Screw it. I give up. Patrice Wilson, you have beaten me. I can’t find the energy to complain and bemoan your incessant brand of silly, ridiculous pop music. This is beyond irony, beyond opinion and beyond real. Our friend Patrice is music’s Keyser Söze, a villain so effective, I’m not even sure he exists anymore. But things happen, and his name and music videos are mentioned in fear, and the legend continues.
That was a very long winded way to say that the latest child-act is a young girl by the name of Grace Liu. She uses her bi-lingual skills to entice us to join her on a journey around the world in her various modes of transportation. Honestly, it’s not even terrible. Just mindlessly repetitive/catchy and a little surreal. It’s like a Kidz Bop version of “Gangnam Style”.
Grace, I promise you, you’re gonna grow up, look back at this and laugh. And then maybe cry. But then you’ll laugh and cry at the same time… and a snot bubble will appear from your nose and will pop, and you’ll be left only laughing. Well played.
I gotta give it to David So, just as I was starting to lose interest with his comedic vlogs, he releases a new skit that had me chuckling the entire time. His latest work co-stars the lovely Arden Cho with an unspoken, but prominent, role by Z. Woods. Although the segment stars 3 capable singers, this isn’t musical at all but rather has David reprising his satirical take on North Korea’s late dictator. Don’t miss this one.
Although Mina Joo continues to step further and further away from her career as the rapper Knewdles (from the group Misnomer(s) with her sister SOS), we like to keep tabs on her career every now and then. She’s slowly building up some acting credits to her name, as well as the occasional role in advertisement campaigns. Perhaps her most prominent feature yet is in the new Burger King ad for their new(ish) Satisfries product. Good for her, although we hope she makes a return to the mic soon, for old time’s sake.
Happy Saturday, dear friends. It was a glorious late Winter/pre-Spring day here in the Mid-Atlantic area! But for those of you that may find yourselves indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here’s the latest batch of music videos for you to check out from the past week. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks forward!
The Bar – “Coming (to America)”
I’d be lying if I told you that The Bar’s Barkada isn’t one of my most anticipated project. We’re only a few days away, but thankfully we also have this new video from Pro & Bam. The video is full of community support, even if it’s not the sharpest visual ever. But I’m loving this soulful Hip-Hop track with it’s sprinkle of culture and Tagalog.
Clara C – “Wildflower”
The MV for Clara’s latest single is a promotional tool for Girl Rising, a movement dedicated to raising awareness and funds for girls’ education worldwide. So not only do we get a breezy new single from the artist, but we get a simple but supportive video for an important cause.
This is the kind of story you just don’t come across too often. And it’s almost one of those things you couldn’t write if you tried! DANakaDAN has quite the interesting background, having been adopted at a young age. He grew up in happy in his new household, completely separated and without contact from his birth family. But like any person curious about their past and heritage, he decided to look things up and see what happens. This documentary takes us on the journey with him… and it’s worth the watch. Thank you, Dan & ISA TV and everyone involved for sharing this with us.
This original documentary series follows adoptee musician Dan’s incredible journey to Korea to find not only his biological family but also himself. A story of identity, family, and love, the documentary also features many special guest appearances.
In this episode, Dan Matthews makes the discovery of a lifetime when he finds out he’s been reconnected with his biological family, including a twin brother he’s never known about. Follow Dan and his mother Lynne, as they prepare for his trip to Korea.
It’s been a little while since I passed the quarterlife milestone, but I can still remember some of the uncertainty that the age brought. It marked the definite end of being a “young adult” yet not everything felt like it had reached a maturation point. Actress Julie Zhan chose to commemorate the odd phase in life with a musical that also stars AJ Rafael. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, a bit poignant, but overall fairly entertaining.
Yesterday marked the unveiling of the 2nd episode of Alpha Girls, starring DJ/Producer TOKiMONSTA, fashion model Soo Joo Park, Artist Mina Kwon, and Designer anie Alabanza-Barcena. Last week’s episode served as the primer/introduction and this 2nd episode is where we dive deeper into each individual’s story.
Meet Soo Joo’s family and learn more about her injury
Toki lands in Korea and experiences the Korean music scene
Mina meets with Jay Park for dinner and takes off for LA
Lanie tell us about her crazy plans for Vegas
I’m not exactly a huge Miley Cyrus fan, but her single “Wrecking Ball” was one of her better songs for me – at least before it got played out on the radio. But this particular rendition by onenaoko is something I could listen to on repeat for quite some time. It turns the Pop single into something a more subdued but appreciated listen. The artist accomplishes this by playing the song on Cello several times over and layering the arrangement to recreate the single. I like it.
While I normally try to stick to songs/pieces I genuinely love, I thought I’d try something a little bit different this time. This one was about overcoming my own biases and prejudices, and being open to the music as opposed to the music maker. For those of us who are passionate about music, it can sometimes be difficult to remain open.
A few weeks ago, Joseph Vincent posted up this picture of him and the lovely and talented Zee Avi. It looks like it was more of a passing moment, but one can only hope that JV will take his smooth acoustic vocals and combine them with ZA’s poignant and contemplative style. They could form a new acoustic duo, JoZee A’Vincent. No? Oh well, maybe one day.
The Disney film Frozen took the world by (wintry) storm this season, and we thought what better way to pay it and it’s award winning soundtrack than to present you with this short compilation of recent covers. The two most famous songs, “…Snowman” and “Let It Go” are represented as well as a remix Hip-Hop song that has been retooled into a tribute for the film. Stay warm, friends.