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Recent News -- 2012
November 23, 2012
New Release:   A new compilation, Sonic Protest 2012, has been released. It includes a track by Haino with Tony Conrad. It has been added to the compilations section of the discography.

November 4, 2012
Book:   The book, "Haino Keiji no Sekai" (The World of Keiji Haino), is due on November 22, 2012. A cover image is added here. A picture of the book is here.

October 23, 2012
Book:   Additional details regarding the book celebrating Haino's sixtieth birthday in conjunction with the documentary film have surfaced. The title is "Haino Keiji no Sekai" (The World of Keiji Haino), 320 pages, due for publication by Kawade Shobo Shinsha on November 22, 2012. ISBN: 978-4-309-27324-2.

October 7, 2012
Live Recording:   A professional recording of the Fushitsusha gig at the FREEDOMMUNE Festival (August 11, 2012) is now downloadable from the Dommune site. The link is here: . Currently, the site is entirely in Japanese.

September 28, 2012
Live Dates:   Fushitusha is embarking on a "European Tour" in October, 2012. The dates are as follows:

October 5, 2012
St John-at-Hackney Church
Lower Clapton Road
E5 0PD
8pm £14
+ John Butcher + Temperatures

October 7, 2012
Star & Shadow
Newcastle upon Tyne
festival link

October 9, 2012
The Village Venue
Tickets €18.50 + booking fee

October 11, 2012
Les Ateliers Clause @ ROGIER
brabantstraat 23a
1210 bruxelles
8pm €15/18
+ The Tenses + Humus + Maan

October 13, 2012
Cologne (Koln)
15 euro

October 15, 2012
Unsound Festival
Krakow, Poland

Fushitsusha in 2012: (from left) Chiyo Kamekawa (b), Keiji Haino (vo,g), Ryosuke Kiyasu (ds)
photo credit: Kazuyuki Funaki

September 16, 2012
New Release:   The new Fushitsusha studio album is out a few days before its official release date of September 18, 2012. The title is Mabushii itazura na inori. Like the previous release, it is on the Heartfast label with catalog number HFCD014. More details in the Fushitsusha section of the discography.

September 8, 2012
Link:   If you are a member of facebook, there is now an offical Fushitsusha news channel. (You need to search for ???).

Link:   Haino has stated that he plays 80 instruments and is known to have a large collection of ethnic string and percussion instruments. There is a neat photo in this Japanese language interview of Haino with some of these instruments.

August 28, 2012
New Release:   A new Fushitsusha studio album is to be released on September 18, 2012. The title is Mabushii itazura na inori. Like the previous release, it is on the Heartfast label with catalog number HFCD014.

Old Release:   We seem to have missed the release of a dvd compilation from 2003 that featured a track by Haino. The title is "U-Uran Vol. 4 monthly live dvd". Please see the video section of the discography for additional details.
CORRECTION: This DVD has no Haino content. The information provided by the vendor was erroneous. The item has been removed from the discography.

July 7, 2012
New Release:   There is a cd soundtrack accompanying the new Haino documentary. The title is A Document Film of Keiji Haino. It features two tracks by Fushitsusha and one Haino track. It has been entered in the Fushitsusha section of the discography.

May 29, 2012
Trailer:   The trailer for the Haino documentary that appears in Japanese theaters on July 7, 2012 is now posted here.

May 7, 2012
News:   In Japanese culture, the sixtieth birthday is the occasion of kanreki, when five cycles of the Chinese zodiac have completed. In honor of Haino's sixtieth birthday, both a video documentary and a book are being released in 2012. The documentary has an official release date of July 7, 2012. The book (in Japanese) will be released in the fall of 2012. More details on both the documentary and the book will be posted as they are made available.

May 5, 2012
Visuals:   Added the flyer and photos of the performance from Haino's 60th birthday performance at Koenji Show Boat, courtesy of Takeshi Goda. The performance lasted approximately five hours.

