Seven Spaces of Empty Place

Pop/Psych/Folk/Noise/Jazz/World and other things...


Rudolph Grey - Mask of Light

Rudolph Grey, Ed Wood biographer/guitar noise genius, released this Thurston Moore produced album on New Alliance Records in 1991 ("Executive production" credited to Ecstatic Peace!). Definitely something fans of Borbetomagus should drool over - and not just because Jim Sauter plays on 2 of 3 tracks.

1) Mask of Light (recorded at the Musique Action '90 festival, Vandoeuvre, France, May 26, 1990). Rudolph Grey - Guitar, Jim Sauter - Saxophones, Rashied Ali - Drums

2)Implosion - 73 (second version). Rudolph Grey - Guitar, Rashied Ali - Drums

3) Flaming Angels (Variation) - Rudolph Grey - Guitar, Rashied Ali - Drums, Jim Sauter - Saxophones, Alan Licht - Guitar

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p.s. For whatever reason you can buy this OOP CD from market place for 1 penny. Yep, just $0.01. I opted for the pricey $0.60 shrink wrapped copy. You can also buy the Blue Humans' Clear To Higher Times for the same price (Blue Humans were an improv group revolving around Rudolph Grey, often in collaboration with Alan Licht, Tom Surgal and Arthur Doyle).


Yoshimi - Ecstatic Peace 7"s

Two 7" records by Yoshimi (of Boredoms fame), released by Ecstatic Peace! in the early 90's. More Boredoms related goodies coming soon.

Yoshimi - Big Toast 7"

Vo. Dr. G. Tp. - Yoshimi
Special Speaker - Julie Cafritz
Vo. Tp. Dr. - Yoshimi
Special Tuna Power & G - Kim Gordon
Recorded Jan. 1993

Yoshimi - Two 7"
"All sounds by Me & P-we"
Dec. 1993

Hanatarash - Total Retardation

The name of the record describes its contents perfectly. Released in 1996.

Total Retardation


Fushitsusha - The Caution Appears

One of my personal favorite Fushitsusha records, coming in just behind the two double live albums on PSF (available from forced exposure). The Caution Appears is perhaps Fushitsusha's noisiest and most uninhibited recording, making it an immediately gratifying affair for those of us wained on the noise freakouts of Borbetomagus and the like (surely I'm not the only one). A standout (and underappreciated!) entry in Fushitsusha and Keiji Haino's incredible discography.

The Caution Appears


Jun Togawa - Suki Suki Daisuki

Jun Togawa's second LP on Yen Records (1985), following 1984's slightly more excellent Tamahime-Sama. The title track is perhaps the catchiest song ever.

From Wikipedia:

Jun Togawa (戸川純 Togawa Jun, born 31 March 1961) is a Japanese singer, musician and actress.

After gaining attention as an actress and as guest singer for the Halmens, she began her professional music career in the early 1980s as an unusual idol singer (or possibly a parody of an idol singer) with the single "Virgin Blues". It was soon apparent that her eccentric personality, surreal or disturbing lyrics and extensive vocal range set her apart from the usual bland, cute pop singers that were popular in Japan. Her mash-up of "lolita" voice, straight singing, screaming, and operatics, married to traditional Japanese melodies, militaristic marching themes, and techno-pop continue to endear her to Japanese "maniac" fans, such as devotees of horror or erotic manga, particularly young women.

In a 2001 interview, influential alternative musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (known for his work with Sonic Youth, amongst others) picked a Togawa Jun cover song album Goodbye 20th Century as one of his "best albums of the year." Having at times covered his music there is a good degree of mutual respect between them.

Although her deeply un-commercial attitude kept her away from major "pop" success, she survived as an influential and respected underground music figure both solo and as the lead singer of Guernica (1982-89) with former Halmens member Koji Ueno and her most commercial project the Yapoos (1984-1995 and occasionally since). Over the years she has formed many temporary backing bands such as the Jun Togawa Unit to accompany her. Generally the differentiation between her self named bands and the Yapoos is a greater degree of collaboration in the later.

Notable collaborators over the years have been Haruomi Hosono who produced and wrote music for some of her earlier works. Her late sister Kyoko Togawa was an actress who at times ventured into the music world and cross collaborated at times. Around 1990 Jun shared management with Susumu Hirasawa resulting in quite a number of collaborations. More recently she's worked with Yoshihide Otomo, Hoppy Kamiyama and Hisato Yamamoto.

She recently released a new CD with her current project Jun Togawa Band featuring elements of noise rock, disco, techno-pop, opera and various other genres, to favourable reviews from many underground music fans in Japan.

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