We Review Things: Melon Batake a go go Make Sick Music For Sick People

Psychobilly idols Melon Batake a go go don’t generally strike me as rule followers, but in the case of their new EP, they abide by an age-old rock n’ roll rule: Keep it short and sweet and make them beg for more. It’s a formula that’s brought us legends from Hasil Adkins to the Ramones to Guitar Wolf to a hundred other rock stars who put a pep in our step and tickled our hormones. You simply can’t beat a great garage stomper, and now, Melon Batake a go go have come to put the idol spin on the barn dance. Continue reading

In Which the Source Makes the Post and Let’s Just Leave the Rest Alone

That’s right, QUEENS. They’re good. Here it is:

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Bury Had Me at /Guitar/

Don’t you just love it when a song gets you right from the jump?* Maybe it’s my mood this a.m., or maybe it’s the dire need for more quality punk sounds in rock anymore, or maybe it’s the fact that I still haven’t eaten breakfast, but the only prevailing thought in my head as this new one from Bury got playing was OH YES!

I had been wondering if Bury was going to be doing anything soon — not because of any impending releases that I know of, but because I’d stumbled back over them in my playlists the other day — so this is a nice bit of serendipity. They’re still incredibly new-feeling, not even being a full year old now (and with minimal turnover!). In fact, I don’t get the why for this MV release. I will not complain about it, though! Continue reading

Oshi Digest #44: Friends

The Oshi Digest is henceforth moving to Mondays for any of a number of reasons, but mind your business anyway!

As recounted in the last Oshi Digest, our Official Oshimen of Homicidols.com, Saki of 2&, sure does seem to have a lot of idol friends out there, and she likes to take photos with them. Here’s a whole mess of them!

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Let’s Have a Round of High-fives for Payrin’s

If you’re familiar with excellent slow-building alt-rock-and-stuff idols Payrin’s, maybe what I’m about to share isn’t going to be news; on the other hand, if you’re like most people, I’m probably inadvertently reverse-scooping things, so: Payrin’s, who are cool and good but seem to somehow slip through the cracks here at Homicidols Dot Com a little too often, were going to get this nice featured piece a couple of weeks ago. The reason is tucked below the fold; the reason for that, which is to say both the tucking and the delay, is that your humble editor-in-chief wanted to pad things out a bit more and include something, possibly some clips.

Instead, we got an MV!

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Blasts from the Past to the Past with the New BILLIE IDLE

It’s here! It’s here! Is it Christmas? /checks It’s not Christmas! It’s not even close to Christmas! And yet, here we are, BILLIE IDLE with their new enhancement in the form of Pour Lui herself, re-joining forces with verified goddess First Summer Uika and immortal best idol friend Hirano Nozomi, a supergroup if that were actually possible given that they’ve all been together before … yeah, still breathing.

Anyway! “Time Traveler” from the new BILLIeD IDOL 2.0 double album monstrosity:

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No Mark Is New and Good

“This is cool and you should do it” was the message that I originally wrote in this box a couple of months ago. I don’t remember why, exactly — one of the usual suspects on a tip, likely, or maybe one of those random Twitter dives — and in fact ultimately forgot that it even existed. So it goes! But then the No Mark social accounts (like Twitter!) turned out the goods on Monday, and there was much rejoicing, as

This is their first single:

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Oshi Digest #43: Road Trip

Our diminutive hero of a new Official Oshimen, Saki of 2&, is hitting the road. No, her first performances in the West are officially done, and she’s back in Japan (read her impressions!). Instead:

Nagoya! Whatever for? Continue reading

The Title of This Melon Batake a Go Go Song May Describe Your Tlist

I wish that I had something interesting to say today about Sozelica’s oddball retro alien-invasion idol+ project, but the fact is that encountering new material from Melon Batake a Go Go is like stumbling into a perpetual motion machine that, rather than run without additional inputs of energy, actually serves to render anachronistic paradoxes into music form. You’re left slack-jawed, not in awe of the thing’s beauty and/or power, but in its encapsulation of multiple high-camp eras at once, kind of like watching Tim Burton’s Ed Wood 20-odd years later.

Also, “IDOL CATS” is a brilliant title that must make Papermaiden very happy, and I’m wondering if it’s a deliberate nod toward Brian Setzer or just a coincidence:

Adventures in Pour Lui’s Youtube Dungeon #7

Previously on Pour Lui’s Youtube Dungeon:

Pour Lui joins BILLIE IDLE … or did BILLIE IDLE join Pour Lui?

Episode 34: Makeover Montage

A new era of BILLIE IDLE is upon us, and that means new costumes! But, being separated from WACK (while still having to put up with them) means that BILLIE IDLE has roughly the budget of a preteen garage band owned by Dingo Pictures. BILLIE IDLE have been stuck in green screen/cheap animation hell for three years! But thanks to the Japanese equivalent of B&M Bargains (probably), and the token “aesthetic” captives of the dungeon, Tenten and Kosho, maybe they can create something dynamic and beautiful for a new era. The Momose sisters will love their new costumes!

Episode 35: House Of Cards

The Momose sisters didn’t love their new costumes. Not even seconds after their reveal, Momo and Akira gagged, swore, set the costumes on fire and locked everyone but Megumi (Momo had already agreed to dye her hair) in the dungeon until it was time for dance practice! “Puu, for fuck’s sake, why did you give them a spare key?” Tentenko growled through the palm that was planted against her face. “Well, now that we’re all united as one group, I thought it would only be fair that I gave everyone else in BILLIE IDLE a spare key to my dungeon as a symbol of trust and unity,” Pour Lui explained. “Then where the hell is my key!?” Non piped up. “I didn’t get one either!” Uika fumed.

“Um… um… card games!” Pour Lui stuttered, as she shifted through the card pile.

Episode 36: Battle Idol Society

Nozomi checked her watch. “Still three hours until dance practice” she sighed.

“All the more time to play another card game!” the Pourverlord chucked.

“Puu, please, I’m sick to death of these bloody card games! We’ve been playing nothing but card games for seven hours!” Uika groaned, exasperated.

“Oh!” Tenko jumped, scrambling to pick up the leftovers from the ill-fated costume design foray. “I know! I know! Who’s up for some arts and crafts?”

“Yaaay” the others unenthusiastically droned in unison.

Then Netflix saw this and decided to revive Robot Wars for another season.

Episode 37: Makeover Montage Part 2

Oh, finally, a makeup tutorial, I was wondering how long until PuuTube jumped into that genre.

Episode 38: Makeover Montage Part 3

Did you know Saki likes to cosplay? You do now.

Episode 39: Makeover Montage Part 4: The Paddening

The Zozo suit is back! Or, more specifically, the Pourverlord got a new one. All in the name of giving Uipon the ultimate hentai waifu body! Like she’s not horny on main enough already.

How much more cursed can BYS get before we enter Elsagate territory?
What next for the Zozo suit?
Will Uika finally get laid?
Find out on Robot Wars: BYS Edition, streaming this fall on Netflix!

Puu’s Youtube Rival Of The Week

Who wants to watch Big Angel eat stuff?