Musical Interlude

…sts. It’s much more international than competing sites like Pandora, and it has a bigger, more varied library of songs. Here are a few of the playlists I’ve loved lately. My café in Seoul from tokkichaaan on 8tracks Radio. My cafe in Seoul Mellow and jazzy. An ideal soundtrack for reading on a rainy afternoon. 40 k-indie songs from chloreen on 8tracks Radio. 40 k-indie songs There’s a lot of variety here, but it tends toward the up-tempo….

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Goodbye, my Love

…as of my brain, bringing me back to my days as a college English major. Being called to think about something so deeply and analyze so many different threads of a story that I was so emotionally engaged in was an exhilarating experience, and one I despair of having again soon. The music. I love the connection Sun Jae and Hye forged through music. Especially in the early episodes, the songs they played felt like a third character in their roma…

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Coffee Prince: The End

…s Han Gyul’s first reaction to realizing Eun Chan is next to him. He’s not embarrassed or ashamed; he’s happy . Deliriously, delightedly happy. Look at that smile—it’s so genuine it hurts. (Of course, the embarrassment part of the morning does indeed happen. It just comes later.) Cow feathers. I’ve been known to criticize Dramafever’s subtitles for a lack of fidelity to the original Korean. (Which is pretty absurd, because what do I know…

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Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…he less savory tropes Kdramas have to offer, including forced kisses and men who always know what’s best for the ladies in their lives. Also regrettable is its latter-day noona romance plot—the female lead may have been chronologically older than her lover, but her absolute ineptitude at everything ever made her seem more like a lost child than an adult capable of personal agency. The real failing of this show is that it takes place in slick, gl…

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Opening numbers

…Coffee Prince features a short intro that isn’t included on either Dramafever or Viki. Set to the cheerful “La, la, la” of one of the soundtrack’s key songs, it shows a boyish Eun Chan drawing at a Coffee Prince-esque patio table. Her sketchbook magically (and inexplicably) becomes a real book, complete with flip-book art. The intro ends with a girlie version of Eun Chan sharing a coffee with Han Gyul. This opening is cute enough, but I can’t sa…

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