It’s a SAKA-SAMA World

I was recently re-listening to Yume no Hate Made Mo, SAKA-SAMA‘s EP from February on TRASH-UP!! Records, (I still listen to it frequently actually) and as of this halfway point in the year, I’m still holding firm that it’s the very best release of 2018. I just don’t think anything as comes as close to accomplishing a feat of aesthetics mixed with music as this mini-album. The only question I have is, When do we get more?

The first indication of that is a newly unveiled live recording from the group entitled “LIVE from SAKA-SAMA WORLD”, an audio document of their very first and highly successful one-man show. SAKA-SAMA have quite a sizable catalog of songs now, despite their one EP, a compilation track and a 7″ single being the only tangible products of their work. I’ve been pining for more some time now, so here’s a chance to check of their material just beyond my grasp. The only issue now is that this live-release is only available at their shows, so woe to those currently unable to attend and get their hands on one.

In the interest of expanding awareness of the live recording and spreading the joy of their live shows, TRASH-UP!! uploaded the most professional footage of the group that’s ever been available, and these videos are terrific!

Now here’s a ton of live SAKA-SAMA video up on the YouTubes, but the editing and the pro sound-mix really makes these especially amazing to watch. You’ve always been able to tell with their other footage that these girls give 200 percent and have a lot a lot of fun when they preform, but these really capture a fire and spirit that hasn’t been seen so clearly before! They’re completely singing their hearts out, screaming, jumping, thanking the crowd for their support, and loving every moment of it.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so artfully full of DIY spirit and projecting it so intently in the crowd, who send the love right back at ’em. To me, this is a whole new fresh perspective on a group I was already fully on board supporting, so these videos have made my day.

Now hopefully they’ll take some of these unreleased songs and capture some of this fantastic energy into a studio, mix it up, add some of that trademark A-level TRASH-UP!! graphic design sense, and release another new audio gem fondly enjoy like a fine collected piece of art. It’s a SAKA-SAMA world, and thank goodness we live in it!

Her Name is SOLEIL

I’d like to strongly urge you readers to do yourselves a favor, and open up Spotify or Apple music and look up the just recently released album “My Name is SOLEIL”

SOLEIL, you see, is a band, but it’s also the name of the band’s lead singer, and together they’ve released an uplifting and exciting album that recalls Shibuya-kei and the 60’s rock genre known in Asia as “Group Sounds”. And if you also love the classic girl-group era and the heyday of French ye-ye pop, well, herein awaits a tasty treat as well. To call this recording pure joy is a trifle bit of an understatement. This is a captivating concoction of nostalgic vibes bursting at the seams with fresh modern energy, it’s just really that good.  Continue reading

Let’s Talk About “Art-Idols”

One of the more enjoyable and exciting things in the bold new world of non-traditional idols is the continuing openness of personal self-expression nurtured into the performers. While there’s always been a creative streak within the scene even in it’s more “commercial” days, I really started to take notice of this new emergence of experimentation with the debut of Maison book girl in 2014…

Those first press photos of Koshouji Megumi’s post-BiS group, with their modernist fashion style and aesthetic, seized my attention immediately, and I’ve never gotten that impression out of my mind since. With MBG and other bold new groups taking the stage, the “alt” prefix started being applied to this emerging trend, but to me, I saw their efforts as being more about personal expression and a desire to take idol from a product market into high art. To this day, I refer to Maison book girl as an art project, and their genre as being “Art-Idol.”  Continue reading

A Day of World Dotmination Is Upon Us

One of the most pleasant surprises of the year is seeing those strange and mysterious DotsTokyo girls completely surpass their initial status as a quirky underground oddity into a full-blown pop-culture buzz sensation. It doesn’t appear that anyone, including us early-adopter fans, saw this coming. Since the day the Dots announced their rather ambitious first label-distributed release, they’ve became the artistic toast of the town, crossing over to the shoegaze crowd and finding quite a warm welcome awaiting them. It’s pretty amazing and exciting to see this happening, and it really couldn’t happen to a cooler group.

A conversation about this remarkable feat came up on Twitter, and skildert quipped in an offhand reply that Dots were quietly achieving “World Dotmination”. This sounded like a pretty great hashtag. With this clever tag in our pocket, and with the wave of Dotgaze mania surging upon us, it’s time to perform another one of our “artist awareness events”, where we take to the Internet and for one special day, heap a ton of love and adoration to our subject of admiration. As we’ve seen in the past, it seems to go over quite well!

