Icon “Rockstar”


So, we found this video on our own just looking through our Korean Music Video lists, and totally dug it. Then we started getting messages from people telling us about the singer, that he’s an actor in some show, and that this is supposedly very different than the roles he usually plays. Is that right? Anyone in the know please feel free to elaborate. You know how bad we are with the personal lives of artists. We’re more interested in the music rather than the artist, and what he or she does outside of the music doesn’t matter if the music’s good. Point being: we don’t know much about this guy, but this song is super fun. The video’s super fun. We’re not sure how big it is here in Korea. I haven’t heard it anywhere in public, but we’re in Hongdae on the weekends and hope to hear it soon. YEAH!

Chook Chook Band: 교태소녀


Ok, so some of you are gonna be freaked out by this song and video, and some of you might swear off our indie playlists as a result. DON’T DO IT! We don’t always talk about music like this. Yes, it’s very different, and for some people it’s bizarre, but we like to share Korean music outside of the scope of Kpop, you know? And this song is…interesting. It’s quirky. The video’s weird, and reeks of ultra artsiness, but we’re still happy to see people doing different things. I can’t say this is my favourite song to have come out recently, but I still had a smile on my face watching it. Hopefully you feel the same.

Candystripe “Jjak Sarang”


It’s a rock band with funky undertones! With funk how can you go wrong? The lead singer has a surprisingly high voice, and not in a girly way, just in a unexpected way. Now this is a live set, but I do want to complain that the synths, which I didn’t even know where in the song. They were totally too quite, and I know that’s just a sound recording issue, but still you know how synth bias we are, plus in an all boy band, or should I say, all man band, there is one lady present and I can’t even hear her! SAD! Anyhoo, interesting detail about the word “짝사랑” it actually means “unrequited love” but it can also mean “secret love” as in, you don’t tell the person you like them, BUT it can also mean ” having a crush” on someone. What a loaded word! It’s like, I 짝사랑 this person. So do they know? No. Do they know? Yes, but they don’t like me. Do they know? No way, I don’t have the courage. Sorry, for the grammar lesson I just got excited. *fixes the nerd glasses*

  1. This really has nothing to do with the playlist today but I just gotta say it: MARTINA YOUR DRESS. I have the same one but it doesn’t really flatter me all too well so I gotta redesign it with a pair of scissors as well as thread and a needle >_< Sidenote: awwwwwyeaaaa. Simon swagging out in GD gear c: I have the black badboy cap lol

  2. that gy is also in full house take 2, along with a handful of other dramas and he is the ex drummer of trax

  3. I am actually a huge huge fan of No Min Woo (formally known as Rose) Now going by the name Icon. This kind of music he is know playing doesn’t surprise me at all. If you watch him in Full House Take 2 and the other drama’s he has been, plus you know him from his previous band TRAX, you would actually know that this is actually very much his style of music. He used to be the Drum for TRAX’s but thought he was great at it you can till by his personalty and the way he acts even in dramas that he isn’t a Rocker. He is Elecrtionic with some Rock thrown in. The character from full house take 2 the style of the music was very much like what he would play, and what he is playing know. I don’t follow peoples lives or his life but just from watching his dramas and etc this type of music is very much his personalty.

  4. Heh I thought No Min Woo was kpop since he used to be under sm in the TRAX.. oh well haha

  5. You listen to Deerhoof? Awesome! Obscure! Awesomely Obscure!

  6. 1) I had no idea Icon was Rose of The Trax. Funny you guys are little like “Uh he was famous, AND NOW HE IS DOING THIS!” When he was a drummer under the label of SMEntertainment. I remember back in the day so many girls swooned over him. It is really funny seeing him make this style of music since his initial debut with “rock.” I dig it.

    2) I am LOVING Chook Chook Band. The video is super funny. And I now have a new band to listen to that my husband will ask me “What the hell is this?” Keep posting the crazy offbeat stuff guys.

  7. Oh my gosh, I didn’t even recognize No Min woo (Icon, I guess)! Wow, my mind is blown! Although I guess he’s getting back into music again, since he was in a band before he started acting.
    And I do like the video and song a lot, so keep it up Icon!

  8. Re: ICON. Ditto another poster. I miss TRAX, and I mean old visual kei rocking out TRAX. Anyone else getting Miyavi vibes from Rockstar?

  9. The Chook Chook Band was interesting…I can see how it can be a love or hate thing….strangely, I find myself in a in between state…which means I enjoyed it. Reminds me of a show I went to last year with some friends of this experimental Japanese musician Oorutaichi, and half of us loved it and danced our butts off (I was in that half), while the other half thought we were crazy nuts. Sometimes it is good to open up your musical boundaries and try to listen to something different, might find a gem like I did with Oorutaichi…so please keep sharing different types of music (you will never scare us away) and as always, thanks for sharing!!!

