In this episode, the podcast shifts to a new, more concise format as I explore the history and music of Hiroyuki Usui. Usui was an early member of Fushitsusha (with Keiji Haino), Ghost, Marble Sheep, and others. Usui probably isn’t a household name for most listeners, but you can be sure he’s been a pivotal undercurrent in the Japanese experimental underground for almost 50 years.
Hiroyuki released a two-disc anthology set via Bandcamp earlier this year that I can’t recommend enough. Get that HERE. His two album’s on VHF are also available via Bandcamp: L’s Holy Letters and H. Usui Sings the Blues.
Tracklist (all excerpts):
Kaoru Abe & Sabu Toyozumi “Song for Sakamoto Kikuyo – Part III”
Vibration Society – Live in 1978 (w/ Keiji Haino)
Fushitsusha – Live at Hosei University Practice Room – December 12, 1981
Ghost “Awake In a Muddle”
L “Holy Letter”
H. Usui “World
August Born “Providence”