Hanatarsh is the work of Yamatsuka Tetsurō (better known as Yamatsuka Eye). Almost art terrorism in nature, it makes his work in UFO or Die and Boredoms look pedestrian by comparison. Early audiences were made to sign disclaimers waiving responsibility for any injuries caused during shows. Infamous examples of the mayhem include launching oil drums at the crowd, throwing molotov coctails, and driving a mechanical digger through the back wall of a venue as part of the performance. Now that's what I call making an entrance! He even carved into his own leg with an electric saw during one show, although that was probably an accident. Not surprisingly, the virtual (and sometimes literal) destruction of venues meant that nobody in Japan would allow him to play. When Hanatarash resurfaced during the mid '90s, it was without the extreme violence...which is either a good or a bad thing depending on whether you like wearing crash helmets at gigs!
1985 - Hanatarash - Cock Aktion (vhs) [condome cassex, marz]
1985 - Hanatarash - Worst Selektion (C60) [pcm/mars]
1985 - Hanatarash - ハナタラシ (lp) [alchemy records]
1988 - Hanatarashi - 2 (lp) [alchemy records]
1990 - Hanatarash - We Are Nuts (C10) [ltd.]
1992 - Hanatarash - Hanatarash 3 [rrrecords]
1992 - Hanatarash - Live!! 88 Feb. 21 Antiknock - Tokyo [mom 'n' dad productions]
1992 - Hanatarash - The Hanatarash And His eYe (7'') [public bath]
1993 - Hanatarash - Live!! 82 Apr. 12 Studio Ahiru - Osaka [mom 'n' dad productions]
1993 - Hanatarash - Live!! 84 Dec. 16 Zabo - Kyoto [mom 'n' dad productions]
1996 - Hanatarash - 5 [shock city, trattoria]
1996 - Hanatarash - Total Retardation (7'') [vinyl communications]
1998 - Hanatarashi & Kyōakukyōjindan - Jigoku No Komoriuta (C60) [fujiyama]
1999 - Hanatarash - 4 (aka Aids-A-Delic) [public bath]
2002 - Hanatarash & Runzelstirn and Gurgelstøck & Eb.ersonna - Tiefpunk (12'') [tochnit aleph]
2005 - Hanatarash - We Are Hardcore (Early Tapes Of The Hanatarashi) (5xcdr) [superman cha cha]
We Are Hardcore - Disc 1
We Are Hardcore - Disc 2
We Are Hardcore - Disc 3
We Are Hardcore - Disc 4
We Are Hardcore - Disc 5
2006 - Evil Moisture & Hanatarash - Fatanarchy On Airtube [harbinger sound, tochnit aleph]
2007 - The Hanatarashi - Born To Be Wild (C10) [skulls of heaven]
Various - Helter Skelter
A1 Le Syndicat & Merzbow - Untitled 10:37
A2 The Hanatarashi - Live Akme 3:57
B1 Null - Telesma Sicut Dei 7:18
B2 Hijo Kaidan - Live At 創造道場 11/3/1980 4:36
1986 - Various - Helter Skelter (C30) [beast 666 tapes]
Various - I'm Stupid
A1 Merzbow - Great Masturbator 4:35
A2 Masonna - Copoqusl Dakuptlk 2:52
A3 The Hanatarashi - I Like Slave 2:07
A4 TV Cherubs & Solmania - D.D.A.A. Makes You Dull 0:55
A5 The Gerogerigegege - デパゴル女 Destroyed 1:35
A6 The Boredoms - M 75 2:19
1990 - Various - I'm Stupid (s-side C30) [beast 666 tapes]
Various - Japan Bashing Three
A Hijokaidan - Theme Of The Taste Of Wild West 5:50
B Solmania - Highdrophobia Part 2 5:41
C Hanatarash - Galaxy Boost & Hanataradelic Planet Dub (Sore Diamond Remix) 6:44
D Masonna - Hot Licks From A Cunning Linguist 4:05
1991 - Various - Japan Bashing Volume 3 (2x7") [public bath]
Various - Snake Is Long, Don't Fall The Audio Hole (My Father Said) - A Tribute To The Hanatarash
01 Brently Pusser - We Eat
02 Dub Nazi JFK - We Bite Bollocks
03 Emil Beaulieau - Mind Dig
04 Faxed Head - Frog Girl 90000
05 Greg Freeman - We See
06 Lee Ranaldo - My Dad Is Car
07 Thee Bringdownzz - Detroit Rock City
08 Pork Queen - Vortex Shit
09 Miss Murgatroid - No Noise
10 Speculum Fight - Gag Nuts Gum
11 Glands Of External Secretion - Boat People Hate Fuck
12 Masonna / David Hopkins - We Can Kill
13 The Now Sound - Bad Sound For Bad Ear (Megatronix)
14 Faxed Head Roadies - Apartheid Fun Club
15 Macronympha - We Are Meat
16 Macronympha - California Sleep
17 The Double U - We Hook
18 Funharm - Pisshole Surfers
19 Unknown Artist - Untitled
Various - A Tribute To The Hanatarash [stomach ache records] (1995)
It always cheers me up when there is new BSBC in the world! This came out a few weeks ago...got my copy...go get yours!
