Cui Jian added to MIDI, New Records from Hedgehog, Nova Heart, Mamer, LiDong, Bad Mamasan and more

Some random news coming around today.. The reclusive Zhang Chu,originally scheduled to headline MIDI day 1 on April 29, has some emergency. None other than Cui Jian, the godfather of Chinese rock, is replacing him on the bill! That’s a pretty good deal in my book! Granted, it might increase the security concerns in Shunyi.

On the new release front, there is a shitload coming up:

Hedgehog has a new one out already but the official Beijing release will be in June. Sun Fun Gun is hailed so far as a return to the source for the trio… I’m still taking it for a spin so expect a review sometime soon on the site.

Nova Heart, fresh from touring around the world, is putting out their first EP this Friday at Yugong Yishan. I’m gonna see if i can actually get my hands on it beforehand because i’m really curious! I’ve heard them plenty of times and it’s always been different! How will the recording fare without the captivating presence of Helen?

I’ve covered Mamer in a post not too long ago and I hear from Ruby that at least one of his new records is already available at C Rock.

We’ve covered Lidong for years on the blog and been hoping that they’d get those demos packaged for a final release… it’s done baby! Li Xia and the gang have put the final touches on it and we’re looking at May 19th as the date this baby will be out. Expect a huge turnout at 2 Kolegas for this one!

Bad Mamasan is also working of on a few new tunes that should come out sometime in June. More on this when i get it.

Finally, WHAI has put out one hell of a demo. It’s a nice package that includes 2 CDS: the first one has 9 songs, most of which you’ve heard in some form or shape at their live shows whereas the second has a cool looking video, very artsy in its concept. I’m impressed by the quality folks… If this is the demo, god knows what they got in store for an official record.

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6 Responses

  1. Willis says:

    would love to get my hands on that WHAI demo…any idea on where I can get it?

    • Beijing Daze says:

      @willis : talk to the WHAI guys next time you see them. They’re not selling the demo, just using it as a calling card

  2. jtdj says:

    Cui Jian! He’s never participated in a Beijing Midi before, so this is historic.

    Re-Tros has three new songs out, which they’ll play at Strawberry. Apparently the festival will be their last Beijing appearance for the year before they go to New York to record in a few months.

    Subs will also be playing new material at Midi. That I’m really looking forward to.

    • Beijing Daze says:

      @jtdj: it’s indeed historic.. He’s the one guy that should have headlined every freaking MIDI but never had the chance.
      I heard some of the new SUBS material and it’s quite interesting. I’m curious to see how the songs will end up when they’re polished and all.

  3. Jaime says:

    Alright, then here’s the Bad Mamasan news…. 5 song release coming out on June 23rd… there will be LOUD on that day! Think we’ll go celebrate at Dazefest for the occasion! R6O6C6K!

  4. jtdj says:

    Ill just post this here too.
    Mos Def canceled his Midi appearance on Day 2 due to “unforeseen circumstances” He’s replaced by He Yong.