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December 11, 2013

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We thought of doing this video a few days ago. We posted an Instagram clip of me running around the apartment with Meemers chasing me, and Pharell’s “Happy” was playing in the background. Someone in the comments asked what song it was, and suggested that they like our taste in music. To which I thought, hell, we don’t really talk much about the music we listen to outside of Kpop, now, do we? Couple that with the fact that I had a day to kill while Martina was getting her tattoo done (almost done; just one more session to go!) and I figured that I’d spend the time to talk about my favourite albums, which is what you see in the video above.

I realize this video might shock some people, because my taste in music is rather unpredicted, no? Unless people follow us on Last.fm, I doubt they know what we listen to outside of Kpop. So, here it is! Yes, a lot of it is electronic. A lot of it serious. Not much of it is pump your fist high energy music. Why? Probably because we hear a lot of that in Kpop, anyways, and so I don’t feel like I can listen to the same kind of stuff all day long. Different times of day have different soundtracks to them, different moods.

A lot of this music is night-time music for me. That’s because we’re seriously seriously super night owls. We wake up at 1PM and don’t go to sleep till 5AM most days. Now that it’s winter, by the time we get out of bed and have breakfast and get ready to go to the studio, the sun has already set. Most of the music we listen to is in the dark. So this list is rather emolicious.

I said that I’d mention 10 more albums that didn’t make the list, so I’ll share those here as well:

Iron & Wine “Ghost on Ghost”

Now, this album isn’t really GREAT to me, like Iron & Wine’s “Our Endless Numbered Days,” which was almost perfect. God that album’s so great I crey. This album has a different vibe to it. A lot less folky, a lot more bluegrasssy, I think. Is that what it’s called? Bluegrass? I don’t know. But I imagine it being sung on the set of True Blood. It has a gospel feel to it, almost. See! I like diverse music! This falls under the Sunday home-cleaning category, though. Not really night-timey, IMO.

Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks”

I was surprised to like this album. Seriously. I didn’t read good things about it, and I find Trent Reznor a bit too high school poetry-club-ish at times (I hate the line “why do you get all the love in the world.” Bleh), but I really love Industrial sounds. I love it when El-P does it in hip hop, and I love Fuck Buttons’ albums as well. And this album had a lot of great songs on it, so I’ll shamelessly share with the world that I like listening to it. THERE!

Jon Hopkins “Immunity”

OOH more moody mature music. You know how I described Bonobo’s album, as dimly lit adult bar music? I was actually at one of these adult bars recently. It was a Vinyl bar, where you can request songs from the DJ. I owned that playlist, for sure. And I played a lot of Bonobo. Afterwards I spoke with the DJ and he said he loved the requests, and asked me if I knew Jon Hopkins’ album, to which I shouted “I WAS GONNA REQUEST THAT BUT I WASN’T SURE IF IT WAS TOO DARK!” But he loved the album as well, and I was shocked and pleased. Hopefully you’ll like it, too.

Flying Lotus “Until the Quiet Comes”

I loved this album. Flying Lotus is one of our most played artists ever. All of his stuff is great. And this album was perfectly Night-Timey as well! Yay! You might remember Flying Lotus from our video a long time ago on Bucheon’s Sun and Clouds. Oh man FlyLo is great stuff. I love his “Fall in Love” remix, which isn’t on this album, but check out his video for Tiny Tortures, featuring Elijah Wood! Probably the best song on the album, IMO.

Lastly: I remember reading on his Twitter that he’s part Korean! So I’m not sure if that excludes him from the list :D

Jessy Lanza “Pull My Hair Back”

This was a total rough gem for me. I have no idea how I found this album, really, but I’m freaking ecstatic that I did. Why? Because supposedly her album was produced by one of the guys from Junior Boys, and Junior Boys are up there for our top artists of all time. They’re not the best artists of all time, but they have a very special place in our hearts, when we first started dating. And their last album kinda stank. But this…this is great! It’s got the same vibe as Junior Boys of yore, bedroom pop kinda stuff. SO NICE!

Mazzy Star “Seasons of Your Day”

Yes, this is kinda country-ish. So what! Country can be alright at times. Country’s just another kind of folk, except Mazzy Star has a kind of Dream-Pop vibe to her which I really like. And this is their first album in a really long time. “Fade Into You” is a freaking fantastic song from a long time ago, and this album is a lovely follow up to that. Yay!

Disclosure “Settle”

What’s this? Another uppity album? Something you can dance to? Ho ho! It’s true! I don’t just listen to night time stuff. Though this is dance music that feels a bit darker. Doesn’t matter. It’s still totally badass. It has kind of a micro-house feel to it. It almost reminds me of Herbert a bit. Anyhoodledoodle, shake your ass to this album right here. Especially the first full track. SO GOOD!

The Lonely Island “The Wack Album”

TAKE ME SERIOUSLY! This album is hilarious. It’s really well done. Really well done. The fart song made us pee with laughter. Spring Break is a brilliant commentary on society. The compliments song is hilarious as well. It’s good fun. Really. Listen to it and laugh. There’s nothing wrong with laughing when you listen to music. Admit it: Kpop makes you laugh sometimes, too :D

Purity Ring “Shrines”

You know our friend Ryan? I wonder if he’s reading this blog post now. Hi Ryan: this section is about you. Now, Ryan suggests a lot of music to us, the majority of which I don’t have the time to look into. Seriously I see his messages and think “yeah I’ll check it out” and then pfffft forget because I have a lot of things to do. Nothing against Ryan. I’m just scatterbrained. The point is, this band Ryan forced me to listen to by coming into the studio and just playing it. I could’t avoid it. And I liked it! A lot. To the point that I played it a lot on my own afterwards. Again, this is dark nighttime music but that’s the sexiest kind of music anyways. Listen to it!

