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20 GUILDERS New Songs And Wrong Songs For Patricia (Gulden) cd 14.98

324 Rebelgrind (HG Fact) cd 11.98
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Latest and definitely greatest from these old school Japanese grind thrashers. Noisy, heavy, brutal, punishing, and weirdly catchy.

album cover 9DW / BORIS Golden Dance Classics (Catune) cd 16.98
It's been a while since we've heard from Boris, mostly because they've seemingly been touring non stop for the last few years, but it looks like finally some new music is happening, including a forthcoming split with low end sludge popppers Torche, and this, another split with a Japanese band we've never heard of called 9DW, who as far as we can tell is sonically about as far removed from Boris as any band could be. A sort of eighties cosmic disco, like a way less edgier Justice maybe. More on those tracks in a second, since odds are most aQ customers will be all over this for the two brand new Boris tracks.
But be warned, not sure if it's a general shift in sound, or they were just trying to mix it up for this split, but this is Boris like you've never heard them. The first Boris track, "Tokyo Wonder Land", in a blind listening test, everyone here, when asked who they though it was, invariably said Ariel Pink, or John Maus, yep, a warbly warped blurry lo fi alien FM radio pop, with primitive drum machine, mumbled vocals, shimmery eighties production, whirring synths, jangly reverbed guitar, buzzy rubbery cop show basslines, super woozy and trippy and WAY druggy, there are even some falsetto 'oooh's. It only really gets Boris-y briefly in the middle with a wild tangle of super distorted psychedelic leads. Woah, What the fuck? Not sure what's going on, or what happened, but we are digging it BIG time, in fact, we might go so far as to say, this is one of our favorite Boris jams in ages, as is the second track here, "Akirame Flower", which finds Boris in full on washed out bleary eared nineties shoegaze mode, My Bloody Valentine, Bailter Space, fuzz guitar, weary vox, tons of delay and reverb and effects, all smeared and blurred into a gorgeous hazy 16 Candles / Dinosaur Jr / M83 soft focus, dream jam. Fuck. Awesome.
So what the heck are Boris doing with a band like 9DW? Can't say, and can't really say, how often we'll find ourselves listening to their two tracks, groovy, slightly jazzy, a little house-y, definitely eighties, not one guy, an actual band, sounds a bit like M83 if he were to do a techno record, stir in a little Justice stomp, some post rocky skittery, looped synths, and some total eighties MTV new romantic guitar jangle, a little Shadowfax and some worrisome funkiness...
But fuck it, Boris is why you're here, and if you're an adventurous Boris fan, who won't be disappointed by the lack of fuzzed out buzzy psych rock, then two Boris jams will kick your ass something good. Dying to hear if they continue on in this direction, and give the rest of the warbly new wave noise pop outsiders a run for their warped druggy money.
MPEG Stream: 9DW "Stingray"
MPEG Stream: BORIS "Tokyo Wonder Land"

album cover 9DW / BORIS Golden Dance Classics (Catune) lp 16.98
It's been a while since we've heard from Boris, mostly because they've seemingly been touring non stop for the last few years, but it looks like finally some new music is happening, including a forthcoming split with low end sludge popppers Torche, and this, another split with a Japanese band we've never heard of called 9DW, who as far as we can tell is sonically about as far removed from Boris as any band could be. A sort of eighties cosmic disco, like a way less edgier Justice maybe. More on those tracks in a second, since odds are most aQ customers will be all over this for the two brand new Boris tracks.
But be warned, not sure if it's a general shift in sound, or they were just trying to mix it up for this split, but this is Boris like you've never heard them. The first Boris track, "Tokyo Wonder Land", in a blind listening test, everyone here, when asked who they though it was, invariably said Ariel Pink, or John Maus, yep, a warbly warped blurry lo fi alien FM radio pop, with primitive drum machine, mumbled vocals, shimmery eighties production, whirring synths, jangly reverbed guitar, buzzy rubbery cop show basslines, super woozy and trippy and WAY druggy, there are even some falsetto 'oooh's. It only really gets Boris-y briefly in the middle with a wild tangle of super distorted psychedelic leads. Woah, What the fuck? Not sure what's going on, or what happened, but we are digging it BIG time, in fact, we might go so far as to say, this is one of our favorite Boris jams in ages, as is the second track here, "Akirame Flower", which finds Boris in full on washed out bleary eared nineties shoegaze mode, My Bloody Valentine, Bailter Space, fuzz guitar, weary vox, tons of delay and reverb and effects, all smeared and blurred into a gorgeous hazy 16 Candles / Dinosaur Jr / M83 soft focus, dream jam. Fuck. Awesome.
So what the heck are Boris doing with a band like 9DW? Can't say, and can't really say, how often we'll find ourselves listening to their two tracks, groovy, slightly jazzy, a little house-y, definitely eighties, not one guy, an actual band, sounds a bit like M83 if he were to do a techno record, stir in a little Justice stomp, some post rocky skittery, looped synths, and some total eighties MTV new romantic guitar jangle, a little Shadowfax and some worrisome funkiness...
But fuck it, Boris is why you're here, and if you're an adventurous Boris fan, who won't be disappointed by the lack of fuzzed out buzzy psych rock, then two Boris jams will kick your ass something good. Dying to hear if they continue on in this direction, and give the rest of the warbly new wave noise pop outsiders a run for their warped druggy money.
MPEG Stream: 9DW "Stingray"
MPEG Stream: BORIS "Tokyo Wonder Land"

album cover ABE, KAORU Winter 1972 (PSF) cd 21.00
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Free improv alto sax solos. For some folks, this is like having a brain-scrape without painkillers. But others will crawl within the sounds bleating from this guy's horn and bliss out. Here we have a cd reissue of one of thee rarest LPs in the discography of Japanese sax-blaster Kaoru Abe, a legendary, almost James Deanish icon of that nation's happening '70s free jazz scene, who made his recorded debut in 1970 but sadly died of a drug overdose before the decade was out, at age 29. Winter 1972 was originally a bootleg LP that came out in 1973 or '74 on Osaka's Sound Works label, and hasn't been offically reissued on cd until now, commemorating the 27th anniversary of Abe's premature passing.
In the past, we've reviewed some of Abe's reissued output in collaboration with free guitar great Masayuki Takayanagi, but he's got a lot of solo recordings too, and if you're interested in such things starting here would be a fine spot as any. Beautiful (to some) skree, so dark and emotional, sound and silence intensely entwined.
MPEG Stream: "No. 2"

album cover ABSOLUT NULL PUNKT Absolute Magnitude (Blossoming Noise) cd 14.98
It's another outing from the reunited Absolut Null Punkt, the Japanese industrial-noise-electronic-improv duo of Seijiro Murayama (ex-Fushitsusha years and years ago), and KK Null of Zeni Geva fame. It's kinda weird that there's been so many (3) ANP albums released in the past couple of years and so few (0) new ZG. Too bad, we'd like some ZG too. But the ANP stuff is cool if you're in the mood for even noisier, less conventionally rockin' fare. It's not the riff-bludgeoning metallic math-rock heaviosity of the Zeni Geva juggernaut, it's more like Null's experimental solo efforts, the extreme electronics of those in live collision with chaotic pipe-fighting percussion... a distorted, dramatic deathmatch of drum pummel, electric pulses, distant cries, shrieking guitar and garbled FX. It's very three dimensional, noises coming from all directions, up close and far away. A very active and abstract soundscape. You get the idea that if you were to somehow enter into it, to dare to step on stage with ANP, you'd be running and dodging for cover, it'd be like being trapped on some hellish battlefield with artillery barrages and sniper fire all around. So much better to listen from the safety of your earphones (though that's not safe either if you turn it up too much!). Yet for all the darkness and mayhem, the three long tracks here (1 hour total) all have distinct identity and structure. There's memorable moments, in the way of zaps and beats. If you drew a line at Merzbow, this would be to the 'music' side of that line, maybe, with many fierce forays into the nomansland of noise.
MPEG Stream: "Absolute Magnitude 1"
MPEG Stream: "Absolute Magnitude 3"

