When NECRONOMIDOL teased this MV … good lord, was that just yesterday? yesterday, I was a tiny bit skeptical, I’ll admit. Long right in my personal tippy-top group of favorite things in music (let alone idol, but also and especially idol), Necroma felt almost inviolable, and so the big membership upheaval from earlier in the year was actually kind of hard to reckon with, and I feel like I’m still getting used to the idea. But, that being said, just as life turns to death and death to decay, all things must change, and that includes an idol group that personifies the living darkness! And so, when the thing dropped a little while ago, I held on and …
Oh hey, this is good! And of course so — Ricky didn’t suddenly stop knowing what to do when the last of the OGs left, of course the core concept and ability to meld talent to it are still there, so what the hell was I worried about? No, man, if you dig on Necroma, you’re going to dig on this. It’s just, like, a lot more gruesome than you might be used to! Continue reading
Would you look at that, a new video from possibly the best group to share its name with an iconic English beverage!
Well, friends, it finally happened — after I excitedly pinpointed the debut of the mishmash sister group GREAT MONKEYS a little while ago, they slowly but surely leaked out little bits of content until bam! into our lives drops the rare congruence between hype (however entirely personal) and result. AND I’m pleased to say that I was totally right and my girl Juri (now rendering it Julie, which makes absolutely perfect sense) — former awesome focal point of the underappreciated JOANJOAN and then relative short-timer with No Surprises — is leading this thing just like her currently awesome energy and presence deserve.
Prepare yourself for a blast:
It came as a significant surprise to me that the idol group sitting as subject of this post, who you have by now successfully identified as DIE/NING, has previously received a single solitary mention on Homicidols Dot Com, and at that merely a Weekender item as opposed to even a compulsory getting-to-know-you post. Homicidols Dot Com sincerely regrets the error!
I’m not here today to make up for lost time or anything; I presume that if you need to know DIE/NING, you are then in fact already aware of them, as this weird-ass project has been around for goodness knows how long in one form or another. Not a lot needs to be said! So let’s tell this story as simply as possible. Continue reading
This post is all messed up. It was supposed to be a straightforward celebration of all things Wonlan and their current releases and motivating you to give them a go if you haven’t already several times, written yesterday no less, except that I drafted the whole middle bit and left off the ends and now I can’t remember which witticisms were used to do what, so how about this: You go look at this MV, which is new to the Wonder Lander corpus, and you get all “oh neat I like this” as is appropriate, and then you continue through the post because there’s more to it, and if you can figure out the context for yourself then you win a prize, which will be determined by Chris at his convenience. So go for it:
This is a journey, man
I take no credit for this — Kerrie brought it up in chat and I just stuck it into the queue so as to have pieces in one place, to which Kerrie responded “OH GREAT YOU DO IT” and thus does one the least well-versed-when-it-comes-Up-Up-Girls-at-least people is the bearer of what is almost assuredly some degree of bad news, but these things do always depend on perspective.
So! Yesterday, Up Up Girls announced that, following a big-ass outdoor live on the 26th, the old regime will be no more and a new regime will rise.
Nani’n’Nerun?, that sub-unit of the similarly fond-of-terminal-punctuation idols, You’ll Melt More! are one of the better things to emerge in 2020. Their name is a pun that sounds like “What do you do?” in Japanese, but that question mark conveys to me, a non-Japanese speaker, a sense of incredulity, as if I can’t quite believe what they have just done.
And I can’t quite believe what they have just done, which is to release a new album, six songs long but clocking in at a total of two minutes and thirty-two seconds. No that’s not per song, that’s the entire length of the album! It may sound like two teenage girls messing about with GarageBand but sometimes that’s exactly what we need and it’s also the sort of punk rock behaviour we cheer and clap for at Homicidols dot com. Short Short Songs 1 (and please God let there be a 2) is out now on your favourite digital music platform and you can listen to the entire thing in less time than it takes to read this article.
Thirty-three seconds longer than this album though, is their new single Sky Wah Wah, for which they’ve made another of their fun MVs:
I bet you, yes you!, have read through the Weekender while sipping your free trade organic Sumatran dark roast coffee and pondered, gee, how does this sausage get made? Well, friend, I’m here to tell you that the Weekender is painstakingly curated over the course of t– HA HA HA! I mean, yeah, it takes some work, but for the most part somebody makes a draft post for it and sticks in something, and then others on Team add around it, and then I get lazy and make an Idol in Focus, and back when we had the various other features we’d look for X, Y or Z, but then the coup de grace on Saturday morning is my personal dive through the very many hundreds of YouTube accounts that I subscribe to, hunting for new content that is both genuinely new, genuinely interesting and from diverse enough sources that you don’t always see the same things. And now that we’ve set the stage, let me say that those video dives often yield more workable content than you’d expect, and in this past weekend’s case very notable drew my eyes back toward the former indie wonders in UNDER BEASTY, and a new MV from them, and that is right below, but also let me say that no post can make any sense (even with the way I write!) without additional context, and so it was that I also looked to UB Twitter and saw that they’re releasing a new single, and so this all made sense:
However! Just a few days prior, they dropped the MV for “Trust in …”, which is an almost perfect idorock ballad:
Now, “Trust in …” is actually a completely different single release, from the first week of August, which means that it is in no way associated with “Real Blade”, which … releases next week: Continue reading
I have very little to add to this post, so count yourselves lucky. It all speaks for itself! Broken By The Scream, no doubt extremely bored for the past few months, decided to just rip off the band-aid this morning and step to the future. First, new MV:
I had no idea how much my ears needed to have Kagura’s shrieks in them until just now. Continue reading
These days, it’s easier than it’s ever been to discover and follow Japanese idol groups from abroad. Social media, streaming services and, overall, YouTube have opened up more content to us all, and while those lucky and annoying people who actually get to go to Japan might tell you that you’re not getting the authentic idol experience, you can at least listen to the music. But there are plenty of idol groups happily performing in local venues, selling chekis and CD-Rs to local fans, that are not concerned about such things as music videos or haven’t gotten around to making one yet. Some of these groups may be great but how will we stupid gaijin ever know?
Well, I stumbled across one by accident back in March – more on that in a minute – and since then I’ve been ordering their CDs but I’ve not really been able to show anyone what they are like, until now! Here is the first MV for STELLASUGARLET:
That’s Koi no Mahou or “Magic of Love”. Did you like it? Fans of CY8ER may find something to love here but this group have added amateur charm and a slightly more experimental bent. There’s even a shoegaze song on their debut mini-album! They are a self-produced unit from Kansai and their album lists their member colours as “Sky Blue”, “Cheerful Pink”, “Negative Red” and “Domestic Purple”. Though perhaps the Red member was too negative as they seem to have been replaced with an “Unbalanced White” member.
I discovered them when the songwriter/musician for RETRO NA SYOUJO (who aren’t idols so probably won’t be covered here but are idol-adjacent and do have MVs for great songs that you should totally check out) mentioned that he’d written a song for this idol group. And even then I still had to use YouTube to hear more as they had at least uploaded a trailer for their album. I wouldn’t have found that on my own.
At the moment they have one song available on digital platforms and it’s a good song but it’s not the one in that first video. I don’t know when you can get hold of that one but if you’re feeling intrepid you can buy CDs of other great tunes from their store. Or follow them on Twitter and they may notice us foreigners and make more stuff available online, which is the motive behind my writing this article in the first place.