"Blue Sabbath Black Cheer returns with a new long-player CDr, pro-pressed in an edition of 250, entitled "HN"; featuring 1 new song from the gruesome terror noise duo of Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, 2 collaboration tracks from the harsh noise projects of Stan Reed and wm.Rage (Dried Up Corpse & Nervous Corps, respectively), and a 30min crushing minimalist harsh noise deconstruction of BSBC by The Rita (the opening salvo in a 2-part collaboration between BSBC & The Rita). Edition of 250 copies in a jewel-case with appropriate harsh minimalist art."
Track 1. Blue Sabbath Black Cheer - Existence Distortion
Track 2. Dried Up Corpse & Nervous Corps - untitled
Track 3. Nervous Corps & Dried Up Corpse - Pure/Filth
Track 4. The Rita & Blue Sabbath Black Cheer - Drowning Witches I
Too tired to say much. If you know these guys, there won't be anything too surprising here. I've been searching for their more obscure tapes and the boxes on Enterruption for years but never got even close to being able to buy them.
There's a great interview with 2 of the band here if you want to know more. Shouldn't admit this but I never knew that Blue Sabbath Black Cheer took their name from a Gravitar song (Blue Sabbath) and that Geoff appears on some of the BSBC gear.
Gravitar were an American band who appear to be influenced by K.K. Null’s work in Zeni Geva, with similar dense walls of oppresive guitar but more expansive in it's approach. Self-proclaimed as the "world's loudest Jazz band" and described by WM. Rage as "Too noise for rock, too rock for noise...". Extreme music inspired by everything from Charlie Parker to John Zorn to the sound of breaking glass. Heavy and harsh walls of psychedelic noise!!!
1994 - Gravitar - Chinga Su Corazon [charnel music]
1995 - Gravitar - Gravitaativarravitar [charnel music]
1997 - Gravitar - Now The Road Of Knives [charnel music]
1998 - Gravitar & Universal Indians - Split (lp) [american tapes, am008]
1999 - Gravitar - Live at The Gold Dollar, Detroit 1999
1999 - Gravitar - You Must First Learn To Draw The Real [monotremata records]
2001 - Gravitar - Edifier [manifold]
2001 - Gravitar - Freedom's Just Another Word For Never Getting Paid [enterruption]
2007 - Gravitar - Trail By Fire (C48) [psychform records]
YBO² (pronounced ee-boh ee-boh). A reckless, neo-progressive, psychedelic power troupe. YBO²’s predominantly self-released canon remains largely unavailable in the West. In a sense, the floating line-up represents an inverse supergroup...when they stopped playing in 1990ish (they reformed 10 years later but it didn't work out) it's members went their seperate ways and made some of the greatest music ever. Drummer Tatsuya Yoshida masterminded the hypercomplex duo Ruins (who originally featured another YBO2 alumnus, guitarist-bassist Hideki Kawamoto) and is a member of Koenjihyakkei, Korekyojinn, Musica Transonic and various Acid Mothers' projects. Original YBO2 guitarist Michio Kurihara abused his wah-wah in the esteemed White Heaven, played with Marble Sheep, currently participates in Ghost and has recorded and played with Boris. Kazuyuki Kishino has hammered out a host of crude avant-metal and ambient works both on his own as K.K. Null and Null and with Zeni Geva and Absolut Null Punkt. Chu Ishikawa created the score to Shinya Tsukamoto's groundbreaking film Tetsuo the Iron Man. Hiroshi Hasegawa created Astro and C.C.C.C. It is even rumoured that, at times, the group included Masami Akita (yeah, that Merzbow bloke). I can not believe that there is a group that has ever spawned such genius!
