Happy weekend !! I’m in LA for Cruel World festival whose lineup includes Bauhaus, DEVO, The Damned, Christian Death, Blondie and a number other legendary groups whose influences help shape the music we talk about here today. Coupled with the very exciting news from earlier this week that MELON BATAKE A GO GO are visiting the US at Saboten Con, it’s becoming more and more clear that festivals and cons are very much back on. Another case in point:
📢event announcement@HYPERJAPANevent + Orion Live = HYPER LIVE
2 dedicated nights of live music in HJ's 1st ever mini fest.
— Orion Live International (@_OrionLive) May 12, 2022
That’s three of our all-time favorites, 2& , NECRONOMIDOL and GARUDA, all heading for the UK in July courtesy of our friends at Orion Live. It has been a long time since we’ve had so many overseas lives to look forward too. I’d say something optimistic, but I’m afraid to jinx these happy circumstances.
With cons getting back up and running all over the place, be sure to also support your local idols !! Jenny Hayes is appearing at Leeds Anime Con in June.
I will be performing at Leeds Anime Con at 3pm on June 19th! I can't wait to see you guys there #leedsanimecon
I will also be selling some brand new merch! It will be revealed soon!
What song are you excited to see? pic.twitter.com/5w1aAR8fps
— Jenny Hayes 🐯 The Prey NEW SINGLE 12.2.2022 (@jennyhayesidol) May 8, 2022
Also in June, melancholiaah! is appearing at A-Kon in Irving, Texas.
Let's look forward to it! In 2018, I debuted at A-kon and haven't returned since then, but am happy to return to it years later on the main stage!
— melancholiaah! @ A-IDOL FEST 06.04 (@melancholiaah) May 5, 2022
In our Best of The Year (So Far) roundup, we didn’t include a “Best New Unit” preview, but I believe Planet After the Rain is a contender.
PIGGS is going major label! Their debut single will be a competitive release between two versions: one produced by the indie team led by Ryan B and the other produced by this anonymous major label guy in a pig mask.
プー・ルイ(PIGGS) × ブタ山(某メジャーレーベル A&R)
— PIGGS (@PIGGS_idol) May 10, 2022
Speaking of the best, situasion is as good as it gets right now. Here’s a PV of one of their more upbeat tunes.
Potential Collaboration of the Year right here: RAY + For Tracy Hyde .
ドリームポップバンドFor Tracy Hyde×RAYのスペシャルコラボ7インチレコードが7/20にリリース❕隠れキラーチューン「フランボワーズ・パルフェのために」のFTHver.＋RAYver.を収録https://t.co/qmqO35p61g
— RAY 5/25 2ndアルバムリリース (@_RAY_world) May 10, 2022
Wonder Lander dropped a new streaming release and it’s really good stuff.
It’s kinda sad that we got to this point, but when the MV started I just assumed BiSH were doing a tie-in to sell a car.
I love this Nousatsu ❤︎ After Beat tune so I’m thrilled they made it into an MV. Ska idols !! LET’S GO!
INUWASI is dropping a bunch of live PVs.
This seems like the first we’ve heard from MONOCLONE in a while.
Now we only have three months of Dan te Lion left before we never see them again.
Our friends at Chaotic Harmony, who we can thank for bringing MELON BATAKE A GO GO to US shores, have hooked up with Younapi. I must believe that this can only mean good things.
Meet AXELIGHT from we-B studios (home of PassCode). They dropped their first album leading up to their debut on the 20th.
Axelight 1st Album「futurist」配信開始
M1,M2,M6 : かめりあ @cametek
M3 : Mameyudoufu @mameyudoufu
M4 : rejection @rejection_dj
M5,M7 : kamiya @ka38_3
Jacket designed by
オクソラ ケイタ @okusora
🔌 : https://t.co/UFkR64n50n pic.twitter.com/KDVPL1xuLt
— Axelight (@axlt_official) May 10, 2022
A little AMEFURASSHI never hurt anyone.
Shortly after dropping what is quite possibly the album of the year, Kai is suspending activities from RAY .
— 甲斐莉乃 (@norimaika) May 12, 2022
Why are you teasing me KANARIA?
— カナリア (@KANARIA_VU) May 12, 2022
It has been one year since the dissolution of SPARK SPEAKER .
— 木山しずか@SPARK SPEAKER (@SHIZUKA__SP) May 12, 2022
Have a Good Weekend !!
I know I will.