Masami Kawaguchi’s New Rock Syndicate

LP Now

Label : An’archives

Réf : [An’12]

ltd to 275, comes in a  heavy old style silkscreened jacket with obi (dark blue or brick red), postcard & inserts

printed by Alan Sherry

liner notes by Jon Dale

release date :  March 3 , 2018

NOW is the third album by Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate, after Cat Vs. Frog (Palindrome, 2007) and The Psychedelic Sounds Of New Rock Syndicate (8mm, 2011). Expanding on the terrain covered on both those earlier albums, and a string of self-released and limited-edition CD-Rs, it’s a glorious set of psychedelic garage rock, with lacunae for acid-spiked instrumentals (“Intermission”, written by drummer Yamamoto Koichiro), languid blues interludes (“Blues In Haze”) and narcotic melancholy a la third-album Velvet Underground (the gorgeous “The Sound Of The Bell”).

It’s also Kawaguchi’s first major release since his solo album for Anthony Guerra’s Black Petal imprint, The Mad Guitar Sings. Much like that record, NOW has Kawaguchi playing loose and wild with rock and the blues (but not ‘blues-rock’), only this time, his blazing guitar is roaring over the fluid, deeply connected rhythm machine of Yamamoto and bass player Kikuchi Akira. Recorded in 2016, to mark the tenth anniversary of the New Rock Syndicate, it’s the consummate example of Kawaguchi’s vision of what rock music could – and should – do.

Kawaguchi already has a storied history, a player deep in the folds of the Japanese underground, having already lead Broomdusters and Miminokoto, while also contributing to LSD March, Los Doroncos, and Plugged Ear (with Fukuoka Rinji of Overhang Party). For some, he’s perhaps best known for his bass playing in Haino Keiji’s covers group, Aihiyo, as well as cutting some taut shapes on guitar in Haino’s recent blues gang, Hardy Soul. NOW is further steeped in Japanese underground music history, with a guest appearance on two songs by Maki Miura of Shizuka and Fushitsusha.

Wild and free, NOW is played for joy and kicks, led by an absolutely fierce guitarist, at the peak of his craft, letting his mad guitar sing – and sting.

Jon Dale

Pricing  :

18 EUR + Postage

France : 23 EUR (lettre) / 25 EUR (colissimo)

Europe & EEC : 28 EUR

Rest of the world : 31 EUR

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Special price with UH CD : 25 EUR + postage (same rate as LP alone)

 

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Takayuki Hashimoto + Shizuo Uchida

CD ltd to 250

Free Wind Mood series

Label : An’archives

Réf : [An’13]

7 inch silkscreened jacket with obi (drak blue or grey), insert and postcard

Printed by Alan Sherry

Liner notes by Michel Henritzi

release date : March 3, 2018

UH is the duo of  Takayuki Hashimoto  (alto saxophone, harmonica) and Shizuo Uchida (bass), both have recorded for the legendary P.S.F. records and play also together in Kito Mizukumi Rouber.

Hashimoto is one half of Osaka-based Japanese free improv duo.es – aka dot.es and and has already played with many musicians such T.Mikawa, Gunjogacrayon, John Duncan, Tetuzi Akiyama…

Shizuo Uchida is now quite a familiar name for years as he was a long-term member of Haino’s Nijiumu medieval dream-drone unit and now for more than 2 decades. He’s also been involved in many projects such Hasegawa-Shizuo , Le Son De L’os,  Kito Mizukumi Rouber, L’Extase Métallique and many more.

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On ne connait rien ou presque de la musique japonaise, de ses traditions, de ses bruits et de ses silences. Quelques images qu’on entretient comme vérités, il en va de même de tout clichés qui nous tiennent comme références, maigre savoir. Ce disque est résolument décalé des modes qui se jouent dans l’underground, aussi un autre monde étrange de traditions fantasmées surgit là avec force.

 Cet enregistrement est un disque de silence, de silence dévorant, qui engloutie les sons joués par ces deux musiciens, Ma qui appelle la note vibrante, laisse entrevoir une sublime mélodie.

Shizuo Uchida à la basse acoustique, Takayuki Hashimoto au sax alto. Musique comme dessinée dans l’air, points et lignes, tracés existentiels sur la feuille blanche du live, on songe à des applats blancs tachés, striés de quelques signes habités. Takayuki Hashimoto glisse ses décompositions free entre les grilles silencieuses de Shizuo Uchida, improvisant avec leurs ombres evanescantes, furtives, fluides. Le sax devient harmonica, avec un foutu pathos illuminé, la basse violoncelle en pleurs.

« Un soir, j’ai assis la Beauté sur mes genoux. – Et je l’ai trouvée amère. – Et je l’ai injuriée » écrivait Arthur Rimbaud. La définition du free c’est peut-être ca. Uchida et Hashimoto nous offre un disque fragile et émouvant, la beauté disparaitra dans le silence et notre âme brûlera.

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Little is known about Japanese music, its traditions, its noises, and its silences. Some images are maintained as truths; so are all clichés that stick to us like references, thin knowledge. This record is resolutely offbeat with regards the trends in underground music, and a new strange world of fantasized traditions asserts itself with strength here. This release is a record of silence, a devouring silence engulfing the sounds played by these two musicians, Ma calling the vibrant note, unveiling a sublime melody.

Shizuo Uchida on acoustic bass, Takayuki Hashimoto on alto sax.

Music drawn into thin air, dots and lines, existential traces on the white sheet of the live performance; one is reminded of a white gessoed canvas, stained and striped with some haunted signs. Takayuki Hashimoto infuses his free decompositions between the silent grids of Shizuo Uchida, improvising with their evanescent, furtive, fluid shades. The sax turns into harmonica, with a bloody illuminated pathos, and the bass turns into cello, in tears.

Rimbaud wrote « One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her ». This might be the definition of free. Uchida and Hashimoto present us with a fragile and moving record, where beauty will vanish into silence, and our soul will burn.

Michel Henritzi

Thanks to Jean Noël and Jon Dale for their help with the english version

Pricing

10 EUR

France : 13 EUR en lettre

All destinations : 15 EUR including airmail

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Kawaguchi Masami | Toshimitsu Akiko 

情趣演歌  [Enka Mood Collection ] 

Split 10 inch LP ltd to 250, comes in a silkscreened gatefold  jacket with obi (blue, pink, brick red) insert + postcards… 

Liner notes by Alan Cummings

Silk-screening by Alan Sherry

 Release date :  September 20

4th volume in the enka series, we’re happy to announce the release of this new one :

a split with 2 longtime friends and music associates since the late 1990’s. 

Masami Kawaguchi has been an influential figure in the Japanese underground scene for 2 decades, playing with bands such MiminokotoBroomdustersLos Doroncos and more recently with his New Rock Syndicate. He’s also known as a major & regular Keiji Haino’s collaborator in  Aihiyo and more recently in Hardy Soul. He’s one of the greats of modern Japanese psychedelic rock and more recently he recorded the beautiful “The mad guitar sings” album on Black Petal  which is a dark solo take on Masami’s signature sound, balancing between late night-early morning comedown blues and black luminescent storm-song. On this release Masami covers 2 different songs, delivering a personal & bleak version of a great enka standard (if not the prototype of  the enka song)  and a fiery cover of a weird and rather unknown song.

Toshimitsu Akiko is  better known under her maiden name of Terashima Akiko and she led a band called Doodles for more than 15 years. She and Kawaguchi Masami teamed up together for a short time as Homemade and after releasing a cassette, the first Doodles CDR was released on Masami’s Purifiva imprint and later a CD on Alchemy records.  Doodles played plodding, haunted psych-rock, with storms of guitar distortion hovering on the horizon, and sweet, sad vocals quivering deeply soul-ward. More recently she mostly plays music as a duo named Aminome that could be heard as a Doodles follow up with slightly rounded corners 

On this release Akiko plays guitar, drums & accordion, covers these enka songs with her timeless & forlorn voice, picking up any human with a heart.

