While we’re on a little run of less well-known idols doing great work, let’s pause for a second and take another look at Ishido Natsumi, who I will maintain is not only cool and good, but also one of the least appreciated vocalists in idol, period; this is a preview for her upcoming single, dropping tomorrow:
“Choice the Happiness” is just the latest. Everything she does is bad as hell. Continue reading →
Well, given that the last two releases from Kamen Joshi were a #2 single and a theme song for food, one could be forgiven for thinking that they’d go in just about any possible direction. This isn’t ridiculous, per se, but it is another theme song, albeit this time in a much more traditionally idol kind of way:
Man, was I glad to wake up to see this from BILLIE IDLE; in addition to just generally being awesome and on an absolute roll since last year’s membership difficulties, I admit again to having had trepidation on account of their most recent work being a Best Of / live double album. Such things are usually not harbingers of long stretches of continued growth and activity! One could be forgiven for thinking that they might disband!
But no, absolutely not, BILLIE IDLE will actually never die because no, they will not shut up.
I got a treat for you guys; our man Phillter continues his triumphant translational return by covering this Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da interview from Natalie.mu. The subject? As with all things Zenkimi, a bunch of random stuff in addition to their new single!
This one’s legitimately great. Getting into a Zenkimi member’s head is like stepping into some weird, twisted, functional Candyland.
Specifically on the new release, “Wagamama Shinsei Hominina”:
Mashiro: We five are trying to announce ourselves through a very Zen Kimi-esque chaotic and loud pop number. “Rebirth” is also a part of the title, and it’s because we are bringing out a brand-new Zen Kimi I think. I’m so happy that I was able to sing this song with these five members.
If Band ja Naimon! wants to keep cranking out this kind of energy, I’m going to keep trying to get people into them:
As with last time, I never fail to be energized by the sheer mania of denpa song; even when the actual BPM is somewhere within the realms of reason, the level of frenetic that this music can accomplish is really something else. It’s like what would would have happened had the punk desire to go simpler, faster and purer had instead been the province of early electronic composers. It’s just such a ridiculous good time. Continue reading →
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 […]
I like when image clashes with substance. I really do. It’s easy as pie to be like, we do heavy music and will slather ourselves in fake blood like it’s Thanksgiving gravy, and quite another to look and dress like PassCode and tear apart a stage. And the effect can be subtle, too, just one factor leading to expectations that aren’t met by other factors.