This week we’re doing something a bit different with our Korean Indie segments. It’s request week! We’ve fallen behind on so many requests, and we feel bad because some people have even deleted their requests after keeping them up for so long, so we’re trying to get through a few of them this week so you don’t feel like you made requests for no reason because we hate you so much. We don’t hate you so much! Here’s proof! So, here are the three request videos we’re talking about today:

Kim Ji Soo “Vintage Man”


It’s rather insightful for us, sometimes, to film the videos long before we actually write about them for the blog post. At first, when we filmed this video, we thought “Vintage Man” was just…alright. It was a cool song, sure, but not great. This morning, though, I woke up saying “nuh NUH nuh NUH nuh NUH nuh NUH…VIN-TUH-GEE!” It’s far too catchy. I’ve been singing it all day. First impressions last, but they’re not the deciding factor. I like this song a lot now. The video’s still hilarious, though. I didn’t change my mind on that…yet!

The Moonshiners “Motel Manhattan”


Describing music is such a pain in the butt sometimes. I’m not sure what the proper name for this genre is. It’s really short, so I want to say punk, but it’s not punk. I guess that’s one of the problems of not being a professional music reviewer. I can just talk about my feels most of the time and not know the proper terms. Well, whatever this song is, my feels say “me like.” It’s fun. It’s dorky. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. And it’s just overall feel good fun music. I just wish it was overall longer. Dear Moonshiners: please make a 20 minute version of this song. You can do it. I have faith in you.

Eniac “소년은 달린다”


See, one of the things that’s the most difficult for us to do with our Korean Indie Playlists is to have three songs that are similar. It’s hard enough finding three very recent Korean Indie songs on YouTube with proper videos. But finding three that have a similar sound? Even more difficult. I know some people prefer some genres over others, and though Eniac’s song isn’t any worse than the other two songs (we actually REALLY REALLY like this song), it doesn’t really fit in, sound wise, you know? But what’s your musical preference like? We don’t mind hearing a mishmash of genres. We can listen to Big Bang and Type O Negative in one sitting. I’m not sure how many people can say the same thing.

So, long story short: Eniac’s song might not be your thing if you like the first two songs, but hopefully you’re into many different genres of music like we are, and don’t find the contract too jarring, because this song’s great.

  1. Ok, I’m dating myself here, but when did video kill the Korean radio star? I hardly ever here music on the radio in Korea and not on any reasonable schedule that fits my life style. I really appreciate you promoting Korean indie music and I love listening to something new.

  2. lol. I’m formerly Erica the Violist, by the way. Does this mean I can stop sending you my request over and over again? I’m afraid you simply never see it! Then again, they don’t have any official MVs, so that could be a thing…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hpc-Rc87Ek

  3. Great play list. The “hip swirl” is a “grind” from the burlesque move “bump and grind”. The “bump” would be what you all call a “crotch thrust”

  4. “I had a caramel and I am celebrating”…best line ever!! I feel like I got to embroider that on a shirt now..just to awesome!

  5. 0:33 — come on Martina, the v-neck is so not that bad. 0:45 OH. Oh i see. O.o

  6. The Guy who is in Red in the Moonshiners is so sexy

  7. LeeSSang’s Tears!!!! >_<

    (Or Gaeko's Rhythm is Life. I wish I could request again but that isn't really fair…)

  8. I loved all 3 songs requested by the Nastiesss~~ So awesome and it definitely made my week! :D

  9. I was so expecting gogo star with their new single, but well, i guess i’ll be off to do a request…otherwise, awesome songs

  10. dang.. this might be the first K.I.P. where i absolutely love all three songs. great end for the weekend!

  11. Hey guise! :)

    “Vintage man” is quite a catchy song… the video … dont know what to think of it although I burst into laughter when I saw the very low V cut shirt XD

    “Motel Manhattan” I like it! it has that Green Day feel to it.. no? (I cant find the reason for the girl in the video though)

    “Eniac sounds good but I’m not really into it… although I listen to a few songs of this kind…this one doesn’t stick…

    “But what’s your musical preference like? We don’t mind hearing a mishmash of genres.” well I listen music according to my mood or at least I enjoy it more then…

    Thank you for your hard work! ^^

    ♥♥ ♥ ♥

  12. As always…another great K-Indie week by requesters no less..woot woot. The crazy v-neck in Kim Ji Soo “Vintage Man” made me think of the SNL skit on V necks and with Ben Stiller (link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/287085)…I want to close my eyes but one can’t….such comic gold. I really enjoyed Kim Ji Soo’s voice…had this cool lounge singer kinda feel then breaks into spanish ballad-like feel…totally dig.

