Today’s LP pick-ups

LP Pick ups from this afternoon: usually I don’t buy much at all when I stop by a local LP store (I’m picky and what I like just doesn’t show up in the recent arrivals bins much), but today was the exception. Four solid LPs of mostly free improv. I just couldn’t pass it up. We have Leo Smith & New Dalta Ahkri ‘Go in Numbers’ LP on Black Saint, Evan Parker and Paul Lytton ‘Ra’ LP on Ring, Sun Ra ‘Pathways to Unknown Worlds’ on Impulse, and ‘The Storming of the Winter Palace’ by Irene Schweiser, George Lewis, Joelle Leandre, Gunter Sommer, and Maggie Nichols on Intakt. All are good and the Parker/Lytton duo is a revelation. The Leo Smith is gem as is most everything he does. The Sun Ra is a classic set from 1973 and since I’m not about to try and start hunting down Saturn originals, this Impulse reissue will do just fine. ‘The Storming of the Winter Palace’ will take some adjustment on my part due to some out vocalizing but is well worth the $8 I paid for it.

So LP hounds it’s still worth stopping by the the local shop as you never know what you’ll find!

Clockwise from the top right: Evan Parker & Paul Lytton ‘Ra’, Irene Schweizer, George Lewis, etc. ‘The Storming of the Winter Palace’, Sun Ra ‘Pathways to Unknown Worlds’, Leo Smith & New Dalta Ahkri ‘Go in Numbers’.


Happy Flowers for Everyone!

Everyone needs some Happy Flowers in their life. This is from their classic ‘Oof’ I like ’em so much I had a T-Shirt made of the ‘I Crush Bozo’ artwork.

Cecil Taylor: All of the Notes

An apt title for the documentary about the legendary free jazz pianist who has remained true to his muse for 50+ years without compromise. Finally seeing him play live a year or so ago at the French Embassy was one of the finest performances I’ve ever seen (given that I own 40+ Cecil Taylor LPs this is perhaps not a surprising opinion on my part). So of course this documentary comes highly recommended. Finally a personal bleg: if anyone has a copy of the FMP box they would like to sell (for a reasonable price) please contact me directly at newvaguerecords AT

New Keiji Haino Documentary: Trailer Released

The trailer for the new Keiji Haino documentary has been released and is on youtube. Honestly I had no idea that such a documentary was in the works, so this is a pleasing development for me (owner of at least a couple dozen Haino & related CDs and LPs). If I knew how to embed the video here I would do so. As to when an English translated version of the documentary will be released I haven’t the foggiest idea when (if ever) that will happen.

Well now I just figured out how to embed video so here it is…

Update: Per the The Unofficial Keiji Haino Website this is to be released in theaters in Japan on July 7.

Some Comments on New Vague (thank you Cedric!)

In classic blogging tradition I’d like to quote a fellow Japonophile, owner of the An’archives label and who also blogs here and sells many fine and exceptionally rare records from Japan, all listed with summaries that could only come from a man who truly knows his stuff. I post this, not just for it’s kind words about New Vague, but also for his comments on independent record labels in general. As he says, these types or labels are born out of passion for music and not out of any pecuniary goals. His comments about the support needed for labels such as New Vague and An’archives are dead on. And to reiterate what he said towards the end of his post, indirect support is fine and necessary, but direct support from customers is vital. Anyway, with that said here are his comments in full.

We’re very happy to anounce you some forthcoming albums from New Vague records , a new friendly label coming from US.

– Le son de l’os , a band born from Onna Kodomo ashes with Yuko Hasegawa, Shizuo Uchida & Mashiro Deguchi, a recent band who signed a first album on P.S.F. 2 years ago. If you are in Nijiumu, in nighty improvisations, don’t miss this one, I think it’s a nice release that will come in a nice silkscreened cover done by a cherished printer.

– Majutsu No Niwa LP, born from Overhang Party and leaded by Rinji Fukuoka, this reissue comes with a different tracklist and a “bonus” track. Majutsu No Niwa is a well known band in Tokyo which plays rock with a MC5 / Stooges energy on stage.

As you already probably know it, most of the small labels are motivated by passion and once again they need your support and that’s always nice when you could order their music directly from them when it’s possible, it would considerably helps the label with future projects, in a same time you’d probably save some money.

We all know a tricky situation, so maybe it’s time to be active, to think how and where to spare money. We know a standardised “hub” with many distributors and a lot of them takes profits from small labels or treat small organisations like slaves. Yes they can write some good reviews, could recommend your releases but they’d ask you an indecent delay with payments. Some others absolutely don’t care with quality, they just want your stuff for peanuts. I’m sorry but quality has a price, if you don’t mind about it, you can upload the stuff elsewhere I guess or just find another type of stuff, there’s a lot a releases on the market every year.

I’ll carry some New Vague records for lazy people (please get in touch with me for that) later but once again ordering from the label would be very appreciated :

Robert Christgau’s Inane Review of Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’

Eins zwei drei vier funf sechs sieben acht

How Robert Christgau came to be a well-respected music critic I haven’t the foggiest and actually really don’t care. What’s to care about the biography of a music critic (with the possible exception of Lester Bangs or Richard Meltzer)?

So here we go, from ‘Christgau’s Record Guide The ’80’s’ here’s his review of Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’.

“I once convinced myself to enjoy this band–if there had to be synthesizer rock [!], I thought, better it should be candidly dinky [!!]. And this is their funniest to date–every time I hear that machine intone “I program my home computer/ Bring [sic] myself into the future [actually the machine is Ralf Hütter, the lyric is actually “Beam myself into the future”, obviously accuracy matters a great deal to Christgau…] I want to make a tape for all those zealots who claim a word processor will change my life. But fun plus dinky doesn’t make funky no matter who’s dancing to what program. Funk has blood in it.”

I could go on length about how inane this review is, but really all that needs to be said is this: fuck Robert Christgau.