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Shuffle-It Sunday

Well, it’s been a really long time since our last Shuffle-It Sunday, and I’m really glad to have found some time to do it this week, despite having a research report to write. This was always my favorite day of the week for our blog. No reviews though, just a list. Enjoy!

1. Kim Hyun Joong – Smile

 

2. Aaron Yan – 這不是我 (That’s Not Me)

 

3. Dalmatian – Lost in Love

 

4. C-Clown – 멀어질까봐 (Far Away… Young Love)

 

5. CN Blue – Cold Love

 

6. Jung Dong Ha – Mystery

 

7. Jun.K ft. J.Lim – Don’t Go

 

8. MyName – Baby, I’m Sorry

 

9. EXO – XOXO

 

10. TeenTop – 향수 뿌리지마 (Don’t Spray Perfume)

Shuffle-It Sunday

I managed to get up a Transformation Tuesday last week, but I didn’t get to the rest of what I was supposed to post up last week, and I apologize for anyone waiting for those. The semester is coming to an end for me, so hopefully I’ll have lots of free time opened up to catch up, as well as get through some reviews we’ve fallen extremely behind on. However, with the end of the semester comes lots of papers and studying, and so I, unfortunately, am looking at missing out on more posts this week. I’ll work hard to get them up, but there’s no guarantee. This also means that today’s Shuffle-It Sunday will be coming with no commentary as well. Enjoy the list and I hope you find something new to listen to!

 

1. Infinite – 몰라 (I Don’t Know)

 

2. Team B – 기다려 (Wait For Me)

 

3. Park Shin Hye – Lovely Day

 

4. EXO-M – Thunder

 

5. Kim Bo Kyung – Suddenly

 

6. Jeon Min Ju ft. Yuna Kim and Hankyu – 비별 (Goodbye Rain)

 

7. MBLAQ – Hello My Ex

 

8. Fahrenheit – 超喜歡你 (I Really Really Like You)

 

9. 2NE1 – Scream

 

10. BENI – One in a Million

 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed our list this week!

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.

Shuffle-It Sunday

We missed out on a Throwback Thursday last week, but we’ll add it in this week with Flashback Friday! I almost missed out on Shuffle-It Sunday too (college readings will be the death of me). But, I refuse to fall behind again on this, so let’s get started! I hope you all find something new to listen to, or take a walk down memory lane!

1. Wonder Girls – Be My Baby

Wow! It’s been three years already! I remember when I was singing to this song all the time when it was first released. You can never go wrong with a Wonder Girls’ song. Even though it’ll be hard to see them all together again, especially since one of them is now a mother, I can’t wait to hear another Wonder Girls’ track that won’t let my ears rest!

 

2. Zia – 웃음만 (Just Laugh)

This is a beautiful song, and I hope it gets more attention. Zia has such a beautiful voice.

 

3. DMTN – E.R.

This song definitely pulls at emotions. I think they were too underrated when they were active, and it’s unfortunate that the other members were affected by the decision of one. Being a fan of KPOP in general is tough. I don’t know what’s going on half the time. Anyone know what’s going on with DTMN? If they are still together, and release a new song in the future, I’ll definitely be on the look out for it.

 

4. 2NE1 – Let’s Go Party

I am so sad that 2NE1 is not attending MAMA 2014. YG performances are what I always look forward to. I’m glad Taeyang and G-Dragon will be showing up, but still… For us, the more of YG Family, the better. Anyway, I remember having forgotten about 2NE1 after Lollipop promotions with Big Bang, and then I randomly remembered them one day while I was at my sister’s house on vacation. Let’s Go Party was the song that helped me rediscover them and I’ve been hooked onto the Black Jack wagon ever since.

 

5. Super Junior – Miracle

This is one of my all-time favorite songs from Super Junior, and I think it’ll be hard to wipe it out from its spot. My top 3 are Miracle, It’s You, and then Sorry Sorry. I haven’t played any Super Junior songs as often as these three.

