Good morning! Ah, the first weekend of true summer. I’ll admit that it started off pretty weak for me last night. I was trying to get a table at a rooftop club to enjoy the longest evening and latest sunset of the year, only for both of the places that I’d scoped out not actually having a rooftop, and so I settled instead for a nice patio situation with a fountain and lightning bugs that really seemed to want my kebab. So it goes!
But yes, friends, it’s summertime for most of us, and the energy of the season has been trickling more and more through idol lately. Big names, little names, no-names and more are all flexing more, and more frequently, as we’re only now a little over a month out from TIF and @JAM and goodness knows what all else. Plenty of good stuff now, and more to come.
So enjoy. Idol loves Halloween and Christmas and Twin-Tails Day and Golden Week and on and on, but idol is made for summertime. Let that spirit carry you. Play the Fun. Dig in.
You Say the Same Things about a Lot of Things
First order of business! You’ve almost certainly heard the new Babymetal single by now, and you no doubt have an opinion. Cool. Daemon and I, I think, both considered posting about it, but honestly the most fun thing was just watching the hilarity unfold, and by “hilarity” I mean “people who lecture people online about Babymetal going berserk over Babymetal doing a Babymetal.” It was pretty great. But yeah, I’m sure that there’s a real MV on the way, and we can all talk about it more when the time comes.
It was inevitable following the official re-re-launch of BiS that there would be quick next steps. No, I don’t mean the greatest post in the history of idol blogging; I mean a demo of some sort, something that sticks with the WACK playbook to give a taste of what’s to come without actually revealing anything of substance — the members are all still ghosted-out, after all. And that inevitability bore fruit today! This is apparently what we can expect to hear from the re-renewed Brand-new Idol Society:
Holy shit, it’s Saturday. Thank fucking CHRIST that I don’t have to go into an office today, and definitely didn’t have to do it at the ass crack of dawn, and definitely won’t be there until after happy hour ends and listen there’s no reason to ever go out in DC on a weeknight unless it’s for happy hour unless you also happen to be under the age of 24 because don’t ever let anyone fool you the only thing in DC more overrated than the food scene is the nightlife and, my goodness, did I need the benefit of a few drinks and the company of people who weren’t my co-workers this week. Good time for travel schedules to mean that I’d be the sole resident of Maniac Mansion!
Yeah, I’m gassed. I did manage to pay enough attention to do a halfway decent Weekender, if I do say so myself. It’s weird, though, not doing any posting at all for that length of time — it felt like I was leaving a part of myself aside. Fortunately, not a whole lot of particular interest was going on, so my weird feels only went so far!
Enjoy this thing, then, and do go play the Fun, and then, it being Pride Month and all, do something cool and supportive with your friends or family or scenemates — to say nothing of the many idols themselves — for whom the month exists. It’s good and fun!
Unless You Aren’t Here for Fun
I don’t know how familiar you are with MAPLEZ-affiliated project NEMURIORCA, but here’s easily the most enjoyable thing they’ve done so far:
Good morning! Good golly, what a week that was. If I’d had even the tiniest bit more time, a lot of what follows would have been standalone posts blogged out on their own, but instead ha HA we get a really solid Weekender!
Speaking of time, there’s one more thing (you can probably guess) that I want to do, and then, well, I hope you also have much better things to do with your summertime (it’s June!) Saturday than goof around online, so play the Fun (it’s very fun) and then get out and enjoy this stuff, people!
That Was Abrupt
This is how RHYMEBERRY says goodbye:
A quick post before I get dragged back into the day-to-day, and yeah I’m a little bit late on it shut up you should see my Soundcloud stream right now. But! So buGG, who I only just praised and held up as a thing worth getting into, uncorked another song the other day and were so kind as to share it with us:
Here’s the obligatory live clip of the same:
I’m yet to dislike a single thing from this company. It’s like they paint in Things That Please Maniac.
