An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage -- Recent News





An Unofficial Keiji Haino Homepage
Recent News





photo credit: Kazuyuki Funaki





This page has a summary of some recent news. More information on this news is to be found in the appropriate section of this site. Thanks to all who contributed information to this page. Particular thanks to Alan Cummings and Hiromi Kudo.



November 16, 2014
New Release:   The second recording by Nazoranai has been released on cd and vinyl. See the collaborations section of the discography for more information.


New Release:   The third recording by Keiji Haino as DJ under the Experimental Mixture moniker has been released on cd with a title "The Greatest Hits of the MUSIC". See the solo studio section of the discography for more information.


November 7, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The recording by Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke, featuring the electric set from the same 2013 show from which the acoustic set was taken that appears on their earlier 2014 release has been postponed until February, 2015. Furthermore, it will be a vinyl only release. A title is not yet known.


Visuals:   There was an all-night concert at Super Deluxe in Tokyo on October 17, 2014. Haino performed in a guitar/bass/drums trio that he explicitly stated was not a new Fushitsusha line-up but rather a one-night-only line-up. Nevertheless, the group was billed as Fushitsusha (the Haino Keiji trio), apparently for promotional purposes. Haino also played hurdy gurdy. Various records of this performance are listed below:


October 12, 2014
New Release:   The vinyl version of the album, Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen by Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke is now available. The cd came out in June, 2014.

The release date for the new Nazoranai album, titled The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already..?, has been updated to October 27, 2014.

Various sources indicate that there will be released on vinyl and cd a new recording by Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke, featuring the electric set from the same 2013 show from which the acoustic set was taken that appears on their earlier 2014 release. There are reports that the release date coincides with a Tokyo concert on October 28, 2014. A title is not yet known.


October 9, 2014
Old Link:   I had not previously seen this brief write-up on Nazoranai featured in The New Yorker from May, 2014. The article is accompanied by a sketch by Frank Stockton, reproduced without explicit permission below.



October 6, 2014
New Release:   The second recording featuring a collaboration between Zeitkratzer and Keiji Haino, titled Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum has been released. More product information and a cover image is available in the collaborations section of the discography.

September 26, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The second recording featuring a collaboration between Zeitkratzer and Keiji Haino, titled Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum will be released on cd and lp on October 9 and 10, 2014. More product information and a cover image is available in the forthcoming section of the discography.

The recent release by Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke, titled, Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen was an acoustic set from a 2013 show. It appears that there may also be a separately packaged release of the electric set from the same show. More details as they become available.

September 25, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The second Nazoranai recording, featuring Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O'Malley, has been announced with a title of The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already..? and a release date of October 11, 2014. More product information and a cover image is available in the forthcoming section of the discography.

Due to manufacturing problems, the most recent release by Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke, titled, Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen was not released on vinyl when the cd came out in June, 2014. A new release date of October 28, 2014 has been announced for the vinyl version.

Both of these releases are available for pre-order in the USA from Ed at Eclipse Records.

September 23, 2014
Live Dates:   Haino will be in New York City on September 25 and 26 at the Issue Project Room.
Sept 26 - Keiji Haino, Tony Conrad & Okkyung Lee
Sept 27 - Keiji Haino XNOBBQX XWAVE

September 21, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The third "Experimental Mixture" recording, in which Keiji Haino performs as DJ, has been announced with a release date of October 22, 2014. More product information and a cover image is available in the forthcoming section of the discography. Additional information in Japanese is here. This recording bears the title The Greatest Hits of the Music.

September 14, 2014
Visuals:   Haino recently gave a lecture on ten influential albums in his musical development. Details from this lecture are available in the August 25, 2014 entry in the Visuals section of this site, courtesy of Mr. Hiromi Kudo.

May 22, 2014
New Addition to Discography:   There was a compilation titled, Ongaku 90 released in 2012 on the French label, Hiruko Records, that contains a Fushitsusha track from Allegorical Misunderstanding. This compilation has been belatedly added to the discography. It is of interest if only for the fact that this is the only way to get even a single track from that absolutely under appreciated album on vinyl.

May 6, 2014
Live Report:   On May 3, 2014, Haino performed his annual birthday gig at Koenji Showboat in Tokyo. The first set was a two and a half hour solo show. The second set was an hour and a half performance by his blues cover band, Hardy Soul, in which Haino sings in English. The line-up for Hardy Soul was comprised of
  • Keiji Haino (vo,g)
  • Masami Kawaguchi (g)
  • Taiga Yamazaki (g)
  • Rie Miyazaki (b)
  • Masataka Fujikake (ds)
The set list for the Hardy Soul show was as follows:
  1. It's A Man's Man's Man's World (James Brown)
  2. Inside Looking Out (The Animals)
  3. In My Room (Walker Brothers)
  4. In The Midnight Hour (Wilson Picket)
  5. Tin Soldier (Small Faces)
  6. Green Onion (Booker T. & The MG's)
  7. Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker)
  8. Hone Made Aishite (Takuya Jo)
  9. Showa Blues (Shigeru Amachi)
  10. When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
  11. All Or Nothing (Small Faces)
  12. Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding)
More information including links to Youtube videos of portions of the performance are available on Mr. Hiromi Kudo's blog. A selection of photos is available on the visuals page.

May 2, 2014
News from the Fashion World:   On April 10th, 2014, Alberica Giulia, an Italian fashion designer, had a debut showcase in Japan of the preta-porte collection at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. Keiji Haino appeared on the show as an accompanying musician. A variety of photos are posted here. A video of the performance is on youtube.

April 22, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   In February the BBC asked Steven O'Malley for some tracks from his EDITIONS MEGO imprint IDEOLOGIC ORGAN to play on the air. He has now extended this sampler mix to include tracks from all of the artists that have been released, a total of 37 tracks by the 14 artists, including Nazoranai. The sampler can be downloaded here. There is a forthcoming 2xLP/CD release on IDEOLOGIC ORGAN by Nazoranai planned for 2014 with catalog number SOMA018, as listed here.

April 17, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The new album by Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi on Black Truffle has a new release date for cd and lp of June 10, 2014. A review of the album can be found here. Both this album and the forthcoming Fushitsusha+Brötzmann cdx3 release are available for pre-order online from Ed at Eclipse Records.

March 29, 2014
Visuals:   Keiji Haino & Nazoranai performed in Knoxville, Tennessee, the home of the Poison Pie Publishing House. Photos are posted on the visuals page under the March 29, 2014 entry.


Nazoranai, March 29, 2014.

March 27, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The forthcoming release by Fushitsusha and Peter Brötzmann has been officially announced and is up for pre-order at the U-Tech site. The album is titled Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself. It is a recording of a live concert from April 26, 1996 released on 3 cds in paper packaging. There is much the same info at a different site here


March 9, 2014
Visuals:   Mr. Hiromi Kudo contributes photography of three recent Haino live performances on the Visuals pages of this site. These shows include three trios: Haino/O'Rourke/Ambarchi, Nazoranai & Sanhedrin.


Haino/O'Rourke/Ambarchi, March 2, 2014.

March 5, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   The new album by Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi has been delayed. No new release date is currently available.


February 11, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   A new effort by the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi will be released coinciding with their gig at Super Deluxe in Tokyo on March 17, 2014. The album is reported to contain a recording of the acoustic performance from March 13, 2013. This release will appear as a limited edition vinyl and a normal edition cd. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the trio have released an album in the spring. Since the previous four were on Black Truffle Records, we can assume that this one will be as well, although there is no confirmation on this last point yet. More details as they become available. Update: An unofficial translation of the title is Though my only wish is to melt away beautifully, because I am not yet content, that thing that I should not be able to see yet feels ever more dear to me.


February 8, 2014
New Release:   The new cd featuring Keiji Haino (vo,g) & Masataka Fujikake (dr), titled Hard o nanjujo sasetara hikari no tsubo ga oritsugu no ka?, is now available from Full Design Records. The Full Design Records shop has ordering information within and outside Japan. As the first Haino release of 2014, this disc sets the bar pretty high for the rest of the year.


