Oh, All Right, There’s a New REGiNA KiSS Single

Call me absolutely shocked to see it come across my feed yesterday — I had only recently lamented that not only had I missed the news that they was done, but that I’d missed the whole runup and farewell itself — that REGiNA KiSS, the never-loved-enough idolcore duo of doom who got themselves a band and a seriously good album last year and all kinds of stuff, were in fact not dead, and were releasing a new single, and this is it via MV:

Why yes, of course it’s called “Virus”

Right in the wheelhouse! The single is out next week, in fact, and I encourage you to get it because, for one, REGiNA KiSS is actually good and worth your time, and also because it’s not often that you get to support not-dead idols immediately following their becoming-dead. I guess it was just that they’re full-time back to being a duo and have parted with the band?

I Wasn’t Going to Say Anything about the New PassCode Single Until the MV Was Available Here, But Screw It

It’s been about a week since the first full recordings were available online, right? And then the MV dropped a couple of days later and I made my eager face and watched and waited and waited and watched and … like, PassCode usually has an international version of their videos available after a brief interval, so I’m not crazy to have done this. But maybe because it’s being used in this commercial, we filthy gaijin don’t get the full version?

So okay, no MV for us, but the song exists, so first listen to it if you need to:

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Catching Up: SHINGEKI Is Playing a Different Game From Everybody Else

There’s an editorial choice to be made by the owner for a fancy idol website every time an idol group worth following does a thing. That calculation used to be simple — back when life was simpler and everything idol felt fresh and exciting just by dint of existing, I’d blog a post and all 35 readers would either marvel at it with me or correct me like the heinous scene-crashing joke I was. What’s changed in the past four years is that now I have two other choices — I can also stick the item in the Weekender as a toss-off, or I can elect to ignore it because it’s impossible to gaf about every little thing, as made evident by the fact that now it’s a few orders of magnitude on from those original 35 readers and I can still expect that certain topics register, at best, a couple of dozen views.

So now, while I catch up on a very busy week when I was deliberately out of pocket, I’m already past the point of deciding if something is Weekendery, as that ship sailed yesterday. I can however still opt to just not post about whatever, on the premise that it isn’t so interesting. And that adds a fun twist to what I do hold for a full post, doesn’t it? Yes, every new post is a tacit endorsement, one way or another, of whatever the What is, but that feels amplified now. And, as a result, I feel a certain amount of responsibility. I’m saying that the subject of the post is important and notable!

Therefore I give you without reservation the latest wild-ass ride from SHINGEKI since their last most recent effort to offend the brains of boring people. Continue reading

KAQRIYOTERROR, My Goodness

Well, it’s upon us, people. What I was shocked to realize is the re-christened KAQRIYOTERROR’s first single (or first official single? I dunno), and first release under the new regime, is out in a week’s time, and that means one thing: An MV that almost nobody else in chikadom would even try to pull off!

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Oh Gee, Let’s All Listen to BURST GIRL!

Yeah, I’m late to this party, so what. Hiatuses will do that to a person. But on the off chance that you weren’t yet aware that BURST GIRL — who I post in protest because what worth does this world have left in it anymore — made available a pair of previously unreleased tracks a couple of weeks ago, and I’m personally just now catching up and more than happy to drag you along with me:

I can understand why! These tracks are deliciously random by BURST standards, but also at the same time like peak BURST, a neat trick that only the truest masters of we-do-what-we-feel-like can accomplish, and so this is all okay by me. Continue reading

Art Mirrors Life in Minna no Kodomochan’s Latest Single, “rikaku”

Minna no Kodomochan’s new single, “rikaku” (meaning “separate”) is significant in a number of ways. Stylistically, it is the most slow and measured of all of their songs, practically a lament. It is also their first solo, with Cinnamon providing both the main and backing vocal tracks. The song’s lyrics, which speak of being alone and confused, are also written by Cinnamon who is currently conducting their nationwide tour on her own while her partner (and Kodomochan’s principal lyricist) Honoka recuperates from injury.

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Cinnamon has admitted that the song reflects the uneasiness she feels performing without Honoka.  For her part, Honoka has said that “rikaku” has become her favorite Minna no Kodomochan song. Honoka has previously been responsible for all of Kodomochan’s lyrics except for “Song of 15” on Walls, Cinnamon’s only other songwriting credit.

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This Is a New Poison Rat Video, Hell Yes

Holy smokes, you guys, remember when literally a year ago I frantically posted about this new thing called Poison Rat? I enjoyed that a good bit, they got some good play, I wound up making a draft for a thing of theirs that I wound up not actually doing because I was on vacation, fun times had by many. In continuing to prove that Nagoya has arguably the most intense(ly loud) chika scene, while Poison Rat hasn’t been the most prolific project on the planet, they do have video for us, and it’s an excellent trip into what they do and how they do it:

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We’re Going to Be Able to Get the New Candye Syrup Single

Confession! I feel really guilty about being kind of late on this, but fortunately being a step late meant that I could share better, and unconditional, news — in a few days, Candye Syrup will be issuing a new single (well, new.5), I think the first official physical release by the new regime. When this was first shared with me by a very helpful and friendly and no doubt fun-at-parties insider, the record was definitely venue-only, but things changed a little bit shortly thereafter.

Here’s the official announcement:

That’s Senanan’s artwork, btw; KOUICHI on the composition

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Man, I Kinda Missed SHINGEKI

Ah, SHINGEKI, one of my truest guilty pleasures in idol, where have you been? Probably nowhere other than the usual, which is to say doing a ton of lives and releasing plenty of wild-ass content right in line with their personal brand as the most random idol group in existence (who else remembers this whole mess?). I digress — they’ve settled into a perfect niche for themselves, possibly so perfect as to have gone quiet enough to escape my fleeting notice, and if I hadn’t mentioned them in the Weekender by chance the other day, I’d have had no real reason to want to look back and see — Hey look, an MV!

Never has there been, nor potentially could there be, an idol group so wholly committed to its own wildly unique vision of what it is, what it does and what it sounds like. And in the case of SHINGEKI, that means deliriously high-energy idolcore sprinkled through with rap breaks, narration, verses that feel like they were pulled from completely different songs, you get the idea. It’s not for everybody, and sometimes I can barely stand it (JUST COMMIT TO SOMETHING!), but it can also be wonderfully refreshing, like frozen watermelon on a summer afternoon.

I’m not sure what the occasion for this is, and that’s fine. Just keep practicing those two-steps, girl; they’re looking pretty good.

The Weekly BiS Is Familiar and Still Fresh

All right, folks, BiS3 can’t possibly have revealed even more free new tracks from their upcoming re-re-debut album to preview and download, can they? That would be wild. They’d be practically giving the whole thing away for free at this point! What kind of wild-ass madman does that?

Oh, right.

Oh, and yeah, they did it! Two more songs!

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