This is a pretty rocking playlist today! Actually, there is a lot of good stuff coming out lately and it was hard to pick songs for this weeks indie playlist. We’re gonna dive right into it.

Yukari “Hang On”


Yeah, you guise might know about now that this kind of music is REALLY up our alley, and we’re super stoked to hear a Korean musician do it. Wow. Just wow. Washed Out’s last album we played to death last year, and this…this reminds us of it so much. So…Heavy Dreamy, you know? We can’t think of any other way to describe it. It’s music you really want to close your eyes to and just wave your head around slowly.

Also, we know this isn’t really a full music video, but we had to talk about it because we’re so totally amazed at how the song takes shape. This is live, but it’s not live in the way that someone plays a track on their computer and then sings over it. Oh no. She’s putting the song together, putting the loops together, on the spot, right there, and then singing over it. We just really wish we could find a cleaner sounding version of it. Crappy cameraman’s on-board mic isn’t that great (sorry cameraman! Your camera was ALL OVER THE PLACE!). Anyhow, we really want to find more of her stuff, available in ways that both you and I can buy it, because we’re super, super impressed by this.

Brick Slipper “Time to Ignite”


So I don’t know why I find this concept so exciting, but there is something magical about a Korean rock band made up of mostly girls. I think maybe because we’re used to seeing groups of girls as dancers/singers in the Kpop, and so to see a bunch of very pretty and talented girls playing and singing out their guts is just so different. I guess it’s also different in the kindie world too, because there are a lot of girls playing and singing along with the acoustic guitar, but not THAT many rocking out. Oh great, now I’m starting to think of all the kindie bands with more than one girl in them and I can already think of a couple…that entire point might be moot. I might just be excited about this band in general. NO! WAIT! I must save this point! I know that there are bands that have lead female singers, or bass players, or even a drummer, so maybe two female members in the band, but can you guise name some bands that have three or more and are not ballad singers? Frankly, this is a hard question even outside of Korea. GAH! Okay, so I apparently have no point but to say…I LIKE IT OKAY! I LIKE SEEING GIRLS BE STRONG POWERFUL ROCK TALENTED INDIVIDUALS!!! *Martina runs away*

Pink Elephant “낭만가”


Okay, really loving this band. I looked up more of their music and they really have a Franz Ferdinand meets punk feel to them. There other songs have a faster pace, more of a panicked ska/punk feel, it is VERY danceable. I’m a big fan of rock/punk/ska music that can get you up and dancing, and I love watching a band live that can get the whole dance floor turned into a sea of people bobbing their heads and then jumping around like happy school children dancing un-refrained with big smiles plastered on their faces. Also, I’d like all the musicians out there to help explain to me the technical term for what that clean sounding guitar is called. There is a very specific undistorted sound that you can hear, it sounds like the guitar is literally just a plugged in electric guitar with no fancy pedals being used, like a naked sound, and there are a whole bunch of bands out there that share that specific clean sound. Help! If you guise like this song, the pink elephant official youtube page has almost all their music listed on it, so check out their other songs too! I especially liked 피해망상증 (Delusion of Persecution).

  1. hey guys, could you check out this, please: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CLlm_R8TZc&list=PL8wFWhHQlIIgnNzQPAyyuh2zsXRqXLObX I made the request on the ~playlist mode~ Thanks :D

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Pink Elephant! They are freakin amazing! :D

  3. Just saying Simon, it was a LEETLE sexist of you to imply that Brick Slipper only has pretty girls in it because some guy wanted them there, as if attractive girls could not be creatively involved in an indie rock band.

