Archive for December 2010

Dramas of 2010

Let’s wrap this up, procrastinator style!

2010 was a really good drama year for me. I tend to do this thing where when I get really bored with Kpop, I deviate to dramas. Last year was a relatively decent year for music, so my drama list was a little shorter. This year, in contrast, was a really bad year for music, so I found it easier to concentrate my energy on watching dramas.

I watched a lot of dramas this year. I’m usually not a person who keeps up with every single new drama, but this year I did manage to watch a new drama every time an old one wrapped up, so I’ve developed a pretty good sense of how the year in dramas flowed together.

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Song of the day

Death Cab for Cutie – Title and Registration

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One of my favorite songs in the universe.

Best of Music 2010

“You’ve probably heard or read, many times over, that the world of music is a fragmented one–all of us paying attention to our own personal scenes, streams, and cubbyholes, barely aware of what’s happening in the next one over. So when December rolls around, we have this annual problem: It’s harder and harder to say what defined the year. It depends on what music you follow, which magazines or websites you look at, whom you talk to, and how your ears work…

That said, every December, when it comes time to make these kinds of lists, it feels steadily harder to say anything authoritative about which records were the ‘most important. The best any one person can say is ‘This was my year.'”

– Nitsuh Abebe’s “The Year in Pop

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GTOP GTOP baby baby

I’m a little disappointed with “High High” and “Oh Yeah.” HH is kind of generic and their MV is a glorified club video. Based on their and YG’s track record, this video was just half-assed. All the hype was there, what with the invitations and cool concept, but the product just didn’t carry much essence.

As for “Oh Yeah,” listening to Bom sing live is so unpleasant. She might singularly be the worst live-singing great singer in existence. Everything on studio tracks sound great, but she just can’t breathe properly ever when she sings live. Oh, and the song is boring.

I haven’t listened to the rest yet, but I did watch their “Double Double” perf at MAMA, and I really dug that, so here’s to hoping the rest of it isn’t weak beats and lame synth and autotune.

Dang, son

And I mean daaaaaang son.

I’ve never found Changmin attractive until now.

Also, their song for Athena is pretty good, but I have a feeling that it’ll become really annoying after it’s inserted gratuitously over and over since it is the theme song. You know what it’s missing though? Three voices. Oh, which three voices? Three little voices called JYJ.