You know how, when I was talking about Taecyeon’s new drama and it sounded really cool and then I watched the teasers and was super underwhelmed? Well, I’m happy to say, Jang Hyuk’s new drama appears to be the complete opposite! (Although I’m not quite certain I’m happy about what picking up another drama is going to do to my schedule…)
We are seeing more and more Kpop companies putting out idols using the actual band format. Personally, I like it because young adult me would really prefer that I focus as much on how the music is actually produced than on how absolutely good looking the group members are or how well they move. Young adult me was a snob and didn’t get how much work it took to be that good looking and just how hard that choreo really is. Old me gets it. Old me appreciates it. But old me also wants to see someone work an instrument live and in person on occasion too.
Have you ever struggled to find something to watch? I was so excited last night as I finally had a few free hours and no plans the next morning so it was the perfect time to start a new drama or finish something off. I watched 3 hours of different shows only to find that nothing was just right. On the fourth try, I decided to go back to my Viki watchlist and found One More Happy Ending. I’m still watching today…it’s cute and light. I discovered that Jang Na Ra is not everyone’s favorite but I’ve always enjoyed her shows and one in particular, Go Back Couple, is easily in my top 5-10 all-time dramas. Read more
Now that we’re getting older and our kids are getting lives of their own, my husband and I have started investing more time in going on dates and making sure that we actually still have anything in common or even like each other. We both love music hard and spend a lot of time and money on going to shows and buying tunes. But we love very different types of music…while I’m deciding how much to spend on the next boy group heading to Chicago, he’s pondering how many metal shows he can reasonably afford in LA. While I like a nice smooth R&B baby-making song, he prefers the dissonant sounds of an Avant-Garde jazz number.
For those of you not in the know, Colorado has been infiltrated by my podcast partner in crime, Cherry Cordial! It’s her very first visit here to the state and she’s here for a very, very important reason: Denver is having its first-ever Kpop show! Last year Studio PAV put out a poll to choose just where their next tour was going to be (Studio PAV being a company which specializes in bringing smaller groups on tour to the US.) Denver played a very strong game and after a few rounds it was decided, VANNER is going to perform here! Actually? VANNER is going to be performing here tomorrow in a theater within walking distance of my house!!
So, Cherry Cordial came to town to celebrate. Since neither of us are hugely in the now of exactly who VANNER is, we’ve decided we need to spend the evening boning up on our VANNER knowledge. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of content out there for us to throw ourselves into, but let’s see what we can find! Read more
With the surge of Kpop shows washing over the shores of the US, we are seeing much more variety in geographic locations and venue size. As the beneficiary of this consequence, I really can’t complain – even when I’m faced with making tough choices about which favorite groups to miss and what level of tickets and perks I can afford. But this increase in access to both super popular and freshly debuted groups has started to influence not only how I choose which shows to see, but interestingly, how I experience groups when I first start to develop a relationship with them.
SaraG argued recently that you should have one bias for every five members of a group. I would totally agree with that, especially with a group like NCT, as there are just too many to not have more than one. My NCT biases fall into a pyramid, with one at the top and then a couple of layers below, each increasing in size. Rumor has it that more members for NCT might be debuting this year and who would say no to more biases and a larger pyramid? Read more
Find it Here
Big news in the swell of the Hallyu wave here in the US. We’re discussing the possible success of Monsta X’s decision to visit almost every city in the US. Or, we talk about it while Stephanie fretts for them. Then we’re talking the excitement of all Parasites Oscar nominations and the idea of the incoming HBO adaptation.
I have to admit that as I’m writing this I’m feeling all sorts of FOMO and drinking a glass of wine. That’s not a great combination…or it’s a really great combination if you’re into feeling like raging against the reality of your life. I have one set of friends just about to go into the Seventeen show in New Jersey and another friend at the airport, flying off to meet our Chicago loves for the Sunday show. I’ll repeat what I’m doing…sitting in my basement writing a blog post and drinking a glass (my second of the day) while one of my cats judges me.
When I first heard about this new show of Lee Joon Gi’s I thought thriller, rolled my eyes, and almost moved on. It was only in honor of my friend Regina’s love for him that I kept researching. (Actually, if you could not mention I rolled my eyes at the love her Boo has for thrillers I don’t want to watch, that would be great.) Man, am I glad I kept going, Flower of Evil sounds AMAZING. Read more