A New Fruitpochette Single Is Coming Soon!

Hot diggity dog! Right after sort of pining for Fruitpochette to keep moving forward, they announce this:

“Akatsuki-Crisis” will be out Dec. 23, with a deluxe, limited photobook edition to boot. I’m not much of one for photobooks, but the Zumakyuri bromance* may prove to be irresistible. Continue reading

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Somebody Help Me Get This Bellring Girls Heart EP

The tweet kind of makes it sound like Spine EP is something that we’ve known about for a while, but I swear to Xenu that this is the first I’m seeing the title.

So this is the going-away disk for Ayano and Mizuho? Regardless, now is apparently the time to reserve it, as well as line up your spot at the BABEL pre-farewell one-man that looks a lot like it’s being set up for a DVD. [Adding:] According to Babatus, it should be available by normal means; these reservations are about bypassing the usual cheki procedure associated therewith. Continue reading

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Tsurezure Released Two Previews Today, Thank Goodness

Why a Sunday?! But while your friendly neighborhood slept and then woke up to deal with another issue, Yukueshirezutsurezure was pre-releasing one track from the upcoming Post-Catastrophe and one that you’ll only be able to get if you buy at Tower Records.

Of course, they’re time-limited. Of course, we have our own ways around these problems. And when Maniac sleeps, it’s intrepid friends who make the save. Continue reading

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The Whole World (okay, a few other people) Is Excited about Dots

They’re constantly pumping out video content, so I’m sure that I’m timing it wrong again on the enigmatic Dots (or ………, as they prefer to be called), but I’m completely in love with all of this.

First, they kind of have a physical release!

That’s a CD that comes (I think; the listing is weird) with the latest issue of what would probably be my favorite magazine in the world if I could get it, Trash-Up!!, the publication of the promotion company / indie label that launches a lot of really cool idol projects. They’re even kind of helping to launch Dots! Think about buying it! Actually, see below in the comments, this is how you buy that disk, and it is pretty darn loaded!

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Wanna See Some Notes from the Mind Behind Yukueshirezutsurezure’s “Post-Catastrophe”?

This is pretty amazing, even just run through a translator:

GESSHI writes the lyrics and stuff for Tsurezure’s psyche-shattering songs. This blog post on the Codomomental website isn’t the lyrics, but his thoughts on the lyrics and how the songs came together. Continue reading

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Alloy Picks up Where petit pas! Left Off

I feel like I was right to get excited about Alloy! Fans of petit pas!, you may find their sound … somewhat familiar:

In this case, very familiar

They’ve actually spent the past week trickling tracks out onto Soundcloud (very much like Nozomi’s former group did prior to the release of Refrain), with very nice hard idol rock and stuff going on: Continue reading

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Why Didn’t Somebody Tell Me There Was a New MAPLEZ MV?

Jeez Louise, you guys, you’re supposed to tell me when Hiroshima’s own loudols (I love that word) release something new. This is their seventh(!) single, due for release on Tuesday.

Honestly, I’d love to know who wrote this, because it sounds so much like a heavied-up version of a down-catalog Sakura Gakuin song that I’m surprised that it isn’t a down-catalog Sakura Gakuin song. Continue reading

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Go Night Hiking with You’ll Melt More!, It’ll Make You Feel Better

Or maybe not! I’m not your dad. Still, give it a try. Here’s YMM doing “Night Hiking”:

If you weren’t sold yet, what if I told you that it includes snips of the members playing the instruments that they’ll be playing at their anniversary live? Including Kechon on drums which amuses me endlessly for some reason. Continue reading

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Aw Hell Yes, Under Beasty Has Gone Full-throttle

Fittingly, right after getting to report that Under Beasty was in fact not only no longer indie to the core, having joined Candy GO!GO!’s One-to-One agency, but finding out that they did it a little while back and it just escaped this guy’s notice–

You guys, “Black Jet” is out in video form! Almost missed it!


The influences, they are strong with this one

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BiS Will Set the Record for Shortest Time Before Its Second Album

I actually don’t think that title’s true. I just didn’t want to put the inflammatory stuff there.

Well, kids, I hope none of you were hoping to ask out any BiS members around Valentine’s Day, because they already have plans: They’ll be promoting their second album.

Yep! That was an awful joke and I should feel bad. Continue reading

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