Friday’s Link Attack: Tablo, Toby Dawson, Dumbfoundead

Tablo: With “Fever’s End” Comes Happiness
Wall Street Journal

Tablo just released his first solo album “Fever’s End” – actually a two-parter with five songs each — after staying out of the public eye for almost two years.

The albums debuted very high on Billboard’s World Album chart. “Fever’s End (Part 2)” was ranked second and “Fever’s End (Part 1)” was ranked fifth.

“I didn’t have concrete expectations, so the warm reception is a surprise to me,” Tablo said in an interview with the Journal earlier this week.

Toby Dawson to Coach National Freestyle Team
The Chosun Ilbo

U.S. skier Toby Dawson, a Korean adoptee who won the bronze medal in mogul skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics, was officially named as the coach of the Korean national freestyle skiing team on Thursday.

Dumbfoundead: Koreatown rapper inspires a tremendous following with his unlikely story
L.A. Weekly

During two hours in Koreatown’s Chapman Plaza, meanwhile, Park is stopped three times. He’s something of a local celebrity in this part of town, and one group even asks to pose for a photo with him.

“Everything changed when I really discovered YouTube two years ago,” he says, sipping soju and OB beer at Gaam Restaurant, a phosphorescent late-night lounge for the upwardly mobile. “Success on YouTube isn’t only about rapping well. It’s letting viewers share your life experiences and daily routine. A lot of them have followed me on every step of my journey and feel a personal connection.”

KCRW StoryCorps – Roy Choi [AUDIO]
StoryCorps (KCRW Los Angeles)

Roy Choi of Kogi Korean taco fame, shares stories with his friend Jude Angelini about growing up Korean-American in Los Angeles.

Backbeat: ‘The Voice’s’ Dia Frampton Steps Into The Great Wide Open

Dia Frampton, runner-up on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” performed four songs Thursday for the employees of Reveille Productions, the producer of “The Biggest Loser” and “The Office,” among other shows. The appearance, booked as part of Reveille’s monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, had a two-fold purpose promote her album “Red,” due Dec. 6 on Universal Republic, and provide footage for an series that will air around the beginning of “The Voice’s” second season.

1 Year Later: Who Gunned Down Studio City Man in His Driveway?
Patch (North Hollywood, Calif.)

When Jong Kim’s killers gunned down the businessman outside his home near Universal Studios last Nov. 18, they left a distinctive clue.

The three men had driven to Kim’s house on the 10600 block of Chiquita Street in Studio City near the border with Toluca Lake and North Hollywood, in a car with an unusual two-toned paint job. The Honda Prelude, a 1988-1992 model with a sun roof, after-market rims and modified exhaust, was caught on surveillance tape. The images were shown here and in a few other local media outlets—but, eight months later, detectives have not yet found the car, which could possibly lead them to the killers.


Redmond man arrested in connection with Bellevue homicide: Formal charges still pending

Redmond Reporter (Washington)

A Redmond man was arrested after investigators said he shot and killed a man, who was allegedly having an affair with his wife, at a downtown Bellevue apartment building Tuesday morning.

At 10:07 a.m. Tuesday morning, Bellevue police responded to the Belle Arts apartment complex, located at 111 108th Ave. NE, where they found Jin Kim, who was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the head.

‘Korea has respect for design’
The Korea Times

“There’s something about Korean designers I like very much. First of all, they like to work with media, electronics and digital technology. They are comfortable with them and use them in a poetic way,” Antonelli said. “So even though some artists are traditional such as painters and sculptors, there is a great search of digital and multimedia art here.”

Samie Kim Falvey: ABC’s comedy queen

Credit for ABC’s comedy resurgence goes to many, but Samie Kim Falvey is clearly due some praise. The exec, who was named senior VP of comedy development in 2006, oversees a healthy laffer lineup that includes two-time Emmy winner “Modern Family,” “Happy Endings” and “The Middle,” as well as freshmen “Suburgatory” and “Last Man Standing.”

3rd-generation ethnic Korean helps dig up oil
The Korea Times

AKTOBE, Kazakhstan ― Dmitri Lim cannot speak any Korean but thinks of himself as at least half-Korean and even roots for the national football team of his great grandfather’s country.

The 32-year-old engineer is working for Firm Ada Oil, a joint venture established by two Korean companies, which produces oil in Aktobe, western Kazakhstan.

Firm Ada Oil’s majority stakes are shared by Korea National Oil Corp. and LG International.

“One of the reasons I decided to work for Ada Oil is that it is run by Korean companies,’’ said Lim who has worked for the oil developer for the past one and a half years.