Bibio “Silver Wilkinson”

Ok I don’t know what’s up with this album. Most of it is serious, slower music, which I like and think is great on its own, but then “A tout a l’heure” comes out of nowhere and is a gloriously uplifting. It’s lovely. Really lovely. Skipping through the park as the sun streaks through clouds lovely. Be happy when you listen to this song and it’ll make you happier.

As for songs I’ve listened to but couldn’t get through the rest of the album:

RJD2 “More Than it Isn’t” – Track 2 “Temperamental”

Damn I love this song! It’s perfect for the gym, perfect pacing. Great singing, and has that RJD2 doo-wop feel that I freaking love from Deadringer that he abandoned for some freaking reason to do other stuff. This song has that vibe that I like. The rest of the album is a steaming turd, but man this song is great! Side note: do you like Mad Men? RJD2 made the opening credit song to it :D

Pharell “Happy”

We just got into this song over the past couple of weeks. Holy smokes this is a lovely song. It has that Cee Lo Green chantable feel to it. It’s got a great message and I’m not ashamed to say that I like it. And the website for the song is lovely as well. We actually wanted to do something like that for Seoul as well. I don’t know. Just listen to this in the morning. You’ll fell better about life.

Yeah! That’s it for this list. Yes this video’s got little to do with Korea, but I felt like doing it. I hope I introduced you to some new stuff and you like some of it. Let me know what albums you recommend, because I always like checking out new stuff, or – if you like any of these albums I talked about – let’s squeal about them together in the comments! You can be interested in Korea and like non Korean music as well, right? RIGHT!

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  1. Hey simon, which song of BOARDS OF CANADA did you play? I really like the beat of it. Thanks :D

    2 years ago
  2. Hey. So, it’s not all to indie or anything, and yall probs have already heard it, but for the past week I’ve been stuck on the album “The Fall” by the Gorillaz. I’ve been talking about it a lot. It’s really good. So don’t judge me. (My favorite song on it is Bobby in Phoenix. It has this whole old timey, bayou feel to it.)

    3 years ago
  3. Holy crap dude, The North Borders is one of my favourite albums of all time. Please listen to his previous albums, especially Black Sands, but the older ones like Dial M for Monkey or Animal Magic are amazing too

    3 years ago
  4. This is a bit late, but S&M and fellow nasties? do any of you listen to Breakbot or Sam Sparro? Breakbot is from the same label as Justice, and both have a special place in my heart. I love the breakbot mixes that you can find on the youtubes~ so good for just washing dishes/cooking and dancing along in my kitchen. Sam Sparro’s most popular song is “black and gold” but “clingwrap” has a very special place in my ears! How’s about Kraftwerk? I really love listening to them on long night drives, makes me feel like I’m driving in space. OH! and dangit Lorenz Rhode! As you can see, I love that funky stuff.

    tl;dr

    1. Breakbot
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHzy7UE8kWE

    2. Sam Sparro
    http:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Mtcem90_k

    3. Kraftwerk

    http:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okhQtoQFG5s

    4. Lorenz Rhode

    http:/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RUrHDVs_ow

    p.s. SHARE MOAR SONGS!~

    3 years ago
  5. What about Stromae and his album Racine Carrée? All the songs on that are amazing! =D

    3 years ago
  6. How have you NEVER seen Portlandia?!? Oregon Nastys UNITE! <—this results in multiple copies sent in care packages :P

    3 years ago
  7. I knew you guys listened to non-kpop I just didn’t realize that we listened to a lot of the same artists….. so needless to say I loved this video

    3 years ago
  8. You guys should check out “A Color Map of the Sun” by Pretty Lights! It’s up this alley, albeit with more electronic but still great jam music :D

    3 years ago
  9. *squeals* the neighborhood!
    Do you like Cage The Elephant?

    3 years ago
  10. Simon & Martina, do you guys listen to Boom Boom Satellites? I think you might like them (by the way, they are a Japanese electronic duo)

    3 years ago
  11. I usually like to just watch videos or read articles and comments online, but I love this so much I can’t help but comment. I am always looking for new music to get into and I think this is a cool idea, sharing other music that you like because I listen to music in all languages and I like seeing what types of music people like to listen too.

    3 years ago
  12. Omg it’s no surprise that u guys know lonely island but I’m still fangrilling whenever u guys mention lonely island,they’re super cool people I luv em :3 my favorite collab is rihanna’s (shy Ronnie) and Justin timberlake’s (3-way,mother lover,dick in a box) ^^

    3 years ago
  13. Knew of some of these bands/groups/musicians/???, and I am thinking I will like the rest, who I have not heard about, just by your descriptions. I find it really hard to stay on top of some of this music since you really have to search for it, i usually rely on a few people to feed me info. Maybe I’ll be the one with the info this time around.

    P.S. Did you know ‘Boards of Canada’ is actually a scottish group (2 guys i believe) who got their name from those old-school narrated nature shows (that were funded by the ‘boards of canada’… haven’t seen them on anymore, but always made that statement in the credits with a little canadian flag). This fact was obtained by the internet and I cannot actually confirm any of it, kinda makes sense though, their music fits it.

    3 years ago
  14. Wow, you mention a lot of bands that I had no idea of, thanks a lot for this video!!

    3 years ago
  15. thank uou so much for putting me up on all this musical goodness! you da siMAN! UNH! allow me to put you up on my favorite app/game of the 2013! its called puzzle and dragons! if you liked pokemon games at all as a youth (or if you just love a good rpg) you will be com insanely obsessed with this game as i am! i really hope you love this game because i love you guys and i want you to love me for putting yall up on PAD! if you wish to level speedily, please do not hesitate to friend me and use my beastly monsters! my id is 328,775,224. im so excited i hope you try it! ps. im currently applying to teaching in korea agencies! hopefully well be in the same country by next month!

    3 years ago
  16. Oh Boards, how I had forgotten you. never again.

    3 years ago
  17. all I can say is that this is an amazing playlist!

    3 years ago
  18. After watching this, I think you might like the album “Jackasoul” from Mayson The Soul, released about 2 months ago. It’s korean indie, with a comtemplative twist and well… a soul vibe.

