Grey Watson and the Warm Jets – Korindie Bootlegs #14

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Here at Korindie, we’re nothing if we aren’t honest. And here’s the honest truth. I thought that Grey was touring with a revamped version of Henry Demos‘ old band Watersports at first. So, here I am, in the front row in nothing but a funnel gag and a leather harness… and all of a sudden I’M the weird one. The front rows DID NOT get wet. Zero out of five golden whips of shame.

The club floor is supposed to be a judgment-free zone.

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Grey Watson – Vocals, Guitar

Without the waterworks, they still put on a pretty good (yet vanilla ㅠㅠ) show, as I’m sure you can tell from the above recording for which I expertly pressed record and then stop. Grey, formerly (and kinda currently?) of the Killer Drones, played from his new album, and all were enthralled. Except the person who stood directly under the fucking microphone and talked about tequila all night. I think I was able to cut most of it out, but seriously dude, whoever the fuck you are, it’s fucking tequila, stick a fucking worm in some vodka and you’re done.

 

So Grey has like this new album, but he needs people to play it. For some reason, he decided to get a bunch of nice, decent people, and then name them the Warm Jets. The Warm Jets. How else could anyone interpret that? I mean, aside from above. Like, you had a Dyson dryer on bass? I don’t get it. Did these people owe you money? Actually, don’t tell me. Some dark secrets never need to see the light of day. Grey’s a pretty smooth dude though, so it’s probably spy code for something. Or he’s a cult leader?

Oh, grow back that mustache. It was awesome. And spy-like. Hmm. Maybe cult leaderish?

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John Wade – Bass

Right. The band. John Wade, Grey’s old band mate, also of the Killer Drones, is the guy you call when you want an awesome bassist, but you can’t be outclassed/upstaged by Mike McGrath’s freaking sweet moves. He stands there, plays the licks, and has a good time without bumping into your shit. He always strikes me as the guy who will help you out in a jam, and put up with your choice in recent band names. Also, I think his dog might eat me. Will your dog eat me dude? Like. Don’t let your dog eat me.

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Ethan Waddell – Guitar

I’m fully convinced that Ethan Waddell doesn’t have a job. He’s been in like 74 different bands, and subbed for everyone during their allotted hagwon vacation period*. Ethan, how are you supporting yourself? Do these people pay you? Wait… are you in Grey’s mustache cult? Do you have Stockholm syndrome? Blink twice for yes, and once for very yes. We can get you home, Ethan. We can get you home. Mama and Papa Waddell miss you (I guess?), and all your pedals.

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BA Wheeler – Drums

BA, or Brad is another one of those people that’s like in every band that needs a drummer anywhere in the city. And he operates a recording studio. And he manages the Barberettes. Brad, I want to know your secrets. All your secrets. It takes me 2 hours to open a web browser and write a shitty article. GIVE ME YOUR SECRETS OF SPACE AND TIME.

Whatever. It’s cool. I can just live with a 16 hour day like the rest of us. Sniff.

Okay, enough shit. Grey, right now is in France, pretending to be bourgeoisie, or Spain, pretending to be..umm… some Spanish word I don’t fully understand. I’m not jealous. He’s touring for his new album. Sigh. I wish I was in their cult. I’d have something to do for 16 hours a day. And maybe I could get me some paella.

Grey, bring me back some paella. I’ll pay you back in cult dues.

*For those of you not in the know, it’s two days in December, and 8 days at the end of your contract.

Rough Cuts – Korindie Bootlegs #13

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Adversity inspires good music. So when you get four middle class straight white dudes together, umm.. … it’s… umm… hard core? Yeah, hard core. I mean, just look at the name, Rough Cuts.  They’re all rough, tumble and dry, tags off their pillows, coming from the mean streets of Slough, or Staines, or some other disgusting sounding English industrial town that’s not nearly as bad as it sounds, but is still actually bad enough to make you never want to go there. They’re the gristle right next to your choice cuts, and they’re here to get in your face hole and blow you away. I mean just look at this intensity. You wouldn’t want to run into this intense specimen outside of a live hall would you?

