We have reached the second-to-last week of our Top 50 countdown featuring the albums that placed 11 – 20 plus one honorable mention that didn’t quite make the final list of 50.
“Why the honorable mentions?”, no one asked, “Why not just make it a top 55 or 60?”
There are a few reasons such as we had to draw a line somewhere, and also because we wanted to respect our quasi-democratic process. The primary reason though is because, when we first took a look at the final top 50, we were surprised by a few things that weren’t there. This week’s honorable mention is a prime case in point:
The weekend is supposed to be a time for relaxation, not uncertainty and difficult decision making. Unfortunately, there’s a fair share of both on The Calendar for this weekend. We’re still awaiting ticketing details on a few promised shows while several A-listers are streaming lives head-to-head. I mean, it’s nice to have so many options but, a person should not be put in the position of having to choose between MANACLE, FRUITPOCHETTE and MELON BAT. That’s just cruel.
For a preview of the next few days of torment, here’s some of what’s being livestreamed from Japan this weekend: Continue reading
I haven’t smashed a Play button so hard and so fast in a long time as I did yesterday when YouTube actually sent me a timely notification for once, and it was for FRUITPOCHETTE’s new single on what felt like a slightly delayed delivery but who cares it’s motherhubbard FRUITPOCHETTE. Damn that was exciting. This is the one that they crowdfunded for, which is to say in part that it’s the first whole-on real-deal single since the OG group re-formed last year. It’s not exactly completely new to us — we even got to tease it a little while ago — but now that it’s here in the flesh and MVed, it feels real and alive and this opening shot of Mina just about made my heart stop:
It’s backwards week here at Slodicimoh where lot’s of newbies (and Sari) made the front page while the A-listers are populating the weekender. Also, don’t forget that the Friday Fun is never limited to Fridays… you can join in at any time!
First up, the best news in for-freaking ever: Honoka will return to performing with Minna no Kodomochan at their tour final on 8/29.
Congratulations to Fruitpochette for hitting their crowdfunding target!! Now we have a single, MV and nation-wide tour of Japan to look forward to.
If you Weekender, you know that I keep up with Azuma Shiori fairly often (even if I don’t really understand it), ex and current and nominal leader of metal-as-hell Ehime-based duo FRUITPOCHETTE; what I’d be doing instead in a just world is dedicating that energy to the actual project that she co-fronts, except that FRUITPOCHETTE, despite coming back to life and filling me with glee about it, has been pretty quiet since the re-launch, and I thought that they were probably taking the whole “this is part-time” thing extra seriously — maybe you could catch them playing the old hits on a weekend, or at a festival or something.
And maybe that was true until a couple of days ago, when — bam! — out comes the crowdfunding effort that you and I and everybody we know absolutely must get behind:
Basically, in honor of their first anniversary since reunification, the idea is to fund a new single, an MV for that single, and a nationwide release tour. It opens on Sunday. Let’s give them all of the money! Continue reading
Ever since the big reveal that FRUITPOCHETTE, left for dead at that point, would in fact be back and with the original lineup in full, things have been unfortunately quiet from the all-time record-holders as Loudest Idol from Ehime. This of course fit right into the necessities of Mina’s comeback, that it be a limited affair that took her health into consideration, so it wouldn’t be polite to suggest any dissatisfaction with the group’s output. What you see is what you get and what you get you’ll like!
This means that anything that we do get is good as gold, and I won’t waste any more of your time before showing you this live clip:
It’s not Classic Frupoche, and it’s definitely not ill-fated One-month Frupoche, but it’s Shiori and Mina doing their thing together on stage, and it rocks and they’re great and I’m happy. Let’s hope that they’re able to keep it up somewhat regularly, do some more recording and maybe even make a few big appearances down the road. It’s the very literal least that they deserve.
I mean, it’s not much, but I’m so personally hype about this that I had to put it into HTML for the sake of posterity:
What a title. And given how much vintage Pantera I’ve been listening to over the last month, willingly and un, I’m doing this incredible groove riff in my head that’s probably going to be nothing like what the Frupoche band puts together, but that’s fine, it’s Shiori and Mina singing together again, and it’s going to be loud and pretty intense and that makes me want to go punch a kitten in excitement.
Please make an MV.
Cancel the next installment in the Let’s Remember Some Idols series, because the subject of that installment doesn’t need remembering. Not anymore. No, the Year of Idol Resurrections surges on. They’re going to be live, step-dancing to power metal riffs right in our faces, knocking out dual-titled tunes on some of the best-packaged records in music. They’re (hopefully!) going to grab idol itself by the collar of its lazy knock-off shirt and scream in its face and remind a bunch of people who’s really bad around here.
It’s for an indeterminate number of gigs, and probably indeterminate number of releases, but FRUITPOCHETTE, as both good and loud as it gets with practically zero contrivance, a jolt of power no matter what they do, will be back in August, and with the original duo reunited:
As Mina clears it up, exactly how active they are will depend on her health — Continue reading
And in Things You’re Not Good Enough For, Maniac, the beating heart of FRUITPOCHETTE (I am referring to a person named Azuma Shiori!) is still beating six month after the greatest lost opportunity I’ve ever seen, and she’s getting back into a singing on a solo career:
I have no idea if she’s going to do this as an idol. Frankly, it doesn’t matter. Shiori’s too damn good a singer, and too dynamic a performer, to not get more out of that while she still can. I’m really looking forward to following this.
ZUMA, the incomparable Shiori, has been holding the tiny, flickering candle for the remains of FRUITPOCHETTE ever since, a few months ago, it was announced that the project was going to come to an end (after five years though!). Mina had already left, Rum had unsuccessfully filled her shoes, Kyuri did an admirable job filling in but was going back to solo idoling … that was it. Shiori would soldier on alone until a final live, when a nice bow could be put on idol metal’s greatest also-ran.
Shiori shared this trailer for the final live this morning:
Wait a second, is that– Continue reading