm of late night moan and non-conventional-human atmosphere. "Collaboration of various acoustic instruments and electric effects. Present-day medieval music!"" - FE.
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Artist: SANHEDOLIN
Title: Manjoicchi Wa Muko
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $19.50
"SANHEDOLIN are a ludicrously amped-up and heavy new power trio, featuring KEIJI HAINO, TATSUYA YOSHIDA (RUINS), and MITSURU NASUNO (RUINS). Haino brings aggressive anguish and an all-consuming black fire, Yoshida and Nasuno supply a sack full of convulsive time-shifting and complex kinetic acceleration." - PSF.

Artist: SANJAH
Title: Musen/Izu
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
Kan Mikami: vocals, guitar; Masayoshi Urabe alto, harmonica, bass blockfloten, accordion, piccolo, chains; Toshi Ishizuka drums, percussion. "Ultra-heavy first album by new PSF super group, Sanja, consisting of gravel n glass-voiced crooner Kan Mikami, the scenes heaviest tub thumper Toshi Ishizuka, and alto terrorist and veritable rock n roll breather Masayoshi Urabe. The three first played together at a concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of PSF Records last year, and the intensity of the heat they generated has already become the stuff of Tokyo underground legend. The trio were quickly hustled into a studio to record their first album and the results are now available for the listening pleasure of all of you who couldnt make the gig. Theres a purity of improvised one-mind destruction on display here that is humbling to witness. All three are recently playing at unprecedented heights -- Mikamis vocals and Urabes alto carve great mercury swathes through the moist air, while Ishizuka deep-shifts tectonic plates beneath their feet. Veteran Mikami watchers are in for a treat of their own, as the master revisits Karasu from his debut album for the first time in 35 years." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: SATO, MICHIHIRO
Title: Works Of
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Playing the ancient instrument Tsugaru-Shamisen (3 strings) w/ temple-floating power. Sato is perhaps best known for his NY downtown collaboration album produced by Zorn (Hat Art 6015), but here you can hear his genius minus the interruptions. Beautiful, unique transport." - FE.

Artist: SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICA
Title: Kankei UFO From Zanryu-Shinen
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Volume 3 in the ongoing Japanese Avant-Garde Cassette Reissue Series. The 80s and early 90s saw a great deal of fascinating and exciting material released on cassette in the Tokyo underground. While some of the more noise-oriented stuff enjoyed a modicum of international distribution, the avant-garde material generally did not. This series, whose first release was Iro / Tamafuri (PSFD-180), aims to rescue the best of this material from historical oblivion. Schitosoma Japonica (AKA Nihon Juketsu Kyuchu) were a cracked avant-garde, recording-only offshoot of the freeform rock band Amanita. Formed around 1990, the group lived a communal existence in Saitama, on the northern borders of Tokyo, experimenting with music, magic and psychological experiments. Our basic performance style was completely freeform, utilizing prepared instruments and rejecting regular rhythms and melodic development. Our abiding themes were communication with the afterlife/cosmos and the manifestation of paranormal accidents. We would jam endlessly until our performance space was filled with the signs of blood and feverish becomings. For us, performance was a kind of ritual. The group released a clutch of barely distributed cassettes in tiny editions. This CD compiles the best of them, sifting through the detritus of a technological society to float between noise, drone and ritualized avant-garde gestures. Eight tracks, fifty-four minutes. Liner notes in English and Japanese." -Alan Cummings

Artist: SHIRAISHI & MICO, TAMIO
Title: Live Duo
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Alto saxophone -- Tamio Shiraishi; Alto saxophone, piano molanica, etc. -- MICO. "A rare live album from one of the major names in the Japanese free noise underground, Tamio Shiraishi. Shiraishi was one of the major movers in the free noise/underground rock/DIY improv Minor scene of the late 70s and early 80s that gave birth to so many of the major names in the Japanese underground. He was a pivotal member of a large number of groups associated with the scene, including Keiji Hainos Fushitsusha. But Shiraishi has rarely recorded and thus enjoys far less name recognition outside of Japan. He has lived in New York City for the past decade or so, collaborating with the likes of Sean Meehan and the No-Neck Blues Band. This compilation of live recordings captures Shiraishi live in Europe, the U.S. and Japan between 2001 and 2007, together with NNCK member, MICO. Forceful, intense, chaotic improvisations for saxophone, vocals, percussion, piano etc. Shiraishis trademark ultra high-pitched dog-whistle sax and guttural vocals are showcased to full and outstanding effect." -PSF

