We made it! To what? To the gol-durned summer, ya jamokes! Oh man, I cannot express how good this makes me feel. For those outside of the United States: This weekend, which includes the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, is the semi-canonical start of summer; I happened to goose it a little bit extra for myself by taking time away from work yesterday, too. And oh was it glorious — with a warm breeze blowing and a DJ poorly mixing hip-hop and reggae, I had passable local beers with friends and ate way too much Mexican food. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be beautifying Maniac Mansion, hitting a beach, slow-cooking meat and unwinding as much as a person can. NOTHING CAN STOP ME.
This Weekender, which is a fine one, is incidentally a perfect one for a weekend like this. Even if you’re on the other side of the planet and are in fact preparing for winter, this liminal spot on the calendar is perfect for getting into the groove that’ll power idol forward over the next few months, through TIF and beyond.
So let’s commence. Prepare yourself for the kinds of little joys that come only a few times per year, when the confluence of life cycles is just right. Go play the Fun, then delve into this idol stuff, and for the love of all things holy don’t do anything that you don’t need to.
Some of Us Have to Work, You Jerk!
Yep, NEO JAPONISM is officially on hiatus now:
— NEO JAPONISM (@NEOJAPONISMinfo) May 22, 2019
Not getting into the reasons why, which are predictable and sometimes stupid
At least they left us with a final live video of the classic lineup:
If you remember when we were lucky enough to re-publish The Idol Suicides, this piece going around will give you a completely new perspective on the idol business:
The Idol Management Business: No Room for Small Fry? https://t.co/UScTat0U7I
— Daemon ☠ Aimless (@DaeMetal) May 25, 2019
Monster of Dolls, take two:
Remember to sign up for #MonsterOfDolls2020! Signing up this early gives you the chance to be choosen for free (VIP type too!) tickets, or a discount on tickets, once the event preparations are all set. It's free, and it'll help us get noticed! 💕🤟🏻
— Monster Of Dolls (@monster_dolls) May 21, 2019
Malcolm Mask McLaren have a new single on the way; I almost wish that they hadn’t previewed it with this!
A little bit late here, but Task have Fun is a very good reason to go to Paris:
Task have Fun have been announced as official guests for Japan Expo Paris 2019! Congratulations!
— BONJOUR IDOL公式 🇫🇷 (@bonjour_idol) May 16, 2019
And Koutei Camera Girl Drei is a good reason to go to … well, Canada:
— NextMusicFromTokyo (@NextMusicTokyo) May 21, 2019
Another clip of the new one from Osaka Shunkashuto:
A neat self-intro by Okinawa Electric Girl Saya:
18year-old musician living in Tokyo from Okinawa
Okinawa Electronic Girl Saya, self-introduction movie
I am traveling with various music such as pops, noise and electronic music. pic.twitter.com/upkNIcJL2k
— 沖縄電子少女彩 Okinawa Electric Girl Saya 5/15コラボアルバムリリース (@Tincy_saya) May 22, 2019
Look at this awesome Band ja Naimon! performance:
I wanted to include this little clip of AIBECK because I was thinking of them and went and noticed how well they’re doing, and it made me feel really happy for them, especially An’z:
— ◉AIBECK【2019.5/26東名阪ワンマンツアー】 (@AIBECK_) May 22, 2019
What the hell, SOZELICA!
Excellent fan art:
— マッチャンヤサグレ (@matchanYASAGURE) May 23, 2019
The shaking camera makes this Re:PiGU live even better:
I was excited as hell when avandoned tweeted this out, but it “only” features a couple of members and isn’t theirs actually:
Idol in Focus
This week’s Idol in Focus is sugartrap / Harami no Jan, who actually had their dissolution live a few weeks ago, but I just realized that and want to do them tribute, but not too much tribute:
ハラミのジャン最後の対バン相手の絶叫する60度さん、姫事絶対値さん、the mishmashさん、本当にありがとうございました！ pic.twitter.com/lhMQyXm1i0
— ハラミのジャン-公式- (@haraminojan) April 29, 2019
Good final gig then
Part of the reason that I let this slip (I was once upon a time a major sugartrap mark) is that the official Twitter has been non-silent, for instance promoting this DVD:
— 中林です。ひななななかばやし韓国珍道中 (@nakabayashi4361) May 12, 2019
But also now (and this is what got my attention) NANA took over the account to tweet about her vacation in Korea? I dunno:
— ハラミのジャン-公式- (@haraminojan) May 22, 2019
Sugartrap was really good but perpetually underappreciated and undersupported. Sad, but normal. Say lavee.
Again, milcboy is best boy:
— 少年がミルク (@milcboy) May 22, 2019
Awesome FRUITPOCHETTE drum play-through!
It’s not the most related to anything really; I just love this promo:
Open Pre-Order her 1st album on limited green cassette, this week!! pic.twitter.com/oXM3TG6UL0
— Gerpfast Records (@gerpfastDIY) May 20, 2019
I also love how the sights and sounds of this EMPiRE promo could easily be mistaken for BiSH:
7/11(木) NEW EMPiRE TOUR "EVOLUTiONS"
— EMPiRE OFFiCiAL (@EMPiREIDOL) May 22, 2019
jk I don’t like that at all
I almost completely forgot about this new one from Marionet, who I love, but the delay felt insulting by the time I got to it, so:
Never did get a chance to post about TeroRhythm, I don’t think, but speaking of terribly named idols, also they’re LEIWAN now, which is much better:
— 【公式】LEIWAN ex テロリズムン (@TeroRhythmn) May 21, 2019
It’s almost unbelievable that Dempagumi.inc isn’t just still going, but still this far ahead of any kind of curve:
For those of you who had the good sense to get into Fullfull Pocket:
— Fullfull Pocket (@fullfullpocket) May 23, 2019
You gotta at least give LADYBABY points for moxie with this tour title:
全国ツアー「Ride The Lightning TOUR2019」一般チケット
— LADYBABY (@ladybaby2015) May 24, 2019
Here’s LAST IN MY CULT still doing their thing despite everything else:
昨夜の単独公演、Punk Rock Therapy vol.4にて、サプライズ初披露をした新曲『Resolution』みなさんいかがでしたか？ラスティマ決意の歌詞を込めた曲になってます🤘
— LAST IN MY CULT (@LASTINMYCULT) May 24, 2019
A very important question:
What is your Individuality？ pic.twitter.com/BozYa6Nr5F
— natsuki《I.D.And Fly LooM》 (@ifla_natsuki) May 20, 2019
Have a great weekend!