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For those of you that have already watched the video you’ll notice that we are trying out a new video format for our K-Indie segment. The reasons why, a lot of people are watching our videos via their mobile device (around 40%) and it’s a lot harder to watch a long playlist on them. So we’re trying to put all our opinions into one video followed by the three videos + the one requestor video. We originally divided the videos this way to give it a kind of VJ feel so I’m not sure if you guise will like the change, not like it, or feel neutral to it. Either way, we are still talking about Korean Indie music and linking you to the original videos! YAY!

Crying Nut “Give Me the Money”

 

Starting with PUNK ROCK with the return of Crying Nut’s “Give Me The Money”. This is their 7th album, whoa 7TH ALBUM! They took a break after going to mandatory military service, but once they were all out, they continued making music. We’ve talked about them before but for those of you that don’t know, Crying Nut is like Korean Punk Royalty, they’ve been around for a looooong time and they were part of the first Korean Punk movement. Their older stuff was a lot more like traditional punk, but they’ve always maintained being hilarious. One of my favourite songs is “비둘기” aka Pigeon, and it’s only 2 minutes long, but it combines old school sounding Korean trot with punk. Anyhoo, the only reason I mention their older stuff is because it’s just surprising to hear this sound coming from them at first, but it still fits in the punk rock genre and has the great energy I expect from them. Please check it out and stick around long enough to hear the rocking chorus!

Litter “Breakers”

 

Next up is a band that is new to us, but actually isn’t new in Korea, it’s Litter with their song “Breakers”. Whoa. How was I living without this band for so long? Seriously?!! I’ve been listening to Glen Check so often and on loop and I was wondering when I would find another similar band. This band is similar in the heavy use of synth + band combo, but otherwise they’re different as Litter has more of a rock band feel to them. I’m really a sucker for all kindofs of rock+synth combos, it maintains the heaviness of a rock band while also peppering the music with a light bouncy feel. Litter tends to keep that clean electric guitar feel blasting almost as loudly as the vocals and then surprising you with even louder BEEP BEEP BEEPBEEPBEEPEBEEEPS from the synth ten seconds later. Glorious! GLORIOUS! Anyways, I had to look them on iTunes and right now it seems they only have two singles available, this song “Breaker” and also “Sync” so if you like them as much as I do, support them and buy those singles! Been dancing around the house all day to them. *shakes booty*

Lee Yu Rim “Call My Name”

 

Holy smokes, was this ever an impressive song. It’s not a masterpiece that’ll sit in my heart forever, but it’s so very different than what we usually hear in Kpop/K-Indie. Both genres can, at times, follow a formula, but this just sounds like someone made it who’s never listened to Korean music at all. The chorus is so unique sounding. I don’t even know what genre to classify it as apart from “made in Korea.” It sounds almost like video game music, perfect for a side-scrolling video game starring cupcakes. Almost like Katamari, except not as quirky. Just great, fun stuff. Thank you, Will Freaking Smith, for recommending the song!

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  1. While it isn’t a guaranteed solution, due to various companies having different licensing arrangements, I buy as much of my k-indie (and k-idol) digital as I can from kpop.soribada.com — that’s the soribada foreigner entrance (and purchases there count towards the korean charts, if you are into that kind of thing). There is a lot of k-indie stuff that is on iTunes instead. Or on CD from yesasia.com.

    Oh, and sometimes if you grab the hangul from the video, things turn up in soribada/itunes that don’t show up if you look for the english version of the name.

  2. Simon! Martina! Have you guys heard of Googoplex? Check out their song “Somewhere We Belong” here! :D https://vimeo.com/36075439

  3. Hello Simon and Martina!

    This song is couple of months old BUT I hope you can review it..

    Double K Ft. Michelle Lee – Rewind

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bXoukcd56E&list=PLC607690F1E5810D5

  4. Pretty awesome indie playlist this week guise!Thank you! :)

    Out of the three songs… my favorite would be “Give me the money”(… not that it would be an instant addiction just that it sounds better to my ears than the other ones …. “Breakers” really awesome instrumental music… nice vocals…just that the lyrics are a bit awkward… curious to hear what their other song “sync” sounds like, though. …and third song… it’s not really my type).

    The new format seems a lot more easier to access but I kind of miss the thorough analysis as well. :)

    Either way great job!! :D

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  5. Ahhhhh! Lee Yu Rim Fan like right now! that was awesome so so awesome. I love this format by the way.

  6. Thank you for showing the playlist this way ^U^ I love how I can expand my love with music and my culture awareness at the same time ^v^
    Now if I can only get rid of this annoying ad on my IPad (which I had already patiently looked and watched and even open there’Find out more’ button grr)
    Any tips? It’s impeding my viewing/reading pleasure of your website *whine* >~<'

  7. I like the new format. Loving all the changes to EYK lately :DD

  8. I like the new format! It makes my life easier. :)

  9. More British people should make requests so all of us can listen to their awesome accents! I could listen to a British person talk all day.

  10. I like the new format. The songs picked this week were great, going shopping. Hopefully the itunes US site will have everything.

  11. I like the new format! It keeps my interest much better than the old format! I often didn’t finish watching videos with the old format since I would just get bored. The music videos made everything so much longer.

  12. I second this exact response. It was kind of weird to see someone write the exact words of what I was thinking and doing. I switched tabs to tumblr and then came back when I heard music playing.

    But i really like this segment so I don’t want it to disappear like the Kop Chart updates, so I’ll take whatever format I can get :-/

  13. *sigh* You could have went in and edited your previous comment to say first and no one would have ever know! XD

  14. I doesn’t happen a lot but that moment when you realize that you have listened to a song before it was on EYK! I am very happy to see Litter “Breakers” they didn’t have enough view with their song considering how awesome they are!!!

  15. I love this new format! It helps a lot, since I love watching your playlists, but it gets hard sometimes when i’m on my itouch or whatever. YAY!!

  16. I have to confess, I prefered the last format because it kinda “forced” me to watch every MV and because there was more like a “build up” before going to the MV you would have just talk about. It’s a bit like in a essay, if you put all the chart, board and picture in the annex section instead of putting them within the text itself. In a way, it felt more like an interactive playlist than just a regular playlist.

    That said, as long as you keep doing what you love to do, I’m fine with it ;)

  17. The lead singer of Litters voice kinda reminds me of David Sterry (of Real Life – Send Me An Angel fame)… Its probably just me. But yeah, the song is freaking awesome.

  18. parts of the Lee Yu Rim song reminds me of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time soundtrack titled ‘Sketch’!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQAhgGPBCX0

  19. Hey guys! ^^ love the new format,looks really nice.Thank you for introducing me to an awesome band like Litter ^^
    On,another note,did you guys hear about TOXIC ? They were in this compition for bands and they won.They have a rock-techno-sexy sound and they’re really good.
    And did you hear about the new band called ODD EYE? They’re three girls playing chello and violin,but mixing it with a pop sound,they’re totally awesome.

  20. This is so much easier to watch!
    Fifty million thumbs up!

    • With respect to playlist mode on mobile devices, while it won’t work within the YouTube app, playlist mode *does* work when you view the embedded videos from your website using iOS. I just tested it on my iPhone and iPad (both using iOS v6.1.3) and it works (anyone like to comment viewing playlists from the website using Android? Gotta keep the Samsung fans happy lol).

      So go with which ever format you want guise – both are great – but if you want playlist mode to work on mobile devices just direct people to your website. Which will mean more site traffic! Yay!

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