Man, it has been a fruitful few weeks for kpop fans! From AKMU’s new album to ATEEZ’s new release, my ears have been happy happy HAPPY! Come see what I think you should listen to out of the new releases!Continue reading
Slapping an “indie” label on a band isn’t easy, in my mind. Indie music has evolved to have a certain sound and setup — it isn’t just music produced by musicians who are independent of the big labels anymore.
My definition of indie has come to mean a band whose focus is on the vocals and the instruments they play — they aren’t necessarily worried about their visual concept and dancing is very, VERY low on their priority list!
Come enjoy some indie music with me and see if you agree . . . .Continue reading
Kmuse knows me so well. She was entertaining me with quirky kpop videos the other night that totally fit my impromptu video qualification list.
Off the wall sense of humor? Check!
Catchy melody? Check!
Fun visuals? Check!
Disappearing and reappearing flowers, awkwardly dancing clones, eerie marionettes, angry teddy bears, and a cross-dressing Siwon and imaginary motorcycles — what more do you need? Come watch these MVs to entertain your brain AND your ears!Continue reading
One of my kids wanted a soda last night and I immediately busted out with “So-DA, S-O-D-A so-DA.” My kids looked at me quizzically and I realized that I have taught them a LOT about kpop, but not a lot about the songs I listened to in college. Come see what held my interest in the days before my heady descent into all things Korean!Continue reading
There’s something to be said for a melody that can stand all by itself. It proves the skill of the songwriter who created it and shows off what they can do without voices. I also find myself listening to the versions of the songs that include the vocals very differently, and I can appreciate them as two different works of art. Come listen to these instrumentals and tell me if they help you hear these songs in a new light.Continue reading
You know what I love? Discovering a new group in their very beginning stages and being absolutely blown away by their talent. It happened with ATEEZ, and now MiataMama and I have discovered Onewe. Come see our favorite songs from this brand new band!Continue reading
I love hearing what other kinds of music other people love, and it allows me to be just the tiniest bit lazy because I don’t have to search it out on my own. After chatting with MiataMama and DwaSoK fan Gretel, I came away with some new artists to fall in love with. Come see if you like what you hear too!Continue reading
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!Continue reading
Do you like VIXX? A.C.E.? Stray Kids? Me too!
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.Continue reading
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!Continue reading