I Review Things: Kaqriyo Terror Architect | “Cultural Mixing”

Hey, it’s a not-NECRONOMIDOL review! Yeah, that promise to write up some things in the queue, that didn’t pan out — I’m busy! — but, as soon as I saw that it was coming to Spotify, I knew that I wanted to hit up the latest from Codomomental’s latest. It only took six full listens to get here!

I’m going to preface this with: If you like your idol safe and predictable or on-brand, stay the heck away from Kaqriyo Terror Architect. On to the review! Continue reading

PassCode Duel! A Very Short Preview vs. a Very Short Review

The other night, despite my desktop notifications being very quiet, my phone blew up with: ZOMG PASSCODE UPLOADED A NEW ALBUM ON SOUNDCLOUD!!eleven! I had gawdawful network, so I waited to get home and a chance to possibly even snag some code from the app to share with you lovely people, only for Soundcloud to be all “ha ha ha, you live in the wrong country like a big dork!”

So in response:

It took a few days, but senpai came through, and — if you’re one of the roughly 22 people who are aware of PassCode and haven’t yet downloaded Locus because you’re in a coma — you can get that preview that you so badly need: Continue reading

I Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “STRANGE AEONS”

Man, it’s been a while since I last did a review. In fact, the last one was … uh … well. This is getting a little awkward. Three of the last four now? Seriously?

All right. So before I do NECRONOMIDOL again, let me say that I’m also making a new year’s resolution to get more idol records and do more reviews, including some older stuff. Including something that I’m going to publish in like the next couple of days to break up this Necroma run. And then something else.

Great. On to the review!

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In Which I Use the New BiSH MV as a Vehicle

Well what the heck, you guys? Even though it was basically a given that BiSH would release another MV to promote the release of THE GUERiLLA BiSH, I don’t think anybody expected that it would appear out of nowhere on a Friday morning in Japan. Just like last time, they stayed true to the theme of the record!


My Captain

So that’s a pretty solid MV; I’ve never more wanted to be a guy tied to a chair, up to and including the apparent immolation-by-Ayuni. It was a wise choice, too, for the follow-up to “My landscape”, to convince that handful of people in the world who don’t already know that the album actually has a ton of upbeat intensity that BiSH is and always will be BiSH. For what it’s worth, I thought that “SMACK baby SMACK” was the best song on the album … and in wanting to say that and this one other thing* about it, I decided to include a miniaturized version of the review that I’ll now never publish. Continue reading

Avandoned’s “Donut Friend” Is A Love Letter To Music Fans

It would seem rather obvious that most people working in some facet of musical expression got where they are because they love crafting music. But there is a very special type of writer/performer/contributor among the multitude that stand out because they are not just musical artists, but because they are passionate, giddy star-struck fans of music themselves. These type of creators tend to not approach music clinically or with overly practiced technical skill (although many are indeed highly skilled), but rather with a metric ton of heart and soul poured into making every moment shine in whatever they do.

 

I often think of people like Alex Chilton, Brian Wilson, Joan Jett, Daniel Johnston, Jad Fair, The Cramps and Shonen Knife being among these. None of these are (or were) simply musicians making great music, but they are (were) fans of great music harnessing that joyful love into amazing music. I am more than pleased to add Beni and Kotao from Avandoned to this list.  Continue reading

Into The Darkest Heart of The British Empire: NECRONOMIDOL in London

Pukovnik Krv and Kerrie hit up the NECRONOMIDOL show in London this past week, where an interview may have been conducted(!) and many photos taken. Here’s Krv’s take on the event, plus many of said photos. If you dig it, why not give my dude’s Bandcamp a look, too?

A few days have now passed since the convening of spirits that occurred one fateful night in The Smoke, rousing rowdy rambunctious rebels ’round the Sassenach lands to descend upon The Water Rats, a watering hole for the toffs. Therefore, I must drop my pompous tone to declaim in detail the shit that went down.

As the first underground Japanese idol group, to my knowledge, to host a one-man live in the UK, I was expecting there to be a decent turnout. In actuality, a crowd bigger than I’ve ever seen them draw in Japan turned out as Japanophiles, weebs, otaku and bangya flocked to the show as well as wota, leaving the place packed with a melting pot of young and old, Northern and Southern, upper and working class, and all races coming together for … Necroma? Continue reading

Idols Be Lewd!

John’s in the reviews game now, and I think you owe it to yourself to check out this look at … well, the fact that mistress just straight up includes (tastefully covered!) nudity in their artwork tells you pretty much all you need to know about where they’re coming from and where this is going.

As you all know, I am like a huge fan of mistress. So when I got my hands on their demo/single, 「Succubus」, a while ago I felt like the happiest boy in the park. Played it on repeat for a bit then ripped it to my hard drive so I could put my special treasure […]

via mistress – Succubus, (Now I Need A Cold Shower) — Straight From Japan

I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | ‘BUBBLE’

I look back on when I first heard Yanakoto Sotto Mute. It was months before Bellring Girls Heart was announcing its kind-of end, and a sister unit coming into being felt like a nice move; give Bellheart a sidecar, and oh look they do grunge and stuff, that’s appropriate and … damn, that one girl there can sing like the dickens, huh? And these songs are pretty powerful!

Two EPs and about a year later, there’s a distinct feeling of change around the whole thing. BRGH took a break and got a new name and a bunch of new members, and it may be that the student has become the master. Or is the Yanamyu thing really just a bunch of hype? On to the review!
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Here’s a Cool Fan Review of Kamen Joshi’s Latest Single

Or, more specifically, the receipt and unboxing (so to speak) of “Personia / ISUMI,” which just barely failed to make #1 for the Mask Girls’ second consecutive chart-topper, but is still pretty good.

This is from Indonesian fan of the site Rino:

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I Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “DEATHLESS”

Bringing back the disclaimers! It’s not a secret that I’m a huge mark for NECRONOMIDOL, and that their producer, Ricky Wilson, has been a friend to Homicidols.com in what I hope is a mutually fulfilling relationship; that being said, while I never had much reason to think that DEATHLESS would be anything less than great, I made a strong effort to put the relationship behind me for this sucker; I may love idol and I may love dark idol and I may love NECRONOMIDOL, but we don’t build community trust without honesty, and we don’t make other fans by being sycophants.

So. On to the review!
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