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Interview with Stalin Gardens | Shanghai Black Pop Rock

Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai scene, we have taken Shanghai black pop band Stalin Gardens to an interview who just released their latest record called Shanghai Void on Douban.

Azchael: Can you please introduce yourself and the band Stalin Gardens?
Stalin Gardens: We’re Stalin Gardens. Our first show was the 18th of December 2011, we were invited by Pairs to open for them. We’d only managed to write four songs at that point, two of them were early versions of Osteosarcoma and Sex Bomb. Elsa already was on bass, another dude on guitar and some psychotic 40-year old on drums. After many lineup changes we played again, at Uptown on the 17th of March 2012, opening for Alpine Decline that we’d invited from Beijing. Big deal: Opening for DFG on the 1st of April 2012 at YYT. There were tons of people, at that point we had a steady lineup, with Vic of NYL on drums. 11th of May 2012, last lineup change, we played our first show with our current drummer Gomez, opening for X is Y at 696. According to Gomez’s dad, the show sucked. June 23 we did the Maybe Mars gig, no one showed up during our set and we played like mentally handicapped seals. Two weeks of practice later we started recording our self-titled LP (that many people prefer to call Shanghai Void for some obscure reason), which was done in 3 days, about 12 hours, at Postape studios. Mixing was done by Brad Ferguson.

Azchael: What instruments are you using in the band, which brand?
Stalin Gardens: Bass, guitar, drums, that’s it. We believe you could just as well make great music with the shittiest of guitars than with a Gibson Les Paul or whatever. It’ll just be different. Let’s just say you can make good music with anything. Even a banana. Our next album will have a song played entirely with a banana-split sundae.

Azchael: What is the Shanghai sound for you? Do you think Shanghai has a particular sound?
Stalin Gardens: NO, there is absolutely nothing. Because there is everything. It’s so fractured. It’s like you took a solid and cohesive music scene and dropped it on the floor. It’ll blow into pieces, all over the place, become incoherent and useless. That’s the Shanghai scene, all over the fucking music spectrum.

Azchael: How does the Shanghai scene look like in 2012? What venues are there? Who are the real newcomers in your opinion?
Stalin Gardens: Almost every fucking week we hear of a new band that seems pretty interesting, but they pretty often disappear without leaving a trace. I guess that’s what you should expect from a scene largely depending on expat input.

Azchael: What is the message of Stalin Gardens? in one sentence?
Stalin Gardens: Have sex with things.

Azchael: How do you promote your music? What are the most effective ways as per your experience?
Stalin Gardens: Since we’ve stopped shows to focus on studying for our final exams this year, we’ll keep on spamming the douban music community with free dl links to our LP. It’s always a great way to get people talking, though they usually talk about what a bunch of annoying jackasses we are.

Azchael: Do you think being in a band and being students at the same time helps you to get laid more often?
Stalin Gardens: That’s funny. Seeing as some of the biggest perverts in Shanghai are currently members of this group, it’s not like these factors affect how often we get laid in any way.

Azchael: Do you actively promote your music overseas? If or if not, do you get any feedback from overseas?
Stalin Gardens: This is very hard, we’ve sent many demos to labels in the US (such as Sacred Bones) and we’ve been rejected every time. I guess every scene is too absorbed with itself to pay any attention to what’s going on next door. It’s a shame, I think Chui Wan and Mr Ray and Stalin Gardens are as good as and maybe better than many bands, but it’s almost like we’re invisible from elsewhere. When people from outside China talk about the music scene, they usually blabber on and on about Carsick Cars and PK14, maybe Retros. But these bands are a weak copy of your average american indie-rock band, so they are of no special interest, other than that they’re from China. Chui Wan, however, have this elusive ingredient that makes them original, that makes them cutting-edge, they deserve to be talked about more than PK14. But quasi-nil.

