Now Playing: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack)

A few nights ago, I had the immense pleasure of catching Marvel Studios’ latest flick, Guardians of the Galaxy, on the big screen. I’ve been hyped for this movie for the past several months; from the trailers, it seemed to be an eclectic mishmash of space opera, comedy and science fiction. It hit all of…

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Now Playing: California Dreamin’

I’d be safe and warm… if I was in LA. Instead, I’m stuck inside because the air outside feels like it actively wants to peel the skin off my bones.

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Now Playing: CNBLUE – I’m Sorry

…or more specifically, their fantastic, adrenaline-filled, [insert powerful adjective here] performance for the 2013 SBS music festival: If anyone needs any evidence that a K-Pop idol rock band can absolutely, positively, without a doubt bring the roof crashing down, this performance is it. The energy is palpable, the audience is psyched, and the percussion echoes…

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Now Playing: Fort Atlantic – Let Your Heart Hold Fast

I don’t know if I believe in true love. I once thought I did; then I was rudely awakened. Then, I started dreaming again. Now, I’m not sure if I’ve woken up again or not; perhaps I’m stuck in that dimension between believing and not believing. Please, someone have the heart to tell me what’s…

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Now Playing: Cho Yong Pil – Bounce (조용필 – 바운스)

What happens when you’re walking down the street and run into the woman of your dreams? Sure, you might lower your head and walk on by. Maybe you’re not sure if she really is “the one”. So you just keep walking. But something else happens, too. Something no one can ever understand but yourself, because…

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Now Playing: Sunny Hill – Innocent Story (순정만화)

Have you ever entertained any romantic thoughts of spring? Tree-lined ponds, colorful blooms, tufts of clouds in the sky? Although it’s very nearly autumn, we can always reminisce about the good old days with Sunny Hill’s “Innocent Story”, a track included in their latest album, “Young Folk”.

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Now Playing: Mighty Mouth – Bad Boy (feat. Soya)

I’ve always loved Mighty Mouth’s collaborations with Soya, including their summer hit LaLaLa – which remains, years after its release, one of my favorite summer songs to ever hit the airwaves. Soya’s voice is tender, a little rough, yet charismatic. It matches perfectly with Mighty Mouth’s strong vocals. But this one has to be my…

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Now Playing: Christopher Tin – Baba Yetu

This song opened up a whole new world for me when I discovered that I loved African instrumental music. Ever since I first stumbled upon this Swahili prayer song, I’ve been spending my days on YouTube, looking up new African instruments, voices, and chorales. Here’s hoping that “Baba Yetu” sets you down on the same path!

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Now Playing: Dave Brubeck – Take Five

  One of the icons of soft jazz, Dave Brubeck will never go out of style. This song, in particular, remains one of the genre’s defining sounds. Decades after its initial release, it still manages to bring to mind images of a coffee shop in autumn; a tux, trombone, and the full moon; a vibrant…

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Now Playing: Davichi – Turtle (다비치 – 거북이)

In a bit of a departure for Davichi, “Turtle” is a somewhat upbeat ballad in a major key. It reminds me of an innocent past, somewhere around elementary school, where love was unheard of and crushes were pure. The music video is also worth your time: 1) beautiful women with pink hair, and 2) pink.

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Now Playing: Jewelry S – Forget It (쥬얼리 S – 됐지 뭐)

  I’m not particularly fond of ballads. I’m especially not fond of ballads that are sung by the manufactured-on-an-assembly-line idol groups to give their group a veneer of true auditory talent and manage to sound “deep” at the same time. Forget it; I listen to idols because I like mindless music, and I definitely don’t want to…

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