Sakohata Aya, ex of Splash!, has embarked on her solo career not so much as an idol per se anymore, but as a rock singer full stop. But once a cool rock idol, always a cool rock idol, I say, and this latest release from her sounds like fun:
The single, her second, drops in a month; her fans earned this release by giving her the ol’ 100 RT treatment on Twitter. As for her second one-man, that’s coming up in a couple of weeks … Continue reading →
Ayukuma’s been making a lot of hay about getting their new single, “Tabidachi no Uta” (they’re calling it “Song of the New Beginning” in English), selected as the ending theme for this Naruto show that I’ve never watched but I know a bunch of people do watch because there are commercials on Cartoon Network and stuff.
You can get it via iTunes (Japan), too, which is pretty exciting if you’re so inclined.
Ahh, Malcolm Mask McLaren, you are so good at moving these releases out in little bunches. Just last week we had “Just Believe”; this time around, we get “like this sneakers,” which I’m sure is new to just about everybody except for you lucky dogs who were in Japan the last couple of months, and that title, I think I know what they’re saying, but I’m also having a lot of fun with it. Almost as much fun as the song! See how I did that?
And that, friends, is melodic hardcore. Up to and including that xylophone. Continue reading →
Tell me that they aren’t rocking You’ll Melt More!’s look from last year
Meet Attain Music (Twitter), or maybe that’s not really their name because Attain Music is definitely the company, but the group doesn’t seem to have a name of its own? Anyway, as you can see, they’re cutting out any and all pretense and going straight for the darkest, blackest combination of all — kawaii rock. Maybe “Kawaii Rock Idol” is the name? Continue reading →
Doop-dee-doop, surfing around through Twitter … hello, what’s this?
Why, it’s high school idols in corpse paint playing with the tools of suicide! How uplifting!
Say hello to Naniwa Six Immortals of Poetry, or Naniwa Rokkasen, as they like to be called. This song is from their first single, “Don’t Die!,” which is coming up at the end of the month. How fitting! I mean, overall, the song and video aren’t nearly as bleak as things start off, but it definitely has that “I kill” feel to it, with the excluded girl still harboring some ill feelings. It’s a song with a message. Continue reading →