Good morning, friends! If you’re not a regular on Soundcloud, I recommend that you become one, because checking in every few days or so is a good way to keep up with some of the less-followed acts in idol. For instance, remember 143? They of the months-long membership rollout and pretty good debut? They added this
Obviously it’s a bit early, but I’m essentially ready to declare Melon Batake a Go Go my pick for Homicidols’ annual Best-Of in the “Breakthrough Artist” category. The group is on fire right now, with what finally appears to be a stable, solid line-up backed by great tunes, and an incrementally growing fan-following that really adore these “Idols From Outerspace”. Even from the short time ago this blog previously covered these girls, they’re swiftly taken on a new life and gained new fans. It’s fun and exciting to watch a group rise from obscurity and earn some well-deserved praise, and the time is definitely at hand for these young ladies.
— めろん畑a go go (@MELONBATAKEAGO2) April 16, 2018
With the iron hot, the sidekick idols are poised to strike with their upcoming EP “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” (It reminds me of the Cramps’ classic album “Stay Sick”!) which comes out in May. This will be the first release with the group’s current roster, because all the members are still too new to have recorded together before. (I think Soze is the only active member to have any recorded Melon music at all.)
The newly invigorated Melon Batake a Go Go has charged up their social media resources to spread the word of outer-space-psychobilly-infused-garage-rock-idol-music, including taking advantage of Soundcloud to share a brand-new song for the masses! It’s called “Horror Billy Nights”…
It’s a solid rocker that’d make about any band proud! Nice meaty guitars, great vocals, and a spooky vibe that’ll fit into your Halloween party mixes this Fall. The only minor issue I take is that with a name like “Horror Billy Nights”, I kinda wish there was a little more “billy” in there. Just twang up those guitars a little bit! This is an idol group that I’m simply dying to see eventually perform with a live three-piece band featuring a devil-locked dude slapping a coffin-shaped stand-up bass with a couple of go-go dancers (Or a guy in a gorilla suit, that’s always cool too!) shaking it fast on pedestals along the edge of the stage.
Also up on the YouTubes is a short promo video that features another newly recorded song that Melon’s been performing live for some time, and moody piece of horror pop called “Change the Wolfman”…
While things are certainly going fantastic for Melon Batake a Go Go, there’s been one unfortunate hitch in their giddy-up. (Literally) Sadly, Soze Nakamura injured her ACL during a show last month, and she’s been out of the live-equation while awaiting surgery, followed by the eventual recovery process. The group’s been performing with occasional guest stars- as well as a framed photo of Nakamura in her honor. In the meantime, Soze has been revitalizing the group’s long-dormant Instagram account, which had been seemingly forgotten, with brand new, fresh photos. (On a related note, she now has a SOZELICA Instagram account as well!)
I haven’t seen any sort of pre-order information for purchasing “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” but I’m certainly keeping my eyes open. Also hopefully now that the Melon Girls have increased their stature considerably, perhaps the distribution for this EP will be improved. It’s been a bit of a task to get hold of their earlier stuff and it’d be great if a wider base could get their hands on this upcoming gem. They certainly deserve it, and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re looking at future breakouts here. Keep your eyes on Melon Batake a Go Go!!!
I just spent the past week doing the following:
- Listening to Motown
- Baking leek-heavy French pastries
- Cleaning the ever-loving crap out of my house
Oh, and idols. Lots of that, too. Though let me say, the pastries have actually been the highlight. Leek sauteed in bacon fat with a bit of salt and pepper, mixed with cream and melted gruyere, then set up in a light pastry? Delicious. And today, I’m going to eat most of the stuff! It’s a happy time at Maniac Mansion, and I’m looking forward to a pretty solid weekend. I’m not a winery person, but the nearest stretch of Virginia is lousy with them, so.
Make sure that you enjoy yourself, too! I’ve been harping on spring for weeks, but it has in fact sprung; or, if it’s your autumn, you maybe have a few last decent weeks before your hemisphere’s version of winter, which I imagine is more like a terrifying shrinking of life from a cruel, unsetting sun. The point is, I bet it’s nice out, and you deserve to have nice things. So play the Fun (it’s a great one!), share your thoughts on this little doodad, catch up on the interesting week that was, and then put the best things in life ahead of idol for a minute.
