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. Continue reading
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:
I got up at 6am, walked the dog and was getting ready to watch the film “Corvette Summer” when The Homicidols interdepartmental emergency hotline red phone went off (Actually, it’s just a chat thing) and I answered the call. Maniac found himself with a horrible emergency indeed: lousy wifi! So he asked if one of us could properly complete and release the weekender into the wild this fine morning. (The Weekender round-up is usually done throughout the week, and Saturday morning is when the intro is crafted.) Anyway, you’re getting this quickly dashed-off into from me (Brian) instead of the usual weekendy sage wisdom of Maniac. I’ll do my best!
So hey, the week in idol! Retirements, disbandments, venues closing, hastily thrown together livestreams, it’s essentially the drill now. Even before this major historic event spread around the world, I was anticipating some pretty major changes in the nature of idols and the way we interact with them would be evolving within the next few years. But when it all went down, it appears those changes got accelerated tenfold. Good grief, I can’t wait to have Covid behind us, but I don’t think the idol business is totally returning to what we knew. Some of that might be a good thing: more livestreams for everybody! It’s going to fascinating to see where we’re at this time next year, so I really hope everyone hangs in there and doesn’t give up on the spirit of idol anytime soon. We’re gonna be okay, pretty different, but okay! So hey, enjoy the weekender and keep that mask over your nose…
UNDER BEASTY released the MV for that new single:
Good morning! I hope you all had the best week you could. It seems to get a little bit tougher all the time, or maybe you block certain things from affecting you. The world is scary. And frankly I’m currently waiting to find out who the third person in the Riley Gale/Chadwick Boseman cluster o’ death is going to be, seeing as how 2020 primarily seems to exist to find ways to twist the knife.
What do we have? Well, we have our friends. And we have our family (I’m visiting with mine this weekend!). And, not to be too crass, we have great taste in performers, no matter our particular individual biases. There’s a lot of bad in the world now. It’s okay to look to the things that are good to at least take the edge off.
Change the Subject
The ever-rare Not Surprised, Loose Ends live video:
Good morning! Did you all have a good week? Has the combination of heat waves and wildfires and heretofore unknown meteorological phenomena and the incredibly sad state of American politics managed to avoid dragging you down? Man I hope so. I have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little down lately myself. Call it Everything Sucks Syndrome. It’s okay to feel that way, but you have to be careful to not let it drag you further down.
I struggle with that sometimes, I do, and I know that I’m not the only person out there. I started following idol for the music almost six full years ago now, but it wasn’t until I needed it that I started to get closer to idol for the people, too. For all of the culture’s warts and unsavory-at-best worst elements, it is nonetheless filled to the brim with a relentless positivity that suffuses every surface around it, even if only an inch or so deep. The people who make these tunes and put on the weird performances we love, there’s just so much genuine try-hard energy to it, and usually so many not-so-secret absolute dorks involved, you almost can’t help but smile.
So while I hope there’s plenty for you to do and enjoy this weekend, I also hope as always that this Weekender and its collection of here-and-there pieces of idol-related good-and-badness will give you a nice little rise. I know that I always feel better after having set it up to publish!
Thanks for the Pep Talk
Our beloved weirdo YONEKO doing that dream pop thing:
Happy Saturday! Congrats, friends, we did it! Another week in the can. Laurels to be rested on, ancient deities to honor, a bit of indulgence to, uh, indulge in. I’ll be honest — I personally thought I’d do a lot more writing this week, but holy smokes was I still burnt out from last week. I even took a full day off and couldn’t be bothered to so much as lift a finger. Woof.
These are the waning days of True Summer, though, and while I feel like there’s every reason to stay in the house and do some needed work, I know that the only way I’ll be able to live with myself (and avoid being beaten by Fiancee) is to, check this out, GO TO THE OUTDOOR ROLLER RINK AND THEN A PIE FESTIVAL. It’s so cute and on the nose that it makes my teeth hurt, but frankly if you aren’t approaching summertime that way, I don’t know how to convince you to try.
In the meantime, enjoy yourself some idol, and try to get in a few more proper activities-in-the-face-of-pandemic as you can. It’s going to be a rough autumn, I have a feeling.
Oh Do You Now?
Never album and tour to mark it from Toricago:
Good morning! Allow me to preface this Weekender by saying that it’s effectively the anti-Weekender; if I created this this 194 weeks ago as a way to give some recognition to more throwaway idol content, or to at least make mention of things we couldn’t get to, this week’s edition is a gross perversion of it. Look at how full it is! With big-name stuff! And I actually had to stop myself from adding some things that I still mean to get around to writing about.
