An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage -- Recent News -- 2003

An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage
Recent News -- 2003

December 18, 2003
New Release:   To celebrate the release of the new Haino CD, currently known as Solo Improvised Acoustic Guitar (release date: 12/24/03), PSF Records are going to have a "Haino Keiji Fair." They will give out a previously unreleased Haino CD (300 limited) to customers who purchase any two Haino-related PSF CDs (Haino solo, Fushitsusha, Vajra, etc. - one video is considered as two CDs). People can order through their website - - this is their new site address. Now shipping is free for customers outside Japan & they accept Paypal. More information can be found here.

December 14, 2003
New Release:   For those outside Japan, PSF Records will be accepting orders for
  • Genya Concert (2 CD + DVD) $54.00 + $10.00 shipping
  • Electric Pure Land STARS (1 CD + DVD) $58.00 + $8.00 shipping
after December 25, 2003. Place your order at You can pay them via PayPal using the same address.

Visuals:   Added photos of the live performances from December 13, 2003. Thanks to Phil Snider.

December 6, 2003
New Release:   Just released is a new 2 cd + DVD set. This set is different than the 1 cd + DVD set titled Electric Pure Land STARS. The two cds in this set are a complete reissue of the Genya Concert/Concert at Illusion Field double lp compilation that was originally released in 1971. (There was a single cd reissue of this compilation in 1989 that contained only some of the material.) Haino's contribution to this compilation is an excerpt of the Lost Aaraaff concert from the festival. This same concert was included in its entirety on the 1995 Soul's True Love 4cd box set. For additional information on the DVD (that does not contain contributions from Haino), see the compilations section of the discography.

December 3, 2003
Visuals:   Added photos of some live performances from September 28 and October 18 & 19, 2003. Thanks to Jean-Claude Gevrey, Scott Slimm, and Phil Snider.

November 25, 2003
New Release:   Due for release on December 26, 2003 is a new compilation featuring some pretty old music. The compilation is titled Electric Pure Land STARS and is on the label Dead Flower. The release will contain one cd and one DVD, with a catalog number of IND031104. It is going to retail for 5800 yen. The cd has four tracks from 1973 to 1979 by Lost Aaraaff (two tracks), Hiroshi, and Masato Minami. The 23-minute two-track DVD contains Rallizes Special Session and Rallizes live. See the forthcoming releases section of the discography for more details.

November 24, 2003
Live Dates:   Fushitsusha are booked to play in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in February 2004. More details as they become available.

November 8, 2003
Flyers:   20 new flyers and handbills from concerts in Tokyo in 2003 have been posted on the site. Thanks to Phil Snider.

October 31, 2003
New Release:   In December of this year, PSF Records plans to release a new Keiji Haino cd featuring solo improvised acoustic guitar. They are planning some promotional give-away of the second cd at the time of the release. More details will be available on the PSF Records website, which has a new address at

September 16, 2003
Film:   There's a film in production that has contributions by Haino. It's called AA, directed by a young Japanese director called Shinji Aoyama. Aoyama previously won a critic's award in Cannes for a film called EUREKA. AA is about a late music theorist/promoter called Aquirax Aida, who was the first person to bring Derek Bailey, Milford Graves etc to Japan, after coming to London to see Bailey in the 1970s. It appears that the film is a five hour documentary, containing interviews and performances by people who knew Aida. Haino apparently is interviewed and plays on acoustic guitar and piano. No word on a formal release date, though rough cuts of it have been shown at a couple of festivals in Japan.

September 11, 2003
Live Dates:   Keiji Haino is scheduled to perform at Tonic in New York City on October 18 and 19. On the 18th, there is a solo show scheduled. On the 19th, there is a Fushitsusha show scheduled. The Fushitsusha show will be a duo with Keiji Haino and Yasushi Ozawa. There is a Fushitsusha trio show (with Ikuro Takahashi on drums) scheduled for Sapporo in November, but this is the only trio show on tap.

August 28, 2003
Discography:   Finally, there is a US distributor carrying the new Knead LP. Eclipse Records is carrying it.

July 10, 2003
Discography:   Fractal Records has released the second Knead album titled This melting happiness I want you to realize that it is another trap, (Fractal 023, 2003). Knead is composed of Keiji Haino and RUINS (Tatsuya Yoshida (drums, voice) & Hisashi Sasaki (bass)). The album was recorded Live at Showboat, Tokyo, August 10th, 2001. It is a limited vinyl edition, 220 gr., 500 copies. See the collaborations section of the discography for additional details. If you feel inclined to leave a review of the album, please do so on the reviews page.

