It’s heating up out there peeps and I’m not just talking about the temperature – lots of gigs, lots of announcements, and a lot of releases on the horizon. Springtime is coming early – here’s a couple new releases (and a few forgotten gems from the beginning of the year) including the newest descent into hell from Nahash, a bit of 8-Bit bliss from the unlikeliest of artists, The Samans, contemporary rappers Shuangzi latest EP, and the newest Peng Tan Remix. Check it out.
LBM Exclusive: Streets Kill Strange Animals 'Through' MV Release
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Upcoming: 2014 JUE Festival
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New Releases: Ghost Bath, Low Bow, Death To Ponies, The Gar
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OTS: Low Wormwood (XP 12.02.2014)
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MV Monday: Shuangzi, Nahash, Matthieu Ha, GALA
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Dann Gaymer, aka Guiguisuisui, aka that dude who wears clown makeup and a cape, jumping around stage like a madmen wailing on his makeshift skateboard guitar and hacked gameboy, yeah that guy – returned to Beijing a couple weeks back, after an extensive two month tour around China and Southeast Asia. To celebrate he threw a homecoming bash at the one place he’s still accepted at, XP, to tell tails of rock the only way a one-man trash blues machine can.
And to think this was our ambassador of DIY rock n roll throughout China and Southeast Asia. Somewhere in heaven an angel has had its’ wings torn off. Playing alongside dystopian fuzz rock duo Alpine Decline and Zoomin Nights’ experimental spearheaders Xiao Hong & Xiao Xiao Hong, it was a one hell of a freaky night. Check it.
It’s no question where my loyalties lie when I do my music shopping around these parts – Indie Music Store has been rocking Gulou for three years now with their impressive extensive catalogue of local music. In terms of abundance, pricing, and availability, there is really is no equivalent. Heck, I just purchased my first record player there a few days back so really, I’m in the deep end here. As the owners state, ‘by adhering to the spirit of independent music, the store aspires to operate on a different level in the music industry and bring the most up-to-date music to everyone’ Can’t argue with that. Well, the owners Guo Chen and Zhou Yin are the giving kind, and they’re wiping out their little black guanxi book and are throwing yet another bash to celebrate their store’s opening. The 3-Year Anniversary will showcase some of the best local talent in the city, including dark electro queen Nova Heart, noise rock legends Hedgehog, and post power punk trio Re-Tros, Britpop sensations Penicillin along with folk pop outfit Lost Train, it’s an epic evening that’ll surely be rocking out Yugong Yishan come Sunday March 16th. Grab your tickets online here, here, orrr if you happen to be in the Gulou area and are just itching for a new album, swing by the store on the corner of Old Gulou Street right by the Drum Tower. Hope to see you all there.
Date: Sunday March 16th 8:00pm
Tickets: 100 RMB (presale) / 120 RMB (door)
Where: Yugong Yishan
Bands: Re-Tros, Nova Heart, Hedgehog, Penicillin, Lost Train
Jazz is a difficult thing to dive head-first into – while it’s easy to appreciate the talent behind jazz, most particularly, free improv – you really do need to be on the same wavelength to enjoy it. What sounds lie rambling to ones’ ears sounds like heaven glory itself to another’s. So when I ventured south to Mako Livehouse to check out experimental saxophonist Li Tieqiao and his ‘East-West Collective’, comprised of Li Tieqiao on sax, drummer Deng Boyu, bassist Wang Xubo, and guitarist Pierre Brahin, I really had no idea what to expect. How about a groove-tastic 17 minute jam?
This I can definitely get down with. These cats certainly know how to get their jam on. Check out more, including an opening set from DLB Trio, which brings in Li Lin on piano.