Kawabata Makoto – A short guide

Since I started with Fuzzy Sun I slowly tumbled into this neverending hole that is Japanese psych and noise. I made list with a huge load of Japanese bands called ‘The Cosmic Side of Japan’ and I tried to make some sort of guide through the releases of Acid Mothers Temple and its offshoots (wich was really difficult). Kawabata Makoto (speedguru) plays a big role in this whole scene, he is a founding member of Acid Mothers Temple and played in a lot of bands. And since 1978 Kawabata has been releasing albums under different names. You can expect everything on the psychedelic spectrum. In this post I want to highlight a couple of albums, not all of them because it is just too much to grasp.

Kawabata Makoto: That Awaking : Good​-​bye Me

This is one of the latest studio releases, out since May 2020. Two tracks over half an hour and they are quite exceptionnal. In these Kawabato gives us epic guitarwork over a psychedelic ambient atmosphere.

Nishinihon 西日本: If You Smell What Art Rock is Cookin! アートロックの新鋭

Nishinihon is Tsuyama Atsushi (vocals, electric bass, acoustic guitar),
Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (drums, percussion) and Kawabata Makoto (electric guitar) and this my be my favourite band in this whole post. Nishinihon is wilder and very powerful. Recorded in 1999.

Kawabata Makoto: Mizu Naranu Ao Ni Sae 水ならぬ青にさへ

The original CDR (limited 100) released from Acid Mothers Temple on Jan 1998. This release is filled with guitarnoise but still has an out of this world calming vibe to it.

Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers of Invasion: Hot Rattlesnakes

Mothers of Invasion is Kawabata on guitars, Tsuyama Atsushi on bass and
Ichiraku Yoshimitsu on drums. This spacey stuff was recorded it in London during the Acid Mothers Temple UK tour 2001.

Kawabata Makoto: Your Voice From The Moon

This release is also quite interesting because it let us hear Kawabata on  Electric Comp Synthesizer model-101 and it makes me even more sure he is not from earth.

NANI∞GURU: VOVIVIZM episode 1​.​5 (Remastered)

The original cassette tape was released by Swap Meat Records for NANI∞GURU’s European tour 2019. NANI∞GURU guitarist Kawabata Makoto and drummer Satoshima Nani from Acid Mothers Temple. This release is uptempo filled with guitar solos and is more easy to listen to.

PIkacyu-Makoto 光宙★魔呼斗: Live & Rare

This is PIKA from Osaka primitive wild girls duo Afrirampo and Makoto Kawabata. This release has two live versions and two special tracks.

PIkacyu-Makoto 光宙★魔呼斗: OM Sweet Home : We Are Shining Stars From Darklside

I like this duo very much, they have made some really great released together and this one is a really good one. Originally released in 2011.

Zoffy: Not “Very Very Famous Songs” vol​.​1

Formed by Tsuyama Atsushi (Psyche Bugyo, Omoide Hatoba, ex.Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.) and Kawabata Makoto in 1998. Zoffy is well known as playing innovative comical covers of famous songs, but they also play improvised fake trad. & folk music too.

Kawabata Makoto: Yuga Hiku

Yuga Hiku was recorded in 1993 is highly hypnotic filled with weird sounds all made by Kawabata.

AFRIMAKOTO あふりマコト: AFRIMAKOTO

Afrimakoto is Oni and Pika from Afrirampo and Kawabato. This is the latest studio recording session on 14th September 2020. Everything is completely improvised and is a real fun listen!

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The new album by Karkara is almost out, check out the first three track

Karkara is a French band, and it gets me thinking a bit of Slift, who are French too I believe. Karkara has a really strong, fuzzy and heavy psychedelic sound with Middle Eastern vibes.

A strong psychedelic rock band that shows a lot of promise. Very curious to hear the full album that is called ‘Nowhere Land’ and will be released on November 13. Check them out and pre-order the album.

https://www.facebook.com/karkararock/

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets share new track ‘Tally-Ho’

The Perth psych band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are one of the big rising psychedelic bands from today and they have released some gorgeous stuff already. Now the band is back with a new track walled ‘Tally-Ho’ from their upcoming album ‘SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound’ out 5th February 2021 Pre-order here – https://ffm.to/ppc-shyga.oyd

Check them out and more on Fuzzy Sun’s list. Check them out on the Australian list too!

https://www.facebook.com/psychedelicprncrumpets/

The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gates Of Dark (2020 Repress) on Riot Season Records

Acid Mothers Temple and its many offshoots has produced so much music I don’t know if the bandmembers even remember everything. I know I tried to make some kind of guide but I am still stuck at part I. It is like opening the box of pandora, you start off and think, hey this is cool, so much music and then it just does not stop, the same bandmembers are switching bands, quiting, starting different bands with almost the same name or side project that are something completely different, it just does not stop. As far as I know they released “Reverse of Rebirth in Universe” in riot season in 2018, a re-release called ‘Either The Fragmented Body Or The Reconstituted Soul’ on Necio Records and a very dirty split with Orphan Goggles in 2019 and rework  of ‘Minstrel In The Galaxy’. Also a split with Yoo Doo Right and also and album offshoot called Acid Mothers Reynols. Another split with Paul Kidney Experience.

