K-pop Indie Gem: The Solutions Written by Miyoko On August 2, 2014
Hey, Indie Gem-ers! Welcome back to another edition, where we bring you our favorite Korean indie recommendations.
Today we will be talking about The Solutions, who have put out one of my favorite EPs to date this year. The band comprises Sol and Naru. Both play guitar, sing and compose, though Sol focuses more on being the lead singer, whereas Naru’s attentions are on guitar and composing. Before starting The Solutions they each had solo careers, and their mature songs reflect their previous experience.
On first listen, The Solutions might sound familiar. The band takes inspiration from ‘90s Brit and American rock, recalling groups like Oasis and The Smashing Pumpkins. Fortunately, instead of copycatting, The Solutions’ music is a blend of sounds that creates work that’s truly their own
For the past few weeks, Core Contents Media hyped up T-ara member Hyomin’s solo debut with "Nice Body" like it would be the song of the summer. They said the music video would be rated 15+, while the dance version would be 19+, making fans and the general public’s anticipation grow. Articles on different news sites revealed teaser pictures of Hyomin in a fat suit with prosthetics on her face to look the part. With this, and the song’s title, the first red flag glared. However, everything was still pretty hush hush, so criticism couldn’t surface without knowing the music video’s plot and the song’s lyrics.
But then the video for "Nice Body" came out last Sunday, raising more red flags than anything else seen in K-Pop in a while
"You"re Surrounded" Episodes 10-20 Review
After a few unfortunate mishaps along the road (delay because of elections, Lee Seung Gi"s eye injury), "You"re Surrounded" finally came to a conclusion with all twenty episodes, and boy oh boy was the second half a roller coaster of a ride!
I don"t know where to start -- there are so many things I want to say!
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Diminishing Relationships and Roles
The first half was heavily focused on getting the main antagonist, the evil Yoo Moon Bae, so that a lot of the other side stories were pushed aside and forgotten.
Firstly, I have to say the frustration that built up during Dae Gu"s misunderstanding of Seo Pan Seok were not relieved to my satisfaction
is back, bringing 11 new tracks your way! Known for their distinct, unique musical style and ability to adopt challenging dance routines, they"ve dropped their third full-length album following "Pink Tape
The album starts off with the title track "Red Light
," which scored an all-kill, slaying the charts at no. 1 on a staggering number of eight music sites - Bugs, Daum, Genie, Melon, Mnet, Olleh Music, Naver Music
, and Soribada
. I was pumped up when I first heard it. Very electro-house and very reminiscent of their older, pre-2013 output. Stylistically, it reminded me of "NU ABO
" with the start-stop machine-like verses. The lyrics ask you to stop and enjoy life. I just say stop and enjoy this track for awhile.
" is a pleasant listen, starting off with the sounds of a cat, apparently defending its milk
should need no introduction for most of you. Debuting with the girl group T-ara
, she released her first highly-anticipated solo album on June 30 after releasing various risque
teasers sporting short, blond locks.
I"ll admit it, when I first heard the name of the title track, "Nice Body,"
I made a snap judgment. I figured "sexy concept," and now they"re not just going with a sexy video, she released a sexy song to go hand-in-hand with it. Well, they say never judge a book by its cover, right? Just like that, the song wasn"t what I thought it was going to be.
It was worse than that.
The song is essentially about starving yourself to look good. So not only do women compare themselves to these impossibly thin stars, now you have someone basically endorsing an eating disorder? Who had that lousy idea? Oh, that"s right: Brave Brothers
"Rise" is the latest full-length album from one of ourdear Big Bang members, Taeyang. Although I can"t bring myself to laud thealbum, I will admit it is definitely worth a listen. Or two. Or three. Or however manytimes you will play it for the next several days.