  4. Even though I really loved the strong, independent, kickass female rock thing, the song wasn’t really my style :/

    (By the way: The Donnas and Tegan & Sara are both really awesome girl only acts Martina, in case you didn’t know about them^^)

    That aside, I really loved Yukari and Pink Elephant! The dreamy slow motion sound of Yukari sounded so beautiful and ethereal, and I’m a sucker for anything that makes you get up and dance ┗(^0^)┓

  5. Pink Elephant reminds me so much of the brit band Locksley. :D I am just in love with their sound!

  6. This was such and amazing K-Indie play lost lovedddddddd all the song and now looking where I can buy or listen to their stuff too

  7. 0:37 of your signing-off video = why I love you two so much *laughing out loud during my lunch at work, getting funny stares*

  8. Hmm I liked Yukari the best out of the 3 – perhaps because it’s currently midnight and that song matched my sleepy mood the best. Btw Yukari sounds like a Japanese name…

    Speaking of Japan, when you think of all-girl bands, the first that comes to mind would be Scandal, I suppose.And LAZYgunsBRISKY – but they’re both Japanese.

    AOA is kinda a band too? Or at least they have a band sub-unit…

  9. Great playlist, I loved every song in that one! I like the atmospheric feeling of Yukari’s song, and even though I didn’t really like that genre before now I feel I could listen to it all day long. And the other two songs have so much energy I’m loving it!
    Thanks for introducing so many great songs to us. I’m always looking forward to the end of the week and the indie playlists!

  10. This playlist is FREAKING AWEWESOME. Thanks guys (and thank you to the girl who recommended Pink Elephant ;) )

  11. Something about Pink Elephant reminds me of CAKE.

  12. I have been digging all the K-indie playlists lately. I love all girl bands too Martina, I get into “I need to listen to my angry girl music, feel empowered phase, fist pump and skank” at times…and I honestly can’t think of many all girl bands either except all the Riot grrrl bands such as bikini kill and sleater-kinney…so yay brick slipper.

    Pink elephant is pretty snazzy too, I’ve been wanting to hear more Kindie bands with a rock-punk feel….this has got the feeels.

  13. pink elephants were the best :)

  14. not sure if this is the right place to post such video, but back in my high school days, i used to listen to JuJu Club (that was in the late 90s and yes, i am THAT old), they were they very 1st korean band i ever listened to. I think they are no longer active, but you could still find their videos on youtube. 16/20 was my favorite song by them.


  15. Pink Elephant sounds so cooool!! i’m gonna check out their channel right now!! :D

  16. I liked all 3 songs this week, but the one I’m replaying is (surprisingly for me) Yukari’s “Hang On”.
    BTW, every time I hear the name Yukari, I think of Paradise Kiss.

  17. Yukari’s sound really reminds me of listening to Olivia Lufkin, especially songs from her Lost Lolli album

    • Oh, a fellow Olivia’s fan :) Hi! But I would say it’s more like her pre- Lost Lolli mini albums because the most dreamy sounding songs were not included on The Lost Lolli, unfortunately.

  18. Great K-Crunch playlist this week – in particular, Pink Elephant was awesome. It made my day to see you mention the comparison between them and Franz Ferdinand! (HUGE fan of FF right here). To me, the buildup with the guitars at the beginning of Pink Elephant’s song sounds a lot like the beginning of the FF song “Van Tango”. But as the song went on the melodies and the arrangement reminded me a lot of the Brit band The Libertines, great band as well (Don’t mind Pete Doherty.)

    I never thought I would be talking about Brit music on here, but I’m glad I’m able to today!

    • And here’s the inevitable Libertines cover. Spot on, Korean Pete Doherty, spot on.

    • It’s not just the arrangement, everything about Pink Elephant is Libertines/Babyshambles-like, from the outfits to the guitar tone to the micsharing to that one singer’s yelps… XD they’re clearly big big Libs fans!

      • Thanks Subdee for the link! Guess they are huge fans, it does explain the similarities, more than just the song itself. Definitely going to delve into Pink Elephant’s stuff now.