album cover ABSOLUT NULL PUNKT Live In Japan (Important) cd 11.98
Absolut Null (as in Kazuyuki K. Null, of Zeni Geva fame) Punkt hasn't made too many records, and the ones they made are long gone. There were a handful of hard-to-find cassettes, LPs, and one cd recorded between about '84 to '87, before Zeni Geva came into being. But now the original ANP duo of Null and Seijiro Murayama, who was also the original drummer for Keiji Haino's Fushitsusha, have reunited for a live tour and this resultant cd release, 15 years at least after their last performance together. As they did back in the '80s, ANP play a kind of Industrial improv, ofttimes as heavy but way more freeform and abstract than the metal-prog rock dished out by Zeni Geva. With Null manipulating his guitar and "nullsonic" electronics and Murayama playing "drums, metals, tubes" this is some crazy, rhythmic electronic mayhem. Comparing it to the only previous ANP document we've heard (1993's posthumous Ultrasonic Action cd) we can certainly hear how the modern 'glitch' sounds that have crept into Null's solo works have now become a part of ANP's sonic arsenal. The six live tracks (from just over four minutes to more than 21 minutes in length) recorded at clubs in Tokyo and Osaka last year found here are ultra noisy and chaotic, processed and 'decomposed' to the max. Definitely for fans of Null's harsher side. (Hey, Important Records, if your releases are so important, how about a jewel case or a digipak or something next time? This is just packaged in a cardboard sleeve that's no different from all the cheap promos we get sent...)
MPEG Stream: "track 3"
MPEG Stream: "track 4"

album cover ABSOLUT NULL PUNKT Metacompound (Important) cd 14.98
Zeni Geva guitarist KK Null is back with two new cds on Important -- a new Absolute Null Punkt album, and another solo disc as well. (Hey where's the ZG releases, pal?)
After a 15 year hiatus, the '80s industrial improv duo of KK Null (electronics, electro-percussion, voice) and Seijiro Murayama (drums, tubes, voice) known as ANP got back together to do some shows, which resulted in a live album (Live In Japan, Important, 2004). Now they're at it again, going to Russia to record portions of these three tracks of hard-to-describe mayhem. It's another clanking, pipe-fighting, glitched-out, electronically damaged deluge of intense improv beats, drones, and spasms. Chaotic and claustrophobic, maybe even nightmarish. But cool if you've got any inclination towards Japan-noise stuff, amped up and rhythmic and sort of "rock".
And by the way, may we commend Important records for packaging this, and their other new KK title (Kosmista Noisea, also reviewed here), in normal jewel cases this time, rather than in the cheap-o cardboard sleeves that they used for the Live In Japan cd? Not only that, but they hired none other than SUNNO)))'s Stephen O'Malley to decorate these with his trademark fractured prismatic schematic artwork, in metallic inks on cool translucent vellum paper. Nice.
MPEG Stream: "Metacompound 2GA"
MPEG Stream: "Metacompound C"

album cover ACID EATER Black Fuzz On Wheels (Time Bomb) cd 22.00
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When we think about it, we really should have made Acid Eater's debut, the awesomely titled Virulent Fuzz Punk A.C.I.D., a Record Of The Week, the most overdriven slab of in-the-red noise drenched hyperdistorted drug fueled punked out garage rock EVER. That is, until now.
So we can right that wrong, by bestowing the honor on record number two, the equally bad assedly (and aptly) titled Black Fuzz On Wheels, another amp destroying psychedelic garage punk blowout, fronted by none other than Yamazaki Maso, aka MASONNA, on vocals and sound effects, and ably backed up by a classic garage rock lineup, fuzz guitar, organ, bass keyboard, drums and chorus, okay, well, maybe not totally classic, but then this is not your classic garage rock. Imagine fuzzed out sixties garage rock, but with a fucked up freaked out Merzbow production, the guitars so distorted the riffs seem to be on the verge of totally falling to pieces, the drums, a blown out pound, the vocals, a sneering yowl, also doused in effects, all held in place by thick whirring Farfisa, everything rollicking and rocking, loose and wild, heavy and psychedelic, and all wrapped up in a bristly, incendiary sheen of white hot buzz and skree.
Thankfully these guys (and gal) have the fuzzed out garage pop songs to back up this sort of speaker shredding sonic onslaught, not to mention a little clutch of kick ass covers, songs by Crime, The Miracle Workers, and a band we'd never heard of before called The Tidal Wave, but whose composition here actually sounds like a sped up "TV Eye" by The Stooges! Weirdest of all, there's a cover of one of the tracks from those Schulmadchen Report soundtracks, y'know, music from saucy '60s German 'documentaries' about school girls making it with older men! Crazy, but it suits them, that cover is a cool surfy instrumental jam, with a bad ass main riff, and a cool breakdown with just drums and distorted hiss. The Miracle Workers cover is awesome too, maybe the noisiest of the bunch, and such a great song ("Love Has No Time"), the vocals especially effected, so snarly and snotty, as well as a tripped out psychedelic ambient effects drenched outro, all motorik pulses and swirling space age bleeps and bloops.
But if you didn't know, you'd probably just figure those covers were originals too, every song on here sounds like some classic sixties garage jam, dipped in a vat of liquid LSD, set afire and sent careening from your speakers. We can only imagine how mind blowing Acid Eater must be live.
Total psychnoise surfpunk distorto garage pop bliss. With super sexy naked lady motorcycle cover art to boot!!
MPEG Stream: "Yes, Motion"
MPEG Stream: "Oh Baby's No"
MPEG Stream: "Follow Me"
MPEG Stream: "Searching For Love"

album cover ACID EATER Virulent Fuzz Punk A.C.I.D. (Time Bomb) cd 17.98
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Not to be confused with the Christine 23 Onna record of the same name (although both are fronted by Japanoise legend Masonna), this Acid Eater is a blown out blast of ultradistorto organ drenched spaced out primitive garage rock stomp. We got a little taste of Acid Eater on the Demonic Freak Scene compilation we reviewed last year, and have been hankering for more ever since.
Imagine the heaviest, most fuzzed out garage rock you've ever heard, now take that and run it through a handful of distortion pedals, a bank of Acid Mothers worthy FX, blast it through a wall of busted old Vox amps, wrap the whole thing in feedback and reverb, and suddenly you're in some alien alternate future where the world is populated exclusively by Japanese noiserock beatniks, who are constantly blasting fuzzed out walls of overblown sixties sounds from their low flying spacecraft...
Imagine if Merzbow remixed your favorite Fuzztones record, or the Stooges released records on PSF and were augmented by some insane drug addled organist with WAY too many amps. Serpentine blues rock riffs, all tangled up with thick warbling organs, the vocals a snarling distorted howl, buried in the mix, and all dubbed out, the drums a crumbling, percussive pound, somehow as in the red as the rest of the instruments, every cymbal crash swallowing up all the other sounds, but it's the riffs, and the organ, and Masonna's wild eyed vocalizing that keep this blacklight space garage party going. Not to mention the killer hooks... Virulent Fuzz Punk A.C.I.D. perfectly captures how intense and freaked out it must be to experience this sound live, super distorted, feedback everywhere, the instruments in your face, the speakers threatening to blow, sweat, blood, spit, a swirling chaotic musical melee, heavy, distorted, fuzzy and funky, wild and woolly, spaced out and gloriously gloriously noisy.
MPEG Stream: "EYE"
MPEG Stream: "Nothing Can Bring Me Down "
MPEG Stream: "A.C.I.D."

