We Joke, and Then the Song Is Good Enough to Feel Badly about It

This happened a couple of weeks ago:

Har har! There are little flags and idols and callbacks to things that have happened! That is a thoughtful and well-constructed joke! Shame that the same idols had to come along and ruin it. Continue reading

You Have 11 Days to Download What Might Be the Loudest Album This Year

The big honkin’ 2018 begins in earnest!

Christmas either came super early or super late for ol’ Maniac, you guys. First, new Necroma; then, BBTS melting faces; now Minna no Kodomo-chan making available what they promised was going to come:

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Attain Music Hit This One Straight out of the Dang Park

In our return to the world of idols who can and should earn a spot in your hearts, for reasons known only to you because frankly I don’t want to know what the hell is going on in other people’s heads all that much, we have a new track from Attain Music:


That riff!

Though they’ve been featured in these hallowed pages a few times over the past long time, poor Attain Music is probably still best known as the former home of one Peri Ubu of BiS. She even took photos with them once backstage, possibly at mistfes, and I’m not going to try to find it now so take it from the most trustworthy Maniac you’ve ever met!

Or, I mean, it would be cool if they could a) continue to rock and b) become a little bit of a big deal, you know? This is a doubly loud and sweet song. I’m not saying it’s great, but friggin’ Machinehead is killing it on metal radio right now with one of the laziest songs I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot of songs.

Eventually, the full version of this sucker, which may or may not contain a full-on digital harpsichord break (DO IT), will become available, as will a full MV, and then we may judge. In the meantime, please hold Attain Music a little higher in your heart and praise that riff in the beginning of the song, and also the very earnest idols working hard to entertain you.

One of them is new!

The Power of PiGU Compels You

It seems like the time is right to come back around on the (incredibly hard to follow!) series of PiGU releases from the past month, as I am nothing if not devoted to getting more people to listen to PiGU and their (usually excellent!) music, regardless of style variations (currently doing 80s revival!), and consider getting out to Osaka when they’re visiting Japan to see what the POPiD cafe is all about.

I was just going to throw these two you-can-get-these-EPs-from-iTunes announcements into the Weekender, but let’s have a quick look in instead:

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I Completely Missed Panda Mic’s New MV, So Let’s Remedy That Right Now

So funny little story, you guys: About a month ago, I set up notifications for Panda Mic’s Twitter account because they kept announcing their first single and release events and everything, and I, an unabashed fan of this weird little kawaiicore project, didn’t want to miss out when they inevitably dropped an MV on us. Alas, they seemed to be on a codomoomental-on-steroids approach to video, and literal weeks passed without so much as a sniff of MV to promote the single.

Then they slipped it through on the day after Christmas and what’s a Maniac to do, anyway? I was too full of pudding and mulled wine and goat cheese logs to notice!

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You Keep Doing These Nice Things, PiGU

Oh for the love of Pete, PiGU, how long ago did you first start to show us “Bye Bye Honey”? And now you send us an MV? Diabolical.

That’s really nice though! I’ve enjoyed the song in all of its various by-membership iterations, and it sums up PiGU’s somewhat new neo-80s style very well (Roots Rock iDOL, they call it). Continue reading

Would You Like a Preview of PiGU’s New EP?

You should! PiGU has established themselves as nothing if not a solid good time, and like a miniature membership soap opera to boot. I’m quite literally shocked that they didn’t get even more love for one of the most twisted MVs of the year, at the very least. But heck, it’s been a tough one for Osaka’s cosplay cafe house idols — membership turmoil and the like limited their releases to a mere handful in 2017. And there’s still time to get in one more!

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It’s a New and Fully Powered PiGU!

Hold on and indulge me for a moment, good people, because to explain exactly why what I’m about to show you fills me with absolute mirth will take a minute. If you’re not interested in context, just skip over the jump.

So way back when I first discovered and got into PiGU, I noted that the membership seemed … a little fluid. And then they re-charged, only to almost immediately un-recharge. For one hot minute, it was just Rino and Keikarin even! And then there was Rinka and that girl whose name I forgot, and then Rino was gone and also that other girl and PiGU has, kind of miraculously, managed to span several months’ time as but a wee duo, which is normally a placeholder era for many groups, but PiGU only managed to put out a Video of the Year candidate.

Now, a couple of Weekenders ago, I was pleased to share that there were new trainee members in the POP iD stable. What I hadn’t reckoned was that they’d see the stage so bloody fast: Continue reading

Better, Devil ANTHEM, Better

I had just (lightly) complained in the Weekender that Devil ANTHEM, who will sate anybody’s idol sweet tooth between occasions of being loud, a palliative in a time of trouble, needed to do more of said being loud. I don’t know if this is the loudest they’ve been (it’s not), but it’s a good start!

You may recognize the tune — they had previously released the audio — but this is a legitimately brand new MV. You can do a lot with slick production of live footage and some emotional (ha) solo images of the members, I guess. The new single drops next week. This has been a very short post because most of the info is linked!

I Offer You This Stabbing Brightness in Protest

When you follow idol, no matter what kind of idol you might prefer, you know that you’re going to be subjected to all manner of sunshine and rainbows. And because idol ain’t what idol used to be, said sunshine and rainbows will sometimes collide with fun rock music at the very least, and at such moments your friendly neighborhood Maniac faces a choice: Does one’s commitment to loudol, period, supersede a nominal commitment to the grungy, the underground, the socially misfit? And, usually, the answer is “basically.”

Now, today is a day of goodbyes to some of the loudest idols the have ever idoled. I can’t do it! I shouldn’t! It’s a dark day! And I want to roll around in that unhappiness, you know? I don’t want to be made to feel positive and sunshiney. It’s disrespectful.

Screw it; I got a mission statement. Set your faces to Smiling.

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