Category music

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 […]

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!

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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!)

Meanwhile, A Pink’s “Bye Bye” on Japanese TV

Wow, and Shinsadong Tiger helped produce it?  So was “Bye Bye” written for the Pink Revolution sessions after all? They’ve had three No. 2 singles on the Oricon charts but as yet no No. 1, so here’s hoping. [Update: it’s currently No. 7, arrow pointing down, but I couldn’t figure how to navigate to the […]

And now, Lovelyz on Inkigayo today!

Look out for Jisoo at 1:02, lol face!  

Girls in Uniform: GFriend on Inkigayo Today

Tang! Tang! Tang! GFriend done opened another can of whoop-booty.  Shake it, SinB!

Melodic Minimalism: Like tears in a light rain, LOOΠΔ 1/3’s “Love and Live”

You might at first glance say to yourself:  what is this retro, washed-out Casio sound trying for? Ah, but there is genius to this.  What I’ve said before about Sweetune’s production on a.de’s “Good Time” perhaps applies in spades here.  They’re milking a deep vein of luminous, haunting melancholy here, and the very “foreignness” of […]

Bassthrob of the Girlbots: gugudan’s “A Girl Like Me”

Rookie group gugudan appears to be rising up in popularity with their second single “A Girl Like Me”.  Normally this sort of more-bass-than-beat pop isn’t my cup of tea, but I’ve grown to enjoy the spastic, brassy attitude of this song, all cooing come-hither squeals atop the shuddering staccato flurry of the arrangement.  The music […]

I had a miss A dream this morning

–and in it Min and Suzy were on some talk show complaining that miss A never made any good songs. I was pretty crestfallen– it seemed extraordinary they would diss their own catalog like that.  They were even rifling through various names of songs (Laboum’s “Journey to Atlantis” was mentioned) that were better than any […]

Happy Birthday “Pink Blossom” Album!

Celebrating the three-year anniversary of what is likely the most aesthetically perfect collection of pop songs in recorded music history. From the lambent “Sunday Monday” (No. 1 most played track in my iTunes library) to megahit “Mr Chu” to the e.one-produced heaven-storming “Crystal” and the shattering “Love Story” and wistful “So Long”– plus the still-mysterious […]

Lovelyz in Leggings Tackle hi-speed “Wow”

A few days back I discovered a new Pops in Seoul interview clip with Lovelyz in which Mijoo and–be still my heart–Sujeong rock wetlook leggings. But while that’s on my rewatch-and-post to-do list, here’s Sujeong in leatherette leggings and a powder blue cable-necked sweater! And most of the rest of the girls in some sort of […]

Which Lovelyz Wears the Glossy Skirt this time? “Wow”, it’s Princess Yein!

Glorious Yein, back on stage with Lovelyz8 and wearing a glossy grape skirt! There’s something fetching about Sujeong’s green top with the cuffs too. And we can’t omit waifu Jin in that mockturtleneck blue top and lilac skirt. I loved Music Bank’s low angle, Show Championesque camera angles capturing all the ceiling stage lights too, […]