At Least Especia Died Giving Us Nice Music

Among all the reasons that we can’t have nice things, there’s a disturbing trend by which I’ll be a little late to the game on a particular project — band, idols, whatever — that disbands one way or another not all that long after the discovery. In this case, it’s Especia, the idols-turned-not-idols(?) who seemed impossibly cool even on a bad day. I thought they were a miracle, and I’m feeling personally indulgent at the moment so I’m going down this little road even though they’re fairly off-topic.

After their breakup was announced, I stopped following Especia closely, the idea being that there wasn’t any reason to go around willfully getting my heart broken. But now, with their final live mere days away and their final best-of album hitting stores, Soundcloud finally decided to remind me that this was all happening by slipping two tracks into my feed what looked like retroactively (I look every day and would have dropped my monocle had I known that Especia was happening):

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This New Band ja Naimon! Track Is out of Control

I don’t know how many of you guys follow Banmon (Twitter) usually (if you do, bless you, because denpa makes the world go ’round), but it just got a bajillion times easier because Pony Canyon decided to get on the YouTube Red extortion racket train and finally made their video content available for the first time in well over a year.

And this new track, the title of which is eluding machine translation (I hope; the various suggestions are something else) but that doesn’t matter because this is out of control and it could be called “I like pie” and you bet I’d be down with it, feels like a multi-genre-less delicious musical disaster:

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Did ayumikurikamaki Debut a New Song?

This one’s actually from several days ago, team, but I haven’t seen much more about it out in the world (and have been a little busy, thank you very much). But check it out!

If our favorite former bears are on their way to Budokan to return to bear glory, and this is part of the soundtrack of that journey, I’ll be pretty okay with it. This is the music that ayukuma should be making.

Happy Wednesday, and gird your loins for the first open matches of the Corenament!

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Okay, Great, and Now I Like WiLL Too

Don’t let the banner fool you; there’s some ‘tude to these idols. Which I didn’t know until Pure Idol Heart pinged me with this number yesterday, and my previous understanding of WiLL (Twitter) was upended.


And as is often the case in idol, the ambitions of the choreo outstrip the capabilities of the performers

“Let It Out” is WiLL’s first MV, and it’s the second A-side of what I believe is their debut single; they’ve been kicking around for a little while, and the rest of the songs on the thing line up with my previous experience from having seen them here and there online, doing stuff with other idols in our space, etc. Continue reading

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Death Comes Even for Hauptharmonie, and I Hate Everything

Here, take a quick listen to the jazz & blues idol project’s album trailer, seeing as how it’s the last record that they’re going to do:


I can’t even make jokes about the Tokyo grim reaper, I’m so sad

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You Know It’s Release Season When Pikarin’s Got Something Coming

Thank goodness for friends; I don’t personally follow Pikarin closely enough to always know what’s up, but this well-timed bit courtesy of John at Straight from Japan is good to go.

As I am sure most of you know, everyone’s favorite demon princess, Pikarin, has not really been releasing music since 魔界心中 / MITSU TO BATSU back in May 2016 and the subsequent collapse of FORCE RECORDS. Yes, she did release a single, The Dogeza Road. exclusively through Village Vanguard, which most people don’t even know about. […]

via New Music From Pikarin? Coming Right Up! — Straight From Japan

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And Now I’m Looking Forward to sora tob sakana’s New EP

I get the feeling that lots of folks have been aware of this and just not telling me, but I saw on Friday that coolly creative alt-everything idols sora tob sakana were putting out an EP:

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You’ll Melt More!’s Latest Is Proof That They Can Do Whatever They Want

I had this whole other thing primed for the pre-release of the Loneliness and Counterattack EP (specifically about this teaser video), but forget it, the real deal is here:

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Hauptharmonie’s ‘Fat, Rich & Gorgeous’ Is Exactly What Your Saturday Needs

Man, am I a lucky Maniac or what? Just a few minutes after waking up and surveying a Saturday landscape that doesn’t look all that appetizing, Hauptharmonie tweeted out the kind of track that, among idols at least, nobody else even tries to pull off:

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And as Far as Punning on Titles Goes, It’s Actually Opposite Day for GANG PARADE

Yep, this would be one of those releases that I expected today; GANG PARADE getting out the MV for their new single, which, help me out, I thought was called “BODY & 7SOUL” but this is “FOUL,” so is this a B-side? I don’t care. They could call it “Ham Sandwich” and I’d be okay with it.


Also, ham sandwich

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