December 8th, 2011

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K-pop Indie Gem: Jaurim || Seoulbeats



This week’s K-pop Indie Gem presents one of South Korea’s most influential alternative rock bands, Jaurim. The band consisting of membersKim Yoon-ah on vocals, drummer Goo Tae-hoonKim Jin-man on bass, and guitarist Lee Sun-kyu met while performing in the areas surrounding Hongik University in 1997. They formed under the name Ugly Duckling, but soon after changed their name to Jaurim which roughly translates to ‘purple rainforest.’ They gained notoriety with the song “Hey, Hey Hey” which was featured on the OST for Man Holding Flowers.

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Jaurim is known for their musicianship, intricate arrangements, and the awesome versatile vocals of lead singer Kim Yoon-ah who is also a talented composer. They dip into psychadelic rock with their third album, 2000′s The Wonderland and the song “Magic Carpet Ride.” Check out the MV for “Magic Carpet Ride” which reminds me a lot of the B-52s.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvpU-7BO0JE

In 2007, Jaurim collaborated with Drunken Tiger in the remake of their song “Loving Memory” forMTV’s Stop AIDS/Spray Love campaign for AIDS research. The song and MV reflects the feelings of isolation that someone with AIDS deals with. It’s a beautiful song and MV with a Latin feel and some Mexican horns. Kim Yoon-ah transforms her voice to match the song with rich and sultry vocals and Drunken Tiger is epic as usual.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeNS8Hy4F_o

In their repertoire, Jaurim has eight albums, three unofficial albums, a concert album, several OST appearances, and a couple of solo albums.  Their most recent album 음모론 (Conspiracy Theory) was released in August of this year, it’s title track was the song “IDOL.”  The song gives voice to idol fans against those that ridicule them and explains their reasons for enjoying the idol experience as a way to free them from a reality filled with disappointment and pain.  The song is deeper than it sounds.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_BQIAKi4kI

Jaurim was up for the 2011 MAMAs for Best Band Performance for “IDOL” against Jang Kiha and The FacesFT Island, and the eventual winner of the category, C.N. Blue. Jaurim began their latest live national tour Never Die on December 3rd at the Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center (EXCO). They were trailblazers of the Korean alternative rock scene for the past fourteen years and led the way for many of the newer bands of the genre in South Korea. If you’re feeling a bit alternative, be sure to give Jaurim a listen.



Sourse: seoulbeats.com
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[Review] AXIZ – Give Me a Hug || McRoth's Residence

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Popular Korean rock doesn’t do heavy or hard rock. In the era of post-singer/songwriter and the current need for every song to have a rap segment, there isn’t room for a hard rock song, let alone a group dedicated to it. Knowing that, I satisfy my need for hard rock elsewhere, mainly in Western rock bands like Guns ‘N Roses and Nickelback. So imagine my surprise when I discovered an up-and-coming Korean band that not only did the rock thing, but went “balls to the wall” hard. And I’m not talking about the style common in pop-rock groups, either. I’m talking about pure, unadultered, hard-hitting loud rock, full of wailing guitars, thrashing drums, killer bass and screaming all over the place. I would like to introduce you to my new favorite band of Top Band fame, AXIZ. Crank up the volume to 11, motherfuckers, and get ready to scream!

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Review: YB—Blue Whale || Musical Dialect

Classic, famous, and legendary Korean rock band, YB, is defined by a fascinating fusion of strength and sensitivity; their textures are bold and their range is deep, but that doesn’t restrict them to
gorgeous melodies that climb into the heights of humanity. Their emotion, whether through a grungy rock number or a simple ballad, is poetic and sincere. And that’s really the thesis of their recent EP, “Blue Whale“, and most prevalently their title track under the same title.


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The Geeks: "I Still Believe"

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Think Fast! Records continues to release brand new songs from their upcoming 10th
Anniversary compilation, due out December 13th. Glue HC has the latest, a track from
South Korean hardcore band The Geeks, titled "I Still Believe." We debuted Far From
Finished
's "Treasure In the Trash" last month, and AbsolutePunk.net has This Is Hell's "Rat Race." The
compilation features 10 songs in total from, in addition to the above, Ambitions, Bullet Treatment, Mountain Man, Have Heart, No Turning Back, Esteem, and Outbreak.

You can hear The Geek's "I Still Believe" here.

Sourse: punknews.org