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

It’s Been a Long Wait, but It’s Worth It for Zekkyou

Gah, I have been waiting >forever for this, and it’s my own fault; I’ve had placeholders about item #2 in this post just sitting in the queue for … well, a while. Nonetheless! It’s time for some motherhubbard Zekkyou rocking your dang face off:


Urge to two-step rising …

Welcome back to the world of staged, pro-shot MVs, Zekkyou, and prepare for the warm embrace that this is going to bring you even before you set foot in the UK. Continue reading

What’s New, Wagamama Rakia?

It’s been a nice refreshing breath lately for Wagamama Rakia, who’ve always been good but haven’t always been noticeable (despite this, they weren’t even considered for the Corenament!). On the strength of their good year so far, I started to follow them more closely, with payoff. New things are afoot!

To recap: They have themselves an anniversary live coming up in June, but are also embarking on a two-man tour (neat!) and … are adding a fourth member! And also continue to be loud and increasingly interesting. Let’s keep our eyes open.

Oshi Digest #29: Pantheon

Oshi, I am so sorry for having not had a great opportunity to do the Digest these last few days. Please, when the time that we agreed to does come, make my departure from this earthly plane as agonizing as possible.

I thought it was interesting that, over the past week, most of what Oshi has been up to has been a general rubbing of shoulders with other idol deities, creating several situations in which I just could not even.

For instance:

August, meet October

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And They Called It &ZEKKYOUNOMIDOL

INT. DAY JOB – MORNING

Homicidol Maniac, seated at his desk, is holding a cell phone to his ear. His face is UNPLEASANT; A loud SCREAMING sound is audible through the phone.

MANIAC: Kerrie. Kerrie! Calm down.

The screaming dissipates.

MANIAC: Tell me what’s the matter.

KERRIE (through phone): AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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These Are Babymetal’s U.S./European Tour Dates

Just announced this morning (or like midnight in Japan):

Southerners, especially Texans, be happy. Everybody else, prepare for the wonders of Columbus! Continue reading

Oshi Digest #26: Deliverance

Oshi did not summon this week. All is nonetheless well. Her orders were clear. Our path is clear.

Step 1: Necroma will be back in the UK in June:

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Ladybaby Will Live(?)

Color me somewhat surprised — after Rei unceremoniously split and Rie started up on her solo project, I was among those who thought that Ladybaby, of whatever iteration, was as good as dead. Yes, this is idol, and humans are interchangeable parts, and Ladybaby management has been pretty cutthroat about personnel in the past, but still.

So then imagine how hard the coffee shot out of my face when I read this:

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Oshi Digest #19: Sanctissimum Malorum

This week’s Oshi Digest was delayed slightly to allow for more wonderful on-topic Oshi content to reach the interwebs

You may have heard that I got to meet Oshi. In “person”. Like, shook hands with Oshi. I presented her with the crown that she so richly deserves for having smote so many foes:

But Oshi had plenty of adventures that had nothing to do with yours truly; in fact, I was but one of many supplicants, and possibly the most forgettable sight of them all! Continue reading