It May Be a Gag, But It Could Also Be My New Favorite Oyaholo Song

April Fool’s Day falls somewhere on the idol holiday ranking spectrum between Halloween and Twin Tails Day, though an argument could be made that more energy and creatively goes into getting a rise out of fans with excellently crafted jokes and spit-takes than into the rest of idol’s annual cycles combined. And as it should be! We here at Homicidols Dot Com clearly enjoy having fun with (and often making fun of) idols and the self-serious loutishness that all too often adheres itself to the scene.

That said, nothing says loving quite like idols embracing the spirit of the day and going all-out in the pursuit of laughs, even at their own expense. And nothing does that better than Oyasumi Hologram absolutely knocking this out of the park:

What’s funny (not in the way that they intend, or maybe!) is that this nods directly at the stripped-down, lilting ethereal work that’s Oyaholo’s calling card at even their rockin’est, but folks who know are well aware of their collaborations with VMO and how frighteningly well August-chan and Kanamil work in a black metal kind of framework. So it’s like a double piss take!

I love this so much, I wish I could frame it.

That Time OYSM & Necroma Performed At a Mausoleum

The latest adventure in the USA with NECRONOMIDOL (This time accompanied by Oyasumi Hologram.) has come to a close! It’s always fun to take in the experience through the eyes of other fellow fans as these shows make their way across the tour, and get a new perspective of these events as other people see them. As circumstances would have it, Team Homicidols was unable to represent at this tour, mainly because real life is stupid and piles on it’s own commitments. Perhaps one day, idols will overthrow the wicked forces that run this world, oppressively placing demands upon us that distract from what’s really important, which is going to idol mass and paying proper respects to our deities.

Until that day happens, we thankfully have wonderful friends of Homicidols like Killer Cashew. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the Cashew and Asto, his partner in crime, and they’re terrific people who deserve great experiences like this tour. I’m glad that they were able to enjoy the show, and I’m indebted to Mr. Cashew for taking time to contribute an account of the evening in his own words. Let’s read about the fine art and dark visions he witnessed! 

Hi, Killer Cashew here. Normally I’m a quiet follower of the Homicidol community, but due to circumstances, none of the usual contributors were able to attend the Oyasumi Hologam/NECRONOMIDOL leg of the crowdfunded world tour. I was asked if I wanted to share some details of my experience and so here we are…

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This Weekend Is Your Last Chance to Catch Oyasumi Hologram (and NECRONOMIDOL) in the USA This Year

The title says it all! If you’re within a three-hour drive of New York City or a … 34-hour drive of Philadelphia, and you’re somehow still on the fence about going to see Oyasumi Hologram, NECRONOMIDOL and a host of support acts between today and tomorrow, then friend, I will help. As they say in the world of fancy writing people (like me!), show, don’t tell.

Here’s last night’s gig:

No video of Necroma, which is fine, given the difficulty of capturing photographic images of things without souls, though still photos abound!

(Also, Rei’s solo gig)

Get off your butt. Go do cheki with these people. MIX for a second and have a whole bunch of beers first if that’s what it takes. It’s Sari and Hina’s final show that you’re probably going to have a chance to see — why would you miss that!

Today: THE NEW YORK ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL, Trans-Pecos, Queens, NYC
915 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385
1:00 p.m.
Appearing: Rei Imaizumi from Necronomidol (Solo set), Opus. Travelers, Mevius, Lovespread, Miwa Gemini, Krimewatch, Late Cambrian, Oyasumi Hologram, NECRONOMIDOL
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Tomorrow: PhilaMoca, Philadelphia, PA
531 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
8:00 p.m.
Appearing: Mevius, Lovespread, Oyasumi Hologram, NECRONOMIDOL
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Homicidols Dot Com is clearly involved in the promotion of this tour, and still for zero renumeration!

Oyasumi Hologram’s Conquest of America Blazes On

Chika queens Oyasumi Hologram just wrapped up the first leg of their first North American tour (crowdfunded, no less!) after a handful of shows in and around San Francisco, with chiptuner TORIENA in tow and various local friends on hand to support. It was, as you might expect, quite the scene, and not without the kinds of hiccups that come with international travel and performing, but all’s well that ends well, and the trend in this case is hurtling toward a big ol’ finale.

