Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I hesitated to write about SM's latest marketing scheme, Younique Unit dance team. The unit's made up of the best dancers in some of SM's biggest groups. It's got SNSD's  Hyoyeon, SuJu's Eunhyuk, SM orphan Henry, Little Taemin, and a couple Exos. But that's not all Younique boasts. To quote reputable news source Allkpop: "This is the first time an entertainment agency has collaborated with a car company to release an album." 

In short, SM and Hyundai have mated and spawned this music ad-eo. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I finally gave in: miss A's "Touch"

Since I reviewed "I Don't Need a Man," I've found myself actually listening to miss A's "Touch," a song that previously had been so forgettable to me I couldn't sing a single line if prompted. After a few recent listens, I can say I like "Touch." Here's the thing though: I think it's a good song but for a group like T-ara, not miss A.

Can't you just imagine Soyeon here? ... Still not picturing it?

How 'bout now?*  **

Twerkin' it out

On a recent episode of Invincible Youth 2 (ie: No One Gives a Shit Youth), Bora, Suzy, comedian Kim Shin Young and some chick I don't care about made an exercise video. The workout combines dances from the girls' groups (a move from "So Cool" and one from "Breathe") coupled with squatting and some floor exercises. Basically, what Suzy normally does in her bedroom.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Uncovering the secret behind Kpop lyrics

Recently I got my mits on a super top-secret translation algorithm and thought I might use it on some kpop songs to help me get past the language barrier so I could understand the meanings and feelings of some of kpop's hits.

Cheerz: T-ara "Lovey Dovey Zombie"

This Halloween edition of Cheerz features everyone's favorite Mistresses of the Damned, T-ara.

Frightening, I know. But in Jiyeon's defense, she doesn't have any makeup on. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Getting By With a Little Help from Stevie Wonder

Let me get this out of the way: I love the Wonder Girls. I constantly listen to "Irony," "So Hot" and the entire "Wonder World" album. Hell, I even watched that Wonder Girls movie they aired on TeenNick. Lol, nah, just playin' ... OK, yeah I did.

Mmmmm, cheesy

But my love for WG makes what happened this week so very painful.

The girls performed at the United Nations Concert for Peace (or something like that), which is a huge honor. On top of that, they got to share the stage with Stevie Wonder, another huge honor. All of this is great.

What's not so great is what happened once they got on the stage.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The shocking truth behind the other members of 4Minute

Yesterday I saw the new Hyuna MV, 'Ice cream' and thought it was terrible, but that's beside the point. I already knew about Hyuna because she's "the-girl-without-eyebrows" in 'Gangnam Style' by Psy. Anyway I was intrigued by her lack of  eyebrows and decided to Wikipedia her and much to my surprise she's actually in a girl group called '4Minute'.

When I read that name I was vaguely reminded of a song called 'Volume Up' which made me go "Huh, I thought that was a 2NE1 song", before realizing that 'Huh' is also a 4Minute song. I know this is confusing but bare with me.

Monday, October 22, 2012

I Spy: A Bunch of Shit that Doesn't Make Sense

I watched Hyuna's "Ice Cream" video tonight. Although it didn't clear up a darn thing about that teaser vid, it did inspire me.

I've created a game out of the "Ice Cream" video. Based off the "I Spy" books, I call it "I Spy: A Bunch of Shit that Doesn't Make Sense."

This game challenges you to find all the hidden and not-so-hidden gems in the "Ice Cream" music video, so let's play. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Hyuna "Melting"

Everyone got a surprise today (whether that was welcome depends on who you talk to. I for one was tickled) with the leak of Hyuna's new album, "Melting."

As a raging HyunaHo, I checked out the album as soon as I saw it.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hyuna Just Married

In anticipation of Hyuna's new single, "Ice Cream," from her latest album, "Melting," which comes out Oct. 22, I did something I rarely do: I watched the teaser. I hate teaser videos because they usually sound nothing like the single or take a small section of the song completely out of context (I've seen this result in ballad teasers for dance tracks and upbeat teasers for ballads). Basically, they offer little insight into the actual song/video.

