Kiyohiko Senba and his Haniwa All Stars

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there's been the noise board's Wha-ha-ha thread but no proper Haniwa.

I expect this thread to sink fast but hopefully not before those few interested parties notice this DVD reissue

my love for this band was forever cemented in place by the debut, one of the unpretentiously bizarre and brilliant pop albums of all time anywhere:

ok back to sleep

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 02:17 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...
Has anyone heard Mishio Ogawa's Killing Time band? I'm thinking of ordering a copule of their alubms.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Sunday, 9 April 2006 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

No but they look great. Psychotropicnic. Please order them and let me know.

the Haniwa DVD might just be my favorite concert film of all time. worth three times what I had to pay for it.

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 10 April 2006 05:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I think this will be my order. I basically picked the Killing Time albums based on cover art. If I like them, I'll get the other two. And I'll keep you updated, Milton.

BOB - Killing Time
IRENE - Killing Time

PARAISO (1978) - Haruomi Hosono & Yellow Magic Band
P.W Babies Paperback (2005) - MOONRIDERS
Complete Susan - Susan
What, Me Worry? (1982) - Yukihiro Takahashi
Blue Moon Blue (2006) - Yukihiro Takahashi

I'm thinking I might want to write for the Keikaku site you linked to. I haven't seen any other English sites that review good Japanese music. And while it may be slightly indie-centric for my tastes, the mission statement says that they're open to any kind of music that is generally lesser known. I'm pretty much sold by the Tokyo Jihen and Kurahashi Yoeko ('Tadaima') reviews. And maybe I could review some older albums like Chakra or whatever, perhaps with little sound samples. There's got to be someone to get more people to hear this stuff! You and I seem to be the only ones (minus a handful of Wha-Ha Ha fans?).

Oh, and that Haniwa DVD won't play on regular U.S. players, right? You're tempting me.

Also, I hadn't seen that site. Thanks for that. I wish there were song samples for Killing Time though...couldn't even find any on the KT blog.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Monday, 10 April 2006 12:35 (thirteen years ago) link

the Keikaku site is quite good. indie-centric, but with occasional curveballs. it would be fantastic if you could write reviews of some of the 70s/80s albums, there is so little information in english on those.

sometimes I'm baffled/borderline offended by the lack of english reviews of Tokyo Incidents in english, but it's actually just a sign of how good the music is.

yes the DVD is region 2 only. I watch it on my laptop.

chris cutler's review of the dvd at rer megacorp:

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 10 April 2006 17:56 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
listened to wha-ha-ha and haniwa allstars today. there should be bands like this now

Dominique (dleone), Monday, 3 July 2006 17:42 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

reissued for halloween, and at a reasonable price

I wish people knew just how big this news is

the later Senba discs are getting reissued as well, haven't heard them. I'm not as big on the 1991 Haniwa disc 'Happy People', less weird more straight-up j-pop. It's mainly about the debut album "Haniwa All-Stars" and the Haniwa-chan sideproject's "Kanishabali" (which still needs a reissue)

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 13 October 2006 22:02 (thirteen years ago) link

"Haniwa-chan sideproject's "Kanishabali" (which still needs a reissue)"

Is this incorrect?:

lrsn (larssen), Saturday, 14 October 2006 04:40 (thirteen years ago) link


Dominique (dleone), Saturday, 14 October 2006 05:48 (thirteen years ago) link

>Is this incorrect?:

japanese characters get romanicized many ways, wrecking havoc with my hapless attempts at googling, so yes kanishabali = kanishabari, thanks for finding that

the first 'haniwa all stars' has one bonus track, what could it be

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 16 October 2006 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

ok who can tell me more about Jun Togawa?

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Milton Parker, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:35 (twelve years ago) link

Milton Parker, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:35 (twelve years ago) link

ok she's my favorite

Milton Parker, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:55 (twelve years ago) link

Sukisuki Daisuki by Jun Togawa (Audio CD - 2006) - Import
1 Used & new from $149.99

Milton Parker, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:57 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

Has anyone heard Mishio Ogawa's Killing Time band? I'm thinking of ordering a couple of their alubms.
-- Patrick South (Patrick South), Sunday, April 9, 2006 3:22 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Link

ok yes this band. bizarre orchestral jazz fusion band w/ asian hybrid styles & strange digital production flourishes, every album is a different name

BOB - hyper fusion, Crimson / Zappa moments but this could appeal to people who don't like either because it is so very strange
SKIP - ep remixes from the first album that completely dismantle tracks from the first record into Faust or Nurse With Wound. great balance between music that was obviously performed live by a group and things that could not have been performed or even acoustically sounded anywhere
BILL - almost a retreat -- refined 70's fusion harmonies / sonorities, still a little edgy, nice tunes at moments
IRENE - side two is it, sounds like Biota producing Yoko + Koto Drummers + full symphony playing Hawaiian pop songs and they're all dying

the internet is opening up, after living with Haniwa for so many years I'm finally finding my way to all the related projects & sub-groups and it's no surprise that they're all amazing, it's like Haniwa was the key amalgamate of strange music in above-ground mainstream Japan (all of these records were on major labels & had massive recording budgets).

Milton Parker, Monday, 5 November 2007 21:39 (twelve years ago) link

Looks like Haniwa is OOP again.

Jack Burton, Monday, 5 November 2007 23:20 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

"Yo ga Akete" (w/ Jun Togawa) from a 1990 performance. Looks like a smaller (and cramped) version of Haniwa. I assume that it's this concert, which was apparently broadcast on TV.

gott elektron, Thursday, 31 January 2008 00:03 (twelve years ago) link


smaller = only 15 people and three full drum kits

rlarret put up two more moments from the Haniwa DVD -- (the violinist in the headdress is Saito Neko of Killing Time, who recorded 'Heisei Fuzoku' with Shiina Ringo last year) (the penultimate number of the concert where nearly every single one of the 53 players takes a brief solo)

Milton Parker, Thursday, 31 January 2008 00:27 (twelve years ago) link

Chanomi Tomodachi Suresure

The fifth vocalist (or, rather, second from the right) is Shigeri Kitsu's sister Kaori (Shigeri sang Ho-hai Bushi, the second song on the DVD). I can't for the life of me figure out what the costume theme is supposed be here.

gott elektron, Thursday, 31 January 2008 03:19 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

someone's posted an unreleased recording of Haniwa-chan live in 1984

track 2 is a vocal version of 'Sushi Bar', my favorite moment from the Haniwa Allstars DVD

also, Emil Scherbe (nameless monster), kindred spirit from the Shiina Ringo english-speaking forum, has been dutifully posting a wide number of Haniwa-related projects here: --invaluable, as about 75% of them are kanji-tagged

Milton Parker, Sunday, 1 December 2013 00:12 (six years ago) link

sushi is pretty dope imo

sarahell, Sunday, 1 December 2013 01:15 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

only one year before the immortal 1991 All-Stars concert but utterly different & classical approach

Milton Parker, Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:15 (nine months ago) link

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