This Is the Oyasumi Hologram Live Experience

Dear idols: When you take on the massive lift that is going from the Tokyo underground to international touring, you get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the ol’ Homicidols editorial calendar, and things that I’d ordinarily Weekender become features. If I can goose interest in your gigs when they’re going to happen right here in my country, I’m going to do it, you know?

In this case, with Oyasumi Hologram now only a couple of weeks away from their first (and hopefully not last!) run of U.S. tour dates, I wanted to highlight some live video from their gig over the weekend. If you’re new to them or just plain on the fence about whether to get to the Bay Area or New York or Philadelphia, maybe these little tastes of what’s in store can sway you. Or you’re like me and will just plain enjoy seeing OYSM doing their thing!

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Kerrie Reviews Things Sleepily: THE BANANA MONKEYS | “Goodbye, Hello”

Guys, I’m a dum-dum. Now, if you’ve been following this website for any period of time you’ll already know that, but seriously, I’m a dum-dum. Over an entire month since I announced this release (among other things) and still I waited, impatiently. “Aagh, when will they hurry up and start selling this EP somewhere other than their live shows? It’s not even on their website!”. Then reader and Friday Fun regular Chris dropped a bombshell on me:

“Why don’t you just get it on Ototoy you cretin?”

Ototoy. Of course.

Surprise surprise, there it was. Right there. The “September 10th” release date almost taunting me.

Well, whatever, this isn’t the first sleepy review I’ve written long after the actual release date. Actually, I don’t think any of my reviews so far have been on time. Kind of a downside of being sleepy, you see. Tiredness slows you down. And, on two days without sleep, I think now’s a better time than any to get this month-old draft out of the way. Continue reading

Yep, Still Ready for that Kaqiryo Terror Architect EP

It’s time for another Kaqiryo Terror Architect song preview! The last one had me so hype that I wanted to break — they already had one stupid-good album release on the year, and an EP on the same level had the potential to shatter reality as we know it. These tweets from the boss are always so good-way ominous:

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Kaqriyo Terror Architect’s EP Is Already Feeling Like One of the Year’s Best

It’s time, it’s time! Kaqriyo Terror Architect, befoulers of decency and soon-to-be queens of the underground if there’s an ounce of justice in the world, have previously made it known that their first EP was coming, and that we should prepare. Today, we get our first taste, and I don’t know if anybody could have prepared enough for it.

Two-hour window, of course, but:

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Nevermind, Ayuni D Has the Best BiSH Solo Project

Did I know that former gas station attendant Ayuni D was being hooked up with a solo project? And, unlike Chitti and Aina, it’s a standalone EP? (/checks notes) I did not! It’s a total surprise! And yet, here we are, and the dang record drops tomorrow and oh my goodness where the hell has this song been?


Also, I didn’t know that she could play the bass better than me

You know, I spent all this time thinking that Aina’s various solo projects, and then Chitti’s getting one of the most legitimately nice songs that I’ve heard in a while, that these were harbingers of big changes. Hell, when Ayuni D joined BiSH two years ago, I said in some conversation elsewhere that those two were probably going to be the next to go, to seek greener pastures than idol stages, and that BiSH would be “Atsuko and Ayuni D’s group in a couple of years.” (Yeah, I remember that but I can’t remember … Anyway.) Continue reading

WTF BANANA MONKEYS!?

THE BANANA MONKEYS are truly one of the most cursed, yet fascinating idol groups happening at the moment.

Let’s get the good news out of the way. A new EP, Good bye, Hello, coming in just a few weeks!

Yes! Label is not bad is already a candidate for Album Of The Year 2018, and I liked their recent digital singles too, so I’m pretty dang excited about this. So much so that I haven’t even watched this trailer so my first reactions upon listening to the whole thing can be genuine (aka so that if I do a sleepy review of this it gets the kind of weirdness that this group deserves).

“But Kerrie”, I hear you cry. “Didn’t they add a fifth member recently? Why are there only four of them?”

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HAMIDASYSTEM Is out to Prove Their Supremacy

Gosh darn it, HAMIDASYSTEM, you too? Will you idols not let me have a restful Sunday!

Oh wait. This is like the best reason imaginable to take a break from taking a break:

There’s a new EP coming out in Sept. 5, and it’s time to promote the hell out of the sucker despite having just wrapped up the last incredible series. Here’s the double bonus — we’re going to get an MV every day through Thursday! Continue reading

EMPiRE Strikes Again and Ruins my Sunday Morning

Man, I didn’t want to do any things today, even with some good stuff in the queue! What the heck, EMPiRE, and your second MV off of EMPiRE originals arguably being the better of the two released so far and definitely being something that used to be more in BiS’s wheelhouse if it just had a little bit more blood in it?


Just couldn’t resist that Kentacore piano break, could it?

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Dang, That New EMPiRE Song Is Nice

How do we feel about EMPiRE now, with the “EMPiRE originals” MV out? I’m annoyed that I only just got to look and listen at this today, though it’s partly my fault because I kind of deliberately set it aside after yesterday’s release. So sue me! I got stuff to do, man. Idol don’t pay these bills!

But let me say, please, that my hedged skepticism is something that I’d like to take back:

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So How Do We Feel about EMPiRE Right Now?

I’m asking this question because we’re coming up on the EMPiREiversary and folks in this community seem to fall on a simple continuum when it comes to WACK’s first explicit collaboration with Avex — people seem to be EMPiRE fans, or they’re fairly indifferent, or somewhere blithely in between. This is relevant because hey, there’s a new EP coming out in a few weeks, and the MV for the lead track is out in a few days, and just kind of let this wash over you:

That looks sleek as hell and sounds like it’s either going to be epic or another reductive “Orchestra” knock-off. Neither, for what it’s worth, would be bad in the absolute, but one is seriously better than the other, you know? I also thought that maybe we were looking at clips from at least two total MVs, actual results of course yet to be determined. Continue reading