The awesome K-Queen turns 20! In the midst of a still-chaotic and creative year for GFriend, we hope Yuju and bandmates have a fun celebration, and continue to produce their still-beloved signature sound that makes us pump our fists in glee at the sheer awesomeness of it all.  And this great vocalist and stage icon […]

GFriend’s achingly melancholy ballad “Summer Rain” and April’s high-flying “Take My Hand” lift K-pop this Autumn to stirring heights of romanticism. And Music Bank has given each of these lofty songs their most perfectly radiant presentations.     Let us savor this exhilarating excess of beauty September has finally delivered, through this promising October that […]

We’ll stop at 35:56 on our 2nd day of trying to sit through episode one of Lovelyz Loves Canada, as “East Team”, who appear to be rather lost in a frighteningly dark and empty and alienating Montreal, get accosted by a couple of fat white chicks who apparently know nothing about K-pop but want to […]

In my defense, what with all the huge excitement over A Pink’s glorious reascendance–plus my being off the grid for over a week– the fact that Laboum was teasing a comeback passed entirely without my notice. But, I only missed it by a day (though I am saved further unforced Laboumlessness by scanning onehallyu when […]

On my return from the woods, I was horrified to see that, despite taking trophies on The Show, Show Champion, and Show! Music Core A Pink only managed to move up to no 3 on the soompi chart.  Their best chance to win on the (admittedly idiosyncratic) aggregate barometer had failed!  And ironically, even “Only […]

A Pink’s maknae turns 21! –in the midst of a happy and glorious season of A Pink triumph!   –and while this post is prescheduled (and the last time I had to do this for Hayoung it didn’t post!), wherever I may be there will be happy wishes in my heart for Hayoung. Happy birthday […]

A Pink’s glorious Reconquista of K-pop continues with their fourth trophy for “Five”! With the “veteran” girl group displaying its musical, social, and cultural hegemony at the foremost ranks of the field.     The girls delighted in their lemony outfits with the blue rococofied blue pocket ribbon detailies.  And now, in further proof of […]

Red Velvet’s “One of These Nights” MV has been, from the moment it was released, a personal favorite and a conspicuous example of an “instant classic.” Awash from beginning to end with spellbinding imagery, captured with peak technical fluency, “One of These Nights” would be, even without any search for hidden meaning, a work of […]

Truly, we have been blessed with this resurgence of legendary A Pink to the pinnacle of triumph with “Five”! I went to bed early, in part due to real fatigue but also, alas, deterred from imagining there was much of a shot thanks to a quick perusal of a onehallyu poster’s breakdown of next week’s […]

A Pink consolidate their comeback with a second trophy win for “Five” from Show Champion. A very respectable showing for a “veteran” girl group in its seventh year–especially given the competition. If we can snag a Music Bank or M! Countdown or Inkigayo trophy this week, that would be even sweeter still!  But it is […]

It sounds as though A Pink is indeed going to tap into some of their “old school” high energy dance-pop for their Summer Comeback! Regardless of what the charts will say, I expect this is going to be an immensely enjoyable addition to the A Pink canon.  But we pray it also sweeps Korea by […]

A man apparently already subject to legal action by Plan A Ent for criminal activities (making false accusations? stalking?) phoned in a threat to stab A Pink members to death, resulting in a police squad sent to their dormitory.  Earlier today, from allkpop: “Police personnel was dispatched by Seoul Gangnam’s Police Station after receiving an […]

Lovelyz Goddess Jin turns twenty-one! We wish Jin a very happy birthday on this young and youthful milestone! Here is Jin, back in the days of “Amusement Park” when she didn’t have any lines on stage because she had a cold when they recorded it.  But we can admire Jin dance! And here is refulgent […]

The Lovelyz maknae turns nineteen! She is very special and beloved. There is in Yein a special sort of innocence and caritas which makes her presence burn like that of an angel:  to contemplate her is to enter into a lovely sense of serenity and all-is-wellness.   Even as she has to work so tirelessly. […]

