Haruomi Hosono

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Before he was in YMO, he made some solo records. Is there any that you'd especially recommend?

Daniel, Monday, 19 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link


bob, Wednesday, 21 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

hey don't get us bobs mixed up now. i'd be interested to know about hosono & his happy end (not that godawful female beass band who went by the same name). fuck what that alan minter-face lopez woman has done to "firecracker" by YMO , though, i mean MOST pointless woman with a fat arse and a boxer's face in the world or what. faecal smearge on her part. whay can't she stay home instead of going to the studio with her lackeys?

bob snoom, Saturday, 24 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

three years pass...
Of his '70s albums, Bon Voyage Co., Tropical Dandy, Pacific, and Cochin Moon are all pretty great exotic pop albums. 'Hosono House,' his first album from 1973 is the only one that isn't very interesting. Overall, my favorite album of his is 'Omni Sight Seeing' from 1989, which Miharu Koshi plays on. It has a great Eastern (like Arab) vibe.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Miharu Koshi—a Hosono protege—is fantastic, I love all her 80s albums. Autoportrait is a good compilation.

I'd highly recommend Hosono's Monad Box, a collection of three of his instrumental and ambient records from the early 80s. My favourite of the discs included is Coincidental Music, which is short pieces made for advertising and promotional films. Sort of electronic Satie. Rather more delicate and strange than Sakamoto's work of the period.

Hosono's best solo song album is S-F-X, a Fairlight-heavy opus from 1984. There's a clip of one track here. And here are some pictures of Hosono, who's now a bit fatter, plays in Sketch Show, and runs the Daisyworld label.

Momus (Momus), Thursday, 12 May 2005 17:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I have Bon Voyage and Tropical Dandy and love them to death. (a friend of mine pointed out that a few tunes on these are practically randy newman progressions, which I never noticed). are the "tin pan alley" ones on par with those?

Unfortunately, getting any of this in the US is near impossible. the only other thing i've managed to track down (through dusty groove) was this bizarre early 80's record that he was apparently only partially involved with, which was a strange "top of the pops" sort of medley of about 15 60's-70's pop/disco standards and a few mediocre jazz-fusion originals.

b'angelo, Thursday, 12 May 2005 17:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I want to hear these albums very badly, especially Cochin Moon. They're close to impossible to find here.

'More delicate and strange' than early 80's Sakamoto is quite a teaser. Sakamoto's B-2 Unit and Esperanto are already fairly strange (if not delicate) records, but those were the odd ones out.

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 12 May 2005 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

As a big YMO fan, who indeed hasn't indeed gotten to the bottom of their own back catalogue, are there any websites or articles that explains the YMO family tree and recommends any further listening?

mzui (mzui), Thursday, 12 May 2005 18:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Most of Hosono's albums are very easy to find in Japan, especially his '70s ones. The only one I own, though, is 'S-F-X'. But your best bet is www.cdjapan.co.jp I make a lot of orders from there.

I agree with Momus--Miharu Koshi is one of the greatest, most underrated Japanese artists of the '80s. She evolved from an insiginifant pop idol in the late '70s to a completely original synth-pop artist. Since the late '80s she's become a bit too idiosyncratic for my tastes ('Chanson Solaire' from '95 is probably her best from that era), but her albums are still beautifuI and I have the highest respect for her. She's due for a new album soon. I think 'Boy Soprano' from '85 is her best album--a perfect combination of her early synth-pop work and later chanson stuff. Unfortunately, her stuff is very hard to find, even in Japan. Her albums pop up on ebay, but they're always quite expensive. 'Boy Soprano' is probably the easiest to find.

One of my favorite Hosono-related bands is Chakra. They put out only three albums in the early '80s, and Hosono produced their second. They're all utterly essential exotic pop albums. Makoto Yano (Akiko Yano's first husband) produced their first album. The singer, Mishio Ogawa, put out four solo albums too, and they're also essential (especially her s/t). The last three were just reissued a few weeks ago actually, and I had never heard them beforehand. So I'm excited about those...they're very good.

Now that I'm talking about Japanese synth-pop, I'll make a few more recommendations. I recently discovered Taeko Onuki (or Ohnuki) and am completely in love. She started in the mid '70s, making more fusion-oriented pop albums, and then she teamed up with Ryuichi Sakamoto in the late '70s and started churning out one amazing pop album after the next. 'Adventure' (1981) is probably my favorite, but I have a lot that I've yet to hear!

