Whereupon Year-old Things Pay off for BILLIE IDLE

You guys remember when this happened right?

I sure as hell do; I’ve rarely been as excited about anything*, and I waited — WAITED! — for months for the results to come out. Finally, yesterday, they did. Continue reading

So This Is the Ghost Party at Christmas Night, Then

Thank you, well-named Twitter friend @GodMars, for bringing The LunaBell back into our lives, where the Artist Otherwise Known as Suzu Hinata, uh …

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Here’s Why You’ll Melt More! Should Always Be High in Your Heart

When you’re basically living media figures* the way that You’ll Melt More! is, you don’t let the usual pre-during-post-release schedule for your albums and whatnot dictate what you’re going to do to promote the thing — you do what you want, because you can, and it’s going to work.

Take for example!

It’s so stupid fun. Imagine being in the pitch meeting for this MV: Continue reading

AIBECK’s Latest Is Sufficiently Loud

Hey, it’s time for more AIBECK! This is another one that’s actually been out for a few days, and shame on me for putting other priorities first for the week.

This is a good song, though! It continues AIBECK’s up-and-down approach to loudness, and is likewise from the IDOL COUNTER ATTACK party, now just a week away. WHERE HAS THE YEAR GONE?

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You Should Download These Songs

What a treat! In addition to my nigh-week-long sojourn in the perpetual throes of Day Job nearing its merciful end, there are two great idol projects with completely free(!) new(ish!!) downloads(!!!) to snag and enjoy like the absurd indulgences that they are.

First up! Yanakoto Sotto Mute, whose one-man the other day was probably a completely epochal occurrence that I, of course, did not attend on account of being tied not just to the United States, but the National Capital Region because boring reasons. Nonetheless, the echoes show … you know? I think it’d be keen if one of you guys scored a bunch of holographic technology, and also really high-end streaming equipment, and just streamed my favorite lives to the comfort of my living room, a life-sized Nadeshiko in among the detritus of a life spent doing little of what it’d like to be doing.

Oh yeah, the song:

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Please Do Continue with What You’re Doing, Cheeky Parade

I still don’t have a whole lot of time to expound on the absolute mysteries of the universe (or idol, whichevs), but I’ve been sitting on this kicking little number for a couple of days and was starting to get concerned for the world that it wasn’t popping up in the usual chatterboxes.

So — Cheeky Parade continue their upward swing toward being way cooler than I ever expected them to be:

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Let’s Crowdfund Some Stuff

Did you know that Bitcoin, which is not actually money but nonetheless something that people have invested in, and which has skyrocketed in value faster than a Dutch tulip over the past couple of months (in particular), is currently continuing to skyrocket in value because it’s open to futures trading for the first time, and capitalism loves wild speculation even more than I do?

I bring this up not because I’m encouraging anybody to put money into cryptocurrencies (I am not!), but because you could use the money that you aren’t throwing into the void to fund some worthwhile idol-associated projects that will leave us, the fans, as the greatest beneficiaries after all.

First up! I mentioned the boans project a couple of weeks ago, and it still needs some cash:

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I Have Never Felt So Betrayed

So after all of that, at the completion of their LAST TOUR to support LAST ALBUM, the one with the apocalyptic artwork that spawned one of the truly incredible idol conspiracy theories ever floated in a space that loves nothing more than indulging in wild hyperbolic conjecture, shortly after announcing the LAST CHRISTMAS performance, BILLIE IDLE, who are not idol if you ask, announced … a new single and tour for the spring:

Leaving aside the fact that one of the greatest assemblages of humanity to ever hit the stage will continue to hit the stage (and be assemblaged!), and that First Summer Uika in particular won’t stop not-idoling until she’s in her 40s, this is a betrayal of trust so deep that it makes me want to give up the game forever. I AM OFFEND.

And Along Comes Payrin’s with Their First MV

Few things in being an idol fan are more gratifying than when a project goes from literal 0 to anything more than 0 great enough to put out an actual MV to support an actual in-store release. I was happy to get on the Payrin’s train … wow, like a year and change ago, and always wished that the occasional reference would be marking spots on the chart where they were getting somewhere good. And now they’re getting there!

That’s their first MV, right? For their first single, “dim”, which … is that a commentary on lighting, intelligence or something else? Regardless, nice tune, perfectly acceptable effort for a first MV. Continue reading

You Sure Did Put Yourself on Notice, BiS

Interesting developments, perhaps, in the world of the grandmomma-iest of the homi side of idol, thanks in part to BiS apparently deciding that enough is enough, and it’s time to … something. Be more BiS, apparently.

I have thoughts, and they’re here there and everywhere (the original title of my post was Don’t Cut Yourself on All That Edge, BiS, to give you an idea), but: John with the bona fides, and let me just point out that, timing-wise and events-wise, this is right about in the continuum when BiS originally released IDOL is DEAD, which can neither be duplicated nor surpassed, but I’d be extremely pleased if Pour Lui were to give it a try.


Is all of WACK stealing from BILLIE IDLE right now or what?

That’s asking for a lot, right? Idol is, after all, always at least as much about image as it is anything else; this is how BiSH, the “punk band without a band,” can release an album that’s a weird split between punk (delivering on that brand promise!) and run-of-the-mill idol fare (the opposite of delivering on that brand promise!), and receive defenses from fans that boil down to calling critics stupid-ass edgelords (which, given that I’m also currently making fun of edgelords, is meta and funny). The power of idol: If you say it, it’s real enough that it may as well be true.

Regardless, you can imagine that I’d really love for BiS to get back to really truly seriously being the BiS that scared people literally just a few years ago, rather than being the occasionally interesting post-nostalgia vanity project that they sometimes seem like. I can’t think of a performer in this realm who I respect more than Pour Lui. Do well, senpai; these are the pitfalls that one faces after winning, apparently.

WACK is really on a tear lately. A new group, which is good by the way, new releases, awesome support for all of their groups. Now, today, BiS made an announcement we all knew was coming, it was only a matter of time. Of course we got this earlier, which always starts to rumor mill […]

via BiS Announce New Single Release Date And More — Straight From Japan

Also, the trade of Saki and Aya has an end date, whatever that means. Folks seem to think that it’s a ruse, for Watanabe-based reasons. I honestly don’t care.