Musical Monday – You’ll Have to Trust Me

Posted by SaraG on September 16, 2019

Music

We, Kpop fans, spend an inordinate amount of time looking at, talking about, and thinking about appearance. Let’s be honest, we didn’t pick up this hobby because it’s deep and meaningful. The idols are hot – male and female – and we love it. I’m not saying that’s the only thing going on, I have all sorts of emotions and thoughts and opinions on Kpop, the industry, racial concerns, objectification, etc. But, it’s didn’t start that way. I wasn’t pondering how I could pick up a weird proclivity to make myself stand out as an intellectual when I caught that first MV. I was intrigued because they were gorgeous and talented. 

There are certainly groups that I barely listen to but continue to adore because of how they look, how’re they’re styled, and the other content they put out. But, on the other hand, there are plenty of artists I follow that I am zero percent physically attracted to. At least on first – or even second- impression. Sometimes talent and execution makes me sit up and take notice. On that note, let’s talk about Bloo.

I wasn’t sure if Bloo was really on topic enough for this website to highlight and I’ve been holding off for a number of reasons:

  1. He’s pretty underground and frankly, not kpop at all
  2. His pops is from the Philippines and his mom is Japanese and he was raised largely in LA – but he was born in Korea and he does actually do his music in Korean. 
  3. His style is decadent and decayed and not really the slick glitz and glamour of a lot of the music we talk about on the blog. It’s a lot darker and desperate. It’s the day after. 

But with the release of his latest single, Bloo really reminded me of why I started tracking him in the first place. He’s all pills and booze and a very specific lifestyle – his MVs, social media, and music are largely about being drunk or high or whatever as a form of escapism. But he doesn’t hide what that does to you. His aesthetic is shitty skin, dark circles under his eyes, crazy hair, and Sid Vicious inspired clothes – the whole thing is very 80’s punk rock in 2000’s LA. He’s the fellas that lived in the house next time mine when I was 21 – the ones that had parties that started with fights and ended with people carving stuff into their own skin as a way to shove it to the man. I never understood their motivation, but their emotion was so viseral I couldn’t help but to be impressed. Yes, I went to those parties and no, I never carved anything into me.

Bloo is part of the American-Korean hip hop crew “42” and is signed on at MKIT RAIN Records – owned by NAFLA and Loopy and some other guys. And I think this is an important part of the story that we’re missing with all of the grit and grime we see in his image – this boy is serious about his music. He isn’t playing. He can’t possibly be as F’d up on various substances all the time as he might like us to believe. He’s prolific, people want to work with him, his music is solid and touching and interesting. You can’t do that drunk. I promise. 

So while I will likely not encourage my spawn to watch Bloo’s videos and fawn over him the way I might with ACE or the Boyz or some other fairly wholesome group, if when they get older they pick him up as someone they admire, I’m not going to hate it. I’m going to use it as a teaching moment, for sure. I’m going to point out how much work it takes to manage your image like this, how much effort he puts into his product. Because while I don’t find strung out dudes particularly sexy, I do find someone with this kind of work ethic intriguing in a different way. 

Plus, this song is dead wonderful. 

 

Boy From the Moon, Bloo

Khottie of the Week: Lee Ji Hoon

Posted by Alix on September 15, 2019

Khottie of the Week

There’s a number of actors I want to feature in the weekly post but many times they have little in the way of photos, much less good ones. I keep meaning to do a post that highlights this group of just don’t have enough, and I was certain today’s feature Lee Ji Hoon might be one but was happy to find enough for a solo post! In addition to having the same name as a number of others (such as Seventeen’s Woozi), he’s played mostly B-leads since his debut in School 2013. He’s currently in Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung and I’m enjoying his character and acting almost as much as Eunwoo.  Read more

Episode 208: That Crappy Mini-drama and Other K-Watching

Posted by Cherry Cordial on September 13, 2019

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Stephanie and Cherry are super excited to meetup in person this weekend! Stephanie is excited to stand in line to wait for The Rose and, turns out, so is Trooper Molly! Stephanie and Cherry are also excited to talk about what they’re watching, both good and bad, old and new. Lesson learned? When you put your mind to it, you too can sit on a couch and binge-watch hours and hours of TV in one weekend.

