Author Archive
IISE's F/W 2014 Video is an Ode to Seoul

IISE’s F/W 2014 Video is an Ode to Seoul

IISE, makers of the coolest, contemporary Korean-inspired accessories, have just released a vibrant video juxtaposing their beautiful new bag collection against some very visually appealing shots of Seoul.  Seoul’s “traditional hanok architecture, sleek skyscrapers, gritty pavements, and the timeless prestige of the more old school areas all embody the essence of IISE,” according to the Korean-American brothers behind...
Traveling North Korea: "A Lie Against His Own Wish"

Traveling North Korea: “A Lie Against His Own Wish”

Drunk at a noraebang in central Pyongyang, I finally worked up enough courage to ask my Korean guide if he’d ever seen any foreign movies. Well, yeah, of course he’d seen some — to learn English, that is. He could recall two that he’d watched. The first was Titanic, and when I admitted I’d never...
Review: Efterklang in Seoul

Review: Efterklang in Seoul

Efterklang, Danish for ‘remembrance’ or ‘reverberation,’ certainly lived up to their name when they brought their moody soundscapes to Rolling Hall in Hongdae last Tuesday.  Efterklang is undoubtedly a live band; a great example of an outfit that fares far better in person than on record.  That is not to say their records are in...
Events This Weekend in Seoul: Nov. 21 to Nov. 29

Events This Weekend in Seoul: Nov. 21 to Nov. 29

Another Thursday and, once again, here you are like some kind of fervent salivating event junkie, your twitching index finger desperately clicking as you perspire a damp cold sweat into the mousepad and, through gritted teeth, you murmur the word ‘weekend.’ Finally you can suckle our sweet, sweet event nectar….or maybe you’re just at a...
In Pictures: Vluf x Unionway in Busan with Vans

In Pictures: Vluf x Unionway in Busan with Vans

Last weekend we went down to Busan to cover the VLUF x Unionway Fest (in association with skate brand Vans). The rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the live music, skating, people-watching the well-dressed attendees, checking out the cool venue layout, and eating hotdog BBQ and waffles. These parties are always awesome in Seoul, so...
Interview: Les Sales' Cheong Daein

Interview: Les Sales’ Cheong Daein

Les Sales have been plugging away for two years, playing at nearly every haunt in Hongdae. Now they’re just about to release “Doo Nyeon,” a split album with another Loose Union band, Table People. Mike McGrath chatted with the lead Sale, Cheong Daein, about their new songs, where they got them from, and Korean indie rock...
Seoul Race Park

Seoul Race Park

An analog photoessay on Seoul Race Park by photographer and writer Paul Keelan. A program to the Seoul Race Park is more expensive than entrance to the horse-racing venue itself: a mere 1,000 won, easily swiped with a T-money card. Strutting past horse chariots and fried tteok vendors, I enter the park. Cigarettes freckle the concrete...
Future Shorts Seoul Autumn Season 2013

Future Shorts Seoul Autumn Season 2013

FUTURE SHORTS IS BACK!!! “Leaves are falling, and the Future Shorts Festival Autumn Season 2013 has arrived. This season we have 7 films from around the world and will be screening them at Platoon Kunsthalle, Gangnam, at 7:30pm on Nov. 16. From India comes Andrew Hinton’s documentary Amar (2011), which follows a 14-year old boy through his...