Café Seoul Season 4, Episode 10: Let’s Rock!

Hey there, coffee drinkers! Café Seoul is back after a long hiatus. Please forgive us. Life happens. Eugene became a dad! Yay! But he is so sleepy. Becoming a dad will do that. Dr. Michael Hurt was also supposed to be here for this episode, but he’s got some things to take care of, so he couldn’t make it. Don’t worry though he’ll be back soon enough.

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On the Pulse

We interviewed the band Jesper, one of the greatest bands to ever hit the Korean music scene. Matt was not there with us, but band members Jay and Josiah were there along with manager Maim. We were actually very honored that they approached us about appearing on our podcast instead of us searching for them. They sought us out and found us, acting kind of like the spy who loved me. I really wish that’s how it went all the time.

Jesper: Josiah ( Drums) Jay (Guitar/Vocal) and Matt (Bass/BGV)

Jesper (left to right): Josiah (Drums) Jay (Guitar/Vocal) and Matt (Bass/BGV)


We also had a song break in the middle of the interview where we heard Jesper’s song “Danger Woman” about a woman who wears high heel stilettos. That’s the best kind of danger woman ever. More stilettos! For more information about Jesper, visit their facebook page or their soundcloud page.

Oh yeah, one of the songs I used as a transition in this episode is called “This is a Pen” by the Japanese band Ensoku. Check it out!

Cafe Seoul Season 4, Episode 9: Never Can Say Goodbye

We’ve been away for a while and for that we apologize. Eugene had a major development in his life (that we will talk about in an upcoming episode). As such, this episode is a bit late.  We are joined by Charles Montgomery, an expat expert on Korean Literature. In a lot of this show has to do with leaving Korea.


Stolen from BusinessKorea

Photo stolen from BusinessKorea

News of the Weird

Ask Rob & Eugene – When do you know it’s time to leave Korea?

Image lifted from Click to travel there.

On the Pulse

Charles Montgomery is the man with the golden gun when it comes to literature. He is the curator of the Korean Literature in Translation webpage, and has worked very closely with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.   Today our discussion is about Leaving Korea too Early. Charles is headed back to the United States for personal reasons, but if he could have his way, he’d stay here just a little bit longer, so he could finish a few things here and there. The discussion also gives advice on what people who are in Korea temporarily ought to do to stay relevant in another workforce.