Li-V-RAVE Has a New Single

I wish I had more to say about this one, gang, but it really couldn’t be more straightforward. Last Friday, Li-V-RAVE, whose continued existence is just the happiest damn thing, dropped the MV for their new single that’s not out for well over a month, but hey, promo time is promo time. I thought you’d dig it like I did, so:

All about it. This website has long supported idol power ballads — when those power ballads are cloaked in easycore elements that are themselves bizarrely inverted to better serve a power ballad? Butter. If I had any complaint at all it’s that the composition doesn’t serve the vocals well (pre-chorus, I’m talking), but you know? There’s tinkly piano in there. I am rendered incapable of complaint.

Because you’re a trooper, here’s the B-side:

We need more power pop idol, period, in all its forms. “MISSING LINK” is out May 31.

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PIGGS’s First Single Is Really Driving Something Home for Me

Yeah, first, I know. But it’s true! PIGGS has only released excellent longer-play material so far; “T.A.K.O.” drops a week from today as the official first single of Pour Lui’s emeritus project.

I’ll tell you: I had no idea what to say about it! You can only complete so many permutations of “it good” before you run out of ways to put some kind of spin on a piece, and “it good” is just padding in a very similar way to how I’m padding out this sentence to increase the post length and give you all some extra bang for your buck. So let’s get it out of the way and talk about something that did strike me, maybe meaningfully, while watching this sucker.

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ASP Is Good Actually

Well color me happily surprised to see that WACK newest bowels-of-hell creation ANAL SEX PENiS decided to follow up the post-April Fool’s reveal of members’ crania last week with some music that better fits the, um, talent. Not that we didn’t all love hearing Jun and his friends half-key their way through a promising tune, of course, just that the recording felt like letting the cat halfway out of the bag, and then the photo reveal dropped all pretense of even having a bag in the first place.

Anyway, yeah, we now know that the members of ASP are not in fact weird bondage performers but are (probably) (mostly) (emphasis on the parentheses here) “normal” idols, and probably all women at that. The visuals are fairly clear! The voices here doubly so!

I do rather enjoy this “traditional” method of WACK reveal, from the playful mystery to the rollout with the kinds of songs that WACK traditionally specializes in, other than Kentacore:

That rocks faces, it does. The second song in the set is, of course, the OG recorded with actual members’ voices: Continue reading

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Using This New MV to Promote NEO BREAK a Bit

I’m not going to manually count them right now — because like some kind of Talmudic observance of the Word, I fear that if I were to actually try to sum up all of the idol things that have been posted about on this here website in the past 5+ years, it would be at the very end, and I’m not ready for that yet — but we’ve covered a lot of idols, one way or another. Some of them we follow the way they should be followed, as the (relative) big deals that they are; others we follow with perhaps far more fervor than they “deserve,” which is a pretty lousy value judgement to make about anything you ostensibly like, but nonetheless kind of checks out when the object in this case flames out of existence after a few months and all we’re left with is recriminations; and others we highlight, and then hope for, but for all that hoping the thing that attracted you to them in the first place just never quite relights the same way.

That is not to place NEO BREAK all the way into that last category, though it’s certainly applicable — I haven’t blogged a post about them in something like 30 months, and prior to that it was only a few little posts stretching back to when the group was known as Jeanne Maria. Instead, they’ve been prime Weekender material, a group that you might get into if “idols that are loud” led you toward “idols that are sometimes kind of loud in the way that people who mosh at a Dave Matthews Band concert think of ‘loud.'” Because I like them, see, and always figured more of you all either did or would. They just weren’t doing much loud enough to want to spend a post on them.

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Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me about This New Satanic Punish Single?

Doop-dee-doop, looking back through stuff I bookmarked so I can blog some posts.

Hello, what’s this? Continue reading

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Hell on Fire, EIMIE

One of the more enjoyable but oddly unsung (’round these parts) units in idol the past couple of years has been EIMIE. Granted, I missed a big chunk of their emergence last year, but in the intervening time it’s been interesting to watch what used to seem like a fairly straightforward rock unit turn into something more. And in their latest, “something more” seems to be a genre-less x-core monstrosity that I send to half the people I know with various emoji to accompany it and I get back a range of responses (most no worse than neutral!) also via emoji, and then somebody does the cry-laughing thing and outright says “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT”. My kind of track.

Anyway, the latest! Dropped in rough conjunction with their band-accompanied one-man a week and change ago, and really just all kinds of fun. I meant to share it much sooner, but it’s not too late! Consider it fresh and full of rapping and even references to an MC and also chunky and loud and heavy and I’m kind of in love with it. Continue reading

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We Got That New akugi Track and Stuff, for It Is Neat

So you may have seen and/or heard that recent Codomomental debutante akugi dropped a preview track yesterday, which wasn’t foreshadowed so much as all but outwardly promised after some heavy-handed tweets and enough of a timeline (if you pay attention to such things) since the last drop that it only made sense.

And of course we missed the boat! It happens, man. Life gets busy. But communities and Teams are nice and helpful things, and of course we didn’t miss the boat completely, we just had to chase after it in a little fishing dinghy with a vintage outboard that we commandeered at knifepoint from some poor sap who just wanted to toss his line in the water, maybe get a nice catfish for dinner. Poor guy. But not poor us, for we have the song, and you’d better believe that we’re going to share it after the jump in imitation of the usual format for these posts, and boy oh boy if syva hates that fans share his songs after the preview windows close under normal circumstances, I can only imagine how he’ll feel about this. Continue reading

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Hikicomoteikoku and Like a Whole Basket of New Stuff

This is what I get for holding off for a couple of days to post about something new from an emerging unit — even if I try to close the loop fairly quickly (by my standards these days), there’s the risk that whatever is good and hot and new is going to be superseded by more new stuff. And so here we are with everybody’s favorite shut-in idols, Hikicomoteikoku, who over the weekend dropped a new song for us as just part of a whole package that apparently extends all the way into today.

The song:

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NELN Did It

Twelve months since their debut in the teeth of “in these uncertain times,” NELN has very literally gone full circle and made it to the end of the journey they promised — the final monthly MV has been delivered. There’s been an incredible mix of mostly high quality all along the way, and to say that I’ve been anticipating this with real feeling is a little bit of an understatement — each month’s MV has come at slightly different times “toward the” end of the month, so I’ve been following the dang Twitter account like a bloodhound since Sunday. Today, payoff.

That’s just absolutely lovely. The thing’s an homage to the whole sequence of MVs that got us here over … wow, NELN, I doubt that “do a year-long debut sequence while society closes due to worldwide pandemic conditions” was the actual design, but it paid off perfectly. And here in this MV we get that story played out again, referring to the past works and I’m sure riddled with other Easter eggs that people far more in the know can inform on. Different strokes for different folks and all, but I’d be pleased if this one came up in the Best Of discussion. The song is of course quite nice on its own, though a little done at this point in the sequence, but it serves its role as tentpole very well.

What’s next for NELN? We’ll find out soon!

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Oh Lord, ASP Has Kind of Landed

As well-documented by Cal the other day, new WACK unit ANAL SEX PENIS was pre-unveiled at the close of the company’s annual audition/boot camp/torture center. You’ll get more out of the experience by reading the post, honestly. I don’t need to re-explain it. But in the intervening time, which is to say like two whole days, the group shot past the original Twitter follower goal set by one Mr. Watanabe Junnosuke, so the goal posts were moved and have since been surpassed again, and whether that has anything to do with this first first audio sample from ASP isn’t as important as the possibility that at some point the stupid masks will come off, literally and figuratively, and we’ll know if this is another EMPiRE situation or more of a SiS.

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