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Interview with Annie of LOVE X STEREO

lovexstereo01LOVE X STEREO from Seoul, South Korea is currently on their first North American tour, rocking their way around the East Coast and Midwest, having already made stops at the CMJ Music Marathon and Indie Week Canada.  Tonight they’ll be in Detroit with Tinder Tiger, St. Zita, and Young Punk:

Tuesday, Oct. 29th at Small’s in Hamtramck, Detroit
Sunday, Nov. 3rd at the Elbo Room in Chicago, IL
Monday, Nov. 4th at MOTR in Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, Nov. 9th at The Loft in Boston, MA
Sunday, Nov. 10th at McGann’s in Boston, MA

Drawing influences from from 1970s Korean psychedelic folk rock to 80s synth-pop, to 90s alternative rock and punk, Front woman Annie Ko recently spoke with Elise of the Asian Music Show about Love X Stereo’s current tour and the government shutdown, punk rock roots, and upcoming musical pilgrimage to Chicago to see where the Smashing Pumpkins used to hang out and play shows.  Hear the full interview below. Read More…

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Asian Music Show 10/28/2013

Tonight we’ve got an exclusive interview with Annie Ko of LOVE X STEREO from Seoul, South Korea.  Love X Stereo is currently on their first North American tour, and they’ll be playing live in Detroit tomorrow night, at Small’s in Hamtramck.  Doors are at 8 PM, music starts at 9 PM, and the show is 18+.

Love X Stereo – “Soul City (J-Path Remix)”
Verbal Jint – “Walking In The Rain (feat. Bumkey)”
Melt-Banana – “Candy Gun”
Zion.T – “Babay (feat. Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)”
Girls Generation – “Love & Girls”
Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mirae, Bizzy – “The Cure (Reggae Version)”
Coreyah – “검은새 / Black Bird”
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Asian Music Show 10/14/2013

Tonight on the Asian Music Show, the latest music from experimental husband-wife duo EE, and Korean indie rockers Busker Busker!  We’ll also hear from Japanese grindcore band MELT-BANANA, who are about to embark on yet another US tour; don’t miss your chance to win tickets to their Oct. 25th show at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Thee Hourz O Power or next week on the Asian Music Show!

EE – “Gaweebaweevo”
Geeks – “Backpack”
Melt Banana – “The Hive”
G-Dragon – “삐딱하게 / Crooked”
Rainbow – “Golden Touch”
K.Will – “러브블러썸 / Love Blossom”
Busker Busker – “처음엔 사랑이란게 / Love, At First”
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Asian Music Show 09/30/2013

Tonight on the show we’re kicking things off with new music from Korean indie rockers Busker Busker!  We also have new music from legendary singer Insooni, the latest from Drunken Tiger, and a request for some Korean reggae!

Busker Busker – “시원한 여자 / Cool Girl”
G-Dragon – “너무 좋아 / I Love It (feat. Zion.T & Boyz Noize)”
Ailee – “U & I”
Beenzino – “Aqua Man”
T-ara – “Lovey Dovey”
SHINee – “Password”
Dynamic Duo – “어머니의 된장국 / Mom’s Dweonjang-guk (feat. Ra.D)”
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Asian Music Show 09/09/2013

Tonight we’re featuring G-Dragon’s brand new album Coup d’Etat, featuring guest appearances from Diplo, Baauer (of Harlem Shake fame), and Missy Elliott:

G-Dragon – “닐리리야 / Niliria (feat. Missy Elliott)”
f(x) – “여우 같은 내 친구 / No More”
Super Junior – “SPY” (by request)
Big Bang – “Monster” (by request)
Lee Hyori – “Special”
Sistar – “Give It To Me” (by request)
Dynamic Duo – “범좌야 범죄 / Crime Scene (feat. Jeong Jaeil)”
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Asian Invasion 02/11/2013

The playlist from tonight’s show:

Baechigi – “눈물샤워 / Shower of Tears (feat. Ailee)”
10cm – “오예 / Oh Yeah”
Jay Park – “Go”
Sistar19 – “있다 없으니까 / Gone Not Around Any Longer”
MFBTY (Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, Bizzy) – “Sweet Dream”
Ga-In – “피어나 / Bloom”
Primary – “See Through (feat. Zion.T and Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)”
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Top 10 Songs of 2012 – Asian Invasion Host Elise

Elise’s Top 10 Korean Songs of 2012

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Psy – “강남 스타일 / Gangnam Style”

I have a love/hate relationship with this song and the phenomenon that has surrounded it this past year. I’m excited that a K-pop song has gone mainstream, but I’m disappointed it was this song and video. K-pop is so much more than some goofy guy in sunglasses doing a ridiculous dance. Not to mention that it’s really painful to continually hear “Gang-nam” mispronounced when it’s not even hard to pronounce.

For years, many different K-pop groups and solo artists have actively been trying to break into the American market (and therefore the global market), but have not quite succeeded. While international superstar singer/actor/dancer Rain made it onto the Colbert Report, and the Wonder Girls — whose “Nobody” was the #1 song in Asia in 2011 — even toured briefly with the Jonas Brothers; the American market is the largest and hardest to break in to in the world. Very talented groups like Big Bang and 2NE1 are able to sell out arenas in the US, but mainstream American culture is oblivious to music sung in any language but English (with the exception of a few Spanish phrases tossed in).

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Indie Music in South Korea: Number One Korean

Number One Korean

It’s already been four years since I arrived in Seoul for my study abroad program (am I that old already?)  I was excited and ready to wander the city.  It’s a good thing I did, because that’s how I discovered Hongdae.  Hongdae is a very small neighborhood surrounding the artsy Hongik University; the site of Korea’s first punk band Crying Nut and where Korean indie music has lived for the past twenty-some years.  The whole area surrounding Hongdae is in fact a hotspot for young people, as the nearby Yonsei University, Sogang University, and Ehwa Women’s University bring in more students and their college-aged friends.

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