Your Homicidols Weekender #396

I am back home after spending a well-deserved week-long vacation in Los Angeles. My trip was bookended by Miho’s US debut last Saturday and Isiliel’s Wednesday band set with Lilin. In the days between, I ate my way through LA Japantown. I had great time, ate some great food, and it was awesome catching up with some of you all in person. 

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Your Homicidols Weekender #395

Greetings from Chinatown, Los Angeles. It’s midnight, and the family residing in the room next  door to me in this hotel with paper-thin walls just decided to throw an impromptu fiesta. Since sleep is currently out of the question, I’m taking this opportunity to put the finishing touches on The Weekender in the hopes that things soon quiet down and I can get some rest. I will definitely need it as tomorrow (well, technically, today since it’s after midnight) is a big day. Namely, it’s the US debut of Miho:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #394

While we all struggle with the end of our beloved MIGMA SHELTER, some were lucky enough to be comforted in our time of loss by idol appearances close to home. According to dispatches from Europe, Yurapico and GARUDA have successfully conquered both London and the Netherlands and were last seen heading straight for Cologne.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #393

I have to apologize if the Weekender isn’t as full of content as usual this week, but we got hit by malware late Friday so I spent the evening cleaning the site of infected files instead of finishing this post.  We’re all clean now, but the draft Weekender was a casualty in the purge. I have pieced it back together as best I could from my unreliable memory.

One thing that I certainly would never forget is that Yurapico and GARUDA are heading to  Europe next week. Just as April 1 will be forever known as Fox Day on the Homicidols calendar, the first month of summer shall henceforth be known as, Zuukyun June.

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Homicidols Community Picks for Best of 2024 (so far)

Earlier this month, Team compiled their thoughts regarding the best singles, EPs, Albums, and MVs of 2024 (so far) and then asked our dear readers to provide their picks as well. We now publish those thoughts for the collective edification of all.  As always, thank you to everyone who shared their opinions with us.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #392

I know I said I would get the Readers Best of the Year (so far) out this week, but I did throw in the caveat, “unless life gets in the way,” so I think I am covered. I am shooting for Monday now. Unfortunately, until idol blogging pays more bills than Day Job™, the day job takes precedent. Day Job™ is also responsible for the Weekender going out late this morning but it is also subsidizing my trip to LA to see Miho and Isiliel next month,  so it must be tolerated. But it’s the weekend now, so it’s time to forget about work and concentrate on all the stuff that makes life worth laboring for:

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Idol Overseas Summer Invasion 2024

Summer is almost upon us and a bunch of our favorite idols are undertaking overseas expeditions to come and see us!! Or, perhaps, they just want to escape the heat and humidity of Japan. Either way, it means that your chances of being able to see an idol live without leaving your home country are at a record high. 

While major hitters ATARASHII GAKKO! and BABYMETAL are tearing through Europe and Southeast Asia all summer long, a bunch of our indie and underground  idol favorites are venturing overseas in the next few months as well, such as:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #391

After 390 Weekenders, it’s getting progressively more difficult to come up with a unique preamble for each Saturday’s post. This is the least important part of the whole article though, so I doubt it matters that much. I thought of just recycling old intros and seeing if anyone noticed. Maybe I’m doing that right now. In the end, it probably doesn’t really matter, because all of the important stuff that you’re here for starts after this paragraph ends.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #390

It’s been a long, odd week and I think we all deserve some credit for getting through it. Some of our favorite idols have been trying to help us survive by dropping by in person.

MAD JAMIE is currently tearing up Europe an seems to have broken the sky. Here’s a link to details on all of her appearances.

A quick reminder that Yurapico and GARUDA are heading to Europe next month.

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Homicidols Best of the Year (so far)

We are one half of the way through the Homicidols calendar year (which runs December through November for REASONS) so we thought it was time to make note of the songs, albums and MVs that Team Homicidols have had on repeat for the last six months.  This year’s entries so far seem to largely skew to the punk, shoegaze, and dream pop side of the spectrum, with only a few entries dipping their toes into the louder more hardcore sub-genres. I guess a quieter year is to be expected in the absence of the likes of Melancholic Cinderella Story and Zsasz. However, what the class of 2024 lacks in brutality, it makes up for in inventiveness. As the below offerings graphically demonstrate: alternative idol is still the most creative music laboratory on the planet.

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