There are a lot of bands making the same kind of music as IDIOTAPE in Seoul. In my humble opinion IDIOTAPE is far superior to any and all of them. Their music has direction, restraint, a real message. Most of the other bands attempting this style just end up sounding messy and self-serving. A song starts out well and then spirals into some experimental bullshit that I end up skipping after minute 6.
If you know anything about me, you know I’m kind of (read: super) lazy. I don’t like doing things. I like not doing things. My boyfriend rolls his eyes at me when I explain that it takes a week for me to work up the energy to make a doctor’s appointment (I’ve been out of contacts for almost two months). One thing I do like is music! Korean music! Korean INDIE music!
New and improved version: Now on a GAYAGEUM!
I wasn’t going to go. I moved out of the country recently. But by some coincidental fuck up I’m back in Texas for awhile so I guess yes, I will attend SXSW 2016 in Austin. And I’ll see all the Koreans. All of them.
Here’s a playlist that the K-Pop Night Out people put together to help you figure out who the hell everyone is.
My friend Arnold over at Is This How You K-Pop is so great. He is handsome as fuck, really sweet, incredibly smart, and a much better writer than I am. I suppose I could’ve been a great talent, but I don’t have the patience for the mega posts that he does. Call it ADD or laziness.
He compiled his fifty favorite Korean songs of 2015 and for that I am jealous. I don’t think I even had the commitment to listen to 50 good Korean songs last year. Anyway, I’ve been spending the first part of 2016 getting acquainted with all the music I missed in 2015, and you should do the same. Luckily for the both of us, Arnold has exceptional taste.
Click ze photo for part one.
I went to Greenplugged last year and it was way fun. In fact, I sang backup for a friend’s band. Everyone in the audience was very confused as to why a white girl was on stage.
A bunch of friends were there to do some ooh’s and aah’s; and we jumped around and had a great time! Thanks Goonam for finding a way to get me in FO FREE!
So Greenplugged is a big ACL-ish festival that goes on for two days and usually has a super legit lineup. The park where it is held is ENORMOUS and you have to walk about 10-15 minutes to get from one stage to the next. This is admittedly pretty annoying, because you end up missing chunks of sets. But there’s no cross-contamination of sound so I suppose it’s not so bad. This year’s lineup looks good with Crying Nut, No Brain, Guckkasten, Beenzino and other badasses in attendance. Not to mention my precious friends Goonam!
I’m just gonna assume that you can read Hangul and post the lineup after the jump