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B2ST “Shadow” – Kpop Music Mondays

August 6, 2013

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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. 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 :)

    3 years ago
  2. 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.

    3 years ago
  3. 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.

    3 years ago
  4. 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.

    3 years ago
    • it’s not exactly right. when it comes to difference in percentage point indeed it is 12%, but BAP has 26,71% more votes than Infinite

      3 years ago
  5. Yes my roommate though they were saying cheddar hahahah

    3 years ago
  6. Oh man, Jaejoong is owning Beast
    But then again what should I expect xD

    3 years ago
  7. Or maybe they really are Shadow. He had a much darker back story than Sonic after all.

    3 years ago
  8. 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.

    3 years ago
  9. i think their English was fine ;P

    3 years ago
  10. 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.

    3 years ago
  11. I totally agree with what S&M said about the song. I found it boring, probably because the lack of build up or something. I liked the chorus but that’s the only part that I remember, to be honest. The video though was pretty awesome! I don’t know much about the symbolism or whatever, I never catch these things…but it looked amazing! Big improvement for Batoost. I just expect better music from them in the future. This video was kind of epic and the song didn’t match it at all in my opinion.

    3 years ago
  12. This week’s skit was the best (aka the only way I want to talk about zombies… ever).

    3 years ago
  13. Before debuting Beast officially changed their name from B2st to Beast…. they keep B2st for the tags though, cuz some ppl (read: Simon) still think of them as B2st….
    Then again, the English of the song… Simon I’m upset; sometimes you rate them for their bad pronunciation and sometimes you say you don’t mind it since its pronunciation only… pick one Simon, PICK ONE (pick the rating including the bad pronunciation otherwise they’ll all get 5s… WASH YO NEIGH, WASH YO NEIGH?)

    3 years ago
    • The uBEAT’s KMM…. most unbiased and honest music review I have ever watched

      3 years ago
    • I think it might help you to think of Simon’s english scale more along the lines of whose line is it anyway – you know,

      “Welcome to ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, the show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.”

      3 years ago
  14. I was a bit dissatisfied with the shorter KMM but I think you guys got it right this time. I think the problem before was there was more of a focus on the skits than on the discussion of the song and video, but the ratio of skits to discussion on this video was perfect and the video didn’t feel too short :)

    3 years ago
  15. Could you only ask to click the subscription button only if not subscribed already? because what happens if you are already subscribed? You may end up like me unsubscribing and re-subscribing a couple of times now…..sigh…..damn this mindless obedience of mine XP

    3 years ago
  16. Happy (nasty ~) birthday Teeba!

    That BEAST video needs a spider warning ardgjakjdh. The visuals were very cool but got to agree with you that the song felt kind of lacking. It seemed more like an intro track to me. Still it’s nice to have a more mellow song being promoted.

    3 years ago
  17. Music Mondays are shorter now because we found that, on average, people stop watching after 7:00 minutes. We looked at all the stats from Kpop Music Mondays, and that’s the usual drop off time. So we’re trying to make Music Mondays more concise, and not lose a lot of viewers by the end of the video.

    3 years ago
    • I usualy skip the Spudy part since I know it is Spudy and what is going on.

      I guess I am one of those who prefer longer KMMs but maybe you guys should do a poll where you ask nasties about their fav KMM lenght?
      In the end, as long as the KMM is balanced, I don’t really care how long it is.
      Besides, I always read the post after I watched the video.

      And I have to say that voting here is better than when it was done on facebook. Sometimes I even forgot to vote there *lol* .

      3 years ago
    • I wonder what would happen if you put up a poll here on the blogs asking what time-frame(s) your viewers prefer your videos to last..

      3 years ago
    • weird. I’d never click away early. I always watch until the end!

      3 years ago
    • Maybe… but I personally prefer longer ones~^^
      Besides you cut KMM time yet you extended Spudgy showdown like for a lot (or at least it just feels like it? O.o)
      I like Spudgy don’t get me wrong, but honestly his showdown doesn’t brings anything to the KMM (and this is the only part I rarely watch in every KMM) so, just a thought, maybe you should do those 7 min fully MV/song oriented and add Spudgy after? (Then everyone – me in particular – would be happy)

      3 years ago
    • I stop the video when Spudgy starts singing, since I know that from there on out it’s just the same everytime (also, I don’t care about competitions).

      3 years ago
    • We know, we know… Nasties will watch every single KMM no matter what, but from time to time you should bless us with a longer KMM, just saying

      3 years ago
  18. And don’t understand me wrong. I actually loved this KMM more than others. Why? Because you talked more about the song and the MV, and didn’t focused only on the skits~

    3 years ago
    • i love the way they make this week’s KMM… they r simple but hv all element that nasties want to know abt S&M opinions abt the song…. good job S&M!!…

      3 years ago
  19. I’m so sad about inkigayo. ;A; I hope that they can have an awesome experience when they come to kcon and that stupid 사생 fans don’t hurt them.
    I love your videos lately, they are super nasty and I give you mad props for all of the new stuff you’re trying!