Artist: SHIRAISHI, TAMIO
Title: Chikatetsu - Sax Solo
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Alto saxophone - Tamio Shiraishi. A set of unique site-specific live recordings from one of the true legends of the Tokyo underground, taped at a number of different subway stations in Queens, NYC. Tamio Shiraishi is one of the legends of the Japanese underground. For over thirty years he has continued to pursue an utterly unique eruptive style of performance interventions into consensus reality, ranging from visceral, guttural vocal explosions, intense synth blatter in an early Fushitsusha lineup, to his trademark dog whistle sonics on alto saxophone. In recent years he has been resident in New York, where he has performed with Sean Meehan, Alan Licht and sundry No-Necks. Site-specific field recordings, particularly in urban spaces, have been a long-term interest in Shiraishis work, and while he lived in Tokyo he could often been seen late at night playing with the wind on a pedestrian bridge in Shinjuku. These recent recordings from 2008 and 2009 capture Shiraishi in the NYC subway, exhaling long thin wires of aural razor-light through the tunnels, breathing in bleak, beautiful harmony with the clanks and squeals of the occasional passing subway train. Mind-blowing. Five tracks, 33 minutes." - PSF..

Artist: SHIZUKA
Title: Live/Traditional Aesthetics
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Shizuka were THE great lost-in-action group of the Tokyo underground psych scene during the early to mid-90s. Led by doll-maker Shizuka, and with ex-Fushitsusha alumni Maki Miura and Jun Kosugi on hand, they created some of the most fragile and intense acid-rock of their time, but remained largely undocumented and under appreciated. The gig documented on this CD, recorded at Bears in Osaka in 1995, was long whispered of amongst the cognoscenti. It catches them at a near-divinely inspired peak of fucked-up narcotic bliss. Shizukas uncanny vocals and tremulous sense of timing washing like brown sugar over fluid nebulae of guitar and drum nirvana, peaking and churning in perfect, weightless filigrees of light, cosmic cold and invisible motion. Miuras guitar playing is just jaw-dropping. Booklet includes lyrics in Japanese and English." -PSF
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Artist: SHIZUKA
Title: Owari No Nai Yume
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Visual tribute to Shizuka, one of the most distinctive psychedelic voices in the Tokyo underground, who tragically passed away on January 31st (2010). This DVD captures the last ever performance by her group, recorded live at ShowBoat in Tokyo on December 30, 2008. As ever, the focus is upon Shizukas delicate, uncanny vocals and tremulous sense of timing which meld with the overwhelmingly emotive white-hot nebulae of ex-Fushitsusha axeman Maki Miuras guitar. Together the narcotic voice and the guitar peak and churn in perfectly weightless filigreed forms of light, darkness, cosmic cold and invisible motion. At their best, the Shizuka group were one of the distinctively original voices in the Japanese psych scene. Ten tracks, 74 minutes. NTSC region-free DVD. Limited edition of 500." -- Alan Cummings.

Artist: SHIZUKA
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Debut release by this band, previously heard on Tokyo Flashback III. Pretty great 3 piece rock bank, with exquisite female vocals by Shizuka; some tracks are in a darkish, somber range with piano and cello embellishment, others have staggering, practically Haino-esque fuzz guitar throughout." - FE. 1994 release.
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Artist: SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE/AZUL
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"Stunning PSF vinyl release with Japanese obi-strip. Ben Chasnys prolific Six Organs Of Admittance wields a haunted, amorphous atmosphere of prickly acoustics and occasionally jarring electric guitar on side As sidelong Furnace. The flipside is a more structured affair, with the five songs by Usui Hiroyukis Azul consisting of richly orchestrated psych folk, filled with violins, tabla, tambura and subdued vocals. Limited to 800 copies." - PSF

Artist: SONODA, SATOSHI
Title: Early Works Of Satoshi Sonoda 1977-1978
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"..Memories Of Yasushi Ozawa. "Conceived of as a tribute to the late Fushitsusha bassist Yasushi Ozawa, who passed away in February 2008, this CD presents a fascinating and rare glimpse of the nascent Tokyo underground scene, circa 1977/1978. Another piece of the puzzle! Compiled by Satoshi Sonoda, who led a student club at Meiji University dedicated to the performance and appreciation of free and out musics of many stripes, the CD documents the fascination with musical collisions of free jazz, rigorous twentieth century composition, art-inspired free improv moves, as well as the fried gargle of acid punk. Capturing small scale shows in after-hours university classrooms and tiny clubs, this is a music that is just intensely evocative of its specific time and place. Includes appearances by Yasushi Ozawa, Satoshi Sonoda, Chie Mukai, Masami Tada, and members of Gaseneta. Seven tracks, 75 minutes. Includes extensive, detailed liner-notes about the people, places and happenings of late seventies Tokyo by Satoshi Sonoda in both Japanese and English." -Alan Cummings

