I Love You. Now Go Get raymay’s Single

Well if this isn’t a post that happened quickly and with no real plan! But hell you guys, there hasn’t been a ton to write about this week, and I’d been meaning to make good on this one way or another ever since I knew about it, so here we go.

So raymay. You know, the little sister group of uijin’s that sounds like this and was either going to reveal the full extent of their awesomeness (or maybe just ambitions thereof) on this record, or would still leave us feeling pretty optimistic about their future because come on, “pulsar” is ridiculous. That raymay. The debut single is ready for digital download. And while I’d ordinarily just make that a Weekender thing, I’m not here because step one, do one of these things:

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An Enthusiast’s Amateur Exegesis of His New Absolute Favorite Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da Thing

I was late for the train this morning. It was my fault — I stayed some of the usual morning prep to follow up on some personal things that needed attention — but I wasn’t any happier for taking the responsibility. I was late, period, and being late for something as scheduled as a municipal rail line means missing the train, which means waiting for the next, which means tacking extra time onto being late. It’s dumb. I was dumb. I was mad.

By the time I got to the office, I had a day’s worth of email buzzing at me from the smart phone that I now rue like none other, a string of messages re: said personal things that needed attention and now needed more attention, and a good cluster of idol-related tweets that I knew I was going to have to cut through if I were to have any hope of not having my phone crash.

Somewhere around 95 percent of all idol-related tweets in my daily queue are pointless dreck. Oh good, you’re tweeting your entire schedule of single release appearances at HMV and Tower, fantastic, idgaf. Today was no different. Joy, though, often lives in that remaining 5 percent, and so it was when the bottom of the huge-ass pile of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da messages lay the one that truly mattered. It was MV time!

Yotsu is pretty much everything now

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Become Acquainted with the Raw Chaotic Power of NEMLESSS

I sometimes envy the new idol explorer. New things are exciting, and everything’s new for the new person! One of my most enduring memories was in, several years ago now, finally tracking down this PSYBOU KANOJO that I’d seen referenced here and there and having my mind blown straight out the back of my skull. For a couple of months, I finally had the thing that I liked (then, which is amazing) more than Babymetal, more than anything else. If only there were more of her stuff online!

See, that was before I realized that chika idol can simultaneously be the most enjoyable and also stupidest thing in existence. And not that long after I told anybody who would listen about this bonkers project with enough beats to slay a dragon, Utane Yuki (the IRL person) announced that she was done with this thing. But for a well-extended farewell and then this, PSYBOU KANOJO was gone.

Not Yuki though! She shifted gears but slightly, updated her look and got to work, and before long NEMLESSS was before us. I … I may have taken that name too literally at first. But big deal! Her work there is really dang good, and her bestiedom with Sari led to the release of the split single with NECRONOMIDOL that was likely many a newer gaijin wota’s first exposure to the name, let alone the music.

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If You Ever Wanted to Join a Fan Club, This Is the Time to Do It

I don’t usually like to do bias* too hard around here, you guys. It’s not fair to the huge population of idols idoling away in idoldom to be too terrible discriminate in who gets shared and to what extent and with how many words in the intro to make the post longer. But when it comes to Tsurezure, and when it comes to Shidare, and when it comes to the chance to witness a farewell live from an official source, well, I’ll go ahead and endorse those fan club dues all day.

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Well, the New Zenkimi Single Is Going to Be Good

Wake the heck up! After only recently delivering some details on their new double A-side single, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da wasted no time tossing out a preview for you. And friends, what a preview it is. It’s not the A-A-side, but its partner, what good sense tells you should be called “Romance Sect” but they have romajized as “Romanse Sect” and that’s fine, it’s not like Zenkimi song titles are the easiest thing to deal with in the world anyway.

Of course it’s on the typical two-hour time limit, and of course we hold that time limit in absolute zero regard around here!