Moon Riders are another of my favorites. They've been around since the '70s as well and, in my opinion, reached their peak in the early '80s with 'Mania Maniera' and 'Tokyo wa...'. They've spanned a lot of different style, but never put out a bad album.

Perhaps my favorite is Masami Tsuchiya's 'Rice Music' album (1982) and his follwing Ippu-Do album 'Night Mirage' (1983). Members of the band Japan assist on those two albums, as well as the fretless great Percy Jones. Bowie-esque vocals, experimental, angular guitar work (plus Bill Nelson doing his e-bow thing), completely out of control bass playing, steel drums, layers of synths, etc. Basically it's a hilariously awesome rhythm section with great songs too. I couldn't recommend these two albums more. It's too bad that 'Night Mirage' was never released on CD and 'Rice Music' is impossible to find on CD.....

Oh, and P-Model is another synth-pop great.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:13 (sixteen years ago) link

And, addressing that last question, these two sites are by far the best out there on Japanese synth-pop.



That second one appears to be currently down for some reason....

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I just listend to Cochin Moon today!

Dominique (dleone), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey Leone, I was going to send you an email earlier about how I appreciated you Wha-ha-ha review. In the review you said the singer goes by Mishio...well that's Mishio Ogawa that I was talking about up there. Check out Chakra! You should dig them. I much prefer them to Wha-ha-ha, who are a bit too off the wall for my tastes.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:42 (sixteen years ago) link

By the way, if anybody wants any of the stuff I recommended (or any other J synth-pop that I might have) just send me an email and I can hook you up.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I think I must do that

I love Wha-ha-ha

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 12 May 2005 20:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I still can't get over how those Wha-ha-ha albums are getting this much (though minute in the scheme of things) attention. I mean they're good, but they're just so obscure. I can think of so many things that should logically receive attention before those. I'm not criticizing anything, I just find it odd. Is there some connection to this band that I'm missing? Any non-Japanese players on it?

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 04:33 (sixteen years ago) link

ReR put out a Wha-ha-ha compilation in the 80s that exposed them to Westerners (albeit ones into avant-prog and experimental music). I haven't really seen a lot of other reviews for them, but I'm guessing that some people just remember that LP.

Also, apparently Mishio was in Killing Time, so I need to check her out.

Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 11:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Ah okay.

Yes, I've been looking for Killing Time for a long time. Please let me know if you get a hold of their stuff.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 11:38 (sixteen years ago) link

There's also an album by Love, Peace & Trance from the '90s. Mishio is "Trance," two women I'm unfamiliar with are the "Love" and "Peace" and Haruomi Hosono is the "&". The cover is kind of funny in that way. It's from '94 I think and kind of worldy...a bit more ambient too. Worth checking out.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 11:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Bon Voyage and Tropical Dandy thirded or whatever. yes the Randy Newman progressions, but they also remind me of James Taylor or something equally soft. which may be a compliment since Don Cornelius called him the funkiest white man ever.
and yes to Cochin Moon (placed it on my Pitchfork list of the 70s), but it's completely different. never familiarized myself with YMO though.

Beta (abeta), Friday, 13 May 2005 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, there is definitely a strange smooth singer/songwriter vibe to them- for some reason I kept thinking Van Morrison, but that might be more vocal style/phrasing than anything else. How would you characterize Cochin Moon as different? curious because it is one of the few things hypothetically US-available, albeit w/a $40+ price tag

b'angelo, Friday, 13 May 2005 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Cochin Moon is about the furthest possible thing from a singer-songwriter vibe: imagine a tropical space world where all matter flows in and out of states, and everyone uses Tangerine Dream's keyboards. "It's a trip."

Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 15:54 (sixteen years ago) link

sounds like a good place to be, then. Is that the one that tadanori yokoo had some sort of involvement with?

b'angelo, Friday, 13 May 2005 16:05 (sixteen years ago) link

yes, apparently the cover design was yokoo's. Check it out:


Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 16:11 (sixteen years ago) link

where do you find it for $40?