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Mike McGrath – Vocals, Guitar

Actually, two of them are American, and they don’t really care about blowing you. Found that out the hard way. But, that’s still pretty punk right? Right? Right. Right.*

I’m not going to lie to you. They’re a bunch of right bastards. All rough and no tumble. First off, there’s Tyler (Shelbyville), who doesn’t really know he’s hot, but he kinda knows he’s hot, so he doesn’t how what to do with it yet. He’s that ugly character 80 minutes into an 80s makeover movie, where the character realizes that they can dance and so they finnaly show their inner beauty, which is really their outer beauty, because Hollywood. Tyler, go out there and commandeer some shit. Like… free drinks or something. Then give me some of those free drinks.

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Tyler Ryan – Guitar, Vocals

Then there’s Mike (Baekma), who thinks he can’t sing. He’s kinda right, but he’s got some fresh fucking moves, let me tell ya. Like way better than his Baekma days. So fresh. Lately, he’s been spending his time on stage scream-singing (scringing?) a lot about how he’s bad news, and how everything he thinks is dumb. (See Bad News and Everything I Think Is Dumb above.) Then he freaks the fuck out, kinda like that dude from Korn.

That’s the dude from Korn, right? It’s totally him. From the 80s or something.

Whatever, I’m sure it’ll get the chicks one day. The guys from Korn get chicks right? I mean, they’re like 60 now, but I’m sure they’re still cool in Finland or something.

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Adam Czelusta – Bass

Adam always seems sad to be playing bass. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a swell dude, but he’s no this. Adam, look at Mike. He’s got sweet moves. Steal his sweet moves, Adam, you know he can’t fight back. He’s got no tumble. Use the tumble. USE THE TUMBLE, ADAM.

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Patrick Connor – Drums

Then there’s Patrick. He knows everyone everywhere so I can’t make fun of him. Hello, Patrick. Good day. Jolly good show. (Oh, who are we kidding, he can’t read this. He’s a drummer.)

Yeah, so Rough Cuts. I talked about each one of them in order because that’s totally the most interesting way to write a music blog without talking about music. Listen to the bootlegs, then come out to a show. They’re awesome live. Like, you will feel some awe when you see them.

Oh hey. Video. From earlier. Lookilisten?

*Gotta get them 500 words.

 

Tierpark – Korindie Bootlegs #12

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Tierpark widely known by Germans for being the German word for zoo. No one can dispute that. Tierparks are places where visitors can witness the heavily ordered stratification of German society, in which humans and even animals, must adhere to the strict boundaries of their placement in life. While to an outsider like yourself, this may seem to be a bit harsh or completely made up, I assure you that this is not the case. In fact, the nature of German zoos can be derived directly from the etymology of the word Tierpark, where tier means tier, or some sort of stratification, and park roughly translates to “place for the storage of accoutrements used in the containing and torturing of innocents for putting them in their rightful place.” My German is a little rusty, but I’m sure you’ve believed every word I’ve said so far.

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Sehee Kim – Vocals, Guitar

After reading the above paragraph, you could say that the above is complete bullhornky which has nothing to do with the actual band Tierpark. Mayhaps they’re not some sort of musical sadomasochistic animalistic cult, where Sehee Kim forces everyone to live like zoo animals off stage in some sort of weird bedroom-cum-sty. Look, no one here at Korindie is saying that. That would indeed be ridiculous, and libelous. I’m just saying it’s more of a part-time hobby of theirs, and quite frankly, I’m really upset that no one gives Sehee Kim credit for her ability to be a new mother and lead a band while simultaneously continuing to maintain the world’s first and only prog rock BDSM dungeon.

#femininity #strongwomen #cycleoflife #chokechain

So have you now learned the true meaning of Tierpark? Well, you’re wrong. It’s Christmas. The meaning of Tierpark is Christmas. You’ve all failed. You all get coal in your stockings this year. Like, your regular socks. Your feet will get all dirty. That is the punishment.

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Jonathan Jacobson – Guitar

Whatever, look, I’ll give you a pass this time, just because you’ve somehow decided that reading this far was going to be beneficial to you for some reason? Right, back on topic. Tierpark.

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Nathan Greenberg – Bass

They’re a band. They’re a band that I like, although I really only know two of the members well, namely Sehee, mentioned above, and Jon, who you may recognize from Visuals, and older Nice Legs joints. With other two, Nathan and Laurent, we do this awkward acknowledgement nod whenever I see them, which I’m not sure if awkward because one of them is vaguely European, or because I always get terrible photos of the other one because he’s always hiding in the shadows on the stage, or because I always flee back to my cave after every show. It’s a tough nut to crack.

