Seunghoon Choi

Seunghoon Choi: "Yeah I was everywhere."

Interview by Joseph Kim, 6/14/2010


What can I say about Seunghoon Choi? He's like the Forrest Gump of Hongdae (without the mental challenges!)- always in the right place at the right time, smack center during pivotal moments in Seoul's burgeoning indie scene. A quick run-through of some his highlights- appears with Yellow Kitchen on Drug Records' first release (Korea's 2nd independent release) Our Nation Volume 1 (a split album with Crying Nut), performing in the legendary 1996 Street Punk Show that inaugurated the punk scene, backing Stephen Malkmus as a member of "Korean Pavement", and working on music videos for the likes of veritable Korean music superstars like G.O.D. and Nell. Seunghoon tells me that what follows, while lengthy, is still only an abridged accounting of his musical adventures. He has played with more bands and on more recordings than we will ever know. He currently resides in State College, Pennsylvania, where he is mastering sequencing and musical programming languages and continues to be involved in his local music scene. No doubt, his stories will continue to grow in number.

EARLY YEARS

K.O.A.: How did you first become interested in music growing up?

Seunghoon: When I was in high school, around the Sinchon area, there was a place called "Back-Stage." This place was a music-video cafe, where me and my friends could watch all the brand new MTV music videos, ‘90s grunge music. It was really good because there was no good music on domestic TV. Sometimes I had to stay at school at until nighttime. You know how Korean students have to study really hard, especially in high school. But sometimes, we would skip our study hall and go to the video cafe to watch rock music videos until midnight. Towards the end of high school, my friends and I found out about Club Drug.

K.O.A.: When did you first pick up an instrument? How did you learn how to play? And what did you play first?

Seunghoon: I never took lessons for guitar or drums, but I did take piano lessons when I was in elementary school. I really hated it, cuz my parents were pushing me so hard. I had to take all kinds of lessons- calligraphy, baduk [chess-like boardgame], piano, etc. If I wanted to learn or play something, then that'd be fine, but Korean parents' expectations are always so high, which sucks. Then I saw one of my friends playing acoustic guitar, so that's how I started playing guitar in high school.

K.O.A.: You learned from your friend?

Seunghoon: Yeah a bit, but not really. I looked at some books for the chords. I went to a Christian high school, and there was a gospel band in school. I saw the drums which I had a huge crush on. I didn't know how to play it at all, but I auditioned for the band.

K.O.A.: You auditioned for drums?

Seunghoon: No, I think I did a little guitar and vocals, but I just wanted to play the drums. [laughs] Somehow, I got in. I was lucky. Then I learned how to play drums by looking over my shoulder. You know, I'd just look at them when they were playing. It was a Christian school, but we played some metal. [laughs] Metallica, "Smoke on the Water," etc.

K.O.A.: Devil music. [laughs]

Seunghoon: Yeah, so we had a priest teacher, he kept asking us, "What the hell is this music?" We got in trouble once. [laughs] The teacher was so mad and he was trying to punish us, but I resisted.

K.O.A.: Did you change the lyrics to Christian lyrics?

Seunghoon: Nope. I mean, we couldn't play the songs for worship, but we could just for practice. We also had a chance to perform that music once for a school show.

THE DRUG YEARS

K.O.A.: What was your first band outside of this school and who was in it?

Seunghoon: After we graduated, we made a band name called Galmaegi [Seagull] and started playing music at Club Drug. We played mostly Rancid songs.

K.O.A.: Isn't "Galmaegi" also the name of a Crying Nut song?

Seunghoon: I think so.

K.O.A.: No relation, I guess.

Seunghoon: Yeah, no relation. Galmaegi is kind of a legendary band. [laughs] One of No Brain's songs "Bbalgan Muri" ["Red Head"] is our song. We gave that song to No Brain. At the same time, I was playing with Yellow Kitchen, cuz there weren't many drummers. Here's the thing, when we made Galmaegi, everybody wanted to play guitar, so Namyoon [now in 3rd Line Butterfly] decided to play bass. The other two guys, Cheol-Ook and Minsu, couldn't play the drums. I was the only one who could play drums a bit, so that's why I played the drums. Cheol-Ook is currently in a band called Kingston Rudie Ska playing trombone now. He kept on doing punk stuff. I'm really proud of him.

K.O.A.: Did Galmaegi ever record?

Seunghoon: Galmaegi never recorded anything except one song for the Korean Nirvana tribute album. A song with a really long title, "Gallons of Alcohol…" blah blah.

K.O.A.: Right, the hidden track on In Utero.

Seunghoon: Galmaegi started off doing punk, but when Cheol-Ook left, we started covering good old stuff like Television and Talking Heads. Yellow Kitchen was totally different. Galmaegi was my band. For Yellow Kitchen, I was more like a session player at first, then I got involved more and more. So about Drug, we could write a book, there are so many stories… A little background, there was no punk music scene before 1995~1996. It was all metal bands in Korea- LA metal, thrash. So it was weird- people thought "What is this? This is not music? 3 chord music sucks." Or something like that. You know, punk music is easy to play and people can enjoy it easily. Drug featured all punk bunds, skate punk music like Galmaegi and Crying Nut. But Yellow Kitchen was a little different. More like Sonic Youth-style or psychedelic. Then there was a massive gig in the streets called "the Street Punk Show." It was massive…

K.O.A.: It was a one-time thing?

Seunghoon: Yeah, actually over two days. Once at Hongdae and once at Myungdong.

K.O.A.: Who organized it?

Seunghoon: We did. The Drug people. We were kind of like family at that point, everybody involved in Drug.

K.O.A.: Were you still in high school then?

Seunghoon: No, it was 1996. I was in college. I was 20 years old. After that gig, we got lots of attention from the media which sucked. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Why did that suck? It seems like a good thing.

Seunghoon: Cuz people started to think punk music could make money. They just followed the money and things became corrupt easily. Club owners started thinking about the money. We were kind of like hippies before.

K.O.A.: So do you think that event actually kind of ruined the punk scene in a way?

Seunghoon: No, you know what? I honestly never thought I'd get to play a gig like that in my life ever. It was awesome. But it was too much attention. People were just going crazy. They didn't even know what punk music is, but they were enjoying themselves a lot.

K.O.A.: Wow, I wish I could've been there for that! So that was in 1996?

Seunghoon: Yeah, Korea MTV was there.

K.O.A.: When was the Nirvana album?

Seunghoon: ‘98ish?

K.O.A.: Ah ok. Was Our Nation 1 before that?

Seunghoon: Our Nation was maybe in 1996. There was a lot of stuff going on in 1996.

K.O.A.: Okay, so in 1996 you had the street festival and Yellow Kitchen also was on this album Our Nation, Vol. 1, a split with Crying Nut, Drug's first release, and also, considered the first independent music release in Korea ever. What was recording for that like?

Seunghoon: Actually, the first indie album was "Bad Taste," released that same year I think.

K.O.A.: Oh what's that?

Seunghoon: The band's name is Bad Taste. He did it a little bit earlier than us. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Alright, then the 2nd independent release in Korean history! [laughs] So how did you guys record? I guess you had to do it with very little money.

Seunghoon: We went to the studio of Shin Daecheol (Shin Joong Hyun's son). It's called Purple Rain I think.

K.O.A.: The guy who plays in Sinawi [a popular Korean '80s and '90s metal band]?

Seunghoon: Yeah.

K.O.A.: So it was a pro studio.

Seunghoon: Kinda. I didn't really like their attitude though. They were nice people, but old fashioned. I respect them, but they didn't… Maybe we just seemed like total newbies to them. [laughs] Which was true. I don't like the sound of the recording though. So on this album, Crying Nut is totally punk, and Yellow Kitchen had a sort of ‘Sonic Youth' sound.

K.O.A.: Alternate tunings?

Seunghoon: Not much. I played drums, but I think it was all normal tuning. People liked it, but it's kind of maniac music in Korea. They probably felt that it was unique, like "What is this?"

K.O.A.: Sohee said that Zzzaam's members met because they were all fans of Yellow Kitchen. Listening to it now… It may be a pro studio, but the sound quality is extremely rough. Why does it sound like this? [laughs]

Seunghoon: I don't know why. I think we used ADAT.

K.O.A.: But metal coming out around that time doesn't sound like this.

Seunghoon: Yeah. I think that Shin Daecheol didn't care much about our music. We did all the songs in one day in a few hours as a live session.

K.O.A.: What about the mixing?

Seunghoon: He just did it himself. I think he never mixed before.

K.O.A.: Someone should go back and remix/remaster these off the master tapes. Our Nation Vol. 2 has a similarly thin/rough sound.

Seunghoon: We were never paid for this album. No money at all. I know this album sold a lot over ten years. But I don't care. All the money went to the owner of Drug. There was no music business thinking at all. We just wanted to play music…

K.O.A.: At that time, you mentioned that you were playing several nights a week.

