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christ this whole wonder girls album is really solid

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Friday, 18 November 2011 22:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I love this egregious use of stadium synth by the wonder girls, does every song on the album use them?

dayo, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's not on the Wonder Girls 2011 album. You can probably hear that sort of thing on a few tracks, but the album is a bit of this and a bit of that, although surprisingly cohesive and... good.

Some noteworthy 2012 singles so far:
Nine Muses - News
Sunny Hill - The Grasshopper Song(or "hey fellow Koreans, let's not get consumed by work ethics and long hours")

abcfsk, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love how the Nine Muses cut off the final vowels in the chorus. Like hissing snakes.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

meant to say something in this thread last year about the miss a record, on which every track is bangin'

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was a bit disappointed myself! But then I had heard almost all the songs as singles, and they were excellent, and then I'm left with the few new ones. Without that in mind it's a pretty great album.

Now a 2011 album which really surprised me with its high quality was SISTAR's So Cool.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

You can enjoy SNSD on LIVE WITH KELLY Wednesday the 1st.

abcfsk, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

really like that nine lives song

dayo, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

nine muses, I'm sorry

dayo, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 02:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

They're also appearing on DAVID LETTERMAN. Too bad it's not their best single!

abcfsk, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Then new Dal Shabet is good, has grown on me, packs a real punch. The video is a bit too violent for my taste.

But this.. industrial? metal? album track is also great: http://youtu.be/Ge5cM2nzkQI

abcfsk, Friday, 27 January 2012 11:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't get this. How can you listen to songs like "Sorry Sorry" without feeling awkward? I turned it off after 10 seconds. Anyway, I enjoy 2NE1's "I Don't Care." What songs are similar to that?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Did you just look at the posts from two years ago? Anyway I don't know why I'd feel awkward listening to Sorry, Sorry even if it's not one of my favorites.

There have been a few I Don't Care-like synth rnb tunes since then.. maybe this http://youtu.be/8TybPXqzQ50

abcfsk, Friday, 27 January 2012 11:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

why would you feel awkward?

dayo, Friday, 27 January 2012 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the revenge angle!

dayo, Friday, 27 January 2012 11:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

abcfsk: haha yeah, I just found this thread yesterday.

dayo: because it sounds, uh, (I don't know how to say this without offending someone) gay.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 27 January 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

anyway here's my country's version of k-pop. these groups are very big here.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 27 January 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

You didn't really manage to not sound offensive, or make any sense.

abcfsk, Friday, 27 January 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is not really k-pop but rather k-punk, but i figure this is a good as thread as any?

i've recently rediscovered crying nut after finding out that they're on spotify

http://open.spotify.com/track/0QJdScYJuZDw0SgICqJpqO
http://open.spotify.com/track/4og6Qix8vofFvC8UdZobEb

anyone know/like them?

rayuela, Friday, 27 January 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't say I know them. Will check out.

Meanwhile

abcfsk, Saturday, 28 January 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Copy paste that image url somewhere else obviously.

abcfsk, Saturday, 28 January 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mind, this is just one site's work and their inclusion of some hip-hop groups/ vague definition of "idol groups" make it less than perfect.

abcfsk, Saturday, 28 January 2012 21:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

does this look familiar?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

dayo, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 11:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I tried following allkpop on google reader but there were like, 70 posts in a day. O_O

are there any k-pop blogs that are just the singles?

dayo, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 11:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

That Letterman performance is great! Not a top tier single but they sold it and the dance breaks were ooon point. Regis very excited.

And I don't know any k-pop blogs without gossip, unfortunately. Just check allkpop's twitter and hone in on "releases..".

abcfsk, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol yeah, I was just thinking how creepy it was that they came on right after two old white men were interviewed

dayo, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

!

dayo, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol I just posted that pic to the "photos of famous people you'd never expect to be together" thread. so great.

Roz, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was really surprised by their english accents! (mean that in as unoffensive a way as possible)

dayo, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

im gonna post this on a bill murray thread brb

lag∞n, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

(mean to clarify the xpost as in: normally I don't care at all about english usage in k-pop songs, but since SNSD is targeting the US market, thought it would be relevant.) xp to myself

dayo, Thursday, 2 February 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

does anybody else hear a lot of H.O.T. in B.A.R.?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thoughts on SPICA's Russian Roulette?

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

despite the similar imagery, a little too upbeat for the k-pop russian roulette?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the song, the group is more believably 'an rnb group' than previous attempts at that and the production is catchy - plus it still sounds very Korean. The mini-album supports these claims.

I'm not necessarily keen on all k-pop videos these days featuring guns and death.

They can sing: http://youtu.be/mA7RebIbs_M (also check out Brandy/D Child covers)

I think we're going to see more solo stars this year. This debut single by 'Ailee' is a melodic belter we've heard on the Billboard chart many times http://youtu.be/L9ro1KjkJMg

Jang Jae In is a typical example of the new kind of solo k-pop star: http://youtu.be/LYFJ2v9aaY0 - currently topping Korean digital charts

She was a contestant on "Super Star K", has roots in indie rock, is a singer songwriter, etc - these types have made the biggest impact in the talent show surge of the past few years, finding a platform that didn't exist before, making it a commercially viable genre. (Slick ballad singers and teen idols have had more than enough screen time, which might explain why the talent show audiences favor lo-fi stars)

abcfsk, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

has IU done anything lately?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 17:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

You mean since You&I? Which even she admitted was a Good Day ripoff she didn't want to release at first. Did gangbuster numbers and is catchy, though. Weak after album release she had all the top 10 spots on the singles chart because of album tracks. Has writing credits on half the album so making bank as well. If you're checking out the album go for tracks 9-13, the rest is pap but these hint at where she herself said she wants her sound to go. This is the kind of stuff she does when she has no co-writers with her http://youtu.be/z3vrXXQC6a0

She's debuting in Japan with a JP version of Good Day these days before doing a follow-up single in Korea.

abcfsk, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

ah okay, you mentioned indie songwriters and she popped to mind.

what's the guitar sample at the beginning?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Thursday, 9 February 2012 12:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=4929#comments

will the TSJ ever review a k-pop single without making a gratuitous, vague east asia reference?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Thursday, 9 February 2012 12:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Even (Hollywood) kids note the Lady Gaga-Kpop connection:

"The Boys" sounds like "Telephone" to me.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really love this:

Does anyone know anything about the rapper (Bla Bla)? He's hard to Google in English.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every time the rap part comes in there's a split second where it sounds like Maino, "Hi Hater" to me lol.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

SNSD songwriter has bizarre racist twitter meltdown, wtffffff
http://www.asianjunkie.com/2012/02/jenny-hyun-songwriter-for-snsd-chocolat-is-a-racist-psychopath/

zappi, Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

yikes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't have the slightest ideas who jenny hyun or SNSD are, but might be the most disgusting public display of racism i've ever seen from a public figure. not sure how koreans in general tend to view such things, but i assume that calls for genocide are no less acceptable there than they are here.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's not a one-off meltdown, as far as i can tell, her whole feed is littered with racist tweets. It's either a fake account or she's 100% crazy.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:54 (2 years ago) Permalink


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