Artist: TAKAHASHI, AYUO
Title: Private Tapes 1985-1995
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"First release on the label by the son of avant garde pianist Yuji Takahashi, and a one-time member of Fushitsusha. "20 tracks self-recorded over a period of 10 years. Sound-wise its enticing mixture of Hammill-ish progressive rock, dark folk, medieval-influenced instrumentation and some almost Xpressway-like singer-songwriter stuff (entirely in English). Influenced by Arabian, Celtic and Chinese court music, James Joyce, biwa music (the traditional accompaniment played by blind musicians to recitations of Japanese epic poetry), Richard Thompson and Joao Giberto; impressive stuff."

Artist: TAKAYANAGI, MASAYUKI/NEW DIRECTION
Title: Live Independence
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Another previously unreleased archive release from Takayanagi, the premier Japanese free-guitar stylist. Recorded live in 1970, waves of trademark feedback abound, but also some more serene segments with flute, freedom atmospherics, etc. Not as overwhelmingly brain-bombing as his previous release on the label (PSF 41), but definitely another important piece in the crucial documentation of Takayanagis career."

Artist: TAKAYANAGI/NEW DIRECTION, MASAYUKI
Title: Call In Question
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Takayanagi is the premier free-guitarist legend in the Japanese underground story. This CD features unreleased material by the master, from 1970. The sound is heavy improv, with Takayangis explosive feedback wail in prominent display. As fine an introduction to his music as you could hope for (most of his albums from the 60s & 70s are impossible to track down)." - FE.
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Artist: TOHO SARA
Title: Eastern Most 1-7
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Described as a Japanese Underground shamanistic avant garde music outfit, Toho Sara is a new trio featuring Nanjo (High Rise), playing an assortment of instruments like cello, flute, bass recorder, china gong, tabla, bass, piri, oboe, harmonium, vibes, kei, biwa, shakujo, viola, violin, hansho, etc. "A mystery group ala Third Ear Band. Mystic music with ancient instruments."

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: A Bumpkins Empty Bravado
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Celebrating 35 years of vagabond soul by one of Japans most distinctive and original folk voices. A Bumpkins Empty Bravado (Japanese title: Inakamono no karagenki) is Tomokawas first completely solo album in fifteen years and a triumphant return to full-voiced form after his recent illness. Stripped of his usual backing band, theres a crystalline hardness evident in the best of Tomokawas songs here -- a hard, blazing core in which mellifluous lyricism and eruptions of highly individual madness are fused. Lyrically theres a new focus on Akita, the northern prefecture of his birth, as well as on the linkages between visual and musical art. Nine tracks; thirty-five minutes. Booklet includes liner-notes and lyrics in Japanese and English." -- Alan Cummings

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Akai Polyan (Red Polyanthus)
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Eleventh PSF album from the Japanese undergrounds most handsome folk-truthteller and all-round renaissance man. Nine new songs, including two more musical settings for the symbolist poems of Japans Rimbaud: Chuya Nakahara. Tomokawa has inhabited an utterly unique world very much of his own making for over twenty-five years now. A world where the most limpid of minor melodies and symbolism-inspired natural imagery can happily rub shoulders with EXTREMELY peaked torrents of pained screams over the densest of acoustic noise-scapes. What welds it all together is Tomokawas self-evident to desire to take himself and his audience through the wall with every performance. Forget any image of the sensitive folkie, Tomokawas music is as violent and cathartic as anything in the underground rock or free jazz canon. For anyone at all still concerned with the possibilities of words, voice, and acoustic communication, Tomokawa is an unparalleled contemporary touchstone. There is more truth and beauty in any one of his songs than in most singer-songwriters entire repertoires. Believe it." - Alan Cummings.
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Beauty Without Mercy
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Second Tomokawa CD on PSF, a reissue of a 1985 masterpiece. More of his aggressive and inspired folk. "Lyrical screaming vocal with band sound. The one and only!"" - FE.
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Blue Water, Red Water
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Latest album of devastating emotional transcendence from the Japanese undergrounds most lyrical singer-songwriter. Full of classic, richly textured songs of love, loss and stunned acquiescence to the wonders of the world. Alongside Tomokawas regular collaborators, Toshiaki Ishizuka and Masato Nagahata, the expanded group also includes Compostela-veteran Takero Sekijima on tuba and recorder, and improv-legend Hiromichi Sakamoto on cello. Includes Tomokawas ending theme song for director Rokuro Mochizukis Johnen - Jo no Ai, a re-telling of the Abe Sada story. Booklet includes lyrics in Japanese and English." -PSF

