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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BIGFLO – Rookies to look out for!

Over the past few days I have had the pleasure of watching a great new Kpop group debut. BIGFLO have made their debut with a very catchy song “Delilah”. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, what are you waiting for! :)

I discovered these boys when their teaser pics came out. I was curious to learn more, so I checked out their YouTube Channel where I discovered the cute online series they are producing. Unfortunately not as awesome as VIXX and A-Prince with English subs but you can find most of them here or over youtube subbed if you search. Be warned though – watching them will make you fall for their cute charms! May have already decided Yuseong is my bias!

There is and intro and two other songs on their first Mini-Album First Flow along with some instrumental tracks. Both songs are great! I really like “Fly”.

뭐해또해 (It’s You, Again)

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So what do you think? Do you like BIGFLO?

KPop – A Month in Review – May

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Well what a month we had in May! Comebacks galore with some great MVs and albums. This month I’m going to share my top 5 mvs from Korea, some great Korean group Japan releases and great albums too! It’s a bit of a long one!

Top 5 MVs – Korea

1 – VIXX – Eternity
It was a close call, but VIXX’s “Eternity” just came out on top for May. “Eternity” is a great song and the choreography, styling and story of the MV were great. I just loved everything about it. VIXX just keep on getting better and better with every release. I’m a pretty huge fan now and I just can’t wait to see what they will bring out next. I actually really enjoyed all of the songs from this single. “Love Lalala” and “Sad Ending” were really enjoyable and both made it onto my favs playlist.

2 – Infinite – Last Romeo
I was ridiculously excited for Infinite’s comeback, and I was not disappointed. “Last Romeo” was a fantastic song. I really enjoyed this different music style from Infinite. I was very proud of our boys for winning (and still winning) lots for awards for this song. I really enjoyed the MV and didn’t mind at all watching it numerous times while trying to help Infinite get their MVs view count up. The costuming was fantastic, the dance was great and the plot… well it starred an attractive Woohyun, so it gets points just for that. The album “Season 2″ was also fantastic. It’s got quite a different sound then their previous album, yet still retains at it’s heart that Infinite sound we love. I was particularly excited to hear Infinite-F’s song! :)

3 – EXO – Overdose
Someone call a doctor! EXO were back and hotter then ever! Maybe slightly biased here, but EXO just HAD to be in my top 5. Sadly “Overdose” will always be tinged with the “Kris saga”, but that aside, I actually quite liked “Overdose”. The dance is great and the song has it catchy moments. Xiumin is my bias in EXO, but Luhan definitely hotted it up in this MV and rose up lots of spots on my impossible to rank list of EXO members.

4- Akdong Musician – Give Love
Just making it May, AKMU released the MV for “Give Love”. This MV was the second part of an ongoing story started in “200%” so if you haven’t seen either MV start with that one. I liked AKMU but it was this song that really won me over/made me download their album and add lots of songs to my favs playlist. It’s a really cute song, and the two part MV story is quite well done!

5 – M.Pire - 그런 애 아냐
I really love this song from M.Pire. They are a rookie group I’m definitely on board with. The MV, I suppose, is nothing new. Your classic story of one girl, seven boys, some nice lip touching and a little sprinkle of aegyo. I like the costuming and the dance, but mostly it’s the song I really like. I also appreciate them telling me their names at the start of the MV. *sigh* another 7 member group to learn.

Debut of the Month

BTL (Beyond The Limit)
This month I had my eye on a group who caught my attention with their debut song. BTL, which stands for Beyong The Limit, released “Too-G”. It was quite good! I really like their vocals and dancing. I’ll be keeping an eye on them in the future. Check out their MV if you haven’t seen it yet!

Japan Releases

May brought us some great releases in Japan from some of my favourite Korean groups.

Shinee – Lucky Star
Shinee released the short PV fro their upcoming single, Lucky Star. This is a super cute PV and I can’t wait to get my copy of the single in the mail! The song officially comes out on the 25th of June, but the full length PV has already popped up on youtube. It is such a good song and the MV is adorable! Once again we were left with a “To Be Continued” so I can’t wait to see the next installment in the series of cute SHINee which began with “Boys Meet U”.

Beast – Adrenaline
This is really a great song from Beast! I have a lot of love for them and was super pleased with this release. The PV shows off everything good that Beast have to offer. Great dancing, great vocals and a great ability to be absolute dorks! I just love it.

Boyfriend – Start Up
While Boyfriend were preparing for the comeback in Korea, they were still churning out songs in Japan where they are quite popular. After “My Avatar“, Boyfriend are back to being cute. I do love their Japanese music, especially these upbeat dance songs. The MV is great! I really want some of those Boyfriend Keys! It looks like this MV is prequel for a song from their upcoming album “Seventh Colour” which is out in July.

FTISLAND – Be Free
FTIsland released yet another PV in Japan. “Be Free” is the title track from their latest Japanese Album, “New Page”, HongKi loves being “edgy” and certainly is in this PV. “Be Free” is much more of a hard rock song then you typically get from FTIsland. The PV also has a bit more a story to it then you tend to get from their Japan PVs. It’s a good song, and another quality album from FTIsland.

BTS – No More Dream
BTS released their Japanese debut MV in May. A Japanese version of their Korean Song, “No More Dream.” The MV has the great choreography of their Korean song, but set in a school, like “Boy in Luv”. A great combo!

 

SHINee – Lucky Star (Short PV)

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You just have to adore the cute SHINee! I love this PV a lot! Can’t wait to get my cd from Japan!

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AIIIIIIIISH!

This is me – literally dying from happiness and glee!

SHINee’s new Japanese single ‘Lucky Star’ released it’s short version PV today (cue me crying and wailing about only having a short version to watch and needing the whole thing like NOW! – alas we have to wait until the album comes out nearly at the end of June *sobbing*)

The MV and song are a perfect summer pick-me-up; it’s a fresh retro sound – with a bit of  70′s synth along with all of the oversaturated and bright colours. It’s definitely very ‘pop’ but still sounds like SHINee!

This is the follow up to last summer’s ‘Boys Meet U’, so our boys are out hot air ballooning and preparing food for some sort of picnic / camping holiday – IDK but it’s adorable. I love all the cute outfits as well – it’s very Dream Girl-esque.

SHINee’s Japan…

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