Beta (abeta), Friday, 13 May 2005 19:16 (sixteen years ago) link

making out a yesasia order for Cochin Moon todays. not sure whether to order the 2nd or 3rd album or a copy of S-F-X... are the 2nd and 3rd albums very similar to the first?

Patrick; Dleone's correct about the ReR connection, I grew up as a Recommended Records fanboy, buying anything they'd put out... Though I didn't finally hear Wha-Ha-Ha until researching backwards from the first Haniwa All-Stars record, which blew my mind in the early 90's. My interest in Senba's early Haniwa records & Wha-Ha-Ha is precisely because they're so eccentric & hard to figure out. I don't imagine they're particularly representative of early 80's JPop.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 13 May 2005 19:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Milton, I NEED those Haniwa albums!! Is there any way I can get a hold of those from you? Please let me know. I can hook you up with the Chakra albums or whatever else you need.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 23:19 (sixteen years ago) link

milton.parker@gmail.com -- I've got all four of them and would love to trade for Chakra, solo Mishio, anything else

the yesasia site is listing this album in hosono searches, the title is killing me... have you heard it?


milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 13 May 2005 23:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, I have that one. Though it's probably not as "bizarre" as you'd think. Moon Riders are fairly accessible by our standards. Their earlier albums are superior in my opinion. I'm a huge fan, and have most of their albums ('Amateur Academy' from 1984 is the one I really need). I'll email you.

The easiest way for me to get this stuff to you is through Soulseek. My name on their is Magazine, so message me if you use that program. The only other way I can think of is YSI, which will take a little while (though it's not too much trouble really).

B'angelo has some requests too. Whatever you guys request, I'll get it to you some time this weekend (or now if you have slsk).

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 23:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Basically, the ideal music for me is early '80s exotic Japanese synth-pop with fretless bass and steel drums.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 23:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Cochin Moon recently has been reissued on CD in Japan. When I was in Tokyo in April, Tower had at least a half dozen copies. Don't sleep--this is an all-time classic of next-level exotica, abounding with bizarre synth tones and textures.

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Saturday, 14 May 2005 00:04 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Has he done any more stuff along the lines of SFX? I enjoyed that very much...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 17 June 2005 17:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Reissue of Cochin Moon sounds great btw.

Dominique (dleone), Friday, 17 June 2005 18:52 (sixteen years ago) link

still need to hear SFX, but thanks again to patrick for setting me up with that massive trade.

Cochin Moon, way closer to mid-70's Cluster than I would have ever expected (though I do prefer Cluster). A surprise, even given Dominque's Tangerine Dream reference -- definitely in the 70's trance/synth records pantheon.

Bon Voyage & Tropical Dandy much more tin-pan-alley than electronic, but Paraiso is off-kilter, lays the way out for the first YMO. Omni Sight Seeing, thumbs up if you like late YMO. I like Hosono's solo mainstream pop records much more than Sakamoto's, no contest.

Miharu Koshi's Boy Soprano, wow.

And the Mishio Ogawa & Chakra stuff is eye-opening after a lifetime of Haniwa fandom. Chakra's much more straightforward / less quirky, but I'm very happy just to be able to place Haniwa in context with, well, _anything_.

Boy Soprano, the Mishio Ogawa debut, & Cochin Moon are the three I ordered online after hearing the mp3's.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:18 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Cochin Moon is very enjoyable -- if not particularly immediate, which makes it perhaps a little odd how universally admired it appears to be (Best of the 70's lists and all). I confess it only really impacted me when I went through a heavy analog phase. Also, I'm only hearing the early Cluster '71 in the "Malabar Hotel" sections, really -- I do enjoy how mutilated all the vocals are, however...

Am I correct that this has Sakamoto on it?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 21 November 2005 03:11 (fifteen years ago) link


Dominique (dleone), Monday, 21 November 2005 15:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I did eventually get S-F-X, and I like it okay -- side one is his tin-pan-alley songwriting poured into super clunky mid-80's j-electro, and side two are abstract quiet instrumentals. 'Alternative 3' is a very disjointed cut-up track that sounds like where Holger Hiller ended up on As Is about six years later, and 'Androgena' is a duet with Miharu Koshi and I heart Miharu Koshi.

I dunno though... even though his pop is weirder than Sakamoto's, Sakamoto's pure experimental albums (B-2 Unit & Esperanto) are 1000% more bizarre and advanced than Hosono's, those albums are timeless.

