Yellow Magic Orchestra go big and go home

Music Nov 22, 2018

Yellow Magic Orchestra go big and go home

by Irma Nunez

Yellow Magic Orchestra made its 1980 debut on the legendary American dance show “Soul Train” performing a cover of “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells, two years after the November 1978 release of the trio’s eponymous first album Dressed in logoed button-downs with ...

Haruomi Hosono: 'I never tried to be a pioneer'

Music Aug 23, 2018

Haruomi Hosono: 'I never tried to be a pioneer'

by Paul Fisher

Haruomi Hosono is widely regarded as one of the most important figures of Japanese popular music over the past 50 years. The grandson of the only Japanese passenger and survivor aboard the Titanic, he was born in Tokyo in 1947. From the end of the ...

The beginnings of Mariah's sound

Music Apr 11, 2017

The beginnings of Mariah's sound

by Patrick St. Michel

When U.S. label Palto Flats reissued Japanese band Mariah's album "Utakata no Hibi" ("Ephemeral Days") in 2015, it wasn't the first time an obscure record from the bubble era had been given new attention. However, the critical praise that followed the release triggered new ...

Flipping through rock's baby pictures

Music Dec 2, 2014

Flipping through rock's baby pictures

by Dexter Thomas

In the mid-1960s, a young Mike Nogami picked up a camera and started taking pictures of things around him — dogs, his neighborhood, friends playing guitar. Some of those friends were in a band called Happy End, the group that Haruomi Hosono played bass ...