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DUN DUN DUN. If you’ve already watched the video you’ll already know that, yes, we’re changing up Kpop Music Mondays (KMM). After a doing a whole lot of KMM and growing and changing our structure, we’ve finally decided it’s time to switch things up a bit. We’re feeling too constrained by the format that we ourselves invented a couple years ago, so it’s time to mix it up and let our freedom fly. We’d still like to include our characters and some skits in these KMM, but only when we really feel inspired. The same for the English rating: if there is something noteworthy to talk about, we’ll include it, but if not, no talking! I think this format will be more like our TL;DR segments on our bonus channel where we are able to bounce our thoughts back and forth with each other.

Normally, when we prepare for Kpop Music Mondays we watch the videos on our own and we come up with our own opinions, which sometimes match each other and sometimes are totally different, and then we have to someone bring these two different thoughts together in a cohesive manner and divide our thoughts so that Kpop Music Monday isn’t 20 minutes long. This results in someone’s opinion inevitably being left out or barely mentioned, and sometimes we feel frustrated when we read comments that match one of our opinions exactly…but we had to leave it out. I think this new format will really allow us to share both our perspectives equally!

Also, we’d like to be able to have Kpop Music Monday as a music segment about kpop in general. Once in a while we want to be able to do a creatively different video about kpop, kind of like the video we did for the Ish list on the Top 7 English Covers Done By Kpop Artists, or a random parody, or something else that we’re inspired by. Let Kpop Music Monday be like Saturday Night Live, almost, you know? We often come up with random videos that we want to do, but just don’t have the time to do. So why not let those random videos be a Kpop Music Monday?

So, that’s basically it. We’re going to shuffle things around. We’ll wax nostalgic from time to time and maybe go back to the old format, who knows! We just felt like it was time for a change.

Anyhow, enough of that. This blog post should be about G-Dragon’s video as well. Here it is, if you haven’t seen it yet:

 

So, good thing about our new format is that we’re not cutting out anything that we say anymore. Bad thing is that we said a lot of what we wanted to say in the video. BUUUT, there were some scenes that we cut out, along with the bloopers, which you can find in our blooper roll/deleted scene section here. Booya!

 

So, yeah! Let us know your thoughts. We’re hoping this format is more conversational, and we can feel like we’re chatting more, rather than just pushing out our thoughts in video. Does that make sense? I’m not sure. Otherwise, get ready for weird videos from time to time. OOOHHH, and lastly, tomorrow we’re making a rather big announcement. Make sure you stay tuned. You’re gonna like this one :D

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  1. I do like having the both of you sharing your thoughts, because it is true that you two don’t get to fully express your opinion, or only one person gets to express what they feel, leaving the other frustrated, but this version is a little boring for me… I guess I’m just used to your little skits and jokes and just laughing my butt off, so this KMM I was a little disappointed because there weren’t as many fun little skits and flashiness and whatnot.

  2. I vote for “Musiche” by Crazyno.

    Don’t get me wrong, I really like GD, I just find doll masks creepy and Musiche is so fun.

  3. hey guys, i don’t think that having you together is a bad idea. it’s nice to have the interaction. but i’m really bummed that this KMM had no skits!!! wtf guise?! what did the fanmail people send you all those wigs and mustaches for, eh??

    also, i quite liked the old KMM format. it was fun and familiar… i dunno. :p

  4. I want to start this comment off with this: I love you guys so much! I love your awkwardness and your humor style and I wish we could be friends in real life. You guys seems so genuine and embrace your nerdy weirdness, which I believe more people should be like~ I discovered you guys a couple summers ago when I became obsessed with K-pop. This obsession has died down since then. I no longer anxiously await new releases from my favorite groups nor do I fangirl over my bias. I don’t even listen to it unless I am under 4 circumstances… 1. I’m working out (cause its so darn upbeat), 2. I’m eating at a Korean restaurant, 3. It’s Big Bang, 4. K-pop music Mondays…

