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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


bob, Wednesday, 21 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I just listend to Cochin Moon today!

Dominique (dleone), Thursday, 12 May 2005 19:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think I must do that

I love Wha-ha-ha

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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


Dominique (dleone), Friday, 13 May 2005 16:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

where do you find it for $40?

Beta (abeta), Friday, 13 May 2005 19:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Reissue of Cochin Moon sounds great btw.

Dominique (dleone), Friday, 17 June 2005 18:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Dominique (dleone), Monday, 21 November 2005 15:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

r. stevie moore's 1980 review of take away

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

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

to the YSI machine then!

Beta (abeta), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

aha I get it now. the site doesn't really say what they are, I almost thought they were expanded versions. yeah I'll be getting that

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:41 (one month ago) Permalink

had totally missed the fact that he's also going to be playing in brighton a couple of nights after the london show, except this time he's the main act:


so i guess i'm seeing him twice next month (sorry)

chant down basildon (NickB), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I listened to both Philharmony and Paraiso over the last week - so good. I still haven't heard Omni!

Oh man! Such a great record and Pleocene is one of the greatest songs from his post-YMO period.


MaresNest, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Playing in London next month:



willem, Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Money's tight so I've been trying to talk myself out of buying these reissues. I decided to listen to the four albums in the reissue campaign I wasn't as familiar with (Cochin Moon is buy-on-sight for me and has been for years, no way I'm passing up a reissue). I haven't listened to Omni, Philharmony, or Paraiso since I discovered and downloaded them a few years ago, and have never heard Hosono House at all.

Paraiso holds up great, as do the great songs on Omni Sight Seeing (which justify the purchase of the album imo). But not sure what I ever saw in Philharmony. It's by no means a bad record, and is in some places actually quite good (I like "Luminescent / Hotaru" and "Sports Men"), but a lot of this just floats right by me. There are also a few obnoxious ones I could live without ever hearing again ("Platonic"), and stuff like "Birthday Party" and "In Limbo" just remind me why I don't listen to The Residents. That said, I'm a sucker for this stuff, so I know deep down I will probably buy 'em all. LITA always does such a great job on packaging. I don't care a lick about Lee Hazlewood, but I was actually tempted by how nice those reissues looked in the shop.

Am I the only one who really likes Pacific? Wonder if that will ever get a reissue.

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 25 May 2018 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

i love Pacific

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 25 May 2018 13:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Omni Sight Seeing is wonderful. Prob my favorite of this trio of albums. I can do with just a little bit of HH's Nino Rota homages, though. I hope someone will reissue "The Tale Of Genji" and "Naga" soon!

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 25 May 2018 13:52 (one month ago) Permalink

key track on Philharmony for me is "LDK". such a catchy tune, plus the synth solo is just wild

if you haven't heard it, there's a duo called Kimonos whose cover of "Sportsmen" is absolutely perfect


frogbs, Friday, 25 May 2018 13:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm hoping all the Monads get a reissue. I have literally worn my copies out from over playing / over use in dj sets. Also hoping these aren't only being granted a US license for reissue as pre-order is not available outside US.

stirmonster, Friday, 25 May 2018 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Also hoping these aren't only being granted a US license for reissue as pre-order is not available outside US.

Oh fuck you're right and I hadn't spotted that - Paraioso, Philharmony and Omni Sight Seeing are all saying "Not Available to Customers Outside U.S." - ughhhhhh.....

Cochin Moon and Hosono House are though:


chant down basildon (NickB), Friday, 25 May 2018 16:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Lol pic.twitter.com/qMAZ0uQqOj

— Sam 🧢 (@fuiud) March 26, 2018

flopson, Friday, 25 May 2018 18:38 (one month ago) Permalink

One of life’s little surprises

F# A# (∞), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:41 (one month ago) Permalink

that would suck to have been soooo close to collaborating on a legendary album, and the reason you didn't was diarrhea, plain and simple

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:42 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

London this eve, so excited for this.

MaresNest, Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fantastic! Enjoy and report back, please :)

willem, Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink


J. Sam, Saturday, 23 June 2018 14:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

got mixed up and thought it was tomorrow. only twigged a couple hours ago thanks to an fb alert, or else I’d have travelled up to the barbican tomorrow instead. but yes, excited!