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Laurent Pereira – Drums

They play music. On Korindie, it has been established that we don’t talk about music. I don’t want to label anything, or be forced to describe anything in weird laboured terms like every other music blog. But, despite this, but I can tell you that their music is what I would refer to as “good.” I hope this label hasn’t ruined your listening experience. Go get the album you whingy bastards.

Whatever. Like, listen to the bootleg, then listen to their new album here. It’s excellent. Have you seen it? It’s like a triangle. It unfolds out into an eagle. Well, I mean you have to unfold it, and then do some origami shit to make it into an eagle, but I’m technically correct or something.

Video?

Visuals – Korindie Bootlegs #11

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Pushing forward through the double digits, Korindie returns this week with Visuals, a new collaborative exploration amongst Ali Safavi (Mountains, Colours, Classy Wallet, Yuppie Killer), Ethan Waddell (Table People, New Blue Death),  and Jonathan Jacobson (Tierpark, Nice Legs) into complicated time signatures and advanced pedalry.

I’m going to be honest. I don’t know what makes them “math,” and I don’t really care. All I know is that Ali has the most angular moves out of anyone in Seoul. I mean look at this.

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Ali Safavi – Bass, Screaming

Dude is mad nuts all over the place. That’s math right? Angles? Random distributions? Least common denominators? Yeah, it’s all of that mathimess.

I’m glad I’ve finally found a way to put my undergrad degree to use. Mom, I hope your son has done you proud.

By post number 11, you’ve learned not to come here for a music review.* That’s what the rest of the internet is for. No, today I’d like to talk about the band themselves. No, I’m not going to make fun of all the bands that Ali is in again (107 this week and counting!)… aside from this statement. Look, it’s low hanging fruit, Ali. The lowest of hanging fruit.

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Ethan – Guitar, Pedalry

I’ve seen Visuals three times now. Photos here are from all three shows. The best thing about them is that the band really feels like a collaboration where all three members are well in their element. Ali basswalks all over the stage, Ethan has a million pedals to loop through, and Jon can rip through the fanciest of beats.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not to box each member into a specific role (although Ali could use some of that at times…okay, last one) but for a band with only 4-5 shows under their belt, they got their own shit and each other’s shit handled.

Oh yeah, and Ali screams a lot. That’s my favourite part actually. It kinda goes like “AAAAAAAAAAAAAH,” but more gutteral?

The worst thing, for balance, would be that they don’t have enough material yet. Come on boys, write some more shit. You’ve done like 5 shows, you should have an LP or two by now. Get on it.

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Ali (left) and Jon (right) – Bass and Drums

Seriously dudes. Don’t give me that look.

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Visuals – That look

Whatever. Look, to tide us all over, here’s a new video from their latest show.

Visuals doesn’t have a Facebook page (yet), but they do 1-2 shows a month around Seoul. Get a hold of me or keep your ear to the Facebook-stone for more info. I’ll update this section if something comes up.

*Unless this is your first time here, in which case, I am very very sorry. So, so very sorry. My condolences.

Party Fears – Korindie Bootlegs #10

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Faithful Korindie readers may have noticed that Maggie Devlin, previously of Baekma and New Blue Death fame, is all up in Korindie’s mix, with her face now on three out of 10 bootleggins’. I know I’ve been accused of needless bias towards her, and so to settle the matter once and for all, here’s the reason why she’s so prevalent on the site.

I love Maggie and I want to have her children.

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Maggie Devlin – “What are you on about, Doug?”

Okay, okay. This is not true. I hate kids. Like, really hate kids. But, I love her musically, and I would love to have her musical children. They’d all be half Firebird and half Korg with a hint of cowbell, and I’d sell them on craigslist.com (LIKE YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL FIREBIRD MAGGIE) and we’d split the profits over a feed of Mom’s Touch.

