For those of us who can’t currently get into Japan to see idols, we just got the best possible news: the idols are coming to us!! Chaotic Harmony have just announced that rockabilly idols from outer space, MELON BATAKE A GO GO will be making their US debut at Saboten Con in Phoenix, Arizona this coming Labor Day weekend.
Not an April Fools joke! Really! Especia are coming back for an anniversary show!
At the beginning of December 2021, I had the pleasure of attending the very first live of Buddha TOKYO. Here are my impressions about it!
We’ve talked before (briefly!) about Yumegiwa Last Girl and Yureru Landscape in our weekenders. These groups by Sainantan Tracks have impeccable music, even if we haven’t had time to properly cover them yet, and the company has outdone themselves again with their new group Buddha TOKYO.
While Yumegiwa Last Girl are “Strange pop” and Yureru Landscape were a chill hip-hop group, Buddha TOKYO are simultaneously Buddhist themed (hence the name) and doing neo-soul music/music from the UK in the early 2000s. This is expressed interestingly enough in their costumes, as they are sportswear inspired, with the classic striped look while having Buddhist elements such as the mala some members wear.
Fear of missing out is a big drive for idol fans, so naturally we’re here to beat you around the head with a hammer that says “FOMO” written in large, comical letters. THIS IS A ONE TIME ONLY GROUP: A collective of current and former idols from around the world, meeting for one night only. Every group has a story, but Kurofune-chan as a collective are like an entire storybook! Let’s open the pages right away then, shall we?
Say hello to Kurofune-chan!
Do you want the good news or the bad news?
Good News: The Autumn Gyu Agricultural Festival is being held this weekend featuring many of our favorite units like MIGMA SHELTER, NaNoMoRaL, and Yanakoto Sotto Mute!!
Bad News: It’s the final Gynou Fest to be held at Studio Coast before the venerable venue closes for good.
Good News: It’s being livestreamed on Nico Nico!!
It has been a rough couple of years since COVID curtailed two of my favorite past-times (travel and live music) and my absolute favorite thing (traveling to see live music). This past weekend’s trip to Los Angeles for the U.S. debut of ATARASHII GAKKO! at the Head in the Clouds festival was both my first trip and my first music festival in over two years.
So many things have changed!!
Not only is travel and the festival-going experience itself radically different from the pre-COVID era, I realized that the nature of these show reports also needs to evolve since the last time I wrote one up. The recent ubiquity of concert livestreams (perhaps the only positive outcomes of the global pandemic) means that most of you readers who were interested in seeing the show have already done so via Amazon, Twitch or a bootleg upload on YouTube. This relieves me of my pre-COVID responsibility of composing a written portrait of the show itself, so I’ll focus on the elements of the festival experience that didn’t get captured on video (including a surprise close encounter with AG! themselves: READ ON!). Continue reading
Tokyo Idol Festival 2021 kicks off this Friday (aka “Thursday”, depending on what part of the world you reside in). This year, TIF will take place in front of live audiences again after 2020’s fully online festival. The iconic HOT STAGE, SKY STAGE and SMILE GARDEN are welcoming otaku back, this time with plenty of COVID protocols in place. For those of us who still can’t make it over to Odaiba, livestreaming ticket options are, thankfully, once again available.
The big question then becomes: is it worth shelling out $50 per day (or $130 for all three-days) when even Homicidols’ favorites with major label deals like Yanakoto Sotto Mute or three-time TIF alum BLACKNAZARENE didn’t land an entry on this year’s time table? Even established, alternative standouts like You’ll Melt More!, CYNHN and meme tokyo have been relegated to single 15-minute slots on the Nico Nico IDOL SHOWCASE among regional units and trad newcomers.
We’re fast approaching a new era for Yurumerumo! as Kechon (A founding member!) and Chiffon (A member since 2013!) prepare to graduate in October! Let’s face it, it’s a seismic shift for this legendary idol unit as it passes the torch to an entire pack of “Pupil More”s. Nani and Nerun, who only joined last year, are going to be the veteran members! So the next year of YMM! will be one of growth and finding their footing as the unit steps up into something new and also continues the legacy of the past.
So here we have the first live-action MV featuring all the fresh new upstarts, and what is quite possibly the final video for Chiffon and Kechon. The song is called “47 Cities in the East” and it’s just what we love about this group. Let’s watch!
Any idol fan knows that Tokyo Idol Festival is the biggest, hottest idol event of the year and not just because of Japan’s sweltering summer temperatures. TIF has always been a place for groups to shine for all of their fans, new and old. But this year, what if we took the Tokyo out of TIF? Say hello to the TIF ASIA TOUR KICK OFF!
Those dreamy dark pop divas are back at it again with a new single and new music video! There’s no double crossing here, we love the new CROSSNOESIS!