This was easily the best thing that happened yesterday, and I want to share it because it’s something that all people should experience. I speak, obviously, of HAMIDASYSTEM, and to follow that a live of theirs. Or, more specifically, their one-man a little while back, pro-shot and edited and mixed and oh my goodness it’s real and beautiful. And of course it includes everything from their very literal multimedia magnum opus, the likes of which we may never see again.
A friend, a name you may have encountered in your online idoling adventures, asked whether this performance being so filmed and broadcast meant that it was for a to-be-released DVD. I didn’t know the answer, and Twitter wasn’t helpful, but another viewer offered that … it was being broadcast as a promo, for other one-mans. That’s wild.
Anyway, the point of all of this is that HAMIDASYSTEM is amazing as heck, and you should watch this, but you have to hurry because it’s only being published for 48 hours and 24 have already passed, so you only have 24 left! Get to watching!
Happy Saturday, friends! Have you had a chance to weigh in on final nominees for the Best of 2018? I’ll leave that open until noon just in case, but things close up after that so that Team (mostly Kerrie!) can get things organized for voting next week. I’m thinking, we’ll probably do the same rolling thing as last year, to space things out.
I’ll save bigger reflections for when we get to do the real Year in Review, but I think this might be the last real good regular week of the year. It was a good one! There have been bigger Weekenders over the last couple of years, but few as dense as this one. It’s like 2018 wanted to go out with a slow-burning bang, and who can blame it? That was basically the theme.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some winter wonderland stuff to take care of. Play the Fun, give this glut of idolness a perusal, and prepare for what I think is going to be the best round of annual awards we’ve ever had.
And speaking of festivals, I figure that this one ought to interest folks ’round these parts:
METAL MATSURI Japanese heavy metal fest! London @O2Islington 4 – 5 October, 2019! 10 bands in 2 days feat. UNLUCKY MORPHEUS making their UK live debut! More acts and OFFICIAL announcement of the other headliner TBA
Not that long ago, maybe a week or so, some scuttlebutt opened up in the Idolverse. One could write that sentence for just about any day on the calendar, but in this case I refer to a bubbles of interest around a new project from the same team as uijin, who you may recall as great-ass idols who exist at permanent arm’s length from anybody who doesn’t go to their many, many lives. Great, but sad! Naturally, of course, the discussion turned toward what this new sister unit will sound like — more of the big sister’s “neo Tokyo” take, or maybe something bent more(!) toward electronica, or brutal slam*, or … or what? Now we know!
Go ahead, tell me all about how much you missed the alliterative wonders that are Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are perpetually too good to not get talked about more but also don’t do enough stuff to warrant talking too much about say la vee. When we last saw our intrepid formerly masked punk rock idols, they were doing legitimately great work and also preparing to say goodbye to the last two of their original members, which … well, they made my list of saddest departures, but nobody else’s apparently. Since then, it’s been the two newbies added last year setting out as their own version of the dynamic duo that Ai and Mone had kept up for a while, keeping the coals burning for another big move.
Hence today, what better way to signal your next steps than in video form? It’s not a new thing, but from their months-old second album My Life, My Way, but obviously a slightly different version for reasons that will become clear in a few seconds:
Hey, who’s that!
I’m sorry, since when does easycore go all-in on a breakdown? That was something else. Hell, with those percussion and keyboard moves, I thought maybe I’d run into a PassCode rendition for a second. I really like this song you guys! Dare I say that this might be the best song that they’ve ever put out? I didn’t pick up My Life, My Way because I bought very little idol music this year, period, but I can say with confidence that I’m having a tough time finding anything from prior releases that would compete with it.
Whew. Anyway, yes, there’s now a third member to round out the group, bringing them back to a trio that has no members in common with any of the previous trio lineups:
It’s finally here, friends. Yes, I refer to the MV to promote the Identity Crisis EP from Kaqriyo Terror Architect, a record that was released in October and somehow feels like it’s still trying to earn the respect it deserves. The title of this post refers to a message that Papermaiden sent to the Team in the wee hours, in which it was suggested that perhaps one view this production not at work, for which it may be neither suitable nor safe, a qualifier that could be extended to public transit, school, where baby Jesus can see and judge you, etc. It also refers to lyrics! So keep this context in mind for a second, as you’re no doubt itching to press play and finally get to dig in.
But don’t let the various stuffs distract you too much, as you should focus on the song, because it’s a pretty good song!
If you’re looking for a good time with very little commitment of your precious time resources, you could do a lot worse than discovering whether you’re definitely going to be picking up the new There There Theres album, BRICKS, or whether you’re almost definitely going to be doing so. It’s just a question of personal hype level, isn’t it? In spirit if not in fact continuing on the BRGH legacy of being the queens of chika means that TTTs releases are events, man. You gotta step into that and let it hit you with all due severity.
And especially when the rapid-fire nature of the it could leave an adult human staggered and gasping for relief! It’s a lot like Arguably Greatest Punk Collaboration Ever Short Music for Short People, a glory of 30-second songs. TTTs absolutely destroyed that standard in setting a new record in Getting to Know Music By Hearing It in Tiny Snips!
Good morning, and happy First Semiofficial Day of Winter If You Go By Calendar Month! I was telling a work colleague yesterday about my irrational love of this month, and indeed all of Q4, for it is in this time that we are besotted by feasts and fests and follies and such crass commercialism that I can barely keep the laughter pent up. Amazing. I plan on hitting up the mall for the first of many times later this afternoon!
You’re here for idols, though, and idols we have in extravagant amounts this week. Which is ironic, because until late on Wednesday I fretted that there’d even be a Weekender, let alone this huge rush of activity to close week and month and 2018 HOMICIDOLS DOT COM BEST OF ELIGIBILITY.
That’s right! An explicating post is on the way for Monday, but here’s a preview: The Awards Committee has created some short lists for nominations, but we need the community’s input to round them out and probably eliminate a few things. So less complicated than in years past, and hopefully clearer and easier to participate in. So for the coming week? Think about the great stuff from the year, and think really hard not about those things that closed the year strong, but the stuff that was happening all the way back in last December, which is when the eligibility starts. Then we vote the week after, people will be mad online, and awards will be given!
I’d say “this week,” but let’s be real, that Yanamyu EP drops tomorrow and the sun very may well cease to cross the sky when that happens. Heaven help us all.
Instead, let’s focus on what’s directly in front of us! And what’s directly in front of us is the kind of astonishingly perfect glory that happens best in idol, when genres collide and tempos are upbeat and the only way to describe the mood that comes over you is “great”:
2018 has been a banner year for idol debuts, at least in the chika scene and among those whose sound could best be described as “rock-inspired.” At one point near the end of the spring debut season, it was like new units doing cool things were falling out of the trees. I could not have approved more. The only problem, especially now as the year draws to a close and especially as the Homicidols Best Of 2018 timeline shuts the door literally tomorrow, is that I’m terrified of missing out of somebody who warrants real-deal attention.
Take for example SKIRMISH, who are the entire point of this post! They debuted less than a month ago and are already responsible for one of my favorite tracks of the last couple of months: Continue reading →