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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. Hi Simon and Martina, you should check out LUNAFLY! They’re getting lots of fans overseas, I hope you take time to make a review about them. Meet the three lovely members, from left to right, YUN – the lead vocal and guitarist, TEO – the drummer/pianist and SAM – half-British half-Korean leader and guitarist. They took part on composing their songs and have their distinct voices too. So far, they’ve released 3 albums on iTunes. It’s just nearly their 3rd month since debut but they’ve performed in the streets of Hongdae and had a concert in Japan and their first single, “How Nice Would It Be” topped a Malaysian radio broadcast as well. Watch their latest single, Clear Day Cloudy Day, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tjuadr3Lk.

  2. “You know what, I’ve only been told about the eighties.”  LOL

  3. awesome indie bands :) – Dear cloud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4FR3yuE6jE&feature=related
                                     옥상달빛(rooftop moonlight)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aro43ywpRW8
                                 Brown Eyed Soul http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCohxaZJD1A
                                  Hcube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzSfqTAKy5g
                                     Daybreak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqCnC2EOxGo&feature=related        
                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bG4_KLzWbs&feature=related
                                 Dynamic Duo –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN1B2d7LnXU

  4. Sofia Gonçalves

    Something from 검정치마 (The Black Skirts) would be nice :)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loysypSfVN0

    http://youtu.be/–OVNQAKFbM

  5. Yuni Choi

    These guys need your help! They deserve way more listeners for their music! 
    House Rulez- Do it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmfB68ZzPXM 

    I think they’d fit your taste for music <3

  6. i’m glad you guys are doing this.. i love kpop but have had an interest in indie kmusic for a while now but its hard to search for it sometimes so this is perfect! eatyourkimchi + indie = AWESOME! keep it up! 

  7. Anything by Standing Egg! I love there song 
    사랑에 빠져본 적 있나요 with Ra.D Acoustic Ver.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6szNeO4bpI 

    or
    have you ever fallen in love? (강승윤 ver.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vueG1uJUSE and their song”lalala”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkMnn2wDKFY The music video is creative :)
     

  8. Anonymous

    I LOVED Black Bag’s Blue Sky. I loved how it was just them in a small room playing and singing. Very raw and beautiful! 

  9. Aimee Fiorini

    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!

  10. Carolyn Kaschak

    hey guys…love the new segment…there is a band I think you might like..It is my favorite Korean band evar :D   The band name is Jaurim…The first video I ever saw by them was carnival amour …hahaha song and il tal are pretty awesome too..^^

  11. Ricardo Montalvo

    we demand a K-Indie music review! :D

  12. I think it’s pronounced FUS RO DAH.

  13. You know how Kpop is Korean pop music, right? Wouldn’t Korean Indie music be Kindie (pronounced kin-dee)? 
    *scratches chin*

    On another note, I’m loving that you now are informing us about Korean Indie music. 

  14. I don’t know much about Korean Indie, but there’s a band that I would love to see in your video: standing egg and their debut song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkMnn2wDKFY 

    And another one, who does not really fall into the indie category, but is not also considered idol any more, is Yoon Jong Shin :p Despite being a useless elder in family outing, he’s still very much a passionate singer. I just love his songs and his voice!!!! 

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

  16. I love this new segment. I’ve recently really gotten into Korean indie music so it’s great to find out about new bands. I really liked Sentimental Scenery, definitely going to check out more from them :D

    I’m not sure if they’re indie, maybe just rock…let’s say indie rock xD but I’d love it if you could review Monni and their song ‘Sonagi’ It’s the first song of theirs I ever heard and it’s still my favourite ^^
    http://youtu.be/H0K4j2pIlsk

    Also Linus’ Blanket and their song ‘Music Takes Us To The Universe’. It’s all in english but they’re definitely korean :P I love the beat to this song, and was hooked from the intro :)
    http://youtu.be/vVuGnCTU6sM

    Another one is Soul Park’s ‘Escape’. I like listening to this and just gazing out the window xD
    http://youtu.be/u9BuSf8GCKI

    …aaand finally 10cm. I’m sure other people have mentioned them too, but I just wanted to mention their song ‘Good Night’. It’s so calming and relaxing. It’s gotten to the point where I have to put this on before going to sleep :’)
    http://youtu.be/Emz42hRW9EU

    Thank you so much for this new segment, I’m so happy you’re doing it!! (^_^)/

  17. could you put English translation on the bottom for the MV, please?

  18. Some good music. I really liked Sentimental Scenery. As much as I love me some kpop/hip-pop, I’ve been trying to find more Korean rock bands. I really like GUYZ, so I was looking for more bands like them, but it’s not so easy when I don’t actually live in Korea. Definitely glad you guys are doing these playlists. Thanks! ^^

  19. 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.

  20. syster pop

    Do you guys know where you can get these songs. I’ve checked yesasia but they only got sentimental scenery and black bag, and it’s actually the other two I’m most interested in… Are there any other sites for korean music, other than yesasia?

  21. check out jrabbit you guys! they have some really nice acoustics :)

  22. I also adore Korean electro-pop so I’d love to see you
    guys review some stuff: I would like to see any songs by Humming Urban
    Stereo, Clazziquai, The Green Tea, Oriental Funk Stew. Oh and the new
    album by Astro Bits called “Bits of Universe”, especially the song
    Somewhere (it’s so freaking cool) : http://soundcloud.com/asasqq/feat

  23. I know that finger dance song!:D yay! And I really liked the first song!

    I don’t think it is considered as indie, but I totally love ‘Norazo’. Their songs are… I cannot even describe it:P I love “Superman” and “Curry”.

    And I wonder, could you have a video where Martina list up the best of the best dramas she has seen? Yup, I think that is an anwesome idea! Dramas you cannot miss…

  24. junelizondo

    i would just like TVXQ
    TVXQ for me heart only!
    most of all
    Simchanmginlover
    AWAY!!!!!
    BACK OFF gurlz changmins mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. i don’t really know much about k-indie but some non idol korean groups/singers i like are lucite tokki, the black skirts, 10cm, han jae wook & J. i’m definitely looking forward to getting to know some new korean artists thanks to you guys :)

  26. When it comes to indie groups I really like Lucite Tokki, Especially the songs 꿈에선 놀아줘, 봄봄봄, 두근두근 and Go. For having such good songs I feel it’s weird that not more people know them.

  27. thatssumgoodcurry

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

  28. thatssumgoodcurry

    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)

  29. Oooo thank you! I had no idea Sentimental Scenery came out with a new album. I haven’t heard of Black Bag AND they are AMAZING!! I will do everything in my power to get these albums!

  30. love love love sentimental scenery

  31. I feel revitalized after finally getting to see a different face to the korean music. I like kpop, but sometimes it just makes me want to bang my head on the wall. Thank you for K-Crunch Indie!!

  32. Wow, Sentimental Scenery was pretty epic! Moar K-Indie I say, MOAR!

  33. Wow this is great, thanks for taking the time to put this thing together! Loved the music. And you were spot on about the Sigur Ros reference I reckon!

  34. Anonymous

    Oww!!.. It was different and interesting!! I never thought that Korea would have something like Black Bag.. it was owww!! I really really liked!! =)

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