Well, today’s been a fairly heavy one (though I think I’m going to stay on the DEADLIFT LOLITA thing for a while yet), but some of the best and simultaneously most unsung work in idol is still happening, and now would be a great time to crank it up to 11 and rock out.
Edited to reflect why Maniac shouldn’t write after midnight
Idols should always be on Soundcloud. It is good! However, upon joining Soundcloud, idols should make more of a show of displaying that to fans. Get some subscribers lined up, you know? Tease out demos. Do stuff!
Instead, Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are suddenly way more important than I think even they could have anticipated* and might actually be up to the task, took a more low-key approach. I mean, if I were moving onto a new medium, and I had a bitchin’ new track to share with the world, I’d make a little more of that release, you know?
This is so cool, you guys: So Oyasumi Hologram, who I can never believe only have the level of support that they do among Westerners, given that they’re incredibly great — at making their dreamy, ethereal, arty alt-whatever — have started a new project with a three-piece band (or potentially as a three-piece band, nuance is hard), and that project has a demo, and they’re promoting both of them with this out-of-nowhere MV for “machine song”:
Good morning, everybody! I had a quick chat (logistical) with Terry yesterday because I had just realized that the Tokyo Idol Festival was literally about to happen and it had slipped my mind, and he was actually even more clueless than me. Amazing, especially when you consider the ridiculous lift that went into collecting video from last year.
Anyway, TIF is literally happening when you see this, and has been for hours. It runs through Sunday. It is amazing. This is now a megathread, an I’ll do my darnedest to collect cool video and share it (in the comments). You should do it, too! From there, we’ll be able to have a nice playlist to remember what might be The TIF That Our Idols Took Over.
So you’ve probably encountered that whole Tokyo Girls thing from the BBC by now. It took me a while to watch it, and it took me a while to want to even really respond to it, and by then the takes were as many as they were diverse, but almost completely united around “seriously, another fucking hit piece?” So I’m not going to add anything to that, and I’d just as soon let the film go down the memory hole (at least this one approached the subject with a quasi-insider’s eye), so: No additional clicky stuff for that. In the meantime, though, I will repeat what I’ve said before, which is that idol fans need to police idol fans around the worst behaviors, which can also be applied to just about everything that has fans, because fans of things can be horrible people, but there’s nothing wrong with being a fan. Protect what you say you love, in other words.
You guys know that I love me some Cure, and that I also love me live video, and that I additionally also love me chances to share good content without having to work very hard — as mentioned earlier, I am quite tired this morning! — and Viz Major sharing this set of videos yesterday provides exactly that.
Cure had themselves a one-man of sorts, with (most of) the new lineup, and frankly in a nicer venue than I’m used to seeing them play. It also includes some material that I’m not as familiar with (which, great, please do more new stuff):
Considering what’s about to come out in a little while here, I didn’t necessarily want to drill down this particular shaft right now, but the timing is what it is, and, you’ve probably seen and heard the new Maison Book Girl, right?
Man, the reacts to this sucker sure were positive! For instance:
I’m not calling out our Papermaiden here — she’s just an example. The reality is that people in the altisphere were all like FUCK YEAH MAISON BOOK GIRL yesterday and are probably still giving each other high-fives across time and space. And I’m glad that you guys like it, and MBG is doing well. Continue reading →
Happy weekend, everybody! Did you have a good week? Me, I’m glad that mine’s over. Kind of fortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot going on in the Idolverse compared to some other times in the past, so being astonishingly, hellaciously busy didn’t mean missing out too much.
Follow these instructions, and remember to use the #PainfullyViolent hashtag, and tag @gu_dro if you can. Yurapiko was completely blown away by the #YuraSmile Friday Fun a few weeks ago, and the whole darn Guso Drop team got behind it, so you know that they’ll get a kick out of this one.
Make your sign, bloody/goo-up your face, whatever works! And if you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to share in the comments, and I’ll tweet it out for you!