Now up for Pre-Orders:
"First Love: Debut Album and Rare Demos: Remastered"
Glass Mastered Compact Disc in Six-Panel Gatefold Jacket (( Out October 26th, 2018 ))
AVAILABLE to PRE-ORDER at the or the SKiN GRAFT Records BANDCAMP Store!
KOENJIHYAKKEI "Dhorimviskha" CD/Digital
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS "Smokey" T-Shirt
OUT IN NOVEMBER: KOENJIHYAKKEI "Dhorimviskha" 2xLP / Ult-Ed
Hear that? That's right - the CD edition of KOENJIHYAKKEI's "Dhorimviskha" has made it out into the wild, tickling the lasers of sound systems far and wide with the band's unique brand of progressive rock - all sung in a language of their own invention. While we await the completion of the Gatefold Double LP version (coming this November and pre-orderable over yonder and yonder-er), it is my extreme pleasure to announce SKiN GRAFT catalog number one-hundred twenty-nine in what will inevitabley be a finite series of hard knocks.
In the quarter century that’s followed the release of their debut LP, there has never been another band that sounds quite like Japan’s SPACE STREAKINGS. Their first album "Hatsu-Koi" was produced by our now legendary friend K.K. Null (ZENI GEVA, YONA-KIT, etc) and released on his NUX Organization label. Soon after, SPACE STREAKINGS joined the SKiN GRAFT roster to release a pair of 7" single and comic book sets, a second full-length LP - "7-Toku" - and a third long-player - under the moniker "SHAKUHACHI SURPRISE" - a super-group collaboration with Chicago's swamp boogie noisemakers MOUNT SHASTA . Before they disbanded, SPACE STREAKINGS played a few shows across the United States and an unforgettable performance at Amsterdam's TegenTonen festival alongside BRISE-GLACE, SHELLAC and FAUST.
On October 26th, 2018 SKiN GRAFT will release the SPACE STREAKINGS "First Love" collection. With 20 Songs totaling 73 minutes, “First Love” collects the long out of print 1993 debut album “Hatsu Koi” with rarely heard demos from the band’s 1990 self-released cassette, all meticulously remastered by Makoto Oshiro for this release. The glass-mastered Compact Disc comes packaged in a densely illustrated Six-Panel Gatefold Jacket which includes unseen photos, reproductions of gig flyers and album artwork. It can be pre-ordered over at our Paypal Shop or bundled with a digital download version at the SKiN GRAFT Records BANDCAMP Page.
“The obstreperous, utterly contemporary sound of Japan’s Space Streakings is composed by Captain Insect (bass, programming), Kame Bazooka (bazookahorn!, vocals, alto saxophone), Karate Condor (turntables, guitar synth, vocoder) and Screaming Stomach (guitar, trumpet). Utilizing a mix of live instruments (both traditional and custom built) and harsh, repetitive programming, Space Streakings create a vivid new listening experience rather than a formulaic copy of a western style.” - All Music Guide
“The story of their formation, as well as their real names are a complete mystery (rumors swirl that all members of the band originally worked as video game programmers), though they are probably the only band ever to utilize a gas powered guitar...” - I Heart Noise
“With a cast that reads like a badly translated film festival, Space Streakings creates hyper-speed meltdown noise, a thick hysterical barrage of galloping electronic percussion, horns, whistles, samples and shouted Japanese vocals, achieving a disjointed level of frenzy that suggests a flooding factory full of workers scrambling for the exits in a blind panic. Far more boisterous than American industrialists, the quartet rushes in and around its tracks layering bits on to a point of distraction in which chaos would come as a welcome relief.” - Trouser Press
Now up for Pre-Orders:
Gatefold 2xLP / CD / Ult-Ed / Digital
( plus: Kickstarter Limited Edition Gatefold 2xLP / Ult-Ed )
And OUT NOW at BANDCAMP:
SHORTY and SPACE STREAKINGS
(Original Master Recordings)
Cassette / CD / DigitalNow available to order at the SKiN GRAFT Records BANDCAMP Store
KOENJIHYAKKEI "Dhorimviskha" CD / Digital: Out August 31st, 2018 Gatefold 2xLP / Ultimate Edition: Out November 2nd, 2018
All Pre-Orders placed at Bandcamp receive a Digital Download
of the complete 7-track album on August 31st, 2018.
((( MP3, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC,
Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF formats available )))
"I'm probably going out on a limb here, but from my vantage point, this is not only the most brilliant of all contemporary Japanese bands, but perhaps the greatest group currently operating in the world." - Alternative Press
"KOENJIHYAKKEI is a unique concept for Tatsuya Yoshida (of the renowned bass and drum duo RUINS), and it may go down as his greatest achievement: the most perfect fusion of straight prog, the avant-garde and hardcore punk. Amen." - Pitchfork
The new album from Japan's premier Avant-Progressive, Jazz Fusion, Post-MathCore, Zeuhl band - KOENJIHYAKKEI - is now up for pre-orders at our BANDCAMP Page and in our Paypal Shop!
Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters, "Dhorimviskha" is not only being released on CD, but is also coming out as a Gatefold Double LP. Because of the long lead time required for vinyl manufacturing, the 2xLP is scheduled for a November release, while the CD will be out by the end of this month. However - EVERYONE who pre-orders any format through our Bandcamp Page will get a Digital Download of the album on the CD release date - AUGUST 31st! (And if you don't care about receiving a digital copy, then our standard Paypal Shop has got you covered - and will give you free shipping in the USA to boot!).
We have a variety of options up for orders, including a handful of Kickstarter exclusive editions (limited to 175 individually numbered copies) available on a first come, first served basis. And we are pleased to announce that we have added another extra bonus to all 175 Kickstarter 2xLPs - (!). In addition to the exclusive hand-numbered insert, each will also come with a full color 8.5" "Dhorimviskha" Vinyl Magnet!
Kickstarter Edition Exclusive:
Hand #d insert and Magnet
(limited to 175 copies worldwide)
Ultimate Edition Includes: Double Vinyl LP (with a vinyl-only bonus track, two colored vinyl records and a collectible wrap-around Obi), a glass-mastered CD in a six-panel Gatefold jacket, a full-color, two-sided Hi-Gloss Poster (measuring 23.5" x 16.5"), a Kickstarter Exclusive Hand-Numbered cardstock insert and a BIG 8.5" "Dhorimviskha" Vinyl Magnet (Orders placed at Bandcamp also include a Digital Download of the seven song LP).
2xLP Edition Includes: Double Vinyl LP (with a vinyl-only bonus track, two colored vinyl records and a collectible wrap-around Obi), a full-color, two-sided Hi-Gloss Poster (measuring 23.5" x 16.5"), a Kickstarter Exclusive Hand-Numbered cardstock insert and a BIG 8.5" "Dhorimviskha" Vinyl Magnet (Orders placed at Bandcamp also include a Digital Download of the seven song LP).
You can see lots of pre-production pictures and check out all of the pre-order options at our Bandcamp page HERE.
Item! In our last update we announced the arrival of DAZZLING KILLMEN "Face Of Collapse" cassette tapes to our Bandcamp Store - and now standing side-by-side, in soul-searing solidarity, you'll find pro-packaged cassettes of two more Steve Albini produced gems from SKiN GRAFT's Way-Back machine - SHORTY's "Fresh Breath" and SPACE STREAKINGS "7-Toku"! Make your way to our Bandcamp Page, put all three tapes in your shopping cart, make the appropriate clicks and leave the rest to us!
Thats all for now - but check back soon - another new T-Shirt will be announced before the month is out!
In the BANDCAMP Store:
DAZZLING KILLMEN "Face of Collapse" (Original Master Recording)
Cassette / CD / Digital
Hi There -
First of all, thanks to EVERYONE who made the KOENJIHYAKKEI Kickstarter campaign such a success. If you pledged on the campaign, we'll continue to update you at the kickstarter page HERE.
And speaking of Gatefold Double Albums...
If you've been around for a while, you may remember that
at the tail end of 2016 - and in celebration of SKiN GRAFT Record's 25th anniversary (!) - we released a remastered, Deluxe Gatefold Double Vinyl LP (accompanied by a 12" x 12" book!) of SKiN GRAFT's very first full length - the iconic "Face Of Collapse" by DAZZLING KILLMEN.
It was also the first album that we released day and date on our Bandcamp page. Since then, we've continued to make titles from our back catalog available. However one glaring ommision was the original, "pre-remastering" master recording of "Face Of Collapse" - as heard upon its orignal release back in 1994.
To right this wrong, when you next jump over to our Bandcamp page you'll find a brand-spanking new entry - DAZZLING KILLMEN "Face Of Collapse" (Original Master Recording) available to order: Digitally, as a glass mastered CD, - AND on a Hi-Bias, professionally replicated CASSETTE Tape!
And no worries -
the remastered Special Edition 2xLP is also in-stock and can even be purchased in a bundle with the Orignal Master Recording.
Quantities are limited!
CHEER-ACCIDENT "Fades" LP / MOD CD / Digital /
Before I go - CHEER-ACCIDENT's new album "Fades" has been getting stark, raving write-ups from all corners. Here's a quick rundown of some of the latest:
"Some bands you just have to hear. Japan's KOENJIHYAKKEI (aka Koenji Hyakkei aka Hundred Sights of Koenji) are just such a band. Headed by vocalist / composer / drummer extraordinaire Tatsuya Yoshida (of the renowned bass and drum duo RUINS) and emboldened by overcharged reeds, glittery keyboards and a soaring front-woman speaking in somersaulting tongues, KOENJIHYAKKEI blend progressive rock, jazz fusion, symphonic rock and neoclassicism with the energy of hardcore punk, the volume of metal and the attitude of rock in opposition."
