Masaya Nakahara

THE COOLHEADEDLY strange artistic course of Japanese critic, novelist, and musician Masaya Nakahara has been shaped by a long line of unexpected fits and starts, but few have been so disarming as his “Monthly Hair Stylistics,” a series of twelve albums, recorded and released over the course of a year, which landed on fans’ doorsteps with titles like Electric Success in the Ghetto, 30 Minute Panty People, and Wild Hair Style. (They were sold by subscription as well as in stores.) Each is a total Nakahara creation, an installment of head-scratching noise workouts built on densely scaffolded constructions of electronic sounds and packaged with entertainingly crude drawn, painted, or collaged cover art. Like the album titles, the song names abound with punning pop-music inside jokes (“Anal Collective,” “R.I.P. Old Dirty Bath Towel”) as well as the artist’s reliably bad-mannered turns of phrase

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