At a recent trip to visit my co-workers in Manhattan I of course made sure I looked in at AM Records in 32nd Street to see what Jay Kim could fix me up with this time. I went in without any fixed idea of what I wanted: an ideal scenario for an astute salesman such as Mr Kim.
So here’s what he sold me – an interesting selection of stuff released in the last three or four months:
Top left to bottom right:
- Lee Sang Eun vol 13 – The 3rd Place.
- Pak Sun Zoo vol 5 – Dreamer
- Sweetpea vol 3 – Proposal which can’t be rejected
- Yozoh with A Small Mystic Puzzle Band – My Name is Yozoh
- Lucite Tokki – Twinkle Twinkle
- Tim Vol 4 – Love is…
- Mystic Puzzle – Mystic Puzzle Land
- Toy Vol 6 – Thank You
As usual, he threw in a couple of compilation CDs. Because I am on a fruitless quest for Shinparam Yi Paksa!, he gave me a disco trot compilation, plus the usual pop / ballad double CD mixers. And then, on a roll, he also flogged me a couple of less mainstream numbers. To the left, Shinmyung: some traditional folk singing comprising mainly percussion and voice, but with the fusion element of an added double bass. That one’s going to take a lot of getting used to. And the other (right) is something I got used to in 5 seconds flat and hated immediately: it’s the sort of bland new-age whale-music you might hear going into a spa in a posh hotel. It’s advertised as “Korean Tea Music”. I prefer what I had bought just down the road at Koryo Books (I could never have bought it in AM Records and looked Mr Kim in the eye: Yes, it was the LKL readers’ choice of 2007: Suju’s second.)