NEO JAPONISM Is Modern Idol Writ Small

NEO JAPONISM, who absolutely own and really need more love among you blockheads, released their latest album, THE SPIRIT, about six weeks ago. We did the lead single when it dropped, and frankly I thought that was going to be the end of it. But then this morning brought a shining ray of more NEO JAPONISM MV to gawk at, and in doing so I had a thought that hadn’t struck me when listening to the album, but suddenly seemed fairly clear: If Yanakoto Sotto Mute are the perfect modern idols, are NeoJap the most modern idols?

Let’s do that MV:

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This Is the Last DESURABBITS MV Ever

One of the more emotional bits to emerge over the last little while was this MV, out as final promo for the final release for DESURABBITS before they disband forever. In context, while the song is in a lot of ways a very nice modern idol song and in every other way DESURABBITS to the core, really the most important thing about it is its emotional heft and the special place that DESURABBITS has in loudol history.

But first, MV:

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DAIDAIDAI Has the Perfect Concept and the Goods for their New Album

I know we Weekendered it a while back, but it’s entirely possible that people — silly, fallible lumps of loosely organized flesh that they are — either have forgotten or are somehow not at all aware of the fact that DAIDAIDAI, one of the most unique and exciting acts in this entire scene, has an album coming out in basically no time at all now. I’ve been excited about since the day I heard about it! Imagine being aware of what this group brings and not being excited.

And so there was the move by producer-san, it seems, for DEMON TAPES decided to drop the first proper promo for the album on Valentine’s Day, and I’d have missed it completely if not for a bit of research last week. The thinking is sound, right, like of course a Sunday in the middle of winter when people are much more worried about their SOs is the best time to slide out new music that will gin up interest in your album. I am in absolutely no way being sarcastic! But anyway, this is awesome and exciting: Continue reading

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NECRONOMIDOL Promises Sweet, Delicious, Fiery Pain on Their New Album

NECRONOMIDOL’s new album — first full-length with the new lineup — is just days away, and you know what that means: IT’S LEAD SINGLE TIME. I know we were all kind of shocked when The Breakup happened, and then intrigued as the new group took form, and then everybody had their own opinions about “santa sangre” but this particular development, this new album, has felt like the part that we’re all most eager for. You like when Necroma dominates your soul and grants you immortality just to inflict as much agony as possible for all time, in song form!

If vämjelseriter can deliver on even a fraction of the promise in here, it’s going to be a hell of a lot of pain: Continue reading

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Neither New Nano-Nani’n’Neruns Nor New “Naughty Naughty” Near Nasty!

Today is January 6th, celebrated by many as the feast of Epiphany, commemorating the time when the Three Kings from the East brought gifts of Gold, Frankenstein and Meh to the God-cub Jesus, asleep in the hay.    And today you, dear reader, get to feel two-thirds as special as the Holy Baby, for Two Queens from the East now shower you with two valuable presents.

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Kaishin no Ichigeki’s Out Here Doing Beautiful Things

I’m trying to think of a particular single idol release in the past couple of months that I’ve waited so pointedly and specifically and hopefully for than the new album from Kaishin no Ichigeki. Ever since sort of bringing them back into the fold, I’ve kept them high on my notifications list because I have this feeling that (2020 Best Ofs aside) they’re due for a significant move, or at least play for one, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss it.

They’ve been teasing a new album for a while now, with short MV trailers even, and I freely admit that I got myself extremely hype for this one. Did I squee when it dropped this morning? Maybe.

Potential bonus: Titled after a significant foodborne toxin?

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At Least WILL-O”s Leaving Us with Some Nice Parting Gifts

It really was sad to hear that WILL-O’ is disbanding in a month’s time. They’re carriers of a hell of an idol legacy reaching back to when the loud stuff was pretty much just a chika thing, and chika idol culture hadn’t (to my knowledge, at least) been nearly as mainstreamed as it would be over the ensuing years. Fittingly they have all the hallmarks of a major group writ just a little bit smaller, with great polish and delivery on the kind of songs that most units wouldn’t have wanted to touch a decade ago. WILL-O’ masters that juxtaposition and makes it work for them.

Anyway, digressions and all, the point is that WILL-O has a month of life left, but on Christmas day dropped a whole album of re-recorded material:

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Please No End to Aina the End

Cal’s favorite singer, Aina the End of BiSH fame, has always had at least a few toes in other musical waters. Her early solo work, which I do encourage you to check out, shows a young woman who can do just about anything she’d want to. Her more recent material, which I kind of regret only half-mentioning in passing in the Weekender a little while ago (but here you go), is great at showing off her chops; her first full studio album, THE END, is out in February, but she released the first single from it yesterday. Friends, we must do everything we can to protect this gift to humanity.

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PassCode Ignites a Spark Indeed

When everything’s coming up roses … We’ve been waiting with all the patience of a sugar-addled kindergartner for the STRIVE album’s release (just a few more days!), and PassCode first chooses to whet our appetite by announcing that they’re striving for Budokan, which isn’t so much a strive as a done deal but you gotta do the Road To homework I guess, and now after plenty of teasing we finally get to experience the MV for “SPARK IGNITION”:

Don’t watch it here, though; click through so you can take part in the live chat with the members!

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PassCode’s Going to Budokan, Hell Yes

Well, folks, I’d been licking my lips at the prospect of new PassCode stuff to show off and get excited about since their latest major album is right around the corner, but we simply must pre-empt our own posting for this off-the-charts awesome announcement. PassCode’s on the road to Budokan!

I love everything about this moment. PassCode was on such an ascent, hung in through some challenges, and have just kept building prominence among fans across a pretty significant spectrum of musical interests. This album is, I’m sure, going to be quite good, and yeah there’ll be a hyperventil-y post about it in no time, probably. But the album … who cares about the dang album! PassCode’s doing Budokan, man. That’s just so cool. I hope Yuna screams a literal hole in space-time and nothing ever happens again because reality simply ceases to exist (somewhere right in the middle of “TRACE”, preferably).

Sounds like a good time for the end of the universe to me.

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