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

The Next Step in PassCode’s Evolution

This is too fun, an absolutely great way to start off a late autumn Monday. Have you ever wondered what PassCode would be like if they were a band?

Great, now even Kaede is a better bassist than me

I don’t actually think that PassCode’s going to take a cue from PASSPO and start up a Band PassCode or anything, but it’s always cool to see idols expanding their repertoires and adding a little something extra to their lives. I also wouldn’t put it past Hina to work a ton on her drum work and take on a second gig in a jazz band.

Please Make These Videos Available in All Countries, PassCode

You all can thank current Japan resident and former unofficial official translator of Homicidols.com Phillter for bringing this impossible dream to light earlier today: Hey look! PassCode VEVO uploaded a bunch of live video from the MISS UNLIMITED Tour final at Studio Coast!

“How exciting!” you remark to yourself, only to remember that you live in a country where PassCode’s media doesn’t always extend. Nonetheless, you press play and —

Your mileage may vary, in other words

Because I feel like people who can’t view the videos deserve something for their trouble, here are two pieces of PassCode news! Continue reading

Yuna Is Ill; PassCode Will Forge On

And in one of the scariest curveballs that I’ve seen since I got into idol:

I did miss it, Brian and Rain, so thank you

The gist: Imada Yuna, who didn’t invent harsh vocals in idol but did manage to become the arguable popular standard bearer of the type, the bad-attitude id that forms almost an entire leg of PassCode all her own, had been unwell, and a medical examination turned up an ovarian cyst. She powered on for a while, but now the plan is for hospitalization and treatment and rest. She’ll be out a while, until the ZENITH tour officially kicks off on Nov. 10. Continue reading

If You Haven’t Heard the Digest for PassCode’s “ZENITH”, Now Is a Good Time

So amid all of the hubbub yesterday, I just plain up and missed the fact that PassCode, with the release of their ZENITH album just right around the corner, have officially put out the full album trailer:

For what it’s worth, they also added preview tracks to Soundcloud, but they weren’t available on U.S. or EU servers when I tried just now, so maybe it’s just a Japan thing, or maybe they’ll change the settings later, I dunno. Actually now available! Continue reading

Hey. HEY! PassCode’s Plural MVs Are Available

Me upon looking at Twitter notifications this morning: “Oh neat, PassCode’s going to release two MVs!”

Me upon clicking the YouTube links from the announcement: “REGION BLOCKING MUST DIE”

Me 35 seconds later, after going to Facebook instead: “OH GOOD OKAY”

Two for the price of one (free). First, the full version of “ONE STEP BEYOND”:

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I Can’t Decide Which Is My Favorite Part of PassCode’s ‘ONE STEP BEYOND’ MV

Well, watch it first if you haven’t already:

I wasn’t expecting this kind of art direction at all! Continue reading

Here’s How to Get PassCode’s “ZENITH” Album

The hype machine is getting a pretty good warmup over the past week, you guys, as PassCode prepares their fans for their first major-label album:

It’s up for pre-order now, but the real winner there is the tracklist (I particularly like how exactly one song in 12 is titled in kana, but then explained in English in a parenthetical) and the implications from the DVD, which will include MVs for “ONE STEP BEYOND” (which sounds sick and is undoubtedly the lead for this) and “Same to you,” which I’m guessing is this album’s ballady number.* I’m also digging that this is mostly new, original material; with two singles and, what, five songs out since joining Universal, it’d be easy to just lean back on that for this album release, but there’s clear confidence in the material. Continue reading