The great Roger Moore, seven times James Bond, has died at the age of 89. Roger Moore was more than just James Bond– he did a couple of non-Bond pictures with the great On Her Majesty’s Secret Service director Peter Hunt, for example.  But it is his dapper tenure as 007 from 1973 to 1985 […]

I just found out that Soyeon and Boram declined to renew their contracts.  And for what it’s worth, the other members have only renewed until December, so I’m hard-pressed to think they’ll be recording new material past the mini-album due next month, the last recording of 6-ara. And since the past two mini-albums have essentially been “placeholders” (even […]

The latest A Pink Japanese single is less J-pop than straight-up pure retro K-pop recalling the dulcet musicbox funk of S.E.S. and Baby VOX, and to top off the confectionary sound A Pink has mounted a video that is a veritable orgy of Rococo hues and girlish opulence: Fans of Kara’s enormously successful Japanese run […]

The sublimity of WJSN’s 3rd single, unleashed upon last weekend’s music shows! We’ve meant a million times to honor a hot new single in this fashion (alas, poor “Destiny”, dear “Only One”!), but superrookies WJSN richly deserve this with the utter loveability and insane infectiousness of their new masterwork. M! Countdown with hives of purple […]

A Pink’s special holiday single launches with an Easter Egg-hued video full of cute thrills: With a sound that makes it an appropriate companion piece to “Only One”, “Cause You’re My Star” doesn’t go for the soaring melodicism that typifies classic A Pink singles but nonetheless weaves a sweetly dulcet spell– with the glaring possible exception […]

Deflecting whatever slump might have been feared over the year’s hiatus since “Remember”, A Pink return with a gorgeously sophisticated new single and music video, giving a mature gloss to their autumn comeback while losing none of their exquisite girlish charm. The girls’ moody housesitting routines, eating pancakes alone on the stairs or dumping out […]

It’s still the 11th in the United States of Depravity, but already Sunday the 12th has begun in Korea and thus, we wish Lovelyz Jin her happy twentieth birthday! Ne! Since I have to travel, and since I stink at setting up correctly my posts to post at a set time (wordpress seems to have […]

Irradiant and angelic, supernal A Pink soars to triumph on Saturday’s Show! Music Core with another win for “Luv”: –with perhaps their most lambent and lively stage yet.  Congratulations, A Pink!  God Bless A Pink, and God bless the Pink Pandas!

“Just because.”

Oh My Girl’s techno-Narnia theme comes to Show! Music Core with this classically costumed and lit stage, which continues to be one of the most evocative in this elite girl group’s hardworking output:   Meanwhile, we find Lovelyz from the same broadcast with their peak anthem “Ah Choo”:   Though it might in one sense […]

A Greek portico with Oriental ambience and neon lighting (interspersed with a golden hued and rose-laced Chinese landscape painting) provides the LCD backdrop to ladylike A Pink performing in highwaisted black pants (Naeun’s of course the most severely fitted) and tops for the third week of promotions for their enchanting autumn single that ushered us […]

  Plus Sujeong’s screencap!  And Jin is sooo tempting at 1:35ff!

The rival Songs of the Decade, from K-pop’s greatest idol fairy groups:  

The potential Song of the Year gets another butterfly-backdropped workout, with the Shelleyan sextet in deep seagreen dresses:

Left at isteve by a commenter:

–they were playing some sort of video game, which involved some kind of place-mat thing they set out on a table where I was also sitting, and moved around their racecar-like mouses to compete.  It was somehow “retro” because they could select models by year and when they were selected one they counted back by […]

A rested and lightsome Yerin, wan and lambent Umji, and all the company perform their great midtempo lament “Summer Rain”!

