Homicidols’ Songs of Summer, 2022

We have reached the height of summer, that magical season when school’s out, parties are at the pool, blankets are on the beach and indelible memories are being made, each one set to a signature soundtrack destined to trigger nostalgic memories well into our sunset years (unless you’re reading this in Australia right now in which case, at least the snakes are hibernating ?). This seemed like the perfect time to ask Team Homicidols to put down the margaritas and fireworks for a second and share those songs that they’ve got on repeat in their summertime playlists.

Here are the songs that will forever come to define the dog days of 2022:

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The Latest Planck Stars Monkey Business

Out with the old, in with the new. That’s what spring cleaning is all about. But let’s be real, nobody actually does the cleaning in spring, you keep putting it off because “eh I can do it tomorrow” until you realise it’s getting to 30 celsius and you have roaches everywhere. That’s not relateable? Oh. Well… Planck Stars have a new song and two new members and one of them is literally a monkey. Think about THAT instead.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #293

I’m pretty sure that the Idol Fiscal Year starts on July 1st. Otherwise, it’s difficult to explain why every idol and their sister unit dropped a new release in the final days of June. I mean, new music is typically released on Tuesdays except for this week when on Wednesday and Thursday (June 29th and 30th) just about everybody rushed a new single or EP out the door. I can only assume that it must be for accounting purposes.

Whatever the reason, this Weekender is packed. Along with all the great new stuff, the transition from June to July has unfortunately brought us some pretty gut wrenching departures as well.

TRIGGER WARNING: this week’s Oshiloss Corner can fill a bathtub with wota tears.

It’s times like these that make me eternally grateful for Team and the crew over on the Homicidols Discord server.  It takes a village to keep up with everything happening in idol.

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PIGGS vs. PIGGS: We Choose PIGGS

For those out of the loop on the latest droppings from PIGGS, the unit has been drawn into a pitched battle between their indie producer, Ryan B, versus an anonymous major-label hack over the right to produce PIGGS major label debut single.  The two sides in this contest have been separated into the Ryan B-led “TEAM Indie (Poo Poo Land Co., Ltd.)” and “TEAM Major (a certain major label)”. Each team has now produced a single and MV and PIGGS fans have been asked to vote for their favorite.  In the interest of fairness, the teams have been anonymized as TEAM A and TEAM B.

Let’s take a look at the entries:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols, But Keep Them HUSH HUSH

Screenshot from MV showing Yunipi from HUSH HUSH at a market with subtitle caption "my parents handed me the strawberry"

Yeah my mum was always insisting I eat fruit and stuff, what are parents like?!

There’s two of them.  They are Yunipi (pink) and Zousui (purple).  They’re from Aomori prefecture, right up on the northern tip of Japan’s main island.  And that, readers, is all I know.  Not much to fill an article with but – hah! – they are called HUSH HUSH after all!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #292

I rarely get personal here, primarily because I figure folks visit because they’re interested in idols and artistry and music and not the intimate travails of Daemon: idol blogger. And don’t worry, because I’m not going to get personal now except to say that, yesterday, I had a really bad day. I only bring it up because the things that most helped me get through it were: 1. Ditching work for the afternoon; 2. A chat/venting session with Papermaiden; and 3. This infectious new single by fishbowl.

Idol heals. Let’s begin the treatment:

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Catch Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s Final Live this Weekend

Yanakoto Sotto Mute will be holding their final one-man live this weekend before disbanding the current line-up.  The band-set is taking place this Sunday evening (Japan time) and will be livestreamed via Zaiko.

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We Review Things: Miho’s Debut Album, “LIFE”

It has been about a year since Miho emerged as a solo idol and she has had our attention pretty much from the start. At first with her exuberant lives and then with her exceptional debut single, “Doubt”, the Idol Underworld-produced artist quickly established a unique presence with her signature smoky voice, leather jacket and focus on yasashii (kindness).  We were very excited to be provided a preview copy of Miho’s first full-length album , LIFE, which will be released this Saturday, June 25th.

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NECRONOMIDOL news!! New Member Debut, European Tour Dates and a New Single for Isiliel

Monday was NECRONOMIDOL-day as our favorite ultradark unit filled the morning with one significant news drop after another. Perhaps the biggest piece of information was the unveiling of NECROMA’s newest member at their “never to die” two-man live with XTEEN.

The new Darkness Girl to be joining Himari, Malin and Meica is Hisui Kurogane.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #291

Let’s talk numbers!

1 – WACK Train currently circling Tokyo on the Yamanote line.

3 – Number of units that Toda Roa has now graduated from.

10 – Year Anniversary celebrated by Especia last night with a reunion livestream.

14 – Days unit the dissolution of LiLii Kaona.

50 – Years since the release of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

217 – Days until PLANCK STARS London gig.

245 – Days until PLANCK STARS plays Los Angeles.

300 – Number of Weekenders we’ll hit in nine short weeks. That’s a lot of Weekenders. Here’s this one:

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