Hodgepodge Idols, Please

I give up! 2018 wins. I spent the better half of last year complaining the rock idol was passe and eventually going to be just some dang thing, and how does the universe respond? By laying it on thick, that’s how. Hakuchumu. Toricago. Wyenra. Just to name a few!

And now, after once again doing that ever-so-crafting trick of looking up idols who appear on other idols’ Twitter feeds, I give you the latest entry from Osaka (ofc), a polyglot rock unit that I frankly couldn’t be more excited about. Listen to this loudness:

Or, if you prefer it in video form:

Exciting!

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Let’s Remember Some Idols: Hauptharmonie

Man, this is a tough one. For you newer folks, this may be the kind of unique treat that makes you rue the vicissitudes of idol, the way that many of us from 2014-15 felt about the original BiS (only without the same level of makes-the-scene-happen influence, natch). Veterans may recall Hauptharmonie, though; veterans of Ye Olde Website may recall them as one of Maniac’s most heart-stopping idol projects, an almost impossible synergy of jazz and blues and big-band swing and ska and … well, and idol.

This is what the world misses without Hauptharmonie in it:

That was the lead from their second EP and second full album, the delicious Herz ueber Kopf, which felt at the time like a genuine breakthrough recording. Much as I had with Avandoned, I was a little bit reluctant to cover Hauptharmonie — celebrate personally, yes, but cover? — given that they were never really a rock unit per se. But listen to that song. Watch that video. Tell me that the attitude and approach weren’t there, even in limited quantities. That’s the kind of music that made old biddies back in the day declaim jazz as the devil’s music. It’s totally wonderful. Continue reading

Migma HELLter, Amirite?

Um, guys…

What?

So at last night’s AQBI DIG event, it was announced that Kotejun, Popopo Po Po Jr. and Amari will graduate from MIGMA SHELTER on July 8, the same time that the group’s official hiatus begins.

We all knew that there would be a membership shake-up once the hiatus ended, however, the initial announcement led many of us to believe that the current girls would at least be safe and that this would simply be an update to fill the gaps Yoneko and Seisei left behind, rather than an almost total do-over of the current system. So it looks like the situation might just be far more dire than expected. Right now, it brings to mind two situations: Continue reading

Welcome Back, PIIIIIIIN

It’s bad and it sucks when idols graduate and, from that, groups disband. Yeah, sometimes it’s for a good reason; more often than not, though, it’s just a bummer for everybody involved. So it was a pretty substantial while back now when PIIIIIIIN declared that they’d be hanging ’em up — it was unexpected, nobody seemed terribly thrilled about the move but not so invested as to try to stop it, and a bright light flickered out. I even eulogized the PIIIIIIIN experience!

And then, because the entire world is upside-down right now, it was announced that a PIIIIIIIN was going to be making a comeback. Yesterday, that happened. This was the set list for the re-debut, and presumably also their musical content for the time being: Continue reading

The Once and Future Alloy

This is a post that’s taken most of a week to come together, and I have a feeling that it’s still insufficient, so bear with me, don’t get mad if details are left out, and please do enjoy the tracks to follow.

So. Alloy. They’re pretty good! They’ve also dealt with their share of turnover, as one would expect in idol. Par for the course! Also, if you happen to be a fan of Alloy and/or specific members thereof, completely and irrevocably devastating. Why anybody likes idol, I will never understand.

Nonetheless, the whole point of this is that Momoko’s graduating, like imminently, and the group dropped a couple of tracks to commemorate. Last of the current regime: Continue reading

The End of PLIC PROCK Is Nigh

I thought it might be a good idea to check in on the Path to Oblivion that PLIC PROCK has been on, and I see that the final live has been scheduled:

That’ll be nice. But man, what a letdown, and what a bizarrely poetic way for them to go out. Continue reading

This Is What BiS Looks Like Now

First things first: I am way too tired to try to do much of anything with the new BiS lineups, so let’s all thank John for handling that adroitly. The new members have names! The all members have a new look! My girl Zeela is starting to weird me out a little bit! It’s fine!

Second things second: This is all predicated on the BiS League results and the first post-Pour Lui single, which … I guess is for both groups? Is one secretly like the A team and the other the B? Will there eventually be an all-star game? Again, way too tired.

Last thing last: I feel like I know why Lui jumped ship.

I have kind of been waiting for this announcement, it always find it interesting what names idols will be given. Is that weird? Anyway, BiS 1st and BiS 2nd have announced their full lineups and I want you all to have the information.

via BiS 1st And BiS 2nd Lineups Announced — Straight From Japan

The New Ladybaby New MV Has Finally Arrived

How long ago was the Showroom or whatever live recording of the newly reformed Ladybaby’s first single hit the Idolnet? It’s been a few weeks, right? I’d nearly forgotten about it save for those wondering aloud online if the release had happened (soon!) and if there was video (also probably soon!). Me, like how I’ve been avoiding the new PassCode single like the plague until something official arrives*, I stayed away from recordings of all types because I wanted one, pure, this-is-what-we’re-doing-now full-on multimedia assault. And today, Ladybaby finally delivered:

What a weirdly put-together song! The way that thing was going, I thought it was going to crescendo toward something other than an idol death pop kind of chorus; I also expected less … pick-me-up lyrics. The overall sound (minus the harsh vocals) reminds me of something that OG Himekyun Fruit Can might have done; structurally, is anybody going to get mad if I say that I thought of Kamen Joshi? Yes? Great. “Growly days” for the win, then! Continue reading

So Babymetal, Huh?

I could not have been more explicit when I said that Amuse doesn’t care about you other than your ability to have a transactional relationship with Babymetal, but no, I was the bad guy. Or very likely the person that you agreed with, judging by the comments! I just felt like a little rueful back-patting upon finding out that MY LITERAL BABYMETAL SUB-OSHI YUIMETAL, Patron Saint of Try-hards Everywhere, did not appear at the Kansas City show last night. Let’s have a taste!

People lost their freaking minds; as a person who enjoys a good disaster just for the sake of it, I have to give credit to all parties for playing their parts perfectly. Continue reading

Big Angel Are Lots of Fun

Let’s jump back to a couple of years ago, shall we? When there was a sudden boom (and by that, I mean maybe three groups) in “chubby” idols. Among those was a group named Pottya. If you recognize that name, you either follow me on Twitter or you saw that one post Maniac wrote last year. Their early material was kind of bland, to be honest, but I decided to keep an eye on them because “huh, a plus-sized group who are actually plus-sized and not just idol plus-sized, that’s unusual!” and what do you know? Eventually, they found a style that worked for them, a fun, energetic pop-rock sound in the vein of Buono! or PASSPO and I was like “Wow, these kids are awesome! I can’t wait to see what they do next!” and what happened?

They were obliterated at the tail end of the 2017 idol group purge and I was bitter.

But then, someone had the bright idea to pull a BURST GIRL on Pottya, aka, my favourite members founded a new, very similar project, a successor group of sorts. I was hyped, especially when the remaining lineup was revealed late last week. Say hello to Big Angel, everyone!

So now my final question was “Will they have the same kind of sound that later Pottya material had?”

Thankfully, my question was answered at their debut live this weekend: Continue reading