Your Homicidols Weekender #61

Hello my friends! And also detractors and possibly enemies! How are you? I recently did a number of things that I’d never done before (home repair and maintenance stuff) and, while a few of the tasks were a struggle at first, I found them settle into a comfortable groove and and was able to not just get the job done, but now I’m kind of hankering to do more of it. Unfortunately, the thing about plasterboard walls, for instance, is that you shouldn’t just up replace panels because you’re bored or want more practice. The same can be said for bathroom tile, laminate flooring, etc.

The best exception to the rule? Paint! You can change the look of a room in a comparable hot minute with just a handful of tools, a gallon or two of pigmented latex and the time and willingness to do the job. I’ve been painting for years, but these latest projects have me trying out new techniques and trying to get more creative with borders and alternating panels and the like. It’s in the details that the difficulty comes in, like when you get it into your head that the walls of your finished basement should bear some … well, I’ll show you when it’s done, which could be a while.

But the point! It’s the weekend. It’s usually a great time for DIY projects, but forget all that. Let’s have fun instead. You, you can decide on what’s fun for you, but I hope it includes playing the Fun (which I haven’t even gotten to yet!) and giving some of the items below a crank. You owe it to yourself!

He’s a DIYer Now?

For real, pour one out for one of the guitar kami, Fujioka Mikio:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #60

I think I’m going go step away from idol for the rest of the day, you guys. I’m not that shook by Lui’s graduation announcement — frankly, it was inevitable on a constantly shrinking span of time — but just out of respect. Idols come and go, but legends, true legends, very rarely come back. I got into idol just as the original BiS was becoming nothing more than a memory, and seeing what they’d accomplished was a powerful motivator; that she brought BiS back to life was such an incredible watershed moment for the scene that she’d created. I feel honored to have been able to see Lui and her creation perform (live, at least, though not in person), and I even feel honored to have been stood up for that interview that never happened.

So. This is a hell of a Weekender, anyway, and all I wanted to do this morning was put the finishing touches on it, so have it. And yes, play the Fun, which is now bizarrely and somewhat disturbingly appropriate.

Just Looking at This Weekender Scares Me

May the gods help us all, DAIDAIDAI is finally releasing an almost-album:

NATASHA is now ARCADIA:

/Emperor Palpatine voice/ “You … want this …”

Have you seen this story? This idol recently revealed that she was pregnant; the father is her manager. Fans reacted about as poorly as possible:

Leaving aside the fact that this tale is basically horror story fodder for people who think that idol is a unique evil in the world, and that the manager was in a relationship with a girl since she was 16, this is an example of how not to be a fan. Also, that fans are terrible.

Wonder Lander, though, is wonder-ful:

It’s time for another anime theme from BiSH:

There were some late entries in the Of The Year Internet sweepstakes, so:

Here’s most of an AIBECK live:

Is there a recording artist with as much video output as You’ll Melt More!?

Rie’s new project is like a delicious collaboration between Oyasumi Hologram and Nicole Dollanganger, and I like it more every time I listen to it:

I will never run out of love for the wonderful weirdness of SAKA-SAMA:


Already miss you, La La Sugar

Rain was right to share this with me:

CY8ER live can elicit some strong-ass feelings of needing a cigarette:

When Under Beasty met Happippi:

Wanna see the most awkward one-man you’ll ever see?

Why do I always get such a weird kick out of photos of idols casually handling firearms that are too big for them?

Band ja Naimon! with a very ska-tastic year-ender of their own:

Uh …

When I brought up that EEEEEEEEEEEE! thing the other day, I happened upon Natsumi’s very random appearance in this MV:

If they’re not careful, HAMIDASYSTEM’s going to take over the planet one of these days:

RHYMEBERRY seems fun, if nothing else:

The Former Idol Formerly Known as Yumeneko, still at it:

Have a great weekend!


When a conversation about grindcore goes wrong

Your Homicidols Weekender #59

Happy Bitter End of 2017, you guys! The Yearender, so to speak, is coming tomorrow; I tried to keep the hot takes to a minimum. For the current week, it’s pretty obvious that nothing much of substance was going on, and the Weekender is nothing if not a total poacher of low-substance material for your half-hearted browsing needs!