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Price : 17 euros or $20 

Including airmail : 

France : 20€ en lettre (colissimo suivi + 2€)

Europe : 24€ with airmail or $29

Rest of the world : 26€ or $31

Hideo Ikeezumi homage

August 15, 2017

Poscard in homage of Hideo Ikeezumi

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Tomoyuki Aoki & Harutaka Mochizuki

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Hasegawa-Shizuo

情趣演歌   [Enka Mood Collection ]

An’archives

Split 10 inch LP ltd to 250, comes in a silkscreened gatefold  jacket with obi (grey, blue, white) insert + postcards…

Liner notes by Alan Cummings

Aoki Tomoyuki is mostly known with as the guitarist & vocalist of  Up-Tight (Alchemy records, 8mm)  and  for more than 2 decades he has been behind some albums which mix plaintive echo-drenched imprecations, love of bitter-sweet folk and blissfully nihilistic guitar noise reminiscent of Les Rallizes Denudes and Mizutani’s velvetian ballads.

Harutaka Mochizuki is a multi-instrumentalist, mostly known his saxophone improvisations recalling like the same other lonely satellites and solo thinkers like Masayoshi Urabe, Arthur Doyle, Anthony Braxton and Kaoru Abe.

Aoki and Harutaka  have been recording together for a couple of years and this is their first new collaboration after a  remarkable self-released CD that saw the light in 2014.  Terribly human, passionate and intense,  their association is  just one of the most inspiring and burning free unit since the apex of the P.S.F era.

Hasegawa-Shizuo is Hirotomo Hasegawa and Shizuo Uchida.  Hasegawa is the lead singer of seminal early eighties Japanese punk/hardcore group Aburadako (Greasy Octopus), while Uchida was a long-term member of Haino’s Nijiumu medieval dream-drone unit. F and for  more than 2 decades, the latter was he’s involved in many projects such Le Son de L’os,  Kito Mizukumi Rouber, L’extase Métallique and many more. This duo has now been active for a decade, their work being documented on a few releases  that sadly became scarse over the last years.

Here, the group’s instrumentation is here highly unorthodox once again, placing Uchida’s mysterious bass textures against the wet skirl of Hasegawa’s hichiriki, an ancient double-reed wind instrument, the whose haunting upper register tones of which are an unmistakable feature of gagaku court music.  Deliriously strange and enigmatic, their enka cover sounds like a  dark composition of their own, associating humour to their unique strangeness. 


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À Qui Avec Gabriel | Tori Kudo 10 inch LP  情趣演歌 [Enka Mood Collection]

Split 10′ LP ltd to 210, comes in a silkscreened gatefold cover with  colored obi (white brick red, yellow-orange), insert + postcards…

Liner notes by Alan Cummings

Second in the enka collection series on An’archives after Jojo Hiroshige & Shiraishi Tamio,  this split LP features

À Qui Avec Gabriel  and Tori Kudo

À  Qui Avec Gabriel is an accordion player based in Tokyo who opened her discography with  “Utsuho” on John Zorn’s label Tzadik in 2001 ( featuring Haino Keiji as a guest musician) . Since she has collaborated with Makoto Kawabata, Majutsu No Niwa, Mico  to name a few. Her stylistic palette is eclectic, drawing on shades of jaunty european folk music, the elegant minimalism of Erik Satie, and uniquely lighthearted melancholia.

Here for the first time on record she left her accordion Gabriel  for a piano and a seat and proves she’s found  her own voice as an expressive singer.

The other side features Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz and Noise with his wife Reiko Kudo)   who has  a revered status in the Japanese underground  since the late 70’s (Taco, Guys N’ Dolls,  Fushitsusha…) but this time he brings  listeners into the heart of an amazing and feverish karaoke house with his friends . For those who didn’t know it before,  maybe for  the very first time they are going to discover  Tori Kudo as an inimitable & unforgettable crooner, as a true lover of popular songs.

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A Qui avec Gabriel - Tori Kudo

Enka Mood

Release date : 20 january 2015

OUT OF PRINT

April 18, 2014

Andrew Chalk
Painted Screens 
cassette 
 ltd to 100

Andrew Chalk Painted screens

with the participation of Federico Durand, Naoko Suzuki,  Daisuke Suzuki , Francis Plagne & Timo Van Luijk
 OUT OF PRINT

April 2, 2014

情趣演歌

Enka mood collection

Jojo Hiroshige | Shiraishi Tamio

10 inch LP, comes in a silkscreened gatefold jacket with obi, inserts, postcard.