May 1, 2012
New Release:   A new release by Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Oren Ambarchi is to be released on July 3, 2012. The title is NAZORANAI. It is a double lp and appears to be on a label called SOMA with catalog number SOMA009. More details (in English) and preorder here.

April 7, 2012
New Release:   A new Fushitsusha studio album is to be released on April 27, 2012. The title is Hikari To Nazukeyou ("Let's Name It Light"). It appears to be on a label called Heartfast with catalog number HFCD013. The performers include Keiji Haino (vo.g), Mitsuru Nasuno (b), Ikuro Takahashi (ds). More details (in Japanese) here.

February 4, 2012
New Release:   The Australian label, Black Truffle records, has released another 2xlp of the Oren Ambarchi/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke trio. This one is titled Imikuzushi.It's out now, though (at time of writing) the Black Truffle website does not list it. The collaborative section of the discography has been updated. For the first time in many years, lyrics are included in English. Feel free to leave a review on the reviews page.

January 28, 2012
Video:  In really unofficial news, the Poison Pie Publishing House, who kindly hosts "An Unofficial Keiji Haino Website" has released a video for the song "2 To Mugen No Torihiki" performed by Derek Bailey (guitar) and Keiji Haino (voice) taken from the album Songs released by Incus Records in 2000. The video is posted here.

January 28, 2012
News:  In the past year or so, Haino has reformed Fushitsusha, with Mitsuru Nasuno on bass and Ikuro Takahashi on drums. Ikuro Takahashi was the drummer on four Fushitsusha albums released between 1998 and 2000 as well as the drummer on both Aihiyo albums. Mitsuro Nasuno (aka Mitsuru Natsuno) has recorded four collaborative releases with Haino from 2004 to 2008 (three of them including Tatsuya Yoshida of, among other things, RUINS). Mitsuro Nasuno replaces former Fushitsusha bassist, Yasushi Ozawa, who passed away in 2008. Recent performances have included a January 14, 2011 show at Club Quattro in Osaka and a January 27, 2012 show at UFO Club in Tokyo. A flyer from the first show and pictures from the most recent show are in the visuals section.

January 16, 2012
Visuals:   Added a new photo of Haino live from Takeshi Goda, who maintains a Japanese language blog, with regular Haino live photos at this link.

January 16, 2012
Releases in 2011:   For those keeping track at home, it appears that the full slate of Haino releases for the calendar year 2011 rounds out at three.
  1. Ambarchi, Oren & Jim O'Rourke & Keiji Haino - In a Flash (Black Truffle Records/medama records, BT05/mr02, March, 2011, 2xlp)
  2. Keiji Haino - Un autre chemin vers l'Ultime (Prele Records, prl007, June, 2011, cd)
  3. Various Artists - The Devil in Love (Malört Förlag, MF-01, November, 2011, 2xcd) (w/Haino)
If there are missing items in this list, please email me.

December 9, 2011
Obituary:   I discovered today that Hans Reichel of FMP and daxophone fame passed away November 22, 2011. Reichel was, among other things, a master of improvisational guitar in the last three decades of the twentieth century. He had a distinct musical vision as few others do. He ranks with Derek Bailey and Keiji Haino in creating a uniquely individual genre within non-idiomatic improvisational music. In honor of his life, I post links to a live recording of Hans Reichel playing as a trio with Keiji Haino and Motoharu Yoshizawa (1931-1998) on January 10, 1991 at Gospel in Tokyo. I received this recording on a cassette about 1993 through the mail (specific details of the source forgotten, but I think it was someone at Forced Exposure). I clumsily "remastered" (too grand a word to be sure) the contents onto cdr. The show is provided here as two mp3 files, side A and side B. Forgive the lo-fi sound quality. To my knowledge this is the only instance of Haino and Reichel playing together. It is not one of the extraordinary highlights of Reichel's musical career, but rather an unreleased sidebar. I have posted a Hans Reichel obituary of my own. We also created an improvisational piece titled, "A Requiem for Hans Reichel", performed on daxophone, theremin, thumb piano and washing machine.


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