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Until this tour is over, to me, the wheel is mankind’s greatest invention. Xi’an airport destroyed my roller bag, no small feat considering its bulk. It was actually my roommates. So I drug it around to 5 cities with a broken clip and a bust wheel. We finally found two disgusting pink bags for the right price, and spray painted those mofos black. Currently they’re covered in USERS stickers. The small bag is already busting full of CD’s and tapes for the record packs. DIDERS, Wang Wen, Loose Union stuff from Korea. Stolen have about 40 LPs and 7”s safe in Chengdu, waiting for my return. So happy to not be lugging that around. So yeah. The wheel!!!!!! Word. Today, Busan! Onward!!! #southkorea #busan
SEOUL. In the bag. Unforgettable. Cheers to new friends. Currently in Daegu, South Korea. Colours just played their 2nd to last show ever, Noise Arcade, Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] just ripped it out. A new band playing now. In more “WTF small world” news, I just met a guy who saw Paper Mice and PUSSY PIRATES at the MOPERY. Not shitting! Is this real life? He knows Kevin Decker who he said Dave Reminick would know. John Carroll? Unreal. This tour is bonkers. Shit, I keep posting mid-show. Let’s keep rolling. What next?! Onward!!! #papermice #chicago #mopery #southkorea #seoul #colours #noisearcade #guiguisuisui
Egads man. Endless thanks to Sharon and Ollie for the unbelievable place to take over and have a base while mulling around South Korea. Should be some ridiculous time-lapses. We bail out tomorrow for Daegu, Busan, in the final few days of trekking around this amazing country. Unbelievable time. Cheers to new friends. East Guinness crew kids! Yogiga! 大担, Michael are just starting to get weird. …Shit. Best. Onward! #seoul #southkorea #guiguisuisui #noisearcade
Seoul, South Korea. Space Moon. This filmed turned a corner last night, for a number of reasons. First off, the singer of Nice Legs is my old friend from high school’s COUSIN, Lindsey Simard. If you needed a reminder of how small of a world it is, there you go. The venue : Space Moon. Aside from Nice Legs, Gonguri 공구리, Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟], and Noise Arcade rip the place apart. Johny Q was a fellow 大担 told me was a vehemently top pick for someone he NEEDED to be a part of this. He agreed, and now I see why. Most fun I’ve had filming a guitarist in a long time. You are going to love this. The best interviews of the trip, followed by some great noisy busking on the streets. Today, a day off. Tomorrow, Daegu. Onward!!! #seoul #southkorea #spacemoon #punk
大担 told a story about when he lived here, how there’s a “Makgeolli Man”. A wild-eyed joyful fellow who would tow around dozens of bottles of this delicious rice wine elixir, and if he came up to you, you’d play rock-paper-scissors. If you won, a free bottle for you. If you lost, you had to buy one. It’s super cheap anyway so it’s supposedly a win win either way just to interact with the guy. Right before Yamagata Tweakster is set to tear the place apart, in comes Makgeolli Man. Dann’s eyes light up, I turn my camera on and film what I can of this maniacally joyful fellow yelling “MAKGEOLLI! I LOVE YOU!”, and he was gone with a flash. Dann said he had the exact same clothes on as the last time he saw him, four years ago. #seoul #southkorea #hongdae #makgeolliman
Jeonju, South Korea. Spreading the goddamn word. The World Underground MIX 1 in the hands of all. Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] and Noise Arcade play to 5 people in a “small city”. I crowdsurf twice during Noise Arcade. 大担 kills it as always. He lived in South Korea for nearly two years and has never been here. They finish up, and a dozen kids roll in from a local breakdancing crew. We make one of them go up on stage, and he kills it. I immediately grab Dann and have the kid on stage do an interview outside. Not sure what was said, but it seemed great. We end with some video of him spinning on one hand. More soon. This is what’s up. Cheers! #jeonju #southkorea
Seoul, South Korea. yamagata tweakster. Really down the rabbit hole now. Korea is as amazing as I thought it would be. The venue was Yogiga, a medium sized basement style DIY art space in the middle of a trendy neighborhood. Some cool openers, but Yamagata Tweakster stole the show, running around making everyone do high kicks to some noisy disco style weirdness. Unexplainable. He ran outside with a train of cute girls, circling in the streets, belting it out on a mic that was only hearable in the venue meters away….finally coming back for more drop-kicking melt-down. That’s gonna be some killer video. Great people here, and some ridiculous shows coming up. Obviously, more to come. Tomorrow, Jeonju. Onward!!! #guiguisuisui #noisearcade #southkorea #seoul
South Korea. Dalian was a trip, and the ferry, even more-so. A sleeper float which was actually quite comfortable. Xie, the leader of Wang Wen, left us with hugs and a bottle of 11 year old whiskey. We said adios to Jenna Caravello. So amazing having her with us. Korea is when this starts to get heavy. Today, we rest from the trek. Tomorrow, we finally meet the Yamagata Tweakster, GT Arpe. Elated. Over 20 bands I have never seen in the next 16 days. It just gets more and more gnarly from here. Can’t wait to dig into this country. Refreshing already. Let’s do it. Onward! #seoul #southkorea #looseunion #guiguisuisui #noisearcade
Record pack 3 is already turning out REALLY good and we’re not even halfway done.
After Argument LP
Carsick Cars / Flavor Crystals split.
Doc Talk Shock
…so much more.
Can’t wait to dig into the Loose Union label in South Korea. Time to ride!!!!! #southkorea #china #rock
Dalian. A seaport in the NE. Coastal vibes. Noise Arcade and Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] play an immaculate cafe, attached to Echo Books, with one of the coolest balconies I’ve seen in a while. The building behind them actually let off some weird UFO style flood light for 20 minutes, and I never saw it again. Great video. Great show. Afterwards, we meet and chat with a crew of guys from Wang Wen, Which Park, Doc Talk Shock. A large chunk of the scene here. We listen to Paper Mice and Brainiac. People seems to love this MIX CD! Stoked. I’m leaving 10 of them at the book store. Dalian rules. More soon. Today, an overnight ferry to South Korea!!! Onward! #dalian #china
Shenyang, China. Feng Livehouse. A tiny city in the Northeast, and this was the result. 45 people losing their shit. This is what it’s all about. Jenna Caravello treks to Dalian with us and then we part ways, which is super sad, but I’m so glad to have her. Tomorrow, Dalian! Finally. #swimming #guiguisuisui Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] Noise Arcade. ONWARD!!!!!!
Changchun. Fuzz Box. Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟], Noise Arcade, a solo singer songwriter Anqi. The bar owner, Siaohi, is an amazing beatboxer. The venue : FUZZ BOX…likely the smallest venue we’ll play. This was it, just a string of chairs and a small stage. 大担 said that P.K.14 played here, and they drums and amps sat on the stage, while all the members were on the floor. The level of hospitality here is next level. Just really amazing, with a great vibe from the city. More to come when I have more time! Next up, Shenyang! Onward!!! #shenyang #china #music