Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kang Seung-yoon's Adorable Standing Egg Cover

Okay, I know I just posted this song, but this video is too cute for words:



Kang Seung-yoon was a Superstar K2 finalist who did an awesome cover of Yoon Jong-shin's "본능적으로" (Instinctively) (posted below) which was released as a single after he left the show. He's probably one of the most popular finalists after Huh Gak, John Park and Kim Bo-Kyung, as that cover remained high on the charts long after he left the show, beaten out only by John Park and Huh Gak's own singles. He recently signed on to YG Entertainment as a trainee. I'd hate to see his indie rocker style pop-ified in YG, but at least he'll be working with a successful company and thus have more opportunities and great connections.



Another thing that's noteworthy about this video is that it was shot by Indie2Go, a Korean production company that shoots one-take, one-shot live performances by indie artists in everyday settings like in parks, bookstores, art galleries etc. I love their visual style, and will definitely be posting more of their work on the blog soon! If you can't wait, then by all means check out their website and their Youtube page, and follow them on Twitter for updates.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Seeing Spots: Dalmatian's 1st Mini-Album

Stylish spots

If you had told me in September after Dalmatian's debut, that I would be raving about the mini-album they released six months later, I probably would have laughed in your face. Yet here I am, about to tell you just how much I enjoyed listening to the first EP put out by a group named after the dogs that got famous from a Disney film. .... I can't really believe it, but clearly the creative minds behind the name of this group were not involved in the music. And for that, we can all be extremely grateful.

Monday, February 14, 2011

From Esperanza, With Love

Because there's way too much (undeserved) hate out there for this amazing, talented woman today, I'm putting two amazing performances of hers up here as my Valentine to the world. Be happy this Valentine's Day, and share the love :)



Sunday, February 13, 2011

More New Music - The Sounds of Mid-February

10cm's album cover... so weird.
Hey everyone! More reviews for you all! I made them a little shorter this time - I think there are more here than in the last post? Anyway, this week features Humming Urban Stereo, 10cm, Lee Jung, Hwayobi & Taeha and more OST tracks, among others.

Songs You May Have Missed (and that I Should Have Blogged about Last Week)

What The Hare Looked Like When He Finally Finished What He Was Supposed to Do and Was No Longer Late (Source)
Yup, that's me at the moment - I've finally finished all those reviews you guys requested, and some others I've been meaning to get to. Just one in a series of backlogged posts I'm finally getting to. Hope you enjoy them as much now as you would have... two weeks ago? :S

Anyway, today’s post features songs that are a little old, but still making the rounds on the charts: Yoon Sang-hyun, Kim Bo Kyung, Park Jung-min, Jewelry, Dream High OST, JQT, JYJ, some trot, SNSD, Walrus, TVXQ, G.Na, K.Will, and Navi. Onwards!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Girl Groups Again: All Wonder Girl Everything (?)


*EDIT: Feb 11, 12:09AM - changed the last paragraph so it would be slightly more relevant to the topic. Hopefully it makes more sense now.

(Composed primarily from 1:38am to 3:25am this morning. Apologies for lapses in logic.)

Hello, world. It's 1:38am and I really should be asleep, but I always think of fun stuff right before I go to bed. So here I am, with a theory to propose to you: Most South Korean girl group concepts since 2007 have been determined by the Wonder Girls. I know this is a huge stretch, but hey, no use coming up with a theory that won't be contested, right? So read on and see if you agree or think I'm making it all up. Here we go! (Bud Light. Ha.)

Standing Egg asks, "Have You Ever Fallen In Love?"



Is everywhere in Korea this beautiful, or is it just certain places? I keep seeing images like this taken in Korea, and am more and more convinced of the country's beauty. Koreans seem to have a unique ability to find the beauty in the most obscure corners, and seem to pay close attention to detail in their decoration and design. I can imagine myself going there and snapping pictures of every single thing I see.

This screenshot is taken from Standing Egg's video for their recent single, "Have You Ever Fallen In Love?". The single is the acoustic version of a song from their debut album, with (which I talked about in my 2010 Notables post) and features Ra.D, a slightly-lesser-known artist and songwriter whose repertoire I'm only just discovering. He's written for 2PM ("I Can't"), and Ga-In ("Esperando"), and had his song, "I'm In Love" covered by Narsha. Songwriting credits aside, he has a wonderfully smooth voice that perfectly complements the dreamy acoustic vibe of the song. Clover's emotive vocals melt into the guitar line, and the music video completes the package to create a lovely portrait of the blissful, dreamy days of love. I love the tilt-shift lens used at the beginning of the video to give the shots a miniature effect, and the color palette again. It actually makes winter look enjoyable, which is no small feat. And you have an adorable couple being adorable. Perfect for Valentine's Day. (Though as I have no Valentine this year, I probably be playing death metal out of spite. Or watching Love Actually. Hmm... both are equally appealing...) Safe to say, I absolutely adore this song, in both its acoustic and original forms. Enjoy the video below - I suggest fullscreen at 720p :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mixtapes and Liner Notes is Now Mobile-Friendly!

Thanks to Sugabelly and an inspired Google search, I have finally made my blog mobile-friendly! Which means you don't have to zoom and scroll around on your phone to get to my posts - now it's easy to read. And it looks so pretty! Here's a screen-cap:



Once I get down to some designing for the blog itself, it'll look a lot cooler, but compared to the other options out there, it looks amazing. This is only a beta version of the Blogger mobile option, but hopefully it'll come through to regular Blogger soon. If you want this for your own Blogger/Blogspot blog, go to Blogger's beta site (http://draft.blogger.com), then click "Dashboard" > "Settings" > "E-mail & Mobile" and select the "Activate Mobile Template" (or something like that) option. And voila! Also, make sure to give them feedback so that they can improve on the app and bring it to regular Blogger sooner.

Sorry I've gone dark on you guys - I hope to get those posts I promised up soon. I would do newer music, but my Soribada music card has expired, and I'm debating whether or not I should get a new one, seeing as Soribada only carries 192k MP3s, which I just found out *facedesk*.  I had deleted all my non-purchased k-pop MP3s and replaced them with legal ones from Soribada, but now it looks like I'll have to replace them AGAIN (and pay more for them, too. *sigh.). I mean, the sound quality isn't awful compared to 256/320k MP3s, but even my cheapo JVC headphones can pick up the difference, and that bothers me. I have dreams of guest DJing something in the future, and having LQ MP3s would be unacceptable. So, unless I buy the music card again, there will be a little less Korean music on the blog. Definitely less k-indie. But that allows me to blog about more non-Korean music, so that's good, right? Anyway, I've talked too long. Check out my blog on your mobile phone(!), and look forward to new posts soon. Also, how many of you have Twitter? Was thinking of getting an account for the blog - good idea, or bad idea?


*This blog post is not endorsed by Google or Blogger. I'm just sharing my excitement with the world.