Creative Reflections on Zenkimi’s ‘Sophomore Sick Sacrifice’

Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s latest single was pretty great, wasn’t it? Their small-but-talented creative team keeps popping out unique material, and the reward is this constant forward trajectory of growth.

We’ve look at some of the liner notes (more like, post-creative musings) around Zenkimi’s sisters in Yukueshirezutsurezure before, plus reflections on how Zenkimi themselves came to be, and it’s always cool to get inside the heads of the people who make this stuff go.

So when our Anonymous Translator friend (unfortunately eliminated from the Corenament!) offered up the latest notes from GESSHI’s own brain, I would’ve been even dumber than usual to refuse. Continue reading

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This Is Promising: Say Hi to Woltanative

I noticed something recently: I used to really dig getting into debuts, but then got away from it because I have the attention span of a flea it’s more interesting to wait until music happens (this being a music website, after all, moreso than an idol one). And I’d be right on board with that approach here, too, but please indulge me just this one little bit because this is going to be a pretty awesome debut.

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It’s Indie Idol Wednesday, So Say Hi to AH

I promised Viz Major that I’d get around to this interesting little duo one of these days, and Indie Idol Wednesday seems as good a time as any. Why? Because they’re indie as hell!

This is actually a little preview/promo/profile thing that the Viz put together a few months ago. I also recommend following them on Twitter, though look at their website with some wariness because Chrome seems to think it’s a malicious website (could just be a big misunderstanding, though!).

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A Funny Thing Happened During Last Night’s WACK Auditions

Despite my reservations (and desire to do anything but idol for an evening), I let Kerrie talk me into watching the all-group WACK audition marathon that began last night, and I let Garry talk me into joining the chat, and I have no agency of my own apparently because I’m blaming others for my choices.

That being acknowledged, thanks guys. You only get so many chances in life to hear Aina the End “audition” with GANG PARADE/Pla2me’s “Plastic 2 Mercy”:

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I’m Scrapping My WTF Tuesday Plans to Bring You This

I swear, you guys, I was going with some pretty standard WTF fare for Tuesday, and then You’ll Melt More! tweeted out this … this. Hold on to your butts.

That’s Ano with something called TOWA TEI (first I’m hearing of it!), and you’re welcome. Continue reading

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This Is a Cool Article on How Indie Makes the Mainstream

It’s a little difficult to sum up this neat Japan Times article on the underground’s influence on modern J-pop and J-rock, but: Look no further than Perfume, basically.

It’s a little different than how we usually think about the genesis of a lot of our music, whereupon it’s indie idols adopting moves from contemporary rock etc. We also usually think of it as a primarily underground phenomenon, but, as the article points out, there are big-ass names (including our own Babymetal) who managed to make the leap to the big-time by adopting sounds and innovations from the small-time. Continue reading

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This Is How You Do a Birthday Celebration

Quick note on this post: I love when you guys tell me about stuff! Sometimes it’s a bit of news, or sometimes it’s a performance to share; whatever it is, if it’s cool and good, I’m going to want to amplify it so more people can see more idol stuff.

Take for example Hoshina Fumimi, a member of Daichi’s A-minor crew and the kind of solo idol that I can personally really get behind — she’s doing it for the love, and she’s doing it because she’s good, and people should support that.

Pukovnik Krv is probably as big a fan as anybody in the West of Daichi’s merry band of misfits, and you know that he contributes a lot of material and insights around Guso Drop and family. In this case, it’s Fumimi’s birthday live, which has some story to it.

Part 1!

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Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s ‘Lily’ Is Absolutely Perfect

Late last night, Yanakoto Sotto Mute tweeted out that they’d be releasing their MV for “Lily” after having shown it off at their live. Thanks for the warning — I need this.

OH WHY ARE THEY SO PERFECT

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Corenament Week 2: Aftermath, and Our Final Four

Well, friends, despite some hiccups, we got here; the first two weeks of the Corenament are in the books, and we’re down to our Final Four. Just like in real life! And while we didn’t quite have the drama of UNC-Kentucky, we did have … well, idol-level drama. It all seems to have worked out, though, because now we’re just doing triple-digit voting for everybody. May the most dedicated bunch of bots and shut-ins win!

I kid, really. I’ve seen folks talking about X’s fans in Y country getting on board; I’ve seen the shares on Facebook and Twitter myself. The site randomly got some pings from what I think is a Chinese blog? Basically, while last year’s Corenament became the Kamen Joshi show because people like Kamiya Erina asked their followers to vote, this thing grew legs and went some places. Neato!

And now here we are, with a Final Four that I don’t think too many people would complain about. Go look at the Elite Eight results if you want; most of the surprising names therein have been purged on the strength of PURE IDOLCORE POWER. And also Babymetal.

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THE SPUNKY’s Disbandment Draws Near, and the World Will Be a Little Less Fun

Variously updated became I’m an idiot and can’t check info on my own stupid website

Good morning, lovely people! The Corenament rages on, now down to the Final Four (coming in a bit), and the timing has its own bittersweet element; THE SPUNKY sort of rocketed into this guy’s consciousness, and no doubt that of many others, during their surprising-but-deserved eventual third-place finish in the 2016 version.

This final live in Nagoya, their old home base, we’ve known about, but it finally came yesterday:

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