Azchael: Why do think that people see Carsick Cars or PK 14 as being “Chinese rock music” but not Stalin Gardens? What can other bands learn from them?
Stalin Gardens: Probably because people don’t actually see Stalin Gardens. We’re a pretty ”low-profile” group as of today. About PK14 and Carsick Cars, we can learn from these bands that the music game isn’t about the music as much as it is about how you promote the music. Maybe not Carsick Cars, they’re pretty passionate about what they do, promotion-wise as much as music-wise. But PK14… They’re like a watered-down version of Fugazi. Maybe that’s why they’re so popular. Cause they’re such a ”safe” band to like. Hearing their songs creates an impression of deja-vu, which reassures the many people that fear to witness the death (or evolution) of their beloved rock’n’roll. But hey, wake up you retards. This is 2012. The real Fugazi disappeared decades ago. The rock playground now belongs to a new generation of bands like White Suns, Chui Wan, Stalin Gardens, iceage, The Men, Liturgy, Sexdrome, and Ride For Revenge. These recent acts are twisting and torturing rock into something totally new. Get up and be a part of it. Either get over the nostalgia or use it to make something different.

Azchael: What do you think are the biggest obstacles for being in a band in Shanghai?
Stalin Gardens: The fucking homework and final exams. Everything else like booking shows, rehearsal time, studio time, etc is extremely easy compared to other countries like France. We’re lucky being here at this time.

Azchael: What do you think of bands joining up with major brands such as Vans, Converse or Ray Ban in order to promote their music? Do you think that is a sell-out?
Stalin Gardens: A sell-out is a band that modifies its sound to be more appealing to the masses, in order to gain money. As long as you don’t tinker with your sound, you could even play your song in a toilet paper ad, it wouldn’t be selling out because you’d still be sonically pure.

Azchael: What is underground for you? Are you underground?
Stalin Gardens: Underground and mainstream are pretty easily confused today compared to back in the 90s, and that probably has to do with the Internet. Bands that used to be so underground no one would know of them then can today float back up to the surface and reach an audience through internet. Every band today can have their international audience, if they promote themselves right. We’re underground. Why not, I mean we’ve once been to the Shelter, I guess that makes us edgy and cool, right?

Azchael: What are your plans for the next year? Will there be a “The World is coming to an end” show in December?
Stalin Gardens: Things are looking pretty grim for us next year, we’re passing our final exams and will be studying during every major fucking holidays so it’ll be hard to find time to record, not to mention we’re all going to die. The main goal is still to record the second LP, that is already half-written, before we break-up.

Azchael: Why do you sell your songs for 1000 USD or 600 USD on bandcamp?
Stalin Gardens: That’s a joke, you can get them all free on our Soundcloud.

Azchael: Thanks for the interview!

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Interview with Stegosaurus? | Shanghai… Jurassic Rock!

Just in time for National Day 2012, Shanghai self-entitled jurassic rock band Stegosaurus? answered to our call for an interview, especially after the depressing outlook of the Shanghai scene offered by Xiao Zhong of Pairs. We were lucky enough to get both Bren and Josh to spend a little time with Azchael.

Azchael: Can you please introduce yourself and the band Stegosaurus?
Bren: We’re Stegosaurus? We’re not really even sure who we are….hence the question mark.
Josh: Yeah, I am Josh, the midget one. We have Bren, the balding one. Tyler, the glasses one. And finally, Levi, the only one with any real talent in the band. There are a lot of ones in this band. We’re racist against twos. No twos allowed. Twos can go sit in the back of the bus.

Azchael: What instruments are you using in the band, which brand?
Bren: We’re using a variety of things. An Ibanez bass…it’s black.
Josh: We use whatever we can afford after feeding our alcohol and sheep dependency. Mostly, it’s cheap knock-offs found on Jinling Lu (music street).

Azchael: What is the Shanghai sound for you? Do you think Shanghai has a particular sound?
Bren: The Shanghai sound for me is sometimes awesome, sometimes redundant, sometimes powerful, sometimes crap, sometimes boring, but always alive. I think as far as a particular sound goes, you can’t really pick a sound for Shanghai. A lot of Beijing bands have a very “Beijing” sound. I don’t think you can pick a band in Shanghai and say, “That sounds so Shanghai.”

Azchael: How does the Shanghai scene look like in 2012? What venues are there? Who are the real newcomers in your opinion?
Bren: Honestly, it feels like a slow year to me. Probably because I haven’t been going out as much.
Josh: Shanghai has some fun venues. I personally like Yuyintang, Livebar, 696 Live and Songjiang Corner Bar. There are some cool bands new and old. Even if I don’t particularly like the style of music a certain band plays, I respect them for getting out, playing show, recording, spending money, printing CDs, flyers, ect and getting hardly any of it back. China’s not a place to make money as a band and I’m happy to see so many bands still doing it.

Azchael: Why do you think that China is not the right place for a band to make money?
Bren: Because the market for rock music isn’t big enough. Either it’s not big enough, or when people are interested, the big boys shut stuff down. It’s not allowed to freely spread, so the market just isn’t going to expand in way conducive to making a living on music. Not for a “laowai” band anyways.
Josh: If you look closely at us, very closely, you’ll see that we don’t resemble Jay Chou or Jolin. We’re getting fat, wrinkly and bald. People don’t wanna see us on ads, TV or large events. We need to be hot, young and muscular to be featured on anything. When that happens, maybe more people will be open to take indie music seriously here.

Azchael: What would have to change so bands can actively survive in your opinion?
Bren: Better marketing. More quality venues. More listeners and show goers. Ohh, and daily foot massages. Those are essential.
Josh: Shanghai is an ever growing, ever changing city. I think if people stopped getting married or having babies, if people stopped moving away, stopped living their dreams, then we could have a decent band stay for a long period of time! Actually, some bands still play music despite marriage and babies: Rhys from Pairs has like five kids now! Zack from Friend or Foe has his third coming now. Top Floor Circus actually bring their babies to their concerts! I respect that.

Azchael: What do you think of bands joining up with major brands such as Vans, Converse or Ray Ban in order to promote their music? Do you think that is a sell-out?
Bren: Up with the man I say! I think it’s a personal decision. It’s definitely a way to get potential new fans that wouldn’t have heard you before. It’s not a sell out. Just another excuse for somebody to complain, “I liked them better before they sold out.” Whatever.
Josh: Hell, if a company offered us money to sing Britney Spears covers and dress up like Justin Beiber, I’d do it! Money is everything in life! Actually, yeah, we are actively trying to sell out before we all break up and go our separate ways.

Azchael: What is the message of Stegosaurus? in one sentence?
Bren: We love to laugh so laugh with us or at us……..

Azchael: How do you promote your music? What are the most effective ways as per your experience?
Bren: Mostly the Internet. We’ve tried getting some things up on a few sites, still a work in progress though. Douban used to be super useful. Apparently Weibo is the big thing now, but I don’t like it that much.
Josh: I usually ask some homeless people to pass out our flyers in the Shanghai Metro. Hey! That’s a great idea, Josh. Thanks for the info!

Azchael: Do you actively promote your music overseas? If or if not, do you get any feedback from overseas?
Bren: Actively, not a whole lot. Most overseas activity happens on Facebook, and it’s mostly friends of ours…
Josh: I try to add two new “likers” to Facebook every year. It’s a worthy goal and most of the time, I’m proud to say, we reach that goal. Actually, we successfully made Claypool Cellars (Les Claypool (Primus)) a “liker” of us. It’s a funny story, really. I’ll have to include it on the next interview.

Azchael: What do you think are the biggest obstacles for being in a band in Shanghai?
Bren: The traveling lives of foreigners. We’ve had to pass on a bunch of shows because somebody wasn’t going to be here.
Josh: Yeah, people coming and going, getting married and leaving, people acquiring AIDS and dying, popping out babies and crying. Look for those lyrics in our next album.

Azchael: What is underground for you? Are you underground?
Bren: Underground for me is practicing at 0093 (an actual underground studio). So yeah, sometimes we are underground.
Josh: Underground for me is practicing at 009….oh wait, Bren already said that. I think most people who don’t play pop music in China are underground. Although I have read that some Beijing rock bands have been used for ads and some folk bands are getting offers too! If people can hear something else besides a famous pop star on an ad or whatever, that’s great, in my opinion. Introduce something new to the people. Get something besides pop music above ground.

