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BTS Fire and WTF Is Tropical House?
Alright y'all, we're going to talk about a topic that affects each and every one of us: TROPICAL HOUSE. It's a subgenre of house music that is influenced by instruments such as steel drums usually used in Jamaican, Cuban, etc music. It's been getting more and more popularity these days but I was still surprised to hear it in at BTS song! It is most noticeable in Rap Mon's part at 2:15. That awesome sound in the back? That's classic Tropical House music! Here are some more examples if you dig that sound: Jeremih - Don't Tell 'Em Thanks to @Lizzeh for reminding me about this awesome example!!!! Justin Bieber - Sorry & What Do You Mean Beibs made his comeback completely backed by this music. It sounds fresh, fun, and you CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO IT. Kygo - Stay Often referenced as the king of the rebirth of TropHouse, Kygo is your go-to DJ if you want nothing but Tropical House in your ears. Skrillex and Diplo - Where Are Ü Now This was the song that really brought the sound to mainstream recently. Those "dolphin sounds" or however you choose to describe it...yup, TropHouse. Fifth Harmony - Worth It & Work It's leaking into the girl group pop scene too with Fifth Harmony using an almost 8-bit take on Trop-Pop. Still groovy. Jamie XX - Loud Places And then we have Jamie XX that combines his smooth sleepy sounds from the XX with the catchy pop of Tropical House. Needless to say, it was love at first listen. Even though it has existed for a long time (and the influences that inspired existed looooooooooong before) I'm glad to hear more of it now in mainstream music! Enjoy!
Boy Groups That I Wish Would Comeback
This is not a list of disbanded groups, just groups that are still active but haven't had a comeback in awhile! Hotshot (Full Group) Their last full group comeback was 'I'm A Hotshot' back in 2015. They had a comeback in November of 2018 but Sungwoon was still with Wanna One at the time. Now Sungwoon is out of Wanna One but is promoting solo, but still in the group. B.I.G B.I.G's last comeback was in 2017. Benji recently released a solo song though! Heedo and Gunmin were in a dance video in July too. J-Hoon is currently serving his mandatory military service sadly. Cross Gene There last music video (a b-side off their latest album) 'Believe Me' was released in May of 2018. It's going to be weird seeing them without Takuya but yeah I need a comeback! Imfact Okay it's only been 7 months since their last comeback but 7 months too long. I need another! Lucente It's been a year since your debut where you at?? Come back! MAP6 Their last comeback was in 2017. Come back to me!!! MyName Their last comeback was in 2015, where you at my boys? I know some had military service but yeah where you been? Are you still together? MVP It's been over two years since your debut? Comeback babies you were so good! XENO-T (Topp Dogg) They did have a Japanese comeback in 2018 but still!!! U-Kiss I mean I know this is impossible but still. Jun is like the only member that can promote and I don't see it being likely that Soohyun and Hoon stay in the group after returning from their service but we'll see. Varsity It's been over a year guys!!! Vermuda It's been over two years since you dropped this hella good debut on us. Where are you? Victon Bring my babies back it's been over a year. I know Seungwoo can't be with them but still!! I need my Seungsik! UNIQ It's been like 3ish years since you dropped Best Friend. I've seen Yixuan on a Chinese program, Seungyoun with MOLA and on Produce X 101. WHERE HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN? Royal Pirates Comeback please!! B1A4 I mean this is just military service and stuff preventing them from coming back but I miss them! Also some mentions: VIXX (but they seem to be planning something so I thought I wouldn't mention them just in case they comeback) High4 (I'm not sure if they are still a group or not? So I won't mention them.) I know all of these are probably because: 1. The company is sleeping on them 2. People are sleeping on them 3. The company is lacking the funds 4. Military Services demanding Members but still that doesn't make me miss them any less! What groups do you miss that haven't come back in awhile?
