Your Homicidols Weekender #97

Happy Saturday! I’m on my way to work — I know — but I’m still kind of stoked. Why? Because when you get to work for the organization that handles Day Job stuff these days, going to work on a Saturday means going to hang out in the woods with cool, visionary people and talk about highfalutin notions. I’m genuinely looking forward to it.

The week that was, that was a good one. And release season is still revving up! There are many many many albums and singles and videos and elsewise yet to come between now and when things start to finally cool off in December. Yes, this is a great time to be an idol fan, and that’s to say nothing of Halloween being in the mix.

This is your Weekender. Specifically, it’s the 97th Weekender. Considering that I started to do it as a way to post less and Team Homicidols is still keeping up a pretty good clip, and this thing is the ever-recurring monstrosity that it’s become, I’m a little surprised. Also proud, in the way that you might be proud of a really loud burp. It’s kind of neat. And I may as well get it out of the way that I’m hoping to commemorate the impending 100th edition with something fun and exciting. It only seems right.

Well. This week. #97. Big ol’ Weekender. Get caught up. Go play the Fun (which is yet another in Kerrie’s incredible run). And if you get a chance, go hang out in the woods with cool people, because ’tis the season.

Go Ahead and Rub It In, You Jerk

Raise your hand (and collect your winnings) if you thought that Ten Tenko would be the ex-BiS member to get major Western music exposure:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #96

Hello friends! I’ll keep the intro to a minimum; there are lots of people, including people we care about, who are either right in the path of monstrous natural disasters, or they’re feeling the effects. Idol can be a nice palliative in tough times, but I daresay that a lot of people just don’t have the option right now. If you have been and/or will be spared the worst, consider a donation to the relief organization of your choice.

Do It to It

Somebody get BURST GIRL the hell away from Instagram filters:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #95

Man, what a terrible week. I usually like to be forward-looking and optimistic once Saturday rolls around, but the past seven days included a massive typhoon and then a massive earthquake in Japan, no shortage of celebrity deaths, a news cycle gone completely haywire and, because why not, we’re currently soaking up some of the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon in the National Capital Area and may yet be facing down Hurricane Florence next week. We’re starting autumn off right!

That said, while it’s still plenty summery out there for many folks, and just feeling like summer is a good excuse to eat ice cream and visit a beach and pound beers with hamburgers, yes, I’m personally preparing myself the ever-exciting autumnal months ahead. Football? You bet! Breads and stews and stuff? Out of this world! Cider? I brew my own! There are three fun-time seasons of the year, and of them autumn is the best thanks to its combination of indoor and outdoor options, plus a whole mess of awesome holidays. And if/when you’re looking at indoor prospects, there ain’t nothing finer than digging into some good music and ever-plucky idol styles.

So get yourself started with the below, take a few minutes to play the Fun and think ahead to the good times waiting right around the corner.

Somebody Tell This Idiot That It’s Still Summer for Two More Weeks

We won’t be calling sugartrap by that name for much longer:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #94

Good morning! It just dawned on me that it is now September, which means that it’s Labor Day weekend here in the USA, which means that the official unofficial end of summer (or the beginning of the return to life in the universe, if you live in the wrong hemisphere) is upon us. Did everybody have a good time? Life is dumb and lame if it can’t at least be punctuated by fun, excitement, revelry. Times like that come around all year long, but the summer is the best time for them, I think, because crushing societal pressures conditions are just right.

Idol seasons move differently, but the same principle applies, and we’re entering arguably the best idol time of year. The big festivals (TIF and @JAM) are behind us, large-but-not-huge fests are coming up, units that formed in the springtime are ready to make some moves, veterans are ready to drop big releases … which is to say nothing of Halloween, the most idol holiday of all. We have a lot to look forward to.

As it stands, though, it’s Unofficial Summer for a couple of more days, and officially three weeks, so let’s keep on keepin’ on like nothing’s really changed. A good bit of stuff already happened this week, in fact, but the highlight was actually Daemon’s Yanakoto Sotto Mute interview, which predictably went absolutely gangbusters out in the Idolverse. So much more happened, though, than ever so respected a source as this could hope to contain, and yon Weekender’s got the goods. Take a few minutes to play the Fun, and then have at it, my friends, before you get your butts out there and let rip.

This Needs to Stop

Now who went and taught Hanako-san clever English idiom?

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Your Homicidols Weekender #93

Happy Saturday! Did everybody have a good week? It wasn’t a terribly busy one for idol, but that’s all well and good honestly; we’re already into the early stages of release season, so plenty of good stuff is on the way, and the early returns are very good. Just imagine how we’re going to feel in a couple of months!

So how are you going to spend these waning days of summer? I’ve been granted some blissful free time that I’m sure to squander, but this is on the heels of catching an Amy Winehouse tribute revue last night, so that was nice. If you have the chance to catch some live music, I recommend it. It’s still a little while until Necroma returns to our shores!

In the meantime, you know the drill. Play the Fun, enjoy your idols and look out at everything that the world has to offer.

What’s with Always Publishing This Thing Late Anymore, Huh?

In addition to that pretty great interview, Daemon and Monsterpanda also gave Hanako-san the greatest gift of all — Natto:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #92

Good morning, my friends! This time around, it’s like we flipped a switch; the week was light on idol goings-on, but there was so much random crap that yon Weekender is alarmingly well-populated. Fantastic. And there’s more real-deal actual new stuff to look at, too! The part of me that was out late last night would just as soon roll it all up into here, but life’s better when you can have your exemplars and best pieces, no?

