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Dronetonics Interview

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in | Comments Off on Dronetonics Interview

By Philip Brett Dronetonics are a two piece synth band from Taipei, Taiwan. Having performed together for 3 years they’re coming to Korea for a nationwide tour. With one EP and one full length album already released they boast a strong collection of catchy pop that seems to come from another era. They’re also bringing a VJ who transforms their live performance into another world that is hallucinogenic and sinister. Dronetonics play Sticky Fingers on Thursday, May 14th. Doors are at 9.00pm, with a 5000won cover charge. Tell us about your music or performance history, both individually and as a band. What other projects have you been involved in, and how did you meet?  Lars: I started out being forced to take piano lessons. Piano recitals in churches, Royal Conservatory exams and all that – so I grew to resent the instrument; years later, while studying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, a band friend passed along a Roland D-70 synthesizer, which I mainly played in my bedroom through home stereo speakers after some weed. It was fun, but not too serious. Skip forward to Taiwan and a friend and the lead singer of Auto Da Fe, a Ramones-ish band I played in, picked me up a microKORG while he was...

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JJ’s Bar: A New Look for a New Era

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in | Comments Off on JJ’s Bar: A New Look for a New Era

JJ’s Bar has recently undergone a bit of a facelift in the last week and I stopped by to see how the renovations were coming along. If you are unfamiliar with JJ’s Bar then you must not live in Ulsan because they have been a fixture in Ulsan for the last few years. The best thing about this bar is that it continues to improve in order to better serve the Ulsan Community. What makes JJ’s great is that it truly is a comfortable place. You will find not single shred of K-pop nonsense here. You can choose your own music, have a beer or a cocktail (or two!) and just relax. It is your neighbourhood bar in Ulsan. It is that “home away from home” atmosphere that sets JJ’s Bar apart from the other bars in Seongnamdong. Sure you can go to those chain Wa-bars and Thursday Parties but you are not going to get that same level of comfort and community there. That is what Patrick Robbins, the owner set out to do when he first started JJ’s Bar. Now he is investing back into the bar to make it the place for people to come and have a good time.   With a new coat of paint on the walls and...

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Holiday Events in Ulsan 2014

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in | Comments Off on Holiday Events in Ulsan 2014

  T-HOPE’s Orphanage Christmas Party When: Saturday, Dec 20th (2pm-5pm) Where: Eonyang Orphanage (if you’re taking the bus into town, the 1713, 1703 and 1723 all go to Eonyang; please note that the 1703 and 1723 do not pull directly into the bus terminal, they stop after the first bridge once you exit the highway) This year the Christmas party will be better than ever and this year they will have a total of 83 kids. So that means...

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St. Paddy’s Day Parties

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in | Comments Off on St. Paddy’s Day Parties

It’s that time of year again, where everyone in the world becomes Irish for a night, wearing green and drinking ’til they turn green. This year, the 17th is a Monday, so the bars are doing it up on Friday and Saturday night instead. Here’s where you can get your St. Paddy’s fix in Ulsan (all bars are pinned on the Interactive Map, under “drinking”): Seongnamdong/Shinae/Old Downtown: JJ’s and Royal Anchor are teaming up for a wild St. Patrick’s...

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JJ’s First Anniversary Party

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in | Comments Off on JJ’s First Anniversary Party

From Facebook: On Saturday, December 7th, JJ’s Bar will be celebrating its one year anniversary and wow, such an awesome year it’s been. There have been so many amazing memories with so many amazing people and Jun and I are so, so thankful. We want to make this our biggest and craziest party yet, but, as usual, we need you here wild ‘n’ the f*&% out!10pm-11pm ‘Pomp, Duck, Circumstance, and the Guy in the Back’, a newly formed Ulsan...

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A touch of class on top of Lotte

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in | Comments Off on A touch of class on top of Lotte

Recently, the Lotte Hotel has opened a new bar on their top floor, which offers a classy, relaxed environment overlooking the city. This is definitely a place to go for a nice drink on a special evening. The waitstaff are dressed in formal clothes, the music is soft (and not K-pop), the lights are dim, and the menu is pricey. Beer is priced similarly to other venues in the city (5,000 – 10,000 won), and bottles of wine start...

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Beat Bar

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in | Comments Off on Beat Bar

Beat Bar is a great place, where all kinds of people go.  It is a melting pot of teachers, engineers and locals.   The bar owner Pete Beat and his colleagues are really cool and friendly. Every time you walk into the bar they all say “Hello”, it’s like being in the TV show ‘Cheers.’  There is free popcorn on the tables and at the bar too. For some entertainment there is a darts board and a pool table.   At the...

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Second Hotel

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in | Comments Off on Second Hotel

Second Hotel is a nightclub. It opens at about 10.30pm and it closes at about 6am. Second Hotel has been open for a year. In fact it is their first year Birthday Party this Saturday. (April 20th 2013.) Second Hotel plays a mixture of house, house tech, and popular Korean style dance party and on occasion  RnB music. The atmosphere is electric. It is always busy and it is a great place to dance the night/early hours of the...

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Bar Bee/Bee Bar

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in | Comments Off on Bar Bee/Bee Bar

Bar Bee/ Bee Bar is a Korean soju bar. This place is great for pre-drinking and hanging out. The music is mostly K Pop. Inside, Bee has booths of varying sizes. The staff are really friendly and attentive. The menu is all in Korean but as long as you know how to say soju and cider you’ll be ok. You will be expected to order food along with your drinks as is the ‘norm’ in a typical Korean soju...

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Pub HQ

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in | Comments Off on Pub HQ

By Aaron Crossen Hite and OB, which together control most of South Korea’s market for slightly malted beverages, have been churning out untold millions of bottles of their trademark tasteless swill, with virtually no appreciable competition from upstart breweries, since The Olden Tymes. Partial credit is due to the famously competent central government and specifically an old federal law regulating the production of alcoholic beverages. For Westerners (and in particular, Canadians and Americans – Europeans have long had more options)...

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