Good morning! As I was putting together this Weekender, the fact that I had a few days off (and I mean, like, completely out of contact) really hit home. A hell of a lot happened! And yeah, I get to use this space to make up some of that, but I’m also going to drop a whole butt-ton of posts to compensate. I’ve been a lousy Maniac lately, and I feel like I should rectify a little bit.
Also reconnect. That’s important too.
Anyway, we’ve another great Fun to play, and look, it’s the last weekend of Official Summer, so do get the heck outside. I have a date with a winery!
You Say These Things Like We Care
In case you missed NECRONOMIDOL’s interview in the Hammer:
Hey gang! I hope you’re all safe — some absolute tragedies unfolded this past week, like big gigantic ones that rate the everyday sort of tragedies that a lot of us nonetheless deal with. It can be tough to think about much else when all hell is breaking loose for others, and that’s a perfectly normal way to react. I’m personally in a weird in-between spot, as often happens in the face of disaster; it’s just that I usually mask it better. But yeah, this has been a tough one.
So not the best Weekender, but maybe things like idol, and the collective good cheer of people who are into idol, can help to give folks something to enjoy. The Fun is a great example — look at this shit — as is most of what’s to follow, and of course being part of this wild scene that we all enjoy. I’m taking a few days off (pre-planned, not another sudden disappearance), so I’ll catch you all in a few!
Seriously, What the Hell Are You Doing?
We fanned on the most recent GANG PARADE video, and you know, that’s okay:
Good morning! Man, does it feel good to Weekender again a little bit. To give you just the tiniest bit more detail about why I disappeared for a couple of weeks, as of seven days ago I had this incredible anxiety about being able to handle all of the things in front of me, and I dealt with that by shutting down a lot of the things that I’d ordinarily do. And while I’m talking about that with the right people and getting a better understanding of it, I also know that usually the best therapy for me when I have trepidation about something is to just dive right in. And so, while I thank Team for holding it down on the Weekender front, I also revel this very moment in having stuck my arms up to the shoulders in idol’s guts for the week and pulled out some good stuff.
Love what you love, gang. And if the Fun is any indication, there’s a lot of love out there.
Oh, Weird, Okay
For the record, we easily topped FRUITPOCHETTE’s crowdfunding needs:
While the members of Team Homicidols would love to be irresponsibly uninformed music bloggers full time, we do have work and school and other things that resemble aspects of real life that unfairly consume the majority of our waking hours. This being the case, we do let a few significant things slip through the cracks of Homicidols coverage, especially during times like this week when Maniac isn’t around to keep us on task. Hence the weekender!!
Here are the other things we would have written about this week if we didn’t have to work for food:
Team Homicidols is collectively going to hell for not giving this Oyasumi Hologram MV a standalone feature.
Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: Aina the End collaborated with SUGIZO for a Gundam theme song.
Good morning! I hope everybody had a good week. It’s TIF week, after all, and though idol kind of pauses for a second and takes a deep breath before the festival kicks off, there’s obviously, you know, the festival to get into, so the somewhat shorter bill of fare than we might prefer is forgivable.
I’ll be honest with you, though: TIF had been for literal years my favorite thing about idol. It was so obvious that our old friend Alex even teased me about it publicly! Or maybe he pitied me, I dunno. But the point is, I looked forward to this week like kids look forward to Halloween or Christmas. But then some of the shine started to rub off last year, and, as we noted in Team chat the other day, @JAM has really become the better event. TIF still has cache, obviously, and tons of symbolic value, it’s just that the shine has worn off some.
And then things like this remind you that this is a scene replete with some of the worst people imaginable, and then rumors of other unsavory behavior swirl around the live event itself, and you start to really lose enthusiasm even before the cracks show in the organizers’ ability to actually organize. When your schedule gets as jam-packed as mine does from time to time (mine went from “oh cool, time to blog some posts!” to “please, no, not another phone call” with a quickness), and when oshis drop left and right and, as Krv noted in a conversation the other day, loud idol is starting to have some real problems with saturation and sameness — the point is, it’s a tough feeling when the thing you love starts to be kind of hard to love.
I don’t mean to be a downer. By all means, go TIF it up (and play the Fun!). Bootleg what you can, find the stream rips and whatnot after, and enjoy probably the most self-indulgent few days that idol even ever could put together. I’m taking a few well-deserved days off from working for the weekend to actually, for once, weekend.
They Don’t Call It the Heat Garage for Nothing
Good morning? It’s hard to tell. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it’s not quite the actual temperature of the surface of the sun itself yet … and hell, man, sometimes idol leaves you feeling like the nihilists are the smart ones. Rei’s announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time, either, because I was sick all week and stressed to heck on top of it. And even the Weekender sucks!
