Change: All Events at 2 Kolegas cancelled til 9/18 due to tense situation with nearby Japanese Embassy IT’s already been a week? Time flies when when you’re waiting for music and there is a shitload of it in town over the next few days. Ruby’s has already been out and about catching Zhaozhe, her “potential” gig of 2012, but the real action starts tonight with a shitload of goodies. We’re even treated so some pretty sweet sunday choices. Let’s dig in: Friday September 14 Music Day @ Tango: Reflector headlines this night eclectic music at yonghegong which has Escape Plan (former Perdel), Residence A, Namo and Dude. Arguably some of the most popular and fun bands in the city right now, they’re sure to draw one hell of an audience at Tango… I hope so because the place feels like a cave when empty. Lao Liu & Sand @ Jianghu An old favorite stops by Jianghu as it gets closer to closing its doors. Lao Liu still one of the better bluesmen of the capital and has a loyal following. Cool little chill gig to warm your heart as temperature take a dip. Cover Night @ Yugong Yishan Here is a gig that has some great potential if done right and the bands get out of their comfort zone: Not There, Army of Jade Kirin, Velvet Highway, The Gray and Longjin are set to cover some of their idols. I can definitely see AJK doing Marylin Manson but the tricky [...]
I generally consider myself pretty lucky to be here in Beijing at this moment in time, being witness, chronicler and sometime participant to the ever growing underground Rock n Roll scene. These are amazing times and I’d never thought in a million years that i’d somehow be part of it. And While I’m pretty knowledgeable about the current scene, I love getting more information about its past and compare it to what we have now. Good friend Jon Campbell wrote his Red Rock with was nothing short of amazing: a beautifully constructed dissection of Yao Gun and its roots! It’s probably my favorite history book so far. Now, we get another gem in the form of Dave O’dell’s Inseparable: The Memoirs Of An American And The Story Of Chinese Punk Rock . David O’Dell was one of the earliest supporters of the Chinese punk rock scene that started taking shape in 1995 in Beijing both as a friend of the scene and as a musician. He is now a Physics teacher over in Texas. The book is a rich and uniquely personal collection of stories, over one hundred previously unreleased photos and translated song lyrics from the earliest Chinese punk bands and the dizzying development of the scene I got my paws on this baby quite a while back and i kept forgetting to write about it when i really should have… and for many reasons: The book is a beautiful, honest and slightly biased history of a specific era [...]
I’m not sure how the week went by but it’s already Thursday and I’m not sure i’ve recovered from the onslaught of Sex in the Xity over the past few days. Still, as the weekend nears, time to check out what’s gonna keep me busy and entertained. It’s deceivingly quiet but there are some interesting little gems happening here and there. Let’s dive into it! Thursday April 5th Nirvana Tribute @ Temple Devils at the Crossroad and Rolling Bolling are on hand to pay tribute to late Kurt Cobain. It’s already been 18 years since we lost this iconic figure who went on to represent a generation’s angst much against his own desires. I’m amazed at how far reaching his influence is in China with tons of books written about him and even more bands copying Nirvana. This should be a fun opportunity to bring out the converse, striped T-shirts, geek glasses and sing with some marbles in your mouth. Friday April 6th King Lychee @ Mao Live Hong Kong’s reigning kings of hardcore are finally in the capital in support of their latest record. These guys are as legit as it gets with shoutouts from none other than Biohazard when they played intercity festival last year. Return the Truth, who put on one hell of a show last time i saw them, and XitneverhappenedX will be in charge of the opening bill. I’m looking forward to this puppy folks and might come out really bruised from it. Brutal I [...]
Fun fun MV that I stumbled upon today by Reflector 反光镜, who are making a name for themselves as one of Beijing or China’s premier pop punk bands. Granted, Li Peng might take exception with the “pop” label and punch the living daylights out of you for not being rock n roll. besides all that though is this really cool video with cameos from pretty much EVERY FREAKING ONE is the music industry from Cui Jian to Rustic’s Lucifer going through Diao Lei and much more… http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjg4Njg1MzU2.html I love the title and it’s a catchy tune… enjoy and sing along Zhǐyǒu yīnyuè cái shì wǒ de jiě yào
Good friends Dude have been working on this little MV for a while now after shooting the footage over a gruesome 5 hours during ‘dazeFEAST at 2 Kolegas while everyone else was partying http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzEzNzEwNjI4.html The song, Xiao Long Ren 小龙人， comes from a the popular Little Dragon Boy Children show but the video that DUDE did is not for children. These guys knack for parodies and wordplay in Chinese continues to amaze me. They’re starting to get a bit of name recognition now and were tapped to play this weekend’s Beijinger Anniversary party where a bunch of people were fairly impressed. Going back to the video, you can notice a few cameos by a few ‘dazeFEAST goers as well as Reflector’s Li Peng just to name a few.. Having witnessed them filming the damn thing, it’s really cool to see the final product.
