This New Song Encapsulates Yanakoto Sotto Mute So Well

On the A-to-Jcast the other night, Terry brought up Yanamyu. Tiffany wasn’t familiar! So a struggle ensued to find the right words to describe this perfect idol project; grunge! post-grunge! shoegazer! the entire rock output of the 90s put into a musical blender! Yeah, they’re a little hard to pin down.

But here’s what matters: Their live is just as idol-avant-garde as their big sisters in BRGH, but the vocals are right on point (none of these girls is a bad singer!) and with some of the best and most creative arrangements you’ll get from this kind of performance. The choreography makes me swoon.


Via!

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Tying Together Strings to Get to Some Desu.Rabbits Live Video

It’s Sunday, and an inexplicably quiet period in the world of idol (well, quiet in the sense that we aren’t in the midst of a video war or hot hot hot album release), and I’m feeling like combining two arms of recent nostalgia into a single post to keep us warm on this chilly January weekend, so here goes.

Recently! Deathrabbits died, and Desu.Rabbits was born. Yes, they’re the same thing (for the most part); no, Bucho has not in fact been fired for gross financial mismanagement.

Also recently! We got to talk about THE Natsu no Mamono (which is apparently their preferred name now, right down to the all-caps) in the context of Mizuho ex of Bellring Girls Heart not actually retiring like she said she was going to but up and joining that band+idol+wrestling rock show.

THE Natsu no Mamono held a little event recently, and Desu.Rabbits was part of it. Here are (the?) two parts of their set:

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Under Beasty Just Did Something That I’ve Never Seen Before

They un-graduated a member:

Nobody suspected a thing:

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Say, How’s Saki Doing in Life after Guso Drop?

When it was announced that Saki, the group’s original center, was graduating from Guso Drop at the end of last year, folks were understandably upset — for as much as Boss Rei is the spiritual heart of the group (and, you know, also the boss), Saki was its soul, a true singer who could bring the screams and shouts with the best of them. They even retired her color along with her.

It was also taken with a grain of salt; Saki’s departure from Guso Drop wasn’t an end for her, but a change, as she’d be shifting her career permanently to her other project, 2&. You can even look at her final live with Guso Drop as the end of an era for the group more than for her.

Anyway, now doing 2& full-time, Saki is able to keep doing what she loves, and we get to keep watching her do it. Continue reading

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It’s a Winter Wonder Lander!

Lots of new stuff this week, friends, so much that it’s going to trickle over into next week at least because I’ll be hot gosh-darned if I’m going to do multiple introductions in a single day.

Today’s little discovery? Meet Wonder Lander (Twitter) (Soundcloud!). I’m bringing them into the mix because it’s nice sometimes to have some mom-approved rock songs done by chic idols, sort of like if you had uijin tone it down a little.

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Thursday Hurtsday: Let’s Celebrate Pain with C-Style

As an idol-oriented website, it makes total sense that we’d go in on gimmicks themes to keep things fun and interesting and give folks a chance to contribute their discoveries and stuff. Following the implementation of probably-gonna-change-it Tuesday WTF and Indie Idol Wednesday, it’s Thursday’s turn. Welcome to: Thursday Hurtsday!

For our very first Thursday Hurtsday, I thought it’d be appropriate to share a live set by idols who will literally smack you in the face if you give them money (or possibly even just ask nicely): C-Style.

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BiSH’s Cesarean Section on Big and Little Screens

Man, this would be really exciting if I were in Shinjuku: BiSH is releasing the DVD of their Less than SEX tour final next week, and the whole thing is going to be narrowcast (but HUGE) on the big-ass Yunika Vision screen that we hear so much about:

For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with watching this-here trailer for the DVD, being gobsmacked, hating people who live in Tokyo and wishing that the whole thing were actually just “Hoshi ga” like we thought for a hot second when the video first started. Continue reading

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Maybe I Can Get You Guys on the Ophelia 20mg Train, Too

Programming note! After the favorable response to the idea of including WTF content on Tuesdays, I thought it might be fun to do something commemorative on the days of the week that we aren’t already; for the time being (like, until I or you get a better idea), we’ll make Hump Day into Indie Idol Wednesday, when we’ll have a look at somebody cool and good who’s plying her trade powered mostly by her talent, wits and fervent underground wota. First up, my personal favorite of the type.

Ophelia 20mg! If I were ever in Japan for more than a few days, I’d seriously consider traveling to wherever this committed power-voiced solo idol happened to be performing* just to see her do her thing, then shake her hand and tell her that I’m the goofy American who periodically tweets at her, and then I could watch her recoil in horror. Exciting!

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This Is the Coolest Thing I Found Yesterday

There I was, friends, minding my own business and looking into this particular event from over the weekend:

Pay attention to this list, because there are things we’re going to catch up to

I was obviously going to take an interest in anything that has DAIDAIDAI, Cure and Ophelia 20mg on the bill, and anybody who’s appearing with them is probably going to be pretty cool, too, so I thought I’d let the obligatory tagged idols-with-idols photos show me toward the stuff I don’t know about.

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Let’s Have Ourselves a Fresh Visit with Jeanne Maria

You know, I have like 25 drafts of new idols and new stuff from old idols and stuff that isn’t even idols just sitting in my queue, but I thought this morning, hey, let’s check back on some of the stuff we first got a few months ago, maybe introduce some new people to some new stuff.

Hence, here we are. This is Jeanne Maria:

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