So let’s close the book on a year in idol that was neither great nor bad, often good but also often missing standout moments. This week’s Fun is doing great and you should join it. When you’re ready, enjoy the madness to follow.

But I Liked 2017, Maniac

When #IdolChristmasSweaters ain’t enough:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #58

Good morning! In the greater idol world, it seems like everybody’s taking some time to breathe after a very busy last couple of months of 2017. And thank goodness — your friendly neighborhood Maniac has been quite busy himself. Yeah, a lot of Day Job, but also a little thing with Necroma that I’m still not sure was real (or may have shattered my previous reality).

Your Weekender is below. Also play the Fun while you’re at it, and contemplate the Best of 2017. A real-deal Yearender is coming next week, and you might be surprised at some of the stuff that flew under the radar. And do try to have a good time this weekend and really over the next few days. Eat too much, drink too much, enjoy the people you love, make merry.

You Can’t Tell Me What to Do!

GET THE SON OF A BITCH!


That’s the reborn Oyayubi Princess, if you were keeping score

First there were 48s, then 46s, and now apparently 52s?

Fumika and Himeka said their goodbyes to Party Rockets GT:

musubizm bit the dust, too, but left us with this delightful farewell video:

Beni can, indeed, do it all:

You can’t beat You’ll Melt More!:

Explain this Desu.Rabbits series to me, thanks:

I got really excited to see another Band ja Naimon! MV come across the wire, but this is naught but a letdown:

When Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da met URBANGARDE:

Never goes out of style:

Kaneko Rie’s new project, trolleattroll:

Yanakoto Sotto Mute because why not:

Same for Oyasumi Hologram:

There are more and more funky idols lately, aren’t there?

“ITHAQUA” in Italian? Sure!

Some crossed wires led to neither my nor Papermaiden’s posting of the latest from Maison Book Girl, so I hope you had a chance to enjoy it; if not, here you go!

PARFAIT, not only is your attire completely out of season, but since when did you do lite idorock?

Did you ever wonder if you could see a Task have Fun DVD? You can!

Have a great weekend and a merry one if you’re celebrating!

Your Homicidols Weekender #57

Happy Saturday! I’m do

  • Vote on Best Of 2017 Ballot 1
  • Vote on Best Of 2017 Ballot 2
  • Play the Fun
  • Many of you took in NECRONOMIDOL last night, or have shows scheduled. May some god of not-evil protect us.

    You Can’t Tell Them What to Do

    Here’s an absolute shitload of Babyraids JAPAN talking about things:

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    Your Homicidols Weekender #56

    Good morning! I don’t know about anybody else, but I just had one of the hardest weeks imaginable, just work-addled and stressful and barely coherent. Last night, I went to a holiday party that ended pretty early, only to get home and almost immediately pass out. Delicious. And next week’s only going to be worse! In fact, I’ll say it now: It’d be super if nothing of consequence happened.

    Because! Let’s call today the last chance to add any final Best Of nominations (it’s not looking good for additions, tbh), so we can prep for real-deal voting next week. I’d like to throw in a few wrinkles but may simply be left out of time. So let’s get down to it — if you haven’t yet, play this week’s very good Fun, and then settle in for one weird-ass week in idol.

    How Weird Was It?

    It was so weird …

    Someone got down to the driving force behind the effective end of Ladybaby:

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    Your Homicidols Weekender #55

    Good morning, lovely people! The holidays are practically upon us, but I’m breaking with a longstanding tradition around Maniac mansion: Instead of listening to Christmas music 24/7 until at least New Year’s Eve, I’ve been getting my rock on as much as possible and feel very, very motivated to try out some projects that I’ve always wanted to get involved with. Ain’t music grand?

    There’s going to be a lot to take in here, so I’ll dispense with business. Everything eligible for the Best Of this year has now been released, so think about those late additions and whether they rate for you; we’ll kick off those last-minute addition opportunities on Monday. I do believe that some opportunities exist to gamify this sucker again, though not to the hilarious extent of last year (seriously, I spent as much on shipping as I did on the site for the whole dang year); Match a Maniac will definitely be part of it, if not the only part of it. Again: Monday.

    For now, you know the drill: Play the fun, and check out all of this good stuff; idol’s really closing the year with a bang.

