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Mar162011

DramaFever.com Premieres "TURN IT UP TO 11" in USA 



Partnership with DFSB Kollective and Indiestory Brings Award-Winning Korean Rockumentary Film to American Audiences Online

(NEW YORK USA) TURN IT UP TO 11, the award-winning documentary about indie bands coming up in the Korean rock and roll scene, is now on DramaFever! Go behind the scenes of Korea’s indie music scene with an intimate look at some of the edgiest indie rock bands in Korea today — Galaxy Express, Apollo 18 and Tobacco Juice, whose drummer, Baek Seung-hwa, doubles as the director of TURN IT UP TO 11. The rockumentary film marks the first collaboration between DramaFever, DFSB Kollective (representing Korea’s top altrock, urban, and electronica artists) and Indiestory (Korea’s leading independent film distributor). Check out the trailer below and click to start watching. It’s time to rock out and TURN IT UP TO 11!

TURN IT UP TO 11 won the Audience Award at the 2009 Seoul Independent Film Festival and the Fujifilm Eterna Award for Best Korean Independent Feature Film at the 2009 PiFan Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. TURN IT UP TO 11 is timing its release in the US to coincide with the highly anticipated Spring 2011 tours of two of the film’s featured artists — Apollo 18 and Galaxy Express.

Winner of the Best New Band at the 2010 Korean Music Awards, Apollo 18 will launch their US debut at the prestigious 2011 SXSW South By Southwest Music Festival (March 15 – 20) and soon afterwards will the hit the road for an ambitious whirlwind regional tour of the Southwestern United States that will see them playing a total of 16 shows in 13 days. http://apollo18.co.kr


Also making their US debut at the same time are newly crowned 2011 Musicians of the Year at the Korean Music Awards — Galaxy Express. As one of the AltROK headliners for the 2K11 SEOULSONIC North America tour with Vidulgi OoyoO and Idiotape, Galaxy Express will be performing at CMW Canadian Music Week (March 9 – 13) and SXSW South By Southwest (March 15 – 20) as well as playing major city stops in New York City (March 24 @ The Knitting Factory), San Diego (March 31 @ Tin Can Alehouse), and Los Angeles (April 2 @ The Roxy Theater). For all the details, check out http://seoulsonic.kr.

"TURN IT UP TO 11 is an exciting new addition to DramaFever. Music and film fans everywhere will enjoy going backstage and seeing the nitty gritty side of being in a Korean indie band," said Suk Park, co-founder of DramaFever.com.

Bernie Cho, founder of DFSB Kollective adds, "As Korean indie bands are starting to make a major push Stateside, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to work with DramaFever to introduce American audiences to some of the best and the brightest talents in Korea's live music scene."

Viewers can watch TURN IT UP TO 11 and hundreds of other shows online for free on DramaFever.com or purchase a premium subscription at $4.99 per month for uninterrupted advertising-free programming, access to exclusive content and other advanced features. Future plans will make it more convenient to watch DramaFever content across mobile and Web TV platforms. As of March 2011, DramaFever retains the online distribution rights to the largest digital library of Korean entertainment in North America, including suspense thrillers, historical dramas, romantic comedies, music variety shows and documentaries. DramaFever will soon also stream online extensive primetime TV shows from Japan, the Philippines, and China.

About DramaFever
DramaFever is the largest online provider of Korean TV dramas and a leading distributor of Asian entertainment in North America. The company licenses content from major Asian media companies and distribute them in high quality with English subtitles via DramaFever.com as well as syndication partners such as hulu.com. DramaFever's content partners include KBS, MBC, SBS, FUNimation, Asahi TV, ABS-CBN, Joyplex, Group Eight, ISplus, JS Pictures, and many others.
http://DramaFever.com

About DFSB Kollective
DFSB Kollective is a Seoul-based creative agency that specializes in providing innovative digital media, marketing, and distribution solutions to Korean Pop ('K-Pop') music artists. As more and more K-Pop acts aspire to go independent and international, DFSB Kollective collaborates with them to devise customized music 2.0 strategies that directly connect them to their local and global fans. Since Spring 2009, DFSB Kollective has successfully launched the first sold-out K-Pop tour in the USA, secured the first #1 iTunes chart debuts for K-Pop albums in North America, and rolled out over 300 K-Pop artists into digital music stores and sites worldwide.
www.dfsb.kr

About Indiestory
Established in 1998, Indiestory is Korea's only distribution company dedicated to all kind of independent films. Over 13 years, it has distributed over 650 titles including independent feature films, short films, short animations and documentaries domestically and internationally. Currently, the company just finished feature film production and is active in acquisition and distribution of quality independent films.
www.indiestory.com

Wednesday
Mar162011

2K11 SEOULSONIC NORTH AMERICAN TOUR


(LOS ANGELES USA) If you're looking to check out some new music invading our shores... Straight outt Seoul's dynamic music SEOULSONIC, presented by DFSB Kollective, is rolling out its first ever North American tour -- including shows this week at SXSW in Austin -- featuring Galaxy Express, Idiotape, and Vidulgi OoyoO.

Things got started last week with shows at CMW in Canada. Special guests during the tour including Korean American modern rockers Kite Operations, singer-songwriter Big Phony, and freestyle rapper Dumbfoundead. Here's the tour trailer:



Here are the tour dates:

03.16 WED SXSW @ Easy Tiger
03.19 SAT SXSW @ Longbranch Inn
03.24 THU Brooklyn @ Knitting Factory w/ Kite Operations and Big Phony
03.26 SAT New York City @ Circle (late night DJ set by Idiotape)
03.31 THU San Diego @ Tin Can Alehouse
04.02 SAT Los Angeles @ The Roxy w/ Big Phony and Dumbfoundead

A deluxe edition 2K11 SEOULSONIC compilation album, featuring all the artists, is currently available for purchase/download through iTunes.

This sounds like a really cool opportunity to check out some new music that doesn't often make its way over here stateside. For further information about the tour, including bios, ticketing and other updates, go to the SEOULSONIC website here and the DFSB Kollective website here.

http://angryasianman.com

Monday
Mar142011

Nine Acts That Stood from the Pack



(TORONTO CN) Want to know what you missed at Canadian Music Week? Reporters Ben Rayner and Brendan Kennedy, and music editor Garnet Fraser, name their favourites from the five days of performances that wrapped on Sunday.

Die Mannequin, Saturday, Horseshoe Tavern: Gossip has it this pummelling Toronto quartet’s much-ballyhooed big-time deal with Warner Music has gone south, which is a shame but maybe not such a bad thing since the label never really seemed to get 2009’s terrific Fino + Bleed album off the ground. Let’s hope, then, that perhaps there was someone with a vision for Die Mannequin’s future in the room on Saturday, since it was patently obvious to anyone taking in the band’s blistering wee-hours set that 23-year-old frontwoman Care Failure has the songs and the stage presence to command a much larger audience than she does. We really do need more proper rock ’n’ roll chicks like her. And the current Die Mannequin lineup, with drummer Dazzer Scott and former Robin Black sideman Stacy Stray ably rounding out the core of Failure and Anthony Bleed, can seriously tear it up, bringing a breathless, pseudo-industrial chug to the young bandleader’s hook-filled punk-metal tirades. The bands that followed, Rah Rah and Wildlife, tried to match the intensity, but they still wound up looking like wussies.

Karkwa, Friday, Wrongbar: The deserving recipients of last year’s Polaris Music Prize for the stately prog-rock epic Les Chemins de Verre, Montreal’s Karkwa led a strong Quebecois charge into CMW this year and proved themselves excellent ambassadors for the wide world of francophone rock ’n’ roll the rest of Canada rarely bothers to investigate. These lads are excellent players who enjoy challenging themselves as much as their listeners. One got the sense on Friday that there was the potential for a full-on Weather Report freak-out to erupt whenever the versatile quintet started tearing one of its songs apart and veering off into protracted feats of jazzbo-tricky jammery. Quite a few “whoa!” moments there. And I rather like how much this band smiles onstage.

