Postino “I Love It”


Whoa this is a pretty mixed bag today at the Korean Indie Playlist corner. Is it a corner or is it more like a gathering? I can picture all of us gathering at a coffee shop introducing different bands we like via a projector system while dipping biscotti and sipping lattes. Ah yeah. So first up is a guy named Postino, as least I assume it is just a guy and not a band since all the descriptions of him are in singular format. So Postino makes very jazzy dance music, the kind of thing that would be perfect for listening to at an upbeat pottery painting studio or yes, a trendy coffee shop. It has a very happy feel to it. Even thought the song is good, the video is really the winner. It is so freaking awesome. I’m assuming it’s filmed in England since that’s where Postino supposedly lives now, because it’s 100% NOT filmed in Korea. But forget the filming, the acting in this video is fantastic. And there definitely could have been a point where this video might have gotten repetitive and boring but they changed it up so nicely with the addition of the junk food grabbing scene and then new stuff after that as well. I don’t want to spoil the video for you, so I’ll stop. CHECK IT OUT!!!

Somdef “Circus”


So Simon was pretty shocked by the next track, which is called “Circus” by a rapper named Somdef. When I first played it he immediately perked up and said, “Whoa, this sounds like D’Angelo.” That got his attention right away. I know Simon struggles with listening to Korean hip hop because he’s invested in lyrics when he listens to rap as well as the beat, but this is a song he was able to enjoy based on just the nostalgic factor. The video though..is something special. It’s like something that was made by a graphic art student who is learning how to do graphic effects and has gone crazy with power and just put everything together. That or someone who is on drugs. It’s pointing more towards drugs the more I watch the video.

Hologram Film “Red Rum”


Last up is a viewer request for the rock band Hologram Film with their song “Red Rum”. Look at that! A DJ, hip hop, and rock music all in one playlist! We went crazy this week! So when I watched the video for this song I felt like I was transported back into my days as and English teacher. This video is so heavy with symbols that you just want to show it to your grade 10 class and have them analyze it! It’s like those short stories I had to read in English class in University that seemed like a normal story but turns out had a million well thought out things placed in it that you’re supposed to read into. Like, “the flowers represent her sadness as a woman, and the colour red is similar to both love as well as death at the same time.” That being said, this video didn’t move me or anything, it was just obviously made by someone who wanted to tell a cryptic story…about love, loss, and possible murder! Check it out and let me know what it was about. Also I expect a five page report on my desk by Tuesday, written in Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced, and don’t try any fancy margin adjusting or 2.3 line spacing because I’ll know!

  1. “I can picture all of us gathering at a coffee shop introducing different bands we like via a projector system while dipping biscotti and sipping lattes.” Yes, please; sign me up!

    Loved the last song, and the video for the first one was adorable! I looked up the little girl in the video (Darla Jacobs) and she *might* have an IMDB page, but since there’s no picture I can’t be sure.

  2. Postino’s video was AMAZING

  3. Hi Simon and Martina,

    England was a logical guess, but large parts at least of Postino’s mv were actually filmed in Southern California. The beach scenes are probably from Santa Monica, while the bridge shown at 3:22 is about a quarter mile from my house in Pasadena, CA.

  4. Thank you for another k-indie playlist!


    P.S: Where is the hat? T_T there is no EYK hat in the store ..( ,>.)、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽマッテェ(ノ;Д;)ノ `、、ヽ`☂ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``

  5. I totally enjoyed Postino’s song but that girl totally stole the show…she was full of spunk and sass…seriously has oodles of charisma.

    Whenever I hear RedRum, I totally find myself lifting/curling my finger and doing the creepy kid voice too Martina…how can one not help but think of the creepy kid in the “Shining” when they hear or see RedRum….oh that movie still gives me the heebiejeebies.

  6. Simon and Martina,

    I have a quick question for you! I am fascinated by South Korean culture and I am genuinely interested in studying abroad there next spring. However, doing research online I can’t help but feel a little bit weary of intense kpop fans and anti-fans. Sometimes there is such a hostile environment online against South Korean pop culture, and not just in comments by netizens but also in articles published by journalists. Does any of this translate over into everyday living? This might be a silly question… but since pop culture usually commercially dominates everyday life I was curious if the extreme fans/antis also translate? Thanks! :)

    • Is this the wrong place to post this?? If so- sorry about that!

      • Hmm, well they would more likely see this question if you posted it in their latest TLDR. That’s where they review questions for their next TLDR.

        Here is a link to their latest TLDR video if you would like to repost this question there: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/maintaining-a-healthy-lifestyle-in-korea/

        But from what they have said previously ( and what I have read from accounts) k-pop tends to be stratified by age. It is really a middle- high school thing. Most College aged people stop listening to Kpop and see it as a ‘children’s’ thing. There was even statement that said that most of the comments we see on netizen buzz and Nate are mostly from teens and pre- teens.

        Unless you are of that age where you are going to be in high school I shouldn’t think it would be an everyday problem. That is unless you decide to involve yourself in the ‘fandoms’ by attending shows. I have heard that there can be issues with k- fans and their dislike of how non Korean fans do things. But that is all conjecture on my part from what I have read.

        I get the feeling that what we perceive as international fans on the Internet is much different from what is actually happening in real life in Korea.

        • Hey- thanks for responding! I wrote this after reading some really hateful fan comments on foreigners (especially darker-skinned) and it made me really upset. Obviously this is not at all representative of South Koreans- thanks for letting me take a step back from my emotions and think logically. :)

        • Oh no worries. I understand where you are coming from. I have heard experiences from other black and darker skinned persons about how people react to them in Korea and Japan and it is not necessarily all good or all bad. People will always have their predjudices. Especially in places where dark skin is seen as less attractive ( which is pretty much in most places around the world) . Actually it is sort of interesting that you mentioned this, seeing that colorism has become a hot topic in the black female community in the last few days since a documentary about it called ‘Dark Girls’ was just shown recently on TV. I have been reading about and discussing this topic with academics and colleagues who are interested in these sort of things.

  7. I Love It: I didn’t love the song (although it would be good for a cool elevator) but I did love the video! You’re right; the little girl was AWESOME! And the poor boy got rejected. :( I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Circus: Mm, not my fave. Just not my style.

    Red Rum: My favorite, musically, of the three. Gotta love rock ‘n roll.

  8. Fun playlist. Martina, I noticed you have started wearing white, it is very flattering.

  9. SIMON YOUR HAT!!! Where can I get it??

  10. I saw Red Rum and thought of the horse. Consequence of being British I guess…

  11. I just had to pause in the middle of the playlist to say… OHEMGEE Simon’s hat!!! I must have one!

  12. Indie Request: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8cA5z54OQ8

    by the way… LOVE the playlist this week!

  13. omg could you guys just do like a simple silly short parody of Postino’s I love it. Just put it in your Open the Happy channel? no need for really hardcore editing just some fun :)? I can totally see Simon being the random guy with the head sweat band.

  14. I was all ‘oh shit he’s from England I might recognise some of the stuff in the videos!’
    Alas, it was not to be.

    ‘Lays’ pff what kind of shit name for crisps is that? Everyone knows the correct name is Walkers.

  15. I want one of those deer suits….Imagine walking around in Korea wearing one of those….haha

    The Somdef song is definitely my thing. I love stuff like that. I had never heard of them before, thanks for introducing them to me!

    The same goes for Hologram film. I have such a hard time finding good rock bands in Korea; I’ll probably be buying some of their music if I come across it.

    Have you guys ever reviewed EZ Hyoung? It’s a few years old now, but one of my favorite songs by him is ‘I need your love’ and the video is pretty neat.

  16. Hologram Film actually played at Gogo’s2 yesterday! (Saturday) I hope you guys had time to watch them!

  17. Indie Playtime!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    my fingers are itchy…..

    Holy Sh1tb@ll5 this is such a great combo of music & video!! I haerd this song over a week ago and I seriously cant get it out of my head. Normally when a song is so repetative with beat and lyrics like this it tends to get old fast and the replay factor for me is pretty low…. but not this by a long shot! Super sweet low fuzzy beats and jazzy-Jeff riffs…. ear candy. ok song aside… this girl deserves an award for the most SWAG kid on the planet. not only is she fun to watch but she’s got better suttle moves than most cool people on the planet (my guess). This will be one of my favorites to watch on YouTube for a long time… I LOVE IT

    The beginning of the song says it all… “psycadelic funk juice”. I’ve never heard about D’Angelo but if they sound remotely anything like this then I’m getting it immediately. I also downloaded the Somedef album that just came out last week-ish and I’m really enjoying it. since it looks like they forgot to put the link in the blog ill post it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/somdef-ep/id661965707 its A-FUNKAY-FUNKAY-FUNKAAAAAY

    ok so I’ve seen these guys a lot live and they have quite a big following, but to be honest its mostly just screaming girls melting over their good looks and “personality” which I believe why they are becoming a lot more popular as of late. Dont get me wrong, they have some good songs, but there are other bands that deserve WAY more recognition but simply are not because of looks and lack of promotion (indie bands in Korea reeeeeeally need to work on that), its getting better though. Ok i digress, this song is easily one of their best songs in my opinion and probably a good pic for their first official MV. If you guys are in Seoul and want to see them in the current scene (which they are fequenting now) check out their FB https://www.facebook.com/HOLOGRAMFILM?fref=ts or Indie Gig Guide for when they might be playing. Or… do yourself a favor and see a BETTER rock band currently in the circut like WHOwho, Gogostar, LoveXstereo, Asian Chairshot, ECE, Romantiqua, Gate Flowers, 24Hours, Rock’N’Roll Radio, Yellow Monsters, Rock Tigers, Eastern Sidekick, Used Cassettes, Telefly, Oops Nice, Wasted Johnnys, Space Papa…. to name a few. I think you get the point. :P


  18. Woah….Somdef’s song and video is so…weird…but I like it! Somehow, I can imagine that that song and video was recorded and filmed when someone was high. LOL. Oh gawd..so weird yet so awesome.

  19. WoW. This week indie playlist is really interesting.

  20. I want to see simon and martina in a reindeer costume! :)

  21. I’m pretty sure Postino’s video wasn’t filmed in England because there’s one scene that the girl grab a bag of Lay’s. In England it’d be Walkers! xD

    (Plus, the road looks too big and too wide for England. hahahah)

  22. Red Rum is awesome! Thanks for sharing

  23. Postino’s video was filmed in the Los Angeles area–lots of recognizable L.A. sites seen in there, including the Hollywood & Highland area and the L.A. Farmer’s Market.

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