The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 37: A Bad Case of the Puns /w Derek Vasconi

Its been a couple of weeks but we’re back with a brand new Alternative Idol Podcast! Covering all of the latest news, MVs and opinions from the world of Japanese Alternative Idol. We’re also joined once again by Derek Vasconi to talk about his upcoming East Meets West Music Fest. There’s been a lot of questions about the event so we figured who better to answer them than the man himself! A very interesting and passionate discussion so make sure to check it out!

In the news this week:

  • Chicken Blow the Idol gets a new member.
  • Kitano Momoko is graduating from Alloy.
  • Ex-BiS member Pour Lui starts a YouTube channel.
  • Yanakoto Sotto Mute announce details of upcoming album “MIRRORS”.
  • Aina the End from BiSH is covering a hide song for a tribute album.
  • Details of the new BiS1st/BiS2nd single have been announced.
  • BiSH announce details of upcoming single “Life is beautiful / HiDE the BLUE”.
  • Minna no Kodomo-chan announce details of their 1st album.
  • amiinA announce their impressively packaged new single “Jubilee”.
  • Oyasumi Hologram collaborate with LOVE SPREAD for unexpected new single “OYASUMI FOREVER.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from EMPiRE, Broken By The Scream, SPARK SPEAKER, Zenbu Kimi no Sei da and BiSH.

We then turn our attention to our guest Derek Vasconi, catching up with him on what he’s been up to recently as well as putting your questions to him regarding his upcoming East Meets West Music Fest. His answers were very transparent, passionate and hopefully informative. If you have any further questions for Derek or want to purchase tickets for the event then you can check out his links below: https://www.facebook.com/emwmusicfest/
http://www.derekvasconi.com/
https://www.patreon.com/DerekVasconi

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 35: Banana Monkeying Around

Well, here we are, five weeks in a row and seemingly picking up speed. I am now trying to recover from watching all the WACK Joint Audition stuff so I will keep this short.

In the news this week:

  • Hibiki withdraws from Gokigen Teikoku.
  • Misato withdraws from Bonnou Paradox.
  • BABYMETAL add a second concert date in Utrecht.
  • BLACKNAZARENE are a new group featuring some familiar faces.
  • We give a quick update on the first few days of the WACK auditions.
  • Oyasumi Hologram announce their 4th album.
  • LADYBABY announce their new single.
  • EMPiRE reveal the full details of their upcoming album.
  • MIGMA SHELTER “69” song preview.
  • Hanako-san “ROSE OF KILLER” song preview.
  • SPARK SPEAKER “still in a dream” song preview.

We also our thoughts on MVs from MONDO GROSSO, BILLIE IDLE, Kaqriyo Terror Architect, Bonnou Paradox, THE BANANA MONKEYS and Shihatsumachi Underground.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 34: We’re All Tired and/or Drunk, Sorry

So, in the fervor of the now ongoing WACK Joint Auditions I kind of forgot about this podcast. Well, that with all the beers that was had…… Here you go…. late.

In the news this week:

  • Endo Haruka (ex Nato☆Kan) is the newest member of Gu-Gu LULU.
  • WACK are holding another audition.
  • Naatan Coromushi withdraws from CY8ER.
  • NECRONOMIDOL reissue “IKOTSU MOUFUBUKI”.
  • BiSH offer up some new songs for upcoming TV shows.
  • MIGMA SHELTER announce new single “69”.
  • MC MIRI from RHYMEBERRY announces solo album “Spit It Out”.
  • Zenbu Kimi no Sei da preview new song “Viral Labyrinth”.
  • SPARK SPEAKER preview new song “Homies”.
  • Wagamama Rakia preview new song “Blooom”.
  • Oyasumi Hologram preview “Session Song” demo.

We also our thoughts on MVs from Sola Sound, cyberMINK and the Itoh Respect Army.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 31: Three Is The Magic Number

Only a two week gap this time, looks like things are starting to pick up in the old idol world again. Listen to us jabber on about idol type things, if that is something you like doing….

In the news this week:

  • sora tob sakana sign with a major label.
  • Aina and Chittiii guest on a Marty Friedman song.
  • AQBI debut new group Gu-Gu LULU.
  • Dates for NECRONOMIDOL’s European tour are announced.
  • BiSH to contribute a song to the Sailor Moon 25th anniversary album.
  • WOWOW Prime to broadcast BABYMETAL’s LEGEND S performance.
  • Gokigen Teikoku announce 3 new singles, 3 3-man lives and a one-man live tour at their 3rd one-man live.
  • The finalists for the new Gokigen Teikoku produced group are revealed.
  • SPARK SPEAKER to release new album “Meaning of Life” on April 11th.
  • Aina the End collaborated with MONDO GROSSO on upcoming album “Attune / Detune” releasing March 21st.
  • uijin to release new mini-album “everything is practice” on April 18th.
  • Kaqriyo Terror Architect preview new song “Makafushigi Zumu”.
  • Wagamama Rakia preview new song “cry pot”.
  • CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL preview new song “Ichibandori”.
  • Bonnou Paradox preview new song “Yotsu Uchi”.
  • There There Theres perform upcoming song “SOIL” live.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from GANG PARADE, Candye♡Syrup and MIGMA SHELTER.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

