Nobody expected things like this happen in this depth – worldwide! Forced to stop daily and private life. Everybody is forced to live in this scary and mysterious situation, no light of fortune sight able at this moment. Nobody knows how long we have to live in this situation. Bad news comes one after another. I just wished only I had this nightmare, hard to believe now this is reality. Many things had been changed into wrong direction since then. If you believe in conspiracy or not reality is here. After postponed Italy tour, unfortunately followed by this North American tour also postponed. I was ready to go, a week before situation was different – an another world. US booking agent Space Agency booking and I agreed to cancel long waited North American tour. Just hope near future finally able to travel to everywhere I like to perform.
Stays this abnormal situation spend time with alternative thing and don’t put your head in sand.. Wish you all stay healthy and wish you all in positive energy flow. Hope to see you near future!
Damo Suzuki with Mugstar: Steve Ashton (Drums), Marc Glaysher (Bass), Joe Hirons (Guitar, Keyboards), Luke Mawdsley (Guitar) and Neil Murphy (Guitar)
Recorded April 28 2018
Recorded live at The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool 2018. Ltd to 500 copies. 300 on random eco vinyl (picture is not representative & the colours truly are random) and 200 on grape with black splatter, these are only available from us.
All copies come with an insert, the first 50 of which are hand numbered. This item is a pre-order & we expect to start shipping around the 31st July.
Back in those distant days of live music in packed, sweaty rooms I remember attending this concert with fellow Terrascope scribe, the illustrious Ian Fraser who if I remember rightly enjoyed or perhaps more accurately endured a lengthy and unexpectedly confusing taxi ride across Liverpool that nearly made him late for it (I’m sure his autobiography will explain more about this adventure at some point).
Part of the 2018 Wrong Festival at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory (any schoolboy humour will be punished, or at least punned) and other nearby venues, this set was one of the absolute highlights of a fine day of psychedelic rock.
Mugstar and Damo are no strangers to each other having shared a stage and recordings before this gig and their mutual pleasure in working with each other is clear to see and hear. It’s a pretty impressive marriage between Mugstar, one of the most interesting bands working today in the field of inventive and exploratory psych and space rock and one of the most iconic vocalists in the history of Krautrock who still crams in an eclectic and busy worldwide schedule of collaboration and free improvisation projects.
Weird Beard have generously provided us with the chance to relive the full forty or so minutes of a dynamic and memorable set, a wide ranging improvisation taking in many diverse twists and turns on its path. Underpinned by a solid yet varied rhythmic platform, Mugstar create a musical canvas where light and shade is created through guitars that shimmer and soar, compelling and memorable riffs that propel where needed and feed melodic ideas providing texture, colour and contrast.
There are generous servings of driving motorik, touches of desolate spaghetti western landscapes, flashbacks to echoing and tense early eighties psychedelia tinged new wave and Stooge-like energetic and exhilarating solos and riff fuelled sprints which come and go through the set keeping it varied, unpredictable and most importantly exciting.
Using this canvas, Damo Suzuki treats us to his full array of vocal talents, sometimes leading the music to new places and sometimes responding to the challenge set by Mugstar. At times harking back to the wailing improvisatory style of his Can days, sometimes growling like Tom Waits and then crooning like Scott Walker (or even Ian McCullough) at his most desolate and experimental, Damo’s chameleon like and indeed unique approach to singing is demonstrated at its very best here.
You can see some good videos of this set on YouTube but there is something to be said for letting the audio pleasures on offer speak for themselves. I really enjoyed the set as a punter but this well recorded vinyl time capsule is already offering up some new delights unheard in the general hubbub of the crowd on the night and is pretty much essential listening for any fans of Mugstar, Damo or indeed of high quality and inventive improvised or psychedelic rock.
Strongly recommended for your audio pleasure. (Francis Comyn)
The entire unedited improvised set from Damo Suzuki and Canterbury unsigned act Lapis Lazuli. This double-disc album signifies the 6th release by the Canterbury band, and represents one of the kaleidoscope shows Damo played as part of his 2019 tour.
The second disc to the album is titled using an anagram of ‘damo suzuki lapis lazuli’; ‘Louis Padilla’s Muzak Uzi’, – a collection of jams recorded and mixed leading up to the live concert. This disc does not include Damo at all, as the band’s one and only encounter with him was at the show!
The album was mixed live and recorded by Ramsgate Music Hall’s in-house engineer Al Harle, and mixed / mastered by Lapis’ Neil Sullivan.
You may remember at my performance I was collecting your signature to support Fumiaki Hoshino who is an incense prisoner in jail for 44 years as follows.
