Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/26/17

CHEEZE is an indie band that I’ve been wanting to get into for a while now. I’ve heard Singer Dalchong feature with artists like Yesung, Reddy, G2, Bily Acoustie and The Ade.  Although the band originally had 4 members and debuted in 2011, the male members have all gone their separate ways leaving Dalchong to continue solo.  Here’s to looking forward to a long, and hopefully sunny weekend, with tracks that is sure to bring sunshine into your life.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/22/17

Over 25 years after the end of its run on television, Twin Peaks has returned with new episodes from Mark Frost and David Lynch.  I’ll admit that I was quite young when this show initially aired on ABC back in the day.  My parents weren’t the type of people to censor me on the kinds of shows I watched as a very, young kid but I recall that the show fascinated me and terrified me at the same time.  It occurred to me that I didn’t really understand what was really going on in the show as 10 year old kid that I had to rewatch again when I was in college.  However, with this renewed interest in the series, I had to satisfy my curiosity in how this show would fare today.  There was some apprehension that it wouldn’t translate very to today’s audiences as the show is incredibly slow-paced or it would only peak interest from people who were already fans of the original series.  I found out that after the airing of the two part premiere episode that I still don’t have a clue as to what’s going on.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/19/17

It feels like the weather has been playing games with us all Spring with deceptively sunny skies but with a chill in the air or just plain rainy weather.  With Memorial Day weekend almost a week away, I’m not looking forward to the hot, humidity of summer but the warmer weather definitely makes me feel like going outdoors to play.  Here’s a jumpstart to your summer plans with some upbeat summer tracks.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/15/17

Two brand new dramas just started last Wednesday, vying to get your attention for ratings.  They are both thematically different but both highly anticipated dramas.  From what I’ve seen so far from the first two episodes, I am optimistic about them so here’s a rundown of the storyline from these episodes.

On a complete sidenote, I am a little annoyed that some of the major broadcasters are inserting commercial breaks in the middle of the episode and therefore, the numbering has been adjusted to reflect the two parts as standalones.  From a budget standpoint, it just means more advertising dollars can go to the production and I’m hoping that won’t make the project rely on product placement.  Ultimately, this is just a minor detail and it’s easy to look past this as long as the story doesn’t suffer.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/12/17

I know that Psy just released his latest album this week, which I’m still listening to and processing, but I decided to dial it back to the 90’s for this week’s playlist.  It’s no secret that I was a K-Pop child of the 90’s and I still rock out to old school K-Pop.  However, there is something to be said for songs that are timeless and groups that can reunite and make new music that sounds fresh.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/8/17

Despite my hopes for good weather this weekend, I pretty much kept things low-key and homebound for Cinco de Mayo.  It is also Family Month in Korea and due to family-related holidays this weekend (Children’s Day on May 5th and Parents’ Day on May 8th) that many shows got preempted.  And so, it only seemed fitting to feature the latest episode of Superman Returns and the precocious kids on it.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/5/17

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Happy Children’s Day!  I’m not sure if Spring came quite late this year in the Northeast.  The weather has definitely been temperamental as the temperatures keep going up and down.  However, there have been enough sunny days this week, at least in the mornings, to allow me to order iced cappuccinos and affogatos.  Generally, the sunshine has been putting me in a good mood and has me replaying this week’s playlist song.

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