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I set up this blog to hopefully introduce those outside Japan to some of Japan's best music and a taste of Osaka and Kyoto's thriving underground music scene.

Alot of what I post will be CDR's and CD's sold by bands on the Kyoto/Osaka live circuit. Hopefully giving a little exposure to the bands outside Japan. The rest will be Japanese bands from pretty much any and every generation and genre. From 60's Rock'n'Roll and folk to 00's noise and electronica.

If anyone has an issue with me uploading their music please contact me and I'll remove the links immediatley. My intention is to introduce this music to new audiences. So please help support these bands by buying their releases or catching them live if you have the opportunity. Alot of these guys are working full time jobs on top of making great music. Please send comments, complaints, recommendations and seasonal greetings to stinkinhippy@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ultra Bide - Sonic Crush!!!

Ultra Bide are one of Kansai's most respected bands and local legends on the underground circuit. Originally formed in the late 70's by core member Hide the band over the years has gone through numerous line-up changes and switch ups. The original line-up (Now fondly refrered as "The original Ultra Bide".) included noise legend Jojo Hiroshige on bass with Hide himself taking up duties on lead guitar. In it's current form Ultra Bide feature a brutal dual bass and drums set-up.

Bide are without a doubt Kansai's most consitently impressive live bands. No gimmicks, no fucking about just straight up ear drum battering punk. But despite how great the band are their recorded output is patchy at best and doesn't really do the band justice which is why I've held off on posting about these guys for so long.  Thankfully though the band recently put out a DVD-R of one of their live shows and luckily the sound is pretty good so I've taken the liberty of ripping the audio from it for your listening pleasure. It's obviously no substitute to seeing these guys but it'll have to do. Pure obnoxious, snot nosed punk is what you get. Fans of Friction, Big Black, Shellac etc should find immediate comfort.

Not resting on his laurels, Hide despite being one of Kansai's longest standing and well respected underground veterens (Hide turned half a century old this year. Happy Birthday you old cunt!) is also deeply involved in nurturing up and coming acts and is always seeking to use his status to champion the latest generations of bands. Not to mention that even at 50 Hide and his cohorts consistently manage out play bands more than half their age. Take note kids. This is how you do punk.



  1. Thanks a million times for this. I have searched high and low for Ultra Bide stuff (and Amazon Saliva and other Hide-related stuff) to no avail. I was emailing Hide for a while, but communication stopped sometime after the Tsunami (glad he seems to be okay). I was lucky enough to see them twice and they were fantastic.
    Are you planning on posting any more Japan-only Ultra Bide releases?

  2. Yeah, Hide's fine. The Tsunami didn't really have much of an effect here in Kansai. I think around the same time as the Tsunami Bide's drummer left the band to focus on his own stuff so Hide was busy finding a new drummer and breaking him in. Could be why he didn't keep in touch.

    I don't mind emailing you some stuff but I don't really want to share it publicly. I know Hide pretty well and the guy has to make a living. He may be a legend but sadly he just barely manages to scrape by. Shoot me an email and I'll send you a link.

    Also if you haven't already check out the Amazon Saliva album I uploaded a while back. One of Hide's side-projects with Tabata from Acid Mothers Temple.