That’s, Like, Incredibly Optimistic
XTEEN with a very important PSA:
— XTEEN † 4/17秋葉原ソフマップ初リリイベ (@xteen_official) April 15, 2018
To the handful of you who’ve messaged over the past while, yes, finally, Last Question. To those of you wondering what the answer is supposed to be, I say, look at this playlist that they added to Soundcloud the other day and reminded me that maybe I should round back on this one:
Yes, that’s Last Question (Twitter). Do they rock? Sometimes, in a manner of speaking! Why are you singling them out Maniac? Because would you please take a moment to appreciate epic fantasy RPG music being performed by idols who could only be more dedicated to their theme if they took the stage in oversized armor and theatrical mage’s robes. And maybe now they do! I know that Krv has seen them recently, or maybe they’ll dust it off in time. Regardless, nobody not named NEMLESSS can boast such an incredible website. Continue reading
From the ashes of PIIIIIIIN, QUEENS (Twitter) have entered into the world. This is known! I had been on the fence about whether to feature them outright, given that, obvious advancing maturity aside, this was a unit that was going to be emphatic less on the rock and more on the cool. And they are! The sound and style are described as “dance rock,” which is totally fine and in fact connects directly to one of my very favorite idol things, but it can’t always be about the Maniac behind the site, you know?
The simplest of things, man
“Dance rock” is right, though; it’s like a defused version of OG Osaka Shunkashuto, or if somebody paid a vocaloid composer* to write something a little funkier. Those instrumentals are absolutely killing me.
I’ve been keyed in on QUEENS ever since I found out about them — ex-PIIIIIIIN will do that to you — so you may have seen some of this stuff in the Weekender, but I figure that it’s worth adding here for that fuller Queens experience:
See? Idols much more normal than homi, though pleasant enough overall. There’s an emerging trend for idols of this flavor, too, so I could see them having a pretty good year.
*I’m looking directly in winter mute’s direction
Good morning, friends! Who among you stayed up for the podcast last night? Was it good? Bad? Bland? Hilarious? These are the probing questions of our time. Personally, I had fun! It capped a pretty good week for idol, too, which is something that we should count our blessings for, given that one of those quiet times is right around the corner.
Right now? It’s Saturday, it’s that part of spring that’s still pretty and pleasant, and yours truly is going to go mess around outside. All I have to say is, play the Fun, take that merch survey if you have a minute, and then by all means take advantage of whatever life-giving radiance is available to you this weekend.
There Is No Life
word of the day: wotanomicon
— RxC (@raincontreras) April 11, 2018
Dang folks, here’s one from the Wayback Machine. Remember Mikicco? Almost exactly a year after our first bout of discovery for one of the limited set of solo rock idols, we got another song:
It’s apparently on sale, but I don’t know if it’s on the most recent single or what, so maybe go pick up a few of her very accessible releases and see for yourself!
Good morning! Now that was a great week in idol. There were tons of releases, new videos, new music and a new Corenament champion. This is not to mention a pretty darn solid April Fools joke. And there’s more to come, including potentially idiotic hot takes! Love it.
The irony is that this is, I think, a pretty solid time of year for just about the whole world. Spring or fall, odds are good that today and tomorrow are going to be pretty nice days. Even if you have to work, spend some time outside! Ignore idol! Yes, play the Fun, but also focus on the good and important things in life (note: this does not include idol in any way). Get your energy up and be ready to face the next week with all the vim and vigor that you can handle.
That’s Oddly Optimistic
Are you following Pour Lui’s YouTube career? Why or why not?
Happy weekend, everybody! The week, which was a bad week, is behind us. The Corenament, which has been a great Corenament (best so far by a mile!), is coming to its tension-wrought conclusion. Idol, which is on a pretty good streak, is doing pretty pretty good. And it’s the season of Zombie Jesus and the Egg-laying Rabbit, and the celebration of putting blood on doors as a ward against death. What’s not to love?
Go do religious things or fun secular things or things that are culturally neutral because neither the Abrahamic religions nor Cadbury have had a chance to corrupt your people. Appreciate the season. Play the Fun (it’s a great Fun!). Go help to settle the Corenament. And ignore the date that’s likewise upon us, because why would it be of any significance?
What Are You Implying?
#FoxDay What's the big announcement?
— Christian Winsall (@toxicbreakfast) March 31, 2018
Prepare yourself for Oyasumi Hologram’s acoustic album:
チケットは明日3/27 10:00よりイープラスにて発売されます！ pic.twitter.com/YiZg2kN4HU
— おやすみホログラム (@oysm_hologram) March 26, 2018
Your chance to connect somewhat indirectly with Candye Syrup!
