Happy Monday, you goofs! As a brief programming note before we dive into the goods, this will be the last Monday Match Game for a little while; I’ll be publishing a Corenament primer later in the week, and then next week will kick us off to get our final field set. SO EXCITING!
This week, it’s not about kvlt, but about cures; specifically, what’ll cure what ails you? Is it pants-soilingly intense idols or innovative alt-rock legends? Tiny doll-like girls bellowing hateful lyrics or bad-haired English men singing about how they hate themselves? Yes, friends, neither of these things should have much association with actual cures, but both can be palliative and soothing in their own way.
The trick is, depending on where you are right now — happy, sad, hopeful, heartbroken — which Cure is going to make it all better? Continue reading →
I sometimes wonder if there isn’t a lab somewhere in Tokyo, perhaps in Shinjuku, deep underground, where the mad scientist from the IDOL is DEAD film has a team of half-zombified songwriters chained to an old refrigerator while they crank out idol debut songs by the bushel; if you can come up with a better explanation for idometal, I’d love to hear it.
Anyway, because your friend and mine Pure Idol Heart always seems to know about these things on idol’s rough edges, here’s the brand-new Alice Liddell (Twitter) and the MV for their debut single:
Of course, Q’ulle, now being on an Avex imprint, will make it extremely difficult to acquire this single when it drops, which is a shame, because you can pretty much guarantee that “DON’T STOP” is a fun song, but the B-side will be either gorgeous, dancehall power pop or something hard enough to shake your teeth. Continue reading →
I love how you guys always have good referrals. It makes me feel like this whole business was a good idea — you share, I share, people see and share, and we wind up with things like Not Secured, Loose Ends adopting an English name and starting and international fan club and scheduling tour dates very, very far from Japan. When that happens, everybody wins!
Now, I know Chris; we share a mutual love for PiGU. I have no reason to disbelieve this man. And yet … the still on that video, that’s pretty kawaiidol, you know? And though I’d heard of Iketeru Hearts in the past, I don’t recall having ever thought that I should be including them here (be quiet about WA-SUTA and stuff, all right?).
Yukueshirezutsurezure ended a year of speculation the other day and set themselves up in a rather unique position, and I’m trying to sum that up here, but I’m also impressed by some things that seem apparent for the Idols Now Known as Not Secured, Loose Ends in English (that’s gonna take some getting used to), and I want to talk about them.
I was killing myself to do a proper pun for the title, but failed
Anyway! This is another good Sunday entry, a sweet little alt-something number with this hint of rock sound behind it that makes me think that the name TWICE (Twitter) is actually going to be a unit to keep an eye on.
Possible idolcore nostalgia act and recent releasers of an album that’s better than we think it is, BiS, is showing that the snark of Westerners is nothing compared to filthy, filthy wota lucre, and they’re once again immediately turning the finale of one effort into the beginning of another:
This is just a quickie — I’ve seen folks sharing this in various places around the International Alt-Idol Internet Fandom Consortium Inc. (Kari) — but I wanted an excuse to do something with the perfect modern idols, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, and their release of these details around the upcoming BUBBLE album is perfect.
Oh UUG, you’ve been keeping me so mercilessly busy as of late. Mere hours after I finished writing an article about their smartphone app/VR kissing simulator, they announced the winners of the “Up Up Girls 2 Audition” and now I have to merge both articles! Wish me luck.
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: