Gaon Charts January 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for the first month of 2016 this Monday–a few days later than usual as the lunar new year took place the week prior. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month. Gaon Korean Album Chart While December was a rather good month… Continue reading

Mini-Interview with Earip

One of the early bands I came across when I first started listening to Korean indie music was that of modern rock/indie pop band Sweater. Besides the nice melodies, the biggest allure to Sweater was the vocals provided by Earip. She put out her first solo release in 2005 and with her songwriting skills and… Continue reading

KMA2016: Album of the Year

The nominees for the 13th Korean Music Awards were announced last week. The weeks leading up to the actual awards show I’ll be introducing the nominees from the “total” categories, starting with Album of the Year. Black Medicine – Irreversible With roots in some of Korea’s first generation death metal bands, Black Medicine formed in… Continue reading