i think they’re finally catching up here yonder about the power of promotion… Bands are putting out more Videos than they have in a long time and even the merch side of things is getting better. Here are a few to check out for upcoming releases: First up, Shanghai’s The Fever Machine who will be up in Beijing November 24th playing at Temple to celebrate the release of their new EP, La Chupacabra: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDcxNTMwMTE2.html I’m digging the record and will try to get a review up at some point if i can stop running around like a chicken with its head cut off. It’s sounding good though. Next is Da Bang.. Ruby is developing a liking for these cats who seem to be getting their act together after a weird period last year. The new tunes are poppy, electronic but seem more like “them” as opposed to last year’s stuff when it felt all fake. http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDcyNjE5NDA4.html Good buddies Lidong, fresh of a beautiful China tour, have also released a video. It’s a great little piece of visual poetry directed and filmed by the ever amicable Tofu… beautiful perspective on winter!! http://www.letv.com/ptv/vplay/1792690.html Finally, good old new Casino Demon (2/3rd of The Dancers/Joyride) are ready with their EP slatted to come out this month. Sure enough, to celebrate, they got themselves a video for the first single “The Sadness Will Last Forever”. http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDcxODUzNTYw.html just a couple of goodies… hopefully more on the way soon.
As I mentioned a few months ago, when I had the chance to conduct a first interview with Marie-Claude LeBel, the one and only Montreal Minx, she was the first musician mentioned on Beijing Daze when it was all started… It seems so long ago but then again, things haven’t changed much: Marie Claude is still playing all over town and I’m still going out and enjoying her flavor of Gypsy Jazz. As she gets ready to release her debut CD Tuesday night at 2 Kolegas, I managed to catch up with Marie over a few Rums at Salud to see what she’s been up to: 1- What’s going on in your world? This is your chance to plug your stuff. we are finally having this cd release party tomorrow at 2 kolegas! Then i’ll go home for a month, then Mexico for a month and a half, so its the last gig before march! 2- Congratulations on the Album. What took you so long and why do it now? I’ve been playing with lots of musicians in Beijing since 2002 but I started to concentrate on that french chanson project a year and a half ago when i finally found the musicians I was looking for and the sound I was looking for. So i tough it was time to record it! First I wanted to produce it myself, but we got an offer from a record company, Tree music, so we deceided to do it with them. Its [...]