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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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:

https://minamideutschggb.bandcamp.com/album/with-dim-light

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 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link

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

(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 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

minami deutsch were incredibly great on this tour

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 02:07 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

lol i just looked that up. in any case,

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:31 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

http://youtu.be/FUtRo2T0N8g

Brad C., Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:29 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

i did!

j., Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:51 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

New KM single:

https://kikagakumoyoggb.bandcamp.com/album/gypsy-davey

Ned Raggett, Monday, 24 February 2020 18:53 (five months ago) link

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

Brad C., Monday, 24 February 2020 19:14 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

sounds nice!

tylerw, Monday, 24 February 2020 23:54 (five months ago) link

they're the best

equam phillips (crüt), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 04:20 (five months ago) link

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

Wandering Boy Poet, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 14:02 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

Nice! They’re fantastic live

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

Very!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 00:09 (five months ago) link


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