10 About: Block B’s “Be the Light”

Block B’s “Be the Light”
10 Pictures. Here we go!

This is the start of some bad martial arts flick.
This is the start of some bad martial arts flick.
Where she must be the villain.
Where she must be the villain.
And here's her faithful ninja sidekick.
And here’s her faithful ninja sidekick.
Not really, but he still gets the snot kicked out of him.
Not really, but he still gets the snot kicked out of him.
Concern for their fallen brother.
Concern for their fallen brother.
SO. MUCH. SAD.
SO. MUCH. SAD.
Alone in the grey sky sad.
Alone in the grey sky sad.
"I will sing for you my brother"
“I will sing for you my brother”
He apparently has enough in him to still reach out for the ladies.
He apparently has enough in him to still reach out for the ladies.
Which of course, the lady responds to. WITH AN AIR STRIKE.
Which of course, the lady responds to. WITH AN AIR STRIKE.

And check out the video for the actual martial arts action (which I can’t screencap cause it get’s all blurry) and the half naked chicks and some tasty metaphors:

❤ Rebecca

That magical self validation post: 10,000 views!

Party time!
Party time!

I started this blog as a New Years resolution. I talk about having plans and ideas about many different things, but I never end up following through because I always know that I won’t have the energy and the attention span to carry them through. So mid-december I made the kpop blog I had always been talking about and it was my goal to keep writing on it throughout the year. In the beginning the only way I thought I would be able to keep writing is if I gave myself deadlines, and wrote on a regular basis. But good Kpop videos don’t come out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week and throughout this year I’ve realized that keeping up with the blog is writing when ever I have something particularly important to say. If I force a post, it’s not gonna be good, and it’s OK to crunch posts up on one another if a bunch of good videos come out directly on top of one another.

I also didn’t stick with the same format. I thought that I was just going to talk about confusing cultural aspects and videos I think every kpop fan should take a listen to in order to experience the variety the genre offers. What this didn’t allow me to do was talk about videos that come out recently. As a tame fangirl, I don’t gush over my stars, but if a cool video comes out I want to talk about it and I didn’t give myself a format to talk about those things. This is where my most popular post type came about: the 10 about. I seem to get most of my views from google image search; too many people want to see screenshots of stars from their most recent videos, and my screenshots seem to help these people out a lot. Which means that people don’t read my blog, so much as view my blog. My blog has turn out to be more than my words and opinions, it turned out to be the patience it takes to scan through a video and hit print screen to get something that isn’t pixelated.

So I wanted to say thank you to the people who will read this post. While my 10 abouts account for many of my views, it’s the WordPress readers that make me feel like my voice and opinions matter too. A question also goes out to my wordpress readers: what would you want to see me do on my blog? I’ve always want to do new things, in a way that hasn’t really been done before, and I hope that you guys can help me figure out how to be a better blogger and bring you things that you’d want to read and view.

 

My most excited picture I could find. (Can't take one now, I'm in class)
My most excited picture I could find. (Can’t take one now, I’m in class)

Anyways, thanks guys! See you on the WordPress feed.

❤ Rebecca

Kpop MV Day 25

Kpop Music Video: Day 25
Step by Kara under DSP Media

So after I put out my most recent 10 about, I realized that I had never put out a Kara video as a Music video day. This was upsetting to me as I feel that they are a strong band that had a lot of impact on the Korean market, and still continue to make bank in Japan. They are a 5 member group that debuted in 2007 and had their first major hit “Honey” in 2009. However, most of their success came from Japan, where they were the first foreign female group to have a number 1 hit on the first week since the creation of the Oricon charts. They also won New Artist of the Year award from the Japanese Golden Disk awards. I think that this may have been the reason they gained popularity:

Stole this magnificent gif from http://5shiningshinee.tumblr.com
Stole this magnificent gif from http://5shiningshinee.tumblr.com

The girls have grown up since this gif, taken from the song Mister (which I can only find in Japanese for some reason) and you can check out my 10 about if you’d like to see how much. However, Step seems to be a great merger between the image that Kara had then, and Kara has now. Kara in the beginning was very bubblegum pop, cute in a very Jpop inspired way as opposed to the SNSD route. I feel now they have a more mature feel, not necessarily sexy, just older. Step seems to be the last song from that old “cute” style of thinking and it allowed half of the members to remain cutsy while others could be sexier and more intense. The girls as shown in the Step video:

Nicole is the sexy lady on the left, Jiyoung thinks she's a duck, SeungYeon laughs at you, GyuRi is being dismissive and Hara's like "Whatever"
Nicole is the sexy lady on the left, Jiyoung thinks she’s a duck, SeungYeon laughs at you, GyuRi is being dismissive and Hara’s like “Oh hai”. Typical day in the life of Kara.

