Doop-dee-doop, cruising through idols’ backstage photos on Twitter. Hello, what’s this? They’re … called Husky? That’s interesting. What’s that all about?
Tweets by husky_idol
Oh, okay! Continue reading
Frick and frack, you guys. I’ve largely been spared the personal worst of disbandments so far, but along comes the demise of one of my favorite Osaka groups. PiGU, one of the neatest of rock idols (regardless of the flavor they embraced at any moment), are being brought to an end by POP iD:
— PiGU Official (@pigu_official) April 22, 2018
I’ll just go ahead and let Chris explain it all: Continue reading
Obviously it’s a bit early, but I’m essentially ready to declare Melon Batake a Go Go my pick for Homicidols’ annual Best-Of in the “Breakthrough Artist” category. The group is on fire right now, with what finally appears to be a stable, solid line-up backed by great tunes, and an incrementally growing fan-following that really adore these “Idols From Outerspace”. Even from the short time ago this blog previously covered these girls, they’re swiftly taken on a new life and gained new fans. It’s fun and exciting to watch a group rise from obscurity and earn some well-deserved praise, and the time is definitely at hand for these young ladies.
— めろん畑a go go (@MELONBATAKEAGO2) April 16, 2018
With the iron hot, the sidekick idols are poised to strike with their upcoming EP “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” (It reminds me of the Cramps’ classic album “Stay Sick”!) which comes out in May. This will be the first release with the group’s current roster, because all the members are still too new to have recorded together before. (I think Soze is the only active member to have any recorded Melon music at all.)
The newly invigorated Melon Batake a Go Go has charged up their social media resources to spread the word of outer-space-psychobilly-infused-garage-rock-idol-music, including taking advantage of Soundcloud to share a brand-new song for the masses! It’s called “Horror Billy Nights”…
It’s a solid rocker that’d make about any band proud! Nice meaty guitars, great vocals, and a spooky vibe that’ll fit into your Halloween party mixes this Fall. The only minor issue I take is that with a name like “Horror Billy Nights”, I kinda wish there was a little more “billy” in there. Just twang up those guitars a little bit! This is an idol group that I’m simply dying to see eventually perform with a live three-piece band featuring a devil-locked dude slapping a coffin-shaped stand-up bass with a couple of go-go dancers (Or a guy in a gorilla suit, that’s always cool too!) shaking it fast on pedestals along the edge of the stage.
Also up on the YouTubes is a short promo video that features another newly recorded song that Melon’s been performing live for some time, and moody piece of horror pop called “Change the Wolfman”…
While things are certainly going fantastic for Melon Batake a Go Go, there’s been one unfortunate hitch in their giddy-up. (Literally) Sadly, Soze Nakamura injured her ACL during a show last month, and she’s been out of the live-equation while awaiting surgery, followed by the eventual recovery process. The group’s been performing with occasional guest stars- as well as a framed photo of Nakamura in her honor. In the meantime, Soze has been revitalizing the group’s long-dormant Instagram account, which had been seemingly forgotten, with brand new, fresh photos. (On a related note, she now has a SOZELICA Instagram account as well!)
I haven’t seen any sort of pre-order information for purchasing “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” but I’m certainly keeping my eyes open. Also hopefully now that the Melon Girls have increased their stature considerably, perhaps the distribution for this EP will be improved. It’s been a bit of a task to get hold of their earlier stuff and it’d be great if a wider base could get their hands on this upcoming gem. They certainly deserve it, and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re looking at future breakouts here. Keep your eyes on Melon Batake a Go Go!!!
A few days ago, everybody’s favorite Babymetal Wales tour organizer tweeted:
Top 5 idol covers of Toto's "Africa" I'd like to hear:
2. 14th Generation Hanako of the Toilet
3. Especia (deceased)
5. Beat Mints Boyz
— Christian Winsall (@toxicbreakfast) April 17, 2018
What an interesting thing! I have no disagreement with any of that. It did get me thinking, though, because every time I consider what I’d want my entirely hypothetical idol project to do, it includes a lot of covers to both show respect for the group’s influences and to put a new, unique spin on some classics (and definitely not in any way to pad out albums or have quick-turnaround releases, you jerks!).
