Friday, 23 March 2018

Officer! ‎– "Ossification" (Ayaa ‎– DT 1284) 1984

Mick Hobbs' post-prog post punky pop collective 'Officer!' made some slightly annoying but very eccentric song based Avant-pop. This is their/His debut disc, predictably distributed by old mate Chris Cutlers' Recommended Records. They all sounded like this on Recommended. Blatant echo's of the Avant-Prog days of the early 70's can be heard, tinged with folky, operatically trained upper middle class ladies, and classically trained musicians; all this blended with the new DIY prog of the post-punk era. Classically English sounding, but big in France apparently. I've heard Mick speak French with a heavy English accent(as I myself speak it), they (*the Frogs) like that y'know.When they 'like' you, you stay liked,one thing they* ain't is fickle.


Side Alpha

Spitter's Hooked (On Love)

Side Béta

Boxers V Wrestlers
Office Occasion
Top. Top, Top

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mick Hobbs ‎– "Bandagen/Officer!" (No Records ‎– No. 002) 1989

The Quirky post-prog lunacy of Mick Hobbs on solo duty,as theatre score composer and as his 'band', 'Officer!'.
Side A sees our Micky as provider of an avant-garde soundtrack to Pergoletti's stageplay "Bandagen", and side B has some 'Officer!' songs masquerading as superior 'Filler'.
For the Theatrical side,I suppose you need the play to augment the sparsity of the minimal content for maximum effect?
The 'Officer!' side  is Mick's usual abstract post-punk prog inventiveness,as he regularly churns out for The Work, The Momes, and Half-Japanese.
Naturally he gets some help from the usual suspects Like Tim Hodgkinson and Andy Wake, both from The Momes.


Music From Bandagen

A1 Undovetailing
A2 Heartwood
A3 Kindliche Kleidung
A4 Spewing
A5 Jasminduft
A6 Inflation
A7 Ballacodep
A8 Deflated
A9 Happy Days, Lonely Nights
A10 Arbeitstitel 

Officer! - Some Songs

B1 Good Cement
B2 Plan For Peace
B3 My Song About My Head
B4 Hunter
B5 Damage
B6 Good Citizen's Car

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Lowest Note On The Organ ‎– "Piggy Bank" (Woof Records ‎– WOOF 008) 1984

This one contains most of the core line-up of 'The Work' plus Trefor from Camberwell Now.
"Piggy Bank" is the closest they ever got to making a commercial tune with a hummable melody,and doesn't get too 'weird'.It still wouldn't get played on mainstream media platforms however.

A Piggy Bank 3:22
B Lambeth Salt 3:11

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Lowest Note On The Organ ‎– "The Lowest Note On The Organ EP" (Woof Records ‎– WOOF 006) 1983

A 'Work' related group, featuring Mick Hobbs of 'The Work',  Rick Wilson of 'The Work, and Trevor Goronwy of 'Camberwell Now' and 'This Heat';and completing our Avant Rock connections,  produced by Charles Bullen of,its them again, 'This Heat.
A quirky little e.p. which could easily be labelled 'Art Rock' by those who know better.


A1 Thusly Routed We Gambol
A2 Jane
A3 Meddle-A-Beadle

B Trial By Silhouette

The Work ‎– "The Worst Of Everywhere" (Woof Records ‎– WOOF 005) 1982

A novel angle on the 'Live' album by our fav proggy punky avant rockers, The Work.
Capturing a whole tour schedule in 69 untitled short snippets from April 1980 to March 1982 in Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia.All roughly recorded and roughly edited using the medium of audio cassette.
It kinda works as one,or maybe two sidelong disjointed conceptual collages, in the tradition of Frank Zappa's 'Lumpy Gravy',or at least in its post-punk version thereof?


1-69 - "Untitled 1-69"

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Work ‎– "See" (Woof Records ‎– WOOF 015) 1992

I thought I'd posted this before,but I hadn't......I checked.
If you click HERE! can find the rest my The Works posts from earlier in "Slow Crimes", "I Hate America" single, and 'Live im AJZ'........all rather excellent.
Just listened to it for the first time in years,and its yet another fantastic disjointed masterpiece of rock reinvention.If you like verse chorus verse chorus solo repeat, then don't download this.


1 Blind 3:00
2 Steam 1:10
3 Eat 5:37
4 Disgrace 1:45
5 Shock 3:27
6 The Rim 4:41
7 Hive 5:32
8 Shine 4:54
9 Tell 3:58
10 Repossession 2:19
11 Warehouse 5:47
12 Pursuit 2:43 (for missing track 12 click here!)

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Work - "Rubber Cage" (Woof Records ‎– WOOF 012) 1989

Wasn't this the second 'official' Work album from the end of the decade......I think it was y'know.
It's up to the same extremely high standards of progressive chord structures and odd time signatures that we've come to love.Prog-Punk at its highest possible level. If you were to play this at your meet the neighbours fondue based dinner party, it could either make you look intelligent, or weird,depending on the neighbours.As most neighbours are part of the 90%ers,and feel uncomfortable with abstract concepts, they will inevitably look upon you as 'Weird',so you may as well be hung for a horse than a sheep and whip out some 'Whitehouse' or Merzbow.That should stop the fuckers from asking for a cup of sugar,or saying 'Hello' everytime you leave the house.


