MANGCHI Takes Over San Jose With Second Bay Area Show

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Following an explosive show with a guest appearance by Ninja of Die Antwoord in San Francisco, David Choe and band MANGCHI took a trip to San Jose to play The Ritz on Tuesday. MANGCHI (‘Hammer’ in Korean) picked up where they left off, as San Jose was treated to a night of crowd surfing, rodeo garb, and everything in between. Check out shots of Ceci DeeCee, Steebee Weebee and the crew at sound-check and exclusive photos of The Ritz show below.

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MANGCHI played a highly anticipated show at Elbo Room in San Francisco on Monday, May 25th. After a short hiatus, the band consisting of David Choe, Heather Leather, Money Mark, Ceci DeeCee, Dylan Fujioka and DJ Denjahng captivated the crowd at Elbo Room. The show was highlighted by an encore featuring a special appearance from Ninja of Die Antwoord, who joined the band on stage performing a cover of Icona Pop’s hit, ‘I love it’.

Check out exclusive photos and video from MANGCHI’s Memorial Day performance below. The band is back in action tonight May 26th at The Ritz in San Jose.

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After a short hiatus, MANGCHI makes a come back with two special shows taking place in the Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend.  The first show opens at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on Monday, May 25th with special guests, GOLDEN DRUGS. The second will be in San Jose at the The Ritz on Tuesday, May 26th.

Monday, May 25th @ 9PM – $10
Elbo Room
647 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, May 26th @ 9PM – $10
The Ritz
400 S. First St.
San Jose, CA

About the Band:

“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.”

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First Edition MANGCHI Vinyl Records and MANGCHI gear by David Choe, Aaron Horkey and James Jean

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David Choe and DVDASA fans be aware, Upper Playground carries the two 1st Edition Vinyl Records of MANGCHI starring Money Mark, SteeBee WeeBee, Igloo Hong, Heather Leather and CECI DeeCee along with MANGCHI gear for all necessary occasions. If you haven’t picked up anything yet check out our selection of goods for the true MANGCHI aficionados.

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About the Band:

“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.”

Mangchi Releases 1st Edition Vinyl Records with David Choe, James Jean and Aaron Horkey

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For the ultimate David Choe and DVDASA fan, the highly anticipated release of this pair of 1st Edition Vinyl Records of supergroup MANGCHI featuring Money Mark, SteeBee WeeBee, Igloo Hong, Heather Leather and CECI DeeCee. The NEGA MOLA record is graced with custom artwork by Aaron Horkey and James Jean. The second record, EEGA MOYA has cover art by none other than, David Choe.

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MANGCHI EEGA MOYA
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MANGCHI EEGA MOYA (Back)
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About the Band:

“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.”

New Wall by David Choe in Tokyo for the Occasion of His Return to Japan

David Choe‘s long anticipated return to Japan definitely includes a wall to mark the occasion.  UP founder and curator, Matt Revelli speaks about Choe‘s career and his path to success for the occasion of his final return to Tokyo:

“Ever since we exhibited his first gallery show in San Francisco, artist David Choe has been an integral part of the Upper Playground family, traveling the world throughout Asia, Europe and North America, representing Upper Playground’s spirit and core with his own aligned to ours of getting things done when everyone says that it can’t or couldn’t be. Not a slacker or a trustafarian, David has instead imbued and embodied every act of his with a never sleep attitude governed by a respect for time and opportunity, with a direct and genuine gratitude and positivity that is as infectious as it is infamous. Like a preacher whose every canvas is a sermon, he paints and sculpts the gospel of his soul; and through the myriad of different products he creates in stores, streets, schools, and galleries worldwide, David is one of the only artists that understands how to use Upper Playground in the way it’s designed to be used. However, the shadow of history always follows its figure. Eight years ago David travelled to Tokyo to oversee an exhibition and collection created in collaboration with Upper Playground. The pendulum of his person had him switching roles from collaborator to confidant and artist to ally and it was on this trip that everything changed- we got word that David had been arrested for punching a security officer in the face and was going to be imprisoned for 7 years. Banned from visitation, we were forced to get updates through our distributor by phone. It was a roller coaster of emotions, with one day being positive and the next completely devastating. Finally, after 90 days, we got a call saying he was getting out. He returned a humble man, having lost 40-50 lbs., grateful for his experience. He didn’t curse his time or situation like most men would, his feeling was he got his due: he was in prison not for hitting the security officer, but rather, for all the crimes and sins he had committed up until then and had never been caught for. It was a cathartic experience and an opportunity to repent for all the crimes he had been committing daily throughout his entire life. And in true Choe fashion, he turned an overwhelmingly negative experience into a positive one by creating hundreds upon hundreds of prison drawings and sketches, exhibiting the work in New York. From there his paths and roads, though intricate with obstacles, would carry him to greater and higher heights that have him standing where he is today as one of the top artists in the world  still spreading the ethos of Upper Playground.People often try to dissect and understand the how’s and why’s to his success. The answer is simple: he looks at failure and success as equal opportunities. “- Matt Revelli

Latest photos from Japan check it out:

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DAVID CHOE live on REDDIT AMA at 3AM on Nov. 2nd

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DVDASA and David Choe fans are bracing themselves for the 25hr DVDASA marathon about to unfold this evening when the clock strikes midnight.  David Choe along with celebrity friends and fam of the DVDASA crew and Mangchi Band will be broadcasting live from Los Angeles from 12AM Saturday, Nov. 1st to 12AM Sunday, Nov. 2nd. An unusual list of celebs are enlisted for appearances including many favorites of the DVDASA crew. Also the $100000 cash winner will be announced. Stay tuned for updates.

The program includes:

12:00AM — 03:00AM PST Live DVDASA Show @ DVDASA.com
03:00AM — 05:00PM PST DVDASA Reddit IAMA
05:00PM — 06:00PM PST Nap time.
06:00PM — 11:59PM Live Wedding and MANGCHI concert (RSVP)

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David Choe gets ordained to wed a couple this Sunday, Nov. 2nd

The announcements about this weekend’s events get more and more intriguing as David Choe announces that he will wed a couple this Sunday Nov. 2nd at a public wedding with room for 200 of his fans to attend.

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“I just got ordained as a minister – DVDASA WEDDING + MANGCHI CONCERT There are approximately 200 slots available for MANGCHI fans and the DVDASA family to attend. The wedding will be in Koreatown, Los Angeles on November 2nd 2014 with the doors opening at 6pm. You must RSVP for the exact venue location. RSVP at this link: http://dvdasawedding.rsvpify.com/ The wedding is part of a 25hr DVDASA shit show / day of magical creation and broadcasting on November 2nd. ” – David Choe

The Schedule for this Sunday is as follows:

12:00AM — 03:00AM PST Live DVDASA Show @ DVDASA.com
03:00AM — 05:00PM PST DVDASA Reddit AMA Clusterfuck Bonanza
05:00PM — 06:00PM PST Nap time.
06:00PM — 11:59PM Wedding and MANGCHI concert (RSVP)