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Kikagaku Moyo’s debut album exerts an elemental power. Enlivening their sound with sitars, percussive drums, theremins, wind instruments and ethereal vocals, the band manages to sound powerfully spacious and lazily serene all at once. Their songs can be light as air, or heavy as earth. Many evolve out of intense experiences of engagement with the natural world. The album’s first track, “Can You Imagine Nothing?” was written over a night spent jamming on a suspended footbridge in remote mountains. As the song progressed the bridge began to sway, making band members feel as though they were floating weightless in midair.


Tomo Katsurada,
Daoud Popal,
Ryu Kurosawa,
Kotsu Guy,
Go Kurosawa,

Oriinally released April 21st, 2017


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Dream-pop group Luby Sparks is shrouded in mystery. Comprised of five university friends bonded by their disinterest in popular Japanese music and fascination of brooding British bands, the Tokyo-based outfit has learned to craft a sound less at home in their modern neon city than it would be, say, in the 90s UK grunge scene with the floppy-haired youth penning angsty tracks to be performed in underground venues littered with DIY punk flyers and touches of ironic confetti here and there.

Both Luby Sparks’ self-titled LP and (I’m) Lost in SadnessEP arrived this year with little fanfare, which is surprising considering  a) the current level of enthusiasm for Japanese music, b) both were produced by Max Bloom of Yuck, and c) they’re fantastic.  It’s safe to assume these kids have been on a steady dose of Loveless, Heaven or Las Vegas, Disintegration, and NME C86. But rather than regurgitating the remnants of those touchtones, they’ve crafted a brilliant debut that’s enjoyable after repeated listens.


The shifting dimensions of Masana Temples, fourth album from psychedelic explorers Kikagaku Moyo,are informed by various experiences the band had with traveling through life together, ranging from the months spent on tour to making a pilgrimage to Lisbon to record the album with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. The band sought out Pernadas both out of admiration for his music and in an intentional move to work with a producer who came from a wildly different background. With Masana Temples, the band wanted to challenge their own concepts of what psychedelic music could be. Elements of both the attentive folk and wild-eyed rocking sides of the band are still intact throughout, but they’re sharper and more defined.
More than the literal interpretation of being on a journey, the album’s always changing sonic panorama reflects the spiritual connection of the band moving through this all together. Life for a traveling band is a series of constant metamorphoses, with languages, cultures, climates and vibes changing with each new town. The only constant for Kikagaku Moyo throughout their travels were the five band members always together moving through it all, but each of them taking everything in from very different perspectives. Inspecting the harmonies and disparities between these perspectives, the group reflects the emotional impact of their nomadic paths. The music is the product of time spent in motion and all of the bending mindsets that come with it.
releases October 5th, 2018

Kikagaku Moyo here sound anything but lost, their child-like wonder manifested in a confident, courageous exploration of sound. Labels – psychedelic, folk, prog-rock, psychedelic-folk-mixed-with-prog-rock – do little to accurately reflect the spectrum of influences on display, let alone the more impactful realization of completeness in Kikagaku Moyo’s songs.

Kikagaku Moyo is the musical union between five free spirits. Go Kurosawa (drums, Vocals) and Tomo Katsurada (Guitar, Vocals) formed the band in 2012 as a free artist’s collective. They met Kotsuguy (Bass) while he was recording noise from vending machines and Akira (Guitar) through their university. Ryu Kurosawa had been studying Sitar in India, upon returning home he found the perfect outlet for his practice.


Since 2013 the band has released three full lengths, an EP, and several singles. They have toured Australia, the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan extensively. Kikagaku Moyo love to connect with people through performing

Following last year’s album House In The Tall Grass, Tokyo’s Kikagaku Moyo have announced plans for a new EP alongside summer European live dates. Stone Garden has been released on vinyl and digital on April 21st via the record label the band run, Guruguru Brain.

Stone Garden, we’re told, started in a basement studio in Prague with a nearly continuous session over several days and nights. The original concept was ‘influenced by the raw and seemingly endless jams of psychedelic pioneers’. The freeform songs that emerged from these sessions were refined over several months at the band’s home in Tokyo, where each song was sculpted into an uncommon form.

The band run their own record label, Guruguru Brain, focusing on releasing underground artists from Asia, including Kikagaku Moyo. Last year they curated a stage at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, and they will return to the UK this Summer for a headline tour (dates below).


The EP “Stone Garden” will be released on Vinyl & Digital in April 21st 2017.

Released in October 1982, Joni Mitchell s 11th studio album, Wild Things Run Fast was, for some fans, a return to form. What this often meant in reality was that many such Mitchell enthusiasts had been somewhat perplexed by this remarkable composer and performer s output since 1975, when she introduced jazz and classical influences into her work, and even when such tendencies were included on such towering albums as Hissing Of The Summer Lawns and Hejira , a certain quarter longed still for the days of Big Yellow Taxi, The Circle Game and Woodstock. Nothing wrong, of course, with such majestic and beautiful songs, but to dismiss such a challenging and forward thinking artist s moves does appear to be a little stilted. But, when Joni Mitchell hit the road in early 1983 on one of her longest and widest reaching tours – taking in Europe, Asia and Australia in addition to dates in North America – it seems she was out to please all her fans: the sticklers, the modernists and the-somewhere-in-betweens. In fact so diverse and eclectic were the set-lists on this remarkable tour, they not only took in cuts from her classic years and her brace of mid-1970s challengers , she would often give numbers from her most reviled work (amongst the traditionalists), Mingus , a whirl. But she would always appease those disgruntled by a rendition of God Must Be A Boogie Man with a splendid A Case Of You, a well placed Both Sides Now or an encore of Carey. This superb FM radio broadcast, transmitted live from Joni s show at Tokyo s famous Nippon Budokan, is a fine example of such a show, mixing as it does the old, the new, the borrowed and – while the title track from her 1971 meisterwork is inconveniently absent – cuts from Hissing , Hejira and Mingus are all in evidence. Hopefully, therefore, a fine time was had by all those in attendance. For anyone listening today, a fine time is hereby guaranteed.

