It was a crazy week, but I did finally manage to launch our latest community project seeking your nominations for the best drops, hooks, breakdowns, and choruses in alt, indie and underground idol. I did realize, however, that I forgot to give a deadline for submissions. Why don’t we say, Monday, February 26th? That should work.
So, think of some good stuff to nominate this weekend but, if you’re in the UK, schedule a break to score tickets to WACK in the UK Vol. 2. They go on sale today including some very limited VIP tickets that includes a light lunch with the members. Good luck to all going for that. I assume they will sell out in about four seconds.
It takes a village to be an alternative idol fan, and I mean that in all sincerity. There are simply too many idol units, idols, music releases, MV drops, tours, graduations, disbandments, reboots, retirements and returns to keep up with the massive amount of activity all on your lonesome. It is why there is a whole team behind the running of Homicidols, and it is also the primary reason for the existence of the Homicidols Discord server.
We miss Maniac, the erstwhile founder of Homicidols dot com. Some weeks, more than than others. Maniac not only had impeccable musical tastes, but he was also able to sit down in front of a keyboard at 5:00 a.m. and pound out a cogent, inciteful, and amusing blog post and publish it before his coffee was cold. That is not a feat that I am capable of. Case in point: I did a bunch of leg work last weekend for an article I intended to get out the door for Monday or Tuesday. Now here it is, Weekender time, and I still haven’t finished the darn thing.
It is my aspiration to be more like Maniac, so I will now be taking a page directly from his playbook. Will I wake up earlier? Be a more productive writer? Adopt a better sense of humor?
I’ve been getting a bit antsy of late, waiting for any announcement of plans idols may have to head west in 2024. Other than the upcoming WACK in the UK Part 2, things have been pretty quiet. That is, unless you happened to be in the Netherlands this week where Miho, Nonayu, and Okinawa Electric Girl Saya dropped by to warm some western, winter hearts.
We unveiled of your Homicidols Best of 2023 award winners earlier this week, and it was great fun to see all of the reactions from around the world.
For example, here’s a three hour long discussion on YouTube of your Homicidols Best of the Year awards in German. I studied German for two years in high school, but it did not help me much here.
The results are in!
2023 is already in the rear-view mirror, but there is one last official act to be accomplished before the year can be entered into the alt-idol archives: the distribution of your Homicidols Best of the Year awards.
It was an exciting process this year! While there was the usual enthusiastic participation from the Homicidols community, some of the nominees also got involved and encouraged their fans to vote. This resulted in a large influx of participation from Japanese wota that we haven’t experienced before. It was interesting to watch as their votes got comingled with those of us overseas fans and to see where opinions aligned and diverged. The ballots from Japan had a definitive impact in a number categories.
All in all, we had a record number of ballots cast this year and the broadest cross-section of participation that I have ever witnessed in our Best Of the Year Voting. It was awesome to see, and thank you again to everyone who participated.
But enough with the pre-amble. Let’s get on with the awards!!
The votes are in! The ballots are being counted. It was a wild ride and thank you to everyone who participated in the Best of 2023 voting cycle!
Actually, Team knows who all the winners are but we’re preparing the awards and can’t tell anyone just yet. If you are overwhelmed with anticipation, try to distract yourself with this edition of the Weekender and the return of Homicidols Weekend Radio!
You can also distract yourself by making some travel plans for an upcoming show.Tickets are on sale for the Broken By the Scream tour of the Americas.
Just in case you missed the post of a few days ago, you should be furiously voting for your Homicidols Best of 2023 right now! Just one vote per person please, but put ALL of you heart into it. Voting is open through this coming Wednesday, January 17th.
This year’s ballot has gotten a signal boost courtesy of r/BABYMETAL, one of the friendliest subreddits on that site and a place that will always be near and dear to my heart. The nomination of MOMOMETAL and “METALII!!” has produced a slew of ballots that only include votes for those two nominees and, strangely, the Best Video nomination of “Nemophila” by RAY. Our assumption is that our visiting kawaii metalhead friends are confusing this PV from the best shoegaze idols in the business with “A Ray Of Light” by NEMOPHILA.
It is time! You’ve spent twelve months watching, streaming, celebrating and grieving all that the world of alternative and underground idol could throw at you. You’ve told us what you felt were the most significant and compelling moments of the last year. We (meaning, “primarily Kerrie”), have compiled your thoughts and, by community consensus, arrived at our OFFICIAL nominees for Homicidols Best of 2023.
If one of your favorites failed to snag a nomination and you wish to (diplomatically) tell the community how poor it’s taste and judgment is, feel free to drop by the Homicidols Discord server and let everyone know how much you agree with me that RAY should have gotten a nomination for both Album AND Idol of the Year.
It is only the first Weekender of the new year and 2024 is already in full swing.
Broken By the Scream is performing in the US this weekend at Anime Los Angeles, but made other headlines this week with their announcement of an upcoming multinational tour that will hit North, Central and South America.