Watch Wednesday

Watch Wednesday #26: I’m Not a Robot

One of the things about Korean television that I enjoy is the fact that they have no fear about going into a series and saying, "One season, one story.  Done."  In English-speaking television, this is rare enough to snag alternative titles like "miniseries" or "limited engagement".  For Korean TV, it's pretty much the norm.  They… Continue reading Watch Wednesday #26: I’m Not a Robot

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #24: Top 5 SHINee Songs–You Did Well, Jonghyun

If you weren't already aware, one of SHINee's band members, Jonghyun, committed suicide on Monday.  While I could spend today's blog post using Jonghyun's early death (he was my age, 27-years-old) as a step-off to discussing the notoriously strict and high-pressure environment of the Korean entertainment industry, I think I'd rather look at the shining… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #24: Top 5 SHINee Songs–You Did Well, Jonghyun

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #20: Barefooted Youth

I've been watching Korean dramas again--taking a break from binging Riverdale--and I fell upon one that surprised me with how fantastic it is.  I'll probably binge the rest of the series tonight and talk about it for tomorrow's Watch Wednesday, but for today I want to talk about the music of the series. Titled Go Back Couple,… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #20: Barefooted Youth

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #19: Tight Race for Best Song in the 2017 Melon Awards

Only in its eighth year, the Melon Music Awards is an annual major music awards show held in South Korea.  Judging criteria for the awards involves judge scores as well as digital sales, but a good chunk of the determining vote goes to online voting. The polls for the 2017 Melon Awards have barely been open… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #19: Tight Race for Best Song in the 2017 Melon Awards

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #12: Twenty and Music Across Cultures

While some films have the ability to transcend over several cultures--fantasy films are especially good for this--others are only culturally significant in their place of origin.  Especially when you're watching a coming-of-age film that focuses on the challenges of adolescence to adulthood, so much of that involves our cultural expectations that it can be hard… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #12: Twenty and Music Across Cultures

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #1: Why K-Pop Groups Are So Big / “Cheer Up” by Twice

So, Tuesday Tunes is pretty simple.  Every Tuesday, we're going to share with you a bit of music from a variety of nerdy sensations from around the globe.  But this isn't just us burning CDs for each other--a large part of what we all geek out over is culturally significant as well. Some posts are… Continue reading Tuesday Tunes #1: Why K-Pop Groups Are So Big / “Cheer Up” by Twice