For The Love of God, Why Are You Even Looking at This Post When All You Need Is New DAIDAIDAI?

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! DAIDAIDAI has been promoting their exceptionally well-titled new record for what feels like half of my life at this point, and they dropped that teaser earlier in the week and it was all JUST GIVE ME THE WHOLE THING and now it’s only a week way, and if you need convincing to stream and buy the thing until you are literally incapable of hearing anything else, here’s the actual lead with an actual MV I’M SO EXCITED OKAY:

There are literally thousands of active idol units at any given time, and hundreds that are within this community’s general interest, and a subset of them that may cross into three figures that dispenses with the more typical pop or rock or even hip-hop sounds for various digital genres, so we’re not talking about a huge sample size here, but I’ll happily bet against anybody foolish enough to contend that DEMON TAPES hasn’t been the source of the very best work in that space, period, ever, going back to whenever they first tried it out, and that DAIDAIDAI isn’t the current master of the form. Everything they release is so far beyond so mundane a measurement as “good”, and their overall artistic output is so unique and well-crafted that I legitimately wish I could get some of these videos into the playlists of the cool Zoomer kids who are emerging as tastemakers for the new generation. This is music that the world needs!

This is a short post, so here’s live DAIDAIDAI joined by the similarly excellent NaNoMoRaL:

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DAIDAIDAI Has the Perfect Concept and the Goods for their New Album

I know we Weekendered it a while back, but it’s entirely possible that people — silly, fallible lumps of loosely organized flesh that they are — either have forgotten or are somehow not at all aware of the fact that DAIDAIDAI, one of the most unique and exciting acts in this entire scene, has an album coming out in basically no time at all now. I’ve been excited about since the day I heard about it! Imagine being aware of what this group brings and not being excited.

And so there was the move by producer-san, it seems, for DEMON TAPES decided to drop the first proper promo for the album on Valentine’s Day, and I’d have missed it completely if not for a bit of research last week. The thinking is sound, right, like of course a Sunday in the middle of winter when people are much more worried about their SOs is the best time to slide out new music that will gin up interest in your album. I am in absolutely no way being sarcastic! But anyway, this is awesome and exciting: Continue reading

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iT iS OFFiCiALLY OKAY TO BE EXCiTED ABOUT THE NEW BiS EP

Had to do it to ’em!

So you all likely saw on Wednesday that the re-done OG of OGs — and therefore not OG at all, but somehow one of the best representatives of the OG’s brand since the OG was still the OG — BiS dropped the official lead track from their brand, shiny new upcoming second EP, and I don’t want to put more time into it because this is going to be a “song good” post and I’m running out of ways to pad the word count! Continue reading

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New Year, New Single, Zenkimi’s Gonna Be All Right

Is it okay to call Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da “living legends” when the group may be closing in on a sixthiversary but there’s only one of the originals left? Yes it is because I want it to be? Fantastic.

Living legends Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, fresh off of a year of causing their many longtime fans to soil themselves in fear that the group may be on the outs, or at least all but completely redefined, dropped their 12th single the other day. That’s a lot of singles! But it’s the first new material from the all-but-completely-redone group, and it’s a great opportunity for a “came out swinging” cliche, not least because saying it would not make me a liar, just an unimaginative nincompoop who couldn’t think of a better way to describe one of Zenkimi’s most ambitious works:

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This KING∞RAGE MV Is Like a Beautiful Time Capsule

I hate this week! Weeks at ends of months tend to be pretty busy for ol’ Maniac these days, anyway, but this one has been particularly trying for several reasons. I’ve barely looked at anything other than work, and everybody knows that work is dumb and is for suckers! In weeks like these, you look forward to Wednesday, Hump Day, because there’s a downhill coming soon — and even though I really still didn’t want to do anything extra yet I felt shot out of a friggin’ cannon this morning when I saw that my girls in KING∞RAGE had themselves a new MV. Why? Why not!

It makes me so giddy! This is basically Default Loudol from 2017, all the way from the screechy synth in place of guitars to the unnecessary growls to the synchronized headbangs in a warehouse. And considering that KING∞RAGE’s predecessor more or less debuted in that window and sounded like that, it’s kind of like restoring factory settings on an idol unit, though I’ll be completely honest and say that I don’t feel like KING∞RAGE ever fell all that far from the tree.

