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>>June.2005E/I Magazine, USA
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
A messy clump of covers here -The Velvet Underground's "Candy Says" and King Missile's "Detachable Penis"- from this Japanese collective of spastic nerfbags, along others paeans to Duran Duran, Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra, and Jan Svankmaier, chiefly. If America is the great melting pot of cultures then Japan is its colorful opposite number, occasionally but regularly giving the world sampling technology, karaoke, record players to stir those cultures as well as Reipuman, censored genitals and bukkake. While the pubicity touts Satanicpornocultshop as "surrealist hip-hop", it would be more correct to advertise the group as 500 channels with a beat, the sum total of the effects of listening to this album being one of multisubjectivalism, where the content of one television channel morphs seamlessly into the content of the next -think of the early channel-changing television sequences in Shaun of the Dead and you get the general gist. They're quite open about their sources and sampling, as evidenced by the liner notes and that the odd tickle one gets when hearing a familiar pop sound and has to filter it through countless modern remixes and cover versions. The unfortunate thing about credited samples is that it is often unclear if the group in question simply wants to share its record collection with you or that the Damoclean sword of legal action prompts them to smile and say "yes".
http://www.ei-mag.com



>>Mar.2005
Reviews by DaveX, USA
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
On this album, music is refracted through the freak lens, and emerges at the Bizarro side as a distortion of itself recognizable in turns, but nothing like what you once knew. The gentlemen and women of Satanicpornocultshop (one of the worst names ever, in my opinion) manage to take sources as completely dissimilar as Crass, New Kids on the Block, and Taiwanese comedy and force them to sing together. And where this concept might have ended as yet another cut-up album, the group pushes even further, shoving these pieces into their own covers of pop hits, covers of their own material, ad infinitum. The difference between this music  what you're probably thinking this sounds like is that, in this case, it's actually quite good. – DaveX
http://home.mchsi.com/~itde/



>>Feb.2005
Varia, Poland
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
"Anorexia Gas Balloon" to szósty album na koncie DJów z Osaki kryjących się pod bardzo wymyślną nazwą "Satanicpornocultshop" i używających równie ciekawych pseudnimów artytycznych (zamieszczone są na końcu recenzji). Większośc utworów z Anorexi polega na umiejętnym żonglowaniu samplami najczęsciej pochodzącymi z różnych przestrzeni jak np. zestawienie soul vs romantyczny smooth jazz vs tajwańskie przyśpiewki ze ścieżki dźwiękowej, czy nagłe przejście od rwanych beatów i hip-hopowych wokali na rzecz ambientowgo tła i klasycznej gitary. Pojawiają się także róznego rodzaju niespodzianki w postaci: skrzypiących drzwi, kakofonicznych trąbek, licznych sampli wokalncyh przeróżnego pochodzenia, czy też krótka, cięzka heavy metalowa (nie wchodząc w niuanse gatunkowe) sekwencja.

"Watashi no shoumei-san" to z kolei cały utwór-niespodzianka, do którego wokalu użyczyła córeczka Ugha, Keito. Kiedy milknie odzywa się orkiestra równie niedojrzałych grajków - być może jest to autentyczne nagranie z jej urodzin?

Na Anorexi wykorzystane zostały w różnym stopniu fragmenty takich nagrań jak: 'Candy Says' (Velvet Underground), 'Detachable Penis' (King Missile), 'Some Velvet Morning' (Lee Hazelwood), 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' (Kylie Minogue) und 'Save A Prayer' (Duran Duran). Z 'Detachable Penis' ostał sie sam motyw wokalny, czyli wspomniany już tytuł. Natomiast Kylie została bardzo delikatnie potraktowana. Dodali jej głosowi więcej erotyzmu, a pod koniec postawili już tylko na zapętlone, równie seksowne wydechy powietrza tejże pani. W tle natomiast słyszymy bardzo udany taneczny beat, oczywiście o niebo ciekawszy od orygianłu. Album kończy "Anorexia Gas Balloon (Reprise)" stanowiący zresztą esencję tego co w Satanicpornocultshop najlepsze. Przez pierwszą połowę słuchamy delikatnego, trochę infantylnego kobiecego wokalu na tle różnych, szybko zmienmiających się obłąkanych sekwencji (często pjawiają się skrzypce, instrument przypominający ten znany ze spaghetti westernów - grzebień?), w drugiej kończącej częsci towarzyszy nam sympatyczny męski wokal recytujący coś po japońsku i wesołkowata melodia (przeważa pianino). Prawdziwy happy end.

Skład:

Ugh aka Alan Folkroe (humanity-and-justice samurai): vocal, electronics, turntables, toys, organ, percusions, guitar, piano, knock on wood, fader

Chola (stoic baseball player): vocal, metal, jew's harp, guitar, hand robot, trumpet, metal, tapes, bells, chaos pad

Lisa Tani (expert of a snack): vocal, reading

DJ Siitake: blocks, mp3, hisnoisadelic, electronics, nanoloop / Unfair Composition Consortium / Real Time Records

*S (temper temper sodom master of the tea ceremony): tibetan bells, indian pipe, electronics, turntables

Gościnnie występują: Nikki, Keito and Bun (chorus, drums / Ugh's daughters), Kiku (max/MSP) i Takemi Ikeda (guitar / Rocket Son).

(PiotrekZ)
http://www.hmg.pl



>>Feb.2005
Nooz It, Italy
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Non è un gruppo di deathgrindultrabrutal metal come potresti immaginare dal titolo! Sono felice di presentare il nuovo prodotto della sempre più stimata (da me!) Sonore Records, un nuovo piccolo capolavoro che verrà snobbato dai più sotto l’etichetta di rumore. I Satanicpornocultshop, da Osaka, si occupano di elettronica d’avanguardia, saccheggiando a destra e manca da hip-hop, folklore giapponese, pop spudorato e quant’altro in un mix follemente geniale e completo, come per crearsi uno stile unico e personale. Stile alla cui base c’è la deframmentazione di materiale sonoro prodotto da altri, o anche da se stessi, in altri periodi; composizione che parte dalla scomposizione di uno o più brani. Hanno parecchi dischi all’attivo, reperibili, ovviamente, solo nel mercato giapponese attraverso varie label specializzate in avant-garde. Il disco inizia con una componente ludica (la sorpresa dell’eccesso che piace tanto ai nipponici) non da poco: “anorexia gas baloon(candy says)” un brano softpop con voce femminile (cover di “candy says” dei Velvet Underground) una sorta di preludio alla tempesta di suoni che sta per arrivare, annunciata già dalla frase ‘i hate quiet places’… una presa in giro per l’ascoltatore che si aspetta un disco e ne scopre un altro, con cinque minuti di ritardo! Campionamenti e cover dalle sonorità più improbabili unite insieme per un’unica causa a noi sconosciuta! Tra i vari saccheggi sonori scomposti vediamo commedie taiwanesi unite ai Napalm Death, poi scorrono i New Kids On The Block, Macy Gray, James Brown, Nancy Sinatra, i Duran Duran e tanti altri ancora. Tra le righe c’è anche “Kilie Minogue”, cover geniale di “can’t get you out of my head”, della stessa autrice citata nel titolo… avantpop? Cover su cover (anche di se stessi!). Musica estrema per tanti, piacevole per alcuni, ma comunque singolare e piena di spunti… un ennesimo capolavoro da parte della Sonore. Per chi ha voglia di ricercare.
NoozIt



