Agi Jo - Ikiteru Dake No Koto Nanda (Hardly Living) / Oira Wa Kanashii Uiikendo Hippy (I Am A Sad Weekend Hippy)
Agi Yuzuru, where does one start? From late 60s kayou groove singer, actor and model, to dogged krautrock and free music researcher, underground music journalist, magazine owner / editor, and early 80s Japanese electronic music pioneer / instigator, with his (holy grail) label Vanity Records, and – to his death in 2018 - dedicated observer and diarist of new, experimental music. Where does one finish? Yuzuru, who steadfastly refused to license Vanity’s material, though bootlegs started to appear, and while falling prey to his final illness, was working on a near complete collection of those radical releases, only for it to be released posthumously.
Here we have two songs that express anger, and a rejection of accepted norms, both the everyday, and the so-called alternatives. A small testament to the character of a near unsung great of new music in Japan.
Licensed in a limited edition of 300 copies, in a facsimile of the original sleeve, with Japanese lyrics, and professionally printed insert with lyrics in English.
Label: Japan Blues
Cat No: JBAY001
Format: 7" Vinyl
Genre: World / Folk / Japan
Released: 3rd December 2021
A1. Ikiteru Dake No Koto Nanda (Hardly Living)
B1. Oira Wa Kanashii Uiikendo Hippy (I Am A Sad Weekend Hippy)