Tuesday, February 18, 2014

unpopular opinions.

I'm always trying to put a different idea out there, aren't I? always having opinions about something but no one gives a fuck. well imma put it up anyway because one day I'll be looking up my old blog posts (like I am nowadays) and be like "oh, I was really passionate about this back then lol ideky" but at least I had opinions, ya know, rather than just going with everyone else thinks. Plus, it's not like anyone reads this blog anyway so when someone go like "everyone has opinions, you don't exactly have to state it out, it's not important" but NO I've been talking to myself for too long I can't stand it anymore I gotta put it up somewhere in hopes someone will read it. It's open for the public to read, so why not? when they don't it's not like I haven't tried to reach out.

Anyway let's get to the opinions. I'm just gonna start rambling. To start it off I'll mention the fact that Baekhyun (EXO) and V (BTS) met up as 'appa and son' on Inkigayo the other day and there were pictures of them supporting each other's albums. In their faces I traced their smiles being forced. Or maybe it's just me to see people and think they're being pretentious. V gives the effort to put up a smile but Baekhyun barely holds it up with a smile and had to have fantakens to post up the picture unlike V who had it on their twitter. doesn't make the difference. that's them and at least they're making the effort to appear friendly.
But the fans. someone (I went to the profile and it's not even an EXO stan, it was a Queen) posted up a picture of Baekhyun holding BTS's Skool Luv Affair and saying "Baekhyun taking out the trash". who the fuck would think that that was a good idea? then another fan (I think it was a BABY but I'm not sure because the profile picture was irrelevant) quoted it saying "more like Baekhyun being graced by real music for the first time" which was like SNAAPP GURLL. I love sassy fans. they're the ultimate goal, seriously.

going back to music, yes, BTS recently feels like the most 'real' lately, with their tough-school kids concept and preaching in their album tracks. of course, like the album title suggests, there were more love songs than usual but this was a longer album, I think. the first two were like, minis with less than ten songs but this one had about 11? 12? I just heard it last night. my favourite tracks was probably the intro, the second cypher and Tomorrow. anyway I've been watching their performance of Boy In Luv and I was actually kinda disappointed. I think Jimin was the least enthusiastic about at least making the lip-sync look real. second least was V but it was only during the 'stutter' part. I think only the rap sounded live? Suga's sounded most live. J-Hope sounded mostly lip-synced. he didn't miss any parts that he was supposed to do it live, but the music was loud enough to see that it was quite bad. some BTS stans themselves said it looked quite bad. I know they probably wanted to concentrate on the choreography, and they don't have any real singers in their group but then why bother putting in so many singing lines in the first place? the high pitch notes are really unnecessary. the chorus doesn't even have to sound so melodious. have you guys heard Block B? the chorus just sounds a lot like Zico, and it's still good. the singing lines aren't extravagant (except for Taeil's high pitch parts, of course but he's like an actual, good vocalist) hence they sound real and easy to sing live. make it easy for your vocalists - give them parts they can actually do. or else make them train to make it sound good.
because I like them - I like them for their awesome, sick raps, and I like them for their sick moves, but they lack vocals and it seems like they're just trying to cover it up so much that it just puts off a lot of people.

moving away from that topic, Block B is really a group I admire, but I can't say I love them because not all their tracks get to me, but Zico had been a good influence to me, in my opinion. he's a strong guy and he speaks his mind through his music and he is pure about wanting to share his music and what he believes is important. I just wanted to state that out, while in the topic.

I don't wanna say that all idol rappers who were originally underground rappers have to do this, but I really like it when they make their own mixes. my current favourite is RapMon's Too Much cover. I used to listen to a lot of Zico's works and some of Kyung's. Yongguk had this phase last year, before all the concerts started. but suddenly, he just stopped posting new songs. I was really disappointed because I really liked it. I didn't like all the songs but I felt like he was really sharing the music he likes with his fans and I thought it was an honourable thing. it's a shame that they're so busy lately.
Also, this might be my problem but Yongguk, or B.A.P at least, were the ones who really pushed me into exploring k-hiphop. Block B was a start, but because of them I really opened up to rap music. but the fact that they're now exploring new music genres so that they can attract to more mainstream listeners makes me kinda sad. and I'm not making this up I straight up quoted Yongguk off Simsimtapa. I really would like to see them go back to like, No Mercy era because I think that was catchy and still attract the mainstream listeners because it was fun, it was addictive and it meant something. it had something to say. No Mercy was a really, really good era. and now they're turning back to the topic I like least - love.