Maniac Mansion is hosting a get-together today, so do please excuse me while I dip out to go finish the preparations. For you guys, please play the Fun and think happy thoughts about the idols most responsible for getting you into this mess in the first place.
Yeah, This Sucks
To follow up on yesterday’s terrible, bad, no-good news, here’s Yura’s take:
Good morning! And welcome to hell on earth! Yes, friends, it’s the time of year when the vicinity of Maniac Mansion goes from being “summery and kind of unbearable” to “blast furnace of doom,” and this has all been set up by a very long and astonishingly busy week, each day capped off by ever-increasing daytime high temperatures and the kind of violent pop-up storms that make living in this area such an adventure at times. This all made worse by idol apparently having prearranged to largely take the week off. It’s dumb!
Anyway, I lucked out and have just all of the external household chores to get through today, so do forgive me for cutting straight to the chase so that I’m not dead by noon. Go play the Fun, and revel along with me in this being on of the all-time lightest Weekenders in history!
The renewed HAMIDASYSTEM is doing the triple-threat single release schedule again:
Good morning! How was everybody’s week? I hope it went well for you, and these next couple of days are your just reward. Or maybe you’re like the guy I met recently whose “weekend” was Tuesday and Wednesday, which I had to admit sounded kind of interesting schematically. It’s just that the important thing is to take time away from the grind, whenever that might be, and do things that give you joy. And if that’s throwing out like half of the stuff in your place, all right!
This is a great, great season for idol, and we’re in the midst of a few good weeks in a row, with TIF looming and other festivals and then the fall debut season coming not that far after. These are things that bring joy! As for Homicidols Dot Com, I’ll try to get that TIF primer out next week, though I did decide to delay Queen of the Scene until mid-August (I just plain have too much on my plate).
Anyway, play the Fun and take a quick rip through this stuff, and then go enjoy yourself. Life is cool!
Good morning! Man, what a week in idol. I wasn’t quite expecting it, to be honest, and it really was buoyed at the end by Babymetal’s very loud insistence on immediately becoming super-relevant again, but still. I hadn’t felt so energized in a while. It was nice!
And of course the ancillary outcome of so much going on is that we have a jam-packed Weekender, the likes of which we’ve only flirted with for the last little while. See, the way it usually works, I get little blocks of time during the day when I can look through Twitter and notice things, or one of my preset notifications looks promising, or somebody will say “hey did you see the thing” and any one of those can become a Weekender item, or maybe it’s the thing that I wanted to devote a whole post to and didn’t get a timely chance to, etc. But did I have that much more time for Twitter or anything this week? Nope! In fact, I arguably had less. It was just that much harder to miss all of the stuff going on.
So enjoy this. And then, after playing the Fun, stop looking at electronic devices and join my party for a tubing cruise down the upper reaches of the Potomac River later today, or be wishy-washy like me about going to a friend-of-a-friend’s going-away party in the evening but then still go anyway. Like, it may be just as brutally hot where you are, and oppressively, cloyingly humid, but it’s also summer, and we only get so much time like this. Do fun things!
You Make It Sound Like a Chore
Don’t you ever forget that Yanakoto Sotto Mute has absolutely no equal:
Good morning! Ah, the first weekend of true summer. I’ll admit that it started off pretty weak for me last night. I was trying to get a table at a rooftop club to enjoy the longest evening and latest sunset of the year, only for both of the places that I’d scoped out not actually having a rooftop, and so I settled instead for a nice patio situation with a fountain and lightning bugs that really seemed to want my kebab. So it goes!
But yes, friends, it’s summertime for most of us, and the energy of the season has been trickling more and more through idol lately. Big names, little names, no-names and more are all flexing more, and more frequently, as we’re only now a little over a month out from TIF and @JAM and goodness knows what all else. Plenty of good stuff now, and more to come.
So enjoy. Idol loves Halloween and Christmas and Twin-Tails Day and Golden Week and on and on, but idol is made for summertime. Let that spirit carry you. Play the Fun. Dig in.
You Say the Same Things about a Lot of Things
First order of business! You’ve almost certainly heard the new Babymetal single by now, and you no doubt have an opinion. Cool. Daemon and I, I think, both considered posting about it, but honestly the most fun thing was just watching the hilarity unfold, and by “hilarity” I mean “people who lecture people online about Babymetal going berserk over Babymetal doing a Babymetal.” It was pretty great. But yeah, I’m sure that there’s a real MV on the way, and we can all talk about it more when the time comes.