July 8, 2003
Links:   Here are some links to some webpages with images and some mp3 clips of some past Haino shows:

July 7, 2003
Discography:   Ear Disks has released 2 new compilations, each of which feature 2 tracks with Haino. Each compilation has a solo track and a track with Haino collaborating with Keiichi Sokabe, Bonstar, and Tomonao. See the compilation section of the discography for further details. As far as I know the only online service which is currently selling these two discs and shipping them outside Japan is There is an English version of the page, but the titles are still in Japanese. Do a search for catalog numbers "EAR007" and "EAR008". The album cover that they have put with "EAR008" is the wrong cover.

June 7, 2003
Live Dates:   It has been confirmed that Fushitsusha will be performing at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on June 27, 2003 as part of "The Wire celebration night" on the Odeon Stage. Also appearing Mike Ladd, Suicide, DJ I-Sound. Here's a link.

May 22, 2003
Live Dates:   Fushitsusha is playing May 23 at 9:00 pm at Le Weekend Festival in Sterling, Scotland.

Lecture:   Alan Cummings is giving a lecture, "The Japanese Underground", on May 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Le Weekend Festival in Sterling, Scotland. Here is the abstract for the talk:

Caught up in the glorious din generated by Japan's legions of avant jazz screamers, noise theoreticians and free rock terrorists, it's easy to lose sight of outward-bound folk singers like Kazuki Tomokawa and Kan Mikami. A handful of avant-folk mavericks like these appeared at the tail end of the sixties, standing at the intersections of numerous currents in post-war Japanese underground discourse, providing vital, electric linkages between past and present, rural and urban, the avant-garde and mass consumerism, East and West. Alan Cummings traces some of these linkages, analyzing the zones of cultural praxis that make these singers such vital forces for radical creativity in the Japanese underground. Includes rare video and audio material.

This event is free, but please book your ticket in advance from the box office.
May 18, 2003
Live Dates:   Added a bunch of live dates for June through August, 2003.
May 14, 2003
Links:   The online music distributor/stores Eclipse Records, Forced Exposure, and PSF Records, USA are now carrying the new Fushitsusha release, "1978".
May 10, 2003
Links:   The Italian Language e-zine Kathodik, located at has posted an article on Keiji Haino. The article, Shamansongs : fifteen dreams of Haino Keiji, by Etero Genio is located here.
May 8, 2003
New Release:   PSF has released the latest Fushitsusha cd. The title is Eien no ho ga, saki ni te o dashita no sa. An unofficial translation of title is "It was eternity that reached out first...". The catalog number is PSFD-8016. The cd is apparently from a rehearsal studio in 1978, although few details are given in the sleeve. The line-up features Haino, Jun Hamano and others. See the discography for more details. Anyone who would like to post a review of the album, feel free to do so on the reviews page.

May 7, 2003
Live Dates:   Fushitsusha are apparently appearing at the Roskilde outdoor festival in Denmark this summer, June 26-29, 2003. Here's the link. They don't seem to have an exact date yet.

April 30, 2003
Links:   The site is part of a site belonging to Hiroyuki Usui (who also goes under the name L). He was the drummer with Fushitsusha between 1981 and 1987. This site contains the following interesting information.
  • If you scroll down to where it says 4/25/87 you can hear a brief live mp3 of Fushitsusha, presumably from that very date.
  • The link above that is a picture of a flyer from a festival in 1981 that Fushitsusha participated in.
  • The very top link on the page, for Vibration Society also has a nice vintage flyer. It appears that Haino is pictured 4th from the left on the flyer.
In related news, L put out a cd+7" set a few years ago that has since become relatively scarce. Haino doesn't appear on it, but Taku Sugimoto does. It's quite slow, melancholy ethno-folk - a bit like Six Organs of Admittance. A batch has recently been discovered and can be obtained for a very reasonable price (all proceeds donated to charity too) from the VHF label in Virginia, The L record is top left on the catalog page.

March 31, 2003
Forthcoming Release:   PSF plans to release on May 3, 2003 a Fushitsusha album, recorded in 1978. The title is as of yet undetermined. The catalog number is PSFD-8016. The recording features Jun Hamano of Gaseneta on bass.

