You like idols, right? That’s why you’re here! But not all of us are lucky enough to have seen these magical singing pixies performing at a real and proper idol concert. However, prospects are good if you still haven’t managed to get to one: increasingly idols are briefly leaving their futuristic land to dazzle us with their dancy ditties in Europe, America and even Canadia. If you are heading for your first idol concert soon, I have prepared you a good and useful guide to the happenings therein.
So whether to the West or Japan you go, heres…
What We Know of The Idol Show.
• Preparation is important. You may end up quite close to the idols so if you haven’t showered in the last week, it is best to disguise this with deodorant since idols are famous for owning noses. Also remember it is customary to wear clothes to an idol performance. Don’t forget to bring a torch – I’ll tell you why later!
• Think about whether you want to bring along a gift for your favourite idol but make sure it is suitable! Good presents could include broccoli, non-GPS enabled plushies and tiny hats. Bad presents include wheelbarrow inner tubes, last year’s Argos catalogue or your baby teeth.
Broccoli: good present
MERRY BAD END dropped their very first MV, “Diamond Ain’t Break Down”, over the weekend. It’s quite the introduction:
I love a good fusion, and this tune has it combining metal-core with euro-pop harmonies and 80’s era hip-hop (think Run DMC meets Ace of Base at Lamb of God’s house). The whole package works, but where they really win me over is with the clean harmonies. This trio sounds dreamy together.
If this is the beginning, I can’t for what comes next. Nice to meet you MERRY BAD END!!
BEYOOOOONDS (with five “O”s in their name”) continue to kill it with another blast of pop goodness! For me personally, this is a group that has single-handedly injected a massive fire back into HELLO! Project with their personalities, enthusiastic spirit, and just plain incredibly fun music. Their mega-workout themed update on a 400 year-old classical piece-turned gay-rights anthem-turned football stadium rocker was a humongous winner in it’s own right, and now they’ve unleashed “HOT!”, a full-on banger of a rock tune that’s a new epic for the masses.
Now if you’re somebody who’s gotten into idol through the whole Babymetal/rock idol/or this so-called “alt” thing, you might be thinking “Man, I don’t care about this H!P stuff.” and I’m here to tell you, this is the one to get on board with. No really, turn up your volume and hit that play button….
Everybody’s done the heartbreak thing this year, it seems. Groups and individual idols have dropped like flies, literal icons of the business and the tiniest of unknown chika acts as well closing up shop or undergoing massive changes almost as if they all know something we don’t. I’ve personally had my share of blank-eyed staring into the distance at one bit of news or another, and one that I definitely didn’t make enough hay about when it happened was NEO JAPONISM.
For about a year, they were arguably my favorite thing in the business, this hard-rocking, all-out unit that didn’t pull any punches and seemed to make a mark every time they released something into the world. They were just a really fun group to follow, although harder in a lot of ways to love right because there was so much else going on. But did I miss a chance to lavish praise on them? Absolutely not. And so earlier this year when the ~original~ group disbanded in the kind of mass graduation that has been so typical of 2019, I was kind of floored. Unlike all of the other instances, though, manager-san immediately set the record straight and announced that NEO JAPONISM as a thing wasn’t going anywhere, and there would be a reboot on the near horizon. That gives one hope, which gives one optimism, and when little bits of info started to trickle out, it started to become real.
And that’s where we land now! Here are the members: Continue reading
Yeah, it’s Saturday. What a week. At least I’d been loosely following Twitter up to a point! I checked in yesterday evening and had this massive, sudden realization that not only had Friday come and effectively gone, but that I had barely even though about much of anything beyond work since, well, the weekend before. But did putting this together help to cure what ailed me? In small measure, friend, it did.
The last time I led off with Up Up Girls 2? Never!
Last week, you guys thought up some scenarios make-believe scenarios…
Good lord, is it Wednesday? It was Saturday morning, like, three minutes ago. What the hell happened? Oh right — friends, if you ever get the occasion to have a job that involves board meetings, do something else instead.
So this thing that I wanted to post about on, like, Monday at the absolute latest! Yes, that’s right, POPPING EMO, one of the I-kid-you-not best-sounding things in chika idol who’ve managed to only get a single post to ever mention them directly, have been on my broken radar more lately and, boom, with an excellent payoff — they’re releasing their next album (their third!) in a couple of weeks:
That’s a criminally short clip, but you get the idea — POPPING EMO’s got good things going on there. But that’s not all! Continue reading
Well, better late than never, I guess, but Malcolm Mask McLaren dropped this sucker more than a week ago now, and I’m just now getting around to it and I apologize, I really do, but trust me it’s worth the wait unless you’re ahead of me and scoffing, which is your right, but also shut up, let’s enjoy this together.
What was dropped? The official audio (in pieces) and what I presume to be MV clips (also pieces!) of the upcoming … actually, I’m not sure what you’d call this, and if it even has a title. The YouTube description calls it an EP, but it’s just the two songs and ah hell why do I bother. Two songs, effectively a digest, for a release that I don’t completely understand but seems to be coming on the 20th.
Anyway, because this is two things making one thing, but the one thing is all we have for now and this presumably will end as one thing made out of two things, and yet here we are in the present with the one thing being more like two things glued together for the sake of expedience, let’s treat the two songs as separate entities and talk about them like they don’t know each other even though they’re next to each other!
Once upon a time, I made an editorial decision that this site wouldn’t cover solo idols. The reasoning behind it, while not necessarily sound, did actually have a sensible motivation: I actually used to think that I needed to put definite rails around what was and wasn’t idol in addition to the poorly defined musical boundaries, and I considered solo artists as being too much in a grey area. But then Hanako-san and PSYBOU KANOJO broke that down, and past my own pretenses I could see plenty of unsung solo artists (mikicco, Ophelia 20mg, fucking Lein) doing cool and interesting work and idoling at the same time.
That’s a very long way of saying that I still sometimes get surprised by how much I like certain solo idols even though all logic says that I shouldn’t. And with plenty of solo idols coming out of fairly well-known groups as their relative point of origin, it only stands to reason that good would beget good, etc.
Which is a slightly less long way of saying that Chirimen, formerly of long-term Homicidols Dot Com not-secret crush 969, has in fact made good on that solid background and her own talents to strike out as a solo performer, and this is her first piece and I’m very excited about this: Continue reading
Good morning, ya goofs! Today is a special day. Yes, it’s Saturday, and yes, by the vagaries of the turn of the year and a few fortuitous personal circumstances, I for all intents and purposes completed my meaningful job-work for the year yesterday. Stress is down, hope is up, and while it’s true that the winter chill has arrived a little earlier than usual to Maniac Mansion, I’m looking forward to some wonderful time that begins basically now.
But that’s not what makes today special! No, today’s special because, if you math along with me, you’ll see that this is the effective third anniversary of the Weekender, which (do not try to correct me) I believe is the longest-running weekly episodic blog post about idols who scream and swear and so on. I’ve done a lot of these, and some of them have been good (this one is good) and some of them have been bad (I make no guarantees though), but all of them have been done in an effort to capture a much wider sampling of what’s happening in the hard side of idol in a given week, and maybe expose you all to some related things that might otherwise slip through the cracks. The Weekender has evolved to include more big-ticket stuff in recent months, but its core purpose and stupid format remain largely intact since the very beginning.
Anyway, I enjoy it, and I hope you do, too. Data suggest that a good number of you do! So that’s fine.
Now go play the Fun and let’s look forward to at least a few dozen more!
That’s an Odd Way of Saying “Seven”
There’s a (great so far) new project from tapestok records; give a listen to Los An Jewels:
satis faction is already my favorite idol ever