Kikagaku Moyo and the Guruguru Brain empire

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Okay, I think it's about them they should have their own thread as well as one for their own label. Inspired by catching them again last night, having fully sold out the Fillmore to a very loud, appreciative and young audience -- I'd say the vast majority were in their mid-late 20s/early 30s. Another fantastic show but also a one-two punch because Minami Deutsch opened and were absolutely perfect in that role, signed to KM's label but with their own sound. All these years of fandom of acts like Acid Mothers Temple, (Batoh's) Ghost etc feel like they've paid off for me somehow just seeing this last night for a crowd and venue bigger than anything I've seen said older acts in that wasn't a Terrastock festival or the like.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:54 (two years ago) link

i've seen 'em twice and they're great — a great addition to the japanese psych legacy. they've got a very devoted following in colorado for some reason, I think they might have a bit of a jamband scene appeal.

tylerw, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:19 (two years ago) link

I've only heard Kikagaku Moyo's most recent two full-lengths, but I love them both - especially Masana Temples. So good.

I haven't heard anything else on the label, but I've read good things about Minami Deutsch, love to hear recommendations.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:36 (two years ago) link

I think they might have a bit of a jamband scene appeal

There's definitely a bit of that in how they remind me of Ummagumma/Meddle era Floyd to a degree, though without the drama-school psychosis (which, don't get me wrong, really works at its best for them but then Roger started thinking he was his own best subject).

I've read good things about Minami Deutsch, love to hear recommendations

The two albums on Guruguru are both lovely but you might as well go for the newest from last year:

I do love their band description:

Minami Deutsch was formed by Kyotaro Miula (guitar, vocals, synthesizer) in Tokyo in 2014. The band members being self-professed "repetition freaks" who heavily listen to minimal techno.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:52 (two years ago) link

I can't understand why Kikagaku Moyo didn't play our big downtown venue last year, but I'm glad I got to see them in a relatively small club -- they were even better than the albums had led me to expect.

Brad C., Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:57 (two years ago) link

(reposting what I wrote in the YT comment for this)

"I was at APF 2014 - gorgeous late Sunday afternoon. We just ended up hanging out at river stage. Who's Kikagaku Moyo? Little did we know... I've been to lots of shows, but only a precious few where the whole audience tunes in to what the band is doing and feeding back on itself. Somewhere in the middle of KM's set, almost all at once, the whole audience realizes - these guys are pretty good, no wait, these guys are freaking great. Standing ovation totally deserved."

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:54 (two years ago) link

Second the recommendation for With Dim Light which is a killer motorik album

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 31 October 2019 22:12 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

minami deutsch were incredibly great on this tour

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 02:07 (two years ago) link

i'm listening to an ep of them backing up damo and it's a really good fit

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 02:52 (two years ago) link

...having said that the first track does remind me a _lot_ of "idiot control now" from the "pod people" film...

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:39 (two years ago) link

oh yeah, i mean there is nothing groundbreaking going on there, it's just a style that they do extremely well, and they were very loud and pummeling live. guy next to me after was like 'THAT ENDING WAS LIKE HIGH RISE MAN'

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:28 (two years ago) link

lol i just looked that up. in any case,

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:31 (two years ago) link

I saw them two weeks ago in Atlanta and was surprised that they almost sold out a 600-capacity venue on a freezing Tuesday night. And it was a lot of younger people, which I didn't expect.

The electric sitar doesn't seem to be used as a gimmick (it's on 90% the songs and sounded great) and the lead guitar player wailed with a stoned elegance throughout. Glad these guys have somehow developed a following in the US.

Props to them for selling their merch at reasonable prices. CD's were $5!

InternationalWaters, Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:29 (two years ago) link

Seattle show has been sold out for weeks, tickets going for $90 on Stubhub, super bummed to miss it.

JoeStork, Saturday, 30 November 2019 01:17 (two years ago) link

Brad C., Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:29 (two years ago) link

Seattle show has been sold out for weeks, tickets going for $90 on Stubhub

got damn. thankful i got to see them a few years ago when they came to Atlanta.

💠 (crüt), Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:48 (two years ago) link

I saw them two weeks ago in Atlanta and was surprised that they almost sold out a 600-capacity venue on a freezing Tuesday night. And it was a lot of younger people, which I didn't expect.

i played them on my WREK show relentlessly but idk if anyone actually listened to my show

💠 (crüt), Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:49 (two years ago) link

i did!

j., Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:51 (two years ago) link

y'all switched from talking about Minami Deutsch to Kikagaku Moyo and threw me off.

alpine static, Sunday, 1 December 2019 08:59 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

New KM single:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 24 February 2020 18:53 (two years ago) link

whoa, a Fotheringay cover ... who's the vocalist?

Brad C., Monday, 24 February 2020 19:14 (two years ago) link

Per their FB:

We are excited to announce that Sub Pop Records​ has just put out 2 songs for their 7-inch singles series 🍎

This is a limited release as a part of the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 4, and physical copies will only be available to subscribers of the series. As such, it won't be available at our shows or in stores...but you can listen now on streaming sites 👂🎶

The first song, Gypsy Davey, is a reworking of the traditional British folk song by the same name. We referenced Sandy Denny's arrangement from the 1971 album Fotheringay for our performance.
We recorded the track in London with guest vocalist Kandice Holmes, aka Bells.

The second song, Mushi No Uta, was written by Tomo and Go and recorded last summer in their living room.

