1) Brown Eyed Girls “Abracadabra”


NANANANANA! I Met GAAAA-INNN! Ha! No, really, I don’t want to brag about it too much. We’ve been lucky enough to meet a bunch of Kpop idols on the different shows we’ve been on, but those shows are usually a lot of work and planning. This run in with Ga-In was just pure fluke. She was just walking around, asking some young guise some stuff, while some cameras were filming her. We’re not sure why, or for what show it was. WHO CARES! We just happened to be in relax mode rather than work mode, so we could finally fanboy/fangirl over an idol we met, just by chance.

Anyhow, she asked me if I knew who she was, and I said that I did, and that I’m a big fan. She thanked me for it. Then I tried explaining in my broken Korean that I have a YouTube channel and I make kpop videos, but she squished her face in the most emotive look of pure confusion that I gave up explaining and said “Sajin Jusayo!” (which means “picture please!”). So we took pictures together. Woot! Not as amazing a story as some would have expected, but – ah well! Still cool, in our books :D

2) SHINee “Juliette”


We’ve talked about almost every major SHINee video out there. We reviewed Lucifer first, and then Hello. We did the Japanese version of Replay, and – finally – we’re talking about Juliette. Of course, we totally love this song, as we mentioned in the video. SHINee, in fact, has barely ever let us down (apart from Hello, which..uhhhhgghhh). We’ve got such high hopes for Sherlock. SHINee! Don’t disappoint us PLZ!

3) Girls’ Generation “Visual Dreams”


We just realized this now, as we’re writing this blog post, that we’re talking about two SM bands. Pure coincidence. Anyhow, it’s about time we talked about Visual Dreams, which doesn’t really seem to be discussed when it comes to the SNSD canon as much as their other singles. Too bad. We really like this song! It’s so lighthearted, and we like seeing an SM production that isn’t so overblown and super serious. It looked like fun to shoot, even if it wasn’t the best video in the world, and the song is just so peppy and…Japanese? Yes, they’re not singing in Japanese, but it feels perfect for our vision of Japan, for some reason. Ah well. Side note: we’re going to Japan on Friday for a few days. We’ll make sure to play this song as we walk around and hopefully it’ll be a befitting soundtrack. Double FYI: if you’re in Japan in the Ikebukuro area, we’ll be there! PARTY TIME!

4) Secret “Shy Boy”


Holy crap! A GUY REQUESTED SOMETHING! Seriously! Barely any guys ever request anything. It’s all girls! And a couple of dogs. But a guy! We had to pick his request immediately. And it’s from a band we really like: Secret! We just don’t like this song too much, though we love their other songs. And we like, especially, that they’re not disturbingly thin girls. Seriously: not to pick on Girls Generation here, but when we hear about them having the best legs, we’re a little…ummm…ok let’s not use strong words here. Let’s say that we forcefully disagree. Secret has bodies that we’re more appreciative of: curvy, with some meat on them thighs! Womanly bodies, not girly bodies. We like that, and we like Secret for rocking it. Boomshakalaka!

Side note: tonight is such a freaking crazy night for us: since we’re going to Japan tomorrow morning, we’re not sure if we’re gonna be able to upload this weekend’s playlists in Japan, so we’re uploading them all tonight. HOLY FREAKING INSANITY! AHHHH! Ok that’s all for the side note.

  1. Raine

    Martina- I dont’ know how they do that dance either. We call them ‘boneless’. It is not possible to move like Taemin unless one is boneless…do they use skelegrow after?

  2. I don’t really appreciate your belittling of skinny frames seeing as Ga In weighs little more than Sunny (the lightest member in SNSD). Sure, you can appreciate curvy girls as do I, but it’s demeaning to talk down on SNSD’s thin builds as it is also demeaning to call curvy girls overweight or unhealthy.

    I doubt many women who are naturally thin, or who like to keep thin, would enjoy hearing their bodies are “girly” aka they’re “not real women”.