Poise 0:57
Abdomen 2:26
Felt 1:20
Commerce And Despair 2:46
Dangerfish 4:33
1992 5:58
Coloured Water 3:10
Stone 4:19
Trauma 3:44
Knee 1:52
Jay 2:20
Quack 3:40

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Friday, 16 March 2018

The Work ‎– "Live In Japan" (Recommended Records Japan ‎– RRJ 05) 1982

Deconstructed rock from Henry Cow spin off's, The Work. 
This Live performance in Osaka, featured the one and only Jim Whelton,aka Amos, of Homosexuals fame, on vocals.Which gives this some added kudos.
The Work's special kind of Prog inflected Post Punk is always rather interesting,and this album seems to capture them at their best.
Remarkably,this was recorded on a cassette half way back in the hall, which belies the extremely hi-fidelity quality of this recording somewhat. 


A1 State Room 3:40
A2 Like This 3:01
A3 Fingers & Toes 3:02
A4 Pop 4:40
A5 Crabs 4:29
B1 Duty 2:10
B2 Cain & Abel 3:50
B3 Do It 2:16
B4 Tuning 0:43
B5 Flies 0:58
B6 Benidorm 1:42
B7 Night By The Sea 4:54

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Ichiro Minawa And Toho Effect Group ‎– "Sound Effect Of Godzilla 2 - Godzilla's Rivals" (Toshiba Records ‎– T23-1074) 1984

Why were these guys soooo angry?
Most animals fight each other for breeding rights or food, but these creatures seemed to just want to fight each other purely for the right to smash up Tokyo. If they wanted to fight for the right to smash up cities that deserve smashing up like Coventry or any urban sprawl in the west midlands of the UK(except Leamington Spa),or 90% of the US Bible Belt, then I'd understand.
Admittedly, most of the destruction occurred during the fights,but that could easily have been avoided by moving the conflict to the countryside,or Monster Island,like they did in 'Son of Godzilla'; where Godzilla and Minilla(the son) got a royal pasting from a bunch of giant ants.Ants ,who were created by man's ill advised meddling with the atmosphere.....a very topical subject today I may add.
I absorbed all of these preposterous movies in the eighties on a Friday night after staggering home from the Pub.Through the haze of alcoholic excess they started to make perfect sense.
'Godzilla vrs Mechagodzilla' became the Citizen Kane of Monster movies.I watched open-mouthed as the seemingly endless battle went on and on.......and on. The medium of cinema couldn't get better than this I thought.....then I sobered up.
Alas the noises created for this series of nonsense had a certain essence that being sober couldn't remove, so here's volume 2 of Godzilla SFX.This time collecting together an array of the big 'G's 'Rivals' with whom he or she, had many a lengthy pitched battle.
If there's another Godzilla movies made outside of Hollywood, I would rather like the soundtrack to be made by Merzbow and chums from the Japnoise underground. Guaranteed to empty cinema's everywhere. 


A1 King Ghidorah 1:24
A2 King Kong 1:44
A3 Giant Octopus 0:38
A4 Varan 1:22
A5 Magma 0:20
A6 Dogora 1:26
A7 Matango 1:29
A8 Baragon And Frankenstein 1:09
A9 Sanda And Gaira 0:42
A10 Ebirah 0:59
A11 Gorosaurus 0:28
A12 Kamakiras And Kumonga 1:19
A13 Ganime, Gezora, Kameba - YOG 1:35
A14 Gabara 1:11
A15 Hedorah 4:36
A16 Gigan 0:49
A17 Megalon 0:59
A18 King Shisar 1:20
A19 Titanosaurus 0:26
B1 MechaGodzilla 4:00
B2 MechaniKong 1:05
B3 Moguera 1:08
B4 Transmitto-Machine 1:42
B5 Human Gas 0:53
B6 Mysterian Dome 1:22
B7 Maser Tank Firing Sounds 0:32
B8 A-Cycle Light Ray 0:40
B9 UFO Flying Sounds 4:16
B10 Situation Dramas Utilizing Sound Effects 8:42

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Akira Ifukube and Toho SFX ‎– "Sound Effect Of Godzilla 1 - Godzilla and his Friends" (Toshiba EMI Ltd ‎– T23-1073) 1984

Frankly, the best sound ever made,EVER, is,of course, Godzillas raking analogue screech/scream/roar, or whatever it could possibly be described as.
So, as our brief journey into the realms of Japanese noise comes to a reluctant end.It only seems natural to pay a tribute to the sounds that could only have influenced our noisy chums in Merzbow, Incapacitants and all, in their future endeavors.
Godzilla's original 1954 roar was created by composer Akira Ifukube, who dragged a resin-coated leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass,to sound like a steel chair scraping over a polished concrete floor.Something similar was done to create the second best sound ever, the sound of Dr Who's Tardis when it de-materialises.
All this stuff can be done electronically now.....but it sounds shit.
So here's an album full of Godzilla and His/her(i think Godzilla was female,at least in the 'Son of...' movie?) Friends making a gamut of various screeches ,yells,and rasping noises.
If you remain sane after sitting through the whole of this then you deserve a certificate printed on the finest scent impregnated toilet roll.


