Let POPPiNG EMO Welcome You Properly to 2021

While we’re on a bit of a streak with this very simple, inoffensive theme that definitely doesn’t demonstrate my own lack of creativity at the moment, let’s also enjoy this new one from POPPiNG EMO:

What’s the occasion? Because they can, I guess. The tweet introducing the video makes it sound like it’s been in the works for a little while, so it may just be flexing for the hell of it. And it’s a fine video! But also a nice little rocker of a tune from the group with a SCRAMBLES pedigree that is about one stupid stunt away from being gobbled up by Watanabe on principle. Continue reading

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SPARK SPEAKER with a Great 2021 Message

Ah, SPARK SPEAKER. I’m trying to think of a group in right-now idol that’s as well-regarded without having quite broken through the chika glass ceiling. Talk to anybody — “Hey, how about that SPARK SPEAKER huh?” — and you’ll at worst get indifference, at best effusive praise and the kind of fanenbying* that my feed usually only looks like when BTS does something. They’ve been around for a lot longer than people think, have done a lot more than we realize, they perform as relentlessly as a very determined combination of Screaming Sixties and Guso Drop, and it’s like every damn thing they do is brimming with energy and super infectious.

And right now? They’re saying something that people need to hear more and more often, “Believe in yourself”, which yes is in song form apparently written by a labelmate and clearly not being new per se given that it’s been performed live enough to have plenty of material for this MV! Continue reading

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At Least WILL-O”s Leaving Us with Some Nice Parting Gifts

It really was sad to hear that WILL-O’ is disbanding in a month’s time. They’re carriers of a hell of an idol legacy reaching back to when the loud stuff was pretty much just a chika thing, and chika idol culture hadn’t (to my knowledge, at least) been nearly as mainstreamed as it would be over the ensuing years. Fittingly they have all the hallmarks of a major group writ just a little bit smaller, with great polish and delivery on the kind of songs that most units wouldn’t have wanted to touch a decade ago. WILL-O’ masters that juxtaposition and makes it work for them.

Anyway, digressions and all, the point is that WILL-O has a month of life left, but on Christmas day dropped a whole album of re-recorded material:

With a couple of new singles thrown in to boot! Continue reading

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Vivid Chicken Goes out in Style

You know how when you have particular plans to do a thing but before you start the thing you give the ol’ TL a visit, and then you see people referring to another thing and that thing is actually kinda more interesting than the first thing, so you shift gears and decide to do the new things instead of the old thing? That’s enough stretching out that sentence. Yes, that was today, just know, when I saw this MV (released today!) from Vivid Chicken (it’s been a minute since I posted about them in a real thing!) and gave it a spin and immediately thought you’d really like it:

That’s a lot of fun! I love a lot of things, two of which immediately pertain to this song, and they are punk anthems and idols. Smash ’em together? Even if the idols in question don’t typically do punk anthems? That’s a tasty burger, friends. And if the meat and cheese are good and the jalapenos are grilled as opposed to plain? Tasty, spicy and filling. This is some beautiful vintage stuff. Man, I really ho–

What? Continue reading

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How These Little PIGGieS Walked to Market

We’re not telling porkies here, the new PIGGS EP is probably the best you’ll hear before the year ends!

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This Is Not the Post about POPPiNG EMO’s New MV That I Meant to Write

Well this is embarrassing. You see, the other day, I’m doing my idol homework and doop-dee-doop, hey look a POPPiNG EMO thing, let’s do something with it! From which descended a few quickie takes that happen when I’m scouting but don’t intend to write a thing yet, which is to say that I was mostly just skipping through isolated 2-3 second clips of the video to make a snap decision about what to do with it. And friends, let me tell you, every one of those takes was the wrong take.

The dominant one was “oh hey what the heck POPPiNG EMO,” more cogently expressed as “this is not what I expected from POPPiNG EMO and a song called ‘NIGHTMARE’.” Which is dumb. So here: Continue reading

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Get a Little PARADISES Pep in Your Step

I want to give you all something nice, something to spin while you’re staring yet another week of low-paid drudgery in the face. I fortunately missed the shenanigans that created PARADISES, so for me it’s partly like having a totally new group except that I see Yuyu and younglings. I also largely missed their first release because I was kind of in protest of the above, but PARADISES did release a new digital single at the top of the month and then did that thing where the MV comes out like right after so you know it’s not a case of needing to raise cash or whatever and it instead feels like somebody dropped the ball somewhere. Here’s that MV!

Catchy! Bouncy! I kind of love it! I hope it puts a shine on your Monday!

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This Is Both a Review and Not a Review of WILL-O”s Latest in Honor of Their End

Well, gang, I’m super late to the party on this stuff, but I had to do it sometime, and there is literally no time like the present. Maybe it’s still news to you! It certainly was to me when I first found out. But yeah, WILL-O’ is drawing it down and bowing out:

Or, I guess the most accurate way to say it is, they’re going on tour, and then at the end all of the members will graduate, and whether there’s a WILL-O’ after that point remains to be seen (I’ll give it 3:2 odds in favor of “yes”). Still unhappiness though.

The timing of this is super weird to me, too, because, as far as I’m concerned, they released maybe their best-ever record over the summer, and it’s easily one of the best of the year. Continue reading

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RT If You Agree

So Malcolm Mask McLaren has a new single, and of course it’s both off-easycore goodness and bursting with joy at the same time — I miss OG MMM, but I can’t pretend that I don’t love what they’re doing now — and frankly I enjoy it and its message and this sort of conceptual totality so much that I’m just dropping it right in here like an addendum to the Weekender. I’m even eschewing the usual alliterative title because even I can only take a joke so far!

But yes, here at Homicidols Dot Com could not more cosign on this one:

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This PIGGS Song Absolutely Rocks

We have a resident PIGGSpert here at Homicidols Dot Com. That is Cal. Cal did not seem to be nearly as interested in this as I was, and I’m in a mood, so I’m writing about PIGGS now from the standpoint of a person who was almost completely out of the idol loop for most of the first half of the year, which is when PIGGS became a thing straight from the fertile mind of one Pour L. Lui. It is the privilege of ownership!

So yeah, PIGGS both announced a new thing and showed off a new thing yesterday, and I reiterate that it absolutely rocks, and I will also add that I’ve now played it through somewhere in the vicinity of 15 times, only a handful of them concurrent. It’s worth your time!

Gawd. Continue reading

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