Your Homicidols Weekender #189

DAEMON here. Maniac asked if I could wrap up the preamble on this, the July 4th edition of the Weekender, since he is literally out hiking in the Shenandoah’s this weekend. I’m sure even you non-Americans have heard of the Shenandoah River as referenced in our national anthem, “Country Roads”, written by the brave Captain John Denver as he holed up in the Alamo with George Jefferson during the War of 1812. So, Happy (U.S.) Independence Day. There may be fireworks later, weather permitting. In the meantime, let’s give our attention to some things that have been happening in Japan:

Chemical Reaction was nice enough to drop this.

Malcolm Mask McLaren are doing a bunch of livestreams these days, but if you’re honestly that busy, here’s what you’ve been missing.

I’m probably never going to not miss Julie idoling her heart out:

Got some live AIBECK for you, as tradition dictates:

This WAGAMAMA RAKIA PV will make you want to cry in the good way. 

The two-man probably nobody ever expected — X-TEEN vs. I.D.And Fly LooM:

I will henceforward be referring to NECRONOMIDOL as Newcroma and in that vein now encourage you to watch Newcroma’s new one done live:

Toricago doing thing:

How does she say it so elegantly?

Speaking of elegance, how about that Maison Book Girl.

Oshiloss Corner

Wakisaka Yurika, former member of the original BiS, has reappeared under a management company that won’t make her run marathons.

Although MOAMETAL got all the attention yesterday, Montero (former Screaming 60s) also had a birthday.

Missed this gem:

Not idol, but this 360°  Yakushimaru Etsuko MV will blow. your. mind.

Have a great weekend!

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Catching up with DAIDAIDAI

I was at a party back in February, back when doing that kind of thing was normal and not a sign that you’re a degenerate who should be shot out of a cannon, and as is often typical of Fiancee when we’re gabbing with new people, she brought up this here fancy idol website and ol’ Maniac’s predilection for off-beat Japanese music. After fending off the requisite with “no, it’s nothing like BTS” and “nope, haven’t been and probably won’t” and the like, one person asked the most game question of all: What do I like best, and would I play it?

This of course was an agonizing question because, like, what do I like best, especially with a couple of quarts of beer in me, and how to choose an example? I obviously want to convert these people into fans, right? So maybe Hanako-san isn’t the best look. But what about … and I scrolled through my Spotify until I found the sublime MUDAI album and rapid-fire toured through tracks while explaining in terrible pop-culture terminology exactly what this madcap record is, and why there’s an idol group doing whatever that all is called DAIDAIDAI and that I love them so much it hurts.

Anyway! Yeah, they were on my follow list even during hiatus, so I’m not completely out to lunch with this stuff, though yes there were things I missed and if I honk a detail here or there you can call my lawyer, capisce? But this is otherwise me catching up with DAIDAIDAI the better to get them more or less updated on the site and happy in my heart again!

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PassCode Answers the Question You’ve All Been Asking: What Would Bring Me The Horizon Sound Like If Covered by Idols?

Well of all the things that I definitely didn’t expect to run into yesterday, but did anyway, I think you can chalk up “PassCode covering a big-ass deal Western band and releasing a very Western-friendly MV to go along with it” as not only the winner, but also the closest I came to actually snorting coffee all over my keyboard since Covid-san chased me back to Maniac Mansion for work. Good job, PassCode! And also: Good job, PassCode! Your cover of “MANTRA” is right the hell on!

Original, for reference

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I Just Want to Put It on Record That Satanic Punish Owns

Playing a lot of catch-up these days, friends, and doing the kind of idle Twitter browsing that used to be my calling card. It’s nice to reconnect, although going back much further than, like, a week is a fairly significant endeavor. The tlist is long, and even individual group accounts can get voluminous.

But anyway, doop-dee-doop, just cruising along the other day and — hello, what’s this?

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Your Homicidols Weekender #188

Happy weekend, ya dorks! I do hope that Team forgives me just snatching up this Weekender intro without an ounce of grace or forewarning. It’s been too long! Good lord. I honestly just wanted to flex in the space a little bit. Stretch my legs. Have a cold one while the week of astonishingly mundane idol weirdness unspooled in front of us, and nod approvingly.

