Yoneko’s Living Her Best Solo Life

Her old home of AqbiRec might be falling apart before our very eyes, but at least we’re safe in knowing that Yoneko is still thriving without them.

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THERE THERE THEREs Done

Is there some kind of evil miasma floating through idol today? It’s just bouncing between already anticipating major idol loss and being buffeted by news left and right by horrible add-ons. Like, yeah, see title:

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This Is Not the Familiar Feeling for GANG PARADE I’m Looking For

There’s a thing in the broader BiS-connected family, apparently, to tease fans by calling things “last” for no clear reason, this turn being GANG PARADE’s to assume the unfortunate title. As we’ve heard so far from one of the weirdest-possible MVs even this weird-embracing website has ever covered, and from a nice run of additional material, GANG PARADE’s LAST album was likely going to follow in the experimental, electronic, whatever-have-you-wave post-pop shut-up-I-can-do-what-I-want footsteps that the group has really made their standard since emerging under their current name and most of the current lineup after, ironically, Barely Last put the POP era completely to bed.

And then they went, you know, what we really need to do is throw all that to the wind and have ourselves a proper BiSH ballad!

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Explaining Your Confused Feelings about the New GANG PARADE MV

INT. -WACK HQ, December 2018-

-GANG PARADE are holding their annual joint Christmas/Bad Chiiin’s Bad Birthday bash. The office is decorated in a weird mishmash of Christmas and kid’s birthday party decorations. Kamiya Saki is handing out presents in a Santa costume. Yamamachi’s diminutive frame struggles to hit the pinata that looks suspiciously like Pour Lui. Maika has been knocked out by just 2 cups of mulled wine and SiS are pulling Christmas crackers. The birthday girl sits content atop an office chair decorated with tinsel as she is approached by a familiar yet unnerving man-

Watanabe: Happy birthday-slash-Christmas, Haruna!

Haruna Bad Chiiin: Thanks, Mr. Watanabe! Did you get me anything?

Watanabe: But of course! I’ve bought you the very best gift money can buy!

Haruna: Wowee!! You really got me a Hachimals Mystery Egg!?

Watanabe: Nope! We made a music video for that song you composed!

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Melon Batake a go go Are Still SICK IDOLS And Thank Goodness…

Everyone’s favorite psychobilly melon idols from outer space have returned with another MV! This time it’s “SICK IDOLS” which is the lead-off track to their album IKASUZE IDOL, which technically is already floating around in a live-show only CD form, but next month will see major-label distribution (with more tracks and and a “1.2.3!!” added onto the title.) via Columbia Japan Records. Go get yer popcorn and dig in…

It’s a terrific song! But y’know what’s great about this video? It’s a perfect example of what you can do without spending a ton of money and relying on a lot of heart to make fun things. Just like the b-movies that the Melon girls wink at, there’s a spirit here that big bucks and CGI just can’t match. Continue reading

Codomomental Has Another Stellar Offering: Seireki13ya

They’ve been announced a while back, they have their first live today and yet, Codomomental has been kind enough to reveal both their look and what they sound like beforehand.

Codomomental auditionned for them earlier this year, you may remember seeing the following visual giving us a taste of the goodness to come:

Their group name extremely roughly means Astral Calendar of the 13 nights. It is a dreamy/night themed group, which is reinforced by the adorable boudoir-inspired costumes. These gorgeous corsets would probably be incredibly uncomfortable to sleep in, but a girl can dream, right?

Their introductory live also feature all of Codomen’s idol offerings and it is sold out to boot! Rarely have I ever seen a more sure value for a show than this.

For what it’s worth, Imamura-san, Codomomental’s producer, has said that this group will have a no lift, no crowdsurfing policy. You’ll have to pass that energy in the other groups. However, with these rules, maybe those of us who have penlights from more traditional venues will get to use them again. There is nothing somber about their music and I hope the public looks like a starlit sky from above.

They have released a preview of their first song, titled “Oyasumi Mirai To Koi Otome” for a 2 hours window this morning; thanks to intrepid fans’ sharing, you can listen to it here. Fans impressions are under the hashtag , I haven’t managed to save the page within the announcement period, so no lyrics backup for now, sorry.

