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K Crunch Indie: Kill Black 84

September 30, 2012


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Glen Check “84”

Woohoo! Glen Check time! Ok: I want this answered today, for any of you who know: is Glen Check a “he” or a “they”? I think it’s a he, right? Or is it like Franz Ferdinand? I’m not sure. Band names confuse me. Anyhow, this song is great, though it is quite different than Glen Check’s other stuff, and we’re quite impressed. It’s still awesome synthy sexiness, but this is more funktastic, while Glen Check’s other stuff, in our opinion, sounds more electro poppy. This is more grooving and grimy, I think. No? But I do clearly hear sounds of Justice there, that’s for sure.

Ashgray “Killheel”

I don’t think we emphasized this enough in our video: totally love this song, but the video is SOOO boring. Maybe it’s more interesting to those of you who are interested in ladies, but watching these girls dance awkwardly is boring to me (Martina), and them not even dancing to the beat is frustrating. Dance to the beat at least! It’s not that hard! Or is this one of those organized dance issues? This song needs an organized dance, maybe, and then that’ll make the video better. You know what: you could say that for just about every video.

Tasha “Black Happiness”

Ah yes. We’re kicking it old school with this request today. Tasha aka Yoon Mirae aka TigerJK’s wife (from Drunken Tiger) has been in the rap scene for a long time, long before she married TigerJK and today we’re showing one of her older songs. For those of you that don’t know a lot about her background, Tasha was born in the USA and her mom is Korean and her dad is African-American. When she was growing up she experienced a lot of discrimination due to her mixed background, so a lot of her music touched on the issues she faced. The point I’m getting at, is that Tasha’s music is quite meaningful, so for those of you interested in hip hop and rap, and not pop “rap,” then this is the direction you want to be heading. If you get into her music, you’ll be sure to get into other musicians from the same crew (which is dubbed “The Movement”) such as Drunken Tiger, Leessang, Dynamic Duo, Epik High. Anyhoo, enough background, enjoy the music and let us know if you already were a fan of her!



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  1. Run is too old – but they might be able to review Epik High’s newest MVs!! Come vote for it? And leave some comments too :D http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/kpopcharts/epik-high-dont-hate-me/

    3 years ago
  2. oh my fricken bananas I love this glencheck song. THANKS GUISE. :LICK: :LICK: omg omg. DANSU PAHHHHRRRRY!

    3 years ago
  3. Thanks to you, I just wasted my precious public holiday watching Korean TV shows. :p
    LOLJK that was awesome!!! I learnt a lot of random facts about The Movement that I hadn’t known before – especially about Leessang and Dynamic Duo, since I don’t know them all too well. Plus it was very entertaining :D

    3 years ago
  4. They’ve talked about Bye Bye Sea (aka Anyeongbada) here: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/k-crunch-indie-devil-pony-love/


    3 years ago
  5. I feel like coicedences are getting too frequent lately! The other week when you had The Knoxx in a K Crunch Indie playlist I read an article the following day about them and now its happened again with Glen Check…
    but yes, like others have said already, Glen Check is a duo.

    This article has some information about them and some other interesting tracks by them for anyone who might be interested

    3 years ago
  6. Yey! Tasha’s Black happiness is one of my faves from her. She’s amazing and can give a lot of female rappers ( Korean and non-Korean) and performers some schooling on what it means to have flow.

    I know there is a lot of history with how she was introduced and accepted by the Korean public along with her marriage to Tiger and their awesome son Jordan as she is bi racial and that made it more difficult for her to be accepted. But at the same time her genre is R&B and rap so if you are into those types of music you must have at least a little appreciation for African American culture ( note I said African American and not black. The two are not mutually exclusive. The majority of black people in the world are not African American.)

    That said, ‘Black Happiness’ makes me cry, both the song and the video. I love that she uses her father’s words to her in the song and also photos and footage for her youth. Plus Tasha is so classy and beautiful. More Tasha on Eyk please. Actually more from ‘The Movement’ in general. Epik High is coming back soon, but the rest of the guys who are reaping hip hop properly in Korea need to be highlighted.

