[the palaverist]

Friday, September 29, 2006

[mtv-k is here]

Some time back, I told you about MTV Desi and MTV Chi, for the South Asian-American and Chinese-American markets respectively, and I mentioned that MTV-K was in the works.

MTV-K is now here.

And, as with the other two stations, I have helpfully done the work of combing through the top-ten candidate videos, weeding out the weepy piano ballads, the overblown hip-hop extravaganzas and the talentless girl bands who mostly shake their tiny, tiny booties, and leaving you with only the gems (or at least the bearable videos).

NB that this is an IE-only exercise, and that I can't link directly to the videos, so you just have to go to the site and click on them yourself.
Big Mama have gotten a lot of attention for being overweight, ordinary-looking women with great voices in a country whose music industry has tended to reward beauty over talent. "Break Away" was their breakthrough single.

Bobby Kim has a pleasant enough voice, and "Falling in Love" is a pleasant enough song, with a pleasant enough video. Get the idea? Perfectly pleasant. Not bad. Not great, but nice. The sort of song that you would let date your daughter but not marry her.

Far East Movement is a SoCal hip-hop trio, of whom two members are Korean and one is Japanese and Chinese. They apparently did a song for Fast and Furious II: Tokyo Drift, which I somehow managed not to see. "Holla Hey" is good silly fun.

If you love Shakira's rock numbers, you'll like Jaurim's "Fan Yi Ya." Enjoy a video of an English version at their MySpace site.

"Obvious (Want You)" is a nice little punk dis from a girl who can play bass. Check out Maggie Kim's website for her cover of "Raspberry Beret."
And there you have it. Enjoy.

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