    I look forward to Kpop Music Mondays every week! I love all your other videos too, but they are my favorites. Since I am no longer invested in kpop, I’m in it for the lolz and to hear perspectives on music videos that aren’t just drooling fans or haterzzz. I understand that the old format of Music Mondays requires a lot of time, effort, and creative energy, but believe me, I appreciate every millisecond of your efforts! This new format takes away everything that I love about Music Mondays and even though I love you guys (and GDRAGON) it was a struggle against boredom for me to watch through the entire video :( If there is a way to find a happy medium between the old and new formats. Perhaps switch up whoever is in charge of each segment or add new segments or have both of you guys in the same segment of the old Music Monday. Or add skits and scripted humor to break up the new format. Otherwise…if this format remains, I don’t know if I’ll feel inclined to watch Music Mondays anymore :((

  5. Simon and Martina, I know you’re getting some negative feedback about this new format, but I wanted to say that there are a lot of really good aspects about the things you changed. Obviously it might need some tweaking, but I think changing KMM up was a really good idea, and I commend you for trying something new that might work better instead of staying with something safe. :)

  6. Musiche by Crazyno!!!!!! I lalalalove that MV.

    (Funniest KMM I’ve seen in a while, btw. You guys rock! ^^)

  7. I actually love the new format. When you guys chat with each other naturally it creates more unscripted jokes and laughs and that’s what I love about you guys. More short mini-skit type things like the rug scene would be great too, if just to switch up the video visually and appease those that prefer the scripted feel. It’s entirely possible to do a mixture!

    As for the song, I didn’t enjoy it as much as GD’s other songs, but the video was hella entertaining f’shizzle

  8. I think my all time favorite GD song would be “Missing you” with Kim Yuna (Jaurim) but I also liked “One Of A Kind”…so among the three songs you mentioned, it’s “One Of A Kind”. I actually started to think GD is an alright person(he even said he admired Kim Yuna…and she and her band are like one of my favorite indie groups)… “Crayon” was ok… but after “MichiGo” I don’t know what to think anymore… I kind of feel bad for him…like he’s in the wrong hands…

    About the reading thing, from what I know… Korean people read normally… Just the Japanese read manga backwards(not sure about normal books though…)

    About this new format I have to say that I liked it a lot!(too bad the votes were too many against it) It has a somewhat slower pace than the usual KMM (don’t know if it’s just me but the pace was starting to get a little hectic and sometimes I couldn’t fully enjoy the skits..*yeah I know it’s just me*) and a funny side to them as well. There were times that at KMMS I’d laugh with tears but this version is also entertaining; I just love that you create humor without having to think about doing that. And another thing that I liked is that I could hear more of your oppinion on the song and video (and get to know stuff about you guise). So overall I liked this format because it was more balanced… maybe it would make a change if the voting ends sometime during the day (you’d have more energy).

    “Also, we’d like to be able to have Kpop Music Monday as a music segment about kpop in general. Once in a while we want to be able to do a creatively different video about kpop, kind of like the video we did for the Ish list on the Top 7 English Covers Done By Kpop Artists, or a random parody, or something else that we’re inspired by. Let Kpop Music Monday be like Saturday Night Live, almost, you know? We often come up with random videos that we want to do, but just don’t have the time to do. So why not let those random videos be a Kpop Music Monday?” I love the idea! :D

    It’s Martina’s birthday today :) again Happy Birthday! :D

    Great job guise!! :D Hope Martina’s birthday will be awesome! :)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  9. i pretty sure this is a late reply to this but i love the new format, i know about anyone else but when your both on the screen arguing and talking it makes it alot better.

  10. Yeah, that made me laugh. Manga v manhwa. That’ll clear it up right quick!

  11. IIIIIIIIIII enjoyed the new format. Was good, was good. Seems like some things are missing, but you guys should totally stick with this if it satisfies you guys [;) so nasty].
    Btw~are those zipper earings? CUTE :D

  12. I think that one way there can be flashy and fun with the acceptability to having a one-on-one convo(conversation) b/w you 2 is, as I suggested on twitter, to have an anime costuming each Monday or something type of style of clothing that can represent what would be discussed and discuss it in that lingo? It’ll be funny because it’s anime clothing or if by the style that’ll represent the convo then what’ll be funny is the language of the song or other that would be talked about. The flashiness would come from the clothing and bodily gestures(hands, facial). idk just an idea that’s more thought out, than what I did mention on twitter, after viewing this video and reading one or two ppl’s suggestions.

