Thought they could sneak one past me, did they? So akugi, either the latest or second-latest debutante from Codomomental (I can’t remember) and therefore loved by default around here, are officially releasing an EP next Wednesday, and to thoroughly whet our appetites the bosses have released another track, yes on a limited basis, but a limited basis that I managed to snag at the right time!
Anyway, this one guests Uine from fellow newbies TOKYO Tefutefu, and is definitely different from the norm. Set your ears to enjoy!
The nice thing about regular check-ins on your YouTube subscriptions? You get to see when the acts you follow schedule debuts without having to delve into the cesspool that is Twitter.
So it unfolded in the composition of the Weekender, as there were several scheduled live streams and debuts of various things in the queue, and if anything I’m just mad that I had to wait for this new one from EIMIE for more than a day because you know I don’t work on Sundays anymore. But here:
The occasion? I have no idea! They bill it as “new song,” and it certainly is that. This is my kind of untethered audacity — eschew all norms for new releases and just get the things out there into the world in as shiny a package as you can. And is anybody complaining? Short of a handful of people who are big EIMIE stans desperately hoping for a physical album they can buy like 30 copies of, no! It’s a fun song that’s a little less on the outright heavy than the last one and a little more on the outright idol, with a snazzy-ass MV. I realize that not every unit in existence can put that much resource into every new song they deliver, but that doesn’t mean that the EIMIE standard shouldn’t be the overall one. Like okay sure, maybe you hamstring your ability to “sell records” and whatnot, but just think of how much more media we’d get more often!
Gyuzo of the Tokyo Shock Boys but better known around these parts as the mad genius behind the Gyu Agricultural Festival aka Gyuno Fes aka the best recurring series of chika idol lives on the planet is making a movie!!
Tentatively titled IDOL NEVER DIES, the movie is described as a “youth fantasy” about an idol unit struggling to complete a music video on the day the world has been predicted to end. The cast of idols shooting this MV in the face of the apocalypse will include some familiar faces:
When the original BiS arrived at their decision to disband wayyyyy back in 2014, did they ever consider how all the tangled strands of their legacy would branch out into a dozen hydra-like directions that each evolved into their own unique entities? In the moment, I recall my own bummed out reaction to the breakup quickly turning into eager excitement for the future as each member revealed their plans. There was LUI FRONTiC, Pla2me, BILLIE IDLE®︎, Tentenko’s solo experiments, and then there was one that really especially stuck out to me…. KoshoujiMegumi’s newly announced “Book House Girl”, which promptly became the enigmatically named Maison book girl.
So Melon Bat has a new single out at the end of the month. I saw this news and immediately felt very whelmed by it. We here at this website were early adopters of both Melon and Soze’s solo work (thanks, Brian!), and so championed the project’s growth through its first few releases. What a concept, and what a sound! If you’re intro Boomer retro stuff and the unique aesthetic of monster and/or alien movies and the rockabilly sounds that were popular a couple of generations ago, Melon really is for you. And since we do like those things, it was an easy match!
Ultimately, though, despite getting major distribution and momentarily seeming on the brink of rising beyond mere chika stages, Melon hit a rough patch and seemed to be left treading water between too-similar releases and a concept that felt like it had run its course. And a bit of a reboot! Even their stalwart gaijin wota fans seemed to be moving on. I personally saw glimmers of light in their last record, so maybe the skepticism wasn’t warranted, but here, seriously, check it: Continue reading →
Hey gang! I hope you’re all doing well in whatever relativistic way you may define that. I just had one of those weeks when nothing seems to go right, you lose track of time, and then just when it seems to settle in a little it turns out that someone else on your website wrote a thing that brought in like 10,000 new people, so why intervene? Kinda like that. Though, as you’ll see from this edition of the Weekender, it was a pretty slow week for new stuff. And with that!
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Eternal hero Kamiya Saki may be done with idol, but she’s far from done with show business:
If you’re active on Twitter, you might have already caught the buzz on a very new, very cool trio of metal idols from Korea. Finding out about X!DEN† feels like when you’re diving at the record store and you absolutely have to tell your friend about the new coolest thing on earth. And hey, we’re all friends here right? So let us tell you!
Being a blog about Japanese idols, typically we’re going to write a lot about idols from Japan! Funny how that works out. However, since we started our mission, things have been shaken up a little – there’s a whole world of pop stars performing to alternative music and for the next week, we’re going to be looking at the finest Korea’s indie idol scene has to offer.
If it’s all my fault, I’ll do this more often; Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da has graced us with two new MVs in two days. While both are to promote their re-recorded albums Q.E.D and Q.E.D. Bi with the current seven members lineup, they switched things up a bit by picking songs that never got an MV before!
The lucky winners are Kimi Kimi Syndrome X and Cult Scream (and, of course, you the fan who is getting two brand new music videos).
Good morning! My goodness, a ton of things happened this week. And very little of it bad! That’s really the marker, I think. The biggest impact thing here at Maniac Mansion was literal impact — a neighbor’s ginormous tree snapped at the base of the trunk and managed to fall in the only direction it could without really destroying things, but it did manage to crush my fence. I was displeased! And these aren’t the kindly old family next door who bring me mail and chat me up in the yard, they’re the fundagelicals who only recently stopped trying to get me to go to church with them. Am I surprised that they haven’t made a move to get the dang trunk off of my fence so I can call the insurance company? I tell you, friend, I am not.
But other impacts! Like, just so much great music, idol and otherwise. We posted a lot, this is a loaded Weekender, and there’s a whole side list of things that came up in various contexts that I just don’t have a great venue to share with you. And that’s okay! The Thai shoegaze idol group that Cal found, though, that I’m sharing with you here.
Anyway, you all please do have a great weekend. It’s a holiday here in the USA so I’m going to be serious about catching up on some personal projects and otherwise shutting off my very busy brain. We all deserve a break sometimes.
Says the Guy Who Doesn’t Post Enough!
I’m far more excited about the new BiSH album than I probably should be, largely because this is an excellent promo for it:
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