give me give me communication

Hey guys! Just to let you guys know, in case you haven’t already noticed, I’ve taken down the Upcoming Reviews page and replaced it with a Recommendations page. A full explanation for why I decided to do this can be read on that page. Czech it out!

Also, I’m hoping to get a couple of reviews out in the next week or so, but I’ll be changing the formatting of my reviews to accommodate some formatting issues. Other than that, all the content should be pretty much the same.

Hope to see you guys soon!

– askjeevas

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A word from the author.

It’s been almost a month since I last reviewed something, and I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’ve pretty much disappeared from this blog. Well, a lot has happened lately, in my life and in the Asian music blogosphere, and I feel like I really owe you guys an explanation. The past month or so has been quite an interesting time for me personally. I got kind of sick in the beginning of July, and subsequently had some problems with anxiety, combined with grief surrounding the two year anniversary of my aunt’s death. For the middle two weeks of July, I had too much going on in my head to even think about reviewing music (which is really a shame, since some great music came out last month).

In addition, I’ve been positively bombarded with schoolwork this summer. I’m signed up for two AP classes for my junior year (English and US History), which means I have to read five books and complete some 100 short-answer questions. Plus I’m doing supplemental work for French, so I’ve got a lot to get done. I feel terrible about neglecting a song for xx, but I honestly don’t think I can justify reviewing when I can be doing work. So please try to be sympathetic.

Lastly, I feel I must address a sad trend that’s been happening amongst J-Pop and K-Pop bloggers. Recently, several excellent blogs have closed their doors, so to speak (Beyond the Sea and Radiant Dawn to name a few), and this makes me sad because these are peers that I really look up to for their work. However, I have to respect their decisions. In case anyone is wondering, I have no immediate plans to close up shop, even though I’m very behind on new releases. No matter how long it takes, I promise to review every single and album that I’ve missed. You can hold me to it.

Well, I think that’s everything. Thanks for the understand and patience, guys, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

~askjeevas

this is why I can’t have nice things.

Chances are, if you’ve been checking back to this site recently, you’ve noticed that I haven’t been updating much.

I’m really, really, really, really, really sorry, guys. Truly I am.

It’s the end of the school year for me and it’s kind of ridiculous how much I have to do. Projects, finals, tons of work – I’ve been trying to fit reviews in there somewhere but I just have too much on my plate at the moment.

This is an announcement that I’ll be taking an extended break, most likely until the end of June, so that I can put my full attention on getting everything done for the end of the school year. I feel bad, but I’d feel even worse if I just left you guys hanging without letting you know why I was gone.

So you’ll be hearing back from me soon enough.

Enjoy the start of your summer!

~askjeevas

image change!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. So here, to make up for how busy I am and how infrequently I’ve been posting, I give you… a song for xx, v.4.0!

Hope you guys like it!

~askjeevas

P.S. – Reviews of f(x)’s NU ABO mini album and Matsushita Yuya’s latest single YOU are coming up.

so elastic fantastic

Ring ding dong ring ding dong. It’s announcement time!

First of all, I’ve broken 100 posts! About time, huh? And it was an Ayu post. How appropriate, lmao.

Second, I’ve added another page listing all the albums I plan on reviewing. Go check it out. However, there’s no set schedule for when I’ll get them all done. I’ve been getting really busy with school lately and I may be getting a part-time job soon, so if you want to see something get reviewed, PLEASE be patient. I’ll try my very hardest. After all, summer’s only two months away!

Well, that’s about it. Check out the new page, everyone! :]

~askjeevas

for those who are wondering

No, I’m not dead. Lol. As of right now, I am taking an extended break from reviewing to get back into the swing of things such as school, extra-curricular activities, and sleep.

I will be back most likely within the week, so expect to see some more reviews around here, especially of Ayu’s latest single and some retroactive stuff as well. So be sure to check back soon!

In the meantime, I give you this funny TVXQ gif.

2009 In Review, Part II: It’s a K-Pop Thing, Y’all.

Damn straight. :]
Talk about process of elimination. K-Pop presents so many great options to choose from, it takes quite a while to choice which ones you think are “best”. But, I gave it a go, and here’s what I came up with. Take a look!

Best Song


As far as K-Pop songs go, it’s hard to find anything sweeter, cuter, or catchier than Gee. And for that matter, I don’t think a single song matched the popularity or ubiquity of Gee in 2009. The song stayed at #1 on KBS Music Bank for nine weeks straight, its video accumulated over one million YouTube views within the first day of its release, and the song scored Girls Generation their first mega-hit and turned them into sure-fire household names. It is by far the most memorable K-Pop song of 2009.

Honorable Mentions

Wheesung – Insomnia

2NE1 – FIRE

SHINee – Ring Ding Dong

Best Mini-Album


Let’s face it – 2009 was 2NE1’s year. They had by far the most successful debut of any artist of the year and some of the biggest hits to boot. I guess they’ve just got that “FIRE”. Snicker.

Honorable Mentions

SHINee – 2009, Year of Us

SeeYa – Rebloom

Girls Generation – Sowoneul Malhaebwa (Genie)

Best Debut


I couldn’t decide. xD So it’s a tie! I did previously say that 2NE1 was more or less the biggest act of the year, I also feel that f(x) had a really strong debut with LA chA TA, and deserve some recognition. They had a bit of a misstep with their recent single, Chu~♡, but  their yet-unreleased track Mr. Boogie very well might become one of the most memorable songs of 2010.

Honorable Mentions

Park Bom

MBLAQ

BEAST

Best Album


Who consistently impresses her listeners with every new release? Younha. Who has proven herself to be one of the most talented solo artists in K-Pop? Younha. And who is never hesitant to explore new genres, even when the results sometimes border on, ahem, plagiarism? That’d also be Younha. Though not a match for her brilliant masterpiece Someday, released in August 2008, Part.A: Peace Love & Ice Cream is another notch on Younha’s exceedingly impressive belt. And the accusations of plagiarizing Lady Gaga and the Jackson 5 – well, whatever. It’s just a part of being an artist. I meant to include the second volume, Part.B: Growing Season, but I didn’t get around to reviewing it before I made this list. Expect that review very soon, though!

Honorable Mentions

Super Junior – Sorry Sorry

2PM – 1:59PM

Younha – Part.B: Growing Season

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What a year it’s been, huh? All the debuts and new releases in 2009 mean endless possibilities for great music in 2010. It makes me very excited. Once again, if you have a comment, leave one!
I’m going to make a short announcement right after this to round out the year. Stay tuned!