Good morning! Welcome to Weekender Year 5! I promise to keep up the same degree of randomness and complete disrespect for the subject that you’ve all grown to love.
So how have you all been lately? Well enough, I hope, understanding that there’s still a lot going wrong in general out there for everybody. But I’ll tell you, a few months back I was in a really difficult place with the state of things, and it was manifesting in weird ways in just about every facet of life. So I started to keep a journal where I’d put down the things, every morning, that I was grateful for. It wasn’t like, and yet again today I’m grateful for my car’s good fuel economy, it was always something that I’d have to search for, at least somewhat unique. And it taught me to appreciate things that I’d been taking for granted, which really did help to take the sting away. Earlier this week, I crossed the last big obstacle off of my Day Job queue for the calendar year and accomplished an entirely new degree of success in my work … and it felt so damn good. I even told the boss, I’ve done this before but not anywhere near this degree of sophistication and intricacy, and the results are already rolling in. Hot damn.
The point is, I hope you can do that for yourself, or something else that makes you feel good about you and what you’re doing. If that’s crawling through the Weekender, great; if it’s spending your entire day moving several tons of mulch around the yard and building new rock borders for the garden, that’s great too! But whatever it is that you do, find that good angle on it and enjoy. You deserve it.
You Aren’t My Therapist!
I’ve been declaring the sentience of Himari’s hair for years, and now I have proof!
The best way to discover idols, I’m told, is to follow Homicidols Dot Com; the next best way to discover idols, then, must be to do it organically by endlessly scrolling social media while bored and/or avoiding other obligations; and the worst way of course is to get referrals from your friends. Yes, this is all on the up-and-up.
But yeah, I can’t tell you exactly how Re:INCARNATION came into my life a couple of months ago, save for it being one of those times that a tweet from one thing got pushed into my feed because other people had liked it (see: anybody who follows Viz Major always having gravure in your feed!), and one thing led to another:
I’m kind of breaking my own Let’s Discover process for this one, gang, because I’m annoyed that they’ve been sitting half-covered in the queue since like August. It was one of those “doop dee doop, cruising through Twitter — hello, what’s this?” moments:
Oh man, that sounds good as hell! And (*three seconds of research) they’re a sister group of JyuJyu! Well sign me the heck up! Continue reading
Good morning! Well, we did it. The sun has indeed come up every day this week, there hasn’t been any rash of ultra-violence … granted, nobody knows exactly what’s going on out there in Vote Count Land, and maybe we have a new president and maybe we don’t and maybe the only way that gets resolved is by extremely unpleasant means. Who knows! I’m personally spent on the whole thing and need to stop talking about it for a few minutes. So, Weekender.
Welcome to a weird one! When we post more, see, it means that there’s less “proper” Weekender material, and because I haven’t slept well I’ve been tooling around YouTube at weird hours and seeing way more of the kinds of things that I usually quietly make fun of people for watching. This is okay — we all have our morbid interests and secret shames and guilty pleasures. But yeah, kind of a weird edition.
Which, speaking of such things, next week is the fourth anniversary of this, the longest running weekly episodic blog post oriented toward Japanese underground idols who scream in their songs. What an incredible accomplishment and honor! But we’ll also be launching the Best Of community nominations soon, so for real I hope that this surprisingly great year in idol music has your gears turning about who and what deserves the honors.
Some very cool new details on the upcoming WAGAMAMARAKIA* EP:
*Guess we’re spelling it that way now!
Good morning! I hope you all had a good week. I had what we could probably call a busy-level-up kind of week — like it was always going to be tough because there were a lot of deadlines happening at once, but then it managed to get just a little bit worse — but it’s been good to find more time for this here website nonetheless. I have an embarrassing amount of stuff in my personal to-do pile, and that’s without the Best Of kicking off in just a few weeks. Yikes!
Autumn, if I haven’t mentioned it to you before, is by far my favorite time of the year. There’s no “especially” in it — every phase is awesome in its own way, from the last vestiges of summertime to the turning of the leaves to the fall of the year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pre-winter and the run-up to Christmastime. A person like me has it all, with the perfect range of weather, beautiful scenery even just in the neighborhood, perfect sports and food and … I can’t say enough about it. It’s a crying shame that we’re in the middle of a runaway pandemic and have an election for the most powerful person on earth and our choices are between two senile sacks of crap, OR being harassed for years to come if we dare show a preference for something else!
