I want to give you all something nice, something to spin while you’re staring yet another week of low-paid drudgery in the face. I fortunately missed the shenanigans that created PARADISES, so for me it’s partly like having a totally new group except that I see Yuyu and younglings. I also largely missed their first release because I was kind of in protest of the above, but PARADISES did release a new digital single at the top of the month and then did that thing where the MV comes out like right after so you know it’s not a case of needing to raise cash or whatever and it instead feels like somebody dropped the ball somewhere. Here’s that MV!
Catchy! Bouncy! I kind of love it! I hope it puts a shine on your Monday!
Man, I don’t want to belabor this too much. Are you American, or by the mere fact of existing on this planet bound irretrievably but inexorably into the political dramas of the country? Yes across the board, then. Great. So you’ve no doubt noticed that things have been a little spicy around here lately. Dramatic. High-stakes! This very week has been one long emotional rollercoaster, and frankly even with the end of the track and the station and all of the other people in line right there you get this sense that the train’s going to suddenly get right through and head back up the climb hill so we can all have another ride. Fantastic stuff.
If there’s anything (idol related) that can sum up the week, it’s the first real-deal MV from INUWASI and their bringing a bunch of sounds that I didn’t expect but fully welcome:
As our long national anxiety attack drones on, it’s a fitting capper to the year that everybody talks about as “oh man that was a hell of a year, didn’t X and Y and Z and B all debut that year? DIDN’T TIF CATCH ON FIRE?” which may be a bit revisionist, but still. And with Best Of season coming up so fast that Kerrie is literally in the process of drafting the intro post for it right this very second, we’d better hurry up and get through more idol debuts before the bottom falls out of the opportunity and we give someone short shrift!
Consider yourselves lucky that I didn’t turn this entire post into one long pun on the song title
I’ll be honest with you, folks: I may have shut down almost all of my old barrage of notifications to keep from losing my mind, but I did keep a few on, and one of those was for PassCode, which partly works because their Twitter account is about 10% as busy as most, so you the ratio of quality information to filler schedule stuff is quite high, but this being the season that it is and the environment that it is and with everything else going on, I kept seeing “Anything New” and assuming it was some kind of streamed live event and only realized late yesterday that OMG ITS’S A NEW SONG, WELL THAT’S APTLY NAMED I GUESS, HOLY HELL THERE’S AN MV COMING. And so I did that little nervous hoppy-hand-shaky dance thing in my head and got all het up, so when the sucker came up live on YouTube this morning I could not have been more ready.
Yes. Yes! Ha ha, yes! Continue reading
So Malcolm Mask McLaren has a new single, and of course it’s both off-easycore goodness and bursting with joy at the same time — I miss OG MMM, but I can’t pretend that I don’t love what they’re doing now — and frankly I enjoy it and its message and this sort of conceptual totality so much that I’m just dropping it right in here like an addendum to the Weekender. I’m even eschewing the usual alliterative title because even I can only take a joke so far!
But yes, here at Homicidols Dot Com could not more cosign on this one:
The perfect modern idols have a new single on the way! That isn’t new-news, but I needed an easy intro. So: New single. Next week. This is excellent. I’m genuinely surprised every time I see it referred to as their second major — the timeline’s broken, see — but not half as surprised as about the live-fan-comment-MV-clip-reveal thing they did last week*, a neat gimmick if nothing else.
The official release is Wednesday, but yesterday we were graced with the MV and of course it’s just the most YSM thing you can possibly imagine:
Well folks, I think that just about everybody in the Western idol scene was aware of and at least somewhat invested in the debut of ERISU, originally timed for the Monster of Dolls show that is now skipping into the far future on account of the *waves hand* you know. I was definitely pleased that the group decided to go ahead with debut proceedings, anyway, because even if you can’t do the thing you want to do the way you wanted to do it, oftentimes the only thing keeping you from doing it at all is yourself, and that person is a jerk. But yeah, that first single was definitely worth it, and it was hard to ignore the group’s theme rooted in spooky and esoteric things AND their lovely sound reflecting the same, and not draw an immediate parallel to October/Halloween. For me, the big question was how surely they’d stick to that, followed only by when they’d prove it by releasing something else.
