January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s impossible to miss out on the sex, she stole the beginning of the MV from Madonna, the kitchen dance scene coreography is completely lol and random, and the track is amazing. Out of the blue comes Dual Life with long lost love Kim Sori.
Best release of 2013 so far?
The Future is Idol
January 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am going back to work tomorrow after a rather long vacation and the feeling is perhaps not the greatest. When you are gloomy as I have been for parts of this evening and the Sunday angst is spreading, it happens week after week for me, you can always have a chat with a friend and listen to your favourite tracks and get some strength back out of it. Thats what I did.
The Future is Idol – L
January 2, 2013 § 1 Comment
Mis knew it from the beginning of course, for Lars it took a bit longer to realize, but the important thing is that we now both know the truth about the best track of the year.
Orange Caramel released their Lipstick full-length album in September and Lipstick was a great single release, Orange Caramel tend to have great single releases, but Lipstick is not our favourite track of the year though. Which one is it?
Though the title may give you a hint of something light, cute and fun, this is not necessarily what it is. Not only at least. There is a slightly spooky feel to the meldoy and it is turning hypnotizing on you after a while. This combined with sweet voices and lyrics that tells the story about love that went bad, makes this track a complete success. There is usually something special happening when Orange Caramel takes the cute concept on, something intriguing if you like.
The track has been played over and over again by both of us and by others close by. For those, like Lars who counts everything carefully in his Itunes library, this track has achieved an all-kill on most played list EVER.
The first track on Orange Caramels full-length Lipstick album is called Bubble Bath and this is OUR best track of the year.
“Why is it still remaining here and there?
No matter how much I erase, you still remain
Like the rain, like the music, please flow out
All of your traces, please be washed away
Bubble by bubble, bubble bubble
You are still there like soap bubbles
Bubble by bubble, after you disappear
I will be clean from hateful you”
December 31, 2012 § 4 Comments
Three girl groups are fighting over being my big surprise of 2012.
Wonder Girls is a group that I never cared much for and every new release after 2008 has been a big disappointment (did not know they existed back then though). THEN, Like This, their epic Korean comeback of 2012 happend, a track that blew me off my feet and have been one of my most listened to during the year. I know I’m not the only one responding this way. So great. But they are not my biggest surprise of the year.
Dal Shabet is another group that never got my attention before, I’ve had a hard time coping with the young and more then anything, cute groups of K-pop, Dal Shabet has indeed been one of these groups. I’ve had a quick listen and never done it again. But somewhere along the way by accident pressed Fire It Up a release from the beginning of 2012. It’s no typical Dal Shabet track, but who the hell cares, it’s just awesome. Then not longa ago the released Have/Don’t Have, in to MV versions, this one is the awesome version. Dal Shabet is neither my biggest surprise of the year though.
I have actually seen Rania perform live once in Seoul, or perhaps twice. The tracks they released in the beginning, like Dr Feelgood, never really got to me. But they were of course never bad though and I know that Mis has been a fan for a long time. They had an image that I found interesting but not much more then that. But when they released Style in September 2012, everything changed. A very new style actually, maybe not so fun for their ppld fans perhaps, but this time they really got to me. Not as many members, individual cool clothing and an epic track. It soon mad it’s way into every playlist I made and is climbing to the top in my Itunes library.
Rania is my big and happy surprise of 2012.
Check out the previous End of the year, K-pop 2012 posts here: The List, Live Performance, Things That Should Not Be Forgotten/Queer of the year and Top Three Search Enginge Terms.
The Future is Idol – L
December 29, 2012 § 6 Comments
I have been away. In thought and body caught up with the life outside. The writing and the blog left behind with many other things. Listening and fanboying constantly though. As the year is coming to a close I want to share some thoughts of the crazy K-pop year 2012 and see it as a return to writing about the love of my life. K-pop. I won’t make a list of the best tracks of the year because I don’t work that way. (can’t decide etc.) But as a first post I want to share what was listened to and then for a couple of days I will try to give you some hints of what I really liked in K-pop during 2012.
I spent last weekend and also a few hours almost every day this week working on a list of tracks I like or atleast listened to and were released in 2012. It’s a messy compilation of genres, old groups and new ones, some expected, some not so, not all of them are brilliant but of course worth listening to a second time. NOT EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED. This equals K-pop as the love affair it is.
So, here is K-pop 2012, 80 tracks, not in any other specific order then how I put them in my Itunes library to make a nice mix. At the bottom of the post there’s a link to the list on YouTube.
The tracks from 2012 that you have to hear.
