Once upon a time, the plan was for this to be a bucket-list-level weekend. I was supposed to wake up in Tokyo this morning and hit Cinema and Boy CQ’s second anniversary live in Shimokitazawa before heading off to Hanako-San’s Death Day celebration and album release event. After a good night’s sleep, I was going to spend Sunday at day two of the Gyuu Agricultural Festival, aka Gyuno Fes (chika idol’s answer to Coachella) which was celebrating it’s fifth anniversary with an epic line-up of 50+ units that read like a Who’s Who of Homicidols.
That was before the international travel warnings were issued, concerts were cancelled and new terms were added to our vocabulary like “social distancing” and “PPE”.
The only upside to all of this pandemic brouhaha is the dramatic increase in the number of chika idol live streams. So, even though I didn’t get to fly to Japan and attend Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s major label debut concert in person, I did get to watch it live from my living room.
And now we can all experience Gyuno Fes the same way!! Although the two-day festival has been postponed indefinitely, the organizers will be broadcasting a defiant “IDOL is STILL ALIVE” version of the event live on Nico Nico several hours from now. Continue reading
ATTENTION!! We have some important announcements to make.
“ALL NEED IS LOVE”. RAY said it. I believe it.
Boy, did we need some levity last week and we got it by sharing our favorite #ChikaIdolBops. I got to discover some new tunes and hear some old favorites. Altogether, I think we put together a pretty sweet playlist.
Just days after GO TO THE BEDS and PARADiSES were formed by splitting GANG PARADE in two, Junnoske Watanabe called an impromptu press conference to announce that these two new units would see further divisions.
First up, GO TO THE BEDS’ Yumeno Yua, and Yamamachi Miki will make up a new unit called BEDSiDES while Coco Partin Coco, Yui Ga Dockson, and Can GP Maika will become GOTO THE END.
Their world has turned upside down!
Shrouded in secrecy until now, Pour Lui has finally revealed details of the new unit she’s been holding auditions for. The group will be called Billie Idleilish® with the theme of “NOT WHATEVER”.
She further explained that the unit will have no associations with WACK, although the music will be primarily composed by SCRAMBLES, and Junnoske Watanabe is attached to the project as manager and producer.
“Yes, yes. Everything written here is true.”
Despite the deluge of not-so-great news flying at us, this was actually a great week for chika idol music. Yanakoto Sotto Mute made their major label debut with an awesome single, Tsurezure put out a double A-side with two of their best tracks in a while, and we even got a new slow-burner from Ray.
So while Tokyo is locked down for the weekend, let’s remember that good things still happen in the world like:
After an eight month drought, Yukueshirezutsurezure gave us not one, but two new MVs this week. We were able to give REDERA the front page treatment. My deepest apologies “Still Roaring” for only making the weekender. I love you too.
BURST GIRL have announced the release of a new CD and a collection of collaboration vinyls this coming May. The three-track CD, story, will be released on May, 20th. This will be followed by a limited tour in collaboration with the CD’s songwriters with 7″ vinyl singles of each track available at tour venues and from Disk Union.
The collaborators who contributed songs for the CD include DJ Mariko Gotou, Maya (KING BROTHERS and N’Shukugawa BOYS), Toru Hidaka (THE STARBEMS), and Oyasumi Hologram founder and producer Kouichi Ogawa. Continue reading
Kerrie is still in self-quarantine, so I get to run with the fun this week. Last Friday, we did our annual exercise whipping out the crystal WACK ball and trying to out-guess Watanabe with our #WACKAuditionPredictions.
I think, this year, we came pretty close.
Tomorrow, Yukueshirezutsurezure drop what they are calling a “double-A-Side” single and, if you’ve caught the song previews, you understand the description. “Still Roaring” and “REDERA” are two of the best tracks we’ve heard from Not Secured, Loose Ends in a while.
On the eve of this double-barreled release, they have also given us a new MV.
Ska-punk Tsurezure? Yes please. Continue reading
Yanakoto Sotto Mute make their major label debut tomorrow (March 25th) and, to celebrate, have invited us all to a live band set!! Can’t make it to Japan? No problem! Because of stupid corona virus the concert is a live-streamed event via the Internet and you can buy tickets with PayPal.