This post was, uh, supposed to run on Saturday, and then through some mechanical error on my part did not run on Saturday. So instead let’s do it when it’s convenient!
I love having Erisu in a permanent state of notification on my phone. Because they don’t do 20 lives per week, every announcement has some actual heft to it, and you’re goddamn right I was stoked when they started their last most recent countdown. The reward was this latest EP, continuing on their theme of alien goddesses come to earth, which is capped by:
Yep! Continue reading
I can’t stop listening to it!
So Melon Bat has a new single out at the end of the month. I saw this news and immediately felt very whelmed by it. We here at this website were early adopters of both Melon and Soze’s solo work (thanks, Brian!), and so championed the project’s growth through its first few releases. What a concept, and what a sound! If you’re intro Boomer retro stuff and the unique aesthetic of monster and/or alien movies and the rockabilly sounds that were popular a couple of generations ago, Melon really is for you. And since we do like those things, it was an easy match!
Ultimately, though, despite getting major distribution and momentarily seeming on the brink of rising beyond mere chika stages, Melon hit a rough patch and seemed to be left treading water between too-similar releases and a concept that felt like it had run its course. And a bit of a reboot! Even their stalwart gaijin wota fans seemed to be moving on. I personally saw glimmers of light in their last record, so maybe the skepticism wasn’t warranted, but here, seriously, check it: Continue reading
Color me very impressed by the raw amount of good stuff this week, and how much we covered it. It had been a while! Heck, when was the last time I managed three in a day? That goes back a good while, it does. So in the interests of keeping the momentum going and because I did kind of promise myself that I’d do it anyway and because I mean what I say in the title, it’s a killer song and we all could use a nice boost to close the week and look ahead to what’s a three-dayer here in the USA, I present to you the latest from POPPiNG EMO, formally dropped a couple of days ago but frankly something that you may wind up sticking on playlists for a while:
Now tell me if you had basically the same listening experience, or something akin or even something wildly different. Continue reading
I remember coming back from hiatus last summer and getting run through the various goings-on in idol over those several months out. Graduations? So many! Debuts? Some good ones! Almost the entire membership of an iconic chika unit graduating en masse, reuniting with an old friend and starting something completely new? True as can be!
So yeah, following MANACLE from what you might call a curious distance for the last little while has been an interesting experience. Once I heard that the tea spilled over Okaki et al’s exodus was pretty tepid, I settled myself into a “this is fine” kind of scenario, like not really caring how or why but just accepting the reality of it all and hoping for the best overall. NECRONOMIDOL has obviously had some challenges; MANACLE, despite the circumstances, is plugging along and building momentum, and the release of their first album is occasion for a real-deal MV to show off what they can do:
That’s some quality work right there. You don’t hear quite so much of this take on idorock so much anymore, like it’s on the heavier end without being heavy-heavy, and it’s synthy enough that you might mentally file it under some kind of -wave designation, and it’s got a great hook that practically makes you give up and call it a pop song. Give me more of it, preferably via IV. Continue reading
The joke doesn’t land half as well as I wish it did
Yes, let us discover some idols! Or, in this case, re-discover some idols that we already knew and liked but now have a new wrapper. LET’S DISCOVER A BRAND. Or I guess the new product launched in direct competition to the original by people most intimate to it. The Oreo cookies, if you will, of idol.
You may remember a little project going back a couple of years, the not-quite-sung-enough 143, who we recently learned were going kaput. Bummer! And then suddenly one day idols associated with a new thing started to show up in my feed, people who I already followed despite not, uh, completely knowing who or what the heck or why. That does happen, this being idol and all! So I put a pin in it, as they say, and waited to see what happened. And what happened was our old pal Jul messaged to say, hey, have you seen this new idol group, they’re the 143 members who went their own way and are now self-produced. And I said, ah ha! It makes sense now!
