[History] Hello Rookies 2014

I frequently find myself looking up former contestants of Hello Rookie when writing small info snippets for various posts. Since the competition started in 2007 a large number of great bands and solo artists has gotten a share of the spotlight, and it’s particularly fun to see how the now more famous acts have evolved…. Continue reading

SXSW 2016

It’s mid-March and just a day away from the start of the world’s largest music showcase festival–South by Southwest–in Austin, Texas. The music portion of SXSW 2016 lasts from March 15 to March 20 and offers more than 2,000 showcasing artists. 16 of those are Korean.   Anna’s Recommendations Chris from Korean Indie took the… Continue reading

Randomness #34

The last few months have been rather busy. So much in fact that it’s almost been 3 months since the last randomness post. Although what’s great about that is that I’ve finally managed to find some sort of balance between work, blogging, and life in general. Coming off my usual February KMA high I could… Continue reading

Gaon Charts February 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for February today. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month. Gaon Korean Album Chart January proved to be a relatively good month for Korean indie albums sales, but the same unfortunately can’t be said of the Korean album chart for February… Continue reading

PAKK – 곡소리 (A Wail)

When I first listened to PAKK‘s 곡소리 (A Wail) it felt like coming home. The EP opens with a cacophony of guitar, bass and drums before finding more of a structure. When the song gets going the progression is similar to that of Apollo 18. The guitar is laying down the melody supported by a… Continue reading

Mini-Interview with PAKK

On the 1st of November 2015, Atmo announced that the band would henceforth be known as PAKK. PAKK is led by Kim Daeinn aka jellyboy who just so happens to be one of my favorite musicians since about a decade ago. For some background on PAKK, check out IROK’s mini-interview with Atmo from 2014. While… Continue reading