Chee Shimizu - Obscure Sound (a music book)

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Does anyone out there have a copy of this book by any chance? It's basically a list of interesting-looking LPs that may well have just been beamed from a dream of imaginary records. Subdivided into the following sections, I think there are about 50 records in each:

- Organic
- Ethnic
- Psychedelic
- Spiritual
- Experimental
- Cosmic
- Meditative
- Tropical
- Floating
- Mellow
- Pensive
- Groovy

I would absolutely love a complete list of records from it if anyone is willing and able?

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Published in 2013 in Japan btw.

There's a flick through its pages right here:

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Someone has also made a Discogs list of the first two chapters here:

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

ooh this looks like a "cool" version of John Corbett's Vinyl Freak anthology

sleeve, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

only copy i can find to buy is $207.00 US

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:02 (five months ago) Permalink

His instagram is quite nice to follow btw, a lot of his posts are of things he's sourced for his record store, and maybe half of it is rubbish who knows? but gosh there are so many intriguing and mysterious album covers on this our planet

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:13 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah there's probably a thread to be had on "record geek Instagram accounts" but I have not gone down that rabbit hole.

sleeve, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:14 (five months ago) Permalink

ha yes, 75% of the accounts I follow!

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:21 (five months ago) Permalink

this looks dope as hell!!

brimstead, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh man, after reading the Playing Favourites feature on him that Resident Advisor did, I desperately sought out the book, checking all sorts of Japanese sites. No luck, sadly.

Would love to see what else is in it, if someone has a copy (or easy access to one). One of those new record geek outlets (e.g., Record Magazine, Dust and Grooves) should republish it. Or one of these reissue labels.I would totally contribute to a kickstarter for it.

I would totally also nerd out on an instagram accounts thread. I think the closest thing was the dj's and their living rooms thread from a while back, which was a nice and weirdly satisfying one to follow.

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:41 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah that RA feature is great! maybe someone somewhere is working on a translation of the book, who knows?

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 06:50 (five months ago) Permalink

I have it but a bit too mammoth a task to list all the records. Next time I have insomnia maybe I'll do it though.

stirmonster, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:13 (five months ago) Permalink

one record a week for the next 10 years plz

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:17 (five months ago) Permalink

would actually be a good listening club idea tbh

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:18 (five months ago) Permalink

just jokes btw but anytime you want to flag up a few select titles that would be awesome

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Keep hoping that this might come out in Eigo, I love the More Better Days compilation he curated last year, some fantastic music on there.

MaresNest, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:23 (five months ago) Permalink

when i have some time, i will do. there is so much amazing music in it that it definitely needs to be shared more widely.

stirmonster, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:25 (five months ago) Permalink

I had a total meltdown in the Books dept of Disc Union in Shinjuku a few years ago, so many amazing looking reference books that I'll never be able to read and that will never be translated.

MaresNest, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Here is two from it that I had before I got a copy that I absolutely adore.

Michael O'Shea - Michael O'Shea -

林英哲 ‎– 風の使者 -林英哲-風の使者/master/636582

stirmonster, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:28 (five months ago) Permalink

It was a potent mixture of option paralysis and total regret at throwing my entire life away by never going to University and moving to Japan when i was twenty so I could read books about Japanese music.

MaresNest, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:28 (five months ago) Permalink

oooh i know that michael o'shea, came out on wire's label. beautiful record! thank you stirmonster!

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:30 (five months ago) Permalink

maresnest i hear u and i heart u

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:31 (five months ago) Permalink

And two I discovered from the book -

Música Esporádica ‎– Música Esporádica -úsica-Esporádica-Música-Esporádica/release/2659986

Takashi Toyoda - Big Bang -

away for the weekend but will post some more next week.

stirmonster, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:35 (five months ago) Permalink

my man! thank you!

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:36 (five months ago) Permalink

I never even knew that Dome put out other people's records, but I'm sure I must have known that at one point.

