K-Pop as Heard on the Streets of Busan

These K-pop songs entered my consciousness with their catchy choruses whether I wanted them to or not. If you go for a stroll in any commercial district, every single mobile phone store, which is pretty much every other store, blasts music into the street with their outdoor speakers. This is a sample of what they’re playing. While arguably lacking any “soul” or “authenticity”, these songs make up for their lack of “street cred” with good production and catchiness.

Girls’ Generation 소녀시대_’Mr.Mr.’_Music Video (Electronic Dance Pop)

까탈레나 (Catallena) – 오렌지캬라멜 (Orange Caramel) (Super sugary pop with a sushi-themed MV)

Overdose – EXO-M (Boy band pop)

감아 – 로꼬 (Loco) Feat. Crush (Hip Hop)

나의 옛날이야기 by 아이유 (IU) (Pop ballad)

200% – Akdong Musician (Light Pop with Hip Hop-influence – the sibling artists are 15 and 17 years old)

썸 – 소유 & 정기고 Feat. 릴보이 Of 긱스 (Funky Pop RnB)

2NE1 – COME BACK HOME (Reggae with Dub Step chorus)

If you’re interested in understanding the lyrics and learning Korean, check out TalkToMeInKorean’s page on learning Korean with K-pop.

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Die Sinfonie der Großstadt

Berlin is an amazing city. This is a fact!

In Casseopeia, at the open air cinema (freiluftkino), the 1927 film Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt was shown. The venue is one of many repurposed industrial buildings in this complex in Friedrichshain; there’s an large open courtyard with a couple bars, foosball, a large tower has been outfitted as a climbing wall, a club (of course), and the outdoor theatre. Keep in mind that there’s also at least half a dozen clubs in the complex where Cassiopeia is, all in former industrial buildings.

Several years ago, a Berlin electronic music duo, called Tronthaim, created their own soundtrack to the film and began presenting it. It’s pretty f**king awesome. Here’s a clip from their website:

La Fleur at Watergate

In true Berlin fashion, I started the night at 1:30 in the morning. La Fleur and the Martinez brothers were playing at Watergate. The club is right on the Spree with two levels and a little outdoor dock to cool down right on the river. I think I achieved a brief moment of transcendence during La Fleur’s set… have a listen.