So It Turns out That Pikarin Can Play Nicely with Others

Happy Saturday, gang! It’s not yet May, but we’re about to have our first 90-degree day of the year, and of course all that travel lately means that ol’ Maniac gets to celebrate said bullshit-hot day by going outside to do lots of yard work and stuff!

So we can all have something to enjoy, here’s live Pikarin that not all young women are at the mercy of Shiina when she performs — some of them even perform with her!


It doesn’t even involve any biting or groping!

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I Hope You’re Ready for Koutei Camera Gal

As promised in the Weekender a la the ongoing hip-hop idol life of LaLa Sugar and friends, here are two of those friends and their most recent work:

Yep. Koutei Camera Gal. There was a nice little buzz when this video appeared yesterday, and deserved, because Everything Camera Girl/Gal and Also Their Sucessors is cool as hell. Continue reading

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Cracking the Dots Enigma

Yesterday, not long after this whole business got started, an old pal and collaborator reached out with some questions. While I appreciated the trust that I could be a resource for much of anything other than official Twitter accounts and comparisons of idols to 25-year-old rock songs, I wasn’t too much help because what we were talking about is one of the great mysteries of idol.

I of course am talking about Dots, and I’m talking about Alex from that time we got in a good-natured fight, and:

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I Think We Need to Find a New Name for CY8ER

There was a nice little pop yesterday when CY8ER released this little member teaser video and people realized what they were seeing:


If you’re new, watch to the end …

… and if you still aren’t sure, I point you to this post from several months ago, which accidentally encompasses a similar feeling with the exact same person involved (and also reinforces the fact that you should never, ever listen to me).

But hey neat! The former BPM15Q continues to expand, Rinahamu looks increasingly like a human doll, the sound is all beats and synths and hip and cool and befitting a project called “CY8ER,” but I kept thinking about different kinds of epithets for Rina’s magnum opus. Continue reading

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I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | ‘BUBBLE’

I look back on when I first heard Yanakoto Sotto Mute. It was months before Bellring Girls Heart was announcing its kind-of end, and a sister unit coming into being felt like a nice move; give Bellheart a sidecar, and oh look they do grunge and stuff, that’s appropriate and … damn, that one girl there can sing like the dickens, huh? And these songs are pretty powerful!

Two EPs and about a year later, there’s a distinct feeling of change around the whole thing. BRGH took a break and got a new name and a bunch of new members, and it may be that the student has become the master. Or is the Yanamyu thing really just a bunch of hype? On to the review!
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Did You Guys Catch the Newest Maison Book Girl Video?

This sucker has gotten posted around a little, but it didn’t seem to generate the normal level of buzz (because Saturday?), and I only saw that it existed because I stumbled over their Twitter while looking for something else.

But “sin morning”! It definitely sounds just like every other Maison Book Girl song; you big ol’ fans will no doubt embrace it anyway, and people like me who like MBG more as a theoretical thing will look at those lyrics and nod sagely, and people who make fun of them for releasing the same song over and over again … we can all be right, you know? Such is the power of Megumon.

Maison book girl 'sin morning' from suzkikenta on Vimeo.

I shared the Vimeo version because that’s what I saw first, and also, I don’t know if I’ve ever shared a Vimeo embed here before

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I’m Bringing in Ska Idols for Indie Idol Wednesday

By some odd stroke of luck, I wound up with a plethora of stuff that would be good for Indie Idol Wednesday, you guys, but I felt like I was going to wind up treading a little too closely to familiar territory, so I wracked all 19 remaining brain cells to think of somebody to visit who might be off the beaten path, and then I remembered …

The Ska Idol Project! Neither Like,Hate,Love nor her sisters in Snowdrop did very well in the Corenament, but such is the story for a great many things. It’s nice to see, though, that they’re still staying busy and getting onto various festival stages in addition to the usual club scene:

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I Had an Even Better Reaction to Pikarin’s Latest

And speaking of videos that came out yesterday and I temporarily had to shelve in the interests of time, Pikarin joined Guso Drop in making good on a teaser video for her most recent release:

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Did You Want to See MIGMA SHELTER Live?

Of course you did! And good thing xaneg was on the case, or the original embed would’ve still not been working, and you wouldn’t have seen anything!

This of course is the new project being led by former Bellring Girls Heart (now There There Theres) member Kanra, now known as Yoneko; MIGMA SHELTER has been all appearance and event so far, not yet a live act that we could appreciate.

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Dots Appropriately Provides a Religious Experience for Holy Saturday

It figures that almost immediately after hitting Schedule on that post about the lazy weekend and the video teasers, a real-deal MV was delivered unto the world by Dots. Dots! The exciting little shoegazer+ project with the enigmatic look and bizarre/incredible performance style and Maniac’s heart with a little bow around it. Those Dots!

The song is “Satellite,” but the choreography is apparently a chimera. As Brian put it, “We appear to finally have a genuine, bonafide, non-abstract and reasonably professional-but-not-too-professional DOTS PV!” Anyway, enjoy it because you deserve nice things:


That lead guitar gives me hope

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