I wasn’t having a bad dream, and nothing notable had happened in the house, but I suddenly awoke, completely calm, in the wee hours of the morning. Confused as to what time it was, I checked the clock: 4:44. That feels like some kind of weird sign.
Well, team, we somehow made it two full years. Two years! I thought that maybe I’d write some incredibly long-winded thing, attempting to little effect to say something punchily meaningful, but I’ll be honest: I am surprised at my restraint.
I started to write stuff for this site in the autumn of 2015; I kept it saved in Google Drive because I didn’t have anywhere to publish it, even though I knew that I wanted to do something webby for idols who do loud things. I was still riding that Babymetal wave, I’d gotten deep into BiS post-mortem 1.0, I had fallen stupidly in love with BiSH back when they were still mostly crawling around the indie scene, I had PassCode and that hot newcomer Zenkimi, I felt like one of a handful of people who were in on this NECRONOMIDOL thing, and I dug on a small host of others, most of whom were used over those few months of planning to flesh out some kind of sensible (ha) site structure. I just wanted other people — and by “other people,” I mean/t “not people who were already into idols” — to have an easier way to take the same journey, to hear one thing and want more and bam!, a decent hub for it. Continue reading →
This is all that I could muster after a night that confirmed everything that I’ve been doing about this whole idol business. In front of gods and man and maniacs, NECRONOMIDOL had not only taken the stage and wreaked absolute havoc, but had cut a very different jib in meeting with me, in person, and providing some great insights.
Without any context, I thought it was a funny thing that would go into the Weekender, and then I’d back off and continue to wonder if Daichi were secretly seething about BURST GIRLS and throwing epic shade or something. OH BUT NO! Continue reading →
I’m genuinely late to the party (or, I guess, talking about the party), but I didn’t want to let any more time slip away before calling out a person who probably doesn’t realize that she taught me a hell of a lot over the past couple of years, and whose perspective on idol (from the big to the little) has always been an important one to have around. I failed to come back around on the release of her post-idol record, but here’s Detroit’s own Amina du Jean and … I mean, it’s called “Seppuku”, why do you think I’m dedicating a post to it?
A very happy late GOOD FRIGGIN’ SATURDAY to you, friends! It could not possibly be a better day here at Maniac Mansion; this is my time to thrive, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, and there’s an awesome weekend of parties and incredibly stupid costumes and definitely drinking too much ahead of me. It’s gonna be grand!
I highly recommend that everybody have as much fun as the idols are going to be over the next few days. Unless you’re a Celtic pagan, in which case, keep yourself prepared to deal with the fallout of the veil being at its thinnest. The Fun is yours!
Please Don’t Drunk-post, Maniac
Holy crap, new You’ll Melt More!:
The sublime Yajima Mai has another album coming out:
Let’s do a thing, shall we? Goodness knows that not a ton of other stuff is going on.
I was driving home the other night, enjoying satellite radio (one of the finest investments I’ve ever made, though my package depressingly does not include a J-anything channel), when a song that I’ve heard a few hundred times now came on. I’d never thought much about it other than “oh there’s that song again,” but something about my mood or the air or whatever made me notice something about the song.
I don’t know if anybody else feels that way, but I had this weird realization that I was almost listening to an idol song. Continue reading →
Hey gang, little reminder: My highfalutin idol class that will be equal parts awesome music and videos, recent idol history and Maniac opining despite not being a genuine expert on much other than the shape of his own head is now open for registration. The sucker’s next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and is only slated for an hour (regretting that decision right now), in Petworth in DC — you wouldn’t even kind of miss the podcast or anything!
Another Oomori Seiko video is upon us, friends, and once again one of the truest maestros of the craft … well, it’s not quite as befitting this site as the last one, and I completely skipped over the video from last week because I just couldn’t, not even tongue in cheek, but I want you to really watch this one while listening intently to appreciate the talent on display.
The Devil. The Prince of Darkness. Beelzebub. Satan. All names traditionally used in the Western tradition to describe Lucifer, the fallen archangel, the leader of the rebellion against the god of Abraham. While certain esoteric circles have claimed Lucifer a character more in line with the Greek Prometheus, metaphorical bringer of wisdom and consciousness to humanity whose reward for disobeying the gods is eternal torture but all in all a positive force for mankind, it is nonetheless true that Lucifer is at root the embodiment of darkness.
So of course there are multiple idol groups claiming his legacy! The trouble is, which is true and which is an impostor? Continue reading →
Good morning, everybody! I had a quick chat (logistical) with Terry yesterday because I had just realized that the Tokyo Idol Festival was literally about to happen and it had slipped my mind, and he was actually even more clueless than me. Amazing, especially when you consider the ridiculous lift that went into collecting video from last year.
Anyway, TIF is literally happening when you see this, and has been for hours. It runs through Sunday. It is amazing. This is now a megathread, an I’ll do my darnedest to collect cool video and share it (in the comments). You should do it, too! From there, we’ll be able to have a nice playlist to remember what might be The TIF That Our Idols Took Over.