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PNU Club Tour

Damn… It’s been a long time – apologies and all the usual garbage excuses about being busy. Let’s get into it.

This weekend in PNU, a great event returns: The Club Tour. This will be the last one of the year… perhaps it is the 3rd or 4th of 2013. Anyways, a local promotor has been throwing together as many local bands and venues as possible for a few years now. It’s always between 10 and 15 bucks and it’s a great way to sample the scene. There are a lot of great bands that aren’t regularly gigging but manage to put together an impressive set for this event.

I missed the last one… but caught the one before. It was there I was introduced to some great bands like the Cowchips, Herz, Sugimoto Ladyland and the Feverdogs as well as caught old favorites Unchained, Every Single Day, Ska Wakers and Hot Pepper Pasta. All the venues are close enough together so that, if perhaps one band doesn’t suit your taste, you can easily get to another stage.

This time around, the venues are Jay Square, Dazzle, Roots and Moo Monk. Lineup and map below:

MOO MONK:
Oh Rock Bu Jang
Manixive
Low Feels
pinkfunniAde
Herz

ROOTS:
aluk
Dan Sin Band
Stoned
Ska Wakers
Sugimoto Ladyland

DAZZLE:
Woopa Roopa
Bossa
Moon Scent
Cha Soo Jung
Dal Kom Sseup Seul Han feat. Sora

J SQUARE:
Jin Lee Project
Jo Yeon Hee
Night Suede
Cowchips
Lee Sang

Club Tour Lineup & Map



This Weekend, PNU Rocks

Zero Festival gets down this weekend in PNU with all types of sonic goodness.

Yamagata Tweakster

Yamagata Tweakster

This is a yearly festival put on by AGIT, the local artist/musician collective. They always manage to bring a great slice of well known local acts together for decent street parties around the city. The music portion of the festival is just a small bit of what’s going on. There is also live painting, exhibits, forums, networking events and all other stuff artsy folk might be interested in.

The music will take place in a few different spots around the PNU area (English Info Here). There will be a free stage at the PNU main gate… and you can pay to get into any of the 4 clubs over the course of Friday and Saturday night. I believe the tickets are 20,000 won at the door of any club. There is too damn much going on to highlight it all so here is where I’d personally spend my time:

Friday: The outdoor stage looks pretty great with local punks YelloLoko playing early and brass band bonanza, Bascussion, playing later. Bascussion is not some old lame polish oompah. These guys seriously kick ass. Their sound is straight off of Bourbon Street. Since they are playing for free Friday night, I implore you not to miss them.

After the outdoor stage closes down, head to Soul Trane and catch 4 of the best bands to currently be playing in Busan: Sidecar, Genius, Danobannon and Spooky. Genius recently got back to the Bu after a US tour this past summer. Gonna be a good show.

Of course, the other venues, Roots and Moo Monk will be hoppin’ too. Check it all out.

Saturday: Wake up by 2pm because you need to get to the PNU main gate by 4 to check out Yamagata Tweakster. This guy is a legend. Performance art, sweet beats, audience participation… he does it all and he does it by himself. Also at the main gate, check out Kim Il Du, Kim Tae Chun and Unchained. More Busan legends… ’nuff said.

For night time, there are three venues: Punk at Soul Trane, Hiphop at Dazzle or Ska/latin/brass at Roots. Take your pick.

The show at roots is going to be PACKED. The lineup is Ska Wakers, Bascussion from Seoul and South Carnival from Jeju. I’m kicking myself for having to be out of town this weekend.

I’m not quite sure how the price of admission works… but I’m sure it’ll all be explained at the door to the first club you go in. Have fun!

2013 Busan Sunset Live Preview (Part 3)

<<<Part 2 and Part 1>>>

Ninano Nanda

Ninano Nanda

A few days ago, the timetable was released to us common folk. It seems that they tried to intersperse the rock acts in amongst the non-rock acts instead of clumping them all together. So… no matter what time you go, there’ll be a smorgasbord of musics to sample and taste. I’ll make an english timetable at the end of this post for all you non-hangeul-reading mofos. By the by – weather report is lookin’ real nice.

2013 Sunset Timetable

On to the music:

Lee Han Cheol – Don’t know too much about him except that he is from the old guard of Korean pop rock. He’s had radio play throughout the years since his 1994 debut and has done all the TV shows. He headlined every single Sunset Live that I’ve been to so at this point he’s just part of the landscape for me. Another band my wife will love.

