Just Bananas About: Week of 7/3/17

Music is such a powerful medium.  And so, when I saw that Yoo Hee Yeol was doing another music program on JTBC, it made me wonder if this was meant to be the program that followed Sugar Man which ended last year.  Despite not having Yoo Jae Suk beside him, the fact that Yoon Do Hyun and Lee Sora would be joining intrigued me in and of itself.  Begin Again takes its name from the music film starring Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine but takes these established musicians to the streets in foreign countries where they’ll have to sing in front of audiences that may not be familiar with who they are.

It didn’t seem out of character to me that Yoo Hee Yeol and Yoon Do Hyun would agree to do the program but it was highly surprising that Lee Sora agreed to do it.  After all, she’s been pretty much of a recluse for the last 6 years and hasn’t released anything new since then.

Having said that, the three musicians, with their differing styles, got together to practice and go on this adventure.  Noh Hong Chul will act as their road manager and I’d imagine that he will also provide amusing commentary.  The first destination for the group is Dublin, Ireland.  Immediately, the group can’t help but think of Once as Glen Hansard’s character in the film was that of a struggling musician, busking in the streets.

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First Impressions – Animals: Ep 1 – 6 – 애니멀즈: 1회 – 6회


Recently, Animals replaced Dad! Where Are You Going for MBC’s Sunday night lineup.  It features Former Basketball Player Seo Jang Hoon, M.I.B’s Kangnam, Musician Don Spike, Rocker Yoon Do Hyun, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, Comedian Kim Joon Hyun and Actor Jo Jae Yoon.  While earlier episodes featured Girl’s Generation’s Yuri, Actor Kwak Dong Yeon, g.o.d’s Park Joon Hyung and Comedian Jang Dong Min visiting a panda sanctuary in China, the story for these scenes ends 3 episodes in. The main cast members tackle different challenges as they face caring for children and dogs in a nursery school or deal with the daily challenges of life on the ranch.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 1/25/15

I’m surprised I never realized that CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa has really come out with his own solo album apart from a few singles.  The album doesn’t sound too different from the style of CNBlue but I’m not surprised by that as he does write his own music for the band.  Through this album, he gets to collaborate with different artists that makes the album feel separate from the group.

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First Impressions – MUST Band Generation: Ep 1 – 4 – MUST 밴드의 시대: 1회 – 4회


The concept of the show is simple.  Each episode has a theme in which 6 bands compete in one of the 3 rounds and there’s 1 winner.  A pair of the bands face off in one of the 3 rounds and the audience chooses the winner from each to advance to the final round. The episode’s winner gets to move on to the final stage and battle against the other winners for the prize of a Canon DSLR (the show’s sponsor) and 50 million won (approx. $50,000 USD) towards their next album.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/24/12

I’ve been really enjoying both Arang and the Magistrate and Answer Me 1997 for many different reasons.  One thing that they both have in common is they have soundtracks that I simply adore.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/2/12

My goodness, Sunday was a good TV day/night.  Spain won the Euro Cup.  4-0.  Sorry, Italians.  But enough about sports… Running Man had Kim Bum Soo, Yoon Do Hyun, Yoon Jong Shin as the guests.  It’s a mini I am a Singer reunion.

With a cameo appearance by Kim Soo Hyun.  (Why wasn’t this episode the 100th episode?)

And The Newsroom continues to impress me with their 2nd episode.

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