May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
May 26, 2011 § 2 Comments
For every week that passes by the days get longer and Stockholm starts to loose it’s grip of time. In a couple of weeks the sun will only go below horizon for an hour and I wont know when to sleep and be awake any more. This happens every summer and it is just as strange every time. I get home late at night these days, there is so much to do but no time. Every day looses itself in a million things with no beginning and no end, this is always confusing for me.
I don’t know if I experienced a spring this lonely before in my life, it’s been fascinating and with a strange feeling of living far away from everyone else, even though I live in the very middle of the capital of Sweden. When finished after a day at work and at the library, there has been room for nothing but myself. The scary thing is, that I seem to make it quite well on my own, it really does not take much to make me satisfied the time that remains. In some ways, as I’m getting closer to thirty I have not been this much of a fanboy or a loner since perhaps the age of fifteen.
This is a bit confusing since I’m really the most social person there is most of the time, I thought. But the world has been orbiting around me for the last couple of months, with not much room for anyone else. My mind occupied and thus shutting everything else out, with a shield of music. The music of course mostly Kpop, and I walk the streets with a language I do not really understand, constantly ringing through my ears. Maybe this is a reason for me being able to shut everything else out and being satisfied in a bubble. Having Kpop in my life extends the dimension of a dreamy existence and even though I’m not even close to being in love for real, not even with idols, I haven’t felt this romantic and confused in a very long time.
“Everything’s coming back to me
Even though I tried so hard to forget”:
/The Future is Idol
May 25, 2011 § 15 Comments
A fan-account about Rain in Dresden.
Well here is my fan account of what happened at the photo-call in the Kempinski hotel. I know that some fangirls got to meet Rain while he was out shopping. You lucky girls!
I want to first thank Lars for letting me post this on his blog. I can’t post this on YAM and I don’t have a blog of my own. So thank you for letting me borrow yours Lars!
I can start off by saying that Rain is so beautiful live it hurts. I bet that all of those lucky enough to be able to sit close to the stage at the Semper Opera could see. His skin is so smooth and it glows, he is as you see him on pictures. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Me and Dani were invited to the photo-call on the morning of the concert. We were there representing YAM magazine (www.yam-mag.com).
I was hoping to get an interview, albeit short with Rain, but it was clear that it wasn’t going to happen. I did get an interview with Vogler so that is all fine.
Well, me and Dani got to the hotel in where the photo-call was going to be held early and we were just waiting. Suddenly all the photographers arrived to the suite and Sung-Joong Kim came in to the room. She is the woman responsible for the creation of this collaboration, as being friends with both Rain and Vogler and the one that suggested they meet.
Lounging and mingling, we were waiting for Rain and Vogler to arrive when a very panicked Korean girl burst in to the room: ”He is here, he is here. Rain is here” she exclaimed. I stood up a little straighter, made sure to stand as close to the door as possible. I swear, the aura in the room changed, I felt the floor shake and in came Rain. He seemed to be in a hurry, he got in to the suite and was ushered to a side room. Behind him came his entourage, and I must say that it must be the best well-dressed entourage I have ever seen. I think they were 7 people in total. He had his own photographer and video-recording guy…. so classy Rain.
So, while Vogler arrived and the photo session started in honest we are taking pictures, I feel this heat behind me and there He is. You can see the fancam from the photo-call here.
I don’t think I need to explain more from what happened at the photo-call. When it was over we were ushered out because Rain and Vogler were to have an interview with a news channel.
We went out to the corridor and were just standing there waiting. Suddenly Rain comes rushing out of the suite. OK, so this is going to sound a bit nuts and confusing but bare with me because I’m not really sure what happened. I was standing against the wall on the corridor. So Rain storms out right? All I can focus in is his beautiful face.
The corridor was a bit small and both me and Dani where standing on each of it’s walls so it was even smaller. When Rain came out of the suite so suddenly, I couldn’t tell where the heck he was going. Beside me was the opening to go out of the corridor. It seemed as he was going that way, so I moved, I don’t even know why because my body went on pure instinct here. I think my movement confused Rain because he tried to avoid me but then I moved again and them BAM! I am suddenly in Rain’s embrace. Praise the lord, sweet-Jesus and the holy Mary, full body-contact with his face hovering near mine. Mind you, I had to look up, he is that tall.
Well, it took like five seconds. Rain said “sorry”, “excuse me” looked me deep in the eyes, gave me a small smile and then he was off. Dayum that boy is agile as hell. The crash was sudden yet smooth….. woah.
Anyway, he leaves me (very swooned) and starts walking to the end of the corridor. Dani gives me a stink-face and calls me an idiot. I give her a troll-face and tell her that I’m no fool, that was so intentional. Which it really wasn’t, not from my brain at least. My body just reacted. A perfect trip-fall (invisible rock ftw! It has been used on Nickhun before and it always works!) as my dear friends in twitter call it.
Back to Rain, well he walked to the end of the corridor. I thought he was going to his room so I was cranking my neck to see which room it was (hurr hurr hurr). But he was standing there and seemed nervous or bothered, couldn’t really tell. Three of his men were with him and they were talking. We could see Rain talking very agitated and his crew trying to call him down. No idea what happened. To be a Korean speaking fly just then!
