One of the most intense reactions I ever feel to somebody else’s creative work is that of unrequited blown-away. Like, you know when you see that so-and-so did such-and-such, and your entire body loads your anticipated mind-blowingedness like a spring … and then it’s just fine? Or worse? I hate that feeling.
And, frankly, it happens a lot in idol. A performance medium in which so much of the performance that matters happens away from the most-held-up product, and that product’s deepest charms often relying on how imperfect it is, is going to tend to never quite reach the tippy-tops of emotional catharsis for all but the most devoted fans of each particular project. Lives are a particularly challenging environment for this, as so much can go wrong — the crowd is off, a singer can’t find her key, the acoustics are terrible, everybody had the fish for dinner — and a live band only adds more variables to what can be a volatile environment. Continue reading →
Before going on a months-long expedition to distant, monster-inhabited parts unknown*, Mr. Viz Major shared something that he knew would probably get me irrationally excited for at least a few minutes, which is to say live video of Aphrodite:
You look different, Aphrodite. You sound different, too. Did you get a makeover or something? Continue reading →
Har har! There are little flags and idols and callbacks to things that have happened! That is a thoughtful and well-constructed joke! Shame that the same idols had to come along and ruin it. Continue reading →
Man, it feels like forever since the Idols Known In English as Not Secured, Loose Ends announced their fourth single. It’s nobody’s fault that said single was put on ice following Cococo’s rather sudden graduation to seek treatment for chronic penguinitis, nor is it anything other than completely understandable that Codomomental wanted to wait until her replacement had come along to release the songs that they assuredly had already recorded and were ready to pound us over the heads with.
Several months later, still no members, and still no single … until now!
All right, I know that I said that I might be kind of done with ol’ ayumikurikamaki, but then they largely redeemed themselves and I feel like it’s worth bringing up the fact that one of the single most fun projects in idol is releasing a second major album:
So I’ve been feeling a little badly about selling Minna no Kodomo-chan short in my 2017 recap; the thing is, they did great work, but so very little of it! Trash-Up!!’s loudest little idols haven’t exactly been on hiatus or anything. They’re just on a very high school-indie kind of release schedule or something.
Nonetheless, they’re kicking off the year with the kind of abandon that only a group with a song called “I wish I were dead when I wake up” could muster: