Good morning! Did you all have a good week? Has the combination of heat waves and wildfires and heretofore unknown meteorological phenomena and the incredibly sad state of American politics managed to avoid dragging you down? Man I hope so. I have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little down lately myself. Call it Everything Sucks Syndrome. It’s okay to feel that way, but you have to be careful to not let it drag you further down.
I struggle with that sometimes, I do, and I know that I’m not the only person out there. I started following idol for the music almost six full years ago now, but it wasn’t until I needed it that I started to get closer to idol for the people, too. For all of the culture’s warts and unsavory-at-best worst elements, it is nonetheless filled to the brim with a relentless positivity that suffuses every surface around it, even if only an inch or so deep. The people who make these tunes and put on the weird performances we love, there’s just so much genuine try-hard energy to it, and usually so many not-so-secret absolute dorks involved, you almost can’t help but smile.
So while I hope there’s plenty for you to do and enjoy this weekend, I also hope as always that this Weekender and its collection of here-and-there pieces of idol-related good-and-badness will give you a nice little rise. I know that I always feel better after having set it up to publish!
Thanks for the Pep Talk
Our beloved weirdo YONEKO doing that dream pop thing:
Happy Saturday! Congrats, friends, we did it! Another week in the can. Laurels to be rested on, ancient deities to honor, a bit of indulgence to, uh, indulge in. I’ll be honest — I personally thought I’d do a lot more writing this week, but holy smokes was I still burnt out from last week. I even took a full day off and couldn’t be bothered to so much as lift a finger. Woof.
These are the waning days of True Summer, though, and while I feel like there’s every reason to stay in the house and do some needed work, I know that the only way I’ll be able to live with myself (and avoid being beaten by Fiancee) is to, check this out, GO TO THE OUTDOOR ROLLER RINK AND THEN A PIE FESTIVAL. It’s so cute and on the nose that it makes my teeth hurt, but frankly if you aren’t approaching summertime that way, I don’t know how to convince you to try.
In the meantime, enjoy yourself some idol, and try to get in a few more proper activities-in-the-face-of-pandemic as you can. It’s going to be a rough autumn, I have a feeling.
Oh Do You Now?
Never album and tour to mark it from Toricago:
I’m trying to remember my first Wonder Lander post. It very may well have been all the way back in Year 1, which is pretty wild considering the volume of disbandments among groups that were covered in that era (let’s call it the peak of Loudol 2.0, the Wonder Years), and all of the various membership ins and outs of Wonlan itself over that time. I sort of always felt that the group was destined for the same fate that ultimately befalls all idol projects … and yet, here we are, round about four years (I guess) since the first time I heard them, liked them, shared them, and a thing called Wonder Lander definitely still exists.
Different though! My very literal first thought was “oh wow, the group’s like a whole different thing now.” The most important thing of course being the music, which is, like, different! Not wholly so, mind you — Wonlan’s always been good for about 50:50 cool rock-like tunes and more conventionally idol material — but different maybe in the distribution of what they’re doing in relation to the core. You, obviously, can be the judge:
Playing a lot of catch-up these days, friends, and doing the kind of idle Twitter browsing that used to be my calling card. It’s nice to reconnect, although going back much further than, like, a week is a fairly significant endeavor. The tlist is long, and even individual group accounts can get voluminous.
But anyway, doop-dee-doop, just cruising along the other day and — hello, what’s this?
I assume that you all have been enjoying POPPING EMO over the past several months, anyway, but I also assume that all of idol was frozen in carbonite in mid-February and is only now being thawed out, so it’s in fact neither here nor there that this randomly SCRAMBLES-aligned group up and dropped like 20 tracks onto Soundcloud the other day. Right? Like, their Twitter looks fine, albeit short of details. Nothing actually happened, right?
Consider this post an opportunity to get re-acquainted, which you could say may have been my motivation for making it in the first place and not be wrong!
Well, okay, maybe it’s not quite as over-the-top as all that, but I was brought into all of the update-y stuff for this post by a Soundcloud notification, and the first thing I saw from it was the song title and my mind did all of the requisite stuff from there, actual facts on the ground that were to be subsequently discovered be damned.
PIIIIIIIN, who technically can only exist when they have seven members, have yet another new regime of seven members, and to commemorate the latest changeover dropped this new number that, correct, did scare me on their behalf, but just turns out to be a nice homage rather than what the past 16 months in idol have us so conditioned for: Continue reading
Good morning! Sweet holy crap, what a week in idol. New releases! Final lives! Lots of live action because now’s a great time to schedule things! It hasn’t all been great stuff, obviously, but it’s certainly a … highly typical way(?) to start the new year.
Did you have a good New Year’s Eve? I don’t mean to sound boastful or anything, but sweet holy crap was I at a good party. You need that sometimes, whether it’s because of lots of work or stress or personal obligations or just the world doesn’t seem like a very nice place. And if you’ve read more than a single Weekender, you’ve probably picked up on that narrative — even if right now isn’t the time when you can take it easy and just enjoy yourself somehow, you deserve to have that time at some point, and this disjointed collection of video and news and reactions is hopefully something that you can put to use during those times. Have fun with it!
And with that, friends, I am once again off on a little more adventure than I’d like, but it’s in the doing that sausage gets made. Just do me a favor and play the Fun for the sake of everybody’s burr-headed soon-to-be-ex idol.
That Was a Weird Metaphor
Looks like that’s it for monogatari:
Ah, and now we reach the point in the promotional machine when a new release (specifically, a WACK release) is laid almost completely bare before the world and all of its details are known and we get to speculate wildly about what might fill the otherwise-empty informational crevices. Behold, the new BiS album, now more than just a bunch of stuff on Soundcloud:
A title! A track list! A … a cover that looks a lot like it’s really playing up an appropriate punk rock association while also trying very hard to avoid being sued by Green Day! Good lord, after these tracks, there’s just the one left to show off, and it could also be a Green Day reference if you’re willing to stretch a little, and I’m guessing that’s where the MV will come from, the only question really being when, it being a real shame that we’re still more than a month from the release date, I say again.
But let’s listen to the new songs, which you can also still download for a hot minute (I’m sorry!): Continue reading
Ah, the mishmash, one of my two or three favorite groups that basically just performs all the time and never releases anything, thereby leaving me to drift hopelessly through a directionless life with neither succor nor support. I wish they did more stuff! It’s hard to stay mad at them, though, because they rub shoulders with excellent company and I think are largely satisfied with being their best selves in a milieu that appreciates them. But anyway! There’s music, and you can get it. Thanks for a retweet campaign involving one of those demos that I’m always kvetching about, they have a full song to listen to, and then to download for free, and hey look get to it:
Thank the gods for some down time! I’ve been dying to get a few minutes to really catch up on some of the excellent things that happened in idol this week, the latest couple of pre-album track releases by BiS among them. Friends, they do not disappoint.
First things first, if you know what’s good for you, take advantage of the fact that you can download these things and have them:
Should you need additional convincing (like, if the last one of these pre-releases didn’t have you absolutely twitterpated), just listen to these suckers. I will warn you, though, that this is music of excellent quality, one of which will threaten to put you in the hospital. Continue reading