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So You Will Be Able to Download New BiSH

Ah, BiSH. Or maybe, rather, “Ah, WACK”. Few things can get a Western wota het up easier than the hard side of idol’s big bad and its steady flagship, at once inimitable and sublime and a bunch of less complimentary things lately because why mess with your cash cow, you know? The BiSH members are always up to some kind of (well-compensated, no doubt) shenanigans these days, to the point that it’s easier to move around various live clips from big shows or catch an interview than it is to find new envelope-pushing music.

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It’s a ‘New Zenkimi MV’ Kind of Morning

Hey, what a nice surprise! The pre-warning tweet that went out yesterday from Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da official was, I thought, going to be for another song preview, which goes to show you just how far my memory has deteriorated of late, given that they last pre-published a, uh, single preview. So fine. Fine! Seventh single! Music video:

Confirming the primacy of Yotsu, per usual

It sounds largely unchanged from when we heard it in preview form (lyrics there too, for the needy), like a rendering of maturation in the composers’ orientation toward their bag of tricks. It also, at least to my ears, sounds like a Zenkimi joint without sounding like straight-up Codomocore, you know?

Yeah, like a lot of people, I miss the days when Zenkimi MVs at worst told bitter stories of lost love and at best involved the very literal murder of goodness by evil, but it’s also hard to complain about videos that aren’t trying to do too much and just let the idols do their idol thing. If Zenkimi were to put out an entire album in this mood, then sure, that’d be bad, but this is just right, and it’s hitting all the right notes.

Let’s Reset With Something Nice and Loud

Let us clear ourselves, emotionally and spiritually, after the horrific purge that was yesterday; those who’ve taken to referring to it as Black Monday certainly have the right of it.

Good thing for us that there are still plenty of idols out there, many of whom do good and cool things that are worthy of being held up as whatever you need to recover, even for a bit. For instance, what of last year’s Corenament winner, Minna no Kodomo-chan, who managed to make a ton of Best Of 2018 noise without taking home any awards? Honoka and Cinnamon are still kicking out there, and they’re still the front of loud and chaotic music, and their performances are still, well, kind of inexplicable:

Soothing

Fully recognizing that the back panels make choreography even on a big, open stage a challenge, can you imagine trying to do much more than what they already do on a space that large, with a band around to boot? Hence it really is all about the sound — well, the sound and the inexplicable image of those two girls with those things on their backs kind of turning and twirling and tilting and stuff — and letting their one-of-a-kind music win out when you need it.

We took some hits yesterday, friends. Old favorites are gone, and there’s chaos surrounding what we once felt so certain about. As you can see, there are in fact ways left to us to move on.

Actually There’s a New BURST GIRL Single

Today’s a dark-ass day, so let’s celebrate something uplifting for a hot minute. Remember when the “Nancy” MV happened and it was like, very cool, now what are you going to be doing with that? It turns out that BURST GIRL had a single release planned all along, and this one’s going to be available in stores.

Two stores, to be exact! Tower Records Umeda Nu Chaya and Tower Records Shinjuku will each be playing host to the first in-store BURST GIRL CD, each with its own respective version of the single (artwork). The songs, “Nancy” as the obvious A-side and “Liar” on the flip. The official release date is Jan. 23. There’ll be release events at each store: Continue reading

Is This SPARK SPEAKER’s Moment?

Do you want to know why the Weekender was late, other than because somebody needed to have breakfast made on account of a little too much carousing last night? It’s because I wanted to add a SPARK SPEAKER note but this was right there in the feed and I needed to get my stuff together enough to watch it multiple times and think of a post to blog!

Anyway, listen, this is very cool and good for the former DINOSAUR BRAIN: Following on the release of THE WORLD IS MINE, the song from it called “REALTA” got picked up as the end theme of a TV show for January, and while this is a really awkwardly grammared sentence it must yet be added that “REALTA” was also given the MV treatment because that makes a ton of sense to do in that situation.

TV show! Theme! MV! Here!

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