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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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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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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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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Your Homicidols Weekender #216

Holy hell, you guys, if these haven’t been some of the longest days I’ve lived I don’t know what else was. I’m not going to offer commentary on current events that happened a few miles from Maniac Mansion earlier this week except to say that I personally was knocked for a huge loop that I’m still trying to get settled under. Of course I spent the time of those things unfolding by listening to music in my home office, so congratulations to PassCode for providing an excellent musical counter-focus and immediately running to the top of my Best Of 2021 list.

If you have things that you want to say or need to talk about, you know that we have a really great community of people, and there are friends everywhere. A lot of us have been through some things and can relate. Don’t be afraid to ask to chat.

Now, being thrown for a loop when the idol queue is as long as it already was, that’s a recipe for personal disaster, so … well, I can’t do any more today, but I’m setting a goal to clear the list this week even as new things come along. Fingers crossed!

This Is No Time for Optimism

Breakups are sad, but reunions are sweet:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #215, Happy New Year and Good Riddance to 2020 Edition

Happy new year! I’m feeling like this probably would have been best to publish yesterday, but we got a little spirited at Maniac Mansion the other night, and there frankly just wasn’t going to be a whole lot of action yesterday no matter how pressing. It may sound silly and even kind of counterintuitive to go all-out to celebrate the end of a particular year when there’s not all that much hope on the horizon for anything better, but people need to let off some steam, man. There’s a lot of pressure out there!

On that note, may this Weekender give you good feelings and optimism. There’s also a ton of posts coming because this somehow became like the busiest week in idol in well over a year, so once it’s all sorted we’ll get to talk about things together. And if you want to make some funnies and talk about what 2021 may bring, I urge you to check out the resuscitated Friday Fun for what to do!

Happy Idol New Year

Just a few notable messages from some favorites:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #214: The Christmasing

Merry Christmas! Do good and loving things with yourself today. And then take some dang time off!

Wait, It’s All Gifts?

Jared out here with the best possible synopsis of one of the best possible events of the season:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #213

Good morning! This is typically a really neat spot in the idol calendar, with lots of live in Santa attire and usually the last few releases before the new year … and this year there are like no lives (obviously) and what seems like fewer releases, even (does make some sense!). I hadn’t really noticed until I was going through material for this Weekender and realizing that I should have a lot more of two things. So it goes!

We’re now inside of a week until Maniac’s favorite few days of the year that aren’t Halloween, so you know I’m excited. I also spent the past week clearing my work deck as much as I possibly could, which if you’ve done it you know is just about the most cathartic thing ever. So here I am, warm despite sub-freezing temperatures outside, cat next to me, future Mrs. Maniac sleeping off the cauldron of Gluhwein we drank last night … and it feels good, man. Considering the two huge stress-related breakdowns that I dealt with in a single year’s time recently, it’s liberating.

Anyway, the point is, this is a great time of year, sort of regardless of your personal religious or cultural context, because everybody likes hegemonic observances of peace and light and love even if how they got to particular areas of the world are basically the complete opposite of those things! I hope you have a great time these last two weeks of 2020 — we’ll be publishing the Best Of winners early next week, then getting out the staff picks at some point in the not-too-distant future, and then we’ll see about a Year in Review in Review. It seems like a weird one.

You’re One to Talk

Note that it is the official policy of Homicidols Dot Com to call idols what they want to be called:

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