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

4 Responses

  1. Jean-Marie Schloemer says:

    You should check out Rockland on Houhai (http://www.douban.com/group/ROCKLANDRECORDS/). They’ve been around for quite a while, and the owner is very knowledgeable on local AND international music – I got some great recommendations from him of international artists I had never heard about. It’s a small place, but they have a whole shelf devoted to local bands, including festival DVDs and the like.

    Unless there’s a new one, the store in 798 you’re talking about probably is SugarJar, which unfortunately was closed due to pressure by the authorities recently (the owner Lao Yang is quite political). It was a great place focused on ethnic music (though they were selling rock music over their Taobao, which might still exist) and with regular live performances. Lao Yang is currently in Songzhuang, where he puts on shows occasionally – I hope he will be back soon.

  2. Beijing Daze says:

    Thanks for the “heads up” Jean Marie.
    Rockland & Sugar Jar are indeed the two shops I’ve been hearing about for a while. I’m gonna try and go check out Rockland this weekend.


  3. folks outside china can check out australian alternative music specialist distro ‘tenzenmen’ – cheap and ships anywhere.

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