End of the Year TV Report (2016): Part 2

I’m finally getting around to Part 2 of this review.  However, it looks like I won’t be able to complete Part 3 until after I return from vacation.

The rating system:

Must Watch – Eyes glued… To the chocolate abs.
Watch – Well, heeeey there good lookin’
Just OK – Mildly entertaining at times but I’m here for the pretty boys.
If you’re bored – Sorry, you’re pretty but I’m just not that into you.
Pass – You might be pretty but not that pretty enough

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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/6/16

The challenging thing about doing a show like Sugar Man is finding the artists and bringing them onto the show.  There have been a number of groups that fans have been interested in seeing but for one reason or another, they haven’t made an appearance yet.  Last week, the show changed up its typical format.  Instead of remaking old songs, they brought not 2 but 4 groups on the show and had idol members fill in for the original members of the group that could not be there.

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Late Spring TV Report (2016)


It’s been so long since I last did one of these that I don’t know if I remember how to do one.  I don’t think I did one once last year but I’m going to try to better about getting these out.  It’s nice to be able to talk about shows that are currently running.  There are times when I start off loving a show only to be disappointed at the end.  Also, there are those American shows that I don’t have the time to do full reviews or shows that I’ve given up midway that it’s a nice way to recap some thoughts on those shows.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 3/25/16

There are a lot of people that are prejudiced against K-Pop music beyond the fact that they may not understand the language.  Sure, it can sound too poppy.  It’s too electronic.  What’s with the costumes? However, K-Pop is often used to generalize the music of all of Korea, regardless of genre.  Just to put the shoe on the other foot, a few weeks back when Miljenko Matijevic from the rock band Steelheart was on King of Masked Singers, one of the first songs he sang was Radiohead’s “Creep”.  They called it a pop song and in my head I was thinking, ‘This isn’t a pop song.  It’s alt-rock.’  The fact is that they were just calling it pop because it was a popular Western song, hence “Pop”. I think the same thing happens when people refer to “K-Pop”.  Because of that label, even many of my Korean-American friends were biased about listening to Korean music and I made them change their minds with this band.

In the mid-90’s wave of the colorful and poppy number one hits that were making their way to the top of the charts, Juju Club was a band that embraced a different song.  Their sound was more like The Cranberries which was popular during the 90’s grunge era.  I’ve covered Juju Club before but it’s worth bringing up this band again because they were so unique.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 1/15/16

It is Flashback Friday.  If you’re a music lover, then maybe you might be watching the Yoo Jae Suk and Yoo Hee Yeol music variety program Two Yoo Project: Sugar Man.  The name “Sugar Man” comes from the 2012 documentary called “Searching for Sugar Man” in which two fans go out in search of an American folk musician named Sixto Rodriguez.  This show does the same by searching for old Korean musicians, pop stars and the like who have achieved fame but have “disappeared” from the entertainment scene.  The two Yoo’s split up into different teams to remake the songs which are then voted on by the audience of a 100 people which are divided equally by their age groups.

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End of the Year TV Report (2015): Part 2

Next up, currently airing K-Dramas and K-Variety programs.

The OST rating system is:

Must Watch“네게 줄 수 있는건 오직 사랑뿐 (I Can Only Give You Love)” by December from Answer Me 1988
Watch“Darling U” by Kim Tae Woo, Ben from Oh My Venus
Just OK“괜찮아요 (It’s Gonna Be Alright)” by Orange Marmalade from Orange Marmalade
If you’re bored“잊혀져간다 (Becoming Forgotten)” by Lee Jung from Last
Pass“Love Lies (feat. 짙은) (Love Lies (feat. Zitten)” by Tearliner from Heart to Heart

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