Best known in the U.S. as one-third of influential Japanese synthpop icons Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono also made records with a few other notable groups first (Apryl Fool, Tin Pan Alley and Happy End), not to mention many solo records before, during, and after his work with YMO. Five of those solo records, showcasing Hosono’s wide-ranging dexterity across a variety of styles, were reissued last year by Light in the Attic and he's seen a bit of resurgence -- Mac DeMarco covered "Tropical Dandy" last years, and Vampire Weekend's new song "2021" samples his song "Talking." You can listen to some of Hosono's albums below.

Hosono, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his major label debut as part of group Apryl Fool, will release Hochono House on March 6 which features all-new reinterpretations of his great 1973 solo debut, Hosono House. You can listen to "Bara To Yaju (new ver.)" from that, and the original album, below.

Hosono will be heading to the U.S. for shows this spring in NYC (May 29 at Gramercy Theatre) and Los Angeles (June 3 at The Mayan). Tickets for NYC and L.A. go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10 AM local time, with presales starting Wednesday (2/6) at 10 AM (for Gramercy use password MUSICGEEKS).


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