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K Crunch Indie: Views, Faces, Kidds, and Skies

February 5, 2012

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Hey everyone! As you might have seen yesterday, we’ve revamped our K Crunch segment to be weekly, rather than monthly. We’ve noticed that a lot of people, in both Korea and not in Korea, have trouble finding good Korean indie music. Trust us, it’s out there. We often head to Hongdae, a very artsy and musically friendly part of Seoul near an art University, and they have TONS, and I mean TONS of venues for local indie bands to play. But how can we spread this news to other people? It’s not like everyone lives in Korea, so we’re hoping to use this new playlist format to talk about an indie song, and then send people over to their video to give them a bigger view count and hopefully some new subscribers.

Also, we’ve got some friends at the awesomely helpful website Korean Indie (hi Anna!!! HIII!!! ANNA hiii!!!!!! HI HI HI!!!!!! *jumps around like crazy people..Anna pretends to not know us and walks away embarrassed*) It’s an awesome site that reports on the Indie scene, and they agreed to help update us on new Indie bands that we would probably never find on our own.

One last thing, there are A LOT of people leaving suggestions about their fav Korean Indie bands, if you leave your response as a YouTube video response rather than a comment, we just might feature YOU in our playlist too! OoOOOooOOooHHHHH! DO IT!!!! ^^

Ok! Enough chat! ONWARDS!!!! *fist pump to the sky* Let’s make this short and sweet, oh and don’t forget to check out the website Korean Indie for more info on the bands!

Today we’re going to be featuring:

Electronica: Sentimental Scenery – View:
Watch on YouTube / Read at Korean Indie

Indie rock with a retroish twist: Chang Kiha & The Faces – 풍문으로 들었소:
Watch on YouTube / Read at Korean Indie

Punk with some funk: Super Kidd – Feel Good:
Watch it on YouTube / Read at Korean Indie

Indie rock: Black Bag – Blue Sky: 
Watch on YouTube / Read at Korean Indie

Let us know what you think!

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  1. Love love love ByeByeSea’s “My Mind Talks” and “Liar”. Urban Zakapa’s “My Love” and “Spring Day” also! Check those out! :) I’m so excited that you guys are covering indie songs!!

    4 years ago
  2. I wish in the Black Bag Blue Sky video that the main vocalist’s voice was louder, because it sounds like a good song if I could hear it :) and I REALLY loved the Sentimental Scenery- View.Honestly, I’m not really into the other songs :P I guess it’s just not for me, but it’s nice to see other music, that not by Kpop idols/stars. A little refreshing? But it’s cool that you’re doing this so these other artists can get some exposure too :)

    4 years ago
  3. They just released their album.

    Cassette Schwarzenegger-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZLMt_uWygE

    4 years ago
  4. this song is kind of old, but i absolutely love it. it’s Morning Call by Peterpan Complex :) 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v946HQdx8F0&list=FLlh0aVjC6lx9cj-1Djpng9g&index=231&feature=plpp_video 

    4 years ago
  5. hey

    u should totally check out  Vanilla Unity and Rose N Fly =))

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNGqpNoFSbg  Vanilla Unity

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cLTsHAV5Uc&feature=related Rose N Fly

     

    4 years ago
  6. You should totally haveyour own k music show somewhere on TV. Or maybe even your own channel. Or maybe even your own company. :)

    4 years ago
  7. I love the new and improved K Crunch you guys!! :D Great idea!!!

    I have a suggestion for your next K Crunch Indie! 
    It’s UV – No Cool I’m Sorry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YaI0ZnbOgw 
    Unfortunately I don’t really know much about them, but this video of theirs is hilarious!!
    (I know it would be better to leave a video response, but I’m too timid!! xD)

    4 years ago
  8. SuperKidd! Makes me feel like I’m pumped on adrenline in such a good way. Likin’ this new segment.

    4 years ago
  9. SuperKidd <3

    4 years ago
  10. I love that you guys are branching out to include more than just K-Pop to your guys’ reviews! There’s so much more to South Korea’s music scene than K-Pop. Fluxus Entertainment has some really great artists. Handsome People is an awesome indie rock band although they seriously need to come out with an album. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q80yg6NWra0) Winterplay, another group from Fluxus, is more jazz oriented.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4nvJMzYt5w) And I know you guys know of Clazziquai Project, also part of the Fluxus family. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyv9cBhi7Yg) Also, the colabs. that some of the Fluxus artists do together are really cool. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDMd_FH-IdM) Lastly, 10 cm, not a Fluxus group, is a really chill indie group. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmJYbdRfDNQ) Ok, I’ll shut up now. =P

    4 years ago
  11. They’re probably the most “popular” of the k-indie groups, but imo Jaurim is always worth reviewing. The only problem is that their latest mv and album were released months ago. :

    4 years ago
  12. superkidd is definitely my favorite out of the whole list~ SOOO AWESOME!

    4 years ago
  13. WInterplay is awesome. Please review them! :D 

    4 years ago
  14.  I love the new K Crunch segment!You should review Bye bye sea or Axiz.

    byebye sea : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jHx90ui5GM
    Axiz : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUxgnpomRJ0

    4 years ago
  15. You guys should totally do 10cm next time i’m in love with them even though they don’t have any music videos besides performing in coffee shops :)

    4 years ago
  16. I would like to know if there are any korean rock/metal? Kind of like early TRAX but more the rock/metal we’re used to in Europe.

