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BATOOST IS BACK! If you haven’t seen their video for Shadow yet, check it out here so you can know what we’re talking about:

 

Now, I could be wrong, but does it seem like Batoost is giving up all of its branding as B2ST? Here’s what it says on their video page on YouTube:

Batoost no longer batoost?

I don’t see any mention of “B2ST” anywhere on the page. Guise? Wh…what’s happening here? Guise? Well, in case you’re ever unsure about how to pronounce their name, you can always check it via the Shirt I was wearing today, or you can check the official website on How to Pronounce B2ST. And, in case you’re wondering, no, that joke will never die. Not for us. Not for us…

As for the video itself, I’m going to start this off by saying we both really like this song and video, however, it felt a little bit lacking, and we don’t quite know why. The song itself was actually very pretty and vocally very nicely arranged, with the layering of vocals and harmonies and all, but it feel likes it’s missing either a build up or a crescendo. It kind of felt like it just stayed the same the whole song. We had a similar complaint with Lee Hi’s “Rose” and even through we totally loved that song we were waiting for something to change. It doesn’t have to change in a drastic, here’s-a-totally-different-song-withing-this-song kind of way that Kpop sometimes falls prey to, but it felt like the song needed to grow a bit more, you know?

We were happy, though, that the video for “Shadow” wasn’t shot in a boring box. It had great use of lighting. We loved the dancing ballerina girl and the creepy shadow dancing guy, and the colours matched the title of the song. But the ending with them dancing outdoors in the Kpopcalypse was kind of a weird change. They just went from the indoor misty murkiness to a broken city with a random Mr.Brohoho giant hand statue. I don’t know how to explain it. It wasn’t a bad song or video, but something about it left us unsatisfied. Anyone else feel the same way? Care to help us understand our feels?

We did feel like it really reminded us of Jaejoong’s “Mine,” and I’m sure some of you thought it, too. Which one did you like more, though?

Side note: I’m totally loving having the polls here instead of on Facebook. It’s got pretty animations and everything, and – if last week’s poll is any indicator of things to come – more people vote here than on Facebook. You Eatyourkimchi Nasties are the best!

Anyhow, if you’re liking the song as much as we are, download it via iTunes or get the real deal CD via YesAsia. Or, if you’d rather do neither, but still feel inclined to click on a button, you should click on this one below, which is amazing!

And, lastly, our bloopers for this week are pretty lame. We were super efficient this week, for some reason, and barely made any mistakes, apart from Martina’s horrendous math. Whoa Martina: can’t no one help you with that one there :D

 

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  1. Actually, BEAST officially stopped using B2ST a long time ago, right after their debut or something. It’s just all the fans and news sites and everyone else that keep using it, but officially they’re called BEAST. Although they still use the B2ST logo, but that’s just stylized I think…

  2. This KMM was awesome! I loved the zombie dance skit, Martina’s gun was super badass, Simon’s English segment was hilarious, and I’m glad that there’s someone (Martina) who’s as bad at math as I am.

  3. too many comments! soooo we should keep voting in other ways then spamming the comment section haha :)

  4. Haha, Martina’s whole explanation of, ‘Because I’m Shadow,’ and ‘Somebody had a baby and named it Shadow; Hey, I’m Shadow,’ really just made think of American Gods. :P

  5. I think EVOL’s We are a bit different MV also had the Kpopocalypse theme too. Gosh guys, I never realised! First pastel coloured pants, now this. Hopefully the next trend will be “foreign countries” in which every group flies overseas to film their MV’s (evil cackle)

  6. For a second I thought I heard it wrong. I said to myself, “Wait is not SHADOW? but SHALLOW?” LOL! So nasty!
    I started to like B2ST aka BEAST and now Batoost, after watching Monstar.

  7. I noticed today you didn’t use as many skits/characters today. Good to change the pace up a bit. I really love this MV, creepy eye thing FTW!

  8. Jaejoong’s MINE is EPIC!!!

  9. same thoughts here about the song. it was nice and all but it def is missing an OOMPH factor.

