Malcolm Mask McLaren Barefaced and Live for ‘like this sneakers’

Ahh, Malcolm Mask McLaren, you are so good at moving these releases out in little bunches. Just last week we had “Just Believe”; this time around, we get “like this sneakers,” which I’m sure is new to just about everybody except for you lucky dogs who were in Japan the last couple of months, and that title, I think I know what they’re saying, but I’m also having a lot of fun with it. Almost as much fun as the song! See how I did that?

And that, friends, is melodic hardcore. Up to and including that xylophone. Continue reading


Get Your First Listen to Every Track on ‘MISS UNLIMITED’

If you haven’t already ordered PassCode’s major debut maxi-single / EP thing, maybe this will convince you:

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Punk up Wednesday with ‘Nakisou Sunday’

Its release was probably just a formality, a matter of “when” rather than “if” after they pre-released the track on iTunes a couple of weeks ago, but here’s Billie Idle’s MV for “Nakisou Sunday”:

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The Sweetness Will Make Your Teeth Ache

Update: I want to say that there’s no way this is true, but I bet it’s totally true. I have no reason to doubt our friend. Wild.

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to call on Pure Idol Heart for delivering on a good find, but this is just one example of why you should always pay attention:

Tell me that they aren’t rocking You’ll Melt More!’s look from last year

Meet Attain Music (Twitter), or maybe that’s not really their name because Attain Music is definitely the company, but the group doesn’t seem to have a name of its own? Anyway, as you can see, they’re cutting out any and all pretense and going straight for the darkest, blackest combination of all — kawaii rock. Maybe “Kawaii Rock Idol” is the name? Continue reading


Pikarin Providing a Voice for a Perfectly Themed TV Movie

Seeing as how Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I’d look in on Pikarin, who’s essentially a living, breathing Halloween party. And of course the “what she’s up to” is just too damn weird.

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I Think Maria May Be Judging Us a Little

Damn, it’s been a little while since we last saw Maria, huh? I was just minding my own business on Facebook yesterday, too, when I stumbled up this:

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Visionary Cuteness with Maboroshi Karen GeNE

So last week, when we were talking about ska idols (skadols!), Pukovnik Krv recommended that we have a look at … well, judging by the title of the post, if you weren’t thinking it was about Maboroshi Karen GeNE (Twitter), what were you thinking?

As luck would have it, they rolled out a new video like literally the next day. Judge for yourself:

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What’s All This Now? Bucho: Behind the Music?

Update: Peter wants to clarify:

Ah, the ONEMAN isn’t just for him leaving, it’s for the dissolving of the entire group. Again, as per my older post, I still think it’s a hoax for many reasons. But, make no mistake, it’s about the WHOLE group, not just one without him.

Just remember …

As we know, Deathrabbits may in fact be preparing for a Bucho-less future. The much-maligned manager/vocalist/shoddy investor was put on notice a few months back, being told that his financial shenanigans were leading him to be booted from the group, his last live scheduled for a November date at LIQUID.

Deathrabbits did go ahead and release this video for “Anger” just a little bit ago, still featuring the man about to be formally fired, so one could conceivably believe that this is all just a sham, a put-on, some grand game with the feelings of the Deathrabbits Army.

I do believe that this little featurette will put those feelings to rest. Continue reading


They Dance Good and Stuff

This is your periodic reminder that not only did Osaka Shunkashuto begin their lives as a high school dance unit, they remain right in the top part of the pile in terms of what idols can do to interpret their music, not just make it:

Of course, they’re actually improving with age.

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Relive History’s Most Interesting Two Hours of Idol

Friends, we had a great time on A-to-J Talks this past Friday night. While we didn’t get to talk about everything on the agenda (for instance, only about 2/3 of the way through did anybody notice that the subject was supposed to be “spooky idols”), we did get to cover:

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