Good morning! Or as good as it can be — there’s a sort of hell-in-a-handbasket thing going on in the news right now, like everywhere. Even our distractions are terrible. I caught a few minutes of the Olympic Open Ceremony last night and just couldn’t deal with not just the empty stadium, but the fact that it shouldn’t be happening anyway, like nobody other than a handful of rich people really want this to go off. And at roughly the same time, a young hockey player whose rap sheet is longer than his career highlights and who literally said he shouldn’t be drafted into the NHL was drafted in the first round anyway. The world can be so poisonous.
But here we are, and sometimes it’s important to remember that we only have any kind of control as far as our own lives go. That’s good, actually, and it means that we can form the world a bit around ourselves, find things that make it work for us. And, ah, ahem, look at this Weekender and all of the fun in it!
Also go read the latest installment of the countdown, and comment about how mad you are that the thing you like didn’t crack the top 20!
Presumptuous, Aren’t We?
Oh lord, they let BiSH join LINE:
Good morning! I’m so tired, gang. Yes, somewhat hung over, but tired for having put what feels like weeks’ worth of work into just the past few days. ‘Tis the season at Day Job, and though I’m much better at managing the stress than I was in previous years, it’s still a lot. Upshot: I probably won’t pull a months-long disappearing act again! But yeah, sucks, this was actually a pretty interesting week in idol and I feel like I missed it.
So yeah, not the hottest Weekender ever, but I mean it when I say that I hope you have much more interesting and stimulating things to do anyway. Like reading our latest installment in the top 50 albums! But also things that aren’t idol-related. Idol is great in lots of ways … and so are many other things. That’s not a “touch some grass” kind of admonition, by the way, just saying that live is richer for diversity in experience.
And with that said, it’s time to try to blog some posts about idols!
That’s What You Always Say
Always good to see Rie Kaneko solo projects:
Last year’s devastating loss of Hachigatsu-chan felt like it would be curtains for Oyasumi Hologram. Yes, it was clear that the project would have some legs going forward (those videos of Kanamil and Ogawa made it clear), and arguably OYSM could have become a solo project of Kanamil’s and probably nobody would have batted an eye. And frankly, any continuation was going to be a good one, and so really could have come in any configuration. This, though? This goes far beyond anything I would have expected.
The “OYSM5” name they were using for the gig should have been the deadest of giveaways; also, hi Janice
Good morning! Did you all have a good week? I’m gassed, personally, because this is the particularly silly season at work and I’ve been grinding a lot of hours. But! This is the first year in a few that I’m doing all of the work and not feeling ground to dust because of it, and I haven’t had even a whisper of the usual stress monsters lately. That is very cool, may it continue, and may I be able to put more time into creative pursuits as a result!
Speaking of creative pursuits, if you haven’t yet you really need to check out the first installment in our top 50 album countdown. D had brought up this and similar topics several times in the past; now we’re finally making them go. It’s great stuff and and was a lot of fun to determine! Just wait until we get closer to the final 10 and a bunch of stuff you love most isn’t there!
Don’t Mess This Up
Idol’s greatest screamer taking a wee hiatus:
Good morning! It’s a holiday weekend here in the USA, the kind of three-day affair that you genuinely get jazzed about. I’m not even referring to the usual independence whoozat; I’m just talking about an extended chance to kick it and see to the kinds of positive personal matters that always have to take a back seat. Enjoy it, friends.
Idol summer is firmly underway (if you hadn’t noticed). There’s an absolute embarrassment of cool things to watch and listen to, and some really big-hitting releases still pending on the calendar. Even with the lurking pandemic issues and goodness knows no shortage of other awfulness to draw one’s deserved attention, it’s been a pretty solid damn year in idol. I’ve been enjoying it, at least. Also enjoying the early stages of a big project that Team is putting together.
And I enjoyed making this Weekender! It’s full of good stuff!
From the Yanakoto Sotto Mute anniversary live:
Imagine having to debut as an idol during pandemic lockdowns. Idoling, as an industry, was unsurprisingly able to adapt to full-time virtual performances and lots of livestreams and the like, but those things are all much easier when you’re an act that people know about. Something with fans, like. Much less true for something that has been building toward a first public appearance but hasn’t so much as stepped onto a stage with an audience yet! Obviously a lot of units went on hiatus basically before they even officially launched; others went ahead and did what they could and made the most of it, and frankly those feel like the ones that made the smart decision.
This does bring us to AKIARIM, yes, who had a debut pretty much just as things were starting to go completely haywire but stuck it out and made it work after hitting the pause button and re-debuting in the summer after things had settled down a bit. Hence the anniversary tour and various other festivities all happening now! Among them: Continue reading
This post exists entirely to broadcast this absolutely exceptional show from QUEENS.
Good morning! I hope you all had as good a week as you could have. Yes, because you’re all super curious, I did have a great time last weekend at the family event, thank you, and came back energized, only to start a needed medication that has as a side-effect ridiculous insomnia. Actual insomniacs of the world: HOW DO YOU LIVE? I have a cumulative 10 hours of actual sleep over the past three days and my brain feels like pudding. It’s all I can do to show up for work, let alone try to do extra things like run a fancy idol website.
BUT! Perhaps in apology for last week’s meh-fest, this is an excellent Weekender if I do say so myself, and yet again we are blessed with plenty of other delicious material from idols great and small to talk about in normal posts. So blogging? It’s happening, friends. And for now, get out there and enjoy that first weekend of summer unless you’re in one of the places where there’s record-mocking heat or it rains the whole time or you live in Miami and you have much bigger problems to worry about. The world is terrible!
And That’s the Optimistic View
In case you (are literally right now) missing it:
Good … morning? Profusestest apologies, friends, for your friendly neighborhood Maniac is on the road at a big family to-do and got pulled away from being able to wrap up this post at the normal time, and now I’m rushing it out the door but nothing stops the Weekender I hope you all have a great one it’s Juneteenth and then the first day of summer!
Yeah, BOY MEETS HARU album!
This post is entirely about doing three things:
- Posting about PassCode, which we don’t get to do enough
- Enjoying a PassCode album, as we haven’t had a new one in a while
- Spreading the gospel and hooking in some people who maybe aren’t as familiar
Anyway, let the title describe it for you. I almost always pass on live records from big idol gigs, the exception to date being the OG Red Night/Black Night Babymetal recordings. There’s just only so much time and unfathomable amounts of music to fill it with, and I may love idol but I also love a lot of other things; if I wanted to listen to off-quality recordings of people who for the most part aren’t particularly good singers in the first place, I’d invite my friends over for DIY karaoke again. Continue reading