  10. “I don’t see any mention of “B2ST” anywhere on the page. Guise? Wh…what’s happening here?” they’re on to you guise :)

    I thought the song was catchy and video was pretty cool but I got that feeling like the company didn’t pay that much attention to the song or video… like since k-pop is starting to get dark “visually” but the message doesn’t change much…

    Great job as always! :D

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  11. OK, I usually just respond to others, but this time…. Did anyone else wish that the members would get to have the cool body paint, too? All through the video, I was hoping (and in the beginning, even expecting) that similarly to VIXX’s “Hyde,” their makeup would change to help express the lyrics. I was excitedly looking forward to seeing their faces and arms get slowly ‘invaded’ by geometric ‘tattoos.’ ‘Seeing’ them sink farther and farther into darkness as they plead for the sunlight of their love interest would have made it that much more poignant! I even expected to see some of it in the live stages, but no…. :(

  12. I thought this was a very smart KMM! loved the whole English bit, haha…

    i think the apocalypse trend has to do with dystopian fiction being so popular these days… they’re just trying to hop on the bandwagon :p

  13. My god. That second one is -amazing-.

  14. haha GD deja vu!!
    zombie skit was awesome!!!! “had to kill my parents cos they tried to eat me” had me laughing hard!!
    oh man Simon you had me SO CONFUSED there!!!!! i actually believed for a second they were saying Shallow instead!!!

  15. I was reading your fangirling spazz at the end of your post, then I went to facebook and this showed up on my wall, it only seems appropriate.

  16. I love how crap martina is at maths! I know that feels gurlfrand ^^ No but seriously after not doing maths for over 5 years I am now severly mathematically challenged

  17. 56 – 44 = 12! Thats a difference 12% Martina!

  18. That “Boys have a desire” hat reminds me of something…

  19. I really liked this KMM. It felt similar to your older KMMs, not the really old ones, but the ones you made in your second apartment in Bucheon. Those ones are like the Golden Age of KMM to me since they were a great balance between your honest thoughts on the song/video and skits. I’m only one person and I might be in the minority here, but for several months now I’ve felt like your KMMs lost some of the “review” aspect of them. Everybody has their own taste and can say, “I like this and I don’t like that,” but in those older KMMs I feel like you guys went beyond that when you talked seriously about either the song or video (while taking some goodhearted pokes at random silly little things). This is the quality that I personally feel has been missing in the more recent KMMs. On the other hand, I thought that the Michigo one was too much review and not quite enough skits or random asides to break it up a bit. So it’s really nice to see a KMM with that old balance to it. Thanks for this KMM!

    EDIT: I can’t believe you shot Yoseob! :P

    • Right, why shoot Yoseob? Cube could easily gather all the artists that have turned to the zombie side and create the first all zombie kpop group. They’d have to be chained up a bit like Shaun of the Dead, but I could see it working. I’m sure their contracts have stipulations in case of zombie apocalypse. Since they are still “alive” they are still bound to said contracts. XD

  20. After watching this KMM I really do wanna know what you guys think about all this ‘illuminati/ satanism’ thing going on in the kpop industry/ entertaiment . PLEASE. TLDR. – about how everything in korea it’s been “american-azed” , how all in kpop is full of symbolism…the mvs for example (under the most important labels out there). I’m really interested in what you personally think. Sorry for posting this here >.<

    • In fact, Ladies’ Code’s new MV “Hate You” might be a good jumping-off point for this, with the voodoo doll symbolism. Then one can spin off into VIXX, EXO, Lee Jung Hyun, QUEEN B’Z and M.Pire. Wow, suddenly it seems the gothic concept is everywhere! What happened to bright, happy summers?

