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It’s time for the Indie Playlist for the week of February 26th 2012. We got rock, ballads, and acoustic guitars.

1) OKPUNK – Not the End

 

We’re starting with OKPUNK which sounds like they should be a punk band but they’re not…but now that I think about it, I suppose Daft Punk is also not a punk band. Anyways, this band is a kind of TV project which puts an actress named Kim Ok Vin as the lead singer of a rock band. The band is made up of famous indie musicians that already have successful bands. We got GoGo Star vocalist Lee Tae Sun (bass), The KOXX vocalist Hyunsong (guitar), Devin of N.EX.T and Dr.Core911 (guitar), Toxic‘s Kim Seul Ong (drums) and Kim Hyun Woo of Dick Punks (keyboard). While I’m really happy to see these epic indie musicians getting an awesome chance to advertise their skills and thus promote their own bands, the lead singer of OKPUNK just doesn’t do it for us, and yes, I know she isn’t a trained singer, but considering the vast amount of good singers out there in Korea who aren’t getting exposure, I just can’t grasp the concept of the show. Put an actress who likes punk as the lead singer of a super talented band and watch her flail? Simon likes basketball, but that doesn’t mean they should put him on an NBA all star team and film him get crushed by Jeremy Lin. We all know that Kim Ok Vin is not a trained singer, and I suppose that is the point of the TV program (but why?)

It’s just…when I heard her singing live, I died inside. As a huge fan of heavy metal (this is Martina) a lot of people think that screaming or scream singing is talentless and easy to do, but it takes serious vocal training to get it right and not damage your vocal chords. I guess it just makes me sad to see this all star line up come together, in probably a once in a lifetime opportunity, and not have an awesome lead singer. The studio single they released is much much better, but I don’t know if I can get past her live singing. We’ll include a link to her singing 2NE1 live and you can let me know if I’m being too harsh on her singing.

2) Park Ji Yoon – “Tree of Life”

 

This next song is really beautiful and accompanied by an artsy fartsy video with lots of weird but beautiful images. I like this song so much because they slowly add additional instruments that help make the song sound continuously fresh. The reason I’m not a big fan of ballads is because they usually bore me. Most ballads have a repetitive nature, and the most that changes is perhaps the song moves up an octave and gets a wee bit faster. That doesn’t really do it for me. This song is awesome because around the 1:40 mark there is a gorgeous little piano break. After the piano break the rest of the song sounds slightly different as they include…if I remember my music classes properly…just a simple snare drum and metal brush, and then again at the 3:00 mark, they add an additional sound again. I was worried I would be bored when I first started listening to this song but absolutely not. From her warm voice, to simple makeup and crisp white shirt, to the awesome filming, I love this song. Read more about her here.

3) Taru – Spring Has Come 봄이 왔다

 

Taru has a very sing-song voice, she reminds me of a really small and cute bird from a Disney movie. That being said, this song is not really my style. It’s not that I don’t like Disney birds, I’m not a heartless b*tch, I’ve just never been into solo female singers. Like ever. I can appreciate their sound and say, “wow that was really beautiful” but I just can’t get into it and I never want to listen to the album on my spare time. (With the rare exception of Metric, Erykah Badu, Gwen Stefani, and Esthero.) However, if I opened up a coffee shop (which is my dream) I would capture Taru and put her in a cage to sing for my customers because this girl sounds like a walking indie coffee shop soundtrack.

4) PHANTOM – 19 Song
 

Ohhh it’s like a quiz show for kpop lovers! Phantom, normally a hip hop style group, are testing your knowledge of kpop songs that have been BANNNNNEDDD for non PG lyrics. Even something as stupid as talking about being drunk can get you banned. Yes, I’m sure high school students in Korea have NEVER seen a drunk person in Korea and these lyrics will scar them for life. *deadpan stare* COME ON SOJU COSTS LESS THEN THE COST OF JUICE, SODA POP, and COFFEE!!!! Ahem. I digress. See how many songs you can recognize, and remember, they don’t sound like they normally do, it’s just the lyrics they’re keeping the same. Oh, and if you’re under 19 and Korean, don’t watch this music video. I’m WATCHING YOU!

ToFebruary
  1. I love the new indie playlist!!!! Can you do hip hop playlist in the future?

  2. Kimchisoup

    Hey Guise! Try out:-

    Urban Zakapa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1IuDM9EMSg&feature=related

    Peppertones (I’m pretty sure this tune will make you guise bounce around the room!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UptuSYZ3ZSE

    Geeks
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNaZ1Ob3nDg&feature=related

  3. omg i went to the link for the OKPUNK’s lead singer covering 2NE1 Ugly. i nearly punched my laptop screen.

  4. the most recent guckkasten video ‘manicure’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH9Z0oUsAWU&feature=related their EP tagträume is ossm! :D

  5. agree that the singer of ok punk didn’t do it for me live. the video is slightly better…but she lacks a bit punk-enthusiasm :x really glad though indie bands get a bit more exposure through it.

    i love park jiyoons voice ;A; i only knew her song ‘between spring and summer’ before and i adore it!
    phantom is great as well :D

  6. I recognized:
    Americano by 10cm
    Don’t Go Home by GD & TOP
    I Am The Best  by 2NE1
    Hands Up by 2PM
    Mirotic by DBSK
    난 이런 사람이야 by DJ DOC

    XD

  7. Simon and Martina, thank you for making my last med school year a little brighter!  Oh, wow, that sounded depressing! it’s the truth though! loool You two are my “crack” snack, kit kat break (if i was writing a kpop song, i would probably be banned right now) :P 

  8. mechenerarc

    Dear Simon and Martina,
    if you are interested in korean psychedelic rock, you guys should check out Guckkasten.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leJ4YyCZEe0 

    and I, as a hard rock fan, have to mention Gate Flowers.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WDQtUScFSQ 

    These two bands are just AWESOME!!

    I hope you like them :)

  9. For anyone after the songs in 19 song go to this link and it tells you what songs are being sung. 
    http://32bar.tumblr.com/post/9948822789
    I was able to pick out 5.

  10. fuuko4869

    Lol I heard that ’19 Song’ ages ago, and found it absolutely hillarious. I didn’t realise it was by Phantom though. I only really appreciated Phantom after ‘Hole in Your Face’, so it’s nice to know that the cool song I heard ages ago was by them :D

  11. Park Ji Yoon is sooo pretty! Simple makeup, simple outfit. I loved it!!

  12. fuuko4869

    Obligatory Jeremy Lin comment.
    <3

  13. Taru is the best!  I love her song “Let’s End It Here”!  Much love for Taru ^o^

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