Month: November 2014

Shuffle-It Sunday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It felt so nice to have time for family, and although I probably shouldn’t have done so, it actually felt nice to not have to think about school… until now.

I realize I have let us fall behind schedule again, but as the semester comes to an end, I find myself swamped with papers and projects. I’ll try my best to catch up this week, as we are up to Throwback Thursday, but have yet to do a Transformation Tuesday and Watch-It Wednesday. Please be on the lookout for those, as well as any reviews we might have time for. Anyway, on to this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! Enjoy the list, and I hope you find something new to listen to! I have added quite a bit of songs to my iTunes since last week.

 

1. CL & Minzy – Please Don’t Go

I love this song! Oh my gosh! It’s been so long since I last listened to it! Why does YG give us so many sub-units, but never give them a comeback?! Darice and I are especially missing Minzy right now. She’s improved so much since her debut, and never ceases to amaze us. She can rap, sing, and dance! Give her a solo right now, YG!

 

2. T-Ara – Day by Day

This song will always get to me, no matter what. T-Ara has always given some of the most catchy songs, and even some I listen to still even now. This song had me hooked the moment I first heard it, and it still hits me right in my emotions.

 

3. Linkin Park – Iridescent

I love the Transformers series, although I was hoping former Super Junior member, Hangeng, got a more significant role in the movie, or at least even had a significant role. I couldn’t help but find the character he played ridiculous, not to say I didn’t enjoy seeing him. I also absolutely love Linkin Park, and I wish they would have been able to continue being the group to sing the songs for the Transformers series. I loved all three songs they had for the first three parts. I’m not doubting Imagine Dragons, as I love their song Demons, but I wasn’t as impressed with the song they had for the fourth part of the series. Until the next installation comes out, I guess.

 

4. EXO-K – 월광 (Moonlight)

This is such a beautiful song, and may actually be my favorite off the album! EXO definitely has some of the most powerful vocals in KPOP. With there being more emotional songs on this album than I remembered on any of EXO’s other albums, this album kind of felt like the good-bye it ended up being for Kris and Luhan. I absolutely enjoyed this album though, and particularly this song.

 

5. U-KISS – Forbidden Love

 

6. T-Ara – Sugar Free (Big Room Ver.)

Don’t forget to catch Bangtan Boys’ parody of this song!

 

7. MBLAQ – Oh Yeah!

I nearly cried when this song played, as MBLAQ talks about “the curtain closing” being an opportunity for them to grow and return to A+ as even better men. I have been hooked on MBLAQ ever since their debut, and they have truly worked hard to get to where they are now. I hope them all the best for their future, and we will always be supporting them, each member, regardless of if they return as five or not. Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah~ yeah~ yeah~!

 

8. Leona Lewis – My Hands

I absolutely love this song! I love Leona Lewis’ voice here. I haven’t really been into her new stuff though. But this! It’s a piece of artwork! I really like this song, and I could go on listening to it for a long, long time.

 

9. Outsider ft MC Sniper – Face Off

 

10. MBLAQ – Hello My Ex

A beautiful song to end our list this week! It’s a wonderful tune, and I love it. As I’ve always said, MBLAQ will always have a special place in my heart. They are, again, the only group who’ s album I physically own.

 

And we have reached the end of this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! I hope you enjoyed the list and found a new song to listen to!

– Zoey

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Park Jin Young

With his wonderful gift of 하지하지마 (Stop, Stop It) to GOT7, our Man Crush Monday this week is the ever-talented producer, and artist himself, Park Jin Young! We thoroughly enjoy his humorous personality! Catch him on the currently airing, and much loved survival audition program, KPOP Star, Season 4!

SALVMAKNAE – Born Hater Cover

Woo! Need to spread the KPOP love!

I noticed tweets going around about how Tablo retweeted someone’s cover of Born Hater for their contest, particularly from MisterPopoTV, whom we are fans of, and I decided to check it out. This young man deserves the recognition he is receiving! I’m hearing him for the first time, but the passion he carries for what he does is no joke, and you can tell that just from his short verse for this contest! On top of that, he’s from MINNESOTA too! It’s so rare to see the midwest get recognition in the KPOP world, and even though we don’t know SALVMAKNAE on a personal basis, he has our support for his future activities. He is another wonderful example of someone taking a step towards their dream; work hard and take advantage of all your opportunities, and who knows, one day, you can join your role models and idols at the top. Check out his cover below, which has garnered the most views so far for the contest. We’re wishing him all the best for what’s to come!

 

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

I was put on a social media fast for my Internet Rhetoric class as an experiment, as well as an assignment, and so I’ve been gone from the KPOP world, which I usually can only access through the Internet, for about five days. I didn’t miss my social media too much, but when I got bored and couldn’t access Twitter to discuss things, or YouTube to watch videos to pass time, I felt anxious. The worst was when GDxTAEYANG released Good Boy, which there will be a review for.

Anyways, onto today’s topic; Shuffle-It Sunday! As it’s a little later in the day, compared to when I usually post Shuffle-It Sundays, there will be no commentary. I hope you all enjoy the list and find something new to listen to!

 

1. Epik High – Fallin’

 

2. 2NE1 – 사랑은 아야야 (Love is Ouch)

 

3. Big Bang – 재미 없어 (Ain’t No Fun)

 

4. CN Blue – 외톨이야 (I’m a Loner)

 

5. ChoColat – Black Tinkerbell

 

6. 2NE1 – Happy

 

7. Gareth Emery ft Bo Bruce – U

 

8. ZeA – 왜요 (Why)

 

9. Della Dang – 我爱他 (I Loved Him)

 

10. G-Dragon – Heartbreaker

 

And we’ve reached the end of this week’s list! I kind of wish I had taken the time to add in some commentary because a lot of these songs are making their first appearance on our Shuffle-It Sunday, and I really want to encourage you all to listen to them! So don’t take the risk of missing out on a good KPOP song and give all ten songs a listen to! Until next time!

– Zoey

Chansung

Darice just came back from the 2PM concert in Chicago yesterday, and she must still be feeling the hype because our Man Crush Monday this week is Chansung! I don’t fan-girl over 2PM, but I listen to their songs and watch them on shows often enough to be updated on them, and I am starting to regret not going…

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Enjoy this week’s list, and I hope you find something new to listen to! Let’s get started!

1. T-Ara – 사랑놀이 (Love Game/Keep Out)

This song is so addicting! It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to this, and it makes me feel bouncy, although I’m sure there lyrics are the complete opposite of what I’m feeling.

 

2. G-Dragon – 니가 뭔데 WHO YOU?

I am so excited for YG’s new hip-hop project, especially since GD was the first participant to be revealed. Oh, my YG feels! This song has come up quite a lot for Shuffle-It Sunday, so I don’t need to address how beautiful it is.

 

3. Fahrenheit – 傻傻的勇氣 (Foolish Courage)

I think this group is still active as singers, although they’ve all ventured into acting. And this song is so addicting to listen to; it has this motivational tune to it and I love these kinds of songs.

 

4. BEAST – Shock

Honestly, BEAST has come so far, and I love these boys. They’re so versatile, going from dance track Good Luck to ballad 12:30. Their older songs will always have a special place in my heart too. Every day, SHOCK!

 

5. 2NE1 – Good to You

Their voices really ring out in this song, and I just love the sound. Crush was such an awesome album. YG was just hitting the jackpot with every release this year. I bought the entire album on iTunes for all their releases so far this year, except for Akdong Musician, where I only bought their title songs.

 

6. FT Island – You’ll Be in My Heart

This is such a beautiful song, and sounds like it should be used in a k-drama. Lee Hong Ki’s voice does wonders.

 

7. Loveholic – Sad Story

THIS SONG! I mentioned it during last week’s Shuffle-It Sunday. I could listen to it forever! There’s so much emotion and I always want to cry when I hear this song.

 

8. Bangtan Boys – Let Me Know

This is honestly a really good song. I love the soft singing they do, and I will always look forward to what BTS has to offer in the future. Outside of YG, they are the group I continuously support, although I’m a bit late in the game.

