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"Bringing Korean Rock to America With @officialnobrain"


While South Korean pop acts are finding increasing fame in the United States, Korean rock bands are barely making a blip with American audiences. And, according to punk quartet No Brain (@officialnobrain), it’s a tough sell even in their home country.
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Their stroke of good fortune happened in Toronto during Canadian Music Week in 2013, when they performed for a crowd that included Seymour Stein, the Sire Records co-founder who signed the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna, among many others. He was so excited about their show that he vowed to see them when they came to Brooklyn in 2013 as part of the Seoulsonic tour, an annual trek that spotlights some of South Korea’s best acts. The gig started two hours late and the septuagenarian Stein actually dozed off but woke up when No Brain kicked off their set. He signed them to a deal and hooked them up with Grammy-winning producer Julian Raymond to work on the album at Nashville’s acclaimed Blackbird Studio.
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Even when singing in their native language, No Brain’s infectious energy and self-deprecation keep winning over American fans, who are apparently less rowdy than their Korean counterparts. “The Korean audience, they’re ready to party,” says Dolly. “They’re so ready to get crazy and whenever we start playing music, they go nuts. They party like it’s the last day of the Earth. The Americans are kind of chilled out and relaxed, but they know how to enjoy the music.” Adds Howon, “The American audiences like to buy us drinks after the show, where in Korea, they get drunk themselves.”

–– Dan Reilly for Instagram @music

The band's instagrams: @officialnobrain, @masanhardcore @dolly_999 @vovo121 @thumbattacker


Source: instagram blog, nobrain instagram

I need a release date, stat.


South Korean indie duo, Love X Stereo (LXS) has released their newest EP [We Love We Leave, Part 1].

With its unique dreamy electro-rock music, the band had since its debut in 2011, initially generated a definite buzz from overseas fans and critics. However, with continuous participation in international festivals such as South By Southwest, CMJ Music Marathon and Culture Collide, the band has gained more recognition domestically as well. At the end of 2014, the band received the K-Rookies Finals' Runner-up award (sponsored by Korea Creative Content Agency).

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Source: Love X Stereo bandcamp, LxS youtube.

The LxS cover of Safe and Sound gets played more in our house than the original.
Back at it again with the last music recap post of the year for the month of November! What were you jamming to this month?

Idol
[Spoiler (click to open)]SPICA'S☆ SPECIAL GIFT TO FANS: GHOST MV
HELLOVENUS - 끈적끈적 STICKYSTICKY M/V - album listening post
BTOB - "WOW" PV (FULL VER.)
TEEN TOP "I'M SORRY" MV!
CROSS GENE - I'm not a boy, not yet a man MV
UNIQ "CELEBRATE" MV!
🔥 AOA - LIKE A CAT MV - album listening post
🔥BOYS REPUBLIC - THE REAL ONE M/V
LUNAFLY - SUPER HEROE M/V (SPANISH VERSION)
A PINK LUV MV!
BIGFLO "BAD MAMA JAMA" MV!!! - disappointed it's not a cover of a superior song
INFINITE F HEARTBEAT MV


Debut
[Spoiler (click to open)]LOVELYZ GOODNIGHT LIKE YESTERDAY MV - a pre-release before debut

Hiphop/R&B

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ZICO "TOUGH COOKIE" MV - someone should tell Zico that "tough cookie" is the lamest, most un-badass thing you could ever say in hiphop, even if it is idol hiphop 💩
Loco - Thinking About You feat. Jay Park MV! - mustard on the beat, ho


Rock/Alt/Indie/Ballads

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URBAN ZAKAPA COMEBACK ROUND-UP
MATE - 'A Day' and 'Baby' MVs + 'End of the World' Mini-Album Listening Post
RYU SERA POSTS ORIGINAL SONG "LILAC" - She is technically indie if she's not in a label right? Someone better snap her up quick (and tell her to do something about dat baby voice)
Kiha and the Faces Shares 10 Songs to Listen to in 10 Situations
ULALA SESSION BEST GIRL MV
KIM DONGWAN - HE_SUNSHINE MV
Ryu Sera Posts Original Song 'Hey Girl 헤이걸'
🔥 NEW CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT MV "THINK ABOUT YOU"
GOD HYO SHIN - HAPPY TOGETHER MV
🔥 GUCKKASTEN - TRANSFORMATION MV


OST

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CART OST: D.O. - 외침 SCREAM - MV post here



Collabs

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The ‘rising variety star’ Kangnam will be attending YB and Bobby Kim’s collaboration concert Dong Si Sang Young as the special guest.

Currently appearing on JTBC’s I’m Going To School with YB’s Yoon Do Hyun, Kangnam is a member of the hip-hop group M.I.B but has revealed his past as a member of a rock band in Japan.

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source: mwave


Since most of the Korean music scene is dominated by K-pop, it might be hard to find artists of other genres - but the Korean indie scene is alive and well.

And Kiha and the Faces have been, well, the face of the Korean indie scene for some time now, releasing a string of hits that you may or may not have heard of - but you should add to your playlist immediately.

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source: mwave, 용수염, SBSradio100, mbckpop, 장기하와 얼굴들 (Kiha & The Faces) 1 2 3 4 5, PLASTIC TV, BGBGrecords
ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT here's all the music that came out in October. You know the drill.

Featuring:

IU - 소격동 SOGYEOKDONG M/V

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IU's voice on an electronica dreampop track is a hard sell at first but props to her for trying a new sound. If you liked Neon Bunny, you will like this.

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Idol

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Debut

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Hiphop/R&B

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Contemporary/Indie/Rock

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Ballads

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OSTs

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1THEK, 장기하와 얼굴들 (Kiha & The Faces), OfficialEpikHigh


The actual song starts at around 1:50. Korean rock/alternative post? We need more of those around here

band STARTLINE
cryingnut+nobrain-roxta-music-and-live

The new album "96" consists of the title track, which is jointly written and performed, 3 Crying Nut songs covered by No Brain ( Speed Up Losers, Luxembourg, and Dove), and 3 No Brain songs covered by Crying Nut (Your Crush on Me, Sea Man, and Beautiful World.)

"96" represents the year the two bands first met. The album debuted at #8 on Daum's Indie Chart

Previews of every song on the album

(Use this link if the embed didn't work, because LJ hates me today)

Sources: Korea Herald, DFSB Collective soundcloud, daum
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