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Garlixx “He is Handsome”

 

Martina here! We’re finally back to do our beloved indie updates! I feel like it’s been fffFFFFFOREVERAAAAAAAR but on the plus side, it means we’ve missed out on a lot of new songs so we have lots to choose from! I kind of went for a peppy playlist today because I felt like being uppity. First up is a band called Garlixx and I’m not sure who else is in this band since it just features the lead singer. At least, I assume it’s the lead singer but for all I know it could be a paid actor. He does remind me of one of the members of UV (you know, the singers of super duper awesome Itaewon Freedom?) but that’s probably just because not many Korean dudes have long dreads. I really like this kind of light hearted song because it’s perfect for when you wake up in the morning and you have to get ready but you just don’t have the energy yet. You don’t want to listen to something obnoxious, yet it can’t be too soft or you’ll just flop back into bed. This kind of light hearted song has that vibe to me, kind of like Vampire Weekend, or as I mentioned in the video, Jack Johnson. If you’re not a fan of Kpop music but you do like Korean music, then I seriously recommend hanging out in the neighbourhood advertised in this video. It really is the best place to catch all the Indie bands we’ve talked about! Okay, if you didn’t watch the video yet that won’t have made sense, so go watch the video!

No Brain “One Glass of Soju”

 

Next up is No Brain which is 100% the name of a punk band, but I still feel like it doesn’t quite fit into the punk category. I know they’ve been around for a while now and every time I see their videos on Youtube everyone says “korean punk” but I just don’t see the punk in these songs. But then again, old old school punk music did have a more rock and roll feel to it, so maybe they are more of an old school punk rock rather than the newer hardcore style punk bands. Anyways, there are so many sub genres of punk now, I think I just prefer the punk sub-genres of hardcore, oi!, emo, and punk-pop the best. Let me know what you think regarding the whole punk argument, I’m not a punk expert or anything, I just don’t know what label to use to describe music sometimes, ya know? Regardless of what genre they fit in, this is an upbeat peppy song (yay for peppy playlists) and despite this being a simple video, I wasn’t bored by it at all. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Idiotape “Even Floor”

 

Last up is Idiotape which is an electronica band that we LUUURRRRVVVVVVVVVV. We also luuuuurrrvvv Ryan’s request. That was pretty swagtastic. I didn’t realize you were at the top of the Gyro Drop until it was too late! WAHHHHH!!! AHHHHHHH!!! SHHHAHHHAHHHHHHHH! That’s what I sound like when I’m on the Gyro Drop. Anyhoo, Idiotape is on my list of all time fav Korean bands AND their stuff is available on iTunes! That’s fantastic. So the last time we visited Canada in the summer, I bought a whole smack load of Korean indie bands/kpop so that I could make a wicked ass mix CD (yes, my car only has a CD player and no fancy-smancy mp3 plug in slots) which included Idiotape. That great thing about Idiotape is that it’s just plain old great music and it doesn’t actually matter that it’s made by Korean peeps because it doesn’t have lyrics. I find that some of my friends that are hesitant to get into music from different cultures because of the language barrier (they’re just really into lyrics) but Idiotape is a great example of awesome Korean indie music that doesn’t require the understanding of lyrics! Just the understanding of awesome fast car driving music

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  1. No Brain sounds a bit like a tad softer Operation Ivy/Rancid so a mix between ska and punk or ska-punk if you like. So yeah not as loud as the Oi! or hardcore bands out there or bands like The Exploited. But there is punk music like this out there, although this is a tad more poppy.

  2. I think the stars have aligned somehow this week for me. I totally digged No Brain and was looking more into them to only discover they are heading to the states this week for a US tour before SXSW and their first stop is in my stomping grounds…SF!!! So many other great bands too from Korea to span 2 day concert series…about to pee my pants from happiness. Thanks for introducing No Brain to us and inadvertently bringing to my attention some great shows in my area!

  3. Awesome list! Your videos get more awesome every time I watch it ^v^ Go EYK Crew!!

    Loved Idiotape!!! Itunes downloading… Btw how awesome is it that they’ve used this ancient device called a ‘floppy’ I mean ‘floppy disk’ as there album pic ^=^ Thanks for sharing!