As it turned out, the answer was two weeks:
If you follow them on Bandcamp, you can even get lyrics!
Listen to that! I love when idols deliberately recall other things that I like — in this case, I’m transported to the glory days of AFI, by which I mean that AFI that went gothy before somebody convinced Davey that he needed to be some kind of actual rock star and they did that regrettable more emo turn and anyway I’m bitter, leave me alone. Yeah, kind of like that era of AFI, except obviously with the crucial idol overtones, and all the flexibility to do basically whatever they want in other elements of the song, so after making a final tally of all of this I think we’re left with something like “the glory days of AFI if they also did a darkwave remix except with idols” which I have to tell you kicks a good amount of ass.
Really great start from our multilingual Italian-based upstarts. May they please please please never step too far away from this murky, misty esoterica theme, and may they grace us with another single in two weeks’ time, perfectly set up for Halloween and their live event.
All good things come to an end … but can that end point contain a metamorphosis into something yet greater? I mean, yes, that often is the case, but also I hope so because nothing that Shihatsu-machi Underground has ever done has been anything less than “perfectly fine” and very often soars to levels that most idol projects merely dream about. The other day, they released their fourth in a series of four new (digital) singles, all on~or~about the 10th of each month, and the last two of which getting their own MVs. The last was quite the experience; this one is a little more subdued, thank goodness, because it’s literally exactly all I ever need from a Shihatsu-machi video:
Well, if you’ve looked at Brian’s latest newest or are merely the average Western wota with a Twitter account, the cat for this one is already somewhat out of the bag. Hell, the idols in question have already appeared in multiple Weekenders for their buildup. Be that as it may, we follow processes here at Homicidols HQ, for what is success if not forged in brutally enforced order to smite the chthonic chaos demons that would misuse our otherwise idle hands, and as such I am contractually obligated to share with you idols according to a rote formula. So:
Hey, you guys may have heard of this exciting-if-not-mysterious new group ERISU, right? Well get a listen to this! Continue reading
After a few false starts, I finally get around to writing up something approximating a review for “NEO JAPONISM’s new album” that would only have been accurate if I’d waited a minute to include the second album released a mere week later, and then subsequently two additional tracks that appear on neither album but did get MVs. Correct — I waited myself into complete uncertainty as to what or when anything would happen, and then lost impetus for the project. But now that I think we’re safe from any extra releases, why not dig in and actually talk about this stuff? Continue reading
I bet you, yes you!, have read through the Weekender while sipping your free trade organic Sumatran dark roast coffee and pondered, gee, how does this sausage get made? Well, friend, I’m here to tell you that the Weekender is painstakingly curated over the course of t– HA HA HA! I mean, yeah, it takes some work, but for the most part somebody makes a draft post for it and sticks in something, and then others on Team add around it, and then I get lazy and make an Idol in Focus, and back when we had the various other features we’d look for X, Y or Z, but then the coup de grace on Saturday morning is my personal dive through the very many hundreds of YouTube accounts that I subscribe to, hunting for new content that is both genuinely new, genuinely interesting and from diverse enough sources that you don’t always see the same things. And now that we’ve set the stage, let me say that those video dives often yield more workable content than you’d expect, and in this past weekend’s case very notable drew my eyes back toward the former indie wonders in UNDER BEASTY, and a new MV from them, and that is right below, but also let me say that no post can make any sense (even with the way I write!) without additional context, and so it was that I also looked to UB Twitter and saw that they’re releasing a new single, and so this all made sense:
However! Just a few days prior, they dropped the MV for “Trust in …”, which is an almost perfect idorock ballad:
Now, “Trust in …” is actually a completely different single release, from the first week of August, which means that it is in no way associated with “Real Blade”, which … releases next week: Continue reading