Apr 29, 2014

Beautiful B-Sides Part 1: When the Title Track Fails

Being someone who consumes a lot of music and listens to a lot of albums, I often come across songs that I cry over not being promoted as title tracks. Seriously, there are so many good b-sides. Therefore I wanted to share with you some of my favorites, while I weep silently over the wasted potential.

Apr 27, 2014

Song of the Week #11

F(x) - Mr Boogie 

I came across this oldie not too long ago, and although I really like f(x) I haven't listened to a lot of their older material (apart from the titles of course), and this song really stuck out to me.
On another note, can you believe that Sulli and Krystal were only 16 years old when this was released? That's a bit nuts.

Apr 26, 2014

Girl Crush Saturday - Seohyun

You guessed it, it's time again! When I was deciding who I'd feature this week, there was only one name that popped into my head- Seohyun. It's only very recently I suddenly realized how much I liked SNSD's maknae, and by recently I mean with their latest comeback. Well, I've always liked her more or less, but I never had her as my bias. That's all different now. 

Apr 24, 2014

Who Says Asians Can't Be Blonde?

The answer to that is a lot of people. Is is justified in any way? Yes and no. It's true that a lot of Asians could never look decent in golden locks, but that does not apply to only one ethnicity. There are plenty of non-Asians who could never pull off blonde hair either. That being said, there are of course some Kpop idols who, too, don't look that great with bleached dos, but there are also those who look like they could have been born with it. Or maybe it's just Maybelline.

Apr 20, 2014

Song of the Week #10

EXO - It's Still A Dark Night (Cover)

KBS' Immortal Song 2 is a great source of amazing performances, both by known idols and regular singers. I often watch it even though I don't always know the participants, because the quality is so high and constant. When EXO first came on, I was, as you can imagine, a bit skeptic. But boy did they prove me wrong. This is probably my favorite out of their performances, and I just love both the song and the sound of Chen, Baekhyun and D.O's voices together.

Apr 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

In such joyful, sunny times as these (at least where I live when the sun finally came out today), it's heartbreaking to know that in Korea right now, hundreds of families and friends are missing a close one. The Ferry accident has shaken the country and for now, most broadcasting stations have halted all their dramas, music shows and entertainment programs in order to keep people updated on the accident instead. This means that some very anticipated comebacks have been delayed until an unknown date. Nearly 30 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds more are still missing, most of them high school students like myself. It's terrible to even begin to imagine what their families must be going through right now.

Still, there's not too much I can do here in little Sweden on the other side of the world else than sending my thoughts and wishes that more people will be rescued and brought to safety. I'll be doing this while having my Easter dinner with my family, and I hope you'll do the same. Cherish those moments, whether they involve your family, friends or loved one, because you never know what tomorrow will be like.

Have a wonderful Easter everybody, and remember to eat lots of eggs, chocolate and surround yourself with people you love.

Apr 16, 2014

Can I have "Just One Day" With BTS, Please?

I wasn't going to do a review on this because it's a follow-up song, and I tend not to count those depending on how good they are, but when I watched the video I knew I had to anyway. I have written previously about my love for BTS and their latest mini-album, and it looks like that love will not fade anytime soon.

Apr 13, 2014

Song of the Week #9

Akdong Musician - Melted

Although their title track is absolutely great as well, there was just something about this song that immediately captured me and although I could not understand the lyrics at first, still moved me.
Furthermore, how talented are these two siblings? Older brother Chanhyuk's songwriting skills are fantastic and his little sister Soohyun has great potential as a vocalist. What they bring to the table is unique, refreshing and completely original, so it's not so strange they are so well liked.
I personally haven't listened to the full album yet, but I am seriously considering it after hearing this wonderful piece of music.

Apr 12, 2014

Girl Crush Saturday - Nana

It was definitely time for something like this on my blog. And don't worry, I will do a male version soon enough!
I'm not sure if I'm going to post one of these every single Saturday, but maybe once in a while when there's not much else to write about.
So, for the first edition of Girl Crush Saturday I have decided to feature my ultimate female bias and one of my top biases regardless of gender. It's none other than After School's Nana. Or possibly Orange Caramel's Nana. Same thing.

Apr 10, 2014

Rate The Look - A Pink's "Mr Chu"

Korea's favorite innocent girls A Pink have returned with the glorious Mr. Chu and is currently killing it on the charts and will surely win some trophies during the following weeks as well. A Pink has a very specific sound and style and has carved themselves a nice little niche that only they can master. For this comeback, the girls look better than ever, and all I can do is just sit and stare in awe. 

Apr 7, 2014

A Pink's "Mr Chu" Is Everything You'd Expect

Cube has had a busy first quarter of the year, with three of their groups making comebacks following one another. First we had Btob, who made a slight return to their earlier, playful days, and then we have 4Minute, who stuck with their new found formula of success. A Pink is technically signed to A Cube, a subsidiary company to Cube Entertainment, but I think you can still call them label-mates as they do frequent collaborations in CF's and are still under United Cube and performed together at those concerts.

For this comeback, A Pink has done the same thing as 4Minute. They took what made them popular last year ( the glorious No No No) and made another version of it in the form of Mr Chu. 

Apr 6, 2014

Song of the Week #8

NS Yoon-G - Yasisi

NS Yoon-G remains unappreciated, even though she has released lots of great material over the years. I loved "If You Love Me" last year, and this song is definitely a grower. I didn't like the video very much, but she looks pretty and sounds good too. To this day though, I still don't really know who she is, what company she's with and for how long she's been active, which says a lot about her status as a singer in Korea, unfortunately.

Apr 3, 2014

Rate The Look - 4Minute's "Whatcha' Doin' Today"

For this second edition of Rate The Look, we examine the hairstyles and outfits worn by new top group 4Minute (they did beat both SNSD and 2ne1 for last weeks Inkigayo) and wonder what went wrong between the amazing teaser photos and the not-so-amazing video