Following a surprise one-man live where they announced a surprise new member, PIGGS dropped a surprise MV for their new song, “NAKED BORN NAKED DIE”.
Any idol fan knows that Tokyo Idol Festival is the biggest, hottest idol event of the year and not just because of Japan’s sweltering summer temperatures. TIF has always been a place for groups to shine for all of their fans, new and old. But this year, what if we took the Tokyo out of TIF? Say hello to the TIF ASIA TOUR KICK OFF!
— TIP&TIF 公式 (@TIP_TIF_staff) August 30, 2021
It was a big Tuesday for BiSH. First they dropped an MV for “CAN WE STiLL BE??”, the opening track off their recent album, GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON.
They followed this announcement with the welcome news that Aina the End, Cent Chihiro Chittiii and Hashiyasume Atsuko had completed their quarantine periods following their recent COVID diagnoses and would all be resuming activities again .
Hey guess what. I’m kind of retiring.
First, the important stuff: Longtime contributor and dedicated pal Daemetal will be taking over as boss. Team will remain intact (as far as I know). Lots of cool things are likely to happen in the future.
Less importantly, this is a very literal “kind of” retirement. The Homicidol Maniac persona will be a part of Homicidols Dot Com for as long as it’s around. I like doing this stuff even if I don’t do it as much as I used to, and I feel a dual sense of responsibility and like lifetime ownership. But D’s going to run the show from here
So that’s that. Time for a self-indulgent retrospective!
Good morning! It’s a special one here at Maniac Mansion — or, more specifically, a hotel room about 100 miles from Maniac Mansion. Your faithful proprietor is getting married today. Sorry ladies! But I write from the hotel where I’m sequestered away from my extremely awesome partner until this afternoon, when we finally get to tie the knot. There are some resulting things afoot, but this is neither the time nor the place. Instead, I’ll simply reference that being around a lot of not-that-well acquaintances means explaining two things, those being my tattoos and my “J-pop website,” which in this particular group happens to include the mother of one of the mods from the Sakura Gakuin subreddit. Don’t ask me how any of that makes sense, it just always seems to.
This is an awesome weekend, and I’m really excited to get down to it. And I hope you have a blast of your own!
It finally arrived! I first listened to buGG’s new “MY FIGHT SONG” single what feels like a couple of weeks ago, on the Spotify, and figured that there’d be an MV at some point. And now there is!
Watching buGG grow from the fun sidecar PIIIIIIIN little sisters into, well, very much their own thing has been cool. They still have that signature impossible energy and outright bounce to their sound. I just can’t believe it’s only their second single ever! I mean, the discography available online isn’t exactly sparse, just that, like, you usually expect way more singles than other releases, this being idol and all. They’ve only been at this for like three years! But anyway:
Fun fact: Everything about this is hundreds of percents cooler than every American pop punk thing ever done
Putting their hat into the sweepstakes of idol groups that use a “re:” prefix in their name is a fresh addition to the scene who call themselves re:miaw! This unit has been around since at least June of this year, but flying a bit under the radar, so it’s bit easy to wonder where they’ve been.
While they do have a group twitter account, they don’t have a lot of information about themselves up. I think I can explain it this way: You see, the one recurring theme I’ve noticed with this group is that they refer to themselves as only being “loosely active”. One member described re:miaw as being a “relaxing activity idol unit”. And you know what? That’s a theme I can relate to!
Why is idol so quiet this week? I have energy and opportunity to post but very little to post about! Case in point would be this fun little item from DAIDAIDAI, about whom I am usually bursting with enthusiasm and always happy to post, except when the item in question is definitely something for the Weekender, except that if I don’t post now, nothing will be posted and boy is that undesirable, so.
With that in mind, if you’ve ever wanted isolated music-only clips from DAIDAIDAI’s music with no vocals at all for your own personal listening/remixing/vaporwave insanity needs, this appears to be your chance to do it the easy way:
— 代代代 Official info. (@daidaidai_info) August 21, 2021
Shit like this makes me wish I had the wherewithal to get into mixing. Sampling is always cool, but I’m a mashups kind of person, so I’d be trying out some of these beats with everything from Run-DMC to Hanako-san, just to see what worked best.
It feels like basically yesterday that we were lamenting the departure of our dear Yuna from PassCode. I think everyone who follows them was immediately curious to see who would replace her in the group, right down to some obligatory dream casting. And yet somehow I allowed myself a moment of pleasant surprise when this tweet popped up a little while ago:
PassCode新メンバーとして「有馬えみり( @passcode_Emily )」が加入致しました。
— PassCodeオフィシャル (@passcodeO) August 22, 2021
Yep, that’s ex-LADYBABY Emily, that is undeniably a very good harsh singer but one of the more oddly utilized ones in her old group. The timing of it all suggests that she was already in the wings before Yuna’s retirement announcement, sure, but frankly you probably could have had her on retainer ever since LADYBABY went under and barely missed a beat — the two singers’ styles aren’t quite the same, but honestly? Natural fit, right timing, easy thing for fans to accept. Emily officially joins in a few weeks at the kickoff of a quick Zepp tour prior to the close of the STRIVE tour pre-Budokan, so good opportunities for those who actually can to properly greet the new girl.
Good job, PassCode, and welcome, Emily!
Good morning! Has life treated you kindly this week? I mean, in the context of *waves hands at nothing in particular*. I’m excited, personally, because a whole bunch of things are coming to a head. Big changes afoot! And for a person who’s easily defined as “set in his ways, does not like change,” that I’m anything other than completely terrified is a genuinely nice feeling.
After the way last week ended, it’s also nice to have just kind of a straightforward, comfortable body of extra stuff to make a Weekender. Despite a bit of pre-TIF quiet, our scene is still bursting with energy and lots of (mostly) good things. Take advantage! Find the things you like, and open yourself up to liking new things. If there’s one thing idol’s good at, it’s always having lots of new things.
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The first flipped edition of Idol Watch! I’ve brought great guests to highlight 10 older idol songs from 1985 to 2015, ft. Noriko Sakai, Rie Tomosaka, Bellring Shojo Heart and more
— nemohamo ryo 🍃 (@sneeek) August 20, 2021