Haruomi Hosono

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I'd be up for a Japanese reissue thread!

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

three weeks pass...


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 (eight months ago) link

Very exciting indeed!!

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

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

MaresNest, Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:51 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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


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

two weeks pass...


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 (seven months ago) link

beautiful cover too

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

Is it weird I prefer Hochono House to Hosono House?

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

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

I do too

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

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

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

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

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


Happy birthday, Mr. Hosono!

How are those remixes frogbs?

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:47 (seven 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 (seven months 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six 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 (six 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

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 29 July 2019 17:19 (six months 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

I have PayPal, you know

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:17 (six months ago) link

do you accept space bux?

Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:18 (six 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 (six months ago) link

and yeah send me your space wallet code

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:24 (six 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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

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 (four months ago) link

Fucking hell!

Maresn3st, Friday, 11 October 2019 15:14 (four months ago) link


stirmonster, Friday, 11 October 2019 16:11 (four months ago) link

whoa, UA! awesome.

man, hope somebody recorded these...

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 11 October 2019 23:06 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

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:

Make'm go away
Let Organe clarify
Looming cloud, feeling sad...
At time like this the plague spreads when Mammom comes
Must gotta go
Gaia quivers
the Earth quakes
You can't win, you must lose
and there's no way out of the game
Orgone is a visible, measurable
and applicable energy of a cosmic nature, douzo....
the cloud of words
Let Organe clarify
If we do not expect the unexpected, we will never find it...

What ??!?

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:27 (three months ago) link

It *is* amazing and enigmatic!

Maresn3st, Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:52 (three months ago) link

Pretty straightforward once you get to know about Wilhelm Reich:

There’s another (rather more famous) song inspired by the same subject matter:


Max Florian, Thursday, 7 November 2019 10:13 (three months ago) link

man there is nothing straightforward about that article

frogbs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 14:54 (three months ago) link

though lmao @ that Mark Mothersbaugh quote

frogbs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 15:03 (three months ago) link

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