Chee Shimizu - Obscure Sound (a music book)

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9784845622580-uk.jpg

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 (three months ago) Permalink

Published in 2013 in Japan btw.

There's a flick through its pages right here:
https://vimeo.com/69685842

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

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

https://www.discogs.com/lists/Obscure-Sound/281665

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

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

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

ha yes, 75% of the accounts I follow!

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

this looks dope as hell!!

brimstead, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:26 (three 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.

https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2723

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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) Permalink

one record a week for the next 10 years plz

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

would actually be a good listening club idea tbh

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:18 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 - https://www.discogs.com/Michael-OShea-Michael-OShea/release/167429

林英哲 ‎– 風の使者 - https://www.discogs.com/林英哲-風の使者/master/636582

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

maresnest i hear u and i heart u

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

And two I discovered from the book -

Música Esporádica ‎– Música Esporádica - https://www.discogs.com/Música-Esporádica-Música-Esporádica/release/2659986

Takashi Toyoda - Big Bang - https://www.discogs.com/Takashi-Toyoda-Big-Bang/release/2136473

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

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

my man! thank you!

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

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

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

Hooray!

brimstead, Friday, 28 July 2017 15:04 (three 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 (two 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks stirmonster

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

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 2 November 2017 23:31 (two weeks 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

https://www.discogs.com/D-Day-Grape-Iris/release/1457004

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CrD82-8GVQ

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

https://www.discogs.com/Hiroshi-Yoshimura-Soundscape-1-Surround/release/3447244

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

https://www.discogs.com/Litto-Nebbia-Canciones-Para-Cada-Uno-Vol1/release/3621235

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

https://www.discogs.com/Roberto-Musci--Giovanni-Venosta-Water-Messages-On-Desert-Sand/release/755801

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MojW0fVaaFE

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 weeks 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 weeks ago) Permalink

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

http://post-ambient.blogspot.com/2013/03/664-roberto-musci-giovanni-venosta.html

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

this is terrific, thank you stirmonster!

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

https://www.discogs.com/Amaia-Zubiria-Pascal-Gaigne-Egun-Argi-Hartan/release/3350574

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

https://www.discogs.com/Codona-Codona-3/release/1904147

Eitetsu Hayashi - Kaze No Shisha (Japan, 1983) 190 Contemporary

https://www.discogs.com/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 - https://soundcloud.com/twitch/optimo-espacio-nts-17012017

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

https://www.discogs.com/Ivory-Playground-Scattered-Clouds/release/2249855

Naná Vasconcelos ‎– Zumbi (Brazil, 1983) 210 World

https://www.discogs.com/Naná-Vasconcelos-Zumbi/release/1853826

stirmonster, Friday, 3 November 2017 13:21 (two weeks 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 weeks 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:
https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=39755

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

The label says more Yoshimura reissues are on the way.

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

https://www.discogs.com/Pepe-Maina-Il-Canto-DellArpa-E-Del-Flauto/master/349962

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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

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

strictly internettin

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

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

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 6 November 2017 17:39 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

return to forever is a great weekend morning listen, ftr

brimstead, Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:25 (one week 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 (one week 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.

https://www.discogs.com/Jade-Warrior-Floating-World/release/9826609

http://www.soundohm.com/product/il-canto-dell-arpa-e-del-flauto/pid/17067/

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:51 (five days 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 (four days 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.

https://www.amazon.ca/Crack-Cosmic-Egg-Encyclopedia-Experimental/dp/095295060X
https://www.discogs.com/lists/The-Krautrock-Top-100/795

Federico Boswarlos, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:05 (four days ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.