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ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU

Contemporary psychedelia often raises the question, hasn’t inner space been explored enough already? Well, yes and no. The psychedelic experience, like the religious one, is unique to the individual–while there’s no denying the commonalities, everyone interprets it his own way. Japanese guitarist Kawabata Makoto takes cues from past masters in pursuing his own voyages and […]

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Aki Onda

As a founding member of Audio Sports–an oddball hip-hop trio with Boredoms ringleader Yamatsuka Eye and producer Nobukazu Takemura–Japanese-born producer Aki Onda crafted masterful sampladelia that showed off his striking facility with modern electronics. But his recent solo work draws on more primitive technology. Since the 80s Onda has used a simple cassette recorder to […]

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

Guitarist Makoto Kawabata, hirsute helmsman of Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., once titled a reissue series of his own early work “Learning From the Past.” That could just as easily be AMT’s motto: this nine-year-old band from Nagoya, Japan, has amassed a ridiculously cluttered catalog (45 entries, not including side projects and […]

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

In 1996 guitarist Makoto Kawabata formed Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. as a one-off studio project with a simple, clearly defined goal–to make the ultimate trip record. Since then, matters have gotten well out of hand for this “soul collective.” The Japanese ensemble’s touring itinerary is intense–this show is part of its […]

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Al Harris

When Al Harris made an unscheduled guest appearance with the Sons of Blues at last year’s Chicago Blues Festival, an international audience learned what habitues of Maxwell Street, the now-defunct Delta Fish Market at Jackson and Kedzie, and neighborhood joints like Mr. Tee’s have known for years: that he’s a charismatic, soulful singer and showman […]

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

The sentiment prevails even in indie-experimental circles that the venerable Japanese heavy-psychedelic scene is way out over the edge of listenability, the very definition of obscure–just about everything short of “inscrutable.” It would be nice if the appearance of Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.–the big, marvelous communal venture loosely led by guitar […]

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Acid Mothers Temple/Spaceheads

The sprawling psychedelia of the Japanese collective Acid Mothers Temple–more formally known as Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.–makes the neohippie trappings of their countrymen in Ghost seem downright subtle. On their recently released second album, Pataphisical Freak Out MU!! (P.S.F.), about 15 of the 30-some “famous and unknown musicians, artists, dancers, farmers, […]

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Akikazu Nakamura

Infatuated with progressive rock groups such as King Crimson while growing up in Tokyo in the late 60s, Akikazu Nakamura at first took up the electric guitar, but after being introduced to the shakuhachi–an elongated, end-blown bamboo flute dating from 14th-century imperial courts–he decided to devote himself to redefining the ancient instrument’s role in contemporary […]