― Daniel, Monday, 19 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― bob, Wednesday, 21 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― bob snoom, Saturday, 24 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:50 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
'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 (fifteen years ago) link
― mzui (mzui), Thursday, 12 May 2005 18:48 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
That second one appears to be currently down for some reason....
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dominique (dleone), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:25 (fifteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:42 (fifteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:46 (fifteen years ago) link
I love Wha-ha-ha
― milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 12 May 2005 20:27 (fifteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 04:33 (fifteen years ago) link
Also, apparently Mishio was in Killing Time, so I need to check her out.
― Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 11:09 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 11:45 (fifteen years ago) link
― Beta (abeta), Friday, 13 May 2005 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link
― b'angelo, Friday, 13 May 2005 15:32 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link
― b'angelo, Friday, 13 May 2005 16:05 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 16:11 (fifteen years ago) link
― Beta (abeta), Friday, 13 May 2005 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 23:19 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
― Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 13 May 2005 23:50 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Saturday, 14 May 2005 00:04 (fifteen years ago) link
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 17 June 2005 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dominique (dleone), Friday, 17 June 2005 18:52 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
Am I correct that this has Sakamoto on it?
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 21 November 2005 03:11 (fourteen years ago) link
― Dominique (dleone), Monday, 21 November 2005 15:58 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― original plagiarist, Tuesday, 22 November 2005 01:47 (fourteen years ago) link
(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 (fourteen years ago) link
Kiyohiko Senba and his Haniwa All Stars
― milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 02:19 (fourteen years ago) link
BTW, what exactly did Andy Partridge do on B-2 Unit?
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 28 November 2005 02:34 (fourteen years ago) link
I dunno Matthew, you heard Esperanto?
― milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 03:02 (fourteen years ago) link
― milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 28 November 2005 03:09 (fourteen years ago) link
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.
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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 01:16 (fourteen years ago) link
― Beta (abeta), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:21 (fourteen years ago) link
Happy birthday, Mr. Hosono!
How are those remixes frogbs?
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:47 (one year ago) link
I thought the second CD was more cues and variations on the title, no?
I do love the Pleocene adapted theme too.
― MaresNest, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:59 (one year ago) link
caught one of the NYC shows a month or two ago. I'm not a huge fan of the boogie woogie stuff, but I must say, he really sold it live. total pros, great vibe. and akiko yano came out for one of the encores! that ruled.
― (⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:32 (one year ago) link
second disc is basically alternate versions of most of the album's themes - faster tempos, different instruments, stuff like that. one of them is a take on "Birdoj" from Endless Talking which confirms my suspicion that it was written for the soundtrack. the last 4 tracks are previously unheard compositions I think, one of which has a choir. last track is sort of a disco thing, it's hilariously weird
― frogbs, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:40 (one year ago) link
you can get Cochin Moon on LP for the relatively low price of $22 + shipping, this thing will probably sound incredible on my hi-fi
all I need is Omni Sight Seeing now and I'll be happy
― frogbs, Friday, 26 July 2019 13:53 (eleven months ago) link
Just picked up the Seaside Lovers album which was mentioned on here a couple of months ago. Such a gorgeous sound.
I've been going back to the Pacific Breeze compilation a lot. My only (very old school) complaint is that it doesn't come with a download code. I'd like to have it on my iTunes as that's still what I use when I'm out and about. Light In The Attic could have thrown one in as it's not like the record was exactly cheap!
― kitchen person, Friday, 26 July 2019 15:34 (eleven months ago) link
If you love Seaside Lovers (which is perfect), do try and track down the whole series, there were six SIR albums (easy to find on youtube):
Sound Image Series:
[1978.06.21] Pacific [1978.11.21] NEW YORK [1979.06.01] the AEGEAN SEA (エーゲ海) [1983.xx.xx] ISLAND MUSIC [1983.xx.xx] OFF SHORE [1983.05.21] SEASIDE LOVERS 〜 MEMORIES IN BEACH HOUSE
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 29 July 2019 17:19 (eleven months ago) link
KM - have you heard The Endless Talking & Coincidental Music yet? it just occurred to me that anyone fascinated by the Muji in-store tape should check out both those albums immediately.
― frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 14:12 (ten months ago) link
no, and no! i know nothing about them! if it's anything like the Muji tape, it would make for excellent working music. I will seek them out today.
I owe you $1 million bux for all YMO-related tips through the years, thank you
― Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:13 (ten months ago) link
the cover of The Endless Talking looks like joan miro, nice
― Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:15 (ten months ago) link
I have PayPal, you know
― frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:17 (ten months ago) link
do you accept space bux?
― Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:18 (ten months ago) link
title track on Endless Talking is what "Talking" was based on
Coincidental Music also has this take on it (different melody but still similar)
that said it's "Memphis, Milano" which is probably my favorite here, which I think was also designed as shopping music
― frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:23 (ten months ago) link
and yeah send me your space wallet code
― frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:24 (ten months ago) link
There's going to be a documentary about Hosono called "No Smoking" to be released in Japan (I think) in November.Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqD73BPJm7g&feature=youtu.be
No idea where/when/how we'll see this outside of Japan - if there's any chance it would surely be through Light In The Attic I guess, but unlike the Sakamoto doc a couple of years ago I guess his profile still isn't high enough outside of Japan for an international release?
― bamboohouses, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 15:39 (ten months ago) link
Still haven't seen the Sakamoto doc or its companion "Live At The Armory"(? I think) film. Did they ever make it to home viewing/streaming in the US?
― Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:19 (ten months ago) link
this setlist O.o
Day1「細野さんを歌おう！」みんな集まりました！#細野さん50 pic.twitter.com/EqZtrP6ISC— 細野さん みんな集まりました！ (@Hosonosan50) October 11, 2019
― frogbs, Friday, 11 October 2019 14:54 (nine months ago) link
― Maresn3st, Friday, 11 October 2019 15:14 (nine months ago) link
― stirmonster, Friday, 11 October 2019 16:11 (nine months ago) link
whoa, UA! awesome.
man, hope somebody recorded these...
― (⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 11 October 2019 23:06 (nine months ago) link
can we talk about how amazing Omni Sight Seeing is for a minute? had a close listen to it last night and now I think it's one of my very favorites of his. I'm trying to piece together what exactly the overarching theme to all this is, it's the one Hosono disc that doesn't seem to follow a particular theme but there does seem to be an attempt at interpreting music from all over the globe and molding it into a strange little Hosono cube. his lyrics tend to be difficult to understand sometimes which obscures what a crazy trip they can be. Here's Orgone Box:
Cloudy!Make'm go awayCloudy!Let Organe clarifyLooming cloud, feeling sad...At time like this the plague spreads when Mammom comesMust gotta goGaia quiversthe Earth quakesYou can't win, you must loseand there's no way out of the gameOrgone is a visible, measurableand applicable energy of a cosmic nature, douzo....C..CL..LLOOU...DDDY...the cloud of wordsCLOU...LLOOU..DDYLet Organe clarifyIf we do not expect the unexpected, we will never find it...
― frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:27 (eight months ago) link
It *is* amazing and enigmatic!
― Maresn3st, Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:52 (eight months ago) link
Pretty straightforward once you get to know about Wilhelm Reich:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgone
There’s another (rather more famous) song inspired by the same subject matter:
― Max Florian, Thursday, 7 November 2019 10:13 (eight months ago) link
man there is nothing straightforward about that article
― frogbs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 14:54 (eight months ago) link
though lmao @ that Mark Mothersbaugh quote
― frogbs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 15:03 (eight months ago) link
Haruomi Hosono at home just vibing pic.twitter.com/jCalV6NveH— NTS Radio (@NTSlive) March 25, 2020
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:24 (three months ago) link
(it suuuuucks that in this day and age a thread bump like this made me think "oh no, plz no corona")
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:25 (three months ago) link
haha, what a prince
― ymo sumac (NickB), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:27 (three months ago) link
I love that clip so much, it's been pinging around the net for a while, when he does the taiso knee raises it cracks me up.
