"Hello. We’re in the middle of doing our world tour right now, but we went to Hong Kong for the MAMAs. To be honest, just yesterday we came back to Korea for a bit from the United States. Right when we came, we went straight to preparing for this performance [for MAMA]; and now we’re in Hong Kong, and I’m/we’re really sleepy/tired. And oh! Right, it is also our first time coming to the MAMA’s! It’s the first time they’ve ever invited us since almost four years after we debuted! They’ve never called us to come, so we put a lot of heart and preparation for our performance to show everyone today. So we hope you can give us a lot of love."
How can INFINITE possibly stay so humble all the time? Despite being so incredibly exhausted from their intense World Tour schedule, they come back to perform at MAMA because it’s their first time to be called to come. That determination and gratitude they have towards opportunities they’re given is astounding.
They are so damn tired. They looked tired in New York, they apparently looked tired backstage in London, they look tired in selcas, they look tired in the thank-you video, and come on: they did over a dozen performances for the tour, each in a different city, plus interruptions for a concert in Seoul and the MAMAs in Hong Kong. And that was the second half of the year, the first half featuring Infinite-H, the New Challenge comeback, the Destiny comeback, various photoshoots, endorsements, dramas, variety shows…
…this is what inspires tags such as #this is ridiculous and I hate everything.
At some point, one would think, the collective exhaustion gets bad enough to be even more unnerving than the prospect of getting eclipsed domestically by the likes of VIXX, Block B, and EXO. But the factor I’m most worried about (and ignorant of) is the financial one. Did Woollim/SM C&C actually make any profit off the world tour? Did the gamble of spending all that money on the “Destiny” shoot pay off? Are the promised new album and domestic promotions of the first half of 2014 a way to make up for overreaching in 2013? I don’t know. Speculation welcome.
cienpajarosafuera asked: If I'm not mistaken, I think we could say you've been listening to lots of music with some kind of 'dance beat' lately, such as Nelly Furtado, Javiera Mena, Bomba Estéreo, etc. I don't know if you're fond of playlists, but if you had to pick, which songs would make a perfect "dance" playlist?
YOU ARE SO RIGHT! In the past month all I’ve been listening to is super poppy music, and, just like you mentioned, most of it, is Latin music. I’m not very fond of playlists and I never do playlists nor listen to them to say the truth, but if I had to do my own dance playlist I think it would look something like this:
- “Cake" - Toro y Moi
- “La flotadera" - Hello Seahorse!
- “Circuambient" - Grimes
- “White Noise" - Disclosure feat. Aluna
- “Pistero" - Babasónicos
- “Mundo bizarro" - BFlecha feat. Arufe
- “Kaili" - Caribou
- “Acá entera" - Javiera Mena
- “Be Pop" - Monsieur Periné
- “Bailar conmigo" - Bomba Estéreo (I still feel bad that I didn’t go to see them last week)
- “En cueros" - Onda Vaga
- “Vacación" - Nelly Furtado
- “Revista de gimnasia" - Dënver (by the way, last week I told Cüyén that I didn’t like Dënver and now I’m obsessing with them and want to spend 2014 listening to Chilean pop)
- “Christine" - Coiffeur
I guess that many woould argue not all these songs would be played at a night club, but there’s no doubt for me that they all have a danceable beat. The Latin folk music is quite different to the English-speaking dance music, so what I did, is: I started with synthpop/electro music to include both English-speaking artists and Latin artists inclined towards synthpop (Hello Seahorse!, BFlecha, Javiera Mena); I then used “Be Pop” by Monsieur Periné to be in between Latin and English-speaking music, because although it’s sang in Spanish, it is such a fun song that people would inevitably dance to it. I followed Monsieur Periné’s swing music with Bomba Estéreo’s cumbia (that song is called “dance with me”, so it’s of course a dance anthem). Nelly Furtado’s song has a cumbia beat, but it’s a very gentle song, and as I wanted to end the playlist with the smooth “Christine” by Coiffeur, I thought that Dënver’s gentle synthpop could be the right song to join it all.
Well, maybe I’ll someday do this playlist and share it with you. I think all the songs are available on Spotify also, if someone is intersted in making it!
EDIT: How could I forget Linda Mirada? Add somewhere in between that list of songs the track “La costa”. One of my favorite songs of 2012!
I went ahead and got myself a “personal” Gmail account, which is really a make-playlists-and-maybe-host-the-occasional-fangirl-hangout account. So I put it to good use. Juana (and everyone who wants new music to bounce around to), here you go.
[BANGTAN BOMB] BTS style 'Hush' of Miss A
this video changed my life
hat and sweaters on the left is V and red hoodie 42 is baby jungkook !
this, on the other hand, is two minutes and twenty-one seconds of pure awkward silliness, and I suddenly care for Miss A’s “Hush” far more than I previously did.
Well, thank goodness this hasn’t been subtitled yet. It would be extremely embarrassing if I, a grown woman with a supposed sense of judgment, were to start crying over an obviously manipulative promotional video complete with background Muzak.
Characters of Color on the Covers of 2013 Young Adult Novels
- The Girl of His Dreams by Amir Abrams (KTeen Dafina)
- Rumor Central by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Kensington Teen)
- Rumor Central: You Don’t Know Me Like That #2 by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (KTeen Dafina)
- Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe (Delacorte)
- A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury (Atheneum)
- Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow (Arthur A. Levine Books)
- Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster (Dragonfairy Press)
- Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books)
- Get Over It by Nikki Carter (KTeen Dafina)
- The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (Harlequin Teen)
- How To Be a Star by M. Doty (Poppy)
- Spirit’s Chosen by Esther Friesner (Random House)
- Since You Asked… by Maurene Goo (Scholastic)
- Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Simon & Schuster)
- Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Romeo and Juliet adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds, based on the play by William Shakespeare (Candlewick)
- The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine)
- Tune: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine (First Second)
- Star Power by Kelli London (KTeen Dafina)
- Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald (Candlewick)
- Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski (Tu Books)
- Invasion by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)
- Awakening by Karen Sandler (Tu Books)
- Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
- True Story by Ni-Ni Simone (K-Teen Dafina)
- Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan (Putnam)
- Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
the evolution from junghwan to lee sandeul...
I NEED TO TALK ABOUT HOW AWESOME AND WONDERFUL THIS IS
barely two years ago, this same sandeul sat in an interview where he was asked to clarify rumors that he’d had plastic surgery (3:25). looking at a predebut picture of himself, he said, ‘that’s lee junghwan. he’s a strange boy. he’s my close friend.’ he was close to tears. this child was ashamed of his looks… because people taught him to be ashamed.
BUT IN THIS INTERVIEW HE TOTALLY OWNS IT
'I STILL LOOK THE SAME'
‘THAT’S ME' JUNGHWAN = SANDEUL
YES! YES! YES! rock those glasses, brother. you do look the same. there’s nothing shocking or shameful in those pictures, and there shouldn’t be, and sandeul is right to proudly say, ‘THAT’S ME.’
moral of the story: don’t let others tell you what you are, and don’t be ashamed of what you are even when they tell you that you should be. just work what you got. thank you, junghwan, for the reminder.