JJ Project, WINNER, Taeyang, and all my other favorites

Here are my latest discoveries that you need to know about if you don’t already:

Tomorrow, Today – JJ Project

JJ PROJECT IS LOVE, JJ PROJECT IS LIFE. Does anyone even say that anymore? I don’t care because JB and Jinyoung are musical gifts to this world (and the cutest BFFs). Listen to this. This is the soundtrack of my 20s. If you don’t understand Korean, you have to read the lyrics to get what I mean. I love this song so much and am so happy they came back this summer with Verse 2.

K, now listen to the live version where their vocals shine through like diaaamonds, whatever that means. Also, their fashion concept for this album is so simple – I love. Jinyoung in white shirts is *___* and Jaebum with that too-cute hairstyle.

If you thought Tomorrow, Today was the best thing since GOT7, you’re in for a treat because Verse 2 has 6 other great tracks. My favorites are On&On and Don’t Wanna Know but I can’t skip any tracks when I start from the first track. Well done, Jinyoung and JB. Now when can I meet you to tell you that?

Love me, Love me – WINNER (aka the soundtrack of your summer)

Winner, if you’ve been reading my tweets, has slayed 2017. Does anyone even still use ‘slay’? Is ‘bae’ still relevant? Because Winner is. I love how they are now listed as Jinu, Hoony, Mino, and Yoon. So fun and easy to remember for people who have trouble with Korean names.

This song is so catchy and even though I thought it resembles Really, Really, it’s more of a cousin song than a sister song if you know what I mean. Both amazing but different. Watch the video for the guys in short shorts (okay, just Seunghoon but you know what I mean). My bias is Seungyoon even though Mino is a cutie. Yoon-ie forevah will be scratched onto a padlock and chained to a fence in Korea.

This song is from the latest album ‘Our Twenty For’ and the other title track is Island which is so-so only for me. You might end up liking Island more since I’ve seen a lot of comments saying they prefer Island. If you like both songs, welcome to the Inner Circle fandom, please feel free to ask me about all things WINNER.

Because YG makes epic dance practice videos and this one is no different. Just think of it as a music video spinoff haha. The fashion concept for this comeback is questionable but hey, I’ll take it along with Yoon’s killer vocals (and smile).

Ko Ko Bop – EXO

I still haven’t found out what Ko Ko Bop means. I just know that this song is the song that brought me to EXO. Once I heard this song… I knew. I don’t think I can be considered an EXO-L yet but I do like Chen and think he doesn’t get enough screen time?? I looked up some of their old MVs and Lotto is another song I dig.

This song is so sick, as one of my Japanese friends would say. The Eve is also not bad.

White Night – Taeyang (sadly, not a full track)

My goodness, August has been saturated with comebacks and I LOVE THEM ALL. Get ready to be mesmerized by Taeyang’s vocals. You’re welcome. Taeyang brings his emotions into his songs like no other and you can just feel how much work he put in and how proud he is of this album.

Here’s the full album. I love track 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7. My sister has been loving Darling but I just can’t fully get behind it. Maybe in time I will? The only 2 songs I don’t really like are the two title tracks :/ If you’re wondering where I’ll be, I’ll just be putting coins into my piggybank so that I can attend a Taeyang concert. Feel free to contribute.

Sorry – The Rose

I discovered this by accident – just mere clicking around. Thank you, Youtube suggestions, because this song is amazing (those husky voices tho). Ever since I discovered Day6, I have been on the subconscious prowl for Korean bands who do their thing well. No rapping, no dancing, just pure vocal and musical skillz. The Rose is one of them – celebrate!! So far, they only have one song out because they just debuted but I look forward to their future music.

Rain – KNK

And here we have vocal and musical skillz + dancing skillz. Be still, my heart. You can watch the MV with emo scenes of the boys or you can watch this kickass umbrella choreography video instead. You’re welcome. This is one of my favorite dances yet (did you even see that part where the umbrellas came up as wipers during Seungjun’s part?). I love the dapper concept for this comeback, too. KNK is also hilarious and such a fun group. If you haven’t heard, they are all super tall, wow them legs. Jihun needs more lines, to be honest.