Now there is a repress I wanted to share that is out on Riot Season Records. The repress of ‘The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gates Of Dark’. This Cosmic album was released somwhere in 2001.

AMT is a band of many talents and on this album they show again their strength. This album may be more listenable then the others, more hypnotic and more sensitive. I love it. If you are a fan of all these Japanese psych and noise stuff, be sure to check out the cosmic side of Japan.

https://www.facebook.com/riotseasonrecords

https://www.facebook.com/acidmotherstempleofficial/

Pink Lady Lemonade (you’re from inner space) 2020 repress on cassette by Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO

Acid Mothers Temple and its many offshoots has produced so much music I don’t know if the bandmembers even remember everything. I know I tried to make some kind of guide but I am still stuck at part I. It is like opening the box of pandora, you start off and think, hey this is cool, so much music and then it just does not stop, the same bandmembers are switching bands, quiting, starting different bands with almost the same name or side project that are something completely different, it just does not stop. As far as I know they released “Reverse of Rebirth in Universe” in riot season in 2018, a re-release called ‘Either The Fragmented Body Or The Reconstituted Soul’ on Necio Records and a very dirty split with Orphan Goggles in 2019 and rework  of ‘Minstrel In The Galaxy’. Also a split with Yoo Doo Right and also and album offshoot called Acid Mothers Reynols. Another split with Paul Kidney Experience,‘The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gates Of Dark’ repress on Riot season.

Now the band Reissue of an Acid Mothers Temple classic! Kawabata Makoto refers to Pink Lady Lemonade as “one of the most important songs of my career” and this is its definitive recording. Buy The cassette will you.

AMT is a band of many talents and on this album they show again their strength. This album may be more listenable then the others, more hypnotic and more sensitive. I love it. If you are a fan of all these Japanese psych and noise stuff, be sure to check out the cosmic side of Japan.

https://www.facebook.com/acidmotherstempleofficial/

Tropical Fuck Storm share Talking Heads cover

Honestly I still don’t understand why Tropical Fuck Storm is not more popular and more known by now. This band has made the most gorgeous records, the most perfect mix of psychedelic rock and heaviness, and their mellow songs are just gorgeous. Now they return yet againw ith a new 7″ that is out on Joyfull Noise Recordings and Flightless Records. The track ‘Legal Ghost’ is up for a listen and is yet again a true beauty. On the one side is the ‘Legal Ghost’ track and on the other side the Talking Heads cover ‘Heaven’. Order it now!

https://www.facebook.com/tropicalfstorm

https://www.facebook.com/joyfulnoiserecordings

Space rockers Par Asito

About a month ago the album ‘Singularity’ by Par Asito came out. If you see the cover of the album and hear the name of the album you are probably thinking that this has to be some kind of psychedelic, spacy rock. And you are completely right. This is a trio made of  Bass, Synth, guitar and Drums and it is trippy as hell. Five tracks to lose you mind to. Check them out now.

https://www.facebook.com/ParAsitoSonico/

Tropical Fuck Storm share track ‘Legal Ghost’ from new 7″

Honestly I still don’t understand why Tropical Fuck Storm is not more popular and more known by now. This band has made the most gorgeous records, the most perfect mix of psychedelic rock and heaviness, and their mellow songs are just gorgeous. Now they return yet againw ith a new 7″ that is out on Joyfull Noise Recordings and Flightless Records. The track ‘Legal Ghost’ is up for a listen and is yet again a true beauty. On the other side is the Talking Heads cover ‘Heaven’. Order it now!

https://www.facebook.com/tropicalfstorm

https://www.facebook.com/joyfulnoiserecordings

 

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets share new track ‘Mr. Prysm’

The Perth psych band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have released some pretty awesome stuff and is one of the great new psychedelic bands. They third release was ‘And Now for the Whatchamacallit’ and was a succes and now the band shares a new song called ‘Mr Prysm’

Check them out and more on Fuzzy Sun’s list. Check them out on the Australian list too!

https://www.facebook.com/psychedelicprncrumpets/

 

Damaged Bug (John Dwyer) release Michael Yonkers cover album

John Dwyer from Oh Sees returns with his Damaged Bug project. His previous album “Bunker Funk” was from 2017 and now the psychedelic master is back wich is splendid news in these dark times. This time it is  a cover album with covers from Michael Yonkers.

