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’ 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”
  6. “rise in revolt”
  7. “Never Sleep Again”
  8. “Orange”
  10. “Nextage”
  11. “XYZ”
  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

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 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