Sunday Blog Roundup: Flashing Koreans, Hinoi Team, a Sex Wiki, and Two New Sites

Filed in Cult of Pop 1.0

There’s an excellent blog entry on undoing the mercator projection about the nature of indie music in Japan and Korea and the ramifications of full frontal male nudity during a Korean rock band’s TV performance. Again, even not knowing these bands, the larger issues that crs brings up is fascinating and insightful.

On a tangent, crs mentions how indie music in America has become a feeder for the major labels. That only began in the early 1990s, as Sonic Youth signed onto DGC (and wishing they were actually signed to the bigger, more prominent Geffen label) and the Seattle grunge scene encouraged a feeding frenzy for groups such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney. Before that, alternative bands were very cautious of selling out (Sonic Youth even talked about their group “buying in” rather than “selling out”). For a while, there was one article after another in magazines like Spin and Rolling Stone announcing one new sign-up after another, with bands as unlikely as L7 and the Melvins doing so. Afterwards, moving to the majors emphasized reaching a wider audience while maintaining their artistic integrity and street cred.

Since I don’t really listen to American music anymore, this all feels like ancient history anyway…

Over at the always-scintillating Idolizing St. Anna, Santos has discovered the joy of Hinoi Team. He compares the performance of the group against Morning Musume’s on a recent episode of Music Fighter then gives a report on a live Hinoi Team event in Tokyo that he attended.

At SugarBank, Sam Sugar is contemplating the establishment of a Sex Wiki and what it can provide. If you’re interested in such a project, drop by the site and drop him a line.

Last but not least, there are two new blogs worth mentioning.

ikimasshoi.news has revamped and now provides a feed of Jpop-related news. (Or maybe they always did and I never noticed.)

morning magazine is a new electronic magazine (in PDF format) devoted to a wide range of Japanese popular culture, including Jpop music. The magazine looks really nice – beautifully designed with a wide editorial coverage; there’s even an article on SweetS with a very nice picture of the girls! The magazine and project also have a blog called morning feed, which you may want to tune into.