The scene in the Bay:

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This Is the Oyasumi Hologram Live Experience

Dear idols: When you take on the massive lift that is going from the Tokyo underground to international touring, you get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the ol’ Homicidols editorial calendar, and things that I’d ordinarily Weekender become features. If I can goose interest in your gigs when they’re going to happen right here in my country, I’m going to do it, you know?

In this case, with Oyasumi Hologram now only a couple of weeks away from their first (and hopefully not last!) run of U.S. tour dates, I wanted to highlight some live video from their gig over the weekend. If you’re new to them or just plain on the fence about whether to get to the Bay Area or New York or Philadelphia, maybe these little tastes of what’s in store can sway you. Or you’re like me and will just plain enjoy seeing OYSM doing their thing!

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Here Is Just Our First Reward for Getting Oyasumi Hologram Stateside

Yesterday afternoon was annoying. I had seen this MV release in my feed, I had set up this post as a shell, and I was just waiting for a chance to do something with it. The time, it did not come, not until late as all heck and it wasn’t worth forcing out something to publish so late in the day, and instead I moped around it. That the thing wasn’t written in full until pretty much right now, though, that was a deliberate, had-alternatives choice, because I wanted to come back and give it a few more spins and soak in it. Enjoy, friends:

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Here Are the Oyasumi Hologram Tour Dates

The cats have been trickling out of their bags regarding dates and locations for the pretty-darn-exciting Oyasumi Hologram+TORIENA+NECRONOMIDOL tour coming up in November, and OyaHolo went ahead and all but published the whole scheduling shebang the other day in their push-post to double up on their crowdfunding goals:

California dates, or some of them at least, with TORIENA; East Coast to some extent with NECRONOMIDOL

I don’t know why I feel like there’s more yet to come, but I kind of do. Anyway! It’s good to know where to be, and when, as available. If you’re down for an organized get-together in Philadelphia, let me know! And if you organize something in New York, also let me know!

Update: There was more to come.

Plus Necroma’s appearances:

And Guess Who Else Oyasumi Hologram and TORIENA Will Be Touring the USA With

It’s not just TORIENA that will be joining Oyasumi Hologram’s American tour in November — announced last night in Anaheim at the East Meets West Music Fest, old favorites NECRONOMIDOL will be on both legs* just the one leg! of the tour, not San Jose and San Francisco in the west, but then details-wanting appearances in New York City and Philadelphia in the east. This according to our man with the plan (and press access, and a camera) Daemon.

I don’t know if this is everything now that’s going to be on the tour, but that’s a pretty solid thing, no? And of course the East Coast performances are the big deal, given that they’re practically unheard of — Perfume and Morning Musume and Momoiro Clover Z can do New York, but nobody does Philadelphia, and NYC is a tough place to book anyway. I’m stoked to be able to go!

*I misunderstood what I was seeing and hearing because I was making french toast!

Sweet Holy Crap, Oyasumi Hologram Is Going for It

Well my Sunday just got a lot more interesting!

What follows below is the MV and initial draft reaction to Oyasumi Hologram’s release of their “ghost rider” MV the other day, which I was very enthusiastically going on about and, well, you’ll see the punchline at the end. I called the post “Everything That Oyasumi Hologram Does Is Perfect, Isn’t It?” Nonetheless:

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Predictably, Oyasumi Hologram Is Again Completely Wonderful

Time for a palate cleanser! Oyasumi Hologram, who will never get the credit or riches or fame that they deserve because the world is a cruel and unjust place, made the excellent, serendipitous choice to follow up their “the end of the world” MV release to promote 4 with “colors” and a full-band look:

The nicest thing about OyaHolo (other than their flexibility and diversity) is how incredibly mature their sound is. In an industry lousy with youth, and a scene that’s particularly emphatic in that lousiness, they could add dimensions of twee to their alt-rock takes (or even the less opportune tracks) and take the easy way out; instead, they constantly progress and grow their sound, rooted as always in that Halfway to Dreamscape foundation that sets them apart, but trying new moves here and there. It’s really lovely. Continue reading