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Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balcony

Edgy Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen are back at it with the release of their new album, The Balcony. The indie-rock group have produced an impressive record that is perfect to listen to at anytime of day, as background music or even a relaxing, yet invigorating escape from a dull routine.

The Balcony opens with the catchy beat of the track “Homesick", proving to be the perfect way to captivate any listener. The subtle rock vibes and indie sound throughout the album and the occasional slow track, like “Hourglass”, keep things interesting. The laid-back feel and unique vocals of lead singer Van McCan, especially apparent in “Sidewinder”, are enough to give a sort of nostalgic sense. The tune is such that it makes you feel accustomed to the music and familiar the first listen through, not too harsh but also not too vanilla.

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161126 ‘Three Meals’ E-Chef, Shinhwa’s Eric’s Perfect Finish, Shocks ‘Seo Jinie’

‘Three Meals A Day’ E-chef, Eric, revealed his close-to-perfection culinary skills.

In this ‘Three Meals A Day - Fishing Village 3’ episode aired on November 25th, Eric cooked up meals one after the other like a breeze, unlike his earlier sluggish preparations.

On this day, Eric started the day with the breakfast preparation the moment he opened his eyes. The breakfast table was filled with Ganjang-gyejang (crab soaked in soy sauce) and Dwenjang-Jjigye (miso soup), as well as kimchi and Mumal-laengi (dried radish) as side dishes. Eric’s sudden burst of speed in preparing for the breakfast surprised everyone.

Again, the lunch was Janchi-guksu (white noodle soup) and Gye-Sogumgui (grilled salted crab). Despite short cooking time on Janchi-Guksu, Eric’s track record of being a slow cook shadowed over the preparation. However, Eric’s sudden speed melted away all the worries with Lee Seo-jin watching him and smiling with his dimples of satisfaction.

The very first menu for the Dukryang trio reunited after fortnight was Kimchi-bokumbap (Kimchi fried rice) and Baechu-guk (cabbage miso soup). With Lee Seo-jin and Yoon Kyunsang’s assistance, Eric quickly presented Kimchi-bokumbap and Baechuguk back to back. Both of which were consumed by the appreciated trio in a flash.

The day’s specialty was Dakgalbi (stir-fried spicy chicken). Once again, Eric put a heap of meals on the table, making pickled radish by himself and cooking up juicy Dakgalbi. Having tasted Eric’s hearty Dakgalbi, Yoon Kyunsang couldn’t hide his excitement when he said “Hands down, every single food cooked by Jeong-hyuk hyung was delicious. I stuffed myself way more than I should have because of that.

Like this, Eric’s cooking skills are getting close to perfection. Eric busy making food is always accompanied by the sight of Lee Seo Jin watching from behind and showing his dimple smiles. This one two punch is contagious and brings smiles to the viewers.

[By Jeon Ah-rang, XportsNews]

Source: Xports News via Naver + Translation by EricMun.tumblr


Review: Bowling For Soup - Songs That People Actually Liked, Vol. 1

Even as big and widely followed as it is today, pop-punk was even bigger, and considered one of the hottest genres, during the 2000’s. Bands like Bowling For Soup shaped the sound of the time and left behind an unforgettable legacy. After 20 years, the band has been through a lot; international tours and hits like “1985” brought the group well deserved fame. The release of Songs People Actually Liked, a nostalgic reflection on the band’s journey from 1994-2003, is a kind of last hurrah celebrating their successful career throughout the years.

The album opens (appropriately) with “Last Rock Show”. The track provides a short and sweet introduction to the rest of the album. Strong guitar and drums, a staple of pop-punk, are liberally used throughout the album, and listening to lead singer Jaret Reddick’s distinctive voice is like a throwback to the early 2000’s, the time of the band’s prime. Featuring fan favorites like “Girl All The Bad Guys Want”, Songs That People Actually Liked displays some of the group’s best tracks, accurately giving a sense of their style. The tempo gradually slows down (relatively, as slow as pop-punk can get) from “Suckerpunch” to “Sandwich”, as a buildup to the end of the record. Closing with “20 Years (That’s A Lot Of Beers)”, a mellower track reminiscent of the band’s memories together, the record ends on a bittersweet note that shows that Bowling For Soup have truly given their all until the end.

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