  10. lmao I just looked at my own post and realized I am totally came off like a crazed fan girl. I guess in this case it might fight.. Im gonna roll with it…

  11. So happy to see you did a review for No Min Woo.. this is one great talent I feel does not get enough show.. I am a in awe of this man for a while. 1st seeing him in my Girlfriend is a 9 tailed Fox. I was like oo he is pretty sexy… like any good fan girl I went to check out everything I Could find about him… Lets start with Rose the Drummer of Trax…. Like holy crap he can play.. he can really slam down on them drums.. looking around more I watched all the kdrama’s (SO MANY vist the ) he has been in as well as listened to I hope mostly all the song’s he has written for drama’s and sang… besides acting in them singing and playing piano- drums- guitar- this man is a humanitarian too as well as he has his own management company Dreamsys… much love to you No Min Woo …..

  12. Listening to Chook Chook Band’s song gave me Mars Volta (whom happen to be from my home town) feels. Not because they sound alike in anyway, but because their artsy sound/feel made me desire a hit a wacky tabacky to get through it, enjoy it fully and appreciate all the artsyness it has to offer and I’m an artist :-P. But since I don’t smoke unless you count chicken on a grill, I could only make it through half the song.

    SImon did you say you have to re-delete Candy Crush. You addict HAHAHA!

  13. Oh~ and i might add, No Min Woo (aka “rose”) was in TVXQ’s triangle mv ^^ it’s like a fusion of kpop, rock, classical music-ish feeling to it. Hope u guise, and nasties, like the song as much as i do. Also, if anyone is tired of listening to love music definitely check out this song! =D i think its catchy, gothic, and depressing ;p

  14. It doesn’t surprise me you included ICON in the playlist. I figured this was a definite Simon/Martina song. :) And The Netherlands represent! hehe.

  15. I love No Min Woo. He was great in the dramas My Girlfriend is A Gumiho, Midas, and Pasta. He used to be in the visual kei-esque group Trax as Rose. I look forward to seeing more of his fun quirky side <3

  16. I miss TRAX. That’s all.

  17. ahh the Chook Chook band video, strangely reminded me of my youth in Venice Fl, during the early 90’s.

  18. rock-stair? rock-stare? rockster? and Martina, surely you have seen My Girlfriend is a Gumiho? also, Full House 2 was one of the biggest surprises in dramaland in 2012 for me, because I expected nothing and got this little gem of a drama

  19. Here is a song No Min Woo ‘aka ICON’ did for a show he was in called Full House Take 2. Its the ballad version along with clips from the show. One of my favorites is of him in a sauna with just a towel draped over him. lol http://youtu.be/zRtbTI7vSQo

  20. Icon’s Rockstar was flipping awesome. Icon’s video was really cool, with the pop-art aesthetic. Icon himself kind of looks like Kai of EXO + GD. Rockstar is like a perfect crazy dance party song. It makes me think of my friend Antoine and his love for that type of music. My only complaint is that it sounds more like RockSTAIR then RockSTAR. I doubt stairs listen to rock music.

    ChookChook Band reminds me of the times when I was little and my dad would play really weird indie-eletronica bands while we cleaned the house. They make me think of Black Moth Super Rainbow (that’s a real band, ok?) meets Bugskull. Anyone know what I’m talking about? CCB’s video and song together reminds me of some of the quirky japanese commercials you can find on YT.

    I think CandyStripe’s song was my favorite. My mom loves rock music so I grew up listening to all kinds of rock. CandyStripe definitely gives off that 70s rock vibe and I could easily picture them with the crazy hair rock mullet-thingies. They really reminded me of the Scorpions during the guitar solo. And their a co-ed band! The song in the beginning reminded me of Muse’s Panic Station for reasons I don’t know of. I really love Jjak Sarang.

  21. Cool playlist guise! But the videos don’t come in the right order… I thought there were skipped again, but nope, it’s another bug! I’m starting to wonder what Google’s engineers are overpaid for :-p

  22. ICON is awesome, I love the song its stuck in my head so thank you S&M for letting me listen to this awesome song

  23. The guy from ICON is No Min Woo! He was the doctor in “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”. He was evil and a demon and extremely sexy.

    He had a song called “Trap” that was a very different genre than this that was on the OST for the drama. You should check it out…

  24. I’ve been obsessed with ICON Rockstar since it came out. I love it so much. The video is so not typical K-pop that I can stop hitting refresh. I too thought it was a cross between a GD video and Tron, but in a good way. So glad to see Simon and Martina giving it some love.

  25. I think the video playlist orders may be off. All 3 playlist intro videos are playing and then 3 videos in the MVs are playing. Did you guys change this on purpose? Usually it is video intro and then video. It works this way when watching on the blog or if i go straight to youtube and watch.

    • It’s a youtube problem that’s been happening for a while unfortunately. It will just randomly happen to some people. One week it will be fine for me and then it’s all messed up the next week.

  26. And that guy in Icon (No Min Woo) is ex-drummer TRAX :p

    no wonder his music taste is still good as it used to…

  27. nothing like EYK at 5:30am on a tired sleepless night :D

  28. Hey guys, just wondering if there was a problem with the “Recent posts” part of your blog? There doesn’t seem to be your WANK (Nami island part 2) on there when it first came out and this weeks indie playlist isn’t the “most recent”

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