Heavy Rocks: A Guide to the Music of Boris

A guide to the music of the Japanese band Boris by Syd Fablo and Bruno Bickleby.


Boris [ボリス]

Formed: 1992, Tokyo, Japan

AKA: FangsAnalSatan or Fangs Anal Satan or fangsanalsatan (FAS)

Members: Takeshi [大谷剛 (Ohtani Takeshi)], Wata [水野陽子 Mizuno Yoko], Atsuo [水野敦夫 (Mizuno Atsuo)], Nagata (1992–1996)



A Brief Introduction

Boris was formed in 1992 as a quartet by students at Tokyo University in order to have a band with original member Nagata, who left in 1996.  Although most if not all of their music falls under the category of “rock”, they have performed and recorded music in an unusual number of distinct genres.  As to their recordings, many have been limited edition releases and they can be quite difficult to obtain in many parts of the world.  The band has a proclivity toward alternate versions of releases, as well as re-using the same titles (and even the same or similar cover artwork), that makes their catalog rather esoteric and skewed toward obsessive collectors.  On recordings, they usually capitalize the band’s name for material with more widespread appeal that comes from the “heart of rock” and use lowercase lettering for “experimental rock music that comes from inside and emanates outward” with more limited appeal — the capitalization is meant as a kind of guide for listeners.  “FangsAnalSatan” is an alternate name for the band, to avoid having the name “Boris” appear too frequently.  Although early artworks were more collaborative, eventually Atsuo came to design most of the band’s artwork, which frequently pays homage to releases by other bands through spoofs of notable album artwork.

Releases are presented below in chronological order by recording date (like a sessionography), though precise recording date information was not always available.  Ratings and release information (dates, producer, etc.) on split and various artists compilations is provided only for the Boris recording(s).  Genres are listed, though these are naturally a judgment call and not meant to be definitive.  Boris operates across many genres, and on any given recording they may also blur the lines between genres.



Legend:

♥♥♥ = top-tier; an essential 

♥♥ = second tier; enjoyable but more for the confirmed fan; worthwhile after you’ve explored the essentials and still want more

♥ = third tier; a less significant album, more for completists, with perhaps only one or so notable songs



The Early Years: 1992-1999


1st Demo

1st Demo (1993)

Alternate Version Notes: selected tracks reissued on Archive II

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Take Care of Scabbard Fish

Various Artists – Take Care of Scabbard Fish (1994)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

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Key Track(s): “Water Porch”

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2nd Demo (1993)

Alternate Version Notes: at least selected tracks reissued on Archive II

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3rd Demo (1994)

Alternate Version Notes: alternately titled Fangs Anal Satan Vol II — 4/2 Live!!, which included an image on the cassette in tribute to Flipper‘s logo; reissued on Archive II; two tracks reissues as bonus tracks on CD version of Barebones/Boris split

Studio/Live: Live

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Eat the Chaos
Various Artists – Eat the Chaos (1995)

Alternate Version Notes: Studio version of the song recorded live on 3rd Demo

Studio/Live: Studio

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Key Track(s): “Mosquito”

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From Koenji to Eternity

Various Artists – From Koenji to Eternity (1996)

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Key Track(s): “Vacuum”

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Absolutego (1996)

Alternate Version Notes: Expanded and remastered version released with different CD and vinyl artwork as Absolutego+ (Special Low Frequency Version) and Absolutego+ (b/w Dronevil2); the remastering gave the recording more low end and a different sound than the original; Absolutego+ (Special Low Frequency Version) initially came in an orange jewel case which was later switched to a clear jewel case, and Absolutego+ (b/w Dronevil2) also came in a red vinyl version

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded:  July 1996; reissue bonus track: 1997, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

Genre(s): Drone doom

Tier: ♥♥

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Barebones / Boris – Barebones / Boris (1996) [EP]

Alternate Version Notes: CD reissue has different cover artwork and appends two bonus tracks from Boris’ 3rd Demo