Seunghoon: Oh man. Yeah, it was just weekends at first, but then when more people started to come… There were a few bands at Drug: Crying Nut, Galmaegi, Yellow Kitchen, Weeper, No Brain. So some nights, it'd be Crying Nut and Galmaegi. Some nights it'd be other bands. Some bands might play 3~4 times a week. If there were no people, it would just be a practice session, because we practiced there as well.

K.O.A.: You mentioned before that Yellow Kitchen kind of changed its sound and started using more computers. Were you still involved with the band at that point?

Seunghoon: No, Yellow Kitchen went on to release a few albums with the Gangaji Moonhwa Yesool (Dog Culture Art) label helped run by Sung Kiwan [founding member of 3rd Line Butterfly]. I still maintained relationships with the band, but I didn't play with them much. I did some other stuff. Hip hop stuff. [laughs]

HIP-HOP

K.O.A.: This is interesting, because I know nothing about the Korean hip hop scene.

Seunghoon: This was a first, too. [laughs] Around 1998 there was an undergound hiphop scene in Korea. One club was called "Master Plan" in Sinchon. You know now, hiphop is totally mainstream, but in 1998 it was fringe. I was always unlucky. I'd do some good style of music- if I did it a few years later, people would've liked it. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Oh, but in some ways I'd consider you very lucky to be involved in the creation of all this stuff.

Seunghoon: Yeah I was everywhere.

K.O.A.: So how did you develop your interest for hiphop? And what kind of thing did you do? Rapping? Making beats?

Seunghoon: I mixed. I rapped like the Beastie Boys. Made beats like Portishead with the computer. I also mixed in some punk, hardcore stuff.

K.O.A.: Did this project have a name?

Seunghoon: It was called Psycore, for psychedelic + hardcore.

K.O.A.: Did you record or release anything?

Seunghoon: Nothing. There are some files, but I don't know where they are. The problem was that Koreans were only concerned with rapping, and the music came second. But for us, music came first and rapping was secondary. No matter how good we made the music, people would think "What the hell is this?" Also, rapping was only considered good if it was in a black American style. If you did anything different from that people thought it was strange. Even worse, the Korean underground hiphop people all thought this way, too. My sound was more like Beck. I could play guitar sometimes, I could rap sometimes, but people didn't understand. You know, they just wanted an MC.

K.O.A.: I see. So how long did you do that project for?

Seunghoon: One or two years? But that whole time, I kept on performing with different bands because there weren't many drummers. I was playing drums anywhere.

MURMUR'S LOOM

K.O.A.: Was Starry Eyed your next major band?

Seunghoon: No, MuRmUr's LoOm is the first band I made by myself.

K.O.A.: Ah, did you play guitar in this band?

Seunghoon: Yeah, because I wanted to show more of my musicality, like with moods and melodies. Again, we never recorded anything official. Maybe that is my destiny. [laughs] I only have shitty live clips. I do have some recording files, but we didn't like the sound, so that's why it was never released. Maybe now we could, but it's too late…

K.O.A.: These live clips are great. You guys had a good sound. Is this you singing?

Seunghoon: Some were me and some were my friend Dongmin. Dongmin and I used to be super-depressed. We'd think about committing suicide almost every day... He's still having a hard time…

K.O.A.: Wow… You asked me the other day what my favorite bands were and there was one band I should've mentioned that this band reminds me of- Duster.

Seunghoon: Oh man. I love that band.

K.O.A.: Wow, you know about Duster? [laughs] How did you find them?

Seunghoon: Yeah, I love them. You know, I'm kind of a geek. I think Koreans listen to lots of music. We're more geeky.

K.O.A.: It looks like this band continued after you left?

Seunghoon: Yeah, when I broke this band up, Dongmin was still my really good friend. He called me and asked to keep the band name. I said yes. They sound different now. More experimental, like Jim O'Rourke. http://www.murmursloom.com

K.O.A.: Was there a reason you broke that band up?

Seunghoon: I just couldn't handle it. You know, if I kept playing with them, I probably would be a dead body by now. It was just a mental thing…

K.O.A.: Because it was so depressing?

Seunghoon: Yeah, I was too depressed.

K.O.A.: The music was depressing? Like, was it encouraging the depression?

Seunghoon: It's really hard to explain. Depression encouraged me to make good music in some ways, but sometimes, I just couldn't handle it.

K.O.A.: Ah, you had to be in a depressed place to make this kind of music?