"Rise" is meticulouslyarranged and it really shows throughout the album. The tracks are diverse andmany songs on the album proudly showcase Taeyang"s vocals—one of his deadlyweapons used to target and attract females. The other weapon being his rippling,robust abs—olutely fabulous manners. Another noteworthy element within thealbum is not only Taeyang"s abs—olutely fabulous vocals but also howextensively piano-centric the songs are. 7 out of the 9 tracks feature ouromnipresent keyboard friend
K-Drama Feature: Makjang
Love it or hate it, K-Dramas are rife with makjang
, the Korean term for over the top or ridiculous subplots and coincidences that keep the viewers tuning in week after week. A drama doesn"t have to be terrible or illogical to be makjang
, it could be extremely well-acted or tug at your heartstrings.
Despite the negative connotations, does it truly have to be a bad thing? There are some great dramas that are simply amazing to watch, but when you try and sit down to describe the plot, it seems to get, well, laughable. To wit, here are just a few entertaining dramas that have absolutely preposterous storylines (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD):
Three brothers are separated at a very young age as a result of their parents" death. A lovely overused trope that they play up here
YouTube singer Impaofsweden, like her name reveals, hails from Sweden. She first discovered BIGBANG’s G-Dragon in 2010, which was a great intro to the world of K-Pop. She discovered her love for singing later than the usual child who dreams of becoming a singer as a teen. Despite her “slow” start, it quickly became her biggest interest. Impaofsweden started uploading her first cover on YouTube in December 2011, which was labelmate 2NE1’s “Hate You.”
December 2011 || 2NE1 – Hate You
“Wait- did 2NE1 release an English version?” That’s probably one of the first thoughts that popped into your mind while listening to the audio. If you check out her other covers, you’ll realize that all the covers are in English
Drama Doctor Stranger Ep 10 recap by chrissy96
JH and Hoon are united in Hoon’s house and they hug and they’re both teary eyed with happiness then they do the touchy-touchy with each others faces and then they start doing the kissy-kissy dayum the drama is just like “please enjoy this before we rip apart your feels lol” Cha is in his car in front of Hoons house and then bodyguard shades come and ask him if he’s on guard and its time to start stage 2 of their plan and Cha says don’t worry, the southerners will be shaking in fear by morning PM goes to work and he’s getting attacked by all these reporters about relations with the north he goes to a meeting and he doesn’t know whats going onthey watch the NK news about the north doing a nuclear testing???? PM gets a call from the blue house-presidentand president tells PM to come to him NOWpresident is mad PM in the car and notes that the NK are rushing things bodyguard shades is afraid that things will go just like it did 20 years agoPM says theres nothing to worry about – the US didn’t do anything 20 years ago SeungH sees the news while driving to work WAIT BUT HOON IS AT HOME WITH SEUNGH/JH AND THEY EAT CURRY scene cuts to when JH “died” in Hungary Hoon wakes up at the gunshot he looks for JH “jaehee! jaehee!”he goes outside and sees SeungH coming in her carhe hugs her as soon as she gets outSH: whats wrong?H: nothing! Hoon picks her up bridal style and they’re so happy and 360 camera and everything H and SeungH holding hands at Dunkin Donuts(?) SH: when did you know?H: when i saw you for the first time
I met with Chad Future a few months ago on the set of “Rock the World” at around 9:30 p.m. I stumbled onto the set holding two bottles of champagne and a vanilla cake with “You did it!” scrawled amateurishly in chocolate along its bottom edge. Future had emailed me a few days ago with their schedule; assuming they were on track, they had been on set since at least 9 a.m. with no intention of stopping until the shoot was over. Smaller artists and companies don’t have the same luxuries the Big Three can afford: multi-day movie shoots, extravagant locations, actual pyrotechnics. I figured the cake and champagne would provide some consolation from a grueling work day, what with the glamour and lifestyle of these big-headed entertainment types. Much to my surprise, I found out less than 15 minutes after arriving that Future is: (1) hardly a big-headed entertainment type, (2) does not treat his work as Work, and (3) doesn’t drink
SBS’ Three Days rounded up its series on Thursday night, bringing much impact with the president’s words in the final episode.