We are also pleased to announce that we will be introducing our first idol group to our Get to Know series: Candye♡Syrup!
See the infographic for details! pic.twitter.com/SOTiMMaqEP
— Chaotic Harmony Imports & Events (@cha0ticharmony) March 28, 2018
When REGiNA KiSS members start do commercials:
— REGiNA KiSS（レジーナキス） (@REGiNAKiSS3) March 24, 2018
SOZELICA, performing with Melon Batake a Go Go, done tore her ACL and will need surgery and recovery time:
— 中村はめろん畑a go go (@SozekgMelon) March 29, 2018
— ヒビタケヒコ@SCREW UP (@blacksheep0603) March 31, 2018
I was going to spare you this FunFunFun remix, but nobody’s too good for this level of WTF:
Fits, fits, sure, umm, huh?
— コーヘー (@kohei8383) March 28, 2018
By way of contrast:
D'ARBY the Gambler vol.13
— RAGE WITH COURAGE (@RAGEWITHCOURAGE) March 28, 2018
Codomomental round-up! A new web shop, and auditions with this Eggs thing:
— ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (@zenbukiminosei) March 29, 2018
— Eggs公式 (@Eggs_music) March 30, 2018
Pretty neat of WACK to call up the old “STUPiG” set designer to help out with EMPiRE’s latest:
Reminder that this happened:
— Poppy (@poppy) March 24, 2018
If you followed that MNL48 business (besides supporting Osie and/or Shazy, of course!), you may be aware of accusations of scandalous activity etc. This is apparently how their official media choose to respond:
I don’t share enough of the daily Dots videos:
This is what Shiori’s up to right now:
No, I don’t know what BiSH is doing, either:
— セントチヒロ・チッチ (@Chittiii_BiSH) March 26, 2018
Incredibly rare recording of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da doing “ShitEnd Placebo”:
ぜん君ましろ生誕ありがとうございました！ 最後はshitendプラシーボでした この曲やるとzionでの初ライブ思いだすな〜 pic.twitter.com/igauW3S0cm
— syva (@syva22) March 31, 2018
Check out this new one from IVOLVE:
The latest project from BELL is more interesting in this little snip than in their official debut live:
Qumali Depart is a ball of joy:
Apparently also a step ahead of Maison Book Girl!
In honor of Himari’s birthday live, here’s what Bakuon Dolls Syndrome looks like now:
— 爆音少女症候群Øクラウドファンディングに挑戦中💉 (@bakusyn_info) March 25, 2018
Somebody please tell cana÷biss that they don’t need to turn to Kentacore:
Meanwhile, DEADLIFT LOLITA is having the best life:
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) March 25, 2018
I’m sharing this NEO JAPONISM playlist primarily for the oh-so-2001 intro:
Osaka Shunkashuto’s first Avex album will happen in June:
— 大阪☆春夏秋冬(しゅかしゅん)公式 (@syukasyun) March 25, 2018
Lang Leav’s poem about IDOLS is everything every fan needs to read. Educate yourself. pic.twitter.com/LpQjZrYHuw
— 🕊 (@guanlinnet) March 27, 2018
Happy belated, Io:
— 雲林院カグラ@BBTS (@kagura_BBTS) March 24, 2018
Have an idolly sweet weekend!
Good morning! Your friendly neighborhood Maniac is still reeling a bit from some mystery illness, friends, and there’s this whole Corenament business to see to (we’re more than halfway through!), so forgive the brevity, as my head isn’t working right. Do you need an example? How about that I just spent several minutes Googling a word that doesn’t exist in English? Yeah.
It’s the first weekend of spring, or autumn if you’re one of those poor people living on the world’s underside, and it may be nice enough to do outside things where you are. If so, go do them! But of course, play the Fun, and then take a few minutes to turn our Elite Eight into a Final Four.
What Was the Word?
Actual first order of business? Go do this:
@homicidols @ramenshuriken @skildert4idols , The hashtags this week to support Ruruko`s graduation & return encouragement are
,#天羽るる永遠に ,#AmouRuruforever name –#天羽るる ,
Goal 1,000+ people or support tweets by March 25. pic.twitter.com/hMgjnLeRzy
— Reign Eternal Idol (@Pureidolheart) March 19, 2018