Also, it’s been longer than I’d anticipated since the last Ranked post, so I thought this might make for some fun over the weekend, too. As usual, this is just a ranking, not the all-time ranking, merely a collection of songs that would make for cool idol covers that are ranked relatively to one another. Continue reading
I had hoped that PassCode would continue to do a very smart thing and have a fresh release ready for their series of shows with rock bands, and it looks like smart things continue to be decided, as a new single, “Ray”, will be hitting stores on May 23:
— PassCodeオフィシャル (@passcodeO) April 21, 2018
I like this. I like the cover art that reminds me of crossing up Massive Attack with Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle (enjoy). I like that it’s being timely without trying to be exclusive about it. I even like how they were apparently so pressed to make a press deadline that they couldn’t even decide on the titles of the B-sides for each version! Continue reading
I just spent the past week doing the following:
Oh, and idols. Lots of that, too. Though let me say, the pastries have actually been the highlight. Leek sauteed in bacon fat with a bit of salt and pepper, mixed with cream and melted gruyere, then set up in a light pastry? Delicious. And today, I’m going to eat most of the stuff! It’s a happy time at Maniac Mansion, and I’m looking forward to a pretty solid weekend. I’m not a winery person, but the nearest stretch of Virginia is lousy with them, so.
Make sure that you enjoy yourself, too! I’ve been harping on spring for weeks, but it has in fact sprung; or, if it’s your autumn, you maybe have a few last decent weeks before your hemisphere’s version of winter, which I imagine is more like a terrifying shrinking of life from a cruel, unsetting sun. The point is, I bet it’s nice out, and you deserve to have nice things. So play the Fun (it’s a great one!), share your thoughts on this little doodad, catch up on the interesting week that was, and then put the best things in life ahead of idol for a minute.
XTEEN with a very important PSA:
— XTEEN † 4/17秋葉原ソフマップ初リリイベ (@xteen_official) April 15, 2018
For the last couple of days, folks around the Idolsphere have been quite concerned regarding the whereabouts of BiS member Momo, who had disappeared from public view after apparently being seen getting on an airplane. Because it’s BiS and therefore WACK, and because it’s potentially serious business, I wasn’t going to immediately suspend justifiable disbelief and run with it, but it turns out that Momo did in fact go AWOL, and has in fact withdrawn from the group:
— BiS−新生アイドル研究会-オフィシャル (@BiSidol) April 20, 2018
Fatigue. Understandable. Good luck to you, Momo!
May the most chthonic of ancient deities bless us all! Yes, friends, it’s another Tsurezure song preview morning!
— ゆくえしれずつれづれ (@yukuetsurezure) April 20, 2018
As usual, it’s a two-hour shindig; as usual, because they never say not to, we prefer to flaunt the rules around here. Continue reading
Pour Lui, look what we’ve done for you! So many fresh ideas for your channel! Now can I design t-shirts for your inevitable YouTuber merch store? Pleeeeaase?
I am so, so thankful for April Fools Day. It’s been what, almost a month since it happened, and it’s still fueling ideas for Friday Funs. I love this time of the year for bringing me out of the drought I had going for months! I want a fool for every month.
Of course, for Babymetal fans, April Fools Day is also Fox Day, the day for many goodies and announcements, and boy, did we get one heck of an announcement this year: Continue reading
Previously on Pour Lui’s YouTube Dungeon:
BYS totally isn’t an April Fools joke.
First Summer Uika forms a bitch alliance with her former captor and Michibayashi Rio to seduce their rivals.
Where’s Kamiya Saki? Hell if I know.
Nobody can escape the YouTube Dungeon, especially not Koshouji Megumi.
Or at least, that’s my interpretation. If you hadn’t guessed from the previous trainwreck, this whole column is just me watching the BYS vlogs with my very limited Japanese and trying to form some kind of coherent story behind them. And failing. But hey, you don’t have to read this! On with the continuation of this gripping tale:
In a rare bout of kindness, Pour Lui takes her captives Megumi and Tentenko out to see the cherry blossoms. Oh wait, looks like she was just using them as her hapless servants to leech food from the unsuspecting public! Screw grocery shopping, am I right? Continue reading