June 02, 2012

Repost: Back From The Dead

I'll try to get some stuff up soon but I'm busy with my exams so the blog is going very slow (as always).
This is just a repost of a Boris bootleg that somebody requested because the link broke. Enjoy!

May 15, 2012

Speed Guru Solo #1

Band: Kawabata Makoto
Album: Mizu Naranu Ao Ni Sae: Guitar Solo 1
Origin: Japan (Osaka)
Genre: Experimental, Psychedelic Noise/Drone
Year: 1998

Another Kawabata Makoto release (Acid Mothers Temple). This time it's solo, and I think (based on the name and the year it was released) that it's his first solo record. It has only two tracks, both about 17 minutes long and both are improvised pieces of droning psychedelic guitar noise. I found this at Bleak Bliss, a fantastic blog, were you'll find more information on this release. Enjoy!

Kawabata Makoto - Mizu Naranu Ao Ni Sae: Guitar Solo 1

May 03, 2012

Convictions Are More Dangerous Enemies Of Truth Than Lies

Band: Various Artists
Album: Yemen - Death Metal Compilation 0211 via SOMA
Origin: Various
Genre: Death Metal, Black Metal
Year: 2011

Being busy studying for exams (again, seems like that's the only thing I do throughout the year) and living through the hell of having my house renovated, I decided to post this death metal compilation put together by Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL, Burning Witch, and much more) which he posted on his own website. Enjoy!

This is what he wrote about it:

"I made a few friends this comp 2CD of death/black metal bands Ive been listening to a lot lately... not all the most current (98-010), and not as cool a comp as M. Fenriz routinely puts together (obviously?) but these are fucking killer sounds in varying degrees... DEATH METAL NEVER DIES."

Yemen Disc 1:
1) Swallowed - Black Phlegm
2) Swallowed - Unsavorably
3) Swallowed - The Dying Misted In The Bloodstream
4) Acephalix - Warm Flesh
5) Innumerable Forms - Illusory
6) Ascension - Fire And Faith
7) Ascension - Grey Queen
8) Bastard Priest - From Beyond
9) Bastard Priest - Merciless Insane Death
10) Dead Congregation - Morbid Paroxysm
11) Dead Congregation - Source Of Fire
12) Grave Miasma - Pillars
13) Grave Miasma - Ritual Lair
14) Hooded Menace - Laboratory Of Nightmares
15) Hooded Menace - Night Of The Deathcult
16) Kaamos - Dark Void

Yemen Disc 2:
1) Kaamos - Curse Of Aeons
2) Miasmal - Abduction Of The Soul
3) Repugnant - Spawn Of Pure Malevolence
4) Repugnant - Repugnized
5) Sonne Adam - Armed With Hammers
6) Sonne Adam - I Dream The Devil Sign
7) Vasaeleth - Wrathful Deities
8) Vasaeleth - Poisoned Tongue
9) Teitanblood - Infernal Dance Of The Wicked
10) Teitanblood - Seven Chalices Of Vomit And Blood
11) Teitanblood - Anvil Of Holocaust (Outrogramatton)
12) Teitanblood - Necrosemen
13) Teitanblood - Black Pasch (Carnivore Eucharist)
14) Black Majesty - From The Kingdoms Of Edom, Come Ye Forth
15) Black Majesty - Shemhamphorasch
16) Black Majesty - Ad Portas Mortis 
17) Black Majesty - Thus Singeth The Sword Of Curse, Key Of Truth

Various Artists - Yemen

April 18, 2012

Gliding Through The Cosmos

Band: Uchu
Album: 1st
Origin: Japan (Osaka)
Genre: Ambient, Psychedelic, Drone
Year: 1998

Uchu is one of the many projects in which the legendary Kawabata Makoto (founding member and key figure in the Acid Mothers Temple 'Soul Collective') is involved. In Uchu he teams up with Higashi Hiroshi (also Acid Mothers Temple), both of them handling guitar and vocal duties. The last member is Ayano, who only does vocals and I can't find anything on her except that she also does some vocals on other Acid Mothers Temple records. It's blissful, repetitive psychedelic ambient music. I'm sorry for the crappy cover art, but it's the best I could find. Enjoy!

