It’s quiet out there. Too quiet! Somebody went and twisted around the spring timeline to drop us into the middle of idol doldrums right smack dab in the middle of what used to be a pretty exciting time. Boo on that! So let’s get back to fundamentals for a minute and do what Homicidols Dot Com used to be really good at — looking at new and of-limited-discovery idol projects!
Here’s one that’s been on my personal radar for a few months (this draft was in the queue as of Dec. 28, 2018!), one that quite literally popped up due to a recommendation-by-affiliation with some personal favorite stuff but that I, being occasionally dense and consistently lazy, didn’t draw out completely until much more recently. They have a fun name (that reminds me of this, you’re welcome) and seem like a fun time and in fact aren’t “new” at all so much as they’re probably unfamiliar to most of us — it’s buGG (Twitter), and here’s their newest song!
Here it is live: Continue reading
Today is a weird day, friends. A lot of cool and good things have happened, but BiS (v. like 2.4) is gone, and while I’ll spare you all the soliloquy (also: kinda called it!) so as to let a little piece by Kerrie stand out instead, I do want to say that this brings things about as full circle as could be. There’s a weird sort of poetry in Babymetal having a fresh release in the same week as latter-day BiS disbanding; none of (/waves hands around) this exists without those two.
Oh and this was originally going to be a really, really solid Weekender, but my phone ate the notifications that I saved up between Tuesday and Thursday, so I had to recreate from memory, and that was not a raging success. Still pretty good though.
More to come today, obviously, and plenty on the horizon, no matter what all’s currently shaking out in WACKworld. Go play the Fun, and, if you happen to be at either the EU embassies’ open-house thing today or at the Who show in Virginia tonight, come say hi to the only dude at either in a NECRONOMIDOL shirt.
But Why Though?
RED ALERT! My new pals at Gerpfast Records asked that I let you know that this very limited edition is running its course, so get that DJ MARIKO tape while you still can!
And in continuing the quick recent trend of things being announced and/or released on the final day of the Heisei Era, we have QUEENS, who are lots of fun anyway but capable of turning that all the way up to 12 just to spite your grumpiness you big, grumpy bear, who announced at their one-man the release of their first full album for June by dropping an MV that I just very loudly said on Twitter that I’d anticipated, which turned out to be for the wrong reasons by bear with me!
First, the MV that I urge you to take Dramamine before viewing:
Welcome back! Did you have a good week? Ol’ Maniac is proud to report that I just wrapped up one of the most manic month-long stretches of my life, and when the clock hit closing time yesterday and I packed up for home without the company computer in my bag and no obligations looming for the next couple of days, it was immensely liberating.
And idol! We’re right at the cusp of what’s usually an absolutely delicious time to be in this scene. I feel badly that I have neither kept up with nor attempted to keep up with the debuts this year, but yeah, this is often a time frame for that, and also when the nice spring/summer release season heats up. I’m fairly eagerly awaiting some (hopefully) good things, and feeling genuinely optimistic. I just wish that I had more time to devote!
So, my friends, take this opportunity to do nothing but what you want, enjoy some idol goodness, play the Fun, and may the sun never stop shining.
This Optimism Must Stop
Here’s a whole WILL-O’ live:
Good morning! You’ll have to forgive me, gang, but I am wrapping up this Weekender via cell phone while traipsing about the international capital of hipsterdom. Will you miss the intro? Unlikely!
Week good? Week good. Stressors? Sure. Idols alleviate? That’s how I spell R-O-L-A-I-D-S. Let’s get to it, and you all have a good time!
If you want to read SU-METAL and MOAMETAL’s first interviews in over a year and don’t Japanese, here’s a translation:
PMC vol. 13 BABYMETAL feature translated
It’s out already, right? Shihatsu-machi Underground’s album? I feel like that’s right. I tend to base these things off of when MVs are released for a whole host of reasons ranging from laziness to shortcuts. But anyway! All of those previews that they teased out over the early course of the year, they were pretty slick, weren’t they?
Shihatsu-machi P apparently wants you to have a little bit more, so get to it:
I want to meet the people for whom that isn’t super enticing. I want to learn about how much they hate puppies and fun, and I want to show them my pity for them to their faces. There are a lot of things to read into that snip, and every single one of them is capable of inspiring happiness.
Some bonus photos because I’m excited for the members:
Welcome back to the weekend, gang! Yours truly had a week for the record books, and not totally in a good way. Went to a show that was 2/3 really great, had a meal that should have been far greater than it was, had a little sick, accomplished some things and … did nothing idol-wise, it seemed! It’s not like there was all that much to talk about, though, you know? And I do have some things that I’ve been meaning to cover and just haven’t. It’s kind of annoying!
And yet this turned out to be a pretty okay Weekender. Not the most robust ever, but I hope you dig it. We did have a little error yesterday, so the Fun, which I normally admonish you to play at about this point of the intro, I’m instead telling you to play today, because it’s going to publish in a little while and be a weekend thing.
And why not? Spring is in the air, life is returned to us — let’s just have fun with it.
What a Philosophy
BILLIE IDLE finally released the “BULLY IDOL” single:
Unless you’re a regular Weekender-er, folks, chances are that you haven’t heard of melt music or their previous incarnation as JoanJoan. After having debuted I guess round about a year and a half ago, coming out of the excellent Osaka chika scene, they’ve had ups and downs and through it all they’ve been a projected that I personally held in very high esteem and supported as much as one can support a barely-there creative venture from a bazillion miles away.
And now maybe you can get into them too! They just dropped a couple of tracks onto Soundcloud yesterday. This is good:
This is better: Continue reading
Welcome back to the weekend! This week felt a little like being on the kind of flight where everybody claps at the landing. Idol stuff, yes (and I’m just now realizing that I lost track of some of last week’s stuff and will try to catch up), but also just a regular ol’ whirlwind. Madness, I tell you. This level of activity should be banned for everybody who isn’t a new parent.
Important programming note: The Corenament’s Final Four will kick off today, semifinal today and then the championship on Monday. You guys have done really great with it (congratulations on being the Duke of this year, BiSH!), and I’m excited to see where things land. There’s still a chance of our first repeat champion, and that’s really cool!
If you wanted a Weekender, though, I think you’ll be happy. The regular items are fine, though a little light; on the plus side, idol conspired to make some particularly amusing things happen, so we are all winners for it. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s the ass-crack of dawn and I both have to be at a work event today and then have a, uh, ceiling to repair and a garden to dig and shut up, just play the Fun and try to enjoy yourself more than I will.
You Got It
No big deal, just NECRONOMIDOL covering Electric Ribbon:
I like to write posts backwards sometimes. Start with the product, then react to it, then try to contextualize and/or frame, depending. Yes, I realize that The Craft of Blogging isn’t what you’re here for — I’m bringing it up, you impatient nerd, because this is a really good example of how sometimes the intro defies you, so all you can do is start typing and … there it is! Thanks for joining me.
I was listening to this one and I felt this weir twinge of “man, can you even imagine what the idol world would be like without NEO JAPONISM in it?” Which was really weird unto itself, given that they’re still kind of new, you know? But it made me realize that this surprisingly hard-charging group has been responsible for a surprisingly large amount of my favorite idol stuff over the past year and change, and that I always appreciate getting more of it but never really seem to express just how much I appreciate it.
So here goes: I could not be happier or more thankful to have this new one from NEO JAPONISM, and by new I mean that they’re just dusting it off for this tour that they’re on!
Hot dang! Continue reading