Monthly Archives: March 2017

Now he’s just taunting me

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THOSE SHOES!

I would whine about Block B Style not covering them, but they provide such quality entertainment that I can’t.

#MarieClarie Magazine #DUCKDIVE #블락비 #BlockB #ビボム #bbomb #비범

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A revolution in spelling!

170328 시나가와 스페셜이벤트 #GUCCI #ジコ #블락비 #BlockB #지코 #우지호 #zico

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This was not made by a six-year-old.

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YES!!

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The Japanese versions of “Yesterday” and “Walkin’ in the Rain” are on regular iTunes!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!

And there’s even more going on now in Japan than there was a week ago when I was already excited: Block B has been booked for K-Con Japan, plus their release showcase, which had quite a few celebrity guests (including Jun Utahiroba yet again–at first I thought he might be expressing support to keep King Records happy, but at this point I think he’s just genuinely a big fan), wound up being covered by an apparently pretty well-known Japanese entertainment news program, so that’s pretty awesome.

And Block B is holding a concert in Taiwan in a 4,200-seat venue. They’ve been doing really well in Taiwan with music sales, but they haven’t actually been there in ages, and that was at a much smaller venue.

All good things!

ETA: You know, so far they’ve only released one of the three editions of the Japanese Yesterday on iTunes Japan and Recochoku. Maybe they’re actually hoping to chart well digitally this time, instead of splitting the sales among a bunch of different editions?

Of course, they’ve still got the same problem they always have:

They’re competing against the Korean version of their own release….

Grade A quality fan service

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So there’s this huge brouhaha over Seventeen supposedly treating fans badly–it’s REALLY dumb, because it’s obvious that 1% of it is crazy fans who are all upset to realize that the group members aren’t going to adopt them, and the other 99% is just the regular haters/asshole fans of other groups who are piling on because the only thing that makes them feel powerful is ruining other people’s lives.

I honestly don’t expect this to have much impact, plus I kind of kind of love the comments where the haters get all frustrated that Seventeen fans still like the group–it’s almost as much fun as when they get all angst-ridden because they’ve never been able to take down G Dragon or BigBang. And this kind of thing isn’t really new: For example, it didn’t hurt BTS any when netizens got all upset that V is . . .

. . . completely awesome.

As a result of Seventeen’s recent “controversy,” though, there has been some extra focus on the fan service offered by various K-Pop groups, including that offered by Block B. As a high-profile Block B fan who works hard for the group and has seen them multiple times, I of course have experienced exceptional fan service from them, including getting the stink eye from Zico, getting the stink eye from Park Kyung, and having P.O be super-happy to meet me one day and not recognize me the next.

But my experience is just the tip of the iceberg! I thought I’d share two of my very favorite bits of Block B fan service. For my money, these are even better than the familiar favorites, Get The Fuck Away From Our DormDon’t Touch Me There, and We’ll See You In Court, or even the recent insta-classic, Come And Say It To Me In Person.

#1. Explaining that a V App is boring because the fans are making it boring (bonus points to the manager/cameraman desperately making finger hearts there).

#2. Flipping the bird at a fan event.

The music really makes this work.

In all seriousness, I do think that Block B enjoys their fans most of the time, but I also think that they can do that precisely because they take such a hard line against the crazy people who think that spending some money on CDs or concert tickets entitles you to have complete control over another human being.

If you are in Malaysia

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Bastarz may be coming there??? (ETA: They are!!!)

I say “may” because the organizer is Jazzy Group, the “organizers” of Block B’s first U.S. tour. So of course they put this up on their Facebook, and then deleted it, but didn’t delete the Tweet that links to it. (ETA: OK, now the Tweet is gone from their Twitter account–that’s not promising.)

God help us all.

ETA: It’s happening! WHOO!!

A random and arbitrary guide to Block B concert DVDs

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It’s no secret (and hopefully no surprise) that I think Block B is freakin’ awesome live–I post fan cams from concerts on BlockB.com in no small part because just I love watching them. (Oh, no, I mean I do it because I have to–for you! Yes, poor old martyr me, making such sacrifices….)

