Happy weekend !! I’m in LA for Cruel World festival whose lineup includes Bauhaus, DEVO, The Damned, Christian Death, Blondie and a number other legendary groups whose influences help shape the music we talk about here today. Coupled with the very exciting news from earlier this week that MELON BATAKE A GO GO are visiting the US at Saboten Con, it’s becoming more and more clear that festivals and cons are very much back on. Another case in point:
We lost so many veteran and A-list talents last year that there were thoughts that 2022 would have a dearth of compelling new chika idol releases. To our surprise, the first several months of this new year have instead seen veteran idols producing some of their best ever work while new units have been dropping captivating releases from the word, “Go!” We usually wait until much later in the year to start tossing around contenders for “Best of the Year” nods, but Team Homicidols is finding ourselves so overwhelmed by the volume, diversity and quality of new music that we felt it was important to make some mid-year citations for posterity.
For those of us who can’t currently get into Japan to see idols, we just got the best possible news: the idols are coming to us!! Chaotic Harmony have just announced that rockabilly idols from outer space, MELON BATAKE A GO GO will be making their US debut at Saboten Con in Phoenix, Arizona this coming Labor Day weekend.
I’ve been traveling most of this week for work so please forgive the lack of substantive updates. It’s the first extended trip I’ve taken since COVID started and, after being cooped up with my cat for over two years, I kept seeing her out of the corner of my eye in the hotel. It’s nice to be home, but it seems I missed her more than she missed me. That’s probably for the best since I’m hitting the road again later this week to LA for the Cruel World Festival with lots of 80s icons like Bauhaus, The Damned and Christian Death. That will be fun.
But first, let’s chat about music that was released this century:
Mani Mamiya of Yanakoto Sotto Mute dropped a solo single on her birthday. Perhaps it’s a preview of her future following Yanamute’s imminent disbandment.