Musical Monday – I Mean, I don’t or Anything, But the Song is Great

Posted by SaraG on January 6, 2020

Music

This weekend, I decided to spend some quality time watching WayV on YouTube to get to know the individual members better. I know them by face and I’m quite familiar with a few, but I wanted to get in there and really get a feel for them all as individuals and for their group dynamic. During one of the early episodes of their first reality show, WinWin and Ten are trying to pick a song to choreograph a modern dance piece to and they decide pretty easily that they want to evoke a sad feeling. Ten looks at WinWin and asks what story they want to tell. They sit in silence for a few beats before Ten laments that there are so many sad stories and its too hard to choose. Read more

Khottie of the Week: Lim Young Min

Posted by Alix on January 5, 2020

Khottie of the Week

Do you ever wonder what makes you fall for a group and pass over on others? Recently we’ve had some conversations about this, and it really seems to be very different for everyone. For some they got caught by the music, for others it’s a specific look…but we discovered, in the end, there really is no rhyme or reason. This past year (and years prior) I thought I was solidly iKON forever and there would never be another group that would compete to that level. And then two weeks before the iKON scandal, AB6ix debuted. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t blown away by the debut music video. Yes, they looked great dancing in the rain but I didn’t find the song catchy. I’m not even sure why I watched it other than SaraG and Leila were uber excited. But three days later on a quiet Saturday morning, for some reason (a reason I have yet to figure out), I started watching their debut reality show Brand New Boys…I guess you can say the rest is history. Read more

Episode 221: 221 Tangents

Posted by Stephanie on January 4, 2020

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We’re back for our first episode of the new year, of the new decade! So we’re talking about….well, we meant to talk about the shows we’re watching but instead, we’re talking about anything that pops into our heads, top songs of 2019, Stephanie needing to speak to someone’s manager in order to get ATEEZ tickets, K-themed Christmas presents, and baby kittens. Yep, it’s a tanget-y episode!

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Bring on the Retro

Posted by SaraG on January 2, 2020

Music

There’s all this talk all over the place about how we’re moving into the new roaring twenties. Now there are lots of things that I don’t want to see come back – segregation, prohibition (shiver), and women getting the short end of the stick (even more so than now) for example – but there are some pretty cool stylistic things I wouldn’t mind seeing Kpop getting their hands on. Could you just imagine what some of the artists we love would do with brass instruments, jazz choreography, and those clothes? It might be super interesting to see ATEEZ or Stray Kids move on from pirates or dystopia into gangsters and speakeasies. 

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Stephanie’s TOP 50 Songs of 2019

Posted by Stephanie on January 1, 2020

Music

It was a great and awful year in Kpop. There were several moments where I thought I’d need to walk away for good, moments it just hurt too much to keep listening. But who was I kidding? With a dinged and battered heart, I’ll always come back.

When I was tasked to create a list of my top 50 songs of the year, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. I listen to a lot of Youtube and Google Play created playlists, and those are never by year. When I started digging I kept having to remove song after song for not being in 2019, many of them just missing the cut by weeks. (Pouty face for Mino’s Fiance, Ovan’s Happiness, and the duet of Gaho and Villian) Turns out though, with a little bit of work, I was able to put one together just fine.

Spoiler alert? Stephanie likes K-rap. A lot. Like a lot a lot. A few of these additions even surprised myself. I wasn’t as strict with myself as SaraG was, realizing that if I was? I’d really have some trouble reaching that 50 mark as when I like a group, man, I fall hard! While I was able to create the list, I couldn’t make myself put it into any sort of order. Couldn’t do it and you can’t make me. Sure, there are songs which are higher on the list than others, but who really cares? I just want you to listen and know what I love. You might agree, you might disagree, but isn’t that the awesome thing about music?

(At the end, I’ve put together a Youtube playlist for ease of listening, I just wanted to tell you a little bit about each song.)
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Junior McFeeley’s Top 50 Songs of 2019

Posted by Junior McFeeley on December 31, 2019

Music

A Note From Stephanie: As previously mentioned, I firmly planted myself for the holiday season in Vermont with our good friends The McFeeleys. I’ve had the pleasure/shame of turning the entire family into rabid Korean fans and none more so than their beloved daughter, Junior McFeeley. When I mentioned those of us amonst the Kpop Nerd Herd were each working on our own top 50 songs of 2019, it seemed only fitting that Junior McFeeley join in. She took her job VERY seriously, weighing and ranking all of her songs, fending off Stray Kid suggestions from her father. We’re so pleased and honored to introduce to you Junior McFeeley! <3 <3 <3 

Hello, I’m Junior McFeeley, or Ry if you know me.

This is my first post, and I thought it would be fun to do a top 50 songs list. Also, I at least think I have kind of a weird/random taste in music so I wanted to see just how weird and random my taste is! So here it is! These are my top 50 songs (which are ranked by the way) from 2019!

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Musical Monday – The Look Back

Posted by SaraG on December 30, 2019

Music

Every year for a few years now, I’ve been prompted by KpopontheDL to craft a top 50 list of favorite songs during that twelve-month timeframe.  For the last couple of years, it involved the somewhat arduous task of digging through everything released since January first and remembering how I connected to it, how it grew on me or away from me, and the emotions each song evoked. I don’t just look at title tracks, as it often happens that I like a B side as well as or even more than what was promoted. I also listen to a hell of a lot more than what I talk about on the blog, so let’s just say that the musical backlog is dense. 

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Khottie of the Week: Bobby

Posted by Alix on December 29, 2019

Khottie of the Week

I think one of the main reasons iKON resonated with me was their will to keep fighting, even when the odds seemed never in their favor. Granted I’m slightly biased…but they did go through not one, but two, pretty brutal survival shows before they debuted. To me, they’ve always been a group of very talented misfits, struggling to find their identity and always standing just slightly outside the traditional idol mold. As seems to be the theme of this past year, they were just hitting their stride when it fell apart in June. 2019 was a year of heartbreak, loss, acceptance, miracles and second chances. Hopefully, along with the remaining members of iKON, I’m ready to dust myself off, move forward, and hope that 2020 and beyond is always a bit more sweet than bitter.  Read more

Not So Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Home for the Holidays

Posted by SaraG on December 26, 2019

Music

So many of the conversations I have with friends, colleagues, and family in the months and weeks before the holiday season all boil down to where we’ll be and who we’ll be with on any given day for the months of November and December. Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, for some reason it just feels important to be with our families (biological or otherwise) during these cold, dark months. It seems fitting then, that one of the groups that so beautifully embodies the concept of ‘family by choice’ releases such a gorgeous tribute to these feelings just when we need it most. 

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Embracing Christmas – In Any Form

Posted by Stephanie on December 25, 2019

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I thought I’d take a break from Christmas merriment to wish you all a Happy Christmas! While I am a lover of the pomp and circumstance of the holiday season, the day itself is usually a day where I hide away, watch a drama, eat warm carbs in the form of my family recipe of mac & cheese. We all have our holiday routines. This year though, I took myself out the norm, marched across the country and wedged my way into a very McFeeley Christmas. This is a Christmas of non-stop holiday movies, a real Christmas tree, and a bubbling pot of Wassel. Read more

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