― Maresn3st, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:28 (three months ago) link
No end to my love for him. He's the embodiment of people who figured out how to live imo.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:29 (three months ago) link
― J. Sam, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:08 (three months ago) link
he leads by example
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:12 (three months ago) link
― calstars, Thursday, 26 March 2020 03:02 (three months ago) link
― cooldix, Thursday, 26 March 2020 03:09 (three months ago) link
over the last 2 months I have listened to every single Haruomi Hosono album. his catalogue is all over the place and it's not all great but the dude really is on a completely different planet. he has this strange rhythmic sense that you can pick out right away.
― frogbs, Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:02 (three months ago) link
any new finds from your listening spree?
― Karl Malone, Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:21 (three months ago) link
frogbs, would totally be into a post about your perspective on HH's catalogue.
― Maresn3st, Thursday, 7 May 2020 10:58 (two months ago) link
― Hey, let me drunkenly animate yr boats in about 25 to 60 days! (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 8 May 2020 09:40 (two months ago) link
― frogbs, Friday, 8 May 2020 14:20 (two months ago) link
it checks out! :D
― let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:14 (two months ago) link
obviously I got a lot of scattered thoughts about the man's work, I think he's fairly unique in the way he'll completely latch onto one style for 4-5 years and then just never do anything like it again. maybe Bowie did this, but his catalogue is way more linear than Hosono's is. I break it down like this:
The Early Stuff - including as a member of Apryl Fool (maybe not worth listening to) and Happy End (which definitely is). his first solo album is fine and I am pretty sure one of the only things to come out of Japan in the early 70's that sounded quite like that, but I never found it all that interesting.
The Exotica Period - starting with Tropical Dandy, with each record getting weirder and more electronic up to Paraiso. I think his unique brand of humor starts to show itself here. These records aren't exactly meant to be taken seriously but they're fascinating. Paraiso as I've probably said before is one of my favorite albums ever. Obviously it was a launching point for YMO.
Cochin Moon - there's nothing like this album out there anywhere, even in Hosono's own catalogue. but you can hear his trademark rhythms start to show themselves. sometimes people point to this as a pre-YMO album but none of YMO's stuff really sounds like this (maybe "Hepatitis" could've landed on the self-titled).
The YMO period - from '79 to '83 everything he touches is gold. not just the YMO stuff (including "Gradated Gray" which is my alltime favorite YMO track) but also his solo and collaborative material. only one solo album but he wrote a boatland of stuff for other artists. you almost have to consider those three Miharu Koshi albums Hosono works as well, his fingerprints are all over them. part of the first two Jun Togawa albums too. lots of stuff on those YEN records comps, including a bunch I've probably never heard. Yukihiro Takahashi was also just killin' it during this period.
Non-Standard - for a few years he started releasing hip-hop/electrofunk records, mostly under the "F.O.E. (Friends of Earth)" name. S-F-X is a pretty decent album (particularly "Body Snatchers", which is wild) and the FOE stuff is entertaining, if not particularly great. his cover of Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" shows his ability to transform any tune into a weird Hosono thing.
Monad - this stuff overlaps with the Non-Standard material, including about half of the S-F-X record. the 5 albums he did in 1985 (Mercurial Dance, Pacific View, Nokto De La Galaskia Fervojo, The Endless Talking, and Coincidental Music) all form a set to my ears. you can include that weird ass "Watering a Flower" tape in there as well. while not all of this is great he really did tap into something ethereal and otherworldly here. I don't know if anyone else was able to make their synthesizers sound as evocative and strange as he did in that period. Some of the music on Endless Talking is downright freaky. That said it's the Nokto De La Galaskia Fervojo soundtrack that's my favorite, "La Gojo" & "La travida malgojo de Giovanni" are two of the prettiest pieces of music I've ever heard in my life
Omni Sight Seeing - I see this 1989 album as sort of a capper to all his 80's stuff, something that attempts to fit everything he'd done in the last few years into a single studio album. It's really incredible, easily one of his very best...unfortunately it's kind of the last real great Hosono solo LP. When I went through his entire catalogue this one stuck out as being the only Hosono album was wasn't really based on a particular theme. Unless you consider astral projection a theme.
