Feb 242015
 

Hey y’all! It’s been a busy month, with classes starting and my laptop rendering itself unusuable… twice. But my computer problems have been fixed, and I’m very excited to talk about this week’s song. VIXX is quickly becoming one of my favorite groups, with interesting concepts and addicting upbeat songs. VIXX released their newest song yesterday, and I only just realized that it’s a cover.

The name of the song in Korean is 이별공식, released in 1995 (it’s actually older than VIXX’s maknae, Hyuk!) by K-pop/rave group, R.ef (rave effect). The original song was translated into “Farewell Formula,” but VIXX’s official Youtube has it titled “Love Equation.” They’ve done quite a revamp of the song, so without further ado, let’s take a look!

vixx boys' record cover

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Jan 132015
 

Hey y’all! This week I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, since the very first group to get me truly into K-pop was SHINee. Ring Ding Dong and Hello were my jams, back in the early days. This week, SHINee’s Jonghyun made his solo debut, making him the third member to promote without the group (Taemin has had a solo career, and Key formed a duo with Infinite’s Woohyun).

I have to admit, when I thought of SHINee having individual careers, I would have expected Jonghyun, the main vocal, to be one of the first to do it. Still, better late than never. Let’s take a look at Jonghyun’s debut single, Crazy (Guilty Pleasure).

jonghyun base cover

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Jan 062015
 

Some songs are weird to attract attention, some songs are weird to set up a specific person, and some songs are weird totally unintentional. I had yet to encounter a song that was so weird, and yet so weirdly heartfelt about its weirdness that it circled all the way back to cute…until now.

Let’s take a listen to Shampoo Hat by Team Syachihoko.

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Jan 062015
 

Hey y’all! This week’s review is a special, 21st birthday edition (mine is today)! I’d found this song a while ago, and was saving it for this very occasion. Lim Kim auditioned for Superstar K3 as part of a duo called Togeworl, earning third place in the competition.

They were all set to debut when Do Dae-yoon (the other part of the Togeworl) had to go back to America to graduate high school properly, and it was decided that Lim Kim should debut as a solo act. The song I’m reviewing this week, Goodbye 20, is the single from her first full-length album, so let’s take a look!

LIMKIM GB20 COVER

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Dec 302014
 

Hey y’all! This week, I’ll be looking at the other side of k-pop around this time of year. Company-wide Christmas songs are fun and all, but sometimes there are too many people to keep track of! And they aren’t the only seasonal music that gets released. Individual groups make Christmas (or winter) songs as well. From what I’ve seen, there seems to be a lot of correlation between themes of loss and nostalgia this time of year, and BTOB’s Winter’s Tale is a perfect example of that. Let’s take a look!

btob winter's tale cover

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Dec 162014
 

Hey y’all! It’s Christmas! Well, according to K-pop it is. K-pop entertainment companies started releasing their Christmas singles as early as December 3rd. This week, I’ll be reviewing Starship Planet’s Love Is You. You’ll have to bear with me, because I’m not familiar with many of the people at this entertainment company, so I don’t know everyone by name.

I know Sistar, K.Will, and Jooyoung (from my last review), and I can assume that all the younger, prettier boys are in Boyfriend, but I can’t tell them apart. Mad Clown, and Junggigo, I figured out through process of elimination, so I guess the only people I don’t really know by name are the members of Boyfriend. That being said, let’s take a look at Love Is You.

starship planet love is you cover

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