Up - Epik High (feat. Park Bom from 2NE1)
Although I’m still
excited mortified something that Gangnam Style continues to blow up and that K-pop has reached somewhat global proportions, I wish some of the more “quality” tunes would get just half the promo - like this feel-good, hipster-hop power anthem from Epik High. It has crossover appeal written all over it. I mean, can’t you see a joint like this blowing up all over American radio if it were performed by say, Far East Movement featuring Rihanna?
P.S. Big ups for the shout out to South Korean Olympic fencer Shin A-Lam towards the end of the MV.
Slower - Brandy
I stan for Brandy; there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Fell in love watching her swingin’ on that swing set in I Wanna Be Down, bopped around in my imaginary puffy white suit with her in Baby, and lounged around on my bed while Sittin’ Up In My Room. I own a physical copy (Who buys CDs nowadays LULZ??) of every one of her albums.
Bran-Bran has always had technically ridiculous chops, but after spinning Two Eleven for the past few days I can definitely say this is Ms. Norwood at her vocal peak. The control she has over her emotive tone, timbre, and vibrato is unreal at this point. She constantly slays with every crisp, cascading run she pulls (I mean, the one right after the first chorus [0:59] in this? YAASSSSS!!) and the ethereal layering of her harmonies is a signature Brandy stamp I can never get enough of.
Best *real* R&B album of 2012, hands-down.
Ray-Ray visits Toronto - A Picture Show
When I travel for work, it’s always somewhere super boraphyll like Dallas or Albuquerque or podunk-town, Amurrica. So imagine my excitement slash nervousness when I was one of two folks from my Agency chosen to represent the good ol’ US of A at a big international conference in Toronto.
The conference itself was very interesting, insightful, rewarding and tiring. I will not bore you with the details of all of the work we did, but rather give you what my tumblr is mostly about these days - purty pics and FOOD FOOD FOOD.
The scenery was bootipuhl, obvi…
And the food…CLAUDE HAMMERCY IT WAS YAMMY…
Including catered lunches freshly prepared by chefs at our conference venue:
And luxuly four-course dinners, featuring roasted French onion soup (with sweet onion crouton balls):
A palette-cleansing lemon sorbet in a sweet liqueur and frosted rosemary:
Grilled bison tenderloin (and boy was it tender!), fresh from Alberta along with seasoned fingerling potatoes and colorful roasted vegetable cuts:
And a scrumptious caramel-drizzled apple crostada with cinnamon ice cream to finish things off:
Finally, here is me at the end of the night with a big smile on my face because I just ate like a big pig. YAYAYAY FATNESS!!
Thanks Toronto! I’ll be back soon, hopefully!!
Stop Girl - U-KISS
If you would’ve told me that a portly, middle-aged comedic rapper with a ridic horse-riding dance routine would be the first K-pop act to have a bonafide smash in the U.S. (and be on the cusp of having the first top ten hit by a Korean artist on the Billboard charts), I would’ve ROR’d so hard in your face. With the return of boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted, wouldn’t something like this be more appropriate? U-KISS serves it all in this vidja - sleek black and white visuals,
creepy smoldering gazes into the cam, LULZ-y posing, and impeccably synced choreography - all packaged within a super-slick urban pop confection. And they don’t even mess up any of their English lyrics! EUREKA.
I mean, honestly…when I listen to this, I can’t help but think U-KISS have arguably better vocals than those UK groups. And the latter don’t even dance a lick. Just sayin’.
YAY KOLEA K-POP PIGHTING!! *^__^*
It was a close one, but we came in 2nd place at the Flipcup World Series, our best finish in 4 (or 5, can’t remember) years. I flipped like shit but my teammates saved my ass numerous times. My bad y’all.
A few things:
Smile Friday: 2012 Dunder Flipplin Flip Cup Invitational (slash practice for the World Series this Saturday) with Keeks!
Or should I say side-eye Friday because basically erry picture Cho takes nowadays (espesh in photobombs) is with this banji Judgy McJudgerson look on his face. ~__~
As Long As You Love Me (Acoustic Cover) - Jeremy Passion
It never ceases to amaze me how many unsigned uber-talented artists there are out there, hustling and grinding on the daily.
Jeremy is an absolute whiz on the guitar and mic. Better than the Bieber original, hands-down, in my book.
"Dude, give me a hug! That was ridiculous!"
AND THEN I MELTED/DIED/CRIED TEARZ OF BROMANTICAL CUTENESS.
Bt-dubs Sam, your vault was pretty amazeballs, too…