To round off February we interviewed the inspiring Korean American innovators behind IISE, the brand with the beautiful organically dyed bags, reviewed garage rock act Thee Oh Sees live at Sangsang Madang, and introduced upcoming travelling video workshop Bisque Rage (lobster rage!!!). Find out how to apply to the latter event here and we’ll keep you posted on the after party too.
Happy three day weekend, Korea!
Art Across America
Running until May 19th, “This exhibition is the first survey of historical American art in Korea and draws upon the distinctive strengths of major museum collections in the United States to explore American history and art from the American Revolution to World War II” according to the National Museum of Korea. See a selection of the collection here.
New Blue Death’s First Gig
Most bands throw themselves into live gigging as soon as they form, whether they’re ready for it or not. New Blue Death, made up of members from seasoned bands such as On Sparrow Hills and Table People, decided to craft a record first before launching themselves on the public. This Friday is their first gig through Loose Union records. Listen to their first excellent single in our article on the band.
The Geeks Got SXSW
Korean hardcore band The Geeks are heading to prestigious, multi-disciplinary arts festival SXSW in Austin, Texas this year. Help them celebrate by heading to their concert this Friday night at Club Spot. Tickets are 10,000 won at the door.
21 Pilots at Walkerhill
Supported by some of Korea’s finest electro DJs, Ohio’s 21 Pilots at Walkerhill in east Seoul this Friday night is looking like the biggest international gig on this weekend. The duo who create ‘piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift’ are hitting Seoul after one night performing in Tokyo. Buy tickets from Interpark for the cheaper price of 66,000 won rather than at the door.
The Late Nights, Early Mornings Thank You After Party
Expat hip hop artist and radio DJ Pinnacle The Hustler is throwing a party in Itaewon to say thanks to his supporters (and to sign a few albums in the process). The party starts at 11pm, Pinnacle will be performing and DJing, special guests will be attendance, and there’s going to be FREE STUFF. See the event page for all the details.
A Very Loud Dream: Shoegaze Show
A Very Loud Dream is set for this Friday night at Mudaeruk near Hapjeong station, right next to the gorgeous Anthracite cafe. If you haven’t been there yet then try and swing by for some hand drip just before the show; the former postal warehouse has kept its original features and is hands down the coolest coffee shop in Seoul. The show will feature shoegaze bands such as the amazing Vidulgi Ooyoo. Sign up here for more info.
Zumba Flash Mob
Zumba, the Colombian dance fitness craze, is well and truly hitting Seoul this weekend with a flashmob modelled on a similar event down in Busan. Join the movement from 8pm this Friday night at several Hongdae locations and keep updated by following this page.
Platoon Flea Market
Platoon’s monthly flea market is set for this weekend, on Saturday the 2nd of March. For vintage clothing, shoes and bags, the market at the trendy space is a great opportunity to stock up on well-priced, seasonal second-hand stuff. Here’s Platoon’s website if you want to read more about their events.
Seoul Vegan Potluck
SVP is celebrating all things green this month in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Bless U, Itaewon is hosting the event and it’ll be the first one under the wing of new organiser Adeana. Bring an Irish-hued dish and get ready to share some healthy, meat-free munch with Seoul’s herbivore collective. Read up on the gathering on the SVP page.
Hongdae Free Market
Hongdae Free market is back! This means it’s pretty much spring, woohoo. The outdoor arty jumble sale at the infamous park playground near(ish) Hongik University is featuring wares from Chincha contributor Mike Stulberg. He’s been hard at work all winter, screenprinting some original t-shirts for you guys to buy. Check them out and don’t forget to ‘like’ his Facebook page while you’re at it.
Shindig 90s Prom 2013
Instead of the usual 50s and 60s tunes Shindig supply us with on the dance floor of Myoungwolgwan, the retro party DJs are going all 80s, 90s and early 2000s on us for one night only. For a little taster of the tunes that will be offer click to watch the special video mix team Shindig made for us this week. Start channelling your inner Spice Girl.
Monthly underground music night Social Underground will be slamming some beats at Exit again this weekend. Head to the party for an introduction to DJ Run. Catch. Kiss and to check out some of the SU regulars. Hit up this podcast from the guys too.
We’re currently looking for a variety of different contributors to help us develop Chincha, particularly Korean translators so that we can start spreading some of our articles to w wider audience here in South Korea. We’d also like some artists to get in touch so we can keep them in mind for future exhibitions and collaborations. If you want to get involved with us then read this to find out how to get in touch.
Images: Shindig video, New Blue Death and Platoon.