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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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Interview with Yako of MELT-BANANA

Fetch album art

Japanese punk/grindcore/noiserock band MELT-BANANA is back in North America for another tour, request them on the Asian Music Show and Thee Hourz ‘O Power, and check them out during their two Michigan dates:

Friday, October 25th at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI (18+)
Monday, October 29th at the Crofoot Ballroom (Pike Room) in Pontiac, MI

Despite being able to call legends like Lou Reed, Kim Deal, and Jello Biafra fans and friends, MELT-BANANA remains incredibly humble.  Seconds after giving an energy-filled live performance, Yako will jump down from the stage to start selling the band’s tee-shirts and CDs, and greet fans.  The band listens to the music they collect from fans on tour and if they think your stuff is good, they might even give you a call.

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Asian Music Show 10/21/2013

Tonight on a very special edition of the show, we’re airing an exclusive interview with Yako of Melt-Banana, giving away guest list tickets to see the band in Grand Rapids, and playing new music from IU, K.Will, and more!

IU – “분홍신 / Red Shoes”
K.Will – “촌스럽게 왜 이래 / You Don’t Know Love”
Melt-Banana – “Lefty Dog (run, caper, run)”
Geeks – “그 한가운데서 / Love, Life”
Piggy Dolls – “보통여자 / Ordinary Girl”
Kotobuki Minako – “カラフルダイアリー / Colorful Diary” (by request)
EXO – “人 的眼 / Baby, Don’t Cry”
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MELT-BANANA Interview and Ticket Giveaway

Japanese noiserockers MELT-BANANA are back for their 29th North American tour “2 do what 2 fetch” in support of their new album Fetch.  They’ll be in Michigan for two dates:

Friday, October 25th, 2013 at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids (18+)
Monday, October 28th, 2013 at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac

Tune in to Thee Hourz O Power this Thursday (Oct. 17th, 10 PM-2AM) and the Asian Music Show (Monday, Oct. 21st, 8-10PM) to win tickets to the show at the Pyramid Scheme!  The full interview will be aired on the Asian Music Show on Monday, Oct. 21st.

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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 10/07/2013

Japanese noise rockers Melt Banana are back with their first album in six years! In support of the new album Fetch, they’re embarking on yet another American tour, with two dates in Michigan: October 25 at the Pyramid Scheme and October 28 at the Crofoot in Pontiac.  Tonight we have new music from Korean indie folk artist Kim Mokin, and K-pop veteran Seo In Young.

Seo In Young – “나를 사랑해줘 / Love Me (feat. Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)”
Kim Mokin – “그게 다 외로워서래 / All That Matters Is Loneliness” (check out Kim Mokin and Electric Muse Records)
Melt Banana – “Candy Gun”
T-ara – “ロィーポィ / Roly-Poly”
SHINee – “늘 그자리에 / Honesty”
Trouble Maker – “Trouble Maker”
HOME MADE KAZOKU – “Summer Time Magic” (by request)
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Melt Banana Live at Mac’s Bar

Last night was my first time seeing Melt Banana live.  Although fellow Asian Invasion co-host Danny and I had interviewed front-woman Yako about their current American tour, and had been listening to their music we really didn’t know what to expect.  Melt Banana’s studio albums are certainly not for everyone, but with a record of sharing the bill with such artists as Slipknot, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Le Tigre, and Tool, I was really interested to see what the live show would be like.

When I arrived at Mac’s Bar, the parking lot was packed and cars were spilling out into lots of surrounding businesses, or any sort of pavement that resembled a parking lot.  We took our spots near the front to get a good view of the band, but were completely unprepared for what was about to happen.

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Interview with MELT-BANANA on the Asian Invasion

Japanese punk/noise-rock/experimental band Melt Banana are currently on their 2011 Lost & Found: NekoNeko Tour in the US and Canada, they’ll be stopping right here in Lansing at Mac’s Bar on E. Michigan Avenue this Thursday, October 20.  The show is 18+ and Fisherking and the Plurals will be opening.

If you missed the interview with Yasuko Onuki aka Yako of Melt Banana on last night’s Asian Invasion, you can hear the whole thing here!

 

Elise Yoon:  WDBM East Lansing: You’re listening to the Asian Invasion, Elise here with Danny, and we’re talking with Yako, founding member of Melt Banana from Tokyo and they’re currently on the Lost and Found: NekoNeko Tour here in the US.   So, how’s the tour been going so far?

Yako Onuki:  Very well, so far we are doing very well

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