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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Upper Playground releases Munko Whale Plush Toy by David Choe

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Los Angeles based, Korean-American artist, David Choe, aka painter, troublemaker, illustrator, muralist, traveler, performer and host of the DVDASA show, releases his well recognized Munko whale as a plush toy this week.

The Munko whale first appeared in the Los Angeles graffiti scene as a David Choe signature, randomly popping up on pavements, concrete walls, over passes and freeways with quotes and food for thought.

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David Choe’s Munkos have evolved and taken on many personas over the years, ranging from skinny long legs, lady friends, polkadotted variations and on and on:

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Upper Playground, in association with Good Smile Company is happy to produce and release The MUNKO PLUSH TOY for all Choe fans. Click on the photo below and pick up a Munko before they are sold out!

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UP x Die Antwoord x Goodsmile release GREENY a new edition to the Evil Boy family

Originally released at Upper Playground in conjunction with Die Antwoord’s one-night installation at our FIFTY24SF Gallery,  Upper Playground, in conjunction with Die Antwoord and Goodsmile, is pleased to announce the release of a new edition to the EVIL BOY family, GREENY. With only 96 figures produced in this color, Greeny is a must for all fans of DA and the Zef movement.

The Vinyl sculpture measures 6″ tall.

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Die Antwoord “Evil Boy” Black & Red Editions

Building upon Die Antwoord’s one-day exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery this summer, Upper Playground has once again teamed up with the famed South African hip-hop group  and vinyl figure company Good Smile to release two new colorways of the Ninja designed “Evil Boy” figure. Previously only available during shows of Die Antwoord’s continuous world tour, Upper Playground is pleased to announce both a “Red” and “Black “edition of “Evil Boy, in our webstore now.

The “Evil Boy” Red Edition was made in a limited release of 168, and stand at 6″ tall.

The Black Edition was made in a limited release of 216, and stands at 6″ tall.

Die Antwoord “Baby’s On Fire”

Whatever you think of the tunes, Die Antwoord makes some of the most visual interesting music videos we can think of. Maybe its the South African backdrop, maybe its the way they look, NINJA just gets something stimulating everytime. This maybe our favorite video they have done so far…

Directed by NINJA and Terence Neale

Director Of Photography: Alexis Zabe

Edited by Saki Fokken Bergh at Left

Produced by Zef Filmz in association with Egg Films

Post production by Blade (Frazer is a fuckin pervert)

Titles and special touches by Pushbak

Next Level gear supplied by Panavision and Media Film Service

Die Antwoord @ FIFTY24SF Gallery Photos



Just a few photos from yesterday’s Die Antwoord installation at our FIFTY24SF Gallery. Ninja painted the gallery up, people came out to get things signed, and the Evil Boy vinyl sculpture, made in collaboration with Good Smile, was celebrated. Die Antwoord stuck around for a bit and then headed off to their gig for Noise Pop in SF later in the evening. Photos by Patrick Kawahara.