 

9. BEAST – Fiction

This, too, is a beautiful song. I’m also a really big fan of Park Bo Young, so if she’s featured in anything, I tend to automatically fall in love with it. Go BEAST!

 

10. IU – Marshmallow

Help me with this song! I thoroughly enjoyed this more than I probably should have when I first listened to it. I don’t like cutesy things, and aegyo really frustrates me. I can’t find anything cute if you’re over the age of 10. But this song just really stuck, and I have to agree that IU did cute right for someone her age; add in humor, and it’s tolerable.

Alright! We’ve reached the end of the list this week! There’s quite a bit of repeats, but I still hope you guys found something new to listen to, or maybe took a trip down memory lane.

Spontaneous Saturday

There really isn’t much that happened since our last Spontaneous post that I want to talk about. We’ll be covering BTS’ condom incident, the wrap up of Mix and Match, and the incident surrounding B.I. and his family.

 

I never would have thought that simply having a condom would create such uproar. The moment I saw it making headlines, I burst out laughing. First of all, I saw the picture for what it was; Jin simply enjoying his hobby of cooking (and whatever dish he made looked really appetizing and I intend to make it for myself one day). You can imagine my surprise when the same picture came up the next day, with fans fuming over having spotted a condom (a King size at that). I immediately played an I Spy game with the picture, and it took me quite a while to find it. I burst out laughing again once I spotted it because you could barely tell it was a condom unless you were looking really close. I could have easily mistaken it as some sort of skin care product that was given as a sample or something.

And then the company chose to address it, even though they went around in a circle by saying that weren’t going to address the matter. Having confirmed that it was a condom is addressing the matter, is it not? BTS’ War of Hormones, guys. Anyway, to end this all, I think the company should have just left this whole issue alone. There was no need to come in and say it was a condom. If fans could have read context clues, and many of them did, it was so obvious that the condom had been gifted by fans, which is weird in itself; “Oppa, I love you, so take this condom as a token of my love and practice safe sex.” This is honestly a hilarious situation that took a wrong turn into seriousness.

 

Mix and Match came to an end a couple of weeks ago, and there were mixed reactions everywhere. First of all, let me just say that I am waiting on digital releases for Long Time No See and Sinosijak. I honestly hate these survival programs, but like a lot of YG stans, I keep coming back for more even though I’m aware of what the end result will lead to. In my opinion though, I think this one was a lot tougher on the boys emotionally than WIN was. It’s harder seeing someone every single day for every hour, working hard to achieve your dreams together, knowing a goodbye was in store no matter the results. I personally rooted for Team A during WIN because musically, I felt they were much more prepared. I was pretty much split though until Team B’s first self-composed song was shut down by YG. But even after WIN ended, I was hoping with all my fan girl heart that he wouldn’t tear them apart. It was after hearing Climax that I thought, “Ah, they finally hit it right!” I enjoy hip-hop songs, but I think that Team B may have been trying to hard for hip-hop during WIN.

When Mix and Match was announced, I was happy and sad at the same time, like a lot of fans. First of all, yes, Team B was going to finally debut. Then it went down hill once it was revealed that Team B may still be broken up in the end. When the show officially started the competition, I was surprised by how much Team B improved, and I honestly think that not having won WIN really benefited them. WINNER stated during an interview that they delayed their album because they needed to find their color in music. Having not won WIN, and while waiting for confirmation of their own debut, I think Team B took that time to find their own musical color, and hence why YG is confident there won’t be too much of a delay regarding iKON. Anyway, I think this survival program was more tough though because when all three new contestants were introduced, I wanted to cry. Like the members, I had grown to like all three of them and didn’t even want to know what the end would bring. Darice was personally rooting for Jinhyeong. I was rooting for Chanwoo all the way until I saw how ridiculously awkward and adorkable Hongseok was and switched on over to his side. But in the end, it didn’t really matter to me who made it because all three were just awesome, and touched my heart by how determined they were for their dreams, and I felt like they each would bring their own thing into iKON.

