BTS New Album MAP OF THE SOUL: ‘Persona’

Full album to be released April 12th, they put forth a trailers song presumably setting the tone for the album.  According to sources, BTS based this album off the book JUNG’S MAP OF THE SOUL by Dr. Murray Stein. This exploration into the human psyche is the central theme of the album.

Their trailer song “Persona” has a very old school rap feel, reminiscent of their 2013 years from which they have deviated in the recent years. Rap monster goes solo in this song! You should check it out, and count the days, with us, till their new album drops!

 

Well BTS is at it again! This morning their new album Persona was released. As BTS becomes more popular and globalized their music has become even more introspective. The concept of this new album ‘Persona’ is based on the criti
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Pentagon Releases New Album ‘Genie:us’ 펜타곤

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Pentagon released their new mini album ‘Genie:us’ on March 27 and we are loving it!

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The album consists of 6 tracks

  1. Sha la la
  2. Lost Paradise
  3. Till…
  4. Alien
  5. Spring Snow
  6. Round 1

Check out their newest music video

Pentagon has mixed it up producing some serious songs along with their usual adorable selves ❤

‘Round 1’ is playful and super cute – just what you’d expect from the Pentagon that brought us ‘Shine’ and ‘Naughty boy’ and we LOVE IT

https://www.soompi.com/article/1042177wpp/pentagons-hui-responds-called-genius-songwriter

Head to this link to get detailed member profiles!

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Who is your Pentagon bias?

Do you have a favorite song?

What has been your favorite kpop song so far from 2019?

We want to hear from you!

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Easy One Pot Kimchi Fried Rice

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For Christmas this year I decided to get myself some well deserved presents. I went to our local bookstore and discovered the Korean cook books section. I was tempted by two books in particular “KOREATOWN” by Deuki Hong & Matt Rodbard and “Korean Food Made Simple” by Judy Joo. As a student, on a measly student budget, around Christmas, I could not justify the purchase of TWO rather expensive cook books. I was conflicted! I ended up purchasing “KOREATOWN” only to come back a few days later to purchase the other.

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Sitting on my couch opening up these books with greedy eyes, and a guilty heart, I was throughly fascinated with the recipes presented before my eyes. Hong and Rodbard’s book explores fusion food and besides the very artistic and alluring pictures the recipes inside are exciting ; where traditional Korean cuisine meets the American Korea-town. The second book shares recipes more authentic to the Korean tradition. There is some overlap in recipes, both having the staple dishes of Korea, namely: Kimchi, Bulgogi, bibimbap, and the holy grail of Korean BBQ the Marinated Kalbi Beef. Just a few off the top of my head. But while I was looking for something to make for our channel, I discovered the Kimchi Fried Rice in both books. They were fundamentally the same but one recipe used bacon as a main ingredient. As a devout bacon lover, this caught my attention. I decided to make this Kimchi fried rice, combining my favourite parts of these two recipes.

Kimchi Fried Rice, aka Kimchi Bokkeum bap (김치볶음밥). It’s spicy, salty, crispy, gooey, moderately healthy (there are vegetables = win in my book), and its just a great all around recipe for any night of the week.

Getting to the point, for those people in a rush, or who are broke af, this is a great recipe for you! The ingredients are cheap (except for bacon…but it can be your splurge item for the week) and the instructions aren’t overly complicated! it is also super delicious!

Recipe

Korean Fried Rice

Ingredients

1 large carrot, diced
1 green zucchini, diced
1 white or yellow onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp (about 1/2 inch) ginger, minced
1 tbsp Sake or Soju (optional)
1/2 lb of bacon (i’m not great with precise measurements, I used about 3/4 of a package)
1 1/2 cups of Chopped Kimchi
1 1/2 – 2 cups of Rice (i’ve heard its best if the rice is day old, if you make it fresh use slightly less water than usual to get a good fry on)

Optional

1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp Gochujang (Korean Red Pepper Paste: https://amzn.to/2HSwZ74)
Fried eggs (one for each person eating, or 2 if you are nice)
Sesame Seeds

Instructions

Start by slicing the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry till crispy.

