Playlist of the Moment | Kpop Boygroups

Alternative title: The Kpop Boy Groups that won’t let me live. I was going to write a serious post. One full of philosophical quotes and deep thoughtful insights, this was going to be that post. Honest. But then you see, I got distracted, blinded if you will by the cute smiles, catchy lyrics and synchronised…

How I fell in L.O.Λ.E.

Don’t trust anyone but yourself with your faves. I like kpop. This is not a surprise to anyone who knows me or who has in passing read my blog on occasion. While I’ve liked idols and groups, I’ve never really been part of any fandoms. Sure I like EXO, but would I consider myself an…

Playlist of the Moment: In the Beginning

For things to begin, things have to end. The first Media Monday, and I thought it would be a good time to talk about the songs that currently motivate me to keep going. As always, onwards and upwards!  I rarely listen to these songs together, but either I find myself listening to their radio stations (thank you…

SeoulMusic2K16

Hello there family! 지난 번 이후로 오랜만에 쓰는 것 같아. I’ve just returned from an amazingly epic adventure-time in Seoul. I was gone for 11 nights, and honestly it wasn’t enough time. Seoul is a place that will always feel like home to me, and I’m already planning my return. Song of the Trip There were…

The Joys of Streaming Music

A few weekends ago I ventured into the attic to retrieve a suitcase (because I’m going on an epic adventure that I promise to tell you all about soonish) and I discovered a box of CDs, old as time. Well, not time, but you know essentially ancient. This box of CDs was like jumping head…

Six terribad songs I love unironically

I like lots of different types of music. I am not a musical snob. I watched Glee (and prefer some of their covers), but I also love and appreciate classical music. It’s a spectrum yanno? Sometimes you’re in the mood for some Holst, other times you’re in the mood for some Skrillex! That being said, there…

Playlist of the Moment: Motivation 9000

Job searching is a job in itself. After almost a thousand revisions, my resume is looking pretty snazzy if I do say so myself. In the months after I left my old job, I’ve been scouring the job boards, sending off applications and meeting with recruiters to find meaningful employment. Not just any old job (I can’t go back…

Playlist of the Moment: Is it summer yet?

I am at my happiest when the sun is shining and when the heat is fierce, I can’t help but be optimistic about everything. Vitamin D all the things! What to do when it’s only April and it’s raining outside? Make yourself a playlist full of happy summer feel songs! DNCE – Cake By The Ocean…

Song of the Moment: I.O.I – Crush

Oh my gosh, 축하해! I started at episode four and instantly became super invested in the program, the group and the lives of the girls. This never happens, no really. While I love me some reality TV, I rarely get so invested that I make a habit of checking up on what they’re doing outside of…

Song of the Moment: Meghan Trainor – NO

My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no, you need to let it go. Remember when we used to have girl groups? No? Well, back in ye olde 90s and early 00s we used to have the most amazing R&B girl groups dominating the charts. Artists like TLC, (early) Destiny’s Child, Blaque,  All…

Produce 101: Pick Me Up!

Happy Media Monday Tuesday! Also happy Birthday Month to meee~! That’s right, it’s March which means a whole month of sunshine and happiness awaits (she says, as it pours with rain outside, huhm)! Right now, I cannot stop watching Produce 101. It’s a Korean survival style show where they start with 101 trainees from different…

Song of the Moment: Dalshabet – Someone like U

딱 너 같은 사람 딱 너 같은 못난 그런 애 만나 내 맘을 니가 알았으면 해 ❤ Happy Media Monday Tuesday! Had I written this post when I was supposed to, the song of the moment would have been Stellar – Sting, but I didn’t so here we are! This song is fun, peppy and just…

Song of the Moment: Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb

praise be to the red velvet gods! unf. This song. I’ll be totally honest with you, it’s not something that I loved first listen, but that’s because I found the video just okay. Yeah there’s a lot of interesting visuals, but credit goes to the fx (lol, get it) team for being super badass. They…

Google Play: Free Christmas Music

Free Christmas Collections! One by one they’ve been popping up in the Play store, but I finally got an email announcing all five! My favourite are the classical collections, and the first track in the New Year’s concert I imagine will be familiar to those who love Tom and Jery. Tom and Jerry in the…