Soyeon, then just five days past her twenty-seventh birthday, rocked the sweater, crucifix, and bellybutton ring look with amazing Soyeonesqueness.  Sure, she’s not known for “stage presence”, but here her placidly dolllike looks combined with trendy funkiness make her a knockout.  Plus, as the greatest vocalist of her generation, even against Shinsadong Tiger’s clubbanger wall […]

Naeun’s “gold bra” and de rigeur highwaisted pants, Hayoung’s supershiny hair, and Namjoo’s midriff (plus the sakeshe cling of her top) are among the delights on display as A Pink perform in front of a stylized Civil War battleship. Bomi’s baring the most belly (and rocking tall black boots), while the mommies of the group […]

–and news of a November Lovelyz comeback!  But in the meantime, savor more of the lasses in white, including Jin’s finally longer hair, which gives her a bit of a vibe of what Bomi will look like in a month or two (or maybe does now already):

The LCD backdrop scheme is so golden-splashed and Neo-Classically stylized, it’s something Pres. Trump could’ve dreamed up!

Eunji, Bomi, and Chorong bring the tall boots to the stage (while Hayoung, Naeun, and Namjoo are left to come up short–lolz) in A Pink’s second-week stage for Music Bank of their Fall 2016 anthem “Only One”:

I know, I know–it’s a song we’ve lambasted here.  But when Seulgi’s headset won’t work, drama ensues!  Our intrepid idol gets gifted a hand mic onstage, and Joy can barely contain her amusement:

Opening with snippets of the Dear album’s ballad arrangement of “Luv” plus “Mr Chu” and a sprightly “No No No”, this special stage presents “Only One” with the girls in martial-themed black and white outfits reminiscent of their stagewear during the classic “Luv” promotions. This one deserves more replay as it beautifully captures A Pink’s […]

Sure, God loves everyone.  And most people are idiots.  This does not mean, however, that people who aren’t idiots aren’t especially dear to God. On the contrary.  God hates fools.  God loves innocence.  “Wisdom is justified by all her children” and all that.  I really don’t know why some Christians insist upon making God sound […]

  Eunha knows the way I read my books!

The dissident Big Thinkers finally get to enjoy their confab, and we get to sit in too:

In summary:  Paddock was an undercover FBI agent handing out weapons to ISIS affiliates inside the United States, in an entrapment scheme with creepy/stupid echoes of “Fast and Furious”.  The ISIS terrorists got wind of his real identity, killed him, and gave us a downpayment of mayhem with their fresh cache of weapons by gunning […]

Clad in bold hues, K-Queens Red Velvet pump out “Red Flavor”:   And for all the talk that Seulgi’s abs deserve their own fan club, this time it was Joy who bared most prominently. And while we’re talking up bold hues, now’s a good time to post that Show! Music Core “Wow” I was rechecking […]

Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons.  Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune.  And:  Emma Parkinson.

One of the most refulgent, resplendent, Confucian, Christian, and K-selected moments in the history of music and film!

Says a commenter under this clip on deleted scenes from Alien: Covenant, which clearly is a worse film than Alien Resurrection:  

Apparently Seohyun can’t stand still for “Shake It”.  I can’t blame her, and the lengthy documentary evidence is entertaining, but Sunny’s reaction shot right at the beginning is the most priceless moment of all:   And this one first of all:   It’s weird to see all these 30 year old women in schoolgirl outfits […]

Along with present masterpieces “Summer Rain” and “Take My Hand”, I’m constantly returning these days to A Pink’s Autumn Comeback last fall, the splendid “Only One” which has proven its loveable longevity in my thoughts and playlist. And while I give the greatest attention to their run of Inkigayo performances, the Music Bank presentations share […]

Gorgeous blue dresses with scarlet trim, sparkling lights, showers of rose petals, and the epic opening wallgates a la A Pink doing “Lovely Day” back in the day:  it feels as though April’s time has come.  The opening shot recalls Bertolucci; the stage set and lighting are reminiscent of Kubrick.  Every sight and sound here […]

I wandered into a wonderful stage mix of Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor” and then decided to see what offerings there are for Laboum.  An “Only U” mix showed me there are a number of cool Inkigayo stages I seem to have missed, but then I went on to this mix for Laboum’s cinematic anthem for […]