Monday, 30 July 2012

Let's play devil's advocate - the T-ara controversy

Hmm... yeah. So T-ara has found themselves in another cesspool of shit lately. I'm not going to explain much since Allkpop did such a great job covering it day by day... (haha)

[Edit note Aug. 1: On thoughts on the controversy in general, I recommend checking out Simon and Martina's TL;DR video on their thoughts. They put the idol world into perspective and I appreciate them for trying to put that out there. Meanwhile, my ranty blog post focuses on something different midst the whole thing so...]

Thursday, 26 July 2012

And the summer songs just keep rolling in - Summer funky fresh with Muzie and IU & Fiestar

Muzie featuring Dynamic Duo - Love at First Sight

Oh my gawd.

Some beautiful summer sounds in kpop ^^ - Namaste, Sung Hoon, Brown Eyed Girls

I recently changed my blog's url from kpoptint.blogspot to kpopcommentary.blogspot... Hope that doesn't inconvenience anyone!

If it hasn't been a noticeable trend throughout my posts already, I'm a big YouTube user. Thankfully, the kpop world has caught on to this worldwide trend and has been pretty good with uploading content for more potential viewers and fans. Finding and subscribing to these channels will give you a pretty good dose of current and newly released kpop, as well as other good bits like the behind the scenes videos and other interview clips.

ANYWAYS, came across some really nice songs, no idols, complicated dance/singing combinations topped with avant garde dressing. Just some nice and simple concepts with super amazing voices!

Monday, 23 July 2012

They had me at Beautiful (Let's get some BEAST on this blog!)

Admittedly, I am a huge skeptic when it comes to kpop groups. I tend to give most groups a time to age before I fall for them. It's different for each group, but it only makes my kpop playlist that much better ^^
B2ST (or Beast) is one of those groups that took me a while to like. But I like them now. I love them,
ever since their round with Beautiful. But what actually got me to hit subscribe to their YouTube channel was their recent comeback:

It's a Beautiful Night (아름다운 밤아야)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

A review of the "Best Absolute Perfect" - No Mercy

** Yes this post is about B.A.P. but I just want to add in a kpop quickie update with Gilme's new track Like a Fool featuring Eun Ji-Won, a very nice R&B with some hip hop sound. Plus, I haven't seen Eun Ji-Won on the scene in a while so it was nice to see him. Gilme's voice is great, y'all should definitely give it listen.
Also, Boom released a new track - Let Me Play featuring Gaeko (Dynamic Duo). Boom... I felt a little annoyed by his uncertainty in performance in this song. I really would've preferred for him to go either super cool or super funny with this, but he tried to combine the two and it doesn't work for me. But he's still super cute and funny and I can bet he's going to refer to this in every TV show that he's part of so check him out!

No Mercy


Sunday, 15 July 2012

That level achievable only by PSY - Gangnam Style

[Edit note Aug. 8: I made a post on the brand of sunglasses Psy wears in the music video here]

Gangnam Style's going viral with all kinds of famous people on this side of the world tweeting about it! Congratulations to Psy :)

As well, I have enough humour to laugh at the comments on his resemblance to the North Korean dictator Kim line and how North Korea actually seems to be doing well. Laugh it off people, not the entire world understands the sensitivity in that issue and reacting sensitively to it puts a damper on all the fun.

With cameos made by comedian MCs Yoo Jae-Suk and Noh Hong-Chul, and 4Minute's Hyuna, PSY delivers with his hilariously explosive comeback.

Gangnam Style

Psy is Gangnam style, which he more closely describes in the other verses of the song. Apparently, the Gangnam style is someone of the extreme, one who downs hot coffee in one shot without waiting for it to cool down, one who's heart is ready to explode by night time (as opposed to just getting... rowdy). Their confidence is unmatched and they know how to charm the pants of any lady - Psy style. With his fashion sense and.. straight forward dance moves as seen in his video, Psy shows the world exactly what the Gangnam style is.