  4. “We’re finally back to do our beloved indie updates! I feel like it’s been fffFFFFFOREVERAAAAAAAR” yes it does > . <

    "oi!, emo, and punk-pop the best." yup :D

    "But then again, old old school punk music did have a more rock and roll feel to it, so maybe they are more of an old school punk rock rather than the newer hardcore style punk bands." yeah. that could explain it :D

    Such an awesome bouyant playlist! :D I especially like the first two songs… the last one it's pretty cool too…it's perfect for an action movie scene! (among the 3 videos, I think No Brain “One Glass of Soju” had the most brilliant camera work, not to mention it was hilarious XD) Thanks! And thank you for your hard work EYKC!(Eat Your Kimchi Crew) ^^

    ♥♥♥♥

  5. Nah, you can tweet them and stuff, but they’ll always give priority to video requests. You don’t have to show your face, if you’re creative enough? Here’s some examples:

    Dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9zJDCwoGaA
    Animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz4pRMsgeZc
    Stop Motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7zS9q_bqnA
    Speed painting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7jpX0-HnaA

  6. a better way of describing more/less trumpets/trombones/horns, etc is “need more/too much BRASS” as those instruments are mostly made of brass. “horny” just means something else LOL

  7. The choices for this list were a little funny for me. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were flipping through the kpop charts to see if there was anything HE liked. No Brain and Garlixx were two of the choices we both really liked and I KNOW he would have picked Idiotape (it’s totally his kind of thing) if it had been there, it’s only okay for me. Good to see that our musical tastes mesh so well with Simon and Martina – LOL!

    Cyber_3 – He’s sloooooooowly getting into kpop but guys are so much more lurkers on these kinds of sites……..

  8. Rocking Indie playlist! and I’m not just saying that because I submitted two of the three songs to the Kpop charts or am I? :P buahaha I love it when YouTube suggests random videos to watch and they turn out to be awesome songs. Though I have to admit that whenever I hear No Brain I still think of BIGBANG.
    Thanks Ryan (and S&M) for the Idoitape song, I think it will be the song of the day while I clean the house~

  9. Yay…I’ve been missing the Korean Indie Playlists while you have been away but this was worth the wait. Now gonna go run to some Idiotape (finally can buy indie band on itunes!)…they are ridiculously groovy. Thanks for helping me update my workout/public transit playlist!

  10. this is one of the best playlists of all time!!!! and wow that was an amazing request video

  11. I completely understand what Simon was saying about No Brain. It’s a very great catchy song but that sound is more Ska than it is punk. It’s to gentle, in my opinion, for punk.

  12. Ryan should try getting a job with Pitchfork by pitching an Asia division.

  13. Well….if you really don’t want to make a youtube account, you can use the Epik Nasties’ account? A bunch of us just use it for random stuff.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEpikNasties?feature=mhee

    I love Idiotape, even though they’re a bit more hardcore than I’m used to. They remind me of a friend of mine from high school went on to become an electronica musician, and whenever I go see him perform, it’s usually at some hardcore electronica club with this kind of music ^^;;

  14. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY K-Indie is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCKKKK :D

    • What the? I was in playlist mode, but it skipped Garlixx and went straight to Simon’s No Brain intro!! D:

      I remember when youtube playlists used to skip videos like this. I thought we were over that glitch. Ugh. :(

      • Happened to me too. It use to do this awhile back when YouTube changed something and after about I say a month it went back to working.

      • Okay it did it again – right after I saw the Garlixx MV, it went straight tot he No Brain MV. I refreshed the page and the same thing happened.

        But when I watched it on YouTube, it worked fine? It only skips when I watch it from the blog page :/

        Btw Simon….the Horny joke again? xD oh boy….

        Also, it wouldn’t play the Signing Off video, it said Embedding disabled by request, Watch on YouTube.
        Also, Ryan’s video isn’t in the embedded playlist!!! D: (it’s there if you watch on YouTube though…weird)
        But it was so awesome!!

        Watch Ryan’s request video everyone!!!
        http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korean-indie-playlist-handsome-glass-floor/

        • I have a quick and perhaps silly question…how/where does one request a song for K crunch indie..do they have to do a video or send email? Should i request on their site or youtube? I really want to request Galaxy Express “Horongbul,” they are a Korean rock band and currently just started their US tour where they are visiting 28 cities in one month. I just saw them live last night in SF and they were epic along with No Brain. Since Simon and Martina’s introduction to No Brain last week (in just the nick of time) brought to my attention a bunch of great K indie bands touring in the states for SXSW when I went to do internet research on No Brain …I thought it would help promote K indie and get more people to go see them live if they introduced Galaxy Express and let US nasties know they are touring the US and we can go see them live at bunch of great venues along with other k indie bands. I know they got reviewed last year for a different song, but this is a much better MV and its for helping to promote K Indie touring internationally!

        • I gotta go so I’ll give a quick answer – make a video, and post it as a video reply to their latest K-Crunch Indie video on YouTube.

          I recall them talking about Galaxy Express before, but if indeed their video is much better this time, go ahead and request it (via video ^^b)

          **in the light of Ryan’s latest request video, I suggest you record your video underwater. ^^b

        • Thanks Fuuko for the advice..I’ll see what I can manage on the video front…have never recorded a video and I’m a tad camera shy….but my determination is strong…I think.

        • Fixed ^^;
          What’s strange is that the request videos are visible if you watch it on youtube. :$

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