  13. I will be honest, not a fan of this format . . .maybe because it’s the first time to see it. . .

    I like to see you both on screen but this was really difficult for me to watch. I think because there were no ‘breaks’ between scenes like in the old KMM… and the sleeping part came out of no where for me xD

    I like the dynamic of the old concept more . . . but maybe you could add this as one of the parts for KMM… like at the end…after the rating of the music video…I don’t know xD

    It will take time for me to get used to it, that is for sure.

  14. I liked you guys discussing the video coz it felt like a fun review…isn’t that kmm was originally supposed to be? But I also understand how some people can feel that the video dragged a little. The one part where u guys were under the purple blanket was really refreshing in between the talks. The part I don’t miss about the old format is how it seemed to be more about silliness and skits…and what felt like less review. The part I do miss is the headlines like “the English” coz it breaks the video up a little and how it feels like a short entertainment show.

  15. It’s kinda boring you guys…I miss the old format. I mean it was more interactive even if you weren’t face to face, it was funnier, and you covered more aspects of the video. Now I feel like you get carried away when you talk about just one thing and forget about the dance, the english, and is that TOP at one point in the video?

  16. http://reviewstar.hankooki.com/Article/ArticleView.php?WEB_GSNO=10104200

    even though this link is in korean, by the images, you can see that this is pretty cool YG

  17. Arabic is actually read like the Japanese books :)

    and…CRAZYNO~~~~~ 8’D

  18. “Wife-murdering day?!” Oh Simon…I just, I can’t…

    This video format just proved to me that I will still laugh hard even if it’s just the two of you chatting with each other. I love that like K variety shows, much of the humor also comes from the random captions that fleetingly flash on the screen. I’ve said this before, I love the dynamics between you two. :) Your sense of humor is precisely what made me become a fan–not that you review Kpop videos.

    I haven’t read all the comments, but I will agree that the format is a little TOO much like TL:DR. I personally feel that given your content (Kpop videos, as opposed to specific SK issues), amping up the silly with skits is at par with the content’s entertainment value. Not saying I don’t wanna hear your opinions, but maybe adding a skit or two? Or is that what you both are specifically tired of? Or you’ll only pick and choose which videos to make skits of (for instance, like the epicness that was “Man in Love”)?

    As for the song and video itself, I’m sorta feeling like Simon: It’s oookay, but not “cool, awesome!” like “One of a Kind” or bombastically WOW like “Fantastic Baby.” It’s got a hook for sure; but it’s almost annoying to me. I can appreciate the weird and cray-cray of the video, and there are moments that are genuinely funny to me (really, the giant feet and the bum-spanking made me giggle) but I have a limit to the amount of bizarre I’m exposed to. Or maybe I draw the line at literal toilet humor.

    And now I really wanna read the Big Bang biography, except I can’t read Korean. And as far as I know, only manga and Japanese books are read right to left. :)

  19. I love the fact that you two are now together, it had this kind of TL:DR feeling to it. I do, however, believe that you should have like the same headings you had with the ‘old’ kpop music Monday It really felt as a review, which was fantastic! But I kinda missed the dorkyness.