This group has an image much closer to the traditional idol, but the sound is still powerful and surprising. As other fans has hoped, it sounds like the early, happy Zenkimi, less dempa than their current sound, sweet but with a kick. I think it’s a great way to complement already existing groups and, hopefully, they will reach an even wider audience.

The member’s page has the official romanizations for all our western convienience, if you’d like to assess who has oshi material for you as soon as possible.

Website is here, Twitter is here. Let’s hope the night will be long!

There There There’s No More Rapid-fire Album Trailer Than There There Theres’

If you’re looking for a good time with very little commitment of your precious time resources, you could do a lot worse than discovering whether you’re definitely going to be picking up the new There There Theres album, BRICKS, or whether you’re almost definitely going to be doing so. It’s just a question of personal hype level, isn’t it? In spirit if not in fact continuing on the BRGH legacy of being the queens of chika means that TTTs releases are events, man. You gotta step into that and let it hit you with all due severity.

And especially when the rapid-fire nature of the it could leave an adult human staggered and gasping for relief! It’s a lot like Arguably Greatest Punk Collaboration Ever Short Music for Short People, a glory of 30-second songs. TTTs absolutely destroyed that standard in setting a new record in Getting to Know Music By Hearing It in Tiny Snips!

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You’ll Melt More! Never Gives Up!

I love a lot of things about You’ll Melt More!, and one of those things is their sheer prolificness. While other groups take months to release a single with two songs on it, YLMM! release singles and EPs like a 24-hour factory of goodness, hardly even slowing down to catch a breath. But what’s important to mention here, is that this continuing flow of output is consistently high-quality and always a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

And then there’s the music videos! The group has gone through the effort to make MVs for practically every song on their recent EP releases. I like the way they’ll produce a couple of videos that show off a somewhat considerable (but still fairly modest) budget, and then knock out some quick ones with hardly any money spent at all, relying strictly on lo-fi charm and hooks to get the point across. The videos often present themselves as labors of love by a group of girls who are clearly enjoying what they do, and that’s far more valuable than a lavish budget shot at some fancy location.

So right now we’re basking in the hangover left behind after the rollicking fun of “Never Give Up Drunk Monkeys” with a follow-up video for their song “Dahlia”. The song itself is a nice, upbeat number giving off a positive glow, accompanied by a kinda dark, but also kinda hopeful MV with idol-zombies, existential late-night wandering, gardening, and Younapi behind the wheel of an early model Ford T-Bird: Continue reading

This Bird Has Flown: Avandoned Will Take New Form Again Next Year

Though Fall is my favorite season, there’s always a hint of trepidation it’s arrival. The sky gets a little gray, the days get colder and shorter, and naturally, we all know the Winter is approaching by the year’s end. And additionally for us idol fans, we find ourselves anticipating the upcoming new year, because we know good-and-well that some of our oshimen and favorite groups won’t be around by this time in the future, cause that’s what we’ve signed up for the when we got into this subculture.

Last Friday, a little precursor to the change of the seasons and the new year in waiting arrived: Kotori Kotao, the other half of the duo-era of Avandoned, announced that she will be graduating in April of 2019. In a statement, she explained that quite simply it’s too difficult to balance the intensity of idol work with her personal focus on art. This is something I find terribly relatable, so I can’t possibly take issue with it. Kotao joined the group in 2016, at which point Avandoned was closing its previous era with the departures of Nayuta and Konomi and rebranding the group as a trio. At that point I knew very little about her, but she certainly won me over very quickly, to the point where it became difficult to imagine Avandoned without her. As I got to know more about her, I found her endlessly fascinating and talented. 

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Is a New Lein MV Exactly What You Need This Morning? Yes.

I’m actually a little disappointed in most-genuinely-disturbing-solo-performer-in-idol Lein here; the day before Halloween, and she releases maybe her best composition so far, and one with, like, only slightly discomfiting visuals?

This girl is what happens when vaporwave becomes sentient and starts to make music about people.