        • Are you/were you a Libs fan too? I feel like some of the stuff Pink Elephant is doing, you have to really be a Libertines fan to appreciate XD because from the mainstream perspective, they were a punk group, they wore leather jackets, they were always drunk or high, they never played in time, all their songs were about drugs, they only had one hit album, Pete Doherty is a junkie waster, etc etc all of which is of course true, but not the whole truth. This Korean group is almost like a “Libertines that could have been” if they’d been more with it – it’s the Libertines style in a more sensitive/musical mode, underneath the punk posturing and the drugs and the tabloid scandals, and with maybe just a touch less mental illness.

        • I was a big Libs fan when they were together, not so much Babyshambles or Dirty Pretty Things.

          I really loved their punk sound with all its imperfections (the yelps, off-key singing, missed notes) and although they were deep into their vices, when the music and lyrics came together well it was brilliant. I agree that these vices and the scandals took away from the music, but in a way it left them as an enigma – some may say a standard for which some indie bands aspire to be.

          Of course I don’t want to see Pink Elephant rely on drugs or scandal to make their name, but I don’t think they will. Judging from the video, they are a tighter-sounding band, but I’m not sure what the usual subject matter of their music is though. Have you been listening to them for a while? What do they usually sing about?

        • Totally agree with you on the Libertines – part of the attraction was that feeling of mystery, that there was more to the band than what ended up on record, that they were underachieving and fucking up but also doing something great at the same time, definitely a kind of romance of destruction and overindulgence.

          And yeah, the yelps and off-key singing and missed notes. :) And barbershop harmonies!

          This is the first time I’ve heard of Pink Elephant, and I don’t know Korean, so I don’t know what their songs are about either. I’m also really curious! They do sound tighter than the Libertines, and they are seemingly still together, so at this moment they don’t seem like they are going to destroy themselves. They are better musicians than a lot of Libs-inspired indie bands, so I hope they do well.

  19. Hey Simon and Martina – the clean guitar sound you’re talking about is generally called by guitarists….”clean”. Or maybe to get super-technical…”jangly”.


  20. Just got Yukari – Echo on ebay … a bit of a hassle but for good music like this, worth it.

  21. I thought US and Canada shared the same iTunes region… Apple, the fluzz is up with this nonsense?

  22. I would have looooved Pink Elephant if I knew about them back when I was in high school. They sound really similar to stuff I listened to back then :3

  23. One more all-girl band – Cocktail Slippers – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMuBIT-zklM&list=PL85C5DCEEC51C89A8
    Pink Elephant was my favourite today.

  24. brick slipper was my fave for this week, definitely need to find out more about them.
    if i can because like you said, bands with only females in them are really hard to find. i know these (they’re not really active or even broke up already but yeah)

    clinah (dino entertainment, debuted oct. 2011)
    sweet revenge (soul jacker/windmill media according to their facebook page, debuted aug. 2011)
    wind hold venus (plus9 ent, debuted june 2011, changed name to loveis in 2012, broke up at the end of 2012)

    the other day i saw another female group on fb but i forgot their name and stupid as i am i deleted my browser history and now i can’t find them again and it sucks =((( maybe someone reads this and knows who i’m talking about:

    they are 4 members and i think i read that one of their members is married and i’m guessing they’re around my age maybe older (i’m a 86er)
    they have been a band for a while and changed their name once, their latest album was out not too long ago and they toured with it in europe (or are planning to come here, i’m not sure)

    you’d think with all the details i could remember or find them but i’m coming up with nothing =(((

  25. Hey.. if you get a chance.. ask MFBTY about the Johnny Depp connection.

  26. Pink Elephant just gained a new fan. I lurve upbeat/retro-ish rock music :D

  27. Loved the Pink Elephant video. Very fun song.

  28. Wow…the first song is really pretty… this song is perfect to go for a subway ride… it’s a really unique song!

    1:13 well said Martina! XD

    second song BLEW MY MIND!! It somehow reminds me of 자우림(Jaurim) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvpU-7BO0JE&list=UUyPwyuEZLmXJXa0M24-Sh6Q&index=10 (yeah she’s still around but it’s been sooo long since her comeback) but she’s an only girl in the band – . -… don’t know other girl bands like the one you mentioned in your playlist…

    third song sounds good…awesome use of instruments! (buut it won’t get into “the songs I’m addicted” section unfortunately… ) Oh..Delusion of Persecution!! I’m totally digging this one! XD really :D awesome!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWAufqBhMik (via youtube.com )