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 14:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I realise Acetone must have their fans who are probably just as excited but idg the running order, it's like going to see Joni Mitchell supporting Built To Spill or something.

MaresNest, Saturday, 23 June 2018 16:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

holyyyy shiiiit!!

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

way too excited after that to watch acetone, i only lasted one song

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

full report, please.

stirmonster, Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

okay so five piece band including upright bass player, haruomi on acoustic guitar. start off pretty loungey, not really what I was truly hoping for but it was very charming and nice. then they started swinging with some ‘boogie-oogie-oogie’ and it all started to get quite rock’n’roll and you realised just how good his band was. was getting super into it by that stage, just a really nice vibe. lounge cover of ‘radioactivity’! a great rock’n’roll version of ‘sportsmen’! and then at the end, hosono asks for the house lights to be switched on and he calls for his friend takahashi to join him from the audience. and then they start playing a rock’n’roll ‘absolute ego dance’ (correct me if I’m wrong there maresnest). and then halfway through, ryuichi wanders on stage and seizes partial control of the keyboards. absolutely start banging through the song, screech to a halt, crowd go fucking batshit, then off the go, no encore or anything and everyone’s just rubbing their eyes wondering wtf just happened

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they all look in great shape btw, yukihiro was looking particularly suave in a suit and v dapper hat

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wow, just wow! thanks.

stirmonster, Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Photo here (not my account)

Midway through a bit of YMO the man himself Ryuichi Sakamoto walks on stage to goose the keyboardist, crowd explodes. pic.twitter.com/DKm70CKFba

— JAM (@JAMXCORE) June 23, 2018

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and then at the end, hosono asks for the house lights to be switched on and he calls for his friend takahashi to join him from the audience. and then they start playing a rock’n’roll ‘absolute ego dance’

wtf!? no! that's amazing!

and then halfway through, ryuichi wanders on stage and seizes partial control of the keyboards. absolutely start banging through the song, screech to a halt, crowd go fucking batshit, then off the go, no encore or anything and everyone’s just rubbing their eyes wondering wtf just happened

wtf?!?! no!! that's amazing!!

that must have been a dream, holy shit

Karl Malone, Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

so thrilling! I’m still a gibbering wreck

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 22:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

poor quality clip here:

YMO再々再?生!!!!!!!! in London #YMO #yellowmagicorchestra #細野晴臣 #坂本龍一 #高橋幸宏 #barbicancentre #london #hosonoharuomi #ryuichsakamoto #yukihirotakahashi pic.twitter.com/EJxBNkZl8X

— Andrei Tarkovsky (@TarkovskyJP_bot) June 23, 2018

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 23 June 2018 22:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fuuuuck I’m jealous

frogbs, Saturday, 23 June 2018 23:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Everything NickB said basically, plus we got Keigo Oyamada on guitar for the last song, gotta admit it took me a few seconds to realise it was Absolute Ego Dance, I thought it was Cosmic Surfing at first.

The music was very much in the vein of the last two HH records, fifties rock n' roll, rockabilly feel, with his versions of Sports Men and Radioactivity, a great band indeed, young guys.

I think Light In The Attic saying in the blurb to the concert that he was going to be playing music from throughout his career was somewhat disingenuous, but it was great to see the man and of course, the last song was lush. Watching Yuki walk down the Barbican steps right towards me was a real giddy moment.

Yesterday I saw a pic taken from Instagram of the three of them allegedly in a London restaurant (Sakamoto played here a few days ago with Alvo Noto) so I was hoping that something was gonna go down.

One last thing, my mate's friend that we bumped into works in a record shop, he told us Oyamamda dropped in there and bought loads of Madness 7 inches :)

MaresNest, Saturday, 23 June 2018 23:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that's amazing!

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 24 June 2018 02:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

finding it hsrd to comprehend how acetone managed to follow on from that!

stirmonster, Sunday, 24 June 2018 03:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hosono: https://i.imgur.com/ydBgTfA.jpg

Couldn't believe it when he asked the house lights to come up, and Takahashi and Cornelius stood up from the audience and starting coming down the steps towards the stage.

That rockabilly / boogie-woogie version of Sportsmen really worked. Not sure if there any of clips on it online. The Kraftwerk cover too.

