K-Pop Korner Edition #1

Hello! Welcome to the beginning of the Bay Eagle’s new segment K-Pop Korner! Here we will be informing you of what is new in the K-pop world, reviewing K-pop songs and albums, and maybe have occasional fan girling over K-pop guys here and there.

First of all, if you don’t know what k-pop is, it is Korean pop music. K-pop doesn’t necessarily encompass just the pop genre, but k-pop is filled with a variety of different kinds of genres! There are male groups, female groups, and solo singers who all express different styles in their music, dancing, and fashion. Even if you can’t understand Korean, you can still enjoy the melodies and rhythms of the songs, the voices, the dancing, the fashion, and the attractive people. (Don’t worry, you’ll get used to the sea of beautiful people).

For this first edition, let’s talk about B1A4! B1A4 is a male band composed of 5 members: the leader Jinyoung, the vocalist/rapper CNU, the main vocalist Sandeul, the rapper Baro, and the vocalist Gongchan. B1A4 stands for “Be the one, all for one,” but also represents their blood types, since one member has blood type B while the other four have blood type A. These 5 guys debuted as B1A4 in Korea in 2011. They are known as the country idols because all their members originated from towns in the countryside of Korea. They have some mellow songs such as “Tried to Walk,” but B1A4 is known for their upbeat, cute, and quirky style, with songs such as “Beautiful Target,” “Baby Goodnight,” and “What’s Going On?”

Recently, B1A4 released their new album Who Am I with their single “Lonely” and its music video on January 13. What is notable about the album is that the leader Jinyoung composed the music and lyrics of the majority of the songs in the album. Even vocalist CNU composed and wrote lyrics for two of the songs in the album.

“Lonely” has a softer, sadder mood compared to their happier songs. Despite that, it is an amazing song (I may or may not be biased) that fits the winter season. Even the rapping of Baro is soft enough to fit the theme of the song. The dancing in the music video doesn’t seem complicated but it compliments the mood of the songs. In the music video, the girl literally keeps floating away like a balloon from Jinyoung and he keeps trying to tug her back down with a string. The floating away could represent the drifting feelings of the couple and that’s why the guy feels lonely.

Some of my favorites from their new album other than their promotional single are “Oh My God,” “Amazing,” “Too Much,” and “Road” (keep in mind that those titles were roughly translated into English from their original Korean titles, just in case you have difficulty trying to look them up later). “Oh My God” has a sweet guitar melody and soft yet strong vocals. “Amazing” just lifts your spirits and self esteem. I mean, they’re singing, “Cause you’re so amazing, my baby, you’re so amazing to me” in English! “Too Much” is a duet between Sandeul and Gongchan. This song has an even softer, sadder tone than “Lonely,” but is has really sweet vocals and a soft melody that fit the winter season. It may get to your feels. “Road” may be my favorite song from the album. It has a fun beat and lifts your spirits. Even if you can’t understand any of the lyrics, the song has the potential to make you feel motivated to reach the end of the road you need to go down.

B1A4 – Lonely (없구나) (Full ver.)

Basic Vacation

by Jocelyn Suarez, Staff Writer

Basic Vacation, a trio of boys from New York City, have hit the ground running with their debut self titled EP. With only 5 songs this mashup of men have created a fresh sound of happy go-lucky lyrics and alternative pop rock with just enough synthesizer to feel the electro in the songs. This electrifying pop-rock has captivated many with “I Believe” and “Jamie”. The album, released from the famous Capitol Records, is just a taste of what this band can become.The band is formed by Chris Greatti, Vocalist/Guitarist, bassist John Paul, and drummer Mike Montalbano. The three, from separate states, formed a strong friendship when Chris (from PA) met Jon (from FL) and Mike (from NJ) was asked to join. The three bonded over their musical roots, from bands such as Led Zeppelin and Queen, to bands that share their genre like The Killers and Foster the People. While taking inspiration from 80’s New Wave, Classic Rock, and Alternative pop- rock, Basic Vacation has actually popped onto the scene. No surprise with help from a wonderful producer, Grammy-nominated Machine and Jon Kaplan. The EP was recorded with David Kahne, and for all the lyric lovers out there, each song is written by Chris Greatti with others from the band and outside as well.

    Basic Vacation is scheduled for a much anticipated full length album the soon approaching 2014 year, and will be in Los Angeles January 27th at The Satellite. Tickets on their website: basicvacation.com. Also, if you check on itunes each song is only 69 cents for December!

Basic Vacation – I Believe (Audio)

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

by Riley Young, Guest Writer Hobbit 2

The journey through Middle Earth continues with the company of Thorin Okenshield, Bilbo, Gandalf, Legolas, giant spiders, orcs, oh and of course, the dragon, king under the mountain, Smaug the Magnificent. This movie is a ride, going from one action packed scene to the next. The 3-hour movie goes by in what seems like seconds. Every scene is amazing, making it feel like you are a part of the journey.

Orlando Bloom comes back as Legolas in this prequel to The Lord of the Rings. His fighting skills are out of this world. His hate for dwarves is so ironic (if you are familiar with “The Lord of the Rings”). In this movie, they incorporated a new character, Tauriel. She is an elf, like Legolas, and fights almost as well as him. Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, is hilarious. His ability to act and make it seem like he is just himself, is amazing. Although, compared to the first movie, he makes fewer jokes in “The Desolation of Smaug.” Smaug. King under the mountain. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the perfect voice for Smaug. Every word he speaks puts you in awe. All the effects in this movie are the best. From the giant spiders, to the wargs, to Smaug, everything seems real enough for you to touch.

WARING! If you have a fear of spiders, this movie will for sure give you nightmares. With that being said, although there are giant spiders which look extremely disgusting, the special effects make it all worth watching, even if you get grossed out by them. If you love “The Lord of the Rings,” this movie incorporates characters and information, which leads to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. You will finally get to know who and what the Necromancer is!

As for the length, the movie is around 3 hours, 161 minutes to be exact. So be sure to go to the bathroom before it starts because every scene is very important, having information needed to know for the rest of the movie. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is definitely a movie worth seeing. It has everything from action to romance to suspense. It leaves you wanting for more by the time it ends. The 3-hour journey through Middle Earth will continue in December 2014! Be sure to continue on the adventures with Bilbo, Gandalf, Legolas, Thorin and all the dwarves, and Smaug.

Catching Fire Review

by Shelby Campbell, Staff Writer

Movie adaptations of books have become very popular in the last decade, especially in the young adult genre, the latest of which being the second movie adaptation of the widely popular book series The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did wonders in the box office, as expected. Millions of teens across the globe rushed to the theater see the second movie and fall in love once again with the characters from the first movie. Along the way, became acquainted with the many new characters introduced throughout the movie.

Upon finding out that this movie would not be directed by the same person, I myself became rather worried about how the sequel to the first movie would pan out. Gary Ross did a wonderful job with the first movie, pleasing the fans to a tee. So when the news was released that Francis Lawrence would be the director of the second, my expectations went down.

Fortunately, Francis Lawrence’s work blew me away. Catching Fire was exactly what it needed to be. He did a wonderful job of incorporating all the important points of the novel. Moreover, Lawrence did so without taking away from the experience of those who haven’t read the books, something Ross failed to do with the first. For example, in the first movie, there were many questions of what the three-fingered signal actually meant, as those who had not read the books had not received the same explanation. But in the second movie, there were no such questions as everything was either explained or easily understandable for those who only saw the movie. The only point of contention so far was the ending of the movie. For those who have not read the books did not understand why the movie ended where it did. But, once explained that it was the exact ending from the book, they did grasp the concept and are ready to see the following movie. In general, the movie was as accurate of a representation of the book as it possibly could be; it could not have been done any other way.

As for the acting and casting of the movie, that too was very well done, as everyone from the previous movie had been kept. Fan favorites like Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) were even met by some newer and just as dashing characters such as Finnick Odair, played by Sam Claflin. The chemistry between all the characters was outstanding and truly engaging.

Glee’s Singing Season Opening

By Rebecca Pedersen, Staff Writer

Disclaimer: If you have not watched episodes 1-3 of season 5, this article does contain spoilers.

The characters of Glee have been on emotional roller coaster rides ever since the shows start in 2009. However, this year much has happened to the actors of the show off the set as well, including: Naya Rivera’s (Santana) engagement to Big Sean, Amber Riley being on Dancing with the Stars, and the passing of Cory Montieth.

The end of season four left us half way through the school year, right after regionals were wrapped up and Brittany received an invitation to attend MIT. All of the Gleeks were also left with an entire episode of cliff hangers: will Klaine get engaged, will Rachel get the part of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and where is Finn?

In this television series that portrays the lives of past and present Mckinley High School glee club members there is no shortage of drama. The season five premiere was no exception. The members of Glee were in touch with their inner Beatle in the first two episodes. In the first episode, “Love, Love, Love”, Blaine finally proposes to Kurt with an epic musical number including all the rival glee clubs. What else did you expect? Also, Sue Sylvester replaces Figgins as principal of Mckinley. Back in New York, Rachel and Santana are both working at a New York Diner while they try to make their television and Broadway dreams come true. Also, with a Beatles song, Sam agreed to be Tina’s date to prom. In the second Beatles inspired episode, Tina finds her inner mean girl and  dumps Sam because she wants a better chance of winning homecoming queen. A new, evil Cheerio named Bree (or Santana 2.0) is introduced and sabotaged Tina’s victory by having, nothing other than, red slushies dumped on her a few seconds after her being crowned. The glee club gets together to help fix Tina’s make-up and self esteem to make this the most special night of Tina’s high school life. Meanwhile, Santana gets a part in a commercial for a yeast infection prescription and now has a new girlfriend, played by Demi Lovato. Also, Rachel gets the news that she gets to play her dream role as Fanny Brice.

The third episode of this season was the most emotional, heart-breaking episode of Glee to date. It was the Cory Monteith memorial episode. It was closure for the fans, to say one last goodbye to the character of Finn Hudson, and the actor Cory Monteith. Most of the characters from the first season of Glee came back to share their thoughts and feelings on Finn. Sue shares her true, hidden feelings about Finn. The fans joined to share memories and mourn the death of Cory Monteith and Finn Hudson.

With the passing of Cory Monteith and other factors affecting the story line, as well as the actors and writers of the series, they have decided to bring the series to a close after completing their sixth season. As of now, we are three episodes into the fifth season, so I am sure we are still in for a few surprises and  lot of drama in these final two seasons. Ryan Murphy, one of the three main writers on Glee, initially planned to have the series end with a big moment between Rachel and Finn; however, now we are in for a turn in the story line and hopefully an exciting season.

Who Killed Laura Palmer?

Jocelyn Suarez, Staff Writer

           If you’ve been on the radio in the past year, you’ve heard Bastille’s single: “Pompeii.” Bastille is definitely one of 2013’s hot new bands, hailing from London, England. Pronounced Ba-Still, the band is composed of Daniel Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons. Bastille, known as BΔSTILLE is named after Bastille Day, an English holiday celebrated on Dan Smith’s birthday: July 14th. The band fuses contemporary indie rock with singer songwriter qualities that bring a fusion of pop, indie, and delicate yet strong vocals. Their debut album, Bad Blood has great pop singles like “Pompeii” and “Things We Lost In the Fire” with wonderful indie rock such as Icarus and Bad Blood. Bands such as Holy Fire and The Vaccines are similar and share the indie rock genre but no other can quite replicate the unique sound Bastille has created through their use of synth, vocals, and guitars.

          One of the taglines for the bands is “I Killed Laura Palmer,” a reference to the song Laura Palmer off the Bad Blood album which is a reference to the 90’s TV show Twin Peaks. Bad Blood, released September 3rd of this year ,was recently released in an extended version with remixes by RAC, Tyde, and Distance. Bastille’s album is on iTunes for $7.99 and the remix EP for the same price. Six music videos have been released by Bastille, all from Bad Blood. “Pompeii,” “Flaws,” “Thing We Lost In the Fire,” “Overjoyed”, “Bad Blood” and “Laura Palmer” were all released in 2013. The band is under Virgin Records and all songs off the Bad Blood album are written by Mr. Smith himself. They were on the main stage for the iTunes Festival this year and have gained such popularity this year that it almost seems they came out of nowhere. First gaining popularity in the U.K., crossing over into the alternative stream and then popping into the pop music scene only months later. All in all, if its fun, contemporary, thoughtful, original music then Bastille is a great band for you.


Bastille – Pompeii

The Originals: Episode 6

Rachael Wang, Staff Writer

Alright, so Tuesday has come and passed with another amazing episode from The Originals. We are already far into the season now. And guess what? Elijah is back! After being betrayed, stabbed and thrown (coldheartedly) into a box coffin for the first half of the season, he is back and he been scheming about more than revenge on Klaus.

Three things you much know before watching this episode:

1) No one understands Klaus the way Elijah does.

2) No one keeps his word the way Elijah does.

3) No one rips the hearts out of three witches in the middle of a church the way Elijah does!

The episode began in the midst of the Vampire Book Club party, just kidding. Klaus tried to find a way to earn Elijah’s forgiveness for daggering him by bring in fresh human meat, and I mean that literally. Elijah refused to drop this most recent daggering. Instead, he invited Klaus to read the “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree.” Rebecca walks in and gives angry remarks about the carpet stains.

The atmosphere is tight, but remember, Elijah isn’t mad. He was just… unforgiving. He also takes control of the family from Klaus. Throughout the episode you see small pieces of Klaus’s half bitter remarks like, “First day with you in charge brother and we have a missing elder witch, three dead vampires and Marcus possibly finding out about my unborn child. Good job Brother.”

Of course, Elijah has a plan. Elijah knew and informed the others that Sophie Devereaux is not their friend, so it is time to unbind her to Hayley. Davina needs to learn to control her magic. So Elijah found the enchanted knot for her to untie.

If you’ve been keeping up with the series you know that the harvest is the real reason the witches brought Klaus to New Orleans. You also know about the vision around Klaus’s child and how she will destroy all the witches.

Will the real old conservative witches now want Haley dead? They inject a potion that causes miscarriages in Haley and then Elijah gets mad, he gets mad.

His “forgiveness and honor” speech to Klaus had me convinced that he was about to let Agnes go. But, nope. He choked her till blood poured out of her mouth and then snap. It looked painful.

Meanwhile, Rebecca decides to leave to Mystic Falls tonight, before she leaves she decided to pay Marcel a visit to say goodbye before leaving town and of course she couldn’t leave without taking a bite of the fruit from that long-forbidden tree.

As Rebecca left she pulled the apple from her bag, it was immediately clear that Marcel would know where the Original siblings were living. What wasn’t clear whether or not Rebecca gave him the apple knowing he would figure out their secret location or not.

Now Marcel knows where and whom Klaus was hiding and he has Hayley. By the end of the episode all trust between Klaus and Marcel is destroyed and Haley goes missing.

Can’t our poor, pregnant werewolf get a break? The answer… no.

Now I have three questions I’d like you to answer:

What did you think of “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree?” Are you glad Sophie and Hayley have been unlinked? What does Marcel have planned for Hayley?