>>Dec.2004
LOUD MAGAZINE, Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
在日フランス人のFranckが運営しているワールドワイドなインディペンデントレー ベルSONOREから、リリースされている大阪のグループのアルバム。意味不明な内容のカイリーミノーグや、ベルベットアンダーグラウンド、宇多田ヒカルなどの楽曲が散りばめられたカバーアルバムなのですが、全く原型はとどめておりません。もちろんそんなには、それぞれの原曲に対してのリスペクトも感じられないのですが、何か微 妙な愛はしっかりと見受けられます。オリジナル曲のブレイクビーツやクリック、エレクトロニカのビートは、Peter Principleにも通じる独特なオリエンタルなムード があり、完成度が高いと感じます。ちなみにカイリーの"Can't get you out of my head"のカバーバージョンは、私のレギュラー驚かせアイテムとして、活 させて頂 いております。公式サイトなどで購入出来るので、取り寄せて聴いてみてくださいな。 http://www.sonore.com/ (Venus Fly Trapp)



>>Dec.2004
GAS-ETA, Poland
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
I've been to Paris once a long time ago and Sonore from what I remember is a record label that was once based in France which is why I think one has to move the whole operations east to Japan to find a band as fucked up as Satanicpornocultshop This is music for those who can't stand still and God only knows I can't sit still for a minute what with work and kids and all and this silly pop music blasting from my speakers now you'd think the end of the world was close at hand or my CD player is all messed up Hip-hop or splice-hop that's a better term Anorexia Gas Balloon is one messed up operation stealing from a variety of source I mean who steals from New Kids on the Block and then gets away with it Then again why the hell not It's all fair game nowadays It's all been said and done so you might enjoy yourself while you can Music is fun Music is here to entertain us and be intellectual at the same time Let's just steal from everyone and have fun doing it But who would want to steal from Duran Duran? Well, Satanicpornocultshop would Anorexia Gas Balloon is probably the first time I had fun listening to so much sampled source material in ages It's been a blast Can't wait for the next record from this outfit! Bring it on! I'm ready! (Tom Sekowski)



>>Oct.2004
Splendid, USA
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
It opens with a tinkle of chimes and a delay-treated knock-on-wood, unraveling as a lushly ambient, winningly kitschy interpretation of the Velvet Underground's "Candy Says", re-imagined as an electronic children's song adorned with hazy synth pulses and Tibetan bells.

From this deceptively mellow intro, Anorexia Gas Balloon explodes into life as a mind-boggling mesh of haywire glitches, rewired pop songs and utterly stupefying cut 'n' paste frazzlery; it often sounds like a giant paintball game played with splatterguns full of samples, glitches and breaks. And like paintball, it's a daunting, sometimes painful, ultimately exhilarating experience that will leave you slumped, breathless, in a giggling sweat.

Where else could such a frenetic, hyper-intensive rush of electro/hip-hop sampladelia have been spawned but in Japan -- a nation that seems forever on the brink of hyper-cultural overload? Specifically, Satanicpornocultshop are the Osaka-based project of Ugh, *s, Chola, Lisa Tani, and DJ Siitake, whose surgical attention to detail turns the disc into a gargantuan, jam-packed collage of audio information (samples, instruments, voices). Beck's Odelay and Aphex Twin's Druqks seem like models of restraint in comparison.

The quintet also add fuel to the fiery generalization that Osaka's avant-garde scene has long played the jovial, miscreant cousin to Tokyo's comparitively furrow-browed patriarch, as this is essentially pop music, wilfully deconstructed as a hyper-glitch overspill of frazzling electronic sound. Here, "covers" of songs such as King Missile's "Detachable Penis", Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning", Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", Duran Duran's "Save A Prayer" and -- self-reflexivity abounds! -- Satanicpornocultshop's own "Wa Bitchmore?" are subject to dizzying, often downright unrecognizable new renderings. Part plunderphonic satire, part tongue-in-cheek homage, Satanicpornocultshop might superficially seem comparable to the Evolution Control Committee, Nobukazu Takemura's art-glitchy outings, or perhaps even a Prefuse 73 decoding of pop's stereo allure, yet the results are far more fun than pretentious, casually shrugging off every possible comparison. Take "Detachable P" -- a splintered, schizophonic electro-fusion of burping synth, turntables, saxophone, jew's harp, trumpet, bells, organ, computer vocals, indian pipe, cut-up electronic sounds and samples (of Crass, Lalo Schifrin, Napalm Death, a Taiwanese comedy performer and the Meat Shits, no less.).

As such, there are countless thrilling moments, not least in the marvelously funky "Lesson Ugh", which sounds like a videogame essay in hip-hop, overloaded with squiggling noises, distant whistles, vocal chants, R&B breakdowns, and... I can't explain. When it collapses into an excerpt from Ishimaru's "Hukkaimanimanimani" (essentially an unreasonably catchy Japanese rant set to a primitive rock 'n' roll drum rumble), then expands into a technicolor carnival of unrelenting glitch-hop, it borders on genius. Fortunately, Anorexia Gas Balloon offers many such moments.

If you think plunderphonic rambunctiousness has already had its day in the sun, prepare to be proved wrong. If you feel that electronic music has been stuck in a rut for far too long, prepare to be dazzled. And if you're looking for a record that chews up, digests, spits out and reclaims damn near every musical genre as its own, Anorexia Gas Balloon is for you. This is some of the most striking, mercilessly inventive, unrelentingly funky music I've heard in a long, long time. -- Allan Harrison
http://www.splendidezine.com/



>>Sept.2004
WLM, Canada
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Now THIS is what the last Funkstorung album should have sounded like. Osaka, Japan's Satanicpornocultshop try the spazzy hip hop collage approach and emerge triumphant with just the right blend of absurdity and pop sensibility. Toys, turntables, Tibetan bells, nanoloops, hand robots (?) - everything is fair game. Covers, such as their ingenious take on Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head", are equal parts satire and genius, blending technology, irony, and even a little Duran Duran for that sleek, eighties dance floor flava. King Missile and the Velvet Underground are also treated to the musical meat grinder - and like any decent sausage, there's too much happening at once for every element to be appreciated on its own…what matters is how delicious it is as a whole.

The problem with where Funkstorung are at right now is that they have abandoned their ethos of deconstruction for what amounts to vanity - producing "perfect pop" that's all fizz and no fun. anorexia gas balloon is by no means a classic, nor does it raise the bar in these times of mash-up madness. These guys rock for entirely different reasons - call it nostalgia, call it fearlessness, but just check it out and see what this sampladelic multi-vitamin is all about. Chris P.
http://www.welovemusique.com/



>>Jul.2004
The Squid's Ear, USA
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Satanicpornocultshop is yet another group of talented musicians toying with the noisepop-meets-IDM genre. Their latest collaboration, Anorexia Gas Balloon, is a varied mix of covered and original songs that pulls the listener from Japanese noise to disco and then over to Fat Boy Slim-esque funky cut-ups. The covers are innovative; one would be hard-pressed to find King Missile's original drone in "Detachable P," for example, or the overproduction of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" in "Kylie Minogue." The latter is no Clear Channel party remix; sure, the essence of the song remains, but Satanipornocultshop has mucked around with the beats, fuzzed the effects, and turned the denouement into a delightful layering of squelchy beats and breathy vocal samples over the original house beat. "Osui Nomasare" is highly entertaining for Duran Duran fans ("Save a Prayer"), though it may take a while to hear the brilliant original once again. These fans may, however, be sated by the next track, "Dred Mosque," which adheres more strongly to the original chord structure and uses the same bass line.