Artist Spotlight: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

A collective that do vintage covers of popular music? Well that sounds swell dollface! Boyfriend linked me to this cover: and I fell in love. Not only is the double bass one of my favourite instruments, but her voice is amazing and this arrangement is really good. It’s fun in the same way the original…

Album of the Moment: Hillsong United – Zion

This is the first Christian album that I’ve reviewed on this blog. Last Friday I went to a Hillsong praise service, and the music totally blew me away. I couldn’t remember any 0f the song titles, so I checked out their latest album. Here’s a selection of songs from the album that I like best…

Playlist of the Moment: Happy Thoughts

Well well well, my university journey is complete for now. Argh! Can you believe it? I feel like it was just yesterday that I had my first day of school. Now, I’ve submitted my final assignment and poof, that’s it all done. Now time to enter the real world of employment! So now that I’m looking…

Song of the Moment: Orange Caramel – Copycat

All Hail Orange Caramel! This group are the most consistent group in K-Pop right now, hands down. They have a concept that they fully embrace and every single they release is hit after hit after hit. It really saddens me that they haven’t received a single #1 position, even though they consistently slay musically and…

Song of the Moment: Hyuna – 빨개요 (Red)

Full English Translation can be found here. I love this song, I love everything about the song. I love the lyrics, the MV, the live stages and how happy Hyuna is as she performs and how fun the concept is. Apparently she had some control over the concept and didn’t do a crazy diet for…

f(x) – Red Light (2014).

I’m already sat in first class, getting super hyped about this album, I wonder if it’s going to be better or as good as Pink Tape? 1.Red Light When I saw the teasers I wasn’t sure what to expect and on first listen of this song I was even more confused. It felt a little…

All aboard the f(x) hype train!

Even though f(x) have been around a long time, they still feel like a project group to me. SM tries out lots of really weird concepts that they might not use for their more ‘safe’ groups like SNSD. Yet, through all their weirdness and musical experimentation they still manage to make it their own. No…

Artist Spotlight: Mamamoo (마마무)

Mamamoo are my 2014 favourite female rookie group. All the hope and support I had for Lip Service has transferred to Mamamoo, because they have this fun, quirky, can actually sing concept that I’m falling in love with.  The first time I heard of them was with this song. Actually, if it wasn’t for Bumkey I wouldn’t have…

Song of the Moment: PSY – HANGOVER feat. Snoop Dogg

When I heard that PSY’s new song would have Snoop Dog in it, I honestly thought it would be a cameo, or a one scene kind of thing. Snoop Dog in a full on collaboration with PSY? That’s just silly. But it happened, it has happened, this is real. Everyone thought Girls’ Generation would be the…

Artist Spotlight: Chris Brown

There’s a lot of cognitive dissonance happening when I think of Chris Brown. He makes catchy music that I objectively like, but at the same time I cannot respect him as an artist or a man. The incident where he savagely beat Rihanna and his response really soured my impression of him and as a result I…

「EXOstensial Krisis」 – Before the drama

Well, I wrote this post a few days ago to celebrate the fan effort to keep hype alive for Overdose. Now, EXO are dealing with a lawsuit from Kris, and understandably fans are angry, upset and most of all confused. There’s a lot of misinformation and fandom drama happening right now (EXOTICS vs Galaxies? come…

[Album Review] EXO K – Overdose `The Second Mini Album`

After a lengthy delay due to the Sewol ferry tragedy, SM has finally released EXO’s heavily leaked second mini album. As much as I love OT12, I prefer EXO-K’s releases more than EXO-M, just because I’m putting more effort into my Korean language learning than I am with my Mandarin Chinese. First listen impressions: This album’s…

Song of the Moment: Lorde – Tennis Court

  Baby be the class clown, I’ll be the beauty Queen in tears It’s a new artform, showing people how little we care, yeah. We’re so happy, even when we’re smiling out of fear When I find a song I like, I get the album but usually just end up listening to that one song…

Song of the Moment: Orange Caramel – Catallena

When I first heard about Orange Caramel, I was seriously creeped out. Aing~ was such a cute song, and I felt like it was totally pandering to the guys. The guy I was seeing at the time totally went for that aegyo ultra cute style so I was doubly uninterested by them. Then I heard…

Album of the Moment: Girls’ Generation – Mr.Mr.

