New Look, New Stuff from Aphrodite

Before going on a months-long expedition to distant, monster-inhabited parts unknown*, Mr. Viz Major shared something that he knew would probably get me irrationally excited for at least a few minutes, which is to say live video of Aphrodite:

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We Joke, and Then the Song Is Good Enough to Feel Badly about It

This happened a couple of weeks ago:

Har har! There are little flags and idols and callbacks to things that have happened! That is a thoughtful and well-constructed joke! Shame that the same idols had to come along and ruin it. Continue reading

This Week’s Sign That the Apocalypse Is upon Us: Vivid Chicken

Doop dee doop, minding my own business …

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Let’s Hope DOTS Tributes Become A Thing…

So I saw this new Dots video linked on Twitter and of course I eagerly clicked it. Within a few moments, the ethereal powers of the・chans took over and swept me away as I watched this clip of them performing “Soda Float Mood”, another song written by For Tracy Hyde‘s guitarist Azusa Suga, who also penned their fantastic crossover tune “Slide”. (We interviewed Azusa previously…)

And then a minute in, I’m thinking “Uhh, hey, these aren’t the・chans I know.” Equally perplexed and fascinated, I dug into the #dotstokyo twitterverse to find out what was happening here. I had previously joked about the Dots entering a state of osmosis and multiplying into two groups, could it be that this thought was prophetic?

Well, nothing quite so heavy and world-changing. Quite simply, Dots had played a show with another delightful indie-idol group called tipToe, and they decided to pull a little stage-costume switcheroo…

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It’s Time to Get into Soremaru

Don’t you love when you follow something, forget that you followed the something, and then have that something turn out to be something completely great? It does happen!

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Never Stop Draping Us in Goodness, HAMIDASYSTEM

I’m sorry, I know that I had this in the Weekender, but now that HAMIDASYSTEM has the song up on YouTube and is talking about a release, I want to talk more about the song:

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Attain Music Hit This One Straight out of the Dang Park

In our return to the world of idols who can and should earn a spot in your hearts, for reasons known only to you because frankly I don’t want to know what the hell is going on in other people’s heads all that much, we have a new track from Attain Music:


That riff!

Though they’ve been featured in these hallowed pages a few times over the past long time, poor Attain Music is probably still best known as the former home of one Peri Ubu of BiS. She even took photos with them once backstage, possibly at mistfes, and I’m not going to try to find it now so take it from the most trustworthy Maniac you’ve ever met!

Or, I mean, it would be cool if they could a) continue to rock and b) become a little bit of a big deal, you know? This is a doubly loud and sweet song. I’m not saying it’s great, but friggin’ Machinehead is killing it on metal radio right now with one of the laziest songs I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot of songs.

Eventually, the full version of this sucker, which may or may not contain a full-on digital harpsichord break (DO IT), will become available, as will a full MV, and then we may judge. In the meantime, please hold Attain Music a little higher in your heart and praise that riff in the beginning of the song, and also the very earnest idols working hard to entertain you.

One of them is new!

You Were This Close, Payrin’s

I get excited about dumb things sometimes. Take, for example, yesterday: There I was, writing a proposal for an extremely roundabout makeshift CRM kind of thing, completely ignoring Twitter and all other things idol, when one of those highlight notifications came along. I could stand a short break!, I thought, so review those highlights I did, and there was Payrin’s tweeting about something new on Soundcloud.

Why, I’d have to be completely insane to pass that up! And so it was that I felt my homicidol hearbleed gush just a little extra over the first few bars of this demo: Continue reading

Yes, I’m Hype for the New STARMARIE

In case you couldn’t tell by now, you guys, I’m making a very deliberate effort to mix things up a certain extra amount ever since my entreaty that we all get more diverse in the idol that we follow. The next exhibit? Motherhubbard STARMARIE, that’s who. Yes, the longtime fantasy-aligned rock idols have themselves a new album coming out next month, and they teased out the first track the other day:

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Go Ahead and Give Me Your EEEEEEEEEEEE! Takes

I swear to you, I am not deliberately holding up EEEEEEEEEEEE! to anything other than your consideration; I know that many folks were fans of Natsumi when she was with DISDOL, and retain an interest in where her career turns, so I’m inviting feedback, people. I didn’t know what to make of EEEEEEEEEEEE! when that whole business first started (and frankly still don’t know what to make of it), so let’s have ourselves a look at the band doing their live thing:

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