Now the song is absurdly catchy, and I think the video (which is a version of SM’s box videos hit with a Dr. Seuss color palette) is great at showing off the decent parts of the song. While this isn’t the butt dance from Mister, the hip sway is super sexy and super easy to replicate. Honestly, the fan dance-ability to this song is really high and that’s one of the great things about it. You mean I can stick my hands up in the air and jump up and down and then wave them from side to side and I’m doing it right? Awesome! Also, it’s a series of close ups and group dances, but the way they stage the “different clothing scene” is like a weird version of a street party, so it attempts to relax the feeling that they’re trapped in the box. In this, they own the box, it is their home and they invite their friends for dance parties. (This is further corroborated by Pandora, when someone opens the box and peers into their world. It’s a glass box, just look from the outside; don’t be a creeper.)

Those eyes are one of the most intense things I've ever seen.
Those eyes are one of the most intense things I’ve ever seen.

I also say that the girls are allowed to be more than just the kawaii idols from videos past, because even though the girls are all doing cutsy things, it’s hard for Nicole not to come off as sultry, and for Gyuri not to be the sexy unni (even if you’re older than her, because she looks mature). But most notable for me, Goo Hara is one of the most distinctive faces in Kpop. Her facial structure is razor sharp and her eyes can be so laser focused sometimes that I think she’s going to come out of the computer and discipline me. DSP, sexy librarian outfit. Make it happen.
They’re currently going through a ‘scandal’ to which I say, “honestly, what group’s aren’t going through a scandal?” Korea seems to expect their idols to be completely perfect, and I think that’s due to the highly competitive nature of the business over there. Goo Hara was one of the very few idols who was open about her relationship with another Kpop star, and she got alot of flack for it, especially when they broke up (which contributed to the current scandal). Kara in the past has also gone through a contract dispute, but they actually successfully resolved it with their company.

Anyway this is one of my most scatterbrained reviews, but I think that it’s the best I’ve got considering the blood loss from all the nosebleeds. Kara is one attractive group, this is a great song, and you should watch it. The end.

❤ Rebecca

10 About: Kara’s “Damaged Lady”

Kara’s “Damaged Lady”
10 Pictures. Here we go!

So, Yellow Slug, we heard you want your dessert before your dinner.
So, Yellow Slug, we heard you want your dessert before your dinner.
Here is some Goo Hara for dessert.
Here is some Goo Hara for dessert.
Followed with a side of wet tee shirt contest.
Followed with a side of wet tee shirt contest.
So did you like that dessert?
So did you like that dessert?
Good now eat you meal.
Good now eat you meal.
This caption has nothing to do with the picture, it simply is explaining that the food metaphor makes sense given his review of this song.
This caption has nothing to do with the picture, it simply is explaining that the food metaphor makes sense given his review of this song.
But I guess the flatness in the middle of the song is negated by Kara's martial arts flick debut. Or is that only the hair?
But I guess the flatness in the middle of the song is negated by Kara’s martial arts flick debut. Or is that only the hair?
Girl's Day, this is the feminism you were looking for.
Girl’s Day, this is the feminism you were looking for.
On a side note, Miss A would have been equally as awesome in their place. Collaboration?
On a side note, Miss A would have been equally as awesome in their place. Collaboration?
Lastly, I want to say that this is the first time I've seen someone sexy and mature. She looks her age and is sooooooooooooo hot.
Lastly, I want to say that this is the first time I’ve seen someone in Kpop look sexy and mature. She looks her age and is sooooooooooooo hot.

And the magical video:

All of the ❤
Rebecca

Ninja Advertising: Cause people think I’m cool?

So I’ve been super confused this past week because I’ve been getting referrals from a website I’ve never visited before: http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/. The major confusion section was that I had no idea where the link was. I was like “was I referenced in a review,” and I was secretly crossing my fingers that it wasn’t a review trashing my opinion. Cause referrals are referrals but I have hopes and dreams and feelings too. But I guess I’m in the cool kids club cause my blog link is in the sidebar. Well that’s pure magic.

While exploring the cool kids club I noted that not only do they ninja advertize blergs like mine, they also ninja advertise kpop in a “we’re going to review every music evar even if they don’t speak English.” (A message to them: Culcha Candela will be back together in 2014, check out some German dancehall [make sure to read up by listening to Hamma!].) I think that’s a phenomenal way to shift modern music tastes towards a global perspective, and let me tell you, I will be checking up on this review website often. What’s pretty cool is each review gets a statement and a rating from about 8 different people from (it seems) different perspectives. I feel like this gets rid of the “hipster snobbery” and bias that I see so often in Kpop. It makes the focus on the music and not on the idols and the video, which is something I love.

So again, everyone check out http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/, check out my link in the sidebar and get some perspective on all the pop music.

❤ Rebecca