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See Archive II


"Untitled" / "Mass Mercury"

Tomsk 7 / Boris – “Untitled” / “Mass Mercury” (1997) [Single; split]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

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Recorded: April to May, 1997

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Key Track(s): “Mass Mercury”

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A Tribute to Evangelion

Various Artists – A Tribute to Evangelion (1997)

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Key Track(s): “調弦”

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see Scott Slimm Presents: Archive (Vols. 1 and 2)


Black: Implication Flooding

Keiji Haino with BorisBlack: Implication Flooding (1998)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: August 31, 1997, Koenji 20000V, Tokyo, Japan

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Amplifier Worship (1998)

Alternate Version Notes: re-released with alternate cover art, and the tracks are sequenced different on CD and vinyl, but the recordings are identical

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: August–September 1998, Sound Crew

Producer(s): Boris

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Choukoku no Niwa / BorisMore Echoes, Touching Air Landscape (1999)

Alternate Version Notes: reissued with different artwork but identical recordings

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: “Kanau”: Part 1 recorded May 16 and 23, 1999, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan; Part 2 recorded May 2 and 3, 1999, Sound Crew [Boris recordings only]

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International Recognition: 2000-2008


flood

flood (2000)

Alternate Version Notes: Some copies mastered as a single track, others divided into four tracks

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: September 2000, Bazooka Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

Genre(s): Post Rock, Minimalism

Tier: ♥♥

Key Track(s): “flood, Part 2”

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Up Jumped the Devil: Tribute to Robert Johnson

Up Jumped the Devil: Tribute to Robert Johnson (2000)

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Scott Slimm Presents: Archive (2005)

Alternate Version Notes: released as a 3-disc set and as individual discs: Archive: Boris Volume One “Live 96-98,” Archive: Boris Volume Two “Drumless Shows,” and Archive: Boris Volume Three”2 Long Songs”.  The three-disc set was re-issued with new artwork and in remastered form as Archive I.

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: June 21, December 21, 1996, August 8, 1997, August 2, 1998, and May 3, 2001, Koenji 20000V, Tokyo, Japan; August 9, 1997, Nagoya Music Farm, Nagoya, Japan; October 4, 1997, Shinjyuku Loft, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Scott Slimm

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Heavy Rocks

Heavy Rocks (2002)

Alternate Version Notes: This album has an orange cover and is sometimes identified as “Heavy Rocks (2002)” to distinguish the 2011 album of the same name with a nearly identical purple cover that contains entirely different music.

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: July to September, 2001, Bazooka Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

Genre(s): Stoner metal

Tier: ♥♥

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1970 / ワレルライド

“1970” / “ワレルライド” (2002) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: These are alternate takes of songs that appeared on Heavy Rocks (2002)

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: July to September, 2001, Bazooka Studio, Tokyo, Japan

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Genre(s): Stoner metal

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Mangrove2002

Various Artists – Mangrove2002 (2002)

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Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: June to September, 2001, Bazooka Studio, Tokyo, Japan

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Key Track(s): “Dronevil”

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megatone

boris with merzbowmegatone (2002)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2000 to 2001, Bedroom, Itabashi; 2001, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris with Merzbow

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Walrus / Groon

Boris with MerzbowWalrus / Groon (2007) [EP]

Alternate Version Notes: Issued on various differently colored vinyl

Studio/Live: Studio [?]

Recorded: 2001

Producer(s): Boris with Merzbow

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04092001

Boris with Merzbow04092001 (2005)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: September 4, 2001, Milk, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris with Merzbow

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あくまのうた [Akuma no Uta] (2003)

Alternate Version Notes: Re-released in 2005 with new artwork and expanded and modified contents.  The most common reissue had a cover (or picture disc) that paid tribute to Nick Drake‘s Bryter Layter, and was expanded by seven minutes to have the same total runtime as the Drake album.  300 copies of an alternate artwork vinyl picture disc paid tribute to Venom‘s Welcome To Hell.  On reissues, an alternate version of the opening “Introduction” is used.  “Ibitsu” was also released on the split single The Dudley Corporation / Boris.

