It’s a Bonus WTF Because I Miss PiGU

No, no, PiGU isn’t going anywhere — from what their Twitter feed looks like, they’re still doing auditions. It’s been a little while since Rino’s graduation, which I failed to get anything together for because reasons, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love Osaka’s resident cosplay cafe pop punk idols (and supporters of the Best of 2016!).

I have been sort of hovering over their Twitter lately in the hopes of spying something new; yes, you could argue that “live video of the trio members” would count, but they’re still doing the familiar songs and I was hoping for a chance to do something a little more unique. Fortunately, they delivered!

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Screaming All the Way to the Bank

Remember when Kerrie and I were busily pretending that it was time for a new era on Homicidols.com, and boy oh boy do I bet people are still sore about that? Anyway, among the various messages we received over those two weird days came one from a long-time helpful source, Pukovnik Krv, who offered to help out a bit with the A-minor family of idols. And when he shared one of the videos featured below, I thought, let’s offer the man a chance to share the kind of depth of knowledge that comes from being a truly dedicated fan. Take it away!

So, not a lot has been written about Japan’s resident punk rock/vocaloid idol duo representatives of late. As such, I figured it was time to change that and write something. Because, you know, I get bored sometimes.

Zekkyousuru 60do (Screaming Sixties, after the ridiculously stormy southern latitudes of the Atlantic Ocean, not the decade) are well-known in these parts, but have of late fallen off a lot of foreign fans’ radar. This is because of their notoriously wide-ranging tour schedule, which rather than staying in their base of Nagoya or performing mostly in Tokyo strays everywhere and anywhere, including at one point the tip of a peninsula in Akita on a beach to which 8 people turned up. As such they’re kind of like the roving arm of A-minor.

However, of late they have a few things on the burner which make me think that, despite Hamada (their producer) having a nice little moan on Twitter lately about only 19 people turning up to one of their “home” lives in Nagoya and having the worst buppan sales of the year so far, they’re about to hit the big time. Continue reading

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Grab Some Tissues for THE SPUNKY’s Actual Final Live

So I kinda messed this up a couple of weeks ago by being too lazy to check the calendar on my own site (fight me), and what we saw before was THE SPUNKY’s last live on their original home turf in Nagoya. This past weekend, though, they had themselves their actual final live, in Tokyo, and of course it was a tear-jerker because what kind of animal are you if you can’t get a little emotional over an idol’s last live?

Thanks for the tip on the video, Jim!

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Malcolm Mask McLaren’s ‘Bordeaux’ Friggin’ Rocks

Man, guys, it’s gonna be a good Friday.

Malcolm Mask McLaren, now operating as much without masks as with, are not in fact going in a musical direction that’s anything other than straight-up idol punk rock, but are in fact straight-up idol punk rock.


I like this so much, I even dispensed with the usual overly alliterative title

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And Now I Can’t Stop Hearing Billie Idle’s Latest; Fantastic

I was going to do something more typical for Thursday Hurtsday, but Billie Idle’s MV for “BYE-BYE” are going to go ahead and trump that so ha.

I really struggled to avoid titling this “BYE-BYE, Billie Idle” just to see what would happen, but I’m not that cruel

Go ahead. Say it. And then when you’re listening to it for the third straight time, you can shake your fist at my computer monitor in the impotent rage of a person who realizes that a hook has once again embedded itself into your brain, and you simply cannot remove Billie Idle from your consciousness no matter how stupid everything felt the first time. T-Palette Records thanks you for your inevitable purchases. Continue reading

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Does Malcolm Mask McLaren’s Change in Look Hint at Something Else?

Damn, look how artsy-fartsy MMM’s getting all of a sudden. What’s next, they abandon the bleeding/runny-paint M logo and go with some calligraphic M-cubed thing? Are they looking to fill a city pop niche that Especia has now left behind? Will Ai ever stop looking completely amused with herself?

Anyway, that’s the lesson here. Also, John wrote a thing if you want to order the single.

Who is excited for the new Malcolm Mask McLaren release, because it is getting closer. I know, I know, it is not until May 17th, but that will be here before you know it. Just to get you pumped up about it, they have released the jacket art and it looks pretty nice. We also […]

via Malcolm Mask McLaren Release Date Is Getting Closer — Straight From Japan

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THE SPUNKY’s Disbandment Draws Near, and the World Will Be a Little Less Fun

Variously updated became I’m an idiot and can’t check info on my own stupid website

Good morning, lovely people! The Corenament rages on, now down to the Final Four (coming in a bit), and the timing has its own bittersweet element; THE SPUNKY sort of rocketed into this guy’s consciousness, and no doubt that of many others, during their surprising-but-deserved eventual third-place finish in the 2016 version.

This final live in Nagoya, their old home base, we’ve known about, but it finally came yesterday:

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Excellent and Painful New Records on the Way

And while my nose is straight up my own butt with the Corenament, releases continue to be announced and excitement continues to be built. John on two releases that are sure to be loud and satisfying.

Well, looks like EiT PARK RECORDS/Disk Union is going to send a couple more releases our way. These are a couple I have been waiting for, since it has been a while for each group. First we have a mini-album from 偶想Drop entitled “Painfully violent”. I am sure most of you have seen it on […]

via New Releases From Guso Drop and Malcom Mask McLaren — Straight From Japan

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Malcolm Mask McLaren Makes Me Mirthful

I can play this alliteration game all day, people. Don’t even try me

While the pre-Corenament is winding down, it’s always fun to look back in on idols that you might not have thought of in a while, but who are consistently busy working and putting out all kinds of entertain. Or, in some cases, they just pop right out for you with something fresh to check out!

In this case, Malcolm Mask McLaren (currently duking it out in the Clash Legacy Conference) shared some older video of their set at Idol Koushien (you know, that show that I stayed up late to watch and then never made it far enough to get to the good stuff).

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Oh Look, Zekkyou’s Going Back over Their Torture-Wota Stuff Again

Updated to reflect Jul’s note in the comments

Screaming Sixties are just about the hardest-working idols in the business; when they aren’t performing, they’re traveling to perform, and/or creating various ridiculous scenarios. I don’t understand half of what’s going on, but they seem to be enjoying themselves, as do the fans who line up to take part in … I’m not sure. It’s like a funhouse of being turned into a prop or hit with things.

Anyway, Zekkyou’s been posting some of the greatest hits from their episodes with wota, kind of like how they did last year, and sharing the results on Twitter. I’m actually leaving out some activity (you can cruise through their whole stream for much of the fun); I just wanted to include some highlights.

Like Shoot-a-Wota:

Calisthenics:

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