It was good, honestly, the first full week back in the saddle. I frankly expected to do a lot more but made a botch of my own personal time management (surprise!). But do I have an exhaustingly large list of things that I’ll partly return to to post about but mostly consign to Weekender throwaways or, worse, the memory hole? Absolutely! That’s how we roll around here. I will say this — with a new attitude and approach, I did not expect that I’d see so much idoling and want to share it. Plus, you know, pandemic stuff.

So what are you kids up to this weekend? Live streams? Protests? Whatever it is, I hope you stay safe and healthy. Americans have predictably completely screwed up this pandemic, but Fiancee is the kind of person who won’t tolerate not doing things for very long, so I look forward to being masked and gloved in the typical local summertime heat. I will say, though, that the upshot of states basically forcing business to re-open has been the complete relaxation of laws against drinking in public!

That’s Not a Good Thing

Oh god. Oh god yes.

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: INUWASI

So I’m drifting through idol media these days like a half-aware drunk, and let me tell you, friends, it’s a weird feeling. I won’t tell on myself so much as to name names here, but I’ll admit to seeing a particular group’s photo, and seeing their name, and being like, wait, I know what that is, wtf is that though? And then I looked and I’d written like 10 posts about them. Never do a hiatus, I guess is the rule here.

Anyway, lots of new/ish groups out there, and I figure that I always used to at least try to cover them, so why stop now, and also hey neat there’s also stuff that’s almost a year old that I never got to before! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

Which brings me to INUWASI (Twitter), who I got to by slipping and falling off of a NEMURIORCA tweet and seeing a completely different idol set when I came to. But yes, they’re also part of the Maple.Inc family, and so have more than passing similarities to MAPLEZ and etc., and oh no they debuted in like February. Oh that’s awful. Cheese and rice, can you imagine? You’re up there idoling your ass off and there’s like only 10% of the usual sweaty wota dancing in surgical masks as there’d usually be? Terrible. And then everything gets canceled or moved online? Woof.

At the time of my discovery, not-ol’ INUWASI had a couple of live clips to enjoy. I use the verb conditionally, as “different strokes for different folks” for sure applies here. Let’s start with the better of the two:

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Their Latest Single Is Proof that ayumikurikamaki Were Replaced by Doppelgangers Who You Can Only Tell Aren’t Real by Noticing How They Didn’t Have Enough Fun Programmed into Them

Yeesh, you guys. So despite the perhaps apparent statements to the contrary, I actually listened to a good bit of idol during my hiatus — I just didn’t have the energy or wherewithal to do anything with it, which sucked! But yeah, plenty of listening, and I’ll eventually get around to musing about much more of it as a way of making it seem like I’m not a completely lazy jerk. Today, though, I’m only going to bring up my single most disappointing idol release of the year, and in fact maybe in the last several. Is it the worst? Didn’t say that! Is it bad? That’s subjective, player! But, like, pick for yourself synonyms of “disappointing” and “boring” and “uninspired” and “cash-grab” and you’ll be all set to fill out the Mad-Lib that you’re using to review ayumikurikamaki’s latest single, “”, because that’s all the level of care and concern it deserves. Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: TENRIN

It’s comforting to know that idol didn’t miss me one bit; nothing speaks to one’s insignificance as a person quite like realizing that the thing you put a lot of time into can and will endlessly go about its business even if you spontaneously burst into flame and disappear. And I mean it — I’ve been “back” online for like all of a total hour in 2.25 or so days, and I’m already finding out about new groups!

Take TENRIN, who I’m sure have already taken the world by storm and have a Discord just for their filthy gaijin fans, but who I stumbled over about 22 minutes ago while looking at Twitter for any last-minute Weekender items:

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Let’s Enjoy POPPING EMO Together

I assume that you all have been enjoying POPPING EMO over the past several months, anyway, but I also assume that all of idol was frozen in carbonite in mid-February and is only now being thawed out, so it’s in fact neither here nor there that this randomly SCRAMBLES-aligned group up and dropped like 20 tracks onto Soundcloud the other day. Right? Like, their Twitter looks fine, albeit short of details. Nothing actually happened, right?

Consider this post an opportunity to get re-acquainted, which you could say may have been my motivation for making it in the first place and not be wrong!

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NEO JAPONISM Is the Reward

Gee whiz, gang, now that I’m alive again, which idol should I write about first? I know! Let’s put the giant-ass index that D built into a tumbler and pull out something at random!

/puts giant-ass index into tumbler
//spins tumbler
Oops!
///tips tumbler over
Oh no, what have I done
////rifles through entered idol names until I find the one I want

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