Put in a dangerous situation, Han Tae Kyung (Park Yoo Chun) urged President Lee Dong Hwi (Son Hyun Joo) to leave the area. However, Lee Dong Hwi replied to protect the citizens first as they are the most important.
He added, “Just as a body guard is someone who protects the president, a president is someone who protects the nation. When the nation is in crisis, I can’t run away so I can survive alone. Without the nation, there is no meaning of a president.”
In another scene, when criminals, who were involved in an attempt to kill the president, stated that it’s not over and that someone will rise to finish the deed, as money continues to control the actions men
While we smile at the two main characters happy ending at the conclusion of every other rom-com, there’s always that little place in our hearts where we secretly hope that the girl would get with the second-lead.
Hit by the second-lead syndrome, we want to know which second-lead couple in popular rom-coms you rooting for. Let us know by voting below!
Yoon Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong) – Geum Jan Di (Ku Hye Sun)
We’ll always remember Ji Hoo sunbae as the beautiful creature that knew he could go anywhere if he had a white sail and the wind to carry him.
While he appeared a bit cold at first in Boys Before Flowers, he was always watching over Geum Jan Di whenever she was in trouble (too many times to count) and played her prince on a white stallion when Goo Joon Pyo was being a butthole
Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!
The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.
“Hi Singapore, hi everyone. Wow! This is really wonderful, it’s very scary. It’s scary, but it’s very exciting to be here in Singapore. Are there any Koreans here? Annyeonghaseyo! I’m composer and pianist Yiruma, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank You!”
“Xie xie (Thank you, in Mandarin), I started with the song called ‘May Be
Last Sunday night was a roller-coaster ride of emotions as fans (“Angels”) laughed, cries and obsessed over their favorite K-Pop celebs at the first stop of the U.S. leg of Teen Top’s “2014 HIGH KICK World Tour” in NYC. The tour, crowdfunded by fans via Krowdpop, is part of Mnet America’s Headliner series, which also brought U-KISS and CNBlue’s U.S. tours this year. The tour will spawn documentary series “Go! Teen Top,” which will give fans an insider look into the boys’ lives behind-the-scenes.
Even before the show began, the Best Buy Theater in Times Square was abuzz with fans’ excitement as a wave of fan chants could be heard echoing around the venue. At 7:30, the white curtain covering the stage dramatically gave way to the six shadows in a picture-perfect formation
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What do you feel like drinking? Coffee ✓ Water ✓ Root Beer ✓ Cocktail ✓ Soju ✓ Wine ✓ Sprite ✓ Beer ✓ Orange juice ✓ Apple juice ✓ Lemonade ✓ Gatorade ✓ Slushie ✓ What would be if you weren"t a singer? Vocal instructor ✓ Boutique owner ✓ Music producer ✓ Dance instructor ✓ TV personality ✓ Musical actress ✓ Model ✓ Dancer ✓ Head of agency ✓ Stylist ✓ Socialite ✓ Actress ✓ Student ✓ Choose an outfit. Loose button-down shirt and hot shorts ✓ Elegant cocktail dress ✓ Preppy shorts and a bright-colored T-shirt ✓ Lovely pea coat over sweater and skirt ✓ White lacey dress with floral hair accessory ✓ Loose training clothes ✓ Form fitting casual shirt and jeans with one striking accessory ✓ Short dress ✓ Bright red leather pants with crop top and lots of accessories ✓ Blazer and pants ✓ Anything pink and girly ✓ Comfortable in loose T-shirt, sweatshirt, and pants ✓ Graphic T-shirt, black pants, and sneakers ✓ Which statement best describes you? People are too fond of my cute cheeks ✓ People think I"m cold, but I"m not ✓ More accomplished than the rest of my age group ✓ Possible shopaholic? ✓ Look, I can make myself cross-eyed! ✓ I"m the star athlete of my school ✓ My smile is sweeter than honey ✓ I"m tired of being carded ✓ A singing diva in the shower ✓ I"m sexy and I know it ✓ I don"t care what people say about me ✓ I eat and eat but don"t gain weight ✓ I"m a stickler for the rules ✓ Which idol group would you want to be in? Orange Caramel ✓ f(x) ✓ S
If you paid attention to the "Korean Terms All K-Pop Fans Should Know" article, then you know that there are such things as dongans and no-ans. As a reminder, dongan is used to refer to someone who looks younger than their age - a "baby face." On the other hand, no-an is used to refer to someone who looks older than their age.
