As if to double down on the blasts from the past today, a little twinkle caught my eye on Twitter, and within a few clicks I had something that I absolutely had to share with you all, but … wait a second, I know this group, and … once upon a time actually wrote them up. How interesting! That’s right — we did like Li-V-RAVE (Twitter) back multiple years ago now. What happened?
Really, I don’t know, and if you do please tell me. Did anything happen? There’s like this massive gap in their media. I don’t like when singles like this get released and I don’t know about them:
Well if this particular conceit didn’t run right into a particular failure on ol’ Maniac’s part … see, despite nothing on your computer screen being a real thing that you can hold in your hand, and basically everything on the Internet only “existing” in the sense that there is energy stored in a device somewhere and that energy is organized in a particular way that other devices know how to render into things that you might recognize (but, again, can’t touch), this exact post that I’m typing in right has existed since autumn 2019, when I first put down a draft placeholder for a BOY MEETS HARU post. Interesting project! Cool times. But I didn’t get back to it, things happened with the group (near as I can tell, during my personal hiatus), and here we are, five days since BOY MEETS HARU “debuted” again, so … let’s discover these idols! Continue reading
Well this is embarrassing. You see, the other day, I’m doing my idol homework and doop-dee-doop, hey look a POPPiNG EMO thing, let’s do something with it! From which descended a few quickie takes that happen when I’m scouting but don’t intend to write a thing yet, which is to say that I was mostly just skipping through isolated 2-3 second clips of the video to make a snap decision about what to do with it. And friends, let me tell you, every one of those takes was the wrong take.
The dominant one was “oh hey what the heck POPPiNG EMO,” more cogently expressed as “this is not what I expected from POPPiNG EMO and a song called ‘NIGHTMARE’.” Which is dumb. So here: Continue reading
Please take a few moments today, friends, to feast your eyes and ears on the below, if for no greater reason than it will make me happy to think that you did so. As it often feels being one of the few gaijin wota to genuinely dig on Payrin’s — I was the only member of Team to put their exceptional Vinculum album on my personal Best Of short list, like — it’s like revealing a pure, perfect secret every time they deign to add to their limited multimedia collection, an inexplicable phenomenon as all actual Payrin’s releases are a true pleasure to experience, and I want to make sure to share that least a few other people get converted on this release. It’s really great!
I got to tease it in the Weekender; now we get to hear the latest from idorock uber-veterans Candy GO!GO!. Any and all commentary saved for after the:
I learned an important thing about NELN this morning: The reason they’ve been so prolific since their debut back in the spring has been because they debuted with the intention of releasing a new MV every month for their first 12 months of existence. That really puts it all in context! And explains that here we are, on the final day of November, and yet another NELN MV has arrived. It may not be the rip-roaringest thing they’ve ever done, but it is a lovely little bit of idorock with a clever MV and you know what? You should just be doing this yourself:
Good morning! I almost forgot it was Saturday — the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA was this past Thursday, but I’ve been off work since Wednesday and very deliberately avoiding things that required me to think or do too much. Rhythm’s off, sleeping in … oh hey, suddenly it’s the weekend! Fortunately, this is a busy time in idol in general, so I have lots of things for you to peruse when there’s little else very interesting to do.
One thing to do is going to be the Best Of voting, which I can tell you is imminent because part of why this Weekender is a few minutes late is that Team is finalizing the Team picks that we use to filter the noise from the community nominations (and also do ourselves completely independently for the staff and personal picks). The only thing I think I can guarantee for you is that we’re going to see a doubled-down diversity in winners like we finally achieved last year. It bodes well for this thing we all like!
Anyway, get to it. It was kind of hastily put together, but it’s still a lot of good stuff!
Worst Weekender Ever
Prepare yourself for Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s first major full-length:
So yesterday, to coincide with the release of their Propaganda to PROPAGANDA fan-voted best-of album, BiS dropped a new MV (for the lone original cut on the record, IIRC). How exciting! Given the track record of the group since being re-rebooted sans any formal relationship to its past save for name, logo and producer, it deservedly warranted some real buzz and a lot of eager clicks. Maybe we didn’t quite get what we expected, and I’ll come right out and say that I didn’t even understand (at first) what I did get, but it’s very nice and you should spend some time with it if you haven’t already, including a repeat view or two if you know what’s good for you:
Good morning! Welcome to Weekender Year 5! I promise to keep up the same degree of randomness and complete disrespect for the subject that you’ve all grown to love.
So how have you all been lately? Well enough, I hope, understanding that there’s still a lot going wrong in general out there for everybody. But I’ll tell you, a few months back I was in a really difficult place with the state of things, and it was manifesting in weird ways in just about every facet of life. So I started to keep a journal where I’d put down the things, every morning, that I was grateful for. It wasn’t like, and yet again today I’m grateful for my car’s good fuel economy, it was always something that I’d have to search for, at least somewhat unique. And it taught me to appreciate things that I’d been taking for granted, which really did help to take the sting away. Earlier this week, I crossed the last big obstacle off of my Day Job queue for the calendar year and accomplished an entirely new degree of success in my work … and it felt so damn good. I even told the boss, I’ve done this before but not anywhere near this degree of sophistication and intricacy, and the results are already rolling in. Hot damn.
The point is, I hope you can do that for yourself, or something else that makes you feel good about you and what you’re doing. If that’s crawling through the Weekender, great; if it’s spending your entire day moving several tons of mulch around the yard and building new rock borders for the garden, that’s great too! But whatever it is that you do, find that good angle on it and enjoy. You deserve it.
You Aren’t My Therapist!
I’ve been declaring the sentience of Himari’s hair for years, and now I have proof!
Of all the happy announcements to see on a Friday, very few can get me as insta-hype on the inside as seeing that my girl Mai is releasing a new record in due time, and of course has an MV for it, and of course it’s big-time vampire-ass symphonic metal and I don’t even care if there are other distinctions to be drawn here, this is as close to the music that seduced me to the Japanese dark side in the first place as it gets, I need regular doses and they better be potent:
The EP is out on Dec. 2. It’s apparently the second in a trilogy, which suddenly contextualizes Daemon adding a particular item of Mai’s that I’d never heard of before to our Best Of tracker!* But yeah, hold on to your butts.
* Hell on Earth, which was released in the spring — I’m listening to it now to catch up!