1. Godzilla(Gojira)
2. Minilla(Minira)
3. Mothra(Mosura)
4. Rodan(Radon)
5. Anguilas(Angirasu)
6. Jet Jaguar(Jetto Jyagaa)
7. Tank(Sensha)
8. Fighter Jet(Sentuoki)
9. Submarine(Sensuikan)
10.Helicopter and Explosion Sounds(Herikoputaa to Bakuhatsu-on)
11.Undersea Warship Gouten (Kaitei Gunkan Gouten-Gou) From Atragon
12.Earth Defense Force - Alpha (Chikyuu Boueigun - Arufaa-go) From The Mysterians
13. Alpha and Kurosame (Arufaa-go to Kurosame-go) from Latitude Zero
14. Violent Wind And Rain & Thunderbolts (Boufuu To Rakurai)
15. Earthquake (Jishin)
16. Volcanic Eruption & Rumbling (Kazan Funga To Meido)
17. Situation Dramas Utilizing Sound Effects

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Jad And Nao ‎– "Half Monster" (Sakura wrechords ‎– CDR-10) 2006

This album is a Monster, in the tradition of Mothra and Godzilla (who gets a mention in the track listing). But this half monster is good for you, and has no intention of destroying Tokyo, but every intention of destroying musical etiquette and tradition, which it does most effectively.....without pretensions. This passes the famed 'Wyatting', as in Robert Wyatt, test of jukebox music that would empty a pub. Naturally, any music that passes the 'Wyatting' procedure, that is, actually empties a public house of  'Public', is undoubtedly music of quality and distinction; like the great Robert's lengthy canon itself. Jad and Nao comfortably fit into this lofty category, and treat us to a miserly 45 tracks of out-there lunacy that would.......well?.......empty a pub!

1 Every Time 2:41
2 Kome Ninjin Daikon 0:49
3 You Do That 1:01
4 Fish 1:39
5 Man In The Moon 1:22
6 Mba Mba 1:09
7 1/3 American 0:53
8 Micro Love 0:32
9 Hot Water 2:36
10 Frankenchrist 0:48
11 Sugar Girl 4:15
12 Water 0:56
13 Suttoko Dokkoi 0:31
14 Super Beauty 0:45
15 Roll Over Beethoven 1:33
16 Sunshine By The Sea 2:50
17 He, She Or It 0:44
18 Snake Had Legs 2:28
19 Honjitsu Wa Seiten Nari 1:00
20 Lonely Song 2:16
21 Godzilla Invades Mars 1:16
22 Let's Fly South 2:16
23 Wayang Goreng 1:21
24 Drinking Machine 1:28
25 Unknown Knowledge 1:18
26 Big, Not Teeny 0:56
27 You Turn Me On 2:03
28 And Money 1:06
29 Wild Party 1:33
30 I Mean You Know 1:53
31 Koi In The Pond 0:54
32 Flowers In The Spring Time 1:13
33 Whatnot 0:42
34 No Evil Star 1:00
35 Santa's Knee 0:53
36 Food - Pro And Con 2:39
37 404 Error 0:52
38 Assholism 1:14
39 Color Green 1:48
40 Dead Man 1:14
41 No Sounds Like Yes 0:49
42 Free Thinker 2:08
43 T.V. Monkey 0:45
44 Color My World 2:45
45 Trend Setter 2:18

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Jad And Nao ‎– "Half Robot" (Paperhouse Records ‎– PAPCD 15) 1992

Only seventy-five tracks of childlike wonder from outsider primitives Jad Fair and Nao Ishimuri. I hesitate to say that everyone of them are wonderful shards of intellectual freedom,but ...they are?
Neither of the chief protagonists can be called genuine 'Outsiders' in the 'Outsider Art' category, but they sound like they are, and that's good enough for me.


1 Population Is Only 2
2 Walk Right In
3 Art? Ha!
4 Hope/Bogart
5 ETCs
6 Happy Together
7 Smile Pretender
8 Our Love Has Come
9 Neat Beings
10 I Like It
11 Gone With Window
12 Pu- 14 Is Ls- 4 Of gB- 10
13 Brigham's Coffee Shop
14 Distorted Moon
15 Kukaimanimani
16 Navel Cake
17 Intuition
18 Broom Of Love
19 Zuizuizukkorobashi
20 Amy's Smile
21 Coffee Me
22 Water
23 I Don't Know
24 April
25 Egg 'n' Ham
26 Haircuts
27 Do Hachamecha
28 Nihon No Otoko
29 999 Years Loan
30 Fresh Meat
31 Pepper And Salt
32 Fornever
33 Hana O Meshimasho
34 Junkful Junk
35 Made In Paradise
36 The Band
37 Do You Like America?
38 Debt For Debt
39 Beast Wishes
40 Charlie Chaplin
41 As Seen On T.V.
42 Oh! My Buddha
43 $1.99, $2.99, $ 3.99
44 Time
45 Protecting
46 Simon, Not Simon
47 Nynyusa
48 Bride With Cowboy Boots
49 Candy
50 Pornographies In The Safe
51 Happy Birthday
52 Can't Buy By Money
53 Typewriter
54 Curious Crowd's Faces
55 My Name Is Jad Fair
56 Morale Booster
57 Bob Hope
58 Industrial Refuse Freaks
59 Miserable Shit
60 Yes, I'm Not Tired
61 Too Much Car
62 Tatoo Of Hello Kitty
63 Cold Summer
64 Vegetarian Puts Leather
65 Kiss Tribe
66 Sleep
67 Newborn Babies
68 Tokolo De Kolewa Nani
69 Cato And Dogu
70 40 Monsters
71 Watch T.V. 'Til You Die
72 Taking A Bath
73 Rocky Mountain Oyster
74 Blue Suede Shoes
75 Homosexual Teacher

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Jad And Nao ‎– "Half Alien" (Sakura wrechords ‎– C-08) 1997