Kpop is Actually Born from Korean Protest Songs
Alright so I'm a total history nerd, I majored in East Asian Studies and eat stuff like this up. Read the full (long!) article here - I will try to explain it basically, but its really worth the read. Here we go: It all started with Japan. As you might know, Japan colonized Korea eventually trying to erase Korean culture all together on the peninsula. In the very beginning though, that wasn't the case. Japan was willing to share Korean and Japanese culture, and the Japanese and Korean elite often spoke together and traded pop culture. Japanese elite brought over Western-influenced music because of their connections with the Western world (which Korea didn't interact with other than missionaries at the time) The Korean elite wanted to be modern and successful like Japan, so they adopted this music (called Changga) as their new favorite genre. (You can hear a lot of European influences in early Korean music...) This is where it gets interesting. The Korean elite wanted to be independent of Japan. They wanted Korea to stand alone as a strong nation, not pushed around by China or Japan anymore. They stared the pro-independence movement. Now, most revolutions like this would turn to traditional music, traditional culture to strengthen the country (for example, Korea would use ancient Korean songs to protest the Japanese occupation) but the Korean elite didn't! They wanted Korea to be strong, and to be strong they felt like they needed to modernize - ie be like the West. They used this Changga music (ironically brought to them by Japan) to protest Japanese rule! To this day Korea is always trying to "keep up with" the Western world so that they can be considered modern and powerful. Most things that they do is to modernize and stay trendy because that is how the country has always defined strength. But then, Japan decided to make money off of that... Japan had seen its first real pop music hit in 1914. People were buying records, following tabloids, and really getting into pop culture. That was really the birth of the Japanese music industry. In 1926, Korea had a similar experience. A song called the "Death Song" appeared, sung by Yun Shim-Deok. The singer committed suicide with her lover right after the song was released and the story made HUGE headlines. It was chilling, 'romantic,' and dramatic. Korea ate it up. Japanese record companies came in and started selling the record, selling over 50,000 copies! (In 1926 that number is totally insane!) You can listen to the death song here: The record industry after that was run mainly by the Japanese yakuza and their partnered Korean gangsters. The industry was set up very similar to how it is now, with entertainment industries doing everything in-house (SM has specific song writers that only work for SM, and their artists are actors, singers, models, etc) This is also why so many Kpop artists become actors...because even back in the 1920s musicians couldn't make enough money so the real way to make a living was through acting. That still stands today. So, today's Kpop is based off of this first "Korean pop" hit (the death song) AND protest songs against Japan. So when people say that Kpop is just a copy of Western music, they're sort of right but not in the way that they're thinking. Yes, its a reflection of Western culture, but the reason behind it is that Korea has been fighting to be recognized as a modern, powerful force to be reckoned with since the early 1900s. They want people to know Korea is strong, modern, and a country to look up to, not look down upon. So the next time someone tells you Kpop is a lame copy of American pop - give them this little history lesson. Again, PLEASE read the full article - its so interesting! HERE it is!
An In-Between Season Must Have: Trench Coat
There are some firm rules in menswear: Bermudas for summer and trench coats for autumn. Trench coats are the perfect invention for confusing weather – too cold for a t-shirt but to warm for leather or wool. Once you have a pair of jeans, t-shirt and a cool trench coat you are all set to go. With new trends in trench coats you can either stay classic or make a statement. PS: There are some safe zones to keep the cool look during ‘in between’ seasons. In variety of trench coat the military is, unsurprisingly, no exception. 1. The Classic Yes. It’s the Burberry who labeled the beige trench coat. It’s classic, chic, and perfect for an urban look. It doesn’t have to be Burberry though. It’s better if it is though… 2. The Statement Option You can be classic in autumn style with a trench coat but still make a bold statement with the pattern or colour. Stay away from khaki, beige or black and go with blue, orange, green or even red. Your trench coat can work for more than just keeping your suit dry. 3. Make a difference. Go with knee-length ones. This option is a must for shorter men. But you can still try it even if you a tall guy. Try to stay minimalist with shorter trench coats. 4. And the military green √ The original trench coat’s khaki colouring was camouflage. It’s the key of being cool. On a more practical level, it’s also perfectly in tune with the navies and neutrals that populate your winter wardrobe. The whole article and the style advices are on the blog. Click here.