And so, finally, Finally (Twitter): Continue reading
With all apologies due to the good people at Codomomental Inc., while yes it is in fact the intention of Homicidols Dot Com to render completely void their attempts to impose short two-hour caps on the preview tracks released by the company’s artists, they must know that we do it out of love and a genuine desire to expose those artists to broader audiences outside of Japan. Timing is hard for people, even for us even under the best of circumstances, and it’s not like we profit from it, you know?
One thing we haven’t done before, I don’t think? Share the track a whole-ass day later. But, uh, it would be negligent — nay, disrespectful — of us to not share this preview/debut with the world, so, uh, let’s just drop all the pretense all the way. Takari Takara is the name, and very likely a familiar one to you. This is her not-quite-long-expected solo debut with Codomomental, and one that we here at Homicidols HQ have been eagerly anticipating. Yes it dropped under normal rules (also: yesterday!), so yes let’s follow the forms. This is how you connect with her:
And as for the song: Continue reading
Does that pun work? Like do most of you even get it? Feh!
I’m mad at every information service in existence for not just up and telling me that Sugarpills had made good on their promised single. Missed it on Twitter, Spotify sent me nothing, it turned out that I hadn’t subscribed to them on YouTube after all like an idiot, so I literally found out about this by accident fully a month after the fact. Just terrible. But yes, one of my very favorite debuts of 2020 staffed up in the intervening months (which you’d know if you read the Weekender!) and released this single all the way back at the beginning of April:
It’ll cure what ails you! Now does the pun make sense?
Nice standard punk sounds, nice idol vocals to go with, a combination made in heaven. A true reviewer of music and media would knock the mix, probably, and ask for a higher quality to the MV, but honestly — this is an indie-as-hell project, and half of the charm in both idol and punk is in the rough edges. I’m personally just stoked that this fun, better-than-you-assume project is thriving and looking to the future.
As soon as I hit the publish button on that the mishmash post:
Correct you are, Chris! And because I have unofficially vowed to unabashedly support every idol thing that Julie does, and also because GREAT MONKEYS are great fun, let’s give this one a listen, too, shall we? Continue reading
I will tell you, I noticed on the TL the other day that the mishmash had a release date for a new EP, and I got super excited about it, and only in the mental preparation for this post did I come to see that the record’s title and title track itself (and #2!) have been with us for months via MV, and so there would be no MV associated with this release, and so I was going to be a jerk about it and not post, but then I actually listened to it all and while I remember not really caring for the title track, I did find that the overall spirit of the release (and okay, the rest of the songs) was actually nice and fun, and I’m in a mood, so let’s do it!
I don’t expect you all to like this the way that I expect you all to like, say, something from PassCode or whatever, but I do expect some of you to like it, and you know who you are, because you’ve been bopping ever since you hit play. Me, it’s not my favorite thing that mishmash (+/- the) ever did, and frankly I preferred their closer-to-OG sound, but groups get refreshes all the time and maybe now was that time for the mishmashes. And who knows? Maybe there’s room for greaser idols out there, too.
Man, you guys remember Jekyll x Hyde? Or Jekyll and Hyde or & or however you want to style it. Management-san seems to like “x” these days, so that’s fine. But man, remember them? I wouldn’t be mad if you didn’t — I know that my last actual post about them was two full years ago, so unless you’re familiar thanks to some sporadic Weekender appearances, we certainly haven’t done much to bring them to your attention.
Now, I imagine that a few things have probably happened in, like, two years’ time, but frankly I got a bad back anymore, my days of diving deep into the Internet for random idol unit membership past info are in the past, so let’s just presume that membership=changed and maybe a fan or two can fill in the gaps. What clearly has not changed is that Jekyll x Hyde is one of the most reliably interestingly units in the game — musically, that is, and of course they are; they’re from Nagoya — and a recent spate of Papermaiden sort of re-discovering them for herself got me thinking that maybe it’s time for a refresher post.
So if you’re unfamiliar but you have a passing familiarity with foundational texts in English-language science fiction, you have probably sussed out that the group has some kind of tie to duality. And you’re right! They have a light side (Jekyll Mode) and dark side (Hyde Mode) and frankly they’re both just fine, so let’s survey some recent stuff. Continue reading