A pretty song with soothing lyrics? Yes, please. Last week was rough and I ended up working much of the weekend too, I definitely need some artsy, above my head graphics and an all-white dancing…turnip head?
Another one straight from the coming attraction list! It’s almost as if I have a plan and I’m sticking to it… (let’s not get excited, I’m sure we’ll diverge again soon! But now we have the freshly 24-year-old DK from Seventeen! Read more
I have a very important question to ask you. I don’t really need to buy 23 stickers off Red Bubble, do I? Think very carefully about this. What does buying 23 stickers say about me as an adult? What does it say about the person I’ve become?
As we wend our way through MUST LISTENS with Val Gal in various group chats, VIXX has come up quite a few times. Now, I want to be clear, Val does actually have a familiarity with a lot of groups we throw at her, VIXX included, as she has other Kpop enthusiastic friends and acquaintances. But where others are enthusiastic, we tend to be, well, obsessed. She has been incredibly patient with our need to drop link after link into chats declaring over and over that, no, this is the last one.
I feel like I’m writing a formal letter. Dear.M, thank you for your interest in our store, if you’d like to have someone actually followup with you, please leave contact information. Sincerely, Stephanie. But in the case of the upcoming Dear.M, I think anonymity is part of the whole plot and more should be taken as writing a letter to Dear Abby. (Ouch, did I just date myself?) Read more
One of the reasons I love Kpop so much is how connected I feel to the artists even though they are half a world away, from a very different culture and often, a completely different generation. A very large portion of the idol job is to be accessible to the fans, to connect with them through a myriad of platforms, and to make each and every one of them feel special. When you fall in love with an artist or group, you, whether intentionally or not, adopt the name of their fandom as your own. Each time they call out to this mass of adoring fans, they’re speaking directly to you. They’re letting you know, in no uncertain terms, that they love you and they miss you and they couldn’t do any of this without you. Being able to call out a name – your name now – is key to making it all seem unbelievably personal and real. Read more
Thanks to various birthdays the watching field is pretty varied this week! We have mini-dramas like the idol-packed Convenience Store Fling, movies with Midnight Runners, old school Kdramas with She Would Never Known, and of course, our favorite BLs with the odd Win Jamie’s Heart and the surprisingly addictive Gen Y.
Last week I kind of knowingly posted an MV that I’d done years ago as my Throwback Thursday write up. I admit freely that when I was typing it up, it felt familiar to the site and not just my musical memories, but I went ahead and did the whole thing before going to check out whether or not I’d used it before. And then I went ahead and posted it anyway. The more I ruminated about it, the happier I was with the situation. I’ve been writing posts for Kchat for what is quickly approaching five years. Twice a week for nearly five years. That’s a lot of music that has come and gone and a lot of posts nobody is going to go back and read. These are countless songs that deserve to be brought out every now and again to be enjoyed and loved just as they were the first time around and for new fans, they should be highlighted again, for the first time.
Yeesh, how did we never knew that the Joseon Dynasty was filled with zombies, evil spirits, and various other things that go bump in the night? I know my high school textbooks were very light on Korean history, but you’d think that ancient people fighting these otherworldly hoards would have been worthy of some sort of mention! Good thing there was the Joseon Exorcist to save us all.