At rap show, it's 'everybody's mike' 2014/02/25, Source,
Rookie rapper G-Fu performs in front of the crowd at P-Bro Sound Studio. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
Grasping a mike in his right hand, rookie hip-hop artist G-Fu took to the stage to showcase his freestyle rap on Feb. 9 at a crowded studio in Mangwon-dong, western Seoul. In rhymes and beats, the 23-year-old rapper started to tell his story while the DJ played. The crowd responded, shouting back the lyrics. There was no boundary between the stand and the stage. Sometimes, the rapper became the audience, and the audience became the rapper,...More
Iconic rocker still looking for truth 2014/02/13, Source,
Korean veteran rocker Jun In-kwon is holding a concert in March, his first since his old bandmate Joo Chan-kwon died last October, ending their group, Deulgukhwa. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
Last year Jun In-kwon, the frontman of the legendary 1980s rock group Deulgukhwa, reunited the group's original lineup to perform the bold sounds and outspoken lyrics the band is famous for. However, the reunion did not last long. Drummer Joo Chan-kwon died in October, causing Jun and bassist Choi Sung-won to call it quits once more,...More
Traditional shoes wear thin, but last hwahyejang carries on 2012/06/09, Source,
Hwang Hae-bong, 60, makes traditional leather shoes with floral decorations. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
In "Wedding Shoes" by Kim Yong-ik (1920-95), a short story that ran in Harper's Bazaar in 1956, the protagonist is bewildered as he watches a hwahyejang, or shoemaker, craft traditional footwear. He describes the hammering of silver nails into leather soles and the bright, colorful silks that are glued onto the sides. The story about the son of a butcher who falls in love with the daughter of a leather shoemaker was later translated into Korean with the title "Ggotsin" ("Floral Shoes") and became a widely read and talked about piece on the peninsula,...More
Indie album hopes to set the record straight 2012/04/10, Source, Songs spell out artists' everyday lives for fans
Lee Bong-su, Lee Sung-bae and Kim Min-gyu, heads of three indie music labels in Seoul, brought 27 local bands together to create the "Seoul Seoul Seoul" compilation album. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
For 27 local indie bands, life in Seoul isn't too hard to define. It's what they sing about: from music parties in Itaewon to pretty ladies walking the streets of Hongdae. But some leaders of the genre came to realize recently that music fans might not know what the indie scene here is really about, and so have set out on a project to set the record straight, with music, of course,...More
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