Let’s Discover Some Idols: MISSEMILY

At last, an appropriately timed Let’s Discover! This goes back to whewas first stepping back into the game back during the real summer, and I had to spend time getting re-adjusted. Yes, I’d kept in contact and had a general sense of what all was major-league happening in idol, but a lot of things just didn’t get noticed at all. Homework was a necessity! And on one of my very first days coming back to life, I see this in my feed because like half of my follows were reacting to it:

Ho ho! And who is this and what is going on? Of course it required investigation — if all of your friends do something, you tend to at least want to test it out yourself, no matter what mom says — and what a pleasant learning experience it has been so far. Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #200

Welcome back to Saturday! I actually feel very strange about this, because in my head it was Tuesday like 20 minutes ago. Such a (personally, though maybe for you too) strange week. I didn’t even get to post anything! We do still have some good items from last week to get to, not to mention more recent material (like from today!), so the lull will only be a brief annoyance. I also have like five Let’s Discover Some Idols to finish, oops.

So yeah, this is usually the spot where I try to add something peppy and link it to idols and then we go on with our lives. That’s been tough the last several weeks as this disaster of a year goes from “hilariously bad” to “okay seriously have we actually been in the Bad Place this entire time?” It’s tough to spin things that might make you feel better, and I completely understand that. I just want you to know that whatever it is for you — fly fishing or restoring daguerreotypes or whatever it is that the youngs enjoy these days — if you’re feeling down, you should do it. And there are constructive, meaningful things you can do if you feel compelled to action. None of this has to do with idol if it doesn’t, though of course it can. And, at the end of the day, there are people who care about you and want things to be good for you.

Now, you may have expected that we’d do something fun or weird or whatever for this, the 200th consecutive iteration of the world’s longest-running serialized throwaway content accumulation post in major North American J-idol blogging history, and I thought about it, but I thought we can do better. The fourth anniversary of the Weekender is now eight weeks away, and then it’s basically Best Of season, and then it’s a mere hop-skip-jump to the fifth anniversary of Homicidols Dot Com. There are much cooler and better things to celebrate! So let’s do those instead.

And With That, Enjoy Yourself

Prepare yourself for the Tokyo Idol Festival!

You’re going to hate this from THIS IS NATS but also be unable to deny it:

Oh goddamn why:

The way that SHINGEKI avoids giving us bonkers video content is to give us no video content:

Support Wonder Lander!

I don’t know if we’ve ever actual-posted about Yuka/MINIMARING, but today’s the kind of day we could all use some of it:

Additionally, watch this TACOYAKI RAINBOW thing:

And hell, why not, good things are good things — here’s Cawaful TORNADO(?) who may never get a real post here but whatever:

Deets on the new NECRONOMIDOL album:


Idol in Focus

This week’s Idol in Focus is actually Devil ANTHEM, who may be the record-holders for this space, appearances-wise. This started as a standalone post two weeks ago, and then I forgot about the post, and then it lost its timeliness and I said screw it. So, Devil ANTHEM with this MV!

Again, I say it every time, but I can’t believe how long this group has been together and they still look like babies

Added bonus: Extra stuff!

The phrase we use at work is CYA!


Holy heck:

So is it consensus yet that The Grateful a MogAAAz have surpassed Melon in terms of interest factor?

I’m always so happy when I see Ayami things:

BURST GIRL with a scary story more than a more away from Halloween:

Have a great weekend!

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Blood in the Bathroom with NECRONOMIDOL

When NECRONOMIDOL teased this MV … good lord, was that just yesterday? yesterday, I was a tiny bit skeptical, I’ll admit. Long right in my personal tippy-top group of favorite things in music (let alone idol, but also and especially idol), Necroma felt almost inviolable, and so the big membership upheaval from earlier in the year was actually kind of hard to reckon with, and I feel like I’m still getting used to the idea. But, that being said, just as life turns to death and death to decay, all things must change, and that includes an idol group that personifies the living darkness! And so, when the thing dropped a little while ago, I held on and …

Oh hey, this is good! And of course so — Ricky didn’t suddenly stop knowing what to do when the last of the OGs left, of course the core concept and ability to meld talent to it are still there, so what the hell was I worried about? No, man, if you dig on Necroma, you’re going to dig on this. It’s just, like, a lot more gruesome than you might be used to! Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #199

Good morning! Or, at least, I hope it’s good, or that you can make it good. Around these parts, the turn from summer into autumn has been absolutely pleasant sans the several inches of rain we got the other day, and there’s peace and quiet. That’s good — we need that. Entirely too many people don’t have that now. And as if 2020 needed yet another layer before the topper goes on, we have unprecedented wildfires out west, including several in areas I used to work in back in the day. It’s scary to see, and scarier still to think that this may just be the beginning of deeply chaotic times.