  3. REDWINGS SHIRT! ldkjfldjflakjfdfdljka!
    *Ahem* Admit it, Minho – you have no idea who that is. I’m onto you… O_* (tweaky eye)

  4. OMG!! Hahahha I like the pun there about Hyuna!

  5. That’s awesome, Simon! It seems your fanboy moment with Ga-In was included on her show, “Launch My Life”!! – check it out at ~1:18 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cv68LriAhvE#! 

  6. Juliette’s dance is awesome,but i hope u to rew

  7. then what bout park bom’s long legs? arent they considered honey thighs as well? 

  8. I seriously never heard the term “honey thighs” until you said it, but that totally makes sense, and yes Secret have some awesome legs they do.

  9. SERIOUSLY. seriously. Martina. GET OUT OF MY HEAD! Everything she said about Shinee’s Juliette is something I’ve said to myself–yes, don’t judge me–at some point. From the fact that I fell totally hard for this song and this marked the first time since I was maybe, I dunno, 14 that I literally played a video over and over trying to mimic the dance moves because I effing loved it so much (ROS I know, sorries), to loving it despite the AWFUL fashion choices and Taemin being so very lady-like. 

    Even though it’s been maybe a year and a half now since I discovered this song, I still listen to it on occasion and dance it out. LOVE that song. 

    Also, for me, “Lucifer” had more of an impact on my everyday vernacular. Here’s an example, if you will:

    Friend: Work today sucked!

    Me: Why?

    Friend: My boss gave me a ton of work!

    Me: Well, maybe if your whisper wasn’t The Lucifer, that wouldn’t happen. beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep *insert Lucifer dance moves*

    Seriously, that went on for a year….. I lost a lot of friends that year…..T_T

  10. I can no longer watch Secret Shy Boy because I play where’s B.A.P… sad but true….

  11. After School Red In the Night Sky

  12. punkyprincess92

    for a second i thought maybe Ga-In was filming for Running Man but then i saw it was Han Ga-In!

  13. I’ve never thought Taemin was a girl even when i first saw him >_< i actually thought he was really manly…. and cute….. adorable thats why i'm a taemint ^^    

  14. Trax’s earlier songs for Kcrunch  or maybe Blind ? XD

  15. How about researching K-POP in Japan? That must be good idea.. ^^….b :v

  16. Did Ga-In speak to you guys in English?? if she did was she good at it? :O

  17. If you guys like Girls’ Generation’s “Genie” & “Visual Dreams”, I recommend listening to their self-titled Japanese album from last year. All the songs on it are amazing to be honest.
    1. Mr. Taxi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhseD2tRLUY3. Youaholic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEp93_OzAIc5. Bad Girl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQs7damTIE6. Beautiful Stranger - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLQxCv8MPQg7. I’m in Love with the Hero - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob47c1ouB5c8. Let it Rain - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em81yIh7Oog10. The Great Escape - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7rjat1mH3I12. Born to be a Lady - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78NCCMU9viI

  18. How about including Leessang’s “Girl who can’t break up, Boy who can’t leave” (phew that’s a really damn long title) in next week’s cocktail?

  19. Can Simon and Martina please review I’m a Loner by CNBLUE?? I would love to see Simon doing the random scream thing they did in the middle of the music video… LOL :D


  21. I need to complain about Hyo’s hair. I DONT APPROVE. Also….. as Mary Noona said… It’d be nice to see K-hip hop. Like Tasha. Lots of Tasha.

  22. Simon! I love your shirt!

  23. *Still waiting for the epic authentic Korean Hip Hop edition featuring Tiger JK, Lady T, Epik High, MC Sniper… oh the list can go on* 

  24. YOU MET GAIN?!??!?!?!??!?!!??!?!
    Wow -_- envy much..

  25. ilu martina omg secret is my favorite girl group of /all time/. i think they’re so pretty, badass, healthy, and talented. ugh.

  26. Hey about that core in SNSD song..I mean if it was for Intel ..you know in their logo the often hava a sing INTEL Core..maybe that’s what they were going for?