Two living legends of DIY outsider otherness, Jad Fair of Half Japanese and Naofumi Ishimura of Yximalloo , got together to make a triptych of albums in the nineties and noughties.
Picasso said, and i've quoted him before in these unhallowed pages:
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael,but a lifetime to paint like a child."
Now these two 'Artists',and they ARE indeed 'Artists', had one up on Picasso,and missed out the Raphael part.While dreary unit shifters like Marc Knopfler spend a lifetime trying to play like the musical equivalent of Raphael,whoever that could be(?).Jad and Nao came out of the womb already painting and playing like a child,but had the good sense to stick with it for a whole lifetime.
This, the second of a series of three (so far?),has more of a hint of Jad Fairs work rather than Nao's;but thats mainly due to Jad's singing spread all over the 40 tracks,not to mention his reasonably proficient drumming.I could in fact prefer this collaboration to either one's nineties solo work.


1 Absolute Pure
2 Blue Horizon
3 It's Mot Fair
4 A Real Mix Up
5 Do You Know A Secret?
6 The Crown Of Love
7 Snakes
8 Star Trick
9 Demon Monster
10 Her Hair Was Red
11 Hawaii
12 Is It A Great People?
13 Muslc
14 Sea And Sand
15 Mickey Mouse
16 T.V. Monster
17 Cupid
18 Fortune Teller
19 Ice Cream
20 Jimmy
21 Big Money
22 Bunny When Hop
23 Gentleness
24 Television
25 So It Is Written
26 Pancake Box
27 Valentine
28 Half Robot
29 Roll Over Beethoven
30 Attchi Muite Hoy
31 Monkey In Tree
32 Candy Land
33 Pretty Princess
34 Cowboy's Life
35 Bread And Butter
36 All You Gotta Do
37 Big Fat Monkey
38 Radio City
39 Only One You
40 Tonight

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Yximalloo - "15 Songs" (Sakura Wrechords) 1982

An album with 24 tracks that's called "15 Songs"?
More certified lunacy from the padded walled sound factory of Yximalloo.This time collaborating with the legendary inventor of 'House' (Not that that's something to be proud of!?), Sympathy Nervous.
Thankfully,there is no proto-dance culture on this cassette and is aimed more at the mind than the feet;but where that mind is is anyone's guess?


A1 A Fire #12
A2 A Stone #26
A3 A Bird
A4 A Snake
A5 A Fish
A6 A Stone #16
A7 A Fire #4
A8 A Grass
A9 A Stone #25
A10 A Ghost
A11 A Star
A12 A Stone #27
A13 A Dance
A14 A Stone #11
B1 A Horse
B2 A Water #8
B3 A Wood
B4 A Cow
B5 A Water #10
B6 A Man
B7 A Stone #23
B8 A Moon
B9 A Water #9
B10 A Fire #6

Friday, 9 March 2018

Yximalloo - "Monnorhytha" (Sakura Wrechords) 1982

When you've finished your Chicken Vindaloo, Yximalloo ain't no chicken when it comes to using your plate,washed or unwashed, as a percussion piece for his next recording......well,at least he didn't in 1982 when he was too poor to afford proper instruments.
What we have here are 36 toytown DIY versions of early 'SPK' or the dreadful bandwagon jumping 'Test Department', but with pots , pans and buckets replacing the Angle Grinders and industrial springs;but crucially, with an injection of the sense of humour that was so woefully lacking in the metal banging Industrial trends of the early 80's.
This is a kind of sub-urban ethnic folk, utilising his surroundings to make music from whatever he finds.No trip down the local Music Emporium  for Nao Ishimura, oh no, that's the easy way out. Grab anything that goes 'ding' or 'clonk',start hitting it,then press play and record.

Note the credit to Jad Fair,of Half Japanese, on the insert,who draws all of Yximalloo's cover art.

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Yximalloo - "The Worst Of 1986" (Sakura Wrechords) 1994

Yximalloo makes music with small samplers,small synths and drum machines that suggests pre-emulator Residents.Sounds promising doesn't it?
Again one is bludgeoned to death with the sheer number of wacky and weird tunes that suffers from 'The White Album' syndrome.Mozart may have written too many notes in his symphonies but Ishimaru writes,if that's the correct term(?),far too many tunes.Although I guess this was just a small fraction of what he actually 'wrote' in 1986;he must have done this stuff everyday, all day, for his entire life so far?Prolific isn't the word for this obsession.
The recording quality has also increased into the Hi-Fi spectrum,which is a small negative.These minute and a half long events always sounded better in the fog of analogue tape hiss for me.


1. Man's Man
2. Chinese Ballet
3. Millitarhythm
4. Papa Pencak Silat
5. Dt-On-On-On
6. Village of People of Farm of Normal
7. The Old Lady from The New Territory
8. Dance Dance Dance until The 3rd World War
9. He Talks to Ashtray
10. 100 en
11. Fundoshi Men
12. Russkoe
13. Picnic for The Hungry Ghosts
14. < + 1 ?
15. Local Opens Market
16. Magic for Avoiding Bomb
17. Gross National Welfare Rhapsody
18. Gas Ceremony of Local Society
19. Hi-Hy-Hi Tech Agriculture
20. J. P. N. Corps
21. Low Clouds
22. Retrocommission
23. Force
24. The Biggest War
25. Temple of 1000 Buddhas
26. Night Tripper Animals's Internal Organs
27. Dewisri
28. The Political Dynamics
29. Okama on The Hall
30. Erotic Shooting
31. A Few Brief Lines
32. Kintamani
33. Exchanging Semen

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Yximalloo - "The Worst Of 1984" (Sakura Wrechords) 1994

Another truckload of sub-two minute ditties from the Yximalloo day-centre for the mildly insane(1984 was a good year for Paranoia one suspects?).
Endlessly inventive,like a field recording from a lost village of schizophrenics in the Himalayas, or at least on top of Mount Fujiyama that exists only on public holidays(not many of them in Japan I wager?).
Any albums with a constant barrage of short tracks has a similar effect as a Drone.One tends to drift off into another dimension where time becomes irrelevant like a time-lapse movie of urban traffic.I listened to this but I'm damned if I can remember doing it!? 


