Idols Got Talent: Kagura

I just looked at the ol’ drafts queue and thought, you know, I only have about 100 things that I could make EXCEPTIONAL WEB CONTENT about, but I think instead I’ll just go ahead and default to something easy and, frankly, a series that hasn’t been getting much attention lately, which I’m using as an excuse because I’m feeling ever so lazy at the moment.

The other day! I believe it was Saturday. Am I Bored? hit me up on Twitter to reference a wonderful juxtaposition of talent and celebration of why you should never, ever pigeonhole an idol: Continue reading

This Is Probably the Best Satire That You’ll Get All Day, Honestly

So after the “Hybrid TABOO” single, Kaqriyo Terror Architect is gracing the world with a full album called Cultural Mixing. While I’ll leave other implications alone for just a minute*, hey look, a song!

And people say that we live in a post-satire world … Well, you know what to do. Continue reading

Melon Batake a Go Go is the Garage-Rock Idol Group We Needed

Before I started attuning my ears towards the world of Japanese idol pop, my true musical loves from Japan came in the form of the legendary punk and garage-rock scenes that took root in Tokyo and Osaka. To this day, if you really want to experience what a full-on blast of real rock n’ roll can be, you owe it to yourself to explore the wild, wild world of underground Japanese music played with no concern for money or fame, but only for that moment of pure chaotic joy that breaks the everyday routine of real life, making you feel alive and ready to shoot for the moon on a jet-powered-flame-spewing Kawasaki set to the rhythm of an out-of-tune-six-string opus clocking in at under two minutes…

Now with that spirit in mind, let’s check out Melon Batake a Go Go, a group of “Outer Space Idols” with cool superhero sidekick inspired outfits that are here to unite the legions of underground rockers under the same roof with worshipful wotas. They first formed in 2015, and like a lot of idol units, they’ve already experienced a lot of membership changes. Here’s their first MV, a great song with some cool spy-guitar surf guitar and a big dose of catchy hooks…

Oh dang, that was good! Fast-forward to the present day, and Melon Batake a Go Go has some new faces, but they remain a fantastic garage-rock infused group who really bring the fun live. I mean holy crap, they do a freaking’ CRAMPS (via Hasil Adkins) cover?!? And one of their other signature songs is a flat out rockin’ variation on The Trashmen classic “Surfin’ Bird”, occasionally joined on stage by a guy in a gorilla suit and a cat with a Godzilla mask on his head. It’s just everything that’s perfect…

At present the group is fluctuating between three and four members, while currently auditioning for a new addition. One thing that’s interesting is that their website puts their age-range at 18-30, so they’ve got a wider acceptance of “idol material” than most. I’m looking forward to seeing when the group has it’s line-up nailed down and seeing where they go from there. One of their members, Nakamura, also has an absolutely delightful solo career under the stage name SOZELICA, and she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future. (I’m following up this article with one about her, so stay tuned for that.)

There’s always something new (to somebody) in the idol world, but Melon Batake a Go Go is a special kind of thing to get excited over. I just wish Lux Interior was here to see them…

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A ‘Minimal Rondo’ for Waking Up? Please and Thanks

I see that boss-san smartly realized that a super-well-researched-and-thought-out Who’s the Fourth Member? conspiracy post had been scheduled for this morning and decided that the “Paradise Lost” B-side would be a great way to deflect. Boss-san was right! There is a song to listen to!

After the A-side’s tease, I’m sure that this could be just about anything. Can’t wait! Continue reading

Oh Good, Now Coco Needs to Run a Solo Marathon

Stop Watanabe before he kills again:

This is technically happening as a result of her not-great finish in the WACK Election, but I like to think that this is punishment for the glorious stink-eye ol’ Coco gave the boss after the last(?) time GANG PARADE was forced to participate in a marathon spectacle. She is no doubt much pleased. Continue reading

I Finally Got to See One of Force Video!

One of my subtle favorite things in idol is when you stop paying attention to a project, or it goes quiet for a long-ass while, and then you’re randomly looking for hilarious dank memes some random afternoon and … wait, those two girls look familiar, but that’s not what I know them from. What the heck is going on?

That’s One of Force (Twitter), who you may remember as Atelier di Marionette, who had that one pretty cool song but always seemed to struggle to break out in the weirder-venued corners of the Osaka scene. Continue reading

Oshi Digest #24: Royalty

My goodness, people, would you just look at Oshi?

That’s the last thing you see before you entire existence — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — is shattered into infinitesimal shards. Fun! Continue reading

Wyenra Is Like Some Kind of New Stage for Indie Idols

So. It’s Sunday. There are no hard-and-fast rules around what does and does not constitute “easy” when it comes to Sundays, though that designation has in the past extended to such things as HAMIDASYSTEM and random H!P things and I think AH* that one time. The point is, I usually like to use Sunday as a time to celebrate cool, interesting, homi-ish idol things that maybe don’t have the pedal all the way down to the metal.

Today, arguably my new favorite thing this week, wyenra:

News of this unit’s creation and inauguration has been randomly, one might even say ordained-ly, been kicking around Twitter and my dang inbox for a couple of weeks, but here they are, for real, in the digital flesh. Completely self-produced, self-managed, etc. They’re still putting together their first lives, but they’re also putting together really nice music with a really well-done MV. Also, two of the members are sisters, I think. Continue reading

Stop Every Damn Thing You’re Doing and Get into JOANJOAN

It started innocently enough:

Well that’s a hell of a name. I wonder– Continue reading

SHINGEKI Has Inspired Me to Try Something New

Dropping balls all over the place anymore, gang. SHINGEKI, the ever-metamorphosing idol project that could yet again re-brand at any moment, actually dropped this particular new video a few days ago, notably on a day when I had my eyes in lots of places that weren’t idol at all, and I’d have never even picked up on its existence because the only ripple that it made in Western Wota Space-time was in fact Terry’s reaction video.

Given that SHINGEKI’s composer-san loves nothing more than to splice together some of the most random, discordant chunks of music theory to nonetheless compile some fairly enjoyable songs, I knew that I had to do something with it. But I also got a stupid, devilish idea. So:

The hell?

Please allow me friends, to approximate the effects of a reaction video … in text! Continue reading