Weekend Update 这周末 02/23-02/26


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The time is near – spring is almost here! Not quite, but I can confidently say we’re just about out of the trenches (that freak snowfall was the one last gasp of winter). So no excuse for the funk you’re in – it’s time to survey the streets of Beijing, find that new sound, and bask in it till their ain’t nothing left. From Japanese new wave, to Shanghai hardcore, to even the ‘Chinese tap dance prince’ there’s something for everyone – all you gotta do is reach out and take it in. Here’s your weekend update.

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New Releases: Wu Tiao Ren, Wang Changcun, iimmune, Nine Treasures


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Experiments in the EDM, Mongolian folk metal’s the new craze, icy cool electronica that transcend, and small poetic folk miracle – it’s time to dip into the newest releases including the latest from Wang Changcun, Nine Treasures, iimmune, and Wu Tiao Ren.

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OTS Japan: Ruins, Yamamoto Seiichi, Atsushi Tsuyama (Kyoto 02.02.2017)


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Last month your head editor here went on a glorious three-week bender in Japan and you’ve guessed it – saw lots of awesome music. We’ll spend the next week dipping our toes into the various scenes brewing in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto – hope you enjoy!

Once the capital, Kyoto, the ‘thousand year city’ stands as a beautiful reminder of what the ‘old’ Japan made have felt like with a lot of its architecture (which I’ve been told was based off of the framework of Xi’an) still standing today (you won’t see many buildings above ten stories) and a sense of timeliness as one walks down every riverbank or back alley. However, Kyoto isn’t just a hotbed for temples. The city also seems to be a breeding ground for venues and galleries. And when I saw the name Ruins – a name I’ve heard in many experimental circles before, I knew I had to capitalize on the opportunity to check out some legends.

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OTS Japan: Harenchi, Octopouple (FR), Nora Ichimi, Klaus Legal (Osaka 30.01.2017)


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Last month your head editor here went on a glorious three-week bender in Japan and you’ve guessed it – saw lots of awesome music. We’ll spend the next week dipping our toes into the various scenes brewing in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto – hope you enjoy!

One of the things I kept hearing about Osaka at every turn, besides being a food junkie’s dream come true, was its friendlessness. You see, besides the Technicolor mayhem of Namba and Dotombori, Osaka is very much a walk in the park compared to Tokyo. More laid back, more old school, with the perfect amount of grit (relatively that is), Osaka doesn’t particularly try to be as hip or fashionable as Tokyo and that makes it all the more relatable and the people there that much friendlier. My host in Osaka was none other than musician Go Tsushima, who you might recognize from our Nasty Wizard Recordings catalogue – a most generous fellow, with a heart of gold, Go was all to kind to take my wife and I in his humble abode, and give me the 101 on the underground scene in Osaka.

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MV Weekly: Twinkle Star, Heat Mark, Laisee


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Musicals numbers as interpreted by one of the hardcore scene’s rising stars, a colorful cynical garage rock kaleidoscope, and a new single of emo rock success story Twinkle Star – it’s our latest look at the music videos to grab our attention this week including fresh cuts from Laisee, Heat Mark, and Twinkle Star.

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