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

Maison Book Girl Loses No Steam for the Rainy Season

It’s summer. The days and the nights grow more humid every day, but it’s the suffocating temperature that can only be eased by the rain that makes the transition between seasons so difficult.

I woke up to the buzzing of a LINE notification. As I groggily grabbed my phone to silence it, my mood went from annoyed to elated when it wasn’t simply a photo, but an announcement from Maison Book Girl that they had a brand new MV out! This title, “Raincoat and the Bird Without a  Neck”, per the official English translation, is on their single “Elude”, slated for a June 20 release. Notable from the LINE announcement was the collaboration with Japanese fashion brand ANREALAGE (Cococo was a fan, according to the interview we conducted a year ago), whose love for stark monochromatic pieces and geometric silhouettes goes hand-in-hand with the signature visuals of Maison Book Girl.

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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

GANG PARADE Really Is the New WACK Hammer

Though “new” is kind of a misnomer, I guess, given that the former POP has been on such a great roll for months and months now, but this companion piece to “GANG 2” still makes the grittier take feel fresh:

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I Wasn’t Kidding, You Should Pay Attention to Toricago

I didn’t get a chance to share this one yesterday, but my oh my have I been listening to it.

Like, I just warned you all about Toricago the other day, all but beating you over the head with my very hot take that this is a group that’s got it, and here they are with just the latest exhibit:


Thanks for existing, bud!

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Next up on the Bandstand Halloween Party, It’s Melon Batake a Go Go!

Damn:

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Do Whatever You Have to Do to Prepare Yourself for Minna no Kodomo-chan, Because You Aren’t Yet Ready for This

Good lord, what a thing to step into first thing on a Wednesday.

Minna no Kodomo-chan, winners of the Corenament, owners of some of my very favorite idol-related music to date, a teen chika power duo if there ever was one, an entity that manages to loom immensely despite the cumulative height of its members being about 8′ (it’s the backboards, I’m sure), have an album that’s out today. You have no doubt endured my barely contained hype, as I have been all kinds of excited since the day that it was announced, and I was practically giddy yesterday when they made it clear that an MV was going to happen this morning.

Friends, did it ever:

If you’re wondering why it took me well over an hour to get this out, it’s because I wasn’t in a place to heart react immediately, and I just spent most of that time struggling to get to where I needed to be to finish this post. And, sometimes, time is gift — you can think things through and mull them over and force-listen to a piece a few more times. What a gift, man. Continue reading

Oh Look, Another Sneaky BiSH Release

I don’t know, did I miss something? It did seem like the queens of all media were making more noise than usual, what with “PAiNT it BLACK” and the Aina butt video still fairly fresh in mind; if they were to announce a new record, it would be for a little while away, right?

Try next week:

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Welcome the Hell Back, Avandoned

It has been so goshdarned long, you guys, since Avandoned last appropriately graced these pages that I had this little twinge of hesitance when, finally finally finally, their post-hiatus return single finally landed, and we got the kind of MV that only Beni, Kotao and a small handful of like-minded creative weirdos would dream of putting together. One, as perhaps the twee-est of all twee alt-rock art idols, Avandoned only aligns well with the mission of Homicidols.com at about 80 percent of the same frequency as, say, You’ll Melt More!; two, this is usually Brian’s gig.

I can only imagine that my dude will forgive, though, as he’s probably still recovering:


That’s great, but please do “Explosive romance” next, please and thanks

Yeah, the video is quirky and off-beat and fun as all hell, and maybe that’s what Beni and Kotao want you to be paying attention to, but let us please consider this absurdly catchy, fun, jam-tastic little song all on its own merits for a minute: That opening beat had me wondering if Avandoned wasn’t taking a very obvious and deliberate cue from the Jackson Motherhubbard 5, but then the chords went all haywire and on a trippy Very Brady adventure we went. The Partridge Family would’ve struggled to keep up that kind of positivity. Continue reading

Here’s the Full Digest Version of PassCode’s ‘Ray’

It’s a slower day in idol, folks, and I neglected to work the Soundcloud clips into the Weekender, so let’s all gawk at PassCode’s splice of the tracks available on “Ray”:

I previously called the title track itself maybe my favorite piece of new music of theirs since the release of “MISS UNLIMITED”, and this frankly backs that up well. It’s even structured a lot like that (pretty legendary-like, honestly) release, with the catchy Radio PassCode lead, and the Heavy PassCode and Heavy Dance PassCode B-sides. “TRICKSTER”, just in short form, is menacingly shaking its fist at many of my past favorite Heavy PassCode tracks, and I can’t wait to hear it in full. Continue reading