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News from BILLIE IDLE® and pertorika

Although still yet to release any music, NIGO® and former BiS members Nozomi Hirano and First Summer Uika’s new group BILLIE IDLE® has nevertheless been making the rounds in the press. While bandmate Uika has a photo set in the iOS app POKER FACE (suitably odd Youtube promo featured above), Nozomi will be featured in the second issue of Shinko Music’s IDOL AND READ magazine – which also features members of Tower Records’ groups Up Up Girls and Negicco, for extra relevance.

For those whose tastes favour the refined “city-pop” of indie band pertorika, the group’s upcoming You’re Not Alone EP now has a T-shirt bundle available; you can get the new EP and a shirt with the band’s logo and an acoustic guitar graphic together if you feel so inclined.

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BEAMS classes things up with a new Buffalo Daughter tee

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Sophisticated Japanese retailer BEAMS’ pop culture-focused “TOKYO CULTUART” label recently added a T-shirt adorned with Buffalo Daughter’s Konjac-tion logo; it’s very simple, yet effective – sure to get people asking what exactly “Konjac-tion” means. The tee joins TOKYO CULTUART’s assortment of Buffalo Daughter merchandise (handily featured on the product page), and hopefully will be followed up with more to come.

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News roundup; new Momus and a Towa Tei T-shirt

Two new Turpsycore joints appeared recently, the above-linked “Cameo” (in the words of his personal assistant, “a tribute to ’80s contrarians”), as well as the downbeat J.G. Ballard homage “The Driver” – the latter representing the album’s most intimate moment thus far, deprived of the usual irony that characterizes so much of Momus’s catalogue.

As for the T, it’s a weird one. Towa Tei’s Shibuya-kei aesthetic has most recently manifested itself in the form of a number of collage designs (you can find a catalogue on his CINRA.STORE page here), and he continues this trend with the new “STILL SMOKING” tee. Featuring a design of a man and a woman, each with gigantic cartoon joints, I assume from the title that it has something to do with Cheech & Chong’s 1983 film “Still Smokin”, but as I’ve never seen the movie in question (or any Cheech & Chong vehicle, unless one counts “Yellowbeard”), my guess is merely a guess.

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