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Mike McGrath (left) and Tyler Ryan (right) – Hangry for Mom’s Touch

I guess the real reason for Maggie’s prevalence would be that she has almost as many bands as Ali*, and they’re all good. Her current work, Party Fears, is a solo project that somehow involves every wayguk musician/singer in Seoul. Seriously, there’s like a million people on stage at any moment. Look at this, they barely all fit. I had to unsexily hug the pole to get this shot.**

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B A Wheeler, Mike McGrath, Tyler Ryan, Maggie Devlin, Angela Schmangela, Alberto Alba – Unsexy Pole Hugging Shot

Even though Maggie alone is the driving force behind everything, watching Party Fears is like watching a familiar TV show that got retooled. Not in that desperate 6th season of Archer way, but more like a [INSERT SUCCESSFULLY RETOOLED SHOW TITLE HERE] way, where you know most the characters involved, but they’re being directed by someone else and they’re ready for more diverse hijinks. Well, okay, that’s a bad example, because everyone is playing all the same instruments they always played, but next to different people. Okay, it’s next to the same people for the next part.

Goddammit, this why I can’t have nice things. Look, Maggie brings a new sound to the table. Okay?

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Maggie Devlin

I’ve not done enough digression in this post, but it’s 1:38AM and my mind currently has the same texture as the ramyeon that is not sitting well in my stomach, so I’ll just end by letting you, my fellow Korindie lookilistener, should know that you can still have nice things, or at least see a good show at Boogie Woogie (formerly Kimchi Sounds) in Kyungidan, Seoul on March 26th. It’s Party Fears’ last show before Maggie ups and offs out of self-induced purgatory.

Don’t worry though, Maggie will pop up again this summer when secret things happen in secret places. Did I mention that it was secret? Look, it’s secret, okay?

Here’s a distraction. Purty lights. The editing is frantic as fuck, cause I was a little drunk while doing it, and I thought everything was AMAZING. Still like it though. DOEI from CCTB is amazing for getting all the best shots on this vid.

You’ll also be pleased to know that in this video (and on bandcamp) you can actually hear a female vocalist in Seoul for once. (Shut up, Tony. You’re the only one who claims to be able to hear them.)

*Yes, Ali, this is your new normal.

**That will NOT be in the bandfic.

***Holy crap, there’s 10 of these. I’ve never done 10 of anything in my life. I wonder if I could put this on my resume? “Successfully Made 10 Blog Posts” would be an awesome award title.

Table People – Korindie Bootlegs #9

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Yes, they’re people, and they have a relationship with tables. Can we get over it already?

Actually, someone already got over it. Namely, the band, because Eric has decided that his life, career and mental wellbeing were more important than allowing me and Maggie (of Baekma, New Blue Death, and Party Fears) to thrust our pelvises every time we heard “Ride With Me.”

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Eric Davis – Vocals, Guitar

Seriously, what could be more important than our beautiful pelvic thrusting? This is why I made Eric and Ethan the centre of one vein of Baekma‘s epic slash bandfic. It’s due out in November 2017, but I can give youse a quick sample here. Don’t tell anyone okay? I want to make sure no one steals my concept. I think I could get a meet with Danielle Steele from this.

It was a cold and stormy night. Ethan was alone for the first time in what felt like forever, but he welcomed it. He welcomed the rain and wind. It felt refreshing after all he had been through. The dark on the other hand, this was becoming a problem.

 

A solitary headlight exploded into existence in front of him. Eric’s motorcycle. It had to be. But how did Eric know?

 

“About time. You’re late,” Eric said, his damp cigarette barely clinging to life. To Ethan’s shocked look he replied “You know, you never give me enough credit.”

 

Ethan rushed into Eric’s arms. He had made his bed, and though the sheets were blood-stained, he knew he could lie in it a few nights more, at least.

If this doesn’t get me the Pulitzer, nothing will. (Read: Nothing will.)

As far as I know, Eric and Ethan formed the band like five years (like 35 expat years) ago. Then they got all depressed and moody or something and changed their name to Table People Suck. People seemed to agree with them, so they kept that name, but people just dropped the ‘suck’ because was too suggestive/defamatory after a night at FF.

But, let’s not remember the dark times. The band is dead, but the people live on. Eric will start an art colony back in  Kansas City, which apparently is not really in Kansas, but kinda is. I’ll miss the sporadic conversations we had, which always made me think about things that became significantly important later on down the road. Like the meaning of community, and how to read when a group of drunk people is likely going to be moving on. No, like really. It’s a thing that needs knowing. He’s the drunk whisperer. But, not in a creepy way.

