I’m Breathing Easier Because of This BILLIE IDLE News

Man, was I glad to wake up to see this from BILLIE IDLE; in addition to just generally being awesome and on an absolute roll since last year’s membership difficulties, I admit again to having had trepidation on account of their most recent work being a Best Of / live double album. Such things are usually not harbingers of long stretches of continued growth and activity! One could be forgiven for thinking that they might disband!

But no, absolutely not, BILLIE IDLE will actually never die because no, they will not shut up.

Anyway, new single:

August 23. Promo tour starts about a month prior. Expect a July PV! Continue reading

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I Don’t Like When Idols I Like Go Away: MMM’s Nao Is Off

John on the case of a graduation announcement that gave me real-deal sads: Nao, who re-filled out Malcolm Mask McLaren when she joined about a year and a half ago is hanging ’em up. Reasons etc. on John’s site.

Why I liked Nao? Just something about how she looked when she stepped into the group way back when “ROX” was new. The punch she added to an already powerful duo. The somewhat awkward cool. I dunno. I liked her. And now I’ll miss her.

Last month we had what seemed like a mini exodus of idols from the scene, you all remember that podcast right? Last week was sort of the opposite, announcements of new members all over the place. Well, Malcolm Mask McLaren just couldn’t do things like everyone else. They had to wait to do their announcement.

via Malcolm Mask McLaren – Nao To Graduate — Straight From Japan

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SPARK SPEAKER Has Many Moves

Just about a week after the last time SPARK SPEAKER teased out some new music (as SPARK SPEAKER), they’re back with their third track:

Via Lee in the Alt Idol group

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Of Screaming Spring Queens and Treasure

Hey gang! I invited back Pukovnik Krv to complete the saga he started a little while back, aka Screaming Sixties’ efforts in the Queen of Idol competition. Can you guess the result?

So, remember last week when I was writing a post about Zekkyousuru 60do’s participation in a competition on TV in which the winners would be crowned queens of the idol world? It finally aired.

In a spirited affair, reminiscent of Homicidol’s own Corenament, minus the spambots and cheating, Zekkyou took on the bathykolpian divas of KNU, who took victory in A block with the theme of performing in their own clothes, and the relatively tame Mirai Skirt of B block, with the theme of using dialects. The theme this time around was covering the debut songs of other artists.

KNU chose to cover “Odoru Ponpokorin” by B.B.Queens, Zekkyou covered Puffy’s “Asia no Junshin” and Mirai Skirt covered the amazing “Chokotto Love” by Pucchimoni. The voting was much as the previous rounds, with each group providing 30 fans, and the groups ranked from first to last to avoid just everyone voting for themselves.


Maniac: I skipped it ahead a little, but by all means go back to the beginning for the beer commercials and stuff

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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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