Girly, creepy, poppy, and a bit trendy, Anorexia Gas Balloon is not unlike a collection of Blythe dolls. Songs like "Watasi No Shoumei-san" reflect controlled chaos. The many layers of sounds and rhythms are well-balanced and mixed. However, as the cd progresses, it's difficult to follow the flow of the album. The disc is more of an eclectic compilation of random songs that Satanicponocultshop have put together than a synthesized, well-planned collection. Though the songs are inspired and interesting, the entire album itself is not necessarily listenable (at least, not all the way through). DJs and mix tape connoisseurs, however, will want to keep this compilation on hand to mix into their sets. Some of the songs feature entertaining and non-electroclash references to the '80s that the dance floor will appreciate. - Vanessa Wang
http://www.squidsear.com



>>Jul.2004
Intro, Germany
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Manche mögen es Cartoon-Musik oder Irrsinn nennen, doch im Grunde handelt es sich bloß um Komprimierung – Musik für Menschen, denen kein Verkehrsmittel zu schnell und keine Information verdichtet genug sein kann. Die typische Nippon-Namensgebung kündigt es schon an: Satan alleine reicht nicht, nein, da müssen mindestens noch Porno und Cult hinzugefügt werden, um selbst noch dem behäbigsten Rezipienten klar zu machen, dass hier die Übertreibung auf ganzer Linie regiert. Was noch relativ harmlos mit einer plastikhaften Kinderlied-Version von ›Candy Says‹ (Velvet Underground) beginnt, ufert kurz darauf in Hardcore-Karaoke-Plunderphonics-Trash aus, bei dem der abgegriffene Vergleich vom am Radioknopf drehen nichts mehr taugt, weil keine Finger so schnell sind und kein Radio so viele Sender hat. Auf den 16 nur noch apostrophiert Songs nennbaren Stücken bzw. Zeiteinheiten wird stilsicher von Crass bis Napalm Death, von Kylie Minogue bis King Missile geklaut (in Japan hatte man noch nie Probleme damit, so genannten Underground und Mainstream gleichwertig zu behandeln), um all das absichtlich stotternd zusammenzukitten. Ein paar Takte Country folgen auf Death Metal, gefolgt von Free Jazz und Motown-Soul. Aber nein, das hier ist kein Naked-City-Aufguss, sondern ins Groteske aufgeblähter Zitierwahn, der dank Atari-Sounds und zackigem Prince-Funk nicht einfach nur die Ohren quält, sondern auch die Socken qualmen lässt. Extrem, das schon, aber mit Gespür für catchy pop tunes.
http://www.intro.de/



>>Jul.2004
Skug, Germany
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Das hyperreale, sexy-häßliche Cover-Artwork im Stil eines Manga versetzt mich nicht gerade in einen Freudentaumel. Da muss ich schon mehr hören: Osaka, Covers, Beats und Collage. Lee Hazlewoods »Some Velvet Morning« wird malträtiert, zerstückelt, johnzornifiziert und schließlich von einer Lolita verhalten gesungen. Dann kommt »Can’t Get You Out of My Head« von Kylie. Hm, ich für meinen Teil würde mich an solchen Hits nicht vergreifen, es sei denn, ich hätte eine wirklich gute Idee (einen anderen Hit schreiben?). Die Duran-Duran- oder Velvet-Underground-Covers sind auch nicht besser. Ich langweile mich, vielleicht würde mir diese Musik eher gefallen, wenn ich sie spät nachts im Radio hörte, und auch als Show wäre das alles bestimmt ganz passabel. Als Album jedoch habe ich so meine Bedenken, was angesichts des insgesamt hohen Niveaus der Produktion schade ist. Sorry und könnt ich jetzt bitte die Originale hören. Friederike Kulcsar
http://www.skug.at/



>>May.2004
Staf Magazine, Spain
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Si con el primer corte (Candy Says, de The Velvet Underground) vas a senbir que este engendro mecanico te va a cautiver, mejor que no sigas a la escucha y mantente alejado del pulsador play de tu aparato reproductor, pues estas en lo cierto. No se quien es el cerebro de esta agrupacion, pero se merece todo lo bueno que digan de el. Con una infinidad de objeto e instrumentos musicales (organo, percusion, guitarra, piano, arpa, trompetas, campanas...), deglitches y sampleados que van desde Jhon Cage a Napalm Death, pasando por Thalia, Macy Grey o New Kids On The Block.  Satanicpornocultshop demuestran como es del todo necesario el talento para no caer en las aguas de la mediocridad que traen las nubes de la postmodernidad. Un disco que cautiva por ser tan esperimental como divertido y con un derroche de humor surrealista y vivo. Te merecera la pena encontrarte con ellos...Juan A. Herrera



>>Apr.2004
Butterfly Webzine, Greek
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
O Franck Stofer ήταν ανέκαθεν λάτρης της ιαπωνικής σκηνής. Με έδρα πλέον το Τόκιο, το label του μας δίνει έναν ακόμη δίσκο γιαπωνέζικης ιδιοσυγκρασίας...
Θυμάστε τους Panti Will (δεν πάει και πολύς καιρός που παρουσιάστηκαν στις σελίδες του Butterfly) ; Ε λοιπόν, εδώ έχουμε να κάνουμε με ένα ακόμη sampledelic όργιο ! Οι Satanicpornocultshop είναι μια μπάντα από την ξακουστή Osaka (γενέτειρα, μεταξύ άλλων, των ιδιοφυών Boredoms) και επιδεικνύουν και αυτοί εκείνη την παιχνιδιάρικη διάθεση που συνήθως χαρακτηρίζει τα μουσικά προϊόντα της ιαπωνικής μεγαλούπολης.
Eυτυχώς για τον κακόμοιρο reviewer παραθέτουν στο εσώφυλλο της πραγματικα προσεγμένης συσκευασίας μια λίστα με τα samples που χρησιμοποιήθηκαν ανά τραγούδι. O Lalo Schifrin (πασίγνωστος Αργεντίνος συνθέτης soundtrack όπως το Enter The Dragon του Bruce Lee
αλλά και του θέματος για το Mission : Impossible) μπορεί να συνδυαστεί με τους Άγγλους αναρχο-punkers Crass και τους επίση Βρετανούς grind-core θεούς Napalm Death ; Έτσι φαίνεται στο "Detachable P" που είναι απ΄τα πλέον ξεχωριστά κομμάτια του cd. Το σχήμα ξαφνιάζει εξαρχής τον ακροατή όταν ο τελευταίος διαπιστώνει ότι το ομώνυμο κομμάτι δεν είναι παρά μια διασκευή στο "Candy Says" των Velvet Underground. Ένα εγχείρημα παρακινδυνευμένο που δικαιώνεται πάντως από την τελική έκβασή του. Μια πετυχημένη διασκευή αρκετά κοντά στην ατμόσφαιρα του πρωτότυπου που όμως μπολιάζεται με τα ιδιαίτερα στοιχεία της παρέας του *S, του Ugh, του Lisa (που αναφέρω, επί τη ευκαιρία, ότι διαθέτει μια φωνούλα παρόμοια σε χροιά μ΄αυτήν της Trish Keenan από τους Broadcast) και των υπολοίπων. Για να ακριβολογούμε, τα περισσότερα κομμάτια είναι "διασκευές" (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Duran Duran, κ.τ.λ.), όμως τις περισσότερες φορές ισχυρά διαβρωμένα και προσαρμοσμένα στα μέτρα των Γιαπωνέζων.
Η συνοχή του δίσκου είναι η μεγαλύτερη δυνατή που επιτρέπει ένας 74λεπτος δίσκος και αφού έχουν περάσει δεκάδες αντιφατικών samples από New Kids On The Block (με τη γνωστή τους επιτυχία που στοιχείωσε τα χρόνια μου στο δημοτικό), Curtis Mayfield, Thalia (!!!), High Lamas μέχρι Arvo Part... Προσθέστε σ΄όλα αυτά και την διασκευή στο "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" της Kylie Minogue και κάπου θα κουραστείτε... Υπάρχουν στιγμές όπου πραγματικά οι Satanicpornocultshop δεν παίζονται ("Anorexia Gas Balloon", "Detachable P" "Some Velvet Morning", "Dred Mosque", "Nogik"), όμως αρκετά συχνά η ακρόαση καταντά βαρετή, αν όχι ενοχλητική.
Πιθανόν το μέλλον να μας επιφυλάσσει κάτι καλύτερο σχετικά με τους Satanicpornocultshop. Προς το παρόν πάντως μπορείτε να αποφύγετε άνευ δισταγμού την αγορά του Anorexia Gas Balloon. Εκτός βέβαια κι αν σας ενθουσίασε η περιγραφή της χαοτικής υπόστασης των highlights που ανέφερα ! (15/04/2004) (Kώστας Παπαθανασίου)
http://www.butterfly-zine.com/




