June 2023 Directory
A guide to all the podcast episodes and articles I released last month!
Episodes of 17 Carat K-Pop
Best K-Pop Videos of 2023 So Far: The 50 greatest K-pop music videos of the year so far, revealed in the form of a guessing game!
Best Songs of 2023 So Far: In the form of a guessing game, this episode covers over 150 of the best songs released this year so far from the worlds of K-pop, J-pop, C-pop, and more!
Ten Years with BTS: I celebrate BTS's 10-year career in four different ways! First, I provide an A-to-Z recap of fandom lingo! Second, starting around the 5-minute mark, I pick the best BTS song that starts with each letter of the alphabet! Third, starting around the 14-minute mark, I cover career accomplishments corresponding with each letter! Lastly, around the 32-minute mark, I describe a piece of pop culture BTS has taken inspiration from for each letter, from movies to paintings!
LE SSERAFIM 101: Come for the guide to LE SSERAFIM and their discography, stay for the storytime! After I summarize who LE SSERAFIM are and what they’re all about, I break down the strange characters they took inspiration from for one of their new songs: Psyche and Bluebeard!
JOOHONEY’s Journey: MONSTA X’s JOOHONEY addresses feeling trapped in darkness in MIXTAPE [PSYCHE] and finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel in LIGHTS. Together, these releases tell a moving story about going through tough times and coming out on the other side with a desire to make that struggle lighter for those who are still in it. In this episode, I look closely at lyrics from MIXTAPE [PSYCHE] that prove JOOHONEY can empathize with those who feel stuck, hopeless, and alone, the lyrics from LIGHTS that show his healing and newfound insights, and other details about his work that show how he has evolved into a stronger and wiser person.
5-STAR Celebration!: After sharing my thoughts and theories about the “5-STAR” trailer, the “S-Class” music video, and those videos' nods to past eras, I give a track-by-track recap of Stray Kids’ new album: the funniest lyrics, interesting dual meanings, and surprising behind-the-scenes facts!
Taeyong’s Time to Shine!: In the first half of this episode, I react to SHALALA, cover each song's meaning, and decode the "T or Y" videos! Then, I provide a guide to TAEYONG's previous solo releases, from OSTs to SoundCloud tracks!
Blooming Daze: I summarize all the twists and turns in EXO-CBX’s recent lawsuit, lay out what to expect from KCON 2023, and cover SO many more K-pop updates!
Best New Music: May 2023: I rank and review the 20 best K-pop, J-pop, C-pop, and P-pop releases from May!
Sources and Further Reading
Background on the Hwando sword
Choreographer Martha Graham on the death of passion being the strongest pain
Information about the organization Dr. James R. Doty, author of Into the Magic Shop, leads
The poem “Psyche” by Mary Tighe
“Streaming Forward: 2023 Fan Engagement Report”
“Growth of JYP Entertainment Accelerating”
Beyond Music’s continued growth through acquisitions
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