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1) 4Minute “Volume Up” Vote for it here!

 

Sweet! 4Minute is back with a new song and it’s awesome! Seriously. We were a bit disappointed with Heart to Heart and Mirror Mirror, since those songs weren’t as good as their older stuff, but this song goes back to the 4minute that originally made them Simon’s favorite band. T-ara’s got that spot now, but if 4Minute keeps on making songs like this (and if T-ara stops using cowbell) they might just retake their throne. Woot!

2) Sistar “Alone” Vote for it here!

 

Yeah…that tattoo on her thigh was very poorly planned. Just…what? “Forget things which has been sore with you” Please tell me what things has been sore with you. Rashes? In that case I agree. Please forget about your rashes. They’re not good memories. Not tattoo worthy. Something like “Forget the things that hurt you” might be more acceptable. Still not something I’d tattoo on my thigh, though.

3) Nell “The Day Before” Vote for it here!

 

Too bad this song will never make it for Music Monday. We wouldn’t know what to say for this song apart from gushing over it, nor could we talk about the video apart from loving how beautiful it is. Seriously: this is art level music, in our opinions. Kpop is fun to listen to. Gets you all energized and pumped up, but they’re not really lasting classics, you know? I wouldn’t expect to see a Kpop song on Pitchfork, for example (which – yes, mock us if you will – is the pinnacle of artsy fartsy music sites). Nell, though, we can see on Pitchfork. It’s good music for music’s sake, rather than for marketing’s sake. You know? Ah. Nell: we like this song a lot, and we’ll listen to it a lot in the future, that’s for sure.

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  1. I also really love Nell’s music. When “The Day Before” came out, I was really surprised to see Song Jae Lim (have you watched “The Moon Embracing the Sun”?). I didn’t really remember him for his acting, which is my fault, because this music video was so deep and artistic. We can’t understand what they say but I think words would just ruin the beauty of it. I think we can just interpret it in our own way. Whether it is about hate, love or friendship, I think it was perfect.

    And I can’t forget about Nell. My first song I heard from him was “Thank You” and I loved the soft, gentle yet firm voice of his. I can hear a thousand wonderful Korean singers (young and old) and appreciate each one, but there are only be a few that I would remember. Nell would be one of them.

    “The Day Before” blew me away. The music and the video.

  2. I also really love Nell’s music. When “The Day Before” came out, I was really surprised to see Song Jae Lim (have you watched “The Moon Embracing the Sun”?). I didn’t really remember him for his acting, which is my fault, because this music video was so deep and artistic. We can’t understand what they say but I think words would just ruin the beauty of it. I think we can just interpret it in our own way. Whether it is about hate, love or friendship, I think it was perfect.

    And I can’t forget about Nell. My first song I heard from him was “Thank You” and I loved the soft, gentle yet firm voice of his. I can hear a thousand wonderful Korean singers (young and old) and appreciate each one, but there are only be a few that I would remember. Nell would be one of them.

    “The Day Before” blew me away. The music and the video.

  3. Martina I love your BBF Necklace! I’m watching that drama now!

  4. Is Nell still eligible for next week’s Kpop Music Mondays?

  5. Hyuna is overrated IMO. Vote for Sistar! Hyorin and Bora are amazing!

  6. “Oh, Lee Min Ki, why are you always dying in everything I watch you in?”  – Lol, so true. Sad, sad stuff. I don’t want to watch him die any more, really…

  7. Nell’s song is really beautiful. I’ve got the entire album and they haven’t disappointed me one bit. they’re even better than before !

    Plus, the MV is awesome, photography cuts and settings are marvelous and both the actors are great. Lee Min Ki had already made me cry on ‘shut up!flower boy band’ and I can’t wait to see him in new movie/drama.Even if you don’t review it, thanks for sharing^^ Nell fighting! they’r awesome!

  8. Cinnamon_Cappel

    THHHAAAANNNKKKSSS I just love starting my morning with tears and smeared mascara, damn water proof is not tear proof!!!! I can’t stop playing Nell, *clicks repeat and reaches for the box of tissues”*

  9. Nell is my favorite Korean artist. Thank you for finally posting them on your website <3

  10. I wish I could see Nell on Music Monday, I would join in your gushing. I love them, love this song, and love the mv. I’m so happy they’re back :)

  11. Aww Nell’s MV got me all teary eyed. I agree, the video is really moving. I think wat happened was that the guy who died recorded himself in the process and saying his last few words for his friend. Then his friend came home and found him, and now he saw the video he recorded. I think the guy with the longer hair is reenacting the scene as if his friend is right there in front of him actually telling him the things he said in the video.