>>Apr.2004
Spex.de, Germany
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Sex, laute Musik und obskurer Humor, Japan Style. Osakas Satanicpornocultshop ist ein schwer anarchistisches Kollektiv aus DJs, Aktionskünstlern, SängerInnen und Musikern mit lustigen Namen wie Alan Folklore oder DJ Shiitake. Es ist schon ziemlich einzigartig, wie sich dieses vielköpfige Krümelmonster mit Verve und Sinn für Absurdes durch die Musikgeschichte covert und Velvet Underground (aus »Candy says« wurde mit leicht modifiziertem Text das Titelstück) mit einem Text des tschechischen Surrealisten Jan Svankmaier verschachtelt, Kylie Minogue neben Napalm Death und Lalo Schifrin stellt und nebenbei noch den Cyber-R&B einer Missy Elliott einer ähnlichen Radikalkur unterzieht, wie Scott Herren sie auf HipHop angewandt hat. Dass das mit billigem Bastardpop nichts zu tun hat, nie nervt und oft einfach schöne Musik ist, liegt daran, dass sie, wenn es angebracht ist, auch zurückhaltend agieren können. Die Stücke können klar und einfach sein, sehnsüchtig und schwelgerisch wie Tujiko Noriko – um einen im nächsten Moment wieder mit einer feingeschredderten Materiallawine überrollen zu können.
http://www.spex.de




>>Apr.2004
Musee vol.48 (Tower Records), Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
まずジャケットが目を引く。ここでだいたいの人は意味がわからなくなる→そして1曲目、美しい女性ボーカルにアンビエント調のトラック→いい曲だ→運命の2曲目→聞き取り不明な中国語風のヴォーカルにKid606を思わせるトラック→1曲目と全然違うアーティストみたい…→そんでもって3曲目→ブレイクビーツに埋もれてニューキッズオンザブロックの曲が入ってくる→スゴスギル(心斎橋店 真加部輝邦)



>>Mar.2004
Soul Seduction.Com GmbH, Austria
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
One track of this album appeared on the 2003 October Wire Tapper CD and from then on there was enormous feedback. Since that time the name of the band got word-to-mouth circulation all over Europe. Puzzling and slightly experimental electronics with a weird hip hop factor, the album does have also a surrealistic touch and new technology know-how. They are the latest

aburdists; it's as if Fluxus were spying on pop music hits from 80's and vice versa. Slightly satirical with a fancy for disco and ultimate grooves; cultivating a limitless yet always tasty musical flavor, they brilliantly summarize all current musical trends with great modesty. While Satanicpornocultshop composes "original" material, their genius lies in their cover songs by artists as diverse as VELVET UNDERGROUND, KYLIE MINOGUE, DURAN DURAN, KING MISSILE, LYDIA LUNCH/LEE HAZELWOOD or Satanicpornocultshop themselves. They have advanced the art of covering so far to even make covers of their own covers. Their action of covering is clearly not a mere stylistic exercise. by soulseduction
http://www.soulseduction.com



>>Mar.2004
Mixed Bag, Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
大阪発超ド変態ユニット、サタニックポルノカルトショップの通算5枚目。これまでは自身のレーベルからのリリースだったみたいだけど、今作はフランスのレーベル、SONOREからのリリース。

エレクトロニカ、ノイズ、ヒップホップ、R&B、ジャズ、ダブ、メタル、ラウンジ、ファミコン、童謡、英語、日本語、中国語、宇多田ヒカル、スピッツ、ヴェルベット・アンダーグラウンド、デュランデュラン、カイリー・ミノーグ・・・もう詰め込めるものは何でも詰め込んで、それをグッチャグッチャにして、ガーってやってギャーっとやって出来上がった74分間ノンストップの大阪流ゴッタ煮コラージュ世界。
いかにも大阪的な過剰なまでのゴッタ煮具合とアホアホ具合が愉快痛快。74分と長めなんで聴いてるとちょっと疲れるけど、要所要所にリサ・タニのロリータ・ヴォイスがキュートな歌物エレクトロニカ(カイリーミノーグのあのヒット曲のカバーや童謡『野菊』のカバーもあり)が挿入されていて飽きさせない。コラージュものの傑作です。イギリスのWIRE誌で絶賛されてるらしいんだけど、それも十分納得。
http://mixed.s20.xrea.com/



>>Mar.2004
Le Monde, France
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
By the way is that record a joke, the girl Lisa is a very very bad singer (I mean she's not tuned up, she has no voice, nothing) and most of the sounds seems, vey repetitive, having been made with a veyr bad electronic devices, very poor sounds. Sylvain Siclier / Le Monde



>>Mar.2004
KZSU Zookeeper Online, Canada
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Interesting sounds full of a wide range of musical influences such as jazz, hip-hop, rock, etc. Quoting some reviewers who put it best, “Satanicpornocultshop is far more than a weird hiphop collage tribe from Osaka. They are the latest absurdists; it's as if Fluxus were spying on pop music hits from 80's and vice versa. Slightly satirical with a fancy for disco and ultimate grooves, limitless and tasteful musical culture and new technology know-how, they brilliantly summarize all current musical trends with great humility.” This album is definitely NOT for the faint of heart. There are 2 extremes when listening to it: you either try to make sense of all the sounds that are being played and focus on that or play it as background music.

- the good: breaking new ground in terms of music; not following any type of pattern

- the bad: if new and odd sounds are not you're thing...avoid

- the ugly: lovely lady on the back sleeve with 2 penises potty - mouth tracks: none detected

(note: rating numbers are out of 10 and following each track description)

1.      Anorexia gas ballon: soft female vocals; smooth music (7)

2.      Detachable: interesting samples/sounds/vocals; offbeat; horns in the middle/hardcore guitar (6)

3.      Piggy Back: break-beats, bells & tambourines (7)

4.      Hanuuu: children's song; salsa-jazz; hip-hop; no real pattern (4)

5.      Sakura_drops: hiphop beats; samples (7)

6.      Some Velvet Morning: starts out jazzy; breaks into beats; then femal vocals (7)

7.      Nuller?: synchopated tribal beats; samples; vocals chanting in background (7)

8.      Kylie Minogue: c'mon, sing along “I just can't get you outt my head...” (7)

9.      Jaco: tin drum samples; off-beat; almost dub (8)

10.   Lesson Ugh: video game sounds; funky beats; outro is nice (8)

11.   Watasi no Shoumei-San: not really a track (0)

12.   Suger Suger Pervert's Garden: trip-hop beats (-)

13.   Osui Nomasare: noisy intro; female vocals (7)

14.   Dred Mosque: another cover song; kinda cool; distorted vocals (8)

15.   Nogik: more unique sounds and samples (6)

16.   Anorexia Gas Balloon (reprise): close to the first track (7)

review courtesy of rE/dOx 

http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/



>>Mar.2004
Westzeit, Germany
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Whow - das ist wirklich abgefahren. Der Satz klingt wie aus einer US-Soap der 80er, trifft aber den Nagel auf die Nase, denn diese japanische Bande von Irren verwurstet in bester Negativland-Manier alles, was nicht schnell genug auf dem Baum ist. Man macht weder vor Kylie Minougue halt noch vor Duran Duran. Konsequenterweise covert man sich schließlich selbst. Wenn sich Menschen DJ Siitake oder *S nennen, kann/muss man mit Unvorhersehbarem rechnen. Der Opener "Anorexia Gas Balloon (Candy Says)" (so 'ne Art halbakustische Japan-Lolita-Fassung des V.U.-Klassikers) wiegt noch in trügerischer Sicherheit, doch dann beginnt der pure ElektroTrashSampleOverkill. Vielleicht tanzt man in Osaka zu sowas?! 4 (Karsten Zimalla)
http://www.westzeit.de/



>>Mar.2004
M-la-Music, France
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
"Ballon de gaz d'anorexie" : voici un album plutot embarrassant de prime abord. Quand on plonge dedans, on se retrouve dans un univers assez particulier voire absurde, legerement satirique avec une fantaisie pour la disco et la musique de bruit des annees 80.

