Give Thanks for uijin

I told you we weren’t done with debuts for 2016! Next weekend, yet another electrock* group will be setting off on the road to idol glory. I refer, of course, to:

uijin! This whole lowercase-name thing limits one’s choices in sentence structure! Continue reading

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A Safe Landing for Nozomi from petit pas!

And in another reminder that there is good idol news out there, can I just say that I’m actually stoked about a new idol project that hasn’t released a single note of music yet?

Say hi to Alloy (Twitter), who would have me won over entirely on the strength of their excellent outfit and logo design. So chic! So retro-authoritarian! So … I mean, between the name and the look, could this finally be the industrial idols that I’ve been waiting for?

Anyway, that stuff’s neat, but take a very good look at the young women in that banner. Somebody looks a little familiar, no? (It’s the person referenced in the title!) Continue reading

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Come Together: An Idorock Stable Takes Shape

Pure Idol Heart, who’s great to chat with about idol stuff at all hours, has been tipping me off on lots of new stuff lately, but this is one that genuinely has me excited.

First up: Candy GO!GO! Like, the living embodiments of idorock. Their last single was a lot of fun, their major debut is coming out at the end of the year, and they’re just out there doing like they always do, which is put on swaggy stage shows and dominate Twitter. Candy GO!GO! is managed by One-to-One Agency, and that name used to make a lot of sense because, to my knowledge, they only had themselves one client (being Candy GO!GO!).

Not anymore! And if you’re reading this on the home page, please allow me to clickbait you by saying and you won’t believe who they’ve signed (but you’ll probably be happy for who it was): Continue reading

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Drugs Are Bad But Also Good, Kids: Meet ShiX

I may as well eventually get around to clearing out the ol’ backlog of drafts, no? For instance! A few weeks ago now, up popped in the Idolmetal group a new duo going by ShiX (Twitter). The insistence that this be addressed was followed up by Pure Idol Heart very shortly thereafter:

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petit pas! Died So That Payrin’s Could Live

Happy Friday, team. So as it happens, the other day, I did this:

I missed petit pas! I did! And that’s even before seeing that business with Kokoro hanging out with Pikarin. There’s just always a place for super-up-tempo hard idol rock that never once flirts with being idorock, and the demise of petit pas! meant that the world lost one of the few projects that got it right.

So then imagine my excitement when I hit upon this little number:

What a fun song! It’s like a mash-up of petit pas! and Avandoned, and nothing at all like PassCode’s song by the same name! Continue reading

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Here’s That DAIDAIDAI Live Video in Full

In a coincidence that Alanis Morissette would almost certainly misidentify, yesterday, I used DAIDAIDAI’s teaser video to sum up my personal feelings about the onrushing end of election season; today, it’s the video of their debut that, front to back, might encapsulate your experience.

I wanted this to be about three minutes longer, but I’ll take it!

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Who Had Any Idea That Chess Could Get So Brutal?

I mean, there are “brutal moves” in chess, but those are more you-idiot-now-I-can-destroy-you-in-two-moves kinds of things than you-son-of-a-bitch-eat-steel acts of frustration.

But anyway! Autumn has completely descended on Maniac Mansion, so rather than spend yesterday drinking budget beers and watching football and then cooking a seasonally appropriate three-course meal because that’s how we roll around these parts, I raked and blowed and digged and swore in front of the neighbor’s kids. Delightful! And I was glad that I added some brand-new idols to the playlist to distract myself from the six-inch cut I opened on my arm while being irresponsible with a box cutter:

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Oh My Dog, Cutie Corpse Is Back!

Way back when this site was just a twinkle in my eye, I had this joke to myself — the idol scene was getting so weird and heavy-dependent that a deliberately uber-kawaii unit was basically an inevitability … and then into being sprang Cutie Corpse.

And then there wasn’t Cutie Corpse anymore. The project ultimately fell apart before it really got anywhere. And, honestly, it’s not like that anywhere was even anywhere at the time. Cutie Corpse became just a funny little footnote, and we all moved on with our lives.

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The Sweetness Will Make Your Teeth Ache

Update: I want to say that there’s no way this is true, but I bet it’s totally true. I have no reason to doubt our friend. Wild.

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to call on Pure Idol Heart for delivering on a good find, but this is just one example of why you should always pay attention:

Tell me that they aren’t rocking You’ll Melt More!’s look from last year

Meet Attain Music (Twitter), or maybe that’s not really their name because Attain Music is definitely the company, but the group doesn’t seem to have a name of its own? Anyway, as you can see, they’re cutting out any and all pretense and going straight for the darkest, blackest combination of all — kawaii rock. Maybe “Kawaii Rock Idol” is the name? Continue reading

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Angels and Demons? Sign Me Up

Kids, I have bad news: I have no idea what’s up with these girls.

As long as nobody gets hurt, we should be okay

Actually, that’s not true. I know about as much about them as anybody who isn’t them! Say hi to Kimi to Utatane, who are doing this whole dual-nature, which-will-you-get angle that at least carries the threat of violence and pain. Continue reading

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