    I actually bought the entire album since I’ve been listening to “Holiday” for the past month/month and a half.

    I wanted to do a Kindie request about it, but since my computer is old and my webcam is shitty, I’m having a hard time with anything related to video production. Hope you’ll check it out.

    3 years ago
  19. Please take an aural gander at The Maine’s Forever Halloween or their newest EP “Imaginary Numbers” because it’s fucking fantastic! [Lololol aural gander. Pretty sure I made that up.]

    3 years ago
  20. Nice ~ !
    This is interesting.

    Next one …um… favorite Christmas songs?

    3 years ago
  21. o.O I have… wow, way different musical tastes. XD For the year, um, I actually don’t think I have any favorite albums from this year. A lot of my favorite bands only put albums out every other year or so, and I’m still just listening to those XD

    3 years ago
  22. Omg Jhameel is my JAM

    3 years ago
  23. WASSUP NASTIES!
    Can I ask for a favor?
    https://www.facebook.com/DPSCO
    Please like our page for our short film, Countdown, please?
    It was based off on a KaiSoo fanfic :)

    3 years ago
  24. I feel like you and everyone that likes calm electronic music might enjoy Orelha Negra, they’re portuguese and have some great stuff.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6FU1Fvn9Nk

    3 years ago
    • Really?? Cool, If you want you can check out some of their other stuff. I recommend Throwback and A cura.

      3 years ago
      • yeah i heard them some where i cannot remember lol. I will check out there other stuff for sure :)

        3 years ago
  25. I used to only listen to K pop for well over 2 years and after a while realized that I was missing out on so much. So I started to explore the world of music and since then have found so many gems that I absolutely love! I would have missed them if I hadn’t decided to listen to other genres and languages. I Still listen to K pop just not nearly as much as what I used to.

    Here are some good kiwi artist that I like:

    Soljah – message
    Six60 – Don’t forget your roots ( love that song)
    blacklistt
    Shapeshifter ( love these guys)
    and the Naked and famous.

    I have so many other artists that I just love! I’m not sure exactly what your interests are but could always give a lot more at another time :D

    3 years ago
  26. I like your music tastes!! Must say, I’m a little surprised at this list, but it’s awesome! I like a lot of those type of music too!
    I’m just gonna let playlist mode go, while I sit here desk warming. :)

    3 years ago
  27. I really love Pharrell and Happy! Is incredible!! I love it! Because I’m Happy~~ (8)

    3 years ago
  28. I’m just blown away of how similar our music tastes are ohmyohgfho,, I actually started jumping up and down when you mentioned Tyler, The Creator; that album is so great! Definitely checking out some of the other bands you mentioned. Love how it’s all so chill
    And I actually have a few recommendations that you guys might like, too! Check out King Krule as well as The Internet (their new album, “Feel Good”, is flawless in my opinion). Actually, maybe even Kilo Kish! They’re not really “ambient” but they’re pretty cool
    Anyway, this was an awesome video! I’d be down to see more videos of your current music faves or something of the sort in the future~

    3 years ago
  29. Ha! I was marathonning through your old videos last night and thought “I wonder what Simon and Martina listen to outside of K-pop? I’ll ask if they can do a video on that next time” Then I wake up this morning, and here it is… spooky :)

    3 years ago
    • I think that means we’re connected, blood brothers, for ever and ever, amen.

      3 years ago
      • Hey, thank you for watching our videos. I’m happy we could help you through what you needed to get through, even if our videos are crazy corny. Blood siblings for life!

        3 years ago
  30. OMG!!!! I’ve been obsessed with Pharell’s song “Happy” ever since I heard it while watching Despicable Me 2. The other songs that he made for that movie series (1&2) are amazing. I recommend listening to “Fun,Fun,Fun” and “Just a cloud away”. “Happy” and “Fun, fun, fun” are similar in their uppity, feel good, dance around moods. “Just a cloud away” is slower, relaxing, having fun while cooking dinner music. It’s got this old timey, soulful vibe to it too. Makes me think of this image of a really young person and a really old person slow two-stepping and smiling on a sunny day in the kitchen. It’s also a song that makes me feel better if I’m having a crappy day. Great exploring the streets at anytime of the day music too. Everytime I hear it I wanna grab a random sad looking stranger on the street and dance with them and make them feel better. Pharell is a musical genius.

    3 years ago
  31. I’m happy that I in some way triggered this video/blog (or at least I think it was me…. <. .>)). I’ve been listening to Pharell’s song almost every morning. Good way to start the day. I loved almost every you artists/songs you mentioned and thanks to you I now have new music I can listen to besides Kpop. Thank you soooo much Simon!

    3 years ago
  32. One thing that I got from Primary’s plagiarism scandal is that it introduced me to Dutch singer Caro Emerald, her songs are really really good.

    3 years ago
  33. Listen to “Chocolate” -THE 1975…. LOVE IT!!!

    3 years ago
  34. GuisE! i loved this video so much :D but why no tame impala? there’s a aussie lack :c

    3 years ago
    • I love their band attitude rather than their music, they’re a bunch of really chill guys, they’d make a great tv show haha

      3 years ago
  35. This does not surprise me at all.

    3 years ago
  36. That Jessy Lanza album is so so good. Also, new flying lotus in the works. The bits they released today are blowing my mind,.