Anyway, the best thing about autumn is having lots of reasons to be with who you love to be with during peak comfort kinds of times. I highly recommend! And if you happen to listen to some cool tunes made by cool people at the same time, more power to you all.
The Danes Call It Hygge
Good morning! Boy oh boy do we have a stripped-down Weekender for you. That’s nobody’s fault — there really wasn’t all that much going on this week, oddly enough — though I do apologize in advance for the sheer density of Weekender regulars. I do try to keep things fairly diverse in here, ya dig? At least representative of all of the idol stuff. When you have a quiet week, only the most extremely online idol projects provide much in the way of content.
This was actually a tough week, in general, which is a mantra that I’m sure people are tired of hearing. True though — when some of the least bad news is that an iconic and massively influential guitarist has passed away, you know you’re in the middle of a humdinger. So I hope that this stuff here, and the rest of the stuff we here at Homicidols Dot Com provide, gives you some overall goodness.
Just a Few Weeks to Go Til the Fouriversary!
At long last, a WACK affiliate is headed to Budokan:
Good morning! I am delivering this Weekender a few minutes late because your ol’ pal Maniac … has a few days to himself! And had a sendoff to manage! And may or may not be attending to other family business at the same time but not yet so it’s already jammies-and-bacon time here at Maniac Mansion.
It’s those little things that I’m always saying that you have to appreciate, see. Like, with everything else going on, of course now we have to face a governing crisis a month before an election and, like, stakes so high that you almost want to go all in just to see what happens but are logically afraid of losing it all in the process. What a world!
Anyway, weird Weekender here, on the short side for good reasons. I do hope that you’re considering the various guides we published, from TIF to Bandcamp to not-TIF. Get your idol on!
For Once He Doesn’t Mention the Weather
As I was saying, that PIGGS MV was clearly shot as part of one of these ridiculous not-marathon marathon sessions:
Good morning! Or, at least, I hope it’s good, or that you can make it good. Around these parts, the turn from summer into autumn has been absolutely pleasant sans the several inches of rain we got the other day, and there’s peace and quiet. That’s good — we need that. Entirely too many people don’t have that now. And as if 2020 needed yet another layer before the topper goes on, we have unprecedented wildfires out west, including several in areas I used to work in back in the day. It’s scary to see, and scarier still to think that this may just be the beginning of deeply chaotic times.
That’s not meant to scare you, by the way. Instead, I hope that you see all of this and think, I’m going to make the most of what I have today and I’m going to work for better things tomorrow. Stay safe, stay sane, and take action to add some improvement to the world.
Sermon out of the way, there’s a ton of good stuff in idol over the last week, much of which we have posts in progress about, and quite a bit of the rest of which you can find right here in the ol’ Weekender!
Oh No, Milestones Incoming Too
What a blessing it is to live in a world that includes Dance for Philosophy:
So you’ve probably seen the news, that BABYMETAL, who through no fault of their own have had their entire reason for being (big-ass live shows) ripped out from under them, are going to release their very own version of a double-live gonzo album next week:
This was already announced a while ago, Twitter-diving shows, but it’s new to me dammit!
Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. This is very much a Weekender item. So why am I blogging a whole-ass post out for it? Because, starters, it’s been a minute since the last time we had good reason to post a BABYMETAL thing, and also because I have now listened to the previews and deemed them good, and because today is a very special day, my very own Fox Day if you will, as it is the sixth anniversary of my first BABYMETAL experience (it was “Megitsune”), which is almost as life-defining as the time I decided to strike up a conversation with the person to whom I am now engaged to be married and also very easy to remember because it’s my brother’s birthday. So in honor of the unofficial beginning of Maniac and the eventual establishment of ye olde website, I blog a BABYMETAL post. Continue reading
I take no credit for this — Kerrie brought it up in chat and I just stuck it into the queue so as to have pieces in one place, to which Kerrie responded “OH GREAT YOU DO IT” and thus does one the least well-versed-when-it-comes-Up-Up-Girls-at-least people is the bearer of what is almost assuredly some degree of bad news, but these things do always depend on perspective.
So! Yesterday, Up Up Girls announced that, following a big-ass outdoor live on the 26th, the old regime will be no more and a new regime will rise.