For The Love of God, Why Are You Even Looking at This Post When All You Need Is New DAIDAIDAI?

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! DAIDAIDAI has been promoting their exceptionally well-titled new record for what feels like half of my life at this point, and they dropped that teaser earlier in the week and it was all JUST GIVE ME THE WHOLE THING and now it’s only a week way, and if you need convincing to stream and buy the thing until you are literally incapable of hearing anything else, here’s the actual lead with an actual MV I’M SO EXCITED OKAY:

There are literally thousands of active idol units at any given time, and hundreds that are within this community’s general interest, and a subset of them that may cross into three figures that dispenses with the more typical pop or rock or even hip-hop sounds for various digital genres, so we’re not talking about a huge sample size here, but I’ll happily bet against anybody foolish enough to contend that DEMON TAPES hasn’t been the source of the very best work in that space, period, ever, going back to whenever they first tried it out, and that DAIDAIDAI isn’t the current master of the form. Everything they release is so far beyond so mundane a measurement as “good”, and their overall artistic output is so unique and well-crafted that I legitimately wish I could get some of these videos into the playlists of the cool Zoomer kids who are emerging as tastemakers for the new generation. This is music that the world needs!

This is a short post, so here’s live DAIDAIDAI joined by the similarly excellent NaNoMoRaL:

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NELN’s Latest Move Is the Emotional Gut-punch

“Oh heck, it’s just about the end of the month, we must have a new NELN MV coming any minute now!” said I to myself on Thursday when I was trying to do a lot of productive work and instead kept needing to stick my head into Twitter and managed to scroll through long enough to see a NELN tweet. And of course I was excited — have you seen what NELN does? — and really hoped that they’d drop that this morning so I could fold this post into the Homicidols Time that comes on weekend mornings. And it did! So let’s talk about it.

I will reiterate later, but it bears pre-reiterating now: NELN, if you are unfamiliar, is releasing 12 MVs over 12 months since they debuted last year, and this is #11, and there has been some really great work from this kind-of-out-of-nowhere group during the process, so of course the expectation here is high. And so: Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #223

Good morning! I hope you all had a good week. Idol certainly did, though this is one of the most random Weekenders to ever be randomly put together (hint: they all are), so you might not think at first glance that we’ve been in this little period of heavyweight releases and brain-splattering action. Relative to our own recursively self-referential scene, that is. Good stuff, and plenty out just today to sink our teeth into. And that’s all I’m going to say because I want to start covering that stuff and then get the heck out into proto-spring before winter decides to hit us with another friggin’ ice storm!

You Get What You Deserve

Malcolm Mask McLaren B-side!

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This Is a First Summer Uika Appreciation Post

So the Word Made Flesh herself, First Summer Uika, ex of BiS and BILLIE IDLE and Lui’s YouTube Dungeon and hanging out with Pharrell and being secretly married for years has spent the last year and change becoming like a real-deal celebrity. Those of us who especially appreciated Uipon’s contributions to idol and culture and our very lives nodded knowingly — yes, of course, this brilliant dynamic personality is impossible to ignore and full of the kind of magnetic energy that is essential in modern mass media — but I think there are still a few fools out there in the world who are either unaware or unappreciative of her majesty, and so to them I present the first solo single from First Summer Uika as evidence that you better stan and you better do it now before all the other kids make fun of you for being a poser:

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If You Haven’t Already, It’s Very Easy to Get Erisu’s New Single

Sorry Erisu! I had meant to do more with this much sooner, but here we are, the week is almost out and I haven’t said a blessed thing about your new single. So: Everybody, guess what, Erisu has a new single out! And apparently declared war on some underling of Brian’s!

Yes. I’m in deep like with traditional heavy metal of late, and I always like proggy stuff, so please do mass produce this at a slightly more intense pace than the ‘rona vaccines and inject all of it directly into my veins. I don’t know if you all are familiar with just-barely-pre-metal band called Coven, but I feel a lot of similarities between the two, all deep, murky, clearly esoteric and mysterious hard rock/metal … well, Coven did have a woman singing, but she notably only did cleans, the coward. Continue reading

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RILISREVERSE Release Reversal

In a move that was definitely intended to make fun headlines, RILISREVERSE have released their new digital single Reversal!

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DAIDAIDAI Has the Perfect Concept and the Goods for their New Album

I know we Weekendered it a while back, but it’s entirely possible that people — silly, fallible lumps of loosely organized flesh that they are — either have forgotten or are somehow not at all aware of the fact that DAIDAIDAI, one of the most unique and exciting acts in this entire scene, has an album coming out in basically no time at all now. I’ve been excited about since the day I heard about it! Imagine being aware of what this group brings and not being excited.