While the bacon is cooking, dice the onions, carrots, and zucchini. Set the bacon aside and start frying the carrots and add the onions and zucchini in a few minutes later to accommodate the varied cooking times. I fried them in the grease from the bacon, but could substitute for olive oil. Mince the garlic and ginger and add it to the vegetables.

Coarsely chop the kimchi and add it to the vegetables along with the soju, after the vegetables are mostly cooked. Keep the heat medium high heat as you reintroduce the bacon to the mix. Allow all the ingredients to warm up before folding in the rice. Smooth the rice mixture down and reduce the heat. Keep cooking for as long as desired to create a crispy exterior to this rice dish.

Optional

Mix the butter and Gochujang together and smear over the top of the rice to increase flavour and moisture. Garnish with chopped green onions, crispy fried eggs, and sesame seeds.

 

 

Stray Kids Release New Album ‘Cle 1: MIROH’

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Stray Kids have released a new album Cle 1: Miroh.

It is an 8 track album including:

  1. Entrance
  2. Miroh
  3. Victory Song
  4. Maze of Memories
  5. Boxer
  6. Chronosaurus
  7. 19
  8. Mixtape #4

The JYP group have been slef-producing innovative music since their debut a year ago.

The group though new, has their own unique sound, their music filled with bold and boisterous music and lyrics.

The new album “Miroh” is a play off of the word “miro” (maze).

Their previous three part album I am... experiments with ideas of self identity. This new album follows suit, navigating through our complex world.

“Miroh” the title piece, is a creative song filled with rhythms, chants, alarms, and animal sounds creating an impressive cacophony of sound. This intensive rap is the brainchild of 3RACHA -produced by Bang Chan, Han and Changbin.

This song is quite repetitive in its form bringing back the same chorus over and over. While this is in part a criticisms it made the music more accessible and gets it stick in your brain for days… I know it did for me. Going beyond the obvious reasons for the repetition, they redeemed themselves by making something musically interesting with this repetition. After introducing this thematic material in the “post-chorus” interlude they move into the first verse where Hyunjin and Changbin are rapping. Behind the foreground that is the rapping line, the rest of the group are repeating

Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going up over there
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going to fly higher
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going up over there
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going to fly higher

This creates a musical background for the instrumentals to harmonize as well as creating texture to the music through contrast; Rapping versus singing.

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In this song, you see principal rappers Changbin, Han, and Hyunjin laying down some sick raps, while Bang Chan is leading the song with vocals. While the use of a rap line to create different textures in the music is not a new concept, their rapping styles are each unique and enticing. Changbin is by far the harshest sounding. He creates intensity and darkness in the music with his speed, sharpness, precision, and raspiness of his voice. Following the style of Bangchan, Han matches in intensity and speed but sounds less like the devil is crawling out of his soul (in the best way possible). He also tends to rap a little bit higher in the register. Both these voices show extreme contrast when paralleled with Hyunjin’s softer style of rapping, and when they alternate between the two styles so quickly it creates an interesting musical texture.

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The song’s powerful message of “it’s not hard in this rough jungle” is an act of rebellion as the group declare their confidence. The song starts with only a few references to the jungle with the roar of the lion, but as the song becomes more intense musically and lyrically they begin adding in a lot of different sounds of animals, creating imagery of going deep into the jungle where the sounds can be overwhelming.

The choreography is heavily inspired by Haka, Māori culture a ceremonial warrior dance. Besides the visual quotation of the Haka they also use the music to reflect this by adding the yelling (used in the Haka) intermittently.

The song ends not with a conclusive cadence but drifting off repeating their thematic chorus material.

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While I fell in love with this band for the diversity of their music, their recent albums have leaned to a more serious side. Overall, this album gives the impression that they are identifying themselves as a serious music and we might not see as much “Get Cool” style songs.

I know I mainly talked about “Miroh”, but listen to all the other songs too! For some super cool rhythmic metre changes listen to Maze of Memories!

Also- Felix’s deep voice is highlighted beautifully in the new album and we can’t stop listening to it! Featured especially at the beginning of Miroh and throughout Victory Song look out for his deep, dare I say, sensual voice.

