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G-Dragon “MichiGO” – Kpop Music Mondays

April 30, 2013

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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. TL;DRs are my favorite segment, so I really like this new format! I like seeing you guys have a genuine conversation about the song and what you did or didn’t like about it, and it doesn’t feel very scripted (probably takes a lot less time to plan, film, and edit, I’d imagine!). Plus, if either of you don’t like the song, I think it’ll be easier to criticize it without alienating fans of the group since the conversation format appears less confrontational than one person talking directly into the camera does, and you don’t have to force yourselves to be funny with skits or clever analyses if you don’t think those will work for the review.

    3 years ago
  2. Having you both on just remind me of TLDRs style O:

    So I’m not really feeling a major change in concept. D:

    3 years ago
  3. Oooooooo big announcement excited!!

    3 years ago
  4. The new format is great !

    Have to agree with Simon, I like the song (as in, I’ll let you hold my hand) but I don’t like like it (no touching!) and the mv is not my favourite GD-MV either, too confusing.

    One comment though, I’ve never heard of 4/20 as weed smoking day… Maybe it’s a North American thing? I’m European but I live in China.

    3 years ago
  5. I like the new format and its nice to make a change. I like listening to you guise talk about the song/mv/artist so this was great.

    3 years ago
  6. I love the new format but I had a feeling of watching TL;DR or kpopchart update. More feeling of interview and not an usual KMM. Also there wasn’t a lot of those breaks that you parody the MV or joke about something, and maybe this why I feel that why. But it just matter of time, I think I will get used for it someday :D

    Sidenote: maybe you will do each week different formats? The old one and the new one. Any way.. gl, fighting~

    3 years ago
  7. Leo

    Actually TL;DR is my favourite segment so I like the format but on the other hand I’m so used to the “normal” KMM style that at first I felt a little awkward. I think it just has to grow on me.. :)
    It’s great that you want to try something new and change things up a little bit.
    I just hope that you won’t get rid of the skits completely !! :D

    3 years ago
  8. There were a lot of things I understood better because you raised them. Thanks. And I like MichiGO. But relative to the other recent GD singles, I would have to say I like the others better. :) This is a diss mv, only done subliminally or subtly. Those blinking lights in the rest room? Psychedelic! Need I say more?

    3 years ago
  9. I really like the new format. It’s refreshing and new. It feels more ‘normal’ not forced, you’re able to get in more of each of your different views, and then we can respond with our opinions aswell, and this time, i barely noticed that you guys even had a skit, because it was nicely added in there, and if felt more casual. Two thumbs up for you guys!

    3 years ago
  10. i like the new format, seems like you guys feel more at ease in this vid, with the s&m, 4/20 jokes and occasional (bleeped out) swearing, what can i say, i’m probably about the same age as you and was always amazed at your ability to stay as G-rated as you usually are. basically, feels like you guys are a lot funnier when you aren’t holding back and are just acting “normal” ;)

    3 years ago
  11. I like the new format, now you don’t have to chime into the video while the other is talking, or make it seem like you two are warring on something, it’s just a difference of opinion

    3 years ago
  12. can someone link or tell me what song GD is pitted against in the showdown? i couldn’t catch was simon said. thanks! :)

    3 years ago
  13. C

    I really enjoyed the new format. I feel like you guys were more free with your opinions this time which was great so I hope this new format works out for you.

    3 years ago
  14. thumbs up for this new format! though i’ll miss the random funny skits and jokes, i quite like hearing so much more of both of your honest opinions on the music video. :) this flexibility is good! onwards to a brand new future! wahaha :DD

    btw, i can’t believe meemers is nearly as big as spudgy now! seems like it was just yesterday when he could fit into simon’s dothraki man warrior hands…

    3 years ago
  15. I quite like this format. Keep it going, to be honest I was getting a little bit tired of the other format as well.

    3 years ago
  16. So I’m from MICHIGan and I gotta say, I like this format a lot better! I can’t wait to watch Simon’s reactions to Martina’s fangirling about SHINee and TOP in the future. tehehe

    3 years ago
  17. I like the new Music Monday but I kinda missed big switches from… Dance, The English… ect those things :P Maybe you can start together and then switch back to solo speaking with the Dance and English and then back together for the showdown ^^ Just a idea :3

    3 years ago
  18. I really like this format guise! Good job!

    Thanks for telling people to ask their weird S&M related comments in the thread. I am going to enjoy the ensuing ‘ the talk for Nasties’.

    Edit: oh btw I was cracking up at Simon and his ‘wronger’ assertion about GD’s book. Lols.

    Also, I agree with what someone said before about the transitions. It did feel kinda long and at one point I scrolled away to read the blog post. :-p

    3 years ago
  19. im not loving the new format because i used to watch KMM for all the hilarious skits, but I support whatever gives you guys more creative freedom. Maybe you guys could switch up the locations so it’s not one huge conversation? idk!

