New Year's Eve parties: Ten Magazine continues its excellent work of scouting out and posting news of all the action going on in Korea.
Next: I love mashups. They fit with the way I envision culture working these days, where everything is mixing together and touching each other in unexpected ways, thanks to our confusing, communication society.
Every year DJ Earworm makes a year-end mash-up of the top pop songs from the year.
My personal favorite is this one, built around the etherial hook from that one Coldplay song. It just really, really works. And it features a lot of Alicia Keys, and a lot of Pink, two of my favorite voices in current top-40 pop music.
This year, there's another one: it's alright - I prefer Alicia Keys featuring prominently over Katy Perry and Key$ha, though I do like (cheesy as it is) this song: "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars. I don't know if I'll join the Bruno Mars fan club and buy the t-shirt (I'd rather have this t-shirt), but this is an awesome song to have come on the radio while you're driving (which is how I first encountered it).
And, now that I've run it down a bit, here's the 2010 mash-up.
But readers if you're only watching one mash-up on this post, watch this one. This is the K-pop 2010 mashup, from mmixes' Youtube channel.
and here's the challenge:
I don't think anyone can find a genre of music that lends itself better to awesome mash-ups than K-pop. If you can think of one, with some example of mash-ups that are as awesome as this, let me know.
And here's why:
The fun of mash-ups is recognition. See how many songs you recognize from this one track by Girl Talk. Girl Talk is amazing. I don't know if Girl Talk can play a single instrument, but he can throw lines and hooks from all kinds of songs together, so that five minutes of listening touches on a billion memories of drives, dances, parties, and awesome people who played you music, and the music also rocks: it fits together, it works, and it's a musical journey that's awesome and nostalgic.
Well, the fun thing in mash-ups is putting hooks together, so that people can recognize those familiar hooks.
K-pop is all. about. hooks. Critics argue that's all it's about, and argue that if you will (some are), but when you're making a mash-up, that's beside the point, because the hooks alone matter. So go watch that K-pop mash-up I posted above: it's like listening to the best parts of the entire year of k-pop, and not having to wait through weak verses, lines of songs where "the one who dances" has to sing to get equal stage time, unneeded dance interludes, unneeded "the music stops and we're going to act out a scene that somehow involves ambulance lights" breaks, or the other three minutes of a song that only has one good hook, or any of the other excesses or filler that puts people off K-pop, and enjoy it in its purest, most concentrated state.
Only the best hooks, only the famous dance moves, only the cutest close-ups, and then it's done.
Mash-ups, baby. yeah!
What's your favorite mash-up? Put the youtube link in the comments.