Easycore Impressionism with Pure White Canvas

Doop-dee-doop, checking up on Soundcloud … Hello, what’s this?

I– There’s something familiar here, but I’m not sure what. Is there time? Today there is time! Let’s go on a journey together! Continue reading

Marionet Isn’t Slowing Down One Bit

Now that they’ve officially debuted, one could forgive Marionet for going into the usual routine of doing lots of gigs and even performing new songs but not really putting things out into the digital world for broader distribution, seeing as how the crux of idol always falls to the live experience. But no! There’s yet another new song, and it is good and it makes me feel like, of all the good new things moving around in idol these days, this one might have some staying power.

Just a nice, mature song. And, as I mentioned, they debuted the other day; here’s a live clip, even:

Proving that they’re real!

Yeah, I don’t know if this is the best debut of the year, but it’s certainly among the most aggressive and enjoyable. Keep doing you, Marionet.

The Newest Marionet Is All the Fun You Can Handle on a Monday

I hate to be that guy who wags his finger and admonishes people for having independent tastes, for pursuing self-fulfilling interests and activities. I mean, I’m a random American anti-weeb who makes a big ol’ idol website doodad happen. Who am I to judge?

That being said, I’m ashamed of all of you for the insufficiently ecstatic response to the emergence of Marionet, who I remind you haven’t even debuted yet and are already pulling on my heartstrings because, like, they’re putting out music to preview and it’s good!

If the first one was enough to whet your appetite, maybe “Galaxy Dance Dance!” here can slake your thirst in addition:

The cynic in me wants to propose that we have Marionet trade this, at least in part, with BILLIE IDLE, or to find out who crept undetected into Melon Batake a go go’s headquarters to steal this song. What a nice time! Another great example of how old-timey rock n’ roll and idol can go together like lamb and tuna fish peanut butter and jelly. I can only imagine what this looks like on stage, with some semblance of choreography and my girl Fumimi belting out her lines like a boss.

Honestly, it’s a roll of the dice at this point to see who’s the best debut of 2018. The field is incredibly stacked.

There’s Also This BILLIE IDLE MV to Talk About!

Whew.

So on top of it already being busy season in idol, there have been some fairly major happenings afoot, and I am not yet just behind on all of the stuff, I am now behind on stuff that’s happened in the last couple of days. Some it’s going to have to wait! What won’t? BILLIE IDLE, for they are queens and deserving of all of our rapt attention and respect and … oh, people didn’t like this? What?

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BLACKNAZARENE Is Kind of Blowing My Mind Here

Have I ever mentioned the “Idols That Maniac Frequently Forgets Exist, Ranked” list? That started off as a pretty okay joke post, then became alarmingly serious as I worked on it — I seriously forget about a lot of idols. I’ll probably never publish it. But for real, BLACK NAZARENE is on there, which is a shame given the self-driven wota hype about their debut earlier in the year.

And it was a good debut! The deflation was less an issue with BLACKNAZARENE than it was wotas’ inability to sensibly respond to stimulus. Nonetheless, while the group has in fact been developing nicely and carving out their niche over the course of the year, they’ve been below the radar because they aren’t the most prolific thing in the world. Maybe they’re making a move now, though, because (as Andrew pointed out) they dropped themselves a new MV today, revealing and unacknowledged but apparent semi-abandonment of their “THUGxkawaii” image:


One half of that formulation does make sense

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New Bury Is Best Bury

Bury, whose career arc is fascinating to look at in retrospect, had themselves a birthday live (for Sayaka) yesterday, and used the occasion of bringing together their wota and a whole bunch of idol friends to unveil a new MV. Upon seeing this in the feeds at this time yesterday, I sat like an eager puppy for it to be released, only to be head-faked out until it dropped like 20 hours later instead. FINE. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that the units that you really deep-down personally support and root for are usually the ones whose stuff is worth waiting for.

I love this. Simple, straightforward punk anthems are basically the best thing in the world.

It’s so gratifying seeing Bury doing (relatively) well. It’s not typical for ultra-chika units that don’t neatly comport with any one set of expectations to generate too awful much interest beyond their most immediate wota circle, and even the ones who break out a bit usually reach a point of unsustainability where the total of all costs outweighs the slim sum of benefits. That Bury’s done is by just plain punking the hell out is really cool, a testament to them and their creative team and the determination to keep doing what you want to do. I’d buy all of them pizza if, like, we weren’t separated by thousands of miles.

As far as I know, this isn’t yet tied to any specific release, though I’m sure one will pop up soon. May everybody buy lots of copies.

Melon Batake a go go Takes Creative to Unfair Levels

You know that feeling when you just really, really want to do something, but can’t? And the constraints aren’t like “I’m chained to a wall in Evil Wizard G’gothorol’s volcanic conjuration tower because I’ll be sacrificed as part of the ritual to raise fire demons to destroy humanity,” but more “I’m stuck at work and then have a thing and there are deadlines galore,” because not only was G’gothorol defeated at the end of last season (and his soul trapped in a crystal mirror that was subsequently — and very deliberately — shattered), but that’s a completely implausible scenario and relatable to, like, three or four people reading this, tops. That was me yesterday. “Oh look, new Melon Batake a go go — hey Team Homicidols, what’s good!” and everybody was like “oh, I, urm” and I stared at Twitter for a couple of minutes, wondering whether I should give the new MV a turn, whether I should then take meaningful time away from the that-needs-to-publish-by-butt-o’clock project, whether my loyalties to self or idol run deeper … and I punted.

Fortunately, time passes, and Melon doesn’t stop being great as all heck in 16 hours’ time, so here you go!

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Have You Heard the New Trailer from NO MARK?

It was only a few weeks ago that punk rock idol unit NO MARK made me yes mark the hell out. Did I do the same thing when I heard this here?

I can’t possibly make my reaction to this any clearer than to say that I had no idea that Bad Religion had gotten into the idol game. What a good-but-unconventional song! It’s also (obviously) their third digital single, which is quite a nice chunk of output for such a short lifespan so far. Good for them!

Yeah New BURST GIRL Song Woo

In which our hero continues to share the things despite lacking energy to share the things like usual

New BURST GIRL song! Written by Yurapiko! This makes me happy in several ways, all of which are being subsumed by the awesome wall of humanity and shared passions that is sucking up all of my time and attention and life this week. And it’s only Tuesday!

Anyway, I have to ask: #YuraSmile wrote the lyrics, but who wrote the music? I ask because I want to know exactly how indie Guso Drop BURST GIRL is these days, and to what extent they’ve embraced DIY. It’s a simple spectrum, ranging from Hatsune Miku at the one extreme and Beni making her own zines on the other. Yes, this is what keeps me up at night.

Poison Rat, Despite the Name, Is Good

In the spirit of leveraging TIF to continue to play catch-up on the vast array of new idols and new acts this glorious Year of Our Oshi 7,429, I’m–

What do you mean, this one isn’t at TIF? Why the heck am I bothering then?

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