Both of these were recorded in brief windows during our touring in 2019. We are very happy with opportunity hope you enjoy the songs.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 24 February 2020 23:16 (two years ago) link

sounds nice!

tylerw, Monday, 24 February 2020 23:54 (two years ago) link

they're the best

equam phillips (crüt), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 04:20 (two years ago) link

They performed this with Kandice/Bells at their last London show

Wandering Boy Poet, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 14:02 (two years ago) link

The thread revive got me into this band and by dumb luck they are playing in Melbourne tonight and I managed to snag a ticket.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 21:26 (two years ago) link

Nice! They’re fantastic live

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 21:46 (two years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 00:09 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

im in a guruguru exploration phase and all the lps of minami deutsche are super satisfying. I listened to them for 3 straight hrs from 8500ft to 13100ft on my mtb, at like 6mph, on the last day of summer, it was so perfect. Tangled Yarn!

retail rage is for suckers (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 01:51 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Well here's a fine little thing:

The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to launch a brand new live series, Live at LEVITATION. Recorded over the history of the world-renowned event, the series captures key moments in psychedelic rock history, and live music in Austin, Texas. The artists and sets showcased here have been chosen from over a decade of recordings, and captures key artists in the scene performing for a crowd of their peers and fans who gather at Levitation annually from all over the world.

The first LP in this series features Japanese psych heavyweights Kikagaku Moyo. This particular record is as strong sonically as it is meaningful in the band’s history. It showcases one of the band’s very first US shows in 2014 on the A-side, and their triumphant return in 2019 on the B-side with them firing on all cylinders amid a sold out US tour.

“Playing Austin Psych Fest / Levitation was always a goal from our earliest days of the band - to join the psychedelic community for a weekend of music and present our live performance. This show in 2014 was a landmark for us. To return years later in 2019 and find the same welcome, the dream was still very much alive and well.”
- Kikagaku Moyo

Due out in January, here's a preorder link as such:

Upthread Elvis Telecom linked a YT of the 2014 show and talked about it so that gives you a sense of the goodness.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 18:06 (one year ago) link


real muthaphuckkin jeez (crüt), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 18:39 (one year ago) link

That 2014 show was magical.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 18:59 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

And here's that live album

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 16 January 2021 01:14 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ah now we've got this as well.

This Friday Feb 5th On bandcamp day- Kikagaku Moyo + Me/Band “deep fried grandeur” is widely available. Grip the LP or press play on your phone.

— Ryley walker (@ryleywalker) February 1, 2021

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 February 2021 16:36 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

US tour announced:

Oct 30th Austin - Levitation
Oct 31st Dallas - Deep Ellum Art Company
Nov 2nd Tuscon - Hotel Congress
Nov 3rd Phoenix - Rebel Lounge
Nov 9th Big Sur - Fernwood Campground
Nov 10th San Fransisco - Castro Theatre
Nov 11th Arcata - Miniplex
Nov 12th Portland - Roseland Theatre
Nov 13th Seattle - Crocodile

The Big Sur date is with Ryley Walker should you be so inclined.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 23:30 (one year ago) link

Wow, Roseland in Portland. That's bigger than I would've guessed.

alpine static, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 23:42 (one year ago) link

They’ve built a rep and a serious fanbase; when they sold out the Fillmore last time I knew something was up.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 23:49 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

kikagaku moyo going on indefinite hiatus, final album coming + tour

i enjoy this band but i think i like the 'associated' acts they helped bring to the fore. minami desutch was one of the best shows i've seen in years

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 15:55 (eight months ago) link

Was just wondering the other day when they'd have a new one, bummed to hear it's the final one though.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 16:04 (eight months ago) link

Ah, that's a shame. Missed the November show -- it was shortly after my accident and I was already leery of shows regardless -- so hopefully the last tour will come through in a safer time.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:29 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

And the final album is announced

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 April 2022 14:10 (five months ago) link

final??? indefinite hiatius!?


aegis philbin (crüt), Monday, 11 April 2022 14:14 (five months ago) link

Bummer but it happens! But I like the feeling that they've done what they've wanted to do for now.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 April 2022 14:16 (five months ago) link

and their show here is sold out. ah well

aegis philbin (crüt), Monday, 11 April 2022 14:46 (five months ago) link

The SF show link at the venue site isn't working, which is...odd. I'm following up. (They're also playing Bottle Rock, which, no.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 April 2022 14:52 (five months ago) link

While Kikagaku may be ending, Guruguru Brain continues, new release for the label here

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 April 2022 22:58 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

And one last set of US shows in fall before they wrap it up. SF date is on sale tomorrow

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 June 2022 00:13 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Separately: new Minami Deutsch en route.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 June 2022 14:53 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Nice new looking back

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 17:39 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Ah, cool, I was just coming here to ask which album I should start with, since I've been hearing a lot about this band from very disparate sources (ie not only my usual psych freak friends)

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 19:21 (four weeks ago) link

House in the Tall Grass is all time for me

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 8 September 2022 08:07 (three weeks ago) link

This is now the only one I've heard, but I'm crazy about it. Is their other stuff this good? I wasn't expecting to love the vocals as much as I do.

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 September 2022 13:14 (three weeks ago) link

For me it's the standout, but it also where I started

corrs unplugged, Friday, 9 September 2022 06:35 (three weeks ago) link

Looks like I should have pulled the trigger on the vinyl sooner, for some reason the bandcamp page shows the "USA" option as sold out and the only remaining shipping option costs $27 for a $30 record. Cripes.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 19 September 2022 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

I knew it would be a great performance but man they are going out on an absolute high based on the SF show last night. If you still have a chance, absolutely do yourself a favor and go see them while you still can. Wish I'd've seen them more but three times is better than none.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 September 2022 14:48 (one week ago) link

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