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Good old Masami Akita relentlessly churns them out at a rate which means it’s easy to become overwhelmed, even intimidated by the endless output of this hugely prolific artist. I consider myself a fan yet feel like I can barely scratch the surface. I always like to check out his vinyl releases where possi...view item »

Sonic Youth With Mats Gustafsson and Merzbow
Andre Sider af Sonic Youth

I love Sonic Youth's SYR series because, with a couple of exceptions, they've all been self-indulgent toss. They get it all out of their systems then come along with a 'proper' new LP that walks up to every other band while they're busy doing bench presses, holds them down and pumps in their face. It's utilitarian noodling and I, for one, am very g...view item »

Alessandro Cortini & Masami Akita

Masami Akita (King Merzbow himself) and Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails) both own an EMS Synthi, and this Untitled release finds them each using the EMS exclusively to produce four sides of seething noisy electronics. The vintage analogue equipment is totally exp...view item »

Wildwood II

Merzbow follows up last year’s Wildwood CD with an LP of new and complementary material. Again, the proceeds go to the Wildwood trust in Kent, meaning that the king of Japanese harsh noise is directly involved in goings on in the heart of English conservatism. Nice. Fierce textures as ever from Mr. Masami...view item »

Akira Sakata & Jim O' Rourke With Chikamorachi & Merzbow
Flying Basket

Saxophonist Akira Sakata presents a furious five-way assault jam in conjunction with guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Chikamorachi (aka drummer Chris Corsano and double bassist/percussionist Darin Gray) with the added bonus of a...view item »


As the rest of the Norman pantheon get generously lullabyed by Yo La Tengo’s new covers album, I am betrothed to the new Merzbow record. The ecstatic noisemaker is turning his gaze towards philanthropy with ‘Wildwood’; all proceeds raised by this torrentially dissonant record go to a bear trust...view item »

13 Japanese Birds Volume 11: Shirasagi

Number Eleven in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Eleven: S...view item »


I thought I'd give Merzbow another chance. Being all charitable and that I think everything is worth a listen and has to be judged on it's own merits. And if it's shit then so be it but you have to come to that decision yourself. Here's his new CD Camouflage on the Brazillian Essence label which is tastefully housed in an oversized cardboard digipa...view item »

Boris with Merzbow
Sun Baked Snow Cave

Here's a lush vinyl reissue of Boris and Merzbow's second collaboration, 2005's 'Sun Baked Snow Cave', a single 62-minute piece which followed their 2002 head-to-head 'Megatone'. On this one the inter-generational quartet of prolific Japanese noisemakers are in surprisingly restrained form, carving out a patient and detailed piece which slowly d...view item »
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