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: January to March, 2003, Peace Music, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Tier: ♥♥♥

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boris at last -feedbacker- (2003)

Alternate Version Notes: There is different artwork between CD and vinyl versions.  Also, some CDs are mastered as a single track, others divided into five tracks.  An edit of the song appears on the soundtrack The Limits of Control There is a DVD Bootleg – Feedbacker- that is actually an official release of a live performance of the album

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: July to October, 2003, Peace Music, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

Genre(s): Drone, post-rock

Tier: ♥♥♥

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目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked-

目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked- (2004)

Alternate Version Notes: Included in the remastered compilation 目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked- chronicle

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2004, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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dronevil (2005)

Alternate Version Notes: CD reissue has different artwork, is remastered, and adds two additional tracks

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2004, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

Genre(s): Drone, post rock

Tier: ♥♥

Key Track(s): “The Evil One Which Sobs” [dronevil -final- only]

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sound track from film “mabuta no ura” (2005)

Alternate Version Notes: Inoxia released a vinyl version and Catune released a CD version with different artwork but identical recorded content; Essence released a CD version in Brazil with different and expanded recorded content and also a limited box-set edition that added art prints, flyers, and dried flowers.  The single “a bao a qu” is an extended version of the song from the album.  This is a “fake” soundtrack; there is no film that the music accompanies

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Winter 2003 to Summer 2004

Producer(s): Boris

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A Bao a qu
“a bao a qu” (2005) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: extended version of the song on sound track from film “mabuta no ura”; completely different from the song on 目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked-

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2003 and/or 2004

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Sun Baked Snow Cave

Boris with MerzbowSun Baked Snow Cave (2005)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2001–2004

Producer(s): Boris with Merzbow

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Klatter

Boris with MerzbowKlatter (2011) [EP]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: December, 2004, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

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Vein (2006)

Alternate Version Notes: Initially released simultaneously as two more or less entirely different albums with the same title and artwork, these are referred to as the “Hardcore Version” and “Drone Version”; in 2013 a 2CD version was released (on 3 inch mini CDs) that intermingled material from both prior Vein albums in edited format, rather than reissuing each prior version on a separate disc as the packaging implies

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2004; 2004-2013 (2CD reissue)

Producer(s): Boris

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Pink (2005)

Alternate Version Notes: Diwphalanx CD and vinyl versions have different artwork but identical contents; the Southern Lord CD has an expanded runtime with the same track sequencing; the Southern Lord vinyl has the same runtime as the Southern Lord CD but with a different track sequencing; the Sargent House/Daymare Deluxe Editions (CD/vinyl) follow the respective Southern Lord CD/vinyl editions and add a bonus disc (“Forbidden Songs”) of previously unreleased outtakes

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2005, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Sunn O))) & Boris – Altar (2006)

Alternate Version Notes: Released as a single disc and as a 2CD or 3LP version with “Alter Prelude” bonus disc; Japanese CD versions include the bonus track “The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep)” and Japanese 3LP versions include the bonus track “The Sinking Belle (White Sheep)”; Southern Lord 3LP editions came in differently colored vinyl or a picture disc; dedicated website (archived)

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: October 2005, [Studio] Litho; December 2005, Aleph [Studio]

Producer(s): Sunn O)))

Genre(s): Drone doom, post rock

Tier: ♥♥

Key Track(s): “Her Lips Were Wet With Venom (satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas)” [Southern Lord 2CD version only]

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目をそらした瞬間 2 -the thing which solomon overlooked 2-

目をそらした瞬間 2 -the thing which solomon overlooked 2- (2006)

Alternate Version Notes: Copies pressed in orange and green clear vinyl; included in the remastered compilation 目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked- chronicle

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2006

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目をそらした瞬間 3 -the thing which solomon overlooked 3-

