Author Archives: Lucius Somesuch

GFriend Win M! Countdown With “Summer Rain”

The topic of GFriend’s relative slide in popularity from a top tier monolith in 2016 to a– well, they would be a solid low-top tier even now, except nothing succeeds like success but nothing fails like relative failure– is a painful one I still can’t figure out.  The Inkigayo wins for “Fingertip” and “Love Whisper” […]

Tweets from Counter.Fund (Pax Dickinson)

As he says, it could go down any time–and, as he’s keenly aware, there isn’t much of a substitute hanging around thanks to Dr. No’s hissyfit tantrum.  Why, keen insights on that business are a good part of the charm here.  Let’s cull at random: Police are capable of preventing mob violence anytime they want. […]

Love. Light. Hope. (in other words, an Oh My Girl “Windy Day” Stage Mix!)

Savor the transformative bliss of so many classic stages whizzing by in this compendium of Oh My Girl’s epic promotions for “Windy Day”, the song that spawned not only one of the all-time great music videos but also the best choreo of 2016.   What a Work of Art!  Or, I should say, works of […]

Rock Out With “Vintage” Lovelyz

It’s getting on toward two years since Lovelyz8 filled the air with magic, along with its surprise Christmastime spinoff single, but that’s no reason not to bask in the youth and warmth of it now:     This “Ah-Choo” is the one with the dreamily slow soap bubbles, and the zoom-in on Kei is like […]

Loona Odd Eye Circle Teasers I’ve Missed

Apparently a lot of them. I’m disappointed that two of the tracks on their forthcoming minialbum, including the single, are co-written by some White chick from Australia.  Yeah I know, Swedes wrote “Dumb Dumb” and “Genie”, and those are classics, but still I prefer my K-pop Korean.  Plus the album teaser just seems a bit […]

“I don’t care about others people opinion, I Do Loved This song. It sounds so good, is not like the typical idol song more like a vocal group, is so aesthetical and fits the weather which is autumn (gaeul).”

–wrote commenter Eunji Apink (not that Eunji A Pink!) 10 months ago beneath this Inkigayo performance of “Only One”:   And, while I’m no fan of “vocal groups” as such, clearly A Pink is a glorious pop group in the vocal department– and this song, despite its lack of trophies, remains a beautifully rich and […]

The lid to my Yoplait yogurt told me to “listen to my favorite song”, so I did

Forty(one) Days with GFriend’s “Love Whisper”

It feels so much longer–but these past days of August and now September have been heavy with loss, controversy, and destruction here at home.  Yet “Love Whisper” has sonically shone heavenward through these clouds. But in Korea, there was another Inkigayo trophy–though admittedly GFriend haven’t reascended to the hegemony they won in 2016.  But the […]

Hayoung Cradles the Show Champion Trophy Sweetly

–before eventually swinging it vigorously in time to the tune of A Pink’s triumph.  Finally, the girls set it on the stage and sing to it, Namjoo hitting her high note with especially ringing power!

Chorong Sniffs Out Pink B’N, Eunji is Clairvoyant, and Other Games with A Pink

Laboum Soyeon and Red Velvet Wendy: Separated at Birth?

 

Yeonjung Falls From the Sky

–and other retro-futurist, Narnia/Dune neon magic delights from WJSN’s “Secret” MV:   The song is an acknowledged phenomenal masterpiece–but too seldom have I indulged watching the video over and over too.  Too bad I didn’t have this when I was a child–but then, it makes one of me again, adrift in the melancholy and excitement […]

A Pink: Ambassadors for K-pop in Japan

Of course, A Pink already practically are K-pop in Japan, what with so many top ten Oricon hits over there.  But then, that’s why it’s essential to have them on the stage for a KCON or any such expo of the Hallyu Wave when playing in Japan:   That was last autumn, as “Only One” […]

WJSN’s “I Wish” Makes Me So Happy

–and the Japanese like it too! Yeoreum, Yeonjung, Cheng Xiao and the whole gang really do splash joy around like golden retrievers during a sun’s-out shower.  My heart aches at the sight of such beauty and joy–and God keep Korea at peace, and free from foreign intervention!  

“peril-tost on barbarous strands”: Dido’s introductions to Aeneas

Astonished by his looks, then by his plight And sore distress, Sidonian Dido spake: “What Doom pursues thee, Goddess-born? What spite Casts thee so peril-tost on barbarous strands? Art that Aeneas whom sweet Venus bore Dardan Anchises by the Simois stream? I mind how Teucer, from his land expelled, To Sidon came, and sought to […]

Jisook, “Coming Sook” (a ship that has sailed)

Well, we can always hope Jisook has further tv or cover girl opportunities– and Goddess Yoonhye has talked about a Rainbow reunion!

Xenomorph Speaks: Ridley Scott Almost Ruined the Original “Alien”

As crappy as so many of his subsequent films have been, arguably reaching the nadir with Alien: Covenant, I still clung to the idea that the young Scott was, for two movies, The Next Stanley Kubrick before he all let it fall apart. And then I just watched this: So apparently the young and callow […]

Yein Dances Like a Goof, Jin Cries Like a Yerin: Lovelyz Win Their First Trophy on “The Show”

We should have annotated this happy and historic event before, but probably we didn’t.  Lovelyz win on SBS The Show, and true to form the maknae sweetness and light of Yein (combined no doubt with a little bit of that magic potion from Lovelyz In Wonderland that made her Leader for a day still running […]

Styxenhammer: President Trump Will Crush All GOP Naysayers, Cruise to Second Term Triumph

A.De rock winged eyeliner on “The Show”

Top Ten 6-week sales figures for K-pop Girl Group Releases in 2017

–as compiled by a poster at onehallyu: Downloads 1. Twice – Knock Knock (735,770) 2. Red Velvet – Red Flavor (721,421) 3. Twice – Signal (641,816) 4. Blackpink – AIIYL (626,381) 5. Mamamoo – Yes I am (624,834) 6. Unnies – Right? (567,938) 7. Red Velvet – Rookie (557,487) 8. Apink – Five (487,546) 9. […]

Romantic April (“April Story” on Music Bank)

Here is the February 3rd broadcast of e.one and April’s lush masterpiece of melancholy K-pop:   With our agonized snow princesses (including today’s birthday ballerina Rachel)  enacting such a poignant and impassioned “painful fairy tale”.