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Also listen for the french- I mean it could be a Canadian thing- but its SUPER SEXY

Check out this unique album following the Stray Kids coming of age story.

What do you think of the new album?

What is your favorite song?

Who is your Stray Kids Bias?

Let us know in the comments!

TXT Releases First Album: The Dream Chapter featuring ‘Crown’

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TXT just made their debut with their new song “Crown”

This song will be part of their first album The Dream Chapter: Star

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Here’s the album preview which will be released shortly

Update: Here’s the new album!

Big Hit Entertainment, best known for their band BTS, has put together fresh faces and a fresh sound.

This is Big Hit Entertainment’s first new group since the debut of BTS in 2013.

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Here’s the translation of the lyrics.

The song is a fun synth-pop track that highlights each of the members’ unique charms.

What can we say? they are absolutely ADORABLE!

What You Need To Know About the Band

TXT stands for Tomorrow X Together

The boy band has five members:

Soobin:

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-Leader, Vocalist
-December 5, 2000

Yeonjun:

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-Rapper, Vocalist, Dancer
-September 13 1999

Beomgyu:

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-Vocalist, Dancer
-March 13 2001

Taehyun:

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-Vocalist
-February 5, 2002

Hueningkai:

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-Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
-August 14, 2002

Moving On?

BTS made their debut in 2013 and its members, Jin (26), Suga (25), J-Hope (25), RM (24), Jimin (23), V (23) and Jungkook (21) have reached their prime.

As the members age, we can’t help wonder how long they will continue to produce music together- will they continue to be the boy band we all know and love even well into their 30’s?

Will their popularity drop as the demographic changes? Will these sexy men continue to appeal to teenagers?

Maybe TXT is Big Hit Entertainment’s way of phasing in a new group before BTS phases out- carefully sculpting a group that the next generation of kpop fans will adore.

 

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Given how huge BTS has become, we’re sure that Big Hit Entertainment could only have chosen the best for their new group- and we are excited to watch them grow!

No matter how cute TXT is, BTS will always be in our hearts #BTSArmyforever

 

Who is your TXT Bias?

What do you think of Crown?

 

Stray Kids USA Tour 2019: Will You Be There?

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We were so excited to learn that Stray Kids will be making stops in the USA for their 2019 World Tour!

They will be in

  • Newark     May 15 2019
  • Los Angeles     May 17 2019
  • Houston     May 19 2019

You can find more details at this Link

Tickets went on sale yesterday morning March 2 2019 at 10:00.

After missing out on our chance to see BTS last August, Candace and I were absolutely devastated. We have been determined to find another concert to go to.

When we heard that Stray Kids was coming to the USA we decided this was our big chance and started making plans.

This will be our very first kpop concert and we are absolutely thrilled!

If you have any tips or tricks around attending big concerts please reach out and let us know!

We were up  bright and early watching the ticket-site’s countdown, ready to go.  We figured buying tickets would be easy- we knew which tickets we anted, were logged in on multiple devices and had the two of us to try and snag them. BOY WERE WE WRONG!

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Although we were among the first groups to be let onto the site, we kept clicking and clicking but were unable to buy tickets!

After what felt like ages, we were finally able to buy a single ticket- unsure of whether we would be able to snag another, we glanced at each other wondering how we would decide which of us would go to the event.

We kept fighting.

Thankfully, we were able to get another ticket, made the purchase and heaved a sigh of relief.

We were disappointing not to have gotten our hands on Hi-touch or photo op tickets, but were thankful just the same as we watched the auditorium sell out v=before our very eyes.

We couldn’t believe how fast it went!

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Shout out to veteran kpop concert goers: is this normal? do you have any tips on getting good seats? Please let us know!

As beginner Kpop fans, we’d like to learn and hear from you!

Will you be at the Stray Kids Concert?

What should we expect at a kpop concert?

Do you have any tips or tricks on buying tickets?

 

 

 

 

 

MONSTA X Releases New Album ‘We Are Here’

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We are huge fans of Monsta X and are so pumped that they have released their new album We Are Here.