Puis, quand on ecoute attentivement on se rend compte que ce groupe japonais cultive un gout musical sans limite, pourtant toujours savoureux, et qu' il recapitule brillamment, toutes les tendances musicales courantes avec beaucoup de modestie.

Satanicpornocultshop respire les melodies d'Osaka, il puise dans le surrealisme et le savoir-faire de nouvelle technologie. Le groupe distille une musique d'avant garde qui n'hesite pas a s'impregner des reprises d'artistes varies tels que  : The Velvet Underground, Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, King Missile.

Ce collectif existe aussi sous d'autres noms d'artistes comme Swedixh, Panic, Porno sous lesquels il a enregistre la grande "discotheque du Genocide". Apres avoir enregistre sur son propre label Nu nulax et Neiji ? Il sorte ce nouvel album sur le label reference de la musique japonaise sonore. En esperant cet esprit groove, cultivant des saveurs musicales illimitees, il trouve en Europe des oreilles et une renommee.

C'est Franck Stofer qui lance le label Sonore en 1998. Un peu avant en 1996, il etait implique dans la scene francaise bordelaise comme musicien et jouait dans un groupe experimentale de hardcore. A cette epoque, il rencontre la bande japonaise The Climax. Il devient rapidement un fan de leur musique qui etait pour lui, l'apogee de ce qu'il recherchait dans la musique experimentale rock. Alors Il commence a organiser des tournees pour ce groupe et leurs amis comprenant, Atsushi Tsuyama et Makoto Kawabata(Acid Mother Temple). Un jour, Yoshida Tatsuya lui demande de trouver un label europeen pour sortir leur nouveau CD. Il lance alors son label Sonore, sans un sou en poche, ni experience, mais une energie enorme. Plus tard, il voyage au Japon rencontre d'autres musiciens remarquables. Et decouvre la nouvelle et passionnante musique venant du Japon. Ainsi, il plonge completement dans la culture musicale japonaise, et s'installe a Tokyo debut 2003 apres 5 ans d'activite en France. Yuko Nexus6, Satoru Wono et Satanicpornocultshop. La liste est longue depuis.

Nous voici a nouveau avec les Satanicpornocultshop , cette tribu etrange d'Osaka qui pratique le collage musical avec facilite mais qui demande qu'on tende l'oreille pour en capter toutes les subtilites. Adeptes du collage visuel et verbal, ils seduiront tous les dingues de folles musiques satiriques. 8/10claude gouin
http://www.m-la-music.net/



>>Mar.2004
Bounce (Tower Records), Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
英「WIRE」誌でも紹介されてしまった大阪の恥部(失礼)、いや、黄金のポップ&コラージュ不愉快トロニカ・ユニット、SATANICPORNOCULTSHOPが、最近日本に移転したフランスのレーベル、SONOREよりフル・アルバムを発表。ヴェルヴェット・アンダーグラウンドや宇多田ヒカルのカヴァーをはじめ、使われるサンプル・ソースも縦横無尽。ブロークン・ミュージックのもっとも阿呆なこの突き抜け方が実に痛快。(久保 正樹)
http://www.bounce.com



>>Feb.2004
Chaindik.com, USA
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Japanese quintet (with friends) SataniPornoCultShop are probably the best asian counterpart to the western heros of the plagiarism movement, the sampling art community and cut'n'paste avantgarde/concrete music movment. In other words if you appreciate the mad multi-source collage experimentation by the like of Negativland, KLF, Le Forbici Di Manitu and so on, this is certainly your cup of tea (did I just say tea?). American Hip hop and pop, french romanticism, british drumn'n'bass, canadian electronics and of course loads of Japanese weirdness is packaged inside "Anorexia Gas Balloon", an album that, among other things, covers the Velvet Underground, Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, Pat Metheny and more. The '80es meet the '90es and together they jump all the way to the future, where bits of frenetic noises clash with particles of music, bits of pop art and broken beats. The French musician/label person Frank Stofer put this out on his Sonore outlet, for the joy of all those who don't have Yens in their pocket but are constantly on the lookout for fresh and absurd audio weirdness. Now kick back and have your musical Chaji ceremony! Review by: Marc 'the MEMORY Man' Urselli-Schaerer
http://www.chaindlk.com



>>Feb.2004
Music Club, Italy
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Non e un gruppo di deathgrindultrabrutal metal come potresti immaginare dal titolo! Sono felice di presentare il nuovo prodotto della sempre piu stimata (da me!) Sonore Records, un nuovo piccolo capolavoro che verra snobbato dai piu sotto l
etichetta di rumore. I Satanicpornocultshop, da Osaka, si occupano di elettronica davanguardia, saccheggiando a destra e manca da hip-hop, folklore giapponese, pop spudorato e quantaltro in un mix follemente geniale e completo, come per crearsi uno stile unico e personale. Stile alla cui base ce la deframmentazione di materiale sonoro prodotto da altri, o anche da se stessi, in altri periodi; composizione che parte dalla scomposizione di uno o piu brani. Hanno parecchi dischi allattivo, reperibili, ovviamente, solo nel mercato giapponese attraverso varie label specializzate in avant-garde. Il disco inizia con una componente ludica (la sorpresa delleccesso che piace tanto ai nipponici) non da poco: anorexia gas baloon(candy says) un brano softpop con voce femminile (cover di candy says dei Velvet Underground) una sorta di preludio alla tempesta di suoni che sta per arrivare, annunciata gia dalla frase i hate quiet places’… una presa in giro per lascoltatore che si aspetta un disco e ne scopre un altro, con cinque minuti di ritardo! Campionamenti e cover dalle sonorita piu improbabili unite insieme per ununica causa a noi sconosciuta! Tra i vari saccheggi sonori scomposti vediamo commedie taiwanesi unite ai Napalm Death, poi scorrono i New Kids On The Block, Macy Gray, James Brown, Nancy Sinatra, i Duran Duran e tanti altri ancora. Tra le righe ce anche Kilie Minogue, cover geniale di cant get you out of my head, della stessa autrice citata nel titolo avantpop? Cover su cover (anche di se stessi!). Musica estrema per tanti, piacevole per alcuni, ma comunque singolare e piena di spuntiun ennesimo capolavoro da parte della Sonore. Per chi ha voglia di ricercare.
http://www.musicclub



>>Feb.2004
Igloo Magazine, Canada
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Hmmm.  The cover is wildly graphic, the disc title and group name are outlandish (in a Superbowl half-time sorta way) but what is wrong with this total boomerang from a label who have formerly only released esoteric and at times mind-boggling sound craft?  Satanicpornocultshop cover the Velvet Underground's "Candy Says", sample Eric Benet, New Kids on the Block, Duran Duran and Napalm Death - but does that mean its in an idiom that can be described, deciphered or enjoyed?  And why mix in the High Llamas? OK, the kicker here may be the standout track called "Kylie Minogue (Cathy Dennis)" - infectious as an awkward cover can be.  With an upcoming show of sound/art work about Kylie's body it may seem topical to those "in the know" but is this record something in comparison to V/VM, Negativland, People Like Us or other contemporary cut-up masters who tend to deal with more fringe references rather than the seemingly endless contempt for an overblown encyclopedia to the MTV 80s?  Is this review only a bunch of questions?  This is Pizzicato 5 meets Puffinstuff fluff, lite, plundermix whackyness.  All she wants is......
http://www.igloomag.com/



