After just over 10 years of delightful Shibuya-kei inspired pop mixed with electro excursions, Vanilla Beans officially announced that their disbandment will take place this October, ending with one final concert.
While I’d admit it’s not a terribly shocking turn of events, (They’ve mentioned the possibility previously.) it’s still a sad loss to those of us who always adored their harmonies and retro-cool aesthetic. They were, in a sea of idols, a very special group marching to their own drum.
I was first charmed by Vanibe way back in 2008, after seeing the MV for their second single “Nicola”.(Lisa was actually not part of the very early duo, but a girl named Rika.) I was instantly obsessed with the song, and it remains to this day among my very favorite pop tunes of all time. And MV was also sublime with it’s brilliant design and subtle humor. In short, it gently delivered what I consider to be a perfect capsule of pop. Vanilla Beans let me in on something exciting: “Idols” weren’t contained to the carefully constructed tropes I had pegged to the genre.
Well hell’s bells, friends. What is dead, truly, may never die, at least not as long as idol is a thing. Mistress, hot off of disbanding, is back — in a sense! Yes, the members are all gone, and the group had its farewell live, but “the mistress” lives and has a real-deal MV to prove it:
It’s clearly time to update that ranking of PassCode songs!
There’s obviously not a whole lot to go on from here, except that the debut is on the 11th and there are members: Continue reading →
At least I can stop complaining about idol being boring this year; the death toll alone is incredible. Lyric Holic, at times the most viciously loud thing in idol but also capable of real-deal beauty (because Tama), had their final one-man later today*. Maybe it means something that I wouldn’t have even known it if not for randomly seeing a tweet from a member of another (friendly) group** wishing them well:
We’ve been waiting for it for a while now, but the end of the Heaviest Idol in the World, Guso Drop, finally came. I wanted to post something appropriate yesterday, but there wasn’t any video up yet when I had time to look; major sleuth Viz Major came to the rescue:
Just pretend like it isn’t real!
And in a lot of ways, at least from my vantage point, thus ends an era. Continue reading →
I alluded to this one yesterday, team, and I’m still buzzing a little bit from getting a chance to have a real-deal conversation with the man behind Guso Drop, 2&, Hoshina Fumimi, Himegoto Zettaichi, ancillarily Screaming Sixties, formerly Poroporo Baroque, and so on. Folks have been dying to know the score ever since it was announced a few weeks ago that Guso Drop was going to disband, and, while Daichi has been pouring his heart out on Twitter, there have been oh so many questions.
Krv is the real hero here — because he’s friends with Daichi in addition to being a fan, he offered to hook up an interview, and then provided real-time translation over LINE, and at an ungodly hour for his timezone to boot. I have the patrons to thank, too, for providing a really good starting place in terms of questions and topics. I ultimately cut this about in half by combining thoughts and letting Daichi do some of the driving, but I hope that we were able to get to the gist of what you were curious about.
I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to offend anybody.
So! Have you ever wanted to get into the head of an idol manager? What about an idol manager who’s in the midst of ending his flagship project? Or an idol manager who’s always looked at himself as a musician first? Or even just a guy who’d say:
If he throws a dinner party with human flesh on the menu, I’d probably go along!