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A lot of people, like myself, are shocked when they find out the real age of a certain celebrity whom they presumed to be younger or older. So which female celebrities were you wrong about? Check out the list below.
This whole group is older than most people would think and the surprise is partly because the girls are so youthful and energetic and caters more to a younger audience with their bright costumes and catchy songs
EPISODE 15 RECAP by Dramabeans
Even after Shinichi receives one of Baek-san’s finishing moves, he continues to fight until a group of Kaya’s henchmen come to fetch him on her orders. Shinichi refuses at first, wanting to finish the fight, but acquiesces immediately when the henchmen show him a mysterious black bag.
Baek-san acts all friendly to Jung-tae after the fight, though Jung-tae’s not too keen on returning the kindness. He promises to repay the debt he owes Baek-san (for saving him from Shinichi), but there’s something darker in that promise—he’s talking revenge.
But Baek-san, none the wiser, tells him that he owes him nothing: “Hwangbang will always protect you.” Oh, you mean when Hwangbang isn’t trying to kill him?
Kaya gets another chance to ask Leader Seol who killed her mother, but instead of answering her directly he tells her about her mother; the way she lived and the way she was loved at Club Shanghai, even though she was the highest female on the yakuza food chain
Age of Feeling: Episode 12 recap by Dramabeans
Doctor Jung and Ok-ryun get an unexpected delivery to the clinic in the form of Daddy Shin’s body, brought there by Jae-hwa’s men.
But it seems like they may not be the only ones behind the body switch, since Jung-tae heeds So-so’s words about where his father’s funeral should rightfully take place and sheds his funeral clothes. So-so beams: “I guess you’re not fake after all. Let’s go.”
Jung-tae claims he has some business to take care of first, which leads us back to the body reveal with Leader Seol and Kaya. Leader Seol is the only one to open the casket and spot the random dead person inside, and closes it before a sudden letter arrives from Jae-hwa informing him of what he’s already confirmed: that they don’t have Daddy Shin’s corpse
EPISODE 12: “No matter what side of yourself you show, I’ll stay beside you” recap by drama beans
After their argument in the middle of the street, Wan follows Joo-yeon ten steps behind her the rest of the way home. He sighs aloud that the kind of person who’d put her first is right by her side…but she can’t see him.
He regrets his jealous rant earlier about not wanting to lose her to Tae-yoon, realizing that she’s already upset and he just made things worse for her. “I should’ve just smiled, ‘I love you.’”
She eventually stops and tells him not to follow her, though he points out that they live together, so how could he not go in the same direction? She turns to go the other way, and he apologizes for everything, saying it was his fault
“I Need Romance 3″ Episode 7 - 8 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
This drama zips through relationships faster than a CW teen show. At this point, it’s like an American sitcom with 1-episode relationships except that instead of main characters dating quirky guest stars, they are dating other main characters.
Having said that, I found this week’s episodes a little interesting.
We learn that for the two months Sweet Potato has lived with Joo Yeon, he’s been her unpaid homemaker and caretaker while she’s been too busy to relax and enjoy a meal. She doesn’t really stop till the night she cries after disappointing her sunbae. After resting on Wan’s comforting shoulders for a bit, she suddenly perks up, announces that she’s hungry and rummages through the fridge for something to eat