An absolute classic VHS called for our first in-person episode in a long time as we all got together to watch “Kingdom of Noise: Japanese Noise Selection.” Truly mandatory viewing for everyone, it was great to revisit as these clips were some of the first noise visuals we saw back in the 90s. This tape is a perfect showcase of the breadth of Japanese noise featuring Masonna, Merzbow, Seed Mouth, Incapacitants, and much more. A mandatory look into extreme history.
From Public Bath Records to Public Bath Press, Kato David Hopkins has been flying the flag of Japanese sounds since the 1980s. He’s seen it all… from the very first Masonna shows, to innumerable classic shows at the legendary Bears club. His most recent work is a great book called “Rumors of Noizu: Hijokaidan and the Road to 2nd Damascus” that traces the experimental music scene in Japan leading up to the debut Hijokaidan LP. Get your pen and paper out for another fascinating noise history lesson.
One last duo session to settle into the new mode, Greh and Mike been preparing for the Hospital fest in LA and since Junko is performing solo we figured we’d pop on 1996’s “Ferocity of Practical Life” 10″ by noise legends Hijokaidan, one of the longest running acts around. All-star lineup this time around, with classics Jojo and Junko Hiroshige, Toshiji Mikawa and Fumio Kosakai (Incapacitants) and Masami Akita! NOISE!