FREE FUMIAKI HOSHINO! Fumiaki Hoshino, one of the longest detained political prisoners in the world. He helped organize a protest Nov. 14, 1971, against the “Okinawa Reversion Agreement,” which allowed the U.S. to base nuclear weapons in Okinawa. A policeman and a woman trade unionist were killed during the protest. Hoshino was framed up and charged with murder in those deaths. The Japanese prison system is oppressive and most friends cannot visit him. He is innocent and there is no physical evidence whatsoever linking him to the deaths. The only “evidence of guilt” were statements of six demonstrators made in closed police interrogation rooms. Five of these witnesses later recanted on the grounds they were coerced by cops and prosecutors. Others refused to testify in open court. Also, the police “lost” the videotape of the demonstration. On top of that, the Supreme Court in Japan admitted Fumiaki was wearing “light blue clothes” during the 1971 protest, instead of “biscuit colored clothes” as was reported in the frame-up story. For 37 years plus the Japanese government has imprisoned an innocent man. This injustice reminds us of so many other frame-up cases and of the injustice done to Trayvon Martin here. Working people throughout the world need to stand up and demand, “Free Fumiaki Hoshino.” (Used words from Dan Coffman ILWU Local 21 President Longview, Wash. )
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Put your name and address on the sheet. Thanks for your support!!!
As I was informed, even this situation at hospital, no visitor allowed.. All those years he was totally isolated also bad situation like long cold winter without heater, at the begging even he was not allowed to have pen and papers.
I shame as Japanese with this wrong Japanese justice that remind me never changing mentality for hundreds of years.
Everybody has right to live and right for free ideology.
It’s not matter of his political color, it’s matter of worth of his freedom. Japanese justice steals his freedom from an innocent man for 44 years! I’m really sad with this happened.
In year 2012 I was in Hiroshima joined spontaneously demonstration against Atom Power Station. At the end of demonstration at Peace Memorial Museum, I met Mrs. Hoshino and talk with her. I didn’t know about case of Fumihiko Hoshino. I was really surprised and it’s just unbelievable in seems-to-be-modern Japan, thing like this is still going on. Power of Stone Age authority. Since then I’d been collecting signature to support “Free Hoshino”, hope one day he’ll live in free like we are.
RIP Fumiaki Hoshino (1953-2019)
Thanks for friends who wrote down your signature on this petition. Sorry I’m not able to inform you possible answer on this.
Good day Everybody! We have a very beautiful spring day today, I’d like to share with you. An anther thing I’d like to share is a documentary of my first China trip last October. My new friend Zhao and Fabian attended me and caught in action through this trip, made this documentary. Red Scarf, sound carrier band all 4 shows attend me on the stage and few other people attend us among them Shen who had key to this tour, first contact person, arranger of this wonderful tour. I’d never seen even a second of this film. I’m looking forward to it.
At the 2018 edition of Roadburn Festival – a congregation of all things obscure, heavy and experimental in Tilburg, the Netherlands – two generations of Japanese Krautrock genius took to the stage for a live collaboration that was just as hypnotic as it was inevitable. Those artists were Tokyo’s Minami Deutsch and the legendary ex-Can frontman Damo Suzuki. Thankfully we were able to get hold of the live recording straight from the mixing desk and will be pressing this sublime meeting-of-minds to vinyl.
Officially released on March 1st, to announce the Live At Roadburn EP we’re super excited to share ‘Part III’, the final of the release three parts. Clocking in at seven minutes, Minami Deutsch’s propulsive rhythm section and chugging guitars drive the track with a relentless gusto whilst Suzuki unleashes his demented drawl atop. Never letting loose for a second, the track builds and builds before erupting into a whirlwind of hypnotic chanting vocals and screeching guitar noise. It was only a matter of time until these guys collaborated and it just as mesmerising and powerful as you’d imagine. (From Fuzzclub.cm)
Minami Deutsch and Damo Suzuki – Live at Roadburn Festival Damo Suzuki – Vocals Kyotaro Miula – Guitar Taku Idemoto – Guitar Keita Ise – Bass Tatsuhiko Sugi – Drums
Recorded by Marcel van de Vondervoort and his team at Roadburn Festival 2018 Mixed by Kyotaro Miula Mastered by Kyotaro Miula and James Plotkin Artwork by Olya Dyer
I Am Damo Suzuki By Damo Suzuki and Paul Woods Published 28th March Omnibus Press Pre-order HERE
ISBN: 9781783059713 Book reading tour announced Live dates added
Damo Suzuki has been described as a ‘free music legend’ who first came to prominence as lead singer of the visionary German group Can. Published by Omnibus Press on March 28th, I Am Damo Suzuki by Damo Suzuki and Paul Woods tells Damo’s story from Japan to Germany and everything in between in Damo’s own words. Complemented by interviews with family, friends and collaborators, the book spans six decades of pop culture.
Damo Suzuki was born Kenji Suzuki in the outskirts of Tokyo in 1950. Leaving home one day after his 18th birthday to travel to Europe, Damo recently told Mojo magazine that his original plan was “to become a cartoonist, someone who draws comics”. Arriving in Sweden, he busked around Europe and earned money as a pavement artist, before settling in Munich in 1970 to appear in the musical Hair for 3 months. It was here that someone first recognised he had musical talent, and it was at the end of this time that he (by chance) met the members of Can, an event that set his life on a different trajectory.
