4/11/2013 TKS Presents: ‘Japandorf’ tracklist

The latest sonic excursion on The Kitchen Sink was inspired by the album ‘Japandorf’, the first fruit of the eight-year collaboration between Klaus Dinger and musicians drawn from Dusseldorf’s large Japanese community to be released; apparently there are two further albums still waiting to see the light of day.  Taking that as a starting point, the show set out to highlight collaborations between German and Japanese artists, connections between the countries musical/artistic scenes beginning in the 1960’s, and the work of other Japanese artists currently based in Berlin. Admittedly, given the confines of a one-hour show, and the emphasis being on the music, this was by no means an in-depth focus, more a dip which might intrigue listeners enough to prompt further exploration…. into the groups coming out of the West German kommunes, such as Amon Duul and Amon Duul II; the other groups who adopted a communal approach to life and work (Faust in their converted village school in Wumme, Cluster ensconced in a studio in the Westbergland countryside, Can finding their Inner Space in an old cinema outside Koln), and the groups in Japan who’ve followed a similar communal ethic (the members of Ghost reportedly pursuing a nomadic lifestyle together, wandering to and from bases in ruined temples and abandoned subway station in their early years, and Takehisa Kosugi‘s Taj Mahal Travellers, as the name suggests, following a similarly itinerant course). Communal living, revolutionary ideals, experimentation in music, performance, and the ingestion of certain substances with the ability to alter minds a touch more than caffeine and nicotine, plus the involvement of some who preached, and acted out, more radical courses against ‘the system’ – the Baader-Meinhof and Red Army Faction emerging from the same Munich kommune as the Amon Duul groups, while in Japan, the bass player for Hadaka No Rallizes, Moriaki Wakabayashi, assisted in the hijacking of a Japan Airlines flight by the Japanese Red Army. A feast for the inquisitive!
But what was on The Kitchen Sink’s menu? The following feast of sounds:

1)KLAUS DINGER+JAPANDORF – UDON /from ‘Japandorf’/ Groenland Records 2013
More info: http://groenland.com/en/artist/klaus-dinger-japandorf-2/    http://klausdinger.com/
2)CAN – DEAD PIGEON SUITE /1972, from ‘The Lost Tapes’/ Spoon Records 2012
More info: http://www.spoonrecords.com/history/can.php  http://www.damosuzuki.com/
3)AMON DUUL II – YETI TALKS TO YOGI (improvisation) /from ‘Yeti’/ Liberty 1970
More info: http://www.amonduul.de/
4)MASAKI BATOH – YOO DOO RIGHT /from ‘Collected Works 1995-96’/ Drag City 2004
More info: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/masaki-batoh
5)MIMICOF – TRIANGULUM /from ‘Kotolyra’/ PROGRESSIVE FOrM 2012
More info: http://midorihirano.com/     http://www.progressiveform.com/release/   http://perspectives-berlin.com/mimicof/
6)MASAYOSHI FUJITA – SNOW STORM /from ‘Stories’/ Flau Records 2013
More info: http://masayoshifujita.com/  http://www.flau.jp/artists/masayoshifujita.html
7)BOREDOMS – VISION CREATION NEWSUN Pt.2 /from ‘Vision Creation Newsun’/ 1999, Birdman Records 2000
More info: http://www.boredoms.jp/  http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/albumofthemonth/the%20boredoms-vision-creation-new-sun
8)SUB-TLE – LEAM /from ‘Leam’/ Onpa Records 2013
More info: http://www.sub-tle.com/2.0/  http://onpa.de/?page_id=9
9)LA DUSSELDORF – TIME /from ‘La Dusseldorf’/ Teldec 1976
More info: http://klausdinger.com/

Only the nine tracks, but a feast of sounds! Thanks are due this time to Midori Hirano (MimiCof), Masayoshi Fujita, and Satoshi Okamoto (sub-tle) and Japandorf –  whose help and, in the case of Midori, suggestions, are much-appreciated.
Until next time, wishing you all many a sonic gem, S.

The Kitchen Sink can be heard on Monday evenings at 22.15 CET on http://www.radior.cz

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~ by theshinybeast on November 6, 2013.

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