Haruomi Hosono

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A couple of years back some friends and myself made a little internet radio show of Japanese Music for a little internet station for a few years

The interview you did with Chris Mosdell (YMO lyricist) was most revealing iirc.

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Thursday, 16 May 2019 23:32 (four months ago) link

I'm the dummy here probably but I need to ask: what show was it?!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 16 May 2019 23:40 (four months ago) link

Matt it was Peter Barakan! I should have tracked down Mosdell too actually

MaresNest, Friday, 17 May 2019 09:33 (four months ago) link

Not at all LBI, it's all here - https://www.mixcloud.com/japanalternativesessions/

MaresNest, Friday, 17 May 2019 09:34 (four months ago) link

Oh yeah sorry, anyway I enjoyed his YMO-arguing-in-the-studio stories very much!

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Friday, 17 May 2019 10:28 (four months ago) link

Thanks MaresNest, that looks amazing! I've got 69 episodes to enjoy :)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 17 May 2019 11:38 (four months ago) link

Ah, yr welcome, if there's anything in there you like but have trouble tracking down hmu.

MaresNest, Sunday, 19 May 2019 20:07 (four months ago) link

Not sure if this has been mentioned previously, but Hosono still has a weekly radio show called Daisy Holiday every Sunday on Tokyo's InterFM. It's quite chatty (not so good for non-Japanese speakers like me) but it's pretty cheerful.

I've finally managed to jump through the various VPN hoops needed to stream Japanese radio outside Japan (most of the big stations stream through one site, Radiko, which is locked down unbelievably strongly) and have started recorded episodes and putting them into a Google Drive folder. I'm also recording Towa Tei's show on J-Wave, and will be recording Sakamoto's bi-monthly show there too.

If anyone wants access, send me an email through the board and I'll add you to the folder.

bamboohouses, Monday, 20 May 2019 06:31 (four months ago) link

Also, would it be worth starting a new thread specifically for reissues of Japanese records and compilations? There's been a ton of them in the last year or so, with a load more on the way...

bamboohouses, Monday, 20 May 2019 06:38 (four months ago) link

daisy holiday playlists

visiting, Monday, 20 May 2019 06:52 (four months ago) link

Oh fantastic, thanks for this!

bamboohouses, Monday, 20 May 2019 08:25 (four months ago) link

Also, would it be worth starting a new thread specifically for reissues of Japanese records and compilations? There's been a ton of them in the last year or so, with a load more on the way...

― bamboohouses

Seems warranted. RA have been repping yet another J-reissue today: Yutaka Hirose's "ambient cult classic", Soundscape 2: Nova

millmeister, Monday, 20 May 2019 13:14 (four months ago) link

I'd be up for a Japanese reissue thread!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 20 May 2019 13:53 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywyx9x/haruomi-hosono-interview-hochono-house?utM_source=noiseyfbus&fbclid=IwAR2nE789niYK0st5S5kZEQEwIyv4VFowTWSj2HvRfDXkkHs357XtsQPBQoI

Are you still interested in experimenting with new technology? It does seem like this new album manages to inject these old-fashioned songs with a more modern edge.
Yeah, there are all kinds of things I want to do. With boogie-woogie now, I've been doing it for about 10 years. But I want to do something new again now, and I'm currently lining up the equipment for it.

Looking back on all the different kinds of music you’ve worked on over the years, what do you think you’re the most proud of?
Let's see, among my solo albums, I like Philharmony and omni Sight Seeing, and...let's see…I forgot the rest [laughs]. I've done too many things. I've been doing this for 50 years, so I don't think about my own work that much.

"doing something new again" is a pretty exciting phrase isn't it

frogbs, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:46 (three months ago) link

Very exciting indeed!!

MaresNest, Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:06 (three months ago) link

Thirded! Nice interview, he comes across as such a sweet man.

I clicked through on the YT link for 'Pacific' in that interview, and it's got more than 1m views! That's quite a lot isn't it? How did that one get to these numbers? (Philharmony is at 390.000-ish, Omni not even 200.000)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:49 (three months ago) link

Japanese views, I guess, they were huge weren't they?

MaresNest, Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:51 (three months ago) link

Well, yeah :) Suppose it's probably just that, was wondering it it had been used for something or other.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:06 (three months ago) link

Sorry yeah, stating the obvious really :) I'd bet there are millions of middle-aged, natsukashii salarymen for whom YMO and its components are still completely beloved.

MaresNest, Thursday, 13 June 2019 13:17 (three months ago) link

Pacific has 1100+ ratings on RYM, far more than any other album he was involved with. I think its sort of a "Plastic Love" situation (one comment even calls it "YouTube-core").

frogbs, Thursday, 13 June 2019 13:20 (three months ago) link

I'm surprised that Pacific wasn't one of the albums that Light In The Attic chose to reissue last year. It does seem to be his most well known album.

kitchen person, Thursday, 13 June 2019 13:48 (three months ago) link

well, its a split LP - Hosono only wrote 3 tracks for it. from the interview:

I have no recollection of it [laughs]. It was an album project by Sony that gathered a bunch of different people—I was only called in to do it. But I've never listened to it much after making it.

frogbs, Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:00 (three months ago) link

I really hope LITA gets around to reissuing Tropical Dandy, imo the best of his exotica-era records.

J. Sam, Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:09 (three months ago) link

I prefer Bon Voyage Co., if only for the ending of "Tokyo Shyness Boy" - Hosono's scat singing is one of the most (unintentionally?) hilarious things I've ever heard on an LP

https://youtu.be/F4bQLRO7WF4?t=1m50s

frogbs, Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:25 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://i.imgur.com/HOYCUSG.jpg

finally got my hands on this guy

they must've remastered it. it's louder and crisper. sounds great on the hi-fi. cranked it up and let the synth craziness on the title track rattle the walls...totally worth the most-I've-ever-paid-for-an-LP price

frogbs, Friday, 28 June 2019 02:40 (two months ago) link

beautiful cover too

clouds, Friday, 28 June 2019 07:37 (two months ago) link

72 years old today

I uh "celebrated" by getting the second disc of the Nokto de la Galaskia Fervojo soundtrack on Japan iTunes. mostly remixes of the first disc but whatever, I love it anyway

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:46 (two months ago) link

Is it weird I prefer Hochono House to Hosono House?

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:47 (two months ago) link

nah, that was kind of the point of him making it

I do too

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:59 (two months ago) link

Alternative 3 is quite something isn't it. This guy!

Invisible (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:04 (two months ago) link

The main theme of Nokto de la Galaskia Fervojo is so wonderful.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:35 (two months ago) link

the whole album makes me feel like I got left on the moon or something. there are more moments on it that give me chills than any other album I can think of.

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:40 (two months ago) link

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d5/b1/ab/d5b1abde40634df42380ca11f93a154f.jpg

Happy birthday, Mr. Hosono!

How are those remixes frogbs?

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:47 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdybb52ejd8

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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

I have PayPal, you know

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:17 (one month ago) link

do you accept space bux?

Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:18 (one month 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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT3fFBe-SpE

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 (one month ago) link

and yeah send me your space wallet code

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:24 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link


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