You know, for someone who is supposed to be the official Up Up Girls correspondent for this here site, Up Up Girls news sure does slip under the net for me. Or perhaps wrestling ring in this case.
Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the messiest, most politically charged and family-destroying major holiday in the United States, I thought I’d save a couple of key items from the week to make it all seem just a little extra-special
This happened the other day:
— BiSHオフィシャル (@BiSHidol) November 19, 2017
“Ho hum,” quoth I, “I’m going to skip right the heck over that, because I bet it’s just some other dang thing and oh yeah it’s going to happen when I’ll be blissfully asleep. There’s no way that I’ll forget about that!”
Well. Continue reading
Every now and again, it’s worth following up on idols you particularly enjoyed. Sometimes, the hint you get is about as subtle as an explosion; other times, it’s just a little blip on the Twittersphere that says that maybe there’s something worth looking into.
Yesterday, a little bit of us kicked off following Lyric Holic official’s announcement that the group is inexplicably rebooting after dying:
— 音楽オーディション情報navi (@audition_m) November 20, 2017
“How peculiar,” I thought, largely because I always thought that Lyric Holic was effectively self-managed. “I wonder what the old members are up to in this case?” Continue reading
Oh, friends. Friends! It’s not every day that Pikarin is a featured figure on Homicidols.com, but when she hits the nail on the head, it’s like a piledriver … as some recently released live video can attest!
Start it off at 12:38 for the new, or enjoy the whole thing because why not!
There’s even more! Continue reading
It would seem rather obvious that most people working in some facet of musical expression got where they are because they love crafting music. But there is a very special type of writer/performer/contributor among the multitude that stand out because they are not just musical artists, but because they are passionate, giddy star-struck fans of music themselves. These type of creators tend to not approach music clinically or with overly practiced technical skill (although many are indeed highly skilled), but rather with a metric ton of heart and soul poured into making every moment shine in whatever they do.
I often think of people like Alex Chilton, Brian Wilson, Joan Jett, Daniel Johnston, Jad Fair, The Cramps and Shonen Knife being among these. None of these are (or were) simply musicians making great music, but they are (were) fans of great music harnessing that joyful love into amazing music. I am more than pleased to add Beni and Kotao from Avandoned to this list. Continue reading
The fine post-indie rock idols in Under Beasty did us all a solid with the teaser for their umpteenth single, “love pain,” and I’ll admit — because they sounded like their third or fourth shift in sound over the last couple of years, I was extremely apprehensive about the result. Like, would it even be good? It’s too easy to either hit a sweet spot as a unit or fall back on lazy tropes to get a release out the door, you know?
I should have just trusted in Yua.
They warned us. They warned us, and yet the world was unprepared not just for the musical stylings of one Watanabe Junnosuke and his long-time partner, Matsukuma Kenta. Even when the track was announced as the kick-off to that WACK shuffle album, we were unprepared. And now, the wages of our inattentiveness are wrought:
Ah, Q’ulle, you and your occasionally legitimate loudness are so beloved, yet simultaneously underappreciated except at those brief moments when it’s record-release-and/or-MV time … which I guess I’m proving all too well right now, actually. Sorry about that.
So as not to bury the lede:
— Q'ulle Official (@Qulle_official) November 20, 2017
Yes, Q’ulle’s first major album release, following a pair of (very good) singles in the first year of their life on an Avex subsidiary. I’m already assuming that it’s going to be about half idol, half loudol and all very enjoyable to listen to. Continue reading
Or at least that’s what this song is boasting!
You may have noticed that I, Maniac, editor-and-fart-joke-maker-in-chief of Homicidols.com, am making this post instead of Kerrie, who is the official Up Up Girls correspondent of Homicidols.com. You see, Kerrie did in fact write a (significant) Up Up Girls post, and it’s going to run, but we ran into the logistical issue of “we’re not running two of almost the same damn thing on the same day.” Yes, I made the poor dear cry (via Twitter! I’m a monster!), but at least I maintained this site’s editorial integrity!*
Kerrie actually did write a brief add-on upon the release of this video, however: Continue reading