This Is and Is Not a Review of NEO JAPONISM’s New Albums and Such

After a few false starts, I finally get around to writing up something approximating a review for “NEO JAPONISM’s new album” that would only have been accurate if I’d waited a minute to include the second album released a mere week later, and then subsequently two additional tracks that appear on neither album but did get MVs. Correct — I waited myself into complete uncertainty as to what or when anything would happen, and then lost impetus for the project. But now that I think we’re safe from any extra releases, why not dig in and actually talk about this stuff? Continue reading

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UNDER BEASTY Is Releasing Too Much Music and It Makes My Brain Hurt, Thank Goodness

I bet you, yes you!, have read through the Weekender while sipping your free trade organic Sumatran dark roast coffee and pondered, gee, how does this sausage get made? Well, friend, I’m here to tell you that the Weekender is painstakingly curated over the course of t– HA HA HA! I mean, yeah, it takes some work, but for the most part somebody makes a draft post for it and sticks in something, and then others on Team add around it, and then I get lazy and make an Idol in Focus, and back when we had the various other features we’d look for X, Y or Z, but then the coup de grace on Saturday morning is my personal dive through the very many hundreds of YouTube accounts that I subscribe to, hunting for new content that is both genuinely new, genuinely interesting and from diverse enough sources that you don’t always see the same things. And now that we’ve set the stage, let me say that those video dives often yield more workable content than you’d expect, and in this past weekend’s case very notable drew my eyes back toward the former indie wonders in UNDER BEASTY, and a new MV from them, and that is right below, but also let me say that no post can make any sense (even with the way I write!) without additional context, and so it was that I also looked to UB Twitter and saw that they’re releasing a new single, and so this all made sense:

However! Just a few days prior, they dropped the MV for “Trust in …”, which is an almost perfect idorock ballad:

Now, “Trust in …” is actually a completely different single release, from the first week of August, which means that it is in no way associated with “Real Blade”, which … releases next week: Continue reading

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Arrow Heart Is Still Alive and You Need to Appreciate That

Who among you who regularly read ol’ Homicidols Dot Com in the early days, when I posted any and everything and marveled at the very ability of idols to exist on this mortal plane, are still around to reminisce with me? Ah, the glory days, when Alice Project fanboys sock-puppeted their way to … something, and we did stupid things purely for the sake of trying something new. And, pertinently, they were the days when I was blown away in so many ways by the persistent presence of a little idol project called Arrow Heart.

Listen to this! I’d do anything for a clean recording to really appreciate it — as Phillter (remember Phillter?!) once put it, they’re basically FRUITPOCHETTE sans some polish. And the neat thing about idols, you don’t need them to rock the hell out to appreciate them, as demonstrated: Continue reading

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JyuJyu Becomes Apocalypse

Now that there’s a little bit more time to pay attention to recreational interests, one of my favorite activities over the past few days has been to clean out and update my system of idol notifications. Like, only a lunatic would deliberately comb all of idol media all the time to find the stuff they want to blog about! No, a milder form of lunatic (a maniac, if you will) uses the Powers of Technology to get immediate tips about particular goings-on, and then responds accordingly. It’s just … man, it gets to be a lot. And during my long hiatus, it became obvious that some work needed to go into cleaning up all of that. Out with the old, in with the new, etc. etc. etc. And with that, I purged quite a few artists, some of which have demonstrated that they just plain aren’t worth following that closely, and others that barely do anything to warrant so much attention span (yes, there’s a difference), and yet more that, well, I don’t think anybody really cares about anymore.

Which brings me to JyuJyu, who I will tell you I saw in my list and stayed purely because they don’t have the world’s most active Twitter account, so there’s a higher likelihood of a meaningful announcement than you see from basically anybody else in idol. Also, because I genuinely really like the group and find their management inexplicable, I’d have to keep putting in extra work to check in on them, and work just isn’t something that’s terribly attractive these days.

ANYWAY, today, JyuJyu, notifications, announcement. Oh, and what an announcement it was! Continue reading

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This Week’s Entry in the “Only in 2020” Sweepstakes Is from BURST GIRL

Did I make that up? I made that up. The year that is 2020 is a lot of things, and one of them definitely is a month-to-month competition to see how much worse the world can get (current trend: holding!), but what I refer to here is simply a narrative device, not an actual contest, unless your take on idol this year as well can be viewed through the same kind of lens. The real bloodbath of graduations was last year, of course, though we’ve had our share. ANYWAY, the point is, title only, not actual thing.

With which I now segue to this weekend’s entry from BURST GIRL from their “story” record, which is … look, I took a few months off, came back, and nothing made sense anymore. I’m not sure of the chronology because at least some of it pre-dates my de-cocooning myself, but if I were only to have heard the “Against the drain” track, I’d be like, oh how neat and cool that BURST GIRL has graduated to melodic easycore or, I dare say, lifting verse material straight from NOFX. HOWEVER, whether it’s because BOSS idol-retired or because Waka’s back and has clothing to sell or even just because it’s 2020, the punk rockin’est of all punk rockin’ idol units has taken on a different character for this release. And Saturday morning has us all seeing this for the first time:

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Why Yes, I Did Enjoy the New Ishido Natsumi, Why Do You Ask?

This isn’t new-news or anything, and the fact that I’m writing it shouldn’t be news per se, either, because of all of the online gaijin wota, I can think of exactly one other person who emphatically supported Ishido Natsumi the same way I do (hi!), but it’s important that I make good on something that I felt strongly enough about like two weeks ago to create a post draft for.

Anyway, yes, the title of the post! And I’d like for you to enjoy it, too:

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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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Singles Round-up 2020.04.01

Hi, and welcome to a new weekly feature on homicidols.com where we look at each Wednesday’s choicest idol victuals, so you can decide which of the delicious offerings to eat.  With your ears.  Let’s go!

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It’s a New CARRY LOOSE Video

After a failed crowd-sourcing effort to think of a headline that wasn’t terrible, the team here at Homicidols have decided to lay it on you bare bones style, much like CARRY LOOSE do in their new video where they burn to death and become floating skulls.

That’s right! The self described “cool and emo” idols from WACK are back with the video for their first single, dropping on the 11th of February. Just in time for Valentines Day! If your lover doesn’t appreciate the vocal prowess of YUiNA EMPiRE, break up with them and spend your gift money on cheki instead.

In an effort to stop Yumeka Naukana from talking about aliens again, this song is all about the denizens of our very own planet Earth. The verses are mellow while the more upbeat chorus features a proud proclamation of the amazingness of humankind. This isn’t your typical WACK ballad, these girls are here to lift your spirits without a hint of melancholy~

If you’re itching to see how the song sounds live but have the displeasure of not being in Japan anytime soon, the annual ONAGAWACK performance is set to be livestreamed on Nicovid next Saturday. If that’s not enough to get your interest, MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN will also be performing their one song then immediately leaving again. We stan.

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Monday’s Worth It When KAQRIYOTERROR Has a Preview for You

I was definitely going to skip idol today, gang. I’m tired and there’s a lot of work to do besides, and the last thing I wanted to see were DMs, because the mere suggestion of DMs means that idol things happened, and I usually want to at least pretend to follow up on them. But what a choice to make to look! There are things! Posting things!

First up today is the latest two-hour (guffaw) preview from the chaos merchants at KAQRIYOTERROR, who will make this official release next Wednesday but right now really want you to listen to “Persona” and talk about it online with #Persona_! Which is likely because there’s all kinds of stuff related to the video game on Twitter right now, a very happy coincidence no doubt. Anyway!

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