Jive Monkey Playlist: 2/5/16

I try to make an effort to listen to as much K-Pop and K-Indie music I can and it’s easy to just have music playing while you’re on the train traveling from Point A to Point B or just having it as background music at home. Most often, I’m listening to music at work when I have to tune out the din of the office. It’s here where I can often listen to all the tracks in a single album back to back. How often can you say that in this digital age? Sometimes I need to repeatedly listen to a song in order to fall in love with it, other times the melody just grabs you. This week, two big idol groups have made their comeback and these are two songs that grabbed my attention.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 2/1/16

There’s been a number of new cable dramas that started up recently. And last week marks Park Shi Hoo’s return to Korean television in the OCN drama, Neighborhood Hero. He plays Baek Shi Yoon, a former spy, who decides to run a local bar after losing everything after his last mission. He ends up helping the locals with their problems.

Eluphant – Tightrope Walking (feat. DJ Juice)

이루펀트(Eluphant) – 외줄타기 (feat. DJ Juice)

Im Tae Ho (Jo Sung Ha) is a detective who moonlights as a spy in order to pay the bills. Choi Chan Kyu (Lee Soo Hyuk) aspires to join the police force and is recruited by Tae Ho to help him with his moonlighting gig.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 1/29/16

Stellar is a girl-group that’s been around since 2011 but I have to admit they haven’t been on my radar since their debut when they were overseen by Shinhwa’s Eric as their producer. My first introduction to them when they did the song “Loving U” for the Spy Myung Wol OST and that drama was just a painful memory on-screen and off-screen for all parties involved. Flash forward 5 years, I now see that half the members have changed. Currently, the members are Kim Ga Young, Jeon Yool, Joo Min Hee and Lee Hyo Eun.

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[Review] Oh My Venus – 오 마이 비너스

BEAUTY AND THE SELF-CONSCIOUS

Kim Young Ho (So Ji Sub) is a personal trainer to Hollywood stars, using the alias John Kim.  He’s a very private person since he comes from a wealthy family in Korea.  After a scandal with a famous actress, he returns to Korea to wait for it to die down and ends up saving Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) after she collapses on the plane back to Korea.

Formerly known as the “Venus of Daegu” in her hometown, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a lawyer but ended up gaining weight.  On their 15 year anniversary, instead of receiving a proposal of marriage, Joo Eun is dumped by her boyfriend, Im Woo Shik (Jung Kyeo Woon).  By ending his relationship with Joo Eun, he can now openly date Oh Soo Jin (Yoo In Young), Joo Eun’s best friend from her school days.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 1/25/16

It’s no secret that the reason why I gravitate towards tvN programming more than the other cable networks is because they’re good at creating these character driven stories. There are two dramas that I’m currently watching but even though, the tone and subject matter differ vastly, there is a lot of love about the characters and the slice of life stories that are depicted in it.

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End of the Year TV Report (2015): Part 3

This last one is gonna be a tough one as I did not do a good job in keeping up with all of my usual American/British shows. In the last few weeks of the 2015 and until now, I’ve been trying to bingewatch on as much as I could, one series at a time. I got through some but not all so I guess my New Years’ resolution is to catch up as there are new series starting up soon!

The ratings, courtesy of Adele lyrics, are as follows:

Must Watch – “Sweetest Devotion” – The sweetest devotion hit me like an explosion
Watch – “Hello” – Hello from the other side…
Just OK – “All I Ask” – All I ask is if this is my last night with you, hold me like I’m more than just a friend
If you’re bored – “Can’t Let Go” – When did it go wrong, I will never know
Pass – “Remedy” – When the world seems so cruel and your heart makes you feel like a fool

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