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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, KAZUKI
Title: Yatto Ichi Mai Me
Format: CD
Label: Showboat/Sky Station
Country: Japan
Price: $29.00
"Faithful official reproduced reissue housed in the always top notch mini-LP styled gatefold jackets, obi and inserts. This was Tomokawas first record, released in October 1975. He is undoubtedly the unequaled master of possessed song-spirit. Here the young Tomokawa wails and screams emotionally hard enough in order to strip the paint of the walls. Nevertheless at times he gets quite emotional and laid back in order to hush his haunting demons to sleep. Just a splendid piece of Japanese acid folk and chant exorcism. Tomokawas music is violent, emotionally charged with insane screaming modes, piercing sensitivity, cathartic rhythmic purge, thrashing acoustic guitar aesthetic and harsh, reflecting the atmosphere of the bleak northern prefecture of Aomori. Hardly turns up these days. Stunningly great psychedelic-acid-avant-outsider folk music. For fans of Mikami Kan, Jandek, acid folk, Iuchi Kengo, J.A.Seazer, psych heads all around and adventurous music geeks. If you are interested in acid folk, well look no further cause it will not get any better than this. Highly recommended official top notch high quality reissue of this rare early (1st) Tomokawa disc."-Showboat/Sky Station
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Satoru
Format: LP
Label: Tiliqua
Country: Japan
Price: $36.00
"Limited LP set of 450 numbered copies and all but 50 copies stayed in Japan. We have the last of the 50 copies available from the label to sell for the USA market.� Satoru� is Tomokawa Kazukis first ever LP release in over 20 years time and Tiliqua Records is proud to be able to release this sonic gem. � Satoru� � was previously only available as part of the 13 CD Box set that PSF Records put out some years ago and has never been available outside of the set. Now �Satoru� is finally available apart from the illustrious box and is been rebirthed as an LP, housed in sturdy and heavy jacket adorned with Tomokawas artwork. Coming with the LP is a two-paged insert printed on high quality glossy paper. It contains liner notes penned down by Alan Cummings and Johan Wellens, notes that shed some clarity on Tomokawas universe, historical background, poetic qualities and the position he takes in within a long line of historical Japanese poets. In order to get a glimpse of the aural regions this album will steer into, this is an as close a comparison one can have using plain words. �There is a raw immediacy to Tomokawas performances that effortlessly hurdles many linguistic barriers, speaking direct to the listeners nerves and emotions� � Tomokawas voice constantly storms against the confines of his own vaguely symbolist words, harshly screaming or melodically moaning, the emotional voltage that courses through his delivery constantly threatening to melt their neural circuitry. � (AC) and � Tomokawa succeeds in triggering apocalyptic waves of emotionalism through the tiniest gestures exhorted from his guttural howls and fevered guitar strummings. Keeping a razor-sharp balance between self-tormenting pained gloominess and soul-searching poetic lyricism he manages to create a tense and innovative acoustic music, sounding simultaneously ancient and contemporaneously authentic. And it is here that his especial strength resides, a music fully drenched in the past, yet so attuned to the present moment. His snarling howl and single syllable guttural moans seem to bridge time and space, epoch and eras; hermetic yowls recalling Enka crooners, circus sideshow barkers, carnival callers, Nikkatsu movie gangsters and soft-hearted balladeers, all embodied in the persona of Tomokawa Kazuki� - From the liner notes. One time only press of 450 copies.
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Live Manda-La Special
Format: CD
Label: Tomokawa
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Part of special PSF treatment of artist Kazuki Tomokawa, now reissued in special art editions, 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. This is the third Tomokawa (Buckley-esque folk legend) release -- a collection of live performances." - Tomokawa.

Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Muzan No Bi [Beauty Without Mercy]
Format: CD
Label: Tomokawa
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Six previously released titles by Kazuki Tomokawa have been reissued in special art editions, 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. This is the second Tomokawa CD on PSF, a reissue of a 1985 masterpiece. More of his aggressive and inspired folk."
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Artist: TOMOKAWA, KAZUKI
Title: Shibuya Apia Document
Format: CD
Label: Tomokawa
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Part of special PSF treatment of artist Kazuki Tomokawa, now reissued in special art editions, 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. 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: Works of Chuya Nakahara
Format: CD
Label: Tomokawa
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Part of special PSF treatment of artist Kazuki Tomokawa, now reissued in special art editions, 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. This one was previously only available as part of PSFs now out-of-print Tomokawa box set and features a series of accompaniment to the works of poet Chuya Nakahara (1907-1937)."

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