Feeling really unmotivated, folks, but sometimes the best therapy to facing the idoling loss of two of the most important in it to you as one of your favorite groups disbands is to force-listen to and then share via your fancy idol website an ongoing mess of new material from a successor of the group one of those favorites founded almost a decade ago and then the other favorite joined a few years later. You know?
Yeah, I thought that the huge-ass Weekender Idol in Focus entry was timed well enough to sufficiently put a cap on this smorgasbord of individual track releases from CARRY LOOSE, but boy is my face red now! So let’s cope together with this new MV of theirs and listen to it all and download. Continue reading
I haven’t smashed a Play button so hard and so fast in a long time as I did yesterday when YouTube actually sent me a timely notification for once, and it was for FRUITPOCHETTE’s new single on what felt like a slightly delayed delivery but who cares it’s motherhubbard FRUITPOCHETTE. Damn that was exciting. This is the one that they crowdfunded for, which is to say in part that it’s the first whole-on real-deal single since the OG group re-formed last year. It’s not exactly completely new to us — we even got to tease it a little while ago — but now that it’s here in the flesh and MVed, it feels real and alive and this opening shot of Mina just about made my heart stop:
You know, it’s funny in a way that yesterday boasted significant news from arguably the two most important things in idol to me, and the one that I was most likely to have pre-written off completely won my heart back over while the other — the one that I cling to like the last hope in a disaster — got completely washed out in the excitement. I’m talking about BiSH, obviously, and Babymetal, but in reverse order: If not for catching the download tweets out of the corner of my eye, I’d have had no idea that anything was going on, and if D hadn’t brought up this MV, I’d have completely missed it. And why? Because I was too busy playing the (second half of the) new Babymetal album on repeat and getting those good feelings all over again.
If you know me, and you know BiSH, and you’ve paid any attention to anything I’ve written about them in the past, oh, couple of years, you may be predicting where this is going, but I’ll go ahead and give the lede a little swerve here and say: I like this, I really do, and though the single isn’t out-out until November, it’s going to be a good release.
Hey folks, a little bit of a somber one this time because Japan — you know, the place and culture that makes this stuff we love happen — is getting absolutely assaulted by Typhoon Hagibis and there was apparently an earthquake in more or less the same area at the same time. Short of a radioactive monster suddenly appearing, I don’t know if that situation could get more Japanese. Or worse, frankly. So do the #PrayforJapan thing if prayer’s what you do, or consider that there might be some need for aid in the coming days and what you can do to help. No, buying more cheki from Idol Underground probably ain’t it.
For everybody in a safe place now, though, it does you nor they nor us any good to dwell on bad things, and lookie here at all of these (mostly) good things. You know that idols are going to play a role in a the very least cheer up people affected by the typhoon, after all, so may they right now bring some cheer to you whether you need it or not. Also cheery? Playing the Fun and thinking about idol movies!
Yeah, go read it:
Official Homicidols Dot Com WACK Correspondent and Dank Meme Strategist Kerrie is temporarily out of action due to technical difficulties, so, in the interests of making sure that somebody said something (crucial!) about the new GANG PARADE MV — from their first truly major-label album — I have stepped into the breach.
Hey neat! A GANG PARADE MV! From their first truly major-label album! Surely there’s no way that WACK’s most consistently unpredictable group would lean into the kind of easy-out balladry that was too often at the heart of their prior iteration just because they’re now on a truly major label!
Also this is a hell of a look:
That’s right, friends, I’m talking maybe my favorite idol thing from my favorite idol scene, in reverse order the very intense and/or wild collection of misfits in Osaka, and DAIDAIDAI having emerged from that mess all the way back in 2016, carrying on the very unique sonic+idol legacy of Utena Yuki and PSYBOU KANOJO. This I write in dang near ever post about DAIDAIDAI because, damn it all, the history is important and the relationship between excellent ongoing projects must be acknowledged.
