The Japanese guitarist Suzuki Junzo‘s latest album is entitled Ode To A Blue Ghost, and that is an apt description for the spectral noise that Junzo wrings from his guitar. I was not familiar with Junzo before this show, but he has had a long career in the Japanese guitar underground, cranking out a host of self- and label-released records. This show at Union Pool with fellow avant-gardists Rhyton, Eidetic Seeing and the Gibby Haynes and Kohoutek-affiliated Ultimate Vag gave fans of far-out psych and noise a lot to love, but even the musicians in the other bands were somewhat unfamiliar with Junzo’s work. With an undercurrent of blues, Junzo’s guitar sounds can run a surprising emotional range, blending the familiar with the unfamiliar. This show represented a fairly rare chance to see Junzo outside his native Japan, and we are thrilled to have been there to capture it.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed by the house engineer, Doug. This favors the soundboard mix as it is all guitar, and other than a few spots of DI distortion, it is excellent. Enjoy!
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Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, DIN)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (patch a few min of bad channel, mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, noise removal, light DR compression, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 Guitar Blues
03 Moetsukita Chizu (Lament for The Man Without a Map)
04 Hour of Death (Kaneko Jutok)
05 Awake in the Union Pool