clumproll on March 4th, 2013

Big 4: I Am a Singer concert in LA - JAURIM, Jang Hye-Jin, Vibe, Kim Johan

The headline says it all. Jaurim, Jang Hyejin, Vibe and Kim Johan – Four acts from Korea’s hit survival-singing reality show are headed for a one-night concert in Los Angeles on March 9th, 2012.

The concert is apparently to celebrate the opening of a new Los Angeles-area Korean-language radio station, Radio K 1230 AM.

I will remind you these artists coming to the U.S. does not happen often, let alone outside of Korea. But I won’t bother with explanations on who they are or their music — you all probably know how big of a deal they are, plus Indieful ROK has excellent episode commentaries of the reality singing show, and do check for all your K-Indie/K-Rock news.

Below, I’ve translated much of the ticket ordering information from Korean.
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Tags: concert, I Am A Singer, jang hyejin, jaurim, kim johan, los angeles, vibe, 김조한, 나는 가수다, 나는가수다, 바이브, 자우림, 장혜진

clumproll on September 19th, 2010

Kim Hye-ja, "Mother"

Reroll is a new category of posts from the past, that I’ve done for a small number of other outlets besides They are reposted here not because they are exemplary instances of my writing ability, but rather to serve as a simple log or archive of my past efforts, especially with those outlets being difficult to find online any more.


This particular post was originally for The Korea Society Film Blog when it was still around. I had seen the film during the original theatricalrun while in Korea, shortly before the time of writing this in July of 2009.

For those interested, the film Mother recently(July 2010) became available in the U.S. on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming video via Magnolia Pictures.

When Bong Joon-ho announced his fourth film after the record-breaking hit The Host would be a murder mystery about a mother and her wrongly accused son, I was one of many worried about it being a retread of his masterful second film, Memories of Murder. Would Bong be able to replicate the tight pacing and cinematic completeness he had with that film once more?


As it stands, his latest Mother is thankfully not a retread in the slightest. Its lead is obviously a woman – not a young face, but a veteran actress with wrinkles and a compelling presence throughout. In the titular role, Kim Hye-ja is up against circumstantial evidence, impatient police, a self-important lawyer, and unbelieving townsfolk. This mother descends into the dilemma of clearing the murder charge on her only son. I call it a descent because she goes down a long, dark rabbit hole full of questions to face the unfortunate souls that may have answers to the real murderer of the high school girl that her son is alleged to have killed. Each newly uncovered piece of evidence and person of interest needs more than a few rounds of vetting, and the turns made are fast and always unexpected. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: bong joon-ho, korea, mother, reroll, review

clumproll on September 19th, 2010

Surprised, and not so much, at how much time has passed. And it makes it even clearer to me that I need to make some changes around here for this to be feasible and sustainable.

Also introducing Reroll, a new kind of posting that reprints somethings I’ve written for elsewhere and other outlets. First one is the ‘Mother’ review up above.

Anyway, hope I don’t disappear on myself.
Note to self: write!

Simpsons get stamped, May 7, 2009 - clumproll.comSimpsons get stamped, May 7, 2009

After 20 years on television and still going, Fox’s The Simpsons is now the first and only show to be featured on a stampset while still in primetime production.
On May 7, 2009, the United States Postal Service will release 5 stamps featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson nationwide. Matt Groening created the original artwork for the stamps and will present them at a First-Day-of-Issue ceremony in Los Angeles on that day. Stamp collectors and fans can pre-order the stamps right now from the USPS website for home delivery.

Tags: animation, homer, matt groening, postal service, simpsons, stamp collecting, stamps