Second ballot, team, taking us to about the 2/3 point. There were some tough choices and even individual disappointments in the first set, so guess what lies ahead! This is a good group of stuff, though, and what I think some people took to be omissions earlier will start to step forward. Just ask the people of Philadelphia: Trust the process.
It’s time! It’s time! We got here, friends, and we literally couldn’t have done it without you. After completely crowdfunding the Homicidols Best Of in 2016 and 17 and driving people completely nuts, Kerrie developed a plan to not only better track the best things over the course of the year, but make it easier to drill down to what was the best of the best. And what’s the best of those? We’ll take care of that this week!
Yes, this is the idol awards show that’s pretty much entirely your will. Of course I and Team have independent thoughts, and of course we will share those in due time, but the real awards are the ones that you all, the folks in the community, will elect. Try not to mess it up!
Here’s how it’s going to work:
We’ll run all 17 categories across three different ballots over the course of the week, each ballot staying open for three days
Do try to only submit one ballot per, uh, ballot
Have a favorite? Tell your dang friends to vote!
Or get really wild and tag your favorite idols in a few tweets and see if they mobilize to win!
In the event of a tie, all tie-ers win
And to motivate folks a little bit and make good on a promise that I made a couple of months back, I’m asking (not requiring though!) on each ballot submitted that you share an email address and/or other way of knowing who you are. After all is said and done, I’m going to pull 10 names from all ballots submitted and mail those lucky ducks a … mix tape of sorts. Not like the most valuable thing ever, but maybe something you’ll dig.
Anyway, we have a bunch of Best Of to get through, and time’s a-wastin’. Let’s get to it! Continue reading →
This was easily the best thing that happened yesterday, and I want to share it because it’s something that all people should experience. I speak, obviously, of HAMIDASYSTEM, and to follow that a live of theirs. Or, more specifically, their one-man a little while back, pro-shot and edited and mixed and oh my goodness it’s real and beautiful. And of course it includes everything from their very literal multimedia magnum opus, the likes of which we may never see again.
A friend, a name you may have encountered in your online idoling adventures, asked whether this performance being so filmed and broadcast meant that it was for a to-be-released DVD. I didn’t know the answer, and Twitter wasn’t helpful, but another viewer offered that … it was being broadcast as a promo, for other one-mans. That’s wild.
Anyway, the point of all of this is that HAMIDASYSTEM is amazing as heck, and you should watch this, but you have to hurry because it’s only being published for 48 hours and 24 have already passed, so you only have 24 left! Get to watching!
Happy Saturday, friends! Have you had a chance to weigh in on final nominees for the Best of 2018? I’ll leave that open until noon just in case, but things close up after that so that Team (mostly Kerrie!) can get things organized for voting next week. I’m thinking, we’ll probably do the same rolling thing as last year, to space things out.
I’ll save bigger reflections for when we get to do the real Year in Review, but I think this might be the last real good regular week of the year. It was a good one! There have been bigger Weekenders over the last couple of years, but few as dense as this one. It’s like 2018 wanted to go out with a slow-burning bang, and who can blame it? That was basically the theme.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some winter wonderland stuff to take care of. Play the Fun, give this glut of idolness a perusal, and prepare for what I think is going to be the best round of annual awards we’ve ever had.
And speaking of festivals, I figure that this one ought to interest folks ’round these parts:
METAL MATSURI Japanese heavy metal fest! London @O2Islington 4 – 5 October, 2019! 10 bands in 2 days feat. UNLUCKY MORPHEUS making their UK live debut! More acts and OFFICIAL announcement of the other headliner TBA
Surprisingly, as of writing this, there hasn’t been any bonkers Banamon news come out. Maybe they read your predictions of their future and are quietly discussing how to avoid every single one of them.
In an idol first, Banamon has a membership of -2 when a bunch of non-members crash the stage to announce their graduation from the group. #FutureOfBanamon
3978: A group of astronauts crash-land on a distant planet inhabited by controversial publicity hungry idols. After being captured by and escaping from the idols they find the remains of the Tokyo Skytree on a shoreline.#FutureOfBanamon
Well, it’s finally December. I’ve been playing the O’CHAWANZ Christmas rap on loop and panicking over all the last-minute Best-Of preparations. It’s a cause for celebration! So, I’m doing something special, yet tedious this month. Behold, the
HOMICIDOLS FRIDAY FUN HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!
