So I forgot to do this last Friday…and two days ago…lol me ._.
Anyway, this week I happily recommend a Korean song: “Heart Disease (심장병)” by MC Sniper and Outsider, featuring Clazziquai’s Horan. It is a re-make of a Lee Seung Hwan (famous South Korean pop/rock artist active in the 90s) song of the same name, as part of a tribute album.
This song is, imo, the best Korean rap song of 2009. Nowadays there are so many idol rappers that veterans like MC Sniper and Outsider (who is gaining more recognition now) are not as popular anymore, which is shame because they put out some quality work. Horan’s vocal contributions also make this a great song whose strong beats AND heart-breaking lyrics resonate with you.
The music video is also well-done. The cinematography and motifs are poignant and artfully executed and matches the somber tone of the song perfectly. A subbed version is available here.
Spain takes the World Cup!! Very pleased :) Though I will give Netherlands their props….they are solid players, despite the dirtiness at times. Congrats to Spain and all the teams that made this a very enjoyable world cup!
ESPECIALLY MY BB ALONSO. YOU GORGEOUS SPANISH MAN, YOU.
Day 20: Your favorite picture of your guy k-pop bias
Day 21: Your favorite picture of your girl k-pop bias
Day 22: Your favorite picture of your favorite k-pop group Here, this will serve double-duty:
Day 23: A picture of a k-pop idol who you think is underrated See Ye Eun picture above! lol. Also…
Day 24: A picture of a k-pop idol who you think is overrated I’m getting lazy, so no more pictures lol….but I’d say Jessica's VOCALS are overrated. Her personality intrigues me but she isn't as great a singer as some people think. Same for Fany, though both are decent.
Day 25: Your favorite k-pop music video I think I already answered this, but Epik High’s “Fan”
Day 26: Your favorite cover of a k-pop song by another k-pop artist Hat goes off to WonderBang yet again. WG did a great job with their G.O.D. medley and Big Bang did a great Hot Ddeugoh cover.
Day 27: Your favorite dance battle This isn’t even a legit dance battle but it was featured in the Chuseok Dance Battle special last year lol….cracks my shit up all the time: 2AM’s “Hot Issue” parody.
Day 2: Your favorite k-pop girl group: Wonder Girls.
Day 3: Your ultimate k-pop guy bias: G-Dragon. (Wooyoung is a close second)
Day 4: Your ultimate k-pop girl bias: Sunye/Ye Eun/Sohee (Park Bom is a close…fourth? lol).
Day 5: Your favorite k-pop song from your favorite guy group: "Fool" (on the “Hot Issue” mini-album).
Day 6: Your favorite k-pop song from your favorite girl group: "Nobody" (it’s that famous for a reason!)
Day 7: A k-pop song that makes you cry: Kim Bum Soo’s “Bogoshipda”.
Day 8: A k-pop song you know all the words to: Too many to list.
Day 9: Your favorite k-pop performance: Pretty much all of Big Bang’s “Global Warning” tour + Wonder Girls at MKMF 2008.
Day 10: A k-pop dance you’d like to learn: Hip Song. LOOOL.
Day 11: Your favorite k-pop music video: Epik High’s “Fan”.
Day 12: The very first k-pop song you’ve ever heard: 1TYM’s “1TYM (For Your Mind)”.
Day 13: A k-pop group you dislike and why: SNSD/Girls’ Generation. I don’t dislike the individual members (well, maybe just Taeyeon) but when they are all together they are so aggravating. No dimension to their music/performance…plus they lash out at their own songs like Gee+Oh! for being too ‘cutesy’, wtf? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, girls. It’s also just an insult to the composer.
Day 14: A k-pop song that makes you smile: Daesung’s “Cotton Candy”.
Day 15: A k-pop song that reminds you of someone you miss Swi.T feat. Jinhwan - “On & On”
Day 16: Your favorite k-pop lyric (and a translation) Epik High’s “Mr. Doctor”…I have a lot of favorite lyrics but that song really stands out to me. No translation needed.
This is the business: from kiss to kisses, from dish to dishes The price on your head is triple sixes. And this is reality, human bestiality, Put a bullet in my cavity to feed your vanity, I’m crazy.
Day 17: A k-pop idol you wish was your older sibling Nichkhun! He’d be a great bf too but tbh I’d rather he be my older bro. Seems like he’s a great one already.
Day 18: A k-pop idol you wish was your younger sibling Sohee! She’d probably tell me how uncool I am all the time or something ahahaha.
Day 19: Your favorite interview of a k-pop idol or group I like Wooyoung’s “2PM - It’s Time” interview from last year a lot.
So since my Pharrell rec post last week, I decided that from now on every Friday I’m going to recommend a song :) I don’t claim to have the best taste out there but I do listen to a fair variety of stuff, so hopefully one of these days you may like what you hear :D “MUSIC FRIDAYS”, if you will~
Katie Melua - A Moment of Madness
This week’s offering is from Katie Melua, a jazz/blues pianist of British and Georgian descent. If you like Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Diana Krall, Dido, Eva Cassidy, or the like, you will like Katie’s stuff.
"A Moment of Madness" is a chill song that borders on haunting…almost like what you’d hear out of an antique music box. When I listen to it, I picture some sort of period drama where the protagonist couple are dancing and discussing something scandalous, and suddenly one of them walks off the dance floor mysteriously…;)
Omg I suck at predicting winners. I was so ready for Germany to take this semi-final match but they just lost to Spain, 0-1 :( tbh they deserve to lose though; they were unrecognizable today. The totally lost their characteristic hustle and skill….so slow. I’m not sure why, but they seem to have given up on themselves.
Good job, Spain. They were good but I’m not so sure they will best Netherlands…we shall see…
I just want Paul to be wrong one of these days lol.
This is good news for cancer research. Researchers have identified the cause of cancer, which occurs when cells mess up their attempts to repair damage to their DNA. While there is still no cure for this dreadful disease, this is a huge step forward to finding one. The American Cancer Society estimates over 12 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and 7.6 million cancer deaths occurred world wide in 2007. Those are jaw dropping numbers.
There’s a certain tragic irony to this, as these terrible diseases seem to begin with cells trying to fix the far more minor problem of damage to DNA strands. According to James Haber, Wade Hicks, and Minlee Kim of Brandeis University, cells that are showing the very earliest signs of cancer start to have errors in the DNA replication process. To fix this, the cells use a number or methods to repair the damage, one of which is known as gene conversion. Gene conversion repairs the break in the DNA strand by using an almost identical sequence from elsewhere in the cell’s DNA, providing a template from which the original strand can be reconstructed. Although this was once thought to be a mostly error-free process, the new study actually suggests it leads to a far greater number - about 1,400 times the usual amount - of DNA mutations than would otherwise be expected. Once these mutations affect the various genes that provide the cell’s ability to control its own growth, the cell quickly becomes cancerous. Coauthor James Haber says this theory explains why cells turn cancerous so quickly: “It has been hard to imagine how cells could accumulate so many mutations in the few generations that they undergo cell division on the way to becoming cancerous. We think that the elevated rate of mutation at sites where DNA has been broken may be an important source of these gene changes.” Wade Hicks builds on this by noting that the mutations are themselves unique, and this could help test the validity of their ideas: “During repair, mutation rates increase, and the types of mutation during repair are different from normal mutagenesis. It would be interesting to do an in depth analysis of the types of mutations in cancer cells and compare to those we observed in a repair event to see if they match up.” Their examination of gene conversion revealed that the copying of DNA during repair was often interrupted, which presented major complications. Most strikingly, the copying mechanisms would often choose the wrong template when they restarted, choosing an unhelpful sequence that provided little useful information for the strand in need of repair, which naturally created errors and mutations in the repair process. Gene conversion also fails to use another cellular repair system known as “mismatch repair”, which is the only way the cell can notice and fix mutations that crop up. As such, gene conversion leaves all mutations in place, hastening their takeover of the cell’s DNA. The researchers say they will next focus on how often these template switches occur and what proteins are involved in the process. The hope is that this will better explain the runaway mutagenesis that leads to cancer and perhaps offer some clue as to how to prevent it from happening in the first place.
I’m guessing it’s the nonhomologous-end-joining way of repairing double-strand breaks that might be causing this…I guess for mismatch, if the the repair is confused and starts working on the parental template strand instead of the newly made strand, that’d be a problem too.
Very interesting. Making a mental note to read up on this later.
It took me 2 days to warm up (harhar) to "Solar" but...
…I’m finally sold! I love this album. It’s not as well-rounded as GD’s “Heartbreaker” album, but then again YB has always been a different kind of artist: not-so-initially-shocking but always worth it in the end. His appeal is the kind that sinks in after repeat after repeat after repeat, and in that amount of time you grow to appreciate what he can do. I have always been partial to GD because he seems to push the envelope more and try different things, but if anyone fulfills the “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” mantra, it’s YB. “Solar” is classic Taeyang R&B done very well. However, I do like the pleasant surprises that tracks like “Superstar” and “Take it Slow” have to offer. At this point, I think YB knows what he wants to do and what works for him and he’s doing everything to perfect that, which I really respect.
And because I have to tie in an element of my geekiness somewhere, I just want to point out that this album is a great one to have on in the background while studying. Ahaha.