Seunghoon: Yeah, it was my whole life. Before MuRmUr's LoOm, I had a solo project/band called LoOm. It was kind of an electronic sound. Most of the songs were done between 2000~2002. http://www.myspace.com/loomerama When I was playing in MuRmUr's LoOm, we played shows with Sokot Band. We were almost from the same period. But before I made MuRmUr's LoOm, Hyun Min from Sokot Band helped me with my solo project. We're all good old friends.

K.O.A.: How did he help you?

Seunghoon: Before I met Dongmin, I really wanted to form a band, but it was kinda hard to find a guitar player like me. I wanted two guitars to sound like one guitar, like Seam, Explosions in the Sky, or Toe. Something like that. It took forever to find somebody.

K.O.A.: So Hyun Min played some guitar with you?

Seunghoon: Yeah, he helped me on some of my solo stuff for live sets, because I needed another player. Not for the recording. But I hardly played. [laughs] I mean LoOm performed only a few times.

ORGELTANZ

K.O.A.: Okay, so what about after MuRmUr's LoOm?

Seunghoon: Then Orgeltanz, and then moved to the USA.

K.O.A.: What year was Orgeltanz formed?

Seunghoon: It's now been 5 or more years? 2005.

K.O.A.: What was the idea behind Orgeltanz? Musically, what influences is it drawing from? It definitely sounds like an ethnic sort of music. Something from outside of Korea.

Seunghoon: Freedom. Hmm, hard to say. Basically, the accordion player Geun Jeong and the guitarist Mi Young were originally from a psychedelic rock band called Nenoonbagi Namumit Ssooshigi ("Picking on 4-Eyes Under the Tree"). [laughs] The owner of Reggae Chicken, Gwang Hee, used to be the drummer for Nenoonbagi. [ed. Also the drummer for the Mustangs.] After Nenoonbagi ended, these two girls formed Orgeltanz. They were very interested in gypsy music and the like.

K.O.A.: How did the belly dancer Eshe get involved?

Seunghoon: Ah, a friend of mine made an Orgeltanz music video for his school project. Eshe saw this video and found us through Google and contacted us. At the time, she was in Japan, so she said if we ever came to Japan she wanted to try something with us.

K.O.A.: Oh so she contacted you first?

Seunghoon: Yeah, then she moved to Korea. Now she has her own belly dance studio here. The funny thing is she left the message on our hidden web board. That web board was only for band members. Stupid Google! [laughs]

STARRY EYED

K.O.A.: So I guess Starry Eyed came next?

Seunghoon: Yeah, I knew them from a long time ago, but we didn't meet until much later on. We had all known about each other, but we weren't close. I found out that I had a lot in common with Wonsub of Starry Eyed, from our hobbies to our playing style, our interest in Seam, etc. We had lots of similarities. One day we just started chatting online and became very friendly.

K.O.A.: What did Wonsub play?

Seunghoon: Guitar/vocal. He's the front man. He used to write nearly all the songs. Mongoo, the bassist, already had his band Mongoose going at the time. Byungduk, the drummer, was an original member as well. Anyway, I became very close to Wonsub. Later on I heard that they were going to be working on their 2nd album, which I helped them with. At first, I was just a guitar session player, but I came to be involved in many other ways, including helping with the recording, and writing parts for the songs. After the 2nd album came out, I started performing with them. Because our tastes matched so well, we never talked about what I should play, never told me what chord. "Just play whatever you want," they'd tell me. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Were your Starry Eyed years at the same time as Orgeltanz?

Seunghoon: Orgeltanz came a little bit before, but yes, the two bands were at the same time. On some days, I'd have to perform twice, once with Orgeltanz, once with Starry Eyed.

K.O.A.: At a different club?

Seunghoon: Yeah, a different club.

K.O.A.: That must've been crazy.

Seunghoon: I've had times when I had to play 3 times in one night. [laughs]

K.O.A.: When? [laughs]

Seunghoon: I don't remember exactly. You know, there aren't many drummers out there, and I've helped out many bands.

K.O.A.: Ah, I see. That's hard work too, playing the drums

Seunghoon: It's fun. I never think it's hard. Just fun.

K.O.A.: You don't get tired from playing?

Seunghoon: Not much. I can play the drums for many hours. If I were to say a few more words about Starry Eyed- the three members before I joined all really liked Yo La Tengo. For instance, if you listen to Mongoo's first album with Mongoose, you can definitely feel the Yo La Tengo influence. I think the Starry Eyed guys might have met through a Yo La Tengo fan club.