1. Traveler from Hopi
2. Why to Xmas
3. Russian Dance
4. Mahi Mahi Fish Song
5. Yximalloo Tribe's Ensemble #15
6. Pressure from Christians to Nudists
7. Aikoku Kousin Kyoku #3
8. Fire
9. Fuli Fuli #11
10. Cola Song
11. Gureepufuruutsu Juusu
12. The Song I Never Sing Again
13. Lotto
14. Inmarsat-Ati #8
15. Zicarbometxyvinylamine
16. The Border of South
17. Helen
18. Fuck Me,Beethoven
19. Inmarsat-Atl #9
20. Eel Fishing in Moon Night
21. Sweet Karen/Spare Us #33
22. Volks Sex
23. Hae #2
24. Fuli Fuli #14
25. Aikoku Kousin Kyoku #5.5
26. Life in a Quiet Village
27. Tori #33
28. Fr15z
29. White House Reaction
30. Dance Dance Dance Until The 3rd World #39
31. Sleep Well

Monday, 5 March 2018

Yximaloo - "The Worst Of 1982" (Sakura Wrechords - C 05) 1994

A further compilation of Yximaloo's prolific output,this time from 1982.
Every country has their 'Residents', and ,arguably, Japan's 'Residents' is Yximaloo.
Abstract Lo-Fi Minimalism coloured with a wide pallet of sounds and rhythms,and all kinds of inexplicable weirdness filling up the spaces.
There are times when words are useless,but this isn't one of them.It's just that i'm fucking knackered and can't be arsed to write anything much....sooooo....the best way to find out what this sounds like is to download it and give it a listen.
I reckon its jolly good indeed,jolly strange,but then again what 'Strange' actually qualifies as is open to conjecture. Personally, the weirdest stuff I've ever heard is The Bee Gee's in their falsetto Disco pomp, but i'd sooner dance to Yximallo any day of the week.If 'The Residents' had come up with "Saturday Night Fever" we'd all be hailing it as an all-time Avant-Garde classic?
Fuck, I ended up writing more than I felt capable of after all?
Disregard my earlier statement, because I really can't be arsed to delete it......I'm going to bed to listen to "Diskomo" by The Residents.


1. A Fire #12
2. A Bird
3. A-E-A-E #1
4. A Water #8
5. Offer Incense Sticks #6
7. Moon Loop #1
8. A Ghost
9. A Horse #9
10. A Wood #7
11. Offer Incense Sticks #9
12. A Dance
13. Ton-Ten-Kan
14. A Fish
15. Dead Soldier with Red Lipstick
16. O'Rhythm
17. A Horse #8
18. Fish Loop
19. A Fire #4
20. A-E-A-E #3
21. A Grass
22. A Moon
23. Jet
24. TI-TZU #2
25. Not So Easy #10
26. Moon Loop #6 + #7 + #8
28. A Fire #6
29. A Horse #7
30. Reggae Kills The Weird Music in Jamaica #6
31. A Water #9
32. Plague

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Yximaloo - "The Worst of 1981" (Sakura Wrechords (C 03) 1994

Enter the very special world of Naofumi Ishimura, also know as Yximaloo.
Japan has always produced a interesting brand of nutter, and Ishimura is no exception.
As the Japanese turned their creative juices away from warfare and world electronic gadget domination, their seemingly hard-wired eccentricity has inevitably leeched its way into the medium of music.
Yximaloo has released a Tsunami of home recorded cassettes, of which this is a cd-r'd example of his highly inventive work from 1981.
If you exposed a cassette recording of Coldplay in rehearsal to the exposed reactor core at Fukushima then ran it backwards, you may get something approaching the non-music preserved as magnetic waves on this digitized cassette from 1981.A nintendo soundtrack for the deaf that never happened.
Dis boy he good.


1 Yximalloo Tribe's Ensemble 1:48
2 Try Try Try 4:00
3 Fela #7 + #11 4:46
4 Radio Style 5:26
5 Strange Charm 1:46
6 Speed In Tokyo 1:21
7 We Work 98 Hours For A Week 3:25
8 RZ15V 3:44
9 Not So Easy 3:08
10 I Hate Music #3 2:13
11 I Hate Music #4 12:37
12 Off Libya 22:59

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

C.C.C.C. - "Reflexive Universe" (Vanilla Records ) 1991

The core line up of this Japnoise duo/band consisted of Hiroshi Hasegawa(late of the bands Astro & Mortal Vision) and former porn actress Mayuko Hino.
Naughty nymphet Hino would occasionally reprise this saucy element of her past into her performances by engaging in such acts as onstage striptease(Oooooh I say!?). Another less engaging feature of their live shows was the plastic bags of freshly excreted Piss that were thrown into the audience.Wish I was there....Not!
Aesthetically, Mayuko Hino advocated a very emotive and cathartic approach to the noise as opposed to the conceptual and intellectual approaches advocated by many other (predominantly 'Male')acts in the Power Electronics sub-genre. Typically a female approach,Mayuko Hino believes that an emotional, rather than an intellectual, approach to noise not only creates more interesting sounds, but reveals much more about the approach I rather agree with,although the intellectual approach I also find rather cathartic, personally. The human element is essential if this noise onslaught is not to become distant and and inhuman....and, I reiterate, Boring!