  20. i totally stand on Simon’s side for this time. This GD’s song, meh, it didn’t work for me. I don’t dislike it but i don’t like it. It was just okay. The song is kinda tiring actually. I know it’s just me but this song sounds like a spare song. Like he composes so much, this was one of the songs that didn’t make in his album and is recycling it as a bonus digital release or so. It doesn’t sound like it’s a song he worked really hard and deep and for a long time on it. Again, this is just a feeling, my feeling on the song.

    as for the new format. as much as i like seeing you talking and sharing this way your opinion i’m afraid this was just a little… too… long maybe ? it’s not like i like scripted things that much, seeing you talking more freely about your opinion and point of view, i like it. but maybe this need to be just a little more organized and scripted ? i’m not sure. but this is interesting too. for example, for this time, we can indeed realize that you two don’t share the same opinion, and that’s nice.
    And/but i also guess that this format is much easier for you to do. less scripting time and editing time maybe ?
    idk what to think or say. on one hand i kinda miss the old format with the little skits and all, and on another hand i felt like sometimes (this is just me right) the skits and all were a little too… forced ? like you were searching and trying hard to find something funny to do, when sometimes there simply wasn’t anything to really joke about so, and for those mv it’d have been more interesting to see you two share your opinion on the song and video like you did this time.
    SO. i guess that, there are some videos that are better to be reviewed with the original KMM format, and some videos are more meant to be reviewed with that new format maybe ?

    and my vote goes for Crazyno btw. This was an underrated video imo.

  21. I LIKE THE OLD MUSIC MONDAY SORRY GUYS

  22. To be honest:
    I like the idea of both of you on screen, but it was to little scripted and it was not as funny anymore. Even though I know this is more work for you guys, this is what makes you stick out from the herd that makes K-pop review, and you guys are therefor the only one I bother to watch.
    It is also really funny when you guys notice something I did not, but this time you guys commented on the obvious. The S&M thingy could have been so much more funny scripted.
    It has potential, but I liked when the segments were broken down, had more order, seemed like it was done by a professional.
    I think you should not throw away the idea and work it into how your old structure used to be.

    Hope I did not offend you all, but it just seem to be many people that thinks this and this is (honestly) the first time I got bored watching your videos in the 2 years I have been watching KMM.

  23. Interesting. Your sound proof room is truly sound proof since there was no feedback noise :D

  24. I think this way of recording Music Mondays (with you both talking in front of camera) may be refreshing but it needs some practice maybe? I hope I don’t sound like I’m criticizing you, I’m Polish so I can’t operate with english words perfectly… What disturbed me was the fact sometimes you both talked at once. For a native english speaker it will probably not be problematic but people like me may not undertand anything you say- I had moments like this, your words got blury and I couldn’t get a sense of it;) Another thing: I think it helps your viewers concentrate on what you say and what you do when you look straight into the camera, but today you often stared at sides, Martina stared at floor and was nodding her head when Simon was talking- then I felt like I lost contanct with you somehow… Instead of looking at Simon who was talking, Martinas moving head catched my attention and I got lost at times. I mean, when you recorded K-pop Music Mondays apart then the person in front of camera was staring directly at it, we all the time saw your face, could read what you say from your lips and everyting was a bit clearer. I don’t think you should resing from recording it new way, surely you also need some change after recording dozens of videos. Just as for me I’d like it if you stared more at the camera and talked in alittle more organized way, not like in free discussion. Not because it’s something bad- it’s just you have alot of followers who are not native english speakers like me and may have problems understanding what you say :) Anyway, I’m your follower since few years and I’ll keep being one doesn’t matter how you record KMM :) Despite some small disturbance it was as fun as always! Thank you!
    *Ah, and really sorry if my way of expressing myself is messy, I hope you could understand what I wanna say :)

  25. The idea that you are going to talk about Kpop in general in the videos is super cool! There are several videos that came out in the last few weeks that never got to the top of KMM and it would’ve been awesome to hear your thoughts on them. If the new format will include maybe briefly discussing a few new videos, I would be totally excited about that.

  26. Yes, exactly. I wasn’t rolling over in laughter like how I usually am. And it DID seem more like a reaction video.

  27. Ok, so my comment is more about Michi Go than the new format about the video, cuz I think all of my opinions have been covered in the other comments.
    So what I find interesting about Michi Go, is that all the back dancers, the extras, everyone EXCEPT GD himself, the cameos (Teddy, Taeyang, Se7en and SeungHo) and the boob dancing woman (who I am told is a gag woman) is masked. So everyone he doesn’t want to be seen, wasn’t seen at all.

