Knowledge Note: In the past, the b-side songs were the songs that weren’t the title song, the main attraction, but that still made it on to the album anyway. Sometimes it was just to fill up space, sometimes it’s because the artist felt like the song was strong enough to be released to the public, but the entertainment company didn’t agree. B-sides are a compromise.
Sometimes I wonder what musicians do when they’re not feeling pressured to create the perfect song, which is why I’m fascinated by the b-sides on most albums.
I love Stray Kids and their edgy-yet-playful sound, so I really loved hearing the b-sides on their latest album Cle 2: Yellow Wood. Come see if you like them as much as I do!
I initially gave Noir a try a few months ago, but the song I listened to just felt derivative, so I gave them a pass. Thanks to a new kpop release list on Spotify, I heard “Doom Doom” and something just clicked.
Having listened to most of Noir’s three mini albums now, I’ve decided that sometimes circling back to a group is not a bad thing! Come see what I found to love when I gave Noir a second chance.
There’s something about the OST to Go Go Squid that speaks to me. I’m at an age now where I can look back and regret some of the things I did or didn’t do while I was young, but I can also appreciate the journey before me.
Can I just say that Kdrama Jen knows me all too well? She suggested that maybe I should look into pop from other countries, like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and I immediately ADORED the idea. Come see what Thai pop songs resonated with me!
I was immediately intrigued when Wicked Fox was announced — a YA story about a gumiho falling in love with a mortal boy in modern-day Seoul? Sign me up! Come find out if the book lived up to my expectations.
I’ve been a fan of Seo Kang Joon since I watched Cheese in the Trap, wherein I *also* learned about Second Lead Syndrome. For him, I endured that drama, yelled at Are You Human Too?, and am very fascinated with Watcher. Come see what this Maknae thought of him so far in the drama that addresses the question: Who watches the watchers?
One kpop tradition I’ve come to love is the farewell song that kpop idols record before they go into the military. Being a fairly new kpop fan, the ones I’m most aware of come from SHINee and BigBang (lo, the reach of BigBang!). So enjoy below five goodbye songs from some of my favorite boys.
You know how it is — every summer we get the tunes that makes us want to dance in our cars and roll down the windows to share the music we love with the world. Here are five of the tunes that have recently become my own personal ear worms, so I’ll spread the infection to you!
I’ve heard of Julie Kagawa for years, but I never got around to reading her books. Why? No idea. But now that she has a book about a ninja and a fox shape-shifter, all of a sudden I’m in. Come see if Shadow of the Fox held my attention!