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Asian indie music

Humperdink

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An all-inclusive thread for fans of indie music in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or wherever that's non-US - preferably no J-pop/ K-pop shit. (shout out to dismal, aeglus, nicelynice, et.al.) Anyway, I've lost touch with the indie scene in Korea, and I've always been ignorant of non-pop music in Japan - I had an ex who was into L'arc en ciel, but that was about it. In SK I listened to a lot of punk groups like No Brain and Crying Nut, and I followed Huckleberry Finn bank in the day, but I'm wondering what good non-industry music is out there right now in SK, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia that people would recommend. The Koxx are one band I've found so far in SK - they're kind of Franz Ferdinand-derivative, but they're fun to listen to:
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This is some indie hipster shit right here: skinny fat Korean guys, quirky hot girl on keyboards, and eminently punchable lead singer in oversized glasses.

I give you, The Black Skirts:

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The Maybe Mars record label from China.

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in the realm of asian indie i think the only band i could get into was carsick cars. if you expand to post rock and post hardcore then Mono and Envy
 

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DMBQ : Acid Mothers Temple: And of course, Des Rallizes Denudes:
 

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SK has no indie music, probably because they have no drugs. Japan has some decent stuff.

I really like Shugo Tokumaru.
 

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Crying Nut

South Korean band. supposedly one of their first indie bands but pretty popular from what i understand. been listening to them since i was a kid. even actually bought their cds
 

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Julian Cope's book 'Japrocksampler' goes into the history or alternative music in Japan post WWII, a very fun and informative read.
 

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I don't know much about Asian indie/punk, but I do like the stuff in this post: http://www.lastdaysofmanonearth.com/blog/?p=357 I almost went on a Japanese punk/indie kick because of it but got overwhelmed. Most of the research seems to involve knowing Japanese. Maybe GetSmart will see this and can shed some light? Otherwise, I like the Pillows ^_^'
 

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Let's kick this up a notch. This is all Japanese, sorry about that. Number Girl
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hi all

i specialise in distributing alternative music from all over asia. you can check out my label and distro at www.tenzenmen.com.

i also post a tumblr if you want to keep track of english language articles on music out of china - http://alternativechina.tumblr.com

fav chinese band is muscle snog - broke up now but each member has gone on to form interesting bands too (duck fight goose, boojii etc).

nice to meet you :)

shaun/tenzenmen
 

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