KOREAN PAVEMENT

K.O.A.: Ah, let's move onto the legendary "Korean Pavement" show. When was that and how did it come about? How did you come to be in the band?

Seunghoon: It was about 2002. I suddenly got a call from my friend who was working at Ales Music [a distributor]. He said he heard that there was a Pavement cover band in Hongdae and he wanted to know if I was part of it. So I lied and told him that I was. [laughs] Actually, the guys who were in the Pavement cover band were all my friends.

K.O.A.: Did you ask him like, "Oh, why do you want to know?"

Seunghoon: Not at all. I just said, "It's me!" [laughs]

K.O.A.: Oh, you already knew the reason he was asking?

Seunghoon: No, not at first. I said, "Oh yeah, it's all my friends." Cuz it was true. It's kind of a fun story. Between, 1998 to 2002, there was a club called Bbang. You know Club Bbang. It used to be behind Ewha Women's University at first. They moved later on, I don't remember what year it was.. Anyway, all my friends in bands like Zzzaam, Day Sleeper, My Low Array, all those guys loved Pavement. So they decided to make a Pavement cover band.

K.O.A.: Ah, on the side from their regular bands?

Seunghoon: Yeah. The drummer from Day Sleeper put it together as a project band. However, I was not a member. [laughs] It's like, if you really wanted to, you could play with them, because each song had different players. It was a cool project. So moving on, I told my friend yeah it's all my friends, then he told me the story. They got an email from Matador. Somehow, they already knew that there was a Pavement cover band in Korea so they suggested, "How about playing some Pavement songs with Stephen Malkmus?"

K.O.A.: Interesting. I wonder how they found out! What if the band was terrible? [laughs]

Seunghoon: I have no idea. So I made a phone call to my friends… all from Galmaegi! [laughs] They all love Pavement, too- so it wasn't a problem at all.

K.O.A.: Galmaegi reunion!

Seunghoon: Yeah. They are all good players. Reliable.

K.O.A.: Were the guys in the "real" cover band pissed when they found out?

Seunghoon: No, that wasn't a problem either.

K.O.A.: Wow. How come?

Seunghoon: Cuz we are all really close friends. They knew about it and at that time the project band wasn't playing. They played like once, maybe twice? I think they played only once.

K.O.A.: Ah, okay so they weren't even that serious about it.

Seunghoon: Yeah. And you know, they each had their own bands.

K.O.A.: So then that makes it even more amazing that Matador somehow heard about it.

Seunghoon: It wasn't serious at all. Just for fun by a bunch of fans who wanted to play Pavement songs.

K.O.A.: So what was Malkmus doing in Korea anyway? This was after Pavement broke up, right?

Seunghoon: Yeah, he visited Korea to promote his first solo album. He played an acoustic set with Mary Timony from Helium. They used some recorded backing parts. He played several songs from his first solo album, then we jumped on the stage.

K.O.A.: Wait, let's rewind a little bit… Did you guys receive a setlist in advance?

Seunghoon: Yeah, we got one, but it was kind of too many songs, so we made suggestions, and he made suggestions as well.

K.O.A.: Oh, so there was some communication back and forth.

Seunghoon: Yeah, through the Korean label. We prepared a lot of songs, but on stage we played about 7 songs. All Pavement songs, except for one solo song of his. We only had one week's notice. Me and my friends only got to practice once. And on top of that, we weren't the Pavement cover band! [laughs]

K.O.A.: How long was that one practice session?

Seunghoon: It was a pain, man. Especially for Minsu. He had to cover all of the guitar parts, because he didn't know which parts Malkmus would play. So he just learned all of them. It was like a 2 hour practice session.

K.O.A.: Wow, that's short! [laughs]

Seunghoon: And on the day of the gig, we didn't get a rehearsal or a soundcheck. I knew there was a rehearsal for the opening band [Unni-ei Ibalgwan ("Sister's Barbershop")] and for Malkmus and Mary, but not us. [laughs] Cuz I think that Matador or Ales Music really weren't expecting anything from us. Like if we were no good, maybe they would just shut us down. [laughs]

K.O.A.: [laughs] God. So I'm guessing you guys felt a little nervous about this!

Seunghoon: Sure. It was killing me, man. Pavement! Malkmus! He's like Michael Jackson for me, man.

K.O.A.: [laughs] Did he talk to you guys at all either before or after the set?

Seunghoon: After. He was so satisfied. Even the Matador owner was impressed.

K.O.A.: You guys really did sound good from what I could see on Youtube.