  27. martina u should know that juliette song belonged 2 corbin blue
    the song rythme that is
    not the lyricks

  28. as much as i love shinee… i can’t forgive them for the HAIR NECKLACES!!! I MEAN, COME ON!!!

  29. thatssumgoodcurry

    One of the reasons I really like Miss A’s Min is because she’s in the same boat as Secret. Not only is she a powerful dancer and a great singer, but I feel that I can connect with her more because she’s not “perfectly” tall and thin. I really admire her for being comfortable with herself, and also for becoming an idol when the odds may not have been totally in her favor, in comparison to other girls who make it.

    And I didn’t know much about Secret before watching your guys’ vid, but I REALLY loved that song and music vid. I’ll have to find out more about them… :)

  30. Can you link the Shy Boy video to the official channel and not the bootleg version?

    Here is the official link: 


  31. My reaction when I opened the main page and seeing Simon together with Gain.


  32. Woah! I’m so happy for you, Simon!! :3
    We all know how much you admire her. Congrats– it’s a surprise you deserve.

  33. the girls in Secret *would you believe* weight between 45-47 kg and are only 160-160 cm off the floor. they are tiny. i think Minzy from 2NE1 is a def S line. not sure bout anyone else but Minzy 4sure!

  34. Speaking of amazing kpop girl dancers with curvy bodies, I think Minzy from 2NE1 fits that profile perfectly. Have you SEEN her muscles? She’s so amazing, especially when solo dancing. But my favorite has to be when she danced to Thriller with 4 male kpop idols.

  35. Can I request for Lee Soo Young – Grace

  36. We were doing Romeo and Juliette in our Literature class and when I was reading a part from it, instead of saying Julliete in normal pronanciation I said in it Engrish followed by an Oh! and everyone was staring at me like WTF are you doing?! XD and professor told me to read normally or else and I lied and told him that it was written in my edition of the book. And then I got an arrow to the knee.

    (Actually he told on me to my homeroom teacher who said to not do that again and I said “Don’t deny our r square pie” and her being a math teacher told me that I would be under detension for a whole week if I didn’t score the next test. So I beacame a nerd. NERD 4 LIFE!)

  37.  I think there were cameras following Gain because of her new show ‘Launch My Life’

  38. Hey, this is really irrelevant but I just ordered ‘Moon over Soho’.
    I’m really looking forwward to it!!:)

  39. Hey, this is really irrelevant but I just ordered ‘Moon over Soho’.
    I’m really looking forwward to it!!:)
    But I couldn’t find ‘The Rivers of Lonon”!!
    Where did you order that from??????????????

  40. Hey, this is really irrelevant but I just ordered ‘Moon over Soho’.
    I’m really looking forwward to it!!:)
    But I couldn’t find ‘The rivers of London’ :(
    Where did you order that from?????????

  41. wow well done mate kk
    i am watch more video at http://www.koreanwebtv.com


  42. I was walking around a shopping mall in Singapore and Seulong and Jokwon just walked past me. I stood on my feet and never chased them. Forever regretting -facepalm- Surprisingly nobody else was following them :/

  43. I agree SNSD has stick legs but I guess asians love stick figures haha I love SECRET’s sexy bodys, shame that korea calls them fat =/ (wtf, there not)

  44. Juliette sounds so good! I want to thank you guys for always reviewing and posting Korean music videos. I don’t usually go around looking for songs since I wouldn’t know what to look for and don’t have much time or patience for it, but thanks to you I now I have a whole bunch that I go gaga for (BEG is awesome, my kind of strong, sexy lady fellows)… All groups and songs I didn’t know anything about. Thank you so much both of you! :D

  45. So proud to be a SHAWOL right now XD 

  46. thisisjustforfunval

    Simon is such the Brown Eyed Girls fanboy!

  47. ooh ooh ooh, Martina can you see if you like this group? you may know them, SM the Ballad with their song Hot Times? yes, it’s a ballad, but I wanted to see if it would make it on your list of ballad songs you like. if you like, please do a video for that song!