That’s right! The entire month of December, you’re getting a very special holiday-themed Friday Fun every week until 2019! How long can you go without getting fed up of Wa~ Marry Pin’Xmas? Let’s see! Continue reading →
Not that long ago, maybe a week or so, some scuttlebutt opened up in the Idolverse. One could write that sentence for just about any day on the calendar, but in this case I refer to a bubbles of interest around a new project from the same team as uijin, who you may recall as great-ass idols who exist at permanent arm’s length from anybody who doesn’t go to their many, many lives. Great, but sad! Naturally, of course, the discussion turned toward what this new sister unit will sound like — more of the big sister’s “neo Tokyo” take, or maybe something bent more(!) toward electronica, or brutal slam*, or … or what? Now we know!
If you’ve been keeping up with the codomomental news, maybe you understand a little bit why we run our best-of from December of the previous year to November. It gives us enough distance to put the hype in perspective of all the other exciting things that happened.
And we’ll certainly need that distance as I’m hype ventilating at just what is happening in the next week. As you know, Kotetsu is transfering to Yukueshirezutsurezure and debuting on tomorrow at their biggest live yet at Club Citta. Codomomental’s new idol group, Seireki13ya (Seireki Jusan ya), will be revealed on December 15.
And despite this being overwhelming enough on its own, Codomomental really went in for the kill because they just revealed that there’s a new Tsurezure member debuting on Friday. Who is not Kotetsu.
Speaking perpetually of acts too good to release so little new/er material that warrants slavish coverage (and/or haven’t become exhausting on principle!), our very own officially unofficial mascot of Homicidols Dot Com, the 14th Generation Hanako-san of the Toilet, performer extraordinaire and maybe Daemon’s new best friend, just kind of threw this one out into the world yesterday without fanfare:
Go ahead, tell me all about how much you missed the alliterative wonders that are Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are perpetually too good to not get talked about more but also don’t do enough stuff to warrant talking too much about say la vee. When we last saw our intrepid formerly masked punk rock idols, they were doing legitimately great work and also preparing to say goodbye to the last two of their original members, which … well, they made my list of saddest departures, but nobody else’s apparently. Since then, it’s been the two newbies added last year setting out as their own version of the dynamic duo that Ai and Mone had kept up for a while, keeping the coals burning for another big move.
Hence today, what better way to signal your next steps than in video form? It’s not a new thing, but from their months-old second album My Life, My Way, but obviously a slightly different version for reasons that will become clear in a few seconds:
Hey, who’s that!
I’m sorry, since when does easycore go all-in on a breakdown? That was something else. Hell, with those percussion and keyboard moves, I thought maybe I’d run into a PassCode rendition for a second. I really like this song you guys! Dare I say that this might be the best song that they’ve ever put out? I didn’t pick up My Life, My Way because I bought very little idol music this year, period, but I can say with confidence that I’m having a tough time finding anything from prior releases that would compete with it.
Whew. Anyway, yes, there’s now a third member to round out the group, bringing them back to a trio that has no members in common with any of the previous trio lineups:
It’s just like me to offer to write a quick-take on a topic that really has a lot more going on than just a simplified quick-take!
The MV for Maison book girl‘s recent album’s closing track “Yumea” (Dream) entered public consciousness over the weekend, and it’s a beautiful piece of visual art. If you watched it on a pure surface level with no backstory about it’s intent, it’s still a gorgeous experience in the arena of sound and vision. I’m thinking it’s reasonably safe that the highly loyal Bukuga fans out there have already seen it, but I recommend a rewatch anyway, and if you haven’t, please take a moment. There won’t be a quiz or anything, but it’s important to understand what we’re discussing, and also, it’s a great song and you just really should…
The opening scenes are a questionnaire session leading into a sleep test in a medical facility. It’s then followed with a series of dreamy visuals of girls in headphones looking all introspective. Okay fine, so girls in headphones looking introspective on bus rides isn’t terribly groundbreaking, I’ll cede you that point, but those surreal images that pulsate in time with the odd flickering sound in the song, what’s that about? Well, the end of the video is kind enough to help explain that, and that’s where one realizes the true beauty of this MV. Continue reading →