Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Kan Mikami "19 Years 2 Months 16th Night" (Live 1970)

A monster of a reissue - by a long way the rarest item in Mikami's discography, a fanclub-only DLP released in an edition of 100. These are the very earliest recordings by surrealist folk legend Mikami, captured on tape in 1970 at the legendary Shibuya underground club and hangout, Station '70. The club used to host regular sessions by free-jazz heroes like Motoharu Yoshizawa and Kaoru Abe, while the cream of the city's avant-garde community rubbed shoulders with Japanese Red Army terrorists and Yukio Mishima's private army. Thrust into this ferment comes a nineteen year-old police academy dropout from the far north of Japan, armed with nothing but his guitar and a satchel full of coruscating, carnal songs of anger, lust and hate. This reissue isn't going to stick around for long either - an edition of 777 copies, in a special card digipack.

Disc.1
01. Yonaka no 2-ji
02. Kinshinsoukan no Uta
03. Odo
04. Okasaretara Nakebaii
05. Yume wa Yoru Hiraku
06. Okappa Atama no Shoujo no Mensu ga Akai
07. Shouben darake no Mizuumi
08. Shojo Hikou
09. Shouwa no Daikikin Yokokuhen
10. Mashitabushi
11. Juzu no Tama Kireru Hini
12. Kichigai
13. Karasu

Disc.2
01. Imoutobaika
02. Kinshinsoukan no Uta
03. Jigoku
04. Aomori-ken Kitatsugaru-gun Tokyo-mura
05. Yume wa Yoru Hiraku
06. Shouwa no Daikikin Yokokuhen
07. Goshogawara no Hibi
08. Oyamasa
09. Okappa Atama no Shoujo no Mensu ga Akai
10. Odo
11. Shouben darake no Mizuumi
12. Kichigai
13. Juzu no Tama Kireru Hini

Sample pic: 1, 2

Download link in comments.

8 Comments:

Blogger Lizardson said...

Download D1
Download D2

28 November, 2006 11:19  
Anonymous bryan said...

thank you very much for this, but i have to admit that i don't quite 'get' mikami.

29 November, 2006 20:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd also like to thank you for these downloads. Could you--by that way--also post Kan Mikami's "Bang!" album or other records by him? This was great...

02 December, 2006 02:50  
Blogger Lizardson said...

"Bang!" was posted on Dirk's "Cities on flame..." blog.
Please wait his repost.

02 December, 2006 03:08  
Anonymous autocrat said...

Wow, thanks for this. I've been playing Sendo Kouta for the last few days and now here's another one!

I suppose one challenge with Mikami (and Tomokawa as well) is that the non-Japanese speaking listener gets the dish but not the food in it. There's a power in Mikami's voice and style that transcends this, but I'm glad I understand (just) enough Japanese to have half an idea of what he's singing. The lyrics are great! Strange, unexpected, remarkable and passionate songs.

Thanks to you (and Dirk at his blog) I've been hearing a part of Japanese music I didn't really know before. Thanks again.

02 December, 2006 05:31  
Anonymous michael said...

Has anybody any links where I can find translations of the texts of Mikami or Tomokawa?
I was able to see both of them live in Metz, France. Incredible… Thanks lizardon (and Dirk) for posting this music.

06 January, 2007 00:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi

The title, 十九歳二ヶ月十六日夜, is:

The Evening of my 19th year, 2nd Month and 16th Day

Thanks

11 July, 2008 19:33  
Anonymous Lea said...

This sounds reminds me of 60-70 japanese cinema. I'd like to found his albums, expecially "19 Years 2 Months 16th Night", in vinyl.
Thank you so much for all.

Lea (Italy)

20 October, 2008 17:41  

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