Welcome to the Weekender. I’m actually still a bit discombobulated from spending four days in the reality distortion field generated by MELON BATAKE A GO GO. I did a whole report on it, but the central thesis is: if you like underground idols, plan a trip to Saboten Con 2023. There’s few other events, in Japan or elsewhere, that will afford you better opportunities to interreact with some of the groups we love. The plan for next year is to bring over even more idol units and bands (we have pelted the talent booker with recommendations and he did take notes) so start saving now for next Labor Day weekend.
As we prepare for the future, be sure to live in the present, and don’t forget to respect the past, like all the stuff that happened this last week:
swancry’s debut EP is now available via streaming. This is the solo project of original Yukueshirezutsurezure member Shida Hikage and features fellow Tsurezure alumni Michi Shito. You should be listening to it right now.
1st EP 「albireo」の配信が始まりました！https://t.co/UffJz9kRD4
Spotify / AppleMusic / LINE MUSIC / AWA / KKBOX / Amazon Music Unlimited / YouTubeMusic /SoundCloud / 7Digital / Tencent / Deezer / TikTok …etc!
— swancry (@swancry_0202) September 4, 2022
Quubi is celebrating their first birthday by releasing their first album as well as their very first MV.
MiiS is another criminally underrated unit with a double-vowel name.
The twice-named REBEL REBEL isn’t usually this sweet and mellow but, man, I love this.
Two P’s and a doubled-up exclamation point, here’s Pupa!! with a PV.
Stacking with the double-name theme, here’s zizi channeling A Tribe Called Quest.
One of the best things about 2022 is the surprise resurrection of BPM15Q.
The livestream event of the season happens later today on YouTube. Gyuno Fest is back with NaNoMoRaL / BELLING Shoujo Heart ’22 / MIGMA SHELTER / crossnoesis / INUWASI / Kinopo / tipToe. / fishbowl / Maneki kecak / NUANCE / SANDAL TELEPHONE and more.
Thai shoegaze unit, Shimmer Shrimper, added three new members.
— ShimmerShrimpmer (@ShrimpmerTwit) September 7, 2022
NEO JAPONISM launched their latest single with a PV.
I swear, the best units come from Nagoya. Meet class of ’22’s SiLENT←NOiSE.
WT☆Egret is sweet and lovely.
How about some live MANACLE?
PAPIPUPEPO wa Muzukashii, our second-favorite multi-species idol unit, go ultra-upbeat.
Here’s a rare glimpse of IDOLATOR. I’m not sure if they even have a YouTube channel.
MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN are holding an audition for new members! Unfortunately, if the members themselves don’t sell enough singles and don’t grow as performers during the next few months, they’ll also have to participate in the audition. Kuro-chan says that anybody who has to audition probably won’t make it back into the group either, so time to start whaling for “MUST CHANGE” Aika the Spy edition.
【MUST CHANGE PROJECT始動】
■12.07 現体制ラストシングル「MUST CHANGE」リリース
■12.17 "WE MUST CHANGE TOUR FiNAL" at ヒューリックホール東京 開催
— 豆柴の大群 (@MAMESHiBATAiGUN) September 7, 2022
MELTY GHOST CLUB is disbanding and the headlines just write themselves. Now Machida Girls Choir are the undisputed MGC.
— MELTY GHOST CLUB | official (@MELTYGHOSTCLUB) September 9, 2022
Oe Hina has been dropped from FiDZ for having private communications with a fan (after promising not to) who then leaked internal information about the group.
— FiDZ (@official_FiDZ) September 9, 2022