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Dance A Bonodori Alone
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Fifth CD on PSF by Tomokawa; including Moto Yoshizawa (bass) and Toshi Ishizuka (perc.; Cinorama). Emotionally flayed acoustic chant exorcisms by a master; English listeners whove had trouble getting into Tomokawa might want to try again here; this is avant-folk expression like little youve ever heard before, and the opening track (title track) would have to go on any best of PSF sampler youd want to put together."
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Erise no Me
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Tomokawas twelfth leader album on PSF (the title translates as The Eyes of Elise), and hence his nineteenth in a career that dates back to the mid-seventies. Tomokawa stands, together with Kan Mikami, as one of the most unique singer-poets thrown up by Japans folk boom of the late sixties and early seventies. Each new album from him represents not simpleminded progression but a privileged glimpse into a sound continuum as forcefully individual and special as any other name you might want to drop in this field (duh -- Buckley, Drake, Hurley, Jandek even). In Tomokawas universe, melodies of limpid and mellifluous grace rub shoulders with rhythmically violently and convulsive purges of soul bile. Tomokawas voice is one of the most special in the Japanese underground: ragged, strained and deeply accented, far removed from conventional standards of singerly intonation, but undoubtedly a sound of deeply human beauty. The group provide the ideal un-square settings for Tomokawas complex symbolist songs, at all times attaining a perfect marriage of acoustic density and forward lope. As an added bonus, long time admirer Keiji Haino adds some trademark abyssal guitar on two tracks." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: GO-EN: Live In Nihon Seinenkan
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Fourth volume in the PSF Picture Jacket Collection of Tomokawa reissues. Originally released in 1995 as PSF 049CD. Features material recorded live in Nihon Seinekan, 1994. Kan Mikami teams up with Tomokawa, with contributions from heavy bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa."

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Hanabana no kashitsu [Fault of Flowers]
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"2nd volume in the PSF Picture Jacket Collection of Tomokawa reissues. Hanabana was originally issued in 1995 as PSF 029CD.Tomokawa is a legendary singer-songwriter similar to Kan Mikami, but more sensitive like Tim Buckley. It tends to be very difficult to drag westerners into Tomokawas insanely wired world, but once attached, his music has breathtaking depth and charge." - FE.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Itsuka Tooku O Miteita
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Compilation of new and previously released tracks from Kazuki Tomokawa, Japans god of emotionally transcendent song. Tomokawas convulsive and passionate songs have recently graced films by two of Japans most notorious directors, legendary underground director Koji Wakamatsu (whose career dates back to the early sixties) and Takashi Miike, the current enfant terrible of weird and ultra-violent genre flicks. Tomokawas appearance playing himself in Miikes time-travelling samurai vengeance movie IZO in particular has stunned festival audiences -- the violent, cathartic and irrational beauty of his songs chimes perfectly with the films mood. Twelve tracks in total, including Pistol the amazing title-track from IZO, previously only available as part of the PSF 13 CD boxset (PSFD-134 / 146). Also includes three entirely new tracks, and three radical re-recordings." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Kenshin e ichigeki
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Screaming folk-poet Tomokawas twentieth album in a career that stretches back to the seventies. And theres still no sign of him mellowing with age -- he still spits lyrical bile and emotional venom like no one else on this earth. His forceful long-term group provides loose and translucent settings for Tomokawas beautiful madness, and the return of Ayumi Matsui on soaring violin is a very welcome development. This latest album was inspired by and is dedicated to the memory of Kenshin Sumitaku, a young free-meter haiku poet who died from leukaemia at the age of twenty-five. Yet another genuine, humanly touching, inspiring masterpiece from one of the unsung contemporary masters." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Live 2005 Banana Hall Osaka
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Kazuki Tomokawas gigs are now a lot less frequent than they used to be, and his August 2005 Osaka date was his first in Kansai for quite some time. But accompanied by his long-time trio of Toshi Ishizuka on percussion and Masato Nagahata on piano, this was, in Tomokawas own estimation, the best gig that this trio has ever played. It was far too good a performance to be left to fading memories, and Tomokawa himself talked PSF into releasing it. Sixteen tracks of his patented soul-folk, emotionally charged and devastating as all hell." - Alan Cummings.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Live Manda-la Special
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Third Tomokawa (Buckley-esque folk legend) release on PSF, a collection of live performances." - PSF.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Muzan no bi [Beauty without mercy]
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Six previously released titles by Kazuki Tomokawa have been reissued in special art editions ("Picture Jacket Collection"), strictly limited to 500 copies each. Each will come in a gatefold card jacket, with new specially commissioned illustrations by Tomokawa on the cover and gatefold. All titles have been previously available from PSF in regular jewel box editions apart from Chuya Nakahara Poems, which was a bonus disk previously only available as part of the Tomokawa boxset." Muzan no bi was the second Tomokawa CD to be released via PSF, originally issued in 1995 as PSF 033CD. A reissue of a 1985 masterpiece. More of his aggressive and inspired Japanese folk." - FE.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Playing With Phantom
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Studio recording, with a great avant-bent acoustic backing band (featuring bass, cello, percussion) to go along with Tomokawas trademark guitar and vocals." - FE.
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Shibuya Appia Document
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Tomokawas seventh release for PSF consists of live performances recorded in 1993-95 at Shibuya Apia. He plays acoustic guitar and sings throughout, with only minor backing on piano or accordion. The power of musical performance demonstrated here is typically staggering; Tomokawas guitar playing is purely invigorating and intense (as physical as acoustic playing can get), and his voice is a towering outlet; an emotional songform beyond all international limits."

