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.
Last night, during A-to-J’s podcast (that Terry was on on!), I tried to blurt into the chat the question of what the big announcement that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da had been teasing would turn out to be; it was Megumi’s birthday show, and I’ve been riding the Megumi’s-going-to-graduate-to-focus-on-business rail for months, so I stuck to my not-prediction while others suggested that maybe, given their other recent updates, the best bet would be a new member.
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:
【拡散希望】BiSH「Less Than SEX TOUR FiNAL"帝王切開"」野外プレミアム上映会 開催!!ライブ映像全編一挙放映!! 新宿ユニカビジョン 1月17日(火) 19:00～20:50 同時にダイジェスト版公開!!https://t.co/jmvnIsvKba
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 →
Can I confess something to you guys? I’ve been a little de-motivated lately. We had a super fun December with all of the Best Of stuff, and then the first few days of the new year were like a smorgasbord of music and video and announcements … and then not a whole hell of a lot happened. Now, granted, there are always new discoveries to look at, and it’s not completely quiet out there in the idolverse. It’s just … you know, sometimes you need a little kick to make things go. It’s winter, it’s cold, the sun never shines. Can’t something go off and add some excitement?
I was Twitter-diving the other day, kind of killing time between things at work, when one interesting new thing led to another and then I was on YouTube and it was just flash after flash of previously unfamiliar music from idols I’d never heard of and then. Then.
I wasn’t so much blown away as I was subsumed and desperately wanted to know more.
One of these days, I’m going to make Q’ulle converts of more of you guys; between their slick-dancing live shows, world of individual talent and diverse songwriting, they’re one of the groups that can turn in a killer rock song and then follow it up with a clubby idol ballad sweet enough to rot your teeth.
Anyway, while you’re in the process of coming around and understanding why I encourage everybody to download “ALIVE/SAISEIRON,” you can prep for Q’ulle’s next big step forward. Building on last year’s massive OVER THE HOPE Asia tour and epic finale that saw them announce a new, major label (Avex sub avex rhythmzone), they have their next single coming in April:
PASSPO, who as we discussed previously are cool and good in their own right, have an album coming out next month. People seem to be excited about it! If this is the degree of fun ideas and general “girls rock” goodness wrapped up in it, I bet it’s going to be a pretty good album; for now, a bunch of people over the age of 30 are going to be like “oh, ha, I recognize the things they’re doing here!” and a bunch of people who only remember MTV for Real World/Road Rules Challenge are more “I don’t understand why there are dancing zombies on an airplane.”
Have you met any flight attendants? For people who could easily zone out, they’re the least likely zombies ever
That’s right: The do-it-all PASSPO just did their own tribute to “Thriller.” Continue reading →
This post started off as a little blurb about Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen having an album coming out soon, a fact completely neglected in that business about their big headliner show. But that’s okay, because what happens when idols have albums to promote?