New Music, New Direction for Ishido Natsumi

Doop-dee-doop, scrolling through the Twitters. Hello, what’s this?

Why, it’s a new single-plus from long-time underground solo idol Ishido Natsumi, in MV form, and oh man it’s really just the beginning! Like, in less than a minute of looking into that, we find her suddenly going off on a whole new trajectory. But first — here’s the trailer for the whole thing: Continue reading

Tsurezure Announces Sixth Single, “ssixth”

Not Secured, Loose Ends have announced that “ssixth”, the group’s sixth single,  will be released on July 3rd and, for some reason, the world suddenly feels like a better place.

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More, uh, Nue Idols, You Guys

You would not believe how many puns I left on the cutting-room floor

Well look what the cat kind of very slowly but eventually dragged in, you guys! After previous existence*, previous hiatus and pretty solid radio silence, Nue (who you may actually be following, who knows!) (Twitter) is not just back to being a thing, but doing it in a way that says, hey, here we are and now it’s serious business. In fact, they did it basically in one shot, and if you weren’t paying attention already, maybe now you will be:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #136

Good morning! Ah, the first weekend of true summer. I’ll admit that it started off pretty weak for me last night. I was trying to get a table at a rooftop club to enjoy the longest evening and latest sunset of the year, only for both of the places that I’d scoped out not actually having a rooftop, and so I settled instead for a nice patio situation with a fountain and lightning bugs that really seemed to want my kebab. So it goes!

But yes, friends, it’s summertime for most of us, and the energy of the season has been trickling more and more through idol lately. Big names, little names, no-names and more are all flexing more, and more frequently, as we’re only now a little over a month out from TIF and @JAM and goodness knows what all else. Plenty of good stuff now, and more to come.

So enjoy. Idol loves Halloween and Christmas and Twin-Tails Day and Golden Week and on and on, but idol is made for summertime. Let that spirit carry you. Play the Fun. Dig in.

You Say the Same Things about a Lot of Things

First order of business! You’ve almost certainly heard the new Babymetal single by now, and you no doubt have an opinion. Cool. Daemon and I, I think, both considered posting about it, but honestly the most fun thing was just watching the hilarity unfold, and by “hilarity” I mean “people who lecture people online about Babymetal going berserk over Babymetal doing a Babymetal.” It was pretty great. But yeah, I’m sure that there’s a real MV on the way, and we can all talk about it more when the time comes.

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Two Hours Till the End of the World

Oh hey neat! I expected that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s pre-warned announcement would be some kind of music something, what with the upcoming release of their let’s-re-release-a-ton-of-stuff-with-the-new-lineup album on the way, but did I expect that they’d come shooting out of the gates with one of the greatest, loudest, violentest, Codomomentalest idolcore songs ever put to tape? I did not. Am I absurdly pleased that they did? I am. Feast your ears on the re-recorded “WORLD END CRISIS”, only do it kind of fast because they put the ol’ two-hour limit on it and HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no, friend, just play along and then if you’re here after the link in the tweet dies, ol’ Uncle Maniac will still see you through:

We’ll do the usual shenanigans because, not because there’s gonna be a whole lot there.

What?

Just take the jump.

Hi, this is where the track lives forever!

Where is Freud, indeed?

What is there to say, really? It’s still friggin’ “WORLD END CRISIS”, which frankly only gets better with time and always leaves me waxing what-could-have-been about Peak Codomomental. And they’re all still good! It’s just, there are apogees out there, and you begin to understand the whole thing with Sisyphus once you’ve reached the top of the hill and let that rock slip just the tiniest bit.

This is a good version, though. The shuffling of roles within the song took me a minute to adjust to, but the real highlights here are always the dual screams, and while I’ll admit that I’m waffling on whether my girl Yotsu is in the same position as before or whether she took on the Shidare role, I still think that this sounds like the gold standard for idols shredding their throats to really expose those emotions. What a song.

The remix album is out at the end of July. I hope they give us more on the long road to that point!

Wallow in the Worst with This Friday Fun

Last week, you reviewed idol releases in the easiest to consume way!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love drawing idols. Even paid big bucks (okay, £40) on specific illustration software, even though my drawings are nowhere near that kind of professional quality that would justify such a purchase!

Back in the day of course, (and sometimes even now, if I’m feeling particularly lazy) if I had to draw anything on a digital medium, it had to be trusty, free, MS Paint. Who hasn’t used it at some point? Even though the program has become slightly more sophisticated over the years, let’s be real, it’s still pretty hard even for veteran artists to create something good out of it. Continue reading

You’ll Melt More! At Their Best Is Better Than Anything Else

So we’re in a little bit of an idol lull. Typical for this time of year, sure, and yeah I could probably do more with new debuts don’t you judge me but what I, as a fancy guy with a fancy idol website, really want is to fulfill the mission statement, which is To Uplift Girls in Skirts Who Scream On Stage. However, with a dearth of suitably loud and vicious tunes to celebrate, maybe it’s appropriate to talk directly about the latest from one of the very best things to ever emerge from the primordial chika ooze*, a project still going stronger than most can ever fantasize about and with a higher standard of quality than more than most can hope to achieve. I’m talking about dang You’ll Melt More!, people!(!)

I don’t know why they elected to release this MV yesterday, but it also doesn’t matter why. Did anybody ask Michelangelo why he chiseled the David from a perfect block of marble? Of course not!** So don’t ask the sheer idoling perfection that is You’ll Melt More! why they do a video with magic and a very important guest start. Just enjoy it!

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I Think Hys Is Gonna Be Fun

Hey, you know what? Let’s do a new idol thing. Haven’t done too much of that lately, but I have minutes and I am motivated!

I like when you guys ping me with idol things. One, I get to vicariously experience your excitement; two, I like learning about new idols, especially now that I don’t get to spend time on the scroll like in the good ol’ days*. So thanks Andrew! We’ve been waiting on this group to make something shareable happen for a very little while, they having very slowly come into being since, well, we’ll get to that part. But January basically. And now they have a true PV!

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So This Is What BiS3 Will Sound Like, Huh?

It was inevitable following the official re-re-launch of BiS that there would be quick next steps. No, I don’t mean the greatest post in the history of idol blogging; I mean a demo of some sort, something that sticks with the WACK playbook to give a taste of what’s to come without actually revealing anything of substance — the members are all still ghosted-out, after all. And that inevitability bore fruit today! This is apparently what we can expect to hear from the re-renewed Brand-new Idol Society:

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I Can DieDieDie Happy

Chika idol has a lot of room for a lot of things, and it’s possible that no project has grasped that flexibility quite as well as DAIDAIDAI, the DEMON TAPES-generated Osaka (of course) underground electro-pain merchants who’ve built out, built up and built strong the sonic legacy founded by PSYBOU KANOJO. Now approaching their third anniversary, the group has been incredibly steady — more on the music front than membership, but this is idol — while reaching for all manner of sounds and influences and visuals to keep every person who’d encounter them on their toes.

Speaking of membership, there is that (future) mass departure to acknowledge, but also a new single that we are now, friends, so lucky as to have it appear in our lives. I think this is what happens when a composer and producer get together to brain up a summer single for an idolcore group. Soak it in! Continue reading