KPop – A Month in Review – July

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July was another busy month in Kpop land with more great comebacks and debuts. There were some great releases in Japan as well – so many that I decided to give them their very own post – so stay tuned!

Top MVs – Korea

1. B1A4 ~ Solo Day
Well I loved a lot of songs this month, but it was the MV that got B1A4 over the line with this fun ‘Summer time’ comeback. Jinyoung did a great job composing this title track for B1A4’s newest mini-album and  the MV is just great! This is the first MV B1A4 have released without a dance, but it was still very entertaining. I liked the quirky plot and the boys were just too cute in it! As I said in my post about this song – the live performance was great too!

2. Infinite ~ Back
This is really my favorite song for the month – possibly for the year. It’s just really awesome. The only reason I couldn’t vote it number one was due to the horrific nature of the MV. I mean seriously, who enjoys watching their favorite idols getting beaten up? Not me that’s for sure. Thankfully they have now released a dance version so I am going to be sneaky and link that MV instead.

3. Block B – HER
Block B finally had  a proper comeback this month with their new song HER. This was a fantastic comeback. The song has that great Block B flavour and the MV is full of energy and fun. I’m glad they got to promote a bit of Jackpot with their comeback stages. I love Jackpot a lot!

4. Henry – Fantastic
Henry is back! Yay! Once again we have Henry showing off his music and dance talents in a good MV. Sure he’s stuck in a box, but there is a little bit of a plot, and the box scenes are pretty cool. I was pretty happy with this comeback – but now I need him to comeback with a song that will blow us away and win him some number 1s!

5. Boys Republic – Dress Up
Boys Republic are one of my more favorite rookie groups. I was very happy to say I was not disappointed with this comeback. I really enjoyed this fun and colourful MV and the song is quite catchy. I’m a sucker for colourful hair and cute concepts and this MV had them all.

6. 100% – U Beauty
Iv’e been a fan of 100% for a while now, and have been very pleased with their comebacks this year considering they are down 2 members. U Beauty is a super catchy song and the MV is very cute. I really liked their dance as well. These boys have some talent, that’s for sure!

7. C-Clown – Let’s Love
My love for C-Clown has grown a lot this year. They are very funny, and their leader is a fellow Aussie! He’s quite talented too, producing their cute YouTube reality series. If you haven’t seen it you should check it out of C-Clowns official YouTube channel. This was another good summer time song. It was catchy and fun with a great performance to go along with it. I also appreciated the abs – thanks Rome…

8. F(x) – Red Light
At first I didn’t really know if I was a fan of this song, but it really grew on me with each performance I watched. I do love F(x) and their unique concepts. This MV was pretty good too. I love the performance, the outfits and all the arty effects. F(x) deserved the wins they got, it’s just a bit sad they were soured somewhat with Sulli’s troubles. Poor Sulli.

There were some other comebacks I liked this month too, but maybe not so much the MVs. Nu’est’s Goodbye and Hyuna’s Red have had a lot of playtime on my iPod. There were also some great debuts!

Top Debuts

Legend – Left Out
I really enjoyed this debut. Legend are a 5 member boy band under the label JK Space. They have some talented vocalists and quite a catchy song. I was sad they weren’t able to promote their song on all the music shows. It must be a hard world out there for debut groups who don’t have a powerful label behind them.

B.I.G – Hello
I know this song is a bit ridiculous, but I really loved this debut. It’s a cute anthem song which introduces them quite well. I love singing along! Whatsup annyeong! B.I.G stands for Boys in Groove and I’m looking forward to what these cute boys bring to us in the future.

LU:KUS – So Into You
LU:KUS finally debuted this month after a somewhat rocky road. I wasn’t initially blown away by their song but I have, somehow, come to listen to it a lot and now I really like it. I liked the costuming and dance in the MV.

 

And that’s it for July! Better late then never! :)

Super Junior are BACK!!!!!!!

SM surprise dropped the new SuJu MV this evening and boy if it isn’t the greatest thing ever I don’t know what is!!! </completely biased>

Ok, so I am super biased when it comes to Super Junior, but it really is a great song and MV. Suju aren’t stuck in a box (for most of the MV) and they get a ridiculous plot to act out! They characters are hilariously adorable. The outfits are amazing – in particular those red suits! The only thing missing is my Yesung.

