Thursday, June 7, 2007

V/A-AIYOKU JINMIN JUJI GEKIJO, LP, 1980, JAPAN






One of the holy grails of the 80's Japanese underground scene, this extremely rare compilation (a sort of companion piece to the Welcome To Dreamland compilation on Celluloid) captures a seminal moment in the history of Japan's underground musical culture, documenting as it does the doings of a select crew of individuals associated with the performance space Minor, a good chunk of whom would go on to become some of the most notable and influential figures in Japanese underground music, among them: Keiji Haino, Chie Mukai (Che-Shizu) and Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz), though this also features numerous other significant movers on this scene including percussionist Takashi Kazamaki (Takehisa Kosugi collaborator), Kenichi Takeda and Akihiro Ishiwatari (both of A-Musik) and legendary improvisors Tamio Shiraishi and Motoharu Yoshizawa. The high points for me here would have to be Vedda Music Workshop's exceedingly Che-Shizu-like wobbling and wheezing and yet somehow utterly delicate assemblage and Machinegun Tango's deranged (if rather lo-fi) avant tango improv deformations. As an amusing (and rather hideous) aside, there evidently exists an "artists edition" of this album in an edition of 10 or so copies that is...well...smeared with shit. You read that right. Perhaps for a GG Allin album this might seem apropos, but it's a pretty startling gesture in this context. Go figure...

Weirdly, (unless I'm missing an insert), there appear to be no titles to these tracks, so I've just used the artists' names in place of track titles. Also, as this album runs for over 26 minutes a side, I've had to divide the downloads into two parts.

Get it Here

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this..the special edition wasn't actually "smeared", it contains a tinfoil triangle which contained the said substance (purportedly from the pinakotheka label honcho himself) and sealed with a "toxic waste" sticker. i believe it was more than ten, but not sure how many.

thanks again!

putney

ajf said...

Excellent record! Thanks for providing a fresh rip.

John P said...

Damn fine work.

Anonymous said...

Very Fine Post! But Still Uploading?

Anonymous said...

what's "still uploading" mean? i got the same problem here, every server shows still uploading...:(

Maldoror said...

Could you repost it or correct the "still uploading"??

Anonymous said...

Repost please!

Sebastian C said...

hi, mass mirror shows "failed" or "not found" in most mirror, i'm really curious about this ... if you have the time to upload again it'd be great ... if not, i understand ... thanks for keeping my ears happy in any case.

Jack Celliers said...

Machinegun Tango got me hooked... As a tango lover I've heard many ways of playing modern tango styles, many of them electronic arrangements that add not so much. This stuff is certainly something extremely original, has that somehow "weak" orchestra mood of Tori Kudo's projects.

Is there anything else from them? If so, please let me know. Thanks!

Jack Celliers said...

btw: thanks!

dailyleftover said...

hello can someone re-up the Aiyoku Jinmin Juji Gekijo Comp as Megaupload was killed by USA officials money collectors just before i lost my Ipod.
As this worl is essential and i will neverever own an original copy myself i go here on my knees and beg you please ~ thx
(and yes for the next time i will make backup)