The Garden of Earthly Delights

We have previously discussed Medieval painter Hieronymous Bosch's famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights (shown above) several times on NGS/Blog-Tick - not only were details from the painting used as part of the backdrop for "Baudelaire de Nemurenai" on the Arui wa Anarchy hall tour in 2014, but as I mentioned in my article The Cacophony of Mortality, Sakurai also invoked the image of the Medieval grotesque in The Mortal's song "Grotesque," and there's probably no painting in art history that's more chock full of grotesques than Bosch's Garden.

Since the painting is so dense with detail, most digital reproductions haven't been able to do it justice, and even those of you interested in finding out more about the kinds of scenes the painting depicts may have been stymied by everything being too small and pixelated to make out...until now!

Art history nerd Blog-Tickers rejoice: we are pleased to share with you this all-new incredible interactive digital version of The Garden of Earthly Delights, complete with narrations about lust, sin and damnation by an extremely grave British man (he even mentions Memento Mori!). Even if you don't think you like art or history, we urge you to check this out, if for no other reason than to search for the detail where one guy is putting a bouquet of flowers up another guy's butt. Also, we think we spotted some interracial underwater lesbian makeouts, but don't take out word for it, take a look at it HERE. Happy art-farting!

Above: Bosch details on the backdrop for "Baudelaire" at the Anarchy hall tour.



Shopping Service Spring Fever

For the first time in a good long while, we bring you a new This is NOT Greatest Shopping Service sales post! There are some items in here that we've never carried before and may not get in stock again any time soon, so don't hesitate! If you're interested in something, send us an email to reserve it right away!


Schwein Live Tour Pamphlet (Tour Pamphlet B)

This is the second of the two pamphlets released for the Schwein tour, and unlike the first pamphlet, which features studio photography and off-shots from PV filming, etc, this one is all hot-and-heavy live action, with some backstage thrown in for good measure. This pamphlet is by far the larger of the two, totally more than 100 pages of sultry steamy shutterbugging. It is extremely rare and we can't guarantee we'll be able to find another copy for a long time, so if you want it, now is your chance! Rare, out of print. Excellent condition, but the binding is fragile, so handle with care.
11000 yen.

P.S. For you new fans - Schwein is the industrial supergroup project made up of Imai Hisashi, Sakurai Atsushi, Raymond Watts of UK industrial unit PIG, and Sascha Konietzcko of German industrial titans KMFDM. They toured in 2001 and released a single album, Schweinstein, but no live DVD, so when it comes to a record of the tour, this pamphlet is all that remains. A true treasure!

What the hell is going on here?

What the hell is going on here?

What the hell is going on here?

If you want to find out, buy the pamphlet!


Chaos Tour Pamphlet

A large, glossy, beautiful photobook/tour pamphlet that was released for the 1996 Chaos tour, which Buck-Tick undertook to support the release of Cosmos. Since the Cosmos tours were never released on film either, this, too, is one of the only records that remains. Excellent condition, rare and out of print.
6000 yen

WORDS by Buck-Tick

This very thick, hardcover book published by the music magazine Ongaku to Hito contains a digest of all the interviews and photoshoots Buck-Tick did for the magazine between 1987 and 2002.  In addition to 64 pages of full color photos, it contains and extensive interview section with additional photographs and some very interesting interviews chronicling the band's history and recording process tour by tour. Interviews include not only the five Buck-Tick members, but also chats with Schaft (Imai and Maki Fujii), Schwein (Imai, Sakurai, Raymond Watts), and crosstalk between Imai and Hide of X Japan, and Sakurai and Issay of Der Zibet. Recommended for any fan, but especially if you are learning Japanese, this book is a great way to practice. The textured pages made it hard to photograph but the photos look very crisp in person. Perfect condition. Out of print. 6000 yen.

Thumbnail of front cover

Buck-Tick in the Turkish Desert (Shapeless era)

Darker Than Darkness

Aku no Hana

Backstage during the Mona Lisa Overdrive tour (hang in there, Acchan-chan!)

Oh oh I'm in rest room!

Imai in the meat locker

Imai Hisashi and Sakurai Atsushi as Daniel Ash and Young Lord Voldemort

Homo-eros with the guest vocalist and a MIDI guitar on the Somewhere Nowhere Tour!

Omg you can see all his moles!

Just two men, making takoyaki on the beach at night...


Warp Days DVD

Live DVD of Buck-Tick's concert Tour 2002 Warp Days 20020616 Bay NK Hall. In Cayce's opinion, this is one of their more exciting and dynamic live DVDs, featuring an unusual array of songs they rarely play anymore. One disc, region 2, excellent condition. No first press was issued. Track list below. Rare and out of print.
5500 yen

Shippu No Blade Runner
21st Cherry Boy
Warp Day
Aku No Hana
Shanikusai -Carnival-
Kyokutou Yori Ai Wo Komete
Long Distance Call
Love Letter
Baby, I Want You.
Oukoku Kingdom Come -Moon Rise-
Barairo No Hibi
Rokugatsu No Okinawa
National Media Boys
Hurry Up Mode


Aaand...some screen caps!

Mr. Sakurai can be seen wearing the custom-made Schwein tour ring.

Mr. Imai can be seen wearing futuristic robot makeup!

And Mr. Imai can be seen fingering his guitar, right in the F-hole! (Don't try to claim you haven't fantasized about this at least once. I know you're lying.)

And Mr. Sakurai can be seen pouring a bottle of wine on his head! He was partying like it was 1999 in 2002! Those were the days!

As they say in German, Buch Dich, Mr. Sakurai. Buch Dich.


Ai no Wakusei Explosion Live DVD

This is the live DVD of Sakurai Atsushi's solo concert at NHK Hall in 2004.  Reportedly, this concert was what inspired Imai to create the concept for the 13kai wa Gekkou album, though as the stage sets are minimal, I feel sure that Imai must have been inspired by Sakurai's performance itself. Sakurai is joined onstage by an all-star backup band, including Fujii Maki (formerly of Soft Ballet) on synth, Jake Cloudchair (formerly of Guniw Tools, currently of The Mortal fame) on guitar, Miyo Ken (also of The Mortal fame) on guitar, and guest appearances by Satou Taiji (Theater Brook) and Cube Juice. In addition to his own solo works, Sakurai performs covers of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Sawada Kenji's "Love -Dakishimetai," and Yuming's "Amaoto wa Chopin no Shirabe."  The DVD contains the full concert, plus a live music video for "Wakusei -Rebirth," and a bonus image gallery. It comes in a smoke grey hard plastic case.  This is the original pressing of this video and the only available version of this concert on DVD, as the Ai no Wakusei Collector's Box that was released in September contains Blu-Ray only...and it's only going to get rarer as the time passes, so if you want it, the time is now. Very rare and out of print. Region 2. A must have for any collector and true treasure for any fan of Mr. Sakurai, including non-fangirl fans - it's a great show and a beautiful video.
9900 yen.

Front Cover


Track List

Wonderful World
Yellow Pig
I Hate You All
Amaon Wa Chopin No Shirabe -I Like Chopin- (Yuming cover)
Love (Dakishimetai) (Sawada Kenji cover)
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)


Screen Shots


If you're interested in buying or reserving anything, send me an email at themadaristocrat at gmail.  If there's an item you're sure you want but you need a few more days/weeks to scrape together the cash, I suggest you email me and request that I hold the item for you, otherwise, there is a possibility someone else will buy it first. I sell all items on a first-come, first-serve basis. I'm willing to put items on reserve for up to a month.