I Wasn’t Going to Say Anything about the New PassCode Single Until the MV Was Available Here, But Screw It

It’s been about a week since the first full recordings were available online, right? And then the MV dropped a couple of days later and I made my eager face and watched and waited and waited and watched and … like, PassCode usually has an international version of their videos available after a brief interval, so I’m not crazy to have done this. But maybe because it’s being used in this commercial, we filthy gaijin don’t get the full version?

So okay, no MV for us, but the song exists, so first listen to it if you need to:

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Catching Up: So This Is Melon’s New Single

So deep was I into enjoying not doing anything last week that I didn’t even see this latest little bit from Melon Batake a go go until a little bird said on Saturday morning that I should put them on the look-up list. And oh neat, there’s a new single coming what’s now a month from today, plus other stuff!

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Catching Up: SHINGEKI Is Playing a Different Game From Everybody Else

There’s an editorial choice to be made by the owner for a fancy idol website every time an idol group worth following does a thing. That calculation used to be simple — back when life was simpler and everything idol felt fresh and exciting just by dint of existing, I’d blog a post and all 35 readers would either marvel at it with me or correct me like the heinous scene-crashing joke I was. What’s changed in the past four years is that now I have two other choices — I can also stick the item in the Weekender as a toss-off, or I can elect to ignore it because it’s impossible to gaf about every little thing, as made evident by the fact that now it’s a few orders of magnitude on from those original 35 readers and I can still expect that certain topics register, at best, a couple of dozen views.

So now, while I catch up on a very busy week when I was deliberately out of pocket, I’m already past the point of deciding if something is Weekendery, as that ship sailed yesterday. I can however still opt to just not post about whatever, on the premise that it isn’t so interesting. And that adds a fun twist to what I do hold for a full post, doesn’t it? Yes, every new post is a tacit endorsement, one way or another, of whatever the What is, but that feels amplified now. And, as a result, I feel a certain amount of responsibility. I’m saying that the subject of the post is important and notable!

Therefore I give you without reservation the latest wild-ass ride from SHINGEKI since their last most recent effort to offend the brains of boring people. Continue reading

Catching Up: I’m Heavily in Like with the New Toricago MV

Excuse me:

EXCUSE ME:

Look, does anybody here really think that I’d deliberately miss out of one of my favorite groups?

Yes?

Come on! Toricago was part of the reason why I felt like I should try to catch up on the week as opposed to just nod at it and move on with my life. Let’s look at it together! Continue reading

Catching Up: Here Are a Couple of New Ones from IVOLVE

All right, let’s get the first couple of these suckers out of the way. I pre-warn you — I’m not even going to pretend to be contributing meaningful thoughts to any of these posts, just quick observations; the important thing is the music.

So, IVOLVE! It’s been a while, and probably for a good reason, as they were also hewing closer to normal idol fare even in their more interesting options, but they’re part of idol’s enduring it’s-actually-like-half-a-degree-of-separation legacy, and I have a legit soft spot for them. There are two new tracks from them in my Soundcloud feed, and this first one had me thinking Weekender —

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Your Homicidols Weekender #148

Good morning! As I was putting together this Weekender, the fact that I had a few days off (and I mean, like, completely out of contact) really hit home. A hell of a lot happened! And yeah, I get to use this space to make up some of that, but I’m also going to drop a whole butt-ton of posts to compensate. I’ve been a lousy Maniac lately, and I feel like I should rectify a little bit.

Also reconnect. That’s important too.

Anyway, we’ve another great Fun to play, and look, it’s the last weekend of Official Summer, so do get the heck outside. I have a date with a winery!

You Say These Things Like We Care

In case you missed NECRONOMIDOL’s interview in the Hammer:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #147

Hey gang! I hope you’re all safe — some absolute tragedies unfolded this past week, like big gigantic ones that rate the everyday sort of tragedies that a lot of us nonetheless deal with. It can be tough to think about much else when all hell is breaking loose for others, and that’s a perfectly normal way to react. I’m personally in a weird in-between spot, as often happens in the face of disaster; it’s just that I usually mask it better. But yeah, this has been a tough one.

So not the best Weekender, but maybe things like idol, and the collective good cheer of people who are into idol, can help to give folks something to enjoy. The Fun is a great example — look at this shit — as is most of what’s to follow, and of course being part of this wild scene that we all enjoy. I’m taking a few days off (pre-planned, not another sudden disappearance), so I’ll catch you all in a few!

Seriously, What the Hell Are You Doing?

We fanned on the most recent GANG PARADE video, and you know, that’s okay:

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KAQRIYOTERROR, My Goodness

Well, it’s upon us, people. What I was shocked to realize is the re-christened KAQRIYOTERROR’s first single (or first official single? I dunno), and first release under the new regime, is out in a week’s time, and that means one thing: An MV that almost nobody else in chikadom would even try to pull off!

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Oh Gee, Let’s All Listen to BURST GIRL!

Yeah, I’m late to this party, so what. Hiatuses will do that to a person. But on the off chance that you weren’t yet aware that BURST GIRL — who I post in protest because what worth does this world have left in it anymore — made available a pair of previously unreleased tracks a couple of weeks ago, and I’m personally just now catching up and more than happy to drag you along with me:

I can understand why! These tracks are deliciously random by BURST standards, but also at the same time like peak BURST, a neat trick that only the truest masters of we-do-what-we-feel-like can accomplish, and so this is all okay by me. Continue reading

I Present to You My Favorite Ever Thing from wyenra

Ah, wyenra, increasingly one of the most interesting legacies in idol. For the uninitiated, picture this: An idol group rises to mid-range prominence over a decent duration together, then does the idol thing and disbands, but immediately rising from that is a cooler, smarter and altogether more earnest self-produced indie project that does what it whats, presumably how it wants, and improves on the whole package. It’s like a fairytale!

That’s the nutshell version of how wyenra came to be, you see. I’ve enjoyed them going back to the very beginning, but in a hit-or-miss way, given that whole “do what they want” thing doesn’t always align with “what Maniac likes” or even “what the virtual persona of Homicidol Maniac likes.” And that’s fine! Artists do not exist to please me. This one from the other day, though? I love it as much as I’ve ever loved anything from wyenra, and there’s no way that I was going to do anything but hold it up and demand that you love it, too. Continue reading