Forgive the brevity, friends, as I peel myself off of the remnants of the holiday weekend and glance with eminent side-eye at anything approaching an obligation, but I flagged this in passing yesterday specifically because I thought that you needed it as much as I needed (to follow up on) it. So what is it? Oh, no big deal, just a solo/duo spot by Kolokol members Akiho and Konomi in honor of their birthday live tomorrow:
That’s not really what I’d expect from Kolokol, which is fitting because it’s not from Kolokol and is instead a distinct thing that just so happens to be associated with Kolokol, who hey by the way also should do more things because everything they do is good, even things like this that aren’t actually Kolokol! But for real, it’s a cool song, neat moves, and the girls sound good. I’m jealous; the last time that I was invited to do a song for my birthday, I had two too many soju bombs and forgot what I was doing in the middle of “Silent Lucidity.”
It’s quiet out there. Too quiet! Somebody went and twisted around the spring timeline to drop us into the middle of idol doldrums right smack dab in the middle of what used to be a pretty exciting time. Boo on that! So let’s get back to fundamentals for a minute and do what Homicidols Dot Com used to be really good at — looking at new and of-limited-discovery idol projects!
Here’s one that’s been on my personal radar for a few months (this draft was in the queue as of Dec. 28, 2018!), one that quite literally popped up due to a recommendation-by-affiliation with some personal favorite stuff but that I, being occasionally dense and consistently lazy, didn’t draw out completely until much more recently. They have a fun name (that reminds me of this, you’re welcome) and seem like a fun time and in fact aren’t “new” at all so much as they’re probably unfamiliar to most of us — it’s buGG (Twitter), and here’s their newest song!
Here it is live: Continue reading
Today is a weird day, friends. A lot of cool and good things have happened, but BiS (v. like 2.4) is gone, and while I’ll spare you all the soliloquy (also: kinda called it!) so as to let a little piece by Kerrie stand out instead, I do want to say that this brings things about as full circle as could be. There’s a weird sort of poetry in Babymetal having a fresh release in the same week as latter-day BiS disbanding; none of (/waves hands around) this exists without those two.
Oh and this was originally going to be a really, really solid Weekender, but my phone ate the notifications that I saved up between Tuesday and Thursday, so I had to recreate from memory, and that was not a raging success. Still pretty good though.
More to come today, obviously, and plenty on the horizon, no matter what all’s currently shaking out in WACKworld. Go play the Fun, and, if you happen to be at either the EU embassies’ open-house thing today or at the Who show in Virginia tonight, come say hi to the only dude at either in a NECRONOMIDOL shirt.
But Why Though?
RED ALERT! My new pals at Gerpfast Records asked that I let you know that this very limited edition is running its course, so get that DJ MARIKO tape while you still can!
And in continuing the quick recent trend of things being announced and/or released on the final day of the Heisei Era, we have QUEENS, who are lots of fun anyway but capable of turning that all the way up to 12 just to spite your grumpiness you big, grumpy bear, who announced at their one-man the release of their first full album for June by dropping an MV that I just very loudly said on Twitter that I’d anticipated, which turned out to be for the wrong reasons by bear with me!
First, the MV that I urge you to take Dramamine before viewing:
Welcome back! Did you have a good week? Ol’ Maniac is proud to report that I just wrapped up one of the most manic month-long stretches of my life, and when the clock hit closing time yesterday and I packed up for home without the company computer in my bag and no obligations looming for the next couple of days, it was immensely liberating.
And idol! We’re right at the cusp of what’s usually an absolutely delicious time to be in this scene. I feel badly that I have neither kept up with nor attempted to keep up with the debuts this year, but yeah, this is often a time frame for that, and also when the nice spring/summer release season heats up. I’m fairly eagerly awaiting some (hopefully) good things, and feeling genuinely optimistic. I just wish that I had more time to devote!
So, my friends, take this opportunity to do nothing but what you want, enjoy some idol goodness, play the Fun, and may the sun never stop shining.
This Optimism Must Stop
Here’s a whole WILL-O’ live: