I’m Actually Totally Okay with the Archaeology of PassCode

Yes, I goofed on PassCode for re-recording a bunch of their earlier works and calling that their new album. Goofing was required! That doesn’t mean that I didn’t get all kid-on-Christmas-morning when I saw that there was a trailer — already! — for “Locus”:

“Toxic”! Holy crap, that’s one of my favorite things! What else? Continue reading

All about Those BiSH Collabs

It was reflexive, the way my teeth gritted this morning when I saw the tweet from BiSH:

“Oh cool!” I thought at first. “Another Aina collaboration with somebody that I’ve heard of!” And then came the gritting, as such a notion recalled Aina + TeddyLoid, a project toward which my first reaction was tepid enthusiasm (“Good for Aina, though!”) and has since aged like unpasteurized milk. So it followed, then, that when I finally got to press play:

Oh that’s good work! One could be forgiven for hoping that Watanabe would put that TeddyLoid pile of meh right into the memory hole and spare us another electronic collaboration for Aina (or anybody, really), but this is nice. Like, really nice. And seeing how deep have gone the disses toward Mr. Loid lately, I’m beginning to understand why. Also why I should be adding MONDO GROSSO to my personal list of things to catch up on!

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You Have 11 Days to Download What Might Be the Loudest Album This Year

The big honkin’ 2018 begins in earnest!

Christmas either came super early or super late for ol’ Maniac, you guys. First, new Necroma; then, BBTS melting faces; now Minna no Kodomo-chan making available what they promised was going to come:

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If Ayukuma Wants to Keep Trying, I’ll Keep Giving Them Chances

All right, I know that I said that I might be kind of done with ol’ ayumikurikamaki, but then they largely redeemed themselves and I feel like it’s worth bringing up the fact that one of the single most fun projects in idol is releasing a second major album:

That’s what you call old news!

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Ladybaby Will Live(?)

Color me somewhat surprised — after Rei unceremoniously split and Rie started up on her solo project, I was among those who thought that Ladybaby, of whatever iteration, was as good as dead. Yes, this is idol, and humans are interchangeable parts, and Ladybaby management has been pretty cutthroat about personnel in the past, but still.

So then imagine how hard the coffee shot out of my face when I read this:

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Yes, I’m Hype for the New STARMARIE

In case you couldn’t tell by now, you guys, I’m making a very deliberate effort to mix things up a certain extra amount ever since my entreaty that we all get more diverse in the idol that we follow. The next exhibit? Motherhubbard STARMARIE, that’s who. Yes, the longtime fantasy-aligned rock idols have themselves a new album coming out next month, and they teased out the first track the other day:

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JyuJyu: Here’s Your Nightmare after Christmas

Hey, I’m still feeling like I don’t want to do very much today, but let’s get the next year’s idol festivities off to a great start by … starting a week early with what might be the darkest release of the year, i.e., JyuJyu’s upcoming album. This builds on the earlier thing about downloading the re-recordings. But John has the rest of the details now.

You all know how I love my dark themed idols, so I was extra excited to hear that JyuJyu was releasing a new mini album. As a matter of fact I was so excited that I ordered it even before I wrote this piece. Lets see what we will be getting from the cursed quartet.

via JyuJyu Announce Upcoming Release — Straight From Japan

Access Tweet. Tweet Tweet. Access Q’ulle.

This is too cool, you guys. If you’re a Twitter user (like all good idol fans are), you should gonto this:

There’ll be an option not to RT — well, that too — but to actually tweet it. And when you do? Free song/video clip! Continue reading

Wake up. Download Some Dang DOTS. Post Your Reaction.

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Idol is gearing up for a hell of a 2018 with a bunch of teasers in the waning moments of 2017 that should do no less than to whet your appetite for an incredible year in music. In this case? Just one of Maniac’s very favorite things, Tokyo’s Dots, who have their first full-length album coming out in January — but you can get a full preview of the whole dang thing beginning right now if you know what’s good for you:

OTOTOY, where so much of my time and money gets spent

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Whereupon Year-old Things Pay off for BILLIE IDLE

You guys remember when this happened right?

I sure as hell do; I’ve rarely been as excited about anything*, and I waited — WAITED! — for months for the results to come out. Finally, yesterday, they did. Continue reading