I absolutely cannot believe that it's already been two years since Psy's last return with Right Now; I can still relive the hilariousness just by thinking about the music video and his performances. He's on a whole different level from all the other Korean music artists; he produces and choreographs most of his stuff (as he did with Gangnam Style), and he is an incredible performer. Of course, I haven't been able to witness him in action live but he has been crowned the Performance King of Korea. Click on any of his performance clips on YouTube and anybody will be able to see why. He really has a whole level of ridiculous fun that only he can achieve, it's really unmatchable by anybody in the industry.

Psy has a crazy sense of humour and a very bold nature that's made him so famous as a performer and artist, and I'm very glad he didn't disappoint for his 6th album. Gotta get on that Gangnam style...

Thursday, 12 July 2012

[Day 5 Music (is my life)]

Returning to that 30 Day Kpop Challenge that I started back in March, here's day 5 - Your favourite track from a Korean group.

This is actually really sad that I could only make it consistently through 4 days of the challenge. Pathetic.

Epik High ft. K.Will - Music (is my life)

This song has always been on my all time favourites list since I first heard it back in 2007. I was already in love with Epik High, and then this song introduced me to K.Will. Omg I fell in love with that guy almost instantaneously. His voice is so good and I jumped on all of his solo stuff for the first little while after his debut. For a while I was seriously telling everyone that I'd marry this guy for his voice (which was actually saying something since in Korea K.Will gets made fun of a lot for looking like Daesung, and that standard to Koreans is very low in terms of looks. Truthfully I think they're adorable and if a guy can sing... that's good enough for me.)

Anyways, I loved this song because it was simple, fun and I connected with the lyrics. I'm a big music appreciator, and it's definitely got me through a lot of ridiculousness in my adolescence. I know all of the words by heart and I always sing this song when I go to karaoke with my friends. Yes, I can rap. Just this one though.

[Lyrics Translation - kind of] Handsome People :3

Contrary to what you might assume of this song of simple "hey lets party" lyrics, there is something of a story in there. Whether they're felt deep or not, I just needed to make a post about this song (I can't believe I haven't already) because I freaking love Handsome People.

Handsome People - Woowei Woowei

The song is about how the he loves a girl with an intellectual charm. He's fallen in love a couple of times before but this girl is on a whole different level, and it makes his breath stop to just glance at her.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Fact: The Wonder Girls are robots o_o

Wonder Girls - Like Money

Wonder Girls are back on the American music scene with a Vevo and an Akon feature. Their song is catchy and their music video looks pretty cool, but it does look like it is meant for a younger audience. Their video reminds me a lot of the movie Tron, and with clean lyrics and video it just sounds like they're sticking to their original target market of young teenagers.

The song actually starts at about the 54 second mark, but the video stopped being interesting as we got into the first chorus of the song. There aren't many outfit changes or close-ups, and the choreography consists of  easy lyrical dance moves. Akon takes the entire second verse and the following chorus with cut shots of the Girls dancing in the same outfits. There were some interesting parts of the video when the Girls were being put together as robots, and it was fun to spot J.Y. Park's appearance as well as his discrete headphones promotions. For me, I can see how cool and awesome this would look when I was 12 or 13, but now the only way I can enjoy this is just by looking back at how far the Wonder Girls have come and feel proud of them.

I do think the lyrics are stupid, but as always, that never stops me from listening and singing along... *le sigh*

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Another MV roundup! 2NE1, Sagging Snail, T-ara, JoKwon

I didn't want to do another one of these posts so soon but there are just too many recently released interesting music videos that I want to talk about, so let's just get into it!

2NE1 - I Love You

I love this. It's one of those party beat love songs but what I really like about this song and video is that it really makes sense to see what we are seeing with what we are hearing. There's a mixed Asian quality to the sound and it's really well reflected in the theme of the video. I can't exactly locate which country the colours and patterns remind me of but it's definitely not just one country. I really love that about 2NE1; they seem to incorporate all different kinds of sounds and looks in their promotions that represent and are relatable to more than one country. Anyway this video is beautiful, CL and Minzy are working their sexy, Dara looks fucking fierce with that hair and Bom is pretty pretty pretty. I really do love hearing all of their unique voices changing up the song - not one member sings the same part of the song throughout.