At Long Last, a Full-length Zekkyou Album

And it’s a long one!

Yesterday, Screaming Sixties, half still thriving in the afterglow of having visited the UK as part of the glorious round of international idol work in 2018 (and meeting Kerrie!), made it official: There’s a full album on the way, there will be 18 songs on it, and it’s coming in March:

Okay, so there’s a lot there that we’ve heard before. This is Zekkyou that we’re talking about, though — the Hardest Working Idols in Showbusiness, Queens of Collaboration, winners of musical reality shows. Just the fact that they’re finally putting out a full-length that’s all theirs, that is sans collaborations, feels like a triumph.

And we only need to wait two more months!

Shuuengo Buppan with the Friday Morning Pick-me-up

Between graduations and disbandments and horrifying things that have been reported by idols — we’ll get to that part over the weekend — this hasn’t exactly been a great week for this thing that we all love together. And then along comes Shuuengo Buppan, insta-darlings of scenesters back when they debuted, then disbanded, then re-debuted, all because of their infectious sound and high-energy performance. They gave us this one yesterday, and I think we could all enjoy a nice injection of that energy:

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Is This SPARK SPEAKER’s Moment?

Do you want to know why the Weekender was late, other than because somebody needed to have breakfast made on account of a little too much carousing last night? It’s because I wanted to add a SPARK SPEAKER note but this was right there in the feed and I needed to get my stuff together enough to watch it multiple times and think of a post to blog!

Anyway, listen, this is very cool and good for the former DINOSAUR BRAIN: Following on the release of THE WORLD IS MINE, the song from it called “REALTA” got picked up as the end theme of a TV show for January, and while this is a really awkwardly grammared sentence it must yet be added that “REALTA” was also given the MV treatment because that makes a ton of sense to do in that situation.

TV show! Theme! MV! Here!

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You Can Listen to and Acquire the New WILL-O’ Single

To be filed under “Gee Thanks, Guys!”: WILL-O’, who you may remember as Alloy but who definitely stand out on their own now several months into the new incarnation, have a new single, “Jump!”, available for purchase and streaming on like all of the platforms, so this is your chance:

As with the last dedicated WILL-O’ post, this one is short on content but long on imperative. If you’re a veteran of this whole loudol thing, upon listening, you may find yourself recalling the dearly departed petit pas!, of whom WILL-O’ is a literal direct descendant, and you would be right to do so, as the only differences between this song and the original are: Continue reading

Prepare Yourselves, UK: There’s Idols Coming to Town

The good folks at ORIONlive UK have been busy! Hot off the heels of announcing Metal Matsuri, they’re dipping into the idol well again from last year’s (what I gather must have been quite) successful Black Winds Over Albion tour and bringing 2& back to English shores, and this time with a couple of other (deeply disturbing!) friends:

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And This Is How BURST GIRL Tried to Ruin My Christmas

Yeah, so to build off of that first thing that peed all over my attempt to have a de-idoled time of holiday cheer, there was also a lot of other stuff, and perhaps most notable among all of the other stuff was this stuff right here, which is BURST GIRL’s second MV, in celebration of their first anniversary, and let’s go ahead and say also in celebration of their having won Debut of the Year!

No?

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Mmm, Much Malcolm Mask McLaren Music

I slay me

So Malcolm Mask McLaren, last seen making their unofficial reboot official by dropping an MV that revealed their new third member, are apparently eager to keep your rapt attention and went ahead and dropped a ton of stuff onto Soundcloud yesterday. Of course we’d all like to listen to it! Let’s get started:

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Melon Batake a go go Are Still SICK IDOLS And Thank Goodness…

Everyone’s favorite psychobilly melon idols from outer space have returned with another MV! This time it’s “SICK IDOLS” which is the lead-off track to their album IKASUZE IDOL, which technically is already floating around in a live-show only CD form, but next month will see major-label distribution (with more tracks and and a “1.2.3!!” added onto the title.) via Columbia Japan Records. Go get yer popcorn and dig in…

It’s a terrific song! But y’know what’s great about this video? It’s a perfect example of what you can do without spending a ton of money and relying on a lot of heart to make fun things. Just like the b-movies that the Melon girls wink at, there’s a spirit here that big bucks and CGI just can’t match. Continue reading

If You Wanted NO MARK’s Album for the Price of True Love, You Can Do That

You may have seen the scuttlebutt, but I’ve taken my own advice and want to make sure that no stones go unturned, so here: Hey, do you guys remember NO MARK? You know, one of the umpteen great debutantes of 2018, and the umpteen-minus-five-or-whatever who didn’t get a finalist nomination in the Best Of but would probably at least make some folks consider it in the right light? This NO MARK? Right! They’re super-idol-titled SET YOU FREE album is available for free on OTOTOY through Friday (Japan time, I presume), so:

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When That XTEEN Finally Hits

Gods, I’ve been waiting for this for what feels like forever, right up to openly complaining about such just last week — XTEEN, who are the lone dedicated horror punk idols in existence, who claim the Misfits as inspiration and are always tweeting about old school bands, had released their “ROMANTICIST” single somewhat recently, but did so without the benefit of a video to promote.

And boy did that make me sore! I mean, they can do whatever they want and conduct their business accordingly, but I’m an impatient person at times and like when anticipated schedules come together. Such was not the case this time! And then, poof, yesterday: “ROMANTICIST” finally hit:


Yes, Mary’s Blood guitarist confirmed

Misfits-like? I guess if you can envision Glenn Danzig in a skirt! I actually dig the song more when I take the “horror punk” thing seriously. I do kind of wish the video had more of a story to it, or at least visuals that correspond to the concept, but you take what you can get with chika idols sometimes, stage blood being like $2 at the costume store notwithstanding.