And so there was the move by producer-san, it seems, for DEMON TAPES decided to drop the first proper promo for the album on Valentine’s Day, and I’d have missed it completely if not for a bit of research last week. The thinking is sound, right, like of course a Sunday in the middle of winter when people are much more worried about their SOs is the best time to slide out new music that will gin up interest in your album. I am in absolutely no way being sarcastic! But anyway, this is awesome and exciting: Continue reading

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NECRONOMIDOL Promises Sweet, Delicious, Fiery Pain on Their New Album

NECRONOMIDOL’s new album — first full-length with the new lineup — is just days away, and you know what that means: IT’S LEAD SINGLE TIME. I know we were all kind of shocked when The Breakup happened, and then intrigued as the new group took form, and then everybody had their own opinions about “santa sangre” but this particular development, this new album, has felt like the part that we’re all most eager for. You like when Necroma dominates your soul and grants you immortality just to inflict as much agony as possible for all time, in song form!

If vämjelseriter can deliver on even a fraction of the promise in here, it’s going to be a hell of a lot of pain: Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #222

Good morning! Or, if you live in (say) Texas, I really do hope that you’re having a good morning because power has been restored, your pipes are unfrozen and imminent threat of danger is no longer necessarily a thing at home. What a week. We had two separate “storms” here in the National Capital Region, one of which was billed as It Will Ice So Much That Your Trees Will Come Down (note: trees still standing) and the other, the tail end of the system that obliterated the aforementioned Texas and many other points in between because we didn’t get the polar vortex, went from OMG 8 INCHES OF SNOW AND ICE to me scraping less than 1 full inch of icy slush from the driveway. I love myself some good winter snows and we haven’t had much in that way the past few years, so … get your act together, Mid-Atlantic Winter.

Big week in idol, too, which is going to seem like a weird thing to say because this isn’t the thiccest Weekender we’ve ever put on, but there are a whole mess of posts to follow because basically everybody chose the past handful of days to put out things that we’d want to talk about in much more depth than, well, the Weekender. Those’ll be coming over the next few days. Homicidols Hot Takes, get ’em while they’re HOT!

You all stay safe and well, please and thanks. If you need to hunker down with the DAIDAIDAI EP that’s like minutes away at this point, do it.

Biases Make Baby Jesus Cry

Happy belated Valentine’s Day from Aizawa Aria:

Dempagumi.inc: Eitaso out, half of DEARSTAGE in:

It’s getting very hard to avoid becoming a POPPiNG EMO blog:

Things are going well when I’m telling randos about Sway Emotions Slightly:

BOY MEETS HARU NEW EPISODE START:

It’s fun to think about how far WAGAMAMARAKIA has come:

Of course Herosyn dropped an elbow on ^that^ dance video with one of their own:

Very all about this upcoming Alive to Rainy EP:

WILL-O’, get ’em while you can:

Just a reminder that Babymetal still has more of these left to perform than they’ve done, and we can’t even think about being at them:

This is not the “solo track from a member of RAY” we ordered!


Idol in Focus

This week’s Idol in Focus is Sugarpills because they keep teasing and even releasing new music but not actually doing it in ideal media for sharing:

Sugarpills!


Bonus in Focus

I did some math and I might get to this new Kolokol MV in several weeks’ time, better to give it some air when it’s still fresh:

Also, new costumes!


Upcoming from Aina:

Obligatory NEOJAPONISM, who are welcome to release another album soon:

In the big promo push for that new single, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da did the Natalie interview thing:

Got a couple of treats for my fellow BIRTH fans:

tipToe. released a maxi-single this week, and it’s awesome; this is the thing:

And this is the one from DESURABBITS, who did not release a maxi-single this week:

Thanks Hina, very cool:

Broken By The Scream showing us how idol covers ought to be done:

Have a great weekend!

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I Told You Guys That the New Malcolm Mask McLaren Was Awesome

Well by now you’ve likely seen that Malcolm Mask McLaren dropped their new single and gave you an MV, and if you’re the kind of smart person that you no doubt are as a reader of Homicidols Dot Com, you’ve seen it already because my long promotional missive on MMM’s behalf either eased any remaining doubts OR reconfirmed the exceptionally astute biases you have for them, and you were aware of this release the second it happened. This post isn’t for you. It’s for that mere scattering of random humans who have somehow both heard MMM before and read my awesome celebration of them and still isn’t convinced.

So:

See? Awesome.

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