    The Moonshiners for whatever reason make me think of Weezer, as S&M said, they don’t really belong in a box but both are doing their own funky thing and don’t take themselves too seriously….already purchased on itunes now…thanks Meghann!!!

    Eniac totally has an 80’s feel…feels like song one should listen to while skating, as cliche as that may be but skating rocks! Totally wanna spin around at the climax when synths (at least I think thats what it is) takeover in the middle.

    Thanks fellow nasties for requesting such awesome songs and introducing us all to great K indie music!!! Also for those living in the states a bunch of great K indie bands are traveling around the states after their SXSW gig, I already caught a bunch in SF and they were epic, even got to meet the bands afterwards and communicate how awesome I think their music is…Galaxy express is hitting up a bunch of venues in the midwest/west, and others are heading to NYC and LA. Check them out and give them support so they come back to tour again!!!

  13. I finally found a song that’s so amazing I want to do a video request! Any YB fans around? They even have a feaking website in English! http://ybrocks.com/en/index.php

  14. oh my gosh adjusssi drummer is awesome!

  15. You chose my request;-; THANK YOU!:) It’s kinda embarrassing to admit that I am the penguin/chicken (I thought “HEY! No one will know it’s me since I am hiding myself and made a new account”)… but… whatever. I suddenly forgot what more to write x) Okay, I won’t take down the video x)

  16. omg ~ finally I have known the song before you guise introduced it to me through KIP ~ I’m so proud of myself now^^ next step: submit a request and get picked^^

  17. I really enjoyed this week’s list! I wasn’t sure about the last song at first, but then it grew on me rapidly. Went and bought Motel Manhattan from iTunes because it was epic — if only I could get the music video too! Best drummer ever!

  18. My musical preference: diversity! But mostly it’s modern music.
    “Vintage Man”… Nice song and WTF did I just watch?!? I love funny random videos :D Do they really sell shirts like that? I thought they were custom made.
    And that ahjussi drummer with invisible kickdrum rocks!

  19. I read the comments and the blog first before watching the video. So by the ton of the comments I know this selection will be good. Also Big Bang and Type O Negative, I have that (that voice singing Cinnamon Girl ohhhh yeah) how about adding John Bonamassa, Celtic Thunder, and Beausoleil. That is just a small sample on my MP3 player right now.

  20. One of my favourite K-Indie segments. The requests were awesome!

  21. Great requests you nasty nasties! I love that there are more and more requests coming all the time. Tell your friends about K-Indie music and how awesome it really can be. SPREAD THE WORD!!! If any of you Nasties are in Seoul and you want to hit up some concerts I got to one or two shows every week. LETS DO THIS!!!!!

    Ok i saw some this video a while back and i didnt really give it a chance because I was looking for another band specifically at the time. I gotta say at first I thought id like it just because it was random and silly but now listening to it a couple of times Im really diggin the vocals (quality harmonies and Kim Ji Soo’s voice kills). On the other hand if anyone ever catches me wearing a v-neck like that I hope they kick me in the mouth.

    Immediately when watching this video I thought of the movie That Thing You Do! about the Wonders one hit wonder. Im a big fan of awkwardness in videos if its done with a good sense of humor and I think these guys did it well. Im not a huge fan of the “doo-wop” style although this one has more of a heavier rhythm and some really nice guitar licks. oh and Martina…. YES!!! the adjeossi in this video is BY FAR THE BEST PART!! I crack up every time I watch him and he’s playing toms and the kicker with drums that arent there.

    ENIAC – 소년은 달린다
    Easily my favourite song on the list this week. The intro for me instantly screamed old Daft Punk stuff which im a HUGE fan of (i mean… who DOESNT like Daft Punk right? RIIGHT!!!?). I really loved how his slow calm vocals contrasted with with the super fast paced camera footage and crazy streaming lights. Will definitely be putting this on my Korean indie favourites and looking for more music from them.

    Stay fresh! EYK 4 Life yo!

  22. Holy Mother of V-necks, this is some what what I’d picture if JLo and Edward Cullen had a Korean baby “I don’t always have a slightly villainous mustache but when I do, I prefer to do so in navel plunging wearables whilst dillydallying about tree limbs”.
    Thank you Simon and Martina for having and putting together K-indie playlists thanks to you I have heard some really kick ass music and Thank You to this weeks requesters!

