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I'm in the ocean of light
I have just preordered (which I never do) the physical double album that is the culmination & collection of NELL's Gravity series, "Newton's Apple."
I have pre-ordered from Yesasia, so that it counts towards the actual Korean music charts, because I am now that kind of fan*.

Which means that even though the album is released on the 3rd of March, I will probably get it ... in April. *sigh*

Luckily, their label put up their last major concert, all 90 minutes of it, in HD, on youtube, so i can just listen to it over and over again, until my CDs arrive




If you would like a taste of the band in question (this is k-indie, not k-pop, and some of you have heard me gush about them before; they play nicely with Keane, Imagine Dragons, and The Church for me, and get compared to Coldplay a lot) here is one of my favorite of their songs; it's only half in English, but it is English that actually makes sense and is correctly pronounced**. This song has gotten me through some rough spots.




* why this matters is because korean chart position helps the bands get airplay on the korean tv music shows which are very important to promotion, and which are harder for the non-idol groups to access. iTunes doesn't count.  Also, the level of production in terms of packaging and "extras" on most korean physical CDs is often insanely good.

** asking native Korean speakers with no significant training in English to sing "the roof is on fire" is not a nice thing to do. The shower jokes that followed B.A.P. after "Hurricane" were insane.
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Japanese bands also do a lot of ridiculous extras. And what's even more nuts is that if you buy a copy of a CD in a used CD store, it'll still have all of those extras. I was really lucky to be in the country when my favorite band released their newest album last year and not only did I get the limited edition with the two extra DVDs of videos and live cuts of the songs, but they had an "exhibition" in Tower Records Shibuya at the time with all the items used for the album's title track video. I dunno why nobody does that over here; I guess it's actually sort of a good thing in that it creates less random junk, but still.

I think partly it is because their digital market & how they handle their hard core fanbases is so different. Also, I refuse to get into jpop/jrock even though it is so tempting because it's so damn hard to buy, and I don't usually *want* the physical CD unless I stan the band really, really hard.

At least the major kpop companies have started putting stuff on itunes US....

Nice! Thanks.

(I thought the video was all artily strobe-motion, but then the audio started dropping out too and I realized my net was the problem.)

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