Sunday, October 30, 2011

Acid Mothers Sunday Vol 36: Mainliner Live July 17 1999

Yep, close to Halloween, so why not feature some more live Mainliner, this time from Chicago's Empty Bottle, July 17 1999. Seems this is from the Ruins/Mainliner/Toho Sara/Splendor Mystic Solis tour of that year (did it make it to Philly?). Recording sounds fucking awesome, great mix. Of course it is not the total in-the-red house fire of the studio recordings, so that part of the Mainliner deal is missing, but Kawabata's guitar is nice and high in the mix, so commence the leveling!

Anyway, I assume this is the touring trio of Nanjo Asahito on bass and vocals, Kawabata Makoto on guitar and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums. Not sure if this was ever put out in one of those 10 CD box sets on La Musica, but it is safe to assume that it was.

Man, I love Kawabata's "bluesy" playing during "Ride Blue." Fuck yeah. And yeah, "Black Sky" is still the urrrrrh riff of inverted doom. Or somethin' tss tss.

Mainliner Live July 17 1999
1. Tsukisasaru
2. Attack
3. Static
4. Ride Blue
5. Black Sky


256 mp3

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Acid Mothers Sunday Vol 35: NipponiaNippon & Sakaki Nanao (?)

As I mentioned in the previous post I recently dug out some CDrs and cassettes I haven't checked out in ages. One of finds is a 10 CDr La Musica box I traded for around the millennium. Unfortunately I am not sure what it is exactly, the CDrs are only labeled by number, no info sheets, group names, etc. Nor do I recall who I traded with for this one.

All of the evidence points to La Musica Tapes Vol. 3. Here is a rundown on it:

LMB 061-070 LA MUSICA TAPES vol.3/V.A.
This miracle box set is a comprehensive collection of roots of Japanese psychedelic beatniks musicians since 50's. SAKAKI NANAO & NIPPONIA NIPPON / KUKURI GAKUDAN /
Cult groups & their sects (who indeed desert from society & act underground without
relations from any scene) are introduced. Japanese representative psychedelic underground musicians are fully gathered. Studio & live recordings. Limited edition of 50 copies.

I honestly can't be 100% sure this is the same as the 10 unlabeled CDrs I found, but all things point that way. Some of the recordings are very professional studio sounding and kinda commercial and some are live bootleggy sounding jams. Quite the variety. Since this is the return of Acid Mothers Sunday, it is only fitting to post the one disc (labeled disc 8 on the discs I have) I am fairly certain on, as it contains guest guitar from Makoto Kawabata. Pretty sure this is the NipponiaNippon & Sakaki Nanao disc from La Musica Tapes Vol. 3. The droning sound is very similar to the other NipponiaNippon I have heard. Lots of spaced out, echo'd percussion and stringed instruments with some Japanese spoken word over top, which I assume is poet Sakaki Nanao. Here is some info from Kawabata's web site:

Forms the improv group NIPPONIANIPPON with Yokoyama Mabo and other musicians with links to the Japanese beatnik scene. The group plays mainly outdoors and at temples. They also perform with Japanese beat poet Nanao Sakaki.

And here is some info on the cassette they released:

Collaboration between Japan's only beat poet Nanao Sakaki, and the beatnik improvisation group Nipponianippon. A collection of hymns to the unverse, giving thanks to all the gods for earth, sun, sea, the cosmos.

Not sure if this was released in any other fashion, but this one is two tracks, one clocks in at 20 minutes, the other around 10. Anyway, lots of deep psych and mystical mysticalness. Enjoy! I will be posting some other discs from this box for help identifying. If anyone has this box and knows more about it, please get in touch or leave comments. Definitely get in touch if you have the info sheets that came with La Musica Tapes Vol 3, of if you think this is another La Musica Box, lemme know!

La Musica Mystery Box - Disc 8 - NipponiaNippon & Sakaki Nanao

And for our European friends, don't forget to check out Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO's current tour here!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Psychedelic Crazy Horse - Short Cuts (cassette)

Re-found a bunch of CDrs and cassettes recently and found this little gem from the late 90s Tokyko underground. Eric laid this on me after the XplanetbethX year plus tour of Japan. Thanks, man! A goofy trio with an amazingly great name, Psychedelic Crazy Horse turn out to sound nothing like Neil Young's best band. Their improv spazz tunes kinda remind me of Caroliner for some reason. Has to be that fake boulder bass or something, because the frenzied guitar isn't very dayglo. I remember the name popping up in various zines around the mid to late 90s and finally hearing this self released cassette (direct from Japan!) during those heady days of Japanese psych discovery I was a bit taken aback at the free-ness. A tad more Ruins than Marble Sheep, but still occupying a very individual space. Not sure whatever happened to the band, not much online about them, though Mason Jones' Ongakublog does have some info on this release. They were on some of the later Tokyo Flashback comps, but that is about it. Here is Raw Pogo on this cassette:

for all the PSF label fanatics, this is an obvious must. Awesome psych guitar that just soars. A bass so slippery you’d start doing the invisible beachball dance like a dead head too, and jazzy drums. Jamming improvisations and songs that start to fall apart from the spaciness just like MOSS ICON did. In fact if this were given to me with out info, I would have guessed it was recorded in 1988 during The Summer Of Beads, at some secret fire hall show in Virginia or Maryland or Eastern PA, with MOSS ICON, THE UPTOWN BONES, THE TAR BABIES, DIE KRUEZEN ’88, DINOSAUR, SHUDDER TO THINK and DAS DAMEN all on the bill. With lots of Birkenstocks and beads and sst shirts and pot and lenghthening hair. A show avoided like plague by all the hooded sweatshirt dorks and ‘posi’s, during that segregated summer. But alas these jams are from Tokyo clubs about as far removed from a hall show as you can possibly get. But if any of this review regurgitates any of yr secret history then youre welcome and we know what side you were on back then, and you have already sent the money for this fucking cassette right?


Short Cuts part 1

Short Cuts part 2