Can't find any info on the Taiyou No Ouji lp, but here it is anyway. If anybody has any other YBO² releases...please share! Particularly the Yhwh....Black Omen II "Kingdom Of Familydream" lp
1986 - YBO² - Alienation (lp) [transrecords]
1988 - YBO² - Pale Skin, Pale Face (2xlp) [transrecords]
1989 - YBO² - Starship [victor musical industries]
1992 - YBO² - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [sse communications]
1992 - YBO² - My Rest Place Live [sse communications]
1994 - YBO² - Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [sse communications]
2000 - YBO² - 大蜩琳 (Daejohw-Ling) [fractured sisters' secrets]
YBO² - Taiyou No Ouji.rar
Just when I thought that I would never see another VOG release that I didn't have...this just landed out of the blue!
Released on the Japanese label Vanilla Records in 1991, compiled from various unreleased tapes to make one brilliant single track cd.
1991 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Excrete Music [vanilla records]
A while back I was going to drop an ASC post. On my travels, I found an absolutely brilliant blog that had posted quite a few already. I have a lot more that aren't there but decided to give that blog some props and move on to something else instead.
But I forgot to give the blog the respect it deserves. Anyway...
Check out Flashing Light Will Blind Us and you will find a good healthy dose of ASC and a lot of other gems. Check out the Tokyo Flashback series she/he/they have up there! I was gonna post it but checked to see if it was already up somewhere (that's how I found the blog). Looks like I was beat to the Wheels Of Confusion post as well but I didn't lift it from there, it came from my own collection...great/simple minds think alike I guess! I might return to ASC and fill in the gaps...but might not.
Astral Social Club is the work of Neil Campbell by the way. Probably best known for his work with Vibracathedral Orchestra, he is a prolific solo artist, contibutor and collaborator. You really should check out his work! A lot is still for sale and he releases fresh material regularly and you can keep in touch here. Neil also uses Discogs to sell his gear here and is always helpful and takes time to answer any fanboy questions you might have.
In a world full of information overkill, Violent Onsen Geisha is a rare and mysterious thing! As in...there's very little info out there. Basically, Violent Onsen Geisha is the work of Masaya Nakahara although for years he created a history of VOG as a group whose members mysteriously died one by one (Spinal Tap drummer style, if you prefer). I suppose this provides the key to his work as Violent Onsen Geisha...sly and ironic, bizarre and sarcastic...creating a history which cloaks him in mystery so that he can enjoy himself in relative anonymity. Basically what you get is kitsch soundtracks and hippetty hop and blasts of disco and found sound and field recordings and spoken word and noise. You can see the smile all over his face...well I can! He has since moved on to work as Hair Stylistics which is more straight ahead blistering noise but with the same cheeky sensibilities leaking through.
What you get here is all that I have. There were two different versions of Otis (naturally you get both here), check Discogs for info. The U.S. Tour cd contains live collaborations with Smegma, Trumans Water and Thurston Moore respectively. Zashikionna Remix is half of a double cd by Minetaro Mochizuki & Violent Onsen Geisha that came with a magazine apparently. I have never seen that or I would have bought it and posted the full deal...if anyone can sort me out with the 1st disc I will love you forever (or at least for a bit). Sod And Sodie Sock comes with an additional disc...same deal. Dada Junk Spew! is a bootleg of the original tape on Chocolate Monk from 1995 which appeared from somewhere last year. It also includes the collaborative track 'Silver Afro Funeral March' which appeared on the 'Studies For Postal Orgies' cassette (which came with 50 copies of the first Prick Decay LP). Shocking Early Works 83-85 Vol. 1...who knows?
1988 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Black Lovers_Early Lost Tapes 1988
1989 - Violent Onsen Geisha & Masonna - Split (lp) [rrrecords]
1993 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Shocks! Shocks! Shocks! Remix '93 [ring music]
1993 - 暴力温泉芸者 - Otis [endorphine factory]
1995 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Balloon Collector In The Wilderness (7'') [japan overseas]
1995 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Que Sera, Sera (Things Go From Bad To Worse) [rail recordings]
1995 - Violent Onsen Geisha - US Tour '95 [japan overseas]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Nation Of Rhythm Slaves [rail recordings]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Otis [rail recordings]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Teenage Pet Sounds [polystar, trattoria]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - The Midnight Gambler [pure]
1997 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Violent Onsen Geisha (3xCD & 3''CD) [bloody butterfly]
One Two Three Four
1997 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Zashikionna Remix
1998 - Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy & Violent Onsen Geisha - Sod And Sodie Sock
2003 - Violent Onsen Geisha & Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy - Comp O.S.O
2009 - Violent Onsen Geisha & Prick Decay - Dada Junk Spew! [studies for audio orgies]
Violent Onsen Geisha - Shocking Early Works 83-85 Vol. 1 (C60)