    3 years ago
  20. Lol that whole part with S&M…
    Lol I loved the interaction between the two of you! It was awesome to see you two on screen together outside of TL;DR!
    Listen to the song “Snapbacks and Tattoos”. I don’t remember who it’s by but there. Answers to your questions. Lol Jay Park and Dok2 sing it in their first episode of Jay Park TV.
    This song is awesome and I see Simon’s point. Lol but thank you Martina for being GD’s advocate today! Lol

    3 years ago
  21. i am so glad i’m not the only one who thinks gdragon is… DOING THINGS. ok? sometimes i think “maybe i’m just being a pervert.” but no. jiyong is the perv. (we’re all the pervs).

    i’m going to say it here: gdragon is one of the idols that i know (I FREAKING KNOW) is a freak in the sheets. that is all.

    (wait that’s not all. i also wanted to say that i’m really happy about the new format! i cracked up all through the vid. you guys don’t need to be in character to be funny!)

    3 years ago
  22. Just wanted you guys to see this theory on the video. I found it very interesting and maybe y’all will, too. Also, I LOVE the new format. It has a much better flow and is just more fun to watch.

    http://bexmerkat.tumblr.com/post/48597555590/radsam-lifesmelancholymelody-g-dragon-go

    3 years ago
  23. I actually like the new format better, it seems more dynamic, and it’s also good to see you both on screen commenting with each other :D

    About the video itself, I was too distracted by GD’s afro(?) to appreaciate the video (also the feet shots were weird, I DON’T WANNA SEE YOUR FEET GD I WANNA SEE YOUR FACE!), it’s catchy but it kind of has a ‘meh’ feeling… Crayon was more upbeat and catchier, at least to me.

    3 years ago
  24. personally I like it to a point, id like for it to be in this format but with the English scale and dance still there because other wise it doesn’t have the really fun element to it anymore :(

    3 years ago
  25. must admit that i miss your crazy antics on KMM but i enjoyed it nonetheless! ^_^ as for MichiGo… i didnt like it as much as his other releases but its better (to me) than many of the other new releases by different kpop artists.

    3 years ago
  26. Hmmm, very good point! We’re jotting down notes on everyone’s opinions! Thanks! :D

    3 years ago
    • Haha it might get boring to someone else but not me. I really like KMM this way!

      3 years ago
      • So far that I’ve viewed eatyourkimchi, I like the randomness as well. Even with something new there can still be the random reference to other songs or anime’s or tv dramas or other from any of their travels.

        3 years ago
    • Love the new concept but I have to admit, the English segment was my favorite in the previous format. :) Nice to see you two discussing the song and the mv together and expressing independent views. :)

      3 years ago
  27. I miss the “The Dance”, “The English” aso cut-ins O:
    Not a fan of this “One take” concept. D:

    Else, having both of you on at the same time is fine tho :]

    3 years ago
    • I’m sure they will include it, but just that sometime the music video doesn’t really have anything issues in English or like a uniformed dance or something like that :) but I do miss KMM with a bit of a structure and tiny segments as well tho

      3 years ago
    • exactly what I was going to say. I was going to ask about a skit, but then it popped up and i was like, “oh, well nevermind then” :)

      3 years ago
    • Agree with this. The old format with segments made for a better pace and breakdown, because S&M really are breaking down the videos. I like both of them on the screen, but there does need to be some more structure.

      3 years ago
      • exactly my thoughts. the different segments gave the videos more of a structure, that was more interesting to watch than this one take concept ^^ both of you talking together is fine though ^^

        3 years ago
    • I also miss the english and dance part !
      If you still could include them in a way that would be great :)

      3 years ago
  28. In comparison to his other songs, I actually like MichiGo more. I loved Crayon, That xx and One of a kind, but while I saw them more as art pieces, this song has more singalongability than the other songs. Sure that you can sing “helloooo helloooo. Yessir I’m one of a kind” but that’s almost the only part. This is something I put on my phone and actually listen to.

    3 years ago
  29. I really like this format. You each are great individually, but I think that many of us fell in love with this channel and you guys because of your interactions together. I think it goes without saying but you two are at your best when you are talking with one another. So simple yet sooooo very good. Would love to see this format continued for KMM for a while at least. I may be a tad biased because the TL;DR’s are what introduced me to you when researching Korea.

    3 years ago
  30. the beginning was like watching two different political parties have their say and constantly disagree with each other lol
    i also had dirty thoughts about the pink elephant lol XD

    3 years ago
  31. How do I say this carefully… you know I am a nasty and love you guys but I have never cared about your opinion on a video or a song. I don’t watch KMM for that reason. I watch to have you entertain me and that means your skits. So for me, the new format reminds me too much of TLDRs and Live chats. I am probably in the minority and I hope this does not hurt your feelings because I am not slamming you or the work you do. I am just giving my opinion (as you asked).

    3 years ago
    • Am I the only one who tends to find the TL;DRs hilarious?

