While We’re on Underappreciated Idols, Let’s Talk Bokura no Oyugi

I love and fear the dark carnival that is Bokura no Oyugi, the evil clown idols who somehow manage to turn even circus music into something sinister. They’re pretty cool! They’re also less accessible than most units for reasons that I don’t totally understand — there’s precious little live video of them online, for instance, and few bootlegs.

However, in a very WHO YA GOT-esque post in the Alt group yesterday (Bokurano vs. Zekkyou! what a combo!), we were treated to en edited-down split video of two live Bokurano numbers: Continue reading

Zenkimi Says, Welcome to the New Hell

Egoistic Eat Issues is (holy crap) just a few weeks away, so expect the Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da promo train to be kind of relentless. Which, great! Go ahead and share your music! Because as we all know, these two-hour windows are only two-hour windows in spirit.

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Give This Candye Syrup Track a Spin and Tell Me I’m the Crazy One

It’s a slower kind of day out there, amigos, but thank goodness for the genuine breadth and depth of idol, as it can turn over almost anything to talk about. For instance, today, Terry noticed that Candye Syrup had uploaded a new song Not new-new, given that it’s dated to the same day as “CSIS,” but new enough for us!

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Ahead of Their One-man, Checkmate Debuted a New Song

There was actually even more nice-and-loudol music to bump into this week, and it’s even new in this case! Checkmate, who are cool as hell and really need to get a bump somehow, tweeted out this clip the other day, and I got really excited … and then kind of forgot about it for a minute because Daichi, but, here you go! Debuted live over the weekend, “KSGK”:

I love when songs are titled with initials; it could mean anything!

That’s not quite as furiously loud and gnarly and hate-filled as you can often get with Checkmate, but it’s still pretty on point in an idol-meets-punk kind of way. I’d have liked maybe one growl here or there, but you take what you’re given sometimes.

Checkmate’s first one-man is Friday. May the gods help us all.

I Have Further Proof of the Awesomeness of Minna no Kodomo-chan

Picture this: You’re taking a little adventure through YouTube, checking in on some favorites to see if anything slipped through the cracks, looking at recs on the off chance that there’s something that you’ve never seen before, and you see a definite favorite and feel like it can be a nice accompaniment … and then right there, staring you in the face, is a track that you didn’t know existed and isn’t even an official release but may as well be the Holy friggin’ Grail.

I of course refer to Minna no Kodomo-chan’s “I want to kill the morning”:


They also have the best song titles in the business

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100 Days of Tsurezure, Day 100: Finale

Before I begin, I want to say that I’ll be so mad if even one member decided to take a day off from Twitter. WE CAME SO FAR TOGETHER!

Day 100! I can’t believe we made it this far. Well, I can, because I did it. Only missed a couple over that whole time and I think I still managed to make up for all of them. Aw … I’m gonna miss this weird series.

So!

Shidare says, see you in Hiroshima!

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I Interview Idol (Managers): Daichi

I alluded to this one yesterday, team, and I’m still buzzing a little bit from getting a chance to have a real-deal conversation with the man behind Guso Drop, 2&, Hoshina Fumimi, Himegoto Zettaichi, ancillarily Screaming Sixties, formerly Poroporo Baroque, and so on. Folks have been dying to know the score ever since it was announced a few weeks ago that Guso Drop was going to disband, and, while Daichi has been pouring his heart out on Twitter, there have been oh so many questions.

Krv is the real hero here — because he’s friends with Daichi in addition to being a fan, he offered to hook up an interview, and then provided real-time translation over LINE, and at an ungodly hour for his timezone to boot. I have the patrons to thank, too, for providing a really good starting place in terms of questions and topics. I ultimately cut this about in half by combining thoughts and letting Daichi do some of the driving, but I hope that we were able to get to the gist of what you were curious about.

I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to offend anybody.

So! Have you ever wanted to get into the head of an idol manager? What about an idol manager who’s in the midst of ending his flagship project? Or an idol manager who’s always looked at himself as a musician first? Or even just a guy who’d say:

If he throws a dinner party with human flesh on the menu, I’d probably go along!

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100 Days of Tsurezure, Day 99: Penultimate

The promo tour for “Loud Asymmetry” keeps rolling, and can I just say that there’s a very real, natural, honest joie de vivre in how the NSLE members look in their photos? Like they’re having a blast:

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Emomomomo, the Virtual Reality Experience

Happy Monday, you goofballs! I’m in a pretty good mood, all things considered, because there’s very exciting news coming up in a little while, plus hopefully the most productive day I’ll have at work all year (that sounds gross, but it’s true), which will itself be followed by one of the most interesting things ever done for this site, and you all will get to be the beneficiaries a little bit down the road.

But first, I come bearing idols. Specifically, Hissatsu Emomomomo, who you may recall. They took on the unique challenge of doing a VR video that … well, the music is nice and clear at least:

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100 Days of Tsurezure, Day 98: Unveiled

NSLE hit up Tower Records in Sendai, and are clearly loving everything right now:

It must have eaten up just about all of Tsuyame’s creativity, though, because she keeps doing variations on the same selfie anymore: Continue reading