The album starts with the dreamy track ‘Goodbye Sunball’ but after that track John Dwyer gos a gear faster and the fuzz does not stop till the end. This is an excellent album, I have to admit I do not know a lot of music from Michael Yonkers so I started listening to both the cover album and the originals and it is just doubling the fun.

https://www.facebook.com/damagedbug/

Psych rockers Holy Moniter release ‘This Desert Land’

The Greek Psych Rockers Holy Moniter released their excellent ablum ‘II’ back in 2018. Their music has this vintage psych vibe, a sound that makes you feel pretty good, fuzzed out summerpsych with just the right amount of keyboard in it. Their new EP ‘This Desert Island’ is out and it is quite great. Four tracks of great psych perfect for the summer. Tune in now.

https://www.facebook.com/holymonitor/

Mong Tong 夢東 release ‘Mystery 秘神’ on Guruguru Brain

Mong Tong 夢東 are a trio from Taiwan with  the Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi  who also play in ​Prairie WWWW​ (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple. And now they released their new album ‘Mystery’ on Guruguru Brain.

This band may very wel be one of my favourite discoveries of 2020. There is something absolutely magical in their sound, you can just feel the dreamlike soundscapes, the vintage samples in combination with the krautrock and psych. Combine this with the traditional Taiwanese music and the original approach of this band you get something truly hypnotic and magical. catchy basslines, futuristic synth sounds, vintage samples, they combine it all and the whole sounds sooo good together.

Easily one of the most refreshing releases of the year so far. This should still the hunger of every music fan, does not matter what kind of music they like.

Mong Tong makes magic with sounds.

Third track from Mong Tong 夢東 on Guruguru Brain

This is the third track from a gorgeous new band (for me anyway) called Mong Tong. They will release their new album ‘Mystery’ June 19 on Guruguru Brain.
The third track is out and I just can’t help but be completly blown away by this, the psychedelics and samples and atmosphere are so good in this music, it feels refreshing and it is so much fun too listen too. The band from Taipei just released the third track called ‘Ancient Mars’ and it is an absolute pleasure. Tune in now.
Mong Tong 夢東 are a trio with  the Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi  who also play in ​Prairie WWWW​ (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple.

Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. release ‘Chosen Star Child’s Confession’ on Riot Season Records

This is one of earths most fascinating bands. Acid Mothers Temple and its many offshoots has produced so much music I don’t know if the bandmembers even remember everything. I know I tried to make some kind of guide but I am still stuck at part I. It is like opening the box of pandora, you start off and think, hey this is cool, so much music and then it just does not stop, the same bandmembers are switching bands, quiting, starting different bands with almost the same name or side project that are something completely different, it just does not stop. As far as I know they released “Reverse of Rebirth in Universe” in riot season in 2018, a re-release called ‘Either The Fragmented Body Or The Reconstituted Soul’ on Necio Records and a very dirty split with Orphan Goggles in 2019 and rework  of ‘Minstrel In The Galaxy’. Also a split with Yoo Doo Right and also and album offshoot called Acid Mothers Reynols.

Their new album “Chosen Star Child’s Confession” and new line-up (Kawabata Makoto, speed guru, Higashi Hiroshi, Jyonson Tsu, Satoshima Nani , Wolf) is called “Chosen Star Child’s Confession” and is featuring Geoff Leigh (ex Henry Cow). You can see this album is the first one of a new era for Acid Mothers Temple.

The album wich we can hear 4 tracks from starts with some very trippy sound sin the first track and ends with wild solos an cosmic classic AMT sounds. The second track ‘Diamond Eyes areHurt’ is absolutely gorgeous, the band shows their softer side with the beautiful vocals and the sax in the background and makes this jazzy track a true masterpiece. ‘Cometary Orbital Drive (Christal Trigger 2199)’ is very trippy and hypnotic, 13 minutes of ambient and psych ends in some chillin guitar work. ‘Infected J Also Live Beast Catastrophe’ is experimental and heavy and has the signature AMT sound and I am happy this track is on it.

AMT is a band of many talents and on this album they show again their strength. This album may be more listenable then the others, more hypnotic and more sensitive. I love it. If you are a fan of all these Japanese psych and noise stuff, be sure to check out the cosmic side of Japan.

https://www.facebook.com/riotseasonrecords

https://www.facebook.com/acidmotherstempleofficial/

 

Recycled tracks from Flowers Must Die

The Swedish band Flowers Must Die has released some pretty great psych in the past. Their music is highly hypnotic and trippy. This is a compilation with lost tracks, alternative mixes, demo versions or longer versions of tracks that have been released. About 2 hours and 30 minutes music from 2008-2018. The compilation is called Återbruk (wich means recycled).

https://www.facebook.com/flowersmustdie/

 

Damaged Bug (John Dwyer) release Michael Yonkers cover album

John Dwyer from Oh Sees returns with his Damaged Bug project. His previous album “Bunker Funk” was from 2017 and now the psychedelic master is back wich is splendid news in these dark times. This time it is  a cover album with covers from Michael Yonkers.

The album starts with the dreamy track ‘Goodbye Sunball’ but after that track John Dwyer gos a gear faster and the fuzz does not stop till the end. This is an excellent album, I have to admit I do not know a lot of music from Michael Yonkers so I started listening to both the cover album and the originals and it is just doubling the fun.

https://www.facebook.com/damagedbug/