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alancummings

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new PSF releases
« on: December 12, 2007, 08:46:00 PM »
Three new releases on PSF, out now.


GENDAI SOKKYO
"Gendai Sokkyo"


PSFD-171 (CD)   
      
Release date: 3rd December, 2007 – OUT NOW!

Masahiro Deguchi   flute, guitar, effects, kalimba
Masaaki Motoyama   viola
Hirokuni Ueno   piano
Hiroyuki Usui      drums, percussion
Takanari Sato      drums      


Another piece of ineffable mystery from the deepest bowels of the Tokyo underground. Led by flautist and guitarist Masahiro Deguchi, Gendai Sokkyo (the name means Contemporary Improvisation) are a group with no discernable history, who seem to have sprung from nothing to fully formed life.

As the name suggests, the group showcase an improvisatory fusion of methodology and sound palette, drawing upon free jazz/free improvisation, avant rock moves and the textures of contemporary classical. An explosion of weird dynamics, suggestive in its inclusiveness and entirely psychedelic in its approach.




ONNA
"Kataha"


PSFD-173 (CD)   
      
Release date: 3rd December, 2007 – OUT NOW!

Keizo Miyanishi   guitar, vocals   
Kotei Penguin      electric guitar, violin
Roiki         acoustic guitar, etc


The musical alter ego of obsessive pointillist underground cartoonist and illustrator Keizo Miyanishi, Onna have been in varying liminal stages of musical existence/non-existence since the early eighties. Their bleak and nihilistic no-wave downer sound riveted the Tokyo scene of the time –an early line-up featured a pre-White Heaven Michio Kurihara. But after a couple of years and just one single, the group faded back into silence, becoming the stuff of rumour and faded memories. It was kind of shocking then to have a reformed Onna suddenly doing the rounds of Tokyo clubs a year or so back.

After a couple of CDrs and an acclaimed appearance on Tokyo Flashback 6, Kataha is their first album in well over a decade. Detuned and fractured psychedelic blues filled with a bucketful of abject fear and personal loathing – topped off with some of the most strikingly original vocal mannerisms in the Japanese underground. A fantastic return.




KIM DOO SOO
"Ten Days Butterfly"


PSFD-175 (CD)   
PSFK-001-2 (2LP)
      
Release date:   CD - 3rd December, 2007 – OUT NOW!
      2LP – 10th December, 2007

Kim Doo Soo      guitar, vocals   


Kim Doo Soo is the deepest and most introspective of Korea’s acid folk singers. Many are the legends that cling to his songs – political oppression, alcoholism, suicide, a ten-year period of mountain seclusion… Despite having been active since the mid eighties and having released four acclaimed albums in Korea, most Western listeners only became aware of him through his tracks on the recent Damon & Naomi compilation, International Sad Hits.

On Ten Days Butterfy, his fifth album, he mines productive veins of profound melancholy, animistic nature, and unfathomable, hermetic affection. The whole is couched in a veil of the most gorgeous still melodicism, Kim’s vocals and guitar shaded with subtle accordion, violin, piano, organ and harmonica. A reflective and unearthly beautiful masterpiece.

Available on CD and on 180g double-vinyl. The vinyl edition is limited to 1000 copies and is already almost sold-out on Korean pre-orders alone.





Forthcoming:
Dec 25th:   Asian Flashback comp CD – new East Asian psychedelic underground
      Ahousen CD
      Kousokuya live DVD

Jan. 21st:   Vajra live CD
      Masayoshi Urabe live CD

Feb.:      new Keiji Haino   
      new Kazuki Tomokawa


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Re: new PSF releases
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2007, 04:51:02 AM »
I'll definitely be getting the Kim Doo Soo, the tracks on the International Sad Hits compilation were excellent.

The forthcoming titles are exciting; Vajra and Masayoshi Urabe live albums and the promise of new Keiji Haino and Kazuki Tomokawa is a tremendous prospect.

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Re: new PSF releases
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007, 04:48:53 AM »
ooh - New Haino in February - would make the perfect Valentine's gift... :)

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Re: new PSF releases
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008, 08:44:49 AM »
ooh - New Haino in February - would make the perfect Valentine's gift... :)
You're so right! The new Tomokawa also would be perfect.
On monday, new Vajra live album... gee, I'm always torn in two between buying new excellent stuff or find earlier issues I want badly.  ;)

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008, 05:17:52 PM »
Two more recent releases... The Ahousen in particular is a blast.


VARIOUS
"Asian Flashback"

PSFD-170 (CD)

Featured groups/artists:
Lia Jianhong, Munehiro Narita, Shoji Hano; Mustangs; Kiyasu Orchestra; Mafeisan; 10; Xiao Be; D!O!D!O!D!; Yukie Sato; Yoshiteru Koga Jizo; Kim Young Jin; Li Daiguo; Amature Amplifier; Soonie.


First PSF compilation to focus on the linkages between the established underground scene in Japan and nascent ones in China and Korea. Politics and history had long prevented exchanges between the three countries, but in recent years increasing trade and cultural linkages have revealed exciting new synergies.

Covers the breadth of new East Asian underground forms – white-out noise, face-peeling free improvisation, lysergic rock, limpid acid folk, electronic tone float, coruscating punk, free jazz and avant-art moves. Features relatively established names like China’s king of noise guitar Li-Jianhong andmotor-psych free-rock emperor Munehiro Narita, alongside a ton of utter unknown names.

 


AHOUSEN
"Ahousen"

PSFD-172 (CD)

Release date: 25rd December, 2007 – OUT NOW!

Katsu          guitar
Suu         saxophone, voice
Akira         bass
Tail         drums

Lunatic avant-free-rock, honed in guerrilla street performance. Debut album from one of the most exciting discoveries from the recent Tokyo Flashback 6 compilation.

There’s an entrancing sense of moon-kissed lunatic wildness about Ahousen (the group’s name means Ship of Fools). Their avant-rock meets free jazz meets enka melancholic sound is entirely their own, a crazed communion with dead voices, honed to blistering perfection in guerrilla performance on the night-time streets of Shinjuku.

For those of a genealogical bent, the group has some history. Guitarist Katsu played with original Tokyo Rockers legends Lizard in the seventies. Drummer Tail has played with Suishou no Fune.



Forthcoming:

Jan. 21st:   Vajra live CD
      Masayoshi Urabe live CD

Feb.:      new Keiji Haino   
      new Kazuki Tomokawa
      Kousokuya live DVD
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Re: new PSF releases
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008, 07:30:32 AM »
http://www.psfrecords.com/new.html

Any idea where's the new Haino's album, scheduled for february?
Please don't tell me it's not being released.  :-\

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Re: new PSF releases
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2008, 08:09:55 AM »
Seems to be delayed a bit, perhaps May is what I hear now.

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Re: new PSF releases
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2008, 08:46:11 AM »
Thanks for the info Alan.  :) I'll be looking for it.

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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2008, 08:47:45 AM »
it's always worth the wait...  ;D

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2008, 04:50:49 PM »
I'm very glad to hear that it's still on the not-too-distant horizon.