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remember that time zhang yixing, an active member of exo, was entirely left out of what is essentially, two albums and a whole comeback, and everyone acted like nothing was wrong, and it became their most successful yet, despite missing an entire human person, because lay could disappear from exo and y’all wouldn’t blink an eye…oh wait…he did disappear from exo and none of y’all blinked an eye.  

Jin doesn’t need his camera anymore.

Jin didn’t have a camera in “Spring Day.” This is a big deal–big enough that bighit chose this image as the official thumbnail of the “Spring Day” music video. So it’s clearly important–but why?

Since I NEED U, the prologue, and RUN, Jin has been taking photos and videos of himself and his friends. 

He was recording it all–their times together, their recklessness and carelessness–because he knew it would end. Eventually, they would grow up. He would grow up. And then, he would lose everything–his innocence, his freedom, and his friends. He needed to capture it all before it was too late. 

Finally, in “Spring Day,” he raises his hands to take a picture, but he doesn’t have a camera. He still feels the urge to record, but…something is different. He has grown up, that much is clear (Jin was the first to become an adult, both literally and figuratively. He’s the eldest in the group, and in his short film “AWAKE” from the WINGS era, he is the only one who is “Awake,” who accepts his fate. You can read more about that short film’s meaning here.) But what of his friends? What has changed?

The reality is that Jin doesn’t need to take pictures anymore. His friends aren’t leaving him, as previously thought–on the contrary, they are joining him on this life journey, even into adulthood. Before, BTS ran the risk of destroying themselves. Just a look at the WINGS short films reveals this. They were angry, destructive, distraught–torn between childhood and adulthood. They didn’t want to grow up. They wanted to be “Young Forever,” as the song suggested– to “RUN” from their responsibilities, their fates, like the Lost Boys of Neverland. (The original Peter Pan story had 7 lost boys (like the 7 members of BTS), which BTS adopted as the theme for their HYYH albums. Bighit essentially confirmed this on their Instagram, dressing the boys up like the lost boys and tagging “NEVERLAND” in their promotional photos for “RUN.”) The previous MVs mark a time of carelessness for the boys, and until now, it seemed like this denial of their responsibilities would be their doom. 

But at the end of “Spring Day,” you see all 7 boys on the train. As a mentioned in my first analysis of “Spring Day (read here), trains are a vessel for travel–for moving from one place to another. Before, in RUN, BTS hangs out around trains, but they are never moving. And those that are moving only pass them by. The train is calling to them, but none of the boys have the courage to get on–to leave their old lives behind for a new one: adulthood.

But in “Spring Day,” the boys finally hop on board. By boarding the train, BTS officially left behind their youth by accepting their responsibilities as adults. And by going to a new place (a place seemingly on the verge of spring, a time of new beginnings) BTS are saying that they are ready for whatever lies ahead. In other words, they are leaving one station, one location, for another. Starting a new chapter in their lives, so to speak.

The rest of BTS finally chose to leave Neverland, just as Jin had–they have chosen to leave their childhood behind. And so, Jin doesn’t need a camera anymore. He doesn’t need to record their memories, because their time together will never end. They’re in this life journey together. From now on, Jin will never walk alone.

This is pt. 2 of my “Spring Day” analysis. Find pt. 1 here :)


170912 @BigHitEnt’s tweet:

#BTS #방탄소년단 #LOVE_YOURSELF 承 ‘Her’ Tracklist

01 intro: serendipity
02 DNA
03 best of me
04 보조개 (dimple)
05 pied piper
06 skit: billboard music awards speech
07 MIC drop
08 고민 보다 go (rather than worrying, go)

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Gold Dust Woman

As requested by a few of you, here’s a “jealous kiss” ficlet - Modern AU -Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album is an essential soundtrack to the end of this fic… (1980 words, M rated)

He has to set the pint glass back down on the bar before he crushes it in his grip, each breath he takes becoming measured in an effort to conjure an unaffected facade. It’s too slow tonight, amplifying every interaction, her laugh too loud from her end of the bar. Beyond frustrated with himself, he grabs a dishtowel and wipes at the polished wood before him in hopes that he can rub away this idiotic infatuation with the one woman he can never have. Emma Swan, the lithe blonde with the sharp tongue and impenetrable force field with whom he shares his Wednesday and Thursday night shifts. 

