Art Mirrors Life in Minna no Kodomochan’s Latest Single, “rikaku”

Minna no Kodomochan’s new single, “rikaku” (meaning “separate”) is significant in a number of ways. Stylistically, it is the most slow and measured of all of their songs, practically a lament. It is also their first solo, with Cinnamon providing both the main and backing vocal tracks. The song’s lyrics, which speak of being alone and confused, are also written by Cinnamon who is currently conducting their nationwide tour on her own while her partner (and Kodomochan’s principal lyricist) Honoka recuperates from injury.

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Cinnamon has admitted that the song reflects the uneasiness she feels performing without Honoka.  For her part, Honoka has said that “rikaku” has become her favorite Minna no Kodomochan song. Honoka has previously been responsible for all of Kodomochan’s lyrics except for “Song of 15” on Walls, Cinnamon’s only other songwriting credit.

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This Is a New Poison Rat Video, Hell Yes

Holy smokes, you guys, remember when literally a year ago I frantically posted about this new thing called Poison Rat? I enjoyed that a good bit, they got some good play, I wound up making a draft for a thing of theirs that I wound up not actually doing because I was on vacation, fun times had by many. In continuing to prove that Nagoya has arguably the most intense(ly loud) chika scene, while Poison Rat hasn’t been the most prolific project on the planet, they do have video for us, and it’s an excellent trip into what they do and how they do it:

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We’re Going to Be Able to Get the New Candye Syrup Single

Confession! I feel really guilty about being kind of late on this, but fortunately being a step late meant that I could share better, and unconditional, news — in a few days, Candye Syrup will be issuing a new single (well, new.5), I think the first official physical release by the new regime. When this was first shared with me by a very helpful and friendly and no doubt fun-at-parties insider, the record was definitely venue-only, but things changed a little bit shortly thereafter.

Here’s the official announcement:

That’s Senanan’s artwork, btw; KOUICHI on the composition

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Man, I Kinda Missed SHINGEKI

Ah, SHINGEKI, one of my truest guilty pleasures in idol, where have you been? Probably nowhere other than the usual, which is to say doing a ton of lives and releasing plenty of wild-ass content right in line with their personal brand as the most random idol group in existence (who else remembers this whole mess?). I digress — they’ve settled into a perfect niche for themselves, possibly so perfect as to have gone quiet enough to escape my fleeting notice, and if I hadn’t mentioned them in the Weekender by chance the other day, I’d have had no real reason to want to look back and see — Hey look, an MV!

Never has there been, nor potentially could there be, an idol group so wholly committed to its own wildly unique vision of what it is, what it does and what it sounds like. And in the case of SHINGEKI, that means deliriously high-energy idolcore sprinkled through with rap breaks, narration, verses that feel like they were pulled from completely different songs, you get the idea. It’s not for everybody, and sometimes I can barely stand it (JUST COMMIT TO SOMETHING!), but it can also be wonderfully refreshing, like frozen watermelon on a summer afternoon.

I’m not sure what the occasion for this is, and that’s fine. Just keep practicing those two-steps, girl; they’re looking pretty good.

The Weekly BiS Is Familiar and Still Fresh

All right, folks, BiS3 can’t possibly have revealed even more free new tracks from their upcoming re-re-debut album to preview and download, can they? That would be wild. They’d be practically giving the whole thing away for free at this point! What kind of wild-ass madman does that?

Oh, right.

Oh, and yeah, they did it! Two more songs!

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Idol Finds a Way

Read that in your best Goldblum voice

Well, I had a nice and happy and upbeat piece to get out this morning, but what to my awakening eyes did appear but absolutely the last tweet in the world that I ever wanted to see:

If you’ve done this whole idol thing for very long, you know what those messages mean: Nothing good. And in this case, click through and read to your heart’s content the short version of how Minna no Kodomo-chan, two-time Corenament champions, a project of epic and astounding vision, is being brought low and, goodness knows, possibly all the way out by the ongoing health concerns of Honoka. Continue reading

What Did BiS Bring Us This Week?

Ah yes, another week is upon us, and BiS3 hasn’t formally debuted yet, nor has an official release hit record store shelves, so that can only mean one thing — probably! they’ll tease at least one more new song and give an update on when the suddenly-a-lot-more-interesting-than-most-people-I-think-expected-they’d-be group debuts.

This was a safe assumption! And between the teaser strategy and the soundscapes at play, among other things, it feels less like a BiS debut and more like, well, their original namesakes’ rise four years ago. I find this business decision smart and good because, efforts made to the contrary, the most BiS-like thing to debut from WACK since 2015 has been pre-major BiSH, so really, emulating that whole move is a-okay in my book. The evidence? As if it hasn’t been abundantly clear, this debut is coming with some really cool musical choices (ah, those liberal pinches of heaviness), including these two new ones, which include what for me is one of the most interesting tracks that any notable in idol has done this year:

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Holy Shit, the New MIGMA SHELTER Is Awesome

I mean, MIGMA SHELTER was pretty much always awesome in the first place and you could be in some kind of time warp guessing which “new” track is so awesome, or awesome enough to warrant this kind of treatment. I’m talking about right now, though! Today! July 12, 2019! Holy crap, I’m … this many years old!

The re-formed MIGMA SHELTER has a single coming out next week. If you were wondering if it would be good, what’s wrong with you, but also wonder no more:

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Archiving Old-New Zenkimi Because the Gods Demand

It is the fault of nobody at all that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da decided to flash-preview their ninth(!) single, which is coming at the end of the month, which threw me into an absolute tizzy of confusion about which release is which and when it’s happening and it didn’t actually matter because this all happened on Saturday and Team had one heck of a weekend. By the time we were able to catch up, the whole moment had passed, so I figured, hell, we missed the window, but we can still share, and let’s do it like always because if there’s one thing that Homicidols Dot Com has done consistently over these long years, it’s share Codomomental tracks on a template!

Now, ordinarily this is where we begin the whole song and dance about release windows and I do the performative routine and blah blah blah, so let’s fill in the gaps. Single:

And the track, you can still preview that (as of this writing!) … hhere.

Lyrics?

No, man, I told you, we missed the window. In fact, because there are other Zenkimi items but this is purely for archival purposes, this post is over!

One New BiS Song, One Not-so-new BiS Song, One Maxed-out Network

BiS gave us another round of previews from their new album that frustratingly has the same name as their first. You might have already heard “BiS3” by now, but listen to it again because now there are actual member vocals and not Watanabe’s on it!

And a brand-new song, “SURRENDER”.

Dang it, BiS. So many of us were skeptical of this third generation incoming, but these are some pretty solid tracks right here! I guess we’re stuck here forever. On that note, should you want to listen to these tracks forever (or at least until they’re on an actual album) both BiS3 and SURRENDER are free to download on Dropbox. I’d suggest grab them quick before Watanabe’s account runs out of bandwidth again!