So, I know I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I’ve been busy, and to be perfectly honest, it’s a pain in the butt to get things together and post without an internet connection at home. But, I find myself needing to share a little with anyone who’s willing to listen.
Ok, so little while back, I stumbled across this random podcast. It’s from three girls in Miami doing their thing and just loving (or hating) Asian pop culture. Sweet. Not only are they well informed (do they really get to live with all the current news they keep up with, or do they have the internet streaming in front of their eyes all the time?), they have great personalities and are open minded. I’ve only been able to catch a few episodes, but I plan on starting from the beginning. I kind of feel like they’re my friends even though we haven’t met (yet.) The basics of the show are pretty simple, the three of them get together and talk K-Pop and J-Pop news (a few bits from China are thrown in and this last week there was a little Bollywood love thrown in there ((Yay)), teach you a few phrases in Korean and jam down to some music. If you’re looking for a way to stay connected to the Asian pop scene and don’t have the time to always be searching for news, this might be the way for you. The shows are a little on the long side, about 3-4 hours or so, but it’s great fun. I listen while I’m at work, and since I can have my iPod on all day they help the days go by a lot faster. Check them out!
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In light of their recent lawsuits, the great Dong Ban Shin Ki (DBSK/TVSQ/Whatever you like to call them) have halted ALL their group activities. I think this is sad. While, I can only point out and name one of the members, I do have all of their albums and am a fan of theirs. They have amazing voices and can harmonize like nobodies business. I find it disappointing that the contract with their producers/managers are causing the group to suffer and their fans along with them. I love Korea and all their amazing musicians, what I don’t like are the horrible contracts they are forced to work under and the conditions that they have to put up with. The word is that it’s just temporary, but the break that N’Sync took years ago turned into an un-official break-up. I just hope that this doesn’t have to DBSK. For more info check out this.
I happened across this band while I was searching for some Korean music that’s NOT pop/dance/hip-hop. Of course, I’m already a fan of Yoon Do-Hyun Band, San-Ul-Lim and other great rock bands, but I always keep my eyes open for new ones and here’s a winner. A.Tract. Or A-Tract. Whichever. They use both. The average age of this band? Seventeen and a half. But you’d never know it by listening to their music. For Korea, they have a very fresh sound and I was pleasantly surprised by their album.
It was a big deal last year when G-Dragon released his solo album. And then, while enjoying his success he was accused of plagiarism saying that his song Heartbreaker was a rip-off of Flo-Ridas’ Right Round. Well, on G-Dragons’ new live album release there is a new re-mix of Heartbreaker featuring; guess who? Flo-Rida. Take that folks! Sometimes I think that people get a little too quick to accuse others of copying and plagiarism. The mind is a sponge and it keeps things that it likes and if an artist happens to use a similar beat or if it even remotely sounds the same they are up in arms. I think that the songs very barely resemble one another and to have Flo-Rida collaborate with GD is proof that they respect one another. Score one for the Koreans! 🙂
P.S. – on March 16th G-Dragon paid a fine and was cleared of all charges of plagiarism. 😉
Check out “my Jumong” (a.k.a. Song Il-Gook) in the promo shots for his new drama – The Man Named God:
He’s almost 40! I hope I look at least marginally that good at that age! Thanks Il-Gook-shi!
Well, after 81 episodes, 6 months, and oodles of melodrama Jumong is finally done
! (This drama originally aired in Korea in 2006.) I have been borrowing this from the local library and had to wait between discs a lot, sometimes even forgetting what was going on in the show. As one of the most watched and most loved shows in Korea I had to watch it. I’m glad I did too, even if I fell asleep a lot and fast forwarded quite a bit. Haha… I didn’t know what I was in for when I first started. I only knew that it was a historical drama and was very popular. I didn’t even know how LONG it was! Aigoo! It’s actually a relief to be done. It’s a challenge to really summarize this series – so I’ll make it pretty brief. (SPOILER ALERT. Of course, if you don’t plan to watch this, or you have any knowledge of Korean history it probably doesn’t matter.)