Thank you, gods of Wednesday.

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We Review Things: The Flowers of Passion – Episode 02

Episode 02 of Derek Vasconi’s documentary series, The Flowers of Passion was made available for streaming on Friday, and I dug into it almost immediately. 

The episode packs a lot into 73 minutes, giving us XOXO EXTREME’s thoughts on the history of idol and the difficulties of holding a place in it, some dramatically personal insight into what it is like to be 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San, footage from a special acoustic set by NaNoMoRaL, and a behind-the-scenes look at LiLii Kaona’s creative processes including the birth of their incomparable tune, “Rust”.

This is all delivered via extremely candid conversations and intimate performance footage capturing the action both on stage and in the studio. So far, the strength of the series stems from the presentation of the interviews and performances largely without external narration or commentary. Other than the first several minutes of episode one (which we reviewed here), the only editorial context comes from infrequent captions that usually serve an introductory purpose. The end result is that what we see and hear is almost entirely the unfiltered thoughts of the idols and their management or production staff.  Continue reading

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We Haven’t Made Enough of a Big Deal out of BURST GIRL’s Latest So Let’s Do It Now

BURST GIRL, who it should not surprise you at all are a resident favorite here at Homicidols Dot Com, fairly quietly dropped themselves a new song the other day via MV and streamers, and we all had ourselves a nice react in Team chat and even talked about timing it to come on the heels of the ATARASHII GAKKOU post to take advantage of the (measurable and noticeable!) influx of traffic based on that group’s engineered international breakout. Why we didn’t do it yet is, uh, I’m pretty sure my fault, so get the hell out of my face.

Anyway, “Saiteihen Romance”:

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GRATIA-ALA’s Just Cranking Out MVs These Days, Man

Well this was originally going to be a different post about not all of the things in it, but some of the things, yes, which is an excellent lesson in why it can be good to wait — completely unintended consequences of the thing you didn’t even mean to do can work out!

Which brings us to GRATIA-ALA, for whom I’ve always had a nice packet of love tucked back in the chika-reserved corner of my heart, but from whom we don’t always get a ton of media. Well, friends, let me tell you that we are currently in a glut — yes, a glut! — of GRATIA-ALA video, and I see no reason to further forestall getting into that.

The first, the most recent? My personal favorite:

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Time for the First TOKYO Tefutefu Video

So we’re Codomoblog for a few days, no big deal. You take what the universe gives! But you guys, you’ve heard TOKYO Tefutefu to date, but now it’s time for their whole first digital single (technically tomorrow, no doubt on all of your favorite streaming platforms) in music video form!

You may have the same thought as multiples of Team did: Man, that is some high pitch! And yes it is. And that is a cool song and it would be nice if we could get some more. It’s also the first release from a new Codomomental project that didn’t have me immediately trying to connect the dots to other Codomomental projects, so that’s fun. Now let’s see where it all leads!

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I’m Sorry, Have We Not Been Talking about Kamikaze SENSATION This Whole Time?

Prepare yourself for a new Deeply Stupid Moment in Homicidols History, friend, because it is deeply stupid.

I have in the past humblebragged over the total number of idol acts whose work has graced the hallowed halls of this here fancy-ass website. I’ll even update that number for the anniversary in a few weeks! The point is, we cover a lot of idols, and though it seems like there’s never any shortage of new ones to come along (you should see the Let’s Discover queue!), the good ones at least always get held up for at least one or two posts because it’s hard to ignore a good act. Yeah, maybe there’s a weird gimmick of something, or they wind up being not as good as the thing that got you excited in the first place, and so we stop covering them unless something else particularly interesting happens, but in general if the hypothetical you that is an idol in this particularly poorly crafted sentence have done some good work and it is loud, we’re going to blog some posts about you.

Except Kamikaze Sensation, apparently! The excellent media you are about to consume dropped a tiny little bit ago, and I was like, oh that’s weird I don’t remember Kamikaze SENSATION that way, and so for evidence I started a search for Kamikaze Sensation inside of the bowels of Homicidols Dot Com and found only three draft posts that said nothing. So give me credit for on several different occasions meaning to write about Kamikaze Sensation, if nothing else.

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