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Eric Waddell – Vocals Guitar with Ham Jihye of Juck Juck Grunzie.

Ethan is amazing on guitar and pretty much everything pedal-wise. This is probably why he’s always in multiple bands. Except for right now. Because all his bands are dead except for Visuals, fronted by Ali Safavi, who you may know from Classy WalletMountains, Colours, Platitudes, Adjectives, Shapes, Ranges, and Korindie’s personal favourite Musicians, and Jonathan Jacobson of Tierpark. I expect mediocre to great things from them in the near future. (Questionably negative reinforcement is my motivational strategy.)

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Myoung Shik – Bass

Myoung is killer on bass, and is an all-around cool dude, especially since he’s totally becoming cool with me sticking a camera in his face all the time. This is especially important to me, as I use the camera to give myself validation while being around people who make actual creative content on a regular basis. Myoung, we need to hang out more. Make a new band and let me know.

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An Seoyeong – Drums being comforted by Wynsum Foreman

Seoyeong was a bit shy in front of the camera as well at first, but I appreciate the smile I get every time I stick a camera in her face now. Take a look at this photo album for better examples. The scene above is a bit invasive, I know, but on a serious note, it captures a bit of the emotion of the night. People were sad. People were happy to be listening in the moment, and a wicked crazy 360 degree video came out of it, but people were still sad. Oh, and Seoyeong, we need to hang more. Make a new band and let me know.

I’ve only been in this community for a year or so, but I’ve met a lot of people and generally like the people I’ve met. However, as with all groups everywhere, there seems to be a culling season of sorts every few years. This is especially true with groups with a high expat population. Emotions were running a bit high that night as Table People have been around the longest out of anyone. Had.

Y’all suck for moving. (Downer ending. HA! Suck it! Go listen to their music though, it’s good. Here. Here. Maybe here.)

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New Blue Death – Korindie Bootlegs #8

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So, I know what you’re thinking, but really, it’s not a slight against Windows 10. Well, I don’t think it is. Mind you, having the members of New Blue Death beat the crap out of a malfunctioning PC on stage would be pretty satisfying though. (If the band is reading this, take this as a note for your final show.)

Yes, that’s right. This week’s bootleg-ee is on the verge of breaking up and tearing a hole in what is left of my somewhat beating heart.  I’m sure it’s purely out of spite, too. Look, dudes, I got 182 on my cholesterol exam. I’ll likely die of a heart attack in the next few months anyway. You’d think you could stick around at least that long. Sheesh.

But, yes, nothing we can do can stop their demise, so instead I’m going to focus on the good times I’ve had with each member. There’s a Branvanesque whole 8 of them, so settle in. (Turn on the tracks above.)

I met NBD through Maggie in mid-2014, who was then splitting her time between Baekma and NBD, who I met through Nice Legs. I met everyone through Nice Legs, but I met Maggie in a direct hand off. I think my first words to her were something along the lines of “Didn’t you just get off the stage?”

Baekma and New Blue Death did a lot of shows together back in the day to save on Maggies. Mentioning this fact became one of our four “things.” I’ll list them

1. Commenting on how many times she’s been on stage.
2. Pointing a camera at her while she pretends to have seen Donald Trump without his hair. #topical!
3. Pelvis thrusting to Table People‘s “Ride With Me.”
4. Writing erotic bandfiction about other local bands.

I regret none of these.

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Adam Brennan – Vocals, Guitar

I met the rest of the band soon after. Like, maybe 10 minutes after. Adam B, the leader, has the shapes and vocals of a successful cult leader. I mean, not one of those suicidey ones, but one of the ones where you get super rich and start wearing matching sweat suits all the time, but not one of those ones where everyone wears them together when they commit suicide. I’m talking zero suicides here. 0.

I feel like I’ve not conveyed a compliment correctly. It doesn’t really matter, he’s not on Facebook so he won’t read this anyway.*

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Adam Hickey – Bass

Adam B is not to be confused with the other Adam, Adam H. Apparently there’s a surplus. I like him because he lets me pretend I’m Newfie. I mean I’m half, and I lived there for like 8 years, but he takes things to the next level by not making me me suck on a dead cod for full legitimacy, so we’re all good.