    4 years ago
  17. That was awesome.  It is really awesome to hear music from groups that would be otherwise difficult to find out about (from overseas at least).  I am really enjoying the Black Bag music the most I think.  Thank you for this change up, it’s a great way to get some of the indie artists up here for new people to see.

    4 years ago
  18. Can you guys also kinda review songs that are not just indie like metal and hard rock. From what I have seen, many bands don’t just stick with a specific genre. They seem to shuffle between indie, hard rock and a bit of metal and others. 

    Maybe you could review Pia especially there song “My Bed” – 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoowqIbkZK4 

    They are an AMAZING band!! This song has bits and pieces of many genres, not just metal.

    4 years ago
  19. (pressed the button too soon ¬¬)
    You guys are getting every day more and more professional. Thanks for your hard work ^^

    4 years ago
  20. This new format is awesome! Great idea! I loved it!
    You guys are

    4 years ago
  21. Wow Super Kidd is good. I haven’t heard about them before even though I like Korean indie for quite a time;)
    Guys, could you review something by J Rabbit next week? Those girls are totally amazing~!

    4 years ago
  22. This is random, but… I spy a wedding picture :)
    And also, I love your earrings Martina!

    4 years ago
  23.  Is that…a pimple?  Did this guy maybe forget to brush his hair? Are those…INSTRUMENTS!? Yes!  Oh God YES!    Indie 4 lyfe!  I still don’t see anyone that looks like they just picked something off the floor of their apartment, gave it a sniff and put it on.  I’ll be waiting patiently for that.   

    4 years ago
  24. just click this page! http://www.facebook.com/#!/koreanindie
    It’s a facebook page about korean indie scene! yay! :D

    4 years ago
  25. Yay Indie music: a breath of fresh air! You should check out Bye Bye Sea!

    4 years ago
  26. As I was searching for more Chang Kiha I found this guy on a site. He isn’t ‘Korean’ indie, he is American, but I really like him and I think you will like him too if you haven’t already heard him. I don’t have a camera, or else I would send you a video response : 
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jhameelmusic

    4 years ago
  27. Wow I LOVE 장기하와 얼굴들. I was looking around for more of their music and I found their ‘별일 없이 산다’ album. I listened to it and love it, and I was wondering if you knew where I could get a hardcopy sent to America? I looked online but all I saw was itunes, and I use MP3s or WMAs only. :(

    4 years ago
  28. yeah….. Indie!!!  Thanks Guys :B

    4 years ago
  29. This is awesome! I’ve really had a hard time finding good k-indie bands! Do you know any k-rock bands? like with a little rock-ish feel to it with el-guitars and stuff… 

    4 years ago
  30. OH ~~~~ I like this. a LOT.

    First…I will try to be brief because I think I could write several paragraphs about how much Simon’s taste in music matches my own. (guess it’s been a year now since I’ve been a fan)…so I can fairly say….with his/your appreciation of oldschool R&B and all other asundry retro-with baby-making-undertones….we are in agreement.
    d(^_^)b~♫♪♫♪

    For Martina ~the Sentimental Scenery vid is subtle yet gorgeous…the visuals are like this:
    on a warm, sunny day you slightly close your eyelids…the sunlight reflects off your iris’ and it becomes splintered radiating light
    …then there’s the edges of your eyelashes…followed by the expanding rays of the dandylion coming into focus

    ….the whole video is shot from the perspective of half-closed eyelids ….thanks. It was cool. :)

    4 years ago
  31. You should check out Standing Egg! They’re awesome. 

    4 years ago
  32. I love your earrings Martina :>

    did you make them yourself out of polymer clay?

    4 years ago
  33. You should check out seoulbeats’ tag of kpop indie; they post an article about an indie band each week, and most of those they talk about are pretty good.

    4 years ago
  34. I love ‘Tokyo’! Well I actually love Nell ahaha :D

    4 years ago
  35. Mmm, next week, you should review Nell’s ‘Tokyo’ and Jungin’s ‘Rainy Season’. :]

    4 years ago
  36. I love MATE, but one of the members is going to do their 2 years in the military. So, I don’t know that they will be putting anything new out for a while. If you want to review one of their MVs though, that would rock!  :)

    4 years ago
  37. OH YES if Phantom is considered indie I definitely think you should review their song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  38. Thanks for making a video introducing some Korean indie music! I’ve been wanting to venture into it, I just didn’t know where to start :S Now I’ve got some great artists to listen to! ^_^

    4 years ago
  39. JANG KIHA AND THE FACES=AWESOME BANANAS

    no..not the kind simon likes to rub..

    Would you equate “K-Rock” to “K-Indie”? or do those genres have a clear separation in Korea? cause from the outside, it seems like they’re all one big melting pot. Which is awesome, by the way.

    4 years ago
  40. Have you guys listened to Yanghwajin and TOXIC? :D They’re Korean indie rock bands!

    4 years ago
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