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“Could You Write ‘Tokyo Flashback’ Here?”

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

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

“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

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

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

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