Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Keiji Haino + Dora Video
s/t

Macaroni Records MCRN-011

DVD
£19.99


Subtitled Dora Video Vs. Keiji Haino Vs. Keiji Haino, this is an up-close three camera pro filmed document of a searing Keiji Haino guitar/vox/electronics performance that took place on May 1st 2008 in Tokyo. Dora Video plays drums while Haino duets with himself courtesy of a back projection of previous and current performances. Haino is on incendiary form, launching himself fully into the guitar in the kind of immolating style of his early solo sides while the up-close camera style matches the official Fushitsusha DVD on PSF for physical drama. There are vocal loops, levitating passages of electronics and some of Haino’s most rock-anchored riffs in an age, while Dora plays it almost four-four throughout, to Haino’s obvious delight.

Various Artists
Undecided

PSF PSFD-153

CD
£13.99


A compilation that culls tracks from a series of ‘lecture concerts' that took place between September 2003 and February 2004 at Mesar Haus, Tokyo. Kicks off with a fantastically dense hurdy-gurdy drone from Keiji Haino and also features tracks from guitarist Kazuo Imai, pianist Junichiro Okuchi, shamisen master Michihiro Sato, turntablist Otomo Yoshihide and saxophonist Masayoshi Urabe.

Various Artists
Dead Silence

Room 40 RMBK-002

Art Book
£17.99


Nicely presented/compiled art book, put together by Lawrence English with contributions from a head-spinning range of artists on the subject of ‘dead silence’: ranging across art, text, essays, letters and photography with contributions from musicians/artists/writers such as Keiji Haino (who discusses the meaning of ‘Seijaku’), Liz Harris aka Grouper, Alan Licht, Makino Takashi, Jamie Stewart, Marina Rosenfeld, James Webb, Benoit Pioulard, Steve Roden, Eugene Carchesio, Terre Thaemliz, Sandra Selig, Jack Sargeant, Philip Samartzis, Greg Hainge, Ross Manning (Sky Needle), David Toop and Heiko Muller.

Keiji Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo
Hard

Full Design Records FDR-1026

CD
£18.99


Stunning second Japan-only album from the duo of Keiji Haino on electric guitar and vocals and Masataka Fujikake on drums: Fujikake comes out of the whole Null/Tabata/Zeni Geva end of gravity defying Japanese metal and it suits Haino just fine, pushing him into some of his most purely euphoric Fushitsusha-scale six string bulldozing. Not much vocals on here, as the feel is more akin to The Caution Appears-era Fushitsusha, but Haino’s playing is really lyrical while still being pulverising. He generates these amazing repeat-looping patterns that zag between Beefheart, Royal Trux and motorik avant garage before just laying waste to the whole deal with endlessly peaking solos or cranking, time-staggered riffs. Fujikake keeps pushing Haino the whole way, playing weird tonal tattoos one minute and just all-out rocking the bandstand the next. But really, this goes beyond their first meeting considerably and makes for the perfect blueprint of what a duo guitar/drums post-Ozawa Fushitsusha might sound like. In other words, staggering. We’re pretty much blown away by this at VT, easily one of the top ten Haino releases and a mandatory purchase if you really wanna understand just what alla the fuss is over Haino’s total reinvention of rock dynamics. Highest possible recommendation!!

Zeitkratzer & Keiji Haino
Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

Karlrecords KR017

LP
£16.99


Beautiful 180g deluxe LP in an edition of 500 copies that sees the amazing Euro avant/noise orchestra Zeitkratzer united with Japanese underground legend Keiji Haino of Fushitsusha et al: this is an astounding side that really has to be heard to be believed with Haino using nothing but vocals and no electronics as he leads the group through new vectors of convulsive body-sounding beauty and barbarous interstellar ritual. This intense live recording touches on aspects of Haino’s heady medieval ritual/choral work with Nijiumu as well as his amazing Black Blues sides, as he nails one of the most consistently mind-boggling vocal performances of his career. Zeitkratzer move from almost Dumitrescu-scale string dunt and piano/percussion minimalism while Haino shreds his lungs, tearing gut-busting heartache and pure body gnosis from the depths of his spirit. It’s all here, endless, glassy, forlorn drone hymns, assaultive noise projections, gentle operatic hallucinations, haunted European chorales with disembodied ghost vocals... indeed, I would say that this may well be the orchestral-scale follow-up to Era Of Sad Wings that we have long been waiting for. Very highly recommended!

High Rise
Psychedelic Speed Freaks Live 1986

PSF PSFDV-1002

DVD
£15.99


Nanjo Asahito’s High Rise were the original Psychedelic Speed Freaks that gave the PSF label their name and their aesthetic, with Ikeezumi founding the imprint with the specific intent of documenting their insane take on extended psychedelic punk. Their glory years were the mid-80s, specifically 1986 where they recorded their classic album, High Rise 2. This fantastic archival (region free) DVD catches the band at the peak of their hyper-exaggerated powers, with the line-up that cut the second album powering their way through a 1986 set that combines outrageous explosions of wah-wah guitar with everything-in-the-red aesthetics and a look that combines freak-out Detrotisms with Velvets cool. Still one of the all-time great psychedelic punk groups, this DVD is a timely reminder of why they blew so many minds when they first turned up via bootleg LPs in the west. Recommended.

Green Flames
s/t

Assommer 007

LP
£21.99


Out-of-nowhere return for legendary Tokyo underground psychedelic speed freak guitarist Munehiro Narita with a group that to all intents and purposes is a re-fitted High Rise: Munehiro co-formed High Rise along with bassist Nanjo Asahito (Mainliner/Musica Transonic/Toho Sara et al) and helped launch PSF Records, which was founded to bring the works of High Rise and Fushitsusha to more prominence, with the label taking its name from the High Rise motto, Psychedelic Speed Freaks. Munehiro was one of the key guitarists of the era, perfecting a squealing fast-soloing style that pushed wah-wah excess into new realms of total sonic refusal. Here he is joined by original High Rise drummer Yuro Ujiie with Nanjo Asahito replaced by bassist/vocalist Tabata Mitsuru of Zeni Geva/Loud Machine 5000/Acid Mothers Temple et al.
The basic High Rise formula remains intact, thug-punk riffs hammered to infinity cut with whirlwind wah-wah solos but Tabata’s vocals give the whole deal a weird/sneering under-the-counter-culture appeal that sounds like it comes straight outta Ohio. Indeed, the rhythm section sound fantastic, playing doomy sludge-punk one minute and breaking out swampy Diddley-beats the next, with plenty of room for Narita to bleed in his insane excessive trademark style all over the top. High Rise vinyl is now hideously rare so this is a unique opportunity to grip some heavy duty speed freak wax from one of the defining guitarists of the era. Very highly recommended!