Funny. I take out time the other day to sort of off-handedly complain about this being a boring stretch for idol, typically, as the winter festival season dries up and the talent gets into the meat of the academic calendar … and the last couple of days are just riddled with fresh new music and updates and things that warrant actual by-the-gods excitement. This being a holiday in the United States, I, uh, actually need to do Day Job work, so this is the last entry for today, but my goodness, have you guys heard the new one from Marionet yet?
I have no time for commentary for this! But I think you should listen to it if you liked the debut song from uijin sister unit raymay!
There’s a lot going on in there, and I like where they’re going with this! Some of that uijin influence of course, and what sounds to me like a very generous helping of vintage petit pas!. Things are looking good!
Good morning! I have to say, 2019 is shaping up to be maybe the roughest year in idol since I started following back in 2014. A lifetime ago, practically! It feels like a blessing in a way to be so, well, goshdarned upset about the rash of graduations and breakups in these early weeks of January, because it means that I got to cross metaphorical paths with people who left an imprint on me, and that matters. So yeah, you may be losing an oshi (possible plural at once!), and you might not get to see that person and the work of theirs that you prize, but your life is richer for having them having been part of it, and thank the gods for it.
And, you know, it’s idol. You’ll find another favorite or 10 again in no time!
I’ll admit that this isn’t really my favorite time on the calendar, and not just because it’s a time of high turnover — it’s also a time when, I guess because of the academic calendar, the business of idol slows a bit. There’s not as much stuff, and the first big run of debuts for the year is still a few months off, so you need to find ways to amuse yourself. Like, for instance, deranged fan faction!
A giant-ass winter storm has been ripping through the country the last couple of days, and heaven help the poor souls in New England about to get snowed under. An excellent excuse to explore your artistic side while playing the Fun, and then ripping through a halfway quality Weekender!
Halfway Is Better Than No Way
Ex-oshi seems to be taking well to life outside of idol:
— 瑳里 (@sari_mdr) January 15, 2019
— 瑳里 (@sari_mdr) January 15, 2019
Meanwhile, every tweet from Shidare is like a dagger to the heart:
— ◎屋しだれ (@shida_tsurezure) January 16, 2019
— ◎屋しだれ (@shida_tsurezure) January 18, 2019
Please allow me to apologize to one of my low-key favorite things in idol, going all the way back to when random YouTube dives were all you really had to compare to the handful of English-language resources for chika idol: UNDER BEASTY, I done you wrong, and I’m here today to make it right. We need to catch up!
Gah, where to begin. Well, probably with the fact that they’re about to release their … fifth? Fifth single:
The new O’CHAWANZ isn’t loud at all. O’CHAWANZ, in general, aren’t that loud. But I don’t care. They dominated my personal best-of last year and they’re ready to do it again in 2019.
It got me wondering. If EPISODE V was full of hype songs, and MELLOW MADNESS is going to be, well, mellow, would that mean MELLOW MADNESS is the night to EPISODE V’s day?
Hey, I know we’re dealing with the impending graduation of Kotao from Avandoned and of course, it’s a monumental upheaval for a very special group, but if there’s one thing I know, Beni is never ever going to slow down for a single minute. She’s gotta be hands-down one of the hardest working people on the scene, and her latest endeavor is one to really be excited over, a 45″ single collaboration with her friends and frequent stage partners, The Childish Tones!
2/20にリリースされるCHILDISH TONES feat.宇佐蔵べに の7インチの曲、プレスたった300枚の小さなリリースなのに、もうラジオで5回もオンエアされてる。レコード会社がやるようなプロモーションは一切してなくて、聴いてほしいなと思った信頼してる人に音源を送っただけ。純粋な広がり方をしてて嬉しい pic.twitter.com/alJlRsFdSl
— ネモト・ド・ショボーレ (@DECKREC) January 13, 2019
I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced, but waited to see if maybe we’d get an MV or something to go along with the details, and now here we are! The record consists of Usabeni and The Childish Tones on two tracks, one being a cover of the classic Nick Lowe power-pop number “Cruel to be Kind”, accompanied with a cover of The La’s “There She Goes” for the b-side!
Yesterday an MV was shared for the La’s cover, and it’s a delightful trip to twee-town once again with Beni: Continue reading
I hope that everybody was looking forward to Q’ulle’s upcoming album release, their second under Avex, at least half as much as I have been. Arguably the finest purveyors of idorock left alive, the former dance troupe is always at least good and has an upper echelon that most idols, frankly, can only dream of trying to reach. Plus, unlike a lot of projects, they didn’t have to change what they were doing when they went major! They just, like, did even more.
Give this a quick spin:
That’s a lot of previewing to do! Granted, there’s enough music that you’ve heard before (because you are a Q’ulle fan, like all smart people are) that it’s not totally fresh and surprising, but there are some new moves here that I wasn’t prepared for. Yakko’s death growl, for instance.*
The thing released today, so go get it!
*May or may not have happened
Goodness gracious, will REGiNA KiSS ever stop putting out videos for iDOL SHREDDER? They did say that they were going to be releasing an MV for every song on the album, IIRC, and at this rate they’re getting very close to that. Have mercy.
Anyway, I drooled a little over the last track that they videoed, but this one is the hands-down best and might top their entire catalog to date:
I’m a little bit of a Toricago fanatic, if you couldn’t tell. In fact, they’re the rare newish group to worm their way into Maniac’s Proprietary System for Following Idols for Blogging on Homicidols Dot Com. The catch is that, despite using a lot of the same reliable promotional norms of the industry, Toricago’s “announcement at 21:00!” tweets are as likely to result in new photos as they are anything else, and it gets to be a little bit of a drag after a while. Still, about once per quarter, the announced announcement is worth it.
Like when they hit you with an MV out of nowhere!
Your patience will rewarded with this one
So funny story, I apparently started to blog this post almost two entire months ago, saved it in 90 percent-complete form on a day when I clearly thought “ah ha, I will complete this over lunch at work, I am very smart.” And then the joke was on me, because here I am two months later finding it in my drafts queue while looking for something else! Yippee!
Anyway! You may or may not have encountered Dooshite Tomodachi GA inainoka in your idol travels. That would be appropriate, as they’ve been around for long enough to be a regular on plenty of well-populated idol bills, and I’m pretty sure that their pre-debut was noticed and discussed. What caught my eye, though, wasn’t so much that as the fact that the group includes Urara from senritsumelodious and the Original and Only Adopt-an-Idol Poroporo Baroque, and if there’s an idol in the business who’s cursed, it’s Urara.
Let’s get down to it. Continue reading