album cover ACID EATER Virulent Fuzz Punk A.C.I.D. (Time Bomb) lp 23.00
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Not to be confused with the Christine 23 Onna record of the same name (although both are fronted by Japanoise legend Masonna), this Acid Eater is a blown out blast of ultradistorto organ drenched spaced out primitive garage rock stomp. We got a little taste of Acid Eater on the Demonic Freak Scene compilation we reviewed last year, and have been hankering for more ever since.
Imagine the heaviest, most fuzzed out garage rock you've ever heard, now take that and run it through a handful of distortion pedals, a bank of Acid Mothers worthy FX, blast it through a wall of busted old Vox amps, wrap the whole thing in feedback and reverb, and suddenly you're in some alien alternate future where the world is populated exclusively by Japanese noiserock beatniks, who are constantly blasting fuzzed out walls of overblown sixties sounds from their low flying spacecraft...
Imagine if Merzbow remixed your favorite Fuzztones record, or the Stooges released records on PSF and were augmented by some insane drug addled organist with WAY too many amps. Serpentine blues rock riffs, all tangled up with thick warbling organs, the vocals a snarling distorted howl, buried in the mix, and all dubbed out, the drums a crumbling, percussive pound, somehow as in the red as the rest of the instruments, every cymbal crash swallowing up all the other sounds, but it's the riffs, and the organ, and Masonna's wild eyed vocalizing that keep this blacklight space garage party going. Not to mention the killer hooks... Virulent Fuzz Punk A.C.I.D. perfectly captures how intense and freaked out it must be to experience this sound live, super distorted, feedback everywhere, the instruments in your face, the speakers threatening to blow, sweat, blood, spit, a swirling chaotic musical melee, heavy, distorted, fuzzy and funky, wild and woolly, spaced out and gloriously gloriously noisy.
MPEG Stream: "EYE"
MPEG Stream: "Nothing Can Bring Me Down "
MPEG Stream: "A.C.I.D."

ACID MASO TEMPLE / KILL KILL KILL split (Yab Yum) 2xcd-r 13.98

album cover ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space (Riot Season) cd 16.98
What if we'd never reviewed an Acid Mothers Temple release before? Let's pretend... the first thing we'd say would be, what's with the matching Hawaiian shirts the band sports in the photo on this cd's back cover?? Then we'd go, like, check it out, they're this weird hippy rock group from Japan, maybe more like a cult than a band, with this hairy bearded crazy guitar player named Kawabata Makoto, the band's called Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno and they obviously love krautrock and Hawkwind and other druggy '70s psych stuff. They have this new album with the weird title of Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space, and boy howdy is the music trippy, even trippier than the crazy colorful cover art collage. Recommended if that's your scene. We can't wait to hear more, let's hope they follow this one up with another album soon, if that's possible after expending all this cosmic pink lady energy!
But of course AMT have about 1,000,000 previous releases, you know 'em and you love 'em, so we probably should add just a little more info (or maybe actually DON'T need to add any more info?). FYI, as you might guess from its title, this disc features another revamped, reinterpretation of the AMT concert fave "Pink Lady Lemonade". We count different versions of that epic track on at least nine other AMT cds/dvds that we've previously listed!! So obviously it's something special in Acidmothersland. Making it extra special here, perhaps, is the presence of a brand new drummer/vocalist recruited from Japanese all-girl groop Afrirampo, the "cosmic shaman" known as Pikachu. Must be her offering up all the haunting vocals with the mildly Yoko-ish waver, that soar through the gentle kosmiche bliss of this album's lengthy space-outs, "songs" which eventually tend to swirl into something a little more intense and chaotic and guitary. "Pink Lady" is split into two parts, 24 and 11 minutes, bookending between them this disc's two other tracks, "Message From Outer Space" and "Take Me To The Universe". And oh yeah, what IS with the matching Hawaiian shirts?? Have AMT gone yacht rock? Well you could sip a margarita to this, if it was appropriately dosed.
MPEG Stream: "Message From Outer Space"
MPEG Stream: "Take Me To The Universe"

album cover ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. Dark Side Of The Black Moon: What Planet Are We On? (Important) cd 14.98
Just like the phases of the moon, and the cycle of the seasons, and the rising and setting of the sun, we can always count on the regular appearance of another rad release from Japanese psychedelic freaks Acid Mothers Temple. And for all we know, maybe they too are an integral part of the rhythm of nature, and we begin to wonder, if they DIDN'T have a new disc of cosmic jams out every month or so, would the universe come to an end? Well no worries, that's not gonna happen. Based on current trends, the flow of krautrock inspired music from bearded guitar guru Kawabata Makoto & Co. seems unlikely to abate, at least not in our lifetimes, and possibly not before the sun itself goes supernova.
So, as destined, here's the Dark Side Of The Black Moon, billed as a sequel of sorts to the remarkably SUNNO)))-y, super heavy fan fave Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness, released on Important last year. Although, we thought that the intervening Important release of Glorify Astrological Martyrdom qualified as that already. (Hmm, all three feature cover art by Seldon Hunt, maybe it's a trilogy of sorts?). In any event, this one is pretty extreme too, always intense though not doomdrone heavy, as it's less about riffs than it is about sheer wailing psych guitar abandon, swirls of electronic FX, manic dervish rhythms, possessed vocal chant, and other contributing factors towards total disorienting delirium, this album's apparent purpose.
The 13+ minute "Space Labyrinth or Eclipse On Friday" eases the listener into it... if you can call explosions of distortion and spooky wordless vocals "ease". Loads of gtr feedback n' skree are included as well. Next track "Astro Kama Sutra: Take Me To The Outer Limits" then if anything ups the ante, though this disc does have its mellowed-out moments of space-babble - as on the quietly meandering "Blessing Of The Load Galaxy", track 3. That's followed by the chaotic groove of "Space A Go Go"... and then we get to the title track, 17 minutes long, each of those minutes building in feverish intensity. Whew!
If you want more, well, get the deluxe gatefold double lp vinyl edition instead of the cd, 'cause it adds two bonus cuts, "Universe In Witch's Blue" and "Intergalactic Space Trackin'"!
MPEG Stream: "Astro Kama Sutra: Take Me To The Outer Limits"
MPEG Stream: "Dark Side of the Black Moon"

album cover ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. Dark Side Of The Black Moon: What Planet Are We On? (Important) 2lp 26.00
Just like the phases of the moon, and the cycle of the seasons, and the rising and setting of the sun, we can always count on the regular appearance of another rad release from Japanese psychedelic freaks Acid Mothers Temple. And for all we know, maybe they too are an integral part of the rhythm of nature, and we begin to wonder, if they DIDN'T have a new disc of cosmic jams out every month or so, would the universe come to an end? Well no worries, that's not gonna happen. Based on current trends, the flow of krautrock inspired music from bearded guitar guru Kawabata Makoto & Co. seems unlikely to abate, at least not in our lifetimes, and possibly not before the sun itself goes supernova.
So, as destined, here's the Dark Side Of The Black Moon, billed as a sequel of sorts to the remarkably SUNNO)))-y, super heavy fan fave Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness, released on Important last year. Although, we thought that the intervening Important release of Glorify Astrological Martyrdom qualified as that already. (Hmm, all three feature cover art by Seldon Hunt, maybe it's a trilogy of sorts?). In any event, this one is pretty extreme too, always intense though not doomdrone heavy, as it's less about riffs than it is about sheer wailing psych guitar abandon, swirls of electronic FX, manic dervish rhythms, possessed vocal chant, and other contributing factors towards total disorienting delirium, this album's apparent purpose.
The 13+ minute "Space Labyrinth or Eclipse On Friday" eases the listener into it... if you can call explosions of distortion and spooky wordless vocals "ease". Loads of gtr feedback n' skree are included as well. Next track "Astro Kama Sutra: Take Me To The Outer Limits" then if anything ups the ante, though this disc does have its mellowed-out moments of space-babble - as on the quietly meandering "Blessing Of The Load Galaxy", track 3. That's followed by the chaotic groove of "Space A Go Go"... and then we get to the title track, 17 minutes long, each of those minutes building in feverish intensity. Whew!
If you want more, well, get the deluxe gatefold double lp vinyl edition instead of the cd, 'cause it adds two bonus cuts, "Universe In Witch's Blue" and "Intergalactic Space Trackin'"!
MPEG Stream: "Astro Kama Sutra: Take Me To The Outer Limits"
MPEG Stream: "Dark Side of the Black Moon"

