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Yoko Ono - Link
Posted by Mulboyne, Sep 27, 2007
Flied Egg - Image
Flied Egg 2 year old Shigeru "Jimmy" Narumo with a member of the US Occupation forces who was posted to live in his family home. (http://www.ne.jp/asahi/chelseas/terrace/DSA/photo_album.html)
Posted by Mulboyne, Sep 27, 2007
East - Album Review
EAST (Capital, 1972)
The Japanese Simon and Garfunkel anyone? You'd be forgiven for thinking that after the first few bars of this quite pedestrian soft-rock LP. A Japanese quintet's take on west-coast, folk, and later californian singer-songwriter genres, anyone looking for the free-form freak-outs so lovingly described in Japrocksampler should look elsewhere. Thats not to say the Lp does not have its highlights but they are few and far between. For one, the group work hard to inculcate their western influences with the traditional instrumentation of both Japanese and Indian cultures, not that they always succeed. As the in-depth liner notes echo: "the electric sounds of rock and the instruments of traditional Japanese music, performed in English but with the tranquil spirit of Zen.' You wouldn't know it listening to "Geese on the Road" - which sounds like an alarming jugband take on Nilsson's Coconut. The track "She" is a nice multi-harmony Simon'n'Garf pastiche of arrpegiated multi-acoustics. "Deaf Eyed Julie" probably succeeds most in incorporating the eastern instruments most powerfully, a dark minor-chord folk ballad - ending in ominously banged drums.
Side Two and the Nilsson vibe refuses to go away for "Black Hearted Woman" "Everywhere" is the only other highlight - approaching something resembling a free-folk ballad but never arriving there satisfactorily. Overall, seekers of anything experimental should steer clear.
Posted by gogmagog, Sep 24, 2007
Yuigonka - Artist Information
Yuigonka
Yuigonka was a project led by Itsuro Shimoda, who had been heavily involved with Tokyo Kid Brothers. There is a lot of theatrical crossover on this one, with both Yutaka Higashi from the Kid Brothers and Shuji Terayama contributing lyrics. Hiro Yanagida and Kimio Mizutani are amongst the musicians.
Posted by choan, Sep 21, 2007
J.A. Caesar - Album Sleeve
Kokkyou Junreika (Victor, 1973)
J.A. Caesar
Posted by The Seth Man, Sep 21, 2007
Zero History - Image
Zero History Front L-R: Mike Hanopol (keyboards, vocals), Wally Gonzalez (guitar), Rino (bass). Joey Smith (drums, vocals) hovers above as a flower punk. (www.wallygonzalez.com)
Posted by The Seth Man, Sep 21, 2007
Zero History - Image
Zero History Standing L-R: Mike Hanopol (keyboards, vocals), Wally Gonzalez (guitar), Rino (bass). Seated: Joey Smith (drums, vocals). (www.wallygonzalez.com)
Posted by The Seth Man, Sep 21, 2007
Speed, Glue & Shinki Front sleeve of Speed, Glue & Shinki's first 45, "Mr. Walking Drugstore Man"/"Ode To The Bad People".
Posted by The Seth Man, Sep 21, 2007
Speed, Glue & Shinki Shinki Chen (from the interior of 2nd Speed, Glue & Shinki 45, "Run And Hide"/"Come Down.")
Posted by The Seth Man, Sep 21, 2007