Even after switching sides, I was pretty much certain that the end result was going to be OT6 + Chanwoo. Although his vocals aren’t as unique as Jinhyeong’s and Hongseok’s, he was always praised for improving quickly and blending well with the team. I agree with some fans that blending well isn’t exactly beneficial for Chanwoo, but the whole purpose of the show was to find members that would match well. Jinhyeong and Hongseok were not as natural as Chanwoo on stage, even all the way up to the end, and that was what really hurt them. Since iKON is set to debut almost immediately after the show ended, Chanwoo was the best option in that regards.

YG did, however, take in Jinhyeong and Hongseok as trainees, and I am very happy that he knew he would be letting go of some serious talent. Also, I’m sure Jinhyeong and Hongseok knew that their door into the music industry had been opened, and there would definitely be companies that would want them as soon as they set foot off YG property. But they chose to stay with YG, and I hope they keep in mind just how hard B.I. asked them to train, and that they carry that on over to their personal training now, until their one year term is up, and YG has to make a decision regarding if he wants to keep them or not. Their voices are definitely unique, and with even more training, it can only get better from there. Finally, I also hope that people will stop bashing Chanwoo and give him a chance. He has been constantly improving throughout the show, and I’m sure he’ll keep doing so all the way up to iKON’s debut. I know they were all close, but I honestly felt like it was Chanwoo who constantly brought this odd happiness to the rest of the members. Of course, there is the whole issue of editing decisions, but it is what is. Besides, Chanwoo has always said that B.I. has been a huge help in his improvement and that he looks up to B.I., so why should we doubt that B.I. won’t keep pushing for perfection? We all know how determined that boy is.

 

Speaking of B.I., I am so upset about the recent news surrounding him. His father was caught having committed fraud and passing others’ money off as his own, using it at his own expense. However, I really don’t understand this concept in the Asian cultures, as well as any other cultures that carry this idea; the son will reflect who his father is. I understand that the concept comes out of the belief that a father raises his son, but when it all comes down to it, most of the time it’s really the mother who raised the son. So for a son who was raised by his mother, why must he be accused of turning out like his father?

I think it is unfair towards B.I. that he is expected to take the fall for his father’s mistakes. The kid is only 18 for crying out loud! These netizens need a slap to their face! I know it’ll be hard for those families who were affected by B.I.’s father’s actions to see him on TV and doing what he loves, but I’m sure the entire nation knows how hard working he is, and just how much he’ll sacrifice for those around him. And I have to comment on this; I saw that netizens were negatively referring to B.I.’s expensive clothing, which they said were bought by his father. I’m pretty sure they were funded by YG, not his father.

Also, not once have we seen B.I.’s father come out to support him. Not saying he doesn’t love him, but that makes it all the more likely that B.I. didn’t even have a single clue as to what his father was doing. Every time his mother and younger sister has come on screen to support him, you can see the love he has for them beaming from his eyes. You can also see just how much his mother misses him, and it almost seems like she actually depends and leans solely on him for support. I’m sure if he knew, he would have told his father to stop. We have all seen how hard B.I. works, and how much he loves his mother and younger sister.

In the end, why does this hard-working boy have to take the blame for his father? I’m sure he’s feeling guilty as hell because that’s the type of person B.I. is from what I’ve seen, and I’m sure he does feel a responsibility for his father’s actions. But to tell the boy to just give up and leave iKON? Everyone knows iKON will be nothing without B.I. He writes their songs for them, choreographs for them, and even the members themselves proudly say that B.I. is their pillar. There’s no doubt the members will find success outside of iKON, but iKON is their dream, and at the heart of it all is B.I.

– Zoey

Boyfriend – Witch

Crossing another one off the list! Our next review is for Boyfriend and their recent comeback with Witch.

Something about this song makes me think of Shinhwa just a tad bit, back in their older days of course. That probably explains why I was so drawn to this song because Shinhwa was my first KPOP boy group that I really got into. I can definitely say that Boyfriend’s voices really stood out this time around. I don’t think there was any part that I exceptionally liked more than another, although I do have to say that I love how they sang “cause your body goes boom bara boom.” I was also surprised by their rappers, Minwoo and one of the twins (whom I don’t think I’ll ever get down but feel free to help me). I don’t know why, but that second verse just really stood out to me because of them.

