This Is (This) WILL-O”s Last MV

Other than I think one remaining closed fan event, the current system of WILL-O’ is done. No more releases (we already took care of that anyway), nada. I don’t know why I was surprised that they announced one final MV, these things being fairly standard, but I can proudly say that I knew exactly what it would be like when I saw the announcement!

The puzzle’s a really nice touch though

What’s next? Presumably a new regime at some future point, doubtlessly following in the same musical tradition. In the meantime, you may want to get caught up on your WILL-O’ video action, as they’re apparently deleting a ton of stuff off of the YouTube channel at the end of the month.

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I Recommend the New buGG Single

A certain newly emerged idol project with a particularly evocative name had me thinking about pop punk and idol. Yes again. Like, IRL, I hate pop punk, and I get completely fair crap for this irrational, knee-jerk take. It is what it is! The punk rock I got into as a kid wasn’t Fat Wreck Chords stuff, it was Dischord and Epitaph and let’s not get too deep into that, this is a buGG post, okay. The point is, I usually avoid pop punk unless it’s by idols, in which case the things that usually annoy me about the genre suddenly make a ton of sense. Absolutely perfect marriage.

So enter buGG, and what is oddly their first single:

IT’S PERFECT. I love this song so much. It actually popped up on Spotify a little while ago, but I kept hoping for an MV to show it off properly. It has just the right amount of punk rock to drive its holy-shit-it’s-literally-made-of-cotton-candy idol core, right down to the impossibly catchy chorus. And now we managed to fix your Wednesday morning!

The single is out on April 6. You should get it.

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More Compelling Evidence in Your Personal Journey Toward Loving POPPiNG EMO

I will, even at great personal cost*, make more of you people into POPPiNG EMO fans. Like, yeah, maybe you actually secretly all are in fact completely, hopelessly owned by The Other Unit Close to SCRAMBLES and are just really good at hiding it. No! It beggars belief! So maybe then the solution is to simply present more recent evidence and loudly demand through clenched teeth (I’m not mad! You’re mad!) that you will look at it and like it or you won’t get any Jell-O for dessert.

And on that cheery note, I present the latest MV from POPPiNG EMO, as usual released because they feel like it: Continue reading

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HIMEGOTOZETTAICHI Has Been Dropping Lots of Singles So Let’s Listen to Them

I can’t even remember why I wrote “Himego” in my little running notes document — smartphones! — a few days ago, but it definitely did act as a prompt to look up the never-followed-enough-come-on-you-guys HIMEGOTOZETTAICHI and have several lovely surprises in a row, and I’m going to share them with you even though the first has been completely ruined by the post title.

First! Holy hell, of course there’s a physical release on the way, but I had no idea that Himegoto was dropping digital singles all over the virtual airwaves, like almost one every two weeks since the start of the year:

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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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POPPiNG EMO Is Very Literally So Very Good

The year is young, and it may be true that I can be fairly given over to hyperbole even under the most sober of circumstances, but after twice in a short span acknowledging that I already have two (very) early Song of the Year frontrunners, and declaiming the ongoing majesty of the provider of one of those favorites, I find that something I stuck in the back pocket to review later is, uh, not just on the same trajectory as That Very Same Thing but also doing it in a really similar circumstance?

So yeah, what I’m referring to is POPPiNG EMO and their latest, which is probably new to none of you at this point but I don’t care. This is a song worth talking about:

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We Need to Have a Little Talk about Malcolm Mask McLaren

Ed. note: This post has dispensed with the familiar convention of only using M-alliteration in the title of a Malcolm Mask McLaren post; Homicidols Dot Com regrets this immediately.

I listen to a lot of music, as should be obvious. One of my favorite things about Fiancee is that we both consider “good chill time” to include alcoholic spirits and putting a record on the turntable. We sing karaoke, just the two of us, or on those rare occasions when we allow somebody to come over, we invite them to join us. We have a small pile of musical instruments that we’re not any good at but still like to pretend with. We argue about the satellite radio station on car rides of longer than a few miles. We listen to music while we create and often as a wind-down before bed. It’s really nice. Fiancee’s time to break from that is during work hours because she’s the kind of person who needs quiet to concentrate; I, on the other hand, need some kind of background noise to concentrate, as otherwise my brain’s trying to drive in several directions at once, I get antsy in my pantsy, sometimes even aggressive, etc. So what’s pretty much the first thing I do when I sit down at the desk in the morning? Pop open Spotify and/or one of my YouTube home pages (yes, I have several), and find something — preferably new — to listen to while I settle in.

Yesterday, that something new was from Malcolm Mask McLaren. The thing said it was called “ORANGE EP” which I got extraordinarily excited about, only to find that it is in fact only two songs, which is not really an EP unless it’s by like Bell Witch or something, but did I bite the bullet and take one for the team anyway? Yes. Which was easy — Malcolm Mask McLaren owns — and, I will spoil it for you, completely and totally rewarding: Continue reading

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Let’s All Enjoy Planck Stars Together

And so for the second time in roughly a month, we kinda sorta Let’s Discover some idols that in fact are pretty well Discovered, all thanks to shoddy memory and a trust that a unit of X degree of quality would never be missed here at Homicidols Dot Com. And yet! Here we are with Planck Stars, which I take to mean the Max Planck Stars as theoretical physics and quanta are an excellent theme for idols, and who I always just kind of assumed had been writing about off and on for a good long while, only to discover (heh) in the process of blogging this post that no, I had not, though they’ve made various Weekender appearances as is usually how this works.

Nevertheless! Here we are now. They have a new song and a new MV so let’s look at them together:

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Let POPPiNG EMO Welcome You Properly to 2021

While we’re on a bit of a streak with this very simple, inoffensive theme that definitely doesn’t demonstrate my own lack of creativity at the moment, let’s also enjoy this new one from POPPiNG EMO:

What’s the occasion? Because they can, I guess. The tweet introducing the video makes it sound like it’s been in the works for a little while, so it may just be flexing for the hell of it. And it’s a fine video! But also a nice little rocker of a tune from the group with a SCRAMBLES pedigree that is about one stupid stunt away from being gobbled up by Watanabe on principle. Continue reading

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SPARK SPEAKER with a Great 2021 Message

Ah, SPARK SPEAKER. I’m trying to think of a group in right-now idol that’s as well-regarded without having quite broken through the chika glass ceiling. Talk to anybody — “Hey, how about that SPARK SPEAKER huh?” — and you’ll at worst get indifference, at best effusive praise and the kind of fanenbying* that my feed usually only looks like when BTS does something. They’ve been around for a lot longer than people think, have done a lot more than we realize, they perform as relentlessly as a very determined combination of Screaming Sixties and Guso Drop, and it’s like every damn thing they do is brimming with energy and super infectious.

And right now? They’re saying something that people need to hear more and more often, “Believe in yourself”, which yes is in song form apparently written by a labelmate and clearly not being new per se given that it’s been performed live enough to have plenty of material for this MV! Continue reading

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