Let POPPiNG EMO Welcome You Properly to 2021

While we’re on a bit of a streak with this very simple, inoffensive theme that definitely doesn’t demonstrate my own lack of creativity at the moment, let’s also enjoy this new one from POPPiNG EMO:

What’s the occasion? Because they can, I guess. The tweet introducing the video makes it sound like it’s been in the works for a little while, so it may just be flexing for the hell of it. And it’s a fine video! But also a nice little rocker of a tune from the group with a SCRAMBLES pedigree that is about one stupid stunt away from being gobbled up by Watanabe on principle. Continue reading

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Let NEO JAPONISM ‘Trigger’ Your Awesome New Year

I can’t believe how much great stuff has been published in the Loudolisphere over the past week! Seriously, I personally have 12 drafts from just the last several days, and whether I get to half of them before the next week is out is purely speculative. I’m nonetheless jumping NEO JAPONISM and their “it’s a new year and you all need for us to set you right” new MV for “Trigger” to the front of the list because it’s NEO JAPONISM, who are incredible, and the song and MV are 18 kinds of awesome. If you only want one thing to prep you for 2021, make it this:

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At Least WILL-O”s Leaving Us with Some Nice Parting Gifts

It really was sad to hear that WILL-O’ is disbanding in a month’s time. They’re carriers of a hell of an idol legacy reaching back to when the loud stuff was pretty much just a chika thing, and chika idol culture hadn’t (to my knowledge, at least) been nearly as mainstreamed as it would be over the ensuing years. Fittingly they have all the hallmarks of a major group writ just a little bit smaller, with great polish and delivery on the kind of songs that most units wouldn’t have wanted to touch a decade ago. WILL-O’ masters that juxtaposition and makes it work for them.

Anyway, digressions and all, the point is that WILL-O has a month of life left, but on Christmas day dropped a whole album of re-recorded material:

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NELN Releases ‘REM’ MV

2020 has been a challenge, and people have had to cope the best way they can. Some have been fairly constructive; for others, though, they’re at the point where they’re losing their religion. Everybody hurts sometimes, after all. If you’re here, no matter how you’ve faced down 2020, idol is a respite, and pretty much nobody idoled harder this year than NELN, who this morning dropped their ninth in a series of 12 monthly MVs to commemorate their debut.

Twelve in a row! But why not? If you believe they put a man on the moon, you can believe in NELN having a lot more up their sleeve. Which they clearly do — their work so far has moved around between different flavors of creative rock and pop, and the frequency this time is a nice, subdued feel-good vibe:

Well that’s just nice. Anything that ends with shiny happy people and a very relieved yarn monster is okay with me. But it’s a powerful message nonetheless, because I think we can all relate to losing the one we love. It’s not the end of the world as we know it, though; as long as we have friends or busybody local girls or what have you, you don’t need to stand for anything because your problesm will be solved for you. Actually, I have no idea what the message is.

Three more to go. NELN good.

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This Is Why You Should Get the New Satanic Punish Single

Or something! Look, gang, I’ve been pretty direct about my opinion that Satanic Punish owns, and the reason for that is that Satanic Punish friggin’ owns, and they need our support to grow up to be big and strong and make more music that owns.

On Christmas Day, Satanic Punish released a new single in a deliciously sacrilegious move. It is appropriately titled “Alpha Omega.” It is loud and it is idol and it sounds boss af:

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Please No End to Aina the End

Cal’s favorite singer, Aina the End of BiSH fame, has always had at least a few toes in other musical waters. Her early solo work, which I do encourage you to check out, shows a young woman who can do just about anything she’d want to. Her more recent material, which I kind of regret only half-mentioning in passing in the Weekender a little while ago (but here you go), is great at showing off her chops; her first full studio album, THE END, is out in February, but she released the first single from it yesterday. Friends, we must do everything we can to protect this gift to humanity.

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Let’s Talk about This New Owaranaide, Yoru Album

It’s Christmas Eve, and while I know* that most of the International Idol Communiverse is terminally online, really and truly the last thing we should all be doing right now is, well, what we usually do. But you know, I have this big-ass stack of late-season idol stuff that I didn’t get to make blog posts about, and I have some free time, so let’s catch up.

Owaranaide, Yoru! We here at Homicidols Dot Com have always appreciated this cool project, though circumstance meant that we haven’t covered them directly in a while. Sorry about that! They actually did a lot of great work this year, which I encourage you to check out, but first and most trenchantly is this latest from their just-released EP Kore wo Ame to Yobunonara:

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Vivid Chicken Goes out in Style

You know how when you have particular plans to do a thing but before you start the thing you give the ol’ TL a visit, and then you see people referring to another thing and that thing is actually kinda more interesting than the first thing, so you shift gears and decide to do the new things instead of the old thing? That’s enough stretching out that sentence. Yes, that was today, just know, when I saw this MV (released today!) from Vivid Chicken (it’s been a minute since I posted about them in a real thing!) and gave it a spin and immediately thought you’d really like it:

That’s a lot of fun! I love a lot of things, two of which immediately pertain to this song, and they are punk anthems and idols. Smash ’em together? Even if the idols in question don’t typically do punk anthems? That’s a tasty burger, friends. And if the meat and cheese are good and the jalapenos are grilled as opposed to plain? Tasty, spicy and filling. This is some beautiful vintage stuff. Man, I really ho–

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PassCode Ignites a Spark Indeed

When everything’s coming up roses … We’ve been waiting with all the patience of a sugar-addled kindergartner for the STRIVE album’s release (just a few more days!), and PassCode first chooses to whet our appetite by announcing that they’re striving for Budokan, which isn’t so much a strive as a done deal but you gotta do the Road To homework I guess, and now after plenty of teasing we finally get to experience the MV for “SPARK IGNITION”:

Don’t watch it here, though; click through so you can take part in the live chat with the members!

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PassCode’s Going to Budokan, Hell Yes

Well, folks, I’d been licking my lips at the prospect of new PassCode stuff to show off and get excited about since their latest major album is right around the corner, but we simply must pre-empt our own posting for this off-the-charts awesome announcement. PassCode’s on the road to Budokan!

I love everything about this moment. PassCode was on such an ascent, hung in through some challenges, and have just kept building prominence among fans across a pretty significant spectrum of musical interests. This album is, I’m sure, going to be quite good, and yeah there’ll be a hyperventil-y post about it in no time, probably. But the album … who cares about the dang album! PassCode’s doing Budokan, man. That’s just so cool. I hope Yuna screams a literal hole in space-time and nothing ever happens again because reality simply ceases to exist (somewhere right in the middle of “TRACE”, preferably).

Sounds like a good time for the end of the universe to me.

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