MaresNest, Friday, 28 July 2017 09:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Just that, the A.C. Marias 7" and also the highly recommended Desmond Simmons "Alone On Penguin Island" album.

stirmonster, Friday, 28 July 2017 10:08 (five months ago) Permalink

would actually be a good listening club idea tbh

― plp will eat itself (NickB), vrijdag 28 juli 2017 9:18 (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'd totally be up for this.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 28 July 2017 11:19 (five months ago) Permalink

we could do that if people are keen? not sure how many are on spotify / youtube but definitely some of them are

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 13:12 (five months ago) Permalink

Awesome, thanks for sharing these stirmonster, will also check these out!

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 28 July 2017 14:23 (five months ago) Permalink


brimstead, Friday, 28 July 2017 15:04 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So there is a copy that just came up for $100 on Amazon's marketplace which, despite my better judgment, I am so tempted to buy....

Federico Boswarlos, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:55 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Going to try and revive this one - anyone actually want to try out the listening club idea? Or even just individually post interesting otherwise unknown discoveries from it? Could start with ones featured in the discogs list upthread. Even if it's the few of us, it would be a good excuse - for me at least - to finally try and seek some of these albums out and get around to listening to them!

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:49 (two months ago) Permalink

i totally forgot about this. i'll post some records from it. will try and make some of them ones i don't know so it motivates me to check them out too.

stirmonster, Thursday, 2 November 2017 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I frame stepped through part of the Vimeo of the dude flipping through it... was able to grab some titles that way

Yes I am pathetic

brimstead, Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks stirmonster

brimstead, Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, thanks Stirmonster. Let's get this show on the road.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 2 November 2017 23:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's 5 from the "Floating" chapter (picked at random). If the whole album isn't on Youtube you'll find some tracks on the Discogs links. I'll also give the number the record has in the book and the genre Chee assigned to it.

1) Harmonia - Deluxe (Germany, 1975) 441 Rock

I'm guessing there is no need to link this one.

2) D-Day - Grape Iris (Japan, 1986) 449 New Wave

I have this one. Comes as a picture disc inside a normal album sleeve. It's an album of two halves so worth listening right through as it is quite a schizophrenic album and the first few tracks in particular are radically different from my personal favourites on the album - "Sweet Sultan", "Dust", "Ki-Ra-I" and "Float A Bort" which could all have made up an imaginary legendary EP on mid 80s 4AD.

3) Hiroshi Yoshimura - Surround (Japan, 1986) 459 Ambient

A holy grail record for me; been after this forever and hoping it will eventually see a reissue. Probably the most "floating" of these. Ecstatic ambient.

4) Litto Nebbia ‎– Canciones Para Cada Uno Vol.1 (Argentina, 1978) 464 Rock

I know nothing about this one. Haven't heard it yet.

5) Roberto Musci / Giovanni Venosta ‎– Water Messages On Desert Sand (UK, 1985) 475 Experimental

Released on Recommended Records. I haven't heard this one. Only thing I know by him is "Tower Of Silence' which Music From Memory put out last year. I'm pretty sure Music From Memory have taken inspiration from this book.

stirmonster, Friday, 3 November 2017 01:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Oops. Hiroshi Yoshimura Youtube link in wrong place but i'm sure you can navigate your way through anyway.

stirmonster, Friday, 3 November 2017 01:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I love the Musci/Venosta records, they were on Mutantsounds for a while

sleeve, Friday, 3 November 2017 01:31 (two months ago) Permalink

this is terrific, thank you stirmonster!

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 3 November 2017 07:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm mostly going to be away the next few weeks so here's another 5 to keep you going.

From the "Spiritual" chapter.

