Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders are Taking On the World

Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders have dropped the news that they will be kicking off 2021 with an international debut courtesy of a newly inked agreement with the US-based 88rising. Our favorite four-member piano funk meets post-punk and acid jazz unit will be be taking on the world under the name, ATARASHII GAKKO!   

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The Latest New BURST GIRL Is Almost Too Nice

“Awesome, new BURST GIRL MV!” went the general refrain through Team chat on Wednesday. Yours truly didn’t have the time or mental space or general wherewithal to do anything with that, not then, but I did know: a) BURST GIRL! and b) I was going to want to do something with it, and even went so far as to make sure that nobody else was working on a piece. And, finally, the day winding down, I tracked down the link and figured I’d give it a spin while I finished up some work.

If I tell you that I promptly got annoyed because stupid YouTube played something else from my queue and not the awesome throat-stomping BURST GIRL song that it was supposed to play, how much of my ass am I showing you?

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EIMIE Added Some Much-needed Loudness to the Week

Man, there’s a lot of stuff happening suddenly! I hope we get a chance to address at least most of it!

But cutting right to the chase, look ^ at that headline, get the picture, and then prepare yourself for our first true return visit to EIMIE in more than a year. I feel like we should all have more love for this wonderfully rocking unit, who (the occasion for this post) finally got around to releasing another MV from an EP that they … released all the way back in the spring? Sure, why not. It’s 2020, people. But anyway this bangs and you should play it for every person you both like and dislike in equal measure:

What can you even realistically add to that? It’s awesome hard idol rock (or some suitable combination of those three words), borders appropriately on perfectly acceptable -core kinds of stuff, weaves the idol vocals in perfectly, has a killer hook … that’s a really good job, EIMIE!

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Sugarpills

Well gang, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get to discover all of the idols worth discovering this year before the gate closes in a couple of weeks, so let’s expedite all of my personal favorites only the very best toward the front of the line.

A few weeks ago, while doing that thing where you look at the bills from random taibans for idols you haven’t heard of yet, and drawn like a moth to flame by the magic word “idolcore,” I went on a little riff through as-yet-unknown-to-me Osaka-area idols and found myself staring one act right in the face. Their name sounded kind of cutesy, but the limited photography of them didn’t line up with that. I figured, hey, part of why I’m doing this is to have something new to listen to for a little while, let’s see what it’s like. And oh my friends, what a good decision that turned out to be:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: MELiSSA

When Sari called me back to idol over the summer (true story!), I went on a little bit of a spree to find out about as much of what I’d missed as I could. And promptly did very little with it! Yeah, the return didn’t go quite as well as I’d have liked. But now here we are, the year is drawing to a close, and I’m doing my level best to Let’s Discover a bunch of idols in the waning moments of eligibility for Best Of, so as to not give anybody short shrift.

Except that in doing so I’m yet again going to Let’s Discover an act that’s been going for … what, like 18 months? Good lord. Well anyway. That group is MELiSSA (Twitter). Don’t ask me how or in which context I found them, I don’t know, I have literally 173 browser tabs open with idol things to record or write about or forget about. But it was definitely in July because I first drafted this post then! And they have lots of rock sounds! And … well, there’s no website, so there goes my usual means of learning anything meaningful. Let’s listen to some stuff! Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Re:INCARNATION

The best way to discover idols, I’m told, is to follow Homicidols Dot Com; the next best way to discover idols, then, must be to do it organically by endlessly scrolling social media while bored and/or avoiding other obligations; and the worst way of course is to get referrals from your friends. Yes, this is all on the up-and-up.

But yeah, I can’t tell you exactly how Re:INCARNATION came into my life a couple of months ago, save for it being one of those times that a tweet from one thing got pushed into my feed because other people had liked it (see: anybody who follows Viz Major always having gravure in your feed!), and one thing led to another:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: INforMEL

We can consider this Let’s Discover Some Idols Week, gang, as there are nearly a dozen groups on my personal Let’s Discover Some Idols queue and precious little time before we get to the open call for Best Of nominations and I will be good goddamned if I don’t make at least one of these categories extremely annoying for everybody. For today’s entry, I’m actually breaking with my original schedule to give you something that just came to my attention recently — this MV found its way into my feed from other people liking it, and I’m nothing if not a sucker for new idol groups doing offbeat name things, and so here we are:

Delicious. That thing I was saying recently about the idol rock that really could only ever be idol rock? That kind of transcends genre along the way but usually has attractive bits and pieces from any of a number of standout genres? That’s what this is like, too. It’s like hard idolgaze, and I’m here for it. Continue reading

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Listen to the New 143

Aside from world events, this week has been particularly weird because yours truly has been finding distractions in looking back at previously-known-but-kind-of-obscure idol acts and heretofore unknown idol acts. It’s a good way to burn off energy! But yeah, as mentioned in the earlier post from today, while I do have to get on my butt and try to feature as many debutantes as possible in the next couple of weeks, I’m still drawn to those acts that I connected with once upon a time and then to one degree or another lost track of. Tomorrow’s Weekender includes a great example; 143 here is another.

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: NELN

In the interests of keeping things light and good while at the same time rushing to get out a few more of these Let’s Discover Somes before we get the ball rolling on Best Of voting in a few weeks, I thought it was good to return to not just easily one of the best debuts this year, but definitely the most prolific and absolutely the one who I’d already done the most drafting (and therefore least work now) for!

Yes, friends, at some point in the past several months, if you’ve been active in just about any idol lists, you’ve no doubt run into who is probably the most enthusiastically multimedia of all non-major idols in quite some time, almost certainly via one of their umpteen videos:

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Treat Yourself to This QUEENS Song

At first thought, when I saw this in my list of good Weekender things, I had no more intention of doing anything else with this QUEENS MV than to do exactly that, feel good about my choices, and move on with my life. But then I recalled the last time I had occasion to celebrate QUEENS in such a way, which in retrospect felt like I was giving them short shrift for no good reason, so I opted to listen to the whole thing:

And friend, I am both very super into this song, but it also made me wonder — is QUEENS pretty much the best thing right now, or what? Continue reading

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