Has Anybody Cracked the BiS Code?

This was a cryptic and mysterious message!

If you follow along to the post in question, you get instructions for downloading a song — a new song! — by Watanabe and Pour Lui. It’s called “BEST FRiEND FREED“*. Continue reading

Let’s Talk about Oomori Seiko, Cult Leader

Another Oomori Seiko video is upon us, friends, and once again one of the truest maestros of the craft … well, it’s not quite as befitting this site as the last one, and I completely skipped over the video from last week because I just couldn’t, not even tongue in cheek, but I want you to really watch this one while listening intently to appreciate the talent on display.

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Submit Your BiS / Peri Ubu Conspiracy Theories Here!

The news came out so late last week that it barely registered for most people, but Peri Ubu has gone into the hospital with what the Googler called enteritis. Rather than just forge ahead without her, BiS quickly announced that all appearances through Aug. 20 were being cancelled or postponed, with other WACK members filling in on some bills. This included TIF, much to the chagrin of some. However, Ubu was tweeting even on Friday, basically saying, hey, I’ll be okay, just gotta get well, we’ll be back grrr.

Then things took a dark turn!

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I Can’t Help but Share the Newest from Oomori Seiko

I was super busy yesterday, gang, to the point that I was still at the ol’ office until a couple of hours after closing. I’d warned the usual suspects that I wasn’t going to be able to be very chatty, and I even turned off my Gchat notifications (which, if you know me, WHAT). It was awful. The only thing to do was to queue up some Bandcamp and Soundcloud favorites and get through a butt-ton of work.

Just before leaving, I decided to take a quick look at Twitter. I’m very glad that I did!

For the uninitiated, that’s Oomori Seiko, living legend and “patron saint of idols.” And, for once, I’m going to go out of my way to talk about a release of hers. Continue reading

Who’s Even Left for Babymetal to Make Friends With?

This is a true story: Last night, I drove a long-ass way so as to finally see Rammstein play live. It wasn’t a bad decision at all! And the venue at Jones Beach and the atmosphere and the sheer monstrous volume and fire and fire and German of it all had me wondering a few times how cool it might be to have certain idols — for instance, Babymetal — perform there. And, hell, given that Babymetal’s latest thing is to do on-stage collaborations with the acts that host them on tour, what would it look like for them to do something with the loudest and metallest of them all?

I drove home last as hell (hence why the first post of the day is quite late!) and was settling in when my question was at least partly answered:

You just know that my love of portmanteau is screaming for the opportunity to call this ‘Kornymetal’ and open the floodgates of hell

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Like Being John Malkovich, Except Really Pour Lui? The Friday Fun

Hi everyone, how’s the week been? I actually had to check back on last week’s Friday Fun entries because I’m half-asleep right now (thanks heatwave) and forgot! For shame! Last week’s #BadIdolNames certainly brought some good (or should I say terrible) suggestions.


I want Tentenkocococococokoto to be real.

I was stuck for ideas for this week’s Friday Fun. I had a few in the bag to be chosen, I just didn’t know which to go for.
But then like she was reading my mind, Pour Lui went and tweeted this an hour ago (as of writing):

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Babymetal’s Having a Big Ol’ Fox Festival

I’m sorry, folks, I halfway missed this big announcement by Babymetal from the other day (it sort of lead ballooned in my feed) and am just now getting around to this update about their next big (Japanese) performances:

Newswire has the details spelled out nicely: Two days each at Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo area, obvs) and Osaka-jo Hall (Osaka, even more obvs), coming up in the fall. Continue reading

I Guess Idol Can Die Twice: BiS’s One-man, New Single, Old Threat

It stands to reason that BiS, having come back from the dead to a warmish embrace and ultimately a more enthusiastic response after “SOCiALiSM,” would want to keep the momentum going, with a couple of new members and what felt to a lot of people like a good shot in the arm. So at today’s one-man:


Everybody wave hi to Andy!

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I’m So Gleeful about This New BiS Track

Oh, you guys, how I have been hoping for this fun little corker to come out of the new BiS:

My girl Gozeela even wrote it. Holla. Continue reading

We’ll Get to Watch the Renewed BiS’s First Performance

This is kind of old news, but I missed my chance to mention it before and yet wanted to make sure that everybody knew — BiS’s BAD SOCiAL TOUR, featuring the addition of PAN LUNA and MOMOLAND, will kick off live on NICO NICO:

Natalie.mu with the details. May 30, 7:30 p.m. JST. Get your membership in order. Continue reading