Well, now you can listen to the live improvised noise experience of C.C.C.C. without the prospect of being hit in the kisser with a bag of warm piss by downloading this single sided C-45 of the 4 C's in aktion.......but by the end of 24 minutes of constant electronic fuzz you'll be begging to be drenched in any former porn actresses piss, as long as most of it goes in your ears to dampen (see what I did?) this,as far as i can hear, un-emotional barrage of white noise,and/or Japnoise.


Side A - Untitled (24:04)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Masonna ‎– "Masonna Vs. Bananamara" - (Vanilla Records ‎– VANILLA-3) 1989

No series of posts on Japanese music would be complete without the poster boy, and wild man of Japnoise, Masonna.
Once a close associate of the often mentioned Merzbow, Maso Yamazaki has a fine line in extreme screaming and shouting, which adds that much needed performance aspect to power electronics.Without that human factor the constant distorted tornado can get incredibly tiresome.
This mono outing in (Ironic)tribute to those ear and brain damaging pop superstars ,Bananarama, is fittingly extreme,and ear protection is recommended.
The fact that all tracks were recorded in glorious Mono, live, at home,with no mixing,and no overdubs,seem to suggest this is the perfect DIY record. Well done my son!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

S-Core ‎– "Undersong" (Underground Productions ‎– SUB 10) 1987

I think this is my favourite S-Core tape from his massive back catalogue.
Plenty of fuzzy repetitive rhythm loops descending into the muddy waters of a flooding motorway tunnel.If you listen closely the sound of a dying world can be heard.No prizes for guessing the name of the world in question.
Enjoy the doom.


A1 Blasphemer 5:12
A2 Crevice 7:11
A3 Muse 3:48
A4 Blast Furnace 3:19
A5 She Said She Would Die First 4:26
B1 A Dense Forest 4:31
B2 Chronic Disease 4:17
B3 Heresiarch 14:46

S-Core ‎– "Infant" (Corrosive Tapes ‎– C012) 1988

Dark Ambient Smoggy post industrial drones from that prolific S-Core bloke. An Industrial Infant child fathered by  Lustmord but has the eyes of Zoviet France.


A1 Crimson
A2 Symptom
A3 The Open Air
A4 Bereaved Family
B1 Blind Passion
B2 Coal Tar
B3 The Goddess Of Mercy

Friday, 23 February 2018

Merzbow + S-Core ‎– "A Collaboration Tape" ( Afflict Records ‎– Aff 011) 1987

No, i'm not slagging Merzbow by the way! Just some slight criticism that he's painted himself into a corner  Noise-wise, and probably would benefit from a collaboration with the more understated S-Core......wait-a-minute!.....he did just this in 1987,and the result is a slightly harsher S-Core album.
If you like the sound of failing machinery in an abandoned factory then this is the Japnoise collaboration for you.

DOWNLOAD these collaborators HERE!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

S-Core ‎– "Dumb Chamber" (Broken Flag ‎– BF 62) 1987

S-Core had a cassette on Broken Flag too!
Old school industrial in the Zoviet (France)stylee,made all the more special due to the foggy nature of the media, and far more interesting to listen to than yer average Power Electronics copyist.


A1 Oracular Pagoda
A2 Lust For Power
B1 A Slow Mire
B2 Implict Faith
B3 Fug
B4 Unslighty Disorder

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

S·Core ‎– "Dross" (Afflict Records ‎– Aff 003) 1985

This 'Dross' is probably S-Core's debut release is it not?
No reliance on the tactics as used by most of the Japnoise fraternity here.Instead of sandblasting the listener into submission, Yutaka Tanaka produced a gloomscape of 1950's electronica via The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, stuffed into a bag full of roof insulation. There are even some plaintiff melodies floating around to further distance himself from the Merzbow crowd.
Most 'Noise' albums are full of several versions of what is essentially the same track.This cannot be said about S-Core.There are Dark Ambient tunes,minimal synth non-hits,even some synth pop,the odd Dronescape,and some old school percussive Industrial numbers.Therefore this cassette is not as boring as yer normal Noise-fest.The other end of the scale from "Merzbox" and its fifty-plus hours of the same dynamic-less relentless racket.

DOWNLOAD this dross HERE!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

S·Core ‎– "A Great Lump" (Technological Feeling ‎– TF 11) 1987

Old Skool(UK) post industrial dark ambient,in the style of  Nocturnal Emissions or Zoviet France, from Japan. Some parts of this could even be danced to by some Neo-Goths in a random urban nite-klub in former Yugoslavia.
There are two kinds of music that are perfect background music to a laid-back party, probably involving smoking class-B herbal products;and they are,obviously, Dub Reggae and,less obviously, Post-Industrial Dark Ambient.
If there's a white Rasta hippy present who's stoned enough, they'll probably attempt to do some skanking dance to most of this record.....don't let that put you sickening a thought as it may be!!! 