He’s half in love with her. Well, maybe more than half. 

The tiny hairs along the back of his neck rise and he knows she’s approaching, his own body defying his minutes-old mental edict to relax. 

“Hey, can I steal your Goldschläger? I’m all out.” 

Not trusting himself to look at her at the moment, he nods and continues to wipe at the nonexistent water rings on the wood with his rag. 

“What’s mine is yours love, you know that.” 

Cringing at the seriousness tinging the ends of his attempted flirtation, he closes his eyes in wait for her inevitable retort. 

“Everything okay with you?” 

He forces himself to look over his shoulder, too curious to see if her expression matches what sounds like honest concern in her voice. She’s regarding him with an unexpected softness and he forces a smile to curve his lips. 

“Aye, just tired, Swan,” he lies, hoping she won’t press him any further.

Her eyes narrow and then shift to his hand still moving the rag absently over the bar. 

“Right…well, I’ll just…” 

He watches as she slides behind him to grab the gold flecked cinnamon liqueur on the shelf, her short tank top lifting to reveal a strip of vanilla cream colored skin he longs to know the taste of on his tongue. The confines of his jeans feel suddenly too tight at that errant thought of his many fantasies and he snaps his head back forward, mentally shaking himself at his complete lack of control. 

“Hey Killian, you keep rubbing at that same spot, you’re gonna take the polish off.” 

Heat burns the tips of his ears at being caught, but he still manages to conjure up a salacious comeback. 

“Swan, sometimes it takes a lot of rubbing to really…get into it.”

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the nostalgic feeling you get when opening a book you haven’t read in a long time, drinking coffee at 4am once you realized that you’re probably not going to sleep that night, studying in big open feilds, rooms filled with indoor plants, yellow kitchen walls and blue coffee mugs, messy buns, phone calls from friends late at night because they know you’ll be awake, sketching all over your notes, photo albums, the smell of essential oils, getting distracted by street cats, dream catchers, big windows, over sized sweaters, horoscopes

movie nights, lots of sugar in your coffee, following the north star, late night adventures, waiting untill the last minute to do a project and staying up all night to finish it, not being tired after only getting three hours of sleep, reading by the fire, red lipstick, last minute plans, messy hand writing, the feeling you get when you see the sun rising after you’ve been awake all night, listening to a song untill you get sick of it

edgar allan poe, finger tattoos, people never being sure if you’re sarcastic or not, black cats with blue eyes, lava lamps, the smell of rain, going on walks to collect your thoughts, needing alone time, expensive bracelets, high heels, big fish tanks, dew drops, pianos, spiking your coffee, sticky notes everywhere, starting to read a book and never finishing it, chewing on your pencil, knowing the answer but not raising your hand, animal skulls, being the last person to go to sleep at a party, candles, colorful hair, getting stressed out when you can’t draw something in your head, knee socks

Is music an escape from the world or the key to it? Over and over, when we began considering the best music of the first half of 2017, politics seemed to intrude, whether in moments that echoed headlines or ones that spoke individual truths too often drowned out by that other, noisier machine. Maybe that’s the case every time the calendar turns over. Probably not.

Rather than attempt to come to a consensus about the best albums or songs from the first six months of the year, we opted to select music that was meaningful to us as individuals, music that washed away all the background noise, songs and albums and performances that made sense to us, whether or not they made sense of the world. Moments like that are blessings, not to be taken for granted. Here are nearly four dozen blessings selected by NPR Music staff and our partners from around the public radio system. Let’s count them.

NPR Music’s Essential Songs, Albums, Performances And Videos Of 2017 (So Far)

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Why didn’t B.A.P win any shows for Wake Me Up?

my thoughts on a question nobody asked me but have them anyway lmao


  • not enough people streaming on melon. literally this is the main one
  • maybe could stream a bit more on youtube?
  • needed more people voting live and for pre-votes
  • I can’t think of any more hmm did I mention melon streaming??


