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?

Catching Up (Real Quick) With Devil ANTHEM

We’re almost through the Catching Up series! Just in case you hadn’t noticed that there was kind of a Catching Up series!

Today’s entry, and alas the only one I’m going to be able to manage, concerns the delightfully variable pop rock of Devil ANTHEM, who released a new single just the other day, and who of course had the original promo content for that out ahead of time, and I’m talking last week, when an MV was dropped and I caught it and queued it and then — record scratch! — today they went ahead and released an “audio” video for the B-side that’s frankly basically an MV in its own right and wowzers, I actually really enjoyed the hell out of it (the B side is the best side, after all), so I’m end-running my original Devil ANTHEM post to bring you the whole single in one shot, and in reverse order!

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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: So This Is Melon’s New Single

So deep was I into enjoying not doing anything last week that I didn’t even see this latest little bit from Melon Batake a go go until a little bird said on Saturday morning that I should put them on the look-up list. And oh neat, there’s a new single coming what’s now a month from today, plus other stuff!

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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

I Present to You My Favorite Ever Thing from wyenra

Ah, wyenra, increasingly one of the most interesting legacies in idol. For the uninitiated, picture this: An idol group rises to mid-range prominence over a decent duration together, then does the idol thing and disbands, but immediately rising from that is a cooler, smarter and altogether more earnest self-produced indie project that does what it whats, presumably how it wants, and improves on the whole package. It’s like a fairytale!

That’s the nutshell version of how wyenra came to be, you see. I’ve enjoyed them going back to the very beginning, but in a hit-or-miss way, given that whole “do what they want” thing doesn’t always align with “what Maniac likes” or even “what the virtual persona of Homicidol Maniac likes.” And that’s fine! Artists do not exist to please me. This one from the other day, though? I love it as much as I’ve ever loved anything from wyenra, and there’s no way that I was going to do anything but hold it up and demand that you love it, too. Continue reading

I Have Happy Feelings about This New One from C-Style

Once upon a time, C-Style held this almost mythic quality for me. They were “out there” in the sense that you’d see their name associated with all of these events, they were known for slapping their fans after gigs, they had this weird samurai thing going on, etc., but they were also kind of inaccessible in that they were a tough group to find in a music-and-or-video sense. I eventually got all of that sorted out, and they were one of my “performance” favorites — I liked the idea of them and what they did far more than was warranted by the limited musical media I could get to — and I made what felt like good-faith efforts to promote them.

That was a long time ago! Like literal years! Since then, reality and the impositions of life have made ol’ C-Style part of the Post If You Can cohort of idol notables. In other words, if they ain’t releasing, I’m a terrible follower and not posting, and this being well-established chika idol, it usually means maybe two posts a year, at best. But this time, friends? We’re breaking a record since the last one.

That’s right! There’s a new single (out when? who knows!), and that begets a new MV, and this is Monday and it’ll put you in a good mood, so watch it: Continue reading

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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Maison Book Girl Absolutely Crushed This One

Well, right here in this very spot today, gang, was supposed to be this big primer post for the Tokyo Idol Festival, who to see and where and when. You’ve seen them before if you’ve been around for a while. They’re usually fun to put together, doubly so because they inform how I’m going to be taking in the festival myself, via completely legal and legitimate means and don’t you dare suggest otherwise ha. But like so much else these past several months, that fell by the wayside for want of time. Boo.

Good thing for us that one of the very best things in all of idol this year (and frankly maybe last year too) hit the waves a couple of days ago, and while it took me a couple of days to catch up to it, what Maison book girl is doing here is one of their all-time best things, aurally on point and as perfect a visual accompaniment as you’re likely to get, period. I mean, just soak this in:

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