recently BtoB released Beep Beep and I gotta say it was quite awful. I mean I guess a lot of KPOP songs needs a few plays before you really like it but I just wasn't digging this one. honestly, BtoB are one of the groups that have so much potential but you keep seeing them drop and drop even more, it's kinda sad. WoW was good. I really like WoW. and I know their first few songs were quite popular too (although not really my favourites). Thriller's rap was a kill. totally loved the rap, but everything else was meh, okay. but Beep Beep just... went down the drain. I'm sorry BtoB. there's something wrong with Cube. they used to make hit groups but now BtoB is suffering while their sunbaes are getting solid grounds for themselves. I feel like Cube is spending a lot of time on maintenance that they forgot they've got an underrated group to bounce back up to the spotlight.

BtoB has a lot of talent, but lack support from their company. VIXX has almost 30% talent but with the right songs and marketing techniques (awesome concepts, reality shows and such) VIXX are seriously getting more and more spotlight lately. but I don't think they've got much talent. their vocals aren't exactly the best, in fact there's a small population that believes that their singing techniques seems to be... wrong? idk. I'm not an expert, but I think that is a good explanation for what I think are their throat voices. most singers I know sing from the stomach (that's what I learned in choir) but if the voice comes from the throat... hence, you get Ken. Ravi isn't all that great neither. I don't think he's a dancer, so what's his main purpose in the group again? the maknae line don't do much neither. I feel like only N is the only one with talent... and I don't think it's really enough to earn the attention they get. their company's really good at marketing them.

lately I keep feeling like accusing people of being pretentious. I don't really understand why. but ya know when EXO won their 1st win on a music show Suho teared up and stuff? I seriously didn't buy it. I wonder who did? I know this sounds so mean I mean yea, they trained for years and they totally deserve it for all their hard work and stuff. I guess I shouldn't judge them by what "seems like" when I don't know what actually happened. I like EXO, I'm okay with them. I don't like their company. they were made to succeed - they were made for both the Korean and Chinese market and 12 people? who wouldn't be excited about that? I like Kai, he's cool. I like D.O, he's cool. Lay's cool, and Baekhyun, although tend to seem a bit cocky, is cool, and so is Chen (extreeemely talented). Xiumin and Luhan seems... okay. The rest? I don't know. Sehun should be put aside just as a model, Kris too, although I'm not really sure how he got there... he's not amazingly talented in dance or rap, and he can't sing... all I can think of is that he can speak multiple languages and his looks, and that in the end is a marketing Chanyeol is good; he's musically able, and he can rap decently, but he's got the celebrity fever. Tao's specialty is martial arts and I still can't believe SM decided to incorporate that with music.  casually, yea maybe but as an idol? why?? and Suho, again wow. there must be a reason he trained for 7 years, right? ya know, he could've done anything he wanted to, coming from Gangnam but in the end he chose becoming an idol... it speaks for itself, honestly. you say that people suffer and work hard to become an idol and you see those who gets through. someone who's more well deserving could've taken Suho's place and possibly provide a better living for his family and maybe actually have incredible talent, too.

anyway as much I want to be okay with EXO and SMent and say they deserve everything they've got... I'd still say no. in comparison to those who deserve it so much more.

I don't know where that was going. I wanted to mention B.A.P too. their aim was never to win a music show, but I guess when you 'target the mainstream audience' you'd want your song to be popular and hence, win. when they did win, there were no tears of joy from all their hard work (because they enjoyed their work) and it was mostly just smiles and awkwardness. if I've known B.A.P long enough, I would say that I know their joy comes from performing. and there's so many assumptions now that I don't even want to point fingers but I wish they're happy. if they are then who am I to judge what they're doing? is that really my job? my job as a fan should be just to want them to be happy. so I'll just stop here.
*edit* I thought of mentioning this, but there had a been a lot of pressure in helping B.A.P win those awards through SNS. with the votings and making accounts on foreign websites and trying to get views for the MV and all that... fans should understand that everyone has their own lives and you can't expect everyone to do as much as you do. just do what you can do. harassing others to do the same isn't nice, and especially since it's open to the public, it'll give a bad name to our fandom.

I had a chat with Ayuni unnie and suddenly I realized that I'm not the only one... who's afraid to see them as reachable... because one day you'll realize that no matter how much you love them they still won't love love you back. but it really does hurt, when they seem so human.

because Daehyun looks so human, so real. he too gets distracted and realizes things. it's, sort of the type of things you don't get to see them be like because you don't see them casually like this.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

someone tagged this as "i find this amusing like they're being sarcastic to the batshit crazy airport fans" but i don't find it amusing at all. in fact it's pretty sad if you feel the need to clap your hands for behaving people.

it comes to say something about people these days...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Who Am I VS First Sensibility.

okay so this is me being retarded and totally uneducated about the origins of each song and musically unprofessional. but I've been listening to B1A4's Who Am I album and B.A.P First Sensibility album a lot and I find that there's a lot of similarities.