But my excitement for new Hyuna led me to act out in terrible ways, so I had to watch the teaser. Here's what I pieced together from the teaser photos and video:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cheerz: Miryo "Party Rock"

Miryo's going to get the party started this weekend with "Party Rock." This song's from her "Miryo aka Johoney" album and features Leessang's Gary and The Koxx. "Party Rock" isn't my favorite offering from that album, but it's a nice party track with a lot of energy. Enjoy.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hate You: f(x)

I usually try to give groups more than one chance when it comes to me liking them. A lot of the time, I eventually come around to a group I at first thought I didn't like. Among groups I used to hate but have come to appreciate are 2ne1, Beast, Brown Eyed Girls, After School and, more recently, Kara.

To be honest, most of the time, my "first chance" is based on superficial measures unrelated to musical ability or enjoyment. Thus, I've pooh-poohed groups for having stupid names (Sistar, Shinee), stupid outfits (2ne1) and punchable faces (I blame my years of not liking Beast on Yoseob's excruciating little face. Just thinking about it makes me punchy).

Some groups, though, have never grown on me. One group that immediately comes to mind is f(x). I have given up trying to like them. It ain't gonna happen. Through hours of painstaking analysis and self-reflection, I have concluded why: f(x) sucks ass.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ailee and unnecessary raps

It always happens this way. I get psyched up for a comeback, and I get disappointed. Sigh. As a recently self-admitted Ailee fangirl, I rabidly waited the past week for her new album to come out. When it did, I naturally started panting a little, then immediately stopped what I was doing (probs drinking and watching Miss A) and focused all attention to new Ailee.

Alas, after watching the video for her new single, I was left feeling slightly disappointed. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: BeyoncA "I Don't Need a Man"

Miss A's new mini album, "Independent Woman Pt. III," just came out and with it the video for the album's lead track, "I Don't Need a Man."

I always think I don't care much for miss A, because they don't have a lot of songs that grab me. But I think a lot of it is just that their songs are really hit or miss. I love "Bad Girl, Good Girl" and "Breathe" but "Touch and "Goodbye Baby" are just meh, forgettable. This latest single feels a lot more like their earlier releases.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Some songs just suck live

The inspiration for this post comes from 4Minute's "Dream Racer." I noticed that while this song is super fun to listen to, the live performance version sucks ass. That got me to thinking about other songs that are like daggers to the ears, so here's a short list of such tracks.

"DREAM RACER": I love listening to this song because it exemplifies what 4Minute at its best is: fun. The problem is, the live performances of this song suffers from poor pacing during the pseudo-rap parts, which creates this chaotic mess. The album version is quick with over-lapping vocals, but everything is well-defined. The stage version of this is an assault on the ears and not in the good 2NE1 way. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cheerz: Supreme Team "Super Magic"

To kick off the weekend, I suggest one of my favorite kpop party songs, "Super Magic."

This song screams fun. It has a memorable intro and a chorus that's made for jumping around with one hand in the air. And the video for "Super Magic" does house partying right: have an eclectic group of fun-looking people, some of which are in costume (I mean who doesn't want to be knock-off Spongebob?), dance and play drinking games. There's jokes, booze and pretty ladies. In short, it's the polar opposite of the SuJu-M "Super Girl" video, which has perhaps the lamest party of all time.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The third wheel or: The five stages of Dasom grief

K.Will's latest album came out on the 10th. I'm not a big fan of ballads, but I decided to check out the lead single, "Please Don't ..." OK, so I really just wanted to see Dasom in the video.

I enjoyed "Please Don't ..." more than I thought I would, though. K.Will's smooth vocals coupled with chill background music make for pleasant listening. Unlike a lot of overbearing, sappy ballads, this song comes across as pure melancholy and in that way feels more relatable. The video goes with the song pretty well, too.

But back to Dasom. The storyline is your basic three's a crowd scenario between a girl (Dasom), her fiance (some guy I don't know) and his best friend (Seo In Guk). Love lines cross, and unhappiness ensues.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

'Ma Boy' is the best thing that has or ever will happen to Kpop

I know this video has been out for a while but I feel obligated to give props to the greatest thing Kpop will ever produce.