Happy Birthday Rachel!

April’s Rachel– who, omg, is the new maknae!  how did I not notice before? OH THAT’S RIGHT BECAUSE I CAN’T DO MAFF DUMBASS 2001 COMES AFTER 2000!!!– turns seventeen! Whew! I was freaking out there for a moment.  Now when Jinsol’s birthday comes on December 4th she’ll turn sixteen! Anyway, Rachel only joined us this […]

Romantic WJSN (“Secret” on Music Bank)

The audio isn’t ideal on this one, but with the slightly gothic costumes that make WJSN look like witchy teens this one is a pleasure for the eyes. I especially love watching the ways it catches, for instance, Dayoung in those broken mechanical doll reaching-above-our-heads-for-the-heavens motions.  Plus, Goddess Bona in that black beret!  Exy of […]

Romantic T-ara (“Tiamo” on Music Bank)

I’ve been sifting through some of the myriad highlights of my years watching K-pop broadcast performances so as to add just a few chestnuts to the “pages” at the top of the blog, but springboarding from one to another I caught up with this Music Bank performance of “Tiamo”, this time without their backup (forward-up?) […]

“All girl groups are amazing except Ugly twice. Cannot sing live. Cheap. Nursery rhyme songs no creativity at all”

–writes first time poster Zinka at onehallyu. Well, especially for a first ever post (comment #150 in the relevant thread), Zinka really hits it out of the ballpark. I cannot for the life of me understand how anybody admires any of Twice’s singles.  They’re complete garbage.  Quite literally, every girl group in K-pop makes better […]

Baby Soul Got Kicked Out of Canada?!? (where’s Eric?)

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 […]

Awakening from a nightmare set in Canada, I set about watching “Lovelyz Loves Canada”

A mountaineer plunges off the side of a grisly peak in the Yukon–but survives his fall (and even being whacked midfall by another falling body), only to be declared the victim of foul play by a Native American female paramedic after he lands safely in a parking lot but is put down by an unseen […]

Though it’s not as elaborate as the Comeback Stages for Inkigayo or Show! Music Core, Lovelyz’ “Now, We” on M! Countdown Has Its Distinctive Charms

I haven’t done justice to this stage, with its floating furniture straight out of the video, which gives it a quaint minimalist charm (here the chairs are colorful, as though they’d taken a brief detour through Oh My Girl’s “Coloring Book” MV), and with the Lovelyz in sweet pyjama-style outfits, our Main Vocals Kei and […]

Youngji Loves Leather

If all Youngji ever got out of joining Kara was recording Day & Night, one of the best pop records of all time, and its fine follow-up In Love, that would be riches enough to ensure her place in pop music history. But occasionally she got to perform some of the old Kara stuff too.  […]

The Comeback When Yulhee Inherited the “Frozen” Hair from Soyeon: Laboum’s “Only U” on Simply K-pop

This is “Eclipse”

Brief Games with April

Bossy Yena, defeatist Jinsol, moist Chaewon, and all the gang take a few minutes out to play games in front of Pops in Seoul’s cameras at Pick & Talk!   Even if “Mayday” is sort of the lesser “Happy” it’s still a fun little tune and April look ready to give us more musical action […]

Happy Birthday Bona!

WJSN Goddess Bona turns twenty-two! May all your moments be Happy Moments through your long and magnificent life!  God bless Bona, and happy birthday!

August 19th Dawns in Korea, the Supreme Birthdaygasm of Idol Birthdays! Happy Birthday Umji, Yerin, Solbin, and Bona!

Happy birthday WJSN Goddess Bona!   Happy birthday Laboum Solbin!   Happy birthday GFriend Yerin and Umji!

Happy Birthday Eunji!

The Queen of K-pop turns 24! Having won, as a soloist and part of A Pink, a collective eight show trophies thus far in 2017, Eunji is having a splendid year.  And we may yet see another A Pink minialbum this year.  The possibilities for this young star are endless.   We pray the glorious […]

The Black Rapture (an afternoon improvisation)

It was a bright and frosty dawn That day that woke so strangely still, When quick there broke discovery Of a mystery to thrill. The peoples rose up from their beds, Both White and Brown and Gook, To find that from the earth had fled Every last man or woman spook. There were no Blacks! […]

Still the most Classically perfect and appealing pop song ever recorded

  And what a beautiful performance too!  This chestnut will always delight and amaze!

Barry Obama’s ridiculous tweet

Fact: black babies are born into this world smelling like ass to the noses of every other race. Bonus fact: Islam blows.  If you’re not born hating it, you’ll figure it out eventually. What the hell does “background” even mean?  Giving blowjobs in Indonesia when you can’t remember your father’s face? Fuck off Obama.  And […]

GFriend’s Heart Whispers: “Love Whisper” on Show! Music Core