    3 years ago
  37. Aw yiss Purity Ring, “Shrines” – i love that song

    Anyway, as a heads up, I dunno if you guys know about the Night Vale podcast but they share a lot of great indie music stuff
    (as a super bonus to their already awesome “creepy town” community news thing, it’s a great podcast, check it out.
    http://podbay.fm/show/536258179

    A favourite of mine they showed me was The Tiny – “Closer”
    Check dat out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GbDa2UnAO4

    Also speaking of music and hipsters, one of my all-time favourite bands is “Man Factory”
    who is a rock band but their first 3 albums (2 out already) are a rock opera all about the video game Street Fighter.
    Check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4s6Hy338rs&list=PLB6DFE3456BA1DF35

    Hope y’all find hear something you enjoy :3

    3 years ago
  38. Ooh! new music!
    I love it when I’m introduced to music I’ve never really listened to before.
    I just can’t help it. When it comes to music, I’m greedy. I want to know everything. :P
    Doesn’t matter where it’s from, what language it’s in, or how weird it is
    if I like it, I like it.
    If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s not to dismiss anything because of pre-conceived ideas, because you might end up liking it.
    And then you will look like a fool. :P

    3 years ago
  39. Hey! Love the video and music you mentioned! Have you heard Braid’s Flourish // Perish? I think you’ll enjoy it. Love u guise! Keep it up!

    3 years ago
  40. In Classixx’s “I’ll Get You” it’s Danish, not Norwegian. ;) Though I don’t blame people for getting it mixed up. I’m from Denmark, and I listened to the song expecting to hear Norwegian, so the first minute or so I had no idea what was being said. Lol, can’t even recognise my own native language!

    3 years ago
  41. Not sure of you’d like Japanese music but sunbrain was and still is one of my favorite artists that I like better than k-pop

    3 years ago
  42. The link in the video didn’t actually link to this blog post.

    Thanks for sharing your favorites! I love kpop, but sometimes, I just want to listen to stuff in a language I understand. :p

    3 years ago
  43. You guys don’t watch Portlandia? You guys really need to watch Portlandia. I find it’s a good show to watch every so often when you need a laugh.
    I appreciate you sharing your music tastes. They are nothing like mine, but different strokes for different folks (I lean towards soul/r&b. I’m loving that Cee Lo Green/Melanie Fiona song “Fool for You” song to death and back)

    3 years ago
  44. Furthermore – If you’re new to Bonobo (tough to establish from the video), as good as The North Borders is, I think Black Sands is better. Check it.

    3 years ago
    • We listened to Black Sands all day today. The North Borders is better, IMO, but Black Sands is really good! Not digging the other Bonobo album, though, Late Night Tales? It’s not doing it for me…

      3 years ago
      • don’t think you can beat the string ‘riff’ (I guess?) in Kiara. Too good.

        Late Night Tales is just a DJ mixtape, essentially. The other actual artist albums are Dial M For Monkey, Days To Come and another one that I don’t remember cause I don’t have it. They’re good, but they’re not a shade on Black Sands or North Borders.

        If you dig that, check out DJ Cam Quartet – Diggin. Its a different style of music but puts across a similar vibe, if you get what I mean. All awesome Jazz arrangements put over electronic bass and 90s style hip-hop beats. Such a cool album

        3 years ago
  45. Justin Timberlake’s Album was so good!

    3 years ago
  46. yes, it’s “moi” as in French . :)) my husband introduced me to his music, i missed like 2 free concerts of his and I’m so upset :( it’s love making music:P

    3 years ago
  47. Have you guys heard of MØ? I like her a lot :D

    3 years ago
  48. Just when I thought I ran out of good music to listen to, this goldmine of a blogpost and video pops up. THANK YOU.

    3 years ago
  49. I love it. Your explanations are perfect. As a music lover who has known musicians (hardcore “proper” hipster sometimes annoying musicians) you are speaking my language. Especially about Bonobo making you feel like an adult. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll certain check them out!

    3 years ago
  50. I literally just now discovered this band after: Getting excited about Silk brand eggnog and a friend joking that it was “Snog” and in looking up a relevant response. Found this band. Maybe? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFaqsc4lNyk

    3 years ago
  51. I love the new music that you posted, most of it I haven’t heard of. I love listening to new music, so this will be fun for me. I have a few suggestions, but I’m not sure how you’d respond to them. These have been my recent earworms as well.

    Janelle Monae, all of her stuff, Woodkid, Brett Domino (he’s awkwardly awesome), M83, and Kimbra. Probably a miss with them all, but you never know!

    3 years ago
  52. I know this may get annoying, but I also wanted to share this Video with you guys… because it makes me smile.. and you know this is Open The happy, hopefully it makes you happy. http://youtu.be/uZeR-vxREvw

    3 years ago
  53. This was awesome. You may also enjoy” God is an Astronaut” Instrumental band, that I honestly can never get tired of.
    Favorite Album
    http://youtu.be/XUjV_zKX7xk

    Newest

    http://youtu.be/rkg5TjmVvfs

    3 years ago
  54. I’m happy you were able to do something like this. It’s a breath of fresh air. I’ve become kinda really into kpop and with how I listen to music, I end up listening to the same things over and over again on Youtube, so I never really hear new music often. From past stuff, I know you guys like electronic music and stuff, still I like this. It’s not my cup of tea, but that’s ok. I really do wanna get into things that aren’t hip hop and pop. I listen to so much kpop and all the mainstream music I hear is in that genre, I need like a musical palate cleanser.

    3 years ago
  55. The “I’ll Get You”-song has not Norwegian, but Danish mumbling in there. Close enough, though. Imagine Norwegian spoken with a potato in your throat. There you have Danish.

    3 years ago
  56. ed

    Love the bonobo!

    3 years ago
  57. Yay, Bonobo and Disclosure. :3 Glad you appreciate them. I’m wondering if you know XXYYXX and The Weeknd, it streams with drugs and stuff, but it’s a musical genious.

    3 years ago
  58. I havent heard a Burial or MBV song in years!! I was into them back in middle.high school. LOL. Out of everything you mentioned Simon..I think I like Classicx the best, pretty cool.

    Kpop has corrupted me so much. I haven’t listened to anything non-korean in 3 years. And I mean to like the point where I replay a song or album all the time..its so baddd!! HAHA.

    3 years ago
  59. “Do you like bass? Do you do you like bass?”

    It’s. So. Catchy.

    3 years ago
    • We usually sing “DO YOU LIKE CAKES DO YOU DO YOU LIKE CAKES?” Makes the song happier, I think, like a Birthday song :D

      3 years ago
  60. Jon Hopkins is awesome! This was a very nice video. I’ll be sure to buy all the albums when I get my salary, because they seriously all sounded goddamn nice!

    I was rather surprised to not see Daft Punk on the list though, considering it has been a favorite for most of the music critics this year. But variation is nice!

    3 years ago
  61. So much of this music makes me sleepy….shreepyyyy~. the only group on here i know are nine inch nails, but the rest do not really interest me. Really cool to see what y’all like outside of kpop

    3 years ago
  62. Purity Ring’s LP is from 2012 guys, srsly.

    3 years ago
  63. A lot of Canadian bands, I see Hahaha I really like “Legs Give Out” by We Are The City. I never heard of Banks, but based on the other albums you mentioned, I’ll trust you and check it out Hahaha

    3 years ago
    • I’m from Canada..so I suppose I get more exposure to Canadian bands? I don’t know..:P

      Yeah, Banks is great! Definitely check her out. She hasn’t really been around for that long, I think, but her EP seems to indicate good things for the future. :D

      Perhaps you’ll also like Volcano Choir’s Repave album. It was just released in September.

      3 years ago
      • Just checked out Banks AND WOW those vocals
        Doesn’t Volcano Choir have that guy from Bon Iver? I heard of them before but I haven’t heard any of their songs. I’ll be sure look it up hahaha all these suggestions are great! music exploration ftw

        3 years ago
  64. I love when Simon commented on having to know the names of people
    in bands or artists. When I first started to listen to k-pop, I only
    listened to the songs. I didn’t know the names or watch the music video,
    and I think that shouldn’t mean I like the artist any less. Also, I
    think that only listening to the song gives me a better feel for the
    MUSIC. K-pop often has the ability to create showy MVs with pretty pretty
    people that enhance a song. That impression you get from the video stays with you after when your just listening to the song by itself.

    3 years ago
  65. Wow you get through a lot of albums :O I only buy at most 2 albums a year! And they’re usually mainstream chart stuff because I’m a sheep that likes to listen to what everyone else is listening to. But I might have to check out the wind-down type album cos I listen to music whilst falling asleep but it’s a bit hard to do that when there’s high tempo pop on le ipod.

    3 years ago
  66. You guys should definitely listen to Janelle Monae. Her most recent album was really great.

    3 years ago
  67. your music would fit perfectly in a forever21

    3 years ago
  68. Guys you should totally listen to Mexican groups, you would love the few there are (listen to Reik and Jesse y Joy, in my opinion the best there are) yes MBLAQ met Reik and they loved their music. I’m just putting it out there ;u;

    3 years ago
  69. Wow I didn’t know any band on the list but seriously this is great! I was in need of new indie music to listen to and this made me sooooooo happy :D I wasn’t really surprised by the songs though, because I’ve been following the indie playlists ever since you started them and I found these songs had a somewhat related ”vibe” (if I can say so about songs belonging to such different genres). Anyways thanks again for sharing this with us, it doesn’t really matter that it’s not strictly ”Korea related” because great music is great regardless where it comes from :D

    3 years ago
  70. I really like this sort of electronic indie night time music, so I’ll definitely check these recommendations out!

    3 years ago
  71. Holy smokes !!! Those albums are super uper cool <3 Thank to you now I`ve something to listen to.. instead of study *whisper* math and physics

    3 years ago
  72. Lately I’ve been listening a lot to rudimental but also too hardwell and other dj’s. Lately I’m also into Dutch 90’s music because it’s just soo awesome. (venga boys, loona, t-spoon, 2 brothers on the 4th floor, party animals etc. etc.) ^_^
    haha I like k-pop but I love all the other music as well. ^_^

    3 years ago
  73. First, thank you for listing Bibio, its one of those people that pop up on my Spotify radio station but never manage to star in time. Second, some feedback, I love your videos. My BF who has a degree in sound design, watched with me once and pointed out the extra spit you have when you talk. Now I can’t un-notice it. He suggests swilling water in your mouth before a take. It also explains why you see people with water laying around on set. <3

    3 years ago
  74. because…minions.
    http://youtu.be/Q-GLuydiMe4

    3 years ago
  75. Boards of Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    3 years ago
  76. Thanks for your recommendations Simon! I’ll have to check them out after work, they seem a bit to chill for my work setting and I don’t want to feel like sleepy time. My office has that feel enough, we work with the lights off so we can see our design colors properly.

    There use to be a radio station on iTunes I use to stream that was from Boston and it had the best indie music I’d ever heard. It was really straight up indie, things you couldn’t hear anywhere else until say like a year later when a song or band took off. Best example of that was Mumford and Sons. That station got bought out and then just fell of the face of the earth, so my indie finds have been so spars the last year. But Yay! You have a list to share, thanks again!

    3 years ago
  77. GUISE, MOAR OF THIS. No seriously, please.
    I am very into indie music and now that’s been a year since I found out about k-pop I realized that it kinda crippled me a little about finding out new indie bands out there, so this is really great!
    I believe you are having a great response to the video, so PLEASE make this a thing, even if it is on your second channel!

    3 years ago
  78. Do you know The Naked And Famous? They released a new album(In Rolling Waves) a couple of months ago and I would totally recommend it. ^^

    3 years ago
  79. Could you guys discuss your other nerdiness interests (other than the Marvel movies)? I noticed that you guys often Final Fantasy and anime and the likes, and I would love to hear you guys talk about your opinions on them! :)

    3 years ago
    • Oh my gosh they like Final Fantasy? O_O I’ve played every one. I mean EVERY one that was released in the USA.

      3 years ago
      • I played 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10 2, 12, 13, and Tactics! And Dissidia. I FREAKING LOVE FINAL FANTASY! Though 13 sucked, IMO.

        Side note, there’s also a band called Final Fantasy, who are good as well :D

        3 years ago
        • OMG, I LOVE FF! >._> yep. I do.

          3 years ago
        • I have tried just about all of them. 1,7, 11, Tactics, and Tactics A2 were my favorites. I was really disappointed with 13 and 14.
          Favorite class? For me it was a White Mage/Calculator combo in Tactics. I loved using “Holy” to wipe the board in one turn and then dance around the room saying “Who’s the heretic now, bitches?!?!” XD

          3 years ago
        • BTW the guy behind Final Fantasy (the band) just goes by his real name now, Owen Pallett. I know he’s done some other work, including collaborations with Arcade Fire.

          3 years ago
        • FF Nasties, yo…

          and since the post was about music, Nobuo Uematsu has composed some damn amazing music for the FFs over the years.

          3 years ago
      • Yeah, I think I remember them mentioning FFXV and XIV, and In their earlier videos, like the SHINee – Hello review, you see Simon “pulling out” a Buster Sword from behind his back.

        3 years ago
  80. We have similar taste in music. Haha Awesome! Have you both ever listen to Tame Impala?

    3 years ago
    • Yeah! We listen to Tame Impala, but they’re not super awesome, IMO. They’re good, though! Just not my faves of the year :D

      3 years ago
  81. Wow, this video & blog post & comment section are inspiring me to look for some new music. Sometimes I feel like listening to something soothing/ethereal/electro but I don’t know many songs that are like this. Time to look for more of them! Thanks for the recommendations! I’m checking out http://temporaryresidence.com/artists at the moment and it seems like a good place to look for indie artists :)

    3 years ago
  82. You should listen to Stromae’s album Racine Caree. Its got elements of Hip hop and electro house.

    3 years ago
  83. Burial’s EP came out in 2012. Also, the second way you pronounced Toro y Moi is correct. It means “Bull and” (Spanish) “me” (French).

    3 years ago
  84. make some playlists on 8tracks :) I would love to hear more non-kpop stuff from you guys. If it can’t be on the channel, 8tracks is awesome!

    3 years ago
  85. Some may find it cheesy or just way too reminiscent of the 50’s American Bandstand era, but the Volume 3 album by She & Him has some pretty cool, singable, vibe-able tunes that were great to add to my playlist this year.

    3 years ago
  86. I don’t usually listen to this kind of music, but I’m busy studying for my Physics and Organic Chemistry finals and it couldn’t have come at a better time! Chill, not distracting, but interesting enough to keep me motivated. Thank you for the study music, Simon!

    3 years ago
    • Goodluck with your studies ! I just finished my exams and I know how intense it can be. I wish you the best.

      3 years ago
  87. this list is great and I will defiantly check some people out that I never knew before. although I have a different taste in music then you country mostly although I do love a tribe called red if you guys have ever checked them out that are pretty cool and they have an album free online on there website. :) and they seem up your alley :)

    3 years ago
  88. you guys should check of chvrches, they have a very 80’s depeche mode synth feel to them and also MS MR.

    3 years ago
    • I love chvrches, they were DM’s support and love them since then. They are amazing life.

      3 years ago
    • LOVE Chvrches, I actually Linked S&M a few of there songs in a message once, hopefully it caught their attention lol

      3 years ago
      • I love Chvrches. I had high expectation of the album because their singles are really good (Mothers we Share, Guns, Recover). But when the album finally came out, it was actually a bit of a letdown. Some songs are good, but some of them are those songs that you just want to skip.

        This also applies to Haim’s “Days are Gone”. Singles are good, but the album is kinda meh.

        3 years ago
      • I listened to their album once and wasn’t in the mood for it. I’ll give it another shot, though! I keep on hearing good things about it.

        3 years ago
  89. I loved this list! I love to expand my musical horizons and this list definitely helps. I like to see your input on things that aren’t kpop as well! :)

    3 years ago
  90. I recommend you to check some artists from Tri Angle Records. That’s a really night-time music.

    3 years ago
  91. Could you do one with Martina’s albums of the year when you have the chance please? I’m very curious to see her list.

    3 years ago
  92. Have you ever heard of ‘The Dear Hunter’? I don’t know what genre it is considered but their song ‘Shouting at the Rain’ is my favorite. ^_^

    3 years ago
    • No, but Deerhunter is one of my favourite bands of ALL TIME, except their last album, Monomania, really disappointed me, so much so that they actually performed in Hongdae, FIVE MINUTES AWAY FROM OUR STUDIO, and I didn’t go, because I didn’t want to hear their new album. But their old stuff…PURE GOLD!

      3 years ago
      • Well I have only heard their latest album ‘Migrant’; I also started listening to ‘Hrvrd’ .
        I am more of a rock/metal person but I am trying to expand my horizons >_<

        3 years ago
        • Older Deerhunter stuff, like Cryptograms, Halcyon Digest, Halcyon Grey, and Microcrastle: holy shit it’s great. Very My Bloody Valentine inspired, I’d say, for all it’s shoegazey-ness, but not as incomprehensibly distorted. Great stuff, though. Great stuff.

          3 years ago
        • lol I just realized “Deerhunter’ and ‘The Deer Hunter’ are two different bands >_< I will check out Deerhunter though.

          3 years ago
        • I didn’t realize it at first, so I had to Google it, to make sure we were talking about different bands :D

          3 years ago
  93. interesting!

    3 years ago
  94. Oh, you should listen to Sigur Rós – Fjögur piano. It’s really beautiful and calm.

    3 years ago
    • We love Sigur Ros (another name we don’t know how to pronounce) but I feel like they’ve been making pretty much the same music for a while now. We have their new album, but haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, because I’m worried it’ll just be the same stuff, you know?

      3 years ago
  95. I’m more of a rock fan, and I can’t believe I still haven’t checked out Vampire Weekend all these years…
    I recommend these:

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Mosquito” – If there’s a band that can’t do wrong, it’s them, seriously.
    Haim “Days Are Gone” – A nice feel-good music. You won’t listen to it 1000 times, but it’s a very positive album.
    Arcade Fire “Reflektor” – Obvious. Yes. But this album is damn good.