    • I’m not sure it’s ‘illuminati/satanism’ so much as gothic influence, just as you saw during the Victorian age — very similar imagery and symbolism. And while I will grant that such influence is from the western world, it’s not fair to say that it’s American. If anything, the supernatural character types are mostly European — think Romania, Germany, England and so on. And the gothic architecture is iconically medieval and renaissance French.
      Still, I’m enjoying the supernatural gothic trend in concepts — as it’s always been one of my favorites in novels, TV and films. In fact, I was thinking just today that some group should try a reversal of the Jekyll and Hyde story and do a Beauty and the Beast concept, where a bad guy is redeemed by love for a woman. It would certainly be rich fodder for romanticism, even if not necessarily the best message for impressionable young fangirls to internalize.

      • Ah, I’ve not seen any of those illuminati vids; that explains your question, then.
        Since you ask, I’m from the USA.
        I make no claims about how “big” any of these gothic images/characters/stories are in their “home” countries; I just meant to make the point that they are pretty much *not* American, so their use in k-pop is not evidence of everything in Korea being “american-ized.” I am willing to concede the possibility that it may be being westernized. Which may be a good question for S&M….

      • Or, hey! How about a female idol doing a variant on the Picture of Dorian Gray? Someone like Lee Hyori or BoA would have plenty to identify with in this story, and it would be fascinating to see her performing the title song in various retro styles in scenes ranging over decades. Other idols would be jealous of her eternal youth, tabloids would be trying to out her as a vampire, it’d be great!

      • Yeah, I know. I’m a big fan of those, as well as ‘On and On’ — then I was thinking of ‘Wolf’ and ‘Growl’ and wondering what other concepts in the same genre could be used — and that’s what made me think of Beauty and the Beast.

        • To pull it off, you’d need someone who truly has something of a dark side and can act. He doesn’t need to be ugly; that’s what stylists are for. I haven’t watched many dramas, but from what I’ve seen on variety shows, documentaries, etc., the few that come to mind are Shim Changmin, T.O.P. and Lee Joon.
          I’d want to see Leo give it a try, but I don’t know if he can lose himself in a role yet. For a real stretch, I’d even consider Seventeen’s as-yet-undebuted Jang DoYoon; he’s normally full of gentle aegyo, but during a prank on new members, he was truly scary as a scolding hyung.
          Of course, there’s Kangin, but I don’t think SuJu would fit this concept! Maybe CNBLUE’s Lee Jonghyun, but they don’t do concepts. Can Taecyon act?

  21. If you look at their comeback stage on InkiGayo, their stage did say “B2ST” in the background.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMlch6kLcfw

  22. I’m surprised you didnt like the dance more. I get your point about there not being as obvious big move as usual. But to me the dance was still super impressive/effective, especially live – as each member came on/danced with back-up dancers during their parts (even though there were always 6 people dancing, so the others could have acted as the back up dancers) until they all came together. I also thought the cowboy step was really good – matched the song well and subtly ephasised it by switching in unity (when the two members in the middle did it alone)…. But I do agree it isnt as ‘catchy’ as previously

  23. What kind of a rapping name is Steve?

  24. I think this was a great KMM guys. I’ll be completely honest. Your KMMs have become a bit hit and miss for me. Sometimes I find them amusing and sometimes I get close to the “hate” mark with them. I have found that I am firmly in the camp that wants you to talk more about the video and your thoughts on it and have less skits. I mean I really liked you Michi Go review (the only problem I had with it was I thought it needed a bit more structure).

    I thought that this KMM had a really good blend of your thoughts about the video and song and a really amusing skit that was completely relevant to the video and was seamlessly integrated into the KMM (sometimes I think the skits don’t always go with what your reviewing and talking about).

    Onto the song. I love it and I am admittedly biased when it comes to Beast. I love them to bits (even if I don’t necessarily love all their songs as there’s a handful that I can live without). I do agree that there feels like there is something missing in this song though. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is either. It’s quite catchy and I’ll probably be singing it for the rest of the day but if you compare it to say Soom then it just feels like something is missing.