First and foremost this is NOT a plagiarization accusation towards B.A.P (obviously - read sidebars please) but just an observation and I'm doing this based on whatever knowledge I had when I first had this realization just because I want you to feel what I feel (which is basically "OH MY GOD THIS IS TRUE WTF THEY SHOULD GO ON BEATLES CODE!!"). secondly since I'm biased I only know a few songs from the Who Am I album, because that's how it goes if I don't exactly click with a song I download it. thirdly I'd like to claim that I like both groups and had followed them since debut and they are my babies.

okay, now about the album differences. as we all may know, B.A.P is always trying to show a different side and trying new music genres and different styles. hence this album was a bit different and like I said in the review somewhere before this album strongly reminded me of B1A4's style. because B1A4 has their own colour - their songs are always almost similar, with different stories and such. the comment I made before didn't only refer to this album but also their previous albums.
and my comparisons are not fully based on the music, but more of the 'feel' or 'beat' of the song and lyrics. they may not be musically similar at all. they're both full albums, hence has a range of 12-13 songs. for B.A.P, I'll leave out B.A.B.Y since it was technically pre-released (sort of lmao). they both have an intro song, but both with very different styles so I'll also leave those out. both title tracks are sad songs (it's winter after all) but in different styles too.

now let's start of with the album tracks comparisons.

Easy VS Baby

this is pretty basic. both songs talk about breaking up and how they're trying to let go, but they talk honestly to their lover that it's not easy to move on. both songs are considerably slow with a catchy beat. they boys sing in mellow voices. I liked Easy at first listen because of the "gwenchana I'm not ok" part, but later it gets boring, while Baby didn't catch on me at first but later on it gets better and better. I like both. I can't choose they're both really good.

Spy VS Drunk With Music (CNU solo)

both songs about wooing a girl, most probably scenes in a club where the guy eyes the girl and sings in high notes. only difference is B.A.P stalks the girl while CNU actually has the balls to make a move. they're both okay, but I prefer Spy. because, like B.A.P, I have no balls and usually do the stalking game as well. i'm kidding I just actually got put off by CNU's Engrish. umm awkward.

Body & Soul VS Amazing

both songs are talking about sex, in very different ways. while B.A.P is very abusive sensual, telling people to scream their name and talking about touching, ignoring the art subtlety entirely, B1A4 is more discreet by telling the girl she's "amazing" at sex and tells the girl to 'come closer'. but for what exactly? nine year olds will never know. I'd say B1A4 is more of a gentleman and I like Amazing a lot better, not to mention the amount of awkward B.A.P puts me in that song I swear. this topic shall not go further.

Shady Lady VS Yeoppeo

both are songs about appreciating a woman's beauty, telling them not to feel so insecure, both doesn't make me feel any prettier but still, lovely songs. I like both. if you like blood A type guys, you'd like Yeoppeo. if you like blood B type guys, you'd like Shady Lady. listen to these two songs (and another B1A4 song, So Fine) when you feel ugly and hopefully it works on you. period.

With You VS Road

both songs about friendship, about being there for each other and warm hugs and agape love. there's a major difference though, which is, Road is more relatable to most, I believe and can make anyone cry thinking about their old friends. on the other hand, With You feels more like a song that you can't use for just friends, but it's not exactly romantic neither. while a BABY can feel the love in the lyrics, not many can relate because there's a bit of distance between the singer and the person he's singing to, and it will explain the line "my baby" which most consider as a term for a lover but it's not it's their fans.Yongguk mentioned that With You is not a love song, but more of a song for friends but honestly who calls their friends 'baby'. I don't want to choose a favourite because both songs apply for very different people to me.