Where are you? – CLC

Wow, is this really me? Have I found some girl groups that I like? Apparently! This 80s vibe is to my taste and I like the video concept, not overly sweet nor overly sexy.

Friday Night – SONAMOO

I haven’t listened to this song too much but I like it for the most part. The sexy concept is okay, not too bad. I haven’t done much digging into the girl groups yet and they are still pretty new so I’ll wait a bit before getting to know the members and watching the interview videos.

All Night – Girls’ Generation

I know my sister has been on the GG train for a while but it didn’t happen for me until this year’s 10th anniversary comeback. I know the girls’ names and faces through news articles and a few interview videos. It’s also nice to watch videos and learn what their personalities are like. Usually with younger groups, the members are afraid to be themselves or don’t know how to be themselves yet so it’s a bit awkward/boring.

Easy Love – SF9

Here are our favorite boys. I almost forgot to include them in this list! SF9 is <3. This song from start to finish is our jam. Other noteworthy songs: Fanfare, Roar, Watch Out, and K.O.

If you thought one Taeyang was enough, you’re in for a shock because a second Taeyang exists and he’s the freakin’ vocal AND dance line in SF9. Also has fab hair, a killer smile, and a cute BFF relationship with Hwiyoung. I love Yoo Taeyang, that is all. Inseong is the other vocal line to watch out for. Can’t wait for their comeback so that I can see more of these boys.

Look at my Taeyang with blue glitter hair.

Edit: Ah, yes, I forgot one more group.

Plz Don’t Be Sad – Highlight

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Highlight (formerly known as BEAST). I saw this song a lot on Youtube but I dismissed it until I watched Highlight on Weekly Idol. They were hilarious on Weekly Idol and their poor Random Play Dance section reminded me of Big Bang’s. I’ll have you know that I shamelessly know the chorus dance to this song and made sure people at the fried chicken restaurant we went to last week knew that LOL. Calling You is equally good so check that out too.

I’m really loving their music as Highlight. I’ve read the comments on their videos and it really does seem like they are happier as a group under their own label now. Yay for breaking free and achieving the things you want to without someone pressing you down! Does anyone else agree that Junhyung resembles Douchin from Chemistry..?

Fiction – BEAST

And yeah, BEAST has some good songs. This is my favorite. I should listen to more of the other songs.. I remember 12:30 and Good Luck and Gotta Go To Work being pretty good.

I have peppered this post with as much slang as I currently possess in my slang arsenal because that’s how enthusiastic I am about this post!!

Enjoy!!

Raine
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Together

I haven’t said a lot about coming back but today, randomly, out of boredom, I opened my picture folder to peruse through recent photos.

I hit a photo that made me stop. It was a picture of us, taking a selfie with our car in the background. It was the day before we sold our car and even though I’m smiling in most of the pictures and even though I walked into the dealership with a cold expression, my heart was breaking.

If anyone were to ask me what the hardest thing I had to do throughout my years studying abroad was, my mind would answer: the first few weeks trying to look for a place to stay and setting up (bank accounts, phone lines, internet service, registering for classes, etc).

My heart would answer: selling my car.

Occasionally when I’m sitting in the car back here, I will start to remember what my car felt like. I will imagine the cloth seats and the slight scratchiness of the material, the way the steering wheel felt in my hands, the way my hand curled around the gear stick, the perfect positioning of the indicator and wiper switch that I could hit with just a flick of my wrist. I will think about the dashboard that I never put anything on, the AUX cable that would always get stuck between the passenger seat and gear area, and the touchscreen panel that I never appreciated enough. I try to picture myself in the driver’s seat again, try to pretend that I never left.

That car is my first love and even though there are plenty of cars to be driven and cared for, no car can replace the love I have for the first. And I’m 300% sure nobody will ever love that car the way I loved it.

Thank you for all the memories. You were amazing.

Raine
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A rare update

So… how long has it been since I’ve written a proper post that isn’t about KPop? The new year, I’m thinking.

