Daniel Chae

monsters

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KPCC did a nice little feature on RRN ahead of our last show at the Hotel Cafe. A. Martinez (for all you Laker fans out there, he hosts the post-game shows after every game on Lakersline) conducted the interview.. you guessed it.. in the back of a Honda.

The interview runs around 10 minutes, as Alex and I discuss the stories behind the songs on our album. KPCC graciously snuck in snippets of four songs from the album if ya listen through!

wow. wall street journal!

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Though their debut album won’t be released until late February, Run River North, formerly known as Monsters Calling Home, were the subject recently of a feature on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Based in the San Fernando Valley where the band members’ families relocated from Korea, their snappy light rock and chamber folk frames their tales of their parents’ dreams and struggles to find purchase in America.

so this happened

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psalm 36:5 | Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

I used to (and still) geek out on Sound on Sound articles for hours, trying to absorb every last technique or secret these producers would reveal, from mic techniques, signal chain, recording philosophy, compressors, blahblahblahblah in hopes that my mixes would sound just a little more closer to theirs. http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug11/articles/fleet-foxes.htm and others like this article, I would read, re-read, and re-read. I was drawn to a couple producers that had done some of my favorite albums and quickly took note. I came across this guy named Phil Ek, who had done a couple albums I really liked. This Phil Ek guy was responsible for both Fleet Foxes albums and Band of Horses records - pieces I thoroughly enjoyed and knew the lyrics to and sang along with. He, along with Marcus Dravs (Coldplay, Mumford, Arcade Fire) were two superstar producers in my mind. Only in my wildest dreams would I dream of being even remotely related to a project of theirs. Little did I ever suspect...my wildest dreams...

We get to work with Phil Ek for our album. (YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW STOKED I AM PHIL EK F O R R E A L!?)

When I found out Phil was interested in working with us, I seriously asked if we were being punk'd as my skepticism/cynicism meter was beyond its max. Again and again, God completely SHATTERS my expectations and limited mindset. We've been blessed with a label deal at Nettwerk, publishing deal at Warner Chappell, rep'd by a fine agent in David Levine at William Morris, and amazing amazing managers in Pat, Kyle and Keith at PMM. We will be recording with Phil and now and its too late for Phil to turn back as he's with us for all of June as we go up to Seattle to record. I can't wait.

chi-town

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Hello, Chicago. For years, I've wanted to visit Chicago. I think my interest began after randomly reading about Chicago's food scene in magazines, eater blogs and the like. I also began to notice several Top Chef contestants AND winners starting restaurants there. My interest really picked up when this delightful video came my way (oink). Disclaimer: this video is as food porn as it gets.

  Thankfully, Run River North had the opportunity to play at a show put on by Google in Chicago. Score. The doughnuts were great, but the city and it's people (yes you Drew and Shea) were even better.

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A couple highlights: - It's cold in Chicago. Like 24-30 degrees cold. - Yes, there WAS a line of around 60 people before opening. I ate three doughnuts like a fat - buttermilk, vanilla, and apricot jelly - The Millennium Bean sculpture was way cooler than I thought it would be - Intelligentsia never tasted better (got the Ethiopian). I'm not too fond of their coffee out in LA but Sam mentioned since Intelli started in Chicago, that's probably where they care the most about their coffee, not some satellite all the way in Old Town - There's a neighborhood called River North - This place called Hot Chocolate had the best hot chocolate - Google/YouTube blew my mind with their hospitality and accommodation. For example, a storm came and canceled my flight back to Los Angeles. With a snap of a finger, they booked a new flight and a private car to get me to the airport that same night. Not to mention booking monsters five individual king size bedrooms at the Westin and limo service. blegh why?/(but awesome.)

Chicago, I can't wait to come back in warmer times.

Run River North on Instagram

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on wednesday, run river north got to go out on a shoot in the Angeles National Forest and the desert in Palmdale with the uber talented Eric Ryan Anderson. The day was hauntingly beautiful and there was this eerie haze from around 3 to dusk. above is some pics from instagram cuz we're losers. brian kim.

on instagram: @bbrianjkim 1, 3 (R), 10 @alextma 2, 5 @jennrim@sallulah 4 @danielchaee 3 (L), 5 @joeechunn 7 @johnchongdrums 8, 9

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Monsters Merch

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hey ya'lllllllll. So! Monsters is performing at Troub this Tuesday and Sally has been hard at work prepping all the merch. I'm super happy the way it all turned out and I'm even more happy she's here to guest blog! Sally, take it away. Hey fellas/ladies in the blogging world! I've been super busy planning out all of the merchandise for the past month. With the help of many, many lovely, gifted, super, amazing artists (that I'd like to recognize: Annie Seo, Brian KimJames Chong (and his printing company Never Press), Jane Byon, Sam Hong, Thomas Kong, and Will Choi), I have nothing but graciousness towards you for lending me your time, skills, and ideas to this Monsters Merch Project. You guys all have created a special place in my heart. forever. Basically, what you're seeing here is the finished product of both shirts, available in sizes (S, M, and L), packaged with price tags, each uniquely drawn by the talented Jane Byon.

I spent a good chunk of time exploring the different choices of t-shirt manufacturers and printing companies. Luckily, my close friends at Cafe Dulce lent a hand, sharing their connections with a printing and shirt company. Choosing American Apparel shirts was a choice I made after talking to a Dulce barista/friend, Sam Hong, who explained that when making any merch and giving customers a piece of art, it should always be quality over quantity. Spending a little bit money and time is worth it in the end when you're able to deliver a good product.

Both shirt designs are designed by Annie Seo, one as a "Foxbeard" theme and one as a "Monsters Calling Home" inspired theme.

Each have lovingly been packaged by the hands of MCH's own Joe Chun, Jennifer Rim and merch man, Johnny Chang.

This last special project was the most fun to work on, with Lifestream's own Thomas Kong and my awesome cousin Annie Seo. With our already very personalized CD cases, I wanted to add something special that could be offered in our last batch of "Monsters Calling Home" CDs. Inspired by a poster in Sufjan Steven's latest "Silver and Gold" CD box set (thanks Jimmy Lee), I wanted to share different interpretations of our songs in drawing form.

I was so excited to see the images and it brought me back to why I love being in MCH; sharing stories that can inspire others in new ways. I love that music can bring so many different people together and create stirring conversations (i.e. how a 30-second bridge can make you question your identity as an Asian American, ha).

In spite of the tiring drives and manual labor of "Sally's Sweatshop", you guys all make it worthwhile. Just knowing that our music and our stories bring new and old things to light. I love you all. I love Monsters. I love Calarts.

Looking forward to meeting and seeing you all at the Troubadour (for those that were able to get tickets!). & I just want to say thanks to all that continually show love and support. All of your messages, comments, pictures encourage me (and the band) in so many waysssssss.

Love, Sally.