Monday, November 07, 2011
Random Chinese Music Bits
Also passing through, Queen Sea Big Shark recently played at The Creators Project in New York, though like in Beijing, it was a hassle to get into the Creators event. You can read the definitive article on them here (PDF). And the band was photographed by Mario Testino for an article on Beijing in the October issue of Vogue. (American Apparel tweeted the image.)
Plus, Beijing DJ and remixer Liman has this cool Queen Sea Big Shark remix and some other tracks on his Soundcloud.
QUEENSEA BIG SHARK_E OCEAN (LIMAN Remix) by LIMAN
Speaking of Beijing's electronic music scene, City Weekend interviews local scenesters on the state of the scene—it's much less developed than the rock scene.
As far as folk music, Maybe Mars just put out Lanzhou, Lanzhou from Low Wormwood. Most of the songs are up here, and the label says it will be on iTunes and amazon.com soon. It's beautiful, and just a little weird (Xiao He produced.) And Shanren, who play something like Yunnan hippie dance party music, are probably going to be playing several dates in the US early next year.
You know you've made it when you've been knocked off in China, and some people have taken a cue from the fabulous Take Away Shows done by La Blogothèque: DaBaoGe (more or less "to-go song") films Chinese musicians performing in unusual places. I'm having some trouble getting the videos to load on their site, but here's their clip of Shouwang performing on a rooftop on YouTube and Hanggai in a park in Shanghai.
And for those who want something a bit more experimental, the "underground noise collective" Nojiji out in the eastern suburb of Tongzhou is made up of artists like Meizhiyong and Li Yangyang.