It pleases me to be joining the Team Homicidols ELECTRIC HEARTS Hype Train, a mere couple of months since the last time one of us got all doe-eyed about the gnarliest set of punk rock idols out of Osaka since the last most exciting thing to come out of that city’s incomparable scene, which honestly was probably at some point in the past half-year, that’s how it goes, except when Nagoya vomits out another killer project that goes all CRUSH KILL DESTROY on my heart. And I have to say that I’m glad that Chris and Brian brought them to our attention, because this is basically chika idol perfection and if I’m going to have to face the loss of both Zekkyou and BILLIE IDLE in the same year, then by the gods I do demand that the universe give us back more legit punk idols in return.
Anyway! It’s Thanksgiving and I got things to do. Enjoy!
“Beautiful Thunder” indeed; I’m pretty sure that guitar solo gets people pregnant
Have a great day today. And if Thanksgiving isn’t your thing or you live in a civilized country that is simply going about its business today, eat an oversized meal and then get in an argument with somebody you ostensibly love. It’s tradition.
Ah, PIIIIIIIN … I can’t think of more than a small handful of groups within the broader universe of loudol that do their particular thing quite so well and — if you’ve followed them for a while, you know what I’m talking about — in such an identifiable style. This even after the reboot brought their irrepressibly upbeat rock sound back to our lives; there could have easily been an update to the sound, too, but why would you do that when core elements of the group’s brand are “happiness” and “sunshine” and “toe-tapping”? No, PIIIIIIIN wasn’t going to stray too far from that, and frankly may they continue down this bright path until the very heat death of the universe.
So yeah the point of this piece is to say, hey, PIIIIIIN is back to seven members again*/**, and along with that they revealed a new song — here’s the live clip!
Oh man, you can’t hear much! But what if we actually had the whole thing? Would you like that? Would it prove the point? Continue reading
Hey, here’s a quick post! You guys all dig on buGG, the PIIIIIIIN and Queens little sister group that’s fun as hell, right? Of course you do! So as luck would have it, they had their first anniversary the other day, and to commemorate released a new song:
Lyrics! Continue reading
The neat thing about being an idol part-timer anymore is that, shorn from the unbearable pressure to make like four posts per day out of pride or whatever, I get to do this gig more like a viper coiled to strike, always waiting for something legitimately cool and fun to come along so I can ponderously fill virtual column inches about it and occasionally tease profundity — except that I am apparently a very sleepy viper and I get tuckered out if I coil for too long and kind of mope along and then fall asleep (metaphorically) and even if I do see the good thing and wish to strike at it, well, I got a nap to take, brother!
Which brings me to LAST IN MY CULT, who felt like they were taking the world by storm when they debuted and then … well, yeah, a lot of idol groups come out blazing and expectations are high and then everybody involved except for the wota realize that there are like ruts in the idol business, and they’re tough to avoid and even tougher to get out of. Which isn’t to use the “rut” term in a negative way, just an acknowledging one, just saying that you don’t have a whole lot of choice because you’re kind of trapped by it. But yeah, LAST IN MY CULT, they did that, and other than a few times in the past few months having thought about them in a very general way, I can’t say that I got all that re-invested at any point. Until last week, when I (late) noticed that they’d put out an MV that sure it’s just a live edit and studio recording, but still, MV! And it rocks! Continue reading
RAY, the next generation shoegaze idols who arose from the ashes of the legendary dot-chans, have been hard at work crossing genres, boundaries and now borders. The group visited Taiwan and performed a show in Taipei. Excitedly, I scanned Twitter and YouTube hoping to find some footage of the concert. Viz and Rain were also thankfully on the case, and proved to be ethusiatic as always to help out…
And Rain went and found an upload of the entire set! He certainly wanted to make sure we didn’t sleep on it… Continue reading
That’s right, friends, I’m talking maybe my favorite idol thing from my favorite idol scene, in reverse order the very intense and/or wild collection of misfits in Osaka, and DAIDAIDAI having emerged from that mess all the way back in 2016, carrying on the very unique sonic+idol legacy of Utena Yuki and PSYBOU KANOJO. This I write in dang near ever post about DAIDAIDAI because, damn it all, the history is important and the relationship between excellent ongoing projects must be acknowledged.
Anyway, DAIDAIDAI had, as once might expect after about three years together, a chunk of the membership graduate recently, and with that a simmering down of the old system while things retooled. Or, at least, as I surmise, because if I hadn’t checked in on them this morning, I’d still be unaware of these goings on because that’s what happens when you’re still afraid of the huge info crush of turning your notifications back on! However, yes, the graduation thing, that was known, and so you connect dots when you check in and OH LOOK A NEW THING!
Promising on the art alone!
Well that’s certainly exciting, and terrifying. And we get a preview version via short lyric video! Continue reading
It was with a heavy heart that I had to acknowledge, from a time of my not-quite demise, that AIBECK — somewhat-longstanding not-quite-doyens of the chika scene, gamely ambitious and well-supported — had a mass graduation and was now moving forward as a duo. It gave me a sad, especially at the thought that I wouldn’t be seeing my girl An’z around anymore, probably, and she was the first idol to ever tweet an English phrase back at me, which practically means that we were bound at the soul.
Nevertheless, idol never truly rests, and it was good and necessary that the resultant “new” duo version of the group would make good on a release in October. Maybe this is where we land today!
Good morning! Welcome back to Saturday! Yada yada!
I’ve worked a lot of jobs in my time, going back to delivering community newspapers for $0.05 each when I was 12. Did I run a gamut from fast food to fine dining? I did! Also worked in construction, light industrial and retail service stuff before and between various creative things. I may be a fancy-pants now, but I didn’t exactly take the easy way to get there, is the point, and I’ve had a whole mess of bosses, good and bad, through the whole thing. My current boss is an excellent study in contrasts, in fact, and kind of sums up the whole experience — she is simultaneously the best and worst boss I’ve ever had, a gifted motivator and leader whose brain just so happens to work exactly like mine … who is also a deeply disordered thinker with no regard for anybody else’s time and a glaring lack of perspective that blinds her to significant issues that begin immediately with her #2.
I say all that to introduce the fact that I didn’t get to participate in #praiseawota yesterday, and it broke my heart. But duty on top of duty called while new duties were piling up, and then getting home was just running from one place to another, and the whole thing unspooled with nary a glance at it from me.
But dang if it wasn’t beautiful. Kerrie’s effort last week inadvertently yanked at some scabs in the community; the love-in that unfolded from #praiseawota is such a blessing to scroll back through that I wish I could scrapbook it. And yeah, I appreciate some kind words thrown the direction of yours truly and ye olde website, but honestly the best thing was seeing people holding up their friends and sending good vibes to and fro across the idolverse.
So anyway, go play the Fun if you haven’t, and praise some wota. And then, my goodness, what a wonderful autumn weekend ahead here. Nothing but good feelings from here on out.
BILLIE IDLE with a new single and an amazing title:
Welcome back to the weekend, gang! Yes, now autumn is officially upon us, and I am going to be spending my day indulging all kinds of impulses and whims. This is, after all, my deep-down favorite time of year, when I have excuses to eat and drink a little bit too much, excuses to eat and drink WAY too much, opportunities to productively burn things and don’t get any crap if I want to spend an afternoon working on my car. And the coming month in particular is absolute perfection — October is great weather, all of the major North American sports active at once, a tentpole holiday and pretty much everybody in a good mood. Yes, truly the greatest of all seasons!
And, of course, Idol Halloween. Can’t forget that. We’ve somehow gone three full years since JyuJyu gave us the greatest MV of all time, and I keep hoping that they’ll repeat at some point, but alas.
As for this Weekender, it’s a good one, with a slightly different format that seems appropriate now that we’re closing in on the third anniversary of this longest-running post series in idol blogging history. I was toying with the idea of killing the Weekender (as we know it) when we cross that threshold in six weeks’ time, but naw, this helps me to feel connected even when I don’t have a lot else to contribute in a given week.
And as for the Fun, since this is where I normally urge you to go play, wowwie. Kerrie completely outdid herself concept-wise, and the community showed up in spades. Maybe a bit much griping and grinding of personal axes for my tastes, but it was mostly done in good faith and good humor, so I certainly have no complaints. It all just goes to show that wota are a fascinating species.
Is That Some Kind of Dig?
In the latest international feature on idol that doesn’t quite get it but ultimately gets it just enough:
All right, let’s get the first couple of these suckers out of the way. I pre-warn you — I’m not even going to pretend to be contributing meaningful thoughts to any of these posts, just quick observations; the important thing is the music.
So, IVOLVE! It’s been a while, and probably for a good reason, as they were also hewing closer to normal idol fare even in their more interesting options, but they’re part of idol’s enduring it’s-actually-like-half-a-degree-of-separation legacy, and I have a legit soft spot for them. There are two new tracks from them in my Soundcloud feed, and this first one had me thinking Weekender —