 

6. Super Junior – 너 같은 사람 또 없어 (No Other)

After Hankyung left Super Junior, along with DBSK’s issue, I kind of went on an SM riot by myself (you have to remember I was a naive 15 year-old and my young teenage mind was not ready for this). I didn’t listen to any thing from them for awhile. Then I was doing my usual YouTube browsing and came across this song. I was hooked on again, although it won’t ever be as strong as before, Like I’ve stated many times before, you can’t deny a good song. I do love that the remaining members have had their fill of shit from netizens and the industry though, and are speaking their own minds in public now without much of a care about what others have to say about them, good or bad.

7. EXO-M – Lucky

What do I do?! My iTunes must just want to hear me cry, making me reminisce so much, especially playing a song EXO said was for their fans. It feels so weird to listen to EXO now knowing they’re no longer “one”. I also hate that there is so much negativity going around among fans when we don’t even know what happened, and we never will. Although I might not pay as much attention to EXO as I did before, I’ll always support their music.

 

8. B.A.P. – Good-Bye

Glad to know that it’s not “Good-bye”, but rather “See you later”. This is probably one of my favorite songs from them that’s more on the ballad side. I’m not as into B.A.P as Darice is, but they definitely have a place in my KPOP heart, which knows no end. I don’t think it’ll be long before I’m on the same boat as Darice is with them. 1004 definitely got me closer. I think they’re a talented group and I cannot wait to hear from them again. Hoping they get a good rest so they can come back stronger than ever.

 

9. Tablo ft Jinsil – 나쁘다 (Bad)

I am so glad that Epik High was able to stay together, even though I didn’t really know what was going on. I just knew something was off when Tablo made a solo comeback. I loved it, no doubt, but it’s always better when a group is whole. I get more excited and my feels can sometimes spill over. Jinsil’s voice here caught me by surprise, and hearing it again now makes me wonder why I still haven’t looked her up. She has such a unique voice!

 

10. Lee Seung Hwan ft Jo Kwon – Dunk Shot

Oh, man, this song! Again, found through YouTube browsing. If you haven’t yet heard this song, you have missed out on one of the greatest KPOP songs ever! And I absolutely loved Jo Kwon’s featuring here. It’s a catchy tune, and I hope it grows on many more KPOP fans!

And that’s the end for this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! I hope you found something new to listen to, or joined me in a walk down memory lane, some being quite recent.

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Although I’m not missing Shuffle-It Sunday this week, due to a busy schedule, I had to miss Spontaneous Saturday yesterday, and there was so much to talk about too! You will definitely hear from us about Spontaneous Saturday this week though, along with a Transformation Tuesday.

Enjoy the list and I hope you all find something new to listen to!

1. Wang Lee Hom – Can You Feel My World

 

2. TTS – Baby Steps

This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Funny thing is that it introduced me to the original English version. I can’t help but feel sad though. Every time I hear an SNSD song now, I can’t help but feel different, knowing that there’s only 8 members now. It’s a feeling that pulls at my KPOP heart.

3. Lim Jeong Hee ft Jo Kwon – 헤어지러 가는 길 (On the way to Break Up)

It’s been some emotionally-themed songs so far for Shuffle-It Sunday this week, and with all the bad news that fans can’t help but recently be reminded of for 2014 KPOP, I guess the tunes fit well. Here’s to a better outro for the year, and if not, then may 2015 bring KPOP fans more happiness.

4. Outsider – 외톨이 (Loner)

And the mood continues…

5. Bangtan Boys – Danger

And my iTunes’ mood has changed! I don’t want to be a 누나 팬 (noona fan) but BTS is slowly trying to break that part of me. If you remember me mentioning last time, I’m huge on hip-hop and R&B music in KPOP thanks to 1TYM and Big Bang and BTS reminds me so much of them. But most of all, I like all of the members’ personalities. They’re such dorks, it’s adorable.

