High-stakes Drama the Likes of Which You’ve Never Seen!

I just keep giggling about this. I really don’t know.

You tell me. Honestly. What the hell all is going on here? Idol Cannonball Run: The Motion Picture would create the single hottest holiday toy craze in history — vomit-inducing hot sauce! ill-fitting fitness wear! gratuitous bikini tops! — if it lived up to half of its potential. Like, AV vs. MV? More like Pour Lewd amirite? Continue reading

Yui’s Solo Debut Is the Best Outcome of the WACK Thing

Hey, a couple of days late never hurt anybody. Folks have spilled a ton of tears and ink and whatnot over the WACK solo debut election results, which could not have been less surprising overall (my girl Chitti taking #1, just a tiny bit off expectation). For me, though, it was the awarding of a solo debut to the #16 finisher, Yui Ga Dokuson, that took the cake.

John with the overall details:

Well, WACK had their vote to determine who gets a solo debut release. The show was about two hours long on niconico. A couple twists and turns, pretty uneventful…… almost.

via WACK – Solo Debut Voting, A Bit Odd — Straight From Japan

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Oh GANG PARADE Also Put the Rest of the Album on Soundcloud

A funny thing happened yesterday when I was putting together my admission of a torrid new love affair with GANG PARADE: My phone had actually died overnight, taking all of my usual notifications with it, so I was relying on blind-ass luck yesterday (hence: one post). I missed this development! So, bonus, here are four more new songs off of the new album:

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GANG PARADE Just Dropped a Video Filmed in the Back of My Brain

Oh my goodness. Oh my. This isn’t real. I’m hallucinating.

To continue to promote the GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!! album, and staying right in line with that out-of-nowhere barn burner from a couple of weeks ago (not to mention the tracks uploaded to Soundcloud), here’s what four-and-a-half minutes inside of my head on an average afternoon would look and sound like if you weren’t quickly suffocated by the brains that fill my head, rather than air to breathe!

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The Joke’s on Us for Joking about the WACK Shuffle; Election Impending

Well, at least all of that sudden noise is going to result in something more than a cynical cash grab.

Building on the (deserved) reception of SAiNT SEX and (sigh) the WACK shuffle album, the two-headed troll called Watakuma Kennosuke, in conjunction with the suits at avex, is going to hold … an idol election:

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So Exactly How High Can GANG PARADE Take Themselves?

Well after that little burst of excitement last week, GANG PARADE went and did one of my favorite things of theirs — they dumped a handful of tracks off of the new album titled in a way that I’ll be punning on it for years, onto Soundcloud, because apparently T-Palette is down with that kind of thing. If you were on the fence about whether to get the album*, may these additional previews sway you!

… and you know what’s kind of weird? I think it’s commonly accepted that GANG PARADE is WACK’s experimental unit. Not in the sense that they’re going to do a noise set with Hijokaidan or even go for graceful art pop like a certain ancillarily connected unit, but in the sense that they’re the unit that WACK tries things with first, or plays around with new sounds. Europop? Denpa song? Weak-ass “post-idol,” for lack of a better word? Whatever the hell you want to call “GANG PARADE”? So basically, it should never be a surprise that GANG PARADE’s doing a different sound with each significant release, or moving a successful style in a new direction.

In this case, I feel like what they were going with was “way more synth pop, but also violence.” Seeing as how those are two of my very favorite things, you can imagine my excitement! Continue reading

So This Is How GANG PARADE Takes Themselves Higher?

Well, first, shame the heck on me for completely forgetting about the GANG PARADE album that … I mean, I feel like I’ve been seeing references to it on an almost daily basis and it was still barely registering. Weird. But! Second, hey, did you know that GANG PARADE was putting out an album today? GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!!

Usually that means either drugs or evolution or transcendence. Based on the MV (which, self-titled track?), which do you think?

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IDOL is LAZY, Apparently

I kid, I kid. You know that I’m pretty eagerly looking forward to whatever it is that WACK ultimately gets around to releasing from its stable, maybe except for EMPiRE, but especially BiSH now that Dickhead called the as-yet-unannounced album a “masterpiece” (he also teased new BiS auditions, for what that’s worth).

Anyway, the point is, when I see that there’s going to be a shuffle unit best-of-plus-covers-plus-etc CD coming out …

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What the FXXK: We Don’t Deserve This WACK Collaboration

The things that I wake up to:

What the ever-loving–

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So Who Wants to Put Bets on the Buildup, Event and Aftermath of WACK Fes?

This one almost slipped by me yesterday, which is funny considering that I’ve been trying to watch BiS/H/EMPiRE like a hawk over the past week for things that I think are inevitable but suddenly seem kind of evitable. Anyway, December 8:

The last time there was a WACK event of quite the type, it gave us The Trade, The Idol Eventually to Be Named EMPiRE and wasted a bunch of time from an audition process that actually changed very little for the company but probably sold Niconico a bunch of temporary subscriptions. Well, also, there was the family reunion: Continue reading