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"

March 4, 2018
Live Show:   On March 2, 2018, Fushitusha performed with an unrecorded line-up from 1981, featuring Haino on guitar and vocals, Hiroyuki Usui on drums and Hiroyuki Watanabe on bass. A flyer for the performance is here.

March 1, 2018
Article:   There is a neat article on the recent Haino & Sumac release, American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous to Look at Face On on bandcamp.

February 21, 2018
New Release:   While the official release date for the Haino & Sumac release, American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous to Look at Face On is February 23, 2018, my copy arrived in the mail yesterday, so the release is out. The entry has been moved from the forthcoming section of the discography to the ensembles (other) section.

February 10, 2018
Kickstarter: 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician

Without undue fanfare, the Poison Pie Publishing House, which has hosted an Unofficial Keiji Haino Website since 1995, has launched its first Kickstarter project. If funded, this project would result in the publication of a hardcover version of 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician, a post-existential fantasy generated through a non-idiomatic improvisational creative process. One page of the novel was written for each day of the year 2017. Of relevance to the unofficial Haino site, the entire month of May was written to a Haino album with a different ensemble or collaborator(s).

The novel follows two neighborhood boys, Oscar and Omar. Oscar is a member of a white working class family, whose fortunes are in decline. Omar is the son of first-generation immigrants, professionals from Iran. These two boys navigate a friendship in the social landscape reflecting the political events of 2017 as they happen and the social tensions created by the current president and his policies.

The novel is subtitled, The Rise and Fall of the Renegades of the American Muslim Registry. It responds directly to the president's suggestion, voiced during his campaign, to create a list of all Muslims in the United States, citizens or otherwise. That such a registry has not come to pass is a result only of the vigilance of those who reject such a list as inherently immoral.

The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to provide a high quality hardcover book to bibliophiles, who would like to hold a physical copy of the novel in their hands. The book will be six by nine inches in dimension and approximately 395 pages in length (365 pages of story plus indices and front matter). The book will feature a hardcover binding with cream interior paper (60# weight). The dustjacket will be made of paper (80# weight) with full-color exterior ink and a matte finish. Beneath the dust jacket the book will be bound in a black linen material with gold foil stamping on the spine. The project runs through Monday morning, March 12, 2018. The full text of the novel remains online via free, anonymous access at the Poison Pie Publishing House (link).


February 4, 2018
Forthcoming Release:   The new album by the American/Canadian metal band, Sumac, with Keiji Haino, titled American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous to Look at Face On remains up for preorder at Thrill Jockey with a release date of February 23, 2018. It is available in both cd and double lp format. The cd, vinyl and a digital edition are available from

January 8, 2018
Upcoming Live Date:   Some years ago we stopped posting live dates on the Haino site. However, here is one worth mentioning.

March 2 (Fri)
doors 19:00; start 19:30
Club Goodman, Akihabara, Tokyo
The Silence + Fushitsusha 1981

Fushitsusha 1981 will be the 1981 line-up, i.e. Haino (g, vo), Hiroyuki Usui (dr), Hiroyuki Watanabe (bs). There are no released recordings of this line-up.

January 8, 2018
Discography Items on   Some folks have written in that their are items on that don't appear in the discography maintained on this site. The items include some items that may be legitimate releases, such as
  • a 2004 limited edition of 100 boxed cdr reissue of the Table of the Elements Guitar Series (Vol 2) link
  • a 2016 limited edition of 48 cdr "San Francisco 1994" on no label sold at Faust concerts (Vol 2) link
  • a 2003 limited edition of 20 cdr "Fushitsusha Secret Box" on aRCHIVE link
There are also some random bootleg live recordings that, for some reason, have ended up on, including link and link.

We could potentially add the legitimate releases to the discography. If visitors to the site have more information on any of these, feel free to email us.

January 1, 2018
Releases in 2017:   For those keeping track at home, it appears that the full slate of Haino releases and reissues for the calendar year 2017 rounds out at 11.
  1. Keiji Haino + John Butcher - Light Never Bright Enough (Otoroku, Roku018, December, 2017, lp, also available on cd)
  2. Keiji Haino + Konstrukt - A Philosophy Warping, Little by Little That Way Lies a Quagmire (karlrecords, KR043, December 1, 2017, lp+mp3dl)
  3. Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi - This Dazzling, Genuine "Difference" Now Where Shall It Go? (Black Truffle/Medama Records, bt030/mr08, November 17, 2017, lpx2)
  4. Various Artists, including Keiji Haino, Fushitsusha - Tokyo Flashback 1 (Black Editions, BE-001/012, October 20, 2017 (originally released 1991), lpx2+mp3dl)
  5. Nazoranai - Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed (W25.TH, W25-02, October 6, 2017, lp+mp3dl)
  6. Various Artists, including Keiji Haino - Music of the Polygonola (A Polygonal Flat Musical Instrument) (Applied Vibro-Acoustics, Inc., NSAVA-0001, 2017, cd)
  7. Yumiko Tanaka - Music Performance "KIYOH" (Ftarri/Meenna, meenna-986dvd, June 25, 2017 , dvd)
  8. Keiji Haino - Watashi dake? (Black Editions, BE-000, June 16, 2017 (originally released 1981), lp+mp3dl)
  9. Various Artists, including Keiji Haino, Fushitsusha - Tokyo Flashback P.S.F. - Psychedelic Speed Freaks (Super Fuji Discs, FJSP 270/271, May 24, 2017, cdx2)
  10. Keiji Haino, Fushitsusha - unheard pieces of the late XXth and early XXIst centuries / vocations de l'ombre Haino Keiji une autre voix/voie du rock (les presses du réel, ISBN: 978-2-84066-811-4, March, 2017, cd+book)
  11. Keiji Haino, Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen - Miracles of Only One Thing (Sub Rosa Records, SR 439LP, January 27, 2017, lp, also available on cd)
There is a collective review of all eleven releases over at the Poison Pie Publishing House.

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 2018.
  1. Keiji Haino & Sumac - American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous to Look at Face On (Thrill Jockey, Thrill-463, February 23, 2018, lpx2 or cd)
  2. Reissue of Fushitsusha PSFD 15~16 on vinyl (Black Editions, ??, 2018, lpx4+mp3dl)


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