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Sora No Sakana (Sky Fish)
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"1999 album from Tomokawa -- Japans other greatest underground folk singer, not to mention accomplished poet and painter, inveterate on-stage drunk, and now successful bicycle-race tipster. Eight new tracks of deeply zoned, uniquely identifiable, pure folk-soul communication, that range from melodies of limpid beauty, to sudden plunges into viciously hammered guitar, that voice rising, now screaming, and cracking into violent fragments as the other instruments following into a flailing and cathartic rhythmic purge. On Sora No Sakana, Tomokawa returns to some familiar obsessions -- the possibilities of the nursery rhyme form, musical settings for the poems of Japans tragic symbolist poet Chuya Nakahara (in the 70s Tomokawa recorded an entire album of Nakaharas poems), and deceptively opaque natural imagery. At the centre of each song is Tomokawas acoustic guitar and unmistakable voice, augmented with an unusually resourceful and sympathetic group of longterm collaborators (including Toshi Ishitsuka from Vajra). A unique individualist talent worthy of more support." -- Alan Cummings.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Works of Chuya Nakahara
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Sixth volume in the PSF Picture Jacket Collection of Tomokawa reissues. This one was previously only available as part of PSFs now out-of-print Tomokawa 13CD box set and features a series of accompaniment to the works of poet Chuya Nakahara (1907-1937)."

Artist: TOMOKAWA/PISTOL, KAZUKI
Title: Shibuya Apia Live 2003
Format: DVD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"First ever DVD release on PSF. Eighteen tracks of screaming philosopher-poet Kazuki Tomokawa, recorded at the Apia folk club in Tokyo. Tomokawa has been playing at Apia for over thirty years, and his shows there are legendary for their honesty and human-mystery. This DVD compiles the highlights from four recent gigs, including stunning new tracks used in recent films by cult directors Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q) and Koji Wakamatsu (Violated Angels, Sex Jack, Endless Waltz). Tomokawas impassioned acid folk stands as one of the greatest shining black stars in the post-war Japanese underground firmament. Whether suffused with bittersweet joy and lyrical insight, or rank with bitterness and self-directed bile, Tomokawa animates each and every song with an incomparable sense of life that has to be heard to be believed. A truly beautiful thing." - Alan Cummings. Color, NTSC Region 2, 4:3 [note: REGION 2 is defined as: Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland; so this may not be compatible with some US DVD players!] 
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Artist: TOUKASEIBUNSHI
Title: Meta-Inorganicmatter Meta-Newlon
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Volume 2 in the ongoing Japanese Avant-Garde Cassette Reissue Series. The 80s and early 90s saw a great deal of fascinating material released on cassette in the Tokyo underground. While some of the more noise-orientated stuff enjoyed a modicum of international distribution, the avant-garde material generally did not. This series, whose first release was Iro / Tamafuri (PSFD-180), aims to rescue the best of this music from historical oblivion. Toukaseibunshi (Permeable Molecule) was an ultra-mysterious solo unit created by Hironari Iwata. Iwata was a footnote figure in the world of Japanese avant-garde/noise from the mid to late eighties. As well as Toukaseibunshi, he also recorded under the name Haiginsha, ran the Angakok cassette label and wrote for various magazines. Theres an unshowy stoicism to Iwatas investigation of drone, clank and crackling sustain, a deep seriousness of purpose that beguiles as much as it confounds. Six tracks, fifty-eight minutes. Gatefold papersleeve." -Alan Cummings