目をそらした瞬間 3 -the thing which solomon overlooked 3- (2006)

Alternate Version Notes: Copies pressed in orange and light blue clear vinyl; included in the remastered compilation 目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked- chronicle

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2006

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Archive II

Archive II (2014)

Alternate Version Notes: Includes reissued songs from the first three demos, plus previously unreleased live recordings

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: 1993-1994; March 1 and 2, 1996, Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA, USA; May 15, 2003, Tokyo, Japan; May 31, 2006, New York, NY, USA

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Boris with Michio KuriharaRainbow (2006)

Alternate Version Notes: Drag City reissue has alternate artwork and replaces “…And, I Want” with “No Sleep Till I Become Hollow”; Inoxia single LP edition follows original Pedal version; Inoxia 2LP box set features the Pedal version of the album on clear vinyl, a bonus disc containing two bonus ambient tracks on clear vinyl, a DVD featuring the music video for “Rainbow,” and a 50-page photo book; there is also a promo-only Drag City version with still further alternate (stock) artwork; “Fuzzy Reactor” also appears on the soundtrack The Limits of Control.

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: January to July 2006, Peace Music, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): fangsanalsatan & Souichirou Nakamura

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Key Track(s): “Rainbow”

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Cloud Chamber

Boris with Michio KuriharaCloud Chamber (2008)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2006, Peace Music, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Souichirou Nakamura and fangsanalsatan

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Long Hair and Tights

Doomriders vs Boris – Long Hair and Tights (2007) [split]

Alternate Version Notes: Issued on red and yellow clear vinyl; initial 300 copies came with a stencil

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: October 19 or 31, 2006, Slim’s, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Damaged

Boris vs SBGMDamaged (2007) [EP + DVD; split]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio (vinyl), live (DVD)

Recorded: September 11, 2006, Northsix, New York, NY, USA; 2007

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Genre(s): Hardcore punk

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Key Track(s): “Damaged 3”

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Boris with MerzbowRock Dream (2007)

Alternate Version Notes: Southern Lord versions feature different artwork and packaging; Southern Lord vinyl version includes bonus track “Dyna-soar”

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: November, 2006, Earthdom Festival, Tokyo, Japan

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Tier: ♥♥♥

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不透明度 -You Laughed Like a Water Mark-

Boris with Michio Kurihara – 不透明度 -You Laughed Like a Water Mark- (2018)

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Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: February 4, 2007, Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

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Invocation of Sacred Resonance I

Various Artists – Invocation of Sacred Resonance I (2008)

Alternate Version Notes: The Boris song also appeared on the promo-only digital release Choice Cuts From Releases On Southern Lord 2000 – Present!

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: October 16, 2007, Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Choice Cuts From Releases On Southern Lord 2000 - Present!

Choice Cuts From Releases On Southern Lord 2000 – Present! (2008)

Alternate Version Notes: This was a promotional-only digital download collection featuring two new live tracks and selected tracks compiled from prior albums, and was originally an exclusive with purchases of Smile from an on-line retailer; “You Were Holding An Umbrella (Live)” also appeared on the contemporaneous various artists label sampler Invocation of Sacred Resonance I

Studio/Live: Live (previously unreleased material)

Recorded: October 16, 2007, Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA, USA (previously unreleased material)

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Statement

Statement (2008) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: “Statement” appears on Smile, while the B-side “Floor Shaker” is a Smile outtake that was also released as a free stand-alone digital download from Inoxia Records

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Key Track(s): “Floor Shaker”

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Smile (2008)

Alternate Version Notes: This album exists in two substantially different versions — You Ishihara mixed the Japanese (Diwphalanx) version of the album while Souichiro Nakamura mixed the US (Southern Lord) version — which are so different that some discographies list them as separate and distinct albums; Southern Lord also released a CD version with a bonus DVD containing music videos and added two bonus tracks to the US vinyl edition

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2007

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Smile -Live in Prague-

Smile -Live in Prague- (2009)

