Happy weekend !! I’m in LA for Cruel World festival whose lineup includes Bauhaus, DEVO, The Damned, Christian Death, Blondie and a number other legendary groups whose influences help shape the music we talk about here today. Coupled with the very exciting news from earlier this week that MELON BATAKE A GO GO are visiting the US at Saboten Con, it’s becoming more and more clear that festivals and cons are very much back on. Another case in point:
I’ve been traveling most of this week for work so please forgive the lack of substantive updates. It’s the first extended trip I’ve taken since COVID started and, after being cooped up with my cat for over two years, I kept seeing her out of the corner of my eye in the hotel. It’s nice to be home, but it seems I missed her more than she missed me. That’s probably for the best since I’m hitting the road again later this week to LA for the Cruel World Festival with lots of 80s icons like Bauhaus, The Damned and Christian Death. That will be fun.
But first, let’s chat about music that was released this century:
Mani Mamiya of Yanakoto Sotto Mute dropped a solo single on her birthday. Perhaps it’s a preview of her future following Yanamute’s imminent disbandment.
It has been another tumultuous week in idol but amongst all of the headlines of members leaving and new units launching, we want to make sure that this piece of news didn’t slip by your radar: our favorite Hiroshima-based punks, PLANCK STARS have announced that Richan will have a solo single released if, and only if, they can garner 10,000 Twitter followers by the group’s tour final on June 12th.
If they do not have 10,000 followers by that date, not only will their solo song not be released, but they will have to shave their head. If you haven’t already, please follow Richan!!
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It was another full week in chika idol. While we had the one big heartbreak, we also had a bunch of debuts, a shocking reboot, and an unexpected rebranding that just about evenly split the Homicidols Discord server in regards to whether the new name is an improvement or not.
In other surprising news:
Did FRUITPOCHETTE just drop one of the best songs of the year? Yes. Yes they did.
It’s been another tumultuous week in idol full of joy (BELLRING Girls Heart) and heartbreak (LiLii Kaona). Luckily, Homicidols dot com is here to help navigate these turbulent waters with assistance and insight from our crack team of idol researchers and therapists.
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It pains me to say it, my dear readers of Homicidols dot com, but I have failed you. When I took the reins of this storied site from Maniac’s weathered yet capable hands, I made myself a commitment to ensure we publish at least one post per week in addition to the Weekender. Though such a modest goal, it appears that the maintenance of even that small measure of output was beyond me. This week, for the first time during my nascent tenure as el hefe de Homicidols, I did not manage to publish a post between Weekenders. I, of course, blame the demands of the day job which have been onerous of late. It certainly was not for lack of news and new releases. While I was distracted by maintaining gainful employment, the idol world did not rest. So, please accept my apology and my promise: I will do my best to churn out
uninformed garbage thoughtful idol commentary more frequently in the future.
For now, let’s forget about work and schedules and the other worries of the week and catch up on the stuff that matters:
lyrical school went and dropped one of the best songs of the year (so far). I love it when they channel the shoegaze.
It was a very eventful week with two very different dynamics at work. On the one hand, we had some pretty big announcements in the graduation and disbandment categories. At the same time, we were receiving word of some pretty big unit reboots and debuts. Our hearts would get ripped out one moment just to be resurrected the next. So, while we usually segregate all of the bad news by itself away in Oshiloss Corner, I thought we would try something different this week and alternate the tragically devastating news with shocks of unexpected joy in a new emotional amusement park ride we’ll call, The Idol Whiplash.
Don’t worry, we’ll go through this together. But like all good roller coasters, it begins begin with a long, anticipatory ascent to ensure that the fall will be all the more
devastating satisfying. Let’s go!
Everything abut the new CROSSNOESIS is a nice, slow burn.
It’s IDORISE!!FESTVIAL weekend! The idol festival so exciting that two exclamation points are built right into the name. It consists of of six stages of simultaneous idol lives for two straight days but, for those of us who still can’t quite get to Japan yet, it’s what’s happening at O-WEST, O-EAST and duo MUSIC EXCHANGE that are of most interest as they are being livestreamed over on Nico Nico. Day one has already wrapped up but you can still catch day two later today (or tonight, depending on your time zone) featuring NEO JAPONISM, Ringwanderung, INUWASI, ZsasZ, HO6LA, THE ORCHESTRA TOKYO, QUEENS, Nichoume no Sakigake Coming Out, Qumari Depart, kolokol, ukka and many many more.
Is it an early spring? As Friends of Homicdols, Poppy and Haru Nemuri kick off their long-delayed tours and Japanese rock acts like BAND-MAID, NEMOPHILA, CROSSFAITH, MAXIMUM THE HORMONE and SCANDAL all plan summer and fall appearances in the West, hope has begun to bloom that we could soon return to regular overseas idol appearances.
In the meantime, while we were deluged last week with releases from new names and talents, this week, the big-name veterans decided to remind us that they are still alive and kicking.
Welcome to the weekend! I’m gonna be spending it catching up on all the new music that dropped over the past few days. Sure, new music drops every week, but it’s almost as if all of the managers in Idol World decided that the seven days surrounding 22/02/2022 would be the perfect time to release, like, everything. I would not be at all surprised if, come Best-of-the-Year nomination time, a fair number of the entries dropped this third week of February. So take a wellness break from international news and catch up on some of this great stuff:
Thai shoegaze duo SHIMMER SHRIMPER (side project of Best Overseas Act of 2021 winner, Fingers Cross) gave us this absolutely gorgeous new single, “Who Sleeps”.