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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Your Homicidols Weekender #221

Good morning! I don’t have a whole lot to say by way of intro because I want to do most of the work in the next post that just so happens to be a milestoner, so I’ll refrain from the observances. Instead, let’s acknowledge the we get the rare weekend Valentine’s Day this year … while in the middle of an unrelenting pandemic and the dead of (northern hemisphere) winter with various assaults by cold and ice in the mix. DID YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN TEXAS! People shouldn’t be allowed to drive. If you’re valentinesing it this weekend, have fun and be safe.

And now to avoid getting too deep into reflections and stuff, let’s get to it!

Abrupt Shifts Are the Work of Lazy Minds

Reminder!

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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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Your Homicidols Weekender #220

Good morning! Or, I hope your morning is good. Mine is not for several reasons, the least of which being that my trusty ol’ laptop that’s been with me since when I first started to publish posts about idols on this here website, the laptop that I’m gamely coaxing through the rest of today’s posts, is basically all the way dead now. I hope this isn’t RIP.

This was also a rough week (I hope yours was better!), and I realized this morning that it’s very near the anniversary of my second hiatus last year. I am a SAD sufferer, or I should say a lifelong SAD-deal-wither because I always took malaise and depression during the winter months for granted until fairly recently and always think I have bigger fish to fry when it comes to mental health stuff. And you’d think I’d learn! Hiatus the First? Entirely due to stress! The Second? A combination of factors that all came down to my brain saying that it didn’t want to do the thing. This past week wasn’t all that exceptional other than a need to tidy up and organize some work-related stuff, and various interventions that frustrated another project that I recently started; idol blogging time being a morning ritual at this point, you’d think that I could make do, but alas, friend, I did not. Just no real motivation! So: Take care of your brain, give yourself the breaks you need, do pleasurable things for those little dopamine kicks. It’s literally for your overall health and will make other things better.

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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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This Post Is a Celebration of the Mere Existence of XOXO EXTREME

Idol is genreless. You learn this pretty quickly even if you don’t start off going down the bottomless rabbit hole of chika loud idol — you might be like “oh wow I really like BTS perhaps this ‘Perfume’ thing from Japan is similarly fun” and within a week you’re wondering what the hell a GO TO THE BEDS because that’s next in your somewhat randomized playlist and you’re currently listening to some lady with an extremely squeaky voice rap perhaps a little too well for comfort. Genre, such as it is within idol, is largely a matter of trend: Idorock is a thing because it’s easy, and we’ve had really solid runs through metal and punk and nowadays, yes, rapping is apparently the latest big thing. The really memorable idol units, though, are the ones that take a fairly unique genre position (Dots with shoegaze, Yanakoto Sotto Mute with grunge, Hauptharmonie with … however you describe Hauptharmonie) and double up by also being really goddamn good at it. Those things stick; so too do those rare times when an idol unit fills a very unique niche that needs filling, like GARUDA coming out of the woodwork as my personal white whale doing unsettling industrial stuff.

All of this to say that there is really one prog idol unit out there, they’ve been in that position for several years, they’re always incredibly, absolutely, wonderfully entertaining, and they check every box I just described, making them some kind of weird idol genre gold standard that may not make them the world’s most popular performing act but definitely makes them one that deserves love and respect, all of it.

That’s the post. Go enjoy your Saturday.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #219

OH MY GOODNESS WE MADE IT. The hell month to end all hell months (and, after a year’s worth of hell months, that’s saying something) comes to an end this weekend with … the most significant snowfall my area has seen in several years. Fantastic. Couldn’t be happier. Definitely not indicative of anything. Definitely not mad that I didn’t jump on GameStop stock on Tuesday like I was very strongly urged to, and that the whole reason I didn’t was that I was too busy with work to do it then and “I’ll get it tomorrow” didn’t happen either and at that point it was effectively too late. Cest la vie.

I hope you’re all doing well, and maybe even made some cash screwing over those whose entirely livelihood is screwing you! I also wish that this edition of the Weekender could have a closer tie-in to current events, but … no. It’s just a Weekender, hopefully a fun one for you. And if you’re getting up to a foot of snow between tomorrow and Monday like I am, well, let’s all listen to our favorite idol classics while shoveling together!

Sounds Unnecessary

Live stream of 2& Day!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #218

Good morning! I hope you’re all healthy and safe. We here at Maniac Mansion and the small circle of people we see have been pretty lucky, all things considered, and of course Team rocks on; if you or people you care about have been affected by any of the umpteen major problems facing the world at this very moment, I hope all ends well, and I hope you can get some enjoyment out of the things we blog about — we only do it because we like it, and we keep doing it because we presume that other people do, too!

But speaking of such things, if you remember earlier in the week before Bernie Sanders memes took over the Internet, there was this whole thing with sea chanteys. I guess people are actually making money off of them and goofy videos! I find youth culture inexplicable so anything is possible! While riffing on this with first my brother and then Fiancee, I got very nostalgic for the handful of great everybody-sing-along moments at various taverns over the years, just when the mood was great and the musical performer/s really had the room and not even the most cynical dickhead in the place (usually me!) could withstand singing with strangers and smashing glasses together and acting like a movie scene. And I vowed that should the day come when we can all pack ourselves into a pub while the town’s only successful busker plays folksy covers of Top 40 hits from 15 years ago, then by the gods I will be there as often as possible and I will sing loudly and buy rounds for people I don’t know.

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: AKIARIM

All right, let’s get back to Discovering Some Idols, shall we? I feel kind of badly that more than a few of these groups that I’ll wave in front of your face did in fact debut at points in the past and some of them are pretty good so they’re never be eligible for the kinds of major awards that can make or break an idol career, but that’s okay. We’ll enjoy ’em on their merits anyway!

And what merits! Friends, I introduce you to AKIARIM (Twitter), who are … okay, so you know how there was this global outbreak of a potentially-deadly-and-even-under-the-best-of-circumstances-difficult-to-treat pathogen and, you may recall, it kind of got a whole lot of things canceled in the early parts of 2020? Yes, like almost a year ago? Okay good. So that’s basically AKIARIM, who if I’m following the timeline correctly were like, hey, we’re a cool group with some talent behind us and some resources and we’re debut– well okay, let– WE’LL JUST DO IT LATER THEN. And so began their life in earnest a few months ago:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #217

Good morning! Or I hope it’s good. This might be the start of the last weekend of our lives — according to just one of the raving lunatics who are suddenly goddamn everywhere, the Rapture is coming on Wednesday, and the only thing the end times theologians seem to disagree on when it comes to the faithful being bodily assumed into heaven is whether it happens before or after seven years of hell on earth, and regardless of the timing thereof everybody who is not bodily assumed into heaven is in for the literal apocalypse. Given how great things have been going lately, I wouldn’t rule any of it out.

But yeah, things are tense here in the National Capital Region, and if it were feasible to go anywhere I’d probably do it. I haven’t been able to concentrate for spit the past 10 days or so, in fact, nor have I been sleeping. So, like, enjoy this Weekender for what it is, for it is about all ol’ Maniac can muster!

That Sounds Dire

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