    3 years ago
    • I love Haim’s “The Wire”. It’s my cheer up song after a hard day of my students driving me cray-cray.

      3 years ago
    • I was really impressed by Haim for their first two tracks. Totally awesome. Then the next two tracks were aggressively cheesy, and I ran away with shivers. I’ll give the album another shot, though. I just remember Martina and I looking at each other at track 5 like “WTF are we listening to?

      And Arcade Fire’s “Reflector” didn’t really impress me past track 1, which I thought was great. The rest of the album..meh?

      3 years ago
      • AF are sad and grumpy, what can I say:) But “Afterlife”, for instance, is a superb song.

        Try YYYs though, it’s a very cool, diverse album.

        3 years ago
  96. Simon ~ Check out Flume. He’s an Australian Electronic-Trance-House artist and listening to samples of your favourite albums made me think of him straight away. Please check him out on Youtube at FlumeAUS ~ He released his first full album not long ago and won many awards for it. He is crazy good and certainly your style. Enjoy !!
    Oh and Flume has done some Remixes of songs by Disclosure that I love, he is very talented I can’t wait to hear what you think of him :)

    3 years ago
    • I remember reading about Flume a lot! I’ll check into him now!

      3 years ago
      • Ha! This is a Disclosure song! And Disclosure’s awesome!

        3 years ago
        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Dujdu49Ow This one is special, I’ll make this the last video I link cause I want you to experience the awesome journey of finding new music but this one is very special too me. It has ties with traditional aboriginal music and it’s a perfect synergy of Australian Trance and traditional sound that makes it a masterpiece, its a bit more slower and anthemic than some of his other songs. I hope you enjoy!

          3 years ago
        • Yep, Flume does a lot of Remixes and there all superb I haven’t been disappointed with any of his music, I have this album on repeat all day. He has another song “Insane” you’ll love that track !

          3 years ago
  97. the Classixx song made me crazy. since I’m norwegian i tried to hear what the girl said, but I believe that they must have distorted the sound or mix the sound to much bc i can’t understand what she is saying (or if its norwegian) the closest i can get to it is that she has the same tone when she speaks?

    other than thay wow alot of new music to check out! Thank you Simon.

    3 years ago
  98. “When the fire starts to burn, right, and it starts to spread!” Disclosure is awesome! Awesome list as well!

    I know you guys also like Bon Iver’s last album, so what do you guys think about Volcano Choir (Justin Vernon’s side project)? It’s probably one of my favorite albums of the year.

    3 years ago
    • I didn’t get a chance to check it out yet! I got the album, but forgot about it for a while. We freaking loved Bon Iver’s last album. If Volcano Choir’s anything like it, I’ll start listening to it this weekend!

      3 years ago
  99. I *love* this kind of music! Burial’s song/MV combination hypnotized me. I just sat there drooling. (Actually, my nose running is a better description…since I have a cold).

    Simon (and Martina), how do you guys learn about such cool music? I’m always immersed by the American Top 40, none of which I particularly like, and struggle to find great indie music anywhere (even Korean indie music, but thanks to you guys I’m learning more about the Korean indie scene).

    Does anyone else have this problem? It’s rare that I stumble upon indie music, and even more rare that I find friends that share my tastes. :P

    3 years ago
    • Finding new music is tough. I rely on Pitchfork.com a lot, or what’s under iTunes’ Alternative/Electronic tab. Pitchfork is hit and miss for me. I also have some friends who recommend stuff to me. Or I’ll hear something in a TV show or movie and say “HOLY SHIT THAT’S AWESOME” and look up the soundtrack online, find the artist, and explore their discography.

      It’s not easy finding new stuff, really, but it’s rewarding :D

      3 years ago
      • now the whole video/blogpost/commentsection is a goldmine of new music, look what you started?! Thank you for this, like winning the lottery… if the lottery had mellow beats & interpretive dance rolled into it ^_^

        3 years ago
      • simon i found your old what.cd account the other day

        3 years ago
      • A site I recommend for people who want to find great indie music is birp.fm. They come out with playlists every month of both up-and-coming and obscure artists who fit this genre. In fact, a lot of the artists they featured, both a looooong time ago and recently, have become famous. Like, the flaming lips, vampire weekend, MGMT, modest mouse, Neon Indian, Bon Iver, etc. Seriously, this site is cool beans.

        3 years ago
      • Thanks bunches for the suggestion! I’ll give it a go.

        3 years ago
        • Another thing: finding friends to talk about Indie Music with is like playing Battleship. You mention an artist: miss. They mention one: miss. You mention another: miss. They mention one you know as well. HOLY SHIT I KNOW THEM THEY’RE AWESOME!

          Seriously: I had a friend who was more aggressively into Indie than I was, and it was so hard to find intersecting lines of conversation, because there are so many indie artists and bands out there!

          3 years ago
  100. I can’t tell you how much I liked this Video…music exploration is so important. We must must feed our ears or they will

    drop off of our heads. LOL

    3 years ago
    • Glad you liked it! We try out so many different albums. Seriously, like, two new albums a week. A lot of them don’t make heavy rotation, but we never stop trying out new stuff :D

      3 years ago
  101. I totally agree with you about Bibio’s Silver Wilkinson. I did love “You” from the album, and played it so much for my friends that they voted it my life’s soundtrack of the year. It was just so cool, viby old-school R&B with a twist…Felt like a cool love song without being mushy. Listen to it again, and vibe out. You might like it this time around.

    3 years ago
  102. Love the Pharell song. I’m more of an R&B person myself so I didn’t know many bands on the list. I’ll have to check them out! For me, I really enjoyed Seyn’s EP and Ariana Grande’s album this year.

    3 years ago
    • If you’re into R&B, I think Bonobo will be most up your alley. The album has a track with Erykah Badu as well :D

      3 years ago
  103. Honestly, I pretty much just listen to k-pop now, but I always like discovering new music. I’m definitely going to check these bands out, thank you! Also, a band that I looove for chill, but upbeat electronic is Lemaitre. They make the perfect study/work music. In particular, check out their songs “Splitting Colors” and “Nishio.”

