New Music, New Direction for Ishido Natsumi

Doop-dee-doop, scrolling through the Twitters. Hello, what’s this?

Why, it’s a new single-plus from long-time underground solo idol Ishido Natsumi, in MV form, and oh man it’s really just the beginning! Like, in less than a minute of looking into that, we find her suddenly going off on a whole new trajectory. But first — here’s the trailer for the whole thing: Continue reading

More, uh, Nue Idols, You Guys

You would not believe how many puns I left on the cutting-room floor

Well look what the cat kind of very slowly but eventually dragged in, you guys! After previous existence*, previous hiatus and pretty solid radio silence, Nue (who you may actually be following, who knows!) (Twitter) is not just back to being a thing, but doing it in a way that says, hey, here we are and now it’s serious business. In fact, they did it basically in one shot, and if you weren’t paying attention already, maybe now you will be:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #136

Good morning! Ah, the first weekend of true summer. I’ll admit that it started off pretty weak for me last night. I was trying to get a table at a rooftop club to enjoy the longest evening and latest sunset of the year, only for both of the places that I’d scoped out not actually having a rooftop, and so I settled instead for a nice patio situation with a fountain and lightning bugs that really seemed to want my kebab. So it goes!

But yes, friends, it’s summertime for most of us, and the energy of the season has been trickling more and more through idol lately. Big names, little names, no-names and more are all flexing more, and more frequently, as we’re only now a little over a month out from TIF and @JAM and goodness knows what all else. Plenty of good stuff now, and more to come.

So enjoy. Idol loves Halloween and Christmas and Twin-Tails Day and Golden Week and on and on, but idol is made for summertime. Let that spirit carry you. Play the Fun. Dig in.

You Say the Same Things about a Lot of Things

First order of business! You’ve almost certainly heard the new Babymetal single by now, and you no doubt have an opinion. Cool. Daemon and I, I think, both considered posting about it, but honestly the most fun thing was just watching the hilarity unfold, and by “hilarity” I mean “people who lecture people online about Babymetal going berserk over Babymetal doing a Babymetal.” It was pretty great. But yeah, I’m sure that there’s a real MV on the way, and we can all talk about it more when the time comes.

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Two Hours Till the End of the World

Oh hey neat! I expected that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s pre-warned announcement would be some kind of music something, what with the upcoming release of their let’s-re-release-a-ton-of-stuff-with-the-new-lineup album on the way, but did I expect that they’d come shooting out of the gates with one of the greatest, loudest, violentest, Codomomentalest idolcore songs ever put to tape? I did not. Am I absurdly pleased that they did? I am. Feast your ears on the re-recorded “WORLD END CRISIS”, only do it kind of fast because they put the ol’ two-hour limit on it and HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no, friend, just play along and then if you’re here after the link in the tweet dies, ol’ Uncle Maniac will still see you through:

We’ll do the usual shenanigans because, not because there’s gonna be a whole lot there.

What?

Just take the jump.

Hi, this is where the track lives forever!

Where is Freud, indeed?

What is there to say, really? It’s still friggin’ “WORLD END CRISIS”, which frankly only gets better with time and always leaves me waxing what-could-have-been about Peak Codomomental. And they’re all still good! It’s just, there are apogees out there, and you begin to understand the whole thing with Sisyphus once you’ve reached the top of the hill and let that rock slip just the tiniest bit.

This is a good version, though. The shuffling of roles within the song took me a minute to adjust to, but the real highlights here are always the dual screams, and while I’ll admit that I’m waffling on whether my girl Yotsu is in the same position as before or whether she took on the Shidare role, I still think that this sounds like the gold standard for idols shredding their throats to really expose those emotions. What a song.

The remix album is out at the end of July. I hope they give us more on the long road to that point!

You’ll Melt More! At Their Best Is Better Than Anything Else

So we’re in a little bit of an idol lull. Typical for this time of year, sure, and yeah I could probably do more with new debuts don’t you judge me but what I, as a fancy guy with a fancy idol website, really want is to fulfill the mission statement, which is To Uplift Girls in Skirts Who Scream On Stage. However, with a dearth of suitably loud and vicious tunes to celebrate, maybe it’s appropriate to talk directly about the latest from one of the very best things to ever emerge from the primordial chika ooze*, a project still going stronger than most can ever fantasize about and with a higher standard of quality than more than most can hope to achieve. I’m talking about dang You’ll Melt More!, people!(!)

I don’t know why they elected to release this MV yesterday, but it also doesn’t matter why. Did anybody ask Michelangelo why he chiseled the David from a perfect block of marble? Of course not!** So don’t ask the sheer idoling perfection that is You’ll Melt More! why they do a video with magic and a very important guest start. Just enjoy it!

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I Think Hys Is Gonna Be Fun

Hey, you know what? Let’s do a new idol thing. Haven’t done too much of that lately, but I have minutes and I am motivated!

I like when you guys ping me with idol things. One, I get to vicariously experience your excitement; two, I like learning about new idols, especially now that I don’t get to spend time on the scroll like in the good ol’ days*. So thanks Andrew! We’ve been waiting on this group to make something shareable happen for a very little while, they having very slowly come into being since, well, we’ll get to that part. But January basically. And now they have a true PV!

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So This Is What BiS3 Will Sound Like, Huh?

It was inevitable following the official re-re-launch of BiS that there would be quick next steps. No, I don’t mean the greatest post in the history of idol blogging; I mean a demo of some sort, something that sticks with the WACK playbook to give a taste of what’s to come without actually revealing anything of substance — the members are all still ghosted-out, after all. And that inevitability bore fruit today! This is apparently what we can expect to hear from the re-renewed Brand-new Idol Society:

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I Can DieDieDie Happy

Chika idol has a lot of room for a lot of things, and it’s possible that no project has grasped that flexibility quite as well as DAIDAIDAI, the DEMON TAPES-generated Osaka (of course) underground electro-pain merchants who’ve built out, built up and built strong the sonic legacy founded by PSYBOU KANOJO. Now approaching their third anniversary, the group has been incredibly steady — more on the music front than membership, but this is idol — while reaching for all manner of sounds and influences and visuals to keep every person who’d encounter them on their toes.

Speaking of membership, there is that (future) mass departure to acknowledge, but also a new single that we are now, friends, so lucky as to have it appear in our lives. I think this is what happens when a composer and producer get together to brain up a summer single for an idolcore group. Soak it in! Continue reading

Your Homicidols Weekender #135

Happy Saturday! This post comes to you, friends, at a time of fun and merriment. Yeah, it was another slower week, but big-time stuff took up the bulk of the activity, and we’re in that spring/summer crossover point where a lot of new groups start to emerge into the consciousness while the up-and-coming very excitedly promote to death their appearances at TIF and other festivals. It’s neat.

Not that most of that made it in here, of course, because I was asleep at the wheel for the most part, but that’s fine. My own personal end-of-tunnel light is shining a little bit, so I can hopefully get back into the swing a little bit and actually, you know, live up to my dumb name. I did decide, though, for want of time and availability and to keep things interesting, that Queen of the Scene is going to be a different kind of contest this year. No more tiaras, no more Official Oshis (sorry Saki, I did you wrong), no more wrestling — this time, we aim higher, and we choose for ourselves a different sporting event to emulate. Something … more international.

But that’s not now! That’s in a few weeks! Right now it’s time to not do more hard work, time to relax and retool and enjoy. For instance, the Fun, which should be tickling your brain right now. Also, the Weekender as a replacement for your morning coffee!

Nothing Replaces Coffee

The newest one from EMPiRE is such a good jam, you guys:

Malcolm Mask McLaren doing everything right here:

Inexplicable rabbit-themed multimedia project that often works through idol RABBITS Lab has something afoot:

You got it, Yuki:

We got a new single coming from 969:

Go get that new raymay single while you can!

And prepare yourself for new MIGMA SHELTER!

The gig looks amazing, but stick for the from track:

Reminder: Maina is one of the unique vocal talents in this business and is wasting her time in SSFW:


Idol in Focus

This week’s Idol in Focus is Ladybaby, who appeared at Anime Matsuri in Houston in what was sort of suddenly one of the quietest notable-idol appearances on foreign shores that I’ve ever seen. I guess that campaign against AM went pretty well! Anyway, a story told in pictures:

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If you’d like to be in the second generation of NEO JAPONISM:

Similarly, the question of “what is happening with Lolisyn?” has been answered:

I effectively canned the Oshi Digest because whether I could keep up with it got to be merely speculative, but it’s good to see the OG still being the damn OG:

Part of why I’ve been saying for literal years that idols coming West need to be doing gigs with reasonably established “local” bands is the kind of marketing reach that gaijin-senpai can give:

Remember when BiSH was a plucky chika group that played gigs in all the Shibuya and Shinjuku clubs and hung out with other idols?

Our girl Kotao staying busy out there:

It’s official, GRATIA-ALA two-steps better than anybody else in idol:

Have a great weekend!

This Is the Trailer for the New BURST GIRL Record

What’s so weird isn’t that YouTube showed me this on time (but that is also weird), or that I felt like I’d not only just seen it like a month ago (referencing), but that I looked at what I had ahead of me for the day and immediately thought OMG I HAVE MINUTES! So hey, let’s blog about it!

Here is the trailer, which is also a very considerate preview for the MV that I’m sure is now going to arrive within the next five calendar days, and probably at the least opportune of moments:

Boxing! Good concept that works with the title track; kind of loses steam when it’s just a loop and the track moves on. But it sounds fun!

Also great to hear* that Yura has apparently learned how to channel Saki directly.

*There’s a really long story here, but tl;dr I suddenly hear a lot of stuff better and the extra clarity kind of blows my mind sometimes, and also everything sounds just a little bit different