Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mellowyel's List of K-Pop Notables for 2010

Party like it's 1999!!!

We're at the end of the year! I don't know if I'm happy or sad it's over - I've got mixed feelings here. Anyway, I did have one reader request/suggest an end-year post (thanks McRoth!) so here are Mellowyel's Asian Pop Notable Awards!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

SMDH: Mellowyel Rants about Girl Groups

So I was going to do a top ten things I liked in k-pop this year, but then I was watching the SBS Gayo Daejun and got mad for a number of reasons, so this is going to be an angry girl rant. Excuse my while I get my soapbox...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who Are All These White Chicks? GD&TOP's “High High” MV

The hype has set in, sleep has been lost, late night rants have been posted and VIPs have been waiting with bated breath – finally, the first stage of the Big Bang comeback cycle has arrived with GD&TOP’s “High High” MV.  And there are a TON of white females in it. More after the jump.

For a general discussion of non-Asians in Asian music videos, check out my post on the topic here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

GD&TOP Premiere Event: Sleep-Deprived, But Intrigued


So with a new boost in the time department (by a couple of hours), I decided to stay up and watch the GD&TOP premiere event last night. I couldn't live-blog it because my internet connection was just barely fast enough for the stream to not stutter and spit like crazy, but I made some notes on my phone that I'll now share with you. Pardon the random comments  - it was 3am.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You Ain't Never Heard One Way Like This Before

One Way are newbies to the Korean music scene, debuting in March of this year, but they are already pwning most of the competition with their remarkable talent and smooth contemporary R&B sound that is for the most part missing from the K-music scene. They're finally releasing their first official album on the 22nd(!) but decided to grace us with early Christmas present - an acoustic, English version of the lead single, "Rainy Days", complete with video. Their English skills are great, making this one a song you can recommend to your friends who don't listen to Korean music.

I absolutely love this song, and it's been on repeat since the video dropped yesterday. It's a heartfelt song about heartbreak, and a testament to good songwriting that you can feel all of the emotions with just a guitar, voices and some rain sounds. One Way have surpassed their previously released material with this song, and I expect their album to do the same when it drops. Apart from Christmas, this is the thing I'm looking forward to the most this month. This and GD + TOP's album release :D

P.S. I might have a little awards ceremony for the end of the year - all the other bloggers do it, so I should do one too right? If I have time, and if at least one person who reads this blog says they want me to, I'll make it happen.

Some Utada for Your Week and Weekend

Hey everyone! This week won’t have a proper midweek music post because I’m in major study mode for the next two weeks. But, I will share with you one of a few great gifts I got this week – a friend of mine sent me Utada Hikaru’s Heart Station album from 2008. Let me tell you right now – this album is amazing. It was extremely successful at the time of its release, and rightfully so. It’s got a beautiful electro-pop-soul vibe throughout that perfectly complements Utada’s dreamy yet powerful vocals. I don’t even know if I’m making sense right now – today isn’t an eloquent day - so I’ll just let you listen to it yourself and hopefully you’ll hear what I’m trying to say about this.

Japanese music companies have a strict hold on video websites so I couldn’t find all the tracks from the album, but please enjoy what’s here (and ignore the anime/manga tributes if that’s not your thing). And if you are so inclined, buy the album! Amazon and YesAsia both have it for around $16-17, and there’s a digital iTunes version for $7.99. Expect more Japanese stuff to pop up on the blog – I’ve found the Japanese electro-pop group on and I’m finding some amazing artists.