    Thank you for this awesome playlist(and request)! :D


  29. I love this playlist! I’ve never heard of Brick Slipper or Pink Elephant but their stuff is awesome! And Yukari was amazing. Thanks for this awesome playlist :)

  30. I’m glad you guys liked Pink Elephant, I’ve been obssesed with them for quite a long time and yeah I’m Ecuadorian for future refrences haha.
    Also I really liked Brick Slipper and almost all your Indie playlists, they give me something to listen to while studying.

    Love you guys!

  31. 1st: harmonica solo – WOO! Thanks to the nasty who has introduced me to pink elephant!! xD <3

    2nd: rather randomly i looked at the bottom of this page, ur copyright thing is from 2008-2012… uh, its 2013 guize! :P haha – I dont want anyone to be stealing EYK…

  32. Shameless proclamation: I freakin love female rockers and am now infatuated Brick Slipper. I, too, love girls being strong powerful rock talented individuals.

  33. Oh~ Brickslipper and Pink Elephant sound really good. :3
    Yukari isn’t my slice of bread but well, one can’t like everything, huh? :’D

  34. I was a bit uneasy about the first song when you said Dream Pop, cuz then i thought of that song i heard awhile back that you included in your playlist of that wall with the weird effects as a road went by(or something like that) but i really liked it! i found myself drifting off to the sweet melody!
    The second song you put up, i was like “oh great, i don’t really like english rock sounding bands” but i was once again surprised at how much i really liked the song. Neither of these songs had me jumping off the couch, but they were good.
    The third song sounded nice, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, they sound really great, just not for me. Thanks you guys! I always look forward to K-Krunch Indie Playlist Time!

  35. Yeah Indie Playlist !!! Love it <3

    Concerning the videos, I don't really like the Yukari video. There was too many sounds for my poor ears lol. It's just not my genre.

    Back Stripper is cool~ I will check more info about them!
    Pink Elephant is reaaaaally cool, my favorite music between the 3 !
    I've prefer the Indie Playlist of the latest weeks (I'm now a huge fan of Kayip and From The Airport now lol)

    Thank Simon & Martina for the sharing!


    PS: You're not not cool!! Stop saying that! You're the more cool couple that I know (besides my parents lol)

  36. Ahhh okay okay i should be doing this essay but i have been forced to watch K-Indie playlists late for weeks now SO this time college work can do one xD.
    I literally listened to Yukari last night because two videos popped up on my fb newsfeed from Korean Indie BUT THEY WERE POSTED THURSDAY!!! Got to get that newsfeed sorted out, but i love her sound its so amazing you pretty summed up my thoughts when you said her voice is quite haunting because that was what i was thinking last night.

    Brick Slipper pfffffttttttt what can i say, flabbergasted i loved it so much, i love a female vocal when it comes to indie in general. Probably wasn’t a good idea to watch this now during work because i am going to have to go and find more songs by them *crosses fingers* i hope i can find them easily,

    Pink Elephant…FANTASTIC lost for words (this means more searching)

    I wish i had more time available to me to make a quick video to request Unisexasaurus- Blueberry Dream but alas i don’t so i will just look forward to the next playlist :D

    • after discovering Telepathy I was on a hunt myself to find out more about Super8Bit but fell short of that other song as well. I have a sad feeling they are no longer. its too bad cause i thought the girl in Techno Shoes was really cute and quirky and I wanted to see more of what she could offer in an all girl band

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