I am not a SONE, for a long time I didn’t like the group because of my own insecurities. Nine perfect girls, being flawless all the time, it made me feel really bad. So I refused to listen to their music, I think for a while I was vocal in my dislike of them so…

Song of the Moment: Dillon Francis – Without You

This song is a few months old, and I probably wouldn’t have heard listened to it, had I not used Google’s Play Music App’s I’m Feeling Lucky Feature. It’s a smart shuffle, based on the types of music you’ve been listening to recently and the songs you might not have been listening to in your…

Song of the Moment: Kidnap Kid – So Close

Now we’re so close That nothing could tear us away We’ll never fall As long as we’re in the same place It’s 1:47am Tuesday 21st of January 2014 and this is my new song of the moment. I have been sitting at my computer for the past six hours trying to finish this assignment and…

Song of the Moment: T.O.P – Doom Dada

 “Long time no see.. “ Don’t worry if you don’t understand Korean, he isn’t really saying anything revolutionary,  just that he’s a badass. He’s not lying, he is. T.O.P is one of the few rap artists that I listen to in English, Korean or any other language. Out of the Korean artists I’ve heard rap,…

Song of the Moment: Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me

You know that band that consistently put out songs that you like, but you have no idea who they are? You vaguely know the lyrics to their songs, and you sometimes randomly hum some of their melodies, but you’re not sure what their name is. When their song plays on the radio, you smile, remember…

Song of the Day: Haim – Forever

I initially dismissed this band as a boring high-exposure manufactured band so it is a little ironic that the reason I gave them a chance was because of the Made in Chelsea Soundtrack. Turns out I was wrong! They aren’t some record label’s assembled puzzle, they’re a three piece sister act who seem to have…

Album of the Week: Bastille – All This Bad Blood

I’m such a sucker for indie love songs. I am and I don’t much  care who knows it! All This Bad Blood is a re-release of Bastille’s awesome album Bad Blood with a few extra songs thrown in for good luck.  If I had to describe this album in one word, it would be ‘haunting’. The combination of…

Song of the Day: Lorde – Royals

I didn’t think I liked this song, but then I heard Alex’s cover and really got into the drumline. Now relistening to the original it has grown on me. It is such an easy listen, super repetitive and with the catchiest chorus I’ve heard in a while. The lyrics are really interesting too. They talk about…

Sex sells, but it’s boring.

IT’S ME – KAHI (가희) ~ #I’m so bad girl, I’m so cool girl, I’m so sexy sexy sexy girl.# I am so over sex selling everything. I don’t mean I want everyone to be covered up Amish style and be ashamed of their bodies, I’m just over companies thinking they can slap a pair…

Little Mix sing in Korean? Alright.

Can’t say I’ve ever really paid any attention to the group, but if this is legit (and I think it is) it is very very cool. Sounds like a K-Pop song, I’m actually a little impressed with their pronunciation. Maybe they’ll make it big in Korea? Who knows. I hope this is the start of…

Brown Eyed Girls – Black Box (2013)

BEG have always been a raunchy group and I dismissed them for always playing on their sexuality. There’s nothing wrong with playing up your sexuality, but when that’s all I’m constantly bombarded with it feels a little meh. Besides their debut track Abracadabra I haven’t listened to any of their songs, so I’m coming at…

5Dolls. CCM has no idea what they’re doing.

Korean Entertainment companies take on several idols, some in groups some as soloists and promote them. Even though each promotion has a different concept, it is easy to pick out the role that each idol plays in the group. As with any company, the last thing you want is consumers to be unable to differentiate…

f(x) – Pink Tape (2013). I love it.

f(x) always have really strong releases, and listening to this album there are so many standout tracks, I’m really impressed. Usually in an album there are three ‘single’ worthy songs, but this album is just full of them. As always, this group is able to flirt with the line between sexy, cool, fun and cute…

The Wu Tan Clan’s ASL interpreter is pretty badass.

Last week Wu Tang Clan performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, but it isn’t their set that everyone is all excited about, it’s their ASL interpreter. While I can’t say I understand her signs, she’s clearly the star of the show, throwing her all into the music and really getting into it. The video…

Let’s have a Kiki!

I was watching Glee today (shut up don’t judge me) and this song came on: and I had to know where it came from! My first thought was that it was some obscure musical that I’d never heard of, so I used my Google-fu and found out that it was just the Scissor Sisters! The…

Youtube called me out.

Not sure what I listened to to get this suggestion, I felt a little offended at first.. but then I realised that I actually really like this song. 😦 Forgive me?