    And about 4/20 thing, I’m sure GD knew. :P But I guess that he’s gotten to this point where he can make fun of it, but not in such an obvious way that he would be criticized for it. And about the other…references to SM, well, I dunno what I can say about that! If he’s a kinky little devil, well, each to his own. :P

    I feel like the video itself can be interpreted interestingly, a young boy who doesn’t fit in with the rest of society because of his giant feet (and his questionable peeing skills) gets on a crazy train, and realizes that its ok to be different and crazy! It’s just GD being absolutely crazy, he’s also delivering a message in a very interesting way.

    Also, you mentioned how the lyrics and the scenes in the MV correspond to each other, but didn’t say exactly how. I heard about how in Korea, there’s this saying, about how when you’re so drunk, you can’t tell your mother and father apart (or something like that) and hence the whole “Mother, father, who are you?” part. And I expected to hear you talk about that, because That XX and One Of A Kind was dissected so much, based on the lyrics.

    And finally, my feedback about the new format. I just want the English and Dance sections back, along with the skits. Because there was no dance section this week, I feel that you guys missed out on commenting about GD’s dance. I know it wasn’t much dancing, but it was crazy, like he had no bones! I was also looking forward to a skit for this video, I mean, there were SO MANY different things you guise could have done- the bathroom scene, the subway scene, the library scene, the spanking scene…

    EDIT: I just realized the whole lying on the floor at night thing was a skit…

  28. So is the new format a review of the song or the video? Because you mostly talk about the song and don’t really get into talking about the video very much. There were several interesting points in the video that it would’ve been nice to hear you discuss but they didn’t really come up. What if you watched it together and paused it to discuss when you had a thought? Not sure, I just know that it didn’t really feel very much like a discussion about the video.

    Also, this discussion format is going to get old really quickly if Simon always talks over the top of Martina like that. Martina is perhaps just a more generous conversationalist because she asked Simon lots of questions and listened patiently to his responses whereas Simon only asked her a question once or twice and tended to interrupt her thoughts when she was speaking.

  29. Crazyno is getting destroyed… Maybe if you had included his video in the playlist and a direct link in the KMM, as you used to do, people would have watched it and voted for it more…

  30. love Gd song and love the … i vote for GD

  31. Actually most of those comments about them not being funny don’t really bother them because that’s just a difference of taste. Plenty of people find their brand of dorky Humour funny, while others don’t. S&M decided to change the format for themselves, because they felt like they were stuck in a rut and wanted the chance to express themselves more fully. That’s why they changed it. No need to go Hulk smash on people. :-p

  32. I liked the sequence together. I think it could be a good idea to mix it up with solo and duo shots ;D.

  33. Dare i say it? i expected so much from this KMM because this MV was crazy, and i couldn’t wait to see your take on the big feet or shed some light into the plot of the Mv like u always do, in a fun and educational kind of way with your opinions sewn between.That was the flavor of KMM.What i think drew ppl in and separated u from all those reaction videos.I’m ashamed to say that i got bored ,and after some time i flirted with the idea of clicking away,something wich never happend with the old KMM.
    I love seeing u both together, but somehow i got the impresion that Simon dominated the talk and Martina often just stood there nodding away.And i still don’t have a clear grasp of what your opinions were…..

    Now for more positive things: I loved the ‘from YG to SM’ joke, and i have to say i live in Europe and i had no clue about the 4/20.And i don’t think a lot of ppl are aware of weed day.
    That was my ‘feedback’, see u guys next time.

  34. This was an interesting direction to take for a KMM. You two are free to do what you want with your channel and your business and I respect that.

    I understand if scripting, filming and editing KMM over the course of a Sunday and Monday can be exhausting. I get that. I can understand you wanting a little bit more freedom and little less rigid structure in your offerings. It’s hard to think up jokes. It’s hard to come up with skit ideas. That’s why successful shows like the Daily Show, The Colbert Report and SNL (although that’s debatable) have scads of writers. If one writer on the Daily Show is having a bad day, another guy can pick up the slack and you don’t have that available. I understand. I sympathize with you guys. I really do. I would not want to do what you do on a daily basis. I have nothing but respect for what you have done and achieved in Korea and on the internet. You have put your blood, sweat and tears into this project and you’ve done amazing things. But I really feel like this was not your best effort. I stopped watching about halfway through the video and I didn’t even bother to come back to watch the bloopers.

