Just Bananas About: Week of 5/1/17

With the start of May, it’s also the start of family month in Korea.  With holidays such as Children’s Day (5/5) and Parent’s Day (5/8), May seems to be that time of year when families spend more quality time together.  However on Ugly Duckling, that may not be the case for these man-children.  Yoo Hee Yeol joins Shin Dong Yup and Seo Jang Hoon as the guest MC on the most recent episode.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 4/28/17

Ever since his unexpected appearance on Infinite Challenge in 2015, HYUKOH (and specifically, the band’s leader, Oh Hyuk) has become a household name.  They just recently released their latest album titled “23,” which is a reference to Oh Hyuk’s age and probably when he produced most of the songs on this album.  It’s not unlike how Adele titles her albums after the age in which the songs on those albums are about.  And yet, HYUKOH has their own unique sound in all of its “indie rock-ness,” for lack of a better word.  I think as much as his songs are about life, its struggles and growing up, sometimes I am surprised by the lyrical depth of his song, especially those songs in which he is expressing a stream of consciousness.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 4/24/17

I didn’t watch last season’s Produce 101, partly because I didn’t have the time and partly because I wasn’t all that interested in watching a show in which young women are set up against each other to become “the number one idol”.  I know I’m being hypocritical as just because this season features young men doesn’t make the competition format any better.  However, I’m going to try and be a bit more open as many of the contestants are out trying to achieve their dreams.  That’s something I can totally root for.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 4/21/17

I’ve been trying to do better about promoting more female artist for these Friday posts.  I realize that sometimes my attention is easily swayed when I see new music by a male idol group I like but after listening to the plethora of other songs on my phone’s playlist and I find that I kick myself for not posting about that artist, especially female artists.  However, that doesn’t mean that I’m just going to post about any female artists.  Certainly, it’s got to be a song I love and I love it even more if its female singers who are projecting a strong powerful image.

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[Review] The Lonely, Shining God-Goblin – 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비


Once a powerful warrior and the king’s confidant during the Goryeo Dynasty, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is unfairly condemned as a traitor and executed.  Instead of dying, Kim Shin not only comes back to life but returns as an immortal goblin with a mystical sword stuck in his chest.  He continues to live for hundreds of years as the protector of souls but as he has lived all these years without love, he also suffers from depression and longs to end his life.  Legend says that only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword from his chest and give him the relief of death.

One fateful night, he saves a woman and her unborn child from death.  The unborn child becomes Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun).  She has the ability to see ghosts because of the goblin’s touch and yet, death continues to chase after her.

The Grim Reaper himself has his own demons as people only become reapers because they committed a grave sin when they were alive.  However, people who have become reapers are wiped of their memories and they must live their life ushering people to the afterlife.  The Grim Reaper inadvertently ends up becoming roommates with Shin and the unlikely pair form a unique bond.  He also meets Sunny (Yoo In Na), the bright, chic owner of the chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss.  He is immediately intrigued by her but unsure why he feels the way he does.  All brought together by fate, the four figure out how to defeat a dark curse that looms over them.

Crush – Beautiful

크러쉬(Crush) – Beautiful

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Just Bananas About: Week of 4/17/17

One of the latest variety shows to make it past pilot season is Cheeky Cohabitation – Vacancy.  There’s gotta be a better way to translate that title but that’s the English translation.  It features a bunch of different celebrities that end up living together as roommates.  What’s most interesting about the show are the different pairings.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 4/14/16

This is my second favorite time of the year.  (My favorite being Fall when the leaves change colors.) I don’t know why but every year I get excited around the Spring Vernal Equinox because ti means the promise of warmer weather.  And then, it’s usually followed by disappointment because the weather is still so frigid.  But finally, I can shed my winter layers in favor of cute Spring dresses as I skip along sunny pathways instead of icy ones.  And to me, it also represents the chance of something new and exciting in the near future.

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