Follow Along for Some Fresh BLACKNAZARENE

I don’t get a ton of time to casually scroll through Twitter anymore, but when I do, I tend to stumble over some good stuff. It’s good luck, I guess. Usually, following half of all idols makes for a bloated, disjointed mess of a feed, but maybe my eyes got used to it or something. The point is, there I was, doop-dee-doop, minding my own business when … hello, what’s this?

Why, that’s two songs! And right in reply to its own message, there’s BLACK NAZARENE with links to each and lyrics! What’s happening! Continue reading

There Are Still Plenty of Hours to Download the New EMPiRE, Which You Should Probably Do

EMPiRE runs kind of hot and cold around these parts, as befits a group that was born to a major label and rarely settles on just one style (preferably loud) for its music, with that often settling for safe avenues toward record sales. It’s the moments when they try something different (or are willing to battle an anthropomorphic butt) that EMPiRE stands out. We’d like more of them, please and thanks.

Yesterday/today/whatever they embarked on their 24 HOUR PEOPLE PARTY performance, a member’s farewell and an opportunity to spin off some other new announcements. And, among them, seeing as how it’s one of the only truly fitting ways to close something like a 24 HOUR PEOPLE PARTY, they’re offering up a new track for free download … for 24 hours. Go get it while the getting’s good!

Dang, whoever broke EMPiRE, thanks

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I Love You. Now Go Get raymay’s Single

Well if this isn’t a post that happened quickly and with no real plan! But hell you guys, there hasn’t been a ton to write about this week, and I’d been meaning to make good on this one way or another ever since I knew about it, so here we go.

So raymay. You know, the little sister group of uijin’s that sounds like this and was either going to reveal the full extent of their awesomeness (or maybe just ambitions thereof) on this record, or would still leave us feeling pretty optimistic about their future because come on, “pulsar” is ridiculous. That raymay. The debut single is ready for digital download. And while I’d ordinarily just make that a Weekender thing, I’m not here because step one, do one of these things:

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WILL-O’, Still WILL-O’, But Like New and Improved

After several days of puzzling over tweets and off-handedly remarking things like “oh, I should remember to put that in the Weekender” and “wow, they’ve really come a long way in a short time,” ol’ Maniac here finally pieced together some stuff about everybody’s favorite Idol Formerly Known as Alloy Which Ah Forget It and, oh look, it’s kind of a big deal for them!

So last month, WILL-O’ released some “new” music, which was in fact an old petit pas! song re-updated with the most recent membership of the group that’s as close to a direct descendant of that group as it gets without having the same name, and it was cool and good. They stayed busy, though, as it was just the next round in a series (I love these) of monthly releases that incorporate not just new music, but sort of a soft reboot of the group, still called WILL-O’ but in this guise known as “O’currence”, which was rolled out yesterday at their company’s (Perfect Music) PERFECT SUMMIT.

Whew. You can get most of that from this tweet! Continue reading

So You Will Be Able to Download New BiSH

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.

So heck, let’s put it all together! Continue reading

If You Wanted NO MARK’s Album for the Price of True Love, You Can Do That

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:

Now, there’s no good reason at all to not get this, but let’s walk through why anyway. Continue reading

The HAMIDASYSTEM Epic’s Fourth Installment Is Glory

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?

What do you mean, HAMIDASYSTEM released the final leg of their multimedia art project? Blessed be!

Download it here; while waiting for OTOTOY to prepare the file for you, you can go read the accompanying story part. Continue reading

The HAMIDASYSTEM Saga Continues Its Singularly Beautiful Trek

What a thing to wake up to. After the first and then the second installments in HAMIDASYSTEM’s ambitious multimedia concept project, we were all aware of the depths of truth and beauty that were being laid before us. Today’s the day for the third installment, BEET’s turn to deliver her part of the story, and it’s putting me in some kind of mood:


Just one of these left to go, alas

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Would You Like a Free Wagamama Rakia Song?

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:

Thoughtfully, this is also available via free download! Continue reading

Shame on Me, I’ve Been Sleeping on Bury

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