Only One – BoA
Imma New Thang(Intro) – U-Kiss
What Is Love(Korean Version) – Exo-K
Sexy, Free & Single – Super Junior
Catch Me – TVXQ/DBSK
Note – SHINee
Time To Go – U-Kiss
I Don’t Need a Man – Miss A
Machine – Exo-K
Have/Don’t Have – Dal Shabet
Style – Rania
We Are a Bit Different – EvoL
Bubble Bath – Orange Caramel
Nu, Establish, Style, Tempo – Nu’est
Face – Nu’est
Be Ma Girl – Teen Top
Crayon – G-Dragon
Oh! My God – Girls Day
Know Your Name (feat Dok2) – Jay Park
Sherlock – SHINee
Like This – Wonder Girls
MAMA – Exo-K
Dripping Tears – Son Dam Bi
Anymore – Seo In Young
Time’s Up – Miss A
Shine – Kim Sunggyu
Lipstick – Orange Caramel
Stop Girl – U-Kiss
Animal – Jo Kwon
I love You – 2NE1
Baby Good Night – B1A4
Beautiful – Park Jung Min
History – Exo-K
Electric Shock – f(x)
Emergency Call – Son Dam Bi
One Of a Kind – G-Dragon
NalinA – Block B
To You – Teen Top
Two Moons – Exo-K
Love Is Energy – Chi Chi
Lol – Block B
Up and Down (feat Dok2) – Jay Park
Hypnotize – Andamiro
걸어 본다 (Tried To Walk) – B1A4
Volume Up – Miss A
Rock Ur Body – VIXX
Let’s Dance – Seo In Young
Get Your Swag On – Tony & Smash
You Know Me – Tasty
Fantastic Baby – BigBang
Touch – Miss A
SPY – Super Junior
Musiche – Crayzyno
Sexy Love T-ara
Like Money (feat Akon) -Wonder Girls
Doradora – U-Kiss
Bad Boy – 100%
Bloom – Ga In
Nillili Mambo – Block B
Tarantallegra – Xiah Junsu
Flashback – After School
Bad Boy – Big Bang
The Chaser – Infinite
I Love You (feat Dynamic Duo) – Jay Park
Fire It Up – Dal Shabet
In The Air – B1A4
Te Amo – B1A4
Stranger – SHINee
Clap (feat Tiger JK & Yoon Mi Rae) – Jay Park
Ice Cream – Hyuna Kim
Maxstep – Younique Unit
Humanoids – TVXQ/DBSK
Love Style – Boyfriend
Baby i’m Sorry – B1A4
Wasted (feat Bizzy) – Jay Park
Day By Day – T-ara
The Shadow – BoA
Party(XXO) – GLAM
Get On The Floor – 4minute
If you want to LISTEN to the tracks, press here to get to our YouTube channel.
The Future is Idol – L
October 21, 2012 § 3 Comments
It’s not always the best songs on an albums that get promoted, which means that they are often missed out by casual listeners. One of these songs is, in my opinion, “Bubble Bath” from Orange Caramel’s first album “Lipstick” that was released about a month ago. This has been one of my most listened songs these past weeks. (Just sit through the first 30 seconds; for some reason the intro isn’t much to write home about.)
~*han bangul han bangul*~~hehe
October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
I have had my ups and downs with U-kiss over these last few years. I fell in love with their quirky sides, variety shows and extreme coreographys(crazy ass). It felt like they hand no boundaries and could say anything, and those kind of idols seem to be of my preference, the crazy ones. I also fell out of love with them as Alexander Eusebio, my favourite member, was kicked out of the group together with member Kibum. And as for being the grown man I am, this is the group that really made me realize how far my fandom and the feelings connected to it had gone. The creation of a fanboy perhaps. The anger, tears and time spent on the evil bastards of NH Media and the atermath of it all… I decided back then, when Alexander left the group, to never listen to them again. That did not work out well for me…
Kevin, my other favourite was still in the group, so talented it is hard to keep away from. To see him evolve over the past few years has been worth the watching, and most of their later releases are far better then everything released before the member-change. Neverland was awesome, and Obsession became a huge obsession. The recently released Stop Girl turned out to be a new top favourite from 2012 and then there is the melancholy of this track:
I kind of need them to sound desperate and sad from time to time. This helps.
And does not mean I accept all the current members of U-kiss. But I won’t tell which ones I don’t.
The Future is Idol – L
October 2, 2012 § 3 Comments
I started on this long post about To the Beautiful You and letting idols act as a support from the other side of the world. I sometimes tell people that I needed enough time to really immearse in it to get into kpop, but to be quite honest, I also think that I fell so much in love with it because I needed to, during some pretty dark times for me personally.
I have never really gotten that into After School as persons, so I won’t say that they helped me as idols. But one of the first kpop songs that got to me was an After School song. It was winter. On my ipod I had downloaded a bunch of random kpop songs I had found through some compilation I have no idea what it came from; I think I had pretty much just searched for “kpop” on isohunt and downloaded whatever working torrent I found. The buses didn’t run and it was too snowy to ride my bike, so I was walking to school with my heavy bags, running late but too tired to care.
And then this song came on:
As I didn’t yet know any Korean at all, I had a very vague idea of what the song was about. I realized that it was probably a sad song. But it didn’t matter. Because just at that moment, the sun rose over the treetops. It shone on the completely snow-covered landscape, and into my eyes, and it blinded me.
September 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
THEY ARE BACK!!! Such an awesomely great song and MV!!!
My heart melts for DBSK for the first time in years.
The Future is Idol
September 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
I’m in the process of writing a longer post about G-dragon due to the release of his new mini-album and my ever-shifting feelings of love, anger and awkwardness towards this idol. But then, the video for CRAYON dropped and I was just hypnotized. So, the longer post may wait a little bit, while we all watch the MV over again:
The Future is Idol/ L