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The album contains 10 songs

  • We are here
  • Alligator
  • Ghost
  • Play it cool
  • No Reason
  • Give me Dat
  • Turbulence
  • Rodeo
  • Stealer
  • Party Time

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The new album is a response to their previous 2018 album, Are you There? which included

  • Are you there?
  • Underwater
  • Shoot Out
  • Heart Attack
  • I do Love U
  • Mohae
  • Oh My!
  • Myself
  • By My Side
  • Spotlight

The new album’s Alligator is featured with its own music which shows MONSTA X in all their gory, fire, water- everything you want to see.

Ahhhh- I am so in love with this song

This album is darker and sexier than their previous album- they certainly pull out all the stops and #bringit to the table.

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We’ve found our new playlist that will be repeating constantly.

Everyone seems to be going crazy over rodeo, stealer and play it cool– we are curious to see which will make it to the top- they are all so good!

I just can’t stop listening to party time right now #mood. Loving the juxtaposition that one of the chillest songs in the album is called “party time”.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BOYS WE LOVE YOU

Also- I know I’m not the only one when I ask- PLEASE COME TO NORTH AMERICA ❤

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Which is your favorite song in the new album?

Who is  your favorite MONSTA X member?

 

Drama Drop: Romance is a Bonus Book 로맨스는 별책부록

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Title: Romance is a Bonus Book, 로맨스는 별책부록

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: January 16- March 17 2019

Starring: Lee Na-Young, Lee Jong-Suk, Jung Eugene, Wi Ha-Joon

If you love Kdrama, and you love books, than this is the PERFECT show for you!

Netflix is releasing new episodes of Romance is a Bonus Book, every Saturday and Sunday in Canada and its got us on our toes!

See the Trailer below:

The Drama revolves around Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young), and her “little brother” Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk).

Dan-Yi is a recent divorcee and is desperate to find work in order to support her daughter. She eventually finds work at her best friend/ honorary “little brother”‘s publishing company.

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Cha Eun-Ho, an English professor, genius writer and chief editor at a publishing company is helplessly in love with Dan-Yi and fights to find his way out of the friend-zone.

Things become complicated when the charming Ji Seo-Joon (Wi Ha-Joon) begins to show interest in Kang Dan-Yi, filling Cha Eun-Ho with jealousy.

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While I’m sure Eun-Ho will win Dan-Yi’s heart in the end, I can’t help but love Seo-Joon’s character. I can’ decide who suits Eun-Ho better!

Who do you want to see as a couple?

Can’t wait to see how this drama plays out!

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On Publishing:

As a bookworm, I absolutely love the publishing atmosphere and how important literature is to the characters within the drama.

While i’m usually not one to cry during dramas, my heart was torn to pieces when the publishing company takes its new employees to view the shredding process.

Their goal to have their books make a difference in the lives of their readers is beautiful.

 

 

Agonizing Drawn-out Scenes in K drama: Why do they do it? The K2 Parody

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If you’ve watched a K Drama then drawn out scenes in slow motion are not new to you.

EVERY drama uses slow motion and that’s because they have an important function:

  1. Suspense: Slow motion is used as a device to heighten suspense and to torture the viewer.
  2. Build relationship: these scenes set the two leads up for a romantic encounter. These moments slowly strengthen their relationship and shows them getting closer to one another. These moments set the viewer up for the final resolution when the two main characters will finally fall in love and either sleep together or get married.
  3. Playing hard to get: The oftener you have these near misses, the more the audience wants the event (kiss) to happen. If they compile these scenes well, there will be a point when the viewer can hardly handle it anymore- it increases the audiences desire for that moment to take place as it becomes the embodiment of the viewer’s plot desire.

You will recognize these moments when you see

  • long shared glances
  • watching their crush sleep
  • leaning in for a kiss

And when you see them- you know that the episode will probably end RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of the slow motion- carrying over to the next episode- leaving the viewer EXASPERATED, and ya, you’ve got to watch the next episode or else you won’t be able to sleep.

My advice to you? always stop watching a K drama 10 minutes into the NEXT episode. You’ll get a peaceful nights sleep that way.

When we watched The K2, we found one of the MOST aggravating, agonizing, exasperating drawn out scene we have ever seen in a k drama.

We almost couldn’t handle the stupid suspense. It was too much.