    This had better be good, Maniac

    So NECRONOMIDOL is recording:

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    Your Homicidols Weekender #54

    Happy Saturday, friends! What a week we just had. It’s like idol spent the year being kind of lame just so it could spring something hectic and heavy on us during the twilight of the year. Enjoyable!

    Two orders of business: As always, play the Fun; when you’re done with that, consider whether your personal Of the Year nominations are still what you want them to be, OR do them in the first place, you crazy person who’s missing out. The last-chance nominations thing will come not this week approaching, but the week after, so the dust can settle a little bit.

    Oh and hey, how do you like Kerrie’s new banner? I got some updating to do!

    Anything Else?

    Stop this girl before she kills somebody:

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    Your Homicidols Weekender #53

    We made it back to the weekend! Gah, what a hi-lo week in idol. I did think it was funny how hard the idol news cycle bit on the Ladybaby thing, though. For some reason, anything that happens with that projects has always been like chum in seawater.

    There’s a lot coming up today. Like, volume-wise. Like, Best of 2017-wise, from whose process Kerrie already smartly knocked off a week but still feels like an interminable slog just to allow you, the fans, a chance to vote. Remember: DEMOCRACY DOESN’T WORK.

    That’s still a little while away yet — gotta fix some mistakes that I made last night. In the meanwhile, go read about the Poppy experience, or familiarize yourself with the WACK Election (which we all complained about and then immediately rushed to participate in), play the Fun, etc. It’s gonna be great!

    Year 2, Huh?

    Bogus.

    What is even happening with C-Style anymore?

    This guy!

    mistress new logo!

    Sayonara to Spark Roadshow:

    It’s not too late to catch Minna no Kodomo-chan on YUNIKA VISION:

    Aphrodite, who are apparently now a trio, are promoting a new single and have incredible alternative cover art:

    Some of ex Guso Drop are in this MV:

    What:

    Okay, RHYMEBERRY, we get it, you can release a lot of MVs in a week:

    Remember when:

    Desu.Rabbits:

    I really wish that BIRTH would release something for me to enjoy entirely too much:

    Doing MAD CAPSULE MARKETS? Bold:

    Somebody help me get to this:

    Hey, look who’s on Bandcamp now!

    Good to see that my girl Samitsu Misa is still alive enough to do weird things on Twitter:

    Alloy with a trailer for their one-man DVD:

    The enigmatic boss at RABBITS Lab posted a video game playthrough?

    Thank you, John, for pointing out that true idol joy is but a fleeting, evasive thing, and barely known heavy af regional units with a mere handful of wota are the sorrowiest of them all:

    I have this weird theory that Fumika here is secretly the Party Rockets GT manager and also at least 28 years old:

    Now this is how you review an album:

    A-to-J with BAND-MAID:

    The actual best thing about this Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da video isn’t their dress, and it isn’t the kawaii; it’s Yotsu’s hair:

    Emi has, I think, stopped her daily ice cream videos, but she’s now in re-runs:

    Few things in the world are as wonderfully reliable as Kindan no Tasuketsu uploading weird little tracks to Soundcloud:

    Have a bonkers weekend!


    That’s right; NICKELBACK

    Your Homicidols Weekender #52

    Holy smokes, you guys, it’s official: We’ve managed an entire year of Weekenders. Here’s the first one; this thing has evolved somewhat over time, hasn’t it? Still your #1 source for an approximate week’s worth of random idol doings and excellently chosen music that’ll put hair on your chest!

    I was going to run a little promo in the Weekender’s honor, but … well, that I don’t quite always have my stuff together should surprise nobody, and the thing in question is not only not yet in my possession, but it might not be for a while, and I’d rather not make too much of it until I’m actually able to see and appreciate it, so; no promo. Instead, consider this whole dang thing an example of fan appreciation. I love you goofs.

    I’m basically out for the weekend, though, and praying that nobody does anything interesting and I miss it. Enjoy this stuff, play the Fun, think really hard about just how much money you’re willing to spend on Necroma now and in the near future. I had promised that we’d do the Nomination Tango this past week, but we’ll do it beginning this coming Tuesday or Wednesday instead. Deal?

    Deal

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