You Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | “MIRRORS”

In the spirit of elevating more of the very smartest voices among us, I asked Babymetal megashow-attender and Corenament almost-winner DaeMetal to share his impressions. As one of the few people alive who may love YSM more than me, I’m sure that this will be a completely unbiased exercise. Take it away, Mr. 444!

One of the primary goals of my most recent trip to Japan was to witness as many Yanakoto Sotto Mute lives as possible. I was fortunate enough to catch them three times and was happy to confirm that they are, in fact, the real deal; as Maniac dubbed them, “the idol unit that was born perfect”. Not only can they pull off their vocals live (quite a feat considering the demanding range and complex harmonies of their compositions), but their performances display an emotional range in their songs that isn’t evident from just listening to BUBBLE, their first and utterly brilliant album. Yanakoto Sotto Mute are one of those rare groups whose live performances dramatically enhance the songs, giving them additional dimensions beyond the definitive perfection of a studio recording. For those of you in the Western Hemisphere who haven’t begun making plans to see their overseas debut at East Meets West Fest in August, I encourage you to do so. Seeing YSM live is a bucket-list-worthy event. Continue reading

100 Days of Tsurezure, Day 13: Reckoning

As I mentioned in the Weekender, team, ol’ Maniac won’t be providing first-person accounts of his own from the NSLE shows; instead, I turn to friends! And nobody will travel further for, and deliver a better description of, the idol experience than our old pal Daemon. Take it away, sir!

So, everyone raise their hand that was worried about the reception of Not Secured, Loose Ends’ (aka Yukueshirezutsurezure) Western debut! Now, everyone can put their hands down and pretend they knew it was going to go fine all along. TL;DR: NSLE freaking destroyed the Rivoli in Toronto last night and the crowd loved every second of it. Continue reading

Daemon’s Final Con Spot Is about Origins

Good morning, lovely weirdos! We’ve by now seen all of the rest of Daemon’s panel from Con Nichiwa, where he surveyed the current alt-idol underground and talked up exactly why it’s so awesome.

What was missing so far was Part I, which, as you might have guessed, must include the twisted fairy godmother of them all, the original BiS.

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Daemon’s Con Panel Excerpts Are Tools for Winning Converts

The next time a friend, slack-jawed and possibly (probably) inebriated, tries to give you crap about being into idols, the first thing you should do is punch them in the belly for being a jerk. The second thing you should do is try to convert them!

All of these efforts that folks are up to, podcasts and DJ sessions and convention panels, are valuable tools for new people. Remember the “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!?!” feeling? Show folks music and video, and they’ll probably get that sense, too, if they aren’t too busy writhing around on the floor because you assaulted them, you maniac.

But after you get that hook established, you can fulfill the desire to know more by showing them certain websites, but also very helpful explainer videos! Continue reading

When It Comes to Making Idol Fans, It’s All about the Fans

Good morning, you goofballs! As you know, our community is growing, and with that growth comes the feeling that many of us have: Holy crap I need to share this with other people!

You know about the podcasts; there’s A-to-J doing the Lord’s work for all things Japan, including lots of idol, and the Alt-Idol Podcast is still churning and growing, too. Subscribe, watch, listen, learn and, above all, interact.

There are other ways to spread the word, too. For instance, as Daemon likes to do, you can host a panel at a convention:

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Get Your Con on … Twice! More Daemon at Con Nichiwa

This is exciting; our pal DaeMetal was already going to be running as brutal an idol panel as has ever existed at Con Nichiwa in Tucson, and now he’s adding another:

That’s the Babymetal version; I won’t spoil some of what he told me about it, but suffice it to say that it sounds like a big ol’ space.
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Get Your Con On: Daemon’s Back with the Kawaii Underground

If you folks remember the halcyon, more innocent time of Homicidols.com, your friend and mine Daemon hosted a kawaii metal panel at Con Nichiwa in Tucson. That was almost a year ago! And now:

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