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 Takeshi Goda.

Contributions to this page should be sent to david "at" poisonpie.com.



July 10, 2017
Music of the Polygonola Review:   A review of the recently released Music of the Polygonola compilation by the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House is now available on their blog.

July 6, 2017
Discography   A cd compilation, "Music of the Polygonola (a polygonal flat musical instrument)" has been released on the label Applied Vibro-Acoustics, Inc. (NSAVA-0001). There are two tracks, which include Haino performing on the polygonola, which combined run about twenty-eight minutes. The compilation section of the discography has been updated. The entry in the discography contains a link to the label, including a pdf of the liner notes in Japanese and in English. To our knowledge this disc is not being distributed outside Japan. If a visitor to this site learns of a distributor outside of Japan, send information to this site and we will post it.

June 21, 2017
Watashi Dake? Review:   A review of the Black Editions reissue of Watashi Dake? by the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House is now available on their blog.

June 19, 2017
Vinyl Reissue:   The official release date for the reissue of Haino's first solo album, Watashi Dake? (Only Me?), was June 16, 2017. Our copy arrived in the mail today. Watashi Dake? is being reissued on vinyl (with digitial download code) from Black Editions. It was originally released on vinyl in 1981 and later on cd in 1993.

For the first time official English translations of the lyrics are also included. We added these to the lyrics page of the website.

Also of interest on the Black Editions website is an interview with Keiji Haino conducted by Takeshi Goda on January 29, 2017. The interview touches on all sorts of topics from the early years in which Watashi Dake? emerged. The interview can be accessed here.

June 2, 2017
Discography   A double cd compilation, "Tokyo Flashback: PSF - Psychedelic Speed Freaks" has been released to commemorate the passing of PSF founder Hideo Ikeezumi. The release date was May 24, 2017 and the label is Super Fuji Discs (FJSP 271/272). There is a Haino track on disc one and a Fushitsusha track on disc two. The compilation section of the discography has been updated.

May 12, 2017
Forthcoming Vinyl Reissue:   Haino's first solo album, Watashi Dake? (Only Me?), is being reissued on vinyl (with digitial download code) from Black Editions. It was originally released on vinyl in 1981 and later on cd in 1993. It is up for pre-order now with a June 16, 2017 release date.

April 14, 2017
Discography Format Updated:   When "An Unofficial Keiji Haino Website" was started in 1995, it provided a source of information about the music of Keiji Haino to an English-speaking audience. In the intervening decades, much additional content has appeared on internet. In particular, the community database at discogs.com provides a plethora of information regarding the releases of Keiji Haino.

We thought about the utility of the discography maintained at "An Unofficial Keiji Haino Website" and ultimately decided it was not entirely redundant and was worth continuing, at least for a while. There are several reasons to do this. First, some entries in our discography apparently don't exist on discogs.com. Second, some information on discogs.com contradicts our own information. For things such as release dates, since we added releases to the Haino discography in real time, we have confidence in our own information. Third, it is difficult on discogs.com to get a comprehensive discography of a particular artist, since groupings are made my ensemble name. When we decided to add to each entry in our discography a link to the relevant entry on discogs.com, some of them were difficult to find. Some we could not find at all. Some appear only to be searchable in one language (Japanese or English) or the other.

In updating the discography, we also got rid of the html frames, which is a feature still supported by current browsers but which was largely antiquated and provided fragments of pages out of context in response to internet searches. We also decided to split up the "collaborations" section of the discography, which had become unwieldy. Our choice of categorization is arbitrary but systematic.

April 9, 2017
Forthcoming Compilation:   A forthcoming compilation featuring Haino and Fushitsusha tracks has been officially announced. The double cd compilation will have the "Tokyo Flashback" title and will be released to commemorate PSF founder Hideo Ikeezumi. The material is described as previously unreleased. The proposed release date is May 24, 2017 and the label is identified as Super Fuji Discs (FJSP 271/272). More information, including a list of artists, is posted at: http://indiegrab.jp/?p=46479.

April 6, 2017
Live Recording on Web:   An audio recording of a solo vocal show by Keiji Haino has been posted on the web. The performance dates from February 26, 2012 at the Tramway in Glasgow. Follow this link: http://arika.org.uk/archive/items/episode-2-special-form-darkness/keiji-haino.

March 26, 2017
Radio Broadcast:   Stephen O'Malley of, among other ensembles, Nazoranai, ran a two hour Keiji Haino special on his Acid Quarry Paris show the other day, with quite a bit of unreleased live material from different periods. Follow this link for the rebroadcast schedule: https://www.redbullradio.com/shows/stephen-omalley-presents-acid-quarry-paris/episodes/keiji-haino.

March 14, 2017
New Release:   A book about Keiji Haino, titled, Vocations de l'ombre - Haino Keiji - Une autre voix/voie du rock (Vocations of the Shadow - Haino Keiji - Another Voice / Way of Rock) written by Bruno Fernandes is published by the French publisher, Les presses du réel. The book is accompanied by a cd of unreleased solo (two tracks) and Fushitsusha material (3 tracks), titled, unheard pieces of the late XXth and early XXIst centuries. The book can be ordered for worldwide delivery at http://www.lespressesdureel.com/EN/ouvrage.php?id=5284. (At the time of posting, this site still says, "pre-order", but this is where I ordered my copy from and I have the book in hand.) More information is in the Fushitsusha section of the discography.

March 3, 2017
News:   Hideo Ikeezumi, the founder of the PSF label, which released so many seminal recordings of Haino, Fushitsusha and other artists of the Japanese underground, has died. An obituary by Alan Cummings is posted in The Wire here and an obituary by Peter Kolovos and Steve Lowenthal is posted on NPR here.

February 2, 2017
Forthcoming Release:   A book about Keiji Haino, titled, Vocations de l'ombre - Haino Keiji - Une autre voix/voie du rock (Vocations of the Shadow - Haino Keiji - Another Voice / Way of Rock) written by Bruno Fernandes is to be published in the first quarter of 2017 by the French publisher, Les presses du réel. The book is accompanied by a cd of unreleased solo and Fushitsusha material. The book can be pre-ordered for worldwide delivery at http://www.lespressesdureel.com/EN/ouvrage.php?id=5284.

January 31, 2017
New Release:   The trio of Keiji Haino, Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen have released a new recording, Miracles of Only One Thing on Sub Rosa Records on lp and cd. More information is in the collaborations section of the discography.

January 1, 2017
Releases in 2016:   For those keeping track at home, it appears that the full slate of Haino releases for the calendar year 2016 rounds out at five.
  1. Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke & Keiji Haino - I wonder if you noticed "I'm Sorry" Is such a lovely sound It keeps things from getting worse (Black Truffle Records/medama records, BT021/mr07, June, 2016, lpx2)
  2. Keiji Haino - Milky Way (Black Truffle, BT-026, November, 2016 (1973), lp)
  3. Keiji Haino, Merzbow & Balazs Pandi - An Untroublesome Defencelessness (Rare Noise Records, RNR061LP, June 24, 2016, lpx2+mp3dl or cd)
  4. Keiji Haino with zeitkratzer - Stockhausen: Aus den sieben Tagen (Karlrecords, KR011 , March, 2016, lp+mp3dl)
  5. Keiji Haino & Steve Noble - Live at Cafe OTO, February 28, 2012 (Otoroku: Cafe OTO Website, DS062, 2016, mp3dl)
If there are missing items in this list, please email me.

In addition to these records, there is some information regarding the following releases planned for 2017.
  1. Keiji Haino, Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen - Miracles of Only One Thing (Sub Rosa Records, SR 439LP, January 27, 2017, lp)
  2. Various Reissues of Watashi-dake and several Fushitsusha PSF releases on vinyl (Black Editions, ??, ??, 2017, lpx?)






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