Super Junior ready to come back!!!!

I’ve been pretty busy lately, but not busy enough to miss posting about my all time favorite Kpop group! I’m so excited and ready for Super Junior to come back! Our faithful leader is back and we are ready to go!!! Bring on Mamacita!

The teaser photos were fantastically ridiculous, and so is this MV teaser. I really can’t wait! Even if my bias is off in the army. :(

So this is happening!

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B1A4 are coming to town!!!!! I really can not describe how ridiculously excited I am right now. I love love LOVE B1A4 and can not wait to see them live! No expense shall be spared! I’m gonna see my Sanduel up close! EEEeee!

The promoter has also said they will be doing a High-Touch event!

September is not going to come soon enough!

The left us a cute message! Let’s fly!!!!
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Kpop Song of the Week – B1A4 ~ Solo Day

Earlier this week one of my favorite groups had a comeback! Tonight they performed on M-Countdown with two great stages! B1A4 are back and I’m loving it!

Solo Day is an upbeat fun summer song celebrating being single! It’s the complete opposite of summer in Australia right now so it’s nice having a cheery song to sing along to on the way to work on these gloomy mornings. Jinyoung did a good job with this song. It’s fun and catchy. I really enjoyed the MV too. B1A4 were cute in it, acting in their various roles. It was a little bit ridiculous – but that’s why we love B1A4! I particularly love that moment on the beach when Baro is all happy at having picked up a UFO on his cute UFO detecting gear and the other four boys are all staring at it with daft expressions.

This was B1A4’s first MV which was all story and no dancing so I had no idea what to expect from their live stage. I was hoping for something cute – and I think they delivered!

As an intro they performed one of the other tracks from their 5th Mini-Album – 물 한잔 ~ A Glass of Water. It was a great stage too! I really love this song so I was very pleased they chose this one to perform.

What did you think of B1A4’s comeback?

KPop – A Month in Review – June

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Well I think it’s easy to say that this year just keeps on delivering some great songs. June was an amazing month, and very difficult to rank. It took me a while to settle on this order! There were some excellent releases and great debuts.

Top 10 MVs – Korea

1. Boyfriend ~ Obsession
So this was extremely difficult, but in the end I had to lean towards Boyfriend. I just really enjoyed this comeback! I like this change in their music. I love the cute, but I think this suits them just as well and “Obsession” was a really good MV. I liked the whole concept. The idea of them rebelling against Peter Pan who didn’t want them to grow up reflected their decision to change their image and music. Well done Boyfriend! Their whole album was really good and I was glad when they released an MV for “Alarm” too.

2. Beast ~ Good Luck
Coming in at a very close 2nd is Beast with their comeback song “Good Luck”. Junhyung did a great job with this song. I love the song and the boys are looking as fine as ever in the MV. The album is really good too! I love all the songs on it and bought myself the white version which had a huge photo book full of amazing and cute pictures. I was so happy with it!

3. B.A.P ~ 어디니? 뭐하니?
This song was quite the change for B.A.P. I know not everyone was a fan due to just how different it was from their usual style, but I LOVED it. I am biased when it comes to cute MVs, but I really loved seeing this side of B.A.P and the song was really good too. I think it’s good for bands to show how multi-faceted they can be, and B.A.P have done that in spades this year.

4. History – Psycho
I feel kind of bad saying I loved this comeback, considering the themes of the song and MV, but hey – it is called Psycho for a reason. The History boys did a great job with this song. The MV is fantastic with all the creepy looks and amazing choreography which convey the lyrics of the song quite well. I have been a fan of History for a while and can confidently say this is my favorite song by them so far!

5. GOT7 – A
Well seeing as “cute” is right up my alley, Got7’s comeback was just perfect. It was somewhat unexpected, but greatly appreciated. The music video is really good too. I enjoyed the transition between scenes from the cafe, to the street and, my favorite, the super market! The dance is great to! I have yet to lock in a bias in Got7, But I’m leaning more and more towards Youngjae! Why so young Got7?

6. Topp Dogg – Top Dog
I’ve been a fan of Topp Dogg since their debut and I’m so glad they keep coming back with great songs! These boys haven’t seem to have got much rest since their debut. I hope they get a show in with the Rookie of the Year award, but the power of JYP will probably see Got7 win later this year. Anyway, Top Dog was a really cool song. I love the blend between Hip Hop and classical music. It was very cleverly done in this song and all the songs on their album “Amadeus”. The MV is fairly epic. I love the conductor battle between B-Joo and Hansol and dance is great. I’m really enjoying their live stages too.