If you ask Team, that’s the mantra of the week. We all reflected on this the other day: “Oh wow heck we been busy.” Whether it was work or personal, we all had big limits to our personal time, and man did it show. We somehow missed real-time reactions to, like, a bunch of stuff that we’d ordinarily blog the hell out of. Funny. A couple of years ago, I’d be panicking; now, honestly, it just feels like something to catch up to one way or another. No big deal!
So as we get back about our business, you should too, friends. It’s Saturday, after all, a good time to focus on the things you enjoy. Do it, and if that happens to be several hours’ worth of idol stuff from throughout the week, then by all means make the Weekender your entertainment center of choice!
Oh Wow, You Weren’t Kidding
Attention fellow Haru fans:
Good morning! This weekend is a special one for ol’ Maniac, because it was this very weekend (but not the same dates or not even the same relationship of the weekend to the beginning of August) last year that my brain decided that I had quite enough to do, thank you very much, and wouldn’t let me finish and publish the Weekender. I was out of town for Day Job, the culminating event of months of preparation, and I’d been strained to the absolute brink. There’s more to it, but tl;dr on that Saturday morning, I was done. Some clinical assistance turned up that I was stressed almost to the absolute limit, and my brain responded to that by telling me to stop doing things. It may have saved my life, fwiw. I came back some weeks later, was able to keep up the idol madness to a decent extent, and then felt the same effects closing in. Hence the even longer recent hiatus!
So yeah, it’s kind of special to be back here, the same weekend when I have this MASSIVE thing going on, I’ve been busier than probably ever before, I’m tired, there’s a global pandemic, Popeye’s messed up my order last night … and I feel really good. Some stress, obviously, but I think I found the space where I can do some idol stuff without driving myself into an early grave. It’s good, and I look forward to keeping things moving for the foreseeable future.
With Team, of course. None of this exists anymore if not for these incredible people.
Value the things you care about, folks, but take care of yourselves, too. Live with love for the goodness in yourself and around you.
Uh … Snarky Riposte
This is a complete DAOKO endorsement:
Good morning! I hope you all had a safe and healthy and (at least as much as can be) fun week. I’m personally getting tired of watching the paint dry here at Maniac Mansion, but the heat and sudden downpours of late have made just getting out to meet with friends into a dicey proposition. It doesn’t even feel prudent to do something perfectly safe and quick, like change the oil in the Maniacmobile. Summer under quarantine sucks.
Of course, I guess I could live in Florida, pretend like nothing’s wrong and become a massive disease vector for thousands!
Anyway, interesting note: Team was approached recently to put together some edutainment content for an online fest, and we were trying to finalize some ideas last night. Of course we talked history, and D has been pointing out that we’re in the 10th year since Babymetal and BiS both sprang to life within a heartbeat of each other (late in 2010). That’s momentous and deserves more work in the future; I just wanted to note how wild that is. Like, Su-metal’s old enough to have a graduate degree.
So! With that in mind, doesn’t that put the weird-ass grab bag that is the Weekender into a whole new light? Like, 10 years on, this is what loudol has wrought? I personally think that’s neat — so much creativity and innovation! — and look forward to whatever might be next.
Feel Old Yet?
Good morning! I hope that wherever you are, weather conditions are on the whole tolerable — we here in the National Capital Area are going to be absolutely heat-pummeled over the next few days, though today at least will be tolerable enough to get in a run or something. Otherwise, you know what this is, right? The perfect conditions for an idol binge! As such, this particular Weekender is especially loaded with long live streams and whatnot. Take your time.
I started seeing a therapist during this second most recent run of overwhelming stress. I’m American, which means that I need health insurance to live; I am fortunately one of those Americans who has good health insurance, which means getting to pick a provider and even switch if we don’t work out. Fortunately, the person I chose has been spot-on. We had one of our regular meetings yesterday and were talking about my inability to associate positive actions with positive outcomes (basically, I might do something really well, but if any part of the process of getting there didn’t go perfectly, I obsess over that instead of being like, oh look, good things happened). She said, have you ever really let yourself be rewarded for those kinds of things though? And the answer was, actually, no. And what an insight that was. And then she told me to buy myself something nice or fun every time I meet a goal, even if it’s “put on button-down shirt” or “didn’t back over mailbox on the way to the store.” I need to have pleasurable outcomes from good actions.
So while it’s scorching out this next week or so, I’m going to watch every idol DVD I have. I’m going to revisit that time I met NECRONOMIDOL and gave Sari her tiara. I’m also going to smoke ribs and eat them. These are all good things. And you should do the same for yourself. Go tell someone something nice about them, then buy yourself ice cream. Be cool and good.
You Okay Bro?
Malcolm Mask McLaren have new outfits and a new song.