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.

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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