The Techno 90's - somewhat based off "Laugh-Gas" from Omni Sight Seeing, Hosono did a handful of electronica records in the 90s, sorta similar to his Monad period. he's using more modern equipment and basing a lot of his stuff off Detroit techno & The Orb, so as a result these records don't quite sound as unique. Medicine Comp & Good Sport are both pretty good, NDE I like but it's missing a layer of melody. There's also an album he did with Bill Laswell which I don't remember much about
Various 90's collabs - including Swing Slow & the criminally unknown Love, Peace, & Trance album, which actually does justice to the cosmic meditative New Age genre that was weirdly popular then. both those albums are better than his actual solo LPs from this time.
Reconnecting with old friends - you could also count Swing Slow here, plus the 2000 Tin Pan album (which is pretty cool, it's half a 'new album' by Tin Pan Alley, half fleshing out old demos). the big thing here is Sketch Show/HASYMO, a partial YMO reunion with Takahashi. I like both those albums. Loophole in particular is special, though I suspect Takahashi was responsible for most of it. That Flying Saucer 1947 album probably fits in here too. His solo career is kind of defunct by this point, it wasn't until 2010 that he recorded under his own name again.
The folk covers of very old pop songs phase - from 2011 until now, I guess. Never connected a whole lot with this stuff even though it's quite pleasant. That said, Vu Ja De is very much worth seeking out, particularly the odds n ends on disc 2. Apparently the Fukushima disaster made him too depressed to record new music, so I see this stuff as being therapeutic in a sense. Of course by this point he's earned the right to do whatever he wants.
― frogbs, Friday, 8 May 2020 17:50 (two months ago) link
i still haven't given omni sight seeing a listen. at this point i'm kind of saving it for a rainy day because i expect i'll like it quite a bit.
the Swing Slow album is great. it's a little uneven but has a few great songs.
Cochin Moon is my favorite, though. i've been listening to quite a bit of earlier Kraftwerk in the wake of Florian's death, and there are a lot of similarities between Cochin Moon and Kraftwerk's early 70s music, especially on Hepatitis and Hum Ghar Sajan. there's a lovely warm playfulness that pulses through all of it, i love it
― let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 18:30 (two months ago) link
at the risk of sounding like a total snob I have the vinyl reissue (which is actually fairly cheap, considering) - that plus some big tower speakers and a little grass is the way to hear it
― frogbs, Friday, 8 May 2020 18:50 (two months ago) link
you mean for cochin moon? yeah, i'm keeping my eyes peeled for a reasonably priced copy to show up sometime, but in the meantime it sounds good on headphones and spotify, plus 420 forever obviously.
― let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 18:55 (two months ago) link
LP is now $18. which is very cheap for Hosono. I haven't been able to get anything else for under $40, outside of Hosono House which I'm not too interested in. there's a very cool 'making of' story in the sleeve.
― frogbs, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:47 (two months ago) link
whoa nice, thanks for the head's up! i will probably pick up Cochin Moon right now then. and yeah, hosono house is also down to $18 but it's not one of my faves
― let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 19:51 (two months ago) link
speaking as a techno loving degenerate the medicine comp is my favorite release of his. I don’t think the straighter beats and structures necessarily make it less unique, it’s still very much Hosono. it hits a propulsive hypnotic vibe that resonates with me a bit more than the rest of his catalog, much of which I also really enjoy (NDE is similarly propulsive and also amazing but does indeed focus more squarely on drums)
― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 9 May 2020 00:12 (two months ago) link
just finished listening to the LITA reissue, which arrived at my door this morning. :)
i love the interview they included! i'll excerpt a few parts of it here in a bit
― Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 18:16 (one month ago) link
ooh, I have Cochin Moon coming in the mail. excited.
― last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Saturday, 23 May 2020 18:53 (one month ago) link
― just sayin, Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:40 (two weeks ago) link