Now a permanent resident of Cologne, whose business card reads ‘metaphysical transporter’, Damo explains his motivation to record his life now: “The main point of this whole book is my philosophy and dreams. My time here is becoming less and less. In a way I am strong. I survived major surgery, I’ve lived as a young adult in a foreign country (where) many times I wasn’t supported by any kind of institution, but I survived. I have found the strongest way to seek truth now.”
Co-written with author Paul Woods, whose previous titles include The Curious Life and Work of Scott Walker (Omnibus Press) and who regularly writes on subjects including pop culture and criminal history, I Am Damo Suzuki is an honest and often startling odyssey that tells the full tale of a musical enigma.
March Sunday 17th The Lexington London Tuesday 19th The Hare and Hounds,Birmingham Thursday 21st Jericho, Oxford Saturday 23rd St Mary’s Music Hall, Walthamstow, London Sunday 24th The Windmill, Brixton, London Friday 29th The Socialist Club, Dewsbury Saturday 30th The Continental, Preston
April Saturday 5th The Laugharne Weekend, Langharne, Wales
„Since 2014 director Michelle Heighway has been working on a feature film focusing on the life and career of former Can lead vocalist Damo Suzuki. The film, called Energy, follows Suzuki as he confronts colon cancer and tries to continue to perform live with all of his shows now made up entirely of compositions improvised there and then.
Energy looks over Suzuki’s past career, as well as the present and future of his creative streak. It also offers a poignant look into Suzuki’s cancer treatment as he is cared for by his partner Elke Morsbach.
“The documentary is a wonderful story of hope,” says director Michelle Heighway. “It’s a personal portrait of the life and times of a nomad, poet and enigmatic singer on an incredible journey.”
Energy is now crowdfunding over on Indiegogo in order to raise money for its completion, with a planned release date of December next year.“
I didn’t see Holger for many years, we didn’t have relationship, so I didn’t know what he was actually doing. Last time I heard about him was that he didn’t appear at Jaki’s funeral early this year , after while I heard Holger was sick that time. (Unfortunately, myself was also in hospital, not able to join Jaki’s funeral.) Even I didn’t know his wife U-she died a month before him.
If you’re at Network performance, creating time and space of the moment with ever changing local sound carriers and you’re into it and enjoy that energy and you keep smile. I say, if I didn’t meet Holger on that beautiful spring day in Munich 1970, I’m not able to bring you this experience of joy and share energy with you. Holger is the person open my door to music activity. So, you know, everything begun on that day, Holger Czukay invited me to sing. (I still don’t know what moved him to stand up and come to me and asked if I can sing with Can on that day).
Holger is next to my mother, who gave me my life. Holger gave me way to music life. If I didn’t meet him that day at that time and that place, I may became a politician, a comic painter or just I’m somewhere else.
Holger was workaholic. He was first one to enter Inner Space Studio and last person to leave day after day. He was into wire, equipment and electric substance, eating sweet bread and drinking coffee, seemed to be no interest to get any other food, my picture in my brain is Holger in that form. Sometimes he watched us (Irmin and me) during chess match looks very angry while he had problem with equipment. We’re concentrating next move. He was working if he doesn’t, he say some wits (near to philosophy) that often nobody’s able to understand. Very first day, I was quite surprised from him was playing bass with white groove. I thought of Mickey Mouse, has four fingers, therefore he is bassist? One day at beginning with Can, he came to me, I was enjoying Kölsch (domestic beer from Cologne) in local pub Plenum (A kind of institution, a pub early 70’s where Cologne artists and bands meet.) He came with smiles on his face, “Hey Damo, listen to this, it’s good British band!” I took earphone and listen to it. British band? “yeah, it’s not so bad….who is it?” “It’s you..it’s our piece!” It was “Mother Sky” on his face I found proud.
He was one, I guess in 90’s, somewhere on the street of Cologne I met him, he was saying “Can is the best band and there will be no band like us…also not in future….) In fact as he was a hard worker, he was mostly with the band, take care about equipment, lay cables, even drove bus when we didn’t have roadies. Then, at Inner Space, preparations, recording, editing….. He was action in person.
On that day in Munich he gave me “Monster Movies” and “Canaxis” I liked both as at that time for me both were new, “something”. In “Boat-Woman-Song” I found fresh air and knew there’re many way to make music. Holger was indeed a pioneer for sampling, electric, house music, techno, etc… He was doing all these very long time ever since even they didn’t have name.
Holger left us at age of 79. U-she is beside him and Jaki’s grave is just few meter distance.
He was Inner Space, he choice his last moment in Inner Space. It may right place…..space of creativity.