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Recorded: May 9, 2008, Palác Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic

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Smile -Live at Wolf Creek-

Smile -Live at Wolf Creek- (2008)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: May, 2008, Wolf Creek, CA, USA

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Doggy Style: The Dogs Tribute

Various Artists – Doggy Style: The Dogs Tribute (2008)

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Key Track(s): “Slither”

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Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v1

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v1 (2009) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v2

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v2 (2009) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v3

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v3 (2009) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v4

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits v4 (2009) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: September, 2008, Bazooka Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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The Later Years: 2009-Present


Torche x Boris – Chapter Ahead Being Fake (2009) [EP; split]

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Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Key Track(s): “Luna”

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9dw / Boris – Golden Dance Classics (2009) [EP; split]

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

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BXI

Boris & Ian AstburyBXI (2010) [EP]

Alternate Version Notes:  Vinyl issued in multiple colors; poster given away with direct orders from the record label

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2010, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan, Bazooka Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): BXI

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Key Track(s): “Rain”

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Variations (2010)

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Studio/Live: Studio, live (DVD)

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New Album (2011)

Alternate Version Notes: Japanese LP version included different versions of five tracks than CD; US CD had different track sequencing than Japanese CD and substitutes the song “Luna” for “Black Original”

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Shinobu Narita

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Attention Please

Attention Please (2011)

Alternate Version Notes: LP also issued in clear vinyl; “Hope” also released as a single

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Tier: ♥

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Heavy Rocks (2011)

Alternate Version Notes: The 2LP version features extended versions of the songs “Missing Pieces” and “Czechoslovakia.”

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2009-2011, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

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Czechoslovakia / Vrah

Boris / SaadeCzechoslovakia / Vrah (2011) [Single; split]

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Key Track(s): “Czechoslovakia”

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Crossing Waltz

Crossing Waltz (2016)

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Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: Possibly August 5, 2011

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Asobi Seksu x Boris – Asobi Seksu x Boris (2012) [EP/single; split]

Alternate Version Notes: The digital-only EP contains 6 tracks (3 by Boris), while the 7″ vinyl single was a limited edition Record Store Day Black Friday release with just one song from each band

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Boris / Joe VolkBoris / Joe Volk (2012) [Split; solo EP]

Alternate Version Notes: Released as a split LP (though really only of EP length) and also as a digital EP (entitled Cosmos) with just the three Boris tracks; vinyl LP issues were pressed on differently colored vinyl

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Boris performing "flood"

Boris performing “flood” (2013)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: November 3, 2012, “leave them all behind 2012” show, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Boris

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Key Track(s): [the entire album is a single track]

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Yellow Loveless

Various Artists – Yellow Loveless (2013)

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Key Track(s): “Sometimes”

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präparat

präparat (2013)

Alternate Version Notes: N/A

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan

Producer(s): Boris, Shinobu Narita [?]

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Various Artists – Dead End Tribute -Song Of Lunatics- (2013)

Alternate Version Notes: The Boris song “冥合” was re-released as a stand-alone EP as Myogo

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Noise (2014)

Alternate Version Notes: Deluxe Edition included six bonus live tracks (separately downloadable with physical formats and included with digital version of album); some LP issues came in marbled vinyl; Japanese Tearbridge 2CD version includes bonus disc “Another Noise”

Studio/Live: Studio, Live (Deluxe Edition bonus tracks only)

Recorded: 2013, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan; Deluxe Edition live bonus tracks: June 24, 2011, Madrid, Spain; July 1, 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany; July 7, 2011, Vienna, Austria; October 24, 2011, Montreal, Canada

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目をそらした瞬間 -The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked Extra-

目をそらした瞬間 -The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked Extra- (2014)

Alternate Version Notes: Copies pressed in clear yellow and purple vinyl; included in the compilation 目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked- chronicle

Studio/Live: Studio

Recorded: 2013

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"Big Peach" / "Noel Ford"