Anyway, speaking of, I have now half a dozen times referred to “what Maniac would do if he had his own Americanized idol group” scenarios just in the past couple of weeks. Well, as the turn of the screw would have it, the last stop on last evening’s sojourn was to what the team lead, so to speak, called “that heavy metal bar.” To my knowledge, there is not and never really has been such a place in this town, outside of maybe some particularly dank hole in the wall that only Pig Destroyer and their friends hang out at. Nonetheless, I went with glee, and it was not a metal bar. Instead, we were greeted by an aggressively not great rapper and, once he was done, a very, very adequate local teen rock band. It wasn’t a bad show, all things considered, and I did that thing where I took it in and imagined idols. But then I also remarked to myself that hey, that one kid, the one who keeps switching instruments and is legitimately playing the hell out of that bass right now, oh and now he’s singing this weird surf song, that kid, that kid is the kind of person who you recruit into your backing band, and then (possibly because I was quite drunk at that point) I got to go down this wild mental road of imagining how the group would come together, the creative process, how we’d succeed and then climb too high and then crash out. It was like Almost Famous in my head!

None of it was real, though. Maybe someday! Wouldn’t that be something?

I digress, probably because I’m stoked about not actually having to travel this weekend like I thought I might. Hey, East Meets West starts in just a few hours! Our man Daemon is representing Team Homicidols (he has fancy business cards and everything!), so expect some excellent interview and whatnot soon. I’m also, knock on wood, going to finally have the time to re-start one ongoing project and maybe kick-start another that I hope you dig. It should be a good end of the year! For now, as always, play the Fun, find yourself something creative or exciting to take up in these waning weeks of summer, and enjoy the heck out of your life.

You Tell the Dumbest Stories

Everybody’s favorite post-human penguin hybrid ex-idol apparently lives in a place with coelacanth artwork, which is simultaneously the weirdest and least weird thing about her:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #91

Good morning! This week’s Weekender is coming to you late and kind of short because that’s what air travel allows sometimes, amigos. On the bright side, this incredibly long — and meaningful, and impactful, and educational, and emotionally investing — trip is finally wrapping up. In a few hours’ time, I get to get back to something approaching normalcy. Woof.

So let’s all have ourselves a nice idolly time. Play the Fun, join me in roundly applauding the great help that Team Homicidols provided in holding things down over the past week and change, and look ahead to what I hope is a really well and truly great week ahead.

Oh Yeah, That Is Short

DAIDAIDAI on the cover!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #90

Good morning friends! TIF is finally upon us, like this incredible crown jewel of the idol festival season (which in fact runs for most of the year anyway, so). I love seeing everybody’s commentary from the different venues and performances — if you’re looking for something new, maybe give this thing a try. Good times.

I am working this weekend, which is to say more accurately that I’m on a long-ass trip for work and will be picking and choosing spots for the week. That’s sad! And it’s doubly sad because I traveled to one of my favorite places on the planet for this, and I’m not going to get to enjoy it. Boo. Hiss. But it is at times like these when idols become a welcome distraction, insofar as I can afford to be distracted. It’s all fun and games, after all, at least what we get to see of it.

Anyway, play the Fun, enjoy the Weekender, and then don’t get mad at me if momentous things go un-shitposted about because the people who pay me want me to do other things.

What Kinds of Other Things

Imagine living in a place where the DOTS work their magic:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #89

Welcome back to Saturday! Did you all have a good week? Mine was breathtakingly busy, and it’s technically still not done because being on the new side for a fancy-pants job like I do at Day Job can frequently mean being a responsible adult even when the work week is supposed to be over. How rude! However, I can’t keep Maniac Mansion festooned with the fancy trappings and filled with honorees if I quit now — and that’s to say nothing of the jamon iberico that I insist upon eating at every meal!

I jest, of course. If I were to keep Maniac Mansion filled with anything, it would be idols mid-U.S. tour who need a regional base of operations. Of course I’d have to move out or sleep in the basement or something, but: Worth it. Just imagine having Ricky Wilson complain that you’re all out of clean towels! A dream.

Anyway, I hope you guys have been paying attention, because while yours truly could barely keep his head above water, idol cranked up the pre-TIF intensity. Yes, things came out this week. Yes, there’s a new TIF guide. Also Papermaiden’s acquisition of the English rights to The Idol Suicides, which I cannot more recommend that you read (final installment runs today!). And, of course, the Fun; even if you don’t want to play, send Kerrie a nice message for her birthday.

It finally stopped raining around here, so other than some light housekeeping, I leave you goofballs to it. Stay out of trouble!

What Are You Implying?

It looks like our old pal Ten Tenko is gonna be an international star, insofar as anybody who burns CDs of traffic noises, voice modulators and oscilloscope beers can:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #88

Christ. I’m sorry, that was a hell of a ride over the week, and I’m all tired out. Have you ever done the plate-spinning thing and been surprisingly okay at it despite having never done it before, only to realize that you think you’re doing well with it because you don’t have a frame of reference, and in reality you’re barely keeping it together, and then things start to go south and SMASH? That’s what this week felt like. And I’m not even getting to Queen of the Scene (thanks for playing!); I’m just talking about Day Job and stuff. Let this be a lesson to everybody: Never try to better yourself.

And with that out of the way, let’s get into the idol stuff! Go Go Going Now! hit me up about an item a few days ago, which got me thinking about just how close to TIF we are, and how this nice kick-start in new idol stuff over the past couple of weeks is intensifying, and how maybe we need to consider TIF the rough equivalent of Labor Day, like the unofficial end of summer or something. All I know is that I’m not blowing through my notifications like I was a month ago, and I’m eagerly looking at every new thing’s merits that I might overindulge like a proper professional.

It is still summertime, though, so focus your energy on doing cool things with cool people; if idol you must, handy-dandy items like yon Weekender can distill it down into something digestible for your jet ski adventures. Of course, though, play the Fun, and stay tuned for some great stuff later this morning.

You Never Said Who Won the Thing!

Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen looking amazing:

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