Musical Monday – Everyone Needs a Squad

Posted by SaraG on October 28, 2019

Music

For those keeping up with all of the comebacks this month, I applaud you. Even with my calendar notes and obsessive scrolling, I know I’ve missed things. I know because people are sending them to me and I’m at a loss when I realize my oversite. At least I’m getting the big ones. The big ones for me anyway. One of those, however, isn’t quite the same as the others – as in it’s got a new track, but for the most part, it’s the re-release of their debut EP as the Japanese version. Not terribly exciting except for the fact that I’m pretty sure this group is gonna be killer and everyone is going to fall all over themselves for them in fairly short order. 

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Khottie of the Week: Park Jimin

Posted by Alix on October 27, 2019

Khottie of the Week

First loves. Not only in kdramas but across cultures these words hold such meaning. For me, it’s always been a combination of nostalgia for the past, what I learned about myself in those experiences and how far life has come. Jimin was my first bias in my first bias group…first #klife loves. I clearly remember being in the hotel room in Newark with SaraG and her mom as we all took the quiz on who is your BTS bias…hours before seeing them in person for the first time. I didn’t even really understand the concept of bias at that point. It changed and evolved over time but in the end, always came back to Jimin. This January it will be four years since I was introduced to #klife…and life and loves continue to evolve. BTS and Jimin are no longer on my bias list…but the memories of first love never fade. Read more

Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Positive Evolution

Posted by SaraG on October 24, 2019

Music

Since Kpop started to gain popularity in the west, there has been plenty of controversy surrounding the industry. The treatment of trainees and idols, the control over personal lives and completely structured styling and musical formulas, the undervaluing of women, and the strict contracts. We’ve all heard the horror stories and seen the consequences in painful and tangible ways. There’s a fine balance in this hobby of ours between wanting to support the artists we love and wanting to change the infrastructure we barely understand and yet despise. 

It should be made perfectly clear though, the recognition of the problems in this business didn’t take root when foreigners sat up and started to pay attention and changes didn’t start happening because we got mad and started tweeting angry messages at major labels. No, there have always been people working to make a change and fighting the good fight to produce the music they love in a sea of Kpop rigidity. One such artist has been featured on this site multiple times when she was in the early stages of her career and working to make her way as a strong solo artist in a world of cutesy girl groups – Lim Kim.  Read more

New Additions to the LGBT List

Posted by Stephanie on October 22, 2019

General

As BL has been on the brain as of late with all of the new series out this month, I figured it was a great time to update the LGBT lists! I stumbled on a lot, so much I have enough for this volume and the next. The dramas are a-coming, the quality, production, writing, acting is on the rise, and I can’t be more pleased.

Well…with the exception of the fact real-life stops me from just camping out on my couch in order to bang a bunch of these out. Guess I’m just going to have to settle for simulcasting THREE of them!

Korean 

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Musical Monday – The Absurd Can Also Be the Awesome

Posted by SaraG on October 21, 2019

Music

As a pretty simple creature, I will freely admit that I love the obvious. When I’m feeling romantic, I want to watch a nice Jane Austen remake, when I’m in the mood for horror, I want a solid ghost story. Things don’t need to be particularly esoteric for me to enjoy them – in fact, that can sometimes throw me off. However, I do quite enjoy the absurd when it’s done well. More than enjoy. Adore. 

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Khottie of the Week: 24/7

Posted by Alix on October 19, 2019

Khottie of the Week

Well, Graceful Family totally and completely lived up to the hype. It finished this past week and I eagerly consumed every episode as soon as it was subbed. It was so over the top dramatic and convoluted that I felt like I should be rolling my eyes in every episode but I never did. It had a main character who I’m not sure how you would define his sexuality other than that he was not heterosexual; and, a subtle romance between the two leads that developed from mutual trust, respect, and communication. And on top of all that the male lead was an actor I was unfamiliar with…Lee Jang Woo. And on top of that, he has one of those backstories that makes researching and writing these posts a little more dramatic and convoluted!

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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.

Lee. Min. Ki. Read more

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