Good morning, my friends! This time around, it’s like we flipped a switch; the week was light on idol goings-on, but there was so much random crap that yon Weekender is alarmingly well-populated. Fantastic. And there’s more real-deal actual new stuff to look at, too! The part of me that was out late last night would just as soon roll it all up into here, but life’s better when you can have your exemplars and best pieces, no?
Anyway, speaking of, I have now half a dozen times referred to “what Maniac would do if he had his own Americanized idol group” scenarios just in the past couple of weeks. Well, as the turn of the screw would have it, the last stop on last evening’s sojourn was to what the team lead, so to speak, called “that heavy metal bar.” To my knowledge, there is not and never really has been such a place in this town, outside of maybe some particularly dank hole in the wall that only Pig Destroyer and their friends hang out at. Nonetheless, I went with glee, and it was not a metal bar. Instead, we were greeted by an aggressively not great rapper and, once he was done, a very, very adequate local teen rock band. It wasn’t a bad show, all things considered, and I did that thing where I took it in and imagined idols. But then I also remarked to myself that hey, that one kid, the one who keeps switching instruments and is legitimately playing the hell out of that bass right now, oh and now he’s singing this weird surf song, that kid, that kid is the kind of person who you recruit into your backing band, and then (possibly because I was quite drunk at that point) I got to go down this wild mental road of imagining how the group would come together, the creative process, how we’d succeed and then climb too high and then crash out. It was like Almost Famous in my head!
None of it was real, though. Maybe someday! Wouldn’t that be something?
I digress, probably because I’m stoked about not actually having to travel this weekend like I thought I might. Hey, East Meets West starts in just a few hours! Our man Daemon is representing Team Homicidols (he has fancy business cards and everything!), so expect some excellent interview and whatnot soon. I’m also, knock on wood, going to finally have the time to re-start one ongoing project and maybe kick-start another that I hope you dig. It should be a good end of the year! For now, as always, play the Fun, find yourself something creative or exciting to take up in these waning weeks of summer, and enjoy the heck out of your life.
You Tell the Dumbest Stories
Everybody’s favorite post-human penguin hybrid ex-idol apparently lives in a place with coelacanth artwork, which is simultaneously the weirdest and least weird thing about her:
— 昆 (@_coooooooooo_) August 11, 2018
This is a digest video of that thing that C-Style did to benefit that ruined venue:
Have I ever done anything with 963 before?
If you’re down for that international PassCode release:
— PassCodeオフィシャル (@passcodeO) August 17, 2018
Great angle on APOKALIPPPS live:
— APOKALIPPPS official (@APOKALIPPPS_NOW) August 14, 2018
I love that Ricky revisited Aokigahara before this weekend’s trip:
海外遠征の前に心を癒す為には大好きな青木ヶ原へ巡礼しに行ったら… なんって事… pic.twitter.com/iI0hpzEvD6
— リッキー Ω ネクロ魔P (@NECRO_P) August 16, 2018
I’m really eager for something new from mishmash:
『≠ NOT EQUAL』目黒鹿鳴館
『DDD~Discovery iDol Depot~』
— mishmash (@mishmash_info) August 13, 2018
Not so long after the reboot, Lyric Holic Noir is losing a member:
突然の発表で驚かせてしまってごめんなさい。ふたりとは 別の道を進んでいくことになってしまいました。いっしょのステージに立って全力で暴れて最高のライブをしたこと、忘れない。今までありがとうね。１９日、いろんな感情を心の奥にもちながら死ぬ気でぶつかっていくのでどうかうけとめてください pic.twitter.com/mKTZklTOQI
— 🖤🎀きゅあちゃん🎀🖤 (@Cure_noir_lh) August 15, 2018
So NECRONOMIDOL is doing this thing now:
Remember those “big things” we were talking about?
Noon on Mondays In Japan!
— Big in Japan (@BigJapanShow) August 14, 2018
Nobody does anything as well as KOTO does everything:
Did anybody else notice that THE BANANA MONKEYS picked up a fifth member? Kerrie did!
●特典会 20:00-21:00(60) pic.twitter.com/xcUfzCWjfT
— THE BANANA MONKEYS@9/7恵比寿LIQUIDROOMワンマン (@info_banamon) August 15, 2018
Idol in Focus
This week’s Idol in Focus is tipToe, which is not a phrase that I ever thought I’d utter when I started to write about idols who scream at you, yet here we go. First, you simply must take in this Video of the Year candidate:
Also, their split single with DOTS hit this week:
tipToe. × ・・・・・・・・・
8/15 Split Single「Tokyo Sentimental」発売
8/18 TWOMAN「Tokyo Sentimental」渋谷WWW開催
— tipToe.(ティップトウ) (@tipToe_official) August 14, 2018
The promotion for which I just flat-out got confused about, but you have to admit that this is kind of compelling:
8/15になりまして「thirdShoes.」「Tokyo Sentimental」が正式発売となりました。それに伴いまして主要音楽配信サービス各所でのDL販売もスタートしております。サブスクでの配信も予定しておりますがもう少々お時間頂きます。 pic.twitter.com/uT6IYqsmv7
— tipToe.(ティップトウ) (@tipToe_official) August 14, 2018
One of Force is calling it quits next month:
会場決まり次第になりますが９月２３日にOne of force単独ライブさせていただく予定です。
その日をもちましてOne of force解散となります（続く） pic.twitter.com/h5NEWQ1ir6
— One of force【公式】 (@_official_off) August 16, 2018
A lot of time has passed since Alive to Rainy dropped this unfortunately named track from their upcoming single release:
969, super stoked:
— 969(CLOCK)@8/16(木)渋谷チェルシーホテル (@969official) August 12, 2018
It’s never easy to describe Lein, is it?
This is some great-ass BiS fan art:
— しらたき (@shirataki2223) August 13, 2018
Mere days separate us from the Wagamama Rakia EP:
— 我儘ラキア-公式- (@wagamamarakia) August 13, 2018
In other BiSH news, the trailer for their documentary doodad:
Nobody does it like Dempagumi.inc:
KINGRAGE live is the new AIBECK live, even though they’re Checkmate:
Another full track from Elfloat:
Courtesy of Krv, here’s Mayumura Chiaki playing duck-duck-goose with fans in Shinjuku:
— Ф嶋 (@nkjm_mstkn4mgc) August 10, 2018
It’s like the least weird thing she does; I’m going to have to show you guys more one of these days
Have a great weekend!