A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the PiGU Live

Osaka’s pop punk darlings, PiGU, had themselves a live the other day. No big deal — they have lives all the time! — but … see, it’s wintertime. Bellring Girls Heart, for just one example, actually held a few of their final SHALLOW GRAVE appearances with members missing due to the flu (noboby was going to miss the finale). The point is, it happens. Idols are people. People get sick. Sick people sometimes can’t perform!

But sometimes, almost all of the idols get sick. And when that happens, well … Continue reading

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Zekkyou’s Getting Started on Repeating as Award Winners, I Think

This is a neat bit of news: Our very own 2016 Collaboration of the Year winners, Screaming Sixties (and their founders/friends in 6% Is Mine), are going to be putting out an album … with another band!

In the spring, with Zekkyou on lyrics and I love you Orchestra on music. I wonder if they mean “album” album or “we didn’t know how long it would be so just called it that for now” album. Continue reading

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You Haven’t Lived until You’ve Experienced THE SPUNKY at .1 Speed

This was from yesterday; I just got to look at it this morning and regret absolutely nothing:

This. Holy crap, this is magnificent. It’s like being inside of David Lynch’s brain, or a fantasy-booked DotsKaidan show. Idol managers need to plan to do things like this more often. Continue reading

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This Billie Idle Blog Post Scared the Crap out of Me

It is the Official Policy of Homicidols.com that First Summer Uika is divinity in human form. If she wants to punch you in the face, you let her, because what a blessing that would be. If you kicks you in the knee, you thank her. When Billie Idle official’s Twitter publishes her blog post titled “something beginning and end something,” you run to the nearest translating device and/or cartoonishly large bottle of rat poison, because news is great but bad news is terrible.

Go ahead and click through, and use the translator if you like; we’ll talk details after the jump. Continue reading

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This Might Be My Favorite Show I’ll Never Go To

You all know that I can’t Japanese, like at all. I can recognize names, and occasionally phrases that I’ve seen written a bunch of times and I know what they sound like and mean in English, but that’s “reading” in the sense that making Pop Tarts is “cooking.”

Nonetheless, just as Pop Tarts are delicious, so too is the ability to recognize that several idols are tweeting about the same thing, and having the good sense to look into it:

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Poor PiGU’s World Is Full of Malice, the Spirit of the 80s

I definitely didn’t expect to go tripping over a new PiGU MV while doing a quick run through Twitter yesterday, but it took off all over the place and I’m glad because PiGU is nice. Maybe you already saw it, maybe you didn’t; here it is anyway!

“The world is full of malice” is their latest single? EP? Maxi-single? (Let’s call it that.) It’s four songs, and it’s actually on Spotify if you want to take a cruise through the whole thing. Continue reading

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My Day’s Been Dragging, So Let’s Enjoy Some PiGU Sets

I don’t know if it’s because I got up really early and then late, or because I’m telecommuting and don’t have the usual “MANIAC COME HELP WITH THIS PLEASE” at work to distract me, but today feels like it needs to end at any time, and it’s still only noon.

So you know what can help with that? Some friggin’ PiGU, that’s what.

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Bye-bye, BUNNY KISS

This is a sad, if predictable, end to the whole situation we laid out a couple of weeks ago. Kanna, the active half of BUNNY KISS, tweeted this on Monday:

Go ahead and click through. Or, you know, just read the gist. Continue reading

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The WiLD TRUMPS Are Dead; All Hail … What?

Regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, THE WiLD TRUMPS had slated themselves for a Nov. 26 live demolition, which they billed as a death and rebirth. I thought, hey, this is a spin-off from Aoyama St. Hachamecha High School, it’ll probably get a refresh because the angle will be kind of stale after the election (and weird if Trump wins!), but I bet not much changes and …

Well.

They actually streamed a good portion of what turned out to be the group’s last live on Periscope:

Make sure to stick through to the end (or skip there, whatever wets your whistle). Continue reading

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Monday Match Game: Billie Idle vs. Billy Idol

Welcome back to the Monday Match Game! Last week, in a runaway win for Aina the End, we had a decisive divide between folks with different levels of exposure to the scene — LOW-INFORMATION VOTERS SWUNG THE ELECTION! Either way, fun.

This week! It’s a whole lot of punk up in here. Old punk. Punk from the 80s old punk. Punk that your parents (and maybe you!) bopped to old punk. Punk that just so happens to also sound great coming from idols in 2016!

In this corner, impossibly prolific not-idol punks extraordinaire, friends of Pharrell and post-BiS fan favorites Billie Idle; in this, uh, other corner, the misguided soundtrack to so many proms, weddings and makings-of-babies Billy Idol. Two will enter, but only one will leave and get to continue to use some variation of their homophonic names! Continue reading

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