All posts by Jon Dunbar

  • My cats interrupted this photo shoot and ended up loving lounging on the floor all over my CDs.
    On-air with Korean independent music
    June 30, 2013, No comments

    A few weeks ago I visited Edmonton, my hometown, for the first time since 2008. One of my goals for the trip was to reconnect with CJSR FM88, my old university radio station where I used to DJ from maybe 1998 to 2003. They offered…

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    Girl Groups of the Underground
    May 15, 2013, No comments

    If you go to a typical rock concert in Hongdae, the bands are overwhelmingly made up of males, sometimes with a token girl on drums or bass, or a singer backed by an all- or mostly-male band. But every so often a band forms…

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    Pet names in Korea
    April 26, 2013, No comments

    Way back in 2004 when I was new in Korea, my Korean friend Seungpa used to always tease me about my name. According to many Korean people back then, “John” was an extremely common name for pets, as was “Mary.”&hellip ...

  • Psy has not yet made a statement on the honor.
    Seoul to get name change
    April 1, 2013, No comments

    Just when you thought Psy’s hit song “Gangnam Style” had run out of ways to surprise you, the City of Seoul reports that it’s going Gangnam Style. That is, the metropolis is set to rebrand itself…

  • Or maybe their parents made a mistake on the birth certificate.
    6 things you need to understand about Korean names
    February 8, 2013, No comments

    When you are first introduced to Korean names, they are quite difficult to understand. They sound unfamiliar, and you might not know how they work, and the Korean people you meet might not know how to help you understand.…

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    Stock up on CDs at Sangsang Madang Label Market
    January 28, 2013, No comments

    Buying underground and indie CDs in Korea is no easy task. There’s pretty much only one place to go, Hyang Music, a hole-in-the-wall shop in Sinchon crammed with shelves of CDs. They have music of all genres, and…