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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Watashi Dake?
Format: LP
Label: Black Editions
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Black Editions present the first vinyl reissue of Keiji Hainos stunning debut album Watashi Dake?, originally released in 1981. This first ever edition released outside of Japan features the artists originally intended metallic gold and silver jacket artwork. Over the last fifty years few musicians or performers have created as monumental and uncompromising a body of work as that of Keiji Haino. Through a vast number of recordings and performances, Haino has staked out a ground all his own, creating a language of unparalleled intensity that defies any simple classification. For all this, his 1981 debut album Watashi Dake? has remained enigmatic. Originally released in a small edition by the legendary Pinakotheca label, the album was heard by only a select few in Japan and far fewer overseas. Original vinyl copies became impossibly rare and highly sought after the world over. Watashi Dake? presents a haunting vision -- stark vocals, whispered and screamed, punctuate dark silences. Intricate and sharp guitar figures interweave, repeat, and stretch, trance-like, emerging from dark recesses. Written and composed on the spot -- Hainos vision is one of deep spiritual depths that distantly evokes 1920s blues and medieval music -- yet is unlike anything ever committed to record before or since. Produced in close cooperation with Keiji Haino and legendary photographer Gin Satoh. Coupled with starkly minimal packaging, featuring the now iconic cover photographs by Gin Satoh, the album is a startling and fully realized artistic statement. Housed in custom printed deluxe Stoughton tip-on jackets, including black on black inserts, extras, and hand-colored finishes; Remastered by Elysian Masters and cut by Bernie Grundman Mastering; Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI; Includes download code." - Black Editions.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: 1973 Live - Milky Way
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $26.00
"Black Truffle present the first vinyl issue of Keiji Hainos Milky Way. Originally released as a limited CD in Japan by the short lived Mom N Dad Productions in 1993, this release documents a blistering live performance recorded in Kyoto in 1973, five years before the formation of the first line-up of Fushitsusha, and eight years before Hainos first solo album. Working with a mysterious set-up including primitive electronics, homemade acoustic instruments, piano and voice, Haino lets loose a single 48-minute psychedelic maelstrom, marrying the immersive echo-fields of kosmische music to the rough and ready hands-on feel of classic 1960s live electronics à la MEV or Robert Ashleys Wolfman. Despite the absence of guitar, this recording clearly lays the groundwork for the epic blowouts which were to make Hainos name in years to come, building up to a point of almost unbearable intensity in its final minutes as Hainos voice wails over a wall of distorted DIY electronics. At times presaging the psychedelic noise of C.C.C.C., Milky Way shows Hainos singular intensity and ritualistic performance style already in full flower at this early date in his long career. Presented in raw and immediate room fidelity (complete with dramatic tape drop-out), this is both an essential historical document and a classic performance in its own right. Presented in a deluxe heavyweight sleeve with an inner sleeve featuring Hainos poetry in Japanese, with an English translation by Alan Cummings. Original design by Keiji Haino & Yasunori Arai. LP reissue design via Stephen OMalley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin June 2016." - Black Truffle.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Black Blues (DSA 54087)
Format: CD
Label: DSA
Country: France
Price: $15.00
"Haino Keiji, Japanese wizard but true star, who already made two recordings for DSA, A challenge to Fate (solo) and The Caution Appears (Fushitsusha) is back with 2 (two) new studio albums (not a double CD). Entitled Black Blues , both albums feature what Haino Keiji calls sad and secret songs (AihIyo project). Black Blues (DSA 54087) features 6 long songs which Haino Keiji plays and sings in a quiet and acoustic way. .(soft acoustic version). Black Blues (DSA 54088) features the same 6 songs which Haino Keiji plays and sings in a violent and noisy way ! (violent electric version). To respect Hainos own wish, there is no Name and Title on the front and back cover! On the quiet acoustic version, Haino is looking at the left. On the violent electric version, Haino is looking at the right." - DSA.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: Black Blues (DSA 54088)
Format: CD
Label: DSA
Country: France
Price: $15.00
"Haino Keiji, Japanese wizard but true star, who already made two recordings for DSA, A challenge to Fate (solo) and The Caution Appears (Fushitsusha) is back with 2 (two) new studio albums (not a double CD). Entitled Black Blues , both albums feature what Haino Keiji calls sad and secret songs (AihIyo project). Black Blues (DSA 54087) features 6 long songs which Haino Keiji plays and sings in a quiet and acoustic way. .(soft acoustic version). Black Blues (DSA 54088) features the same 6 songs which Haino Keiji plays and sings in a violent and noisy way ! (violent electric version). To respect Hainos own wish, there is no Name and Title on the front and back cover! On the quiet acoustic version, Haino is looking at the left. On the violent electric version, Haino is looking at the right." - DSA.
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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
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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!!
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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
Title: Next, Lets Try Changing the Shape
Format: CD
Label: Swordfish
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Featuring 6 pieces, featuring Hainos voice, guitar and sampled guitar. It sees him developing themes on from his last PSF release." - Swordfish.
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