Zeikin 5% Bring You a Tax Increase You’ll Be Thrilled To Pay…

I stumbled across 税金5% (Zeikin 5%, or “Tax 5%” *) well over year ago on Twitter, and starting following the group, intrigued by a whole lot of potential demonstrated in a small sample of super-short clips of the member’s practicing. But frustratingly, nothing more than these scattered videos ever materialized, and more puzzling still, it appeared that the group was in a consistent state of membership chaos. New faces would appear, then go away, and ultimately the group appeared to essentially evolve into a solo act by a young lady named “Mimo”, who at one point described herself on her profile as a “Fuck’n Idol”.

Well, with the turning of a new year, nice new surprises have come! Zeikin 5% has recently dropped not one, but two honest-to-goodness MVs, and I’m thrilled to let you know that some truly special greatness is blossoming here. The video descriptions describe the group as a “Rowdy, Anti-Social Punk Rock Band”, and dammit that’s all we could ever ask for…

The group(band) has also dropped a couple of great live clips on their YouTube page, and it’s clear to see that Zeikin 5% is a pretty fun time for the family. Attend one of their shows, and chances are good that Mimo will force you to hold her mic while she cranks out some raw rock n’ roll. (Also, I couldn’t help but notice that she uses a Guitar Wolf guitar strap, so extra points there!)

Currently Zeikin 5% appears to have landed a new bass player, and Mimo mentioned on her Instagram that the group is seeking out a drummer, so maybe a real locked-down line-up will materialize in the year to come!

Lastly, I’d say it’s a fair question to ask “Is this idol?” and the best I can say is “Yes and No”, and does it really matter in the classic sense? (My interpretation of Zeikin 5%, is that they want to be a punk band utilizing idol tropes.)  YLMM!, Screaming 60’s, Hanako-san, the whole entire concept is a big, fluid free-for-all at this point and I believe that’s a great thing for all of us. Idol, band, Idol-band, tomato, tomatto. I just know I like it and want to support it!

*By the way, 5% is the average tax rate for Japanese citizens. 

Whereupon Year-old Things Pay off for BILLIE IDLE

You guys remember when this happened right?

I sure as hell do; I’ve rarely been as excited about anything*, and I waited — WAITED! — for months for the results to come out. Finally, yesterday, they did. Continue reading

I Have Never Felt So Betrayed

So after all of that, at the completion of their LAST TOUR to support LAST ALBUM, the one with the apocalyptic artwork that spawned one of the truly incredible idol conspiracy theories ever floated in a space that loves nothing more than indulging in wild hyperbolic conjecture, shortly after announcing the LAST CHRISTMAS performance, BILLIE IDLE, who are not idol if you ask, announced … a new single and tour for the spring:

Leaving aside the fact that one of the greatest assemblages of humanity to ever hit the stage will continue to hit the stage (and be assemblaged!), and that First Summer Uika in particular won’t stop not-idoling until she’s in her 40s, this is a betrayal of trust so deep that it makes me want to give up the game forever. I AM OFFEND.

Would You Like a Preview of PiGU’s New EP?

You should! PiGU has established themselves as nothing if not a solid good time, and like a miniature membership soap opera to boot. I’m quite literally shocked that they didn’t get even more love for one of the most twisted MVs of the year, at the very least. But heck, it’s been a tough one for Osaka’s cosplay cafe house idols — membership turmoil and the like limited their releases to a mere handful in 2017. And there’s still time to get in one more!

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IDLE is DEAD: A Conspiracy Theory to Shake the World

So I wasn’t going to write about this. I already wrote a big thread on Twitter. But then John poked me asking why this isn’t on here, then I realised that running an idol news blog never stopped Maniac going full-on tin foil hat, so you know what? Screw it.

I’ve come to the (probably false) conclusion that something big is going to happen soon. Something big enough for me to be sat typing nonsense at 2:00 a.m. Something that will really shake up the idol world as long as you’re a WACK fan, probably. My theory?

Nozomi and Uika are going to quit BILLIE IDLE and re-join BiS.

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Perhaps This Will Compel You to Buy That SPARK SPEAKER Album

I’d like to apologize to SPARK SPEAKER, their bestest fans, their management and principles of good practice for even publishing this damn post, which is now more than a week overdue and has been taunting me about it for days. What a jerk!

So: Next week, SPARK SPEAKER, who are cool, are releasing their first album. If that trailer didn’t spark* your interest, maybe this will:

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Just a Little Taste of PiGU’s Future

Man, this one’s a few days old, but I wanted to do something with the video that’s actually below the jump, and that just invited the use of the draft that I started all the way back on Friday, so here you go.

Hey, look, it’s a PiGU preview!


Surprising darkness

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May Malcolm Mask McLaren Make Mucho More Moves

Well, team, if the last release from the new arguable idol punk rock champions (that’s Malcolm Mask McLaren, if you’re scoring at home) got you motivated to become a fan, maybe their latest drop onto Soundcloud will help to solidify that opinion for you:

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Hell Yes but Oh No? Love BILLIE IDLE with Me

I think that BILLIE IDLE’s LAST ALBUM is gonna be pretty good, you guys. Here’s the lead single:


That’s a lot of ass smackin’!

Of course, given that I at least seriously entertain the notion that this is BILLIE IDLE’s actual last album, I see a nice 80’s-ish throwback song done in a video style that’s 2/3 “Anarchy in the Music Scene” and 1/3 final “nerve”, and those gears really get turnin’. Continue reading

Malcolm Mask McLaren’s MV Made My Monday Mondo

Oh man. Oh man! After the previous look at the track (whereupon I failed to communicate well), I’m comfortable in saying that Malcolm Mask McLaren’s new single, “Existence,” was at least going to be good. Now with the MV, yes, let’s not insult anybody with qualifiers on the “good” part:

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