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K Crunch Indie – It’s Good Alone

January 14, 2013


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Nominate Simon and Martina for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Simon and Martina for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

Ok, now that that’s out of our system, back to the Korean Indie Playlist!

Smacksoft – It’s You & Me

Um. We love this song. Totally love it. It’s right up our alley. We’re looking for ambient background music to play in the studio while we’re working. We don’t want anything too uppity to dance to, because that would distract us from the work we have to do at the computers. We want something in the background that we can just bob our heads to slightly. We’ve been listening to a lot of Burial and Blockhead and Bibio, for example (umm…is that a lot of B’s or is it just me?). Anyhow, point is, this song definitely fits into our work music rotation. And – quite frankly – when Martina heard it for the first time, and I said it was a Korean band, she was completely shocked. Seriously! We don’t hear a lot of this kind of music in the Korean Indie scene. We’d love to hear more like it, if anyone’s got any recommendations (or Video Requests!). Please let us know!

Verbal Jint – Good Start

This is our second Verbal Jint video that we’re doing for the K Crunch Indie segment. The request that was put in this week included another Verbal Jint song, “You Look Good” which – holy smokes – has over 1,000,000 views! That’s huge! We knew Verbal Jint was fairly popular and all, but we didn’t know just how popular. Supposedly this song, Good Start, is doing well on the charts in Korea as well. Some of our Korean friends are big fans of Verbal Jint as well, and described him as a genius rapper. I just wish we could appreciate that a bit more, you know? A lot of Kpop can be appreciated without a knowledge of the language, but acknowledging a rapper as being genius suggests you need to be damn near fluent in the language to be able to say that. Ah!

Outsider – Alone

And this is our second Outsider song as well! See! We’re doing our best to get into the Korean Hip Hop scene. It’s still a bit alienating to us, especially when someone is as lyrical as Outsider. We’re really appreciating the delivery, though, even if we can’t actually understand the words he’s saying at that speed. KOREAN PEOPLE READING THIS POST: can you actually follow what he’s saying? Or is Outsider just trolling all of us into believing he’s saying something? Either way, it could be real or not, it still sounds cool.



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  1. Could I please request ‘처 연’ by Lowdown 30. http://youtu.be/u4JRSDWpS7I The one take backwards video is very intense and quite well done.

    8 years ago
  2. I’m not sure about his other songs, but a few months ago, Simon and Martina spoke about about his song ‘International Love Song’ in another Indie playlist -http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/k…

    8 years ago
  3. I was thinking about it, but I find all of the Korean Indie stuff through EYK, so that makes it a little hard to request. If I find one that hasn’t been mentioned I might make an animation request :P
    The first time I watched the Verbal Jint video, my first thoughts went to that TL;DR on Driving! So I’d say you’re spot on with your predication for S&M’s comments. Its funny, I’m now a whole lot more cautious crossing the road, after watching Korean dramas etc. Dammit why don’t they look both ways! hahaha

    8 years ago
  4. Smacksoft – It’s You & Me it’s a very pretty song! :)

    I love Verbal Jint’s “Good Start” (“You look good” it’s a great song too; it’s a collab song with Sanchez from Phantom …don’t know what “black skirt” is supposed to be though)

    Outsider – Alone it’s an alright song.


    8 years ago
    • ooh The Black Skirts!
      If you’re interested…”The Black Skirts is actually a one man band made up of singer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Jo Hyu-il (aka Bryan Hyu-il Jo and Holiday Jo)” (more info here – http://seoulbeats.com/2011/12/k-pop-indie-gem-the-black-skirts/). He does Indie pop/rock and writes songs in both English and Korean.
      I recommend watching ‘Dientes’ – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntU8uibCtF0 Its actually in Spanish! and has a very cute animated video, but beware of the kinda sad ending!
      Also a few months ago, Simon and Martina spoke about about his song ‘International Love Song’ in another Indie playlist – http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/k-crunch-indie-enough-exercise-love/

      8 years ago
      • Thanks! The songs are actually pretty cool. I guess I forgot… (weird thing is that the accompanying voice in “You look good” doesn’t sound like “The Black Skirts” …don’t know.. maybe it’s just me…)

        8 years ago
        • Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The voices don’t really match. Maybe they put his voice through a filter on You look good? or his voice has changed a little over the years? IDK xD

          8 years ago
        • Its a good effort, but yeah, Verbal Jint is a stand out in that performance. The Black Skirts looks so much younger than I thought he would.

          8 years ago
  5. That smacksoft music video was really trippy o.o I like the song though, it’s so…. I don’t even know how to describe it. O_o

    Cool beans, hip hop! A friend of mine has been trying to get me to listen to more Verbal Jint xD She just loves Verbal Jint.

    Outsider’s rapping is just amazing! That was… wow. When does he breathe?! OAO

    8 years ago
  6. What is on the necklace Simon is wearing?

    8 years ago