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Clazziquai Project – #Curious

I’ve had Clazziquai’s new album Travellers on repeat since it came to Spotify (bless). I love the new single so much. The lyrics and instrumentals kind of remind me of Ra-on and Yeong’s early friendships/shenanigans – though that might just be because I’ve been thinking of Moonlight Drawn By Clouds too much these days! Heh. (Seriously though. If I made a Moonlight mixtape, this song would be on it.) Lyrics translation below! #궁금해 같이 먹을래 같이 걸을래 요즘 들어서 왠지 난 같이 하고 싶어 너의 사소한 일도 난 모두 궁금해 네가 없는 날은 너무 지루해 너와 함께라면 오늘도 특별한 하루 I keep sayin’ 여기도 특별한 장소 Don’t you know that 나 또한 특별한 사람 I gotta tell you, do you mind? Do you mind? Everybody knows 다시 말해줘 다시 말해줘 요즘 들어서 왠지 니가 좀 달라 보여 너의 사소한 일도 난 모두 궁금해 네가 없는 날은 너무 지루해 너와 함께라면 오늘도 특별한 하루 I keep sayin’ 여기도 특별한 장소 Don’t you know that 나 또한 특별한 사람 I gotta I tell you do you mind? Do you mind? Everybody knows …

Interview with Park Yoochun (Marie Claire 2015)

Given that I know zilch about what’s happening in Korean entertainment these days, it came as a mild surprise to learn that Park Yoochun (of K-drama & K-pop fame) is off to serve his mandatory two-year military service.  Very soon in fact.  Like, today.  Or yesterday. I chanced upon this short interview while scanning Korean celeb magazines for quality reading content and – well, normally I’m rather indifferent to Yoochun but sentimentality got the better of me.  I’d just resumed reading 셩균관 유생들의 나날 for the umpteenth time, which got me thinking about Sungkyunkwan Scandal, (still one of my favorite dramas to date, by the way), which made me think about JYJ and DBSK and OT5 4ever, etc. etc. I found this interview pretty funny actually because the interviewer/writer can’t start a single question without talking about how PYC is going to be gone for TWO YEARS – it’s like s/he is so desperate for Yoochun to talk about how crushed he’s going to be to give up the spotlight, but Chunnie’s having none of that.  Full translated interview under the …

Epik High in San Francisco

Okay so this happened:  On May 28, Epik High commenced their 2015 North American Tour at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. AND I WAS THERE. This was a big deal for me because it was my first ever concert.  I’m a homebody and the idea of standing in line, enduring screaming fans and general madness just to hear/see artists live never seemed appealing to me – especially since I can just listen to a CD or watch a YouTube video in the comfort of own home.  But I’m thrilled to give up my… uh… concert virginity to Epik High.  Honestly there’s no other group I’d want that honor to go to.  Hee. I still can’t believe my two eyes saw them in the flesh. San Francisco was the first stop on their tour so their energy was really fresh.  Tablo’s always been my musical bias (I still think he’s one of the best wordsmiths in this industry) but Mithra was FANTASTIC at rapping live.  The venue was small enough that the whole concert itself felt intimate.  So intimate, in fact, that their true …

サカナクション 「ミユージック」

My Japanese conversation partner Haruna introduced me to Sakanaction a while back.  Usually it takes me a while to warm up to new music but after listening to the song above, it was pretty much love at first listen.  The last time I got this excited about a Japanese band was back when I first discovered flumpool. Anyway, as with most Japanese bands, their name confused me (at the time Haruna was spelling it phonetically like ‘sakanakushon’).  Sakana – as in 魚, one of my favorite kanjis?!  Turns out I was kind of right. The name Sakanaction is a portmanteau of “sakana” (魚, “fish”) and “action”. In the band’s own words, their name reflects a wish to act quickly and lightly, like fish in the water, without fearing changes in the music scene (source). I’m not sure how true to their name they’ve stayed since I’ve only listened to one album, but their music does have kind of floaty, otherworldly feeling to it.  Like the sensation you get when you stare into one of those giant aquarium water tanks.  Yeah. Their sound is …

