Jive Monkey Playlist: 7/5/13

This week is all about the comeback boys.  YB and Dynamic Duo, to be exact.  Both groups have brand spankin’ new studio albums and it’s good to hear these boys heating up the charts with their refreshing sounds of summer.

It wasn’t until I saw Yoon Do Hyun competing on I am a Singer when I became a fan of YB.  I really love and respect YB.  Yoon Do Hyun has this self-deprecating attitude about the popularity of rock bands in Korea but he’s able to trump those perceptions by creating great music.

It’s easy for me to love a musician who really understands music and not just a narrow genre of it.  YB is able to show that side of themselves in the comments they make on the band competition show, Band Generation.  In all honesty, they always say something nice about the bands after their performance but they don’t just give flippant comments.  I especially love the comments made by Park Tae Hee, the bassist, as he always seems to provide thoughtful commentary.

Nevertheless, YB isn’t perfect.  I didn’t like their last album, “흰수염 고래 (Blue Whale)”.  I’m sure the lyrics are fraught with deep meaning but the melodies weren’t catchy enough for me to listen enough to pay close attention.  I just tuned out.  “흰수염 고래 (Blue Whale)” seemed like an experimental album for YB anyways.

Conversely “Reel Impulse” is so good that it’s easy to listen from beginning to end.  With an altern-rock vibe, the songs are energetic making you want to get up on your feet and rock out.  “미스터리 (Mystery)” is the album’s title song and it is so good that it’s addictive.  Leading up to the song’s release, YB got some music big wigs to help them promote it.

The song is so catchy that I listen to it on repeat.  Plus, the music video is hilarious.  Donning a John Lennon look, Yoon Do Hyun skateboards around pining after a girl he can’t forget.  Just as quickly as she went after him, she tosses him to the curb and he just wants to get to the bottom of his enigmatic ex.  Although, he realizes that it just may be the fact that he can’t let her go.  I love how Yoon Do Hyun can be highbrow and lowbrow at the same time.

YB(윤도현 밴드) – 미스터리

미스터리

확실해 네가 먼저
그 카페에서 날 좋아한다 했잖아
어리숙했던 나에게 네가 먼저 다가왔잖아

손도 네가 먼저 잡고
키스도 먼저 나한테 하자고 했잖아
단둘이 있고 싶다고
내 친구들도 네가 자꾸 보내라고 했었잖아

알 수 없어 이유를 모르겠어
뭐 땜에 갑자기 나를 버리고 떠났는지
왜 잘해줬어 눈물은 왜 흘렸어
뭐 하러 우우우 우우우

남자가 생긴 걸까 그런 걸까
아니야 아니라 했잖아
추측 심증뿐인데
추리소설 쓰고 있잖아

처음이야 이런 일은
나는 그저 네 사랑을 받아줬을 뿐
사랑한다고 말한 게 실수였나 봐
그냥 끝까지 참았어야 했나

알 수 없어 이유를 모르겠어
뭐 땜에 갑자기 나를 버리고 떠났는지
난 다해줬어 지갑도 다 털었어
너 땜에 우우우 우우우

모르겠어 정신 못 차리겠어
뭐 땜에 갑자기 나를 버리고 떠났는지
왜 잘해줬어 눈물은 왜 흘렸어
뭐 하러
우우우 우우우 우우우

넌 이해 못해 난 널 지울 수 없어
보라고 이런 널 아직 잊지 못해 난

Mystery

I’m positive that you first,
at that café, said you liked me
To my naiveté, you approached me first

Grabbed my hand first
Also first kissed me and suggested we do it
Wanted to be alone with me
Always wanted me to send my friends away

Don’t know what the reason is
What made you throw me away and leave
Why were you so good to me? Why did you cry?
What was the point? Woo woo woo woo woo woo

Is there another guy?
No, you said there wasn’t
Suppose it’s just my hurt feelings
that’s writing this mystery

First time it’s happened to me
All I did was receive your love
Perhaps it was a mistake to say I love you
Just should’ve held it in

Don’t know what the reason is
Why you threw me away and left
Did everything, even emptied my wallet
because of you. Woo woo woo woo woo woo

Don’t know how to snap out of it
What made you throw me away and leave
Why were you so good to me? Why did you cry?
What was the point?
Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo

Don’t get you, I can’t erase you
Look, I still can’t forget you

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Oooh~ Da Dyu!!  How I missed their rhythmically smooth rapping style.  As evidenced by the music charts this week, it appears I wasn’t the only one who missed them as they filled the Top 10 charts upon the release of “Luckynumbers”.