Amaia Zubiria, Pascal Gaigne - Egun Argi Hartan (Spain, 1985) 183 World

Codona (Colin Walcot, Don Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos) - Codona 3 (Germany, 1987) 187 Jazz

Eitetsu Hayashi - Kaze No Shisha (Japan, 1983) 190 Contemporary林英哲-風の使者/release/3232319

This is the only one of these I have. I adore this record which is in a similar vein to some Yas-Kaz or Geinoh Yamashirogumi. I can't find any Youtube videos for this but one of the tracks can be heard at 45 mins here -

Ivory Playground - Scattered Clouds (Germany, 1986) 200 Contemporary

Naná Vasconcelos ‎– Zumbi (Brazil, 1983) 210 Worldá-Vasconcelos-Zumbi/release/1853826

stirmonster, Friday, 3 November 2017 13:21 (two months ago) Permalink

not sure why a couple of those links don't work. you'll have to cut and paste and actually, the Eitetsu Hayashi track starts at 40 minutes on that mix.

stirmonster, Friday, 3 November 2017 13:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Have spent the morning listening to the Yoshimura. Halfway through the weather shifted and a breeze must have picked up because all the old leaves on the big sycamore outside my window started floating down to the ground

Just saw that the first Yoshimura is being reissued next month btw:

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 3 November 2017 13:26 (two months ago) Permalink

The label says more Yoshimura reissues are on the way.

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 3 November 2017 13:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Hooray, thanks again stirmonster! I'm going to start with the Yoshimura as well. Yes, perfect music for the Fall weather.

Also thanks for reposting about the reissues NickB, it didn't even come across my radar at the time. Going to seek them out!

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 3 November 2017 13:42 (two months ago) Permalink

yes, and Yoshimura's "Pier & Loft" recently got a vinyl issue for the first time.

stirmonster, Friday, 3 November 2017 13:46 (two months ago) Permalink

oh man, there's one song on that Naná Vasconcelos that I love, it's basically just vocals and drums.

brimstead, Friday, 3 November 2017 14:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, saw that - from Mr. Shimizu himself, it seems! I pre-ordered the Music for Nine Postcards and am excited about what else of his they may be putting out.

Onto D-Day and am feeling those 4AD vibes. This is great stuff, thanks for posting it.

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 3 November 2017 18:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Pepe Maina ‎– Il Canto Dell'Arpa E Del Flauto

this is by far the best record i've gleaned from the book so far... eclectic rhythmic ambient instrumental space folk.. an absolute joy

brimstead, Saturday, 4 November 2017 00:21 (two months ago) Permalink

how are y'all listening to these - Spotify, downloads, hard copies?

sleeve, Saturday, 4 November 2017 00:36 (two months ago) Permalink

strictly internettin

brimstead, Saturday, 4 November 2017 01:39 (two months ago) Permalink

at some point i can YSI (RIP. Now called Hightail) a big folder of the ones I have, if that isn't going to get me banned. ;-)

stirmonster, Saturday, 4 November 2017 05:49 (two months ago) Permalink

thanks for all the links Stir, sitting working my way through these at the moment, some wonderful music.

electrobiscuit, Saturday, 4 November 2017 11:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice, that would be amazing. I've been listening via Youtube/Spotify as well.

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 6 November 2017 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

This is exactly why I prefer digital downloads to streaming. Should also mention the FondSound and Listen To This! blogs for their own efforts in this area.

doug watson, Monday, 6 November 2017 18:30 (two months ago) Permalink

I've been considering starting a Listen To This! thread but I wouldn't have much to say except Read This! so it would be a bit pointless.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:02 (two months ago) Permalink

return to forever is a great weekend morning listen, ftr

brimstead, Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Pepe Maina ‎– Il Canto Dell'Arpa E Del Flauto

thanks for flagging this one up brims, i loved it

plp will eat itself (NickB), Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, the tracks I've listened to from it are hitting the spot. Added bonus, looking it up online (it was recently reissued, btw) it pointed me to the prog band Jade Warrior, who I hadn't been aware of and which he identifies as "a strong influence". I randomly came across an album of theirs at a record store the other day which I grabbed and is quite nice (the second half of the album, esp) in a noodly early-mid 70s Eno way.

