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ARKPop Podcast#53 - Return of the Ants

67:17 minutes (61.61 MB)


The format of the show is a little different this week, but we still have quite a bit to talk about.

ARKPop Podcast# 20 – Banhammer Blues

137:51 minutes (63.11 MB)


In this episode, recorded a bit late due to Noelle’s cold, we accidentally get way off course several times, but the discussion itself should still be interesting.

ARKPop Podast #19 - Goodbye Lion

105:16 minutes (48.19 MB)


ARKPop#18 – Gracefully, Maturely, Classily Yours, is That Okay?

85:03 minutes (38.94 MB)

The first episode after I’ve returned from my epic(ly normal) vacation marks the return of Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace to mainstream Kpop. Only time will tell how well they’re received.

ARKPodcast - Episode 16: John Travolta Wannabe

100:51 minutes (46.17 MB)


2PM & 2NE1′s comeback in the same week, and more serious news for fans of YG family took precedence. Unfortunately, the free talk in this episode is quite serious and weighty. We also apologize for being late this week, but there was a typhoon in Manila that made recording on our usual day quite difficult.

ARKPodcast Episode 14 – Graduation Time

148:19 minutes (67.89 MB)

If you haven’t heard the news yet, the past two days have been a sort of “I can’t believe this has happened and the impact hasn’t hit me yet” kind of fog. Bekah (Baby Girl in the middle of that banner pic), one of the founding members of After School, and the former maknae has left the group, the second member to “Graduate”. This episode is dedicated to her and her time as a member.

ARKpopPodcast - Episode 9 – The Playlist

119:47 minutes (54.83 MB)


We’re trying something different for this episode, mostly because I’m going to be out of town and presumably away from a computer and a microphone this weekend. But on the other hand, hey, early episode.

ARKpopPodcast - Episode 8 – [Untitled]

73:33 minutes (33.67 MB)


Welcome to the episode that falls apart because we suddenly realized that what we had lined up for Free Talk was not good enough, so we had to improvise, badly. The rest of the episode is good probably.

Episode 3 – Produce This

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In episode three we delve into the news of the week.

We also talk about several big name producers in Mainstream Kpop: E-Tribe, Shinsadong Tiger and Brave Brothers and we pose the following question.  What does an artist have to do wrong (morally, ethically or legally) that would cause you to lose faith in an artist and stop supporting them?

Download Link for Episode 3

The news covers:

Reading the Lolita Effect in Korea, Part 2: The role of K-pop and the Korean media in sexual socialization and the formation of body image

A simply surreal video making the rounds at the moment. As explained by Lisa at Sociological Images, it:

…beautifully illustrates the socialization of children into particular kinds of worship. With hand motions, body movements, and facial expressions, this child is doing a wonderful job learning the culturally-specific rules guiding the performance of devotion.

Because Of You (너 때문에) by After School (애프터스쿨): Lyrics, Translation, & Explanation

With apologies for not writing about the positives of Korean popular culture more often, let me present Because of You (너 때문에) by After School (애프터스쿨). It’s one of my 10 favorite Korean songs, and easily their best.

Or at least, DJ Areia’s version of it above is, but I include the original below if you prefer.

Ah! (아!) by After School (애프터스쿨): Lyrics & Translation

Hot Sweaty Korean Women

Why do I like this commercial so much?

No, not because the dancer is 29 year-old Park Ga-hee (박가희), by coincidence leader of the girl band After School (애프터스쿨) whose songs I am translating at the moment. And not because she is by no means just another manufactured K-pop idol either, once literally penniless on the streets of Seoul after running away from home. Hell, not even because of her great body.

Rather, it’s because she’s sweating.

Bang! (뱅!) by After School (애프터스쿨): Lyrics & Translation

Open Thread #13


With apologies to Seoulplay, but I’m tempted to only use screenshots from 2NE1′s (투애니원) Try to Follow Me (날 따라 해봐요) music video for the Open Threads from now on! For like Anna at her Appears music blog explains:

Open Thread #8: Superfuturism & Anitiquity

( “Fade to Red” by StudioQube. Source: deviantART)

Thoughts for the weekend, from boingboing:

The Kafkaesque Korean Beauty Trends of 2009

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Confused about all the new buzzwords used to describe Koreans’ bodies these days? Here’s my translation of an article that gives a quick guide.

[Five] If you don't have the words, say it with a song.

This week, I thought I would introduce you to some of my favourite Korean male vocalists

This article is for all those girls out there who, like me, dream of their prince charming serenading for them...
Who doesn’t like a guy who can sing?
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