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 21 November 2005 23:06 (fifteen years ago) link

First time I heard Cochin Moon was while tripping on acid with members of Vas Deferens Organization. I wish I could freeze that moment in time forever; it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I owe those guys a huge debt of gratitude for introducing me to that album and many other obscure psychedelic classics.

original plagiarist, Tuesday, 22 November 2005 01:47 (fifteen years ago) link

hey dominique


(this should probably go on the noise board's wha-ha-ha thread but too late)

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 01:43 (fifteen years ago) link

oh hell they deserve their own thread anyways

Kiyohiko Senba and his Haniwa All Stars

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 02:19 (fifteen years ago) link

SFX has some fantastic Fairlight stuff on it, though. And enough listens to Cochin Moon have at least motivated me to think he's every bit as advanced/sophisticated/whatever as Sakamoto.

BTW, what exactly did Andy Partridge do on B-2 Unit?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 28 November 2005 02:34 (fifteen years ago) link

definitely the rhythm guitar on "6 o'clock News", and there are other little plucks & screeches on other tracks that could be him, maybe. If you listen to the Mr. Partridge Take Away solo album from around the same time you can hear his basic vocabulary of weird guitar sounds

I dunno Matthew, you heard Esperanto?

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 03:02 (fifteen years ago) link

r. stevie moore's 1980 review of take away

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 03:09 (fifteen years ago) link

definitely the rhythm guitar on "6 o'clock News"

You mean that electric guitar in the right-channel that's barely audible and sounds as if it's unplugged? If so, that's...odd.

I dunno Matthew, you heard Esperanto?

Most of it — I just re-listened again this morning (have about 6 tracks downloaded). Assuming they aren't remixes, I'd say it's good but no B-2 Unit — lots mallet-y textures and ambience. But if you think I'm missing something, maybe I should re-download to verify that I'm listening to the right tracks.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 28 November 2005 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

First time I heard Cochin Moon was while tripping on acid with members of Vas Deferens Organization

ha, I first heard it with "members of the Vas Deferens Organization" too. My member was Eric

news you can use: japanese CDs are too damned expensive

Dominique (dleone), Monday, 28 November 2005 18:51 (fifteen years ago) link

track 1 of Esperanto should be called "a WONGGA dance song" and it's anything but ambient...

I am beginning to miss the days when people were relatively certain they were talking about the same record. A few days ago at a dinner party someone put on something interesting, and when I asked what it was he said it was the new Boards of Canada. He didn't believe me when I told him that it wasn't, he just brought over to his iPod to show me the tags.

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

brought me over etc. & I know you're not like that Matthew, I'm just feeling ancient

I put on Omni Sight Seeing last night, that is definitely my favorite Hosono pop album, every song...

milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

First time I heard Cochin Moon was while tripping on acid with members of Vas Deferens Organization

And I first read that as "tripping on acid with members of Van Der Graaf Generator.

I am beginning to miss the days when people were relatively certain they were talking about the same record.

No kidding — but I think Dom's "news you can use" is the culprit in this instance. And actually, that's one of the 2 tracks I don't have. Still, p2p's are great for finding rarities...

Is there a good Hosono comp, btw?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 28 November 2005 20:26 (fifteen years ago) link

ha, I first heard it with "members of the Vas Deferens Organization" too. My member was Eric

I had both Matt and Eric in the room, with running commentary and interpretive facial expressions. THAT is a proper introduction to Cochin Moon, let me tell you.

original plagiarist (Da ve Segal), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 04:50 (fifteen years ago) link

BTW, Jon -- since it was on a separate EP that was only added to CD issues of SFX, have you heard the Hosono track "Non-Standard Mixture"? Just askin', b/c it's a great little Fairlight jam, me thinks -- not the clunky electro to which you referred above...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 01:16 (fifteen years ago) link

to the YSI machine then!