This time it falls on a day that’s simply too perfect to pass up: August 21, 2017. Not only will there be a show of love and Dotmination within the world wide web, but it will also be the day that (Primarily in North America) the Earth will experience a full solar eclipse. In other words, the two biggest “dots” in our sky are also going to participate in this event.

Images via Wikimedia Commons. Non-Commercial Use Granted

So here’s how we’ll do it. In the spirit of a group that has a minimalist and highly artistic image, we will utilize our creative minds to honor Dots with an aesthetic in that tradition. In the days to follow, look around your everyday life, and take a moment to open your eyes and see one of the most common shapes you encounter…

Get the drift? Dots, man, they’re everywhere. Take your phone and go dot collecting. You can go out searching for dots, or just find them in your day-to-day existence. Don’t limit yourself, have fun and be as creative with this as you want. There’s no wrong way to do this. Make some dot-art if you wish, find a book cover with some dots on it, take a photo of your spotted pets, it all works. Heck, if you’ve got the equipment for it, take a photo of the eclipse that day!

“My God. . . . . . . . It’s full of Dots.”

And then come August 21, post your dot image finds all day long on Twitter with the hashtag #WorldDotmination . Don’t forget to tag or reply to the group as well. This is all about having some artsy fun, and showing the Dots from Tokyo our personal appreciation for sparking a little creative thought in our minds.

We’re looking forward to this one, gang! We really want to see what you see, and celebrate one the best gifts that the idol has given us, while at the same time standing in awe of the cosmic forces of the universe.

August 21st (Solar Eclipse Day)    #WorldDotmination

How Much Would You Like To Know About Dots?

So last week I received a message from a Japanese friend of mine, known on Twitter as “☜ЯЯ۩RR☞”. He’s a very cool and friendly guy I met at an Avandoned/Hijokadian show a little more than a year ago. Aside from idols, we’ve got a mutual love of shoegaze, post-rock and experimental musicЯЯ naturally happens to be a big fan of the mysterious enigma that is “. . . . . . . . .” as well, and he enthusiastically offered to help me put together more pieces to the Dots puzzle. Over the course of an afternoon, he filled me in on a motherlode of intensive and valuable information, and now I’m going to pay his kindness forward and pass this mind-bending knowledge on to you. And be warned, it gets pretty esoteric.

So let’s talk Dots…

First things first, there are currently six Dots. In the beginning they were nine, but four withdrew. Recently, a new, sixth ” . “ has joined them. Continue reading

NOMAKES Are Perfect for Your Easy Sunday Morning Listening

Good morning, gang! Did you know that there are forums on Homicidols.com? I sometimes forget myself! I had hoped that their creation would give us a place to share random things and chat about them and ask various questions, which does happen from time to time, but the platform hasn’t been a great success … except for when things like this happen!

Brian, the Supreme Nothing himself, is ever so good and getting into idol’s more interesting crevices and pulling out little gems, and he shared this lovely gift the other day. His intro profile of NOMAKES is a nice look at cool indie idols, and rather than hold out for Indie Idol Wednesday, I thought that you might enjoy having this for your Sunday adventures.

NOMAKES (Indie idols connected to TRASH-UP!!)

If nobody gives me credit for that sick Lionel Richie / Faith No More reference, I’m going to throw up

It’s Time for a #PainfullyViolent Campaign to Support Guso Drop

Hey team! As you know, Guso Drop’s latest (and maybe-greatest-but-definitely-grossest) officially drops in a couple of days — let’s show them the same level of love that we’ve shown BiS and PassCode and NECRONOMIDOL! Brian again is the mastermind, so get your instructions from the man himself:

For anybody who’s reading this, I have no doubt that just like me, you love this music, but, also like me, I suspect that participating in the fandom is a big reward as well. At times, I think that the fun of fan interaction and participation rivals the very subject matter that bonds all this […]

via MAY 22th, Let’s make a PAINFULLY VIOLENT statement for Guso Drop!!! — supreme nothing

All the Cool Influences Behind You’ll Melt More!

Our pal Brian, aka @supreme_nothing, wrote up this piece on the various artistic touches inherent in You’ll Melt More!’s visual and musical work on his own site … and then posted it in the forums like a goof. I figured I’d move it on up here to the home page so more eyes get on it. Go read the whole thing (just click the boxy doodad there) and tell him how much you liked it!

YOU’LL MELT MORE! : The Coolest Idols In the Room…

P.S.
Literature and Destroy is one of my favorite titles for anything, ever, and I had to be talked out of dropping almost $100 on a copy of Bellheart’s EPEP EP, which is a glorified single, but whatever, I was pretty drunk.