Here are some things that have happened:

  1. Graduation. We did it. The slowpoke finally graduated. It was hard to watch my friends graduate a year or two ago but I’m happy with the way things turned out for me because college really is the best time to do a lot of things. Now that it’s over, it doesn’t feel read. It sure will feel real soon enough…
  2. Watercolor fun. We painted cards for friends over spring break and it was so much fun. I never knew how to use watercolor but I’ve discovered that they are so fun and easy to use. You can’t really go wrong with diluting watercolor and making random drawings. I’ll see if I find the guts to post a picture of a card I made.
  3. Kitchen adventures. Right now, I’m obsessed with the potato soup we made for the second time. It’s so chunky and luscious and I think it’s definitely healthier than those you get outside. We made too little and I keep wanting to make it again (with bacon but don’t tell anyone).
  4. Travel. We have been hitting up national and state parks and they have all been wonderful. These city gals have been soaking up a lot of nature time which is something we don’t get a lot of back home. The drives are long and tiring and sometimes kind of unnerving (no cars in front or behind you for miles?!) but worth it!!
  5. Post-graduation life decisions. Uhhh, don’t wanna talk about it.

What are you up to?

Raine
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Everything you need to know about ASTRO

Wow, if you thought ASTRO was a boy group to overlook because of their bright and cutesy school-boy image, you have another think coming (I read too much Enid Blyton as a kid). Between Victon and Astro, I’m having a good time discovering their music. I mean, look at all my Astro cuties in this video below:

Hands down, this song is so good and their sharp dance moves and synchronization are mesmerizing! Their voices are better than I remember and if I’m fangirling, I’ll have to say that I can’t decide between Rocky and Eunwoo.

Again – Astro

I’m just going to throw in this lyric video. I like to see line distributions for some strange reason and this song seems to have some of the best line distributions. I can’t imagine them switching lines at all.

Voice to the New World (mini album) – Victon

Here’s Victon’s first mini album. My favorite tracks are 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Ready (2nd mini album) – Victon

And here’s the 2nd mini album. All the songs are good but my favorite is 3. I love the way Hanse starts the song.. actually I think he starts all the songs in this album?! Seungsik and Sejun as the two main vocalists complement each other so well. I can’t identify Subin’s voice so I hope they give him a few more lines.

So Good – Taeyang

This song by Taeyang was released today so I have to put it here. Taeyang killin’ it as always.

All these songs are right up my alley. Enjoy.

Raine
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Victon

Alright, you saw my Tweet. Now watch the video if you haven’t. I had to share because this song is really good.

The dance is cute, too. So watch that, too.

This song started it for me.

I’m growing fond of this one.

My favorite is Seungsik because his voice <3. This post was brought to you by ‘5 minutes before making dinner and I need to make sure you know who Victon is’. I may come back in and add more. Or I might do a whole new post if I have time to go watch their interview videos…..

Raine
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Really, really

Have you heard the new Winner songs? Because they are back and better than ever. I seriously love Winner so much. Kind of miss TaeHyun but it’s just going to be 4 of them and their comeback has proven that they still haven’t lost touch with their appeal.

I’m disappointed that they only came out with 2 songs in their new album Fate Number For but I’m quite sure they’ll be releasing more new music soon. I love that they made one fast song and a slow one. Their fashion concept for this comeback is not that great but who cares when their vocals are so good?

Now listen to it!! Okay, wait. Get this – they dance in this comeback!! So cute. If you have time, watch the dance practice, too.

XOXO,

A big Winner fan.

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Is it 2pm yet?

The story of how we came to listen to 2pm. It was an extremely windy weekend morning when we volunteering at an event and one of our friends had his phone plugged into his iHome speakers.

He was playing Korean songs… There was Taeyang, Big Bang, GOT7, BTS, all the big names.

And then there was a catchy song with ‘da da da da da’. I leaned forward and asked him over the roaring of the wind, “What song is this?”

“Wooyoung!” he shouted back even though we were 5 feet apart.

“What?!”

“Wooyoung.”

Nope, never heard of him.

“Rose. Rose.”

“Um..” I heard ‘roast’. What kind of song is called ‘roast’? Pork roast or pot roast? LOL.

“2pm!”

Finally, a name I recognized. I nodded back.

Came back, googled Wooyoung, and voila!

We like this song. A lot.

Also 2pm’s I’ll Be and My House. That’s what we’ve been listening to. And Never Ever by GOT7 because we all need a dash of Jinyoung, a pinch of JaeBum and a sprinkle of Jackson in our lives haha. You?

Raine
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