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Station '70: Call In Question / Live Independence by Takayanagi, Masayuki / New Direction

Takayanagi, Masayuki / New Direction

Station '70: Call In Question / Live Independence
Black Editions

***In August 1969, Masayuki Takayanagi formed his first New Direction group and embarked on an unparalleled musical journey that over the final 22 years of his life would define him as an uncompromising artist who would forge a visionary new musical language.?! Comprised of himself on acoustic and electric guitar and joined by Motoharu Yoshizawa on bass and Yoshisaburo "Sabu" Toyozumi on drums, Takayanagi's group created a new unconstrained form of music; It expanded on the most radical, fiery elements of American and European free jazz, while refracting them through an avant-garde prism.?! Harmonic and melodic development were rejected in favor of feedback and complete spontaneity.?! With New Direction, Takayanagi had achieved a "decisive break" from the past and created his own revolutionary musical language—a ferocious, often violent sound that paradoxically took both musical movement and stillness to their extremes.?!

3XLP $66.66

05/13/2022 769791980938 

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***Masayuki Takayanagi was one of the truly iconoclastic musicians to emerge from Japan, or anywhere else, in the 20th Century.?! Though he won acclaim in the 1950s and '60s as a master of the electric guitar and jazz improvisation, Takayanagi was a restless spirit, deeply engaged with the era's new movements in contemporary art, music, literature, and philosophy.?! His work, beginning in the late 1960s placed him on the leading edge of these developments; he began expanding on the most radical elements of American and European free jazz, infusing them with the raw feedback and dissonance of electronic and avant-garde music.?! With his various New Direction groups, Takayanagi broke free of traditional structures and developed a new theory of music that embraced an aggressive and unrelenting style of playing that has remained almost completely unparalleled in its ferocity.?!

LP $29.25

05/13/2022 769791980945 

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***Based in Tokyo, Keiko Higuchi is a vocalist and instrumentalist internationally renowned both for her solo performances and extensive collaborations in the world of underground improvisation, jazz, and the avant-garde.?! On Vertical Language, Higuchi has created an evocative and hauntingly beautiful album that unfurls in equal parts light and darkness, form, and emptiness.?! On solo voice and piano as well as in duets with bassist Louis Inage, Higuchi performs a collection of songs and improvisations that take unexpected paths; her voice and piano starkly, soulfully emerge.?! They gradually take form as sparse notes resonate and build into intense layers of sound.?! The music is unvarnished and deeply personal—it embraces traditional Japanese and spiritual music as well as even jazz and bossa nova, but never completely turns itself over to their familiar forms.?!

LP $26.75

03/18/2022 769791980655 

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***Black Editions present a reissue of Musica Transonic's self-titled release, originally released in 1995.?! Musica Transonic was comprised of three of the most crucial artists to emerge from the 1990s Japanese underground: Nanjo Asahito of High Rise, Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple and Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins.?! The group's music was a supercharged combination of complex rhythms, blistering guitar attacks, and enormously deep bass momentum.?! Pushing the rock power trio to its miasmic, overdriven limits, Musica Transonic's sound retains the ability to shock even now, 25 years later.?! Remastered, Musica Transonic's self-titled debut is now available for the first time on LP and includes previously unheard material.?! Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.?! Gatefold, heavy tip-on jackets; includes download..?!

2XLP $35.50

10/02/2020 881626602362 

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***Black Editions present a reissue of Toho Sara 's self-titled album, originally released in 1995.?! A mystifying work of Japanese avant-garde shamanism, Toho Sara's 1995 debut introduced a radical new sound from Asahito Nanjo (High Rise), Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), and Hisashi Yasuda—playing an array of ancient instruments including tabla, piri, harmonium, biwa, shakujo, and hansho the group evokes an otherworldly ritual music, meditative and haunting.?! Originally released on CD by P.S.F.?! Japan, newly expanded, remastered and available for the first time ever on vinyl.?! Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.?! Gatefold, tip-on jacket; Includes insert and download..?!

2XLP $35.50

10/02/2020 881626602560 

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***Black Editions present a reissue of Kazuo Imai's far and wee, originally released in 2004.?! Kazuo Imai is one of the few artists to traverse both Japan's early avant-garde and free jazz movements.?! Though he began performing in the 1970s, his 2004 P.S.F.?! album far and wee was only the second under his name.?! In a series of thrilling acoustic guitar improvisations—Imai's playing crackles with dynamic tension and physicality as well as a subtlety and nuance that reveals him as one of the instrument's true masters and innovators.?! In 2004, Kazuo Imai (Marginal Consort, East Bionic Symphonia) recorded a series of nylon-string classical guitar improvisations at the request of P.S.F.?! founder Hideo Ikeezumi.?! Far And Wee, the resulting album, vibrates with the inherent duality of nylon: the strings stretch and snap back like rubber tautened and released, and paint the softest of caresses in silky washes.?! Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.?!