A strange weekend ahead in Beijing with some pretty low key events taking place all around the city, a few of which have really cool potential. The biggie of Course is the 8th annual Punk Festival at Mao Livehouse.. It might be one of the few times ‘daze and Beijing Gig Guide agree as to the “gig of the week” Friday August 5th: All My Faith Lost @ The One Club: They’re described as Italian neo-folk whatever that means but they sound halfway decent. Apparently, the visuals at their gigs are quite impressive and they’re good about creating an athmosphere. It’s definitely a sleeper hit IMHO. I haven’t been to The One in quite some time so I might have to trip it there. Hollow Shadow @ Hot Cat Club: This one screams “car crash waiting to happen” but again, it could be a good one. front-man of Goth Band IDH releasing his own solo effort which is supposedly more on the folksy side of things. In a night where not much else is really happening, it could be cool to check out something different. Satuday August 6th: Bookswap & Board Games @ Sequoia: The August edition of this monthly event will be bittersweet with us saying goodbye to one of the original founding members as she prepares her post-China life. So come by between 2 and 6 pm for bookswapping, board gaming and saying goodbye to one of the original founders of this Beijing institution. Punks in Love @ [...]
Interesting weekend ahead folks. There isn’t a single must see show in my book looking at the various options available but there are quite a few intriguing options in places not often talked about. So, without any further due, let’s see what’s on the menu. Thursday July 21: DaKuaiTou and TianTang @ Yugong: Talk about an interesting pairing! DKT is one of those mass appeal bands that belongs at a CCTV gala more so than anywhere else whereas TianTang is one of those old school hard rock bands. Honestly, I have no idea who came up with this one but It could be interesting. TianTang boasts one hell of a good guitar player as well as a charismatic frontman that can belch out some vocals every so often. Definitely intriguing. Friday July 22: Temple Grand Opening: The new livehouse on Gulou, a stone throw away from Mao Live and ran by old Salud hand, Clement is open for business. Music courtesy of “Devils at the Crossroad” which is advertised as Rock n Roll with balls along with DJ sets and half price on drinks all night long. here’s a listing for the place on City Weekend AIS, Tookoo and More @ 2kolegas: I haven’t seen AIS in quite some time again so I could be in the mood some some decent music and who better than them to provide it? Tookoo is still a bit of a mistery to me as I hate them and like them all the same. [...]
Hellllo Beijing… miss me? Been on a nice sabbatical for a little while during which Ruby did one hell of a great job keeping the blog going!!! Big ups to my BFF. A whole bunch of shows and CD reviews are overdue but I’ll get to those in due time. For now, biggest thing is the schedule for the In Music Festival, happening at the end of the month, has been released: This is one hell of an exciting festival looking at those names: Ill Nino is back to China for the second year in a row, CMCB is slowly waking up and hopefully has a new CD in the making. Miserable Faith, Reflector, Omnipotent Youth Society, Face, SUBS, Second Hand Rose and more… This year also includes an appearance by trippop act, Tricky…. Honestly, depending on how the setup is, this might be one hell of an opportunity to go out and spend 3 days camping out in the Hebei grasslands. I’m sure I’lll be talking about this a bit more over the next 2 weeks. Are you going?
Just about a week ago was the last day of that Marathon stretch of festivals that kept yours truly along with a few thousand others pretty darn busy. See the previous festival-related posts: – Festive Hangover: Quick Notes from a weekend of music, sand and fun – MIDI Day 1: Tales of Rock, Suffocated, SUBS, and more -Strawberry Day 2: Fashion, Grass, Class and oh yeah, music too Last day was a bit of a tough choice to make with both Strawberry and MIDI having some pretty darn good lineups. Xie Tian Xiao, Rustic, QSBS in Tongzhou and Miserable Faith, Reflector, AK47 over at mentugou. Having been to both, I elected that MIDI would get me for day 3 despite them featuring the same band i had seen on day 2 at Strawberry… Don’t get me wrong, Modern Sky fixed a lot of problems from last year but i just didn’t enjoy their festival as much as i did MIDI and the ticketing issues + lack of alcohol tipped the balance greatly We got there pretty late, around 4:00 and missed Velvet Highway, Die From Sorrow as well as Caffeine, all 3 of which i really wanted to check out but still, there was plenty of music to be had. Spain’s Audio’s Pain was on as we arrived. I had been looking forward to hearing them live based on online samples and they were good. The band was tight, full of energy and played some decent tunes. I was not [...]
I’m not a fan of Modern Sky, let’s get that out of the way before anyone calls me biased! My experiences last year left me wanting and i swore them off for the remainder of the year. Encouraging rumors of improvement made me rethink that position and head over for the second day of their May Holiday festival on May 1. Things got off to an early bad start after getting to the Tongzhou Beiyuan subway station: There was no sign or whatsoever of the advertised shuttle. I witnessed quite a few people just aimlessly wondering around the station trying to locate it, locals and foreigners alike. We wasted a good 40mn waiting before we gave up and hopped into an illegal taxi. Getting on the premises made things almost worse: Lines were wrapping around the corner from ticket booths which just got me tense and considering an immediate escape either to MIDI or 2 Kolegas…. still, I refrained and decided to trudge along. To be fair, waiting didn’t take that long and we were in within 20mn, nothing like the 4 hours it took last year. Once we walked in, things got slightly better! Tongzhou park is a great location for a festival, stretching over a huge land of greenery. This year, they had 5 main stages spread over the park well enough so that the sound collision problems of last year didn’t happen again. Good stuff. Unfortunately, we got in late so missed AV Akubo and Me guan [...]