Prepare Yourself for What Candye Syrup Is Bringing to America

I had the funnest little internal self-dialogue when I saw Candye Syrup tweet about the release of this MV. It went a little like:

“Oh neat! It’s been a little while since Candye Syrup did a thing, and they need to do a thing because of their con appearance in Arizona among other things, so this is good!”

“What are you so excited about? Don’t your think that Candye Syrup has a hit rate somewhere around Andre Drummond’s shooting percentage?”

Yeahbut–

“Yeahbut nothing.”

And then I did something else, because spending too much brain power on such things is for suckers. Quite a few hours later, here we are! I will no further preface this song or video except to say that this is the title track for the WHITE RUSSIAN EP due out on Wednesday, which is in fact more like a maxi single, but I gave up on understanding the ins and outs of how idol groups refer to their releases a while ago.


Instructional video

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Festival Collaborations Are Fun: Check out MEY

Like a realtor, I love your referrals! And like a content-hungry guy who has a website, I love when those referrals are extremely topical!

Such as:

Also!

I think we can do better than the dang Weekender! Continue reading

We Deserve Things as Nice as Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s New MV

It took a while, but the release of the just flabbergastingly excellent MIRRORS album was bound to yield another in the long line of must-watch Yanakoto Sotto Mute music videos. I was getting antsy! But they delivered today in a way that even I, a person who holds them up as actual, absolute perfection, couldn’t have anticipated. This is power-gorgeous:


Are there, like, a lot of oppressive nun-led all-girls Catholic schools in Japan?

So let’s do the math: They’re in the mix for Album of the Year, plus right here arguably Song of the Year and Video of the Year, will visit the USA in August and may yet be able to release another record? Yeah, they’re killing 2018. Continue reading

I Think This Is What the Kids Mean by ‘Extra’

One of the more interesting developments in idols who do loud music, I think probably ever, has been Q’ulle’s Yukuzi and her project with BLOOD STAIN CHILD, which has in every instance so far yielded sonic madness of a type that somehow actually projects beyond the scope of human understanding and more into a realm in which “idol” and “metal” in combination is something that takes on all aspects of both of those things in totality at exactly the same time. The first album’s release has been part of a drawn-out promotional campaign of ever-increasing musical stakes, as if everybody in the band decided to engage in a perpetual state of one-upmanship.

The latest (and last?) release is called “National Anthem”, and I want to know which country would claim this as their own song, because that country would be the other side of the wormhole from Event Horizon. I mean, listen to this thing:

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Let’s All Say Hi to POPPING EMO

Doop-dee-doop, scrolling through Twitter … hello, what’s this?

Pro tip, friends: There are lots of ways to stumble over new idol stuff, but the most reliable will always be what other idols tweet about, especially when it’s groups promoting mixed shows. In this case, it was POPPING EMO that stood out in particular, because what a name. A few clicks later, and: Continue reading

Yeah, KING RAGE Is Pretty Loud

I ask you on this dreary Sunday, friends, to revisit the resurrected Checkmate, now known as KING RAGE*, who had previously only teased out a little smidge of explosive face-kicking idol power as part of the reveal of their new form. Then I ask you to please press the play button below, and hold on to your butts:

What the crap! What a neatly dissonant song. I feel oddly moved to turn that guitar riff into my ringtone, the chorus into my kitchen buzzer and those growled-up verses into my morning alarm. Good work, KING RAGE. Now keep doing stuff like that.

*Because it’s all-caps, and because it’s a hilarious name, I know that I’ll always say it aloud as KING RAAAAAGGGGGEEEE

You Too Can Get Down with Big Angel’s Diet Song

Oh hey, I almost missed this.

In the middle of their YouTube antics (yep, Big Angel are also YouTube idols now!) they dropped not one, but two music videos for “Diet Hajimenakya”, a dance shot and a close-up shot. How very pre-2012 Hello! Project!

Okay, okay, it’s very low-budget, but at least they were kind enough to provide an English translation so now I know this song is my actual life story right now. Continue reading

Who Did It Best? BiS or BiS? Don’t Miss It!

That’s the worst title you’ve ever written, guy

Oh man, I dang near forgot about BiS! The original Maidens* of Mayhem have gone through a lot of changes over the past few months, not the least of which being this dual lineup business and the (I am so tired) BiS LEAGUE.** There have been plenty of questions about how that was going to work. Same songs? Same MVs? Apparently!

Here’s BiS 1st:

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I Want to Be in a Q’ulle Dance Video

Note: I do not dance well

Yes, friends, it’s time for the quarterly revisiting of things Q’ulle, which I am relieved to say has not yet been obviated by Yuzuki’s solo spelunk into extreme metal. When we last left our heroes, they were riding their own kind of Avex-era high, doing theme music for what looks like a very 90s kind of TV show. A few months later, their first digital (Avex) single is releasing …

… and there’s the ever-essential, uniquely Q’ulle package of video products to promote it. Continue reading

Behold! The Ultimate Yui Ga Dokuson Experience!

What.

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