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Weekend’s over, but here’s Just a few things I’ve been listening to this past summer – or, really, a sampling of Korean pop songs (feat one indie rock band, one solo singer, and one Japanese song) that were released this summer that have worked their way into my head. Sometimes I feel as if there’s a certain stigma that comes along with listening to kpop, but like any genre, there’s nice songs out there, you just have to be willing to listen for them. But, admittedly, I didn’t mean for this mix to be completely comprised of non-English songs, until it happened.

Side note, I made my first meal with gnocchi in it on Friday and I can’t believe I’d never had that in my life before. Trying new food really is an exciting thing (:

Summer Pieces Mix

01. Goodbye Summer – f(x) ft. D.O. (Exo-K)

02. Smokey Girl – MBLAQ

03. Coffee Shop – B.A.P.

04. Recipe – Brown Eyed Girls

05. Baby, Don’t Cry – Exo

06. Ocean of Light – Nell

07. U & I – Ailee

08. Keeping Love Again – SHINee

09. Destiny – Infinite

10. XOXO (Kisses & Hugs) – Exo

Listen to the mix here.

Car rides tend to make me very sleepy (or maybe it’s that I’m already tired when I get in the car), but then I realize that it’s a six hour trip today and I’m not driving, so it’ll be alright. Phantom released their debut mini-album over the weekend, although it’s a bit hard to consider them rookies when they’ve already come out with two singles, a handful of covers, and some collabs with their label mates. ‘Burning’ is a more commercial title song than other songs under their belt, but it’s pleasant to listen to nonetheless. It’s made it’s way onto my iPod and at some point this afternoon, Sanchez’s voice will likely lull me to sleep.

Handsome People’s first album (‘Are You Handsome?’) has filled that part of me that continually yearns for some beautiful, easy-listening music. I think, perhaps, that their first single was stronger than this title track, but overall, strong album and I’m glad they’re back with new music.

(Okay, the above music video is by Korean singer IU and I LOVE IT. Both the music video and the song itself have been on my replay list ever since they came out this past week.)

This semester has really just flown by. It’s already December, although it doesn’t feel as cold as I remember Decembers being in the past. This weekend and next weekend my speed will have to y manifest itself into something quicker as all of the final assignments have been given out and, if last week was any indication, sleep is being held quite low on the radar until I can go home. My sculpture piece I think is going to be ‘impressive-looking’ once it is completed, but right now I’m concentrating on trying not to make it too gimmicky.

There cannot be too many sparkles can there?

(Photograph by Michael Wilson for IMG Artists, here)

After attending two performances at the Performing Arts Center, I knew that it was only a matter of time before I ended up attending another event. (Basically, I like these kind of events, they generally fall on a Sunday afternoon, and if I wait until the Friday before the event, they have rush-student ticket sales for very reasonable prices to us broke college students.) This Sunday was the rescheduled Audra McDonald concert.

The concert was originally supposed to be at the end of October, but because of the freak snow storm, it had to be rescheduled and luckily it was able to happen this month and not next year. I’m not sure of all the songs that she sang as I’m not very knowledgable in musicals, but I do know that she sang them well and she was amazing– as she has four Tonys though, this did not come as a surprise at all.

To quote the program: “Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. With four Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is equally at home on film and television.” Her next project is the title character in a new musical adaption of Porgy and Bess that will begin playing at Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC.

Listening To: Sixth Sense– Brown Eyed Girls

School life feels like it’s really starting to settle down– still meeting new people every weekend, but it doesn’t seem as pressure-intense and I think that helps. I’m also really enjoying my classes and assignments as much as they cause me pain; the other day I spotted the slightest of eye bags forming, somewhat causing a bit of a fit because I think I’m getting more sleep per night then I do at home, but I never get eye bags at home! (Ah, first world problems…)

Lots of sculpture work to do this weekend, so hopefully there will be a good portion of preview pics this weekend. We’re making plaster casts, but for some reason we’re making the plaster casts out of the plaster molds from last week; it really is not that good of an idea and if you’re planning on making casts, do not put plaster on plaster unless you really grease up your mold with vaseline.

While I was working on my assignments this week, I spent a lot of  time listening to the Brown Eyed Girls’ fourth studio album, Sixth Sense, especially their title track (video at top of post.) They’ve been off of the Kpop scene for about two years and have spent a long time producing the album between solo activities during 2010 and scrapping entire albums earlier this year. All of their hard work has definitely paid off as it’s one of the strongest albums to come out of 2011 and a great follow-up to their previous work. The music video is also open to a lot of different interpretations and I love a MV that can make me thing; gratuitous profile shots are nice, but the messages that the MV is trying to get across really make it stand apart from other ‘dance’ MVs. It’s in Korean, but I definitely recommend giving it a listen!

Happy end of September!