    3 years ago
  104. Ooooh thanks for the new music to listen to! I really liked the little blurbs you played and am definitly going to check these out!

    3 years ago
  105. Can we get a count on how many times Simon said “You’re gonna like it” in the video? Haha

    3 years ago
  106. Thank you for introducing us some cool-sounding music! I’ve never heard about any of the songs nor artists, but I’ll definitely check them out!

    3 years ago
  107. i super like the idea of non-korean music, and i super love the comment about the name of artists that people don’t memorize :p! I personally listen to a more upbeat dancing music, but would give these albums a shot for sure!!!! ^^

    3 years ago
  108. Oooooh very nice picks! I’ve always pronounced the “moi” in “Toro y Moi” the french way…now I’m doubting myself, noooooooo.

    3 years ago
  109. LOVED Grimes’ album. Though it came out last year, we just got into it this year, but we didn’t talk about it because it’s 2012. But great album, nonetheless. I’ll check out those others. Thanks :D

    3 years ago
  110. Not sure if K-pop-fans as a target audience is interested in your free-time hobbies outside of Korean culture and music… Nothing wrong with all kinds of music though but this just seems like a lot of wasted effort.

    3 years ago
    • Well, that’s a bit of a way off generalization of the thousands of fans who have been following Simon and Martina for varied periods of time. Sometimes, you have to mix things up in this exploration of life.

      3 years ago
    • That’s why it’s on their side channel Open the Happy, which is filled with videos of their pets,random ass things they find in Korea, movie reviews and makeup tutorials. Korean Culture fans that don’t care about other things can stay on SimonandMartina and SimonandMartinabonus. I however, really like hearing about other things that S&M do, and I know of many more people that will really enjoy this video.

      3 years ago
      • Yes, I can choose which channels to follow and be subscribed to, but I hope you understand that following them on Twitter and Facebook and visiting this site where we’re discussing, you really can’t put away the channels you aren’t subscribed to, and so they are all the same Eat Your Kimchi-stuff.

        3 years ago
        • I was just trying to help.

          3 years ago
        • What are you blathering on about?

          3 years ago
        • Just having a conversation by replying people who replied me, what about you?

          3 years ago
        • On their facebook and twitter’s respectively they noted that this was a non-korean related music playlist. So it wasn’t like they didn’t give their social media followers a heads up. They informed about the content of the video and it was then each followers choice to view the video or not. I’ve been with EYK for three years now, they are very good at letting Nasties know when something isn’t Korea based.

          3 years ago
        • You are correct, my mistake. And what does the year amount have to do with anything, by the way? Just seemed inappropriate to highlight that.

          3 years ago
    • Our main audience isn’t only kpop fans, though. Kpop is once a week. Kpop Music Monday isn’t even our most viewed segment :D

      3 years ago
      • What about Korean slang, Korean food, Korean everything you make videos of for other days of the week? I guess they are for people who are into Korean stuff. Of course I’m not trying to define your channels’ theme.

        3 years ago
        • I’m trying not to sound offensive, but I hope that you know that I was just trying to let them know how to get more views (= income) if they made videos that appealed to their target audience, which I thought was people who were interested in Korean things I mentioned earlier.

          3 years ago
        • Again, you are stating that you know specifically what their target audience is. Sure, some if not most of their subscribers have joined their channel because of their involvement in Korean culture but I could be wrong, I know I didn’t, what’s to say people aren’t joining for the fact that S&M and the rest of the EYK crew are just awesome people?
          The only gripe I had with your comment is that it wasn’t really constructive, I am sure they are aware of what gets them views and what doesn’t. Have a good holiday season ~

          3 years ago
        • I’m not stating that nor implying that I knew what their target audience is. Just to point out, they are not professionals in vlogging or not even filming, marketing or scripting, so I thought a viewers honest opinion would be welcome on a community-based website and would be appreciated, because they don’t have the education to back up their decisions’ validity.

          3 years ago
        • So your’re basically stating that Simon, Martina, Leigh and Soo Zoo are not professionals at what they do for a living and should ‘stick to what they know best’ just so they can maintain income? Its not always about money, what their viewers want to see, this site provides and outlet them to show us anything they want too whether Korea related or not. I understand what you are tying to say over all but you come off very negative and superior. We can agree to disagree because as a faithful nasty I’ll watch pretty much anything they post because I am interested in them, more so than anything else. EYK Crew Fo Lyfe.

          3 years ago
  111. CG

    Not an album of 2013, but I think you guys would like DeVotchka. They did the soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine, and the lead singer Nick Urata did the soundtrack to What Maisie Knew. Check ’em out!

    3 years ago
    • Devotchka are awesome. If you like them, try The Irrepressibles, especially the 1st album, “Mirror Mirror”. You won’t regret, I promise.

      3 years ago
  112. I usually like music to have words, but you’re poisoning me…slowly poisoning me…not that I mind it :D I actually really liked that Burial song you had playing :D Yay~

    3 years ago
    • I pretty much love all Burial Albums from “Untrue” onwards. Burial’s awesome, and – from what I read – for a long time remained anonymous. He didn’t care about fame or recognition. Just wanted to make good beats. I appreciate that :D

      3 years ago
  113. I’ve never liked electronic music before but you guys are really getting me into it… not complaining though :D

    3 years ago
  114. I wish you guys put this on your main channel because so many more people need to watch it.

    3 years ago
    • It didn’t really fit any of the shows, though. I would like to do more stuff like this in the future, though. I’m just not sure if people would be interested in it. If they are, we’ll do more vids like this on the main channel :D

      3 years ago
  115. Jen

    No Backstreet Boys? D= Shameeee. Their album was gold. Happy to see Nine Inch Nails listed! Loved “Find My Way” from thier album.

    3 years ago