Good morning! Oh you guys, I am so damn tired. The silly season at work is winding down after a few months of ramping up. The last two weeks have been work-work-work, but finally we start to close the book beginning today. I’m quite jazzed when I’m not staring blankly at a computer screen, mind vacant from exhaustion!
But notably, two years ago this time was when my brain broke and I made the first of two stress-induced disappearing acts. After getting that all sorted (during the friggin pandemic no less) and actually getting not just to the heart of the matter, but to remedial and therapeutic approaches, not only do I feel a tiny fraction of that old stress, but it’s much more deal-withable besides. And so I like to think of this time of year as my own personal Mental Health Awareness Week Or So, and I am definitely right now encouraging you to seek help for any of the myriad things that could be weighing you down or stressing you out.
And with that said, this is where I get to say that I barely paid attention to idol this week, so it’s a short Weekender and I’m sorry. At #245, I get to lay a few eggs, you know?
Well, didn’t we time that most recent top 50 post well? New FRUITPOCHETTE single:
FRUITPOCHETTE New Release
— FRUITPOCHETTE (@fruitpochette2) July 30, 2021
Here’s the first yumegiwa last girl we’ve seen in a while, and it’s perfect summer wonderful:
NECRONOMIDOL will return to Europe for the last half of October 2021! Cities and dates will be announced soon 🛩 pic.twitter.com/rCa5VT38b5
— NECRONOMIDOL (@NECRONOMIDOL) July 29, 2021
You may enjoy this PARADISES featurette:
New single from AIBECK tomorrow:
Part of me wants to like the new AKIARIM single more (it’s the part that recognized that piano opening as liberally borrowing from Elton John) but it’s ultimately just so tradol that my soul hurts a little:
And building on that, wtf Re:INCARNATION:
Idol in Focus
This week’s Idol in Focus is ATARASHII GAKKO! because:
We are so excited to be a part of @88rising 2021 Head in the Clouds Los Angeles Music & Arts Festival!
This year, it will be a 2-day event on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
Tickets available now❗️
— ATARASHII GAKKO! – 新しい学校のリーダーズ (@japanleaders) July 29, 2021
— ATARASHII GAKKO! – 新しい学校のリーダーズ (@japanleaders) July 30, 2021
Bonus in Focus
I kind of want to do a post for the SIPP things, but we just did one and this is really just following up. But, EP now just a few days off:
And this singles project thing:
Yeah, with all due respect to some others, this right here is the best debut of 2021.
Somebody please get me this ultra-rare BiS release as a gift:
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) July 29, 2021
And speaking of BiS, here’s BiS v1.5 member Wakisaka Yurika has a new musical project that you may dig:
How many times have you seen O’CHAWANZ live?
Nice clip of MERRY BAD END:
Ringwanderung retweeted it, I’m just making sure you don’t forget:
— Ringwanderung 8/4 1st full album synchronism (@RWR__OFFICIAL) July 8, 2021
Have a great weekend!