Seunghoon: Yeah, they didn't expect that at all, I think. On stage, that was our first practice with Malkmus. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Malkmus + Galmaegi! [laughs] Were there any mess-ups at all?

Seunghoon: I fucked up on "Cut Your Hair" cuz I didn't practice that song. That was the encore. Actually, there weren't many mistakes.

K.O.A.: Pavement was known for making mistakes live anyway, so no big deal. [laughs]

Seunghoon: Yeah. I heard a rumor before all of this that Malkmus really hated playing Pavement songs after they broke up. The rumor wasn't true!

K.O.A.: Do you remember anything that he said to you guys?

Seunghoon: He seemed really excited. I high-fived him during the gig. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Any partying afterwards?

Seunghoon: We moved to Club Bbang. Malkmus played chess with Minsu and we drank beer. At that time, we were not comfortable with speaking English, so yeah, we were just hanging out. A few years later, I heard an amazing story from my friend John from NYC. He met Malkmus in New York at some random bar or restaurant. My friend recognized him and then he realized that Malkmus was talking about the gig in Korea. He was talking about us. [laughs] So John approched him and said, "Oh, that's my friend, Seunghoon!"

K.O.A.: That's awesome.

Seunghoon: It's so bizarre. After the Pavement gig, I got a call from some random American guy while I was working at the music video company. He just told me that he wants to play music with me. So I asked him, "How did you get this number?!" He said he got my number from Purple Record [a record store in Hongdae] by asking around for the Pavement drummer. [laughs] That was John. So he played with me for a little while in a band called Chaser.

MUSIC VIDEOS

K.O.A.: You worked at a music video company? When did you work there?

Seunghoon: Ah, 2003 I think? Right after I finished my military service.

K.O.A.: Oh wait, when was your military service? Pavement was in 2002…

Seunghoon: Yeah, I was in the army at that time. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Oh really?? How did you get out to do the gig?

Seunghoon: I was in public services, so I was allowed to go home after work. My job was to guard the Han-gang bridge. [laughs]

K.O.A.: Ah, cool. Okay, so after the army, you went to work in the music video company. Was this through a musical connection that you had? Did you have any sort of experience with videos going in?

Seunghoon: My really close friend was the boss and he suggested I join. I had no experience, but he knew that I'm a musician, and he was a musician, too. I joined as the music director for film and music videos. In Korea, there are so many "dramatized" music videos. There are always some gangsters in it, or it's a very sad story, etc. So sometimes we had to cut the music in the middle of the music video, then I had to make original music or sound effects. This is the one of music videos I did- the intro before the song starts at 1:00.

K.O.A.: Ah, so you'd compose original music to go with other band's videos. Wow, G.O.D. is huge. Who else did you do?

Seunghoon: Yeah.
I made this Nell song in a horror-style. I did all the sound effects. God, it was a long time ago… At the end, you can hear my voice saying, "Stay…"

K.O.A.: That's pretty huge! G.O.D. and Nell. [laughs]

Seunghoon: [laughs] Oh man, did you hear my jingles? http://soundcloud.com/stereolilo/jingle-sample_1

K.O.A.: [laughs] What is this?

Seunghoon: That's what I did in the USA for money. Jingles. [laughs]

K.O.A.: [laughs] This is crazy. You tried to sound like a hillbilly? It sounds like a Korean/Southern accent.

Seunghoon: [laughs] Really? Did you hear jingle 2? http://soundcloud.com/stereolilo/jingle-sample_2

K.O.A.: Are you saying "Cremaster"?

Seunghoon: No, "Kleen Master".

K.O.A.: [laughs]

Seunghoon: [laughs] Are we pretty much done?

K.O.A.: Yes, thank you so much. This is going to be my favorite interview for a long time!

Seunghoon: My pleasure.Thank you!



















Byung-duk (Starry Eyed) & Seunghoon jamming at Electric Muse, 2010.06.02































VIDEO: Starry Eyed performing @ Bowie, 2008.12.19






























































































Rain Jacket (a Yellow Kitchen side project) performing circa 1999.
Seunghoon is wearing the rain jacket.















































MuRmUr's LoOm performing @ Club Aura, 2004.09.11













































VIDEO: Orgeltanz performing @ Salon Badabie, 2009.01.23

















Mongoo and Seunghoon (in nurse outfit) performing with Starry Eyed circa 2008
















































































VIDEO: From the 2002 "Korean Pavement" show.
Namyoon (b), Seunghoon (d), Minsu (g), and of course, S. Malkmus!


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