This Will Be a Great Opportunity to Get into Yajima Mai

I like tweets from friends:

Or, to contextualize that, mistress of the gothic arts Yajima Mai, creative force behind this, just wrapped up her three-singles-in-three-months thing with a one-man, and at said show announced the release of her first full album, and that my friends is how you repeat the details in a press release:

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If New Broken By The Scream Can’t Wake You Up, Nothing Can

Over 30 months of being a fancy idol blogger, I’ve learned how to keep things rolling at an even keel. The enthusiasm that you start with ultimately has to compete with half a hundred other things in life, to say nothing of the crushing disappointments that idol sends your way on a roughly quarterly basis, so you find yourself employing little survival strategies to balance it all out. Me, I’ve learned not just how to better manage my time, but that I don’t need to strain against constraints on that time. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t, there’s the Weekender.

I say all this to set up the fact that I’ve had some really tight time constraints lately, but you bet your sweet ass that I had my alarm set to go off for when Broken By The Scream announced that this MV going to drop:


“Sayonara Birthday”!

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This 969 Song Is Dangerous and Good

How long have I been kvetching about not hearing anything from the 969 album that’s due out, like, imminently? About just plain not having it? Long enough, at least a month, which is an eternity in idol because, as we know, entire groups’ rosters can turn over in that much time.

Anyway, here it is!

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I Think I’m Ready for Broken By The Scream

I think, especially because I’m listening to this on a cell phone in an elevator in an old hotel, so forgive me for missing the nuance and thereby not pretending to discuss it. Just … the upcoming Broken By The Scream album has its trailer out, and go ahead and tell me who’s doing better metal+idol right now:

Like, AN ALIEN’S PORTRAIT doesn’t need to be an earth-shaking multi-continental accomplishment; it just needs to be metal as fuck, by idols, and so far, so good. I’d say that the mission’s accomplished. Though Krv did tell me a funny thing about their TIF set that I’ll add in the comments if you’re interested.

There’s That Zenkimi MV!

Gah, and it’s even for the exact song that I wanted it for!

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Work out with Eren-chan!

Dang, when was the last time that I got to post about one of my favorite solo idols? This long ago! You know how I like to refer to a recent past time that I listened to a thing and thought of a thing and then wham there it is? This is like the opposite of that — I have my Eren-chan CD in my car and like to play it when I enter this particularly troublesome stretch of a particular journey. Yes, I did it within the past month, but it didn’t really make me go, oh hey Eren, what up? It was more, dang, I should listen to this more.

Anyway! Eren-chan, who is cool and good, released an album back in June (I’m so sorry!), and dropped this MV yesterday to get you motivated:

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It’s Time for Another Tsurezure Song! Also Holy Shit!

How many days has it been since the first time that Not Secured, Loose Ends, the idol formerly and technically still known as Yukueshirezutsurezure, teased the first track from their upcoming exFallen album? Enough that it’s time to have another one!

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Well, It Looks Like I Have a New Favorite NEO JAPONISM Song

Soundcloud is a pretty great tool for sharing music. I’ve been using it in various capacities for years, going way back to before needing it as a tool for finding Japanese stuff, even. But do you know what Soundcloud sucks at? Sending mobile notifications. So it becomes one of the few things in the game that require active, deliberate monitoring, and you’re SOL if whoever you happen to be following uploads material way ahead of the actual release date, such that the new thing never even appears in your feed (pre-major new BiS, I’m looking in your direction).

At other times, things pop up in your feed and you get a fun little charge. How exciting! I hope it’s good! It’s sometimes a letdown, sure, but also sometimes a thrill … like when one of your favorite emerging units dispenses with the pleasantries and decides that their newest track should be a nasty one:

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Let’s Have a Chat about Oomori Seiko

I don’t mean to alarm anybody, but the patron saint of idols, the living legend named Oomori Seiko, just released a new album, Kusokawa Party, and it’s everything that I wish a lot of other things in this world could be. That’s usually about all I’d say about it and kick it into the Weekender, but we’re Seiko fans around these parts, and her influence and support for idol at times near and far demands respect all by itself. So! When Seiko does good and loud things, they get held up as an example of what the really good shit can be.

For instance!

That’s like vintage Quintet BiS being reinterpreted by syva and GESSHI after a long night of No-Doz and absinthe.

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We Review Things: Melon Batake a go go Make Sick Music For Sick People

Psychobilly idols Melon Batake a go go don’t generally strike me as rule followers, but in the case of their new EP, they abide by an age-old rock n’ roll rule: Keep it short and sweet and make them beg for more. It’s a formula that’s brought us legends from Hasil Adkins to the Ramones to Guitar Wolf to a hundred other rock stars who put a pep in our step and tickled our hormones. You simply can’t beat a great garage stomper, and now, Melon Batake a go go have come to put the idol spin on the barn dance. Continue reading