This post was supposed to happen on Saturday but Maniac forgot to finish the intro and then suddenly it was Wednesday!
I like that there’s just plain a lot more idol content in the past few weeks than there had been since, lort, February? Highs and lows here and there aside, idol’s mostly been on a slow burn since COVID and all of that. Or, for idol that is; other industries are like, oh you guys just kind of adjusted and moved on? But yes, more new stuff, and including new new stuff from old friends that first excites and then contents. Ah, you say, that hit the spot.
And so it was when one of Western fandom’s ubiquitous favorites, Melon Batake a go go, dropped a neat new number with a new MV (edit: the other day). It was good just to know that it existed, you know? And as I let it play, I had a few different thoughts — It’s been a long time! I don’t recognize like half of these members! — and I realized that for as much as I wanted to have something cogent and/or decent to write about the piece, I just couldn’t put my finger on it.
I gave it some replays, typed out various responses, and then thought: A-ha! Let’s get extra input from Team! And that was helpful. Continue reading
Good lord, never take a break from a hobby that involves constant evolution of the subject. I just learned — by accident* that WORL’S END is actually reboot/branded Marionet, which upon that revelation makes all the sense in the world and I’m simultaneously laughing and looking for a bucket of paint to drown myself in out of humiliation.
It was a pretty hot post, though, you guys. I won’t share all of its remnants because I’m not a masochist, but it involved repeated declarations of having no prior knowledge of this idol thing that had been around for a couple of years, and outright disbelief at that fact because “I like to think that I had almost all idols of note doing the Fat Wreck Chords thing prior to mid-2019 at least referenced in some memory hole somewhere” which, wew. Yeah. And it was all celebratory about this tweet that I will reference here with no other commentary but may as well at least acknowledge so that you can see the source of my (today’s) idiocy.
The real tragedy here is that I don’t get to use this sentence:
if you ever wanted that guitar tone played like the soundtrack to the kewlest caffeine-free pool party of the summer between your sophomore and junior years of high school, and then added only the shiniest, happiest vocals possible on top of it, friend, you got yourself a stew going right here
In reference to the actual thing that spawned me writing this in the first place:
Although, hey, it looks like I did get to write it, and with context! Holla!
I am an embarrassment to this profession. Cancel Homicidols. Feh.
*It involved the phrase “Oh shit, that’s Fumimi”
I assume that you all have been enjoying POPPING EMO over the past several months, anyway, but I also assume that all of idol was frozen in carbonite in mid-February and is only now being thawed out, so it’s in fact neither here nor there that this randomly SCRAMBLES-aligned group up and dropped like 20 tracks onto Soundcloud the other day. Right? Like, their Twitter looks fine, albeit short of details. Nothing actually happened, right?
Consider this post an opportunity to get re-acquainted, which you could say may have been my motivation for making it in the first place and not be wrong!
Calling the past several months in BURST GIRL land a rollercoaster ride would be undermining it just slightly. Starting with the farewell of original member and Guso Drop refugee Rei, the additions of two fresh-faced young newbies, the sudden loss of one of said newbies and having dozens of shows cancelled for obvious reasons. Despite all this, BURST GIRL have just shrugged it off and kept their stride, announcing a new single, and, last night, a new member.
Well, the term “new” might depend on how loosely you define such a term. You thought BURST GIRL was done employing Guso Drop alumni? Nope! Say hi to Wakapiku! Again!
It’s been a while a since we last checked in on SHINDENTSU PRODUCTION, home agency of ELECTRIC HEARTS, the idols who broke onto the scene with paper bags on their heads and punk-pop songs in their hearts, and the now defunct scribble scritch, who might be gone, but left the world one very perfect pop nugget.
And as things quickly change in the scene, so it goes for the groups under this banner: Members have changed, groups have been reborn, and the Corona virus has pretty much left the idol industry struggling to maintain vital connections with their fanbase. With that in mind, SHINDENTSU has gifted us with a couple of videos to remind us that they’re still around, still care about their fans, and have every intention of coming out of this thing without missing a beat.
BURST GIRL have announced the release of a new CD and a collection of collaboration vinyls this coming May. The three-track CD, story, will be released on May, 20th. This will be followed by a limited tour in collaboration with the CD’s songwriters with 7″ vinyl singles of each track available at tour venues and from Disk Union.
The collaborators who contributed songs for the CD include DJ Mariko Gotou, Maya (KING BROTHERS and N’Shukugawa BOYS), Toru Hidaka (THE STARBEMS), and Oyasumi Hologram founder and producer Kouichi Ogawa. Continue reading
Tomorrow, Yukueshirezutsurezure drop what they are calling a “double-A-Side” single and, if you’ve caught the song previews, you understand the description. “Still Roaring” and “REDERA” are two of the best tracks we’ve heard from Not Secured, Loose Ends in a while.
On the eve of this double-barreled release, they have also given us a new MV.
Ska-punk Tsurezure? Yes please. Continue reading
14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San will celebrating the anniversary of her death on April 4th by releasing a new album appropriately titled “Death Day” (『命日』).
If you can’t make it to the release event at HEAVEN’S DOOR, the 20-track album is available for pre-order at Idol Underworld.
Buy it or get murdered in the toilet.
Burst Girl will be making their U.S. debut this coming Labor Day weekend as part of Saboten Con 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition to to performing their fist live on American soil, Yura, Rin, Miyak and Roa will be participating in autograph and Q & A sessions and, if history is any judge, perhaps the fashion show and some VIP shenanigans dreamed up by our friends at Chaotic Harmony (like the time a lucky few got to have breakfast and watch Sailor Moon with Candye Syrup and SENANAN ). Bringing chika idol all-stars to the U.S. has become a Labor Day tradition at Saboten Con and it always makes for an unforgettable weekend.
Saboten Con badges are available now. Protip: at past cons you got early VIP access to events (like the concert) if you booked your stay at the con hotel.
Yesterday BiSH announced that AiNA THE END will release a digital single for which she composed both the music and lyrics. The arrangement for the tune is by chill guitarist Shingo Sekiguchi, so we can only imagine that the final product will be a far cry from typical BiSH Kentacore.
For a taste, BiSH posted an acapella teaser on their (relatively) new YouTube channel.
Honestly, I’m not sure Aina’s voice needs much more of a backing track than muted traffic noise.
The song, entitled “Only On the Night I Want to Die” (死にたい夜にかぎって), is the theme song for a dorama of the same name. Both will be released on February 25th. Continue reading