      3 years ago
    • Actually I have the same feelings about the change.
      As this week’s video started I was like “hm… something’s weird…” and only then I noticed that both of them are on screen. And of course I instantly thought “this is just like another TL;DR” (Don’t get me wrong, I Love tl;drs, but having a video of the same format twice a week is just… somewhat lacking to me). I loved the fact that all of the segments have their own distinct formats…
      But if they stick to that what they wrote on their blog post (about making the KMMs random, including skits when they feel like it or presenting it in even different formats) I guess I’ll grow to like them ^w^ (though if they leave them just the way it is now… I’m not sure I’ll be anticipating KMMs as much as I used to.)

      3 years ago
    • I really enjoy listening to Simon and Martina’s opinions. Hope you guys keep doing that.

      3 years ago
    • I see what you mean, I also just watch for the fun, not for their opinion. If Simon and Martina wouldn’t like a song, but I would, it wouldn’t matter to me, I’m just here for the lolz~

      3 years ago
  32. I like the new format. It is really interesting to hear both sides of your opinion and it is quite hilarious too <3 I can't wait for more music mondays! I hope they vote up T-ara's new N4 video because I am sure you would have tons to say. lol.( I am glad I am not the only one who thought GD shouldn't take the creepy mask subway =.=)

    ps: Korean books are read same as English, Japanese books are read opposite. <3

    3 years ago
  33. LOVE the new format! it gives you guys more freedom… if that makes sense. It’s less confined and more casual and yet still more entertaining.. I like your interactions together.

    (I hope you review WSS eventually; since it’s rare that SHINee make 2 comebacks in a year, but I’m kinda glad you didn’t do it this week.. shawols suspect that Jonghyun will be in the dance ver. of the MV, so I hope it comes out soon :) Jonghyun has already been spotted in the SM building so he’s probably already practicing the choreo!)

    3 years ago
  34. I paused in the middle of watching this to comment on how hilarious I found Simon’s adamant arguing about how books are read “forwards” or “backwards”, LOL

    3 years ago
  35. I like the new format!

    3 years ago
  36. Woah you gotta reel Spudgy in, he’s cursing on camera now!

    Btw Meemers is as big as the Spudgy now!

    3 years ago
  37. Where are all the skits? And maybe you could have more different scenes with different topics of the video, not just talking on one take. And the place you chose to film this doesn’t look good. Otherwise I like it. :)

    3 years ago
    • I actually like that they moved to a different location for a change and enjoy seeing the t-shirt-art, but I kind of agree regarding locations in general. This may sound strange, but I sometimes feel like the move recent videos feel more narrow, if that makes sense, in terms of where and how they’re shot. I love their new studio, but watching older KMM’s it was sometimes nice to see more of their kitchen, living room, etc. when they were filming which added visual depth. Most of the recent videos (KMM, TL;DR, Kpop Chart updates, Indie Updates) are visually somewhat flat (a wall with a wall in the background or directly against a wall). It doesn’t really negatively effect how much I enjoy the video, but it would be nice to have a more open setting once in a while, just to mix things up. :)

      3 years ago
    • true.. i believe it would be better on an open space for a change

      3 years ago
    • Agree about the place, I liked the fan-art wall better ^^

      3 years ago
  38. Yeah! We’re trying to foster conversation, we’re hoping, by having this in a conversational manner. Before, it felt like an argument, like us on one side, the viewer on the other side, and we’d be telling you what we thought, rather than talking about it freely, you know? I think it’s a slight attitude shift, but I kinda wanna try this way a few more times.

    3 years ago
    • Often times, reading the blog post is my favorite part of Music Mondays because I get to hear the rest of the story, so it was refreshing having the summation of your opinions in the video. I think your comedy is fun, but I really enjoy hearing some more honest opinions on K-pop as well.

      3 years ago
      • I agree, I think a lot of people don’t read the posts and miss out on most of the things they have to say, which would stop a lot of the defensive fangirling going on lol

        3 years ago
  39. I like this format a lot better ^^ It frees up a lot more room for an actual music review. Btw now that skits don’t really require that much effort/and or time, can we possibly have 2 reviews in a KMM? Not always, but like occasionally~

    3 years ago
  40. I like this type of KMM much better. I’m not 100% sure why but I like it more :)

    3 years ago
    • I agree! I loved the old format as well, and of course I’ll miss seeing skits every time, but I agree with S&M that this makes it feel more like a conversation which might (hopefully) make people feel more like they can HAVE their own opinions as well, rather than having to DEFEND their opinions in opposition to what was portrayed in KMM. Especially since we might be hearing two different opinions in KMM anyway if S&M disagree. I love hearing that! I also like that there will be more surprise with this format, like sometimes we’ll get skits and sometimes we’ll hear about the dance or English, but only if it’s relevant and S&M actually have something they want to say about those things.

      3 years ago
    • Awesome! That makes us happy. We were kinda worried, because we know that people are used to a specific format, but I’m glad that you liked this format. Woohoo!

      3 years ago