  48. Simon — glad you like Visual Dreams.  I work for Intel and was lucky enough to attend the music video shoot.  True, we did not have a huge budget or amount of time to produce (2 days filming) so it was very basic in concept and execution. I do think the Girls had fun with the dance since the robot Barbie concept was different. Hitchhiker wrote a truly catchy song (maybe not for my cubical neighbors in California). It was a treat for me to be invited by the Intel Korea team, who did all the real work, to see the MV shot in person.  While it is easy to be impressed by SNSD’s beauty (even more so in person), I was much more impressed with their professionalism, skill, work ethic and kindness to the director, staff, crew and one another.  My only regret was when the shoot ended. It was truly unique and I am now a dedicated K-Pop and eatyourkimchi (Samchon) fan because of it :-)

    Have fun in Japan and get some hearty ramen!!!

  49. I LOVE BrownEyedGirls VERY MUCH!!!!

    I’m so PROUD Of B.E.G!!!!


    ♥ Brown Eyed Girls Keep Fighting ♥

    ♥ Brown Eyed Girls Keep Fighting ♥

    ♥ Brown Eyed Girls Keep Fighting ♥

    ♥ Brown Eyed Girls Keep Fighting ♥

    ♥ Brown Eyed Girls Keep Fighting ♥

    ♥ Brown Eyed Girls Keep Fighting ♥

  50. irritablevowel

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned this yet, Kpop dance class?!  That is a story that requires more detail please.

  51. Omg So when I was at Lotte World for the 40th anniversary, SHINee randomly showed up and did a surprise concert. The WHOLE time though, there was this fanboy next to me screaming. He was like” Juliette, juliette, juliette, JULIETTE! JULIETTE! JULIETTTTTTTTTEEEEETTEYGDIUFTYVUB!!” xD

  52. Business cards, Simon, that is what you need. Hand out business cards to K-pop artist, they may or may not look at it. If you have Korean on one side and English on the other then it would make it more interesting…. 
    The Secret is cute, I had to go to YouTube the video was disabled in your playlist :(. Now to get lost in YouTube world. 
    Idea, have ALL your videos in one giant playlist, it would be good to watch during a sick day :)

  53. Hi. I’m a snsd fan. Both Abracadabra and Visual Dreams were written by 최진우 aka Hitchhiker. You may like his musical style. He also composed Boa’s Game and SNSD’s ShowShowShow.Here’s their live. I like these so mush.
    Game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLMaDMlg0b0
    ShowShowShow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7TLxhG0yJo&feature=related

    And he was bassist of Rollercoaster. It’s their hit song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySQntx58ICY

  54. u-kiss is also a very talented dance group

  55. HAHAHA!  Midori Sours are my absolute favorite.  :D 

  56. the first time my brother saw not only Taemin but most recently EXO i showed him both ‘History’ MVs  he said:
    Brother: “Oh she’s pretty. What this group is co-ed”
    Me: *holding back laughter* “those are all boys”
    Brother: *points to Lu Han* “no way that that’s a dude. you’re joking, right?”
    Me: “Nope all boys, and around my age”
    Brother: “well *curse word*, if i’m ever in Asia i’ll make sure to double check before i start accidentally hitting on a f*$%ing dude”

    if i only would have shown him the practice video first. damn.

  57. julliet is a compilation of michael jackson compilation i could sense stranger in moscow and man in the mirror, say say say for the least

  58. Can you guise talk about 2ne1′s clap your hands??? pleazzzzzz!!!

  59. I still have a hard time listening to “Juliette”. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love SHINee, they got me into kpop and I’m so excited for the comeback! 

    But…this is another of those SM remakes. They bought the rights to the music used in Corbin Bleu’s “Deal With It,” which is what I end up singing every time I try to make it through this song. It makes it really hard. Especially because I loved Corbin Bleu (him and his amazing poofy/bouncey hair), he was the best thing I got out of High School Musical (i was in the target age group when that came out).

