Funny. I take out time the other day to sort of off-handedly complain about this being a boring stretch for idol, typically, as the winter festival season dries up and the talent gets into the meat of the academic calendar … and the last couple of days are just riddled with fresh new music and updates and things that warrant actual by-the-gods excitement. This being a holiday in the United States, I, uh, actually need to do Day Job work, so this is the last entry for today, but my goodness, have you guys heard the new one from Marionet yet?
After several days of puzzling over tweets and off-handedly remarking things like “oh, I should remember to put that in the Weekender” and “wow, they’ve really come a long way in a short time,” ol’ Maniac here finally pieced together some stuff about everybody’s favorite Idol Formerly Known as Alloy Which Ah Forget It and, oh look, it’s kind of a big deal for them!
So last month, WILL-O’ released some “new” music, which was in fact an old petit pas! song re-updated with the most recent membership of the group that’s as close to a direct descendant of that group as it gets without having the same name, and it was cool and good. They stayed busy, though, as it was just the next round in a series (I love these) of monthly releases that incorporate not just new music, but sort of a soft reboot of the group, still called WILL-O’ but in this guise known as “O’currence”, which was rolled out yesterday at their company’s (Perfect Music) PERFECT SUMMIT.
Whew. You can get most of that from this tweet! Continue reading
Well, “on the way” is relative I guess, because it already arrived on Soundcloud yesterday, and “new” is true in the absolute sense but not for long because *trumpeting herald* Melon Batake a go go’s first major-label album, IKASUZE IDOL 1.2.3!! is literally right around the corner. However, the point of the post is that Melon gave us yet another track from it as a preview, and yes, it is indeed rip roarin’:
I love how Melon’s average track length is shorter than the time it takes me to write a typical Maniac sentence
If you like this, or you consider yourself a Melon fan, you need to go get this album when it’s available. It’s a major — we can help a beloved chika darling rise and break out if we support them on their big-time label! And wouldn’t it be neat if a group of idols dressed like superheroes roleplaying as interplanetary, uh, heroes performing horrorcore takes on surf rock and the like were the breakouts to prove the rule!
I have no time for commentary for this! But I think you should listen to it if you liked the debut song from uijin sister unit raymay!
There’s a lot going on in there, and I like where they’re going with this! Some of that uijin influence of course, and what sounds to me like a very generous helping of vintage petit pas!. Things are looking good!
Hey! Just a quick announcement: Our man Daemon, who does this thing on as regular a basis as anybody that I know, will be at the Tucson Japanese Festival this weekend for not one, not two, but three presentations on contemporary Japanese music, which you just know includes idol!
Anyone who happens to be in Tucson tomorrow, drop by. I’ll be leading talks on Alt-Idol, Kawaii Metal and J-Pop in general. pic.twitter.com/qsaclEQTEQ
— Daemon ☠ Shidare 2/2 (@DaeMetal) January 18, 2019
It’s five bucks. That’s $5! That’s as close to free entertainment as it gets in this day and age, and you’re bound to learn about something new and interesting — D’s got wide-ranging tastes and obvious passion for them. Check it out!
Good morning! I have to say, 2019 is shaping up to be maybe the roughest year in idol since I started following back in 2014. A lifetime ago, practically! It feels like a blessing in a way to be so, well, goshdarned upset about the rash of graduations and breakups in these early weeks of January, because it means that I got to cross metaphorical paths with people who left an imprint on me, and that matters. So yeah, you may be losing an oshi (possible plural at once!), and you might not get to see that person and the work of theirs that you prize, but your life is richer for having them having been part of it, and thank the gods for it.
And, you know, it’s idol. You’ll find another favorite or 10 again in no time!
I’ll admit that this isn’t really my favorite time on the calendar, and not just because it’s a time of high turnover — it’s also a time when, I guess because of the academic calendar, the business of idol slows a bit. There’s not as much stuff, and the first big run of debuts for the year is still a few months off, so you need to find ways to amuse yourself. Like, for instance, deranged fan faction!
A giant-ass winter storm has been ripping through the country the last couple of days, and heaven help the poor souls in New England about to get snowed under. An excellent excuse to explore your artistic side while playing the Fun, and then ripping through a halfway quality Weekender!
Halfway Is Better Than No Way
Ex-oshi seems to be taking well to life outside of idol:
— 瑳里 (@sari_mdr) January 15, 2019
— 瑳里 (@sari_mdr) January 15, 2019
Meanwhile, every tweet from Shidare is like a dagger to the heart:
— ◎屋しだれ (@shida_tsurezure) January 16, 2019
— ◎屋しだれ (@shida_tsurezure) January 18, 2019
Please allow me to apologize to one of my low-key favorite things in idol, going all the way back to when random YouTube dives were all you really had to compare to the handful of English-language resources for chika idol: UNDER BEASTY, I done you wrong, and I’m here today to make it right. We need to catch up!
Gah, where to begin. Well, probably with the fact that they’re about to release their … fifth? Fifth single:
How conveniently named then!
Yes friends, the thing that you should be incredibly hype for if you’re able to go, and at least somewhat hype for just because it exists, is now something that you can officially purchase a ticket for, which you should undoubtedly do, and soon:
— ORIONlive UK (@ORIONlive_UK) January 18, 2019
I hope that everybody was looking forward to Q’ulle’s upcoming album release, their second under Avex, at least half as much as I have been. Arguably the finest purveyors of idorock left alive, the former dance troupe is always at least good and has an upper echelon that most idols, frankly, can only dream of trying to reach. Plus, unlike a lot of projects, they didn’t have to change what they were doing when they went major! They just, like, did even more.
Give this a quick spin:
That’s a lot of previewing to do! Granted, there’s enough music that you’ve heard before (because you are a Q’ulle fan, like all smart people are) that it’s not totally fresh and surprising, but there are some new moves here that I wasn’t prepared for. Yakko’s death growl, for instance.*
The thing released today, so go get it!
*May or may not have happened
Goodness gracious, will REGiNA KiSS ever stop putting out videos for iDOL SHREDDER? They did say that they were going to be releasing an MV for every song on the album, IIRC, and at this rate they’re getting very close to that. Have mercy.
Anyway, I drooled a little over the last track that they videoed, but this one is the hands-down best and might top their entire catalog to date: