On-air with Korean independent music

Written by on June 30, 2013 in Korea Abroad

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 me a slot at 1am  on June 11, and I agreed readily, knowing my friends in Korea would be awake and more likely to tune in. My American friend David recorded the show online, and I thought to share this with you. You can download it here in two parts:

Part 1

Part 2

So, here is 90 minutes of Korean indie, rock, and underground music for you to listen to. I put a lot of thought into which songs to play and I brought 60 CDs with me from Korea. You might think this set list is too skewed toward punk, or if you know me well then you probably think there’s not nearly as much punk as there should be. I had intended to play a lot of other songs that I ended up not having time for, and I forgot to bring any Jang Kiha and the Faces.

Part 1

1. Pigbit5 – Country Song

2. Crying Nut -말달리자 (Ride a Horse)
3. Stretching Journey – 080

4. I&I Djangdan – Irie Rang
5. Kingston Rudieska – 니 말이화나 (You Made Me Angry)

6. Galaxy Express – Soldier
7. Midnight Smoking Drive – Moonrise Blues

8. Rux – 언재나 이자리에서 (From Now Until the End)
9. Suck Stuff – This Wasteland

Part 2

10. 무키무키만만수 (Mukimukimanmansu) – 내가 고백을 하면 깜짝 놀랄 거야 (You’ll be Very Surprised When I Confess)
11. Captain Bootbois – 바위 같은 신념 (Belief Like Rock)

12. 공격대 (Attacking Forces) – A Message to You Rudy
13. Chanter’s Alley – Olde Jamestowne Hall

14. 국카스텐 (Guckkasten) – 거울 (Mirror)
15. 신중현 (Shin Jung-hyeon) – 아름다운강산 (Beautiful Rivers and Land)

16. 곱창전골 (Gopchangjeongol) – 고향 (Hometown)

I’ve been thinking about starting a podcast on Korean music and the response to this post will go a long way toward the decision whether or not to give that a try.

About the Author

Jon Dunbar

Jon Dunbar is a former editor and staff writer for Korea.net. His first visit to Korea was in summer 1996 when he was a teenager, and he returned permanently in December 2003. He is involved in the Korean underground music scene and has supported local musicians through writing, photography, and occasionally planning events. He has been blogging for more than a decade, mainly on music, urban exploration, and his cats