One More Track to Get You on that Shihatsu-machi Underground Train

It’s out already, right? Shihatsu-machi Underground’s album? I feel like that’s right. I tend to base these things off of when MVs are released for a whole host of reasons ranging from laziness to shortcuts. But anyway! All of those previews that they teased out over the early course of the year, they were pretty slick, weren’t they?

Shihatsu-machi P apparently wants you to have a little bit more, so get to it:

I want to meet the people for whom that isn’t super enticing. I want to learn about how much they hate puppies and fun, and I want to show them my pity for them to their faces. There are a lot of things to read into that snip, and every single one of them is capable of inspiring happiness.

Some bonus photos because I’m excited for the members:

Welcome Back, PassCode

From digest to short-version MVs, PassCode’s pulling out the usually promotional rotation for the CLARITY album, which is yes now completely out on all platforms, so stop wasting time and start jamming this stuff into your brain via olfactory orifices:

If this is what passes for a “short version” anymore, what’s even the point of shortening?

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BiSH Certainly Knows How to Make an Announcement

Things have been quiet on the BiSH front lately, haven’t they? Sure, sure, they announced a big-ass new tour with an awesome theme, and they have all of the usual tie-ins and promoted merchandise and all that jazz, but … yeah, the thing that put BiSH on the map in the first place (their music) was kind of bereft of attention, and by all parties it seemed. It seemed.

Because what better day to near-guerrilla-drop a new album in a split concept over a 30-day span than April Fools’ Day?

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PassCode’s Album Is Two Days Away, But No Fake, You Can Listen to the Very Full Digest Now and Apparently Download the Thing Digitally

You may have already heard the previous, uh, previews of the upcoming PassCode album, which … well look at who’s advancing to the Final Four in the Corenament! HOW APPROPRIATE. Anyway, new album, coming out Wednesday, and here’s a very full digest of the entire thing: Continue reading

In All Seriousness, Here’s Marionet’s First MV

All right, I think we got that out of our systems. We really sweated it down! Other fitness allusion! Did it work for you? I enjoyed it.

And on that note, let’s get back to serious business! Business that in reality I’m pretty late on, and almost missed until Andrew reminded me, and even then didn’t have the wherewithal to watch completely until Team was neck-deep in putting the finishing touches on this year’s big gag, so unfortunately the first real big visual presentation by Marionet is going to get some short shrift. It’s good short shrift though!

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We Wanted This Bed-In Post to Include Lots of Innuendo But Maniac Won’t Let Anybody Have Any Fun, But Letting You Know about the Bed In Album Would Have Been Pretty Funny

If you haven’t discovered Bed-In yet, now would be a pretty good time to look into them. I wrote a bit about them last year, but 2018 was a fairly quiet year for the duo, as they spent more time touring and being best friends with First Summer Uika than they did releasing any new material.

Thankfully, next month they’re finally releasing their third album, and what better concept for an 80s-themed idol duo to come out with than a whole album of 80s J-Pop covers!

We haven’t got any full-length music videos yet, but some of the songs have already been made available on digital platforms. And if you’re not sure if you’re ready to open Spotify yet, well, Bed In also uploaded some not-quite-MVs-but-not-quite-commercials (teasers?) for said songs on their YouTube:

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You Are Hereby Invited to Love Shihatsu-machi Underground in Total

I’ve been trying to tell you guys for a little while now that the time to get on the Shihatsu-machi Underground (as they apparently prefer to have it written!) train is immediate. Get in while the getting’s good. This is a group that has the chops to absolutely blow up if given the chance and be a big emergent force from the Shibuya scene. All they need is us! Well, and thousands of other fans, but you get the idea! So maybe the brandy-new MV (that’s right!) from their soon-to-come album (oh yes!) is exactly what you need to be convinced:

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Devil ANTHEM Is Cool As Heck

Dang you guys, I almost completely fanned on … like the 30th thing just this year that I would’ve missed. At least this time I pull victory from the jaws of defeat! As you may have discerned from the title of the post, this is about Devil ANTHEM, whose body of work is usually pretty enjoyable even at its least homi, but who can still really let it rip when the mood strikes. Do like I do and keep them at least on your medium list — if your short list is the stuff indispensable to your existence — so that any little reminder that they exist and do idol things is a prompt to go see what the latest of those things might be.

Like this video!

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Go Buy Zekkyou’s Album, Geez

Hey you guys! The first real-deal Screaming Sixties album is out today, and you were probably already planning on buying it if you were aware of that fact; if you are just learning that fact, there’s a good chance that you now want to buy that album. Good thinking! And if you are the kind of dunderhead who needs more encouragement despite previously existing awareness of Zekkyou, why, perhaps this very full album trailer will inspire you to make better life decisions!

Very nice to include those clips of Maina from the MV!

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Approximating Levels of Hype Regarding the New PassCode Album

What year is it? 2019? Holy heck. It feels like half of forever since I’ve been talking about big steps forward for PassCode, going back probably all the way to the beginning of the site but realistically zeroing in on their first major-label releases, when the world seemed to be their oyster and they were very happy to tease Western appearances.

They keep doing it, too, but the last couple of years have actually been kind of rough on the group, Yuna’s illness being the most obvious difficulty but there no doubt being other complications that have kept them on a relative holding pattern. There’s been a hollow element to all of that promise of late, and one could be forgiven for thinking that maybe this time is when PassCode finally packs it in. What a shame that would be! They’re arguably as good as they’ve ever been, they should be trying to maximize that potential!

Well heck, now that we know more about the new album, this is it:

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