Although I'll continue to update the China blog from time to time, I'm mostly posting to Tumblr these days, including interesting bits about Chinese bands.
Here's one thing I'm cross-posting—I'm doing Shanren's PR, so I want to spread their message far and wide.
Excerpt from the press release:
In 2011, Beijing-based indie folk band Shanren traveled across China’s Yunnan province to take in and film the rich indigenous musical traditions. While joining the villagers in song and dance, they found the music so tied up in the drinking culture—downing copious amounts of the local equivalent of moonshine, fiery homemade liquor distilled from rice or sweet corn—that they turned the boozy footage into the video for their “Drinking Song.”
Based on a Yi minority folk song, the lyrics to “Drinking Song” translate to, “you have to drink whether or not you want to.” As the band found, when you’re a guest in a rural village, that’s pretty much your situation—the hospitality can be overwhelming!