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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 2)

Sunset Live Preview Part 1

Before we get into the meat of it, some quick bits of info are in order. Since my last post on Sunset Live, some new info has been released: luckily for us foreigners, we can now buy tickets via bank transfer (details at the end of the post). Also, they announced the actual venue which is an upgrade. This year all the fun is going down at the far end of Song Jeong Beach. It isn’t clear if it’s on the sand or on that pier… but it beats last year’s parking lot! Ok – on to the music.

The festival will be held in the blue area at the bottom of the map. Show this to your taxi driver.

The festival will be held in the blue area at the bottom of the map. Show this to your taxi driver.

Saturday’s lineup is dominated by Korean ska and latin bands. Like I said before, every band stands up on it’s own but definitely don’t miss these – the two Japanese reggae bands: The Explosions and No Brand… Korean ska powerhouse Kingston Rudieska… Brazilian beat masters Rapercussion… #1 Korean… South Carnival… hell – don’t miss any bands.

On the facebook – like the Busan Sunset Live page. They regularly post videos of all the bands from the lineup.

Kingston Rudieska – These boys have been making original Jamaican ska music for 10+ years in Seoul. Always ahead of the curve, it seems Kingston Rudieska is finally making it having appeared too-many-times-to-count on TV, touring internationally, collaborating with K-pop stars and recently acting in, what seems to me, a Korean version of The Harder they Come. Ok… it’s not the same plot, but it’s a starring ska musicians. So maybe that’s a stretch. We’ll have to wait until it comes out. Regardless – one of my favorite bands hands down.

Every Single Day – If you watch any Korean dramas, you already know this band. Their music has been featured on multiple television shows and is very recognizable. They have a happy-fun-time pop rock sound. ESD actually has roots in Busan. On one of their albums, you can hear them snarling at each other in Busan dialect before a track… but actually they were wondering aloud when to start playing. Oh Busan Dialect!

The Explosions – Whoa… I’ve been checking these boys out on the youtube and I’m super excited to see them. If you know reggae music at all, think ‘Scratch Perry at his dubbiest, but live.’ If you don’t know reggae music, think ‘My fuck – I need a fat blunt and a bean bag chair STAT!’ The Explosions are everything you could want from a reggae band: hypnotic bass lines, echo and jangle guitar, melodian to put you in a trance. Wah gwan rude boi!

No Brand – And in yet another piece of evidence that everything the Japanese do musically is 200%, we have No Brand: Super fun reggae music, with sexy, in a hippie-chick way, dancers! Once again, I only know them from youtube but they seem tight and ready to explode with some sort of free love sentiment at every turn. Another one not to miss.

#1 Korean – I wrote about them for the Busan Rock Fest. Sadly, the organizers had them on at the beginning of the day – which is bullshit. This band buts on a show. Period. The front man is sauve and charismatic. Their punk is restrained to the point that it is still fun and listenable and their ska lights up the dance floor.

Rapercussion/Zion Luz Project – I probably shouldn’t put both of these bands together… but I am. I have known Rapercussion for years and they always manage to get all 6’5″ of me bouncing around like I’m on gummy berry juice. Zion Luz Project is a new iteration of the former… but with different personnel I think. Some other differences may be: Rapercussion is to Batucada as Zion Luz is to West African Rhythms/Reggae. It doesn’t matter what these guys and girls do though… they are all extremely talented musicians and will play the crap out of anything. Also: Dreadlocks!

Rapercussion: More band members than people in the audience.

Rapercussion: More band members than people in the audience.

Yaya – Sunset Live is special because they manage to bring the entire Island of Misfit Toys and put them on one stage. Yaya is a mind blowing artist. You can’t put her in a box. She’s mysterious, she’s rock and roll, she’s gypsy. Her voice does interesting things: she can sound like a duck or a songbird or speak in German and Spanish. And it all fits in some bizarre way.

Jude – ‘HEY – WE PLAY FUN POPPY ROCK AND WE DON’T GIVE A FUCK!!’ Ok… they don’t just play rock. You’ll also hear some soul, r&b and other good listenin’ musics. My wife is going to love them. Talent all over the stage… check out their drummer.

South Carnival – One of the very few bands making waves out of Jeju these days. It’s hard to pin down their genre because they don’t consistently play a single particular style. You’ll hear everything from latin, ska, reggae, brass band – If it sounds good and makes you dance, South Carnival will make it into a song.

Duo Sonic feat. Jae Yong Lee – Can’t find anything on this act. Must be a one-off band.

Ska Wakers – Busan’s very own ska-plosion. This gang has been around for a long time and within the last year have honed their sound to a fine result. Their originals have evolved too, using a lot more different styles for accent. One of my favorites is What is Love which manages to mix reggae, tango, jazz and latin for a song that’s too easy to lose yourself in.

Americano Band – Another fun poppy rock band. I bet they chose their name because they knew their music would, one day, be pumped into cafes all across the peninsula.

So there you have it… if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Be back with part 3 shortly!

Buying tickets via Bank Transfer: Gather your friends and figure out how many tickets you need. Remember… it’s buy five (of the same price level) get one free! Transfer the correct amount to KB Bank (국민은행) 115301-04-069812 (엠팩토리). It is 22,000 for one day and 33,000 for both. After the money has been sent, email busansunset@naver.com with your name, phone number and type and number of tickets purchased. They should email you back a confirmation letter.