  25. It reminded me more of Vixx’s Hyde than it did of Jaejoong’s Mine, tbh

  26. Nasties! For everyone asking S&M if they could do short posts about new music videos, I asked them what they thought about ‘Kill Bill’ on the DICK video and here’s what they said:

    ‘We’re going to find time for some Kpop Music Mondays to do some list-like videos, kind of like what we did for the Best Videos of 2013 thus far, in which we’ll get a chance to talk about the other videos, hopefully :D”

    (So yaaaay!)

  27. if the sung about “IM SHALLOW” then they could probably compete with Jaejoon but like this? :P Jaejoon wins infinitely!

  28. Heheh, Kpop Apocalypse. Try saying THAT tongue twister 10 times. *attempts and fails*

    Also, I think the percentage goes, if there was a 6% difference between the two, and B.A.P was ahead, then B.A.P got 53%, ad Infinite got 47%. 53-47=6, and 53+47=100.
    (I swear I hate math. Really! It’s just… I’ve been taking a math class all summer and it’s taking over my mind. T__T)

  29. I get why you guys decided to stop kpop chart updates so you can have more time with more videos :) but I was wondering if there was any possible way for you to perhaps maybe just do a written blog post on short thoughts of new releases. Sometimes there are new songs released but not necessarily “fun” enough for kpop music mondays and I totally get that, or that they aren’t voted up enough, but I find myself wanting to just know a bit of your opinions on them you know? I know you guys primarily do videos and that’s your main focus but I’m pretty sure some of your Nasties would gladly read your thoughts on new songs and actually have discussions with comments below :) no need for epic essay lengths .. just a thought :)

  30. Jaejoong’s Mine video kept my attention longer than Batoost’s as far as the visual elements go. While still dark, the visuals seem cleaner and there was a bit less to try to focus on. A little easier to try to thread together what everything meant and little less like a jumbled mess. I still liked the visuals in Shadow but Mine’s were more effective to me.

  31. Great KMM! It had all the elements of KMM and some cool skits and even some interaction for the normally solo parts – awesome! And so early! Kudos! It was just perfect. I loved that Meemers was sleeping in the background for Martina’s bits. Animals love those types of carpets for naps.

    I also found it disjointed for the kpopacalypse scene at the end, it didn’t really flow out of the rest of the video. I think that the thing that you are talking about that the song lacks is a “Bridge” or “Coda”, that short (sometimes instrumental) bit usually between the 3rd and 4rth verses that somehow levels up the whole song for a crescendo at the end. A lot of songs (internationally) seem to have obsoleted this bit in the last 5-10 years that we have come to expect – so disappointing.

    I’m going to vote for Jaejoong but only because his video reminds me so much of WoodKid’s latest bunch of MVs, I really did like this video too.

  32. Er….. If BAP had 56% and Infinite had 44% of the votes, you are not comparing to 100 when you compare them to each other. Think of it as a ratio of 56:44 rather than a percentage. What is the difference? 12. Since we are taking in percentages anyways, then it is 12% – BAP had 12% more votes than Infinite.

  33. Yes my roommate though they were saying cheddar hahahah

  34. Oh man, Jaejoong is owning Beast
    But then again what should I expect xD

  35. Or maybe they really are Shadow. He had a much darker back story than Sonic after all.

  36. I liked the imagery in Shadow way than in Mine. It was just a really beautiful video. But song wise, in my opinion, Mine totally kicks Shadow’s butt.

  37. i think their English was fine ;P

  38. According to the Internets…pre-debut they were called B2ST (Boys to Search for Top), but just before debuting, they changed the name to BEAST (Boys of the East Standing Tall). Both are pronounced like ‘beast’. The fan names though keep the 2 – B2tys and B2sties – sort of a beauty and the beast theme is the idea.

    As for the song, I think it is MUCH better when they perform it live. They just won one of the music shows, and that performance helped me to like the song a lot more. I think it’s one of those songs that the more you listen to it, the more you like it. At least that’s the way it is for me. I also think that Yoseob kills it in the song! Well, they all do, but he was particularly mesmerizing this time round.

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