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Episode 6 – The American Dream

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The seventh release and sixth official episode of The Always Rational Kpop Episode is here and it’s a bit of a doozy.  We spend a lot of time talking about comeback news and the fact that Block B hasn’t completely disappointed us.  We apologize for any inferiority in the recording as Noelle’s computer was experiencing complications from a heart murmur.  I also will apologize for my accent dipping in and out and changing, I don’t know what happened there.  Our “Free Talk” considers the American advance that everyone seems to be coveting so badly.

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  • Rain wins the Time 100 Most Influential People Poll (The Poll has been gamed several times in the past, don’t take it too seriously)
  • Rania & 4minute reedit their choreography to remove the Spread Leg dance due to it invoking Uncomfortable Feelings in the audience.
  • f(x)’s comeback teasers have been released this week

  • Dal Shabet returns with “Pink Rocket”

    Cmon. What does this look like to you? Be Honest.

  • Leader Eric’s comeback was announced.
  • My Story wasn’t that funny.
  • Eluphant (Minos & Kebee return after 5 years)
  • Block B has their debut stage (AssBrass made the beats, but Kyung & Zico wrote the lyrics):
  • JYJ loses permission to do Charity Concert
  • JYJ Announces North American Tour Stops: Vancouver, BC, San Jose, CA, Los Angeles, CA & Newark, NJ.
  • Big Bang puts up a poll for where their global tour should go, ignores Australia, New Zealand, the entire continent of Africa, and the Caribbean/West Indies, but whateves, such is life.
  • Jaejoong does a “tell all” interview & Noelle speculates on the identity of his four girlfriends since debut.
Leading into our main topic is the following performance on 100 points out of 100 that Brian Joo (formerly of Duo Fly to the Sky) apologized profusely on twitter for.
We talk about KARA’s amazingly unexpected success in Japan, the supposed approaching end of their contract dispute issues and the fact that no one would’ve predicted their explosive success when it was announced that they’re going up against SNSD for the hearts and minds of the Japanese idol music listening public.

The Music Video that launched the phenomenon and their music career in Japan.

Lastly, we follow up our Kara/SNSD Japanese advance discussion with a lengthy one on the proposed American debuts of Rania, U-KISS, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, etc.  This discussion mostly popped into my mind when I was reflecting on KARA’s overcoming their underdog status and I began to wonder if the group/solo artist that manages to truly extend the Hallyu wave to the US will end up being someone we don’t expect.

However, if they’re going to move into a market where the media can completely ruin careers, the truth of the matter is the Korean Music Industry is going to need to clean itself up, a point that Time Magazine pointed out over a full decade ago.

We also touch quite vaguely on Asian-American artists that are extending their popularity on Youtube and on the charts, and the advantages either group has as well as their disadvantages.

The last segment is a bit we’re going to continue doing per episode, just a brief spotlight on artists that have been out of the mainstream eye for a few years, whose music isn’t quite what you get from idols.  Comprised of DJ Clazzi, Horan & Alex Chu (of We Got Married Season 1 fame) and known as Clazziquai Project, they’ve been active since 2004 with the release of Instant Pig.  Their music is a combination of Electronic, Acid Jazz and House & here are a few examples.

Sweety featuring a young man that would’ve eventually become Top Star Lee Junki.

And a few videos from their last release Mucho Punk

Lastly, them performing one of their Most Well known songs “Romeo & Juliet”

Feel free to consume every music video you can find on Fluxus’ channel, their artists are amazing, talented, and they try different styles of music you might not find in the mainstream.

I’mma say goodbye with Handsome People’s latest MV, Crazy 

Opening Song: Block B – Wanna B
Insert Song: Clazziquai – Sweety
Ending Song: Eluphant – She is not Following You

Email us at thealwaysrationalkpoppodcast@gmail.com with any questions, concerns, ideas, hate mail, rants, etc. We’d be thrilled to hear from you. Until Next week.

Episode 2 – Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality

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Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was hit with a major 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a tremendous tsunami that devastated a lot of the East Coast. In the past week a lot of news came out about donations from the Kpop/Korean acting community towards the population of Japan. The marathon I refer to is being hosted here Help Japan and is run by a loose association of anime podcasts, one of whom I’m a semi permanent host for. You are of course welcome to donate blood, volunteer and donate to the charity of your choice.

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We spend a little time going over the news concerning the Japanese debut of several Korean artists including B2ST/BEAST and 2NE1. We’re still waiting on what Cube is going to do to give back. Jet Coaster Love is the single that Kara is going to donate the profits of to Tsunami/Earthquake relief.

Cho PD’s comments have stirred up Big Bang fans a lot at least on the International side. Maybe he’s covering his ass to protect Block B from the wrath of ViP’s upon their debut. Mic Swagger (hiphopplaya) hosted by Sool J, featuring Block B’s Zico & Park Kyung here:

As far as the new Big Bang CD with the big name producers, we’re hoping for a winter release, preferably on the 2011 side of winter. My comments about Wil.i.am and Black Eyed Peas are probably everybody’s feelings now so I’m just going to leave a video of Request+line now.

Pardon us for going on about DBSK a bit, we were both sorta surprised by their performance. I completely deny my roots as a Big Bang fan in favor of this winning over Tonight.

The discussion turns a little serious when we discuss Jay Park’s apology to JYPE and 2PM and then follow up on last week’s news about the release of Jang Ja Yeon’s letters and the questioning of the truth of those papers.

Our Free Talk this week is on MBLAQ as requested by their fan Naomz and we do our best not to be too mean to Thunder.

We flub a little while discussing each individual member, as I’m not a huge fan and Noelle barely learned of them in the hours previous. While I liked Oh Yeah at debut, it was the Y MV that really got me into them, partly due to Lee Joon and partly due to the more cinematic nature of that MV over Oh Yeah.

Talking about MBLAQ led me to remember what I said the topic would be, Talented members of the group vs. The Members that make the group’s image. This is a pretty common debate in Kpop and we do our best to handle it with respect. Thanks for meeting us this week, have a good one and we hope you join us again next week.

Opening Song: B2ST – Rainbow
Closing song: DBSK – Before U Go