album cover ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE / STEARICA Sterica Invade Acid Mothers Temple (Homeopathic) cd 17.98

album cover ACID MOTHERS AFRIRAMPO We Are Acid Mothers Afrirampo (Acid Mothers Temple / Eclipse) cd 19.98
Acid Mothers Temple are, of course, the communal hippie cosmic krautrock lovin' ensemble from Japan led by bearded guitar guru Kawabata Makoto, whose multitude of releases (and live shows) are pretty much always enjoyable trips... we don't have to tell you that. Afrirampo are a newer band, also from Japan, a vocally out-there, wild & wooly female costume-rock duo who sound a heckuva lot like early Boredoms (someone told us that Afrirampo are actually *making fun* of the Boredoms, but we don't believe it). Chances are you probably already know about 'em too, judging by sales here at AQ.
And it seems that most AMT fans have to have *everything* they put out. Likewise with Afrirampo's fans. And fans of AMT are likely to be into Afrirampo, and vice versa (Afrirampo, after all, have guested on several past AMT albums). So they've done EVERYONE a favor and recorded this collaborative release together, so you can cross it off both yr lists when you pick it up!! What a deal. Now, with the many many reviews we have to write impending upon us here we can't say we've sat down and listened to this entire thing all the way through, yet. I mean, c'mon, we don't have time to fully enter into the necessary spirit of this, sitting naked crosslegged in our room, blasting this on 10 while rocking back and forth and mumbling along to the Yoko-inspired babble... But what we've heard here in the store has been what we'd expect, and want. The aforementioned vocal babble backed by droning, swirling psychedelic build ups a la Amon Duul on this three long tracks... Moods vary, from the mystic to the maniacal. These jams drift in and out of focus -- some of it's a bit like being at an AMT or Boredoms show in Japan, listening to the band with one ear while in the other you're hearing a small child nearby begging their parents to take them home. AMT + Afrirampo, a match made in Japanese psych splurge heaven. It's limited too, we're pretty sure...
MPEG Stream: "We're Acid Mothers Afrirampo!"
MPEG Stream: "The Man From The Magic Mountain"

ACID MOTHERS GONG Live At Uncon 06 (Voiceprint) dvd 21.00

album cover ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU Psychedelic Navigator (Important) cd 14.98
Recently we listed a cd by Diza Star & The Pink Ladies Blues, the French/Japanese psych band formerly known as Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues, entitled Featuring Mani Neumeier. That particular personage being the drummer from '70s krautrock legends Guru Guru. Well, the REAL Acid Mothers Temple couldn't let their Pink Ladies pals & doppelgangers get away with scooping 'em on jamming with Mr. Guru Guru himself. So here's AMT's Makoto Kawabata (guitar) and Atsushi Tsuyama (bass) teamed up in a cream-dream power trio with ol' Mani. Together they unleash a whole hour of long, lumbering, loud, out-there psychedelic rock, five tracks total, mostly improvised live but winding up with a wild version of the Guru Guru classic "Bo Diddley". We bet Kawabata and Tsuyama were grinning stupidly for weeks afterwards.
MPEG Stream: "Stonerrock Socks"
MPEG Stream: "Bo Diddley"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE 41st Century Splendid Man (tUMULt) picture disc 15.98
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WAREHOUSE FIND!!! ONLY 20 COPIES AND THEN THESE ARE AGAIN GONE GONE GONE!!
We managed to get 20 copies from a distributor who found a stack of these in a corner of their warehouse. This was originally limited to 500 copies and was out of print in a flash, so this will almost certainly be your last chance to pick one of these up at a reasonable price. Here's what we had to say about this one the first time around, a few years ago (with some minor updates and adjustments):
Finally a new sonic missive from Andee's tUMULt label, the latest installment of psychedelic majesty from Japanese avant-hippy heroes Acid Mothers Temple. This was the first in what was planned to be a series of 12" picture discs. While the series is on hold indefinitely, this disc is still something else! Recorded well over a year ago, this is AMT at their absolute prime, featuring special guest star Tatsuya Yoshida of the Ruins! Two extended tracks (35 + minutes) of transcendental psych-drone. Side one has to be the most beautiful track they've ever recorded. Uncharacteristically tranquil and captivatingly beautiful. Droning, shimmering chimes coalesce into some sort of cosmic Ur-drone, punctuated by simple caveman thuds and epic swooshes, resulting in a grand and gorgeous ambience! Side two is a single track separated into two apparent movements. The first sees AMT back on more familiar ground, with swooping synths and freak out guitar. A stumbling kosmic krautrock, with motorik rhythms and free guitar, amidst a swampy wash of rumbling low end and squealing synths. The track erupts into bubbling atonal out-rock exploration splattered with mad scientist synthesisers as the whole thing slowly mutates into 'cosmic slop' of the nth degree, becoming gradually free-er and free-er. The second 'movement' is all slithery free jazz with bubbling cauldrons of synth sputter, wild keyboards and Can-like rhythms until the whole thing gets all dreamy, eventually blissing out completely. When Andee asked AMT to do a 12", they weren't yet Wire cover stars with so many dozens of releases out -- but this is still one of their absolute best recordings!
As you might have guessed, this is EXTREMELY LIMITED. Hand stamped sleeves. A gorgeous picture disc, with a striking flowers/UFO image on one side, and a scintillatingly saucy photo on the other (you'll just have to buy it to see it!). Still only available as a picture disc lp!