7. Bigflo – Delilah
I think this is the first time a debut song has made my top list, but I really loved this song a lot! I’ve already made a post about how much I love this group and their song. It’s just really good. I’m so glad they are doing well with their debut album. I wish people would stop criticising them for similarities between Block B and Speed. I love that music style and am glad to see more of it. They have given it their own personal flavour. I think they did a great job composing and producing their own music. Not many groups can say that.

8. K.Will – Day 1
Well this is a super cute song and MV. I fell in love with it right away! Sure it helped that the lead actor, Park Minwoo, is way too adorable for his own good. That is one killer smile. I’m torn, but I think I love the live stage of this song even more then the MV. Starship were even kind enough to upload a dance practice with the cute back up dancers. You shoudl check it out!

9. ZE:A – Breathe
Coming in at 9th is a group I think is criminally underrated in Korea. I just don’t understand how they are not more popular. Their music is great and the members, including fellow Aussie Kevin, are so full of talent. Breathe was an excellent song. The MV is very pretty, and I enjoyed the plot that made the members out to be Time Lords (complete with their own TARDIS) who appear to fall in love with a girl and then rescue her from an apocalyptic type scene… :) Bonus points for Dr Who reference, surely!

10. U-Kiss – Quit Playing
Well if there was ever an MV that actually shocked me somewhat, it was this one! U-Kiss wanted to comeback with a sexy image, and I think  they nailed it…. Pardon the pun. Aside from that bedroom scene with Hoon and Kiseop heating things up, I think he rest of the MV is not too bad. The U-Kiss members pull off sexy well. We just have to be careful of new maknae Jun who is far too young and adorable for his own good.

Rookies to Look Out For

There were some great debuts in June! Obviously I loved Bigflo the best – they even made my top 10. Some others of note were Halo and Mamamoo.

Halo – Fever
I really liked this debut song and MV from 6 member boy group Halo. It’s a fun song to listen to and has a catchy chorus. I love the do do dos!

Mamamoo – Mr Ambiguous
I have featured these girls before back when I used to do MV of the week. They made the list back in Feb when they did a pre-debut song with K.Will called “Pepermint Chocolate”. These are some girls who can sing! Once again their MV hosts a slew of other celebrities including Jung Joon Young, Jonghyun from CNBlue, K.Will and more.

Top Albums

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U-Kiss – Mono Scandal
U-Kiss’s album was excellent! I really enjoyed every song on there and listened to it heaps. My favorite song was “다시 내게로 와줘 – Come Back to Me” which is just beautiful.

 

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ZE:A – First Homme
I really love every song on this album. It was an excellent release. Aside from “Breathe” I really liked “삐끗 삐끗” and was super pleased they released a dance practice for, and promoted “비틀비틀(St-Dagger)“.

Korean Cooking Adventures – Ddeokbokki

Korean Spicy Rice Cakes (Ddeokbokki)A few weeks ago I went away with some of my friends. As a few of them are fellow K-culture obsessives I decided to have a go at cooking some Ddeokbokki (떡볶이) – Spicy Rice Cakes.

We stopped in at the Korean Grocer to pick up some Soju which was a necessity for the kpop drinking game I created – which is a story for another time – so while we were there I grabbed the rice cakes, fish cakes and the chilli powder. I already had a tub of Gochujang (red pepper paste). All the other ingredients were collected from the local supermarket.

I made my Ddeokbokki following this recipe from My Korean Kitchen. I doubled the recipe and added a little more water to make it a bit more saucy. I, having been brainwashed by k-dramas and variety shows, also decided to add a packet of ramyun! A great decision I may add.

Here are all my assembled ingredients; red pepper paste and powder, fish cakes, onion, cabbage, spring onion and the star ingredient – the rice cakes. You can just spy the packet of Shin Ramyun up the back there too.

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It is very easy to make. You just prepare your sauce and then stirfry everything until the vegetables are cooked. It took about 10 minutes. Here it is cooking away. I decided I cut the fish cakes a little too big.20140608_152611

I made this recipe again yesterday and once again was super pleased by it. It is delicious – and very spicy!

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