A1 Insanity Of Grandeur 7:42
A2 Dog Whip 4:30
A3 For The Coming Day 2:50
A4 Relapse 3:42
A5 No's Music 0:30
A6 Waifs And Strays 3:25
B1 R.I.P. 3:32
B2 I Was Punished By Heaven 4:40
B3 Magnetic Force 3:06
B4 A Sacred Light 2:55
B5 Augur 3:22
B6 Baptism Of Fire 3:22
B7 Ritualism 2:42

Monday, 19 February 2018

S·Core ‎– "Morbid Moppets" ( Afflict Records ‎– Aff 005) 1986

Most Industrial Noise fans could safely be referred to as 'Morbid Muppets',but I have no idea what a 'Moppet' could be......should I google it?.......Nah!
Yutaka Kanaka is the brains behind S-Core,and he's been going for over thirty years at this lark.
The noise on this cassette is yer usual subway train braking in a tunnel, crashing,probably causing immense loss of life and horrific life changing injuries,but with a hint of a Zoviet France influence with some overloaded drum loops to alleviate the monotony.

A The Afterimage 22:57
B1 Criticism 2:40
B2 Reddish-Black 6:34
B3 Sutra 12:12
B4 The Far East 2:53

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Toukaseibunshi ‎– "Meta-Inorganicmatter Meta-Newlon" (Angakok ‎– AKT005) 1986

Hironari Iwata, was Toukaseibunshi, or Transparent Molecules in English.
He made this album, and ran his own label, 'Angakok' for a couple of years in the mid-eighties, then disappeared for twenty years, only to return in 2009!?.....if only a lot of other artists would do that,and I can think of a lot that would benefit from disappearing permanently.
Hironari thankfully steers clear of the 'Power Electronics' tag, and concentrates on minimal glitchy circuit bending drones.
The 'Drone' is really only something an artist should do Once, and as Iwata did just this, he must be lauded as a visionary......well done young man!

A1 Glace
B1 Enthsiate
B2 Cryptogramm
B3 Luverd

Friday, 16 February 2018

Incapacitants ‎– "Stupid Is Stupid" (Sounds For Consciousness Rape ‎– S.F.C.R. 027) 1993

Stupid is stupid is stupid is stupid as stupid does, would be a catchphrase for the Trump and NRA stance on Gun Laws.
Yesterday there was the 18th school shooting this year in the USA, and its only half way through February. That's exactly 18 more school shootings than in the whole of the rest of the planet!?....probably more than in every country combined for all time!
The argument this time is that if the innocent Assault Rifle hadn't had a mentalist attached to it, it wouldn't have killed anybody!??? no other country has mental cases who want to kill people?...the difference is...and its a simple but big difference, is that the mental cases in every other country except the USA can't get hold of Automatic weaponry!
Its also far easier to remove a gun from a situation rather than a human being......even though their dumb-ass answer to that is to just shoot the Human leaving the gun inoperable.
This double cassette has nothing to do with the NRA or those stupid is stupid U.S. gun laws, but the sound recorded on them could easily be a soundtrack to a mass shooting by an angry young outcast with a K-Mart shopping bag full of ammo.
This only happens in the USA, and noise of this quality only happens in Japan....well at least for the past thirty years anyway.


Studio Materials

A1 Stupid Is Stupid
A2 Don't Sleep While We Explain
B Even Stupid Can Be Director

Live Materials

C Live At 20000V, Koenji - Tokyo, Nov. 3rd 1991
D Live At 20000V, Koenji - Tokyo, Feb. 27th 1992

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Incapacitants ‎– "Project Pallo" - (Pariah Tapes ‎– PT-3, PT-4, & PT-5) 1985

Yes, its a wall of electronic circuit damaged noise spread over three cassettes.....but the most interesting discussion point is why have they used 1970's cheesy wrestling maestro Jackie "Mr TV " Pallo as the focal theme for this synapse welding noise holocaust?
Mr Pallo, was just one of a galaxy of incredibly unfit,and stagy cartoon characters, that made up the year round pantomime that was ITV Wrestling.Which was a scene of laughably fake wrestling,attended by hundreds of aggressive grannies looking for blood.
The biggest (as in 'Fat') stars were Shirley 'Big Daddy' Crabtree,and the 6 foot 11 inches tall 'Giant Haystacks',who managed to fill Wembley Arena with Gobby Grannies in 1976 for the big showdown....which Big Daddy won....somehow?....Watch this bizzare spectacle HERE!.....they were both out of breath before they reached the ring!
Why Incapacitants chose Jackie Pallo over 'Kendo Nagasaki' I'm struggling to understand.
Kendo, as he was known to his friends, and manager (the hilarious Gorgeous George), never spoke or gave interviews, and wore a mask 24/7.....he was also obviously NOT Japanese.This could be the reason, along with the tasteless sense to name himself after a nuclear atrocity and a martial art...which I reckon is to be applauded.
Pallo himself had a head of flowing golden locks, frequently tied in a pony tail,stripy pants and golden boots.Often he exchanged banter with the grannies in the front row, like some character in a Carry-on movie.
Check out his fight with Johnny Kwango, the king of the Head Butt. Kwango was billed as being from Lagos, Nigeria, rather than from Peckham, where he was born.
As a tribute to 'Mr TV',i'm sure the man himself would have been horrified, and would probably challenged Incapacitants to a bout of Tag-wrestling, doubtlessly partnered by Kendo Nagasaki for disrespecting Kendo's home nation.....yeah, thats right,England.


