If I Could Give a Cool Fist-bump to PassCode Right Now, I’d Do It

I had hoped that PassCode would continue to do a very smart thing and have a fresh release ready for their series of shows with rock bands, and it looks like smart things continue to be decided, as a new single, “Ray”, will be hitting stores on May 23:

I like this. I like the cover art that reminds me of crossing up Massive Attack with Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle (enjoy). I like that it’s being timely without trying to be exclusive about it. I even like how they were apparently so pressed to make a press deadline that they couldn’t even decide on the titles of the B-sides for each version! Continue reading

PassCode Is Doing a Very Smart Thing

I can’t remember the last time that I saw one of those “hey at X time we’re doing an announcement” tweets from PassCode, and certainly not the last time that they did one and I felt like it was a net win. In fact, when it came, my first thought was of Yuna and her abdomen and whether there would be much point in keeping up with the group. The universe, though, had other plans, and all of the news is good news.

There will be a new single. That’s good! The end of May is a good time for that, too; they shouldn’t be facing too much competition. It’s the rest of the announcement that’s best: Continue reading

PassCode Duel! A Very Short Preview vs. a Very Short Review

The other night, despite my desktop notifications being very quiet, my phone blew up with: ZOMG PASSCODE UPLOADED A NEW ALBUM ON SOUNDCLOUD!!eleven! I had gawdawful network, so I waited to get home and a chance to possibly even snag some code from the app to share with you lovely people, only for Soundcloud to be all “ha ha ha, you live in the wrong country like a big dork!”

So in response:

It took a few days, but senpai came through, and — if you’re one of the roughly 22 people who are aware of PassCode and haven’t yet downloaded Locus because you’re in a coma — you can get that preview that you so badly need: Continue reading

The (Great) New PassCode Song Is after the Old-new PassCode Songs

I like to tease PassCode, mostly because I really like them, and good-natured ribbing of one’s nearest-or-at-least-dearest is a time-honored tradition. How many hours of raw enjoyment did I wring out of their first two albums and accompanying singles, and how formative were they in my more natal Maniac period? Much, is the answer. So yes, I made fun of Locus a little bit, only to reverse course and decide that yeah, it’s probably going to be hot, and … well, the fuller trailer’s here, showing off those re-recordings with far more gusto, and if you skip toward the last 30 or so seconds … Continue reading

(Pre-)Buy PassCode, (Maybe) Win (Signed) Poster

A very special delivery from PassCode HQ:

I am yet to win this despite twice trying in the past, though I do not suspect that it’s rigged against anybody other than me. Good luck, Hackers! Unless you live in North America, in which case you need to wait a few more days!

PassCode Songs, Ranked

Another new feature that I’ve been dying to bring to ol’ Homicidols.com is another one that fellow Deadspin readers may appreciate. Just to get this out of the way: It’s meant to be funny, you guys, not to be taken deathly seriously.

  1. “TRACE”
  2. “Club Kids Never Die”
  3. “Toxic”
  4. “Now I Know”
  5. “MOON PHASE”
  6. “rise in revolt”
  7. “Never Sleep Again”
  8. “Orange”
  9. “NINJA BOMBER”
  10. “Nextage”
  11. “XYZ”
  12. “MISS UNLIMITED”
  13. “Same To You”
  14. “Asterisk”
  15. “Let the revelry begin”
  16. “Dream Maker”
  17. “affair”
  18. “bite the bullet”
  19. Being hit by a bus
  20. “from here”

Well That’s an Interesting Turn from mistress, Ain’t It?

So … did you hear that mistress dropped an MV yesterday? Like, opinions were pretty torn on the whole BiSH offering (I thought it was sweet), but man, folks were all kinds of up and down on mistress.

Let’s have a look! Continue reading

I’m Actually Totally Okay with the Archaeology of PassCode

Yes, I goofed on PassCode for re-recording a bunch of their earlier works and calling that their new album. Goofing was required! That doesn’t mean that I didn’t get all kid-on-Christmas-morning when I saw that there was a trailer — already! — for “Locus”:

“Toxic”! Holy crap, that’s one of my favorite things! What else? Continue reading

PassCode’s Hina in a UK Magazine? Thanks.

So who’s going to coordinate the purchase and distribution of several hundred of these suckers?

Like, it’s pretty rare to get idol interviews that don’t require translation; in this case, we get a bona fide loudol in a Western music magazine doing more than just getting a passing blurb. Continue reading

PassCode to Release Things, Bury History, Jog in Place

I kid a great deal, of course; I’m just sore that the sudden flurry of excitement that broke out yesterday wasn’t because there was a new single or !gasp! album on the way, but because it’s not technically for anything new at all, and, as I put it:

But that whole flurry was, as speculated, a re-issue. And not just any re-issue, but a re-recording of the ALL is VANITY and VIRTUAL albums, the big releases from the pre-Universal days. (Via) Continue reading