I like the album.  I do but I love their previous album more.  Their sound is less R&B here and more hardcore rap (minus the cursing, natch).  Rather than picking the title song, “BAAAM”, which is good, I went with “거품 안 넘치게 따라줘 (life is good) (Pour Me One and Make Sure the Foam Doesn’t Overflow)”.  Okay, I know the title is kinda weird and a mouthful.  But that’s the beauty (and frustration) about Dynamic Duo’s lyrics.

Their lyrics are full of metaphors, slang and specific Korean references that it takes more brain power and caffeine to translate.  And then to try and make that fit only on half the page – that’s the frustrating part.  Even though it takes more work, I get a sense of satisfaction translating their lyrics than most of the K-Pop idol songs.

Back to the title, they’re talking about pouring beer.  You’re considered an amateur drinker if you can’t pour a pint without making sure the foam doesn’t go over the rim of the glass.  However, that’s just a metaphor for how they perceive what is “the good life”.  Just live hard enough to make the effort worthwhile but not too hard where you can’t enjoy life.  Living life just right.  I’m on board with living the Goldilocks’ method of life.

Dynamic Duo – 거품 안 넘치게 따라줘 (life is good) (feat. Crush, DJ Friz) (Pour Me One and Make Sure the Foam Doesn’t Overflow (life is good) (feat. Crush, DJ Friz))

다이나믹 듀오(Dynamic Duo) – 거품 안 넘치게 따라줘 (Life Is Good) (Feat. Crush, DJ Friz)

거품 안 넘치게 따라줘 (life is good)
 

[Choiza]
my life is good life is good
난 부지런한 편은 아니라서
아침에 일어나진 않지만
아침에 자서 하루가 길어
뱃속에 알람 덕에
끼니 때는 잘 지켜도
설거지는 귀찮아서
매일 내일로 미뤄
수염은 기분따라 안 밀어도
매일같이 이마 라인은 깨끗하게 밀어줘
도둑 든 것 같은 내 방은 안 치워도
하루에 한번 대장은 깨끗하게 비워줘
일도 많아 놀 일도 많아
두가지 다가 좋아서 고민도 너무 많아
흥이 너무 많아서 음악 아님 술에
언제나 취한 상태 멈추는 게 안돼
나 그리고 내 친구들은 소박해
밤새 놀기 위해 단지 두 가지가 필요해
위닝 일레븐
근처에 세븐 일레븐만 있으면 돼
그 순간 우리는 livin’ in heaven

오르락 내리락
우리 인생은 미끄럼틀
(때로는 쉬워)
근데 뭐 어쩌겠어 Another day
Another struggle (때로는 안 쉬워)
넘치지도 모자라지도 않게 나 살고 싶어
거품 적당히 눈 덮인 맥주처럼
오~

[Gaeko]
뻑뻑해진 관자놀이 위를 내리찍는 해머
난 문득 꿈을 꿔 뜨거운 해변 위의 해먹
체념은 빠르게 할
일을 짚어보네
오늘의 짧은 휴가는 커피와 초콜릿
성실함이 미덕이었던 게
이제는 무기여야 된다는 그 강박감에
의무처럼 쥐어짜내는 멜로디와 랩
좌절감 치우고
잠시 보배드림 검색
일년의 계획 어른스럽게 세워도
초등학생의 방학 시간표처럼
무너지고
책임감 땜에 고개가 무거워도
숙일지언정 떨구진 않겠다고 다짐하고
인맥은 재산인데
관리는 안 달가워
친구놈들과 치맥은 여전히 반가워
bittersweet 내 현재의 적절한 단어
재호야 거품 안 넘치게 따라줘
 

오르락 내리락
우리 인생은 미끄럼틀
(때로는 쉬워)
근데 뭐 어쩌겠어 Another day
Another struggle (때로는 안 쉬워)
넘치지도 모자라지도 않게 나 살고 싶어
거품 적당히 눈 덮인 맥주처럼
오~

[Crush]
따뜻한 라떼 한잔의 여유
하루를 시작해 life is so good
지금 이대로만 중심을 잡고 살고 싶어
거품 적당히 눈 덮인 맥주처럼

[Choiza]
뭐 좀 신선한걸 해보려고
머리를 쥐어짜지만
내 상상력은 창작이란 트랙 위를 기어가
그럴 땐
다 내려놓고 일어나곤 해
날 데려가 내 영혼을 데워줄 곳에
한동안 못 갔던 하동관에 가거나
청계천에 아바이 순대 먹으러 갈까나
국물이 목을 넘어가는 순간
난 깨닫곤 해 충분해
this is good life