악동뮤지션 (AKMU) – 안녕

Let me tell you a story about myself.  When I was growing up, I moved a lot.  By the time I graduated high school, I had lived in five different states and changed schools just as many times.  When I got older, the moves got much harder.  At one point, I remember making the mental decision to just not make friends – what was the point if I was just going to move away after a couple years? I moved to North Carolina in the middle of seventh grade and, day after day, I remember vividly eating lunch alone at one end of a lunch table in the corner of the cafeteria.  There was a group of girls who sat a little bit further down from me that I recognized from some of my classes.  I would glance at occasionally because they seemed friendly but I didn’t approach them or say anything for weeks.  And then one day, a girl from that group approached me and said, “Do you want to sit with us?”  And I did. …

Cécile Corbel & songs in foreign languages

Good music makes me so, so happy. I’ve been listening to a lot of “experimental” electronic, indie rock, and singer/songwriter type music these days.  When I listen to music in a language I can understand (English, Korean, and some Japanese), lyrics are often the most noticeable element of song for me and vocals tend to stand out against the backdrop of instrumentals.  But in other languages, vocals become mere morphemes without meaning, indistinguishable from the other layers of sound in a song.  A friend and I were discussing how sometimes we prefer to listen to songs in languages we don’t understand – for me, at least, it’s because it lets me interpret and feel the song in my own way without being hindered by semantics. Recently, this friend introduced me to a singer who, as she described it, has “the voice of a siren.” Cécile Corbel is a Breton singer and harpist who, in addition to having the most enchanting voice I’ve ever heard, also composed the score for the Studio Ghibli film 借りぐらしのアリエッティ (The Borrower Arrietty).  That’s …

김예림 – “All Right”

Thanks to Jeannie, I’ve known about 투개월 since their Superstar K3 days.  Lead vocalist of the duo, Kim Yerim, has a sultry type of voice that’s sort of a mix between Mad Soul Child’s Jinsil and Casker’s LeeYoong-jin.  I’m not sure what happened to the other half of the duo Do Dae-yoon (I heard that he left to concentrate on his studies?); in any case, it looks like 투개월 might be morphing into a solo act.  Recently Kim Yerim – or Lim Kim, as she’s being marketed now – released her first solo mini-album ‘A Voice’ which is every bit as delightful as I thought it would be. I don’t think the title track does justice to her voice but I do relate to the lyrics – the song’s basically about a person pretending she’s all right when she really isn’t.  And man, is the music video… weird.  Heh.  Based off the comments under the video, a lot of people were complaining about how repetitive the song is but truth of the matter is, and …

정엽 – 웃기고 있어

I’m not all that familiar with Brown Eyed Soul, but the couple songs I have heard by them are really really nice.  Naul released an album recently too and I’ve heard a couple songs on it which I thought were nice but it’s just not my usual style of music.  Yekyung’s convinced that I don’t appreciate ballads because I’m still “young.” XD That all being said!  I’ve been listening to 정엽’s newest album for the past hour or so; his voice is so soothing, I could cry.  Enjoy. Click for the full playlist. I promise this blog isn’t turning into a music blog!  Music helps me get through a lot of life’s craziness and there’s tons of great stuff out there that I can’t help but share.

ONE OK ROCK – アンサイズニア

A friend and I were talking about how our lives (both personal and academic) are like sine functions and we’re both approaching a local minima.  Just feeling very uninspired about a lot of things. But I like this song.  It makes me want to get up and do things. The real title is “Answer is Near” but “Ansaizunia” is so much cooler.  Heh. Oh the acoustic version is lovely too, but a totally different feeling. Taka’s voice.  SIGHHHH.  Am I the only one who affectionately thinks of them as One O’Krock? Hope everyone’s doing well.  Ciao ciao.

10 Favorite Korean Songs of 2012

Whoops, we’re already a few days into 2013 and I just got around to finishing this post. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite songs of 2012!  For a person who has never watched Top Band, a LOT of my favorite music come from bands that have participated on that show.  It’s certainly seems to be doing its job of boosting talented professional musicians into the limelight.  Maybe I ought to try actually watching the show someday.  Enjoy, and here’s to discovering fresh new music in 2013!