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!

https://acidmother.exblog.jp/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB4ceM1ygPEMWu3_-2-d83w?view_as=subscriber

https://www.facebook.com/makoto.kawabata.148

http://acidmothers.com/

Japanese psych rockers Joseph of Kirezi share 2 tracks

The Tokyo psych rockers  Joseph of Kirezi make fuzzed out psych and new they are back with two new tracks that they released in March. The band has some pretty cool tunes released in the past and these new two are self recorded but of really good quality. The first track “Acid Wave” is epic psychedelic rock, raging solos and trippy vibes.The second track “Hirasaka” is 8 minutes long and is something between an epic heavy psych track and mellow cosmic tunes. The bend is together with a whole lot of other Japanese heaviness on my Cosmic List.

https://www.facebook.com/kirezinojoseph

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Update 2 : The Cosmic Side of Japan

This is the second big update that i did on “The Cosmic Side of Japan”. This  second update I did with help from Adam (@vogonlaundromat on twitter). Adam is psychedelic rock fan and has a ridicilous knowledge of the Japanese psych scene. Check out the new addition here or the full list = “The Cosmic Side of Japan”.

Space Streaking

someone said Space Streakings is Hyper-Disco Grindcore (sporting an industrial-sized dollop of alien hip hop, and a healthy dose of “WTF?”). I can’t really argue with that. The band was made from members Captain Insect, Karate Condor, Kame Bazooka, Screaming Stomach and Kashikari Rental Rocket. I Think.


Nishinihon

Here is a relativly normal band in difference with space streakings. Nishinihon was made from Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple etc.) and is gorgeous heavy psych filled with trippy guitar work and excellent psychedelic vibes. Other members where Tsuyama Atsushi, Ichiraku Yoshimitsu and Okano Futoshi.


Ohkami No Jikan

Made of Nanjo Asahito , Emi Nobuko, Kawabata Makoto , Miura Maki, Hibari Nagao and Asai. This band was also known as “The Seventh Seal”.


Overhang Party

Made of Fukuoka Rinji, Nishino Kouji, Yamazaki Iwao.


Sarry

Sarry makes Japanese vocal noise drone. well, whatever that is. have a listen.


Ruins

A very weird Japanese Fusion band that blends, jazz, noiserock, psych and other weird things.


Sax Ruins

Maybe you guessed it, maybe not because what the hell is all this, but Sax Ruins is a newer version of Ruins. Instead of the bass player on Ruins we get the alto sax player Ono Ryoko. Their only release is on Ipecac Recordings.


Yona-Kit

A Japan-US collaboration with members KK Null, Jim O’Rourke, Darin Grey and Thymme Jones. Their self titles was released 94 on Skin Graft Rcords.

 

 

Update: The Cosmic Side of Japan

I have a list that is called “The Cosmic Side of Japan” and it is filled with psychedelic, garage, doom and noiserock bands from long ago as well as very recent bands. I recently had some help from a friend who seems to be somewhat of an expert on the Japanese psych genre. In this post I will share some bands and add them to the list. These are the latest additions to the list.

White Heaven

White Heaven was established by singer/guitarist You Ishihara somewhere in the eighties, then under the name Living End. After a lot of different line ups White Heaven released their debut LP “Out” in 1991. The band made a couple more LP and ended with “Levitation” in 1997.


Psycho Baba

Experimental psych by sitar player Mhayow and Boredoms members Yoshimi and Hira. “On the Roof of Kedar Lodge” was released 2000. The band has one other album and a couple of live albums.


Musica Transonic

Heavy japanese psych band Musica Transonic was formed in 1995 by Nanjo Asahito (bass), Makoto Kawabata (guitar) and 吉田達也 [Tatsuya Yoshida] (drums).


20 Guilders

Japanese psych/folk band 20 Guilders is made of TABATA MITSURU and Suzuki Junzo. Tabata is known for founding Boredoms, Zeni Geva and ex member of Acid Mothers Temple.

https://www.facebook.com/20Guilders/


PSYCHE BUGYO

Psychedelic rockers Psyche Bugyo led by long-term Acid Mothers Temple member Atsushi Tsuyama with Ryota NISHI (keyboards), Keizo SUHARA (bass), and Nani SATOJIMA (drums)


Boredoms

Formed in 86 in Osaka. Boredoms has had numerous line up changes through the years. And singer Yamantaka Eye being frontman. Boredoms is experimental noiserock or like they say, Japanoise.

https://www.facebook.com/Boredoms-31952932390/


Zeni Geva

Brutal  Japanese noise band Zeni Geva was formed in 1987 and features singer and guitarist KK. Null and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida.

https://www.facebook.com/zenigeva/


High Rise

Another Heavy Psych/noiserock band. High Rise was formed in 1982 by bassist Asahito Nanjo and guitarist Munehiro Narita. Originally called Psychedelic Speed Freaks but they changed their name advised by PSF records.