What is hot, and what is not, on PSF Records...

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There's been a lot of discussion on Keiji Heino/Fushitsusha, but not so much the rest.

Anyway, I always feel like I've barely scratched the surface with PSF. I just went to order a few from their site, and kept spotting older shit I meant to check out. Go Hirano, Chie Mukai, Shizuka...

And I still can't decide which Mikami and Tomokawa releases to start with, particularly as lots seem to be live recordings.

gnarly sceptre, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 15:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh good, I was thinking about posting a thread like this.

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

I started a thread about this over on IHM, back when I used to post there. It can be found at http://ihatemusic.noquam.com/viewtopic.php?t=3871
Hopefully it's not out of place to cross-pollinate the boards.

krakow, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nice, thanks, I'll make a point to read this when I'm not about to crash out (graveyard shift toniiight ;P)

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Shizuka's 'Heavenly Persona' sounds dreamy. I'm hoping it's somewhere between Angels In Heavy Syrup and Fushitsusha.

gnarly sceptre, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Che-Shizu and Cinorama are awesome dreamy weirdness. Anything with Nanjo Asahito on is great (High Rise, Musica Transonic etc) if you don't mind kicking ass. Other goodies : Harry Bertoia, any free jazz / improv they put out, Tokyo Flashback comps, Ghost. Avoid the Ayuo Takahashi album.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 17:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Go Hirano is supposed to be in a Bertoia vein, I think.

And Che-SHIZU I can also recommend. Nazareth is a sweety, anyhow...

gnarly sceptre, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 17:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

ghost is/has been on PSF right? I'm more of an alchemy records guy but that's got to count for something

filthy dylan, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 17:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Its been ages since I've heard/thought about any of this stuff! Doubt I could get another album from the label (maybe a Michihiro Sato album actually), but love what I have. My faves apart from the Haino/Fushitsusha:

- Borbetomagus 'Live at Inroads' is one of their best ever sets
- Che-SHIZU 'Nazareth'
- Kazuki Tomokawa, get the album w/contributions from improv bassist Moto Yoshizawa -- its the album Dylan could've made after the '66 stuff (although it would've been the easy answer).
- Masayuki Takayanagi New Directions 'Live Independence'. Cracking stuff, with M on excellent form on the electrics, but also some good Spanish stuff on acoustic
-High rise 'Live'
- Finally 'Kan Mikami / Shin He Yon / Toshi Ishitsuka / Michihiro Satoh /' "Fukon", only a half-hour meeting between these Japanese and South Korean musicians, but I love Mikami's singing on the last track. I wanna pull that one tonight.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 21:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Avoid the Ayuo Takahashi album

^^^^^^ can not be emphasized enough.

first Toho Sara on PSF is great. second one, not so much.

best Ché-Shizu wasn't released on PSF (Glimmering Star).
Marginal Consort have always been a disappointment.

Mr. Hal Jam, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 22:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

marginal consort were utterly amazing at instal this past w/end - far and away the musical highlight - tho I can see how their space/time magic might be difficult to capture on disc

in a similar vein - group improv/drone - i've really enjoyed the two exias-j albs I've heard on PSF

can't really go wrong w/ any kaoru abe on PSF if you have a taste for post-ayler sax blat, and kousokuya are a interesting companion/side dish to the killer klassic fushitsusha discs

the first musica transonic alb is still prob my fave Nanjo assblast

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 22:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

re: Abe. I think "Mort À Credit" (I remember Nick Cain of Opprobium 'fame' giving that a glowing rev) got a reissue? Sorta curious about that.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 22:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Heavenly Persona is awesome. Somewhere between Lush and Suishou No Fune

rizzx, Saturday, 23 February 2008 15:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

one of my fav psych albums of all time

rizzx, Saturday, 23 February 2008 16:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Michihiro Sato is really good. Floating Koto improvisations that will whisk you away. Another one I like is the Gaseneta, hysterical, ragged, badly recorded and over the top. It reminds me a bit of the old Dischord band Void. It may not be as good as I remember because it's been years since I've listened to it. The two Cinorama releases are things of beauty. The first three Tokyo Flashbacks are ace too. I would avoid the Dislocation disc.

leavethecapital, Saturday, 23 February 2008 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

The first Kyoaku No Intention disc is great; the second (live) one, not so much.

unperson, Saturday, 23 February 2008 18:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

PSF is shutting down its Modern Music shop and is on the brink of folding without new investment. The original post is here:


A translation is here:


Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Sad, it was always an ambition to visit Modern Music one day.

What a back catalogue tho, hope somehow or other it can remain available.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, same, it was always going to be a cert for whenever I made it to Japan.

I'm not sure asking to donate a big-ish sum is the way? Maybe if they could ask for small amounts more people would contribute?

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:33 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Whoa, big news here:


It is with great excitement that we announce the formation of the Black Editions label and the return of Japan’s revered P.S.F. Records catalog. Starting in 2016 Black Editions will begin to issue P.S.F.’s lost classics in high quality, definitive editions; Most of these albums will be released on vinyl for the first time ever.

Renowned artist such Keiji Haino, Fushitsusha, High Rise, White Heaven, Kaoru Abe, Kan Mikami, Acid Mothers Temple, Musica Transonic, Masayoshi Urabe, Moto Yoshizawa, Che-Shizu, Michio Kadotani and many more all had seminal works that were first issued by P.S.F. Over the past 30 years, these artists have created one of the world’s most vital and original bodies of music.

Though often shrouded in mystery and sometimes pressed in limited editions that barely made it out of Japan, the albums of the P.S.F. catalog have nonetheless achieved a legendary status. Ranging from psychedelic rock, folk and punk to jazz, free improvisation and the avant-garde, the P.S.F. catalog has been defiantly eclectic and uncompromising.

As the label founder Hideo Ikeezumi told us- “I only wanted to release music on PSF that refused to limit itself to genres, that had zero commercialism, that possessed “kokoro” (heart), and that had a feeling of freedom. In that sense, I was heavily influenced by Masayuki Takayanagi. I was very much affected by something he said when I was 19 – that an artist should put their life on the line in order to express themselves.”

It is the mission of Black Editions to continue that legacy. Working in full cooperation with P.S.F., its artists and its founder Hideo Ikeezumi, all material will be re-mastered from the highest quality sources. This will be the first time many of these albums will be available outside of Japan.

Coming in 2016 will be definitive editions of Fushitsusha’s 2nd Live, the original version of High Rise II, the Tokyo Flashback compilation, Che Shizu’s A Journey and through special arrangement with the artist- Keiji Haino’s classic 1981 debut Watashi Dake?.

About Black Editions:
Based in Los Angeles, Black Editions has been founded by Peter Kolovos who is joined by Steve Lowenthal as the new label’s Director of Operations.

Black Editions acquired the rights to the P.S.F. catalog in 2014.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Along with a full catalog list:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:45 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

PSF Records‏ @PSF_Records 22h

Hideo Ikeezumi, founder and owner of the record label PSF Records and the record shop Modern Music, passed away on the morning of Feb 27


xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 22:17 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw that the other day (Makoto Kawabata had posted about). PSF was a big deal to me in college, and this news made those days seem a long time ago. RIP

Dominique, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Those records will always be with me.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 3 March 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

this Tokyo Flashback reissue is totally sweet, great pressing, nice packaging, sounds even better than I remembered (I had it on a tape-trade cassette back in the day)

sleeve, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:50 (two months ago) Permalink

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