INUWASI was one of our favorite loudol debuts of 2020 with their refreshingly melodic takes on metalcore and electronic hardcore. In the lead up to this year’s November 2nd release of their first full album, the Hybrid Raptor’s spokesunit announced that they are now broadening their aesthetic to include more pop-friendly genres. Yesterday, they dropped the results of this foray into new musical territory with their MV for “Never ending”.
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!
So the past few weeks have been just incredibly busy with Day Job and various other affairs with Fiancee and the regular business here at Maniac Mansion, so I’ve been a terrible proprietor. Don’t think I haven’t been paying some attention, though; in fact, one could argue that I was actually trying to observe idol even more than usual because a person can really only spend so much mental energy monitoring chats in Zoom rooms before needing to waste time on other things. A Twitter feed, for instance. And it was in so doing that one reference led to another and finally to a name that was kind of familiar but I simply could not place. A new idol?
Not at all! In fact, a search of drafts showed that I had originally wanted to cover Fiore here (Twitter) ALL THE WAY BACK IN 2017 thanks to a referral from our old pal Pure Idol Heart. This is how you clear out a backlog! Continue reading
We’ll, we’re two weeks late to this party and you really do run out of things to say about SHINGEKI after a while, so this is going to be one of the least interesting posts in the long, agonizing history of Homicidols Dot Com. But hey, new MV, completely bonkers, you know the drill:
I actually unironically love it! Also unironically love this tweet for just plain putting it out there:
— 神激「神使轟く、激情の如く。」 (@shingeki_rock) August 11, 2021
Remember, this group is going to Budokan.
Got to wake up to very bad news this morning. I’ll thank Papermaiden for messaging it without trying to soften the blow: “Yuna out of PassCode.”
— PassCodeオフィシャル (@passcodeO) August 3, 2021
It’s been a few years since Yuna first went on hiatus due to an ovarian cyst, and the way her and management’s statement reads, the pressure of performing eventually just got to be too much. You know she was taking a break from the STRIVE tour over the last several weeks — a break that in retrospect feels more like “take a few weeks off and think about it” than “get your rest” — so I can’t blame her for not feeling like coming back was the way to go. Continue reading
I’ve just always wanted to title a post this, thanks Lui
The new PIGGS single hits stores in a few days, and mid-last week they released the second MV from it (first), and it’s still not the title track, so that leaves a great deal of hope in there being yet another video coming our way. But for the whole reason that I got a NIN vibe before even listening to the thing, here’s “Piggy”:
I think I figured out a pattern when it comes to BiSH in their “officially a big deal” era — the more seriously a release is treated by the group, the higher the likelihood that it might actually be kind of butt. Take for example Letters from last year. Yes, it did very literally top the charts; on the other hand, the only sentiment I got from fans in this particular circle was that the record was a disappointment. A win for WACK and Avex for sure, maybe less so for us. But when the announcement about GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON landed a few weeks ago, I got a truly giddy feeling: Here was the BiSH that I love most, on the one hand playing into their old chaos merchants persona while also taking the same to a ridiculous level as a send-up of the self-serious approaches they’ve more recently taken to some of their bigger releases:
【Major 4th AL 発売決定!! & 特報公開!!】
GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON
2021.08.04 ON SALE
— BiSHオフィシャル (@BiSHidol) May 25, 2021
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Definitely didn’t expect to get another ASP MV so in the wake of their debut album (now more than a full month old), but gift horses and mouths and all that, so of course I joined many among you in excitedly clicking that link when it dropped yesterday. And then, like many among you, I watched first in confusion and then rapt horror! Oh, and the song is a delicious and powerful anthem that I think we’re only going to grow to appreciate more and more over time!
I meant what I said and all, but damn if it doesn’t feel like a stretch to try to build some kind of halfway-useful commentary around every little thing that every dang idol project does all the time. Sometimes a thing is just a thing! A song can just be a song and taken on its own merits without tortured references to other acts; sometimes an MV is just a fun and creative multimedia way to get more content out to the world (and maybe earn a bit of money from views). And really, MAD JAMIE here is still in that growth phase when Uncle Moneybags behind them is going to make things happen anyway, what else do we need to talk about?
Actually two things: I can totally see this song being quirky-cult-summer-single popular in like 1999, and also I have this somewhat uncomfortable remembrance of DEEP GIRL all of a sudden. Let’s pretend that didn’t happen and instead congratulate MAD JAMIE on doing another thing in a likeable way!
Enjoy this promo clip as well:
— MAD JAMIE（アカウント新設しました） (@mad_jamie_2021) June 29, 2021