The LunaBell Lives!

Oh man! You newbies might not be as … warmed? warmed by this one as much as folks who’ve been around for a few years, but: Suzu Hinata, ex of petit pas! and eventual winder-upper as solo idol on the same label as some other cult favorites, is in fact still alive and in fact still idoling and in fact kind of building on this whole The LunaBell thing. It’s only been (/checks watch) like almost a year since last we heard from her, but now we hear from her again!

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This Will Be a Great Opportunity to Get into Yajima Mai

I like tweets from friends:

Or, to contextualize that, mistress of the gothic arts Yajima Mai, creative force behind this, just wrapped up her three-singles-in-three-months thing with a one-man, and at said show announced the release of her first full album, and that my friends is how you repeat the details in a press release:

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If New Broken By The Scream Can’t Wake You Up, Nothing Can

Over 30 months of being a fancy idol blogger, I’ve learned how to keep things rolling at an even keel. The enthusiasm that you start with ultimately has to compete with half a hundred other things in life, to say nothing of the crushing disappointments that idol sends your way on a roughly quarterly basis, so you find yourself employing little survival strategies to balance it all out. Me, I’ve learned not just how to better manage my time, but that I don’t need to strain against constraints on that time. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t, there’s the Weekender.

I say all this to set up the fact that I’ve had some really tight time constraints lately, but you bet your sweet ass that I had my alarm set to go off for when Broken By The Scream announced that this MV going to drop:


“Sayonara Birthday”!

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And Guess Who Else Oyasumi Hologram and TORIENA Will Be Touring the USA With

It’s not just TORIENA that will be joining Oyasumi Hologram’s American tour in November — announced last night in Anaheim at the East Meets West Music Fest, old favorites NECRONOMIDOL will be on both legs* just the one leg! of the tour, not San Jose and San Francisco in the west, but then details-wanting appearances in New York City and Philadelphia in the east. This according to our man with the plan (and press access, and a camera) Daemon.

I don’t know if this is everything now that’s going to be on the tour, but that’s a pretty solid thing, no? And of course the East Coast performances are the big deal, given that they’re practically unheard of — Perfume and Morning Musume and Momoiro Clover Z can do New York, but nobody does Philadelphia, and NYC is a tough place to book anyway. I’m stoked to be able to go!

*I misunderstood what I was seeing and hearing because I was making french toast!

XTEEN What’s Next

So funnily enough, right after declaring my bearishness on XTEEN for all the world to see, they go out and update their membership rolls as of Ichica’s grad show and make it known that they’re not going anywhere thanks to a fresh release on the long horizon. Still bearish, though! Metal idol hasn’t panned out as well as punk. Nonetheless, if you want to know what’s up, John to the rescue.

XTEEN have had a few line up changes. Starting out as a 5 girl unit, they lost one almost right off the bat. Then they lost a couple members, gained one member. That was all cool, it happens. Now it seems we have lost another member, but we have gained a couple more. What is […]

via XTEEN – More Changes And Release Coming — Straight From Japan

Another A.N.otheЯ Has Arrived!

You can’t keep me from punning the hell out of this

Once upon a time, when literal flesh-eating zombie unit A.N.otheЯ was announced, it was im and explicit that there would eventually be more members than just Luna, the original one. The concept, see, was that this shambling Romero-derived corpse would, uh, shamble through Tokyo, biting the living. Yes, to feast upon their warm vitality, that’s important, but also because her bite would turn each victim in turn into a new member of A.N.otheЯ.

It beats auditions, I’m sure! /rimshot

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This Is More of YUZUKINGDOM Doing Their Live Thing

Go ahead. Go ahead and pretend like you thought that Yuzuki did her own live harsh vocals. It’ll be fun!

Hold the phone, is this two posts in one day that are just there to let the material speak for itself? You bet. Also I’m at a conference and while nothing would please me more to write endless not-run-on-because-the-grammar-is-actually-perfect sentence, I just plain don’t have the gumption. Just enjoy that TIF post and go about your business.

I Think I’m Ready for Broken By The Scream

I think, especially because I’m listening to this on a cell phone in an elevator in an old hotel, so forgive me for missing the nuance and thereby not pretending to discuss it. Just … the upcoming Broken By The Scream album has its trailer out, and go ahead and tell me who’s doing better metal+idol right now:

Like, AN ALIEN’S PORTRAIT doesn’t need to be an earth-shaking multi-continental accomplishment; it just needs to be metal as fuck, by idols, and so far, so good. I’d say that the mission’s accomplished. Though Krv did tell me a funny thing about their TIF set that I’ll add in the comments if you’re interested.

These Are the Details for the FRUITPOCHETTE Resurrection Single

I mean, it’s not much, but I’m so personally hype about this that I had to put it into HTML for the sake of posterity:

What a title. And given how much vintage Pantera I’ve been listening to over the last month, willingly and un, I’m doing this incredible groove riff in my head that’s probably going to be nothing like what the Frupoche band puts together, but that’s fine, it’s Shiori and Mina singing together again, and it’s going to be loud and pretty intense and that makes me want to go punch a kitten in excitement.

Please make an MV.

Good Golly, GARUDA

Soundcloud apparently heard me giving it crap, or telling people about a bunch of the idols using it won me sympathy or something, because the dang app started to work again yesterday. Picked up a nice piece for the Weekender right away, and then Yuffie treated us to the latest stage in her ongoing development from Idol Who Kind of Does Industrial to The Idol Who Does Industrial Full Stop. Listen to this thing:

I’m loving the space that idol keeps finding to expand anymore, and I love how solo practitioners are finding opportunities to experiment and pursue passion projects within that space. Everything Melon-related is cool, but I daresay that Yuffie backhandedly emerges as the coolest thing in there, overall. It almost makes me glad that Re:Alice didn’t pan out; I want her spending all of her time on Melon and GARUDA and being part of my fantasy-booked tour of squats and speakeasys in the Mid-Atlantic.

By the way, did you know that Yuffie’s a contestant in Queen of the Scene, which kicks off in not even two hours (or has already if you’re late to this party)? Is she worthy? HAS SHE EARNED IT YET? We’ll see!