LP $25.95

10/02/2020 881626602461 

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***WHITE HEAVEN's debut album Out is one of the greatest psychedelic rock albums ever recorded.?! First released in 1991 by Tokyo's P.S.F.?! Records and pressed in an edition of 500 copies the original LP has become a holy grail in underground circles, with only a scant few copies ever making it outside of Japan.?! Built on the chemistry between YOU ISHIHARA's lysergic lyricism and the blistering leads of one of Japan's undisputed guitar gods MICHIO KURIHARA, Out is an absolute classic.?! It is one of the few albums to successfully join a deep love of classic rock n' roll with the rapturous energy of punk and openness of the avant-garde.?! Each song creates its own world, raising dynamic structures that defy categorization.?! Meticulously re-mastered by the artists this new edition is the album in its clearest, most powerful form.?! Cut at the legendary Bernie Grundman studios and pressed at RTI it is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years.?!

LP $25.95

02/28/2020 881626588864 

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Corridor Of Daylights by Go Hirano

Go Hirano

Corridor Of Daylights
Black Editions

***Black Editions present the first ever vinyl edition of GO HIRANO's third album, Corridor of Daylights, originally released in 2004.?! Corridor of Daylights is a quiet work of dreamlike brilliance.?! A home field recording where fragile piano melodies float alongside wind-chimes and wistful melodicas—insects hum in the distance and a breeze gently rustles as summer day eases toward evening.?! Originally released in Japan by P.S.F.?! Records in 2004, Corridor of Daylights is a beautiful, soulful dispatch from early aughts Tokyo.?! Black Editions present Corridor of Daylights, newly mastered for its first ever vinyl edition.?! Includes a bonus track.?! Comes in a deluxe edition featuring pearlescent paper, metallic inks, and foil stamped letters as well as two inserts including a newly translated illustrated story booklet; Includes download..?!

LP $25.95

02/28/2020 881626558461 

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.f.o. by Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.f.o.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.f.o.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.f.o.
Black Editions

***BACK IN STOCK!!!  Black Editions presents the deluxe, first-ever vinyl edition of ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE classic self-titled first album.?! Over the last 25 years no group has been more prolific or dedicated to pushing psychedelic rock to its limits than Japan's Acid Mothers Temple.?! Their maximalist technicolor vision was first revealed on this, their now legendary self-titled 1997 debut released by P.S.F.?! Records.?! Led by MAKOTO KAWABATA, the album contains some of the group's most cosmic, hypnotic and over-the-top material; it kick-started and set the tone for a journey that has included countless releases and performances around the world—a freaked-out trip that continues to this day.?! Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.?! is one of the essential albums of the world's psychedelic underground.?! Deluxe Edition housed in ten-color heavy tip-on gatefold jackets, featuring soft touch and spot gloss finishes and full color interior pockets.?!

2XLP $34.95

05/17/2019 881626541463 

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***BACK IN STOCK!!!  MAKOTO KAWASHIMA was born in Saitama, a prefecture of the Greater Tokyo Area, in 1981.?! He picked up the alto sax in 2008, and started playing solo in 2010.?! He is the founder of the Homosacer (Sacredhuman) label.?! Homo Sacer was originally released in 2015.?! It was Kawashima's second solo release and his first full-length album.?! It was also the final release by P.S.F.?! Records.?! The album was recorded live during a heavy rainstorm at the gallery and café Yamanekoken in Iruma, Saitama.?! Facing up towards the ceiling, his sound arcing up to meet the raindrops beyond the roof.?! Kawashima played with a reed he had been given by the mother of the late Japanese saxophone giant Kaoru Abe.?!