    3 years ago
  20. Btw Simon & Martina, about kpop chart update:
    I thought it might be interesting to do it once in a while when there’s a video that won’t be voted into the top 3 for sure but you find it interesting (like Wonder Boyz Tarzan), it would be nice hearing couple of lines on the matter~^^

    3 years ago
    • Yeah there seem to be a lot of songs pretty much made of gold stuck on the second and third pages like brown eyed girls kill bill

      3 years ago
      • I agree, the “Kill Bill” video is awesome. I would also add Lee Jung Hyon’s “V” as a video that deserved at least a mention to get people’s attention.

        3 years ago
  21. Nic

    I’m going to be singing the Spudgy version all week.

    3 years ago
  22. I really miss what kpop music monday’s used to be S&M used to actually review the video instead of going through various skits that have nothing to do with the MV! The last really great music monday was for Jaejoong’s Mine ever since then Music Monday’s have been less than stellar! Please S&M go back to actually talking about the video!

    3 years ago
  23. im distract by meems behind martina…. the naughty giant meems is coming to studioooo…:)

    3 years ago
  24. I was really hoping you guys would do the KMM on f(x) this week. We worked hard to keep it up there on the charts, but I don’t know if will survive another week. If we can’t, I’d like to know what you guys think of the song and video.

    3 years ago
    • If I remember correctly, VIXX’s Hyde stayed in the top 3 for like 5 weeks and F(x)’s MV isn’t even 2 weeks old, so keep it up. There is hope!

      3 years ago
    • if u want S&M to review fx mv…u should watched the old fx KMM or other SM in box mv… its just the recycled thing…i dont want to watched a repeated thing all over n over again

      3 years ago
      • Perhaps. But, I enjoyed their reviews for the other f(x) songs. And I’d like to hear their thoughts on the dance and the Perv Cam, as someone on the video thread called it.

        3 years ago
        • thats y im kinda miss kpop chart update… even they didnt review all thing…they will b saying sumthing abt 3 song that hv no chance to b review for KMM…sumtimes i want to know wat their opinion abt the song…not just the MV

          3 years ago
  25. Hey guys. I completely understand why you decided to stop doing kpop chart updates any more to make more room for other things, but I was wondering whether there was a way to incorporate talking about new releases into the end of the KMM? Just a few lines mentioning big releases in the previous week or upcomings, just before saying to vote on the kpop chart. It’s just that I used to find most of the new stuff I liked from the chart updates but I don’t have that now! Just a suggestion! <3

    3 years ago
    • I do like the aspect of the Kpopchart updates that we get to hear their opinions on songs that we wouldn’t know of otherwise. But whilst the video itself could be short, but there’s all the organising and formatting, e.g. putting all the videos into a playlist and getting clips of the videos into that video and then making the link boxes to all the relevant videos. I think the kpopchart in itself is amazing with all the new songs coming out every week! I’ve just kinda gotten into the habit of checking their site now, also means I go straight into PLAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYLIST MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODE!

      3 years ago
    • I’m not too sure. Part of stopping the KpopCharts update is that we don’t want to be viewed as a Kpop news site, which some people were thinking of us as. We’d like to talk about Kpop more often, sure, but not at the expense of being thought of as just Kpop people, you know? We do lots of other videos, but people seem to forget that for some reason…

      3 years ago
      • I always liked the KpopCharts updates because I get to hear you say a bit about other songs that don’t get reviewed for KMM! I know we can see what’s new on the charts, I just like hearing a little of your opinion :D

        3 years ago
      • I’m not sure there’s anyway to get around this if you want to be perceived less as kpop people then! XD And you should know that even though I’d love to see more kpop stuff from you, personally my favourite videos that you make are actually TL;DR and the live chats! I recently got back from a 6 week trip to Vancouver meaning that I couldn’t watch any of the live streams in that time, so I created myself a long playlist so I could catch up with them all. Dedicated Nasty! XD My point is that even though I am most likely to go to your videos for kpop, I get a great deal more entertainment out of your other videos anyway. :) Thank you for responding, it means a lot. <3

        3 years ago
    • Do people really rely on their Saturday updates to find out, as you said, the big releases of the week? I highly doubt it. If you don’t know that GD or SNSD or SHINee dropped a song, then quite frankly, you don’t go here. But I was always of the opinion that, should the updates stay around, they’d be better suited to talking about releases that most people wouldn’t have seen or heard.

      I suppose people can always just sort the kpop charts from popular (which it defaults as) to newest. And we can stop being lazy and let S&M have more time for the stuff they want to do, haha.

      3 years ago
      • The thing is I have work and other stuff so its harder for me to find out because I work sleep and eat and hardly get time to do kpop related stuff anymore :(

        3 years ago
    • agree 101%….