Beta (abeta), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:21 (fifteen years ago) link

new years eve w/ harry:


kites aren't fun (NickB), Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:36 (eight months ago) link

Yay! Thanks everso

Maresn3st, Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:57 (eight months ago) link

how is it that Light in the Attic haven't repressed the Swing Slow album

frogbs, Monday, 11 January 2021 05:40 (eight months ago) link

indeed. my top Hosono want.

stirmonster, Monday, 11 January 2021 11:23 (eight months ago) link

that and the Love, Peace and Trance album both seem like they'd be pretty popular reissues in the current climate, I'd have to imagine LitA or Great Tracks or Turntable Lab or someone is at least trying

frogbs, Monday, 11 January 2021 18:04 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

cursed or blessed image??


frogbs, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 18:13 (seven months ago) link

Harry be making some house music

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 19:46 (seven months ago) link

hosono house music 2

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 19:58 (seven months ago) link

Honestly though, he's a total Zelig, look at all the different pics of him from Apryl Fool/Happy End though to now, dude has had more phases than Bowie.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 20:23 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

if you need a reason to smile today


frogbs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 16:00 (six months ago) link

Wicked! Thank you frogbs

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:04 (six months ago) link

He's got the twang down to a tee <3

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:35 (six months ago) link

<3 excellent

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:55 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

There also seems to be some series of books coming out about YMO that deals with them year by year I could be wrong mind.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:04 (six months ago) link

Jesus... That book! Google translating that made me even sadder there's no translation:

The definitive critique of musician Haruomi Hosono!
What did he produce with "Happy End," "Tin Pan Array," and "YMO"?

"I can't talk anymore."
Haruomi Hosono

Hosono otm.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 11 March 2021 11:59 (six months ago) link

i see the Monads are getting a reissue - https://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/172659


stirmonster, Friday, 19 March 2021 20:25 (six months ago) link

S-F-X too


stirmonster, Friday, 19 March 2021 20:27 (six months ago) link

Hosono records are never cheap (besides Cochin Moon) but even still those prices are insane. $80 before shipping?? christ. wonder if someone else is gonna offer them for cheaper.

frogbs, Friday, 19 March 2021 20:38 (six months ago) link

yeah., i am very disappointed in the whole reissue series. i mean, i'll stream it, but i am someone who was eager to fork over $20-25/each for like a bajillion different hosono records. guess i'll just give hosono like 5 streaming cents instead

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 21:16 (six months ago) link

hard to blame them too much for the high prices of the other stuff, vinyl is always expensive in Japan and really LitA's prices are about what you'd pay there + like $7-10 to import. but these are like $20-30 beyond even that, which just feels exploitative, given some of these (particularly Mercuric Dance) fetch $150-200 on the secondary market. would be really nice if they'd license them to some American company to actually press it themselves. if LitA offers them at $40-50 I'll probably grab them with my Bidenbucks, just because I've wanted them for so damn long

frogbs, Friday, 19 March 2021 21:34 (six months ago) link

definitely gonna start saying bidenbux

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 22:32 (six months ago) link

goddamn freemium games

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 March 2021 23:45 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

looks like the 2019 US show will be coming to vinyl as well


frogbs, Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:41 (five months ago) link

fun album!

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:43 (five months ago) link

The Monad reissues were pulled from the Phonica page. Apparently they're Japan RSD exclusives and can't be sold until 7/17. Good news though is LitA apparently will try to sell a few copies:


I'm sure they'll be expensive, but maybe not as bad as previously thought

frogbs, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 15:19 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

just found out today that Hosono apparently composed some music for a Japanese kids TV show in 2006. apparently Miharu Koshi and Akiko Yano are on the soundtrack too. can't find it but I did come across two tracks on YouTube, they're surprisingly great



(I think the second one is AY with Hosono arranging)

frogbs, Friday, 30 April 2021 19:37 (four months ago) link

The first is Mei Kurokawa and is in the Japanese Pops Of Haruomi Hosono box set.

visiting, Saturday, 1 May 2021 01:58 (four months ago) link

nice!! thanks for finding that!! I have become obsessed with it today.

frogbs, Saturday, 1 May 2021 03:28 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

paging: Karl Malone


Haruomi Hosono interview from the endless talking, the episode of the s
′′ I started smoking the so-called glass (the meaning of marijuana, cannabis) during the session. Happy also I didn't do much at any time, but I just happen to like that kind of thing at that time ′′
There is a picture of a hijab party on the jacket of Masato Minami's album that hosono-San participated in the time and session. I was originally interested in spiritual, and I was experiencing a musician's unique drug. Happy birthday, but even during the ting pan array activity, I don't say I don't do drugs at all, so the concept of the utopia of the yellow magic band name ′′ off ′′ that I participated in by professor and xìng hóng is actually the other side It's a real original world, not a scavenger, made by hosono-San, who knew it. The ending hosono-San's hurrah ′′ this next is more better!" is staggering." I'm going to connect to hosono-San and ymo who try anything because I like pleasure."