LP $25.95

05/17/2019 881626541562 

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Tokyo Flashback Psychedelic Speed Freaks by V/a


Tokyo Flashback Psychedelic Speed Freaks
Black Editions

***BACK IN STOCK!!!  Black Editions present a monumental collection of 22 exclusive tracks by 22 of the most important artists to emerge from the Japanese underground over the last 40 years.?! Directed by Ghost's Masaki Batoh and produced in tribute to the late Hideo Ikeezumi, founder of P.S.F.?! Records, the Modern Music record store and G-Modern Magazine.?! Few label founders loom as large in the history of underground music as P.S.F Record's Hideo Ikeezumi.?! Over three decades and more than 200 titles, Ikeezumi's intensely critical ear guided and assembled a body of music that transcended genre; he exclusively championed artists that were uncompromising in their visions, unconcerned with trends or commercial success.?! This four-LP compilation, selected by Ghost's Masaki Batoh, is a primer of Ikeezumi's curation: a kaleidoscopic collection of previously unreleased gems from the Japanese underground.?!

4XLP $64.95

05/17/2019 881626541760 

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***BACK IN STOCK!!!  PSYCHEDELIC SPEED FREAKS is a new power trio led by MUNEHIRO NARITA, founding member of Japan's legendary HIGH RISE and easily one of the wildest, most original guitarists in rock history.?! Blazing in total hyper-saturated glory, Psychedelic Speed Freaks centers on the raw, unrelenting attack of Narita's "motorcycle fuzztone guitar" and a rhythm section driven by a pair of untamed LA acid punks.?! Recorded deep in-the-red and punched into overdrive, Psychedelic Speed Freaks is a full-throttle adrenaline shot into the 21st Century.?! Deluxe Edition housed in heavy tip-on jacket featuring silver foil printing and embossed paper.?! Includes metallic printed insert.?! Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI; Digital download included..?!

LP $25.95

05/17/2019 881626541661 

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***Black Editions present the first ever vinyl release of Ché-SHIZU's signature album A Journey, originally issued in 1994 by Tokyo's legendary P.S.F.?! Records.?! Ché-SHIZU is one of the most original and mystifying groups to ever emerge from the Tokyo underground.?! Founded by master improviser CHIE MUKAI in 1981 the group has been guided by her singular vision for nearly 40 years.?! Throughout its history Ché-SHIZU has challenged traditional notions of song structure and improvisation.?! Mukai's signature instrument, the Chinese er-hu, is an ancient two stringed bowed instrument rarely found outside of traditional music.?! Even within the wildly diverse roster of artists on P.S.F.?! Records, Ché-SHIZU is a playful and confounding outlier.?! Early on Mukai became active within the avant-garde movement flowering in Tokyo during the mid-1970s.?!

2XLP $31.95

06/01/2018 769791969476 

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***CHECK STOCK!!!  Received an 8.4 Best New Reissue rating from Pitchfork.  Black Editions present a reissue of HIG RISE's II, originally released in 1986.?! High Rise exploded onto Tokyo's underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man's curve.?! Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist ASAHITO NANJO and frenetic guitarist MUNEHIRO NARITA, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music.?! Their second album is a defining document of the band and unquestionably one of the greatest albums to emerge from 20th century underground Japan and beyond.?! With Nanjo's distorted thunder bass and Narita's wildly narrative lead guitar playing, II is a non-stop tour de force of improvised rock music.?! Combining elements of garage rock, punk, and no wave, the band pushed all levels fully in-the-red and transcended the limits of rock and psychedelia to create a raw, unique expansion of the music.?!

LP $25.50

02/02/2018 769791968462 

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Tokyo Flashback by V/a


Tokyo Flashback
Black Editions

***BACK IN STOCK!!!  Received an 8.3 Best New Reissue rating from Pitchfork.  Black Editions present the first ever vinyl edition of Tokyo Flashback, the legendary 1991 compilation that defined the Tokyo psychedelic movement and first brought it to the outside world.?! Tokyo Flashback is one of the most iconic compilations in the history of underground music.?! Originally released by Japan's P.S.F.?! Records, Tokyo Flashback defined the breathtakingly unique and previously obscured musical movement that had been developing in Japan since the late 1970s.?! The compilation features some of the earliest released recordings by KEIJI HAINO, HIGH RISE, MASAKI BATOH's GHOST, WHITE HEAVEN, FUSHITSUSHA , KOUSOKUYA, and MARBLE SHEEP.?! It captures the excitement and energy of a Tokyo awash in Technicolor and deep blacks; the music echoing krautrock, psychedelic freak-outs, garage, and no wave.?! At the same time it reveals astonishing, totally idiosyncratic expansions of rock music.?!

2XLP $39.95

11/03/2017 769791967380 

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***BACK IN STOCK!!!  Black Editions present the first vinyl reissue of KEIJI HAINO's stunning debut album Watashi Dake?, originally released in 1981.?! This first ever edition released outside of Japan features the artist's 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?!

LP $31.85

07/14/2017 826853973182 

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