First of all I would like to thank my readers for sticking with Fun Times in South East Korea for the past year and a half. I started this blog way back in November of....I don't know I think it was 2008. Anyway I started this blog with the dream of some day getting adsense to work and having thousands of readers come to my blog and click on the picture of the girl from Asian friend finder. I would then take the proceeds from adsense and then and invest them in an index fund and retire in five years. Well it turns out that I couldn't get adsense to work so boo hoo for me.
At any rate this blog doesn't really have any focus, sometimes I get really proud of something that I cooked, take pictures of it and then make a blog post. But since I live and work in the nice little (By Korean standards) town of Jinju, South Korea, I suppose this could be considered a Korea blog. In other posts I have commented on Korean pop music.
I actually find a lot of K-pop to be rubbish. Boy and Girl bands appear and disappear suddenly. Many members of Boy bands sadly find their careers cut short by stints in the Korean military. Others in both boy and girl bands come to the realization that they have no actual musical talent and disappear as well (Nick Khun I'm talking to you.) But there are some acts that I can get excited about.
Recently released "Swing," by Lee Hyori, is gritty and sounds like it has been taken from one of the "Kill Bill," sound tracks. There is an unfortunate case of rapping in it, but if you listed to the song on Youtube you can just skip that part - to be clear I love hip hop, just not in the middle of every damn song.
I was listening to the radio one morning and I heard something that seemed to have Rihanna's Jay Z produced beats, and Rihanna's verbal punctuations of "eh eh," from the song Umbrella, except said as "ah, ah." The singer's voice - in my opinion - carried a lot of the husky qualities of Grammy award winner Adele. This singer is Gil Hock Mi, 길학미, runner up of a Korea idol like contest.
This track, "Fiesta," is also pretty cool. It reminds me a little bit of "Everything But the Girl's," "Missing." Which is pretty cool because for some reason this Spring I have been enjoying listening to nice late 1990's style electronic music. Unfortunatly there is some rapping in this song as well, but it works a little bit better, once again it is like 1990's electronic Britpop.
I would like to thank Miss Gil, or her producers, for making some pretty cool music. She seems to defy recent K-pop by making music that is good on the radio and isn't defined by how she looks. Seriously do you thing that anybody watches K.B.S. music bank, S.B.S. Inkigayo, or Mnet media count down because they want to hear good music? No they just want to see a bunch of pretty boys and girls dance around.*
*I can't deny that I don't like that either, well I like to see girl groups dance around while they lip sync. I also like to make passive aggressive comments about Nick Kuhn.