That’s not meant to scare you, by the way. Instead, I hope that you see all of this and think, I’m going to make the most of what I have today and I’m going to work for better things tomorrow. Stay safe, stay sane, and take action to add some improvement to the world.

Sermon out of the way, there’s a ton of good stuff in idol over the last week, much of which we have posts in progress about, and quite a bit of the rest of which you can find right here in the ol’ Weekender!

Oh No, Milestones Incoming Too

What a blessing it is to live in a world that includes Dance for Philosophy:

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I Hereby Nominate GREAT MONKEYS for the Best Debut of the Year

Well, friends, it finally happened — after I excitedly pinpointed the debut of the mishmash sister group GREAT MONKEYS a little while ago, they slowly but surely leaked out little bits of content until bam! into our lives drops the rare congruence between hype (however entirely personal) and result. AND I’m pleased to say that I was totally right and my girl Juri (now rendering it Julie, which makes absolutely perfect sense) — former awesome focal point of the underappreciated JOANJOAN and then relative short-timer with No Surprises — is leading this thing just like her currently awesome energy and presence deserve.

Prepare yourself for a blast:

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Gods Help Me, the New DIE/NING EP Rules

It came as a significant surprise to me that the idol group sitting as subject of this post, who you have by now successfully identified as DIE/NING, has previously received a single solitary mention on Homicidols Dot Com, and at that merely a Weekender item as opposed to even a compulsory getting-to-know-you post. Homicidols Dot Com sincerely regrets the error!

I’m not here today to make up for lost time or anything; I presume that if you need to know DIE/NING, you are then in fact already aware of them, as this weird-ass project has been around for goodness knows how long in one form or another. Not a lot needs to be said! So let’s tell this story as simply as possible. Continue reading

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In Honor of BABYMETAL, a BABYMETAL Thing

So you’ve probably seen the news, that BABYMETAL, who through no fault of their own have had their entire reason for being (big-ass live shows) ripped out from under them, are going to release their very own version of a double-live gonzo album next week:

This was already announced a while ago, Twitter-diving shows, but it’s new to me dammit!

Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. This is very much a Weekender item. So why am I blogging a whole-ass post out for it? Because, starters, it’s been a minute since the last time we had good reason to post a BABYMETAL thing, and also because I have now listened to the previews and deemed them good, and because today is a very special day, my very own Fox Day if you will, as it is the sixth anniversary of my first BABYMETAL experience (it was “Megitsune”), which is almost as life-defining as the time I decided to strike up a conversation with the person to whom I am now engaged to be married and also very easy to remember because it’s my brother’s birthday. So in honor of the unofficial beginning of Maniac and the eventual establishment of ye olde website, I blog a BABYMETAL post. Continue reading

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Wonder Lander Keeps Rewarding Me for Liking Them

This post is all messed up. It was supposed to be a straightforward celebration of all things Wonlan and their current releases and motivating you to give them a go if you haven’t already several times, written yesterday no less, except that I drafted the whole middle bit and left off the ends and now I can’t remember which witticisms were used to do what, so how about this: You go look at this MV, which is new to the Wonder Lander corpus, and you get all “oh neat I like this” as is appropriate, and then you continue through the post because there’s more to it, and if you can figure out the context for yourself then you win a prize, which will be determined by Chris at his convenience. So go for it:

This is a journey, man

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Lots of Change Is Afoot for the Various Up Up Girls

I take no credit for this — Kerrie brought it up in chat and I just stuck it into the queue so as to have pieces in one place, to which Kerrie responded “OH GREAT YOU DO IT” and thus does one the least well-versed-when-it-comes-Up-Up-Girls-at-least people is the bearer of what is almost assuredly some degree of bad news, but these things do always depend on perspective.

So! Yesterday, Up Up Girls announced that, following a big-ass outdoor live on the 26th, the old regime will be no more and a new regime will rise.

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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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