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

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

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

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 ...