like wolves. like smoke. like the rest of the fucking world.

September 16, 2010

uliga onda!

There's a looming shadow, a powerful force, brewing over the orient currently. And in soon time, it will arrive on Occidental shores.
I speak not of weapons, war, conflict, nor strife. I speak of course, about K-Pop.

For about 3 months now, I have been strongly advocating Korean Pop music. As it turns out, I am not the only one. K-Pop has slowly, but surely began to gain recognition worldwide. Listeners from Europe, UK/Britain specifically, and North America alike have begun to surface on online communities in great numbers. These new faces, in addition to the already booming fan bases in Thailand, Korea, Japan and, most surprisingly, South America are beginning to show the power and numbers behind this movement.
At this point in time, K-Pop is teetering on the edge of an outburst. An event that has surely helped this recent spike of interest is the SMTOWN Live '10 World Tour, that struck the Los Angeles Staples Centre this past September 4th. SMTOWN was an event put on in cooperation by SMentertainment (one of the leading artist management agencies in Asia), AEG Live and POWERHOUSE. SMTOWN brought leading K-Pop artists like SHINee, f(x), So Nyuh Shi Dae (Girls' Generation) and many more to the American Pop industry's front step. But this world tour event is but one of the contributing factors to this near explosive augment of fans. Another reason K-Pop has been receiving much attention in the recent past can be explained by Will.I.Am. The rapper, producer, whatever-else-he-is, recently (like many other North Americans) stumbled upon the K-Pop group 2NE1. 2NE1 is a South Korean group managed by YG entertainment. They have been releasing singles consistently over the past 6 months in preparation of their next album drop. Will.I.Am caught wind of one of their music videos and immediately posted a video response to Twitter, saying he would like to work with them and provide them beats. This merger, that according to Will.I.Am's video may be seen as early as April, would result in an absolute frenzy of attention directed at 2NE1 and the K-Pop industry itself.
So start building your bomb shelter if you're an intolerant prick, because if all goes as planned, there will be a new minority for the majority to idolize. And I for one, can't wait.

EDIT: Just mere minutes after having posted this piece, I was informed that 2NE1's 2009 album: "To Anyone" is currently seated in the #2 spot on iTunes US Hip-Hop album chart. 2ne1 second only to Eminem's latest album "Recovery" and is currently above classic hip-hop artists Beastie Boys and Jay-Z. The revolution is nigh, my friends. Brace for impact.
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September 02, 2010

one last kick at the can.

I just received an email from Myspace. You remember them, don't you?
That site that we all used to use in grade 9?..Profiles and music?..Silly layouts and graphics?
Well as it turns out, Myspace is currently dead in the water, struggling for air, and is about to get blasted right out of the fucking lake we call the internet.

Now, unless you're living in some internet deprived, desolate third world country, odds are you haven't even considered visiting your Myspace profile since the arrival of the social networking messiah we call Facebook (and who can blame you.) But before we let Myspace get absolutely annihilated by the upcoming "Ping" — a social networking device that couples iTunes with Twitter in order to create some sort of lovechild — I figure we should all pay our Myspace profiles a well deserved visit. Spruce them up a little, update your default one last time, maybe even change the song that plays when your profile opens up. Just a little gesture to help them cope with the massive changes that are about to come.

Frankly, I don't blame the people at Myspace for launching this recent clusterfuck of updates. If anything, they're only following human nature and instincts. Tom and the gang at Myspace HQ are grasping for life, letting out one final fantasy in order to perhaps steal the hearts of internet users just before they're abolished forever. This act is something we can all relate to. When we're in a dire situation, a rough spot, or simply about to get fucked over, we as humans will do anything in our capability to save our asses. These dying acts don't always seem heroic though. Rather, they tend to have a sense of desperate urgency and hollowness that simply waters down any true or valiant effort put into the action. These grasps for life show nothing but weakness in our character. If Myspace wanted to die with it's dignity, it would just lay back and let the tide take it's body, rather than fighting for life and selling it's soul to the competitors. These boys are going to eat you alive, Tom. Just collect your earnings and leave the table. No struggle means no loss.