  • very rushed promotions to squeeze it in before the tour: only 2-3 weeks instead of the usual 4 (and usually groups don’t/can’t win in the first week of promotions anyway, so that only left around one week of being on shows in which we had a chance of winning)
  • I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s TS’s fault, but generally, fewer people tend to buy physical single albums than full or mini albums because they’re essentially paying the same price for less (eg rose was the first time I bought a B.A.P single album), but actually rose is so far their second highest-selling single album, which is pretty impressive 

things out of our control:

  • tough competition: comeback at the same time as other groups with better melon streaming / larger korean fanbases
  • music bank and music core being cancelled during the first week of promotions. mucore doesn’t have a winner anymore, but mubank was arguably our best chance at winning after the show, and because the first ep was cancelled, that was shown during the second week (whereas if that ep was a new one from the 2nd week then we could have possibly had a chance of winning), and then that was it, promotions over…
  • changes to how winners are chosen on the show: no more tudou streaming and I think no more laifeng votes? still not exactly sure what they are, but before we could collect our strength and buy them points on the show (as dumb as it sounds) and spend ages doing extra streaming on a website that kept crashing and deleting views, but now the show cares more about melon streaming too (like the other music shows) (do u see how important digital streaming is)

but don’t let that make you sad! from what I’ve personally seen, the general reaction (both fans and not) to wake me up / rose has been more hyped and impressed than it has probably since matrix. B.A.P have said they have more comebacks scheduled for this year, so hopefully we’ll be able to get them what they deserve next time.

PS: people sometimes compare B.A.P’s youtube views to other groups, where we usually don’t do as well. then there’s the usual topic of some fans leaving and moving to other groups during the hiatus etc etc etc……. well actually, our youtube views aren’t really that different from pre-hiatus? I remember when 1004 (their main breakthrough and at the height of their career back then) was released on the 3rd of february, jongup’s wish was for the mv to reach 1 million views by his birthday on the 6th - 3 days later and it still didn’t reach 1 million. on the other hand, wake me up reached 2.25 million views in around 5 and a half days. with the explosion of kpop in the last couple of years, some groups enjoy immense success on a whole new scale. our achievements only seem inferior if we compare them to others - let’s focus on ourselves and see how far both B.A.P and we as fans have come, and think about how we can continue to go forward!

PPS: nice things I’ve noticed recently (last few months since noir/skydive): 

  • more content creators in the fandom making things: more gifsets, graphics, fics etc
  • said content getting more recognition
  • a sense of humour! crack blogs, more people making funny videos and text posts and funny edits
  • honestly I keep finding new B.A.P blogs to follow - more people joining the fandom or existing fans choosing to take more part in the fandom on tumblr!
  • fans on tumblr interacting more with each other! through networks or just starting to talk to each other on here :D
  • B.A.P trended on tumblr for yongguk and himchan’s birthdays!
  • himchan and youngjae gaining more recognition in general these days
  • keep it up guys I love you all
I want the album to feel chronological essentially, so, like, this album’s pretty much about the last three years of my life. You know, the break of the band, and then me going into that party mode all the time, which wasn’t really me, and then, like, you know, kind of understanding that, and getting back together with Eleanor.

The 11th studio album by Aretha Franklin was released on 10 March 1967.

In her label debut for Atlantic records, the 24-year-old Franklin delivered a blend of “rocking soul, dreamy pop and reflective testifying” (Robert Christgau wrote in the Village Voice a the time) that went to #2 on the Billboard charts but received bland critical reviews at the time. Rolling Stone was critical of the production and playing of seasoned studio musicians, including guitarists Chips Moman and Jimmy Johnson, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and bassist Tommy Cogbill. In 2002, Rolling Stone placed the album at #1 on their "Women in Rock: 50 Essential Albums” list.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You was the 2nd of 4 albums released by Franklin in 1967.

Miles Davis - Sorcerer [1967] 

Miles Davis - trumpet 

Wayne Shorter - tenor saxophone 

Herbie Hancock - piano 

Ron Carter - double bass 

Tony Williams - drums

[The third of five albums that this quintet recorded]

The album’s cover is a photo of actress Cicely Tyson, who at the time was Davis’s girlfriend [and many years later his wife]

anonymous asked:

hi! i've been a casual kpop fan for years, so i've mostly downloaded a few albums and just listen to them. i'm trying to get more into the world of bts! and i was actually wondering what the difference is between You Never Walk Alone and Wings since most of the songs are the same, except YNWA has some extra songs... same thing with The Most Beautiful Moment In Life albums.... thanks!

Essentially, You Never Walk Alone is a repackaged album of WINGS. This means that all the songs from WINGS will be in YNWA with a few additional songs (Spring Day, Not Today, A Supplemental Story: You Never Walk Alone, and Outro: Wings). They decided to repackage because the concepts for the albums are linked to each other. The same goes for the three HYYH (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life) albums. In this case, the pt.1 and pt.2 albums were repackaged into Young Forever, but for this repackage they did not put all the songs from pt.1 and pt.2. On top of these old songs, they added remixes of songs from pt.1 and pt.2 as well as a few new songs (Save ME, FIRE, and Epilogue: Young Forever). Hope this helped!
- Kylie

Anyways can yall PLEASE shut up about 5sos taking forever with 5sos3 ashton literally said the album’s essentially done they just aren’t allowed to release it since it’s 4th quarter and albums do bad in 4th quarter I guess.. Like he said they’re literally working on songs from 2 yrs ago bc they have nothing else to do really (they don’t need to do that?? But they are bc they want this to be a great album????) so yeah please shut the fuck up and let them do their jobs thanks !

I think most of you have noticed by now, but a lot of the work i’ve been doing has been classwork. Mostly, this is because it’s senior year for me and so I’m essentially swamped! (Next semester I’m hoping to post more personal stuff, also I have a ton of sketches that I haven’t had the change to put up here either)

And so here’s…..another class assignment. But also a tribute to one of my favorite bands, the Dear Hunter, in faux-poster form. This was really fun, and i’ve been listening to their latest album essentially non-stop this semester.
NPR Music's Essential Songs, Albums, Performances And Videos Of 2017 (So Far)
Nearly four dozen musical moments from the first half of 2017, selected by public radio staff and partners, that helped to make sense of the world, or offer relief from it.

Harry Styles, Harry Styles

I never intended to like this record. I don’t say that to assert my hipster bona fides; I rocked out in earnest to “What Makes You Beautiful” for a good semester and was immediately on board with “PILLOWTALK” when Styles’ former bandmate Zayn Malik struck out on his own last year. But that was just the problem: Zayn was supposed to be the Timberlake to 1D’s *NSYNC, and I wasn’t ready to entertain a challenge to the throne. Luckily, Styles’ solo debut makes no pass at moody pop-R&B, instead laying bare his classic-rock influences. Harry Styles is full of shining moments: Styles soaring over the glorious “Sign of the Times” coda, the clever poignancy of his best lyrics (“Even my phone misses your call”), the winking, self-aware la-la-la-la’s in “Woman.” Even the album’s rollout was delightful: At a time when surprise drops are pop’s new normal, Styles’ more traditional campaign included an amiably ridiculous turn as Mick Jagger on SNL and singing “Landslide” with Stevie Nicks. The trope of the teen pop star hoping to reinvent as Serious Artist is well known; Harry Styles strives for artistry without taking itself too seriously. —Rachel Horn

Listen, I’m just heartbroken. Beyonce released a culturally relevant, masterpiece of an album, a tribute to a subset of the population that NEVER gets a voice in the mainstream, a tribute to a subset of the population that’s always portrayed as a compilation of stereotypes and caricatures, a tribute to ME and my experience in this country. Finally, we get someone who gives voice to that and does it in a way that actually touches and affects and empowers people of all races, all walks of life, and all backgrounds. Especially considering the current social and political climate, what she did with her album was as groundbreaking as it was daring, and with every performance you could see and hear how much of herself she poured into this work, and how much of herself she gave so that she could tell a story that is so often overlooked and ignored. And then tonight, it was overlooked and ignored again in favor of honoring the artist that, while also extremely talented, is safe and socially acceptable and traditional. And I’m honestly not taking anything from Adele. Her album was beautiful. But this year, Beyonce’s album was critical, crucial, essential–a work of art about self-love and survival in dark times when so many people are struggling with identity and where they fit into the chaos of our world right now. So if I’m feeling a little like Beyonce and people all over the world who were touched by her music this year lost more than just a grammy tonight, you’ll have to forgive me.

ejmam  asked:

In an earlier podcast I heard that you regard Star Trek as the dawn of fandom. My sense is that it goes back significantly further, for example WorldCons started back in the '40s. Those were fannish communities that obsessed over works, argued over details, sang songs & added to a discussion that is now sprawled all over the internet. WorldCons are also where the Hugos get voted in. Would y'all like to talk to someone deep in that space? Tom Whitlow knows a lot; I can put y'all in touch.

Hello! This is @flourish answering your ask. I’m speaking for both of us, but @elizabethminkel might have something to add in about it and I don’t want you to be surprised if she does, so… FYI!

So, you might have not listened to all our podcasts yet! We cover this topic not intensively in one, but spread out over many. So it’s probably easy to miss the full scope of our thinking on it… here’s a precis.

We definitely talk about Star Trek as the dawn of modern media fandom (NOT fandom as a whole). There’s some argument about this (some people prefer to locate this in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which was earlier) but we think that Trek really was the first major fanzine focused TV fandom, had the first slash pairing and was the source of the word “slash” - since we typically talk about modern media fandoms as springing out of this kind of fanwork creation, we’re really comfortable talking about Trek this way.

Of course, you’re right that there was plenty of fandom before that! You mention WorldCons and science fiction fandom. Old skiffy fans were often pretty hostile to media fandoms like Star Trek, which is one of the reasons we (as a podcast) don’t always consider those things to be overly connected with each other (even though they were definitely related). In other words, we reject the term “fandom” as a way to refer purely to cultures growing out of that WorldCon tradition. That said, I attend Boskone every year; it’s one of the most conservative remaining SFF cons. And I’ve actually done some academic work on tracing SFF fanzines’ roots back through HP Lovecraft’s interest in amateur press associations and earlier in the 1800s to Oliver Optic fandom (though now we realize that I’ve never spoken about this on the podcast!)

But that’s not the only way you can trace fandom. If you wanna step slightly to one side, we can talk about Sherlock Holmes fandom - did you listen to one of our first episodes, “Buncha Lawyers”? One of those lawyers is a member of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, the oldest women’s Sherlockian society! But we can also talk about other types of fannish engagement that’s not locked in to genre fiction (whether mystery or science fiction or adventure). For example, our 10th episode, featuring Evan Hayles Gledhill, was about the Victorian era and the way that young women made sentiment albums that were essentially the same concept as Tumblr, showing their fannishness for a variety of things (not just one genre of fiction). There’s a lot of other examples of this sort we haven’t covered mostly because we haven’t found the right guests to talk about them. (For example, Robert Darnton writes about a bunch of very fannish reactions to Rousseau in the final essay of his book The Great Cat Massacre… that’s just one example that’s easy to find in a currently in-print book!)

And that all only covers people responding to the written word in Europe and North America. We could equally be talking about fan cultures in other parts of the world, or we could be talking about celebrity fandoms and the way they’ve evolved over the years, or sports fandoms (the Byzantine Empire has some things to say about that). We definitely consider these things fandom and within our purview, although they aren’t the central focus of what we talk about.

In other words: You’re right that Star Trek is not the first fandom of any sort, but we do think it’s an important starting point for modern media fandom, especially in the Anglophone world and in Europe and North America. Hopefully this answer has explained a little more about how we as a podcast think about fandom, why we consider Trek the first modern media fandom, and what some other “first fandom” ideas might be!