This is how they describe themselves:
"Virtual trip ambient unit consisting of Kawabata Makoto, Higashi Hiroshi, and Ayano. All the music is played on voice and electric guitar. Because the concept of the group is to create a kind of "human techno" from improvised cut-up lyrics (single words, actually) and repeating guitar patterns, we use no samplers, sequencers, or synthesizers whatsoever." (www.acidmothers.com)

April 09, 2012

Guerilla Incendiary Sabotage Mutineer

Band: Various Artists
Album: Hardcore Unlawful Assembly
Origin: Japan
Genre: Punk
Year: 1984

Finally, after a hiatus and some computer problems, another post. And since I like compilations so much, I went for this legendary Japanese punk compilation. It offers two tracks of each band featured (including the infamous G.I.S.M.) and shows the different shades of punk available in 80's Japan. Enjoy!

1) Laughin' Nose - I Can't Trust A Woman
2) Laughin' Nose - Scene Death
3) Mobs - Charisma
4) Mobs - No More Hero
5) Cobra - 1984
6) Cobra - Inside Out
7) Lip Cream - Pental
8) Lip Cream - Dazed And Confused
9) G.I.S.M. - Still Alive
10) G.I.S.M. - Nervous Corpse
11) Outo - UK
12) Outo - I Like Cola
13) Baws - GI Joe
14) Baws - Cowerd
15) Zouo - You Like It That Way
16) Zouo - Frustration

V/A - Hardcore Unlawful Assembly

March 16, 2012

Breaking the silence

As you might have noticed, this blog is on a hiatus until the whale figures out what he wants to do with it. Right now he is playing with the idea to remove all content from this blog and start again, but this time it would be all about the wonderful world of Japanese music.

January 27, 2012

Boris Likes A Lot Of Little Things To Kick!

I've never made it a secret that I am an enormous fanboy when it comes to Boris. So when I stumbled upon this footage, I just couldn't believe it. Never before have I seen any images, let alone footage of Boris from back when they were a four piece. We have a short haired Takeshi on a single bass (adorned with a sticker of a weed leaf), Atsuo handling only vocal duties (but already wearing flashy shirts) and the mysterious Nagata manning the drums while a long haired Wata is moving more than, well, a Wata (yes, that is an existing unit of measurement). She moves so much that I almost have trouble believing that this is the same Wata who stoically launches mind destroying riffs. Enjoy!

January 14, 2012

He was fond of potatoes...

Band: Mike IX Williams & The Southern Nihilism Front Presents
Album: That's What The Obituary Said/Ten Suicides 7"
Origin: U.S.A. (High Point, North Carolina)
Genre: Noise, Poetry
Year: 2009

As you might have noticed, things have slowed down to a glacial pace on this blog. This is mainly because The Whale has migrated to Antarctica in order to study for his exams. Still, I should try to post something once in a while, so let's try that out. Because I'm busy (and lazy) I'm just going to copy the label's information on this release. Enjoy!

"Mike Williams, vocalist for Eyehategod, Outlaw Order, Arson Anthem and author of "Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of World's End" delivers anti-social misanthropic spoken word and power electronics on this limited edition 7". 

Side Zero: "Thats What the Obituary Said" a spoken prose piece with ambient backing by Ryan (The Guilt Of...) McKern, The other Side Zero: "Ten Suicides"' originally a Bloodyminded track with vocal by Mike IX Williams and now newly re-mixed by Mark Solotroff (Intrinsic Action/Bloodyminded)."

Mike IX Williams & The Southern Nihilism Front Presents - That's What The Obituary Said/Ten Suicides

December 26, 2011

Christmas Gift #3: To All Tomorrow's Parties

Band: Oneida
Album: The Ocropolis III: ATP Festival 2011
Origin: U.S.A. (New York City, New York)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Year: 2011

As my third and final 'gift', I present to you Oneida's seven hour jam session at ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror event (curated by Portishead) in a New Jersey bowling alley, of all places!

"The Ocropolis is Oneida's multidisciplinary studio/performance space in the basement of the Monster Island arts building, located in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Built by Oneida and their friends in 2005, this studio has become a renowned source of recordings by Black Dice, Growing, Sightings, Trans Am, Liturgy, White Hills, and (of course) Oneida. It has also played host to a number of intimate Oneida public performances over the past several years.

In the third installment of an ongoing collaboration between the band and All Tomorrow’s Parties, Oneida will present a special all-day installation in which the impetus, spirit and community of the Ocropolis will be transported to the festival grounds for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, open to all festival attendees. Numerous musicians and performers have participated in prior installments of this 12-hour nonstop event, including Boredoms, Flaming Lips, Deerhoof, the Dead C, Mike Watt, Akron/Family, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and many more.

