Upper Playground artist David Choe who mysteriously, “paused” his popular DVDASA health podcast, has now resurfaced as part of a new performance art/punk band called ‘MANGCHI’. Manchi which means ‘hammer’ in Korean is now slowly taking shape before us as visual clues about mangchi and strange videos are found to be leaking into the interweb:
PRESS RELEASE: “A fart from a child born without a butthole” , is what MANGCHI sounds like said 1 of the 2 people who were let into a room to hear this new sound. The second person, John Cusack , actor/comedian/artist from such films as “SAY ANYTHING” and “ROADSIDE PROPHETS” described the music as “If korn, depeche mode and the beastie boys were forced in a bus together to tour north korea, and all their lead singers quit in the middle of the tour, and the band picked up the korean versions of Debbie Gibson, Stacey-Q, and buddy Holly to replace the singers who just happened to be hitchhiking on The north korean countryside road, and then they all got in a tour bus accident and all got whiplash and broken bones, but Kim JONG UN made them play a show anyways with broken necks right on the side of road using the broken car parts as instruments over the non-existent ambulance sirens, that’s the closest I can get to describing the MANGCHI sound…. So basically listening to GOD’s voice as he’s hitting puberty… so basically Art.”
The Mangchi band consists of many moving parts and many easily replaceable members. Some people don’t even consider mangchi a band and more of a gang. Since joining mangchi certain family members wont even talk to them anymore. Current and founding members are
MONEY MARK aka $ aka MARK
IGLOO HONG aka david chow aka david chioughx aka dave choe
STEEBEE WEEBEE aka the funnier oil brother aka Quangou
Similar to 90’s super group NKOTB aka new kids on the block , everyone in MANGCHI sings and play all the instruments and switch off on different songs, wether they know how to sing or play is irrelevant. Zero point zero emphasis is put on technique and 113% percent of emphasis is put on heart and soul.
It is not a strange occurrence to see members of the band crying while eating or while recording their own songs, because they are so moved by their own words.
This is the story and sound of MANGCHI, this is how it all begins. A tale of sordid plastic sex off the dirty streets of Hollywood blvd. Failed comedian auctioneer ,STEEBEE WEEBEE and Failed cult Leader and motivational speaker , met one day at a sex shop on Hollywood blvd. while waiting in line to buy essential sensual oils they desperately needed for sex toys they had both shoplifted previous.
They got to talking, while waiting for the gentleman in front of them making a huge purchase of cockrings. Both had a burning desire to spread the message of love and joy, one through the platform of comedy and the other through religion, and both had lost. They had the right message but found the wrong vessel to be delivered ,with a renewed interest in spreading love to the world they dropped their oils right there and with a newfound spring in their step , they followed the cockring purchaser , and all 3 started to walk out onto Hollywood blvd. at the same time as like an episode of 3 stooges all three got stuck walking out at the same time as a rainbow of cockrings scattered all over the famous stars on the blvd. they looked up to see none other than ,jedi MASTER MONEY MARK, the 2 young men fell to their knees as they started to kiss the feet of their master. It was fate it was serendipity. The two young men had grown up inspired and heavily influenced by the money mark sound from beastie boys “check your head “era . Money mark had written more hit songs that they loved and cherished more than anyone, completely ignoring the fact that, why would one person need so many cock rings. They discovered that, Money mark had toured with the beastie boys for over 2 decades, with the passing of MCA rip, the beastie boys had disbanded and now money mark had gone into a deep depression but was now ready to create a new sound ,a new hope with a message of love that would explode and deafen the world with the joyous sounds of wonder and delight.
Now that the boys all met and put their hands together in a triple high five and a promise to each other to try harder and work harder, mangchi has officially been a band for two weeks, now (one week of working out one week to make the album -not joking) years and years of repressed feelings and emotions coupled with a shared vast musical eclectic influence amongst the three men, the music just came pouring out as if they were possessed. The first album was done in 5 days the remix album took 1 on the 7th day they rested and now they are hard at work on the second and third album, even before the first one has even been released.
Once again like the three stooges, they eat, shit, read , fuck, fight, sleep and do everything together from the hidden MANGCHI compound in NORTH KOREA TOWN.
Currently they are testing the music out at keroke bars, bringing their own instrumental tracks in on laser disc and at jews for jesus bar mitzvahs and senior citizen Quinceañera’s . if you don’t want to wait for your grandmothers 15 year old party, you can see MANgCHI perform every night with the house band at the Mexican bar on 8th and western in SOUTH KOREA TOWN. they also recently pooled their resources together to purchase an AV/BIZDEV/roadie/publicist/web designer who is working tirelessly night and day to try to capture the mangchi sound on his cellphone to upload it to a website MANGCHI.COM
Why are they called mangchi?
Because it means hammer and because it’s fucking time.
This coming month, Juxtapoz will include this tribute piece by Upper Playground artist, Munk One for the June 2013 issue, Beastie Boys: A Visual History + Tribute to MCA:
There are so many instrumental tracks from the Beastie Boys that we want to play this week in honor of MCA’s passing, but we grew up right when Ill Communication was hot, and every track just blew our minds. Check Your Head may be the masterpiece, the moment when it all changed, but Ill Communication was ours. “Get It Together” is like the blueprint for every skate video and street fashion shoot that ever existed after this…
From The Citrus Report
By the time Check Your Head was released in 1992, the Beastie Boys were already established as experimenting artists beyond the License to Ill days, and things became very interesting and very stony mid-way through Check with “Something’s Got To Give.” It was no longer hip-hop, or punk, or rock… it was something new entirely.
From The Citrus Report
Dust Brothers, the Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique, 1989, and one of the most revolutionizing albums in history. See sampling laws. “Shake Your Rum” is one of our all-time favorite tracks, and in honor of MCA, we keep the tracks rolling all week long…
From The Citrus Report
Good friend and a very fine artist, Sage Vaughn, who showed at our FIFTY24SF Gallery this past November and December, has his work in the epic Beastie Boy Mike D curated Transmission LA at MOCA 17-day exhibition. Mouthful, but you get it. We saw that Sage posted his wall of envelopes, which look especially fantastic all orderly like this. His envelopes are always really great snippets into his style and method, some of our favorite work around. Love this wall.
The Beastie Boys are nerds. And so we think an action figure set of the three Beasties makes a ton of sense. And we love that A Bathing Ape did the toys, with baggy, preppy hip-hop clothes to boot. According to HB, the toys are made by, “Nowhere Ltd./A Bathing Ape. Made for the release of the trio’s ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ music video (the new Spike Jonze one), the set mirrors the characters used in the video. Each 11.5″ figure comes decked out in a 16″ x 12″ metal box accompanied with plenty of accessories and gear. Priced at $750 USD, the set is now available here.”
From The Citrus Report