frogbs, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:21 (three months ago) link


Karl Malone, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:23 (three months ago) link

what's crazy is that i refreshed about 12 seconds after you posted it, so it really was like a pager :D

Karl Malone, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:23 (three months ago) link

of course, this is my job

Karl Malone, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:23 (three months ago) link

I guess that means I have to get blazed and listen to all his records again. ha ha ha, as if I haven't been doing that anyway

frogbs, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:25 (three months ago) link

was at The Exclusive Company in Milwaukee and they had 4 of his records - his 3 latest and The Aegean Sea. not gonna pay that much for covers, but still, kind of surreal to see them

frogbs, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:35 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

We Want Sounds reissuing three Makoto Kubota albums on vinyl. Listening to Dixie Fever rn on their bandcamp and it's lush.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 18 June 2021 10:57 (three months ago) link

Hosono on NTS right now picking fave records.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 20 June 2021 09:43 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

first of all, it's his 74th birthday today. I for one have been listening to Hosono records all day, how about you??

secondly, I just discovered this has a video and that indeed Hosono did have a ponytail in the mid-90s


frogbs, Saturday, 10 July 2021 04:57 (two months ago) link

Happy Birthday, HH!

I posted this elsewhere and it may not be accessible from certain places, so apologies in advance, but it's a really interesting BBC Radio documentary about Kankyō Ongaku - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000xdwh

Maresn3st, Saturday, 10 July 2021 11:50 (two months ago) link

Oh nice! I’m gonna give that a shot via VPN

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 10 July 2021 14:57 (two months ago) link

allow me to brag for a moment and show this off. not to get all Steve Hoffman-y but this pressing is totally amazing, lotta stuff I never noticed on my MP3 copy


is this the one album of his that doesn't really stick to a particular sound? every track seems to invoke a different locale. honestly I think this might be his very best record. it's so melodically rich and weird. it combines his tropical, ambient, and technopop periods into one. it's one of those rare albums that really is an intersection of everything that makes an artist great at once. like for all the music he made between 82-85 this is like 4 years of ideas in one record. and it has "Pleocene".

frogbs, Saturday, 24 July 2021 04:00 (one month ago) link

Jealous! OSS is one of his best and yeah, it has 'Pleocene', easily my favourite HH song, even if he sounds a little like Kermit the frog :)

Maresn3st, Saturday, 24 July 2021 08:25 (one month ago) link

Every time he covers a song it comes off like he’s mocking it, in part because of that voice. Like idk if “Caravan” is supposed to be funny but it makes me laugh

frogbs, Saturday, 24 July 2021 16:41 (one month ago) link

I associate Hosono's voice with Levon Helm - I guess they and Kermit The Frog are all contemporaries, lotta mutual influencing happening.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 24 July 2021 17:05 (one month ago) link

caravan is a cover of like a 40s tin pan alley thing innit? i like it

clouds, Sunday, 25 July 2021 01:55 (one month ago) link

it's a duke ellington song from the mid 1930s and must be one of thee most covered pieces of music of all time. it became an exotica classic which is possibly what drew hosono to it.

stirmonster, Sunday, 25 July 2021 02:03 (one month ago) link

His Funiculì, Funiculà is really beautiful tho'

Maresn3st, Sunday, 25 July 2021 12:06 (one month ago) link

I really like the drum programming on the F.O.E. stuff

brimstead, Sunday, 25 July 2021 16:41 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

so I've been deep into the Light in the Attic reissues of Omni Sight Seeing and Medicine Compilation lately. I've kind of dismissed these in the past as "later period Hosono" which regardless had some very good parts, now I think they are both in my Top 5. hell, OSS might be #1, I think it's the only album he has that captures nearly everything he's good at

frogbs, Saturday, 4 September 2021 04:48 (two weeks ago) link

omni sight seeing has "pleiocene" which is pretty much the best song ever

clouds, Friday, 10 September 2021 01:48 (one week ago) link

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