SPARK SPEAKER – SHOOTING STAR (MV)

It has sure been a while since we talked about SPARK SPEAKER. They have come a long way since starting out as Dinosaur Brain, changing members several times and moving to live houses more often, as opposed to street lives (which they still do).

This is their first true music video, and I will say it is not bad. The song is catchy and the video itself, although plain is not boring.

Official Website: http://www.sparkspeaker.com/

You can pick up their brand new album, just released today (November 22nd) here:

SPARK SPEAKER – KYO-MEI (limited edition)


SPARK SPEAKER – KYO-MEI (standard edition)

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 23: The Father The Son and The Holy Sex

Hey you all, we have a podcast this week. Things…… Stuff…… Excitement.

Anyway, I couldn’t think of anything to say, but we covered a lot of stuff and I am tired, so here it is.

In the news this week:

  • Living Dead I Dolls suffer a mass exodus of members.
  • BiSH perform at the 2017 VMAJ.
  • EMPiRE finally reveal their faces.
  • Bonnou Paradox lose 2 members.
  • Kuromiya Rei from LADYBABY is going on hiatus.
  • NECRONOMIDOL suffer a slight hitch, also announce a brand new single.
  • BiS make a bunch of announcements at their BAD SOCiAL TOUR FiNAL.
  • PassCode’s “bite the bullet” features as the theme song for a television drama.
  • Kaqriyo Terror Architect release their first single, immediately announce their second.
  • SPARK SPEAKER announce details of their first album.
  • Does It Escape Again team up with Uijin for a split release.
  • Uijin also announce details of their upcoming double single release.
  • EMPiRE preview new song “EMPiRE is COMiNG”.
  • Watanabe Junnosuke and Pour Lui release a duet.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from Candye♡Syrup, NECRONOMIDOL, Zenbu Kimi no Sei da, Does It Escape Again X Uijin, SAiNT SEX and Kaqriyo Terror Architect.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

The Alternative Idol Podcast Ep.8: Everybody Gets A New Member

Garry, Terry and John are back again, for the third week in a row. Please, hold the applause. Somehow we managed to eek a full show out of a pretty thin docket. Plus we had a couple of unexpected listeners, they got a special shout-out, Pure Idol Heart and Ruruko. Thanks for listening. A big thanks to all of our regulars as well. We wouldn’t do this with out your support.

In the news this week:

  • BiS, GANG PARADE, Gokigen Teikoku and Spark Speaker show off their new line-ups.
  • NECRONOMIDOL announce a show in France, and a separate very mysterious online livestream.
  • Zenbu Kimi no Sei da announce their 3rd album.
  • CY8ER lose out on Tokyo Candoll, announce a new tour and also hold the strangest fan event we’ve ever seen.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from BiS, Zenbu Kimi no Sei da and Avandoned.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

We are now available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast and iTunes.

The Alternative Idol Podcast Ep.7: Not Doing Things By the Book (Girl)

We managed to do two weeks in a row, and that is just fantastic, don’t you think? Garry is back from parts unknown, chatting with John and Terry about various idol happenings. Plus, things get a little sideways for a second and the show get a bit spicy.

In the news this week:

  • We talk about Spark Speaker, formerly known as Dinosaur Brain.
  • CY8ER and Gokigen Teikoku provide us with details of their new members.
  • Zenbu Kimi no Sei da preview 2 more brand new songs.
  • Codomomental are auditioning for an as yet unannounced project.
  • Local man tries to sue idol group, fails miserably.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from mistress, Maison book girl, Neuchan and Koutei Camera Gal.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at archive.org.

We are now available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast and iTunes.

Spark Speaker Looking For New Member

Not long ago a friend of mine was in Japan on business. After a pleasant dinner out he was walking the street and came across a small idol unit consisting of three girls, one primary singer and two dancers, performing on the street. That unit was Spark Speaker. They were also selling their first demo CD “Go my way!”, not only that but set an ambitions goal of selling 1000 by March 3, 2017, the date of their first hosted live. He bought one and sent it along to me when he got back to the US. They almost hit their goal, selling 957. Not bad for idols that performed exclusively street shows every Tuesday and Thursday since December 6, 2016.

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