I wouldn’t say the music video was a disaster, but it definitely did not aid the song in any way. The acting was off, and I couldn’t stand their vampire stares. But I did love the curtains as dance props, although I do feel bad for whoever is holding those up. And I liked their concept overall, but the story line was a bit confusing once the girl came in. I was thinking who, what, when, where, why, and how the entire time.

Overall score; 9. I wasn’t too fond of Boyfriend’s previous stuff, at least their main tracks anyway, except for Janus. I kept seeing cute, and cute is not really my style once someone is over the age of 10. I grew up surrounded by very young children all the time though, so that probably affects my perspective of aegyo. I think Boyfriend definitely came back stronger with this one though, although I think I slightly prefer Janus over this one. But where I had wandered away from them, this song has brought me back and I look forward to their next comeback.

Got a song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at zoda_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @zodareviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey

VIXX – Error

I had caught up with reviews only to let myself fall behind again. Well, let’s not delay anymore and get on with the list. Up next is the boy group who knows how to work their concepts; VIXX and their hit comeback song, Error.

This song has come to equal footing with Big Bang’s Fantastic Baby in regards to my nephew. He can sing along to Fantastic Baby, and he moves along to it too, with his awesome shoulder bouncing and slow-mo moves. I didn’t think any other song would be able to get him as hyped, but I was wrong. He’s starting to sing along to VIXX’s Error, especially the chorus, and the same moves come out for this song as well.

I like it overall. I definitely enjoyed listening to the piano in the background. It was beautifully played out, and really got the emotions going once it was joined by the bass. I also enjoyed the violins as well. You can never fail with a song when you use strings, and I especially love it when they’re taken out of their ballad zones. The most shocking part for me this time around was Hong Bin in the first part, when he hit the low notes. I know they infused some auto-tune to it, but still, it sounded nice and it’s the one part that continues to stick out to me. I usually say I like the chorus, but this time around, it was when Hong Bin sang low-key and Ravi’s rap. For some reason, I used to really dislike how Ravi rapped, but after listening to Eternity, aside from my biased rappers of YG, I actually really like hearing Ravi rap. I guess I just needed to hear a song that was more towards my liking.

I also enjoyed the music video. It was a nice watch overall, and I think VIXX should look into entering the acting market; all of them. No other group has as many concepts as VIXX has had, and VIXX has conveyed each one very successfully. The past two concepts that VIXX has had has really opened up my eyes to them as a group.

Overall score; 9. I personally think Eternity was a better song, and so my anticipation was a little let down with the release of Error. But, I still think this song is really good, and shows VIXX’s potential to get even better. While Eternity was a better song for me, Error definitely had the better concept. The hot cyborg with a six pack is a fantasy I’m sure many KPOP fans have had. Error has kept up VIXX’s hype, and I cannot wait for their next release.

Got a song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at zoda_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @zodareviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey

Baby V.O.X – 배신 (Betrayal)

Woo! It’s a Friday and… I’m still swamped with end of the semester papers and projects. But, I’m really not going to complain because I only have one final exam to take, and that’s for my Korean class, so I’m not too worried about failing it.

I know it’s Spontaneous Saturday this week, and trust me, there is so much I want to talk about! But, I have been informed by the older brother that we are to clean our mess of a house this weekend, so I’ll try my best to get a post up. I hate it when I fall behind. Anyway, onto our Flashback Friday!

 

I’m bringing us back to 2000 with Baby V.O.X. and their song 배신. If you love Yoon Eun Hye now, then you’ve gotta see her when she first entered the entertainment industry! I almost could not believe she was in Baby V.O.X when I first saw her acting in Goong, which we featured in an earlier Watch-It Wednesday post.

I love the beat and going back to listen to it now is bringing back so many memories. If a current group covers this song, or even better, releases a song with a similar sound, I am going to be all over them. Enjoy my old school taste!

– Zoey