Dang, do you guys remember BIЯTH? I had to go back to Memory Lane quite a bit to follow up on that one, and I’ve been sitting on this dang post for a few weeks. But, neat project, idol+guy with guitar+obviously other instruments (but it’s really just Ricka and Yuma making up the group), doing good work. I have this weird tendency to have Ricka’s tweets right at the top of my feed when I randomly look in, so I fortunately hadn’t forgotten the name when some fresh buzz started up a little while back, and paying attention pays off!
They released their latest maxi single/EP/four-track record that defies easy labels on Sunday, so it’s now officially weird that I haven’t shared the trailer with you guys:
I really, really do. Why, I don’t know, because normally putting together Artist A with Artist B is a hit-or-miss proposition, and I get really tired of half-baked attempts to either match likes by putting their butt ends together, or jamming the negative ends of magnets together until space-time rips and we fall into an alternate universe where all performers are contractually obligated to include Zac Brown in at least one track per album. Not with idols, though! Even when it “doesn’t work,” which is a subjective measurement of impossibilium — how can anything that adds idol to idol to make more idol be bad? — a collaboration between individuals or units is just about always worth tuning in.
And so it was that sentimental site fave AIBECK (hi An’z!) hooked up with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them unit Sola Sound:
Oh, it’s a quieter day in idol? And there’s still a whole huge backlog to get through? Let’s do that!
Last week! It was a lot! Some things I just didn’t get around to; others I deliberately held up for timing reasons. This is one of those, as getting seasonal beats right feels like the least I can do. Remember how Suzu Hinata kicked around a little after petit pas! broke up, and where she landed ultimately involved a solo musical project that, by the standards of how a lot of idols decide to style themselves, was pretty much right on par?
Well, she’s back, and this time it’s to wish you a very happy Halloween! Continue reading →
I hate to be that guy who wags his finger and admonishes people for having independent tastes, for pursuing self-fulfilling interests and activities. I mean, I’m a random American anti-weeb who makes a big ol’ idol website doodad happen. Who am I to judge?
That being said, I’m ashamed of all of you for the insufficiently ecstatic response to the emergence of Marionet, who I remind you haven’t even debuted yet and are already pulling on my heartstrings because, like, they’re putting out music to preview and it’s good!
If the first one was enough to whet your appetite, maybe “Galaxy Dance Dance!” here can slake your thirst in addition:
The cynic in me wants to propose that we have Marionet trade this, at least in part, with BILLIE IDLE, or to find out who crept undetected into Melon Batake a go go’s headquarters to steal this song. What a nice time! Another great example of how old-timey rock n’ roll and idol can go together like lamb and tuna fish peanut butter and jelly. I can only imagine what this looks like on stage, with some semblance of choreography and my girl Fumimi belting out her lines like a boss.
Honestly, it’s a roll of the dice at this point to see who’s the best debut of 2018. The field is incredibly stacked.
I decided to hold on to the most recent REGiNA KiSS MV release for a few days, gang, because I knew — knew — that there’d be at least one another out before iDOL SHREDDER hits the shelves, and that patience was rewarded. You may want to familiarize yourself with the trailer for this album before diving in.
Here’s last week’s full MV entry:
Like, what even is this song? How many substances were in the video director’s system? If iwrestledabearonce had an idol equivalent, this would be it. Such glory. And I’m pleased to say that I’m very, very glad to have waited for the next installment before posting. Continue reading →
No one single thing in the past week got me as excited to acknowledge a YouTube notification as this. I love DAIDAIDAI, have championed them from their birth (two years ago!), have eagerly waited for a chance to completely immerse myself in their soundscapes, the kind of thing that really only works when you’re seeing a live, rather than catching up on clips from fans’ cameras or the errant MV. And today, a pro-shot (of sorts). It feels like victory.
Hello friends! That was, uh, that was quite an ending to the idol week, wasn’t it? And not even the lowest point, in an ethical or moral sense. I don’t want to be that guy, but as both a Yui wota (original oshi, no less) and a clear-eyed realist with a heart of stone, I’m enjoying the reactions to her graduation. For every rational response, there’s at least one other person fomenting conspiracy theories from whole cloth so hamfistedly that I — yes, even I — have to applaud. I even thought about doing a copypasta kind of post, but I don’t have the energy.
Nonetheless, yesterday was like an acknowledgement by the Gods of Idol that it’s a different world now. It’s felt that way for some time; the possibility of there being no Babymetal, or of Babymetal being a completely different kind of animal, basically seals the edges from lingering attempts to argue for any appreciable difference between idol that is loud and idol that is not. Where idol goes, idol does.
Potent lesson, no?
Well, I don’t know about you all, but autumn is probably my favorite time of the year, and I have a huge ol’ project to get to on what might be the last Saturday of the year to have sunlight past 6:00 p.m., so you go play the Fun and then get Weekendering, and I’ll get cranking on a few other things, and we’ll all be happier for it. Deal?
This is an awful story, and it’s a predictable one, as is the response to it by mainstream coverage:
There is nothing good in this piece. Nothing good about the idol industry, nothing good about the conditions, and nothing good about fans. Not doubting it speaks the truth; but as always, the picture is painted with a very broad, all-encompassing brush. https://t.co/ZMiRaSFYaN
I love idols. Most idol agencies do right, but sometimes less than savoury management companies get bad press. I think we can appreciate entertainers, the entertainment industry in general and support our favourite artists while simultaneously seeing unethical practises.
So on top of it already being busy season in idol, there have been some fairly major happenings afoot, and I am not yet just behind on all of the stuff, I am now behind on stuff that’s happened in the last couple of days. Some it’s going to have to wait! What won’t? BILLIE IDLE, for they are queens and deserving of all of our rapt attention and respect and … oh, people didn’t like this? What?
It has been a roller coaster of a morning in the alt-idol breaking news department, but nothing is so welcome after the official departure of the original alt-Oshi than an international guerrilla release by Yanakoto Sotto Mute.
(Update: I have been informed that today’s release was first announced on YSM’s Twitter earlier this week and that I am not a true fan of the group.)
It’s already available on iTunes so why are you still here?
Once again proving their designation as the Perfect Modern Idols , Yanamute’s unexpected album drop comes with the promise of an EP per month in the run up to Christmas. “Stain”, the first track on this morning’s surprise offering, is a stunner, so these are not b-side offerings but chill-inducing, A-Grade material.
So if this morning’s big news had you crying into your coffee, thanks to Yanamute we can now face the weekend with smiles on our faces. Happy freaking Friday!!