Windy City – This band is a powerhouse on the Korean reggae scene. Hell – it could be argued that they ARE the Korean reggae scene. The band leader/singer/drummer, Kim Ban Jang, is a self-professed Rastafarian who has been known to spend a lot of time in Jamaica each year. He is also the frontman for Bibim Dub Trio (Live dub reggae) and I & I Djangdan (Korean folk/Dub reggae). With his stage presence and his constant posse wherever he goes, he can come of as some kind of prophet. That doesn’t detract from his chops though… his singing and rhythm are spot on – enough so to send Windy City to the SXSW festival in Austin, TX last year. Every Windy City performance I’ve seen has been special in some way… can’t wait to enjoy them again on Sunday! Rumor has it they’ve been exploring Soul music this past year…

Human Race – I’ve seen these guys a few times this summer at various festivals. Apparently, they had a hit on one of the Top Band TV shows and now all the kids go nuts for them. A very tight sounding band… I can’t tell if their single sounds familiar because I’ve heard it before or because it sounds like some other band from back home.

Bard – Another purely unique Korean act that you can predictably see at Sunset each year. These folks play traditional celtic music. It’s perfect for just lying down in the sun and enjoying life. Great songwriting and superb talent.

Unchained – These boys are some of the hardest working bands in busan right now. They began as an Alice in Chains cover band but have quickly branched out to writing their own AiC inspired original music. Very fun to watch and get into with the crowd. This is a must-see band within the Busan music scene. They recently released a new music video featuring the singer from 21 Scott.

One Drop East – I’m quite partial to these guys… after all (full disclosure), it is, in fact, the band I play in. So I won’t toot our own horn section too much… just suffice to say this is a show we look forward to playing every year.

Tehiun & Purijah – I’m very excited to see these guys. I’ve seen the lead singer, Tehiun, once before in a solo, acoustic show and he was amazing. These boys are newish on the reggae scene, but they’ve made up for lost time. Tehiun runs his own record label and his own indie music magazine in addition to writing songs for and leading Purijah. The songs themselves are infective and easy to sing a long to, even if Korean isn’t your first language!

Ninano Nanda – Another bizarre act on paper that works miraculously in action. Ninano Nanda are a duo – he lays down funky house and dub beats, she sings ethereal pansori (Korean folk singing) over the top. Just fantastic. A truly Korean experience. Don’t miss these two!

Seoul Riddim Superclub – They are a late addition to the Sunset lineup, but extremely welcome. They are the reggae supergroup composed of 13 members from Kingston Rudieska, Tehiun and Purijah with MC’s Jahmai and Rude Paper. Since they are such a large group spanning multiple bands, it is rare for them to put on a live show. This will be a special performance for everyone, both on stage and in front of it.

Seoul Riddim Superclub

Seoul Riddim Superclub

Hot Pepper Pasta – This band represents the finest jazz talent Busan has to offer. But you won’t find them playing along to grampy’s old records. Hot Pepper Pasta turn up the volume with blistering horn lines, the deepest funk grooves and horn solos that make you scream. If you miss them here, you can find them most Saturday nights at Billie Jean in Haeundae… or you could catch them both places!

Cozy Cafe – I don’t know much about this band… but from what I’ve seen on youtube they look like a great jazzy pop group. Cute and capable singer, talented band. Can’t ask for much more.

Chowchips – Even though these guys are are listed dead last in the lineup, they are one of the bands I’m most excited to see. I caught them at a festival a month or so back and was blown away. Their sound is that perfect mix of blues and old hippie rock. The singer is charismatic and every band member wails. Wait for those ridiculous lead guitar solos. Can’t wait to see more of Cowchips as time goes on. The video below isn’t great quality but you get an idea of what they’re about…

So there you have it… every damn band of the weekend. A whole lot of winners in there too. It isn’t too late to pre-order tickets (details in part 2) or you can just buy a wrist band on the day. See you at Sunset Live!!!

Saturday Time Table

2:00 Ska Wakers
2:30 Americano Band
3:00 South Carnival
3:30 Duo Sonic feat. Lee Jae Yong
4:00 No Brand
4:50 Jude
5:30 #1 Korean
6:10 The Explosions
7:00 Rapercussion & Zion Luz Project
8:10 Yaya
8:50 Every Single Day
9:30 Kingston Rudieska

Sunday Time Table

2:00 South Carnival
2:30 Cowchips
3:00 Tahiun & Purijah
3:40 One Drop East
4:10 Cozy Cafe
4:50 Windy City
5:50 Ninano Nanda
6:20 Lee Han Cheol
7:00 Hot Pepper Pasta
7:30 Unchained
8:00 Bard
8:40 Human Race
9:20 Seoul Riddim Superclub