Concert 


IU recently held a series of concerts in a more intimate small theatre setting. I wish I could’ve been there! I love IU’s acoustic stuff and it would have been amazing to see her at a smaller venue like this.

1theK has uploaded a few clips from the concert to Youtube and they all have English captions.

The first two songs are from her new cover album 꽃갈피 and the last one is from the re-packaged version of her previous album Modern Times (Epilogue).

나의 옛날이야기 (My old story)
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사랑이 지나가면 (When love passes by)
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금요일에 만나요 (Friday)
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I would beat myself up for not knowing all the lyrics though XD.

 

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Last week, a couple of days before the Vixx concert, I went to a non K-Pop Korean concert that the South Korean embassy was arranging. Some musicians played classical western instruments, like piano and violin and others played traditional Korean instruments (gayageum, haegeum and daegeum). There was also a vocalist and a guitarist. They were all extremely good!

I really like the sound of the gayageum. The haegeum also has a frail but nice sound.

They performed both classical and traditional Korean pieces. The piece I liked the most was 바다의 사람들 (People of the Sea). You can check it out in the video below. It’s the same artist, Jung Ji-eun, that I saw.

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At the end they performed Arirang, which feels pretty standard at a Korean culture event, mixing piano, violin, guitar and the traditional instruments. At first it sounded pretty plain, but after a while it turned into an upbeat fusion piece. Really good.

 
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Last Saturday I attended Korean boy band Vixx’ showcase in Sweden. It was the first K-pop concert in Scandinavia! There was a strict “no photography” policy, so I didn’t take any photos. Sorry.

When I got the ticket I felt a bit guilty, since I hadn’t followed Vixx before and fan-girls were desperately trying to get a hold of tickets after they sold out.

The concert was held at a pretty small venue, Oscarsteatern. I’ve been there before for musicals. Even though the seats were numbered a queue formed outside the theatre before they opened the doors. It was pretty funny how many passers-by stopped and asked what we were queueing for, because there was no sign for this event and they couldn’t believe that we (mostly girls) were queueing for the show that was playing there other days.

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Heads up for K-Pop fans in or near the UK. MBC is holding a K-Pop concert in London on June 23rd (in two weeks). Tickets go on sale tomorrow on Monday at 10 AM (GMT). Only 2500 tickets, which cost £17.50 each.

The confirmed artists are 4Minute, EXO-K and Norazo.

Here’s a link to the event at Ticketmaster.

For up-to-date information, check out UnitedKpop (facebook, twitter). All info is also collected here.

Source: UnitedKpop

Update: There’s talk of a fan-sign event with 4Minute around the time of the concert (check the facebook page above). Time for ticket sale was changed to Monday.

 

Last week I went to France to see a horde of K-Pop artists perform at Music Bank in Paris. A total of eight groups performed: Girls’ Generation, T-ara, 4Minute, Sistar, SHINee, U-Kiss, Beast and 2PM. I went there mostly for SNSD, T-ara and 4Minute.

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I flew to Paris the same day as the concert. I had already been there for SMTown back in June, so I felt like I wouldn’t have any trouble finding my way around the city. Besides, I had booked a numbered seat for the concert. I had a seat for the first day and a standing ticket for the second day. Unfortunately the second day of the concert was cancelled. It would’ve been great to do both.

The venue was much bigger than SMTown. The good seats at SMTown were much better than the good seats at Music Bank. While SMTown was more intimate, everything at Music Bank went very smoothly. They didn’t have much concert goods though.

It was nice to see so many groups, but since there were so many of them they didn’t perform that many songs each. SNSD didn’t perform until the very end, so it felt like they didn’t get enough time on stage. … Continue reading

 
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I finally got my SNSD Japan Tour blu-ray. Oh, man! I have to get up early tomorrow, so I can’t watch it. I just watched the intro and two songs and it’s very difficult for me to hit the stop button… OK, three songs. Mr. Taxi came on :) . Aaaah! Tae-yeon’s wink! *melts* How am I going to be able to sleep now? “I’ll just watch one song” sounded like a good idea at the time :) .

As I expected, the quality of the video production is much much better than the Korean concert DVDs. It’s not just that it’s HD. It’s more well thought out.

The outfits are divine! Oh, man! They all look super pretty!

I didn’t blog about it, but I wrote on Facebook about how my PS3 broke down before new year’s. I wasn’t really in a hurry to replace it for gaming (although I use it a lot for that purpose), but it’s also my only blu-ray player and with this concert blu-ray expected to arrive any day, I had to go into town the following morning to buy a new PS3 XD.

I just got the regular version blu-ray (expensive enough as it is + the limited edition was sold out). There’s no real booklet, just a set list, inside the case. The disc had come loose during shipping, but it wasn’t scratched (phew).

OK, I managed to force myself to stop the playback. I’ll watch the rest tomorrow.

edit: I posted more reflections in the comments below.

 

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I’m having mixed feelings about all the must-have releases being made these days. Or rather, I’m ecstatic about it but my bank account is crying.

Next month SNSD are releasing a DVD set from their first Asia Tour in 2010. I was on the verge of getting the CDs from the concert when they came out, but didn’t get them in the end. But I must have the DVDs! Must have Tae-yeon’s Hush Hush performance on DVD!

The recording is from their encore concert at Soul Olympic Park Fencing Stadium in February 2010. It consists of two DVDs, a concert photobook and a poster (whether or not the poster is included might depend on where you order it from).

The DVD is available for pre-order at YesAsia:
(with tubed poster) (with folded poster)

 

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As you probably know all too well by now, I went to SMTOWN Paris last weekend. It was the first SMTOWN in Europe ever. It was also my first K-Pop concert and my first visit to Paris.

This will be a lot more text than I usually post, but don’t worry, there are pictures further down. I thought about boiling it down to something shorter, but then it would take too long before I could post it.

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Whenever I go on a road trip I bring YUI’s Daydreamer with me. It’s such a nice song (especially when you’re driving on the open road).

YUI ~ Daydreamer Live@3rd Tour 2008 oui

YUI ~ Daydreamer Live@3rd Tour 2008 oui

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This video is from YUI 3rd Tour 2008 “oui” ~I LOVED YESTERDAY~, which was included on the bonus DVD that came with the limited edition of her B-side collection album My Short Stories. The Japanese limited edition is out of print, but the Hong Kong version is still available. I recommend that album to anyone.

The Daydreamer track is included on the I Loved Yesterday album.

 

Here’s 4Minute’s performance at SBS Dream Concert. It’s (yet another) Muzik performance.

It’s the same version as the one in the dance special that I posted earlier.

4Minute ~ Muzik Live@SBS Dream Concert 20091011

4Minute ~ Muzik Live@SBS Dream Concert 20091011

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Credit: source vid. yoobin.skyrock

 

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