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Born To Be Wild In The U.S.A. 2000 (Acid Mothers Temple) cd 14.98
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That *Acid Mothers Temple Alert!* *Acid Mothers Temple Alert!* *Acid Mothers Temple Alert!* emergency warning alarm has been going off pretty much continually here at Aquarius over the past couple weeks, driving us all batty. We thought it must be broken or something but no, there's just been THREE more releases from those hairy Japanese hippies known as AMT plus another Kawabata collaboration (w/ Daevid Allen of Gong). So let's assess the threat.
This one's a cd reissue of a limited, long-gone vinyl artifact, documenting as the title indicates the Acid Mothers Temple (and Melting Paraiso U.F.O., let's not forget) performing their cosmic jams live in the US of A back in Y2K. With all the AMT product out there, do you care about a live album? Well, actually, this is pretty great and we have to recommend it to fans for sure. Straight out of the gate "Acid Tokion 2000" is a hard-rockin' beast, furry with feedback and noisy guitar. Acid space rock for the biker on the cover. Things then take a turn into heavy, Trad Gras Och Stenar style drone-plod with a 13+ minute version of "La Novia". Next up, "Pink Lady Lemonade" calms down the proceedings a bit. The album continues with "Speed Guru" and "God Bless AMT". The recording is a bit murky and distorted, but that's more to do with how the band sounds live than anything else, and is perfect for these '70s worshippers anyway. And they're even replicated the 'bootleg' style paste-on cover of the original vinyl edition on this cd digipak. Nice.
MPEG Stream: "Acid Tokion 2000"
MPEG Stream: "La Novia"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Day Before The Sky Fell In (Galactic Zoo Disc / Eclipse Records) cd 14.98
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Now on cd! Originally a vinyl-only live document from everybody's favorite Krautrock-obsessed and uber-prolific Japanese hippy freak ensemble, recorded September 10th, 2001 (hence the title). There's two long tracks, the first listed as "Space Age Ballad / La Novia (including In E)" and the second "La Novia-Speed Guru". So you can see they're incorporating several compositions beloved by AMT fans, though of course improvisation plays a large part, and these tracks both flow rather seamlessly -- swirling electric mists of psychedelic monkish folk drone near the start gives way to an endless chugging rock distortofest, super spacey and stoned and indulgent. The "classic" AMT line-up is on board, including Cotton Casino with her beer & cigarettes, "Cosmic Joker" Atsushi Tsuyama, "Dancin' King" Hiroshi Higashi, Ichiraku Yoshimitsu on drums and of course #1 speed guru Kawabata Makoto on guitar. Who also appears on the cover, in a drawing paying homage to the cover of Amon Duul II's Yeti, with Kawabata in the role of Shrat, wielding his scythe.
MPEG Stream: "La Novia-Speed Guru"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs? (Space Age) cd 16.98
More wiggly, wacky psychedelic hijinx from Japan's number one export: Acid Mothers Temple. These hardworking hippies are back yet again, this time on the UK's Space Age Recordings, who usually release stuff by British psychsters like Spectrum and Spacemen 3. So AMT are right at home. As always, the AMT brand ought to alert y'all to how freaky this is likely to be. And it is, but with interesting twists and turns. The disc is nicely varied and well-programmed. After the chaotic rawk opener "Daddy's Bare Meat", which sounds like live AMT on autopilot, we're treated to something just a little bit different, the doo wop pastiche of "Suzie Sixteen"! That's followed by the very lovely, fucked up folkish Pink Floydian number sung by Cotton Casino, "Hello Good Child" (from the limited Ochre 7" we reviewed not long ago, saying it sounded a bit like Crosby Stills and Nash, but doused in lighterfluid and liquid LSD). That drifts right into another gorgeous acid-folk trip, "The Assassin's Beautiful Daughter". Effects bubble around the gentle, classical guitar and flute... Very krautrock. Then, things get somewhat heavier (but remain quite krautrocky) with the Amon Duul II styled "Dark Star Blues". That's the longest piece on this album by far, clocking in at 25 spaced-out minutes. Although, the next and final track on the album, "The Transmigration Of Hop Heads" is also a drowsy doozy, 18 minutes of slow-building bliss-drone. Nice. So, we've gotta say, this all adds up to another excellent AMT album! If you're a fan, this is one to get...or, if you don't already have a shelf sagging with AMT product, you could do worse than start by checking this one out.
MPEG Stream: "Suzie Sixteen"
MPEG Stream: "Hello Good Child"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Dokonan (AMT) dvd 24.00
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*Acid Mothers Temple alert!* *Acid Mothers Temple alert!* *Acid Mothers Temple alert!* Those alarm bells are ringing extra loud 'cause it's not just ANOTHER always amazing cd release from these Japanese hippie-kraut-psych-prog freaks... no, it's a tour documentary, their first-ever DVD, with live footage of fan faves "Pink Lady Lemonade", "La Novia", and big improv jam... also plenty of off-stage, on-the-road, behind-the-music, culture shock stuff (Japanese band, French filmmakers, USA tour). Bonuses on this DVD include a clip of AMT playing at the WFMU studio, and more. Limited to 1000 copies!

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Electric Heavyland (Alien8 Recordings) cd 14.98
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I know we're all thinking the same thing: Enough with the Acid Mothers Temple already! Can't Makoto Kawabata and his band of krautrock-obsessed Japanese pyschedelic hippy freaks go on a six-month nature retreat or something, and give us (and our wallets) a break? But, the fact remains, that for fans of psych-rock weirdness, very few of the many AMT releases have been disappointing, really.
So, then, what's the deal with this one? "Electric Heavyland" (one thing Kawabata & co. are NOT good at is titles) is a bit unsubtle, wearing its intentions on its all-black sleeve (or, rather, obi): this is AMT's stab at non-stop, super-heavy rockin'. Alien8 compares it to "Mellow Out", the now out-of-print first album from Mainliner, the High Rise related group that Kawabata played in prior to AMT's debut. (They even point out that "Electric Heavyland" even LOOKS a lot like "Mellow Out", something which hardly seems all that meaningful or significant...I mean, c'mon.) Regardless, it's certainly in the ballpark. Sloppy, noisy, spacey, utterly indulgent, this is the sound of a stoner heavy psych band fully amped up, plugged in, and jacking off. The blown-out, sub-Stooges motorcycle metal of Mainliner (and High Rise) is perhaps more purposeful than this, without the spacey detours, synth fx, and wordless female vocalizing of this disc. But, when you're in the midst of "Loved And Confused" or "Atomic Rotary Grinding God" or "?Quicksilver Machine Head" on this disc (see, decidedly un-subtle indeed), that hardly matters. Not the heaviest ever, but heavy enough. Would Monster Magnet dare take 'em on tour?
RealAudio clip: "Loved And Confused"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Festival Vol. 5 (Acid Mother's Temple) dvd 21.00
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*Acid Mothers Temple alert* *Acid Mothers Temple alert* *Acid Mothers Temple alert*
What do you get for the Acid Mothers Temple fan who already has dozens, if not hundreds, of AMT cds? Well AMT dvds of course! This is, like, their third in a year. You pretty much already know if you want it, if you're a fan of this Japanese band of spaced out hippie freaks -- particularly if you don't get many chances to see them live. This one, filmed live in Nagoya on the 9th of December 2006, is extra special 'cause it's got krautrock drumming legend Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru as a special guest. Also vocalist Jun Kuriyama from a band we don't know is another guest. The usual AMT suspects are also present: Kawabata Makoto of course, Tsuyama Atsushi, Higashi Hiroshi, and Tabata Mitsuru. Tracks include "Pink Lady Lemonade", "La Novia", and Guru Guru's "Bo Diddley" amongst other cosmic hits. There's also a drum solo from Mani, and a "plate solo" too, where he plays small metal plates scattered on the front of the stage. He must feel like it's 1971 all over again. Especially with the wild psychedelic liquid light show that bathes the band in swirling colors.
All regions, NTSC, a professional production shot with five cameras. And limited to 1000 copies only, ever.
(For total overkill, also new in stock, haven't watched it yet: AMT's Never Ending Space Ritual double dvd!)

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Hello Good Child (Ochre) 7" 6.98
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Super limited 7" from everybody's favorite Japanese psych band (and if they're not, they soon will be based soley on their massive, endless output). One side sounds a bit like the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" or "Baba O'Reilley", only instead of some pimply faced teen smoking pot, blasting it in his souped up Camaro parked behind the 7-11, it sounds more like some teen alien badass, cranked up on some futuristic drug, parked in orbit around a starship, hiding out from interplanetary truancy officers. The other side sounds a bit like Crosby Stills and Nash, but doused in lighterfluid and liquid LSD.

