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AOA’s “Excuse Me”: The Mannequin Challenge

The sake-she dolls of AOA become true dolls for this engaging exercise!

“Oriental Valley Girl With Pitch Correction”: Perfume’s “Spring of Life”

Thus blurbs Greg Eliot for Perfume’s “Spring of Life”, minus his opening “Ugh!” lolzlolz Well, I admit I like it though:

Petit Macaron: Laboum’s “Hwi Hwi” Inkigayo Comeback Stage

Laboum’s supercharged, candy-dandy Comeback Stage is a techno-color feast for eyes and ears:   plus the giant soapbubbles practically smack Soyeon in the face– but that’s not stopping her! youtube champion commenter May Be writes: This stage is The Essence of LABOUM – the colorful, joyful, cheering and beautiful girls singing the colorful, joyful, cheering […]

A Fancam of Hyomin Singing “Road Trip” in leather pants

This is my personal fave song from Hyomin’s terrific second solo album, and to further accentuate the gracefully jazzy proceedings Hyomin dances away in snug leather(ette) trousers:   OMG Take Two!   Oh yes Take Three!!

The looming end of T-ara

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 […]

Stefan Molyneux: “Dear French Women”

Pushing (and praying) hard for Strike Three against the GloboHomo project: electing Marine Le Pen President of the French Republic:   NB:  Not that there is anything wrong with being a “racist”.  The true French are a vastly superior stock.  Kick out all the non-French!

Oh My Girl’s “Coloring Book”: Now with fan commentary

I haven’t been totally sleeping on “Coloring Book”, but beneath this fun Inkigayo stage fans expound on their pros and cons about this latest comeback: NinjaKitkatt writes: I didn’t like the song at first, but after watching enough of the live perfs and the dance videos it becomes really addictive. I just think at first […]

Laboum Soars on the Charts!

Early word has it they’ve moved almost 20,000 physical units of the new mini-album in the first four days! Fans are galvanized to give them their first trophy for The Show.  Meanwhile, here’s their M! Countdown Comeback stage: Laboum hwaiting!

All Senses Are Overload: the “Navillera” X “Hwi Hwi” mashup

You can watch it with the sound off if you like, just to enjoy Laboum and GFriend comin’ acha all at once!  But the sonic confab was pretty amusing too:   Though I’m assuming Yuji’s voice received some manipulation to get that dogwhistle effect going on:  I’ve never heard that in any performance of “Navillera” […]

Red Velvet’s Irene “looks super HOT in nerdy glasses + leather jacket”

That’s the headline at koreaboo, where we read: Red Velvet‘s Irene has a natural talent for making any outfit look adorable, even when it has an edgy kick! On their way to Taiwan for their concert, the Red Velvet members were all spotted sporting very stylish airport fashion, especially Irene’s! Wearing an all black outfit that […]

ARWAYS!: Happy 6th Anniversary A Pink!

The April 19th special single:   The world’s greatest group turns six today.  From “Mollayo” and “Wishlist” to “Hush” and “Boy”, “My My” and “Prince” to “Secret Garden” and “Lovely Day”, “Sunday Monday” and “Crystal” to “Petal” and “Deja Vu” and “Fairy” and “Bye Bye”– how can we count the blessings they have bestowed upon […]

Eunji Wins Show Champion!

–and in time for the A Pink anniversary and latest “April 19th” single, “Always”! This is something fans had talked a lot about making want to happen, and I’m very happy it did.  Congratulations Eunji!  A Pink hwaiting!

President Trump Strikes Back Against H1-B

  Stirring remarks from the President in Wisconsin for the signing of a new executive order “Buy American, Hire American” to reform the H1-B program and, the President promises, end the displacement of American workers in an unfair playing field. Pres. Trump also mentions renewing the space program (“we need it psychologically”) and an infrastructure […]

There’s a music video for Loona 1/3’s “Love & Live”

–with Digipedi shooting in New Zealand and Hong Kong?  Hey idiot, did you just think this was something they were doing a special stage for on Inkigayo? Good grief.  I really wonder where my mind is sometimes.  [Ed.:  Nuclear Armageddon?  The death of Assad?  War in Korea?] Eh.  Well, maybe.  But that’s no excuse!

Wedding Cake: Laboum’s “Winter Story” on Show! Music Core 2016-12-10

I knew there were several great stages for “Winter Story” but the one that stands out in my memory is the Inkigayo Comeback with its dazzling lighting and final tableau.  I knew there was one from Simply K-pop that stood out too but, briefly consulting the arirang k-pop channel I suddenly realized there are like […]

Laboum’s “Hwi Hwi” MV Review

K-pop’s most underrated girl group returns  with the delightful “Hwi Hwi”! As the “Honorary Producers” ‘page’ indicates, Laboum still isn’t out of the commercial underwoods yet.  A year ago, the same crowdsourcing helped launch “Fresh Adventure”/”Journey to Atlantis”, a masterpiece single that won them some well-deserved plaudits (from Nation’s First Love Suzy included), and which […]

Hyoyeon’in Around: “Mystery” on Inkigayo

SM Ent’s been pumping out so many single and outright novelty tracks from their stable of artists that I never even got around to checking out this Hyoyeon debut: even though I did have a vague idea it was out there somewhere:   It’s not as exciting for me as f(X) Luna’s “Free Somebody”, which […]

Happy Birthday Namjoo!

A Pink’s glorious Kim Namjoo turns twenty-two! Namjoo–my special love– and still so very young! Sigh.  We’ve been through so many great times together– but I still long for more.  What is a day without wallowing in A Pink?  Fortunately, I’ve just kicked off this calendar date by watching their Pink Summer concert in full! […]

How da GBFM(TM) characterizes churchian male leadership

This is from a long time ago, and the parties in question may be good pals by now for all I know; but back in the day, de GreatBooksForMen had some choice words with which to characterize a certain blinders-on notion of what it means to be a woman-leading man: In da GBFM’s characterization of […]

Good Friday

Dream not of their fight As of a duel, or the local wounds Of head or heel. Not therefore joins the Son Manhood to Godhead, with more strength to foil Thy enemy, nor so is overcome Satan, whose fall from Heav’n, a deadlier bruise, Disabled not to give thee thy death’s wound, Which he, who […]

Campground: PA on the prep for physical defense

Blogger and National Merit Commenter PA writes about the atrocity story currently making the rounds, about a German couple in the woods assaulted by a lone Ghanian “migrant” with a machete.  The woman was raped– or, depending upon what ambiguity some find in the source materials, perhaps only “assaulted”– but her boyfriend did nothing, despite the potential for […]

“We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.”

–says President Trump.  I’m impressed that he sees that there are more impressive options than the aircraft carrier. Well, but it’s odd:  with the “powerful submarines” is he speaking of their cruise missile-launching capabilities?  Or is he making a threat of nuclear attack? Modified Ohio-class subs can carry up to 154 Tomahawk missiles, giving them […]

Oh My Gi7l’s “Coloring Book”, courtesy of M2

The individual fancams may be out, but M! Coutdown is still cranking out alternative ways to experience new singles like Oh My Girl’s “Coloring Book”:   Okay, maybe the idea of a “fancam” of the whole group is a bit odd.  But can we object to Oh My Girl mugging for the camera in their […]

“Jared Kushner is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

Mickey Kaus, genius and saint, is running hard with the “President Kushner” meme so we don’t have to. But maybe we should anyway? I don’t think Kaus has lost all hope.  But he’s playing a strong rhetorical hand that’s grounded in what appears to be a troublingly high level of interference in major policy by […]

The World May Burn, but if it doesn’t: a Laboum Comeback Is On Its Way!

Few things reaffirm this blog’s faith in history than a Laboum comeback.  From the dreadful hour we missed the fact of the “Sugar Sugar” comeback until a few days into it, we’ve paid special care to keep our ears open for the next coming of K-pop’s greatest shouldn’t-be-nugu group.  There was the bliss of “Aalow […]

The Third Coming of the Second Coming of “Gee”: the Japanese remake of A Pink’s “It Girl”

SNSD’s “Gee” is such a seminal classic, not only for that seminal band but for all of K-pop and thus Art itself as we know it in the 21st Century, that it sounds maniacally partisan to suggest that A Pink’s second single–no flop but certainly with nothing of the commercial impact of SNSD’s defining megahit– […]

If Anything Could Make Red Velvet’s “Rookie” Enjoyable, Joy’s Plastic Overalls Would Be It

Enigmatic Waifu Joy does look fetching in these transparent purple vinyl overalls: But good grief does this song still suck! Trying to find something sonically palatable in this song is like trying to find effervescent refreshment in a glass of warm piss. And I’m thinking about specific moments in the song where I think to […]

A Dolls Like These: gugudan on Music Bank, 2017-04-07

gugudan’s frilliest and femininest “A Girl Like Me” ever?

