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Info on four new PSF releases, just out:

"Kore kara
[From Now On]"
PSFD-184 (CD)   

Release date: February 20th, 2009 -- OUT NOW!

Vocals         Reiko Kudo
Piano         Tori Kudo

Document of a recent (November 2008), intimate live show by Reiko Kudo and her husband Tori (of Maher Shalal Hash Baz fame). Long two of the most original figures in the Japanese underground, Reiko sings of the subtlest of everyday epiphanies, of those instants of momentary joy, pain and delight that flash by like ghosts glimpsed from the corner of the eye. Their simplicity and mystery is entirely disarming and deeply personal. She sings from a position of unforced naturalness, where both melody and vocalization are reduced to the thinnest of transparent, gossamer layers of art draped over reality. Simply astonishing.

Tori and Reiko have been pivotal figures in the Tokyo underground since the late 1970s, when they were in a organ-drone and trumpet-blat group called Noise. Over the last dozen years Reiko has released a series of five solo albums under her own name.

Seven tracks, forty-seven minutes. Booklet includes lyrics in English and Japanese.

PSFD-185 (CD)   

Release date: February 20th, 2009 -- OUT NOW!

Vocals, Guitar      Ai Aso
Piano         Go Hirano (tracks 3 to 5 only)

Document of a recent live show by the most gorgeously acid folk-esque of Japan’s female singer-songwriters. A piece of dazed, limpid dream-beauty, with a tremulous, wavering intensity all its own.

Since recording her first demo cassette in 1997, Ai Aso has released two full studio albums. She has connections with the cream of the Tokyo psychedelic underground – You Ishihara (of White Heaven and The Stars) produced her albums, Michio Kurihara, Wata (of Boris), and Chiyo Kamekawa (of The Stars and Yura Yura Teikoku) have played on them.

Includes a guest appearance by Go Hirano on piano.

Six tracks, thirty-six minutes. Booklet includes lyrics and liner-notes in English and Japanese.


"Early Works 1977-1978"
PSFD-186 (CD)   

Release date: February 20th, 2009 -- OUT NOW!

Conceived of as a tribute to the late Fushitsusha bassist Yasushi Ozawa, who passed away in February 2008, this CD presents a fascinating and rare glimpse of the nascent Tokyo underground scene, circa 1977/1978. Another piece of the puzzle!

Compiled by Satoshi Sonoda, who led a student club at Meiji University dedicated to the performance and appreciation of free and out musics of many stripes, the CD documents the fascination with musical collisions of free jazz, rigorous twentieth century composition, art-inspired free improv moves, as well as the fried gargle of acid punk. Capturing small scale shows in after-hours university classrooms and tiny clubs, this is a music that is just intensely evocative of its specific time and place.

Includes appearances by Yasushi Ozawa, Satoshi Sonoda, Chie Mukai, Masami Tada, and members of Gaseneta.

Seven tracks, 75 minutes. Includes extensive, detailed liner-notes about the people, places and happenings of late seventies Tokyo by Satoshi Sonoda in both Japanese and English.

"Psychedelic Speed Freaks Live 1986"
PSFDV-1002 (DVD)   

Release date: February 20th, 2009 -- OUT NOW!

Bass, Vocals      Asahito Nanjo
Guitar         Munehiro Narita
Drums         Yuro Ujiie

First DVD by the kings of speed garage psychedelia, High Rise!

Recorded live in Osaka in 1986, around the time of their second album by the all-time classic line-up of Nanjo (bass, vocals), Narita (guitar) and Ujiie (drums). Suitably grainy and colour-saturated visuals capture the group laying down their staggering brand of intense garage-psych with Narita’s guitar ripping weird, devastating solo holes in the songs, and Ujiie and Nanjo laying down that exhilarating sense of reckless acceleration.

Still some of the most effective rock qua rock ever recorded. Just unbelievable.

Six tracks, 25 minutes.

Forthcoming releases:
March 20   Kan Mikami, -1 (PSFD-8030)
April 15   Li Jianhong, Shan Hai Jing (PSFD-187)