왜 나를 시험해… 다들 상남자 이다! 정말 멋있어요!

6. Jay Chou – 飘移 (Drift)

One of my all-time favorite Asian pop artists!

7. Yoseob & Drama – 첫 눈 그리고 첫 키스 (First Snow, First Kiss)

The way the weather is now, here in Minnesota, I won’t be surprised if we get a white Halloween this year. I don’t think winter here will live up to how romantic this song is though. And once again, DTMN where are you?! Yoseob, you’re voice is always beautiful.

8. JJ Lin – 期待你的爱 (Waiting for Your Love)

Where is this guy too?! JJ’s voice is so beautiful!

9. After School – Someone is You

I like After School’s system and their concept of “graduation” but I can’t help think about old members and miss them as a part of the group, especially Kahi. She was my favorite member.

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

If anything, the instruments incorporated into this song is what won me over. This group will forever be at the top of my list for mandopop boy bands. I don’t even know any of the recent ones, excluding the ones thrown into the industry by KPOP companies. And the drama that turned me into a Fahrenheit fangirl, the Taiwanese adaptation of Hana Kimi, will always hold a special place in my heart, although I will never ever watch it ever again.

And that brings us to a close! So many good songs came out from the shuffle this week! I hope you all found something new to listen to!

– Zoey Thao

Shuffle-It Sunday

Sorry for missing out on last week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! Here are the 15 songs for this week! Hope you all find something new to listen to! Enjoy!

1. Infinite – 붙박이 별 (Fixed Star)

I first discovered Infinite through YouTube browsing (which is how I tend to discover a lot of new groups, or groups that I haven’t heard of before). The first song I heard from them was She’s Back, and I loved how they sounded. I went through an Infinite phase for a good week, and I remember smiling to myself once they became a group who’s fame soon spread throughout the world.

2. Big Bang – Cafe

This song threw me off so bad. The beat is definitely a Big Bang feel, but the way they sang the song was something new for me. Their Tonight album is definitely going to remain a classic Big Bang album; heck all Big Bang albums could probably be considered classics.

3. 2NE1 – In the Club (DJ Jonray Remix)

This is a beautiful remix for a beautiful song.

4. The Legend – 미.남 (미련이 남아서) Left Out

If you haven’t checked out our review yet for this song, then make sure you do so to see what our thoughts are on this song! Overall, it’s a great listen.

5. Super Junior – M – S.O.L.O

I didn’t watch the drama (Taiwanese dramas are a bit hard for me to get around to) but I loved the soundtracks, especially this one. It’s got an addictive tune.

6. Henry – Fantastic

Violin, that’s all I have to say about this song. And Henry’s unique vocals.

7. Fahrenheit – 心裡有數 (In Our Hearts We Know)

The only Taiwanese drama I really got into was Hana Kimi, but I could never bring myself to watch it again. Once was enough for me. At my age now, the drama makes me cringe, but I’d like to keep my good memories of enjoying the drama and the Chun-Ella moments. The drama did also, after all, introduce me to Fahrenheit and S.H.E, two very talented Mandopop groups I would have regretted missing out on.

8. Aaron Yan – 多餘的我 (The Unwanted Love)

When this song first came on during the drama (which was almost immediately) I nearly died waiting for it to be released. It felt like forever, and when it was finally released, I downloaded it immediately and it’s been on repeat multiple times, despite it having been maybe a month now.

9. Yoo Seung Eun ft Baechigi – Be OK

This is such a chill song, and I love Baechigi, although now I am excited to see what else Seung Eun will bring in the future.

10. Girl’s Generation – Baby Maybe

I’m not too fond of GG’s title songs, although there have been some that stuck with me. But I will always love their slowed down songs with a simple beat like this. To me, it sounds so much more beautiful than their title tracks, but you need an upbeat song to promote most of the time anyway, especially if you’re a performance group.

