[MUSIC REVIEW] Live vs Recorded – Latest Infinity Challenge Music Festival (Part 1)

Have you ever listened to a new song, and think to yourself “Was that good? Did I like it?” only to continue listening to it some more to decide if you do.  After all the many replays, you decide to determine it after watching the live performance of said song.  Welcome to Live vs Recorded, my opinion based music review that tries to connect the different aspects of live performances to the studio recorded version of a song to fully appreciate the song more or in some cases, less.

My first review is on Infinity Challenge’s 2015 Music Festival since it is the most recent event.  With the broadcast of the Festival on MBC, the mp3 songs were also released; allowing viewers to listen to the studio recorded tracks after watching the live performances or vise versa.  In my situation, I watched the live first, then listened to the studio recorded songs.  I will go through each song (but only 2 at a time) and express how I feel about them from watching the performances, then to listening to the tracks.

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[MV ANALYSIS] LR’s Beautiful Liar

As mentioned, I’ve been taking this month to talk about VIXX, but for the moment, I’m shifting to their sub-unit, LR. Leo and Ravi put out an amazing MV for Beautiful Liar. There’s visually stunning subtext, aligned meaning between the lyrics and the video, and many other hidden aspects that you won’t catch with just one watch. If I ever find myself not following VIXX as a group, I will follow LR. I haven’t felt emotion and passion like this from an artist in a really long time.

As a note: if you’re not familiar with Korean, you can follow the steps I did by doing the following (links below):
1. Watch the official video.
2. Watch the video with the translated lyrics.
3. Familiarize yourself with the lyrics here.
4. Re-watch the official video….repeatedly.

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Quick update

Hello hello and sorry for the silence. There are some changes going on here and in my life. My time management is currently being tested. I hope that soon I’ll be able to share some exciting news!

But first, by Monday, you’ll see a post that’s not written by me. Yes, someone is helping me out with my blog. My endearing significant other will be helping me out on my blog. He’s more opinionated than I am… more blunt too. So I hope that you’ll be able to get used to his way of writing. He’ll be under the user handle himseoktea, which is just a play on my username, minseoktea.

Hopefully when things settle down there will be some collaboration efforts between us, but until now, please enjoy our post separately.


Here I am thinking these were supposed to come out on Saturdays, but clearly it’s Thursdays. And right now, totally not posted on the correct day. I’m thinking about switching up how this is done anyway. Maybe will just pick a month and talk about a proposed artist in features (impressions, discography, reviews, ranking, etc). It might make it a bit easier on me. (If it works out, October will be about BIGBANG.)

But here I am now, following up on my impression post of VIXX. I’ve spent over a week listening to the following albums: Boy’s Record, Error, Eternity, hyde, Jekyll, VOODOO, On and On, Only You, and 아이돌 하기 싫어, plus Leo and Ravi’s Beautiful Liar. I’ll be talking about VIXX first and then their sub-unit LR.

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[GAMING] Making a dent in the backlog

[I haven’t forgotten about my artist impression and ranking wars. They should be back to a normal schedule no later than two weeks from now. There’s some things coming up and shifting of schedules that I’m trying to compensation for. Please stick with me during this time!]

Between everything on my plate, it’s become difficult to find time to game. Between this year and the last, I went back to some old games I owned to complete them. I’d like to say I have something called ‘last save point syndrome’. I have a terrible habit of playing a game, getting to or near the last save point, and then putting that game down to play something else. So this time around, instead of playing new games, I’ve been trying to make an effort to play and/or finish games I’ve dropped.

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[ME] Skinship – The ability to express closeness without a word

I got into a late night conversation with a very good friend of mine (I’m afraid of calling anyone my best friend, but she’s the closest I can get to one), about the idea of skinship and how therapeutic hugs can be. We’re very close, like people may think we’re dating when they see and don’t know us sort of close. We are very arms in arms, hands linked, holding each other, etc. We trust and we have a lot of faith in each other. And she, outside of maybe one other friend, I can do this with and it’s comfortable. And before you say that this might be Korean influenced, I assure you, I was probably doing this before I heavily submersed myself in the Korean culture.

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[MV REVIEW] KISS – Because I’m a Girl (throwback)

Now, everyone thinks they know kpop because of Psy’s viral video of Gangnam Style. I remember back when I first got into kpop in 2002 or so, people thought they knew kpop because of a heart wrenching music video by the group KISS…not the rock band. They were a three member female group that put out the song, Because I’m a Girl, in 2001.

This 8분 music video drama had an easy to follow storyline. This post describes the important parts of the video and questions some aspects but it might be faster read than watching, so pick your poison.

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I have roughly 3본 to get this post in. For the past four days or so, I’ve been contemplating on who to do for the next artist impression. There are so many artists that are out there, but I’ve missed because new artists over the past 4년 have been so frequent and usually female groups/artists are completely skipped by me. But I will say that in two weeks, my next feature will be a female.

But for now, I’m settling on VIXX. I’ve heard of VIXX since their debut actually and again, so many artists come out so fast, I passed them by. Hell, when Otakon had their, “guess the kpop act and you’ll get free tickets” in 2012, I guessed it was VIXX, but didn’t submit the answer because I called off attending the convention from that year on.

Anyway. I have listened to an album or two, mainly VOODOO and JEKYLL. Maybe HYDE has been played once through. But I did watch a video for Love Equation which colored me confused because I had considered 빅스 to be a darker sounding group and this song breaks that image. I do really like the song hyde though. Hyde, for example, is different from what I’m used to. Love Equation, not so much. But I’m interested in diving into their music because it is different from what fills my ears.

So I’m going to leave those albums and more on repeat for a week, watch some videos and then go from there. Hopefully I’ll have some great things to say and remember their names and put them to the proper faces.


(These posts, hopefully, will show up a week after the previous artist impression posts so I can tell you about what I think about said artist’s music.)

So after my artist impression post, I spent a good three days, listening to nothing but 자이언티’s music. I spent that time listening to every album except Eat. I listen to music at work, so pretty much we’re talking seventeen songs on repeat for about nine hour period.

Ah, before we move on, if you’re reading just the English conversation of his stage name, it’s not pronounced how you would expect. It’s not ZEE-ON-TEE. It’s ZAI-ON-TEE. If you don’t know Hangul, then you wouldn’t have known. I made that mistake but quickly corrected it when he says his name in Click Me (2013).

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[NEWS] TAO cleaning up the EXO Train wreck mess

An article has been released via Soompi and Allkpop about EXO-Post Tao. I decided to watch the translated Sina interview myself which is below. This interview answered/brought up things I originally spoke about before in my previous post about Huang Zitao, mainly two points, but one general topic:

How TAO bashed Kris for what he did, but wound up essentially doing the same thing.

I plan on talking about sections of the video, so you may want to watch it in its entirety, and then fall back on what I have to say.

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