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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. Simon, I just wanted to say that I really hate you right now because you got me obsessed with the song, “What is Love” by EXO-K.  The boys’ voices are just too sexy to turn off.  Curse you, Simon!

  2. THANK YOU. but where can i buy these awesome songs?? please give us access! :)

  3. Jang Ki Ha rocks~!
    I went to his concert when he came to the states…
    It was really nice!
    He was great,
    I love it when artists knows how to hype up the crowd, and how to pace a concert.
    What was even nicer is that I got to meet him after the concert and get his autograph on his CD!!!
    He was really nice, and seemed kinda surprised at how popular he was in the states.

  4. And, Martina. Your earrings. I don’t even…
    THEY’RESORAWSOME!!! XD
    Did you have them made? They’re so amazing!

  5. My fave Korean indie song is actually kinda popular, so I’m afraid a lot of K-pop lovers might have already heard it. Its Americano by 10cm.
    If that’s one that’s already had a lot of exposure, then I’ll recommend another awesome song that I LOVE, which is Trouble Maker by The KOXX. (questionable name, I know, but they do kinda have that rebel-rock thing going on)

  6. 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!!

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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 

  9. 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

     

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

  11. 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)

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

  13. 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

  14. 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. :

  15. superkidd is definitely my favorite out of the whole list~ SOOO AWESOME!

  16. WInterplay is awesome. Please review them! :D 

  17.  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

  18. 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 :)

  19. I love the sound of Super Kidd they definitely have a new fan right here!

  20. 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.

  21. i’d love if you considered eAeon – bulletproof for next week. the guy’s solo right now but i love the stuff of his band MoT, too!

    also thanks for this new segment! i love to discover new music! definitely liked sentimental scenerey. :D

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. This new format is awesome! Great idea! I loved it!
    You guys are

  26. 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~!

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

  28.  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.   

  29. I love this!! All of it!! Just one question, are you still going to review korean dramas??

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

  31. Yay Indie music: a breath of fresh air! You should check out Bye Bye Sea!

  32. 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

  33. 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. :(

  34. yeah….. Indie!!!  Thanks Guys :B

  35. 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… 

  36. 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. :)

  37. You should check out Standing Egg! They’re awesome. 

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