11. Edward Jeon – Give My Love

This was the only drama that my older brother sat through and watched. He suggested it to me, and being as that he wasn’t a fan of Korean dramas, I thought I’d give it a try. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I didn’t like how Eugene’s character was and… I don’t know, there was something about the drama that just didn’t sit well with me. It’s just my preference though. I’m not going to deny that it was probably one of the biggest Korean dramas of all time, not to mention it brought together Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young.

12. Seung Ri – Strong Baby

This song had me hooked on Seung Ri for quite some time. But, as always, it didn’t last and I moved on. But I still enjoy listening to this song and just randomly dancing to it, and mind you the dances I brought out probably did not match the song at all. Anyway, here’s to a speedy recovery for Big Bang’s baby.

13. Park Bo Young – Free Time

I just love Park Bo Young. She’s adorable and a wonderful actress.

14. CN Blue – Hey You

After seeing them live twice now, CN Blue definitely has a special place in our fangirl hearts. I’m still crying over those drum sticks that Min Hyuk gave away (just kidding). If Ticketmaster hadn’t glitched, Darice and I could have gotten P1 tickets, and then we could have been near the stage entrance, and we could have had a chance. But, let me not fret over it anymore. It’s a dangerous place to go as a fangirl. I’m trying to keep myself content just listening to their music and seeing them from a distance like a normal fan.

15. Bangtan Boys – Let Me Know

Okay, I know there are three songs in the video, but I figured that since we ended on such a beautiful song, I should just include a live of the three best songs (in my opinion) off of the album. Besides, BTS is just beautiful to watch live. Again, thanks to KCON for changing the fangirl in me. I’ve become a bit more desperate, it seems, to get close to them, but I shall resist as much as I can. I don’t have the time and dedication like other fangirls to get too invested in this. Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out their shout out to Minnesota fans via our blog!

Again, I hope you all found something new to listen to, or maybe just a flashback to a classic. Until next time!

– Zoey

Aaron Yan – 這不是我 (That’s Not Me)

While I have time, I’m going to try and plow through some more reviews! Up next is Aaron Yan’s 這不是我 (That’s Not Me), which is the closing theme song for his currently airing drama, Fall in Love With Me.

I first came to know about Fahrenheit when I borrowed the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi from a friend back in eighth grade. Wu Chun and Jiro were the stars then, and that drama really got me into this huge Taiwanese phase. At my age now, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it again, but it was a good first watch. So, of course, I did some research and came across the other two members of Fahrenheit, along with girl group S.H.E. I liked Wu Chun the most from the group then. After I watched It Started With a Kiss, Jiro became my favorite. Now, I still look out for activities from Jiro, but it’s Aaron who currently has my attention. Even though he’s currently starring in much loved drama, Fall in Love With Me with Tia Li, who is a member of Dream Girls with Puff Kuo (who was married to SuJu’s Heechul in WGM – Global Edition and has also been costar to Aaron Yan from another drama that received much love, Just You, and is currently starring in Love Myself or You), it is Aaron’s vocals that continue to captivate me. So, let’s get on with the review!

I don’t even know where to begin with this song. The vocals, the instrumental, everything just hit the right spot with me. The tune is easy on the ears, but it is very addicting. When the song began with the piano, I was already hooked. Aaron also conveys some strong emotions through his vocals. When the chorus hit, I could FEEL the song right in my chest. Oh, boy, I don’t even know what else to say. I’m speechless, once again, when it comes to this song. It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to a Taiwanese song.

I thought the music video was odd, but again, that’s because I find the acting done in the Taiwanese entertainment circle to be a bit exaggerated. Despite that thought though, I loved the concept very much, although it was creepy.

Overall score; 9. I love this song and I have it on my favorite playlist on my iPod, so you know this song is on repeat quite a bit. There was a song in the drama that I love even more than this one, also sung by Aaron, but they have yet to release a music video for it, if they’re going to release one at all. It’s called Unwanted Love, and you should all go listen to it as well.

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

Shuffle-It Sunday

I know it’s been quite awhile since we’ve posted, but with August just around the corner (KCON, anyone?), our schedules have become packed. If you didn’t already see on Twitter, we will unfortunately have to skip out on this week’s Spontaneous Saturday due to no open weekends for the next three Saturdays. Sorry to those who were looking forward to it. And for this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday, even though I know I promised 15 songs this week, for timely purposes, I will stick to the original ten. Again I apologize for the lack of posts and thank you for the support thus far!

Alright, let’s get the shuffle started!

1. 1TYM – One Love

I think this song was on our first Shuffle-It Sunday. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it multiple times before, but this song is my all time favorite KPOP song. It is the only song from KPOP during the hype of the early 2000s that I still really listen to and the only old school KPOP group that I keep hoping will come together just one more time. Here’s to hoping we will get to see (meet preferably) Danny at KCON in the next couple weeks.

2. B.A.P – Warrior

 

3. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

I feel like she’s the only one who really came out on top to benefit from American Idol. I haven’t really heard much about other winners after they ride the fame from after their win for maybe a year at most.

4. T.O.P and Seung Ri – 때문에 (Because)

 

5. FT Island – Stay With Me

There’s an addicting tune to this song. I think I bought the album on iTunes for the title song, but it was this song that ended up on repeat on my iPod.

6. Super Junior – Monster

 

7. MBLAQ – Oh Yeah

Oh, boy. I went through a lot of ups and downs with MBLAQ when they first debuted. I thought the song was weird, I thought their concept at the time was weird… their debut just rubbed me the wrong way. But then my nephew, who was maybe two at the time, started dancing to it, which meant the song was put on repeat, which then led me to hear it in a different light. Then I saw their variety show appearances and started to like them more. I mean, come on, MBLAQ was just made for variety. Finding out Rain was their tutor (or whatever he is to them) and that Thunder was Dara’s younger brother was just icing on top.

8. Super Junior M – S.O.L.O

So, I may get bashed for this, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch Skip Beat. I did try, but after the first episode, I gave up. It’s not because of the drama though. It’s just that, for me, any sort of acting on the Taiwanese side feels like there’s too much exaggeration and I lose interest because of it. That’s not to say that I don’t watch any Taiwanese dramas though. Anyway, although I didn’t watch this drama, I did enjoy the OSTs.

9. 2NE1 – Hate You

 

10. Brian Joo feat Tiger JK – Let This Die

And that does it for Shuffle-It Sunday! Again, we apologize for the lack of posts recently and hope that we can get back in gear soon!

– Zoey

Shuffle It Sunday

Starting up a new category called Shuffle It Sunday. As I build my iTunes, which now has over 700 songs at the moment, I figured it’d be nice to just shuffle it and see what songs play out. So, I hope you guys enjoy this idea and get new songs to listen to! It’ll be a list of 10 songs every week!

– Zoey

1. T-Ara – Cry Cry http://youtu.be/-Ju79e8rM0c

2. Boyfriend – 혼자가 아닌 둘 (Not One, But Two) http://youtu.be/QzGRpt4zy3c

3. JJ Lin – Mermaid http://youtu.be/jdf3gxFP0F8

4. Teen Top – 박수 (Clap) http://youtu.be/5esi2JdumfE

5. Dalmatian – Really Really (feat. 소현) http://youtu.be/uhPoCeMYdwQ

6. G-Dragon – 니가 뭔데 WHO YOU? http://youtu.be/doFK7Eanm3I

7. SHINee – Hello http://youtu.be/skZxb5sBoiU

8. Wang Lee Hom – 杜U ♥ Me (Do U Love Me) http://youtu.be/1kcSXrXTH-k

9. MC Mong ft. Lee SangMin – Because I’m a Man http://youtu.be/DyLZPkHepqI

10. 1TYM – One Love http://youtu.be/Bzv4XX0lUDc