January 29, 2014
Discography Update:   Even though the new Sanhedrin cd and the 3xcd DJ Haino release have been out for over a month, I just now received my copies and have finished entering the information into the discography. Therefore, these entries have been moved from the forthcoming section to their respective sections. The Sanhedrin entry is located in the "Collaborations" section of the Discography, with the previous Sanhedrin releases. The 3xcd DJ release is located in the "Solo Studio" section of the Discography, since the liner notes explicitly state that it was recorded in a studio. The previous 1xcd DJ release is located in the "Solo Live" section of the Discography, since I (perhaps erroneously) assumed that a DJ performance would be recorded live at a club. Anyway, the distinction between the "Solo Studio" and "Solo Live" sections of the discography has been clouded since the beginning of the site and the murkiness continues.

At the present time, the only officially announced forthcoming release is the Haino & Masataka Fujikake duet due in February. Rumors of other forthcoming releases persist but are not confirmed.


January 22, 2014
Forthcoming Release:   A new cd featuring Keiji Haino (vo,g) & Masataka Fujikake (dr), titled Hard o nanjujo sasetara hikari no tsubo ga oritsugu no ka?, will be released by Full Design Records on February 11, 2014. The Full Design Records shop has ordering information within and outside Japan.


January 10, 2014
Visuals:   Mr. Hiromi Kudo continues to contribute photography of Haino live performances to the site, which are presented on the Visuals pages of this site. His two most recent contributions include the unplugged "Moon Crash" performance of January 8, 2014 and the End-of-the-Year All-Nighter of December 30, 2014.

The first set of the End-of-the-Year featured Haino's new band, "Hardy Soul", which covered R&B/Soul classics as well as some original Haino compositions.


Haino, Moon Crash, January 8, 2014.

January 2, 2014
Releases in 2013:   For those keeping track at home, it appears that the full slate of Haino releases for the calendar year 2013 rounds out at eleven. One of these releases was released on both Japanese and American labels.
  1. Keiji Haino (DJ) - Experimental Mixture/In the World (Youth Inc., YOUTH247/XAT-1245587720, December 25, 2013, cdx3)
  2. Sanhedrin - Sukino Godaburyu Ichieichi (Trailights Record, TRLT-0006, December 25, 2013, mp3 or cd)
  3. Zunou Keisatsu (Brain Police) - Anten (Idol Japan Records, TECH-25369, December 11, 2013, cd)
  4. Fushitsusha - Madaatatakaiuchino Konoimani Subetenonazowo Sosogikondeshimaou (Heartfast, HFCD017, November 21, 2013, cd)
  5. Fushitsusha - Namaewo Tsukenaide Hosii Namaewo Tsuketeshimauto Subetede Nakunattesimaukara (Heartfast, HFCD016, November 21, 2013, cd)
  6. Keiji Haino (DJ) - Experimental Mixture (Black Smoker Records, BSMX-050, November 4, 2013, cd)
  7. Fushitsusha - Live at Freedommune 0 (Zero) A New Zero 2012 (Freedommune, no catalog #, 2013, mp3 download)
  8. Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi - Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery (Black Truffle Records/medama records, BT09/mr03, 2013, lp)
  9. Peter Brötzmann et al. - long story short (trost, tr112, 2013, 5xcd+box+booklet)
  10. Gaspar Claus - Jo Ha Kyu (Modest Launch Records, ML20130222, February 26, 2013, lp+mp3dl or cd)
  11. Gaspar Claus - Jo Ha Kyu (Important Records, IMPREC 378, June, 2013, lp+poster or cd)
  12. Various Artists - New Music for Old Instruments (incunabulum records, INC013, 2012, cd)
If there are missing items in this list, please email me.

There were also four older releases that didn't make it into the discography until 2013. One of these is a bootleg.
  1. Seijaku - 2010-2011 (doubtmusic, no label number, given away at Seijaku gigs May 10, 2011 & December 24, 2012, cdr)
  2. Various Artists - Rough Trade Shops Electronic 11 (Rough Trade, RTE11X, January, 2012, cd)
  3. Various Artists - 14 Tracks Of Elemental Improvisations (Boomkat, bundle_148, January 18, 2011, mp3)
  4. Various Artists - Black To Communist (no label/bootleg, no catalog #, 2009, cdx2)






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