Man, am I a lucky Maniac or what? Just a few minutes after waking up and surveying a Saturday landscape that doesn’t look all that appetizing, Hauptharmonie tweeted out the kind of track that, among idols at least, nobody else even tries to pull off:
This was a fun bit of news from yesterday that I wanted to save, and also because I had no idea what the original tweet was definitely saying until after the fact. But! It could have been predicted that Hauptharmonie would have a new release coming along at basically any moment, seeing as how they tend to put out something of substance at a rate that would even make Billie Idle blush, and it’d been … wow, many months since the release of the (very good) Herz ueber Kopf. So this, by itself, wasn’t tremendously shocking:
Back in 2015, when they were still pretty new and dressing like my mom did in the 70s, Hauptharmonie participated in this … idol battle? something at Tower Records under the auspices of the company’s own T-Palette label. As the video shows, Juno went on a roll in the arm wrestling.
Kaede from Negicco had like 10 years on her at the time and lost in seconds. Brutal
I’m not sure why they took down the video from the last time I got to post them, but here’s a great big chunk of the singularly, chaotically gorgeous Hauptharmonie from their tour final a couple of weeks ago:
That’s great. But it’s not the best thing to come from idol’s we-do-whatever-the-hell-we-feel-like-and-you’re-going-to-like-it darlings in the (very) new year. Continue reading →
I feel a little bit badly that the world’s coolest jazz & swing & whatever they want idols only managed to get a single spot into the Best of 2016 finals, but the truth is that they narrowly missed on the album, video and song finals, and I reckon that they’ll be all up in our business next year.
Perhaps sensing that we, their loyal fans, needed to be placated and/or bribed, they dropped this nice little chunk of live video on us, including the tasty breakout “Kidnapper Blues”:
Can you believe that it’s been two months since I last wrote a dedicated Hauptharmonie post? What the hell is wrong with me? It’s not like they aren’t doing anything — since dropping their (very good, if jazzy Britpop shoegazer disco idols are your thing) album, they’ve done TIF and a bunch of regular shows and then just had themselves a great set at JAM this past weekend:
The Peach Stage, for when you deserve roughly the third best!
I have no idea why the title of their album is listed as “Mein Kampf” on that image, but … look, they just aren’t as sensitive about these things in Japan, all right? “Kopf” and “Kampf” maybe look similar? I dunno.
Hauptharmonie is one of the most unique musical projects I’ve ever come across. Self-described as idols that exist outside of this Warring Idols Period, with a sound that knows no era, they can be music for everybody and almost nobody all at the same time; I’ve described their sound as “music for music lovers.”
Accordingly, I’m completely and totally in love with them. They’re the soundtrack to chain-smoking your way through a bad divorce in your office building’s basement gin joint. I want them to bring their faux-demure-barefoot-angry-flapper selves to this country to play the New Orleans Jazz Fest and blow people’s minds.
A while back, Phillter translated into Japanese a request letter that I could send to idol managers; there’s this here website, and you’re covered on it, and I’d really like to write a review of your next release, so would you please consider sending a press copy of it? Most don’t reply, but some do, and Hauptharmonie’s reply was absolutely gracious and generous. For enabling the acquisition and because Hauptharmonie is impossibly cool, Phillter wondered if he could contribute to this review, and to that I say sure.