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HBC Fest – Rock n’ Roll (and some folk) Photos

Here are some more pics from May’s HBC Fest, this time I’m keeping all things musical this time and focusing purely on the live acts. I have a few more pictures of the crowd’s antics to post but I’m going to give the people who make the Fest worth going to some credit – in fairness it wouldn’t be much of a music festival without much music, right?

These photos are going to start from the beginning, around 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I didn’t get to see everyone, but everyone I did see did get a photo included. I decided to go with a slideshow this time.



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By-the-by, let me know what you think of how this was presented – did the slideshow work? I have other options for displaying photos that I’m currently exploring. I want to avoid the big long post of photos I’ve been doing in the past.

Rad City {June 18th}

toro y moi @ interplay

i shot the toro y moi show at interplay in busan for paste magazine last week. the photos went up yesterday. check ‘em out here.

Kollaboration Acoustic 5 with Priscilla Ahn

For those of you who don’t know, Kollaboration is a non-profit organization that aims to achieve “Empowerment through Entertainment” for today’s Asian and Pacific Islander community. This Friday (6/17), Kollaboration Acoustic 5 will showcase new and emerging singing talents from all around and will feature guest performer Priscilla Ahn. Kollaboration Acoustic is definitely much mellower than the original Kollaboration show that comes around every March. Some may even prefer the Acoustic show since its laid-back tone allows for the competitors’ voices to really shine.

The Beautiful People – HBC Fest, May 2011

This is the another of many photo-diaries to come from the recent May edition of the HBC Fest. I thought I’d do something different and show as many crowd pictures From the Fest as possible. Plenty of music to follow, don’t worry.

I like to use the three-fingered-claw method for holding my phone. You?

Electronic Rock Group IAMMEDIC on the Rise

Far East Movement Here to Stay – Watch their new music video for “So What?”!

Far East Movement continue to successfully inundate the world of pop culture—certainly something to be celebrated. Viewers across the country sang along as America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6 winners, IaMmE, performed their very last routine to FM’s “Rocketeer.”

Sweet Korean Band: Bluedawn

I'm too hung over to write anything worthwhile today, so I'll just post some music. Bluedawn (푸른새벽, puleun saebyoek) is an indie-folk-bordering-on-shoegaze band from Korea which was active from 2003 to 2006. The duo has since disbanded, but the incredibly cute female singer Han Hui-Jeong (한희정) has started a solo project and recorded an album entitled "Your Documents" (너의 다큐멘트).

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HBC Fest – A grainy and blurred photographic reflection

Yesterday was, of course, the HBC Fest. It was very colourful, especially if you consider the busfuls of cops that turned up to help us out with crowd control. It’s good to see that our taxes are eventually getting their money’s worth, especially when it comes to the 5-O. Anyway, I’m sure that the prominence of the cops has well advertised on the Korean blogosphere. This suits this post perfectly as I don’t intend on sharing any pictures of the cops – although I did see one great picture of some guy standing in and helping out the cops as crowd control which was hilarious… Anyway more about the cops later…


It's been a while since I've done this - since I've blogged too late, after too many drinks.  The fact that it's not even midnight and I'm making such a claim speaks to the fact.  I used to type 3am drunken confessions regularly; I'd slither up to the keyboard and let loose full force the agonies or joys of my Korean life, but at one point I stopped.  Perhaps it was facebook,  or maybe the act of growing up, or more likely the fact that I managed to vent the steam of ten years worth of expat life within the span of three.    I blew my wad, though I look most happily upon those old raw, confessional posts, the ones that attracted any errant eyes to this rant-land in the first place.  They were the ones that folks often reacted most viscerally toward, and that always made me glad.  But this elation has now metastasized into a dull sadness, as such things can now only be viewed as souvenirs.

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-5-8)


What do you want brown to be?

The IMF Comes to Yeongtong!

Roll up! Roll up! The IMF is coming to Yeongtong-dong in Suwon!

Don’t all run for your bank books just yet – it’s the International Music Festival, not the International Monetary Fund :D

Myself and herself, or I should say herself, has taken over the running of Sansudawon, a traditional Korean tea café in Yeongtong in Suwon. We are currently in the process of changing a few things. Most important of these changes are some new introductions to the menu, like curries, sandwiches, soups, and wine – including Irish wine a.k.a. Guinness.

One night to be confused

One night to be confused

One night to speed up truth

We had a promise made

Four hands and then away

Both under influence

We had divine sense

To know what to say

Mind is a razorblade


"Dream of the 90's is Alive in Portland"

A great, "I heard it on NPR moment" of a song from the show Portlandia. I was listening to All Songs Considered and on their show about music from the 90's, right at the beginning, was the following song.
A little wacky at parts, but if you have been to the northwest there is the same kind of vibe they describe. Of course not everyone is like that.

electro show.

French Horn Rebellion in Seoul next Saturday, gonna be a fab show and a bitchin' good time. Be there!

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-3-20)

Kolleen Park Melody

I am thinking of making and submitting something to the contest. But I really feel like I don't know who Kolleen Park is enough to produce something sincerely. So I am doing research, and started with a youtube search.

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-3-6)

Pinnacle and the Antidote: the sickness and the cure

Don’t come to a Pinnacle and the Antidote show if you’re not ready to get your mind blown. Seriously – if all you’re looking for is some band to play in the background while you sweet talk that cute girl at the bar, you’ll be catching that taxi home by yourself. It’s usually an exaggeration to say the entire place is watching the band – this time around, all eyes face front and most heads bob in time. With lyrics such “I’m a negro wit’ an ego the size of Danny Devito” and “I make a great Kool Aid / but you gon’ hate my punch”, Pinnacle is proof that clever lyrics trump expletives every time.

The Perfect Day

Starts with a warm greeting from two lovely ponies,

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-2-27)


Here are some clips from the wondrous show!

Coco Rosie in Seoul

Fun times: Seoul

I stumbled upon some guys playing djembe drums in Hongdae the last time I was in Seoul having my dreds re-twisted. After listening for a bit, I dropped 1,000 won in their tray and asked if I could sit in for a quick jam session. Big ups to Kickerjean for the video. Hopefully I won’t regret showing my face.


Kimchi Dreadlocks

New Year’s Eve

Adventures of 2010


I am real excited about the New Year.I even enjoy the feeling of the 1st of any month.

Here is a beautiful {free} calendar to download

By goal  is mainly focusing on having no qualms in the next year.  During my temple stay, I made a list of them. And also solutions. I suggest you do this as well. In all areas of your life, work, friendships, relationship, creative endeavors, etc…

It has almost been one full year since I have moved to Korea!

Happy Friday!

I am very close to celebrating MEXIMAS, just a festive reason to make Mexican food and gather for the Christmas {ness}. Eric and I had a mess of a time making horchatas last night. We will partake in the greatness of sweet rice milk & cinnamon very very soon.

So before I depart, and with the weekend holding, Harry Potter, Company Christmas Party, and preparing for 4 days at a Buddhist Temple I feel that I will be quite busy.


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