Monthly Archives: January 2014

설날 Greetings From Dal Shabet

January 31st has arrived in Korea, and with it, the beginning of the three day Lunar New Year’s Holiday.  And thus, Lunar New Year Greetings from Dal Shabet!! Ne!  And here’s Dal Shabet unplugged with their poignant love ballad variously known as “The One All Along” and “Guess It Was You” and “Memories of You”: […]

에이핑크 눈 (음력설 ed.)

Christmas in January?  Why not?  We’ve got Snow. Oh, and we’ve got the Lunar New Year!

Fan Wars: “the conflict of Dal Shabet being named as the next SNSD”

A new Dal Shabet article at allkpop is riding high in the comments count, and this time it’s not because of that one poor fan who likes to post “I LOVE  DAL SHABET” two hundred times over. Pre-debut comparisons with SNSD were mentioned in a new Dal Shabet interview, and a lot of SONEs got […]

T-ara “Do You Know Me” Inkigayo Dec 8th 2013

These Inkigayo stages are mostly identical, yet so busy and full of exuberant life I’m compelled to collect them all. This title-page freeze of Boram is such a winner, no? I’ve written before about Boram’s underrated vocal qualities and noted her dawning preeminence at the time of “I Think I Know”, but all of this […]

Althouse: The Ex Post Facto SOTU “LiveBlog”

Too boring for her to go through the trouble in real time, but Ann Althouse has a nice ten-point compendium the morning after: 1. Most memorable line: “Are you going to have sex with me or do I have to rape you?” That’s a paraphrase. Let me get the actual quote from the text. Obama […]

King Solomon’s State of the Union (Proverbs 28)

2 For the sins of the land many are the princes thereof: and for the wisdom of a man, and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the prince shall be prolonged. –Signifying 535+2+9 critters, mostly worthless.  And for our sins, we keep them. 4  They that forsake the law, praise […]

Dal Shabet is in the building

The audio isn’t so great, but as a “performance” it’s delightful: Preternaturally tall Subin rocks the soft grunge look in ombre hair, while diminutive Woohee looks like a brooding fairy-princess with bedhead– and Ah Young like her more caffeinated 여동생 (though technically she’s her 언니). And on our left, Kaeun shows off her seven-syllables-per-second rapping, Jiyul rocks evanescent […]

Separate but filthy: Britain’s modest Muslim medics don’t need to wash their hands

Even I can be shocked, from time to time.  From the UK’s The Telegraph: Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms   to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be “bare below the elbow”.  The Department of Health has also relaxed rules prohibiting jewellery so that Sikh […]

First Global Warming Came for the polar bears, and I did nothing [NSF animal lovers]

We’re all going to burn alive if you damned bitterclinger Westerners don’t hand over your 40 watt incandescent light bulbs NOW! Who are you going to believe, your worthless Bible-thumping frozen fingers or SCIENCE!? The Earth is on fire, and you still want to turn the heat up?  I hope you damned capitalists all wind […]

A Pink for the win (and still hwaiting!)

This is a few weeks old, but here’s A Pink winning Music Bank: [Okay, it’s been in my drafts since August 20th.  I wondered what had become of all the “No No No”s I thought I’d itemized. . . .]

“Prostitutes” vs “sex workers”; Liberalism and Communism

I was rambling through the archives of the late great Lawrence Auster, looking for something else, but I chanced across this, an entry I’d never looked at before or, if I had, taken no special note of.  But Larry concluded with a wonderful brief note, wittily Horatian in its curious and charming chivalry even as […]

Who is this pasty bug-eyed slag and why does she play royalty on televison?

–I’m not even complaining about the demi-shaved hair, per se.  No, let’s waive that aside [Ed.:  Is there a pun?  —No, but if she wants to play Leia, she’s got one bun missing.].  Just look at that coke-crazy thousand yard stare: Freak. I mean, she looks like a Dixie Chick from space who crashed into […]

A Tale of Two Cosmos

An allkpop user funs around with the meme generator: The very juxtaposition is blasphemous, but the point is made. –I love how the “living paycheck to paycheck” article sneaks in at the bottom after “threesome confessions” and “BEST SEX EVER!”  lolzlzlolzlozlolzlolzz Sounds like somebody’s got Bernankified . . . .  

