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“A world that achieves a balance or harmony…”
Winter 1997: Interview no. 2 with Chie Mukai from G-Modern Vol. 14

This interview with Chie Mukai is the second of two first published in G-Modern Volume 14 during the winter of 1996-97. (The first interview can be found here.) It was conducted by Fumio Kosakai on December 31, 1996. Kosakai is best known … Continue reading

“Anything was fine, as long as it was different from what others were doing”
Winter 1997: Interview no. 1 with Chie Mukai from G-Modern Vol. 14

The following is the first of two interviews with Chie Mukai that were published in G-Modern Volume 14 during the winter of 1996-97. This interview was conducted by Kimiko Isaki on December 23, 1996 in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo. The translation was … Continue reading

“The thing I care the most about is tone”
September 1995: An interview with Phew from G-Modern #9
+ 3 album reviews

The following interview was first printed in G-Modern Vol. 9 which was published in the autumn of 1995. It was conducted shortly after Phew had completed recording and mastering her album Himitsu no Knife which was released by the Creativeman Disc … Continue reading

“I thought it would be good to be somewhere where there would be hardly any passersby.”
An interview with Hideo Ikeezumi on his formative years and the beginnings of Modern Music and P.S.F. Records

The following was originally presented in Takeshi Gōda’s 2017 book, Chika ongaku e no shōtai (An Invitation to Underground Music) edited by Akira Kato and published by Loft Books, Japan. The book is a unique, multi-layered exploration of the Japanese underground of … Continue reading

November 1996: “I was a strange kid with no ambitions”
Asahito Nanjo Interview, Opprobrium Issue 3

The following interview and images were first printed in the third issue of Opprobrium, a key underground music magazine published in New Zealand and edited by Nick Cain during the 1990’s. The interview itself is expansive. Nanjo is known for … Continue reading

June 2017: “Could You Write ‘Tokyo Flashback’ Here?”
You Ishihara’s Reflections on Hideo Ikeezumi

You Ishihara of White Heaven Looks Back: The Origins of “Tokyo Flashback”, Modern Music and the “Brilliance and Enigma” of Hideo Ikeezumi June 29, 2017 MM Yomoyama Banashi (MM This and That) by You Ishihara Translated by Taketo Shimada from the … Continue reading

1981: AMALGM Issue #7, Pinakotheca Records Newsletter

Images courtesy Satoshi Sonoda. Translations by Taketo Shimada. AMALGM #7, Page 1: Concert listing for one of Haino’s earliest collaborations with a non-Japanese musician. As a result of the meeting, Frith would become one of the first to instroduce the Watashi … Continue reading

“Like an Antithetical Keiji Haino”
A conversation with Keiji Haino on his early years and Watashi Dake?

Interview conducted on January 29, 2017 in Kawagoe by Takeshi Goda. English translation and notes by Alan Cummings. H = Keiji Haino G = Takeshi Goda G: How did you first come to perform at Kichijōji Minor? H: At the … Continue reading

Creating Music from a Place of Absolute Nothingness:
The Origins of Keiji Haino’s Watashi Dake?

This piece draws from an interview conducted by Takeshi Goda with Keiji Haino on January 29, 2017 in Kawagoe.

Over the last 50 years, few musicians or performers have created as monumental and uncompromising a body of work as that of Keiji Haino. Through a vast number of recordings and performances, Haino has staked out a ground all his own—creating a language of unparalleled intensity that defies any simple classification. Continue reading

July 2000: “Narcotic Psychedelia” Playlist and Notes by Hideo Ikeezumi
Studio Voice Vol. 295, Issue 7

Artist Playlist 1 – Hideo Ikeezumi (Modern Music) Japan was a third-world country in terms of rock music – there weren’t any bands here that truly captured the essence of psychedelic music in the late 60s while seemingly the whole outside … Continue reading

Ché-SHIZU – A Journey
Deluxe 2LP Gatefold Edition
Available for Pre-Order Now.

Black Editions is proud to present the first ever vinyl pressing of Ché-SHIZU’s sprawling classic 1994 album A Journey.
Newly re-mastered, featuring entirely new artwork and first time lyric translations.

2LP w/ Digital Download
Black Editions, BE-004/53
$27 + Shipping
Release Date: May 25, 2018

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High Rise – High Rise II
Deluxe LP Editions
Available Now.

Black Editions is proud to present the definitive edition of
High Rise’s classic 1986 album “High Rise II”.
Newly mixed and mastered by Nanjo Asahito and featuring restored original LP artwork with heavy textured jacket and metallic ink printing.

Regular LP and Special Edition LP + “Tapes” Bundle
Black Editions, BE-002/002
$20-$32 + Shipping

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Various Artists “Tokyo Flashback” Deluxe 2LP
Available Now.

Featuring: High Rise, Ghost, White Heaven, Fushitsusha, Kousokuya,
Marble Sheep & The Run-Down Sun’s Children, Verzerk, and Keiji Haino.

2LP Vinyl with digital download, Black Editions (BE-001/012)
Black Editions, BE-001/012
Available now:

$36 + Shipping

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BE-000: Watashi Dake?

Keiji Haino – Watashi Dake?

Black Editions, BE-000
Deluxe Vinyl LP with Digital Download
Available Now
$22 + Shipping

Keiji Haino’s classic debut album will be available on vinyl for the first time since 1981 and for the first time ever as originally intended by the artist- in a special gold and silver edition.

To read more on the album click HERE