Me and Dani got a little worried and almost wanted to go there and ask him if he needed something to call himself down (which I had because mind you, I have met Korean idols before and I know how well I can get overly spazzy about it. I need medicine to calm the fuck down).
When I am about to go up there (crazy and delusional as I am) Rain comes back out. The man has his game face on and he starts to straight his suit. He gives Dani the greatest derp face ever and goes back in to the suite.
At this moment I was in the phone with Cissi, I had to brag about my contact with Rain so I missed to film him as he walked back in to the suite. I only have a fail fancam of his chin passing me haha.
Back to waiting, I was again in the phone with Cissi so I again missed the opportunity to film Rain. This time he comes out and before he disappears bows to us and thanks us. Oh la la la.
He then ran down the stairs, looked like he had someone following him. So stressed the poor thing.
I think in all we spent like 15 minutes in Rain’s presence. He seemed so humble during the photo call, like he was a bit nervous. But he owned the stage on the Semper opera later that night. Dayum what stage presence that man has. He had all the fangirls at his mercy. One of the best concerts I have seen for sure. But there is no need for me to write about it when I can let the fan cams speak for themselves. In all I recorded all of Rain’s performances (sorry Vogler!). So enjoy!
May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m actually studying for the Swedish equivalent to finals, but during my lunch break today I watched this and now I feel that I have to make a short post on fangirls: We are, in so many ways, perverts. We objectify and we go crazy and we write “surprisingly explicit” (to quote Robert “Edward Cullen” Pattinson, who appearently once read a Jacob/Edward slashfic and was scarred for life) fanfiction and on our boards we’ll comment pictures of our idols or favourite characters with long descriptions of how our vaginas crawl out of our bodies to flop around on the floor, or a short and simple “and now I’m pregnant”, “brb changing panties”, “just get in me” or even just the very reoccurring gif below:
But I don’t know anyone who’s like that up front. At least I didn’t until I saw the girl in this video. She goes all out, AFK. Watch from 19:33. (WARNING: When I watched this video, I had to turn off the sound and pause every three seconds to not die out of second hand embarrassment. And when I’d finished, my face was wet with tears from blushing. OK, I’m really sensitive when it comes to embarrassment, but anyways.)
Her offer to take off her maid clothes. For SJ-M to wear them. Of course, her presents. And the little smile on her face when she tells them she wants Kyuhyun to open his present first – she knows exactly what she’s doing. Also, for her sake, I hope that she ships Qmi. I bet there’s really smutty slashfiction in Taiwanese out there.
- Hangeng – they’re lost puppies without him. But this would call for a whole post on its own.
- Bonus personal preference gif:
May 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
This is a fancam that Mis showed me the other day. Fanboys going crazy over HyunSeung from Beast. It quickly became a favourite and I watch it over and over again. It is just an epic fanboy moment. HyunSeung Hyung! HyunSeuuuung Hyuuung!
/The Future is Idol
May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
At some point I turned out to be a big fan of Baek Ji Young. When or why I do not really know, but I am. She is of course a great singer, with lots of beautiful ballads and still very much active and attractive after all this time and eight albums behind her. The new and eight album Pitta was just released and it is of very high quality. Lots of ballads of course, but also the brilliant beakjiyoungdisco track 눈은 왜 감는 건데(Why Do Close Your Eyes), a track I’m listening to constantly at the moment:
This track resembles my old favourite track by her called Give Me Your Lips, which I’ve written about earlier. This is something I do all the time, I tend to obsess over tracks that are not the typical genre for the artist. I listen to Give me your lips over and over and imagine myself that all of her tracks sound similar. They don’t.
But this is really not a big problem when it comes to Baek Ji Young, her latest ballad 보통 comes with a great MV and she performed it live, showing of her enormous vocal talent. After all this time, scandals and the exploding kpop scene, she is really keeping it up. OMFG Baek Ji Young, you make my heart beat stronger.
/The Future is Idol/Ji Young fanboy
May 20, 2011 § 10 Comments
I’m always a bit careful when it comes to groups debuting overseas. When Korean idols debut in Japan, China and US they usually make new versions of their old songs. That is, english versions for US, Japanese version for Japan etc. This is not always a hit, at least not for me. SNSDs japanese version of Genie was not interesting music wise, Super Juniors newly released japanese version of Bonamana was excactly the same, not so much fun. For an old fan, you want to hear something new. It is on the other hand understandable that new versions are made for new markets, it is probably a good way to reach a bigger audience. I’m happy as long as no kpop group tries to make a swedish version of one of their songs, but apparently the japanese and mandarin speaking audience is fully satisfied with korean artist singing in japanese and mandarin even if they really don’t know a single word of it.
SNSD is now about to release their first japanese full length album, and it looks like it wont be boring. The japanese versions Gee and Genie are already out, MR TAXI, the first japanese single as well, and MR TAXI is a huge hit in my ears. A moment ago, a teaser for the entire album was released by SMENT. and to me it sounds like this is an album worth waiting for. At least if you are a fan of SNSD, which I am. Except the tracks we already know of, including a japanese version of Run Devil Run there will be eight new tracks on the album, and even if it is hard to really know from the teaser, it all sounds interesting. For me it does not matter if it is in korean or japanese, as long as it is really good pop music. Check out the psychedelic teaser below! I love teasers for complete albums.
/The Future is Idol