Good morning! Or as good as it can be — there’s a sort of hell-in-a-handbasket thing going on in the news right now, like everywhere. Even our distractions are terrible. I caught a few minutes of the Olympic Open Ceremony last night and just couldn’t deal with not just the empty stadium, but the fact that it shouldn’t be happening anyway, like nobody other than a handful of rich people really want this to go off. And at roughly the same time, a young hockey player whose rap sheet is longer than his career highlights and who literally said he shouldn’t be drafted into the NHL was drafted in the first round anyway. The world can be so poisonous.
But here we are, and sometimes it’s important to remember that we only have any kind of control as far as our own lives go. That’s good, actually, and it means that we can form the world a bit around ourselves, find things that make it work for us. And, ah, ahem, look at this Weekender and all of the fun in it!
Also go read the latest installment of the countdown, and comment about how mad you are that the thing you like didn’t crack the top 20!
Presumptuous, Aren’t We?
Oh lord, they let BiSH join LINE:
【7/21限定 #BiSHとLINE キャンペーンコード公開!!】
— BiSH official FC (@BiSH_SLTS) July 20, 2021
A few new songs from Kolokol:
— Kolokol (@klkl_official) July 23, 2021
You’ll Melt More! is, uh, really different now:
JyuJyu releases album, only sells it in venues:
明日スタートするじゅじゅの『宴』ツアー in NAGOYAから、じゅじゅ 通販・会場限定アルバムを販売開始！
— じゅじゅ (@jyujyu_info) July 23, 2021
Awesome move for Fingers Cross:
— Gerpfast Records (@gerpfastDIY) July 21, 2021
Idol in Focus
This week’s Idol in Focus is Broken By The Scream, who are deep into their still-little-to-do-so-let’s-screw-around mood apparently:
— Broken By The Scream (@BBTS_koushiki) July 20, 2021
But actually I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the fact that you can get their new merch, and also that said new merch includes reminiscence of a truck stop bathroom:
— Broken By The Scream (@BBTS_koushiki) July 23, 2021
Bonus in Focus
Actually this is probably the real Idol in Focus, but: NELN with a new MV that’s definitely on their softer side:
And also a vocal cover of the greatest pop song of all time:
Speaking of vocal covers:
It’s rare that I just straight up don’t like a NEO JAPONISM song, but here we go:
You dig the OWARANAIDE, YORU?
We need more crossovers like this:
昨日発表した曲“Say bey”をlyric VideoでYouTubeに投稿しました🎉
— Evil Noise (@EvilNoise69) July 19, 2021
This Wonder Lander live album performance is strangely beautiful in its visuals:
— FaM official (@FaMofficial3) July 23, 2021
Have a great weekend!