Here Are a Whole Bunch More Songs and an MV from CARRY LOOSE

Feeling really unmotivated, folks, but sometimes the best therapy to facing the idoling loss of two of the most important in it to you as one of your favorite groups disbands is to force-listen to and then share via your fancy idol website an ongoing mess of new material from a successor of the group one of those favorites founded almost a decade ago and then the other favorite joined a few years later. You know?

Yeah, I thought that the huge-ass Weekender Idol in Focus entry was timed well enough to sufficiently put a cap on this smorgasbord of individual track releases from CARRY LOOSE, but boy is my face red now! So let’s cope together with this new MV of theirs and listen to it all and download. Continue reading

Let Us Be Powered by 143

Holy hell, as I return to this post to put some finishing touches on it (what do you mean, there isn’t even a whole paragraph here, you say, and I give you a nice knuckle sandwich for the trouble), I have finally found the group that completely vexes my creativity. Every post has a boring-ass title! Is 143 good and fun? They are. Have they, in their 18-odd months of existence, grown and developed and become a presence? They have. Do they impress upon the casual Westerner, especially the non-weeb variety, anything that would inspire the kinds of devotion that leads to one receiving angery comments on the internet for acknowledging the fact that, no, the answer to this question is no? No. At least, not that I’ve noticed.

So maybe let’s see! This is a fun song — I wanted a whole post for it the second I heard it — and maybe some of 143’s patented emotional idorock is exactly what you need this Monday morning, regardless of whether a typhoon has unleashed nature’s wrath on you.

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This Is What AIBECK Sounds Like Now

It was with a heavy heart that I had to acknowledge, from a time of my not-quite demise, that AIBECK — somewhat-longstanding not-quite-doyens of the chika scene, gamely ambitious and well-supported — had a mass graduation and was now moving forward as a duo. It gave me a sad, especially at the thought that I wouldn’t be seeing my girl An’z around anymore, probably, and she was the first idol to ever tweet an English phrase back at me, which practically means that we were bound at the soul.

Nevertheless, idol never truly rests, and it was good and necessary that the resultant “new” duo version of the group would make good on a release in October. Maybe this is where we land today!

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Maybe the New PapiRosier Will Restore Some FAITH to Your Idol

It really hasn’t been a good year for idol favorites. I almost just typed “week” as the nominal measure of time there, only to remember that we’ve been on a string of heartbreaking graduations and disbandments going back to January, with some of the things most beloved by Western wota being destroyed before our very eyes. Idol is a savage business indeed.

However, it also plows on without missing a step, and we can all mourn one thing while shifting our wotattention to something else immediately thereafter, and even get a nice little bump out of it. And so it is that I went after some kind of respite to clear my head and found out that personal guilty pleasure PapiRosier — who I only get to post about like once per year but am always glad for the chance to — released a new single yesterday (only their third!), and we get the MV: Continue reading

I Enjoyed This New One from CROSSNOESIS Quite a Bit Thank You

Lost a little bit in the sour feelings from yesterday was the fact that the former HAMIDASYSTEM minus one HAMIDASYSTEM plus one new member, aka CROSSNOESIS, had dropped their EP. This in the midst of the new HAMIDASYSTEM, which does not involve any of the old HAMIDASYSTEM, which is now CROSSNOESIS, who are in the middle of a single-per-month run that we just enjoyed the other day, so there is understandably even some confusion for folks! All well and good. At any rate, the group that is now CROSSNOESIS and in no way HAMIDASYSTEM stop saying that, to promote the release of the EP, released an MV to really flex those muscles and show us their chops as a standalone, next-step kind of group:

Keep your Maison Book Girl jokes to yourself

Well heck, that’s simultaneously exactly what I should have expected and not really what I expected at all. It sounds just like, well, them! And of course it does — the creative team didn’t stop working together when CROSSNOESIS was birthed, and our prior exposure to their work didn’t exactly break with tradition. We’ve even heard this before! Am I complaining, though? Absolutely not. Ever since their turn toward the exquisite a couple of years ago, the entire HAMIDA experience has been one of ethereal goodness that always makes me feel good to listen to. I can’t wait to dig into the whole record!

I Think We All Melt a Little More Today, Yes

This is far from what I wanted to see when I popped open Team chat this morning:

Ano, long-time member of You’ll Melt More! and one of the most popular individuals in the idol game, has withdrawn from the group.

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HAMIDASYSTEM Has a New Treat for Us

Dang, a hell of a lot dropped in idol over the last 24 hours. We’ll have to skip or demote a good bit of it to truly focus on the good stuff, like the latest from the resurrected form of HAMIDASYSTEM, who continue to edge along without any big releases on the calendar, just this monthly series of one-offs. Given the source, this is completely okay: This whole family is at its best when it’s doing things completely on their own terms, so please do, say I.

Anyway, the new song:

I forgive it not quite clicking with me at first for the sake of that back half. Very nice stuff. I could hear Yanamyu doing something similar, only minus a lot of the atmospherics. And it’s significantly more interesting than most of what Spotify tries to feed me anymore, so there’s that!

You caan pick up from any of these sources:

Please don’t ever stop doing what you do, HAMIDASYSTEM.

Oh Hey, More CARRY LOOSE

You know how I pondered last week about whether or not CARRY LOOSE would make free song downloads a weekly thing until their album comes out? I think I might be right. Come grab them while they’re still fresh, kids! 

(Dropbox)

(Dropbox)

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HEY WAIT A MINUTE! We never talked about scribble scritch!!!!

Man, what is up with us?!? We’ve been gushing so much about how much we all love ELECTRIC HEARTS, (Which is 100% totally justifiable.) that we never really wrote a proper profile of their sister group, scribble scritch! I went back and searched the site, and while Daemon had the good taste and keen insight to include their “DROP” MV in a weekender back in August, there’s still no dedicated article to this damn near perfect punk-pop-idol outfit from Osaka, and that’s kind of unforgivable! (I’m blaming myself in this too.) Well, that ends ends today, buster!

Since we’re on the late bus with this, chances are mighty good that you may know these ladies already, and that’s great! But I also think some you haven’t, because I feel pretty certain you’d be ranting and raving at us for not covering them sooner because Holy Moses are they terrific.

As it stands at this exact moment, the group is a trio made up of Nina, Suzuna, and Erina, hailing from the Osaka area under the Shindentsu Production banner, which as mentioned before is also the agency that represents our favorite idol group with paper bags on their heads. (The agency also has a third group, and duo called HANAMUKE, who we’re also watching out for.)

Musically…well, tell me to shut up and post the MV already!

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Come Tell Me More about This ZOC Single

ZOC! So as part of the make-idol-more-manageable-for-Maniac process, I don’t have an eagle-eyed notification system from Twitter anymore, choosing instead to rely on deliberate searching and whatever YouTube deigns to tell me about. This is funny because, right after I’d officially scheduled everything on Saturday, I was heading out the door with a good feeling about having covered just about all that there was to cover, and boom, YouTube note about ZOC!

They have a single out on Oct. 9, and the title track is offered up for our viewing and listening pleasure:

Gotta work in those Namahamu to Yakiudon gang signs

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