    In fact, when ever I listen to “Juliette,” I immediately have to go and look up “Deal With It.”

    • So after watching “Deal With It” I went to his song “Push It to the Limit” and I noticed that about 1:17 he does a sorta roll your sexy windows dance! It is very subtle and its used to like, push his body up, but Simon, I had to inform you

    • Was going to mention this too. Except I’m not a fan of Corbin Bleu… I just like freaking out some of my non-Kpop friends by showing his video for a minute first because hey, Korea isn’t on another planet. Sillies.

    •  I’m glad someone mentioned this! I love SHINee and ‘Juliette’ but I was a HUGE Corbin Bleu fan during his High School Musical days – I had his album & saw him perform in concert! I always end up singing ‘Deal With It’ during ‘Juliette’ and no matter how many times I listen to SHINee’s version I end up feeling like it’s more Corbin’s song than their’s…Corbin Bleu is a fantastic dancer & his choreography is great as well!

      I love ‘Juliette’, it’s just that it wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Corbin and his original song!

      • First off, I’m totally jealous that you got to see Corbin Bleu live…really jealous.
        Secondly, I love both Corbin and Shinee, but I feel the same, the song feels more like Corbin’s haha.

        I think the thing that bugs me the most about the remake are the comments I read on Corbin’s video on youtube. People say Corbin plagerized, that his version is horrible, that he can’t sing or dance. And none of that is true! It is things like that that really makes me hate fans. (And it isn’t just shawols, I’ve seen this on other videos that are part of the whole remake songs thing kpop does) When stuff like this comes up you can like one version better, but that doesn’t make the other one a bad version or the singer a bad singer. 

        Sorry about the rant 

  60. Simon, my brother in arms, your quest has succeeded. We shall turn the tide on your warped demographics.
    Male viewer #2 here, and I want to recommend this super hilarious video by Girl’s Day called Twinkle Twinkle. …..Kind of ironic that I’d recommend that group isn’t it? :P


  62. Watching shinee performing Juliette live less than 30 feet from me at SMTown in L.A. Was so amazing. They are true dance artists.

  63. Dirty Hippies!!…ROFL :D

  64. Oh yeah . SECRET does hav some nice bods XD

  65. IA.. Abracadabra is what is awesome about kpop …

    Have a great vacation!!!! :)

  66. OMG! SHINee are red wings fans?!? That red shirt you speak of has the red wings symbol. Michigan’s hockey team. lol.

  67. Actually, I was in Hongdae too and B1A4 randomly come out of the subway. They were being followed by about 5 really excited girls and one camera man, no one else seemed to notice them. I thought it was B1A4, but I was a little nervous just to yell BILAAAASAAAAAAA at what could have been just a group of high schoolers doing a school project. Only later did I figure out it was really B1A4 filming for a TV show. And, yes, afterwards I did yell BILAAAASSAAAAAA!!!! in my most manliest voice.

  68. ninirobinsondiederichs

    ha i never thought of secret as having curvy bodies, i just never thought of their bodies.

  69. ARGH if it was a month ago I would’ve still been in Tokyo and I would’ve totally gone to meet you guys…and take you out places…cos I drive :D

