Friday, January 28, 2011

K-RoK Song of the Day: Boni - Come On Over (Cover)

I'm obsessed with this artist lately, and no, she's not K-Rock, but she defininetly doesn't get enough love from the general K-Pop public. She's R&B and I adore her. She debuted last year with two mini albums - 1990, and the Korean Music Award nominated album Nu One. I hope that she wins in all three categories she's nominated because man, does she deserve it. Check the jump for the video!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Korean Music Awards Best Dance & Electronic Song Nominees

I guess this is probably the most popular category as it contains f(x) and 2NE1, however there is a good mix of people in here. As much as I love 2NE1 and f(x) I hope the others have a chance because I think the idols win enough awards as it is. It would be nice for the others in this group to get some attention.

Videos after the jump:

Korean Music Awards Best "Pop" Song Nominees

To be honest I don't think "pop" describes these artists best, but it is what the category translates to so I guess that's what I'll stick with. Sorry I didn't get the rest of the categories up last night - I started with the idea late and had to head to bed. Here goes:

CLICK for videos

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Korean Music Awards Best Hip-Hop Song Nominees


Korean Music Awards Best Modern Rock Song Nominees

Another nice category. I think I would call it "Indie" versus "Modern Rock" but whatever.

Korean Music Awards Best Rock Song Nominees

Of course, you didn't actually think I would leave out the rock category did you?

Korean Music Awards Best R&B Song Nominees

No, not just Taeyang is up for this award. (And no, it's NOT K-Rock, but hey, I love it all and I think this is an awesome category.)

K-RoK Song of the Day: Galaxy Express - Really Want You

From their Korean Music Award nominated album Wild Days is the song that got another nomination altogether Really Want You.  

Galaxy Express have been around since 2007, but they've been making waves and creating quite a name for themselves in the Korean rock scene. They have a Northern America tour starting in March of this year as well. Of course, they aren't coming anywhere near ME, but that's another story.

Lee Joo-Hyeon - Bass and vocals
Yoon Hong-Gu - Drums
Park Jong-Hyeon - Guitar and vocals

Korean Music Awards Nominations

I'm bumbling through the Korean website for the Korean Music Awards and trying to translate the nominations myself because the media here are only promoting the K-Pop nominees and I am excited by the other nominees on the list. EDIT: Whoops, missed a couple categories. Adding now! 

From what I can make out in the Best Rock Album category I see:
Galaxy Express - Wild Days
Art of Parties - Ophelia
Yellow Monsters - Yellow Monsters
Crash- The Paragon of Animals
엄인호,최이철,주찬권 - Super Session

Best Modern Rock Album:

Nine and The Numbers (9와 숫자들 )- Nine and The Numbers
Broccoli, You too - Graduation
The Koxx - Enter
Cosmos - Hanei Sky
TV Yellow - Strange Ears

Best Pop Album:

Kim Yoon-Ah - 315360
No Reply - Dream
Lucid Fall - Les Miserables
Epitone Project - A House (Lost & Storage)
Cho Kyu-Chan - Volume 9

Best Dance & Electronic Album:

2NE1 - To Anyone
Demicat - Tomorrow Sucks
Group Star (모임 별)- Pacific
Kafka - The Most Beautiful Thing
Casker - Tender
House Rulez - Magic Television

Best Hip-Hop Album:

Garion - Garion 2
The Quiett - Quiet Storm: A Night Record
Mild Beats & Chaboom - Still Ill
Jazzy Ivy - Illvibrative Motif
Pento - Microsuit

Best R&B/Soul Album:

Deez - Get Real
Boni - Nu One
Brown Eyed Soul - Brown Eyed Soul
Jinbo - Afterwork
Taeyang - Solar

Best Soundtrack:
Unfair Trade (Movie OST)
Bravo! Jazz Life (Movie OST)
I Saw The Devil (Movie OST)
Fair Love (Movie OST)
The Housemaid (Movie OST)

Best Jazz  (Alternative) Album:

Youn Sun-Nah - My Favorite Things
Malo - Camelia Lady
Winterplay - Touche Mon Amour
Yipangeun Project - A Rhapsody In Cold Age
Heoduk (허대욱)- Trigram

Best Jazz (Crossover) Album:
Kim Kwang-Seok - Playing Above the Clouds
Nubim - Between Silence & Light
La Ventana - Nostalgia & The Delicate Woman
Special Performance (바람곶)- Special Performance
Jung Min - Blur

Best Performance Album (?)
La Ventana - Nostalgia & The Delicate Woman
Special Performance (바람곶)- Special Performance
Seo Young-Do Electronic Ensemble - Random Line
Yipangeun Project - A Rhapsody In Cold Age
Heoduk (허대욱)- Trigram

Now into the Song category.

Best Rock Song:

Galaxy Express - Really Want You
Gateflower - Reserves
Super Session - Start Again
Yellow Monsters - Destruction (YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!)
Crash - Crashday

Best Modern Rock Song:

Nine and The Numbers (9와 숫자들 ) - Tell Me
Hot Potato - Confession
Broccoli, You Too - Love Does Not Make Up Words Too (사랑한다는 말로도 위로가 되지 않는)
Broccoli, You Too - Graduation
Cosmos - Hanei Sky

Best Pop Song:

10CM - Tonight I'm Afraid of the Dark
No Reply - I Hope
Verandah Project - Bike Riding
Dalmoon - 하드코어 인생아
Earip - Our Streets Have No Name

Best Dance & Electronic Song:

2NE1 - Can't Nobody
Sultan Of The Disco - Sunday Night Fever
F(x) - Nu ABO
Kafka - Silence
miss A - Bad Girl Good Girl

Best Hip-Hop Song:

Garion - 영순위(feat. 넋업샨)
Swings - 500 Bombs
The Quiett - Be My Luv
San-E - 인터뷰(Interview)
Mild Beats & Chaboom - Anshan (feat. Sol)
Pinodyne - Nightingale Film (feat. Soulman)

Best R&B/Soul Song:

Deez - Sugar
Boni - I Send You
Brown Eyed Soul - Never Forget
Progress - U R
Taeyang - I Need A Girl (feat. G-Dragon)

Album of the Year:
9 And the Numbers - 9 And the Numbers

Garion - Garion 2
Youn Sun-Ah - Same Girl
Broccoli, You Too? - 졸업
Jinbo - Afterwork
Crash - The Paragon of Animals

Song of the Year:
9 And the Numbers - 말해주세요 (Tell Me)
Garion - 영순위 (feat. Nuck)
Hot Potato - Confession 
Broccoli, You Too? - Graduation
miss A - Good Girl, Bad Girl

Musician of the Year: 
Galaxy Express
Youn Sun-AH
Broccoli, You Too?
Choi Yi Chul, Ohm In Ho, Ju Chan Kweun (Super Session)

Rookie of the Year:
The Koxx
TV Yellow

(thanks for the last couple categories helikoppter)
OMO. I hope people appreciate this. It took forever with my crappy Korean skills. :/

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

K-RoK Song of the Day: Walrus - Mosaic

Kim Jae-Wook, of Coffee Prince and Marry Me, Mary fame has a new title: rocker. They've been quietly doing the club scene since their college days in 2003 but the band Walrus finally just made their official debut with the self-titled mini-album Walrus. Three tracks are just enough to whet the appetite of this K-RoKer. I think I need more than just a few songs. I hope they make a strong debut and we get to hear more from them soon!
1: To Be
2: Mosaic
3: 서울마녀 (Seoul Witch)

Here's a short live clip of them:

And a nice full-length sample of the song I like best: Mosaic

W-M by K-RoKer

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Video: Yellow Monsters - Destruction

The Yellow Monsters are back with another release off of their self-titled freshman album and this time it's a lovely live performance video that really shows the energy the guys bring to their shows. The audience eat's it up! I do think I spotted No Brain in the back-stage area at one point too! Please enjoy it and remember to buy the album! :) I love this song. It has great energy and it's also Choi Jae-Hyuck's favorite song off the album. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

K-RoK Song of the Day: YB - 그것만이 내 세상 (It's Only In My World)

Every time I listen to this song I get a huge chill run through me at about the 4 minute 11 second mark. This is taken from their 15 Years, Live Best! album that came out late last year. I adore it. It's got some of the tracks from previous live albums and some new ones from performances last year. If you're a new or old YB fan it's a great album because it either lets you re-live their glory or just get a good taste of what they can do and who they are as a band. Buy it here. Also - YesAsia just re-released all of YB's albums so you should get your hands on them while you can! Supporting Korean rock artists is even more important because they don't get all the endorsement deals and acting jobs like idols do. 

YB-그것만이 내 세상(live) by K-RoKer

Monday, January 10, 2011

K-RoK Song of the Day: Lee Jung Hyun - Eat Well Live Well

This weekend I was talking with friends about what got me into the Korean music scene and it's this girl, Lee Jung-Hyun.  She's not a rock artist, but she's worked in several genres and likes to mix things up. She debuted in 1999 with her album Let's Go To My Star. It was very experimental and heavy on the electronica sound. She hasn't lost her dance beats over the years, but has turned her music into a fusion of pop, rock, electronica, Spanish beats and a little bit of Indian flavor. This song, Eat Well, Live Well always struck a chord with me long before I got into the Korean rock scene. But, come to realize all these years later that this song is actually Lee Jung-Hyun featuring WHO? Dr. Core 911! YEAH~ Sometimes things in my life come full circle. This happens to be one of them. Don't ask what this picture is either. I was lucky enough to find this on youtube instead of using up my last few minutes on Sound Cloud. It's also of note that she is an actress as well. She has been acting in mostly historical dramas that I love.

Friday, January 7, 2011


I should have posted this sooner, but last week my iPod died and I've been trying to recuperate my music collection. As soon as I've got it all back under control things on the site will return back to normal. Thanks for your patience!

Hwanhee thanks you for your patience!