이게무슨일이야 (What’s Happening?) is finally here.

이게무슨일이야 (What’s Happening?) is finally here. The album is here. So like I mentioned on a this post I was waiting for my album to arrive. Now that I finally have it I can share the cool photos with you guys. I got it a few days ago but I am still happy and excited about the whole album. I always get excited when I get new album. They are just perfectly done. 
Besides fangirling because it is of my favorite KPop group or whatever all the details that go to making this albums regarding to the design and packaging is awesome. There is always something different new and unique to each of the album. So there you have anoter reason why I buy them it is not only for the music but the presentation as well. 
This album came with an 88pages photobook, the album, a sticker sheet -and I got my bias CNU- and also the poster. All this for around $24 including shipping… the horrendous but so needed shipping. Anyways here are the photos I hope you like it as much as I did. It is so colorful and fun just like B1A4.

the top of the box

the bottom & the top

box opened… showing the photobook

when you remove the photobook you find the sticker… that is CNU

this is the stickers, the top, the album & the photobook

the whole album and the first page of the photobook

all the goodies

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이게무슨일이야 (What’s Happening?)…. the video!

After listening to the songs of 이게무슨일이야 (What’s Happening?) and crying my heart out with its epicness and wonderful voices they just released the video for the title song. Before we get to the video I’m just going to tell you that this album is their best work so far. Why… because that is what happens every time they release something now. You can listen their improvement and that their hard work practicing pays off.
The vocals on the whole album are indeed amazing. Not too far from their previews styles but very grown up if you ask me. The songs feel more complete and more emotional. They are not songs for videos with grand dance technique… this songs are just good for power vocals and enjoy them. Of course the main title haves a dance but nothing as in other KPop groups. Again B1A4 forte is not dancing it is their singing abilities. That is what I love the most. If you want to listen to the album you can download it from here. So far I love every single song on this new mini album. They could have all been the title track as far as I’m concern.
Anyways… here is the video that I’m currently in love with. Meet Barbie, Ken and my five adorable guys. Here is the video with eng subs. Enjoy. 

Lee Hi (이하이)

Meet Lee Hi (Lee Ha Yi / 이하이) the new kid on the block that is sweeping the music charts in South Korean on her own .just with her amazing voice and awesome tracks. I think it is the first time that I actually pay attention to a soloist rookie (they release one like every day over there so the battle is harsh).
A little info on Lee Hi. She is pretty young. She is only 16 and still attends high school at SOPA (School of Performing Arts in Seoul). She ended up been the runner-up on KPop Survival Star on April 29 2012 and after that she signed to YG Entertainment by no other than appa CEO Yang Hyun Suk
On October 28 2012 she debuted with the single 1, 2, 3, 4. Originally she was supposed to debut later on as part of a girl group Su Pearls that the company was building but that all got canceled after they saw Lee Hi full potential while she sweeping off the charts with her single. Now a few months later as a soloist she is back with her new first full album titled First Love. The promoted songs of this albums are It’s Over and Rose (both videos below). 
  • It’s Over was released on March 7 2012 as First Love Part 1 along with other songs. It is about a girl that gets tired of her bad boy… boyfriend and calls it quits with him. It is cute and you will see this HUGE -baby blue bad boy dancing- teddy bear that I think will become her icon logo for her increasing fandom. Totally cheesy video of Lee Hi been cute her age.
  • Rose was released on March 28 2012 as First Love Part 2 along with the rest songs of the album. Rose haves a completely different feel and mood. It is a calmed and painful warning… every rose has it thorns. She is requesting not to be love… because you might get hurt by the thorns of her love which she is comparing to a rose. Pretty emotional and gorgeous video. (my favorite from all so far).

I’ve to say that appa Yang Hyun Suk must be really happy with Lee Hi. he is spending lots of money on her.is treating her like the baby of the family. He does treat the rest equally but honestly she is the baby. Already gave her a new apartment so she can live with her mom closer to the company. This way she doesn’t have to travel from far away back and forth since it is near the YG studios. Her unnies from 2NE1 are taking good care of her and her oppas from Big Bang are watching everyone so no one messes up with the baby girl of the family.
I really hope she stays simple and keeps this type of style of jazz, R&B and soul for a long time. That is the reason why she stands out from the rest cause she is not your regular young KPop singer. The first time I heard her songs she reminded me of Duffy (from UK). I think that YG did well on making her a soloist cause other wise maybe we wouldn’t even know who she was. When you are part of a girl group things your voice sometimes fades away with the looks of other members.
I look forward to her career and hope she stays around for a long time. It’s gonna be hard to make her grow up in front of the media but I know that YG Entertainment will do it the right way. I am sure they will be over protective of their baby.

  

A Piece of Phantasmagoria

After looking all around the internet for this anime last night I finally found a good video with all the 15 episodes in Japanese with English subtitles.
 A Piece of Phantasmagoria is a 15 episodes series of 5min each. It tells the story of the towns and citizens that make Phantasmagoria a wonderful place. This anime was created by  Tamura Shigeru. It was released in 1995 but it is based on the illustration book published in 1989 by Kakuusha.

Below is the full anime and you can download it from there if you are interested in having this masterpiece on your collection. Enjoy!

Slip Away

Slip Away is the 5th album of Nell. Nell is a Korean Indie group that I found out I don’t even remember how but I am so grateful I did. I have posted about them before on the blog. Anyways they released this new album last month on April 12 I think. I downloaded the album but I didn’t listen to the whole 10 songs until tonight.  This group is very loved and cherished in Korea. They are back after a 4 years hiatus. This 5th album is a brand new masterpiece. A total roller coaster of emotions that I just get in and let everything go. 
I found myself in love with at least 5 of the 10 songs but the whole album is awesome musically speaking. Sounds lyrics everything is on spot. As always Nell haves all this dramatic and sad effect and story to tell. They really know what it feels to be heartbroken and empty. All in a good way cause this is what works for them No cheesy songs just heart breaking and agonizing pain that will bring you down to your knees while crying and reflecting on your life. Sounds depressing I know but it is magically and gorgeously depressing. I am into all this stuff so yeah it hits me in all the right places.
It haves two songs in english Beautiful Stranger and Losing Control which are my favorites not because they are in english but because they are really good and meaningful. My other favorite songs are The day before (the video is awesome too), Standing on the rain and Slip Away which is the title song.

I totally recommend you that you buy this masterpiece of album. Do whatever you have to do but you SHOULD consider adding this to your music collection even when you don’t understand the rest of the songs I am sure your heart will feel the whole album. If you want to know more about the group you should visit this page.