I finally gave in: G.Na's "Top Girl"

This feature looks at songs it took me awhile to like. These songs generally fall into two categories. In the first category are songs one might avoid for reasons such as "Ew, that sucks" or "zomg what's this bullshit?" Category 2 includes songs I never gave a chance because I was being a moron. Such songs in Category 2 include Psy's "Gangnam Style" and Troublemaker's "Troublemaker," both with which I am now in love. With Psy and Troublemaker, I stayed away because I didn't know the artist/group (OK, I knew Hyuna, but I didn't know Hyunseung/JS at the time). When I finally came to the party (three weeks and a month and a half late, respectively), I was sad I had waited to give these songs a chance.

G.Na's "Top Girl" falls into the former category, though. I gave "Top Girl," which came out in August 2011, a chance pretty quickly. I excitedly watched the video, waiting for my mind to be blown. But alas, the song t'sucked. Since then, I've not listened to "Top Girl" every chance I've had. *Song played on music shows -- ignored* *Song related to other better songs on YouTube -- ignored*

Monday, October 8, 2012

My shamefur liking of a ShiT-ara Song


I've come to confess my sins.

Rain, rain

I was going to post an upbeat, inspirational "Himnae" type song to banish the Monday blues, or some shit like that. I woke up late, though, and it's been raining here for a couple days now. Because of this, my mood has changed, and I no longer feel peppy.

Suck it, SNSD

Cockroach of Kpop

So I recently struck up a friendship with Juniel's "Fool." I didn't intend to. In fact, I quite purposefully skipped it from my Pandora generic kpop hits station (a station created for those times when T-ara Radio and Beast Radio just aren't enough).

The problem was "Fool" always came back. Now I know, I could have just thumbsed it down, thus telling Pandora not to play it on that station anymore. But thumbsing down is such a final action. I try to use it only in cases of extreme hatred or annoyance, such as B.A.P. I figured my constant, quick skipping would somehow alert Pandora and convince it to play "Fool" with less frequency.

But alas, that didn't happen.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Let's talk about "Talk About S"

I watched Ga-In's comeback stage on Inkigayo to see whether "Bloom" translated better onto the stage. Turns out, it was mostly the same since the concept/dances were the same ones in the video, basically. There was the subtle addition of a massive Cinderella-type carriage in the background, though, which gave me something new to look at.

My, that's a sexy carriage you have there

Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: Ga-In "Bloom" (가인, 피어나)

Ga-In made her solo comeback this week with "Bloom," the title track from her latest album, "Talk About S." Now, I must admit: Ga-In is my least favorite BEGger. I've always been more into the other three. That's not to say I don't like Ga-In; I do. I think she has a refreshing image that differentiates her from other idols, and she generally puts on a good show (other than her and Jo Kwon's version of "Troublemaker," which made me cry a little inside, Sorry Adam Couple fans, but that shit ain't sexy).

"Bloom" describes a young woman's first explorations into love, basically. The song itself is upbeat with a funky '70s background. The chorus is catchy and bright with Ga-In channeling her favorite Disney princess, Jasmine, as she sings, "You're my whole new world." On first listen, the song didn't grab me, but by second play, I definitely liked the vibe it gave off. I think it'd be a great song for getting ready in the morning.

Enter the video.

Cheerz: AS "Diva"

Welcome to Cheerz! In this weekly feature, I'll post a fun song to start the weekend off right. Enjoy this 2009 throwback from After School:

I much prefer Old After School over recent incarnations. They're fun and give off a more mature feel than Modern After School in which the mean age is like 12. Old After School doesn't have any extraneous members and is just pure awesomeness.

Now, before any Nana fans rage out, I'm not saying I hate every After School member that came after the "Diva" era. I love me some Lizzy, Raina, and Nana. (OK, so I really don't care about the two newest members. Got a problem with that?) I just wish there were two groups: Old After School with all its original members (and Uee) and Orange Caramel. Ah, now that would be a perfect situation ...

Out of lockdown

Lushes rejoice! Everybody's favorite drunk is back in the game! That's right: According to important news sources Allkpop, Nichkhun is out of lockdown and back in action. It feels hotter in here already. 

Nicky's ending his mandatory time off and going to do some volunteer work or something like that. Apparently, ol' JYP's decided Nichkhun has served sufficient penance for his crimes against humanity partying.

And since it's Friiiiday, I know I'll be pouring one out for our hot Khunny. I'm getting a sudden urge for a mai tai ...

Anyway, mothers, lock up your daughters. Drunkhun's back on the prowl.