Jiyoung Departs KARA

Well, and now teen goddess Jiyoung joins Nicole in departing K-pop institution KARA.  From soompi: We reported earlier that Kang Ji Young had notified DSP that she has no plans to re-sign her contract, due to end in April, to stay with the agency and in Kara. In the report, Kang Ji Young’s father stated that […]

“N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers”

There is no evidence that the N.S.A. has implanted its software or used its radio frequency technology inside the United States. LOLZLOLLZLZOLZ

“The earth is littered with the ruins of empires”

“that believed they were eternal,” writes Camille Paglia. Braudel briefly recounts the fall of such a one in his History of Civlizations thus: In 1565, at the battle of Talikoti, the ‘Hindu’ Kingdom of Vijayanagar in the Deccan, despite its million soldiers, was mortally defeated by the cavalry and especially the artillery of the Muslim […]

Nicole departs KARA

A distraught K-pop fan writes: as a second generation kpop fan i am distraught with this news as i sit here  shaking my butt to mr.  now i have to shake my butt to girl’s day and apink. and get with the times  of these young people. sigh sigh. –Hey, we don’t “shake our butts” […]

1,000 Days of A Pink

It’s the coveted 1000th Day Anniversary: And thus this little commemorative digital single to tidy us through. Ah, Namjoo:  how you make every moment of your waking life look so pleasantly startled as though you had just heard the most galvanizing good thing.  Eunji, you are such a dorky dear. Ah, all of you– if I don’t […]

Fresh-Faced A Pink

Apparently we’ll have to wait a bit for the actual next A Pink album, but a “digital single” is on its way: The members of A Pink will be releasing their new single album in celebration of the 1,000th day since their debut.  On January 9, A Pink’s label, A Cube Entertainment, stated A Pink […]

T-ara: “Do You Know Me” on Inkigayo (Dec. 15th)

Because my Holidays never really end . . . .

Happy Birthday Jihyun!

Are we here again already?  Is it again time?  Sigh.  Well, today 4Minute’s statuesque Jihyun turns 24, which makes her “25” in Korea and– well, her age in Western terms might not flatter non-elite sensibilities, so I’ll demure.  Suffice it to say, Jihyun is hot and goddessy as ever, still the Leader of an elite […]

Oy, here comes that humblebrag again

If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard it, I’d– well, I’d be rich as a– — when you have two Jews together you will get three opinions. Vox Day replies: Sam, with all due respect, you keep saying that, but the average Gentile doesn’t find that charming or clever. It sounds more like […]

3 Years With Dal Shabet

Ne!  Three years and seven records ago, into our lives there stepped sweet Dal Shabet: and shortly we’ll be served their 8th single!: which will transport us, apparently, into a retro-80s world of European brooding and colorful disco abandon. lolzolzollolz omg “MINDDISEASED” I hope they put the tearful acoustic version of “Be Ambitious” on the mini-album, […]

Manmade Global Changing is real, damnit!!!

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia even in a region where residents are accustomed to bundling up. This “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, is […]

Homer: “A couple of good allies”

To this Telemachus answered: “Father, I have always heard of your renown both in the field and in council, but the task you talk of is a very great one:  I am awed at the mere thought of it; two men cannot stand against many and brave ones. . . . If we face such […]

Dal Shabet’s Next Comeback: Now, “without any exposure of skin”

Well, it turns out E-tribe, having just returned to the pop fray by crafting miss A’s big comeback hit “Hush”, will not be writing the 8th Dal Shabet single, for that august responsibility has been turned over to– Six-member girl group Dal Shabet will be making a comeback in the start of the year, and […]

Dal Shabet’s next comeback, with forebodings of mature femininity

A tiny number of spammers (or maybe it’s just one) have thrust the Dal Shabet teaser pics article to Most Read status over at allkpop.  Admittedly, a bit fanatical and underhanded, especially as most of the spamming is lazy three-word phrases.  Still, how can I not endorse the sentiment of one “lovedalshabet”, who writes: PLEASE […]

Lovely Day

A formal “Happy New Year” greetings is as good an occasion as any to revisit a snippet from A Pink’s epochal Secret Garden summer comeback: with Hayoung leading the march like a school of angels from out Heaven’s gate. Sadly, I somehow haven’t visited mnet’s channel lately, which means I missed this funky Christmas “Do […]

“Global Warming” scientists stuck in ice

LOLZOLZLZLZOLZLOLZ Vox Day reports: As it happens, the MV Akademik Schokalskiy will not reach its destination. The “climate scientists” on board are unable to reach the century-old base camp of Douglas Mawson and observe how the climate has changed because their ship is stuck in so much ice that one icebreaker after another has been […]