If you’ve seen the scene in episode 9 , you know- it takes them 6 minutes to decide whether they should speak to each other/ knock on a door. 6 MINUTES+

It was too much. One of the most agonizing moments I’ve ever experienced in a drama.

All things considered – it is hilarious.

In good humor we decided to mock the moment. Check out our parody of this epically drawn-out moment!

JUST OPEN THE DOOR GUYS!!!

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For those of you who have yet to watch The K2– No, THEY NEVER OPEN THE DOOR to talk to each other. So all that suspense WAS FOR NOTHING

We took great pains to mimic the camera angles and costume- YES I even cut my hair to pull off the Ji Chang Wook/ Justin Bieber hairstyle.

Enjoy the bloopers at the end!

What is the most drawn out moment in K drama that got you?

Do you like this device?

let us know in the comments below!

Drama Drop: The K2 Review 더 케이투

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Title: The K2 더 케이투

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: September 23-November 12 2016

Starring: Ji Chang-Wook, Yoona, Song Yoon-A

If you are a Kdrama skeptic, or new to the genre, we highly recommend this drama. The show leans away from the cutesy romance and focuses heavily on its political plot and is filled with action scenes.

Watch our video for a quick version of our Reaction and Review

Synopsis

The plot follows the story of a former soldier (Kim Je-Ha) who is dishonorably discharged from the military. Wanted for committing a military crime, he is constantly in hiding and on the run, until he is caught at the wrong place and the wrong time and becomes a witness that needs to be eliminated. Je-Ha becomes involved with powerful political candidates for whom he becomes a bodyguard. Things become complicated when Je-Ha learns he is the body guard of the presidential candidate’s love child. He becomes conflicted when he struggles to understand whether he is safeguarding or holding the young woman hostage, especially after falling in love with her.

The Trailer

The Plot

I found the plot a little to politically heavy. Without an understanding of Korean government structure, it was difficult to follow what was going on and why certain developments were a big deal.

The politics got boring when the candidates continued to play a back and forth game, each trying to damaged their rival’s public appearance. While it made sense, it just got repetitive after a while.

However, I enjoyed the suspense and mystery aspect (though it was not as compelling as other dramas) as it kept you guessing.

The drama was full of action shots featuring Ji Chang Wook that was full of fantastic stunts. It was nice to see some fights that did not look pathetic (such as the PATHETIC fight between the boys at the amusement park in Accidentally in Love)

The Characters

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Kim Je-Ha: Great character development. We get a backstory early on in the drama which helps the viewer to get a good sense of his head space. Je-Ha is badass but cute, serious but funny, fighter but gentle, is suffering from PTSD.

Everything he does makes sense. His character is complex and interesting and while he embodies many contradictions- they all make sense. We know where he’s coming from, and we love him.

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Ko An-Na: Is not a believable character. She is incredibly weak and feeble, except in some rare moments where she shows courage and resourcefulness- but this is rare and only lasts a few minutes. Her character was not well thought through, not consistent and not really well acted. She didn’t deserve Je-Ha though we can see why he fell for her.

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Choi Yoo-Jin: Is absolutely psychotic. Her character is overacted- her fits are overplayed and ridiculous. Just when the viewer starts to/ wants to respect her, she falls into her psycho personality (like she is schizophrenic or something) one can’t take her seriously. We liked her strong personality that although ruthless and selfish showed a strong woman. Taking this into consideration, we were extremely disappointed that she didn’t actually persue the one thing she wanted- Je-Ha – even though it would have complicated the plot and morally been wrong, she should have expressed her desires.

Overall

I enjoyed the show, and it was really refreshing to get away from the cutesy, cliche packed, over sweet dramas.

I have to compare this drama to Healer, since they are in the same genre and have the same leading actor (Ji Chang-Wook).

While I strongly prefer the character of Je-Ha to that of Healer’s, I found the plot and supporting cast more compelling in Healer.

This Drama makes it to my top 5, but is a FAR cry from top 3 due to its weak characters and plot.

What do you think of The K2?

Do you disagree with our review?

What is your favorite Kdrama with Ji Chang-Wook?

let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!