I’m clearly not the only person in the West who likes idols and also likes to write about idols and who also wishes more people would get into Wonder Lander — Passion Idol, from the francophonie, is right there with me. Yeah, it’s in French, but that’s way easier to read via machine translation than Japanese. Also, give Gru! a follow!
Taper ce titre me fait l’effet d’une consécration. Maintenant que c’est dit, passons au reste, au plus conventionnel : bonjour à tous, je suis très heureuse de vous retrouver pour un nouvel article ! Celui-ci, bien plus que les autres, est assez spécial puisqu’il s’agit d’une Interview, format jusqu’alors inconnu au bataillon. C’est un petit […]
You guys who are bigger fans of Hirano* Yuri than me (Jordan, I’m looking in your direction), help me out. She added this rocking little corker to Soundcloud last night, and I don’t recall having heard it before, but that apparently doesn’t mean anything because I miss lots of stuff:
I mean, I don’t even have an analog for that much bounce. Supergrass, but with the singer from Letters to Cleo? No idea. Continue reading →
It seems like we can’t go a day or two without something else amazing from the Dots well, nor can we go a day or two without Viz Major finding something in the darkest crevasses of the Idolverse and shining on it the kind of light that only Westerners with excellent-albeit-unconventional musical tastes can provide. In this case, an unreleased track from the enigmatic nameless collective of idol singularities:
This was a busy week, gang, and it was also a bad one. Guso Drop.DEEP GIRL (though anybody could have seen that coming). Losing Kerrie to “Splatoon.” I’d just as soon never do it again! We inevitably will, though; idol idols on, and I think just about everybody likes video games.
Anyway, good stuff! PassCode MVs. A really neat look at Dots and their creative process coming up in a little while (plus the look behind the curtain). The Friday Fun, which is hugely ambitious and may also reveal how you really feel about idols. QUEEN OF THE SCENE, for which nominations close today, you bunch of weirdos — get your input in before I start making idols do virtual ladder matches next week!
What Were Things That Happened, Maniac?
Screaming Sixties was on TV again. Their fans performed the greatest Wall of Death of all time:
I remember when petit pas! was getting ready to release their (only) album last year, and they’d tease out a track every week, usually on Monday, and it was a really cool journey that, frankly, masked the fact that Refrain was ultimately kind of so-so, which is good marketing. So, fittingly, Alloy (same company) is employing not dissimilar tactics in making their catalog something to connect with.
So AIBECK, potentially exciting and fairly busy new idol project and home to the … I actually can’t quite place exactly why I like An’z-don, but An’z! went ahead and added a new song to Soundcloud last night, a song that I almost definitely would have missed if I hadn’t been on Soundcloud for entirely different reasons:
Hey gang! I’m still reeling from this week. In the end, I got a better-performing website out of the deal, and a nice shot of vigor. I feel badly, though, because it was a pretty good week for idol and I was sitting there with my thumb up my ass while jerks jerked all over this thing of mine. Happy ending, though!
So you’ve probably encountered that whole Tokyo Girls thing from the BBC by now. It took me a while to watch it, and it took me a while to want to even really respond to it, and by then the takes were as many as they were diverse, but almost completely united around “seriously, another fucking hit piece?” So I’m not going to add anything to that, and I’d just as soon let the film go down the memory hole (at least this one approached the subject with a quasi-insider’s eye), so: No additional clicky stuff for that. In the meantime, though, I will repeat what I’ve said before, which is that idol fans need to police idol fans around the worst behaviors, which can also be applied to just about everything that has fans, because fans of things can be horrible people, but there’s nothing wrong with being a fan. Protect what you say you love, in other words.
Earlier this evening I was looking at the new posts in the Alt Idol Facebook group and came across a post by Viz about a new group called 終演後物販 (Shuuengo Buppan). He describes them as melocore, and after listening to them I would agree. Lets take a first, but brief look at Shuuengo Buppan.