The performance will encompass a full day of improvisation and collaboration that is intended to recreate the band's approach to recording and performing – an event usually restricted to the smallest audiences – and as always, projections, lights and visual improvisatory collaboration will be provided by the Secret Project Robot crew (fellow denizens of the Monster Island community). This performance will follow the June release of Absolute II, the final installment in the band’s Thank Your Parents series of recordings." (atpfestival.com)

The whole session has been recorded by NPR, split up in three parts which you can download and/or stream. They have also been so friendly to provide a timeline with a rough order of guest performers (members from Portishead, Boredoms, et al.).
Just cut yourself off from your family and space out for seven hours. Enjoy!

Oneida - The Ocropolis III

December 25, 2011

Christmas Gift #2: Hair Of The Dog

Band: Jesu
Album: Christmas EP
Origin: Great Britain (Birmingham)
Genre: Shoegaze, Ambient, Electronic, Drone
Year: 2010

By now you are probably nursing a hangover, and this 'gift' is a great companion to that. Although it's released as Jesu, the only artist on this release is the legendary Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Napalm Death, Techno Animal,...) himself. On it Justin Broadrick presents you a Christmas song as Jesu (his more shoegaze oriented project) which he than covers as Pale Sketcher (his electronic oriented project) and as Final (his more ambient oriented project). Enjoy!

December 24, 2011

Christmas Gift #1: The Darkness Ahead

Band: The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album: Live - I Forsee The Dark Ahead, If I Stay
Origin: The Netherlands (Utrecht)
Genre: Jazz Noir, Experimental, Electronic, Ambient
Year: 2011

To make up for my absence (again), I'm going to do three days of Christmas gifts. Not that I really care much about the holidays, so regard these gifts as antidotes for the overdose of holiday happiness and everything that comes with it.

If you don't know The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, these are the basics. TDKE was founded by Jason Köhnen (Bong-Ra) and Gideon Kiers (Telcosystems) as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies (Nosferatu, Metropolis,...). It's a jazz band, but far from traditional, throwing in ambient and electronic music (calling it 'Mutant Jazz' themselves).

The band also has an alter ego in the form of The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, which focuses more on improvisation, darker drones and of course jazz.

They offer this live record for free on their bandcamp page, in different formats.You'll find this record to be the perfect counterpoint to the busy days ahead. Enjoy!

"I Forsee the Dark Ahead, If I Stay' is the first TKDE live album. A compilation of 9 live tracks recorded during the period of 2006 to 2011, from shows in The Netherlands, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain and Poland.
The download contains a little album/photo pdf cover for your archive. 

The album is available as free download (in exchange for your email) or a donation of your choice. 

Enjoy the album! x TKDE"

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - Live - I Foresee The Dark Ahead, If I Stay

December 12, 2011

The Electric Drone

For those who are interested and/or fans, this is a small (18 minutes) documentary about Sunn O))) made by a certain Gilles Paté. Enjoy!

December 10, 2011

Time to set this blog on fire

Band: Firestone
Album: Stonebeliever EP
Origin: Sweden (Örebro)
Genre: Stoner Rock
Year: 2002

This is the second EP of this great stoner 'n' roll band. They disbanded sadly enough, but that doesn't change the fact that they were awesome. If you like fuzzed out riffs (think Truckfighters, with whom they had a split) than this is what you've been craving for. Enjoy!

November 30, 2011

Won't you come...

Band: The Heavy Friends
Album: Black Hall Sun
Origin: Japan (Tokyo)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Noise, Shoegaze
Year: 2011

I got to know this band through Trippy Jam and I absolutely love it. The Heavy Friends is, despite the name, a one man band from Tokyo and the man behind it, Takashi, is not afraid to show his influences on his sleeve. Let's just do some namedropping: Boris, Les Rallizes Dénudés, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Expect long jams with a repetitive rhythm section and noisy psychedelic guitar outbursts supported by some melancholic vocals. Since his name is taken from the first track on Heavy Rocks (Boris), I wonder if the title of this record comes from Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden). Not that it matters, this is the kind of awesome psychedelic noise rock one should indulge in. Enjoy!

P.S.: Since he offers this record and a lot more of his music for free, I decided to directly link to his blog.

The Heavy Friends - Black Hall Sun

November 26, 2011

Destination Tokyo!

I know I haven't kept my promise, but researching in dusty archives and libraries and writing papers has kept me very busy (expect some posts soon). On the flipside, I'm going to see Nisennenmondai play tonight! Enjoy!

November 13, 2011

The bandstand is a sacred place.

