Monthly Archives: November 2017

3 Years in this glorious Inkigayo stage for A Pink’s “Luv”

The second week’s “Luv” stage sees the girls in a rapturously autumnal setting, and puts them on the cusp of the triumphant Triple Crown victory that would commence with the third week.  Even among the sublimities of the “Luv” era, this stage beams so brightly! Advertisements

“The girl is a squishy, pretty squirrel who deserves all sorts of love.”

says onehallyu poster ReveLuvAZ of . . . Wendy!

the best girlgroup ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

–claims commenter Le Hai Ha, and I’m not inclined to disagree.

I think Lovelyz actually had to repel a few Indian attacks as they were building this stage

–a little riff on Kubrick’s The Shining, whose decorative motifs the LCD screens mimic.  Once again, Woolim delivers luxurious outfits, and Lovelyz do not disappoint:  

A walk in the park

A walk in the park is a lot of fun; but I hope that smell I stepped in wasn’t dung.

Happy Birthday Yulhee!

Former and forever Laboum Yulhee turns twenty! We hope Yulhee has found love and happiness–and why not love and a baby carriage?  Yes, she is still so young, but already in her teen years she has secured a place in the annals of popular music and touched the hearts of thousands. May God bless and […]

The other 2017 April masterpiece

It can’t be denied: April has made two strong shots at Best Song of the Year.  While we still bask in the autumn swirl of “Take My Hand”, the chill of approaching Christmas reminds us to gather round again for “April Story”:  

The mics are a bit shaky, but everything else here is so cosmic

The gorgeous outfits, the Crayola-hued and stiletto-sharp stage lights: WJSN (sans Mei Qi) in fine form on Music Bank’s stage with the evergreen and glorious “I Wish”: OMG Dayoung and Bona on the cover screencap! Yes I loved that flirty improve at first sight! Keep singing and dancing down that flower path to destiny!  WJSN […]

“The birth of this song changes the current kpop girl group scene forever.”

–a dedicated onehallyu thread for the 3rd anniversary of A Pink and Shinsadong Tiger’s magnum opus, the Song of the Decade, “Luv”.

Vittorio Storaro’s First Oscar

  With Godfather Part III star George Hamilton!

Lucent “Luv”

  Luv Bomi’s brooch too!

Free Styxhexenhammer!

We interrupt this Thanksgiving’s viewing of Hannah and Her Sisters to report that Styx, after posting a video criticizing google for downgrading RT’s returns in order to “protect” us from wrongthink, has been removed from youtube for “violating community guidelines”! Totalitarian bullshit!  You coward faggot commie “liberals”, the man’s a centrist! Heck, he’s not even […]

Happy Birthday Woohee!

Dal Shabet’s Woohee turns 26! The pop princess is still–as far as I know?–competing on The Unit, but whatever she’s up to, we wish Sweet Woohee a happy birthday!   Woohee hwaiting!

Classics never go out of style

–like miss A in patent leather performing their E-tribe produced classic “Hush”: A song I did say at the time I admired coldly rather than viscerally.  And yet, particularly of late, I return to it over and over: it has proven itself one of the canonical works in K-pop, and a song which, though not […]

Happy Birthday Sujeong!

Teen queen no more, Goddess  Sujeong turns 20!   May you twinkle forever, beautiful and preppy and peppy and lovely Lovelyz Sujeong!  God bless you! Sujeong hwaiting!

GFriend in 2017 is awesome, I don’t care what anybody says

Why it’s been such a struggle (comparatively speaking) for them this year will, I think, go down as one of the great headscratchers in K-pop history.  It looks to me like they did everything right:

Diary of the Red: Red Velvet’s “Peek-a-boo” MV Review

With an intriguingly rancid Fulci-style look and macabre story of predation, “Peek-a-Boo” is a creative–but infuriating–entry in the Red Velvet music video pantheon. Hearkening back to the dreamlike, lowkey eroticism of “Automatic”, the latest Red Velvet offering shows us the girls as apparent zombie girls with a vampiric taste for hunting boyish prey.  In the […]

Rrgh Grfghrr so hard not to . . . like . . . “Likey”

This does not change the fact that all their previous releases suck.