Boris / Heap“Big Peach” / “Noel Ford” (2014) [Single; split]

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Whatever Nevermind

Various Artists – Whatever Nevermind (2015)

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Boris + EndonEROS (2015) [EP]

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Urban Dance

Urban Dance (2015)

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Recorded: 2015

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Warpath

Warpath (2015)

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Asia

Asia (2015)

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ニンジャスレイヤー フロムコンピレイション「忍」 [Ninja Slayer Nin]

Various Artists – ニンジャスレイヤー フロムコンピレイシヨン「忍」 [Ninja Slayer Nin] (2015)

Alternate Version Notes: “キルミスター” also released as a single

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ニンジャスレイヤー フロムコンピレイション「殺」 [ Ninja Slayer Satsu]

Various Artists – ニンジャスレイヤー フロムコンピレイシヨン「殺」 [Ninja Slayer Satsu] (2015)

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Ninja Slayer Batsu ニンジャスレイヤー フロムコンピレイション「伐」

Various Artists – ニンジャスレイヤー フロムコンピレイション「伐」 [Ninja Slayer Batsu]  (2016)

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Low End Meeting

Boris + Goth TradLow End Meeting (2015) [Single]

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Requiem for the Abyss

Requiem for the Abyss (2016) [Single]

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Boris with Merzbow – 現象 -Gensho- (2016)

Alternate Version Notes: Released initially as an Expanded Edition with two discs of a live show called “Gensho at Fever 11272015”; later issues omit the live show, and have different sequencing between CD and vinyl editions but otherwise the same content; the 4LP version was also pressed in clear vinyl for a “family and friends” edition not offered for sale

Studio/Live: Studio, live (expanded edition only)

Recorded: 2016, Sound Square, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan; Live tracks on Expanded Edition: November 27, 2015, Fever, Tokyo, Japan

Producer(s): Shinobu Narita

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Mr. Shortkill

Mr. Shortkill (2016) [EP]

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Urban Dance U-DNA

Various Artists – Urban Dance U-DNA (2016)

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Live at Third Man Records

Live at Third Man Records (2017)

Alternate Version Notes: A Japanese release features half pink half blue colored vinyl

Studio/Live: Live

Recorded: August 1, 2016, Blue Room, Third Man Records, Nashville, TN, USA

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Dear (2017)

Alternate Version Notes: Japanese issues (on Daymare) include a bonus disc with three additional songs; US 2LP version (on Sargent House) had differently colored vinyl pressings

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UGX: undergroundextra

Various Artists –UGX: undergroundextra (2017)

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eternity

eternity (2018)

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Recorded: December 28, 2017, Daikanyama Unit, Tokyo, Japan

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Phenomenons Drive

Phenomenons Drive (2018) [Single]

Alternate Version Notes: [is artwork above correct?]

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unknown flowers

Boris / The Novembersunknown flowers (2018) [EP; split]

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EarthQuaker Devices Presents: Boris | Relaxer | Crypt City | Lisa Bella Donna

Boris / Relaxer / Crypt City / Lisa Bella Donna – EarthQuaker Devices Presents: Boris | Relaxer | Crypt City | Lisa Bella Donna (2019) [EP; split]

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tears e.p.

tears e.p. (2019) [EP]

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Related Releases:

朝生愛 [Ai Aso] / Wata ‎– She’s So Heavy


Remixes:

Frog: Remixed and Revisited

メッセージ / Floor Shaker

Scion A/V Remix: Buzz In

Black Original Remix

Looprider Remix

Secrets


Best-of Compilations:

Choice Cuts From Releases On Southern Lord 2000 – Present! (promo only)

Variations



Video/Film:

Hama

Live at Shimokitazawa Shelter

Bootleg -Feedbacker-

Wizard’s Convention: Japanese Heavy Rock Showcase

Heavy Metal Me

Live at Amoeba Music

Live in Japan: “Smile” World Tour Final

Boris Boiler Room Tokyo Live Set

Music Videos and Concert Footage on Official Site


Web:

Official Site

MusicBrainz Entry

Discography

Encyclopedia Entry

Social Media Site

Another Social Media Site

Yet Another Social Media Site

Record Label Shop

Authorized Digital Downloads Site

Merch Shop


Other Guides:

A Beginner’s Guide to Boris

Beginner’s Guide: Boris

Boris: Heavy Rocks: The Essential Boris

A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Heavy Rock Greats Boris

Amplifier Worship: A Spotify Introduction to Boris (and alternate link)

The StonerRock.com Guide to Boris…


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Jim O’Rourke – Live at Japan 2002.9.16 [bootleg]

Gerald Coles – Education, Jobs and Capitalism

Link to an excerpt from the book Miseducating for the Global Economy: How Corporate Power Damages Education and Subverts Students’ Futures (2018) by Gerald Coles:

“Education, Jobs and Capitalism”

 

In Lars Lih‘s excellent biographical study of V.I. Lenin, he noted how Lenin’s parents were involved in education and were frustrated that the tsarist autocracy in Russia prevented education (and widespread literacy) in order to constrain the expectations of citizens, in order to maintain the extreme inequality that prevailed under tsarism.  When Lenin and the Bolsheviks came to power, reforms were swiftly instituted that resulted in historically unprecedented advances in literacy and education more generally.  It was not a matter of pedagogical impediments to expanding literacy, or a lack of a notion to improve education and literacy, it was that the education system was subordinated to the maintenance of a particular socioeconomic hierarchy.  What was needed was a shift in who held power, and the ideologies of those people, and Coles’ book excerpt makes that point abundantly clear.  Capitalists simply disavow their real motivations.

 

Bonus links: “The Tech Education Con” and Pedagogy of the Oppressed and “Red Diaper Babies” and Democracy and Education and The Higher Learning in America and …And the Poor Get Prison and The Scapegoat

John Steppling – Communism, Fascism and Green Shaming

Link to an article by John Steppling:

“Communism, Fascism and Green Shaming”

 

Much of what Steppling discusses with regard to what he calls “green shaming” is explained succinctly here:

“The rise of the affect(s) and the sanctimony around affective intuition are very much related to some signifiers being out of our reach, and this often involves a gross ideological mystification. Valorization of affectivity and feelings appears at the precise point when some problem — injustice, say — would demand a more radical systemic revision as to its causes and perpetuation. This would also involve naming — not only some people but also social and economic inequalities that we long stopped naming and questioning.

“Social valorization of affects basically means that we pay the plaintiff with her own money: oh, but your feelings are so precious, you are so precious! The more you feel, the more precious you are. This is a typical neoliberal maneuver, which transforms even our traumatic experiences into possible social capital. If we can capitalize on our affects, we will limit out protests to declarations of these affects — say, declarations of suffering — rather than becoming active agents of social change. I’m of course not saying that suffering shouldn’t be expressed and talked about, but that this should not ‘freeze’ the subject into the figure of the victim. The revolt should be precisely about refusing to be a victim, rejecting the position of the victim on all possible levels.

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“this bind derives precisely from the subjective gain or gratification that this positioning offers. (Moral) outrage is a particularly unproductive affect, yet it is one that offers considerable libidinal satisfaction. By ‘unproductive’ I mean this: it gives us the satisfaction of feeling morally superior, the feeling that we are in the right and others are in the wrong. Now for this to work, things must not really change. We are much less interested in changing things than in proving, again and again, that we are in the right, or on the right side, the side of the good. Hegel invented a great name for this position: the ‘beautiful soul.’ A ‘beautiful soul’ sees evil and baseness all around it but fails to see to what extent it participates in the perpetuation of that same order of things. The point of course is not that the world isn’t really evil, the point is that we are part of this evil world.”

“Too Much of Not Enough: An Interview with Alenka Zupančič”

See also Beautiful Soul Quote