Anyway, DAIDAIDAI had, as once might expect after about three years together, a chunk of the membership graduate recently, and with that a simmering down of the old system while things retooled. Or, at least, as I surmise, because if I hadn’t checked in on them this morning, I’d still be unaware of these goings on because that’s what happens when you’re still afraid of the huge info crush of turning your notifications back on! However, yes, the graduation thing, that was known, and so you connect dots when you check in and OH LOOK A NEW THING!
Promising on the art alone!
Well that’s certainly exciting, and terrifying. And we get a preview version via short lyric video! Continue reading
It was with a heavy heart that I had to acknowledge, from a time of my not-quite demise, that AIBECK — somewhat-longstanding not-quite-doyens of the chika scene, gamely ambitious and well-supported — had a mass graduation and was now moving forward as a duo. It gave me a sad, especially at the thought that I wouldn’t be seeing my girl An’z around anymore, probably, and she was the first idol to ever tweet an English phrase back at me, which practically means that we were bound at the soul.
Nevertheless, idol never truly rests, and it was good and necessary that the resultant “new” duo version of the group would make good on a release in October. Maybe this is where we land today!
Ah, Melon Batake a go go. Remember last year, during Best Of season, when asses were shown in earnest by folks who couldn’t understand that a public process to select community favorites that they did not participate in themselves would fail to honor their favorite thing (Melon), and tried to make it as if there were some conspiracy on behalf of Team Homicidols, all of whom are unabashed lovers of Melon and want nothing but the best for them? That was fun.
The point is, we here at Homicidols Dot Com are very big supporters of Melon Batake a go go, and we have all been very happy to see their exposure grow by leaps and bounds ever since Brian first published about them ages ago. That said, we also try to avoid rose-colored glasses when regarding the things we like, so we’ve also been a little less than completely enthusiastic about everything that Melon’s done in more recent times, not because it wasn’t good but because it was getting kind of tired.
And so color me very pleasantly surprised when Melon — two weeks away from a very big one-man and accompanying single release — dropped said single via MV and left me slack-jawed and revising my internal narrative: Continue reading
Good morning! Welcome back to Saturday! Yada yada!
I’ve worked a lot of jobs in my time, going back to delivering community newspapers for $0.05 each when I was 12. Did I run a gamut from fast food to fine dining? I did! Also worked in construction, light industrial and retail service stuff before and between various creative things. I may be a fancy-pants now, but I didn’t exactly take the easy way to get there, is the point, and I’ve had a whole mess of bosses, good and bad, through the whole thing. My current boss is an excellent study in contrasts, in fact, and kind of sums up the whole experience — she is simultaneously the best and worst boss I’ve ever had, a gifted motivator and leader whose brain just so happens to work exactly like mine … who is also a deeply disordered thinker with no regard for anybody else’s time and a glaring lack of perspective that blinds her to significant issues that begin immediately with her #2.
I say all that to introduce the fact that I didn’t get to participate in #praiseawota yesterday, and it broke my heart. But duty on top of duty called while new duties were piling up, and then getting home was just running from one place to another, and the whole thing unspooled with nary a glance at it from me.
But dang if it wasn’t beautiful. Kerrie’s effort last week inadvertently yanked at some scabs in the community; the love-in that unfolded from #praiseawota is such a blessing to scroll back through that I wish I could scrapbook it. And yeah, I appreciate some kind words thrown the direction of yours truly and ye olde website, but honestly the best thing was seeing people holding up their friends and sending good vibes to and fro across the idolverse.
So anyway, go play the Fun if you haven’t, and praise some wota. And then, my goodness, what a wonderful autumn weekend ahead here. Nothing but good feelings from here on out.
BILLIE IDLE with a new single and an amazing title:
I had a happy thought this morning, gang, the kind of happy thought that only a person with a fancy idol website who goes on a short hiatus can really have. I was looking through the music I have saved to my phone and saw uijin’s last album there, and I got sad, for they are soon to leave us; then I went through my YouTube subscriptions and saw that their little sister group, raymay, had done a thing the other day, released a new digital single, and I got happy again. The mad brains behind this whole thing will continue to shower us with stuff!
And then, friends … then I listened, and I watched, and I cannot recommend more to you that you give this a few spins in a row, for it is magnificent: