This Is the Trailer for Yajima Mai’s New EP

I had wanted to wait until the MV was out for this one, team, but I’m not entirely sure that it’s going to get an individual release at this point (Team Maimi may want it as a reward, not just a carrot), so let’s just enjoy this short trailer for Innocent Emotion:

This sucker is out tomorrow. It’s obviously loud and melodic and epic and metal — like classically so, minus the “extreme” that’s so obligatory anymore — and I can’t wait.

Make Me a Believer, SHINGEKI

You guys know that I run kind of hot and cold when it comes to Yannderu Ame YAMIAME Imonikomi SHINGEKI, but, when they get stuff right, they get it right as rain.

For example? They’re recording solo tracks, a proposition that’s often fraught with combined promise and potential disappointment. This one is Imoko’s. I seriously want it to be good and loud.

Imoko-chan, a thousand blessings upon you. That was good. And of course we all deserve a little something extra for having taken it in. Continue reading

When Very Indie Idols Go Solo, Get Heavy

A couple of days ago, some folks shared out this chunk of heaviness:

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Nothing Heartens Me More Than Idols Soldiering Solo

Well, gang, it’s official — while this time last year was bursting with new releases and activity and the whole world felt alive, most of idol seems to be holding its breath. At times like this, I like to dive into YouTube and see what kinds of offbeat and interesting things are showing their face.

My favorite find today? Hinata from le biglemoi inexplicably doing an entire set solo:

I will remind you that le biglemoi has like 35 members, so how this happened … well, thinking back on the time that Keikarin did a full PiGU live when everybody else got sick, and I did just survive norovirus, and that stuff can be crazy contagious, so while I’m not saying that the rest of the group was violently expelling the contents of their digestive tracts, I’m not not saying that happened, either. I’M JUST ASKING QUESTIONS OKAY.

This is what they usually look like, btw: Continue reading

Weekend Prep: Haruno Megumi Live

Man, I am beyond happy that Will found these videos and shared them the other day — Haruno Megumi, ex. of Mugen Regina and way too talented to be limiting herself to gravure (though I’m sure the money’s better), has been doing gigs for her new solo project, and we get to experience it:

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Get Your Zenkimi Mene Solo Song Preview Right Here

Yay! It finally happened: Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da gets a little bit closer to capping their run of awesome solo songs (one per member!) by turning this week to Mene:

All the goods after the jump. Continue reading

I Don’t Know Why You’d Need Any Other Reason to Buy Ishido Natsumi’s New Single

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

Damn, You Guys, Necroma Had a Week

All right, partly because I feel badly about having missed out on the first of these bits of NECRONOMIDOL news in the first place and also because I wanted to gather a bunch of stuff together, I’m doing this thing a little bit weirdly.

First up! If you haven’t yet seen Necroma’s feature piece from the Bandcamp home page, you really should check it out:

The scene is infused with the playfulness of dance, twinkling piano, and elaborate costumes.

via NECRONOMIDOL and New Directions in Japanese Metal — Bandcamp Daily

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There’s a Lot Going on in the New Party Rockets GT

Such is the travail of business travel that you sometimes see cool things and then can’t do anything about it. Take for example this new video from Party Rockets GT, their eighth single, “START”:

PRGT has better songs, but I don’t know if they have one that so totally covers what they’re all about — the melody is extremely familiarly theirs, there’s this chugging guitar and driving beat overlaid with some of the sparkliest idol vocals you’ll ever hear. And, of course, their dance game is actively simple, and their outfits are winners (though I prefer their blacks), and … look, why aren’t more of you people behind Party Rockets? Continue reading

Hot Damn, Zenkimi’s Teasing a Mashiro Solo Song

It’s on the two-hour rule, but of course we know how to get around that and holy crap why aren’t you listening to this song yet?

That’s the link. Tell Zenkimi and Mashiro how much you like it with #DyingCRY. And if you’re late to the party, click through for what you need to get into this sucker. Continue reading