The rule according to one band was simple: “Everytime we mess up, you guys drink.” Later on, admissions along the lines of “we haven’t practiced this one in years” or “we only tried this twice before” or something like that.
I didn’t have the chance to ask lots of names or details here, thanks in part to arriving late (if I got a name wrong please message and I’ll correct it!). I did hear, however, that this particular show was put together at the last minute, thanks to a drummer being back in town.
Life here in Seoul comes with a few benefits: easier access to Western food, plenty of stuff to see, and more music and performances than you can handle. Three evenings in a row held a performance each, and to be clear there were plenty more out there to attend.
Anyway, Thursday night – Barberettes – All That Jazz in Itaewon:
Classic barbershop tunes, mixed in with some Korean originals:
It’s always fun when a guest singer joins the stage:
A soulful baritone.
Shooting at All That Jazz means you can’t use a flash, and the seated crowd means either arriving early to get a choice seat More >
CISK note: trying something new with this post – videos! Still photography remains my favorite, but this was a test to see how it would turn out.
When it’s time for an album release, it’s time to tour – and boy do the Rock Tigers know how to put on a show. In case it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten out of your school-provided apartment, these guys are basically the pioneers of rockabilly in Korea.
First up – Teddy Boys:
Great sound, and a great look – all their songs were in Korean, but clearly they’ve practiced plenty more than their music to get to this point.
Next up – Knock More >
As with all things in life, people come and go – in this case, a fellow creative is heading back to California, and what a way to go. Props to Mark at Moonnight for making the venue available.
It just happened to be the same weekend as her birthday, and naturally the crowd had to sing to her…
Presenting Just Friends in their last show in Seoul (for now!).
Later on, Kite Flying Robot took the stage – of course, Jessica had to join the fun on stage:
Kite Flying Robot had the crowd jumping and dancing by the second or third song.
Jessica, South Korea will miss you – and yes, I’ll More >
With over fifty musicians or bands spread out across two evenings and six venues, the Howlin’ Weenie Festival crossed one of the most entertaining holidays with plenty of music. While not seen as much in previous festivals, the police presence was necessary. For better or worse, the foot traffic far exceeds what the two-lane road can handle, especially considering the lack of sidewalk and the parked cars:
It’s a bit more control than some might like, perhaps, but I’ll say a respectful thanks to the police doing their best to keep people safe and keep traffic flowing.
In the interest of More >
Because a rainy Saturday afternoon is the perfect time to finish a blog post – last night (October 26th), the Seoul Players put on their now-classic version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow-cast. DMCK opened up the set (above) with their set of rock and noise, and the timeless double-feature is set to be done again later tonight (October 27th), with Kite Flying Robot opening the show at 10:30pm. See more on Facebook if you want to go.
Having visited the Itaewon Global Village Festival on both Friday (October 12th) and Sunday (October 14th), there are a couple things that need to be said. First, Itaewon is already as international a place as Korea has to offer. Perhaps two dozen nationalities – and their food / drink – are represented on a daily basis, without the need for a festival. That said, the festival seemed to be a way for the locals to take in said multi-culturalism in a environment where they’re surrounded by other Koreans.
Apparently, Heineken, chili cheese fries, and nachos are Korean food…. Who would’ve More >
LADIES and gentlemen, it’s become somewhat rare for me to look forward to an evening of music. It’s one thing to show up in Hongdae or Itaewon and just find something – there’s always something happening. Ever since I hear Damnear David and the Reality Tourists was doing a follow-up show, I put it on the calendar and made sure nothing else got in the way.
First up: the Magical Mystery Four (go ahead, take a guess which band they’re honoring).
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band, anyone?
Despite the songs being a little shorter than present-day singles, the set list was packed with plenty of More >
UPDATED 27 March 2012: A hat tip to Shawn for correcting a couple details.
Punk rock is alive and well in Seoul – if you know where to look. Props to my friend Jon who told me about the show in a relatively new venue in Yongsan – the Jeonja Salon (전자 쌀롱).
First up: Stay Alive (스테이 얼라이브) – a pop-punk sort of sound.
The crowd didn’t really start showing up until later, which was a shame.
Next band up: the Coin Rocker Boys (코인 록커 보이즈):
Rocking and having a good time.
Next up: Midnight Smokin’ Drive (미드나잇 스모킹 드라이브):
Smokin’. I love how punk bands choose an English name, then transliterate it More >
The Itaewon music scene just got more interesting.
Rocky Mountain Tavern’s Battle of the Bands continues to impress. While I went to parts of the preliminary rounds, I broke out the camera for the final round. First up: Minha - a hard-rocking Korean band.
This guy started sweating about three songs in.
Next up: Glass Inspired.
One of the more interesting aspects of expat musicians is seeing how new bands form around the community of experienced musicians.
Glass Inspired’s acoustic folk-rock set combined some instruments you don’t normally see in a place like Rocky Mountain Tavern. The More >