Hauptharmonie’s Juno Is out for Revenge

This is a cool little video.

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

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I’m Going to Conquer This Weekend because of Hauptharmonie

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 Have a Big Stupid Smile on My Face and It’s Hauptharmonie’s Fault

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”:

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You Might Melt More Seeing the New Hauptharmonie

A lot of really cool and exciting stuff has happened this week, but I’ll completely own the fact that I may have been the most pleased as punch by this little bit of news:

At first glance, hey cool, new members and a headliner tour for Hauptharmonie! With sora tob sakana and Fullfull Pocket at the final! Neato!

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Hauptharmonie Would Like for You to Recall That They’re Great

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!

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Look, It’s Live Hauptharmonie Rehearsal Footage!

And not just any rehearsal footage, but their work with the Tapferkeit Band (which I’m taking as their version of the Kami Band) that will accompany them at their one-man at LIQUID on Friday:

If you happen to be in the vicinity, here are the details:

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.

This for just in case you weren’t aware that Hauptharmonie ist besonders gut:


We Review Things: Hauptharmonie | “Herz über Kopf”

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.

So. On to the review!

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Weird Things Sometimes Happen When You Search YouTube

This doesn’t have anything to do with anything, actually, but I was looking for some Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da stuff that might’ve slipped under the radar and wound up here:

You can enjoy regular J-pop too, you know. But if you need a palate cleanser:

That’s Hauptharmonie’s “Fujou,” which manages to elicit flashbacks to Aerosmith (pre-RIP), Nirvana (RIP) and Semisonic (RIP?) just with that bass line. Such a good tune.


Here’s All of Hauptharmonie’s ‘BUDDY’

After last week’s epic MV-plus-album-teaser fest, Hauptharmonie could have been forgiven for not putting much new music online for a while. Fortunately for us, they aren’t interested in forgiveness.

If you don’t like crunchy, dirty-ass blues, we probably can’t be friends no matter how full a swerve toward triumphant brass and “oh yeah we’re idols” the song takes. Also, my friends, I’m dying to know what the lyrics are HINT HINT.

When Hauptharmonie eventually plays the New Orleans Jazz Fest, I want them to lead with this, then bust out “Kidnapper Blues” and fill the rest of their set with the most random assortment of tunes possible.


Like Jazz Night in Hell: New MV and Album Trailer from Hauptharmonie

I was recently having an offline conversation with someone who asked me who “my” idols are; like, yeah, I have this site and I promote pretty much everything that comes my way, even if it’s obvious that I’m personally not that enthused about it, but who am I really in the bag for?

At this very moment, nobody’s exciting me more than Hauptharmonie, and they just gave two great reasons why.

“Kidnapper Blues” had a nice moment in the sun here before, but now it’s out in terrifyingly bleak music video form!

If I have to sell somebody else’s soul to make jazzcore a legitimately big-time thing, I’ll sell all of your souls.

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