Since even a socially distanced American Thanksgiving without family still involves stuffing oneself with turkey and pie, I’m putting this post together as I fight off a turkey coma. And even though Japan doesn’t do Thanksgiving, they seem to be treating this like a long holiday weekend with about 20 different livestreams to choose from. Visit The Calendar for the whole roster, but here’s a few that come highly recommend:
Check out the elegantly choreographed dreampop duo, LiLii Kaona, as they hold their COVID-delayed oneman live commemorating the release of EP-of-the-year contender, KIYOKU.
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders have dropped the news that they will be kicking off 2021 with an international debut courtesy of a newly inked agreement with the US-based 88rising. Our favorite four-member piano funk meets post-punk and acid jazz unit will be be taking on the world under the name, ATARASHII GAKKO!
It’s almost the weekend! That means it’s time to attempt to plan out your idol livestreaming schedule, a task which requires an immense amount of flexibility these days. Last weekend was a case in point as several gigs, including two full-blown festivals, waited until the day of to announce streaming options. We update The Calendar with any late additions we hear about, so keep an eye on it throughout the weekend. In the meantime, here’s some stuff we know about right now:
It is no secret that team Homicidols collectively adores RAY. If you’re not sure why, here’s a perfect opportunity to find out.
Another favorite, O’CHAWANZ make a rare appearance via livestream with the infectiously funky FAREWELL, MY L.u.v in support their new releases including a collaboration album that may very well run away with Album of the Year honors. Continue reading
One of the very nicest things about chika idol livestreams (apart from them being the only way the vast majority of us can see any idol lives at all these days) is that, despite the name, you don’t actually have to watch the majority of them live. Most of them come with a nice archive feature so, if you don’t feel like staying up until 3am, you can watch them the next day. It also comes in handy when, like this weekend, two stellar shows are being broadcast at the same time. Case in point:
ZOMBIE POWDER is joining Dan te Lion, Chu Kiss RIP and (standout 2020 debut unit) Canary for volume 50 of the Diffusion Φ Brightness livestream series.
But fifteen minutes after that livestream starts broadcasting, Tribu pre. SUN will be kicking off with an A-list line-up featuring MANACLE, RILISREVERSE and Shihatsu Machi Underground. Continue reading
Congratulations on surviving a particularly heinous week. The weekend is almost here and well deserved! Of course, making plans has gotten a bit more complicated. You may have noticed, but the latest chika idol trend has been to announce livestreaming details the day of, if not mere hours before, the live start time. We will add late-announced items (UPDATE: Like this BURST GIRL broadcast) to the The Calendar as soon as we hear about them. As always, if you see something we’ve missed, please DM me on Twitter.
First up, the bight and funky FAREWELL My, L.u.v has a pair of shows being livestreamed to promote their new EP including a gig with debut-of-the-year contenders NELN and a birthday live for Ritsuko.
There is no question that 2020 has so far been full of dark days with signs of more to come. Parts of the world are retreating into another round of COVID lockdowns, the US may be just days away from going into full-on “Purge” mode and Hachigatsu-chan just left Oyasumi Hologram.
Into this bleak landscape, FAREWELL, MY L.u.v have dropped a bright, shiny groove-and-reggae-infused nugget of joy in the form of their second EP, GOLD. And just in time too. The only thing that’s been getting me through the day lately is this track on repeat:
It is the most wonderful time of the year: the season of idols appearing in Halloween costumes!! Even though Minna no Kodomochan (unfortunately) does not have a livestream this weekend [UPDATE: she does now], here’s a bonus Cinnamon as Kiki:
It would not be a proper Halloween without an appearance by the Darkness Girls themselves. NECRONOMIDOL will be streaming their holiday gig with costumed cheki options for overseas fans.
BiSH enable God Mode in their “STORY OF DUTY” MV which doubles as a promo for the Call of Duty mobile game. For a war game endorsement, it is probably notable that they never pick up a gun. Instead they dance with cheat codes enabled, invulnerable to all incoming attacks while obliterating their foes with impunity.
Best part: 1:24 where Chitti and Atsuko taunt tanks by doing The Robot.
LiLii Kaona celebrated their three-year anniversary this past weekend with a special live at Moon Romantic, and they had a lot to celebrate. LiLiKao’s incredibly productive third year has included the release of their startling EP, KIYOKU, their first DVD, and non-stop performances including frequent appearances on the MoonRomantic Channel and the beyond excellent Tribu.pre live series. However, despite their near-constant activity, LiLii Kaona may still rank among the best kept secrets in chika idol.
It is well beyond time for that to change. Although we are about a month away from considering the Best of 2020 nominations, if there is any justice in the world (spoiler alert: there is not) LiLii Kaona should be a finalist in the category of Best EP for KIYOKU, Song of the Year for the impeccable “Rust”, and now, after premiering during their 3rd anniversary live, Best MV:
Before diving into the normal business of highlighting gigs being broadcast from Japan, I wanted to note a series of shows being streamed from the opposite side of the Pacific. This weekend, independent music venues across the U.S. are hosting a three-day, Save Our Stages benefit to support American live houses that are struggling during the COVID crisis. As someone whose love for underground music was born in tiny rundown clubs and has grown over the years into a global pursuit of great live acts, I believe it is definitely a worthy cause. Plus it features some stellar domestic talent including Rise Against, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, The Roots, Reba McEntire and many others. Check it out and donate if you feel like it.
Back to business: Debut-of-the-year contenders RILISREVERSE kick off the weekend with a free livstream on Nico Nico.