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Music roundup, July 8

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I’m grumpy grouchy and annoyed to the max lately. I have really bad habits when I get stressed out and annoyed. I eat like a mutha and I spend like a mutha. This has resulted in gaining some unwanted pounds and several purchases that I am now in the process of reconsidering.

This state of grouchiness and grumpiness has rendered me incredibly unproductive, where all I do after work/class/work/intern/class/intern is eat and conk out in front of the TV. I don’t even know what it is, but despite the workload, I’ve managed to go to bed earlier than ever every night and I’m still so tired every day and it just pisses me off and makes me stress eat even more and stress spend even more, all of which in turn stress me out EVEN MORE. What the fuck!

I don’t like veering off subject and getting too personal on this blog, so have some Kpop stuff hereafter. Oh, and the only bright side to the last couple of weeks is I got published for the first time the other day in a major New York paper. Unfortunately my current state of grumpiness is overwhelming my ability to celebrate.

Without further ado, Running Man 10/24:

He kissed her! He really kissed her! I also realized that Song Joong-ki is incredibly cheesy and uhh…느끼. I know it was part of a game, but this was severely embarrassing for me to watch. As a fan. As a female fan who a d o r e s him.

Haha agrees with me. Observe as he makes the universally recognizable “scratching-nails-down-chalkboard-horrifying” hand gesture.

Also, I freaking LOVE Gwang-soo. He is so funny and awkward and dorky and did I say, SO AWKWARD?? He’s like the Chun-hee of Running Man, except better. He dresses like a hipster fo’ sho’ but he’s so damn tall and funny! He’s only 23! That’s crazy talk. I feel like he’s always feeling less popular and/or funny/charming compared to Song Joong-ki since they’re both the younger of the cast, but I say pshaw. You are awesome, Lee Gwang-soo.

2NE1 TV 10/26:

This is the sickest military coat I’ve ever seen in my life. Screw Balmain, this. is. sick. Granted, you need to attain a certain level of shamelessness to wear this out in public, but I love it. Also, Dara is overwhelmingly pretty. Hate all you want about her lack of skill or whatever the hell, but I am a Dara fan and all y’all haters can set camp elsewhere.

Strong Heart 10/26:

Something something in this episode about Nichkhun’s grandmother thinking he and Victoria are sleeping together, something something, but look at Psy!!

This can be my “I’m feelin’ sauceh!” gif in the future.

/passes out

Bright lights and pretty colors

I liked this but to be honest, one “strong” girl image is not enough to erase all the cute ones from the past. I’m still waiting for that one SNSD song to really stick with me in order for me to become a real fan, like Sorry Sorry/It’s You did for Super Junior.

One thing I’m happy about is that this song sounds like it actually requires some sort of singing skill for the live performances. From “Gee” to “Oh,” SNSD’s songs progressively got easier to sing but the hooks of their dance routines progressively got more gimmicky and imitable. “Oh!”‘s choreography might’ve been difficult to some extent, but for all their other hits, at least Taeyeon/Jessica would always have some sort of bridge to sing, but nope.

Onto shallower things. They all upped their fierce quota in the video but Taeyeon totally through me off with all her sultry looks and I’mma-lop-yo-(expletive)-off-if-you-misbehave attitude. Yuri really knows how to work the camera. It’s kind of alarming how sweet and jokey she is on variety shows, and then how hard she pushes the sexy image when she’s performing.

This video made me like the song. I LOVE how fun it is and it makes me like Dara more and more. I find her to be kind of grating on 2NE1’s TV show and she can’t sing, blah blah, but I think she’s really charming when she has to act and play these characters for music videos.

I think this is a really brilliant video, though it doesn’t completely feel like it actually mirrors what the lyrics are saying. (I barely look for that when I watch a Kpop video, to be honest.) The only thing that really bugs me is this sequence with CL. It wouldn’t bug me as much if Lady Gaga didn’t just do something to a similar affect at a recent gala.

In my magical fantasy world of Kpop, YG’s creative forces join with SM’s talent and come together to make music video babies. There are three things to a Kpop idol video: the song, the choreography, the visuals. Songs I can’t pin down which company’s I like more because I like and dislike songs from both. Choreography-wise, I hate 95% of what YG comes up with. Story and set-wise, I hate SM videos. (There are exceptions to both — Taeyang & Se7en get stellar choreography, Zhang Li Yin gets epic videos, Big Bang’s Korean videos all involve some sort of dying cancer-infested love interest, f(x) gets some ridiculous choreography — but these are just exceptions.)

Phew, I got too rambly. Time to sleep.