As others have said, it felt too soon for Acetone to be starting after just a 15 minute break or so. Everyone was very excited after that ending to Hosono. Only about 30 - 40% of the crowd came back in for Acetone unfortunately, and some more left after a song or too. The band commented on how quiet it was on stage. Their performance was great, it's a pity the running order meant the place was less than half full.

plazzTT, Monday, 25 June 2018 07:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hosono band was:

Haruomi Hosono (vocals, guitar)
Ren Takada (guitar, mandolin, banjo)
Wataru Iga (bass)
Daichi Ito (drums)
Takuji Nomura (keyboards, piano, accordian)

plazzTT, Monday, 25 June 2018 08:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

where I was sitting there were quite a few japanese people, including families with kids, and a lot of them didn’t stick around for acetone.

trying to remember some of the things that harry said: ‘I used to make techno music, but now...’ *launches into another boogie-woogie number*; the Kraftwerk cover was introduced by some words about 3/11, 2011, which was of course the date of the tohoku earthquake and tsunami

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Monday, 25 June 2018 08:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

am immensely lucky to be seeing him again in Brighton tonight btw. headlining this time, but another ymo get together would be way too much to hope for

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Monday, 25 June 2018 08:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe he'll bust out some older numbers given that he has a bigger window to play in.

MaresNest, Monday, 25 June 2018 09:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

from the running times it looks like he's on for two hours, so i guess it depends on how bad he needs to boogie-woogie-oogie

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Monday, 25 June 2018 16:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wow this is amazing!!

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 25 June 2018 16:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just noticed Takahashi is in Brighton! Did you get a replay of Saturday Nick?

MaresNest, Monday, 25 June 2018 22:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yes, takahashi was in the audience again last night but sadly he didn't join hosono on stage this time round. set was a similar mix of lounge/brazilian/jump blues/boogie woogie type stuff, think i enjoyed it even more this time round though - was nice to see that music being played in a much more intimate setting, i think it suited the scale of the music better. also it was a really lovely warm night by the seaside, made me think of how some of the older songs would have originally been taken round the world by boat, from one noisy port to another. hosono seemed to be enjoying himself despite some minor crackily guitar issues, was joking around saying stuff like 'i'm old... i'm boring...' *crowd make sounds of gentle protestation* '...leave me alone'. 'radio activity' cover was really great, done slowly with this eerie, creeping sense of unease, which got ratcheted up to slint-esque levels of tension towards the end. encore was a version of 'tokio rush' featuring two girls on vocals that apparently he'd only just met earlier that day - they did an amazing job but all the same it was no 'absolute ego dance'. a great night though!

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 10:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

here's the setlist btw:

From aya_bebop on Instagram pic.twitter.com/skgGVMjkDN

— callie magic orchestra (@konchugun) June 26, 2018

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 10:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Amazing! Tokyo Rush too!

It's been really curious having these legendary old gentlemen, whom I admire so much, in our relative airspace for a few days, to me at least, they seem to exist in another plane the rest of the time. Seeing things like Takahashi wandering around London and Brighton via FB has been lovely.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

indeed, a thrill to briefly exchange respiratory gases with them!

that 'house of blue lights' was fire btw, that's the one where the band took solos - a few bars of brilliant splashy fireworks from the drummer, the bass player forced to go deep when hosono pulled up a chair and sat and watched him work. good excuse to revisit this clip:


I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love that clip, talk about someone who has figured out how to live.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 13:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

kinda love how Keigo Oyamada has been palling around with these guys for over a decade now. that's one cool thing about Japan, it's such a small country geographically so all these people kinda know each other. I recognize some of those names upthread as having played with YT in a different group.

I've heard that there are some plans for YMO's 40th anniversary year, including perhaps a HH documentary. apparently some of the concertgoers were being interviewed outside the venue. couldn't buy that fast enough.

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 13:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Barbican gig was being filmed, very discreetly but there were notices saying so.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 14:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Happy 71st Birthday!

MaresNest, Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:19 (one week ago) Permalink



MaresNest, Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:15 (yesterday) Permalink

Haha that's even shonkier than I remember it

Category: Animist Rock (Matt #2), Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:51 (yesterday) Permalink

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