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this Pepe Maina album is beautiful. Reminds me a bit of Michel Moulinié's Chrysalide. It's refreshing to rediscover these "ambient prog" albums that I too harshly judged when I was younger (see also Budi Siebert's Hmmm, which I once bought and resold too hastily.) Guess I should have another listen to Jade Warrior.

doug watson, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:22 (two months ago) Permalink

While looking up info on other music guides, I recently came across A Crack in the Cosmic Egg, a krautrock/German experimental rock guide. Not sure if anyone else is familiar with it - I believe it may have been mentioned in a krautrock thread or two - but figured it would also be welcome here.

A list on discogs of the authors' top 100 - see link below - seems to check out. It's at my library, so I'm planning on taking it out and giving it a closer look.

Federico Boswarlos, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

i am enjoying this song from Pedro Aznar's Contemplacion album. The rest of the disc doesn't do much for me but this song is a nice kind of 80s progressive latin jazz pop thing with great vocals:

brimstead, Saturday, 25 November 2017 18:56 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I went back to see if the price went down for the book on Amazon and it's now $400+ :(

I'm listening to Schatseite by Adelhard Roidinger after seeing a reference to it elsewhere and recognizing it from the book. Early 80s, released on ECM. Only a bit of the way through, but enjoying so far and thought I'd share.

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

holy shit, deliverance at last - this discogs user has uploaded all the chapters as individual lists:

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 4 January 2018 22:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not uploaded of course but you know what i mean

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 4 January 2018 22:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 5 January 2018 00:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink


brimstead, Friday, 5 January 2018 01:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks again NickB, this is good news for me/bad news for the wallet...

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 5 January 2018 02:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ha yes, i know that feeling :)

quite a few records on the list that pop up fairly regularly if i let youtube or spotify play me ramdon things. don't think that's a coincidence?

this is one of those random things:

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also, nearly half a million views?

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i guess someone needs to put that song out as a single

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh wait i read a p good and v thread-relevant article about that phenomenon:

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that rare silk track is spectacular

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 5 January 2018 11:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it definitely has a very strange atmosphere to it

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 11:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this thread is making my morning much, much better than it would otherwise have been

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 5 January 2018 13:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've been listening to this stuff but my YouTube recommendations are still shit. This music seems completely different to anything popular on youtube or are there any other interesting trends?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The book appears to be available used for about $70 (not including s&h, which for all I know could be about as much) at, a site I've read good things about which apparently specializes in making Japanese stuff available overseas.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 6 January 2018 16:09 (one week ago) Permalink

mostly the youtube phenomenon tells me how common, and totally random, it is to manipulate play counts. i don't feel the phenomenon is a million miles removed from the phenomenon observed a couple months ago of massive quantities of children's fetish porn youtube videos.

i'm not sure how well that rare silk song would sell if it were released as a single, in other words. there are all sorts of marginal cults but only on youtube does it get amplified to half a million page views, mainly through algorithmic chicanery. if the right algorithm felt like it the lewis sisters could have half a million pageviews (and i'd like if they would, if only because their "voices, strings, and percussion" record of tchaikovsky adaptations looks super interesting and should have a reish).

bob lefse (rushomancy), Saturday, 6 January 2018 19:13 (one week ago) Permalink

thank you for the discogs link, NickB! great find. no idea where to start, just going by appealing chapter headings and artwork for now...

and also for the interesting vinylfactory article - i have indeed been recommended (and clicked on) most of those Japanese ambient records by the mysteries of youtube's algorithms

there's a newish FACT article on Japanese ambient including Green and Through the Looking Glass too:

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 15 January 2018 21:10 (four days ago) Permalink

Came across this mix series run by the Red Light Radio/Records guys in Amsterdam, which I feel will appeal to my fellow posters on this thread.

I've listened to the Lovefingers and Young Marco mixes and recommend them. Each tracklist is also nicely annotated with nice track-by-track notes (which I find a nice touch), often from the person responsible for the mix itself.

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 15 January 2018 21:40 (four days ago) Permalink

excellent - thank you both! :)

faust apes (NickB), Monday, 15 January 2018 21:54 (four days ago) Permalink

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