Just a news and update blog for friends and family overseas.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Yes, that's right, I finally have some big news. First and foremost, the Dabang website is up. You can go visit it: www.dabangband.com. I am so pleased. On the site there are loads of pictures, links, media, and other stuff related to our band. I have just (a few minutes ago) added sample tracks to the CD info page. We will get to work on making a Korean version of the web page soon.

One reason I am happy about this is because of all the media attention Dabang's been getting. We've been in 2 newspapers in the last two months (scanned images forthcoming), as well as having appeared on television once. If you want to see the show we were on, you can visit the online archive at the Jeonju Television (JTV) website. If you follow this link, you should see a screen containing dates and play buttons (as well as some garbled text if you don't have Korean installed on your computer). The episode you want to watch is the 2003.3.12. The discussion of indie rock in Korea, and our band (and another Iksan band, the, ahem, "rapcore" group Starfish) is close to the beginning of the rather long clip.

And tonight we were interviewed for TV again, this time by a stunning young woman who introduced us playing guitar and who, er, rocked out with us, er, or something like that. (We played a 4 Non-Blondes song with her, that What's Goin' On? song). This time it was MBC... we thought it might be the national network, but I was told we'll only appear on the local affiliate. I don't know if that's true or not (it wasn't the crew that told me that, it was our bassist), but in any case it'll appear in Jeonbuk province, and maybe elsewhere in Korea, on Friday 28.3.2003 at around 7pm.

Dabang will be playing a show at 7pm Sunday night in Jeonju at the Two Be One club.

More personal News
My soprano sax is screwed up, still in Seoul undergoing repairs.
I am exhausted from swimming, but improving slowly. The throat problem seems to be abating.
I have lunch plans tomorrow with Ju Seon and John Wendel, and it should be interesting. Ju Seon invited me.
I'm reading Hermann Hesse's Demian and liking it a lot.
I am scared of the update job I already need to do on the Dabang webpage.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

I just got back from a weekend in Seoul. We played at a club called Bbang (Bread) and our lead singer Myoung Jae's mother came up from Sydney, Australia to see us! The highlight of the evening was seeing her and two of her sisters (I think they were her sisters or relatives?) singing along and waving their arms in the air to our one traditional tune, the Bet Norae (Boat Song). It was fun to see a crowd having fun with us. My friends Dong Han and Sun Hwa came out to see us, which was really nice.

I picked up a vocal effects pedal to plug my sax mic into, as well as a coffee pot and some clothes. I also managed to buy brie and camembert at a deli-like shop/restaurant outside the #6 exit of the Sinchon station in Seoul, called A Twosome Place. On the down side, my soprano sax still isn't completely fixed. Sun Hwa is returning it to the same music shop for more repairs. Will it ever be fixed? I wonder... stay turned.

And tonight, I added an essay to my website; it's about Art and Appropriation, and is ostensibly some kind of manifesto. Feedback is welcome!