Ah, BiSH. Or maybe, rather, “Ah, WACK”. Few things can get a Western wota het up easier than the hard side of idol’s big bad and its steady flagship, at once inimitable and sublime and a bunch of less complimentary things lately because why mess with your cash cow, you know? The BiSH members are always up to some kind of (well-compensated, no doubt) shenanigans these days, to the point that it’s easier to move around various live clips from big shows or catch an interview than it is to find new envelope-pushing music.
You may have seen the scuttlebutt, but I’ve taken my own advice and want to make sure that no stones go unturned, so here: Hey, do you guys remember NO MARK? You know, one of the umpteen great debutantes of 2018, and the umpteen-minus-five-or-whatever who didn’t get a finalist nomination in the Best Of but would probably at least make some folks consider it in the right light? This NO MARK? Right! They’re super-idol-titled SET YOU FREE album is available for free on OTOTOY through Friday (Japan time, I presume), so:
【メディア情報】 OTOTOYにてアルバム「SET YOU FREE」ライターレビュー、メンバー&プロデューサーライナーノーツ掲載‼︎ DLした方には是非読んで頂きたい、そして先にレビューを読んだ方は是非アルバムをDLお願いします‼︎無料配信は12/21(金)0時までです‼︎https://t.co/4ge9sXPnv6
Monday is bad. Monday is especially bad when you really want to keep sleeping until Tuesday. Alas, we must all of us rise and get down to business. The very least the universe could do is help out a little bit with something pure and magical and good, you know?
In keeping with this Tuesday’s short-lived and likely-never-to-be-revisited tradition of posting about selfish idols, Wagamama Rakia, The Original Wagamama, have made available a re-recorded version of their “There is surely tomorrow” song, now with all four current members:
I feel so badly about this one. It’s been an entire week since Jim, one of the greatest, bestest-taste-having idol fans in existence in addition to being kind of a big deal when it comes to that whole punk business, very excitedly shared that Bury, as stripped-down a chika unit as any chika unit has any right to be, has in fact de-stripped-down operations by en-sleekening their look and opening up their very own Bandcamp.*
The reason? Why, the release of their first single, naturally:
Which is actually now two full weeks old. My bad! If you wanted to listen, though, said Bandcamp can provide:
Now that you’ve listened to those songs, you’re going to buy them, right? At about $.50, there isn’t a better bargain. And then you’re going to follow Bury and become a devoted gaijin fan and encourage this unexpectedly promising punk project (p-p-p!) to succeed!
*Given how many bands turn to Bandcamp, I’m literally amazed that nobody named Bury had claimed a domain yet
Context for the title of the post! I had this weird feeling that EMPiRE’s major debut album release, teased a couple of days ago, was going to settle the follow-or-not question. Yes, even after that thing with the giant sentient butt, I was skeptical that EMPiRE would come out the other end of the chute as genuinely interesting. I was all geared up for it: They’re going to try to make EMPiRE happen no matter what, aren’t they?
I’m so sorry for missing this one yesterday, but the powers that be at Aqbi are giving us all a chance at a free OTOTOY download of the latest single, or I guess just the A-side because that’s all that OTOTOY will let me download. Regardless!
This is a really bad one, you guys, and I’m sorry, but in addition to just plain missing the best chance to share this (Sunday, or HAMIDASYSTEM Day in Japan, as the cool kids now it), I almost forgot about it. It’s just a lyric video, but I’ll be gosh-damned if it isn’t just further confirmation that HAMIDASYSTEM is in that rarefied territory of being legitimately better than, oh, 98 percent of other things in idol, and that they’re inversely well-appreciated by the gibbering masses who don’t so much exist as much as I need a handy strawman to make my point so there:
Ages ago, back when I was planning out how I wanted to do this idiotic project, I wrote out a series of topics that I thought were worth discussing. It’s worth noting that said editorial outline ultimately turned into nothing because I had grossly underestimated the size and complexity of just this little corner of the Idolverse, and I wasn’t ever going to have time to make a lot of those pieces happen. Noting that, however, I can still say that I had wanted to do a pre-most-WACK-things post on the general career arc of one Watanabe Junnosuke, questioning whether it was skill or luck that had gotten him through (at the time) OG BiS, OG BiSH and OG Pla2POP.
So! GANG PARADE made “BREAKING THE ROAD” official today: