Posted on 10 February 2011.
With the big American music festivals closing in, some Korean participants have been getting some extra hype. Yesterday SXSW posted a bit on Apollo 18 for the front page news: Korean Apollo 18 to Land at SXSW Music 2011
Also yesterday, The Creators Project posted another interview with EE talking a bit about Coachella. In the interview the duo reveals that they are currently based in London and have made plans for a new release to come some time this year: Coachella Music Preview: Q&A With Korean Indie Darlings EE
Thanks to byul.org I found out that UhUhBoo Project vocalist Hyunjhin Baik is about to release a new album. It is a live album called Basis of Planck Time recorded at Seoul’s Welcomm Theater in November last year, and it’s currently scheduled for release some time during the third week of February. Tracklist and some words on the recording from the artist himself are available at the byul.org website.
Oliver Philpott posted the first interview on Seoul Music Room earlier today. Hyosun of Trampauline had answered questions about the light electronic pop act itself as well as questions on the Korean indie music scene in general: Interview With Trampauline.
While some names remained on the list of Korean favorite bands it seems her taste in music has developed more towards the rock side since the interview with Deathrockstar.info a few years ago.
Here’s a bunch of live reports and related material that showed up online during the last four months or so.
First up something fairly recent: Oliver Philpott of Seoul Music Room checked out the Seoulsonic gig at Welcomm Theater a couple of weeks ago, where he was blown away by Apollo 18: Big Phony, Idiotape and Apollo 18 at Seoulsonic: Friday, January 21st 2011
Little over a week later Oliver headed to Live Club Ssam where he checked out Gullivers, Pika, and Trampauline: New Romance Party, Club SSAM ‘30/1/11′
Lee Ga-on from 10 Asia made it to the SangSang Madang part of last Thursday’s Moonlight Nymph’s beneficial, previously mentioned here: [REVIEW] Concert in memory of Moonlight Fairy Lee Jin-won. The original article in Korean comes with a generous amount of photos from the evening.
Hot Potato lives have been given some coverage over at 1 night 2 days fansubs. The same site also shared the news of a Hot Potato CD+DVD set, Thank You! Good Night that was released November 30. Seoulbeats followed with a tracklist and live version MV for 시소.
- Hot Potato – Green Plugged Festival (May 21, 2010)
- Hot Potato – Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (July 24, 2010)
Hot Potato – Grand Mint Festival (October 24, 2010)
More from the 2010 edition of Grand Mint Festival was offered by 10 Asia: Grand Mint Festival takes place under a star and a moon
Mid-October, the weekend before GMF the first Daejeon Rock Festival took place. Finbarr Bermingham was there and later shared his disappointment with the event in a blog post: Daejeon Rock Festival
Even earlier that same October Widhi had made it to another festival, about which she wrote for Smashing Mag: Playground Music & Camping Festival @ Jungdo Island, Chuncheon (Oct. 2 – 3, 2010)
Over at Omona They Didn’t a few months ago there was a post collecting a couple of videos from Winterplay’s visit to London: Winterplay in England [Instant Play]
Another video was offered by The Creator’s Project, as they filmed an interview with DJ Soulscape after he played at their Seoul launch event: Live Music Week: DJ Soulscape Gets Seoul Groovin’
Melissa Schumacher too performed an interview, after seeing Like A Fox play at Woodstock in Itaewon. This well written piece blends her impressions from the performance with the story of vocalist Doo: A Rockstar in His Korean Cage
During the last evening of my last trip to Korea I ran into another Swedish girl outside of SPOT. Turns out she too has a blog, where she’s shared some of her experiences from Hongdae:
- Punk in Hongdae
- Smacksoft, The Swindlers releaseparty, Korean Barbeque and Soju Soju Soju.
- New Favorite Korean Band!