Your Homicidols Weekender #140

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!

Weak

The renewed HAMIDASYSTEM is doing the triple-threat single release schedule again:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #139

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!

It Is?

No:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #137

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:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #136

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.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #135

Happy Saturday! This post comes to you, friends, at a time of fun and merriment. Yeah, it was another slower week, but big-time stuff took up the bulk of the activity, and we’re in that spring/summer crossover point where a lot of new groups start to emerge into the consciousness while the up-and-coming very excitedly promote to death their appearances at TIF and other festivals. It’s neat.

Not that most of that made it in here, of course, because I was asleep at the wheel for the most part, but that’s fine. My own personal end-of-tunnel light is shining a little bit, so I can hopefully get back into the swing a little bit and actually, you know, live up to my dumb name. I did decide, though, for want of time and availability and to keep things interesting, that Queen of the Scene is going to be a different kind of contest this year. No more tiaras, no more Official Oshis (sorry Saki, I did you wrong), no more wrestling — this time, we aim higher, and we choose for ourselves a different sporting event to emulate. Something … more international.

But that’s not now! That’s in a few weeks! Right now it’s time to not do more hard work, time to relax and retool and enjoy. For instance, the Fun, which should be tickling your brain right now. Also, the Weekender as a replacement for your morning coffee!

Nothing Replaces Coffee

The newest one from EMPiRE is such a good jam, you guys:

Malcolm Mask McLaren doing everything right here:

Inexplicable rabbit-themed multimedia project that often works through idol RABBITS Lab has something afoot:

You got it, Yuki:

We got a new single coming from 969:

Go get that new raymay single while you can!

And prepare yourself for new MIGMA SHELTER!

The gig looks amazing, but stick for the from track:

Reminder: Maina is one of the unique vocal talents in this business and is wasting her time in SSFW:


Idol in Focus

This week’s Idol in Focus is Ladybaby, who appeared at Anime Matsuri in Houston in what was sort of suddenly one of the quietest notable-idol appearances on foreign shores that I’ve ever seen. I guess that campaign against AM went pretty well! Anyway, a story told in pictures:

with captions


If you’d like to be in the second generation of NEO JAPONISM:

Similarly, the question of “what is happening with Lolisyn?” has been answered:

I effectively canned the Oshi Digest because whether I could keep up with it got to be merely speculative, but it’s good to see the OG still being the damn OG:

Part of why I’ve been saying for literal years that idols coming West need to be doing gigs with reasonably established “local” bands is the kind of marketing reach that gaijin-senpai can give:

Remember when BiSH was a plucky chika group that played gigs in all the Shibuya and Shinjuku clubs and hung out with other idols?

Our girl Kotao staying busy out there:

It’s official, GRATIA-ALA two-steps better than anybody else in idol:

Have a great weekend!

Your Homicidols Weekender #134

Holy shit, it’s Saturday. Thank fucking CHRIST that I don’t have to go into an office today, and definitely didn’t have to do it at the ass crack of dawn, and definitely won’t be there until after happy hour ends and listen there’s no reason to ever go out in DC on a weeknight unless it’s for happy hour unless you also happen to be under the age of 24 because don’t ever let anyone fool you the only thing in DC more overrated than the food scene is the nightlife and, my goodness, did I need the benefit of a few drinks and the company of people who weren’t my co-workers this week. Good time for travel schedules to mean that I’d be the sole resident of Maniac Mansion!

Yeah, I’m gassed. I did manage to pay enough attention to do a halfway decent Weekender, if I do say so myself. It’s weird, though, not doing any posting at all for that length of time — it felt like I was leaving a part of myself aside. Fortunately, not a whole lot of particular interest was going on, so my weird feels only went so far!

Enjoy this thing, then, and do go play the Fun, and then, it being Pride Month and all, do something cool and supportive with your friends or family or scenemates — to say nothing of the many idols themselves — for whom the month exists. It’s good and fun!

Unless You Aren’t Here for Fun

I don’t know how familiar you are with MAPLEZ-affiliated project NEMURIORCA, but here’s easily the most enjoyable thing they’ve done so far:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #133

Good morning! Good golly, what a week that was. If I’d had even the tiniest bit more time, a lot of what follows would have been standalone posts blogged out on their own, but instead ha HA we get a really solid Weekender!

Speaking of time, there’s one more thing (you can probably guess) that I want to do, and then, well, I hope you also have much better things to do with your summertime (it’s June!) Saturday than goof around online, so play the Fun (it’s very fun) and then get out and enjoy this stuff, people!

That Was Abrupt

This is how RHYMEBERRY says goodbye:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #132

We made it! To what? To the gol-durned summer, ya jamokes! Oh man, I cannot express how good this makes me feel. For those outside of the United States: This weekend, which includes the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, is the semi-canonical start of summer; I happened to goose it a little bit extra for myself by taking time away from work yesterday, too. And oh was it glorious — with a warm breeze blowing and a DJ poorly mixing hip-hop and reggae, I had passable local beers with friends and ate way too much Mexican food. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be beautifying Maniac Mansion, hitting a beach, slow-cooking meat and unwinding as much as a person can. NOTHING CAN STOP ME.

This Weekender, which is a fine one, is incidentally a perfect one for a weekend like this. Even if you’re on the other side of the planet and are in fact preparing for winter, this liminal spot on the calendar is perfect for getting into the groove that’ll power idol forward over the next few months, through TIF and beyond.

So let’s commence. Prepare yourself for the kinds of little joys that come only a few times per year, when the confluence of life cycles is just right. Go play the Fun, then delve into this idol stuff, and for the love of all things holy don’t do anything that you don’t need to.

Some of Us Have to Work, You Jerk!

Yep, NEO JAPONISM is officially on hiatus now:

Not getting into the reasons why, which are predictable and sometimes stupid

At least they left us with a final live video of the classic lineup:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #131

Good morning! I hope you all had a good week, and have fun plans ahead. I’m gassed, but entirely for good reasons, and now I’m letting myself be convinced that it’s a good idea to go do a bunch of physically demanding stuff despite the fact that I feel like I ran a marathon just this morning. You’re supposed to slow down a little as you age! Yikes.

This was a pretty good week for idol, wasn’t it? It wasn’t April-good, but it was definitely better overall than a lot of what we’ve been seeing, and there’s plenty of fun summertime stuff ahead. Despite that, though, still my favorite outcome from the week is from right here in this very HTML universe, especially Chris’s Bologna recap.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s plenty of good stuff for time-wasting below (also: the Fun), and I have … oh good dogs, just so much crap to do. Have fun!

It’s Never as Fun as You Say

You remember ONEPIXCEL, right?

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Your Homicidols Weekender #130

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!

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