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Ethan Waddell – Guitar, Vocals

Ethan is the all-knowing guitarista, who seems to be okay with us pelvic thrusting in the crowd when he plays with Table People. He’s the dude you call out into the crowd for when your setup stops working half way through a set. Well, he’s the guy I call for, but I’m sure that’s fine. I mean I’m sure he doesn’t mind me grabbing him from his lovely fiancée and making him work on his nights off.

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Alberto Alba – Keyboards

Alberto is a bit strange. He has an actual job, like a good job, and yet he’s in multiple bands as well. Like, where does he get the time? Don’t people with jobs have to spend 12 hours a day in a cubicle or something? It’s kinda funny, but I didn’t know he had a Spanish accent until I’d known him for 6 months or so. Everyone sounds the same when you’re screaming in a live hall. We met at a recording studio once, and I was like, “Holy shit, you have a Spanish accent!” It was amusing.

Finally, there’s Chris. He’s the drummer. The only photo I have of him, and he’s wearing a Dolly Parton wig. Sorry dude, I spent more time with the Clavicle and Eilis and had time to get photos. ㅠㅠ I have failed you.

Yeah, so, they’re dead on Feb 13th. I mean, the band is… Look, I’m sure they’re not joining some suicide pact. (See above). The final show is on the 13th.

One day before Valentine’s Day seems fitting some how, ya fucking bastards.

See youse around?

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*Hah! You read it!

eeeho – Korindie Bootlegs #7

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Moonshine is a wonderful, welcoming establishment that still feels like a friend’s apartment. It’s a place to sit, relax, get a drink, grab some grub, to get a tattoo. All the good things, all the good things. It also has a red-orange disco ball. Mesmerizing.

Most likely due to it’s aforementioned eclecticity, took a only few minutes to convert its second floor balcony into it’s new form as an impromptu stage for the evening’s acts which consisted of TC Costello, the ranting accordionsmith, Henry Demos, the man with the gams, and eeeho, who I had not yet met. (Foreshadowing. I met her. She’s nice.)

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It was one of those nights that started out with everyone being quiet and introspective, where we were all secretly wishing it was raining. Oh, and that there was a fireplace, and everyone was in wooly sweaters. Maybe it was just me. The privileged 10 or so people there found a comfortable chair and relaxed, staring at each other an smiling verse to verse, talking with eeeho and each other between songs. It was oddly comforting, like the 50s, but for everyone.

Look. It’s Christmas, and I’m just off a turkey coma, from having actual turkey on Christmas for the first time since I moved to Asia, or maybe last year, and I’m listening to 50s baby boomer Christmas songs.

I may be a somewhat unreliable narrator at this point, but let me say that you and I should hang at Moonshine sometime, or maybe an eeeho show. You’ll see the good. And you know I ain’t steered you wrong yet.

Unfortunately though, my recorder, being used to live shows with excessive amplification, slightly underperformed for this session, but with headphones, in a quiet room with a fireplace, maybe while it’s raining outside, I think you can capture the mood decently enough.

I’m going to turn this on and let it help me sleep off this turkey.

Pentasonic – Korindie Bootlegs #6

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So, last week or so I’m at the Thunderhorse, a place I’ve been to on a few occasions, and yet I wouldn’t necessarily say that I was familiar with. For those of you not familiar with Seoul (I’ve heard some of you still exist), it’s the still living/breathing manifestation of some time-honoured tradition that I haven’t fully been initiated into yet. Yeah, I’m pulling shit out of my ass, but they’re awesome, and you should go see more of what they’re up to over at Daehanmindecline,

But, in a not-pulling-shit-out-of-my-ass sort of way, I brought up a good point. Good work, me. Even though Korindie has been hob-knobling with the upper-to-under crust of the reportedly small Korean indie scene, it’s been mostly the in the Hongdae/Sangsu areas, and not in Itaewon, the other driving force for indie music in the city. Itaewon is mostly known for clubbing, but there is a vibrant hip hop scene, some jazz and some rock as well, from what I can find out through the grapevine.

Seriously though. Yo, Itaewon, how do I get up in you? Where’s all this Freedom I’ve been hearing about?

What? Don’t look at me like that. We all know where you’ve been. Sigh. Look, I didn’t mean it. Just let me in, baby.