    Too much to recommend, but:
    - Try to go to a baseball or sumo game if they’re in season. (EDIT: I just checked. They’re not. Forget it. T_T)
    - Akihabara is a MUST GO, perhaps visit a maid cafe for the experience, or the Gundam Cafe, or the AKB48 cafe. Try out the different arcade games and ufo-catcher machines. (certain arcade floors have free Wi-Fi). If you don’t like wasting money, I’d suggest just go to a ramen shop where all the salarymen eat. Yodobashi have free massage chairs – check it out! To use Internet you’d need to sign up for membership using your passport, but they have booths that you can sleep in while using the internet/reading manga. Tons of electronics, anime merchandise, and 2D porn (I know you mentioned it before, but yes Japan has too much porn).
    - Hyungboo Restaurant in Akasaka, Loveless Aoyama, Murasaki Sports and Starbucks in Harajuku are all places where Bigbang have been spotted in Tokyo. Maybe you could go autograph hunting? :p I heard some 2NE1 and BB songs playing in the shops last time I was there. Anyhow Harajuku and Shibuya are both amazing fashionable places, but not as ridiculously posh as Ginza. STAY AWAY FROM GINZA.
    - Get a drink at an izakaya, I heard there’s plenty in Ikebukuro. It might smell of cigarettes, but beer, edamame, yakitori, and perhaps battered oysters are the classic bar meal that you gotta try at least once.
    - If temples are your thing, Asakusa has the famous red lantern, giant sandals, and taiyaki.
    - I would personally suggest going to a super sentou, as onsens are mainly in the countryside (cough*Martina*cough*) but it could be just the same as the Korean ones, I don’t know.

    Oh and Congrats on meeting Ga-In – THATS SO COOOOL~ xD

  70. ninirobinsondiederichs

    Have a great time in Japan!!

  71. I came to Korea. I was walking around. I saw B1A4.

  72. No wonder that guy requested shy boy…he seems like a shy boy himself lol, bless him. Yay for secret and their woman thighs!!!

  73. Loved that SHINee song, but roflol, they are wearing WEAVE as necklaces! oh, Kpop. u so crazy.

  74. punkyprincess92

    read the title and saw the word JULIETTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (OH~) i was like aaahhhhh SHINee!!!!!!!!!!
    yeah i didn’t like their clothes much in the Juliette days either!! I CAN’T WAIT FOR SHERLOCK!!!!!!!!!!
    aaawww i love the song Hello!! it’s so nice!!! and has A LOT of unexpected bass!!!! (well i just never noticed it at first)
    hey guys you should totally do the rest of the SHINee songs you haven’t reviewed yet! like Replay, LLO, Amigo and RDD!!!!! don’t you think?? like a SHINee playlist?? huh? huh? *nudges* yeah guys? what do you think??? would be cool right?? (but it’s okay! wouldn’t be fair on all other artists) 

    • So you didn’t like their clothes in Juliette, but you’re looking forward to Sherlock, where they wear….no clothes? o.O

      • punkyprincess92

        it’s not about the clothes, i can’t wait for the songs and mv!!! ALSO…..they were just concept photos!!! they’re not actually gonna be like that in the mv!!

        • Hatsuharu Sohma

          Their clothes in sherlock aren’t that much either! KEY is wearing pantyhose with boardshorts and Taemin looks like a emo country singer!

        • punkyprincess92

          those shorts were totally like Key!!! it made me laugh!!! it’s such an odd thing to wear in an old fashioned style mv!!! and i like Taemin’a long hair in Lucifer but not in this one! it was too long!
          anyway hey it’s SHINee!!! of course they can’t be normal!! i like the fact that they dress weird!! even though i may not agree with some of the things they wear!i loved their darker outfits though!!! now THOSE were nice!!! 

  75. Visual Dreams is one of my favourite songs too, but the MV…my favourite part is how some of the scenes they are very clearly not dancing in sync. There’s a popular gif which shows Sunny doing something entirely different to the rest of the girls, and even they’re out of sync. It’s great.

  76. “You so nasty, Intel.”


  77. Juliette (Oh!) is one of those songs you just HAVE to say the Oh! for afterwards. I do it in daily speech. Every time Juliette/Juliet is mentioned, I either say or mutter under my breath “Oh!” depending on the company I’m in. It cannot be avoided.

  78. Is it just me or does one of the back up dancer for BEG look a little bit like Mina from Girl’s Day? look at 2:51 :)

  79. For how long are you going to be in Japan ? I’ll arrive in Tokyo on the 22nd, I guess I’m a bit too late… anyway, have fun in Japan !

    I’m going to the Batoost show in Nagoya !! :D

  80. Have fun in Japan! Take lotsa pictures for us! XD

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