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!

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Hey! Enter This Contest for 2& Stuff

So as mentioned in the Weekender, this was a busy last few days for pretty much everybody on Team Homicidols. I espied this all the way back on Monday, in fact, when I was at Peak Busyness, and really just wanted to get it out the door, only for, well, everything else to intervene. Nonetheless! It must be done, as the subject of this post, our very own Yes She’s Still the Official Oshi She Won the Contest Saki from/who is 2& has a contest in honor of, well, just read the tweet:

Do it. And because I have nothing else worthwhile to add, enjoy this photo of Saki’s forehead:

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New Move from Melon Batake a go go: YMMV

This post was supposed to happen on Saturday but Maniac forgot to finish the intro and then suddenly it was Wednesday!

I like that there’s just plain a lot more idol content in the past few weeks than there had been since, lort, February? Highs and lows here and there aside, idol’s mostly been on a slow burn since COVID and all of that. Or, for idol that is; other industries are like, oh you guys just kind of adjusted and moved on? But yes, more new stuff, and including new new stuff from old friends that first excites and then contents. Ah, you say, that hit the spot.

And so it was when one of Western fandom’s ubiquitous favorites, Melon Batake a go go, dropped a neat new number with a new MV (edit: the other day). It was good just to know that it existed, you know? And as I let it play, I had a few different thoughts — It’s been a long time! I don’t recognize like half of these members! — and I realized that for as much as I wanted to have something cogent and/or decent to write about the piece, I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

I gave it some replays, typed out various responses, and then thought: A-ha! Let’s get extra input from Team! And that was helpful. Continue reading

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Lol I Wrote the Stupidest Post Never Listen to Me

Good lord, never take a break from a hobby that involves constant evolution of the subject. I just learned — by accident* that WORL’S END is actually reboot/branded Marionet, which upon that revelation makes all the sense in the world and I’m simultaneously laughing and looking for a bucket of paint to drown myself in out of humiliation.

It was a pretty hot post, though, you guys. I won’t share all of its remnants because I’m not a masochist, but it involved repeated declarations of having no prior knowledge of this idol thing that had been around for a couple of years, and outright disbelief at that fact because “I like to think that I had almost all idols of note doing the Fat Wreck Chords thing prior to mid-2019 at least referenced in some memory hole somewhere” which, wew. Yeah. And it was all celebratory about this tweet that I will reference here with no other commentary but may as well at least acknowledge so that you can see the source of my (today’s) idiocy.

The real tragedy here is that I don’t get to use this sentence:

if you ever wanted that guitar tone played like the soundtrack to the kewlest caffeine-free pool party of the summer between your sophomore and junior years of high school, and then added only the shiniest, happiest vocals possible on top of it, friend, you got yourself a stew going right here

In reference to the actual thing that spawned me writing this in the first place:

Although, hey, it looks like I did get to write it, and with context! Holla!

I am an embarrassment to this profession. Cancel Homicidols. Feh.

*It involved the phrase “Oh shit, that’s Fumimi”

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Let’s Enjoy POPPING EMO Together

I assume that you all have been enjoying POPPING EMO over the past several months, anyway, but I also assume that all of idol was frozen in carbonite in mid-February and is only now being thawed out, so it’s in fact neither here nor there that this randomly SCRAMBLES-aligned group up and dropped like 20 tracks onto Soundcloud the other day. Right? Like, their Twitter looks fine, albeit short of details. Nothing actually happened, right?

Consider this post an opportunity to get re-acquainted, which you could say may have been my motivation for making it in the first place and not be wrong!

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A New Chapter of BURST GIRL’s Story: Wakapiku is Backapiku

Calling the past several months in BURST GIRL land a rollercoaster ride would be undermining it just slightly. Starting with the farewell of original member and Guso Drop refugee Rei, the additions of two fresh-faced young newbies, the sudden loss of one of said newbies and having dozens of shows cancelled for obvious reasons. Despite all this, BURST GIRL have just shrugged it off and kept their stride, announcing a new single, and, last night, a new member.

Well, the term “new” might depend on how loosely you define such a term. You thought BURST GIRL was done employing Guso Drop alumni? Nope! Say hi to Wakapiku! Again!

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ELECTRIC HEARTS and scramble scratch Really Really Really Hate Corona…

It’s been a while a since we last checked in on SHINDENTSU PRODUCTION, home agency of ELECTRIC HEARTS, the idols who broke onto the scene with paper bags on their heads and punk-pop songs in their hearts, and the now defunct scribble scritch, who might be gone, but left the world one very perfect pop nugget.

And as things quickly change in the scene, so it goes for the groups under this banner: Members have changed, groups have been reborn, and the Corona virus has pretty much left the idol industry struggling to maintain vital connections with their fanbase. With that in mind, SHINDENTSU has gifted us with a couple of videos to remind us that they’re still around, still care about their fans, and have every intention of coming out of this thing without missing a beat.

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BURST GIRL to Release a New CD, “story”, in May

BURST GIRL have announced the release of a new CD and a collection of collaboration vinyls this coming May.  The three-track CD, story, will be released on May, 20th. This will be followed by a limited tour in collaboration with the CD’s songwriters with 7″ vinyl singles of each track available at tour venues and from Disk Union. 

https://twitter.com/burst_girls/status/1243523752597393408

The collaborators who contributed songs for the CD include DJ Mariko Gotou, Maya (KING BROTHERS and N’Shukugawa BOYS), Toru Hidaka (THE STARBEMS), and Oyasumi Hologram founder and producer Kouichi Ogawa. Continue reading

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