Band: Various Artists
Album: Invocation Of Sacred Resonance I
Origin: Various
Genre: Doom, Drone, Experimental, Black Metal, Sludge
Year: 2008

It's been a while, both life and laziness have kept me busy, but I'm back with another promise to be more active. So I start with another Southern Lord sampler. You know the deal by now. Enjoy!

1) Ascend - Ample Fire Within
2) Earth - Rise To Glory
3) Boris - You Were Holding An Umbrella (Live 10/16/07 At Echoplex, LA)
4) Wolves In The Throne Room - Dia Artio
5) Gore - Search & Love
6) Iceburn - Power Of The Lion Pt. 3 (Edit)
7) Pentemple - Pazuzu II
8) Lair Of The Minotaur - Horde Of Undead Vengeance
9) Thou - Chained
10) Lurker Of Chalice - Minions
11) Velvet Cacoon - P.S. Nautical

Various Artists - Invocation Of Sacred Resonance I

October 28, 2011

I can't see beyond the Black Sabbath...

Band: Snares
Album: Sabbath Dubs
Origin: Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Genre: Dubstep, Electronic
Year: 2007

It's time to expand this blog a bit more and add some more electronic music.
Snares is an alias of breakcore artist Venetian Snares, but instead of his usual style, he goes for dubstep on this release. This release, sadly enough, contains only two tracks. The first one is a cover of Black Sabbath, the second one a cover of Electric Funeral. The latter also contains vocal samples from an interview with Ozzy Osbourne where he says: "I always believed...it's never going to get any better than what is now...I can't see beyond the Black Sabbath, I can't see anything without the Black Sabbath."

October 24, 2011

Mi aerodeslizador está lleno de anguilas.

Band: Corrupted
Album: Vasana/An Island Insane 7"
Origin: Japan (Osaka)
Genre: Sludge, Doom, Drone
Year: 2007

For those who don't know Corrupted, they're a japanese sludge/doom band (considered to be pioneers in their genre) who mostly sing in spanish (though sometimes in japanese and english as well). They also have a strict policy of not allowing interviews or promo photo shoots and are known for their reclusiveness.

Although they are famous for having a couple of one track records, it seemed a better idea to introduce them with two singles. Both are released on the same label (HG Fact) limited to a 1000 copies and with the same minimalistic black cover art. They also have the same name for both sides although the tracks are all different. Musically, Vasana has two brutal tracks while An Island Insane has a more spaced out sound (the second track being acoustic guitar mixed with a bunch of distortion). Enjoy!

Corrupted - Vasana + An Island Insane 7"

October 10, 2011

The sea has neither meaning nor pity.

Band: Ancestors
Album: Neptune With Fire
Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, California)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Doom
Year: 2008

It's time for some Ancestors, so here's their first record. Ancestors is a five piece psychedelic band that seems to have found a perfect formula for combining heavy riffs with spaced out psychedelic jams. Neptune With Fire contains only two tracks, Orcus Avarice (16:48 minutes) and the title track (21:39 minutes), and in this humble whale's opinion, both conjure up images of sea wether it's a storm, or the calmness that precedes it.
Although it's their first record and their follow up material gets even better, this is still a great starting point. Enjoy!

September 30, 2011

God I love Autumn

Band: Various Artists
Album: Paradigms Recordings - Autumn Sampler 2011
Origin: Various
Genre: Electronic, Drone, Noise, Experimental, Black Metal, Jazz, Psychedelic Folk, Metal
Year: 2011

I stumbled upon this free label sampler without ever having heard about the label and only knowing one of the artists, Aidan Baker (Nadja), and I have to say, there is quite some awesome stuff to discover on this compilation. Paradigms describes itself as 'a boutique record label based in London, England specializing in exclusive mailorder editions from the esoteric music underground'.
If you like experimental music, then this is definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!

...To launch this Autumn's carefully curated selection of upcoming releases, we're very pleased to unveil a FREE download sampler compilation today featuring one exclusive track from each of our new and upcoming releases this season...(Label Description)

1) Rashomon - Jigora
2) IXTAR - Amulet
3) Kinit Her - Mosaic Of The Hyacinths
4) Tele.S.Therion with Wilderness Perversion[Mortuary Drape] - Grimoire XIII
5) Aidan Baker - Loop Study Six
6) Owlfood - End Of Distance
7) Yr Iliad - Grow In
8) A Sending Service - Toward It's Ideal
9) Iron Forest - Wintermute
10) Höhlenmusik Ensemble - Xibal
11) The Slaves - Angel
12) Heinali And Matt Finney - Tinderbox

Paradigms Recordings - Autumn Sampler 2011

September 26, 2011

Destroying Angels

Band: Merzbow
Album: Protean World
Origin: Japan (Tokyo)
Genre: Noise
Year: 2008

When it comes to Merzbow, I'm mostly in to his collaborations (like with Boris or Porn). Having said that, I have to admit that I quite like this one. Now, as with most of his records, this is very loud free form noise. It's a massive 35 minute blast of noise (divided in two tracks), but the most interesting part is that it has live drumming (by Masami Akita himself). It's not an easy record, but if you like noise, you might just like this. Enjoy!

