Writing about “Gangnam Style” for Pitchfork

Very important anniversary this month, as PSY's "Gangnam Style" turned five. I wrote about its legacy for Pitchfork. Earlier this week, “Gangnam Style” was knocked off its perch as the most viewed video on YouTube. Korean pop star PSY had held the title since November 2012, when he became the first person to reach 1 [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Korea, Music|Comments Off on Writing about “Gangnam Style” for Pitchfork

Sounding off about Twice and K-pop for The Japan Times

I'm sounding off about K-pop group Twice...and Japanese media's coverage of Korean pop culture...for The Japan Times. Last week, Korean pop group Twice made its “official” debut in Japan, featuring the release of a Japanese-language best-of compilation and a showcase at Tokyo Gymnasium on July 2. In between, the members appeared on the popular weekly [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Japan, Korea, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about Twice and K-pop for The Japan Times

Writing a guide to Korean electronic indie music for Bandcamp

Returned to Bandcamp with a large feature about Korea's burgeoning indie electronic scene, featuring interviews with a lot of artists. "Earlier this year, Seoul synth-pop artist Neon Bunny embarked on a tour that took her to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest and a jaunt around Europe. Wherever she went, she was labeled as a [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Korea, Music|Comments Off on Writing a guide to Korean electronic indie music for Bandcamp