    I know you want this to feel collaborative, like you’re having a conversation with your audience and your fans but KMM are not live chats. Even during live chats, we don’t really get to talk to you. A few lucky tweeters or commenters will get a shout out but it’s still not a real conversation. I feel that your audience comes to see YOUR opinion on a video and your humorous deconstruction of another country’s pop culture. By all means, co-host a KMM, include a short give and take with each other if that’s what you’d like to add. That’s would be great. Rotate out the dance break down and the english break down if you’d like. In videos where there is no dancing, there’s no need, like wise with songs that have little to no english. “Oh yeah!” and “Baby” does not require an english rating.

    There is nothing wrong with change and variety but I am worried you’re going to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Looking forward to your announcement tomorrow!

  35. I loved to have parts with both of you together but i also like having you guys flip back and forth in the old segment! maybe combine a bit of both worlds? but that may be difficult to transition. good luck!

    Also LOL at the meemerbomb at 10:37 lower right corner :P hes so cute! <3

  36. this song is brilliant it’s just so GDragon…& the first time that I heard it, I was in the kitchen & my aunt played it…so i was like what was that hilarious song…perfection just perfect song…i was thinking why this song didn’t spread like Psy’s Gangnam style & gentleman…

  37. Maybe (this is just one of many possible ideas) you could do this “both on the screen, having a discussion” thing, while still keeping the old sections like the dance and the English so it feels a bit more polished. Another thing I think would be better would be to keep the inside jokes, or to make more, fresher inside jokes, with only one or two skits per episode like what you did in this one. I’ve been with you guys since your “How Dare You” review, so I wouldn’t mind some change :)

  38. I agree with a lot of these comments, I like having you both together, but I did like the old format a bit better because it kept my attention really easily, because it WAS
    so back and forth. (and I’m ADD so keeping my attention can be hard!^^)
    However, I understand that you want to include both your opinions, which is great, so this is a good way to do that. I think this could be good– I mean, it is good, so let me rephrase that– I think this could be better with a bit more excitement/flashiness. I also did like the consistency of the other format…the review, the dance, the english. However…maybe that’s what you’re trying to get away from? So much structure?
    I guess I can’t really judge how much more I like or dislike this from the old format of KMMs cuz this is the first one like this. I’d like to see where this goes. We’re all attached to the old format, so I think some of us might be going through a little withdraw! ;) When internet viewers find something they like, they don’t want to see it change! But I like that you guys are willing to change things up and keep tweaking stuff. Yay creativity!

    One final thought, this might just be me/irrelevant comment on aesthetics, but I really liked the open background in KMMs. The kitchen in the background [in your old apt.], your empty [new] apt (before EYK Studios)^^, the open window in the studio…Idk, I just like the openness!!

    So yeah. I’d suggest a bit more flashiness or movement. Keep experimenting! I’ll keep watching, regardless!!

    • Also, barely no one is talking about the actual content of this video! As much as I wanna see a review for SHINee, I did really wanted to see you guys review “MichiGo,” cuz I love hearing what you guys have to say! Especially about GD. So thanks for doing this one! Also, Simon is wronger about the book. ;) Korean books are defo read left cover to right cover. ㅋㅋㅋ

      [And before you guys get too discouraged over the amount of comments in favor of the old format, I encourage you to try this format a few more times, and keep tweaking it! Maybe people will warm up to it more!] 화이팅!!! ^^

  39. I actually like this new format. It is fresh, new and expresses both of your opinions. Although some people might not agree, they will get along eventually. I kinda agree with Martina on this and I like the song but then again, come on, you can’t beat Crayon…lol Just keep doing what yall are doing and you’ll be fine!!! Saranghae :)

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