Ever trawled the internet searching for old K -pop, eager to identify the roots of the trashy, kitsch and addictive music the Hallyu Wave is famed for? I know I have, and with the current worldwide obsession of the music of our East Asian home I’m sure many people out there are also curious about the predecessors of Girls Generation and Miss A. (Ok, maybe not so much Miss A).
This is where G’old Korea Vinyl (Good Old Korea Vinyl) comes in to play, the website collaboration between promoters Super Color Super and basement bar Gopchang Jeongol. Launched in November 2011, the site is an ongoing project inspired by the exclusively Korean vintage records that the Hongdae venue spins on a nightly basis. It’s modus operandi is to share this hard-to-attain musical selection with those interested in old school Korean tunes, whether they reside in SK or beyond.
Although the website is worth perusing for its pleasing aesthetic and nostalgic artwork, if you want to jump into listening to a mix of K-music from the last 60 years then head straight to their recently released online playlist Made in Seoul, featuring “20 tracks by 20 artists, crossing from the post-war drug-heavy Psychedelic to the bittersweet Disco, Synth-rock and ballads of the turbulent 80’s undersubsequent oppressive regimes”.
Ideal for a bit of alternative listening to fill up these snowy winter days.
Images: G’Old Korea Vinyl