Liner notes by Alan Cummings

Text by Michel Henritzi

ltd to 200 copies

Side A of this split LP features  self-proclained “King of Noise”, Jojo Hiroshige, founder member of the legendary  Hijokaidan and stalwart of the Japanese noise scene.

The B-side is engraved with the naked and guttural voice of sax-player Tamio Shiraishi, accompanied here by guitarist Malenkov

Both sides appropriate the Enka repetoire in remarkablky different ways. Jojo Hiroshige’s howled declamations and metallic scoria guitars chisel these old Enka ballads into something more monstrous while Malenkov’s flamenco arpeggios bandage torn lace around Shiriashi’s voice. Shiraishi recorded these songs in Uramado, a small kabuki-cho bar haunted by the ghosts of the Tokyo underground. Wandering through the streets of this floating world, one gets re-acquainted with those long lost voices of Enka.

This document is only a superficial incision into the exquisite corpse of the Japanese underground, a body of work where traditional and modern musical lines converge and take their rest, having now been cast into oblivion by the relentless changing trends. Enka music is deeply anchored in Japanese society and still remains influential today among those who frequent Karaoke bars where singing is the preferred language.

Enka mood collection

Enka mood collection

Enka mood collection

OUT OF PRINT

March 9, 2014

Junko | Michel Henritzi | Fukuoka Rinji

Billion Years of Sighs

Split LP ltd to 150, comes in a silkscreened cover with obi and insert

A – Junko & Michel Henritzi

B – Michel Henritzi & Fukuoka Rinji

Side A is another love song between La Grande Dame Junko (one of Japan’s foremost improvising vocalists and a member of long-running free-noise unit Hijokaidan) & Michel Henritzi (french guitarist and member of Dustbreeders and Howlin’Ghost Proletarians ). This is blues for the day, from noise to abstract blues,  the volcanic meeting between voice and lapsteel.

Side B is blues for the night with Michel Henritzi and Fukuoka Rinji (Majutsu no Niwa – Overhang Party) , another sad  story between guitar & violin recorded after Fukushima ‘s trauma. Ashes, asphyxiated air, cloudy and melancholic.

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OUT OF PRINT

February 25, 2013

Michel Henritzi | Fukuoka Rinji 

Le Jardin Bizarre

CD – silkscreened gatefold cover / ltd to 200 copies

Le Jardin Bizarre » (the odd garden) is the follow up to the album “Outside Darkness”, released in 2011 by PSF. It is a hollow album, stretching out long rests in which a sticky melancholy, an infinite sadness amplifies itself. 6 tracks dark as so many gardens – gardens seen through night, 6 shades of black, 6 colours of silence. While “Outside Darkness” appeared like a shadow cast over Fukushima, “Le Jardin Bizarre” is it’s elegy. Disquieting calligrams made of tight, feverish strings, like black ink lines on a blank white page. Melodies as manifold as so many little pieces of night music, perforated by devouring rests, tunes dying in the echo. “Le Jardin Bizarre” is an asphyxiated, modern blues album –  Mono No Aware or the melancholy of our times.

« Le Jardin Bizarre » fait suite a l’album « Outside Darkness » paru sur PSF, album en creux, étirant de longs silences où s’amplifie une mélancolie poisseuse, une tristesse infinie. 6 titres sombres comme autant de jardins, jardins vus du coté de la nuit, 6 nuances de noir, 6 couleurs de silence. Si « Outside Darkness » était comme l’ombre portée de Fukushima, celui-ci est son élégie. Le violon suffoquant de Rinji Fukuoka n’a jamais autant évoqué celui de John Cale, d’un baroque électrique identique, le lapsteel de Michel Henritzi un blues moribond. Aux champs magnétiques du précédent opus celui-ci préfère les lieder de Malher et les blues de Mississippi John Hurt. Calligrammes inquiétants fait de cordes tendues, fièvreuses, comme des traits d’encre noire sur la page blanche. Mélodies comme autant de petites musiques de nuit, trouées de silences dévorants, ritournelles mourantes dans l’écho. Une infinie mélancolie répond ici à la fureur de « Outside Darkness ». « Le Jardin Bizarre » est un disque de blues asphyxié, un blues moderne qui résonne dans la nuit de Fukushima. Bande-son de nos nuits blanches. Mono No Aware ou la mélancolie du temps présent.

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