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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No Matter What, You Can’t Deny Devil ANTHEM

I was genuinely excited the other day when PIH dropped a hot list of new material and one of the things on it that I hadn’t seen yet was “Devil ANTHEM” — that is, not that I don’t know about them (I do!), but that I wasn’t aware that they’d done anything notable since TIF — only to have that excitement dashed.

A little bit. The truth of the matter is, I played the video and had that old feeling again for a minute — you know the one, where idols start to idol and for reasons that you can’t quite place everything seems good in the world? Seeing as how I spend most of my time wading in the murk of the dark and weird and hyper-creative, I’d forgotten the brightness that can come along and hit you like a ton of bricks.

The world is full of crap. On top of the crap, one of the worst storms in recorded history completely drowned a big chunk of the country, and an even nastier hurricane cut the Caribbean to ribbons on its way to returning Florida to the sea. A big-ass earthquake killed hundreds south of the border right before yet another hurricane headed into Mexico. Yet another war could break out any day. And we all have our own personal struggles.

So forgive me for saying, to hell with the darkness for a second, and let’s just idol the crap out with Devil ANTHEM:

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Party Rockets GT Got a Nice TV Spot

This is really cool, you guys — you know that Future Standard show that often does significant segments on idols (in the past, they had Screaming Sixties and Q’ulle among others)? This time around, they did basically a full episode’s worth dedicated just to Party Rockets GT:

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PiGU’s Dark Side Is Something Else

What a pleasant surprise! Well, let me draw that back a little bit — the fact that PiGU dropped a full-on MV for their new single is a pleasant surprise. And the song is really good! You don’t usually expect “heavy” for the PiGUs of the world, but anybody can add some extra drum kit or tune things down a little, stick to minor keys, etc., when the situation requires, and it’s not like PiGU hasn’t ever gone toward the dark side before.

That being said, what the heck is going on with “DAY”?


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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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Shuuengo Buppan Are Way too Peppy for Me This Morning

Did you guys hear the latest Soundcloud upload from Shuuengo Buppan yet?

I do not have the capacity for that much energy. “Oh, but Maniac,” you say, “it’s literal midsummer and isn’t life grand? Doesn’t this make you want to conquer the entire week?” Continue reading

Say, What Do You Think This New Shuuengo Buppan Song Is About?

The first thing about this new song from maybe the most exciting punk rock idol project debut in a long-ass time is that I probably enjoyed it the least out of everything they’ve put out so far, and it’s still a far cry better than a lot of what else winds up on the idol stage:

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Thanks, Minna no Kodomo-chan

We all have our personal idol favorites that maybe aren’t everybody else’s favorites. Maybe we need a word for it — “underoshi” or something — a term that captures the idols that just really speak to you, man, even if they don’t have (yet!) have great mass appeal.

I have a few of these, no I won’t list them, but Minna no Kodomo-chan is part of it. This little sucker’s from their fourth single, which … is out? yet? I can’t tell:


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