And Guess Who Else Oyasumi Hologram and TORIENA Will Be Touring the USA With

It’s not just TORIENA that will be joining Oyasumi Hologram’s American tour in November — announced last night in Anaheim at the East Meets West Music Fest, old favorites NECRONOMIDOL will be on both legs* just the one leg! of the tour, not San Jose and San Francisco in the west, but then details-wanting appearances in New York City and Philadelphia in the east. This according to our man with the plan (and press access, and a camera) Daemon.

I don’t know if this is everything now that’s going to be on the tour, but that’s a pretty solid thing, no? And of course the East Coast performances are the big deal, given that they’re practically unheard of — Perfume and Morning Musume and Momoiro Clover Z can do New York, but nobody does Philadelphia, and NYC is a tough place to book anyway. I’m stoked to be able to go!

*I misunderstood what I was seeing and hearing because I was making french toast!

Sweet Holy Crap, Oyasumi Hologram Is Going for It

Well my Sunday just got a lot more interesting!

What follows below is the MV and initial draft reaction to Oyasumi Hologram’s release of their “ghost rider” MV the other day, which I was very enthusiastically going on about and, well, you’ll see the punchline at the end. I called the post “Everything That Oyasumi Hologram Does Is Perfect, Isn’t It?” Nonetheless:

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Predictably, Oyasumi Hologram Is Again Completely Wonderful

Time for a palate cleanser! Oyasumi Hologram, who will never get the credit or riches or fame that they deserve because the world is a cruel and unjust place, made the excellent, serendipitous choice to follow up their “the end of the world” MV release to promote 4 with “colors” and a full-band look:

The nicest thing about OyaHolo (other than their flexibility and diversity) is how incredibly mature their sound is. In an industry lousy with youth, and a scene that’s particularly emphatic in that lousiness, they could add dimensions of twee to their alt-rock takes (or even the less opportune tracks) and take the easy way out; instead, they constantly progress and grow their sound, rooted as always in that Halfway to Dreamscape foundation that sets them apart, but trying new moves here and there. It’s really lovely. Continue reading

Stop Everything Else Today and Pay Attention to Oyasumi Hologram

This should’ve been published yesterday, but I had precisely 18 minutes to both finish the Weekender and let everybody know about that whole business with Candye Syrup, so feh, that was all I was going to get to do. But!

You may have noticed that idol fan stuff slows down over the weekend. This is a natural consequence of people having more important things to do than to screw around at work, or to unwind before facing their ungrateful spawn, etc. Idol, however, doesn’t really care about the rhythms of life and will drop massive, epochal stuff when and how The Idol Gods deign, regardless of how random that may appear to your worthless mortal mind.

To whit, Oyasumi Hologram and a long-form MV that I pretty much don’t have adjectives for:

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Please Listen to What Oyasumi Hologram Did

The only downside to Soundcloud is that some of the best things will fly under the radar there unless you’re really assiduous about following up.

There should be no barriers between Oyasumi Hologram and the people of the world who want to hear their music. None. Continue reading

It’s a Mother-centric Match Game Special Feature!

I’m so sorry. Fate is literally making me do this. And also honor. Honor compels me!

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How Is It That People Aren’t Going Nuts about This Track from Kanamiru?

I swear it, at even my most apprehensive about the state of idol’s interesting, Oyasumi Hologram can almost always get me to perk up and realize that saviors do indeed walk among us.

In this case, it’s Kanamiru, who’s releasing a solo maxi single that, as far as this release onto Soundcloud would indicate, just plain goes full garage:

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Let’s Talk About “Art-Idols”

One of the more enjoyable and exciting things in the bold new world of non-traditional idols is the continuing openness of personal self-expression nurtured into the performers. While there’s always been a creative streak within the scene even in it’s more “commercial” days, I really started to take notice of this new emergence of experimentation with the debut of Maison book girl in 2014…

Those first press photos of Koshouji Megumi’s post-BiS group, with their modernist fashion style and aesthetic, seized my attention immediately, and I’ve never gotten that impression out of my mind since. With MBG and other bold new groups taking the stage, the “alt” prefix started being applied to this emerging trend, but to me, I saw their efforts as being more about personal expression and a desire to take idol from a product market into high art. To this day, I refer to Maison book girl as an art project, and their genre as being “Art-Idol.”  Continue reading

I Love When Oyasumi Hologram Gets a Little Loud

This is so cool, you guys: So Oyasumi Hologram, who I can never believe only have the level of support that they do among Westerners, given that they’re incredibly great — at making their dreamy, ethereal, arty alt-whatever — have started a new project with a three-piece band (or potentially as a three-piece band, nuance is hard), and that project has a demo, and they’re promoting both of them with this out-of-nowhere MV for “machine song”:

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Last Weekend Was Full of Non-TIF Action Too

Happy Friday, ya jamokes! I should have shared this post a few days ago (indeed, it was drafted!), but stuff started to happen and then I bumped it twice and finally, here we are, it’s Friday and I’m talking about last weekend as if this one weren’t looming.

But! The focus last weekend was rightfully on the Tokyo Idol Festival, whereas even right in Tokyo there was plenty of other idol action happening.

Like This One Festival That Also Happened and Wasn’t TIF

Just mentally call it Maniac’s Favorite Festival. Look at this (slice of the) lineup:

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