You know you’ve been asleep at the wheel for a little while when you see something in your feed and then spend several minutes trying to figure out if it’s new, but if it’s new to you if it’s not new, period, and then if it’s not new to you but you were actually functionally aware of it. That was me as of about four minutes ago, staring at Twitter and trying like hell to remember if BURST GIRL, now into their second year as a self-managed chika idol bomb squad, had made the fact that they have a June album in the works known, and if the meme-producing website that’s endlessly supportive of them had made use of this information, and if so what next.
Well, we did know, thank goodness, but heck go read that and clear out your own personal cobwebs*, too, because RIOT could well wind up being the release that you need to make life go boom in that loud, satisfying kind of way:
Well that’s certainly a fun ride! I’ll admit that, seeing the video still, I had hoped for a full digest or even just a more substantive teaser. That’s okay, though. It’s not like we aren’t all fairly familiar with the material, or one of last year’s favorites at the very least.
And in continuing the quick recent trend of things being announced and/or released on the final day of the Heisei Era, we have QUEENS, who are lots of fun anyway but capable of turning that all the way up to 12 just to spite your grumpiness you big, grumpy bear, who announced at their one-man the release of their first full album for June by dropping an MV that I just very loudly said on Twitter that I’d anticipated, which turned out to be for the wrong reasons by bear with me!
First, the MV that I urge you to take Dramamine before viewing:
Shihatsu-machi Underground has been on absolute fire these last few months. This is relative, of course, given that 2019 will already be remembered for its rash of stunning and terrible graduations and has been short on great releases so far, but let’s not take anything away from this delicious project and the work they’ve put in and one of my favorite pieces ever written for this site being about them.
Anyway, on top of all of the little promo clips that they’ve spent literal months trickling out in an attempt to get you to notice them senpai, today was the drop of an MV that absolutely nobody in my tiny sample size has had anything to say about yet because they’ve been too busy hyperventilating:
And that right there, friends, is one of your early contenders for a whole mess of awards! Continue reading
It’s out already, right? Shihatsu-machi Underground’s album? I feel like that’s right. I tend to base these things off of when MVs are released for a whole host of reasons ranging from laziness to shortcuts. But anyway! All of those previews that they teased out over the early course of the year, they were pretty slick, weren’t they?
Shihatsu-machi P apparently wants you to have a little bit more, so get to it:
I want to meet the people for whom that isn’t super enticing. I want to learn about how much they hate puppies and fun, and I want to show them my pity for them to their faces. There are a lot of things to read into that snip, and every single one of them is capable of inspiring happiness.
Some bonus photos because I’m excited for the members:
From digest to short-version MVs, PassCode’s pulling out the usually promotional rotation for the CLARITY album, which is yes now completely out on all platforms, so stop wasting time and start jamming this stuff into your brain via olfactory orifices:
If this is what passes for a “short version” anymore, what’s even the point of shortening?
Things have been quiet on the BiSH front lately, haven’t they? Sure, sure, they announced a big-ass new tour with an awesome theme, and they have all of the usual tie-ins and promoted merchandise and all that jazz, but … yeah, the thing that put BiSH on the map in the first place (their music) was kind of bereft of attention, and by all parties it seemed. It seemed.
Because what better day to near-guerrilla-drop a new album in a split concept over a 30-day span than April Fools’ Day?
You may have already heard the previous, uh, previews of the upcoming PassCode album, which … well look at who’s advancing to the Final Four in the Corenament! HOW APPROPRIATE. Anyway, new album, coming out Wednesday, and here’s a very full digest of the entire thing: Continue reading
All right, I think we got that out of our systems. We really sweated it down! Other fitness allusion! Did it work for you? I enjoyed it.
And on that note, let’s get back to serious business! Business that in reality I’m pretty late on, and almost missed until Andrew reminded me, and even then didn’t have the wherewithal to watch completely until Team was neck-deep in putting the finishing touches on this year’s big gag, so unfortunately the first real big visual presentation by Marionet is going to get some short shrift. It’s good short shrift though!
If you haven’t discovered Bed-In yet, now would be a pretty good time to look into them. I wrote a bit about them last year, but 2018 was a fairly quiet year for the duo, as they spent more time touring and being best friends with First Summer Uika than they did releasing any new material.
Thankfully, next month they’re finally releasing their third album, and what better concept for an 80s-themed idol duo to come out with than a whole album of 80s J-Pop covers!
We haven’t got any full-length music videos yet, but some of the songs have already been made available on digital platforms. And if you’re not sure if you’re ready to open Spotify yet, well, Bed In also uploaded some not-quite-MVs-but-not-quite-commercials (teasers?) for said songs on their YouTube:
I’ve been trying to tell you guys for a little while now that the time to get on the Shihatsu-machi Underground (as they apparently prefer to have it written!) train is immediate. Get in while the getting’s good. This is a group that has the chops to absolutely blow up if given the chance and be a big emergent force from the Shibuya scene. All they need is us! Well, and thousands of other fans, but you get the idea! So maybe the brandy-new MV (that’s right!) from their soon-to-come album (oh yes!) is exactly what you need to be convinced: