In order to keep you entertained over the weekend, here is a collection of interviews and other reading material of interest:
Another new indie music interview series has been launched by The Korea Herald. Thanks to Paul Kerry I was alerted to its second part, among other things explaining the name of Broccoli, you too? that contrary to popular belief apparently does not come from “Et tu, Brute?”: Broccoli, You Too toys with unconventionality
Korean rock is real has a joint Neon Bunny and Mongoose interview from paran translated to English by wassereis: The possibility of ‘indie-like idols’ or ‘idol-like indie’… Meeting Mongoose and Neon Bunny
Plenty of interviews more are available in the latest issue of Broke in Korea. Among other things there is an interview with Bamseom Pirates, a bit on Cal Bones, an introduction to all-girl punk band Nonstop Body, a tour diary from Hellking, a Dokkaebi Assault interview, an interview with Christfuck, and a long article on Stephen Epstein – the man behind documentary Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community. There is also Jon Twitch’s list of “Top Ten Korean Albums” alongside the “Top Ten Most Offensive Korean Band Names”, and on top of that reviews of releases from Find The Spot, Hellking, The Swindlers, and …Whatever That Means. One of the articles concerning a popular venue has also been posted on Korea Gig Guide: Dooriban Reaches Settlement
For the location of Dooriban as well as the location of just about every other live venue in Hongdae, there is the Hongdae Live Club Map. Thanks to Hiram I came across a version updated as recently as last Sunday: Updated Hongdae live club map
The music video for Taru‘s 여기서 끝내자 (the duet version with Zitten) has garnered some interest from the two biggest kpop sites:
– soompi: Taru Reveals MV for “Let’s End This Here”
– allkpop: Indie artist Taru releases music video for title track, “Done Here”!
Dealing with the video art of Nam June Paik rather than directly with his experimental music, but still highly recommended: Original Creators: Nam June Paik. I didn’t realize till just now myself, but Nam June Paik’s Hommage à John Cage was featured on the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island from last year.
And last but not least, thanks to London Korean Links I was made aware of this Korea Times article that while focused on Kpop also touches on the music covered on IROK: Culture ministry will launch K-pop academy:
[The K-pop academy] will reinvigorate the indie music scenes based on their activities at the Muse Live, the small hall newly opened at the Olympic Hall and indie clubs around Hongik University.