    Oh, by the way, I loved the Kill Heel video even though I also can’t wear killer heels but I am in love with the idea of the shoes. And I was pleased by the use of Caucasian and Asian women wearing those killer heels ( even though yes awkward dancing is awkward).. I just… I dunno… Wish that there were some people with some melanin up in there. I mean… Junsu had a bit of melanin in Tarantellegra and Latino and black women wear heels too. Just saying. Alas, the representation of non-asian women of colour is something Korean music in general needs to work on.

    3 years ago
  7. Since this’ll be your last K-Crunch Indie in a while *sobs*, I thought I’d share some other K-Indie songs that other Nasties requested, and I took a liking to:

    Huckleberry Finn – 사막
    It’s alternative rock, and really reminds me of the amateur bands that my friends used to form in high school. The split screen irked me a bit, and it was a bit strange, with a girl painting her toenails in one screen, and a couple fighting in the other….random….

    Eniac – 소년은 달린다
    I remember another song request by this guy – was it Love Again? I really like his style, it’s soft electronica? I think? The video is one of my favourites, because I just love anything with cars/roads/traffic/journeys. Most of the music I listen to is in my car, after all.

    The Black Skirts – 젊은 우리 사랑
    Can’t get enough of this guy – he was the one who sang International Love Song, which I requested previously. I think I just have a soft spot for acoustic guitars. The MV is animated and really cute/ugly :p

    KIM JI SOO – Vinatge Man
    This is SOO funny!! xD The dude is quite ‘handsome’, you should check him out :p He’s wearing what some Nasties have decided to call a ‘V-Stomach’. The song is really catchy. Is it trot?

    Leessang – Turned off the TV
    I think they won an award at MAMA for this, so I’m not sure if they’re ‘indie’ or ‘pindie’ now. It’s a nice relaxing hip-hop song, with a very cute and creative MV. Watch out for the ‘little man’ :p

    Eastern Sidekick – Fight For Rainbow
    Again, FLUXUS. What can I say? If you haven’t subscribed to their channel yet, DO IT NOW. Oh, it’s a rock song, and these guys did a great cover of Big Bang’s Monster the other day.

    Outsider – Alone
    Click below if you want to hear the fastest rapper in the world. o_O;

    There’s a few more, but if you want to find them, just search ‘k-crunch indie’ in youtube, you’ll find lots of awesome requests :)

    I’m gonna miss this segment….it’s my favourite, y’know? :(

    3 years ago
  8. Obligatory Epik High post:

    Okay now that that’s out of my system –

    Yes I’m a big fan of Tasha!! ME ME PICK ME :D
    And I’m very, very proud of you Simon, for knowing so much about her!!! I knew you’re still a gangster at heart~ :p
    (……..really sorry for making 2 requests in a row guys….I thought you were short of requests….but now I know you’re not >_<)

    Glen Check is a ‘them’. Thanks Wikipedia: Glen Check is a South Korean indie band, consisting of singer and guitar player June-One Kim, bass and synthesizer player Hyuk-Jun Kang.

    I’ve noticed it for a while, but you two are such electro junkies, aren’cha :p
    Well, I’m a diehard hip-hop fan, and Ryan likes rock, so I think we just need a balladeer, a trotter, and a jazzy K-Indie fan to complete the mix~ :D

    Glad I’m not the only one who found those dancing girls reaaaally awkward…. :S
    I just thought of it as a fashion CF. Nice shoes?

    PS. Martina, not sure if you look more like GD/Skrillex/Dara…..maybe Skrillex, with the glasses, but the rainbow hair makes me think of GD…..hrrmmmm…….
    PPS. The background music for my video was by a friend of mine who’s actually performed with Flying Lotus before!! Funny you should mention it :D

    3 years ago