Artist: URABE, MASAYOSHI
Title: Flag of Midsummer
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Alto saxophone, harmonica, chains, metal, accordion, bells, toy flute -- Masayoshi Urabe. Metal junk, cello, etc. -- Kiyoharu Kuwayama (track 2 only). A new solo album by Masayoshi Urabe is always a cause for rejoicing. This is his first since the frankly frightening Ware Wai Seidei No Kyojyo Zo on PSF in 2003. Urabe rarely plays live now, but this live album catches him in action in a converted saki brewery on the shores of Lake Biwa, near Kyoto. The damp heat of midsummer in this part of Japan seems to have worked its magic on Urabe, and this is an altogether gentler performance than normal. Over one long solo track, he bends his breath and body to the air in his saxophone, his tones blending with the sound of the insects outside the venue. A shorter second track captures him in a rare outing on accordion, toy flute and harmonica together with Kiyoharu Kuwayama. Another radical, effortlessly convincing album from the master of contemporary rock n roll breathing." -PSF

Artist: URABE/TOSHIAKI ISHIZUKA, MASAYOSHI
Title: Natsu No Sebone
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Alto saxophone, bells - Masayoshi Urabe; percussion - Toshiaki Ishizuka. Thrilling, blood-shaking, soul-scraping and defiantly non-sexless improv set from two Japanese titans. Recorded live at the Apia club in Tokyo in December last year, this set showcases Urabes uniquely physical approach to improvisation -- ferociously concentrated, contorted, sweating and eruptive with physical power. His lines seem to boil up from his flesh, with gurgles, gasps and rasping breath defining sparse, sonic regions in which silence itself seems to breath. Ishizuka is the perfect foil, providing subtle shade and balance around Urabes transformative sculpting of space. One track, 58 minutes. Comes with a booklet of evocative black and white photographs of the event by Tatsuo Suzuki. The title translates as The Backbone of Summer." - FE.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Asian Flashback: Underground Music From Asia
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Asian underground compilation with 13 groups. Featuring Li Jianhong, Narita Munehiro, Hano Shoji, Mustangs, Kuyasu Orchestra, Mafeisan, 10, Xiao He, D!O!D!O!D!, Sato Yukie, Yoshiteru Koga Jizo, Kim Young Jin, Li Daiguo, Amature Amplifier, Soonie." - PSF

Artist: V/A
Title: PSF & Alchemy - 20th Anniversary Live
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $19.50
"In 2004, Tokyos PSF and Osakas Alchemy labels commemorated their anniversaries with two joint concerts bringing together luminaries from both labels in a celebration of freedom and independent thinking. The highlights include inspired one-off collaborations between free guitarist KAZUO IMAI and the INCAPACITANTS, KAN MIKAMI and JOJO HIROSHIGE, JUNKO (of HIJOKAIDAN) and MASAYOSHI URABE, GO HIRANO and MAHER & MAJIKICK stalwart TAKASHI UENO. Also includes performances by EXIAS-J, MARBLE SHEEP, HAINO KEIJI and MUNEHIRO NARITA, and USUI HIROs L with guests." - PSF.

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback 5
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Fresh from the darkest depths of the Tokyo psychedelic underground, another crop of ten of the citys wildest sounds. The fifth volume in the modern psychedelic worlds most reliable compilation of out-of-nowhere urban mind liberation. As ever, Tokyo Flashback brings you some old faces alongside the hottest young gunslingers from the wrong side of the Tokyo tracks. Old favourites this time include White Heaven with a vintage track of live acid cool isolationism, Kyoaku no Intention burning down the barn with themselves inside, and Overhang Party ruminating on contemporary world affairs. Most surprising showing is the first track to be released of Keiji Hainos experimental DJ-ing sessions - full-on and unmistakeable Haino, with little fader action and no scratches. New names to juggle with are the dense and crushing tortured muzz of Aural Fit, hallucinatory analogue noise from the mysterious Kabemimi, dark and melancholic gloom from Suisho no Fune, and the beautiful and fractured late-night textures of Hisato Higuchi. 200% head-spinning action." - Alan Cummings. Artists: Aural Fit, White Heaven, Kyoaku no Intention, Kabemimi, Suisho no fune, DJ Keiji Haino, Hisato Higuchi, Tsurunoko, Overhang Party, Marble Sheep.