      3 years ago
  26. Their MV reminded me more of VIXX’s Hyde though haha xD

    3 years ago
    • Now that you mention it, you’re right. Very dark themes, and lovely songs (and I have the same opinion about the raps for both… would have been fine without them…) Then again, I’m sure we could find many MVs with similar concepts to this one. Oh, how creative they are. XD

      3 years ago
  27. I absolutely love the song, but I know exactly what you mean about expecting a change or buildup and then not getting one. I was waiting for a key change, maybe, but then it never happened. Still, great song.

    Loved the skit — I really don’t understand the fascination with zombies these days, but I still laughed out loud. Poor zombie Yoseob.

    3 years ago
  28. What he lacks in height, he has made up in muscle. No for real, have you seen his guns in the MV, like whoa!

    3 years ago
  29. Simon, your English segment was phenomenal this week. Especially the ending
    “Batoost, 2 out of 5. Ah who am I kidding, I heard the rest of the song. 1 out of 5.”
    So glad you guys kept this segment of KMM.

    3 years ago
    • Kim Hyun Joong also mentioned some joke on Barefoot Friends when he was showing off his fancy hat dance from Unbreakable. He said something about how he can be a dog and that he can also be a mad cow… I don’t quite get the joke, but I assumed he was making some reference to the video because he was talking about his new album. ^^

      Anybody with more cultural knowledge know what he meant by that? (It’s in episode 16 if anyone is curious)

      3 years ago
    • Not related but I like those bug emoticons~^^ (kinda like matoki)
      where can I get them?

      3 years ago
      • They came with my iPad, one of the many virtual keyboards you can choose from. It’s called Emoji. I also have the korean one, so i can write in korean, like that : 안녕하세요. It would be very usefull if i could speak korean

        3 years ago
        • Oh, I see, but I’m not an i-user :P
          Maybe they have them on Android as well? :D
          I have hangul keyboard too, virtual one is much easier to use then the one on a laptop lol
          [Edit: just noticed, they actually do look like android robot xD]

          3 years ago
    • That skit was hilarious, “Oh really Yoseob, that’s your excuse for being late. You’re a zombie.” Bang

      Plus you know hot guys dancing and singing would make the end of the world much easier to swallow.

      The cow, actually is a bull, in Unbreakable and it symbolizes the Lamborghini. They have a bull for their logo and the horse represents the Ferrari. ^_^

      3 years ago
    • Batoost-KMMs always provide us the best English segments :3

      3 years ago
    • The bull is the emblem of the car it turns into, a Lamborghini. Just as with the horse turning into a Ferrari is the emblem of that car.

      3 years ago
  30. LMFAOO THE ENGLISH PART HAD ME DYING OF LAUGHTER, I was so sure they would get a 1 and my mouth was just gaping open when Simon said 5, but then the end just killed me hahahahaha Accurate rating Simon, very accurate hahah

    3 years ago
  31. Lol Simon, you are so funny, I was surprised when you gave 5/5 and wondering what point you were trying to get at and then I read shallow with the chorus, I laughed so hard xD
    Great KMM!

    3 years ago
  32. To me Shadow is a very neat and beautiful song (although the rap at the beginning is a kind of awkward…) It doesn’t have the bombastic feel like every K-Pop groups are doing to get attentions these days; it just wowed me in a way I can’t explain.

    3 years ago
  33. Yeay for Kpopalypse!

    I like Jaejong’s song better, but the animals in his video looked really really fake, so to stick to the question I have to vote for Shadow.

    3 years ago
  34. Awwh I loved this dance!!!! It was so catchy cause before I even saw the dance and was moving to the music, I would do the “side-to-side” shoulder move by instinct cause it just went so well with the song haha, anyways, soooo happy yo guys reviewed Shadow :D ON TO EXO NEXT WEEK RIGHT GUISE, RIGHT RIGHT?! :D:D:D:D

    3 years ago
  35. I read somewhere that they were the shortest or second shortest KPop boy group, actually…

    3 years ago
  36. Mon

    I really loveeeeeeeeed this song and video. Dark concepts are my favorite, so that’s why I have a really hard time choosing between Mine and Shadow. I love them both. q_q

    3 years ago
  37. hahaha… Bcoz I’m spudgy, spudgy, spudgy, spudgy

    3 years ago
  38. Wah, this video is taking forever to load. :(
    But based off of the blog post, though I love the song and love the video, I totally get what you’re saying. I thought when Junhyung came in for his second part of the song things would change up a bit. I did like the initial switch of music there, but it kind of just died out. And then he ended with that half talking/half singing note thing. Kind of a let down. But that little switch there is still my favorite part of the song.

    3 years ago
  39. Love the shirt Martina!!!!

    3 years ago
  40. love the song… dont expect KMM will b this fast

    3 years ago
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