>>Feb.2004
Jipango, France
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Osaka, dans les années
90. Un musicien farfelu (Ugh) rencontre un autre musicien farfelu (Chola). Et là, cest le drame : ils décident de faire de la musique ensemble. Satanicpornocultshop est né. Après 6 albums (sous cette appellation en tout cas, on sait que les bougres ont œuvré sous dautres noms) sortis sur leur label Nu NuLAX NuLAN, ils rejoignent Sonore et produisent le récent Anorexia Gas Balloon, avec Frank Stofer aux manettes. Un puzzle, un patchwork dadaïste et délirant qui combine électro, rythmes hip-hop, samples divers. Mais pas dans plusieurs morceaux, non non. Chaque chanson est un assemblage de tendances musicales variées. « Lesson Ugh » par exemple, qui mélange pas moins de 12 samples ; « Osui nomasare » qui reprend les paroles de « Save a prayer » de Duran-Duran, et « Dred mosque » qui reprend la mélodie du même morceau. Satanicpornocultshop a la folie du copié-collé et de la reprise : Velvet Underground, Kylie Minogue, Duran-Duran, poussant le vice jusquà reprendre leurs propres morceaux, voire leurs propres reprises ! Le mot de la fin est pour Michel Henritzi, qui notait dans Revue et Corrigée que ce disque « est à limage du Japon daujourdhui, saturé dinformations, de slogans publicitaires servant de support à limaginaire ». Une sorte de génial OGM musical.
Disque disponible chez : Bimbo Tower (5 pass. St-Antoine, Paris 11è - M
° Ledru-Rollin - 01 49 29 76 70), Wave Records (36 rue Keller, Paris 11è - M° Bastille - 01 40 21 86 98).
Sonore, c
est aussi une boutique en ligne nommée Dondon qui permet de dégotter des raretés musicales nippones, grâce à un catalogue enrichi mensuellement.
02/04 : Semi, Piana, Kangaroo Paw, Yoshihide Otomo, Ruins, et bien d
autres encore. www.sonore.com, rubrique Dondon.
http://www.jipango.com/



>>Feb.2004
Real Tokyo, Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Showered with praise from media around the globe and being on one of The Wire's compilations, this is probably the most famous of the (still) unknown Japanese bands. Following bizarre releases on their own label Nu NuLAX NuLAN, the five odd creatures around lovely Lisa Tani present with "Anorexia Gas Balloon" a box of explosives that will take them to new shores. Osaka-based Satanicpornocultshop paste together just about everything that has ever been on our record players, from VU via Duran Duran to Kylie Minogue, J-pop, hip hop, lounge, and so much more that a full list would fill this page. A luscious mix of freakish rhythms and sweet, girlish vocals, here's another example demonstrating Osakan flippancy in contrast to rather gloomy Tokyo style. The average listener may find the sonic terrorism a bit too much to handle at once, but listening in sips guarantees great fun. Watch out for live dates!!! (Andreas)
海外メディアに称賛され、Wire誌のコンピにも収録されているSatanicpornocultshopは、まだ知られていない日本のバンドの中で一番有名かも。自レーベルNu NuLAX NuLANからのリリースに続くこの新作は、ラブリーな歌姫リサ・タニほか風変わりな5匹のメンバーにとって世界へのドアだろう。VUからデュランデュラン、宇多田ヒカルからヒップホップ、ノイズ、ラウンジ…すべてが過剰なカット&ペーストによって狂ったようなミックスに生まれかわるが、やっぱり大阪人の軽薄さが東京のL?K?Oらとは一味違う。ダダイスティックなライブも必見。Andreas
www.realtokyo.co.jp



>>Feb.2004
Urbanmag, Belgium
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
De cd 'Anorexia Gas Balloon' van de Japanse cultband Satanicpornocultshop kwam pas in de nadagen van het oorlogsjaar 2003 naar ons toe gevlogen vanuit Osaka, maar werd door ons al meteen uitgeroepen tot cd van het jaar. Kernleden Alan Folkroe, Chola, Lisa Tani, Dj Siitake, *S plus nog enkele anderen tonen de weg en gooien bijna achteloos een experimentele én toegankelijke cd in onze richting, die tegelijk sinister, delirisch, erotisch, spitant, hilarisch en ongelooflijk grappig klinkt. Ze bezorgden ons meteen bijna spontaan een lachstuip met hun niet-aflatend sonisch sample-bombardement. 'Anorexia Gas Balloon' bevat een mix van alle onmogelijke en mogelijke stijlinvloeden uit het Oosten en het Westen. Echt te veel om op te noemen! De cut-and-paste esthetiek die het vijftal toepast op de nieuwe, krankjoreme versies van 'Candy Says' (Velvet Underground), 'Detachable Penis' (King Missile), 'Some Velvet Morning' (Lee Hazelwood), 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' (Kylie Minogue), 'Save A Prayer' (Duran Duran) sluit naadloos aan bij het sublieme artwork van Ugh, Chola en Greg Zo. Undercurrents in pop, heet dat… Een bijgedachte: nooit vermoed dat 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' van oppertrien Kylie Minogue zo'n donkere humor en zo'n diepe en veelgelaagde inhoud bevatte. In de potten-en-pannen-versie van het Japanse ensemble krijgt het nummer er zowaar een paar zeer donkere en verontrustende dimensies bij. 'There's a dark secret in me', fluistert Lisa Tani als een would be vrouwelijke serial killer, die als een vrouwelijk roofdier op het punt staat om je de vreselijkste folteringen te doen ondergaan. Ontdekking van de maand! Peter Wullen
http://www.urbanmag.be/



>>Feb.2004
L’ Entrepot, Belgium
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Ik moet u iets bekennen. Ik hou me in de muziek niet alleen bezig met de serieuze muziekvormen binnen de electronica of de gitaarwereld maar heb tevens een voorliefde voor platte pop. Janet Jackson of Justin Timberlake kunnen me soms aardig warm maken. Maar vanaf nu gaat mijn liefde enkel nog maar naar Satanicpornocultshop zij mixen immers op geniale wijze popmuziek met serieuzere vormen van muziek. En dat mixen mag je zeer letterlijk nemen. Microsamples van jaren tachtig popnummers worden schijnbaar op een willekeurige cut'n paste manier naast free-noise samples geplaatst. Maar dat willekeurige is zeker enkel maar schijnbaar, in feite vormen deze microsamples samen ingenieuze ritmes en melodieën. ongeveer het trucje dat we reeds gehoord hebben bij Akufen of het Franse Hypo maar hier is het net op een iets anarchistischere manier aangepakt. Het nijgt ook allemaal ook vaak meer naar hip hop, maar dan wel met een geherinterpreteerde break beat. Op sommige nummers zou Dose One zeker weten wat te doen.

Ook opvallend zijn de twee (duidelijke) covers. Candy Says van Lou Reed wordt op een geniale manier gecoverd. De te zwakke meisjestemmen werken zeer bevreemdend en geven het nummer een sprookjesachtig gevoel. Maar ook 'can't get you out of my head' van Kylie Minogue wordt op een knappe manier geherinterpreteerd.