Jiho Chang – Keyboards

At this opportune moment, I’d like to mention our newest bootlegees, Pentasonic, who have only four members for some reason. They were playing after the headliner, Maggie Crossett (go buy her new album), which is a tough sell for a lot of bands. Everyone is tired, half the people are getting ready to leave, or are passed out on the floor/stage somewhere. You really need to have some high energy to keep people going.

Dudes got the energy you need. Put that in a way that doesn’t sound creepy. Does it sound creepier now? Fuck.

Jun Bae – Bass Guitar

Seriously though, high energy is what they guys have. I don’t write about music, despite having a site dedicated to music, but I can honestly say that they knew how to keep a crowd happy at the end of the night, which is no minor skill. With the personal embarrassment aside of having a music site without knowing anything about music, I’d like to get to what’s really important, the idea of wearing a Star Wars shirt while singing a song about Star Trek. Just look below.

Ben Akers – Vocals & Guitar

I really want to talk about this. Not only does the Star Wars shirt match his guitar (check above to confirm), which gets him like 10 points right there, he sings about Star Trek, like two weeks before the release of Episode 7, just to get all the hardcore Star Wars fans riled up proper. That’s gotta 10 extra points like right there. Risking your life, but no pain no gain, my friends.

If you’re reading this on unencrypted wi-fi you may notice some angry nerds around you. Don’t panic. Just be calm, listen to Pentasonic as you cover yourself in their innards, and then walk slowly among them to safety.

Alex Hodges - Drums
Alex Hodges – Drums

So are you convinced yet? Give another listen to the bootlegs, and then go buy their studio album. You’ll thank me later, unless you’re a Star Wars/Trek fan, in which case, the correct answer is Red Dwarf, and you can all get bent.

Edit: Here’s a video from the night!

Vidulgi OoyoO – Korindie Bootlegs #5

I love the zoom ring
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Henry (of Demos fame) was rushing me through the door. I don’t remember which door, but that’s not the point. The point is that Henry doesn’t rush unless it’s for chicken wings or there’s super cool tricked out van sliding down the road.

I don’t think he ever got the strangers-with-candy talk.

이종석 - Guitar, Vocals
이종석 (Lee Jongseok) – Guitar and Vocals

“Look, we can’t be late. They don’t play that often, and I need to see them,” he said pushing me through the door, my laces still in the process of being fumbled with.

We were heading to Club Bbang, you know, that place with the spray painted white heart on the wall. We hung out a bit with the usual outside musicians and randoms hangers-by for which we somehow miraculously had time for before heading down and grabbing a seat.

Bbang is a sit down joint. It’s a little weird. It works though. It’s cozy.

I guess if you haven’t seen Vidulgi live, the best way to describe their presence is something along the lines of being an absolute wall of sound. Like, you’re sitting in the crowd, and you’ve been forced to belly flop onto the hardest lake water in existence, while trying to keep yourself from falling down a flight of stairs, while celebrating your 18th (21st if you’re American) birthday with actual friends.

That hair.
차상훈 (Cha Sanghoon) – Bass

Actually, Sanghoon and Jongseok once stopped me from falling down a flight of stairs. I was busy emphatically describing how they were like a wall of sound, when I almost fell back down the stairs to some basement club I can never remember the name of, but I want to say Smokies? Or maybe something with a Q? I think it had a yellow sign with black text, that made me feel like New York in the 70s. (Yes, the whole city.)

(Baekmaites, it was the place where you partied after the album release that time, remember? Little help?)

Dudes didn’t hesitate and caught me on the precipice of camerical destruction, pulled me up and brushed me off. Solid dudes. So solid. I appreciate still having my kidneys (and my lens) every day.

In Thought
이용준 (Lee Yongjun) – Drums

Right, carrying on. The show. My mind was blown in an entirely non-Upworthy way. I’d never really heard anything shoegazey or proggy live before. Eye-opening. So much sound from so little. Every note is perfect. The only way to experience it though is to get right up to the front and attack the beast head on. It takes a lot of intricate timing and pedicular madness that’s really interesting to see.

Lost
한예솔 (Han Yesol) – Guitar and Vocals

So good. Give this a lookilisten when you done with the tracks above.

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So good.

Oh, and the wall of sound thing is real. I could actually feel the inner pieces of my ear moving during one set. I had severe tinnitus for three days. Ear plugs at Daiso, 1000 won for six are a life saver.