Alcoholic Faith Mission, Wednesday, Rancho Relaxo: This was the first of three CMW shows for this troupe of hirsute Danish gentlemen, and one lovely lass on keyboards and angelic harmony vocals, and undoubtedly not the best, given Rancho’s middling acoustics and what appeared to be rather cramped conditions onstage. But it was still pretty awesome. Alcoholic Faith Mission’s soulful folk-pop chorales exuded a genuinely warm and inviting presence, and were executed with poise and polish one might not expect given their rustic, ramshackle nature. At a festival short on real “discovery” acts this year, here was a real discovery.

Honourable Mention: Esben and the Witch, Friday, at Wrongbar. My word, family dinners with Rachel Davies must be difficult affairs. The diminutive Goth-girl howler and her two-piece band are all about blacker-than-black intensity onstage, but all that tribal minimalism needs a little livening up on the presentation front to sustain interest for an entire set.

Ben Rayner

Russian Futurists, Saturday, the Bait Shop: Matt Hart, a one-man band in studio, brought his poppy electronic creations to impressive life in an afternoon show, thanks to a solid live band’s fresh energy brought to old compositions like “Paul Simon” and “Precious Metals,” along with the new stuff from last year’s comeback album, The Weight's on the Wheels. Endearingly rumpled in a red windbreaker, Hart looked like Jim Gaffigan’s younger brother, but sounded rather like LCD Soundsystem . . . and we do need a new one, right?

Idiotape, Thursday, Clinton’s: This Korean electronic trio were achieving the near impossible — getting a strange audience in Toronto to dance — with their infectious sound, somewhere between Cut Copy and Chromeo. The two guys twiddling knobs at the front, Dguru and Zeze, could have kept it going, but the stunning live drummer known as DR kept breaking parts of his kit with his power. Even so, the audience was won over. If the band`s attempt to break into North America is serious — and they are playing at South by Southwest after this — then catch them the next time. (Bragging rights remain mine, though.)

The Pack A.D., Friday, Bovine Sex Club: Little to say here that Ben Rayner hasn’t said, again and again, but Vancouver punk-blues duo Becky Black and Maya Miller brought it hard and fast enough to satisfy the rock-savvy Bovine crowd, notably on “Crazy.” This throbbing, snarling, wailing sensation seldom seems to stop touring, so if you missed them at CMW, next time’s coming around sooner than you think.

Honourable Mentions: Wagons, Belle Game, Northcote

Disqualified for being known excellent quantities: Shad, Janelle Monae, J Mascis

Garnet Fraser

Miracle Fortress, Thursday, Lee’s Palace: In a rare live show, Montreal’s Miracle Fortress previewed songs from its highly anticipated sophomore album with a short set of all new material. We haven’t heard much from the Fortress — the solo project of frontman Graham Van Pelt, who also plays in party band Think About Life — since his much-loved 2007 debut Five Roses was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize. The new songs — performed with the aid of a sampler, looping pedal and manic drummer Greg Napier — maintain the dreamy, ethereal soundscapes Van Pelt perfected on Five Roses, but he appears to have traded that album’s breezy intimacy for bigger choruses and unabashed euphoria. It seems Van Pelt is aiming more at the dance floor with this new record than the bedroom, with some songs even veering toward INXS and New Order territories. Next month’s release is now all the more intriguing.