This is Mark writing. The video up top is just a sample of the 62 minutes of music KOENJIHYAKKEI have recorded for "Dhorimvishka", their first new album since 2005's "Angherr Shisspa". I've heard the entire thing and it is incredible.
Now - historically Koenjihyakkei's albums have been issued on CD - and "Dhorimviskha" will continue in this tradition, however we've issued recent releases from Yoshida's Sax RUINS and RUINS Alone on vinyl as well. - But due to "Dhorimvishka's" length, the sound quality would be greatly compromised if all 62 minutes were squeezed onto just two sides of a single Vinyl LP.
Unfortunately, despite all of the "vinyl comeback" hype, we've seen declines in the demand for physical formats of music year after year - so much so that many albums have not yet recouped their initial manufacturing and origination expenses.
So that's where you come in. All of the songs have been recorded, mixed and mastered - and the album is already being scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc - but if you would like to own "Dhorimviskha" in a slick, deluxe Gatefold Sleeved Double Vinyl LP edition, here is your chance to help make that happen.
For the next two weeks, we're asking for your help to fund the manufacture a vinyl release of "Dhorimviskha" through a Kickstarter Campaign created by SKiN GRAFT and KOENJIHYAKKEI.
Here are a few key things to understand about Kickstarter and Crowdfunding:
• Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. If we don’t raise thefunds before the end of the campaign, we get $00- and the album will will not be released on vinyl.
• If you pledge support, you won't be charged until the end of the campaign, and even then - only if the campaign is successful. • You actually get something tangible in return for the investment. We can accept pledges from all over and will ship rewards worldwide.
Even if you don't have a turntable, you can pledge funds and get a the CD version or Digital Download in return. And you'll get it before the official release date!
You can see a complete list of rewards, preview some of the artwork and make a pledge / pre-order at this direct link HERE. We'll continue to post updates there as the campaign goes on.
The band and I appreciate that funding a campaign such as this requires a bit of a leap of faith. If the community sees us through to a successfully funded campaign, we'll do our best to meet or exceed everyone's expectations. Please help us spread the news, we've only got two weeks to see this through. Below are links to some assets that can be used to help get the word out.
Mark, Tatsuya and all of Koenjihyakkei
( Kengo, Keiko, Taku, Kei and Ah )
- KOENJIHYAKKEI ARMY -
KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN STARTER KIT
Let's turn things over to Thymme Jones of Cheer-Accident - who is currently on the road and has composed this special message for our readers:
Our 19th (!!) album.
Vinyl and CD.
This here collection of toons finds us heading into what could almost be considered "Kraut Pop" territory, but that's only part of the story. Another part of the story is that every single one of these songs was written by Jeff Libersher, my musical co-conspirator of 30+ years.
It was an honor to take a step back and be "merely the drummer" on many of these tracks. Additionally, Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider/US Maple) recorded the sucker, so it possesses a unique and queasy rock sheen that is like no other "look" we've sported up until now.
Also - Tell your friends, plug your ears and guard your corpses! We're coming to your town... if your town happens to be any of these towns:
5/21. Midland, TX. The Scorpions Nest.
5/22. Albuquerque, NM. Sister.
5/23. Tucson, AR. Cans Deli.
5/24. LA, CA. The Hi Hat.
5/25. Sacramento, CA. Blue Lamp.
5/26. SF, CA. Cafe Du Nord.
5/27. Santa Cruz, CA. The Crepe Place.
5/31. Petrolia, CA. Mattole Valley Community Center.
6/01. Portland, OR. Mississippi Studios.
6/02. Seattle, WA. Seaprog Festival. Columbia City Theater.
6/04. Salt Lake City, UT. Metro.
6/05. Denver, CO. Larimer.
6/06. KC, MO. Record Bar.
6/07. Minneapolis, MN. 7th Street Entry.
6/08. Madison, WI. The Frequency.
6/09. Chicago, IL. Beat Kitchen.
5/24-6/9 shows are all with our deep friends, Free Salamander Exhibit and Faun Fables - members of which you'll also find on "Fades". You can read all about that in the previous update!
TRACK LISTING: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Done
2. The Mind-Body Experience
4. I'm Just Afraid
5. Art Land
6. Last But Not Lost 7. House Of Dowse
8. Do I
Ultimate Edition / CD Bonus Tracks:
9. Trying To Comfort Mary (CD Bonus Track)
10. Caboose (CD Bonus Track)