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – The Answer is Yes

Posted by SaraG on September 12, 2019

Music

In my ongoing quest to make Stephanie and my other friends fall in love with the groups I adore, I have to carefully think through which groups make sense for each individual and how best to market them. I have a pretty good track record for most people, especially when I know them well enough to recognize when to push and when to step back and let things ruminate. There are, however, those groups that I don’t end up pushing on anyone because they aren’t an obvious match in aesthetic or in musicality. I still throw their MVs into chats or mention them periodically when something wows me, but I don’t expect a ton of reaction. 

And that’s cool. It’d be nice, but I don’t have to share all of them.

Plus, KpopontheDL almost always already loves them so I automatically have a co-lover.

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Korean Adventures Day 12: That Time We Didn’t Breakup By The Han

Posted by Stephanie on September 11, 2019

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And then there were two.

As Miss Leila winged back to the states this morning, it just leaves your intrepid travelers SaraG and I to pick up the mantle and scour the streets of Seoul looking for the interesting. Today we find the interesting by hunting down Korea’s National Treasure #1, seeing a man about a fortress wall, hiking up-up-up to Namsang tower, jaunting off to lock some locks to a fence, try to gauge just how big is too big in shirts for SaraG, me finally break down and buy that jacket I’d been thinking about for days, but not before completely blowing the budget on an impulse buy, then we end the day and possibly our relationship, with a trip to the Han River. 

Sound like a lot? Oh, it was. Wait until you see our step count for the day!  Read more

Musical Monday – It’s About Survival Right Now

Posted by SaraG on September 9, 2019

Music

So this isn’t strictly new, but I feel like it is because I’ve gone through a nice rebonding period with Pentagon. I, of course, had all sorts of feelings about the group following the scandal in the last year and the departure of our lovely high toned rapper, but I never let them go entirely. I have historically been pretty invested in them and despite some distancing in the aftermath of it all, I kept counting down to their comebacks and buying their albums and fawning over their pictures albeit in a more sedate manner. 

Except Jinho…I’ve never for a second distanced myself from Jinho…but that’s another matter altogether. 

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Khottie of the Week: Simon D

Posted by Stephanie on September 8, 2019

Khottie of the Week

It’s the OG Khottie Crafter, Stephanie, taking over from Ms Alix as she gets her own, in person, Khottie on at the Pentagon concert in Chicago this weekend. Who can begrudge her such a request? Certainly not I! So here we are, once more trying to find the one hottest enough to be crowned this week’s Khottie of the Week. I remember back in the day sometimes this would be a struggle, a real bish to try and figure out who hadn’t been done before, who was old enough to meet our strict age standards, and those who had enough good photos to make it worth our leering while. Not so much this week. At first, I pondered a part two of the Inked Khottie, had the thought, “Hey, does Simon D have tattoos?” My brain stuttered as it usually does when Simon D comes to mind and that’s when I realized I had him.

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Episode 207: The Kpop Closet

Posted by Stephanie on September 6, 2019

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This episode is brought to you from Stephanie’s closet, ie, the recording studio, the office, the home new of all her kpop regalia. This episode we’re talking about the weirdest things found in a Kpop CD, we wonder where all the flower boys have gone, discuss the best and worst way to divorce, read some listener emails and finish of finding out just which member of Monsta X is our dream date. 

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – The Time’s They are A’Changing

Posted by SaraG on September 5, 2019

Music

Kpop, like anything else, is dynamic in that new groups are constantly debuting, groups are disbanding, and members are coming and going. On Monday I wrote about Park Jimin leaving JYP and I felt like today I had to mention Amber Liu’s announcement that, as her contract is expiring, she is leaving SM Entertainment. 

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Korean Adventure Day Eleven: Let’s Get Saeguky

Posted by Stephanie on September 3, 2019

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Another big day in Kdramaland! We’re counting down the last hours of Leila’s stay in Korea with a march through the city. We get all classy and cultural with tours of a few palaces, one we meant to and one on accident, get our Coffee Prince on while we chase away some hanger, then activate our idol hunting skills as we cross the river back into Gangnam on a hunt for JYP. The offices, not the man. All this before we hit the critical point of our day: Korean Pizza. 

So, so, so many pictures ahead.  Read more

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