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback 6
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"The long awaited return of PSFs legendary, scene-defining compilation. For two years since the release of Tokyo Flashback 5 in 1995, we have been scouring the deepest dives in the darkest alleyways of the Tokyo underground in search of the newest mutated manifestations of the lysergic paradigm. The quest has not been an easy one, but now after dozens of gigs and hundreds of hours listening to demo CDRs, we have finally reached its conclusion. Tokyo Flashback 6 presents the fruits of that search, a treasure trove of the unheard. Twelve new groups poised on the cusp of greatness, driven by a fervent belief in the transformational potential of sound and the dimension-altering power of cranked amps, delay pedals and a third-eye opened to the cosmos. The groups included span a wide definition of the psychedelic, from the no-wave intensity of Onna (led by underground manga artist, Keizo Miyanishi), to the acid-punk splatter of Ainotamenishis, the art-school insanity of Kinky Pigeon, and the loner canyon-magic of Genshi. - Alan Cummings. Featured groups: Ahobune, Hananoyoni, Onna, Yamashirube, Sarod, Retort Mandala, Ainotamenishis, Kinky Pigeon, Yakochu, Ogikubo Connection, Masami Kawaguchi, Genshi.

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback I
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"This is a good and obvious place to start with the Poor Strong Factory (P.S.F. -- originally stood for Psychedelic Speed Freaks, which was the name High Rise first used for their group) label -- unquestionably the best, weirdest, wildest currently ongoing label in Japan. Exclusive tracks by Ghost, Fushitsusha, White Heaven, High Rise, are here & the 68 minutes of overloaded distortion and simple, modern, psych-underground destruction going on here is honestly breathtaking. First of 5 volumes (to date), all editions of Tokyo Flashback are worth investigating." - FE.

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback II
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"High Rise (w/ Haino singing), White Heaven, Ghost, Fushitsusha (raging cover of a song by the Jacks -- mythical Japanese 60s garage band), Marble Sheep & a totally thrilling cut by Kousokuya. Etc." - FE.

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback III
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"All unreleased material by White Heaven, Fushitsusha (w/ an amazingly dense live track), Ghost, Mahel Shalal Hash Baz, Shizuka, Uchu Engine, Sweet & Honey, Overhang Party, Kumo to Hae, Daiichi-Hakkensha, etc." - FE.

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback IV
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Features Haino (solo vina), Musica Transonic, Shizuka, High Rise, Broomdusters, Pukapuka Brians, On-na Kodomo (female voice/bass/violin ecstasy), Akiyama-Sugimoto (psych-blues deconstruction), Kakashi, Construction (acid-punk extensions), Psychedelic Crazy Horse (jazz-psych guitar trio improv), Hikyo String Quintet (another Taku Sugimoto project; world transporting string density). Typically non-compromised view of interesting music out of Tokyo."

Artist: V/A
Title: Tokyo Flashback Volume 7
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"An essential document of the psychedelic improvisation scene that exists in the deepest catacombs of the Tokyo underground! Includes unparalleled live performances by six of the scenes freshest groups. Recorded live at the legendary Koenji Show Boat venue in Tokyo on May 31, 2009! 1. Le Son De Los - Still Water : An improvising unit formed by Yuko Hasegawa from Onna-Kodomo, Masahiro Deguchi from Gendai Sokkyo, and Shizuo Uchida from Hasegawa-Shizuo. The group began playing together several years ago, concentrating on outdoor performances. Deguchis flute and guitar swim freely creating circles of ma, while Uchidas bass and subtly profound voice and acoustic guitar knit together sounds that exist solely at their instant of creation. 2. Bon no Kubo - Untitled : Formed in 2007. An improvising trio consisting of guitar, contrabass and percussion. The group aims at the sublime, whispered in a uniquely Japanese sensibility. Drums, Percussion: Naoto Yamagishi; Contrabass: Shintarou Takasugi; Guitar: Masahiko Ota 3. Derakushi - Red Shoes 303 : Formed in 2008 at Suzukis instigation. The project aims to express everything that bubbles up during performance or is generated as its by-product, without hesitation or exception. The group had one track on Real Japanese Underground 2008 compilation on the Lost Rivers Project label. 4. Sabu Orimo Unit - Inochi : Natural-Bore Shakuhachi: Sabu Orimo; Harmonica, Drums: Tomohiko Namiki 5. Touyounomajyo - White Light Spear : Formed in January 2008 and active in live houses around Koenji. They have released several live recordings.Guitar, Vocals: Keisuke Kajiwara; Bass: Mitsu; Drums: A. 6. Hasegawa-Shizuo - Gray Ray : Improvising duo of Hirotomo Hasegawa and Shizuo Uchida. Their genre-less music blends ma (space) and drone, while internalizing noise, ethnic music and contemporary composition. Their performances are made up entirely of sounds produced in the live moment and space. To date they have released three albums, on PSF, Tiliqua Records and haang niap Records. Hichiriki, Voice, etc.; Hirotomo Hasegawa Bass, Voice, etc.; Shizuo Uchida." -PSF