Pallo 1 "Receita"

A Jaapsoc 24:04
B1 Leprosy 9:33
B2 Manic-Depressive 14:28

Pallo 2 "Quiet Sound"
C Peony Crackers 2 24:06
D Irrevocable Letter Of Credit 24:06

Pallo 3 "To Die Key"
E Living Zombie Is About To Die 24:05
F Long Awaited 24:05

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Incapacitants ‎– "Eternal Paralysis" (Pariah Tapes ‎– PT-1) 1981

Toshiji Mikawa and Fumio Kosakai were there at the year zero of Japnoise, with their onslaughts of heavily processed fried circuitry.
This is an early example of their craft.A single sided c-90 of non-stop ear damage.And they are still damaging innocent peoples hearing facilities to this day.


A - Eternal Paralysis (45:00)

Monday, 12 February 2018

Taku Sugimoto ‎– "Opposite" (hatNOIR ‎– hatNOIR 802) 1998

This is a request, but also a timely tranquil respite from all the soul-crushing noise that I've been posting of late.The title is very appropriate,as the improvised guitar minimalism is the absolute 'opposite' to the racket put forward by 'Flying Testicle' previously.The Japanese aren't all VU meters in the red zone types after-all.This one barely registers at all!
It sounds like a guitar being hit by some unknown objects flailing in the wind and striking the strings randomly,but with the wind noise edited out.
Its one of those 'it's not what you put in its what you leave out' kind of moments.99% silence...... Very calming. 

1 Mirrors 1:08
2 Bells Of ... 4:05
3 Flagments Of Happiness 1:35
4 Spoon River I 3:57
5 Spring 3:22
6 Midnoon 1:44
7 Opposite 0:46
8 Subtle 1:37
9 Birds Of Afternoon 1:32
10 Stained Glass Windows 1:21
11 A Narrow Path 1:32
12 Transylvania 2:34
13 Paris 1:31
14 Spoon River II 3:17
15 Monad 8:49
16 Treading 2:22
17 Pale Light 1:33
18 A Day Book 2:04
19 At The Corner 2:01
20 To Ward 1:11

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Flying Testicle ‎– "Space Desia" (Charnel Music ‎– CHCD-8) 1993

A Japnoise 'Super Groop' called 'Flying Testicle'????? don't get much better than this!
That bloke from 'Merzbow', and that screamy bloke from 'Masonna', get down and make some sublimely, or subliminally fucked up Noise Rock that could clear a room of music fans in 60 seconds or less.
That's always a recommendation.
Underneath the mind destroying wreckage this is as close to actual song based music these reprobates have ever sailed close to, without hitting the 'Rock' and sinking in that abysmally redundant category. This is what 'Rock' music should sound like.A decontructed power trio from an anti-universe,devastatingly LOUD and obnoxious, a sonically offensive musical bad trip. It preserves the processed noise onslaught that its individual members are famed for,but adds conventional instruments to the morass to reel in the casual metalhead before they burst into tears.
All topped off by that ridiculous band name.....nearly perfect.


1 Johnny Guitar 10:50
2 Arturos Island 4:00
3 Romance 8:07
4 The Red Lanterns 2:31
5 Dark Eyes 7:45
6 Hit Kit Party 2:53
7 Night Falls 10:15
8 Open Squeeze/Horizontal Bop 19:17
9 Beautiful Dreamer 7:45

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Ne Shi" (Banned Production ‎– BP- 55) 1994

Now we are on the Japanoise end of the former Axis powers; it seems natural to start with a compilation does it not?
This double cassette box set is the best place to collect the main perps of the japanese primal scream.
Its rather like listening to a platoon of Guiger-Muller tubes focusing in on ground zero at Hiroshima and Nagasaki immediately after the American Atrocities had fucked everything up forever. Accompanied by the screams of burning children as they are x-rayed onto the rubble.
If you want reminding what a Nuclear strike could feel like, listen to some of this stuff,by some ofthe most repressed people on the planet.Which is even more relevant today as we have an intellectual amoeba in the Whitehouse capable of giving as much thought to initiating a Nuclear war as he does to the economy he is just about to over-heat and send into recession.


A1 –Incapacitants - Whisper In The Night
A2 –Agencement - Homeo Box & A.T.G.C.
A3 –C.C.C.C. - Space Temple
B1 –Solmania - Astral Montage
B2 –K2 Zombie - Anatomy
B3 –Contagious Orgasm - Dr. Plum Pig
C1 –Yuzuru Syogase - Kundalini
C2 –MSBR - Crack.
C3 –Yximalloo - A Grass
D1 –Ryuzi Ryuzi - Meddw Brwysg
D2 –Vasilisk - The Blood
D3 –S·Core - Doldrums
D4 –Merzbow - Ram Me, Ream Me, You Lusty Cunts

Friday, 9 February 2018

Merzbow ‎– "Collection 001" (Lowest Music & Arts) 1981

Don't worry, this isn't the first of a hundred Merzbow tapes.I wouldn't do that to you!
But it does complete the Axis of Noise, after having done the Italian connection,with a smattering of Germans here and there;so logically,some Japanese noise is required.....also it allows a smooth segue into some other stuff from the sons of Nippon to follow like a Kamikaze attack on the senses; a divine wind of abstract noise if you will? 
This is very early Merzbow, so its more experimental sounding,and less reliant on brain searing Noise.


Side A
Side B

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