Friday, September 9, 2011

Dear Readers...

Hey everyone!

It's been a while. I'm sorry for being AWOL for a whole month - I've been really busy and was only reminded by this lovely mention on McRoth's Residence, that I owed you guys a post at least to let you know what was going on with me. I especially want to thank and apologize all the people who've left lovely comments on the blog that I have not replied to - I really really really appreciate your thoughts and clicks!

So this summer, two big things happened that seriously affected my blog writing. The first thing was that Soribada shut down access to its Korean site for foreigners. So no more music cards, no more streaming of full-length tracks unless you have an Korean subscription. Soribada was until then my primary source of new music. I could listen to both k-pop and k-indie, and listen to the full discographies of pretty much any Korean artists. I had this plan to go into the archives and dig up some good classic k-pop from the people we consider legendary today, like Shinhwa and Brown Eyed Girls. Sadly, my rose-colored listening days were cut short, and I am now looking for an alternative to Soribada. Mnet is my next port of call, but downloading and streaming only works with Internet Explorer, and I have a Mac.... safe to say I have a decent amount of tech work to do before I can get the same access to Korean music that I had on Soribada. Because of that, I kinda fell off on the new music front. It's way too much hassle to go through Youtube and then look for bootleg download links. And finally, I've simply found that I find more good music when I look for it myself, as opposed to finding it through other blogs.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I started law school last month. And in order for me to come out of it after three years with a job that will pay for my trip around the world, and help me move this site to its own domain, I have to divest myself a bit from the world of k-pop and blogging for a while. It took me a while to come to grips with the fact that I can't blog like I used to now, since blogging has been so much fun, and a huge part of my life these past two years. But I gotta do what I gotta do!

So here's what's going to happen - I won't be doing review posts anymore (*wails*) at least until get my computer hooked up with Internet Explorer and figure out how to listen to music on Mnet. Secondly, my social commentary posts will also decrease in number. Basically I won't be writing unless there's something particularly catching my interest, or something massive happens. I hate to do it, but I just don't have the time. Thirdly (and here comes that silver lining), is that I will be launching a Mixtapes and Liner Notes podcast (!!!), hopefully by the end of the month, but definitely before the end of October. I'm thinking right now it'll be a monthly podcast, though that might go up to a fortnightly podcast if it turns out to take less time than I anticipate right now. Not sure exactly what form it'll take right now, but I'll try to keep it more music, less talk (as they say on the radio) and hopefully start expanding my scope past k-pop, because good music is global, y'all!

And, YOU get to be a part of this too! If there's a song or an album you want me to talk about or to feature in the podcast, let me know in the comments section. I'll probably put one of those question boxes in the side bar as well so that you can send requests that way as well. Mind you, I won't be able to put all of them in the podcasts at once, and for the first few ones I'll probably be working with what I have in my iTunes library right now, but I want to know what you guys are listening to and loving these days. It'll help me keep up with the latest music, and also make the podcats more interactive, which I would really like. So let me know, guys!

Alright ladies and gents, gotta get into to the kitchen and start cooking up some audio awesomeness for you all. Thank you so so so much for reading my blog, and please stick with me as I try to get a useful degree and still deliver some good music and good writing to you all :)

Love loads,
Mellowyel



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