2010 year-end posts

We’ve digested the albums, films, sporting events and books of the year, and reviewed some of the memorable stories of 2010 in our Quiz of the Year. Here are some of the other things we noted in 2010 which didn’t quite make it into any of those articles. 2010: a year of anniversaries It was […]

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Indieful ROK’s 2010 playlist

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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Check out Anna Lindgren's 2010 playlist at Indieful ROK – What I listened to in 2010: http://bit.ly/hxdKlm #. Apollo 18, National Pigeon Unity, Firestorm, Sunkyeol and more. Keywords: Authors: Park Wan-suh (박완서)

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: Mark Russell

by Mark Russell 10 January 2011
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Mark Russell returns with his pick of 2010’s releases First of all, 2010 was a very good year for Korean indie music. I had not even noticed until I started putting together this list, when I kept rediscovering one solid album after another. Not just great in one genre or another, the Korean music scene […]

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2011 Joint New Year Editorial: Socialist cultural giant aims for sporting supremacy

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2011
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Sport and TV comedy feature in this year’s DPRK Joint New Year Editorial. Hidden among the usual rhetoric about revolutionary upsurges is a sign that maybe the football team said to have been sent to the mines after their 7-0 defeat by Portugal are back in favour: A hot wind of sports should be raised […]

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President Lee’s 2011 New Year policy address to the nation

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2011
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The text of President Lee’s New Year address to the RoK, from Korea.net. Toward an Advanced, Leading Country During the Next Decade 1. Significance of 2010 and 2011 Good morning, fellow Koreans, The New Year of the Rabbit, 2011, has dawned. The rabbit is a symbol of wisdom and abundance, and I hope it will […]

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LKL 2010 Quiz of the Year – the answers

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2011
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Here are the answers to LKL’s 2010 Quiz of the Year. Picture Quiz 1. Jong Tae-se is the emotional coal miner. The Korean footballer, born in Japan, wept as he lined up for the DPRK national team in the 2010 World Cup. After their less than successful campaign, the DPRK footballers were said to have […]

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A look back at the Korean sporting year of 2010

by Aashish Gadhvi 3 January 2011
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Historical is a term often misused in this day and age. Yet I am about to use it in a context that I am going to try and justify. The year 2010 was a historical one for Korean sports, and I don’t use that term lightly. There have been many many highlights in the world […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2010

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2010
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LKL’s fifth unscientific selection of people and events who have made 2010. Personality of the Year No question about this: Kim Yu-na. Olympic champion, 5th-highest earning female sportsperson globally, ambassador for everything from the G20 to the Catholic Church. I’m sure if she ran for president she’d get elected. Albums of the Year Four LKL […]

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LKL Quiz of the Year 2010

by Philip Gowman 30 December 2010
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Picture Quiz 1. Identify the main face in this picture. Why is he so emotional about being a miner? 2. Where is this picturesque scene, and why has it been in the news this year? 3. What has someone got very wrong, and what was the occasion? 4. What is this pastime, and why was […]

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Bedevilled tops Tom G’s top 10 K-films of 2010

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2010
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Tom Giammarco’s picks for the Best Korean Films of 2010: http://ow.ly/3uAiC (including one at #4.5 and five sharing 10th place: 1. Bedevilled 2. Poetry 3. I saw the Devil 4. Moss 4.5. Harmony 5. 71 into the fire 6. Cyrano Agency 7. Metamorphasis 8. Secret Reunion 9. Housemaid 10. Unjust, Midnight FM, Man From Nowhere, […]

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In a poor year for Korean music, Broccoli You Too stands out

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2010
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In an article that laments the state of the music industry and the poor standards of the K-pop audience, the Chosun Ilbo names Broccoli, You Too’s “Graduation” album of the year. Nah Youn Sun are Super Session the best artists: http://bit.ly/fKAH9o # Keywords: Musicians: Broccoli You Too | Nah Youn Sun Other tags: Entertainment industry […]

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A review of the London Korean Year 2010

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2010
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LKL tries to sum up the London Korean cultural year. Live music Possibly the most disappointing thing about 2010 has been the number of top-flight Korean musicians who have been passing through London but not stopping to do a sensible gig there. Biuret played at a private industry showcase before heading off to Southampton – […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: Saharial

by Saharial 21 December 2010
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Saharial rounds up this year’s Critics’ Choice series with her own picks. It’s not been a great year for album buying for me. I’ve been doing more film and drama watching, and the constant injection of yet anther boy or girl group into the already over-packed market is frankly quite off-putting. The longer I spend […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: Philip

by Philip Gowman 20 December 2010
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This is the year that Korean music has really started to appear on iTunes, making it a lot more accessible. It’s also a year which has seen a continued emphasis on girl bands, with the Wonder Girls keeping a foothold in the US and Girls Generation and Kara slugging it out in Japan. Some of […]

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Things that brightened Koreans’ lives in 2010

by Philip Gowman 17 December 2010
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This year, Twitter, novellist Lee Oi-soo and Cambridge economist Ha-joon Chang brightened Koreans' world – according to the Korea Green Foundation http://bit.ly/hvf11m #

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: Anna Lindgren

by Anna Lindgren 17 December 2010
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Another year is coming to an end, and in what has become an unfortunate trend I’ve found that I’ve listened to much less music than the year before. However judging from the limited number of releases that did reach my ears, I’d like to think that 2010 (and the three months preceding it) was a […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: refresh_daemon

by refresh_daemon 14 December 2010
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LKL is delighted to welcome guest contributor refresh_daemon presenting his top albums of 2010. Other contributors will be joining in soon. When Philip asked me to contribute to LKL’s yearly music round-up, I was actually quite excited about writing about my favorite new releases of 2010. Then I looked through the many albums that I’d […]

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