So a lifetime ago (Saturday), a buzz swelled up and over the wota scene like
Is … is that a kazoo?
Yeah, folks were popping off about these girls the other day, and for good reason — we get our share of punk idols, but not many who sound like the second coming of punk rock itself with idol as an incidental feature. If I didn’t know any better (time travel isn’t real!), I’d swear that I already own some of their music on a compilation CD somewhere. Continue reading →
There were two surprise music things in my stream this morning: Eminem’s Kamikaze album of diss tracks, and these two demos from Wonder Lander.
Yeah, Wonder Lander! When was the … holy smokes. I mean, they’ve popped up in the Weekender a-plenty during the past year, but you’d think that I’d do something more for one of my personal guilty pleasure idol groups. I have to admit that I don’t even know where the membership stands vs. its original iteration anymore!
Oh man! You newbies might not be as … warmed? warmed by this one as much as folks who’ve been around for a few years, but: Suzu Hinata, ex of petit pas! and eventual winder-upper as solo idol on the same label as some other cult favorites, is in fact still alive and in fact still idoling and in fact kind of building on this whole The LunaBell thing. It’s only been (/checks watch) like almost a year since last we heard from her, but now we hear from her again!
So yeah, after being pretty gung-ho about the first good official demo from stop-making-me-type-this flesh-eating zombie idol act A.N.otheЯ, I was significantly less so about the second demo and Weekendered it — yes, that random collection of weekly items does double as a repository of the meh — only to almost immediately thereafter see that there was in fact a third demo, and that third demo is like way better!
【超拡散希望】 A.N.otheЯ 3rd. Song 『PARTY MONSTEЯ』ver.Luna DEMO
Yukueshirezutsurezure, may all of the gods bless you. You knew that we needed some satisfaction after finally announcing your long-delayed fourth single, and that we might like to hear the as-yet-unrevealed fourth member, so you only made us wait until the most inconvenient time of the week for people west of the Urals. Good thing for me, possibly you and definitely posterity that I managed to pay attention with two minutes to spare in the ol’ traditional two-hour window:
In our return to the world of idols who can and should earn a spot in your hearts, for reasons known only to you because frankly I don’t want to know what the hell is going on in other people’s heads all that much, we have a new track from Attain Music:
Though they’ve been featured in these hallowed pagesa few times over the past long time, poor Attain Music is probably still best known as the former home of one Peri Ubu of BiS. She even took photos with them once backstage, possibly at mistfes, and I’m not going to try to find it now so take it from the most trustworthy Maniac you’ve ever met!
Or, I mean, it would be cool if they could a) continue to rock and b) become a little bit of a big deal, you know? This is a doubly loud and sweet song. I’m not saying it’s great, but friggin’ Machinehead is killing it on metal radio right now with one of the laziest songs I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot of songs.
Eventually, the full version of this sucker, which may or may not contain a full-on digital harpsichord break (DO IT), will become available, as will a full MV, and then we may judge. In the meantime, please hold Attain Music a little higher in your heart and praise that riff in the beginning of the song, and also the very earnest idols working hard to entertain you.
I get excited about dumb things sometimes. Take, for example, yesterday: There I was, writing a proposal for an extremely roundabout makeshift CRM kind of thing, completely ignoring Twitter and all other things idol, when one of those highlight notifications came along. I could stand a short break!, I thought, so review those highlights I did, and there was Payrin’s tweeting about something new on Soundcloud.
Why, I’d have to be completely insane to pass that up! And so it was that I felt my homicidol hearbleed gush just a little extra over the first few bars of this demo: Continue reading →
I kid you not, three times in the past month I thought to myself, what’s Shuuengo Buppan doing? and then went and looked at their Twitter feed and saw that the answer was “the usual” and then personally went back to being annoyed at how little action is in idol lately. But damn, remember how this neat little project just shot out of the gate over the summer? And we were all really excited about them for a few weeks? And then they disappeared because the Internet is a terrible memory hole?
Well, they’re back, with their first … single? They’re calling it a demo. A demo. On a CD. Now for sale. And with this MV! Continue reading →
This is so cool, you guys: So Oyasumi Hologram, who I can never believe only have the level of support that they do among Westerners, given that they’re incredibly great — at making their dreamy, ethereal, arty alt-whatever — have started a new project with a three-piece band (or potentially as a three-piece band, nuance is hard), and that project has a demo, and they’re promoting both of them with this out-of-nowhere MV for “machine song”:
Alloy just keeps on grinding out demo tracks on Soundcloud. They’re all good! Including this new one!
It’s very imaginatively titled*, and also perhaps prophetically, because things called “Ten” have a tendency to turn out pretty well, even if this isn’t the actual title in the end. That’s not a great joke. Continue reading →