Last time in the ongoing soap opera that is THE BANANA MONKEYS, they gained two chimps, lost one, and… actually, that’s pretty much it. Seriously! I guess after Belle Delphine stole their bathwater idea and got more fame from it, Banamanagement felt a little discouraged.
Oh wait, they just released a new music video. Never mind!
Well, it’s upon us, people. What I was shocked to realize is the re-christened KAQRIYOTERROR’s first single (or first official single? I dunno), and first release under the new regime, is out in a week’s time, and that means one thing: An MV that almost nobody else in chikadom would even try to pull off!
Yeah, I’m late to this party, so what. Hiatuses will do that to a person. But on the off chance that you weren’t yet aware that BURST GIRL — who I post in protest because what worth does this world have left in it anymore — made available a pair of previously unreleased tracks a couple of weeks ago, and I’m personally just now catching up and more than happy to drag you along with me:
I can understand why! These tracks are deliciously random by BURST standards, but also at the same time like peak BURST, a neat trick that only the truest masters of we-do-what-we-feel-like can accomplish, and so this is all okay by me. Continue reading
Five years and 1,293 shows later, Screaming 60s capped what has been perhaps the most relentless and legendary run in chika idol history with am exuberantly emotional live at Zepp Nagoya on September 2nd.
As the group enters a period of indefinite (and perhaps permanent) hiatus, the entire chronology of the Screaming 60s saga has been painstakingly documented in a commemorative booklet available for download.
All parties involved have been cagey, carefully avoiding saying that Screaming 60s are finished and only reminding us that nobody knows the future. We do, however, know that Montero’s immediate future largely involves motherhood. Kai, for her part, didn’t even take a day off before announcing her new role as vocalist for a just-launched band, Tentai 3349. Continue reading
Ah, wyenra, increasingly one of the most interesting legacies in idol. For the uninitiated, picture this: An idol group rises to mid-range prominence over a decent duration together, then does the idol thing and disbands, but immediately rising from that is a cooler, smarter and altogether more earnest self-produced indie project that does what it whats, presumably how it wants, and improves on the whole package. It’s like a fairytale!
That’s the nutshell version of how wyenra came to be, you see. I’ve enjoyed them going back to the very beginning, but in a hit-or-miss way, given that whole “do what they want” thing doesn’t always align with “what Maniac likes” or even “what the virtual persona of Homicidol Maniac likes.” And that’s fine! Artists do not exist to please me. This one from the other day, though? I love it as much as I’ve ever loved anything from wyenra, and there’s no way that I was going to do anything but hold it up and demand that you love it, too. Continue reading
Broken By the Scream made their debut performance on U.S. shores this past Friday night at Saboten Con in Phoenix and it was spectacular. Ayame, Yae, Io and Kagura brought a ton of energy to the Arizona desert and left it all onstage. The vocals were appropriately brutal and angelic in turn, the choreography crisp and emotional. Fans had flown in from across the U.S. and up from Mexico to give BBTS a proper welcome to the West. Altogether, it was a fabulously brutal evening.
Good morning! Man, does it feel good to Weekender again a little bit. To give you just the tiniest bit more detail about why I disappeared for a couple of weeks, as of seven days ago I had this incredible anxiety about being able to handle all of the things in front of me, and I dealt with that by shutting down a lot of the things that I’d ordinarily do. And while I’m talking about that with the right people and getting a better understanding of it, I also know that usually the best therapy for me when I have trepidation about something is to just dive right in. And so, while I thank Team for holding it down on the Weekender front, I also revel this very moment in having stuck my arms up to the shoulders in idol’s guts for the week and pulled out some good stuff.
Love what you love, gang. And if the Fun is any indication, there’s a lot of love out there.
Oh, Weird, Okay
For the record, we easily topped FRUITPOCHETTE’s crowdfunding needs:
Such philosophical quandaries are not for the faint of heart, nor for the enterprising fancy idol blogger to contemplate too dang hard because these Codomomental previews blink back out of existence just as soon as they appear. We can deal with existential questions later!
For now, this morning brings us a preview track from Yukueshirezutsurezure’s upcoming album of remixes and re-recordings and all that jazz. Which I think I didn’t know about! That’ll happen when you disappear for a couple of weeks. But fun, I’m glad that’s happening. Take a good cue from a good Zenkimi thing. Anyway, your song:
Two hours are fake, yada yada. Continue reading
Happy Friday!!! I’m filling in for Kerrie this week, and I know I’m not nearly as much fun, but it is indeed Friday so at least I’ve got that much going for me!
So last week the theme was #BadIdolAwards, and with ground that fertile, there were some pretty darn funny responses…
Now for this week, we’re actually looking at something that goes beyond Friday for some fun, and hopefully continues well past the next week. This is an idea we’ve kicked around for probably close to a year now, and I think it’s time we got it rolling…
So Minna no Kodomo-chan are tottering into an uncertain future. This has been a savage year for graduations and disbandments, so it follows that we could toss a few more heartbreaks onto the proverbial woodchipper of our emotions and further dilute a scene that, in what feels like the blink of an eye, went from astonishingly diverse to increasingly monochromatic. Sucks.
But yes, we did lose HAMIDASYSTEM, only to gain a new HAMIDASYSTEM, and I’m going to put it out there that “Kizu no Oto” here is probably exactly the track that I needed to hear this morning: