Your Homicidols Weekender #391

After 390 Weekenders, it’s getting progressively more difficult to come up with a unique preamble for each Saturday’s post. This is the least important part of the whole article though, so I doubt it matters that much. I thought of just recycling old intros and seeing if anyone noticed. Maybe I’m doing that right now. In the end, it probably doesn’t really matter, because all of the important stuff that you’re here for starts after this paragraph ends.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #390

It’s been a long, odd week and I think we all deserve some credit for getting through it. Some of our favorite idols have been trying to help us survive by dropping by in person.

MAD JAMIE is currently tearing up Europe an seems to have broken the sky. Here’s a link to details on all of her appearances.

A quick reminder that Yurapico and GARUDA are heading to Europe next month.

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Homicidols Best of the Year (so far)

We are one half of the way through the Homicidols calendar year (which runs December through November for REASONS) so we thought it was time to make note of the songs, albums and MVs that Team Homicidols have had on repeat for the last six months.  This year’s entries so far seem to largely skew to the punk, shoegaze, and dream pop side of the spectrum, with only a few entries dipping their toes into the louder more hardcore sub-genres. I guess a quieter year is to be expected in the absence of the likes of Melancholic Cinderella Story and Zsasz. However, what the class of 2024 lacks in brutality, it makes up for in inventiveness. As the below offerings graphically demonstrate: alternative idol is still the most creative music laboratory on the planet.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #389

You may have noticed that, over the past month or so, the only content being cranked out around here is this weekly digest. I have to apologize for that but, unfortunately, idol blogging doesn’t pay any bills (and actually generates a few) and my DayJob® that I do for money has been really kicking my butt lately. I do have a few posts planned and I will get them out the door as soon as I find the spare time and energy.

I am still pledged to getting The Weekender out each Saturday since, at 389 consecutive weeks and counting, this commitment has lasted longer than any other relationship I’ve ever had. On to the good stuff!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #388

It was an incredibly eventful week in global idol news!! First off, ATARASHII GAKKO absolutely slayed Coachella for the second weekend in a row. Then PLANCK STARS made their debut appearance in South America playing Anime Summit in Brazil. Everybody had a wonderful time!!

https://twitter.com/planckstars/status/1782230640575873476

Or, maybe not… 

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Your Homicidols Weekender #387

I have family visiting, so I don’t have as much time as usual to devote to the Weekender. I’m going to keep the preamble short and apologize in advance if I miss anything. I mean, you all are my family too in a way, but if you disown me I’m not at risk of the loss of an inheritance, so without further ado:

More details of Isiliel’s US summer tour dates are rolling out. Tickets are on sale for the New Jersey show as well.

https://twitter.com/Isiliel_jp/status/1781291678957232160

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Your Homicidols Weekender #386

When compared to the craziness of last week where we saw an avalanche of April Fools Day projects and a dump truck’s worth of new releases to kick off the new fiscal year, barely anything happened over the past seven days.

Not that nothing is going on. In a major milestone, ATARASHII GAKKO!, our quirky, dance obsessed, new school leaders who used to play URBANGARDE’s annual Depression Fest, are performing at Coachella this weekend.  You can witness their accomplishment live on YouTube tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/japanleaders/status/1778662494279712934

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Your Homicidols Weekender #385

Welcome to the Homicidols weekly recap, with a quick caveat: this version of the weekly round-up is devoid of any idol shenanigans that took place on Monday. Check out our April Fools Day round-up for all of that craziness.  

April 1 is not just April Fools Day,  it is also the first day of the Japanese fiscal year. The impact this has on the music industry is that a ton of new songs get released on either March 31 or April 1 depending on how management’s accountants want things to hit the books. Regardless of the opinions of actuaries, the overall impact that matters is that the Japanses fiscal yer roll produces a veritable flood of new music, and this year was no different.  

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The Greatest Alt-Idol Drops and Breakdowns of All Time

It has been a a few weeks since we asked members of the Homicidols community to identify their favorite choruses, drops and hooks in the genre of alternative idol. We published the nominations for Best Alt-Idol Choruses a short while ago, and now it’s time for the breakdowns!

For the exercise, we defined the category of drop or breakdown pretty loosely, with the primary requirement being that the element marks a sudden change in the dynamics of the song. The submitted entries essentially fall into two different categories:

The first are examples of the hardcore breakdown, where a tune takes a ruthless drop into harsh vocal or screaming metal territory. In idol terms, these are brutal examples of where the gap is bridged, the kawaii slams into the kakkoii, and the sugar and spice gang up and punch you in face. 

The second category are songs that are completely devoid of harsh vocals or metal elements, but accomplish startling breakdowns via sudden and distinct shifts in tempo, tone, and genre.

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The Homicidols April Fools Day Round-Up 2024

Idol April Fools Day (aka Fox Day) is one of the biggest holidays on the idol calendar, up there with Idol Halloween and Idol X-Mas.  The amount of time, energy, and commitment that idols devote to their April Fools day pranks each year is always impressive. However, it can be difficult at times to tell an April Fools Day stunt from normal, everyday, Japanese idol insanity. For example, it may seem that, at first glance, this is a well executed comedic sketch by yosugala, except that salted fish roe sac, cherry blossom, and shrimp pizza is an actual real thing that people will apparently pay money for. Luckily, Homicidols is here to guide the unwary or overwhelmed idol fan through the events of April first and help sort fact from jesterly fiction.

Here are some of the best April Fools Day pranks that our favorite idols pulled off this year: 

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