C Rock: Record Store Stocking Music by local Beijing and China bands
One of the most common questions i get from readers of this blog is “Where can I buy music from all these bands you write about?”The answer has never been an easy one!
Many bands don’t even bring CDs to their own shows and some of them are so bloody obscure/old that there is nothing in print. I have heard of a shop in nanluoguxiang as well as another one in 798 that supposedly stock local records but never had the chance to check them out.
I noticed the C Rock sign a while back on gulou dong da jie and been meaning to check it out. Unfortunately, I never had the chance until last sunday when Ruby and I walked out of an underwhelming “Women of Music” show at Mao Live.
The shop is fairly small, about 15 sqm but both walls are lined up with records from the usual foreign suspects. The nice thing is that one half of a wall is dedicated to only local band!! I was able to pick up some relatively new releases like 24 Hours, Buyi and Yaksa along with older records from the likes of CMCB and Tomahawk.
The shop had stock of the more common stuff like Tang Dynasty box sets, Xiao He, Muma & Third Party etc… Price started at RMB 25 for the older releases. The new Buyi record was RMB 65 whereas the new Hanggai clocked in at a high RMB150. Most releases from Maybe Mars were a reasonable RMB 40.
Manager Xiao Wei seemed knowledgeable enough about his local bands and was eager to make a few recommendations on folks and blues artists. The only time he was confused was when i mentioned CMCB but he quickly remembered they had one copy of their 2003 release.
So get out there and support your local bands and local music stores.
C Rock records
99-1 Gulou Dong Da Jie