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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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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