Weekend Update (31/10-02/11)


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It’s that time of year again – time to wait till last minute to pick out a costume, throw one together from the remnants of your last sour relationship (crossdresser yay!), skin that cat on the way to whatever scantily clad party you roll into (fur coat for the win!), or just pay a homeless man to beat the living daylights out of you (Arghh…zombie!). Time to rise to the occasion folks and while you’re at it check out some of these spooky gigs. And check out the newly updated calendar for more.

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OTS: Moonface (Yugogn Yishan 17.09.2014)


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When I first moved to Beijing I found myself infatuated with Dragonslayer, the album from Sunset Rubdown – headed by ex-Wolf Parade member Spencer Kruger (a fact that I didn’t even bother knowing at the time). Obsessed would be more appropriate – something about Kruger’s lyrics always struck me. The way they held such gravitas without being grand, epic without being irrelevant – it was a thin line but he walked it magnificently. So when I started digging in Kruger’s solo project – with just him and a piano – I was there. And thankfully, Split Works somehow is able to intercept my needs and wants, and viola, here we have Moonface serenading us at Yugong Yishan.

Chills I tell you, chills. You freaks and geeks over at Split Works – you know me. Keep bringing the goods. Check out some more videos and pictures below.

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New Releases: SMZB, The Hormones, Low Wormwood, The White Tulips


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More tunes! Yup, we are leaving Beijing once again to hit up the rest of China to see what’s cracking musically including the godfathers of punk themselves, Wuhan-based SMZB, as well as the newest EP from Lanzhou folk heroes Low Wormwood. Also in store, the debut of the all female Chengdu dance punk outfit The Hormones and shoegaze outfit The White Tulips. Get at it.

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In Pictures: Lubomyr Melnyk, Alpine Decline, Birdstriking


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Gotta hurry my ass up on getting these photos out – hell, SmartBeijing already has incriminating photos of me trying to kidnap someone at BEME this past weekend. Alas, here there are. A couple weeks back had the pleasure of checking out a lovely  showcase from the Ukrainian piano maestro Lubomyr Melnyk at the picturesque Yue Fu. And if that wasn’t enough I followed that up with the one-two punch of Alpine Decline and Birdstriking over at their homebase, XP. Super dupes.

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MV Monday: SPICE, Underhand Noise, Conrank, Xiao Ou


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Sick as a goose, BEME fucked me all which ways this weekend – and cant’ wait for my next date. But before that ever happens, let’s dip into some music videos – the best batch we’ve gotten in some time, including news MVs from Hangzhou-based psych electro rockers SPICE, Norwegian-born Chinese rapper Xiao Ou, the international team up of DJ Conrank and DJ Shadow, and finally, the wizard tag team Underhand Noise and their take on a My Bloody Valentine classic.

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