Let’s Discover Some Idols: Finally

The joke doesn’t land half as well as I wish it did

Yes, let us discover some idols! Or, in this case, re-discover some idols that we already knew and liked but now have a new wrapper. LET’S DISCOVER A BRAND. Or I guess the new product launched in direct competition to the original by people most intimate to it. The Oreo cookies, if you will, of idol.

You may remember a little project going back a couple of years, the not-quite-sung-enough 143, who we recently learned were going kaput. Bummer! And then suddenly one day idols associated with a new thing started to show up in my feed, people who I already followed despite not, uh, completely knowing who or what the heck or why. That does happen, this being idol and all! So I put a pin in it, as they say, and waited to see what happened. And what happened was our old pal Jul messaged to say, hey, have you seen this new idol group, they’re the 143 members who went their own way and are now self-produced. And I said, ah ha! It makes sense now!

And so, finally, Finally (Twitter): Continue reading

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These Sugarpills Ain’t No Placebo

Does that pun work? Like do most of you even get it? Feh!

I’m mad at every information service in existence for not just up and telling me that Sugarpills had made good on their promised single. Missed it on Twitter, Spotify sent me nothing, it turned out that I hadn’t subscribed to them on YouTube after all like an idiot, so I literally found out about this by accident fully a month after the fact. Just terrible. But yes, one of my very favorite debuts of 2020 staffed up in the intervening months (which you’d know if you read the Weekender!) and released this single all the way back at the beginning of April:

It’ll cure what ails you! Now does the pun make sense?

Nice standard punk sounds, nice idol vocals to go with, a combination made in heaven. A true reviewer of music and media would knock the mix, probably, and ask for a higher quality to the MV, but honestly — this is an indie-as-hell project, and half of the charm in both idol and punk is in the rough edges. I’m personally just stoked that this fun, better-than-you-assume project is thriving and looking to the future.

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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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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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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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Team Homicidols Reacts … to the New BiSH Song!

The damn thing’s already been viewed more times than most idol groups can hope for their entire lifetimes’ video corpus, so I doubt that you aren’t aware of the new digital single from BiSH. Theme song? You betcha! Starring Atsuko? As it should! Kenta? Is there any other way?

Rather than do the usual thing, I thought I’d plagiarize the results of the Team Chat from yesterday and give you: Team Homicidols Reacts! Continue reading

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I Recommend the New buGG Single

A certain newly emerged idol project with a particularly evocative name had me thinking about pop punk and idol. Yes again. Like, IRL, I hate pop punk, and I get completely fair crap for this irrational, knee-jerk take. It is what it is! The punk rock I got into as a kid wasn’t Fat Wreck Chords stuff, it was Dischord and Epitaph and let’s not get too deep into that, this is a buGG post, okay. The point is, I usually avoid pop punk unless it’s by idols, in which case the things that usually annoy me about the genre suddenly make a ton of sense. Absolutely perfect marriage.

So enter buGG, and what is oddly their first single:

IT’S PERFECT. I love this song so much. It actually popped up on Spotify a little while ago, but I kept hoping for an MV to show it off properly. It has just the right amount of punk rock to drive its holy-shit-it’s-literally-made-of-cotton-candy idol core, right down to the impossibly catchy chorus. And now we managed to fix your Wednesday morning!

The single is out on April 6. You should get it.

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In Which We Ask Ourselves, What the Hell, C-Style?

All right, so now, what is this? Maybe the tenth post in 15 where I could again express puzzlement at the very sudden and surprisingly pervasive infiltration of loudol by hip-hop* influences, perhaps best expressed in this post. Idols who just an album ago were yelling and growling and headbanging during breakdowns are now trying out their rap chops in sometimes surprising soundscapes. Which, fine, tastes change and you gotta change with them. But imagine my surprise when chika loudol long-timers C-Style dropped a new one the other day: Continue reading

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