Frau’s 2018 Consumption

Music

Just a head’s up for others, I am now back and in with Korean mainstream music. This year got me into k-hiphop, RnB and indie and those are the music that I have on my playlist for most of the year. But I do still listen to new releases from the few bands that I still keep up with.

Here’s a round-up of some of the songs that I listened to throughout the year:

  • Sunmi – Siren
  • Chung Ha – Rollercoaster
  • SEVENTEEN – Our Dawn is Hotter than Day, Thanks, Habit, Come to Me
  • iKON – Long Time No See, Killing Me
  • EXO – Good Night
  • HYUKOH – Mer
  • Beenzino – Aquaman
  • offonoff – Moon, 12:04am
  • Red Velvet – Bad Boy
  • The Rose – Sorry, Candy (so good)
  • Bolbbagan4 – X Song
  • Nafla – rather be alone
  • Zion T. – No Makeup

Some of the non-Kpop/ hiphop/ indie songs I listened to are:

  • The Story So Far – Out of It, Proper Dose
  • Seaway – Blur
  • Trophy Eyes – More Like You, You Can Count on Me
  • State Champs – Criminal
  • Homesafe – Run
  • Real Friends – Unconditional Love

I also like to make specific playlists for different moods. Here’s some of my playlists on rotation for 2018:

SVT Energy Playlist – for when I’m on the morning shift and I want to start the day bright and right.

Introvert Time OST – for times when I’m alone with myself. Surprisingly full of k-hiphop and RnB songs.

Easy Listening – this is my go-to playlist to listen and fall asleep to. Yes, I listen to music until I fall asleep and wake up with my earphones tangled all over my head.

One thing I also enjoy this 2018 is listening to CDs. So whenever I’m alone or have “introvert time”, I play some of the CDs I bought and sit back with a cup of tea. I guess that’s the hipster in me showing.

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Books/ Series/ Movies

I haven’t really consumed a lot of things that require a lot of my time. Partly because my attention span has become so short that I can’t keep up with the storytelling or become easily bored. I need to fix this in the coming months, though.

Abstract – a series by Netflix. I enjoyed watching the thought-processes of the different artists featured on this series. My favorite episodes would be that of Christopher Neimann, Paula Scher and Platon. I highly recommend this!

Hyena on the Keyboard – a Korean variety show on KBS World so don’t worry it comes with subtitles. It shows how different music artists create their songs (another look in the thought process). The guests are varied from K-Pop idols to rock legends so it’s a really enjoyable show.

SVT Club – a variety show with SEVENTEEN as the main cast. It’s a talk show where they choose a keyword, usually a millennial slang, as the theme of the episode and elaborate on it. If you’re a Carat (SVT’s fandom name) or curious about K-pop idols, then it’s a must to watch since it shows a lot of aspects of SVT and the individual members that we didn’t get to see before. It’s fun and relatable!

It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets – homebodies unite in this show. All about how homebodies spend their day. I can totally relate to every person who has been a guest on the show. Loco has been on almost every episode and it made me a fan of his variety skills.

For times when I just want to sit back and laugh, I watch episodes of Knowing Brothers and Please Take Care of My Refrigerator.

Podcasts

As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t really read a lot of books but I have consistently listened to a lot of different podcasts over the entirety of 2018. There’s really a podcast for almost anything but I’ll be sharing some of my favorite shows.

Freakonomics Radio – I’ve read both books before for our book review assignment in college and became a fan of the authors and their approach to economics. The podcast is also as insightful as the book but I’ll say it’s more fun because you get to hear guests on the show and their inputs.

Favorite episode:  A Conversation with PepsiCo C.E.O. Indra Nooyi

Girlboss Radio – for anyone (even if you’re not a female) out there who wants to listen to inspiring stories of women who are making waves in different industries. I haven’t finished reading the book but what I like about this podcasts is it makes me believe that women are badass and we can do anything!

Favorite episodes: Interviews with Bozoma Saint John, Rebecca Jarvis

In Progress by Girlboss Radio – this one is a mini-series and it’s a favorite of mine. It really gave me insights on where I want to take myself in the long-term and made me think about living a purposeful life. Highly recommend this especially since I see a lot of people facing their own version of a quarter-life crisis.

 

That my 2018 consumption. Looking at the lists, I’ve made it my resolution to watch more films and explore other genres of books (a break from my usual YA/ self-help picks). Hoping for more discoveries and fun things this 2019!

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Frau’s 2017 consumption

Music

Last year, I wrote that the KPOP enthusiast in me was on a hiatus. This year, however, it made a comeback (get it?) and I went full-on KPOP for a good ¾ of the year which would explain why most of the music and artist I listened to may not be familiar to you. Don’t worry though; I was still updated with what was going on in the pop punk scene and some local bands – and they write songs in Bisaya, Tagalog and English!

Top pick: BTS – Spring Day, 화양연화 album series

 

The thought that the songs are in a foreign language may cause other people to skip over BTS but I urge everyone to try and take a listen to their three-part album series. Even though I listened to KPOP before, I was not able to get into this group until this year.

Spring Day is a song from BTS’ repackaged album You Never Walk Alone. I first heard the song on Produce 101 season 2 when a Vocal team covered it for a challenge. I searched for the original version and I felt like I struck gold because that’s what it is. The instrumentation and the lyrics fit well with the sentiment/ feel of the song. The music video is stunning. It was the one that got me into the group and will remain as my number 1 BTS song of all time for a long time.

Each album in the series contains your typical high-energy, fast BPM, hype songs but to balance it out, there are also slow, laid-back songs and ballads. Since the songs are in another language, I searched for the translated lyrics and to my surprise, their songs also dealt with topics that some of my favorite bands have written about. Youth – the pressures of society, doubting/ believe in one’s self, change, achieving dreams, etc. I personally call the 화양연화 album series as the KPOP counterpart of The Wonder Years’ album trilogy.

Honorable mentions:

  • AGUST D mixtape
  • The Rose – Sorry
  • Red Velvet – Peek-a-boo
  • TAEYEON – My Voice – The 1st Album
  • Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry (pahabol fave because I just heard them for the first time at KBS Gayo Daejeon)
  • Neck Deep – The Peace and the Panic (personal faves: Heavy Lies, 19 Seventy Sumthin’)
  • Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter (personal faves: Want Me Around, Everyone Lies to Me)
  • Mid-2000s OPM bands’ hit songs

 

Books

I have taken an effort to read more paperbacks rather than e-books this year. Not that I went on a book shopping spree, but I bought a hard copy of most of the books that I had a strong intent to read. I do still read epubs especially since it’s convenient when I need to pass the time on the road. Here’s my list this year:

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
  • It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
  • The Quarter-life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (cos Kafka on the Shore wasn’t available in store)
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (started around Christmas time but I have yet to finish it)

 

TV and Movies

Honestly, I was not able to watch as many movies as I did in 2016 (because most times I was just sad and spaced out) but I think I most of the shows and films that I was able to see were good and/ or entertaining. I can’t really remember every movie and show I watch but the ones on this list are the ones that easily come to mind.

 

  • Girls’ Generation 1979 – Korean drama adaptation of a novel by Kim Yong-hee. This is the stand-out pick from everything this year. The cinematography and the setting were outstanding. The plot was interesting and relatable. Click here for the teaser for the drama.
  • Coco – it’s not just a kids movie y’all! Everyone in the theater was at any one point in the movie in tears. The takeaway that I got from the movie is to give importance to remembering loved ones, alive or otherwise.

 

That’s it for last year’s round up! See you in the next post. Peace out!