Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Watch Your Language

Posted by SaraG on October 17, 2019

Music

One of the things that truly gets my goat is when someone makes an off-hand remark about something I adore. Music in general and Kpop, in particular, are weirdly personal. There are plenty of groups that I enjoy simply because their music hits a sweet spot. However, there are those that I love with a genuine intensity. It’s a different kind of relationship than what I have with the people in my day-to-day life, obviously, but that doesn’t make it any less real. So when someone – be they a friend, run in the same circles as me, or just someone I happen to be around – says something negative because they think they’re being funny or makes pointed remarks about individual members or the unit as a whole, accurate or not, I get very, very defensive. 

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That’s Some Serious Min Ki

Posted by Stephanie on October 15, 2019

Casting News

Its officially been forever and 8 days since I’ve watched my last drama, since I’ve really taken a look at what’s being served up out there for consumption. I’m pretty sure an entire K-season has passed through my watching fingers. I really thought the Korean remake of the US show, Leverage was what was going to bring me back in front of my TV, but as Cherry and I found out last night after we realized it had started this week, there doesn’t appear to be any place we can watch it subbed here. What the? I thought this show was a big deal? Or at least it was a big deal to me? And, apparently, to Cherry. So until that egregious mistake has been taken care of, I’m going to have to look elsewhere. Luckily, Netflix seems to be ON THE BALL with new, currently airing dramas. Currently airing as in, they do them on a weekly schedule, which is balls, but means they are so hot and fresh they’re going to burn the roofs of your mouths. That’s when I spotted it.

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Musical Monday – Hipster to the Max

Posted by SaraG on October 14, 2019

Music

I’ve mentioned a couple of times on the site and on the podcast that I’ve discovered through Kpop that I’m a bit of a hipster snob. As someone who has always considered herself pretty free wheelin’ when it came to sharing her proclivities, this came as quite a shock to me. I mean, live and let live right? There’s enough love for everyone and if you like who I like, all the better – we can fawn over them for hours and work ourselves into a frenzy. Turns out, that’s not quite true. One of the reasons I love the C and B tier groups is that there isn’t the competitive fangirling going on that seems to be happening with the super popular ones like BTS, Monsta X, and NCT. 

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Khottie of the Week: Kim Myung Soo

Posted by Alix on October 13, 2019

Khottie of the Week/ Music

I’ve been wondering, given recent and still painful heartbreak, that maybe it would be better to invest time and energy into groups where I already know the outcome. Basically, maybe I should stan an older group. In order to help me learn who that might be, at least based on their music, KPopontheDL created me a playlist, that I affectionately call the Old Folks Playlist. From multiple listens I’ve reaffirmed that I really like B1A4 and discovered that I also quite like music from TEEN TOP, VIXX and Infinite. Based on this post you can expect to see more in coming months, featuring members from those groups, as I explore this potential avenue.

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Turning You On Since 2017

Posted by SaraG on October 10, 2019

Music

I had to travel for work over the weekend to speak at a weekend conference. I’m usually pretty firm about keeping work confined to business hours unless it’s an actual disaster that I’m responding to because I have so little actual time to myself. I find that I have to be aggressively protective of it in order to make sure my batteries are recharged and I can face the week ahead with a modicum of grace and composure. But this work trip was special and was something I’d been looking forward to for months. You see, I was speaking at a conference in KpopontheDL’s town, her work conference actually, and staying at her house. Our real lives – with some manipulation on our parts – were colliding. 

What this really meant was that woven in between hours spent manning the local arrangements table at registration (I knew nothing about the local area, but I was happy to smile and point at pieces of paper and flirt relentlessly), dining with other attendees, and speaking at the session, we were able to curl up on the couch and watch the most recent episodes of SignHere, the AOMG survival show, ATEEZ: Treasure Film, and some videos we’d been dying to catch together. I had to fly home fairly early Monday morning, but before we had to load up the car for the airport, we were able to catch the ONF comeback, Why. It was a delight of post-apocalyptic possibly time jumping faceoffs. I’m a sucker for a story I can barely tease out of a music video. 

This isn’t the throwback portion of the post, but it deserves to not be missed in the mix of a million comebacks this month. 

Why, ONF

ONF, as thoroughly discussed in this nugu post from 2017, has the type of overly complicated concept that only a Kpop fan could love. However, with that concept has come some really strong music, sharp choreo, gorgeous styling, and a burgeoning variety show skill set. Two of the members were recently on an episode of Weekly Idol with Yunho and Wooyoung of Ateez and Woo Hyuk Jang, the maknae of H.O.T. – we managed to watch this on Sunday night. It was ridiculously fun and was a reminder that I really do enjoy this group. I’ve never been disappointed by their music, I enjoy their members enough to know that I want to know them, and they sit in that sweet spot of known but not too popular that makes my hipster heart sing. As a consequence, I’ve revisited some of their older songs over the last couple of days and wanted to remind you all that they are out here, pumping out music that sounds like pleasant pop on the surface but contains all sorts of interesting twists and turns when you have the chance to really deep dive into the songs. Complete, the title track from their 2018 mini You Complete Me is a wonderful example of what I mean.  

Complete, ONF

 

Korean Adventures Addendum: Tips, Tricks, How To’s and Must Do’s

Posted by Stephanie on October 8, 2019

General

Now that we’re done, for real, forever, with our Korean Adventure posts…which lets me tell you, though I’ll be glad to get my weekends back, having them be done is bittersweet. It’s an undeniable fact, my Korean adventure is now part of my history. As we’ve gone along, I’ve promised you a list of tips and tricks, links to tours we took, places we stayed, tools we used that would ease the way for your eventual trip to South Korea. 

Because you know you’re going to go, right? No matter how long it takes, it’s inevitable now.  Read more

Musical Monday – The Comebacks Have Begun!

Posted by SaraG on October 7, 2019

Music

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the end of September through the beginning of November is basically Kpop comeback season. Or comeback season for many of the groups and artists I hold near and dear to my heart. In that post, I mentioned that I might put the releases on my calendar so I wouldn’t lose track, and I ended up doing just that (instead of remembering to submit that big abstract to a conference – oops). There are at least two releases a week with several on the same day in more than one instance. One of those doubled-up dates was a biggie with both Oneus and Zico. 

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Khottie of the Week: SF9’s Jaeyoon

Posted by Alix on October 6, 2019

Khottie of the Week

Today’s coming attraction post is about two months late as he turned 24 in August but hopefully, you will all agree he was well worth the wait. SF9 is very very high up on my list of favorite groups. I learned them a couple of years ago when I decided it was time to expand my kpop knowledge beyond BTS and they stuck. It was helped by the fact that they were my first hi-touch and the group is home to a potential UB (ultimate bias). Jaeyoon was always the member that I couldn’t remember and thus that’s how I remembered him. He’s totally come into his own over the past year or two and I think you’ll all agree pretty unforgettable. Read more

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