'Anorexia Gas Balloon' is zeker de interessantste cd die ik lange tijd gehoord heb. Het geheel is misschien allemaal net iets te vermoeiend maar de twee covers vormen goede herkenningspunten en maken de cd toch luisterbaar. 'Anorexia Gas Balloon' krijgt voor mij door zijn radicaliteit de *****. (Kris)
http://users.skynet.be/entrepot/



>>Feb.2004
Vital Weekly, Netherlands
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
With a name such as Satanicpornocultshop you know you can't be wrong. This Japanese band with members such Ugh aka Alan, Chola, Lisa Tani, DJ Siitake and *S playing this wide variety of electronic gadgets are all about poking fun of popmusic, especially hip hop, lounge, electro and other, more cheesy influences. They consumed it all, as the cover indicates all the samples used and what the various members do per track. There is even a cover Kylie Minogue's 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' or with the same easyness they play 'Candy Says' by The Velvet Underground: what did I say? These boys and girls have consumed it all and even consumed there own music in various covers. One could wonder if the cheesyness of the release (over seventy minutes!) is maybe a bit long or that it would stand for a very long time as a landmark in history, but if Too Many DJs is your thing, you might want to shop at Satanicpornocultshop too. (FdW)
http://staalplaat.com/vital/



>>Feb.2004
Bad Alchemy, Germany
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Stofers nächster Schatzfund, SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP, ist eine seit 1998 aktive Merkwürdigkeit aus Osaka, jener Stadt, der man in Japan, im Kontrast zum nüchternen, düsteren Tokyo, Frivolität und Quirligkeit nachsagt. Im Kern ist dieser wieder mal äußerst japanische Vorstoß ins Unerwartete ein Quartett von Multiinstrumentalisten, Ugh aka Alan Folklore, Chola, DJ Siitake & *S, das das hingehauchte Stimmchen von Lisa Tani in surreale, noisadelische Bizarrerien bettet, generiert mit Electronics, Turntables, Toys, Sampling und Percussion. Nach einer Reihe von Releases auf dem eigenen Nu NuLAX nuLAN-Label ("Baltimore 1972", 1999, "Nirvana or Lunch?", 1999, "Belle Excentrique", 2000, "Ugh Yoing", 2002 und, als Swedish*Panic* Porno, "Genocidal Discotheque", 2000), ist Anorexia Gas Balloon (SON-21), parallel zu ihrem Auftauchen auf dem aktuellen 'Wire Tapper', der Sprung aus dem fernöstlichen Obskuritätsschatten. Dabei hilft natürlich, dass sich die Cultshops ungeniert in plunderphonischen Ramschläden bedienen und mehr noch, dass sie mit fliegenkonvertierten Coverversionen von 'Candy Says' (Velvet Underground), 'Detachable Penis' (King Missile), 'Some Velvet Morning' (Lee Hazelwood), 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' (Kylie Minogue) und 'Save A Prayer' (Duran Duran) aufwarten. Steht beim kindlich-naiven 'Candy'-Auftakt und dem 'Kylie'-Lalala noch der Lolitaeffekt im Mittelpunkt, zeigt 'Detachable P' exemplarisch den absurdistischen Modus Operandi der Cyberpop-Terroristen. Samples von Schifrin, einem taiwanesischen Comedian, Crass, Napalm Death und Meat Shit verschwinden in einem Cut'n'Paste-Häcksler und werden als spastisch zuckende Drum'n'Bass-Weirdness wieder ausgespuckt. Als ob ein Saboteurstrupp von Wild-Style-Turntablisten, besonders gut bestückt mit Easy Listening-Schmalz und Nippon-Pop-Perlen, mit Anything-Goes-Störsendern in die normale Popwelt hineinfunken könnte. Songs beginnen zu stottern, leiden unter Datenfraß, Überreichweiten, Bandsalat, Zitat-Syndrom, Collagenzwang. Vielleicht nehmen die Japaner, so wie ihre Shops längst die elektronischen Gimmicks der nächsten Generation feil bieten, aber einfach nur die Zukunft von Pop als Instantkonsumismus vorweg. Für jede gewünschte Stimmung, jede Situation, diagnostiziert und serviert eine Mega-Pop-Suchmaschine der Wunschmaschine den perfekten Sound, den idealen Song, den pulsgenauen Groove, synthetisiert aus den Überkapazitäten des Angebots, gemäß den Gesetzen der Simultanität. (Rigo Dittmann)



>>Jan.2004
Orlando Weekly, USA
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Despite the ominous name and the Japa-noise context, this Osaka group provides some surprisingly pleasant -- even fun -- listening. The five core members have been working together for several years, under several different names, but "Anorexia Gas Balloon" is the first work they've done to receive any decent level of distribution. And though certainly not mainstream by any stretch of the imagination, the wit and cockeyed optimism that permeates the disc is a refreshing change from the spazzo-violence that Osaka's music scene is best known for. Cut-and-paste beats, girly-girl vocals, touches of lusciousness and bits of sonic freakery come together to create a sound that's both warm and a bit creepy. Oh, and when you hear what they do with cover versions of "Candy Says," "Some Velvet Morning," "Detachable Penis" and others, it all makes a little more sense. (Cautionary note: the images of chicks with dicks -- as in multiple penises -- on the inlay art of the disc may well spoil any hot Asian fantasies some of you boys may hold ... or it might enhance 'em. What do I know?) By Jason Ferguson / Published 1/29/04
http://www.orlandoweekly.com/music



>>Jan.2004
Tijd Cuultur, Belgium
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Het Japanse los-vaste collectief Satanicpornocultshop opereert op de grenzen van pop, sampling en improvisatorische muziek. Met onder meer stem, draaitafels, orgels, percussie, gitaren, cornet, piano, speelgoed en ettelijke gebruiksvoorwerpen werkt de groep uit Osaka frivole en kleurrijke composities uit die niet zelden een beproeving voor het uithoudingsvermogen van de luisteraar vormen. Hun recente, andermaal erg sterke 'Anorexia Gas Balloon' steunt voornamelijk op sampling en op covers. Dat maakt hun experimentele geluid betrekkelijk toegankelijk. De zangeres Lisa Tani opent met een onconventionele en hilarische versie van The Velvet Undergrounds 'Candy Says': op een trippelende beat wordt haar schattige, net niet valse falsetstem bijgestaan door een wiegend kinderkoor. Aan het einde van de plaat trakteert de band ons op een tweede versie van het nummer, een haast tien minuten durende orgie van clicks, scratches, verdraaide violen en ettelijke cartooneske geluiden waarin slechts een spaander van het origineel overblijft. Ook tracks van onder meer Duran Duran ('Save A Prayer'), King Missile ('Detachable Penis') en Kylie ('Can't Get You Out of My Head') krijgen eenzelfde, verbluffend creatieve behandeling. Satanicpornocultshop ontstijgt bovendien de goedkope persiflage: hun satirische, absurdistische versies ademen een grote liefde voor het origineel. (Ive Stevenheydens
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>>Jan.2004
Revue & Corrigée, France
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Version dance-floor de Xper-Xr, de Stockhausen & Walkman et de Peoples Like Us, boites à rythmes rap, grooves funkadelic ou new-wave, ballades sirupeuses jouées à la guitare ou à la bombarde : " Candy Says ", " Some Velvet Morning ", " Can’t get you out of my head " de Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran ici cloné, fatras de samples et de voix remixées façon John Oswald, docteur Frankenstein en mister Phil Spector, riot gun en main et paillettes voltigeant autour des choeurs. Le kitsch comme esthétique de fin siècle, resucée ici au début de ce nouveau millénaire, après John Spencer se prenant pour Elvis et nous bernant. Vocaux suaves de Lisa (l’accent Candy des jeunes japonaises), se déhanchant sur la comptine vénéneuse de Lou Reed et autres kitscheries J-pop ou taiwanaises. Emboutissage de samples de Lalo Schifrin, de Raymond Scott, des 4mn 33 de John Cage, break beats et riffs plombés de Napalm Death, le corps déconstruit de la pop surexposée jusqu’à l’overdose du noiseadelic. Echo d’Hanatarash, combo histerico-trash de Yamantaka Eye. Mais qui se cache derrière SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP ? Misters Ugh & Chola, artificiers soniques d’Osaka. Chola portait déjà les valises de Costes et Xper-Xr quand il résidait encore en France, on ne sait pas grand-chose de plus. On apprend que Lee Hazelwood avait piqué " Some Velvet Morning " à Lydia Lunch et Rowland S.Howard, la musique du XXI ème siècle ne serait qu’un vaste trafic d’organes. Disque à l’image du Japon d’aujourd’hui, saturé d’informations ou les slogans publicitaires servant de support à l’imaginaire. Ce disque permet d’économiser plusieurs MP3 bourré à la gueule de tubes démodés, en propose une version morbide et irrévérencieuse. Si toute notre culture n’était qu’un vaste clonage de marchandises frelatées ? SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP préfère en rire. Michel Henritzi, Revue & Corrigée