Artist: VAJRA
Title: Chiru-Ha/Ozakijinjya
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"PSFs only 3" single, by the Haino/Mikami/Ishizuka trio, featuring 2 re-recorded versions of tracks off the Vajra album (PSF 62). "If somebody told me Chiru-ha is a Scott Walker tribute, Id be inclined to believe them." --David Newgarden." - FE.

Artist: VAJRA
Title: Live 2007
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Guitar, vocals: Keiji Haino; guitar, vocals: Kan Mikami; percussion: Toshiaki Ishizuka. "First live album by the Japanese rock power trio to end all power trios -- Kan Mikami, Keiji Haino and Toshiaki Ishizuka!! This presents the group at a thrilling peak of their rock deconstruction-reconstruction praxis, one of those all too rare manifestations of the musical sublime. Mikami is in top blues testifying form, his voice a thing of cracked beauty and weathered power. Haino and Ishizuka infuse the songs with telepathic engagement -- constant layered motion, percussive blast-bombs and eruptions of black lava. Simply a ferocious record. Limited edition of 1000 in mini-LP style paper-sleeve." -PSF
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Artist: VAJRA
Title: Tsugaru
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Vajra is a new trio made up of Kan Mikami (vocals, guitar), Keiji Haino (vocals, guitar) & Toshi Ishizuka (percussion; ex-Brain Police, currently with Cinorama & Tomokawas group). "The name Vajra is a sanskrit word which has many meanings, including outsiders and those people with the power to change an era. Tsugara refers to an area in the far north of Japan, which has given birth to many of Japans most powerfully unique musicians, writers and performers (it is also Mikamis birthplace). This CD represents an improvised studio performance of unprecedented force and musical empathy. Ferocious, bleak, beautiful and inspiring -- the true soul of Japanese spirituality!"
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Artist: WHITE HEAVEN
Title: Out
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"this was one of the early PSF LP-only titles and had been out of print for a number of years. The debut recording by this Tokyo psychedelic unit, it features scorching post-Cipollina guitar work by Michio Kurihara, and is one of the flat out great rock records of the 90s." - FE. Originally released in 1991.
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Artist: YOSHIZAWA, MOTO/MOTOTERU TAKAGI
Title: Deep Sea/Abyss Duo 1969
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Precious document of early Japanese improvised music scene. Tensional performance of heavy sounds from reeds and bass."
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Artist: YOSHIZAWA, MOTOHARU
Title: Cracked Mirrors
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Reissue of a fantastic solo bass album from 1975. With tracks dedicated to Steve Lacy, Barre Phillips and others, this is bowed, flowing higher-key music for the spheres and probably the most interesting Yoshizawa document to date. Not to be dismissed as a mere "solo bass" album."
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Artist: YOSHIZAWA, MOTOHARU
Title: Empty Hats
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"1994 recording for solo electric vertical five strings bass, one of Yoshizawas personal inventions, a terrain previously explored on PSF 8 & 22. The sound here is small, noisy interludes and quirky improv, very quietly recorded & tough to really get into."

Artist: YOSHIZAWA, MOTOHARU
Title: From The Faraway Nearby
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The long standing free improv "operator" developed a homemade 5 string bass and this is a solo recording of him playing it with the addition of electronics and "quadruplexed" multitracking." - FE.

Artist: YOSHIZAWA, MOTOHARU
Title: Gobbledygook
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Yoshizawa is a legendary, long-time bass improviser in the Tokyo scene. This albums consists of improvisations recorded in NYC with E.Sharp, Butch Morris and Ikue Mori." - FE.

Artist: YOSHIZAWA/TAKEHISA KOSUGI/HARUNA MIYAKE, MOTO
Title: Angels Have Passed
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Trio improv; Yoshizawa playing 5 string bass, Kosugi on violin, and Miyake on piano. A post-Cecil thirdstream air about it thats real avant-classical. Fluxus member Kosugi was also a member of 70s legends Taj Mahal Travellers." - FE.

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