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Hypnotic Liquid Machine From The Golden Utopia (Acid Mothers Temple) cd 16.98
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Here's a 44 minute, two song Acid Mothers Temple cd they released to promote and sell as merch on their 2004 US tour, back in May/June. You get the title track, a jam about a half-hour long that starts off pulsing, swooshing, and tumbling over itself in sheer wonderment of psychedelic excess before calming into a jew's harp driven piece of minimalist electronic drone... however the whole band kicks in again before it's over, bringing things back up to overload levels. Definitely music made by/for dancin' kings, sleeping monks, speed gurus, cosmic jokers, and the erotic underground. And then there's a 16 minute "special bonus track" recorded live at some sort of "70's Rock Tribute" night. Imagine that! More riff/boogie/silly oriented but still super spacey and psychedelic. So if you didn't buy this at one of their shows, now's your chance -- we're really speaking to AMT completists (of which we know there are many) here, not to the more casual AMT consumer, who is probably still digesting "Mantra Of Love" or "A Thousand Shades of Grey" or "Born To Be Wild In The U.S.A. 2000"! And it's in a slim cardboard sleeve so it won't be hard to squeeze into your AMT shelf!
MPEG Stream: "Hypnotic Liquid Machine From The Golden Utopia"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Ivan Piskov's Wild Gals A Go-Go (OST) (Eclipse) 2lp 26.00
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An out of print Acid Mother Temple cd from four years ago now briefly available on the vinyl format, thanks to the AMT-fan-freaks at Eclipse. Here's what we had to say about it originally: Japanese guitarist/guru Kawabata (Toho Sara, Mainliner, Musica Transonic) and his band return with their third album of avant-hippy insanity. This pretends to be a soundtrack to a supposed "psych-nonsense" film by alleged "Russian mondo film" director Ivan Piskov. "Tumultuous psychedelic trip sound...Potentially massive frontal lobe damage. Real punch-drunk music!" it says here. As always, recommended for fans of epic guitar psych noise weirdness.

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE La Novia (Prophase) lp 17.98
Japanese psych overlords Acid Mothers Temple have made a LOT of albums, as you probably know. Experts that we are, we still can't claim intimate knowledge of 'em all. But, if someone asks us for a favorite AMT recommendation, this one is definitely does come to mind more often than not. It's one of the AMT essentials, in our book. So we're glad it's at long last been reissued, on vinyl, again! It was first issued as an lp on Eclipse long ago back in the year 2000, then went out of print, and was eventually put out on cd by Swordfish.
La Novia is a dark and droning take on the usual Acid Mothers Temple mix of hippie freak rock and experimental psych weirdness, with lots of faux-throat singing. Apparently this is based on traditional "Occitanian" folk music, which from the album graphics would appear to be a region of France. Hmm? (Later AMT projects have continued to make this particular, peculiar ethnic connection.) In any event, it's a heavy, forty-minute trip-out mixing everything from distorted guitar and spacey synth to violin and bouzouki. Plus another twenty haunting minutes, via the bonus tracks. Really great, heavy duty stuff. One of our all-time-favorite AMT discs - and that's saying something, since there are now so many, and most are so good. On La Novia, Makoto Kawabata and Co. (this album including erstwhile member Cotton Casino) certainly furthered their quest for ultimate psychedelic world domination!
This reish limited to 1000 copies, packaged in a thick gatefold jacket.
MPEG Stream: "La Novia"
MPEG Stream: "Bon Voyage au LSD"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Last Concert In Tokyo (Acid Mothers Temple) cd 17.98
*Acid Mothers Temple alert* *Acid Mothers Temple alert* *Acid Mothers Temple alert*
Another limited edition AMT label release, live in Tokyo 1999. And why is it (or was it) their "Last Concert In Tokyo" you may ask? Well according to the sleeve notes, although this was just their third ever gig and they didn't have an album out yet, they were soooo disappointed that less than thirty people turned up to see them that they haven't played again in Tokyo since, and say "understandably we have little intention of doing so in the future." Hmm. Hey that was, like, four years ago guys, maybe you should give your hometown another chance. Anyway, they recorded the show and now you can join that meager handful of Tokyoites in hearing what they sounded like that night: wild and wooly and definitely psychedelic enuff to justify song titles like "Golden Bat Blues Dead" and "Satori LSD 1999". Four songs, forty minutes, one track. Fans should note that this was Atsushi Tsuyama's first gig as an official member of AMT, wielding "monster bass" it says here -- and oh yeah, you can hear it!
MPEG Stream: "Astro 69"