As a result of this enthusiasm, I have all the concert DVDs that Block B has put out since their emancipation from Stardumb. The 2016 Blockbuster DVD arrived recently, so I watched it last night, and I was thinking, “This is so great–you know, if someone was only going to buy one Block B DVD, this should be the one.”

Then I thought, “But I really liked the Japanese one that just came out. And, oh God, the Very Good showcase with all the weeping! And the 2014 Blockbuster one! Who can choose?”

(You see why I don’t have a favorite member….)

The thing is, these DVDs are usually pretty pricey (ETA: but for some reason, the 2014 Blockbuster one is really cheap here on Amazon right now), so it would make sense for someone to just buy one. But which one is best?

As always, what is best depends on what you like–if your favorite songs all came out after 2014, for example, the earlier DVDs are probably not for you. So I thought I’d just run down the various concert DVDs and note what they have and what they don’t have.

For the record: They all contain photo books.

Block B ‘B’ifferent Very Good Production DVD

Concert: The 2013 Very Good showcase in Seoul

Buy if you want: A good cry!

Don’t buy if you must have: Lots of live music–this was a showcase, so the concert itself is only a little over a hour long.

The tears, though…. This is the emotional DVD–it’s all about the group’s resurrection in 2013. Have some hankies ready! There are two discs, one containing the showcase, in which they cry and cry, and the second containing behind-the-scenes footage of the “Very Good” and “Be the Light” videos, plus (sniff) a little documentary (sniff) about how they feel (sniffsniffsniff) about coming back from such hardship (weeping) and how much they appreciate that people did not give up on them (ugly crying).

Block B 1st Concert Blockbuster

Concerts: The 2014 Blockbuster concert in Seoul (held in May) and the 2014 Blockbuster: Remastering concert in Seoul (held in November)

Buy if you want: Two full-length concerts!

Don’t buy if you must have: Both concerts equally well shot.

This DVD actually contains three discs–the first Blockbuster concert covers two of them, with the second disc also containing behind-the-scenes footage. The third disc contains the Blockbuster Remastering concert, but for some reason it wasn’t shot that professionally, which is disappointing because it is the more-elaborate concert.

Japan Live DVD Block B The “Warugaki” Live Package 2015

Concerts: A 2015 Happy New Year Live Show and a 2015 Warugaki Showdown Z show.

Buy if you want: Two concerts–one indoors and one outdoors!

Don’t buy if you must have: Subtitles or extras; a multi-Region DVD (it’s Region 2).

Both concerts were held in Tokyo in 2015, but they are very different from each other. The Happy New Year Live Show on the first disc was an indoor show held in January, so it’s got lots of bells and whistles. The Warugaki Showdown Z show on the second disc was an outdoor concert held in May: The special effects are pared way down, but it’s really got that festival feel and the audience is having a ball. There are no extras or subtitles, but they don’t do much talking during the concerts anyway (and what they do say mostly seems to revolve around the fact that they don’t speak Japanese very well).

Block B 2106 Live Concert Blockbuster

Concert: The 2016 Live Blockbuster in Seoul

Buy if you want: A spectacle!

Don’t buy if you must have: Loads of extras.

This was Block B’s big stadium show, and they really went all out. Lasers! Explosions! Elaborate sets! I mean, yeah, no one flies in on a harness or anything, but other than that–this is the show that you don’t see when they travel (which is why my first reaction was that this should be the DVD people buy). It’s one concert that takes two discs, with only a little behind-the-scenes film as the extra.

So, I hope that’s helpful to people. All of them are great, of course, but they’re all great in slightly different ways….

Dak-bokkeum!

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This is a dish I’ve been meaning to make for ages but haven’t yet–well, now when I do it, I’ll have a tune to hum. I was also delighted to realize that there’s a dedicated Dingo Food channel.

Anyway, you may have noticed that Block B is in Japan and just finished filming for Premium MelodiX, which is apparently a pretty popular variety and music television show in Japan. They’ve actually got quite a bit lined up in terms of TV and Web appearances for the upcoming release of the Japanese version of “Yesterday”–I’m guessing that getting booked for that 13,000-seat concert has been pretty helpful, plus it would suggest that the Korean version of “Yesterday” has done pretty well in Japan already. It’s nice to see the ball still rolling in that market.