The Latest from PIIIIIIIN Is a Lot of Being PIIIIIIIN

Well, okay, maybe it’s not quite as over-the-top as all that, but I was brought into all of the update-y stuff for this post by a Soundcloud notification, and the first thing I saw from it was the song title and my mind did all of the requisite stuff from there, actual facts on the ground that were to be subsequently discovered be damned.

PIIIIIIIN, who technically can only exist when they have seven members, have yet another new regime of seven members, and to commemorate the latest changeover dropped this new number that, correct, did scare me on their behalf, but just turns out to be a nice homage rather than what the past 16 months in idol have us so conditioned for: Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #164

Good morning! Sweet holy crap, what a week in idol. New releases! Final lives! Lots of live action because now’s a great time to schedule things! It hasn’t all been great stuff, obviously, but it’s certainly a … highly typical way(?) to start the new year.

Did you have a good New Year’s Eve? I don’t mean to sound boastful or anything, but sweet holy crap was I at a good party. You need that sometimes, whether it’s because of lots of work or stress or personal obligations or just the world doesn’t seem like a very nice place. And if you’ve read more than a single Weekender, you’ve probably picked up on that narrative — even if right now isn’t the time when you can take it easy and just enjoy yourself somehow, you deserve to have that time at some point, and this disjointed collection of video and news and reactions is hopefully something that you can put to use during those times. Have fun with it!

And with that, friends, I am once again off on a little more adventure than I’d like, but it’s in the doing that sausage gets made. Just do me a favor and play the Fun for the sake of everybody’s burr-headed soon-to-be-ex idol.

That Was a Weird Metaphor

Looks like that’s it for monogatari:

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All-but-final Songs and Details on the New BiS Album

Ah, and now we reach the point in the promotional machine when a new release (specifically, a WACK release) is laid almost completely bare before the world and all of its details are known and we get to speculate wildly about what might fill the otherwise-empty informational crevices. Behold, the new BiS album, now more than just a bunch of stuff on Soundcloud:

A title! A track list! A … a cover that looks a lot like it’s really playing up an appropriate punk rock association while also trying very hard to avoid being sued by Green Day! Good lord, after these tracks, there’s just the one left to show off, and it could also be a Green Day reference if you’re willing to stretch a little, and I’m guessing that’s where the MV will come from, the only question really being when, it being a real shame that we’re still more than a month from the release date, I say again.

But let’s listen to the new songs, which you can also still download for a hot minute (I’m sorry!): Continue reading

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Download This Song from the mishmash Before It’s Gone

Ah, the mishmash, one of my two or three favorite groups that basically just performs all the time and never releases anything, thereby leaving me to drift hopelessly through a directionless life with neither succor nor support. I wish they did more stuff! It’s hard to stay mad at them, though, because they rub shoulders with excellent company and I think are largely satisfied with being their best selves in a milieu that appreciates them. But anyway! There’s music, and you can get it. Thanks for a retweet campaign involving one of those demos that I’m always kvetching about, they have a full song to listen to, and then to download for free, and hey look get to it:

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Hey! Go Get These Other Excellent BiS Songs!

Thank the gods for some down time! I’ve been dying to get a few minutes to really catch up on some of the excellent things that happened in idol this week, the latest couple of pre-album track releases by BiS among them. Friends, they do not disappoint.

First things first, if you know what’s good for you, take advantage of the fact that you can download these things and have them:

Should you need additional convincing (like, if the last one of these pre-releases didn’t have you absolutely twitterpated), just listen to these suckers. I will warn you, though, that this is music of excellent quality, one of which will threaten to put you in the hospital. Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #162

Welcome back to the weekend, ya weirdos! I hope you had a good week. We here at Team Homicidols certainly did — we got to publish the annual Best Ofs for both community and Team (with minimal blowback, hooray!), we welcomed Cal with an excellent first post, and we started to put together the Year in Review in Review, which we’ll likely have posted by New Year’s Eve at the latest. In fact, oddly enough, this somehow felt like a nicely mid-key week for idol. Everybody’s revving up for Christmas, I guess. So let’s get right to the point! It’s also now officially winter, which is awesome in its own right except that I didn’t get to winter in around Maniac Mansion this year and will be stuck trying to get all of this stuff done before the real winter weather kicks in next month. Nice and chilly, though, and the only time when it’s like that and people are actually in a good mood. In that spirit, go play the Fun and then Weekender yourself into a lazy day.

That Does Sound Nice

As if 2019 still wanted to prove that there is no god, we get the terrible goddamn news that amiinA is done in May:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #161

Good morning! And for the first time, let me wish everybody a very happy holiday season — if there’s one thing that everybody needs regardless of circumstance, it’s a couple of weeks of merriness and brightness.

What a last few days though, huh? The ultimate in people’s democracy unfolded, with unexpected results but, in retrospect, confirming what a simpler reading of the tea leaves could have foretold. I think that the full results, once known and understood, will really surprise some people, and not pleasantly. And if the Best of 2019 weren’t wild enough, I understand that you all in the UK had something of an election the other day. Isn’t democracy grand?

Let’s do that thing, that very Homicidols thing, where we all don’t just accentuate the positive, but bathe in it. Honestly, while I have more to share about the Best Of when we release the results on Monday, for now I just want to say that we really do have a great community of people in the international idol fandom, and it shows. And so in the meantime, enjoy for yourself the week that was, play the Fun and then go drink some mulled beverage in an outdoor market somewhere.

Lemons Out Of Lemonade, This Guy

Our Official Oshi is headed back to the UK!

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Look at BiS out Here Saving the Best for Last

It’s December, gang, and in fact we’re inside of two weeks til Christmas and three til the new year, and the Homicidols Best of 2019 has drawn to a close, the year is basically done let’s all just pack it in and enjoy all the photos of idols in their Santa outfits and — oh, right, BiS3 has a record on the way, and they’d like to remind us of that fact and get us excited about it by giving it away for free in little pieces. This is from yesterday:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #160

Good morning! Did you all have a good week? It was … an interesting one, I think. Up and down, good and bad in certain ways. Everybody’s favorite at-least-partly-completely-attenuated villain visited with fans. Nothing makes sense anymore. And I’ll tell you, because I was putting together the final ballots for the Best Of 2019, it feels like quite a bit doesn’t make sense! I’ll save the real comments on that for the intro post a little later, but: Wew.

Now is not the time to worry about that, though. The time to worry about such weighty subjects is at the appointed time; now is the time to worry about nothing but, hey, it’s Saturday! It’s getting pretty wintry out there! Idols are dressing up in Santa outfits! It’s a wonderful time of the year! And okay sure, this isn’t the heaviest Weekender ever, but it has some nice moments. So go play the Fun, check out the below, and then get your December on.

You’re Running out of Ideas

If you’re reading this and you’re in this photo, call me:

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When You’re Watanabe, Your Week Has a Theme

WACK never sleeps, apparently, and nor does its somewhat eponymous founder have time for your shenanigans or judgment. In fact, he stacked up extremely Watanabe moments for the week and delivered like has never seemed possible — and it’s only Wednesday, good lord.

This is a music website, so the most important news is that the latest flavor of BiS (to which I do refer derisively but actually find myself more in love with all the time) is releasing a new album, and here’s the first track, which you can download until the 10th on the link here, and also listen to in perpetuity:

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