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Live Bootleg lp 14.98
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The deluge continues unabated. Lp after lp after cd after double cd after double lp after 12" after picture disc after double 7". Phew. And for those that still need even more, the 'Temple do not disappoint. This is a massive 40 minute slab of live mayhem. From squealing free-noise workouts to relentless Stooges-ish riffing to super distorted, fuzzed out Mainliner style psychedelic freakouts. In an old school, photo-copied faux bootleg style sleeve and of course, it's SUPER LIMITED!
RealAudio clip: "Acid Tokion 2000"
RealAudio clip: "Pink Lady Lemonade"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Magical Power From Mars Volume One (Important) cd ep 10.98
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I know it seems like we must be joking, but it's true. ANOTHER Acid Mothers Temple record. And not just a new record, PART ONE IN A THREE PART SERIES!!!! But then it wouldn't really be a list without some new sonic missive from these guys on the far away fringes of outer spacerock. But let's start with the packaging. We were all practically stunned into silence by the packaging. Seriously. It is so beautiful. The cover is like one of those vintage 3D sort of multi-layered lenticular postcard, showing a tiny spaceman standing at the edge of a canyon, while a flying saucer swoops down and shines lasers or beams of light and a gorgeous red sunset shimmers in the background. You really have to just see it. And the disc is a 3" cd embedded in a clear 5" cd with some very Yes-like spacescapes. Really nice. Volume two is going to have a lot to live up to. As we seem to be telling you everytime we review ANOTHER Acid Mothers Temple record, although you think that the quality would slip, or this would all get boring and BAD, 'Magical Powers' beats the odds again, and is actually really, really nice. A 20 minute slab of space-y shimmer, buzzing synths and plucked sitars are bombarded by bleeps and blips, reverb and delay, and ghostly female vocals. A futuristic raga, undulating and slowly shifting, a faraway Eastern melody winding subtly through the druggy haze. Blissed out and hypnotic.
RealAudio clip: "Magical Powers From Mars Volume One"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Magical Power From Mars Volume Two (Important) cd ep 10.98
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Okay, this is volume two in Acid Mothers Temple's Magical Powers From Mars series and while we raved about the first one, I'm afraid we have to be a little harsh this time around. Not on the music. No, the music is great, as always. And if you bought the first one, you're gonna need this one too. AMT can do no wrong it seems. This is a thick slab of gorgeous, psychedelic freak out, with wailing female vocals and space-y swooshes and interstellar bleeps and beeps. A 15 minute burst of damaged psych brilliance. But that's where the trouble starts. Fifteen minutes! For $11!! The first volume was nineteen minutes and was also $11. By our thinking, both those tracks, hell, even the forthcoming less-than-twenty-minute volume three could all fit on ONE CD. But that would be fine, conceptually, there's nothing wrong with a series of EP's. And the 3-D lenticular cover on volume one was really something to see. So we resigned ourselves to buying all three. But what's this? Volume two has THE EXACT SAME COVER?! As will volume three we discovered! What the fuck?!? And the cool 3" cd embedded in a 5" plastic disc with crazy space art? EXACTLY THE SAME. Kind of shitty if you ask us. Basically, you're looking at $33 for 50+ minutes of music and three practically identical cases/covers. But of course, if we've learned one thing: liking Acid Mothers Temple is all about COLLECTING, so collect away!!
RealAudio clip: "Diamond Doggy Peggy"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Mantra Of Love (Alien8 Recordings) cd 14.98
That *Acid Mothers Temple Alert!* *Acid Mothers Temple Alert!* *Acid Mothers Temple Alert!* emergency warning alarm has been going off pretty much continually here at Aquarius over the past couple weeks, driving us all batty. We thought it must be broken or something but no, there's just been THREE more releases from those hairy Japanese hippies known as AMT plus another Kawabata collaboration (w/ Daevid Allen of Gong). So let's assess the threat.
This one's a brand-new studio effort, and is quite appropriately titled "Mantra of Love", starting out as it does with the lovely vocals of Cotton Casino drifting over a dreamy, mellow backdrop, spacey fx gradually building. One of just two loooong tracks here, opener "Le La Lo" is, like their classic "La Novia", one of the fruits of AMT's obsession with traditional Occitan troubadour song. It's a half-hour in length, and ranges from the aforementioned dreaminess to a dose of Kawabata's psych-guitar-heroics and back before it's done. That's followed by "L'Ambition Dans Le Miroir", an AMT original that continues the droning and beautiful medieval spacerock vibe of "Le La Lo". A worthy addition to your (hopefully sturdy) shelf of AMT music.
MPEG Stream: "Le La Lo (excerpt 1)"
MPEG Stream: "Le La Lo (excerpt 2)"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Minstrel In the Galaxy (Riot Season) cd 21.00
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Last list we presented a fab four-cd AMT box set entitled The Penultimate Galactic Bordello Also The World You Made. Now this week we've got Minstrel In The Galaxy for those of you who a) have already absorbed all four hours of the Galactic Bordello box and want more, b) didn't spring for the Galactic Bordello box but still need an AMT fix, or c) got the Galactic Bordello box, haven't even cracked it open, but want to stock up on the AMT cds just in case a nuclear apocalypse arrives and, a few decades down the road in your underground bunker, you run out of other AMT to listen to! Joking aside, this is another spacey trip from everyone's favorite Japanese retro-psych ensemble. Three tracks, one of 'em in the 40 minute range, super droney and druggy and dark and delightful. AMT fans should note that this marks the first studio release from a new AMT line-up, that sees long time fan fave singer/keyboardist Cotton Casino replaced with not one but two women, who themselves are a band, the Osaka duo Afrirampo.
MPEG Stream: "Minstrel In The Galaxy"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo (Ace Fu) cd 14.98
Whoa. This prolific band of Japanese hippies (fresh off a by-all-accounts kick-ass US tour with Mammatus as openers) is back, again, with a new album on Ace Fu. It's one of those one-track, one-hour jobbies, rather overwhelming for those of us trying to write up a quick review! We can tell you that the whole thing is based around an ancient and popular Buddhist mantra, from whence this gets its title. We'll direct you to that font of all knowledge, Wikepedia, for more information (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam_Myoho_Renge_Kyo). Apparently this mantra has appeared also in a Ludacris song, on an episode of the Monkees, and in Revenge Of The Nerds II! Of course AMT don't just chant it this mantra. They turn it into an epic, outerspace/innerspace, psychedelic rock opera. Whooshing FX, a chorus of voices, droning electronics, guitar overload, ethnic acoustic instrumentation, plodding drums, heavy jams, it's all here. Basically they've fully Amon Duulized their rendition of Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo, as is their usual wont. We don't know if most practicing Buddhists will find this to their liking, but we're loving it! Another awesome automatic "yes, please" for AMT fans.
MPEG Stream: "Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo [excerpt 1]"
MPEG Stream: "Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo [excerpt 2]"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Never Ending Space Ritual (Swordfish) 2dvd 41.00
This newest Acid Mothers Temple dvd release, a double disc set, is pretty much essential for fans of that prolific Japanese freak-hippy musical commune. And we're not just saying that, like we would about any of their millions of releases. This is extra-essential 'cause it's intended as a "history of" the whole AMT phenomenon. And it pretty much proves them to be a "Never Ending Space Ritual" indeed! Heck, the menu loops alone are pretty cool... naked ladies and explosions and psychedelic effects, all right!
The first disc has two main sections. One features an example of archival live footage from each year of the band's existence, 1998 to 2007, plus an "early years" concert that's remarkably jazzy.
The other section includes video from a bunch of AMT "family" offshoots, including Acid Mothers Temple SWR, Acid Mothers Gong, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, and one we hadn't heard of before, Acid Mothers Temple & The Incredible Strange Band. During the Acid Mothers Gong segment, Daevid Allen pretty much out-freaks the entire band just by dancing (and wearing an outfit handed down from Madonna in her conical bra phase)!
On disc two (the main menu of which features video footage of the Father Moo album cover photo shoot!), you get an interview with Makoto Kawabata (in English), a bunch more live concert footage including performances of such faves as "La Novia" and "Pink Lady Lemonade", and a selection of extras -- among them a "guitar smashing medley"!!
So, even if you don't buy every last AMT thing to come your way, if you're at all into this band, this would be one to seriously consider picking up.

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Power House Of Holy (Acid Mothers Temple) cd 16.98
Oh yeah, we're not done yet...there's a second Acid Mothers Temple cd on this week's list, another live one. We don't call these Japanese hippies "uber-prolific" for nothing! There's two long tracks here (as is their wont, apparently), the first of 'em "Dark Stars In The Dazzling Sky" which is definitely darker and more intense than the stuff on the Day Before the Sky Fell In cd listed above. Kawabata's clawing guitar gets cranked, honed to a heavy metal edge, and the wild vocals babble and keen like Lucifer's Friend on a bad trip... it's a mean Hawkwindy jam, knives out, grinding away and throwing off sparks.
The second, longer track, "Pink Lady Lemonade" is heavy too, but in a much different, spaced out and blissful way... it drones prettily, Kawabata's guitar still soaring and scrabbling over the droning din, with the overall effect being an uplifting one.
Recorded in 2004 in the US and UK with a four-piece AMT line-up (no Cotton C., and new guy Koizume Hajime behind the drum kit), this release was meant for the merch tables of their 2006 US Tour, and comes packaged in the slim paper sleeves of all AMT-label product, easy to transport on tour, just as the music will easily transport you...
MPEG Stream: "Dark Stars In The Dazzling Sky (aka Dark Star Blues)"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness (Important) cd 14.98
This is the new album from Japan's Acid Mothers Temple, that AMT leader Kawabata Makoto contends is heavier than the average heavy AMT release, going so far as to say it's in the league of something like SUNNO))). Well, is it really?? Would he bet his beard on it? (We all ask, salivatin'.)
The answer: holy shit, yes. It's like indeed kinda like SUNNO))) jamming with Amon Duul, in a relentless riff orgy. That heavy. That droney. That creepy. That kosmic. A slow screaming blackened drone-groan vomiting forth from bad trippin' hippy minds, third eyes staring dull and glassy into the spinning vortex of the void. There's about ten minutes of pure bliss-out at the end of the disc, but before that, what you get is psychedelic guitar gunk out the wazoo. Riff after plodding riff, adorned with alien electronics. Dirge, splurge and more dirge. A roar to end all roars. A space-sludge feedback fantasy.
Each clocking in at about 36 and a half minutes, there's two long tracks (with long track names) here: "Eternal Incantation Of Perpetual Nightmare" and "Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness". Sound kinda black metal don't they? Actually they do. This is an EXTREME Acid Mothers Temple experience let me tell you. Boris, beware! Ufommamut, watch your backs! Electric Wizard, better take another hit!!
Definitely worthy of the nifty, unmistakable Seldon Hunt cover art. Also, FYI we have this in both digital and analog formats. The vinyl version, a heavy gatefold double LP affair, is limited to 1000 copies, and it includes two bonus tracks!!! So act fast...
MPEG Stream: "Eternal Incantation Of Perpetual Nightmare"
MPEG Stream: "Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness "

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness (Important) 2lp 26.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
This is the new album from Japan's Acid Mothers Temple, that AMT leader Kawabata Makoto contends is heavier than the average heavy AMT release, going so far as to say it's in the league of something like SUNNO))). Well, is it really?? Would he bet his beard on it? (We all ask, salivatin'.)
The answer: holy shit, yes. It's like indeed kinda like SUNNO))) jamming with Amon Duul, in a relentless riff orgy. That heavy. That droney. That creepy. That kosmic. A slow screaming blackened drone-groan vomiting forth from bad trippin' hippy minds, third eyes staring dull and glassy into the spinning vortex of the void. There's about ten minutes of pure bliss-out at the end of the disc, but before that, what you get is psychedelic guitar gunk out the wazoo. Riff after plodding riff, adorned with alien electronics. Dirge, splurge and more dirge. A roar to end all roars. A space-sludge feedback fantasy.
Each clocking in at about 36 and a half minutes, there's two long tracks (with long track names) here: "Eternal Incantation Of Perpetual Nightmare" and "Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness". Sound kinda black metal don't they? Actually they do. This is an EXTREME Acid Mothers Temple experience let me tell you. Boris, beware! Ufommamut, watch your backs! Electric Wizard, better take another hit!!
Definitely worthy of the nifty, unmistakable Seldon Hunt cover art. Also, FYI we have this in both digital and analog formats. The vinyl version, a heavy gatefold double LP affair, is limited to 1000 copies, and it includes two bonus tracks!!! So act fast...
MPEG Stream: "Eternal Incantation Of Perpetual Nightmare"
MPEG Stream: "Recurring Dream & Apocalypse Of Darkness "

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Son Of A Bitches Brew (Important) 2lp 26.00

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Soul Collective Tour 2003 (Acid Mothers Temple) cd 18.98
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MPEG Stream: KAWABATA MAKOTO "Where Are You Now - Pink Lady Lemonade"
MPEG Stream: TSURUBAMI "Tatoe Kishiroedo"

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE The Penultimate Galactic Bordello Also The World You Made (Dirter) 4cd 33.00
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Jeepers. If the output of the Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. -- everyone's favorite freaky communal Japanese psychedelic spacelords -- wasn't remarkable enough, with a new release or two seemingly sprouting up every time we blink, they had to go and put out this lil' BOX SET. Yup, this one's got four full-length compact discs! Each colorful cd containing a single, approximately hour-long track. That's, like, four hours of music total! Yowza. And the deal is, as we keep saying about these guys (but it's true), it's all pretty great stuff despite how prolific they are. If you're into their trip, we'd say this is a worthwhile purchase. We won't say essential (at this point, what is essential? we all have our faves) but actually a fairly economical deal for fans, when you work out the per-disc price. To be honest, we haven't actually yet listened to the entirety of this release...but what we've heard so far has met our expectations: either jammed-out Hawkwind-meets-Greatful Dead psych-rock or more mysterious, ritualistic dark and droney weirdness. We're really into how this is the "Penultimate" Galactic Bordello, by the way, and not the Ultimate. The implication is, the Ultimate is yet to come. So no need to mope if these four discs leave you wanting more!
MPEG Stream: "The Seven Stigmata From Pussycat Nebula"

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. Absolutely Freak Out (Static Caravan / Resonant) 2lp 17.98
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Gorgeous gatefold double lp. The latest in the seemingly endless barrage of recorded output from the mighty Acid Mothers Temple, Japanese hippies whose glorious din has induced pantswetting by psych/drone fans (and label owners, judging by the number of imprints thy've recorded for) the world over. This record, a joint release by the always-dependable British Static Caravan / Resonant labels, starts out as a delicate gossamer drone, hazy and dark and beautiful, slowly gathering momentum until it erupts into a full fledged psychedelic freakout (a lot like the noisier moments on their PSF cds). As always, essential.

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. La Novia (Swordfish) cd 17.98
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Now on cd with extra tracks! "La Novia" is a dark and droning take on the usual Acid Mothers Temple mix of hippie freak rock and experimental psych weirdness, with lots of faux-throat singing! Apparently this is based on traditional "Occitanian" folk music, which from the album graphics would appear to be a region of France. Hmm? In any event, it's a heavy, forty-minute trip-out mixing everything from distorted guitar and spacey synth to violin and bouzouki. Really great. And now, with this cd version, you don't have to get up and flip the record over halfway through. Plus, as we said, there's two lovely bonus tracks, totalling twenty haunting minutes more. Quite possibly this is our favorite AMT disc yet (and that's saying something, since there are now so many, and most are so good). Makoto Kawabata, Cotton Casino, Atsushi Tsuyama and Co. continue their quest for ultimate psychedelic world domination! (Indeed, look for them on a future cover of The Wire!)
RealAudio clip: "Bois-tu de la biere?"
RealAudio clip: "Bon Voyage au LSD"

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. La Novia (Eclipse) lp 15.98
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A dark and droning take on Acid Mothers Temple usual mix of hippie freak rock and experimental psychedelic weirdness, with lots of throat singing! It seems that with their current and ever-increasing volume of releases the Acid Mothers Temple might be poised to challenge the Sun City Girls some day in the discography sweepstakes, although they have a way to go just yet... Regardless of their number of releases, however, Kawabata and his Acid Mothers Temple minions have yet to disappoint!

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & SPACE PARANOID Black Magic Satori (Safety Meeting) lp 16.98
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BACK IN STOCK! Last copies ever!
What do you get when a trippy, spaced out communal psych rock outfit like Japan's Acid Mothers Temple decides to do a cover of classic doom metal nugget "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath? An extra-psychedelic version appropriately retitled "Space Paranoid", of course, which also is worked into the name of this iteration of the AMT collective, with their latest lp-only release being devoted entirely to slow and doomy jams, total stoner heaviness inspired by the Sabs. Sounds good? It is. And interestin', considering that on several of AMT's other recent efforts, we'd be hearing a lot of Led Zeppelin influence. Guess they decided to make it clear that Sabbath means a lot to 'em too. Though of course, AMT still sounds more like Hawkwind than either of those bands, with a heck of a lot more synth swirling around.
"Space Paranoid" is but one of three tracks on this 32 minute platter, propelled by drummer Okano Futoshi, who we should note used to play in the great Subvert Blaze, probably the most Sabbathy band in Japan in the '90s!
Limited to 500 copies, includes digital download.

album cover ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno European Tour 2005 - Cosmic Funeral Route 666 (Acid Mothers Temple) cd 16.98
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We were getting worried. After showing up on practically three AQ New Arrivals Lists in a row (221, 223, 224), not to mention a brace of releases a few weeks earlier found on lists 217 and 218, we went three whole lists without ANYTHING new by Acid Mothers Temple to review! Well, there was that excellent Kawabata Makoto collaboration with Up-Tight that we listed on 226, but we're talking about full AMT band albums. So it's a relief to have this show up -- and it's just in time. Y'know, just in case there's a Japanese psych freak on your Christmas shopping list, and you were wondering what to get for 'em, maybe they haven't got this yet!
Despite the "European Tour 2005" designation, this isn't recorded live in Europe, but at home in Japan at the Acid Mothers Temple itself, and was meant for sale as merch on that particular tour. We'd guess these copies are the leftovers, luckily enough for those of us who missed the AMT mothership's descent on Europe! There's but two songs on here (as has been AMT's wont of late), the 38 minute "Cosmic Funeral Route 666" and the 5:42 "Phantom Fire Ball". Lots of spaced-out soundz as you might expect, with "Cosmic Funeral" being an electric procession that chugs along densely before things get hushed and more spacious at about the half-way point... until the 24 minute mark when the cosmic funeral train starts a'rollin' again, and some deep, dark, cavernous guitar is unleashed unto the proceedings. The overall vibe (and that's definitely the term to use) isn't actually all that "funereal", really. This ain't AMT's take on Skepticism. It's just another krautrocky cosmic jam from these modern masters. Following that, the briefer "Phantom Fire Ball" is a bit more energetic and distorted, reminding us of Comets On Fire, with urgent vocals that also make us think (as we already were thinking anyway), "man these guys like Hawkwind don't they!"
Packaged in a slim cardboard sleeve like the other discs on the AMT label, and doubtless limited... though of course if you miss this we're sure they're be another new AMT coming up soon!THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno
MPEG Stream: "Cosmic Funeral Route 666"
MPEG Stream: "Phantom Fire Ball"

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