Allie Hughes, Friday, Sneaky Dee’s: The smile-inducing set by zany local indie-pop diva Allie Hughes was by far the most fun of all the shows I caught at this year’s CMW. Melodramatic and theatrical, Hughes and her forceful, operatic voice took the bewildered audience on a bizarro trip through her multiple stage personas, slipping just as comfortably into a bright pop duet as a rocking power ballad. In less than half an hour, the young singer channelled Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Björk, with a punchy set that concluded with a fierce rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” Her eccentricities as a performer might be tedious if she wasn’t so damn good. A courageous, free-thinking record label could make her a big-time star. She just needs a few million bucks to stage a travelling opera that can match her imagination.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Friday, Lee’s Palace: The baby-faced British buzz band drew a packed crowd to its first North American show in one of the more highly anticipated performances of the weekend. Drawing mostly from its popular 2010 album, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, the band drove through a fast-moving and spirited set of reverb-laced guitar pop. Jack Steadman’s tightly wound, jittery vocals, spaced between frenetic bursts of blitzy guitar thrashing, recalled the likes of Joy Division and Talking Heads. But the band’s bottled-up intensity, knack for crafting note-perfect melodies and occasional dalliances into calypso pop and other unlikely territories suggest the hype is well deserved. After Friday's first ever North American show, chances are at least its Toronto audience will swell.

Brendan Kennedy



Thursday
Mar102011

Vidulgi Ooyoo Benefit From Bad Luck



(TORONTO CA) After a bout of bad luck in their native South Korea, Vidulgi Ooyoo are confident good things are now coming their way.

Guitarist Jong-seok Lee broke his wrsit after a January meeting for the Seoul shoegazers' North American tour, which begins this week in Toronto with a show at Canadian Music Week.

Lee is still on the mend. His injury almost forced the cancellation of Vidulgi Ooyoo's North American dates.

"I was walking outside and I slipped on a small patch of ice," Lee explains. "I was a little drunk when I fell, but I knew right away I had broken my wrist.

"Our bassist, Ji-hoon Ok, was with me. When it happened, he just said 'Fuck!'

"We called the owner of our Korean record label, Electric Muse, and his reaction was the same."

With a cast completely covering one of his hands, it became quickly evident Lee would be unable to play his guitar parts.

Electric Muse suggested contacting Seung-hoon Choi, a longtime musician in Seoul's indie scene and former labelmate of Vidulgi Ooyoo who moved to the U.S. in 2009. Choi agreed to play guitar for the band during their North American trek, and flew to Seoul for a month to practice with them.

"Our label first suggested that I just sing and play keyboards," Lee says. "I tried it, but it sounded like nonsense. We're so thankful that Seung-hoon could join us."

Adding to band calamity, guitarist Ji-hye Ham had her guitar stolen from outside of the group's practice space in mid-February. Two weeks later, Ham and her boyfriend were involved in an automobile accident when a car crashed into the taxi taking them home after a gig. Ham's OK, though.

After Choi's arrival, Vidulgi Ooyoo performed a handful of hometown gigs with their newly expanded five-person lineup. Lee played slide guitar with his instrument set up on a keyboard stand. He'll continue to do this during the band's live appearances at CMW and South By Southwest.

"I think our sound now is actually better," says Lee. "It sounds more complete. Due to all that bad luck, I think our shows in North America will be more crazy and stronger now."

Vidulgi Ooyoo's sets will draw from 2008's fantastic Siren album and last year's eponymous split with Chicago's Bliss.City.East. The act intend to begin crafting material for their next album after their tour and will record later this year.           

"This tour is going to be a whole new experience for us," offers Lee. "I think it will influence our new music. TV programs about geography really inspire me, so I'm especially excited to see the different landscapes in all the places we will visit."

Here are Vidulgi Ooyoo's tour dates:


March 10 Toronto, ON @ Clinton's (CMW)

March 14 Austin, TX @ University Of Texas Intramural Field

March 15 Austin, TX @ Ritz Carlton

March 16 Austin, TX @ Easy Tiger (SXSW)

March 19 Austin, TX @ Longhorn Inn
March 24 New York, NY @ The Knitting Factory 

March 31 San Diego, CA @ The Tin Can

April 2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

By Shawn Despres (CHARTattack)

Wednesday
Mar092011

Don’t get left behind for the ‘2K11 SEOULSONIC North American Tour’!


