Sometimes you listen to singers and you like their music, but it doesn’t speak to you. Instead it’s just something nice to listen to. Sometimes, though, a song just runs you over and you’re completely taken aback by how good the song is. That’s what happened with Umbrella by H&D. This duo, made up of Lee Hangyul (the ‘H’) and Nam Dohyon (the ‘D’), who were part of the winning group X1 on a survival show. Their debut album was pretty good, but Umbrella is an exceptional song.
As a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of survival shows (they are stressful, my favorites never win, and the winning groups already always temporary). However, I have been a fan of a lot of groups that came from these shows – whether temporary (such as RAINZ) or permanent (like AB6IX and CIX). I might hate the shows, but much to my dismay, I like the product.
June is an R&B (?) singer part of a crew called PLT (he’s in it with one of my favorite singers, Gaho). He released an EP in July called Ending that is absolutely fantastic. In fact, all of his music is really good.
I haven’t done much this week, aside from watching sports and reading (and working, of course). This will be a bit thin — though the first week of baseball season has been kind to me.
What I’m reading:
What Did You Eat Yesterday vol 11 by Fumi Yoshinaga
Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino
Chimes At Midnight by Seanan McGuire (audio book: October Daye, Book 7)
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book – on hold)
Chapelwood: the Borden dispatches by Cherie Priest
A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles
What I’ve Been Watching:
Not a lot, apparently! I was doing other stuff. I will probably start watching more soon.
Oh My Ghost (kdrama)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
What I’m listening to:
I listen to podcasts, almost all of them are video game ones (I’ll post about that some day), but at the recommendation of a couple of my friends, I decided to listen to the newest podcast from This American Life and Serial ignoring the fact that I am not interested in either of those shows. But, hey, why not. S-Town (short for Shittown) is a unique podcast and extremely interesting. I may or may not review it, since I completed all seven episodes this week. But it’s worth at least reading about.
What we are we even on? Oh, right, week 20. So much keeps happening. It’s hard to believe it’s already April. It feels like it should be the end of the year already.
Anyway! You’ll notice this week’s articles are a bit lighter than my normal selections. Sometimes that’s just what we need. Please enjoy them.
Lucian’s Trips to the Moon With his Vera Historia, the 2nd century satirist Lucian of Samosata wrote the first detailed account of a trip to the moon in the Western tradition and, some argue, also one of the earliest science fiction narratives. Aaron Parrett explores how Lucian used this lunar vantage point to take a satirical look back at the philosophers of Earth and their ideas of “truth”. (Public Domain Review)
Sir Arthur and the Fairies In the spring of 1920, at the beginning of a growing fascination with spiritualism brought on by the death of his son and brother in WWI, Arthur Conan Doyle took up the case of the Cottingley Fairies. Mary Losure explores how the creator of Sherlock Holmes became convinced that the ‘fairy photographs’ taken by two girls from Yorkshire were real. (Public Domain Review)