Live Dates:   Added a bunch of live dates for April, May, and June. These shows include a Fushitsusha appearance on May 23, 2003 at Le Weekend Festival At The Tollbooth in Stirling, Scotland. The link is here.

March 5, 2003
Reissue:   The first Magical Power Mako album, Magical Power, originally released in 1974 on Polydor, reissued in 1995 on Marquee/Polydor, has been reissued again on Hagakure Records, catalog number PGL1306/ISCP 1141. Haino appears, credited as Kei-chan, on two tracks, Restraint, Freedom and Look Up The Sky, both of which are great.

March 3, 2003
Forthcoming Release:   Magical Power Mako's next set of Hapmoniym releases, volume 6 through 10, reputedly feature Keiji Haino in live performance on "Volume #6". This set to be issued in 2003, according to Mako, on Mom and Dad Records. Information is at

The Release History of Hapmoniym:

In 1995, Naohiro Ukawa's label, Mom and Dad Records, announced they would release 15 Magical Power Mako records, Hapmoniym Volumes 1 to 15, catalog numbers, MoM 004-018 in limited editions. In 1995, only volumes 1 through 5 were released. These were sold individually. Haino appears on volume one. Haino is recognizable (on voice) for only one song (about six minutes) of the single track cd. Volumes 6 through 15 were never released.

In early 2000, the Atavistic records website listed a boxed set of Hapmoniym Volumes 1 to 5 as a forthcoming release with catalogue number, ALP109-113BX, and a projected release date of Summer 2000. This boxed set was never released by Atavistic.

In December, 2001, the Israeli label, Mio Records, released the 5cd boxed set of Hapmoniym Volumes 1 to 5. This set is still available from

February 26, 2003
Links:   The Spanish Language e-zine Interferencias 21, located at has posted an article on Keiji Haino. The article by Jose Alberto is located here.
February 14, 2003
New Release:   Here is some more ordering information for the new compilation from the November Music Festival 2000, which includes a 23 minute Fushitsusha track. The cd is being distributed by Lowlands labels of Belgium. They will ship to the US. The compilation is titled As the World Turns and was released by November Music, with catalog number NM-004.

The price of the cd is 17,42 euro.
Postage for 1 cd to the US: 1,98 euro.
Postage for 2 cds to the US (up to 350 grams): 5,49 euro.
Postage for 3 cds to the US (up to 1 kilogram): 11,84 euro.
One can mail or fax a visa/mastercard details (name on card, number, expiry date), and they send the cd right away.

slow mail address:

Lowlands labels
Braziliëstraat 27-29
B-2000 Antwerp
Tel +32 (0)3 470 25 00
Fax +32 (0)3 226 15 27
Mail to :

Thanks to Katrien at Lowlands Music for providing this information.

On a related note, the website of the "November Music Festival" is located at

February 11, 2003
Discography:   Added another somewhat old entry to the discography. In 1998, there was a book + 2xcd compilation set released titled, Musiques Japonaise indépendantes des années 90. In 2001, a vastly expanded and translated version of the book was released with a different compilation cd. The book upgrades from 128 to 362 pages. The French version came with one cd of Independent Japanese Music and one cd of Japanese Progressive Rock. This new English version comes with one cd of Independent Japanese Music. This 18-track compilation cd is different from the 13-track compilation cd that accompanied the French version. The Keiji Haino track is the same on both versions of the compilation.

February 4, 2003
Visuals:   Added three flyers from Japan, January 2003. Thanks to Conrad Ashley.

January 30, 2003
Discography:   Two old releases have been recently added to the discography. First, a cassette-only release of a Haino solo live show that had floated around for a decade as a bootleg apparently had its origins as a semi-official release. The cassette was sold from the merchandise table at a Haino show in Germany in 1992. This cassette was released in a numbered edition of 50. The title of the cassette is <live> 30 - June - 1992. By listening to the tape, one can determine that this is the full concert from which the track The man who wring under the name of gratification that appeared on the Charnel House Compilation, Land of the Rising Noise (CHCD 9, 1993), was taken. This release has been added to the solo live section of the discography.

Second, a promotional sampler for the Driftworks box set released by Big Cat in 1997 has surfaced. This cd sampler contains five tracks taken from the four cds that came in the box set. The last track is an excerpt from the Nijiumu disc, live. This release has been added to the compilation section of the discography.

