This is a three-day, holiday weekend in Japan with the observation of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday. I can’t think of a better way to show our great esteem for the elderly among us than with some chika idol livestreams. There are lots of options on The Calendar, but here are our top recommendations:
Two of the best units going, NaNoMoRaL and Shihatsu-machi Underground, start off the weekend with the latest installment of the beyond excellent Tribu .pre live series over on Twitcasting.tv.
Team Homicidols primarily lives on Twitter, so we have taken the latest banishment of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san from the platform pretty hard. For her part, Hanako-san is still dead and communicating through the medium of Instagram where she is now somehow crazy about Kamen Rider.
She also loves sea otters. Check it out!
It is rather odd to see her not wearing any red and not a strawberry in sight. But what else has our favorite 444-year old youkai been up to? Continue reading
In perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year, MANACLE held their inaugural performance this weekend. Their introductory set premiered two songs and employed the old punk practice of playing their best song twice. The best part, of course, was seeing Okaki, Ray and Hina performing on the same stage again. Newcomer Maon also impressed.
When NECRONOMIDOL teased this MV … good lord, was that just yesterday? yesterday, I was a tiny bit skeptical, I’ll admit. Long right in my personal tippy-top group of favorite things in music (let alone idol, but also and especially idol), Necroma felt almost inviolable, and so the big membership upheaval from earlier in the year was actually kind of hard to reckon with, and I feel like I’m still getting used to the idea. But, that being said, just as life turns to death and death to decay, all things must change, and that includes an idol group that personifies the living darkness! And so, when the thing dropped a little while ago, I held on and …
Oh hey, this is good! And of course so — Ricky didn’t suddenly stop knowing what to do when the last of the OGs left, of course the core concept and ability to meld talent to it are still there, so what the hell was I worried about? No, man, if you dig on Necroma, you’re going to dig on this. It’s just, like, a lot more gruesome than you might be used to! Continue reading
Good morning! Or, at least, I hope it’s good, or that you can make it good. Around these parts, the turn from summer into autumn has been absolutely pleasant sans the several inches of rain we got the other day, and there’s peace and quiet. That’s good — we need that. Entirely too many people don’t have that now. And as if 2020 needed yet another layer before the topper goes on, we have unprecedented wildfires out west, including several in areas I used to work in back in the day. It’s scary to see, and scarier still to think that this may just be the beginning of deeply chaotic times.
That’s not meant to scare you, by the way. Instead, I hope that you see all of this and think, I’m going to make the most of what I have today and I’m going to work for better things tomorrow. Stay safe, stay sane, and take action to add some improvement to the world.
Sermon out of the way, there’s a ton of good stuff in idol over the last week, much of which we have posts in progress about, and quite a bit of the rest of which you can find right here in the ol’ Weekender!
Oh No, Milestones Incoming Too
What a blessing it is to live in a world that includes Dance for Philosophy:
Shihatsu-machi Underground have been a godsend during the last several months. Not only have their frequent, and stellar, livestream performances helped maintain a connection to the live music scene we’ve been isolated from, but they also committed back in July to releasing new music every month for four months. In July, we got the wistful “TAKE A TRIP”, while August gifted us with the punkabilly-influenced “NO!NO!NO!”. September’s song, the acid-jazz fueled “Hallelujah”, has now arrived with an accompanying MV that’s equal parts Naked Lunch and Little Shop of Horrors.
Would you look at that, a new video from possibly the best group to share its name with an iconic English beverage!
The latest trend in idol lives is to not announce livestreaming options until the in-person show is sold out. While I’m sure this makes good financial sense to manager-san, it creates nothing but headaches for fancy idol bloggers trying to put together a robust weekend livestream preview. Luckily, there is also The Calendar which receives constant updates as last-minute livestream announcements come to light. In the meantime, here’s some notable shows we’re aware of that are coming your way this weekend via various streaming media platforms.
ZOMBIE POWDER kick off the weekend, sharing the stage with the hardest working unit in chika idol, Dan te Lion and others in the 41st volume of the excellent Diffusion Φ Brightness taiban series.
If shoegaze and dreampop are more your style, the incomparable LiLii Kaona, cana÷biss and more are performing in a line up headlined by electro pop artist Mariko Takei. Continue reading
Well, friends, it finally happened — after I excitedly pinpointed the debut of the mishmash sister group GREAT MONKEYS a little while ago, they slowly but surely leaked out little bits of content until bam! into our lives drops the rare congruence between hype (however entirely personal) and result. AND I’m pleased to say that I was totally right and my girl Juri (now rendering it Julie, which makes absolutely perfect sense) — former awesome focal point of the underappreciated JOANJOAN and then relative short-timer with No Surprises — is leading this thing just like her currently awesome energy and presence deserve.
Prepare yourself for a blast:
It came as a significant surprise to me that the idol group sitting as subject of this post, who you have by now successfully identified as DIE/NING, has previously received a single solitary mention on Homicidols Dot Com, and at that merely a Weekender item as opposed to even a compulsory getting-to-know-you post. Homicidols Dot Com sincerely regrets the error!
I’m not here today to make up for lost time or anything; I presume that if you need to know DIE/NING, you are then in fact already aware of them, as this weird-ass project has been around for goodness knows how long in one form or another. Not a lot needs to be said! So let’s tell this story as simply as possible. Continue reading