September 18, 2011

The Fourth Drone

Band: Ginnungagap
Album: Return To Nothing: Live At The Flux Factory, Queens 10th March 2004
Origin: France (Paris)
Genre: Drone, Experimental
Year: 2004

Since Ginnungagap has only four releases, and I already posted three of them (here and here), I thought that it wouldn't be a bad idea to post the remaining one.
This time Stephen O'Malley, handling guitar duties, recruited Gerrit Wittmer (Misanthropic Agenda) on computer and Tim Wyskida(Khanate, Jodis) on percussion. As the title says, it's live from the Flux Factory in Queens, New York and it contains two tracks. The first (Return To Nothing) is a 28 minute live piece while the second (Nothing To Return) is a remix by Gerrit Wittmer. Enjoy!

September 12, 2011

Precious Sound Fantasies

Band: Various Artists 
Album: Tokyo Flashback 5
Origin: Japan (Tokyo)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Experimental
Year: 2005

I'm finally back, after exams, hangovers and other distractions. I decided to start with the fifth installment of P.S.F. records' fantastic series of compilations (you can find the previous four here). Enjoy!

"Fresh from the darkest depths of the Tokyo psychedelic underground, another crop of ten of the citys wildest sounds. The fifth volume in the modern psychedelic worlds most reliable compilation of out-of-nowhere urban mind liberation. As ever, Tokyo Flashback brings you some old faces alongside the hottest young gunslingers from the wrong side of the Tokyo tracks. Old favourites this time include White Heaven with a vintage track of live acid cool isolationism, Kyoaku no Intention burning down the barn with themselves inside, and Overhang Party ruminating on contemporary world affairs. Most surprising showing is the first track to be released of Keiji Hainos experimental DJ-ing sessions - full-on and unmistakeable Haino, with little fader action and no scratches. New names to juggle with are the dense and crushing tortured muzz of Aural Fit, hallucinatory analogue noise from the mysterious Kabemimi, dark and melancholic gloom from Suisho no Fune, and the beautiful and fractured late-night textures of Hisato Higuchi. 200% head-spinning action." (Alan Cummings)

1) Aural Fit - Behind 20, Beyond 20K
2) White Heaven - Mandrax Town (Live Version)
3) Kyoaku No Intention - Kyoaku No Blues II
4) Kabe Mimi - Green Pupil
5) Suishou No Fune - Black Phantom
6) D.J. Keiji Haino - 中心よりわずか2cmのところに打ち間違われた「・」
7) Hisato Higuchi - Cluster Of Lights
8) Tsuru No Ko - Mitai
9) Overhang Party - Prayer Of A Fool
10) Marble Sheep - Fla Fla Heaven

August 29, 2011

...As He Wades Through The Buildings Toward The Center of Town...

Band: Dot [.]
Album: Stay Smoke, Stay Stone EP
Origin: Japan (Tokyo)
Genre: Sludge/Doom, Stoner Metal
Year: 2001

This is a repost in the sense that I originally posted this over at 99 Miles Of Bad Blogs! back when I was a contributor over there, and I've decided that it deserves to be on this blog as well.

Stay Smoke, Stay Stone is the first EP (limited to 332 copies) by Dot, featuring current and former members of Coffins (drummer You and guitarist/vocalist Uchino). They have both left Dot, and although I have nothing against Uchino, I still think it's cool that the guitar duties have been taken over by a tiny lady.
This release contains two long tracks and you can compare them to bands like Electric Wizard, Bongzilla and Weedeater. Enjoy!

August 22, 2011

Way, way, down...

I'm having exams again (yes, I'm a bad and very lazy student) so things are going even slower here, but I'll try to make a couple of posts soon. Here's a little thing for the meanwhile, it's a sort of poem that is supposed to be related to Thurston Moore (I have no idea whether he wrote it, or it's part of the artwork of a release or something). Enjoy!