Teaser Two for Red Velvet’s “Peek-a-boo” looks like a Lucio Fulci movie

I don’t recommend Lucio Fulci movies, but they do have a certain look about them, and this video looks like it’s going to be very creepy and inventive. I hope. Not that Red Velvet videos are ever crap–even “Rookie” is sort of interesting and technically very well done if you turn the sound off– but […]

Can somebody please explain to the NFL that the problem is not Papa John’s or Jerry Jones–it’s their goddamn players who started this “divisive” crap

It just kills me to see these newsfeed items like “Papa John’s apologizes for CEO’s divisive remarks” or “NFL accuses Jerry Jones of stirring up controversy”.  Hey listen assholes: the only ones “stirring up controversy” are your millionaire felons in spandex who insist upon disrespecting the National Anthem at your games.  Anyone who complains about […]

The Gossip Girls Once More

I was amused with the comments under this Blackpink performance as well, so here’s more of Lisa doing her thing with the rest of her crew:  

Fall into Christmas: Lovelyz’ “Twinkle” MV Review

Whatever else you may think of the new Lovelyz MV, I’ve never seen so much Christmas imagery displayed in what is still the golden warmth of Autumn.  And that’s gotta be something pretty important in itself: With obvious throwbacks to “Shooting Star”, this video is also suggestive of SNSD’s “All My Love Is For You” […]

Rainbow Eight Years Ago Today with “Gossip Girl”

And Noeul rocking the shiniest wetlook leggings (but Woori gets a comparatively matte pair too).  Best of all, Goddess Yoonhye when she had lines, raps, and plenty of time to show her presence!

“Secretly loves to sing and dance”

One Isabel Hernandez writes: From the outfits: Lisa: Drama queen: always involved in everything. Prom queen. Jisoo: The cute new girl: all the guys want to date her. She writes songs in her spare time. Jennie;”: The cute bad girl. Very mysterious and loves to rap and dance. Rose: Lisa’s best friend: sassy, cute, kind, […]

Chung Ha’s Backup dancers

–built like brick houses. I haven’t rewatched these in a while, so I’d have to research what, if any, changes there were to the lineup as her lengthy promotions went on, and after that poor flub the girl made on Show Champion when she completely forgot to lift Chung Ha’s leg (and basically messed it […]

Lovelyz’ “Twinkle”: the long teaser

Well, this is either going to be very pretty and Christmasy and another masterpiece, or else it’ll just be very pretty and Christmasy: I can settle for “pretty and Christmasy” but I confess, are we sure this is the lead single?  Or is this a kind of “Good Night Like Yesterday”/”Shooting Love” b-side release to […]

Ten Points of the Alt-Right: A Manifesto

I. Truth. The Alt-Right believes in objective truth. Man surveys the myriad phenomena of the human, living, and physical worlds and beholds sequence and symmetry. We notice patterns and test predictions. Humans exist not apart from the natural order, but occupy a remarkable place within in as rational animals. The search for truth is what […]

Red Velvet’s “Peek-a-boo” teaser looks like a Dario Argento movie

Is this going to be some sort of Inferno meets Dawn of the Dead scenario? But Yeri, what is this “Love sees no colour” crap?  The hell it doesn’t!  Keep it Yellow, my Yellow Angels! Unless of course Wendy is somehow half-White or, God help us, half-Jewish.  In which case I think she should just […]

Rococo T-ara

Chinoiserie dresses and backdrops for their second week “Tiamo” stage on Inkigayo– but did they abandon their children helpers early? I’m sure they were on the other shows through the Goodbye Stages, or some of them at least!  But otherwise, a charming and elegant performance:

Yerin and SinB have a sequel to “GFriend Loves Europe”? “The Friends in the Adriatic Sea”

Something I’ll need to watch– and something to prod me to finally watch the rest of GFriend Loves Europe, subtitle problems and all.

Well . . . the Lord has taken Yulhee and JinE away from our sight,–but He has put Hyunjoo back on the stage!

I mean, it’s a dark week in K-pop BUT: last year, did you think you’d ever get to see beloved Hyunjoo back on a stage and doing Kara covers?  Nope!! God works in mysterious ways.  The Lord be praised for Hyunjoo’s return!

T-ara’s Japanese “Lovey Dovey” on stage: boy, those were the days

In internet K-pop parlance, every comeback has now become an “era”, so that, for example, fans of Red Velvet or WJSN or Laboum or April or any other group that’s had two singles this year (three, in April’s case!) can and will refer to what their group was doing six months ago as “such a […]

A well-photographed Haein fancam

I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but I’m going to put it here for reference.  It’s from one of the last (or the last) Laboum OT6 performances:

Happy Laboum in Happy Times

Idol Yulhee and the gang before golden microphones sing their masterpiece:

I dream that Laboum’s Yulhee kissed me; I wake up and find out that Yulhee has left Laboum

In one of my life’s most shocking instances of synchronicity, I enjoyed this morning a very long and detailed dream in which I was flirting over breakfast with Laboum’s Solbin and Yulhee, only to discover a little after awaking (after first mini-marathoning some Laboum videos) that in real life Yulhee has, this very morning, left […]

T-ara Live!

Bomi horses around

Dancing Machine Bomi goofs around for the amusement of A Pink:

Styxhexenhammer: Trump wants you to watch what Mueller does next

Though blackpill on Crooked Hillary going to jail, Styx is confident John Podesta hasn’t slept in days.  While Tony P. is the most proximate target for Mueller, John has to worry about the Hollyweird stuff too [NB so does Tony to, but I get what Styx means]