[Gaeko]
내 입꼬리의 모양은 축져진 옷걸이처럼
피곤을 걸고 다니다가도
사진첩에 가족폴더
시간가는지 몰라
쓴 맛이 나는 삶을 위한 마카롱
막간을 이용해
옷이나 한벌 살래
칼하츠 카시나 혹은 휴먼트리
찌그러진 하루 지나고 어둠은 오지만
내 삶은 햇빛 쪽에 서길 원하는 human being

오르락 내리락
우리 인생은 미끄럼틀
(때로는 쉬워)
근데 뭐 어쩌겠어 Another day
Another struggle (때로는 안 쉬워)
넘치지도 모자라지도 않게 나 살고 싶어
거품 적당히 눈 덮인 맥주처럼
오~

오르락 내리락
우리 인생은 미끄럼틀
(때로는 쉬워)
근데 뭐 어쩌겠어 Another day
Another struggle (때로는 안 쉬워)
넘치지도 모자라지도 않게 나 살고 싶어
거품 적당히 눈 덮인 맥주처럼
오~

Pour Me One and Make Sure the Foam Doesn’t Overflow (life is good)

[Choiza]
my life is good life is good
I’m not the diligent type
Don’t wake up in the mornings
because I sleep morning, my days are long
Because of the alarm in my stomach
Though I always keep up with meals
Too lazy to wash the dishes,
Every day, push off ‘til tomorrow
Though I only shave when I feel like it
But every day I cleanly shave my hairline
Like it’s been robbed, don’t clean my room
Once a day I empty out my insides
Lots of work, lots to play
Like them both so I’m really conflicted
Often fired up, if not music then booze
that I’m always drunk on but can’t stop
Me and my friends are pretty simple
To stay up all night, you only need 2 things
Winning ’11
and a nearby 7-Eleven is all you need
At that moment, we’re livin’ in heaven

Up and down,
our lives are like a playground slide
(sometimes easy)
But what’s there to do? Another day
Another struggle (sometimes not easy)
Want to live without excess or loss
Just enough foam, like snow-covered beer
Oh~

[Gaeko]
Like a pounding hammer on my stiff temples
Suddenly dream of a hammock on a hot beach
Quickly wipe it from memory
and get to what needs to be done
Today’s short break, coffee and chocolate
Sincerity used to be of virtue
Now it’s a weapon and that obsessiveness
Squeezes out melodies and raps out of duty
Wipe away my despair
and briefly check out Bobae Dream
Plan my year like an adult
Like a primary student’s vacation schedule,
it falls apart
Because of my sense of duty my head’s heavy
Determined not to keep my head down
Your connections are your assets,
not happy to manage them
Beer and chicken with friends is always welcome
bittersweet, the perfect word for my current state
Hey Jae Ho, pour me one and make sure the foam doesn’t overflow

Up and down,
our lives are like a playground slide
(sometimes easy)
But what’s there to do? Another day
Another struggle (sometimes not easy)
Want to live without excess or loss
Just enough foam, like snow-covered beer
Oh~

[Crush]
Time to spare for a cup of warm latte
Start the day, life is so good
Like this, want to live holding my center of gravity
Just enough foam, like snow-covered beer

[Choiza]
To try something new and unique
I rack my brain
My imagination crawls above of a creative track
When that happens,
I drop everything and stand up
Take me to where my spirit can warm up
Have gone to for a while, head to Ha Dong Gwan
Or go to Cheonggaechun to eat Abai Soondae
The moment I swallow the soup
Come to realize, this is sufficient,
this is good life

[Gaeko]
The corners of my lips droop like a clothes hangar
Walking around hanging on my exhaustion
Family photos in my photo album,
how fast time flies
For a life that tastes bitter, macarons
Use the intermission to
buy some clothes:
Carhartt, Kasina or Human Tree
A crumpled day passes, darkness falls but
I’m a human being wanting my life to stand in the sunlight

Up and down,
our lives are like a playground slide
(sometimes easy)
But what’s there to do? Another day
Another struggle (sometimes not easy)
Want to live without excess or loss
Just enough foam, like snow-covered beer
Oh~

Up and down,
our lives are like a playground slide
(sometimes easy)
But what’s there to do? Another day
Another struggle (sometimes not easy)
Want to live without excess or loss
Just enough foam, like snow-covered beer
Oh~

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