BiS Hits All the Familiar Notes and That’s Grand

So yesterday, to coincide with the release of their Propaganda to PROPAGANDA fan-voted best-of album, BiS dropped a new MV (for the lone original cut on the record, IIRC). How exciting! Given the track record of the group since being re-rebooted sans any formal relationship to its past save for name, logo and producer, it deservedly warranted some real buzz and a lot of eager clicks. Maybe we didn’t quite get what we expected, and I’ll come right out and say that I didn’t even understand (at first) what I did get, but it’s very nice and you should spend some time with it if you haven’t already, including a repeat view or two if you know what’s good for you:

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This Is Yajima Mai Music

Of all the happy announcements to see on a Friday, very few can get me as insta-hype on the inside as seeing that my girl Mai is releasing a new record in due time, and of course has an MV for it, and of course it’s big-time vampire-ass symphonic metal and I don’t even care if there are other distinctions to be drawn here, this is as close to the music that seduced me to the Japanese dark side in the first place as it gets, I need regular doses and they better be potent:

The EP is out on Dec. 2. It’s apparently the second in a trilogy, which suddenly contextualizes Daemon adding a particular item of Mai’s that I’d never heard of before to our Best Of tracker!* But yeah, hold on to your butts.

* Hell on Earth, which was released in the spring — I’m listening to it now to catch up!

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The Latest New BURST GIRL Is Almost Too Nice

“Awesome, new BURST GIRL MV!” went the general refrain through Team chat on Wednesday. Yours truly didn’t have the time or mental space or general wherewithal to do anything with that, not then, but I did know: a) BURST GIRL! and b) I was going to want to do something with it, and even went so far as to make sure that nobody else was working on a piece. And, finally, the day winding down, I tracked down the link and figured I’d give it a spin while I finished up some work.

If I tell you that I promptly got annoyed because stupid YouTube played something else from my queue and not the awesome throat-stomping BURST GIRL song that it was supposed to play, how much of my ass am I showing you?

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EIMIE Added Some Much-needed Loudness to the Week

Man, there’s a lot of stuff happening suddenly! I hope we get a chance to address at least most of it!

But cutting right to the chase, look ^ at that headline, get the picture, and then prepare yourself for our first true return visit to EIMIE in more than a year. I feel like we should all have more love for this wonderfully rocking unit, who (the occasion for this post) finally got around to releasing another MV from an EP that they … released all the way back in the spring? Sure, why not. It’s 2020, people. But anyway this bangs and you should play it for every person you both like and dislike in equal measure:

What can you even realistically add to that? It’s awesome hard idol rock (or some suitable combination of those three words), borders appropriately on perfectly acceptable -core kinds of stuff, weaves the idol vocals in perfectly, has a killer hook … that’s a really good job, EIMIE!

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RILISREVERSE Get Mature For “Juvenile”

The HAMIDASYSTEM successor group’s theme song about being the naughtiest girl on earth is delivering a little more than what you’d expect, so needless to say we absolutely love it.

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I Like When Idol MVs Leave Me Dumbfounded

Subtitle: If Rain gets annoyed about a lot of words saying very little, he’s gonna love this one!

WAGAMAMARAKIA, who kick enormous amounts of ass and therefore it is completely acceptable to be super hype about the EP they’re releasing in a few weeks, dropped a new video yesterday. So as not to bury the lede, suffice it to say that it left me dumbfounded and still kind of does almost 24 hours later. You of course be the judge of your own experience and takeaway. I’ll share mine because it’s long-winded!

So to relate this back to the title, I (in this order) got jazzed about the MV, unintentionally played the MV as background, got really excited for a minute, forgot about it, then actually watched it a few hours later and got that same excitement at the beginning all over again. And yet I felt like I didn’t have anything to say! What a strange feeling — an idol group that I have the utmost respect for, a new bigger-time product from them being rolled out, and really all that I could muster in my mind was incoherence? Isn’t that usually a good thing?? Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: MELiSSA

When Sari called me back to idol over the summer (true story!), I went on a little bit of a spree to find out about as much of what I’d missed as I could. And promptly did very little with it! Yeah, the return didn’t go quite as well as I’d have liked. But now here we are, the year is drawing to a close, and I’m doing my level best to Let’s Discover a bunch of idols in the waning moments of eligibility for Best Of, so as to not give anybody short shrift.

Except that in doing so I’m yet again going to Let’s Discover an act that’s been going for … what, like 18 months? Good lord. Well anyway. That group is MELiSSA (Twitter). Don’t ask me how or in which context I found them, I don’t know, I have literally 173 browser tabs open with idol things to record or write about or forget about. But it was definitely in July because I first drafted this post then! And they have lots of rock sounds! And … well, there’s no website, so there goes my usual means of learning anything meaningful. Let’s listen to some stuff! Continue reading

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Get a Little PARADISES Pep in Your Step

I want to give you all something nice, something to spin while you’re staring yet another week of low-paid drudgery in the face. I fortunately missed the shenanigans that created PARADISES, so for me it’s partly like having a totally new group except that I see Yuyu and younglings. I also largely missed their first release because I was kind of in protest of the above, but PARADISES did release a new digital single at the top of the month and then did that thing where the MV comes out like right after so you know it’s not a case of needing to raise cash or whatever and it instead feels like somebody dropped the ball somewhere. Here’s that MV!

Catchy! Bouncy! I kind of love it! I hope it puts a shine on your Monday!

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: INforMEL

We can consider this Let’s Discover Some Idols Week, gang, as there are nearly a dozen groups on my personal Let’s Discover Some Idols queue and precious little time before we get to the open call for Best Of nominations and I will be good goddamned if I don’t make at least one of these categories extremely annoying for everybody. For today’s entry, I’m actually breaking with my original schedule to give you something that just came to my attention recently — this MV found its way into my feed from other people liking it, and I’m nothing if not a sucker for new idol groups doing offbeat name things, and so here we are:

Delicious. That thing I was saying recently about the idol rock that really could only ever be idol rock? That kind of transcends genre along the way but usually has attractive bits and pieces from any of a number of standout genres? That’s what this is like, too. It’s like hard idolgaze, and I’m here for it. Continue reading

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This INUWASI Number Is This Month So Far in a Nutshell

Man, I don’t want to belabor this too much. Are you American, or by the mere fact of existing on this planet bound irretrievably but inexorably into the political dramas of the country? Yes across the board, then. Great. So you’ve no doubt noticed that things have been a little spicy around here lately. Dramatic. High-stakes! This very week has been one long emotional rollercoaster, and frankly even with the end of the track and the station and all of the other people in line right there you get this sense that the train’s going to suddenly get right through and head back up the climb hill so we can all have another ride. Fantastic stuff.

If there’s anything (idol related) that can sum up the week, it’s the first real-deal MV from INUWASI and their bringing a bunch of sounds that I didn’t expect but fully welcome:

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As our long national anxiety attack drones on, it’s a fitting capper to the year that everybody talks about as “oh man that was a hell of a year, didn’t X and Y and Z and B all debut that year? DIDN’T TIF CATCH ON FIRE?” which may be a bit revisionist, but still. And with Best Of season coming up so fast that Kerrie is literally in the process of drafting the intro post for it right this very second, we’d better hurry up and get through more idol debuts before the bottom falls out of the opportunity and we give someone short shrift!

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