Unfamiliar K-pop

K-pop isn’t limited to idol groups. Taking a broader definition of K-pop, I set out to introduce the artists and songs that show just how diverse Korean pop music is.

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Episodes

Saturday Aug 27, 2022

"What I thought would forever be, Twenty Five Twenty One..." The Korean drama "Twenty Five Twenty One" was a hit in 2022 but it actually owes its title to a song that came out much before the drama did. This episode puts the spotlight on the veteran band Jaurim (Hangul: 자우림), their song "Twenty Five Twenty One" and the hit drama of the same name that successfully revived the song this year. This episode and the links referenced, as well as content on other Korean songs, can be found on moinnet.com/translated-lyrics.

Saturday Aug 06, 2022

"I'm sorry you wasted your time - trying to be - a playa playa playa..." Samuel Seo (Hangul: 서사무엘) sings to his younger self in "Playaplayaplaya," a song from his 2019 award-winning album "The Misfit." This episode spotlights how Samuel Seo's song connects three professionals in different fields - an American neo soul artist, a Korean mime artist, and a Korean visual director. This episode and the links referenced, as well as content on other Korean songs, can be found on moinnet.com/translated-lyrics.

Sunday Jul 31, 2022

"Dear flower, stay as you are for a long while..." Korean folk singer-songwriter Jeongmilla (정밀아) delivers the words of a renowned poet in her song "Flower." This song spotlight introduces the heartfelt song, the poet and the poem behind the lyrics, and why it was the perfect choice for a 2022 Korean drama. This episode and the links referenced, as well as content on other Korean songs, can be found on moinnet.com/translated-lyrics.

Sunday Jul 17, 2022

How did he go from being a dance YouTuber to an artist that can sing, compose, and even direct music videos? This artist deep dive introduces the life and work of the Korean Australian multi-hyphenate DPR IAN (a.k.a Christian Yu) of the collective "Dream Perfect Regime," and the many identities he's taken on over the years. This episode and the links referenced, as well as content on other Korean artists, can be found in our Unfamiliar Koreans series at moinnet.com/unfamiliar-koreans.

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