The New sugartrap EP’s Arrival Can’t Come Soon Enough

Yes, friends, I am excited about sugartrap at any point that they’re doing active things like recording music (which they do occasionally) and performing live (which they do all the time). I’d prefer to wait a little bit for a real-deal MV to sprout wings and fly into my face closer to the release date of this record, but I’m also wont to force-feed you sugartrap (it’s good for you!) and will not be wroth should they be posted twice in quick succession.

Hence:


Further proof that Osaka idols are best idols

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When Ladybaby and Ladybeard Got Back Together for a Minute

Ladybaby’s renewed, Rei-less form didn’t, I think, need to call back too hard to the group’s point of origin — it’s written all over everything they do, ever — but given that what seems like a fairly successful first release includes a third track, and hatchets can be buried and money made, it’s clear that we could all live our best lives if the updated roster could maybe get together with ol’ pal Ladybeard for an MV.

The trailer is here. I stared at my screen and contemplated whether to post now or wait; my dedication to the gods of chaos won out.

I have no comment whatsoever.

Here’s the Full Digest Version of PassCode’s ‘Ray’

It’s a slower day in idol, folks, and I neglected to work the Soundcloud clips into the Weekender, so let’s all gawk at PassCode’s splice of the tracks available on “Ray”:

I previously called the title track itself maybe my favorite piece of new music of theirs since the release of “MISS UNLIMITED”, and this frankly backs that up well. It’s even structured a lot like that (pretty legendary-like, honestly) release, with the catchy Radio PassCode lead, and the Heavy PassCode and Heavy Dance PassCode B-sides. “TRICKSTER”, just in short form, is menacingly shaking its fist at many of my past favorite Heavy PassCode tracks, and I can’t wait to hear it in full. Continue reading

The Band Form of REGiNA KiSS Is Working Out

Ah, REGiNA KiSS, the idols that I can never get anybody to pay attention to half as much as they deserve to be paid attention to. I don’t get it! Of those who have looked, the reviews are almost always positive. “Yes, Maniac, you are right, they are good” is the stock reply, in fact. Granted, I hear that all the time because my taste is impeccable, but let’s not digress!

REGiNA KiSS, originally a more full-on, explicitly idol project, made the move a little while back to be one of those idol+band hybrids. That could have gone any of a number of ways, honestly; it’s like how throwing a pass in football has three potential outcomes, and only one of them is good. I think it’s safe to say that it worked out in this case:

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Finally, XTEEN

I started to follow XTEEN (Twitter) a while back at John’s suggestion, and have furtively been keeping half-assed tabs on them since. Debutantes usually aren’t worth the trouble (there are multitudes), but something about a Misfits-loving horrorcore project just spoke to the Maniac in me. It took a little while, but they dropped the trailer for their debut single the other day:


Thanks for the reminder, PIH

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EMPiRE Really Might Happen

Context for the title of the post! I had this weird feeling that EMPiRE’s major debut album release, teased a couple of days ago, was going to settle the follow-or-not question. Yes, even after that thing with the giant sentient butt, I was skeptical that EMPiRE would come out the other end of the chute as genuinely interesting. I was all geared up for it: They’re going to try to make EMPiRE happen no matter what, aren’t they?

And then the album trailer!

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Does SPARK SPEAKER’s New EP Presage Things as Good as It Sounds?

At least, as far as the trailer is concerned.

This includes that new song, naturally; refreshingly, I don’t think it’s so much as even the second-best track on the record, if the trailer is going to be any indication. Continue reading

The (Great) New PassCode Song Is after the Old-new PassCode Songs

I like to tease PassCode, mostly because I really like them, and good-natured ribbing of one’s nearest-or-at-least-dearest is a time-honored tradition. How many hours of raw enjoyment did I wring out of their first two albums and accompanying singles, and how formative were they in my more natal Maniac period? Much, is the answer. So yes, I made fun of Locus a little bit, only to reverse course and decide that yeah, it’s probably going to be hot, and … well, the fuller trailer’s here, showing off those re-recordings with far more gusto, and if you skip toward the last 30 or so seconds … Continue reading

High-stakes Drama the Likes of Which You’ve Never Seen!

I just keep giggling about this. I really don’t know.

You tell me. Honestly. What the hell all is going on here? Idol Cannonball Run: The Motion Picture would create the single hottest holiday toy craze in history — vomit-inducing hot sauce! ill-fitting fitness wear! gratuitous bikini tops! — if it lived up to half of its potential. Like, AV vs. MV? More like Pour Lewd amirite? Continue reading

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.