Yea that's all. I would take the extra effort to compare the other songs too but B1A4's album tracks are mostly love songs while B.A.P have tracks like Check On and BangX2 which I can't compare to any of B1A4's tracks. also B.A.P's songs are really sad. both albums are slow, but there's hope in B1A4's album, ya nam sayin'? there's Overwhelmed but that's really slow and as much as I love it, there's not a single song similar to it in B.A.P's album hence, no comparison.
also a suggestion, someone should probably check out if some of B.A.P's First Sensibility tracks were actually composed by B1A4's regular composers which should explain the similarities. if I was that girl with the glasses from Criminal Minds I would've crossed over the keyword 'composer' the minute I heard the album but sadly, I don't have her great technology. (I actually checked, a lot of their songs were actually composed by their usual composers, while B1A4's album was mostly composed by Jinyoung with help. this is pure coincidence what the hell.)

lastly, everyone should listen to both albums because they are both amazing groups that I love and adore since their beginnings and until now has brought wonderful music to my life. B.A.P, B1A4, hwaiting!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

video #10 // #ItsMjupDay

I feel my demons misleading me//

I should've posted Youngjae's video here but it's too embarrassing I don't want to.
This one had me put in a bit more effort than Youngjae's video. It's not much better, mind you, but I'm okay with it.
I used to make those videos with a lot of effects and beat-sync stuff but honestly, I listen to very slow techno music so I didn't want to make another sappy video. hence I used an indie song yay. isn't it much brighter? yes? much more up-beat and positive thinking? no? well I tried.
I used a few techniques that EXO editors used for their videos so copyright me as much as you want I created this myself. plus you have the handiness of PS while I purely use SV so please move aside. I just wanted to try something new. and also, probably the most layers I've ever used (probably because that ass backwards video used a lot of layers too I'm just not sure how many). text is not easy to deal with. it looks okay like this, but it looks okay like that too, but which one is BETTER? idk. you don't know. plus font picking is not easy I had been using these two way too much okay.
oh and did I tell you I made this in one day? one very stressful day. I had to cut the song short sorry not sorry. the song was edited in a different day though.

my message to Jongup is in the video so no, this is not a sappy post.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

first sensibility.

ah, yes, they are back... six days after I come back from Korea.. aish shibal...

Cheonsa gateun? chyea, right. I think they're talking about themselves.
Anyway, they're back with a more mature, sensible (?) feel, and with a 'dandy sexy' look. yes sure please put in as much random English words as you can into your 'styles'. I wasn't looking forward to this comeback, honestly. But after the first few teasers my ears caught onto the guitar sounds and you guys know how I love 'em guitars. Totally fell for the opening of the song, then the MV struck me even more with the dance open. That was just awesome. And not to mention unexpected. The rest of the video was as I thought it would be (a lot like Rain Sound, except with less neon paint and a girl this time?!? wow very brave but well majority of BABYs aren't like majority of SM stans cough) and didn't really shock me as much as it made me cry. Yes I did cry a bit. Mostly at Himchan's part. I don't know how it feels like to lose someone you love, but I do know how it feels like to want to shoot yourself when you see yourself in the mirror. but well that's depressing so let's move on with the album tracks.

Is it just me or this style reminds me a lot of B1A4? Or have I been listening to B1A4 too much? thing is I downloaded B1A4's latest album just a few days before the release of First Sensibility and I feel that a lot of the songs are almost similar to B1A4's songs even from previous albums. I followed B1A4 since the beginning and heard all their albums so I think I would know. not saying anything but well, B.A.P is known for their variety. at least not all their songs are like that.

I'm not a fan of the whole album, but there are a few tracks I've come to like such as B.A.P (umm obviously), S.N.S, Check On, Shady Lady, BANGx2 (literally bang my head every time I listen to it) and Save Me. there are a few that I had to get used to like B.A.B.Y, With You and Easy but then there's Lovesick. it sounds like it belongs on a drama OST seriously. a drama production should contact them and ask if they can use it so that they can get more royalty for such a song.
what two songs did I leave out hmm? Body & Soul is very uncomfortable because Jongup's high note. and I just found out the translation. and I am not about to give in to vocal orgasms okay. I. AM. NOT. GOING. TO. NOPE. oh and Spy. Spy is okay. I just don't really get the point of the song lmao. but well at least it's catchy.

in total, I give the album a 3.5/5. not exactly my taste, not entirely (they shot in that screamo track and a hip-hop intro in there so I forgive them). I give the M/V a 3.5/5 too, and the 0.5 is for the acting effort I mean Youngjae and that mirror punching thing cries???!?! someone on Tumblr explained the scenes here but I don't think it made the MV better. there wasn't much plot though, except for them being depressing and shit, but the I liked the colours, and the dance is dbfjsad I can't wait to see the whole thing during live. The title track gets a 4/5 because guitar heh. and well yeah. in terms of favouritism towards the album it's similar to No Mercy where the title track is good but the rest of the album... doesn't sound like them? well 1004 still ranks higher than Badman so hah.