Peninsula of the Cherry Blossoms

A return for more glorious WJSN “I Wish” (we can’t ever get enough helpings or rehelpings thereof!): I was rewatching this one last night, before discovering the joys of Uzzu Tape, which hopefully we’ll get to here later (I watched half of Ep 13 “last night” and just finished it now). Meanwhile, Vox Day has […]

Lovelyz “Wow” on Show! Music Core Today (amid rumors of a repackaged album)

A bright and knitty Lovelyz on Show! Music Core today.  Everyone got the pyramid stage stuff apparently (at least it was OMG’s stage too– hope that’s not some cabalist crap), but these Lovelyz outfits are really doll-lightful! They would in fact make plausible and pleasing streetwear for any lovelies in one’s own life. I have […]

In Other News, I Guess A Pink Did A Soundtrack for Some Anime Program

Well, it was just released today I guess!   It’s not “Love Like a Fairytale” but naturally we welcome all additions to the A Pink canon!

Oh My Girl’s “Coloring Book” Comeback on M! Countdown

The B-side “Perfect Day” stage with the girls in vaguely, uhm, sportif leather shorts:   And of course with the main attraction (and in their cute sailor-y girl outfits):   Ah, indefatigueable Hyojung and Goddess Jiho!  I was about to apotheosize all this as a blast from a better world untouched by the present fear […]

I Stand With Assad

Of this much we can be certain:  President Assad did not “gas his own people.” Whatever one’s ignorance of the Syrian conflict, even the least well-informed must understand that, at the present juncture, Pres. Assad’s government has all but won it.  With Pres. Putin’s assistance, and with a new, supposedly anti-interventionist President in Washington, Pres. […]

One Year in Laboum’s “Fresh Adventure”: the Unofficial Theme Song of the Trump Era

May it remain so, and all our dearest dreams be fulfilled!

Total Darkness: President Trump must not attack Syria

Of this supposed gas attack in Syria, we may be sure of this:  President Assad did not launch it. Whether it even exists is of course up for question.  If gas was used, then either by ISIS under their own initiative, or at the behest of the Mossad or CIA, or else the Mossad or […]

Happy Birthday Jiho!

Christian Bodhisattva and Goddess, Oh My Girl’s Jiho, turns twenty! I always think of Jiho as “Goddess Jiho” to the point where I think it must be considered an official name for her.  Is there quite another K-pop idol quite as completely goddessy as Jiho?  K-pop is an elite institution, our present day’s Renaissance, rife […]

Lovelyz’s “Wow” Comeback Stages

It’s not too late to pay homage to the “Wow” comeback, even if this is a month overdue.  It was depressing of course to miss Yein until late in the run, but all the same they delivered a host of colorful and endearing performances. Starting with M! Countdown, where Jiae gets the orange leather skirt: […]

Harem of the gookbots: miss A wins Inkigayo with “Hush”

I know that must sound incredibly “racist” but for some reason this weekend this wheat cracker has felt incredibly sexy saying the word “gookbot”. [Ed.:  I think I know the reason why.] It’s Heartiste with that damned sexbot apocalypse! That and, obviously, miss A look pretty “out of this world” in this performance. But obviously, Suzy, Fei, […]

A.DE’s Rachel may be one of those robots we’ve been hearing about

It would explain her extraordinary size and perfect proportions and of course her dancing skills: Okay, it’s not true though.  But we still love you Rachel “the Robot”!  Hwaiting! And now this is absolutely the last post I’m posting today.  Have a Good Time!

Plus, I had a dream about Oh My Girl’s Mimi this morning!

But I’m exhausted with writing today, so I’ll try and fill in that story tomorrow. (I love you, Mimi!)