Let’s get straight to it, the reason you’re reading this review, you want to know what the sound quality is like. You can see the setlist, you know whether you like the songs, you’re already a fan and are familiar with this particular Joni era, but before you fork out for it. what is the recording quality like? Well, I’m pleased to report it is excellent. There are a lot of these old radio broadcasts floating around now and the sound quality varies from awful to excellent, I’ve been quite taken aback by the sound quality of this one, it is only just short of what you’d expect of an officially released live album, it really is that good. So if you’re holding back wondering whether or not this sounds like it was recorded in a tin can, hold back no,longer this is one of the very best of the plethora of old radio broadcasts that are being released now.

Songs On Joni Mitchell A Woman In The East:

1. Free Man in Paris
2. Edith and the Kingpin
3. You Dream Flat Tires
4. Refugee of the Road
5. You’re So Square
6. For Free
7. Big Yellow Taxi
8. A Case of You
9. God Must Be a Boogie Man
10. Wild Things Run Fast
11. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
12. Solid Love
13. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
14. Help Me
15. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
16. Love
17. Both Sides Now
18. Underneath the Streetlight
19. Woodstock
20. Carey

To anyone who has heard the music of Kikagaku Moyo, it should come as no surprise that the band’s origins lie in hours upon hours of late-night jamming, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band’s eyelids, resulting in a natural, free-floating sound, as of-the-earth as it is intergalactic. It may be surprising that the band sharpened their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo. It may be surprising that the band’s overall sound may owe as much or more to the Incredible String Band as it does to Acid Mother’s Temple.

But what’s perhaps most surprising about Forest of Lost Children, the band’s face-melting, recorded-ritual sophomore album, is how utterly centered and mature the band sounds, especially given their relatively short lifespan as a band. Boundless though they may be, Kikagaku Moyo here sound anything but lost, their child-like wonder manifested in a confident, courageous exploration of sound. Labels – psychedelic, folk, prog-rock, psychedelic-folk-mixed-with-prog-rock – do little to accurately reflect the spectrum of influences on display, let alone the more impactful realization of completeness in Kikagaku Moyo’s songs.

Easily one of the most shimmering crown-jewels in the rapidly expanding BBiB catalog, look for Kikagaku Moyo and Forest of Lost Children to be found taking shape in the expanded minds of listeners everywhere.


Just in time for Kikagaku Moyo’s 2017 US and EU tours in May and June respectively, we’ve got a beautiful fresh pressing in the works with a brand-new Bone & Black A-side/B-side “swirl” variant. And the cover art for this fourth pressing of FoLC will be printed on heavy duty reverse-board jackets. The band will have a few of these on tour, but likely to sell out.

These will ship May 2017.

As an aside, between October 25 and November 5, 1977, Rory and his band played seven gigs in Japan in venues at Nagoya, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Osaka. Shortly after the band’s final concert at the Nakano Sun-Plaza Hall in Tokyo on November 5, 1977, the band flew to LA to record a new album which remained unreleased until 2011. The album was eventually called Notes From San Francisco. The 1977 Japan gigs were to promote the Calling Card album, which was released in 1976.

Band Lineup:
Rory Gallagher: Guitar, Vocals
Gerry McAvoy: Bass
Rod de’Ath: Drums
Lou Martin: Keyboards

コレクターズCD <b>Rory</b> <b>Gallagher</b>(ロリー・ギャラガー)77 ...

Disc 1
Track 1. Introduction/Monitor Check
Track 2. Moonchild
Track 3. Bought And Sold
Track 4. Band Introduction
Track 5. Tattoo’d Lady
Track 6. Calling Card
Track 7. Secret Agent
Track 8. A Million Miles Away
Track 9. Do You Read Me
Track 10. Out On The Western Plain
Track 11. Too Much Alcohol
Track 12. Barley And Grope Rag (Pistol Slapper Blues)
Track 13. Going To My Hometown

Disc 2
Track 1. I Take What I Want
Track 2. Walk On Hot Coals
Track 3. Garbage Man
Track 4. Souped Up Ford
Track 5. Bullfrog Blues
Track 6. Bass Solo
Track 7. Drum Solo
Track 8. Bullfrog Blues
Track 9. UDO’s Announcement
Track 10. Country Mile
Track 11. Boogie
Track 12. Announcement


“A WOMEN IN THE EAST” deluxe vinyl available from order link below…


A Joni Mitchell broadcast live from the Budokan, Tokyo 1983. A wonderful, career-spanning concert release from a ground breaking artist. Intermingled songs from various albums creates a snapshot of just how eclectic Mitchell’s repertoire is. This is a great album, well worth it for any fan of the greatest female singer songwriter ever.
1.Free Man in Paris (Live)
2.Edith and the Kingpin (Live)
3.You Dream Flat Tires (Live)
4.Refuge of the Roads (Live)
5.You’re so Square (Live)

6.For Free (Live)
7.Big Yellow Taxi (Live)
8.A Case of You (Live)
9.God Must Be a Boogie Man (Live)
10.Wild Things Run Fast (Live)

11.Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow (Live)
12.Solid Love (Live)
13.Chinese Cafe / Unchained Melody (Live)
14.Help Me (Live)
15.You Turn Me on I’m a Radio (Live)

16.Love (Live)
17.Both Sides Now (Live)
18.Underneath the Streetlight (Live)
19.Woodstock (Live)
20.Carey (Live)