>>Jan.2004
No-sword music, Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
The musical prankster is part of a tradition that stretches back centuries ("That damned Bach wrote his name into my fugue again!"), but sampling and collaging technology developments over the past few decades have democratised things to an extent matched only by physical comedy.
Satanicpornocultshop come in at this end, juxtaposing hey-I-remember-tightrolling-my-jeans-to-that snatches of 80s pop with surprisingly hard-hitting beats, Taiwanese stand-up, exhortions to funk musicians, and so on. One of their biggest pranks, though, has to be the slow, doomed-out and absolutely straight cover of "Candy Says" that grudgingly inflates Anorexia Gas Balloon.
The band goes on to cover everyone from UTADA Hikaru to Duran Duran, with varying degrees of fidelity and success. "Detachable P" (guess) seems kind of pointless without the narration -- which maybe is the point, but it's still questionable as a listening experience. "Kylie Minogue" (aka "Can't get you out of my head") is fairly straight, except the disco is haunted, and that works well. "Some velvet morning" alternates between a straight rendition of the original (over teetering strings) and a musique concretey counterweight.
The songs that aren't covers also cover a lot of territory. "Watashi no shoumei-san", performed by Keito, daughter of Ugh (one of the core members) is successfully cute. Lesson Ugh mixes dozens of samples and ends up sounding like a more adventurous Dust Brothers instrumental. "Sugar sugar pervert's garden" is like Prefuse72 with stomping boots on. "Nogik" is floaty and ambient.
Setting aside the quarter-hour (in total) of "Candy says" grind that bookends the disk, which you may love, hate or simply skip depending on your taste, Anorexia gas balloon's only real fault might be that it's too eclectic. Humans can get used to anything. After ten or twenty minutes of wildly diverse samples popping out when you least expect it, you start to get jaded. "Oh, yeah... a cheesy cover of 'Touch me'. I should have known." The "covers" theme does give the album some valuable sticktogether, but over an hour of relentless sonic channel-flicking is still tough to sit through.
I'm sure they own live though.
Posted by Matt
http://no-sword.sieve.net/music/



>>Dec.2003
The Japan Times, Japan
Satanicpornocultshop: "Anorexia Gas Balloon" (SONORE)
Osaka's Satanicpornocultshop has been described as a hip-hop band due to their cut-and-paste aesthetic, but one wonders if even that famously elastic genre has enough room to accommodate the absolutely gleeful musical abandon that surfaces on their sixth album, "Anorexia Gas Balloon."
The first cut, a haunting cover of the Velvet Underground's "Candy Says," is a cinematic drone with hazy vocals and a haunting children's chorus. Its quiet gentleness, however, is a ruse. On the second track, stuttering beats kick in over samples of hardcore bands, Taiwanese film soundtracks and electronic noise coalescing into barely contained chaos. Allegedly a cover of King Missile's "Detachable Penis," the only remnant of the song is the flat voice chanting the title like a punch-line. It is, luckily, a tremendously amusing joke, and the rest of the album follows the same pattern. The other cuts are also "covers" (sometimes even covers of covers, as in the case of Lydia Lunch's version of Lee Hazelwood's "Some Velvet Morning), but in reality they are more dismemberments with bits of songs and rhythms pasted together into freakishly groovy musical Frankensteins. Hip-hop? Why not?
SUZANNAH TARTAN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp



>>Nov.2003 – Trashfish.net
Satanicpornocultshop - Belle Excentrique (Nu NuLAX NuLAN)
you know i love easy listening music, right? yeah. so there i am, relaxing in my comfy chair, the lights down low, the latest studio 2 stereo sampler on the turntable, real mellow, you know, when in comes the LODGER and turns the tv on. like, what the hell?! and he turns the volume up and starts flicking through the channels like really fast, not watching anything, you know, just flicking through the channels? i mean, come on. and i'm about to say something to him, like, hey man, that's really rude, when the guy next door starts honking away on his trumpet, and you've been round to my place, right? you know how thin the walls are. well, jeez. he's blowing for his life, some weird-ass free jazz meandering, so i'm thinking well isn't this real great. the lodger's found some travel program now about the middle east, so i've got call to prayer in one ear, don cherry on acid in the other ear and bossa nova in stereo trying to fight its way through to both. and just when i think things can't get any more RIDICULOUS, the hip hop dude from upstairs starts pumping eric b & rakim though his 10k system and it's so damn loud that the ceiling is shaking and the record player needle starts jumping around like some crazy hyperactive flea, and in my rush to lift the needle off to stop the damage i press the 45rpm switch by accident and suddenly i get the chipmunks coming at me at full frontal. total. chaos.man, you had to be there. posted by simon p on 11/1/2003
http://www.trashfish.net



>>Oct.2003 – CS251 at University of Waterloo
, Belgium
Satanicpornocultshop, "Anorexia Gas Balloon (Reprise)", from the compilation "Wire Tapper 10" included with the October 2003 issue of the UK music magazine The Wire.
This magazine frustrates me. They put out a top 50 list in their January issue, and I have maybe one or two of them. I pick up one or two more during the year, and of course I am reading the magazine and listening to their occasional sampler CDs. Then the next year's list comes out, and I have one or two of them. Humbling. I know nothing about these artists apart from what the magazine wrote, which is:
"Satanicpornocultshop are a weird HipHop meets electro quartet from Osaka, Japan. Led by Takuya Katusawa, the group build up their tracks using a digital mixer and blend rolled beats with chirps and whispers of sound. "Anorexia Gas Balloon" is taken from their forthcoming Sonore album of the same name, which follows on from this year's "Piss Off" EP, on which the group sampled 120 tracks that had been banned from being broadcast in the US during the Iraq war."
The Pitchfork Media Web site reviewed this track and commented on the contrast of lyrics and sound without mentioning that the lyrics are ripped off from the 1969 Velvet Underground song "Candy Says". Sometimes it pays to have one foot in the grave.



>>Oct.2003 – Pitchfork Media com, USA
Satanicpornocultshop "Anorexia Gas Balloon (Reprise)" (The Wire)
Included on The Wire's most recent Wire Tapper compilation, "Anorexia Gas Balloon (Reprise)" pits gentle female vocals against a jittery mish-mash of moody violins, rapid-fire drum-n-bass, and an electronic sound palette that seems straight out of Weilheim, Germany. Clouddead and Enduser enthusiasts will hardly find the track jarring, but here, Osaka, Japan-based quartet Satanicpornocultshop aspire not just to mindbombs and sonic terrorism. Indeed, the focus of the song is how unfazed the vocals are amidst this fantastically schizophrenic background-- and not only how unfazed, but how beautifully innocent her voice sounds, as if intravenously fed Huxleyian soma. The pharmakon courses through her, at once deluding her but protecting her heart from the unspeakable outrage around her, to such an ironic extent that at one point she sings, "I hate quiet places." It's a cheap dirty trick, of course, but she doesn't know or seem to care-- that's enough motivation for listeners to indulge similarly. -- Nick Sylvester
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/



>>Sept-2003 – The Wire, UK

Satanicpornocultshop "Anorexia Gas Balloon (Reprise)" (The Wire)

Satanicpornocultshop are a weird HipHop meets electro quartet from Osaka, Japan. Led by Takuya Katusawa, the group build up their tracks using a digital mixer and blend roiled beats with chirps and whispers of sound. "Anorexia Gas Balloon" is taken from their forthcoming Sonore album of the same name, which follows on from this year's Piss Off EP, on which the group sampled 120 tracks that had been banned from being broadcast in the US during the Iraq war.
http://www.thewire.co.uk/




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