(USA) DFSB Kollective is preparing quite the treat for North American fans of Korean indie rock. The ’2K11 SEOULSONIC North American Tour‘ is gearing up to launch its 11-stop gauntlet, and it’s boasting a phenomenal line-up!

Vidulgi Ooyoo, Galaxy Express, and Idiotape have signed on to deliver delicious music all across the continent, and they’re going to kick off their tour in Toronto, Canada for the ‘Canadian Music Week’ festival on March 10th.

Afterwards, the bands will fly to the States to perform on both the West and East coasts. Most notably, they’ll be performing at the legendary SXSW festival down in Texas, where some of the biggest names in music (like B.o.B, Pharoahe Monch, Shad, Skrillex, and Korea’s very own Apollo 18) will gather to rock thousands of music fans.

So, who are these three acts?

Vidulgi Ooyoo (translation: ‘pigeon milk’ in Korean) is considered to be one of Korea’s prime shoe-gazer bands. The rock quartet’s sound could only be described as ‘ethereal’ and ‘psychedelic’; indeed, listeners have likened their music to a haunting experience because it remains with them long after it’s stopped playing.



Galaxy Express is one of the biggest bands in the Hongdae area, and their success isn’t attributed to their rockstar looks alone. These guys can perform and rip up a stage like no other, and they’re certainly proving themselves to be worth the buzz that precedes them. Galaxy Express grabbed the trophy for the ‘Musician of the Year’ at the ‘2011 Korean Music Awards’, and they’ve definitely got more successes lined up for them ahead.



The tour’s last major act, Idiotape, stood out in the indie scene with their live drums against an kickin’ electronica base. Their music definitely brings the house to its feet, as fans sway and dance to their lighthearted music. These guys are definitely worth keeping an eye out for, as they were tapped to be one of the featured international artists for Intel & Vice Magazine’s ‘2011 The Creators Project campaign’.

 

Ladies and gents, you do not want to miss out on the chance to see these amazing lives on our home turf! Be sure to grab tickets for the shows in Toronto, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Austin!

For those of you who unfortunately aren’t able to attend, the ‘2K11 Supersonic North American Tour’ has just unleashed their album through iTunes, so be sure to snag it when you can.

Check out the ticket and venue information below:

< TORONTO, Canada || **CMW (Canadian Music Week)** >

Date: Thursday, March 10th || 9:30PM – 1:00AM
Venue: Clinton’s (639 Bloor Street West)
Tickets: $10 CND (At the Door/In Advance) || Purchase link HERE

< AUSTIN, TX >

Date: Monday, March 14th || 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Venue: University of Texas at Austin (Guadalupe & 51st Street)
Tickets: TBA

< AUSTIN, TX>

Date: Tuesday, March 15th || 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Venue: BBQ Party @ the Ritz Carleton (14801 Chaparral Drive)
Tickets: TBA

< AUSTIN, TX || **SXSW Festival** >

Date: Wednesday, March 16th || 8:00PM – 11:00PM
Venue: Easy Tiger (709 E. 6th Street)
Tickets: SXSW wristband holders (Free), Door (TBA)

< NEW YORK CITY, NY || **Special guests: Big Phony, Kite Operations >

Date: Thursday, March 24th || 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Venue: Knitting Factory Brooklyn (361 Metropolitan Avenue)
Tickets: $15 USD || Purchase tickets HERE

< SAN DIEGO, CA >

Date: Thursday, March 31st || 8:00PM – 12:00AM
Venue: Tin Can Alehouse
Tickets: $10 USD ||  (TBA)

< LOS ANGELES, CA || **Special guest: Dumbfoundead, Big Phony >

Date: Saturday, April 2nd || 8:00PM – 1:00AM
Venue: The Roxy Theatre (9009 West Sunset Blvd)
Tickets: $15 USD || Purchase tickets HERE