January 26, 2003
New Release:   Recently, the Japanese magazine G-Modern reviewed a new compilation from the November Music Festival 2000. The November Music Festival is an annual festival that takes place in three cities: 's-Hertogenbosch (NL), Gent (B), & Essen (D). Every year the festival has a theme. In 2000, the theme was "East meets West". The line-up included Roscoe Mitchell, Machine For Making Sense, Chris Mann, David Shea, Pluto, etc. There were three concerts by Fushitsusha
  • Friday 17th of november: W2, Boschdijkstraat 100, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL): 23.00 hr
  • Saturday 18th november: Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent (B): 23.00 hr
  • Sunday 19th of november: Folkwanh Hochschule, Klemensborn 39, 45239 Essen (D), 21.30/22.00 hr
The line-up for Fushitusha featured Yasushi Ozawa on bass and Haino on percussion and vocals. The compilation included one Fushitsusha track from one of these performances. The compilation is titled As the World Turns and was released by November Music, with catalog number NM-004.

The cd is being distributed by Lowlands Distribution, which can be emailed here

Additional contact information:  
price : 17,42 euro + 1,49 euro (post in Europe) = TOTAL 18,91 euro
One can mail or fax a visa/mastercard details (name on card, number, expiry date), and they send the cd right away.

slow mail address:

Lowlands labels
Braziliëstraat 27-29
B-2000 Antwerp / Belgium
Tel +32 (0)3 470 25 00
Fax +32 (0)3 226 15 27
Mail to :

If someone gets the price and postage for USA delivery let me know and I will post it.

January 25, 2003
Magazines:   The second issue of Garry Davis' zine, Arcane Candy, has arrived in my mailbox. This issue (No. 2) has features on Jens Brand (two pages), Don Bolles (sixteen pages), Harry Partch (six pages), PSF Records (twenty-six pages), and Keiji Haino (one page). The page on Haino contains reviews of seven relatively recent Haino releases, including one that first appeared in the reviews database on this site. The feature on PSF Records contains reviews of every single PSF release, lp, cd, single, and video (including several more Haino releases). This issue is 64 pages long, all black and white on newsprint and can be obtained by sending $4 within the U.S. or $8 international to: Garry Davis
Arcane Candy
P.O. Box 230370
Encinitas, California 92023
The first issue of Arcane Candy (No. 1) is sold out. No copies left for sale. Please don't send money for it.

January 22, 2003
New Release:   PSF USA have indicated that the new book by photographer Yuji Itsumi titled Jiyu no ishi and the accompanying compilation cd has been postponed until February 1, 2003. They list the price at $50 US including shipping. They translate the title as Free Will.

January 19, 2003
Links:   The Official Haino site has changed locations. It is now located at

January 9, 2003
New Release:   The new Haino solo live album, "c'est parfait" endoctriné tu tombes la tete la première n'essayant pas de comprendre quelque chose si tu te prépares à la décision d'accepter tout compris/endre en toi-même cela se résoudra, has been released on the French Label, Turtles Dream. Metamkine will distribute it, but it does not appear on their website yet.

New Release:   The next release on PSF will be a book by photographer Yuji Itsumi titled Jiyu no ishi (B5, 124 pages). Itsumi has done a lot of portrait photos/mini interviews of musicians and weird cityscapes for the PSF magazine G-Modern. The book is supposed to going to have a selection of these. The book comes with a cd of exclusive tracks by people whom Itsumi has photographed, including Haino, Derek Bailey, Motoharu Yoshizawa, Keizo Inoue, Masayoshi Urabe, Chie Mukai, Kan Mikami, Yoshihide Otomo, etc. This is due to be published on January 15th, will cost 7000 yen, and is an edition of 500.

January 5, 2003
Reviews:  A new category has been added to the reviews database: Live Performances. Anyone is free to post reviews of Haino's live performances here.

January 1, 2003
Website:   The news for 2002 has been archived here.

New Release:   The only real carry-over news from 2002 is that we are still awaiting the release of the new Haino solo live album on the new Turtles' Dream label out of France, titled C¹est parfait ² endoctriné tu tombes la tête la première Š ². This release was scheduled for a late December 2002 street date.

Reviews:  The Reviews Database is still lacking reviews of some recent Haino releases. If you would like to add a review to the database of
  • Haino: First Let's Remove the Color
  • Haino & Doo Dooettes: Free Rock
  • Compilation: The Wire 20th Anniversary Box
  • Compilation: Festival Beyond Innocence: A Brief History in 67 Chapters
or anything else for that matter, feel free to do so here.


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