  12. NeelaWillis

    I really liked Sistar’s video. After polling my family we are evenly divided about the tatoo. Half of us agree with Simon that it says “forget things which has been sore with you” but the other half think it says, “forget things which has been DONE with you”. Also the word that follows “has” could be the word “beer” which would make it an even weirder saying – “forget the things which has beer sore with you”. Wha….? Obviously, I have too much time on my hands.

  13. I love that you love nell

    • We’ve been following Nell since we arrived in Korea because my (former graduated) students gave me a mix CD a few month after I arrived and it had Nell, Clazziquai, Big Bang, Hyori, TVXQ, some drama OST and bunch of other songs, so those were the first bands we really go into! I can thank them!

  14. well the Nell video made me tear up.. WHY?? why did he kill himself

    can anyone lip read in Korean?? I want to know what they were saying

  15. onlyfr33b33

    you don’t think that the 4Minute song is trying to be a scandalous as Abracadabra? I see a lot of the same feeling up Gain/feeling up Hyuna vibe

  16. Oh my goodness Martina, its Jan Di’s necklace from Boys Over Flowers!!! eep where can I find one? I Love it!!

  17. Did anyone else play the Zoombinis when they were a kid? because the sax in 4Minutes’ song totally reminded me of the background music of that game…. I just can’t take that song seriously now….

  18. In defense of that tattoo- think of all the people that get Chinese character tattoos without knowing for sure what they mean. Not that it really legitimizes it, but it seemed a little unfair to fault this whole video on literally 2 seconds of tattoo 

    • We find mistaken Chinese character tattoos silly as well, and we were hoping the comparison would be drawn. We’re not faulting the whole video for it, though. Pointing out bad English isn’t the same as faulting a whole video.

  19. I keep editing my comment >.>
    anyway NELL has to win X_X but they probably wont ;-; not this music monday…

  20. I don’t think that’s a tat, probably a marker or something.

  21. I think that the tattoo should have said “Forget the things that leave you sore” That sounds a lot more meaningful.

    • irritablevowel

      I guess that depends on the meaning a person wants others to have! A tattoo that says “Forget the things that leave you sore” on your thigh is still…deeply unadvisable.  It might be, shall we say, easily misunderstood.  As with real estate, with tattoos it’s all about location, location, location.

  22. Guys, Was it a real tat? Oh… o.o

  23. Anyone else COMPLETELY in love with the sax in “Volume Up”? I wish that there was more of it!

  24. evvu_evelin

    *sniff* that video… *sob* was so sad/beautiful :c although.. why was he filming his friends(lovers?) death? o.o …is it like… for home video movie nights? right next to their graduation and vacation footage? o.o

  25. That was pretty cool for a snuff film.

  26. UGH THAT SAX IN 4MINUTE’S SONG.
    Honestly, I was like “Oh God, I hope that sax is just the intro, and I can ignore it”
    Then I got all excited when I was listening to the song, and then BAM! Sax. It completely ruined what I otherwise thought was a absolutely fantastic song.
    And then Sistar’s song.
    Liked the song, bored by the dance.
    And then Nell. OH MAN SO SAD AND BEAUTIFUL IT MELTED MY FROZEN HEART AND ALL WAS SIMULTANEOUSLY RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THE WORLD AND THE ICE FROM MY HEART WENT OUT THROUGH MY EYES OH MAN I DON’T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE.

    tl;dr Meh on the first two, MORE NELL FOREVER.

  27. Nothing to do with the updates, but was the necklace martina was wearing the one from BBF??! So cool!!

  28. punkyprincess92

    man every time you said the word slow motion Martina my brain would sing “get it slow motion~”

  29. Are tattoos becoming the fad in KPop? 

  30. I love love Nell’s song.. and I love the whole songs in their latest album.
    Maybe you should make another section? Just talk about the video that you like, not by the votes? *like you’re not busy enough :P*

  31. Lol, I just listened to Nell’s song last night. Definitely a beautifully shot video with a great story line and great music to go along with it. 

    Plus, sistar’s song is soooo addicitng. Hyroin’s vocals sound amazing!

  32. Nell’s song is the best for me. So beautiful, so moving… Just wow!!!!

  33. Martina, your necklace really looks like the one in Boys Before Flowers…or is it just me?

  34. I don’t know if you’ve seen it but Pitchfork did an article on Kpop http://pitchfork.com/features/articles/8700-to-anyone-the-rise-of-korean-wave/

  35. as I will vote for Nell nonstop, such a well done video :))

  36. 4MINUTE!!!!!! i didn’t start listening to NELL like until recently.. and i was so frustrated that i’d miss such great artist for like forever!!!! 

  37. Simon: As I like to call them, Sissies. Hahahaha omg-

  38. martina your hair looks so fluffy!!

  39. JammySmoochie

    I voted for NELL and 4Minute. Too bad NELL is so underrated.

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