Top 10 Watches Under $200
These are great watches under $200 that you can buy for yourself or for girls to buy for their boyfriends or family. 1. ROTARY MEN'S VINTAGE SKELETON MECHANICAL WATCH This is an amazing watch. It has a beautiful design as well as color. The quality if the leather is high and it has a strong feel. It requires no battery which makes it convenient. It's an excellent watch and I would recommend it for any man buying a watch or any lady getting a man a watch. Its just perfect! You can buy this at: http://www.watchshop.com/mens-rotary-vintage-skeleton-mechanical-watch-gs02522-01-p99942505.html 2. URBAN OUTFITTERS FIELD WATCH The price point can't be beat and the military-meets-preppy mash-up is a nice update to the traditional field watch. Urban Outfitters is a great resource for an affordable watch. $40, available at http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20824538&color=001&color=001&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS 3. BULOVA MEN'S DRESS WATCH WITH CHAMPAIGNE A handsome accessory. This mens Bulova dress watch will accent any outfit. It has a leather band with a champagne dial tone. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 ft. $150, available at http://www.sears.com/bulova-mens-dress-watch-with-champaigne/p-04444919000P?prdNo=47&blockNo=47&blockType=G47 4. SEIKO BLACK DIAL It's hard to find a style that subtly crosses into both sporty and dress territories, but this Seiko one does an excellent job and the black face helps to modernize the traditional shape. $78, http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNE039-Solar-Black-Watch/dp/B0043ZT04K 5. SWATCH COBALT REBEL Cobalt is a big accent color for spring and this number from Swatch will help keep him ahead of the color curve. It's got personality, sure, but the slim profile and clean face keep it from going over the top. $70, available at http://www.dillards.com/product/Swatch-Cobalt-Rebel-Watch_301_-1_301_502830895 6. CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE STRAP This watch looks like it should cost a grand, but in reality you'll only spend about one-tenth of that. The tank style and gold face nicely complement the rich brown strap—this'll work around the clock, from the office to off-hours. $150, available at http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/citizen-watch-mens-brown-leather-strap-bw0072-07p?ID=137551&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results 7. NIXON THE TIME TELLER Exceptionally designed, Nixon's blacked-out option is sleek, simple, and gimmick-free. The modern design-meets-durable polycarbonate construction makes this a watch that'll get noticed. $60, available at http://www.nixonnow.com/watches/mens/the-time-teller-p-A119.html 8. PULSAR GOLD-TONE DRESS WATCH Gold watches can easily veer into Vegas territory, but this one is just the right shade of light gold—dress it up or down to give your look some subtle swagger. $125, available at http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=PRD&ItemID=1661aba&submit%20search.y=0&Ntt=pulsar+gold&SearchString=pulsar+gold&Ne=4+840+877+878+5+961+6+29+3+579+963+1014+1031+8+587+15+12+1011+598+11+506+10+23+585+969+596+1022+586+1007+879+968+1027+18+904+903+833+949&hdnOnGo=true&NOffset=0&submit%20search.x=0&Nao=0&N=4294959029&SO=0&PSO=0&CmCatId=searchresults 9. TIMEX FOR J.CREW VINTAGE FIELD ARMY WATCH The watch for commitment-phobes. This military-style field watch allows wearers to change straps on a whim and J.Crew offers multiple fabric and color options to suit anyone's mood. Give it a punch of bold color—we're loving the red strap these days. $150 (additional strap colors, $20), available at 10. BOS BLACK ROUND LEATHER STRAP The design of this Boss option is simple but solid, with a steel case, black numberless dial, and black leather strap that's dressy without being overly precious. $195, available at http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-black-round-leather-strap-watch/3232226?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=boss_black_round_leather_strap_watch:500186&cm_pla=jewelry:men:watch&cm_ven=Froogle&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=41AC242C-1E0B-E111-8116-001517B1882A 10. ROTARY MEN'S VINTAGE SKELETON MECHANICAL WATCH This is an amazing watch. It has a beautiful design as well as color. The quality if the leather is high and it has a strong feel. It requires no battery which makes it convenient. It's an excellent watch and I would recommend it for any man buying a watch or any lady getting a man a watch. Its just perfect! You can buy this at: http://www.watchshop.com/mens-rotary-vintage-skeleton-mechanical-watch-gs02522-01-p99942505.html Reference: GQ.com
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