Good morning! Did you all have a good week? Has the combination of heat waves and wildfires and heretofore unknown meteorological phenomena and the incredibly sad state of American politics managed to avoid dragging you down? Man I hope so. I have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little down lately myself. Call it Everything Sucks Syndrome. It’s okay to feel that way, but you have to be careful to not let it drag you further down.
I struggle with that sometimes, I do, and I know that I’m not the only person out there. I started following idol for the music almost six full years ago now, but it wasn’t until I needed it that I started to get closer to idol for the people, too. For all of the culture’s warts and unsavory-at-best worst elements, it is nonetheless filled to the brim with a relentless positivity that suffuses every surface around it, even if only an inch or so deep. The people who make these tunes and put on the weird performances we love, there’s just so much genuine try-hard energy to it, and usually so many not-so-secret absolute dorks involved, you almost can’t help but smile.
So while I hope there’s plenty for you to do and enjoy this weekend, I also hope as always that this Weekender and its collection of here-and-there pieces of idol-related good-and-badness will give you a nice little rise. I know that I always feel better after having set it up to publish!
Thanks for the Pep Talk
Our beloved weirdo YONEKO doing that dream pop thing:
NaNoMoRaL. Exceptionally good as well.
I encourage everybody to go listen to the new Night Owl album in full:
NightOwl 1st アルバム
— NightOwl -official- (@Night_Owl_Owl) August 13, 2020
At some point, you have to stop waiting for Shihatsu-machi Underground to release a video for this and just give it to the world instead:
— 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (@shihatsu_machi) August 10, 2020
CYNHN is post-punk and dreaming.
Haven’t looked at YUMEADO in a while:
Anybody else like to listen to sommeil sommeil?
I love this LEIWAN clip so much:
— LEIWAN 【 01BEST 】（official） (@TeroRhythmn) August 18, 2020
I must say that everything about this new KING RAGE is awful:
Palate cleanser: Devil ANTHEM live:
Yeah KAQRIYOTERROR thing woo:
— KAQRIYOTERROR (@kaqriyoterror) August 18, 2020
Malcolm Mask McLaren. Simply one of the best things going.
This is the ayumikurikamaki content we crave:
— まき【あゆくま】武道館への道 (@crazy_maki1) August 21, 2020
Idol in Focus
This week’s Idol in Focus is POPPiNG EMO, who are doing quite well under pandemic conditions actually:
Everybody’s favorite SCRAMBLES-related artist that has no other connection to WACK whatsoever is as always grinding out music and putting it online and making me feel inadequate about my level of productivity in life. There’s a ton on their Soundcloud that’s now a couple of weeks old, actually:
But this is only a couple of days old!
If you don’t like POPPiNG EMO, you’re no friend of mine.
Minna no Kodomochan made the Dicodec reaction channel.
Prepare yourself for a new The Grateful a MogAAAz single:
— The Grateful a MogAAAz (@mogaaaz) August 20, 2020
Spark Speaker struggle with the geographic realities of the U.S.
On the plus side, it’s confirmation that Vivid Chicken still exists; on the negative is everything else about it, I’m sorry:
Enjoy this WILL-O’ as a palate cleanser:
Get yourself a friendship like the one between these two icons:
— 瑳里 (@sari_mdr) August 21, 2020
You say you like Shintaro Kago? Name three of his albums:
Have a great weekend!