Music Sundays: Bibi (비비)

Please enjoy this short break from the dumpster fire of a planet. Today’s singer is Bibi. She’s a recent debut and every song of hers is exquisite. This includes her covers as well. Here is her most recent release, Kazino (which is also the name of a boy who I like).

Want more? Find her music on Spotify and Apple. You can also watch a few more videos behind the cut.

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Music Sundays: Chung Ha

Another excellent soloist this week. I’ve been a fan of Chung Ha since her debut a few years ago. Her music is excellent and I recommend listening (Spotify or Apple) to all of it. I would started with her album Flourishing. It’s great!

Today’s song is her newest single called Stay Tonight. Enjoy!

Music Sundays: HA:TFELT

HA:TFELT is a former member of the girl group Wonder Girls and although I am a fan of Wonder Girls, I am mostly familiar with her as a soloist. Two years ago I shared another one of her songs (a duet), because all of her songs are good. And her newest release is no exception. The full-length album, titled 1719, is tremendous. I love every single song on it and she’s released music videos for four (!) different songs. I recommend them all, but we’ll start with Satellite:

If you like this, please check out her full album, which you can find on Spotify and Apple Music. The rest of her music videos are behind the cut, if you’re curious. Please, give her a listen – she is amazing!

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Music Sundays: Jackson Wang – 100 Ways

First, let me start this off by saying that I am a casual fan of GOT7, though I’ve liked all 3 of their most recent Korean releases (Spinning Top, Call My Name, and Dye) and would recommend checking them out (Spotify). I’ve also enjoyed some of the solo/duo work that the members have done, but most of Jackson’s songs haven’t really done anything for me. However, a friend of mine suggested that I give 100 Ways a try and boy am I glad that I did. It’t unlike anything either GOT7 or Jackson has released (as far as I know) before.

It’s really, really good and even if you don’t think you like pop music, give it a listen. Actually, you should watch the music video too. Why? Because it’s gorgeous and Jackson’s backup dancers are the Kinjaz, an extremely talented dance group. Anyway, I hope you like this song and video as much as I do.

Also, Kinjaz posted a behind the scenes video on the Facebook page and it’s also worth a watch. You can find it here. I would really like a full movie based on this music video, thanks.

Music Sundays: Imfact – Lie

It seems fitting that the first time I update this blog in ages, it’s with a song by Imfact? Why? Because the last time I posted was September of 2018 and the song I shared was also by Imfact (see that post here). The song I posted last time (나나나 | NANANA) is one of my favorites and I am happy to report that Imfact has done it again. Lie is exceptional and the only problem is that Imfact only release singles, but I shouldn’t complain because I’m just glad they keep releasing music.

Lie was released on April 20th and I cannot recommend it enough. If you like this song, please go listen to their other stuff (Spotify). It’s great.

Music Sunday + Link

Happy September! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Today I bring you a link and a song. Enjoy!

Libraries have become vital for the marginalised, such as the homeless, to access essential government services such as Centrelink, and to stay connected. They have become defacto providers of basic digital literacy training – such as how to use an iPad or access an eGov account. Others cater to tech-enthusiasts offering advanced courses on coding or robotics in purpose-built spaces and laboratories.

Technology hasn’t killed public libraries – it’s inspired them to transform and stay relevant (The Conversation)

This is the newest song by a KPOP group I love: IMFACT – 나나나 (NANANA).

Music Sundays: Twice – Signal

You may have noticed a lack of girl groups on here and for that I apologize. I will try to post more! Twice is a group with the company JYP Entertainment and their songs tend to be catchy and cute. I quite enjoy their music and their MVs are always unique and often fun. Their most recent release is the song Signal and it’s both hilarious and weird.

They are most well known for their song TT. This song is a lot of fun and super cute.

But, I confess, right now my favorite Twice song is Knock Knock. It’s really catchy and the MV is adorable (but also super weird, which is a thing with them). Before, though, you’ll get the chorus stuck in your head.

Music Sundays: VAV – Flower

If you know me as a kpop fan, you know that I like a lot of different groups and I tend to collect new and underrated groups (this almost always leads to heartache, but what are you going to do?). One of these groups is VAV. They’ve been around since 2015, but I only checked them out this year. Their older songs are all right, but their new single is really great! It’s cute, catchy, and the video is fun.

Music Sundays: 2CHAIN (KH&JH) – YOU AND I

One of my favorite KPOP groups is Monsta X (I’ve briefly mentioned them a few times) and a few weeks ago two of the members, including my favorite (Kihyun) released this great cover of Crush’s song You and I (I shared a Crush song on here before). It is so good, I adore it. I hope you do, too.

Jooheon is the one in the hat and Kihyun is the other. Below is the original version as sung by Crush.

Friday Recs: Teen Top – High Five

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(L-R) Chunji, Neil, Changjo (back), Ricky (front), and C.A.P

Last April (2016) my friend N and I went to Chicago to see Teen Top, a group we both liked. It was really fun and they are such great performers. The concert wasn’t even close to sold out, but it was delightful. I would go see them again in a heartbeat. Skip forward to February when my favorite member of Teen Top (L.Joe) announces he’s leaving the group. Often, this means that I stop liking the group, but that was never going to happen in this case. I am still a huge Teen Top fan, which is why today’s rec is so fun.

You see, in April of this year (2017), Teen Top released a full length album (11 songs!) and I love it. Not only do I love it, I actually think it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. L.Joe was one of their rappers and when you listen to their old music, you can hear what he added. But, and I’m being totally honest here, this album, High Five, is so good you don’t even miss him. I mean, I miss him, but not in the same way as I expected.

The title track of High Five is Love Is. You can watch the music video for Love Is below.

Every single song on the album is good and I’ve been listening to in on and off since it was released. My favorite song is Make Me Sick. There’s no video, but you can listen to it below (along with subtitles).

That being said, all of the songs are good, even the 38 second intro (Origin) at the beginning. They do perform some of the songs off the album live. Alongside Love Is, they’ve performed Because I Care, which is another one of my favorites. The video below is from a music show, so it’s not the greatest, but it’s so good I don’t care.

They’ve also performed You & I and Call Me, which are very different songs but equally as good. Here’s Call Me from a music show.

Someone graciously uploaded a performance of You & I and if you know Spanish, there are subtitles for the song.

Below are a few more songs from their showcase when they released the album.

And, lastly, he’s an entertaining and great performance of Love Is.

If you’re interested (and I hope you are) you can listen to High Five on Spotify along with their older stuff (with L.Joe). Thanks for reading!