  23. ‘I guess that’s one of the problems of not being a professional music reviewer. I can just talk about my feels most of the time and not know the proper terms.’

    Isn’t it more interesting that way? I think the boundaries between different genres can be so hard to determine sometimes, and don’t really speak about what the music sounds like… You trying to describe how it felt when you listened to the song is much more eloquent in my opinion!

    Oh and I like it too when different genres are mishmashed in a same plyalist, it makes it more interesting since you never know what to expect next… And I loved each song in this playlist so yay for diversity!

    And on a side note…. The moonshiner’s drummer is awesome

  24. OMG awesome playlist!!! ^ v ^ And this might be the longest comment I might type just to share my thoughts on its awesomeness!! ^^’ Thank you for the people who requested and for Simon and Martina for sharing!!

    On the Vintage Man: The V-necks… I thought Martina was talking about the two awkward guys at the start… and i was like “omg, Martina you should visit australia coz most guys (and sadly that includes my close friends) prefer their singlets showing their MAN cleavage in different colours and patterns!”… until i saw the singer… Bwahahaha… that shirt! he would so fit in here and he might actually start a trend… *shudder*… but the part about his voice and that moustache, so get you Martina, I think it’s probably the similar feeling I got when I first saw Temper Trap ^^’

    Motel Manhattan: I so agree with you Simon! this could have been longer, for longer feel good rocky vibes! I love different sort of genres and favour some depending on my mood and season vibes and lately i’ve been craving for this type of rock songs ^v^ thanks for sharing and thanks to Meghann for sharing! Oh and they are just so awkwardly cute in this video ^=^

    On Eniac: yeah i can’t type korean on my laptop… but this song is awesome too! and it don’t matter if it don’t match the others… variety is the spice of life ^=^ this song can be minty cool for its smooth coolness in vid and vocals ^v^ yeah I tried that stop motion thingo camera trick before ^^’ mad props for making it look awesome! mine was not ~.~’

  25. I like this weeks playlist a lot. :)
    I didn’t mind that Eniac doesn’t really fit in.
    I’m actualy more into this upedy, punk, GoGo Star kind of music, but I still enjoyed Eniac’s song.
    I don’t really stick to one genre so I don’t mind if your playlists are a mishmash of different genres. :)

  26. That chicken actually looks very much like a penguin, and speaks cow language… I guess that’s what we call multiculturality.

    I have a question for Simon and Martina, if you guise see it: are you ok with nasties using your background music? Can we:

    a) not use it at all at risk of being FIRE MURDERED
    b) use it with tons of credits and links and comments about how awesome the authors of this music are
    c) send a huge cheque to the Nasty studio, then use it?

    Thank you!

  27. Wahahaha I’m so sad! I never seem to win ANYTHING D: I’ll find some way to buy it, then.

  28. Simon you are so right! The Moonshiners Motel Manhattan is way to AWESOME of a song to be that short! I just want it to go on even longer. It’s like listening to Blur’s Song #2 and having to hit repeat because it’s to awesome to not be longer.

    When Eniac started it gave me a very 80’s synth pop vibe. Also I’ve been watching John Hughes movies all week so this may also lead to that feeling. I feel like I’m aging myself with these comments. Either way all three songs were great this week, The Moonshiners being my favorite though! ^_^

    • Make sure to check the Moonshiners out on iTunes. I mentioned in my request how their music is available but I know most people don’t pay attention to the requests. LOL And another great song by them is “So Cruel” ^^

      • being a fellow requester myself I always watch the request videos and I think that anyone who watch these playlists should do the same. it creates a community within the Nasties and helps you learn things about bands and songs from the prespective of other indie fans that you might not think of or know. a great example is how you shared they are on iTunes. dont downplay your video request because I think it was great. :)

  29. Wow the guy who sings the first song is from Dream High 2 :O

  30. So who won the Eric Nam cds?

  31. OMG LIFE ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED YOU GUISE ACTUALLY CHOSE MY REQUEST :’) I’m glad you like the Moonshiners :D And yes, that is an EYK shirt, Simon, so you can rest easy.
    PS I love the other requests too. MOAR MUSIC

  32. OMG! I hope my friend never sees that v-neck shirt. He is hairier than Simon and wears tighter way more dramatic v-necks than Simon as well. I fear my friend seeing this shirt and sporting it with his suck your circulation off tight, tight pants as we all share a meal. O_O

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