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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.

 

I had these clips from Ai Otsuka’s 2007 Love is Born concert lying around, that I never got around to posting. I thought I’d post them here in case anyone’s interested.

Multi-talented Ai plays the violin in the intro to Honey. Clearly not her main instrument :lol: .

Ai Otsuka ~ Love is Born 2007 Honey

Ai Otsuka ~ Love is Born 2007 Honey

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Listening to Kumuriuta gives me chills. Very emotional song.

Ai Otsuka ~ Love is Born 2007 Kumuriuta

Ai Otsuka ~ Love is Born 2007 Kumuriuta

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After almost getting depressed listening to Kumuriuta, Frienger brightens the mood. Ai uses the baseball bat that you can see in the thumbnail to hit balls into the audience during the song. lol @ when she hits the ball straight into the front row at the end of the song.

Ai Otsuka ~ Love is Born 2007 Frienger

Ai Otsuka ~ Love is Born 2007 Frienger

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Tae-yeon singing Rihanna’s Take a Bow at Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook back in June.

Tae-yeon ~ Take A Bow Live@YHY's Sketchbook 20120602

Tae-yeon ~ Take A Bow Live@YHY’s Sketchbook 20120602

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Looking and sounding great!

 

Crayon Pop’s Dancing Queen was used as background music in the fan edited Tae-yeon video clip that I posted last week. I really liked it, so I had to look them up. They’re a rookie group that debuted this summer and they have released three songs so far. I’ve been listening to their songs all week. Very catchy and energetic.

I wasn’t able to find a music video for Dancing Queen (I don’t think there is one), so I picked a performance from Music Bank.

Crayon Pop ~ Dancing Queen Live@Music Bank 20121026

Crayon Pop ~ Dancing Queen Live@Music Bank 20121026

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Their choreography is a bit unorthodox :lol: , but I dig their style :) . They used the same outfits in a guerilla concert that they held when they were rejected by the major music shows.

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Fan-subbed behind the scenes of the guerilla concert:
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화이팅!

The main vocalist Cho-a (dark hair) looks very familiar to me. I don’t know if I’ve seen her before or if it’s just seeing her twin Way (blonde) that gives me that déjà vu feeling.

To be continued…

 

I was spazzing so hard when I first heard that Tae-yeon was going to sing a song on the soundtrack for To the Beautiful you (아름다운 그대에게). I kind of like Tae-yeon (fun game: try to locate the biggest understatement in this post :) ) and I like all of her drama soundtrack songs. She really is the queen of drama soundtracks. The song is called Closer (가까이) and was first heard at the end of episode 5. It’s a really nice ballad. I like the whole soundtrack, but Closer and Stand Up are the best songs, imo.

Tae-yeon ~ Closer Live@Inkigayo 20120916

Tae-yeon ~ Closer Live@Inkigayo 20120916

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The video clip is from Tae-yeon’s performance of the song at Inkigayo. I wish I were there! >_< Look how close to the stage everyone is standing.

As for the drama, I’ve watched 12 episodes so far. While the plot is a bit uneven, I like this drama a lot. I’ve been rooting for Eun-gyeol since the beginning, but I’ve had the feeling from the start that it won’t end the way I would like. I’m glad he decided to do what he did in episode 11, though (차은결 파이팅!). The last episodes will air next week. How will it end?! :)

 

I don’t know if you’ve picked up on it by now, but I’m currently watching the Korean drama adaptation of Hana-Kimi, To the Beautiful You. The theme song for that drama is sung by singer-songwriter J-Min. It’s called Stand Up (일어나). I really like this song. It suits the drama very well.

J-Min ~ Stand Up Live@Inkigayo 20120826

J-Min ~ Stand Up Live@Inkigayo 20120826

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I haven’t heard of J-Min before. She’s an SM Entertainment artist, but it seems like she has mostly been active in Japan prior to this drama.

The sound track for the drama is being released bit by bit. Since SM is producing the drama, it’s all SM artists. There’s one duet with Krystal and Jessica Jung and one with Sunny and Luna, for example. In the latest episode, which aired today, Tae-yeon is singing a really nice ballad. I’m fighting hard to resist watching the episode before I have the fansub. I saw a clip with Tae-yeon’s song and the scene seems really emotional too. Gaaa. It’s too late to watch it tonight, so maybe I can resist another day.

 

These are the best performances of Twinkle this far, in my opinion. I picked two of the ones where they have hand-held microphones. The vocals are more important to me than the dancing and the mics aren’t that much in the way of the choreography anyway.

Despite my aversion to anything with leopard print, I really like Seo-hyun’s outfit here:

Girls' Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120510

Girls’ Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120510

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I love Tae-yeon’s outfit in this one:

Girls' Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120503

Girls’ Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120503

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TaeTiSeo’s first live performance was at M!Countdown the day before yesterday. They performed Twinkle and Baby Steps. I really like Baby Steps and I’m glad they decided to promote it along with Twinkle.

Girls' Generation-TTS ~ Baby Steps Live@M!Countdown 20120503

Girls’ Generation-TTS ~ Baby Steps Live@M!Countdown 20120503

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Baby Steps was originally sung by the American boyband Varsity Fanclub. SM acquired the rights for the song and made a Korean version for TaeTiSeo, which (in my completely unbiased opinion) blows the original out of the water.

According to the message included with the digital album, this is Seo-hyun’s favourite song on the album. I realize that the top picks is probably a marketing thing, but I could see this being her favourite (even though Tae-yeon owns the stage).

 

Missing you like crazy (미치게 보고 싶은) is the theme song for Ha Ji-won’s character in the drama series The King 2 Hearts, which is currently airing in Korea. The musical director specifically asked for Tae-yeon to sing the song after working with her previously on Beethoven Virus. After having the song topping the charts, Tae-yeon was given the opportunity to perform a special stage at yesterday’s Music Core.

Tae-yeon ~ Missing you like crazy Live@Music Core 20120428

Tae-yeon ~ Missing you like crazy Live@Music Core 20120428

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One thing I love about Tae-yeon is how her voice conveys emotion. Her stage presence is also great. I love her stage outfit here, btw.

I haven’t seen The King 2 Hearts yet, but it’s on my “to watch” list.

 

I saw this clip from SBS K-Pop Star earlier today. It’s a special collaboration stage where one of the three finalists, Baek A-yeon, is joined by Tae-yeon and Tiffany from SNSD in a performance of Lady Marmalade.

Tae-yeon, Tiffany & Baek A-yeon ~ Lady Marmalade Live@K-Pop Star 20120422

Tae-yeon, Tiffany & Baek A-yeon ~ Lady Marmalade Live@K-Pop Star 20120422

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It must be discouraging to perform together with Tae-yeon like this :lol: . I don’t follow the show, so I don’t know how A-yeon has performed in the past, but it’s hard to shine next to Tae-yeon :) .

And yes, that’s BoA you see glance by as one of the judges :) . She’s representing SM Entertainment in the show.

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