Kaneko Jutok ranks on my short list of the heaviest guitar gods, both solo and as a mighty force behind the great Kousokuya. What set him apart from his other axe-wielding contemporaries dealing in psychedelic overload was a unique ability to conjure up deep, heavy and spacious atmosphere in silence as much as during his amazing flights. I also think Kousokuya were surely among the Japanese ensembles most influenced by the NYC No Wave movement; his playing spit shards of Teenage Jesus and DNA as much as the West Coast flairs that connected with many of his other countrymen; the recent PSF issue of the band's early 1979 Live at Minor recordings probably affirmed this more than anything (Real Audio of untitled 1st track). It was a great thrill to witness Kaneko-san perform at WFMU in person visiting the Janitor From Mars show back in September 2004, joined by drummer Koji Shimura (White Heaven/Mainliner), and you can hear the archive here. Word is he died very suddenly, having collapsed at a train station. He was only 48.