Azchael: What are your plans for the next year? Will there be a “The World is coming to an end” show in December?
Bren: We plan to play some shows. We’d like to play another festival someday. We don’t have the proper connections though. It’s ok. It’s fun to live in dreams. Oh, and the secret is out, the worlds not coming to an end. It’s just a hoax.
Josh: We hope that more than three people will listen to our music this year. It’s a noble goal, but with Rock In China’s help, we can reach it. Listen and download for FREE our three albums at STEGOSAURUS.BANDCAMP.COM.

Azchael: Your three recent albums are all up on bandcamp and available for free. Why? Don’t you think you deserve money for the music you make?
Bren: Because we’re just nice like that. We hope the “free” tag will attract more listeners. Do we deserve money? I don’t know. But if somebody enjoys the music and wants to donate a bit for it, we won’t stop you.
Josh: Well, we’ve had two purchases in total for our new album. We mostly make music for fun. Our concerts actually almost paid for Purple Pachyderm in whole, recording, mixing, mastering, printing… Since I download music for free online, why not give our album for free?

Azchael: What are the stories behind the three records?
Bren: Record one, self titled Stegosaurus?, was born of songs written long ago. Some that had aged like fine wine and others that didn’t yet quite reach their full maturation level before being released on the public. In any case, it set the ground work for the mixed up sounds that leave question marks in the ears of listeners. “What just happened there?”

Record two, Our Songs B-side You, was brought upon by the excess of songs that were meant to create a second album. We made this album up of the more fun and playful childlike songs. It’ll make you laugh and cry and kiss your 30 minutes goodbye. It’s like a warm up for our third album released just a month after this one.

Purple Pachyderm, record number three. You think the name is ridiculous don’t you? Well, that’s how we like it. Ridiculous. This was originally going to be called ‘Story Time’ and we were going to have a book of short stories to go along with the CD. The stories would have been contributed by other people. The idea wasn’t hashing out as planned and we got bored of the idea and moved on to bigger and better things that are getting very little to no coverage. Yay for interwebs! So now we’re sitting on our hands keeping them warm for winter. I don’t know what that means.

Azchael: Thanks a lot for the interview!

Interview with Pairs (2012) | The End of the World …

Pairs‘ Xiao Zhong is a pretty outgoing and extrovert character with his own history of controversial statements and expressive interviews. Once upon a time Xiao Zhong had talked with Rock in China about the Shanghai music scene and now we are following up on his earlier remarks, just in time before the world as we know it is coming to a timely end in December this year.

Listen to one of their new songs:

Azchael of Rock in China and Xiao Zhong for Pairs on September 23rd 2012, ten o’clock in the morning, and yes, that is on a Sunday! Talking about the proposed end of the world this December, the Shanghai band scene and Pairs new record.

Azchael: Welcome to the end of the world? What are your plans before December?

Pairs: Personally, to make it through this working year, it been a bit of hell ride and I expect it to be so later on as well.

For the band, we have two releases scheduled. One in October and one in November. The October one is an 8-track record called Grandparent, and in November we have a double vinyl coming out on Metal Postcard Records calls If This Cockroach Doesn’t Die, I will. Thereafter we are heading for a tour in December in Singapore and Malaysia and then, well, we are dead.

Azchael: Why are you going to release two records in such a short time?

Pairs: The October record is the one we produced with one guy who came over from LA. We wrote a few songs and it just took forever to get out. We had thought it was going to be ready in March, but its only ready now and we wanted it to be released before the double vinyl.

Azchael: Thatguy is Manny from LA, or?

Pairs: Yeah.

Azchael: Being confronted with the dawn of civilization, what should we leave behind for Aliens to discover?

Pairs: Certainly not any of our releases (laughs). That’s a hard question for a Sunday morning. I would say the WTF podcast by Marc Maron. That is really something, he has over 300 podcasts interviewing comedians, celebrities, musicians, writers and so on. And he is doing that in a very honest, open and raw way. So his podcasts should be left behind for Aliens to discover.

Azchael: We have established that the world is going to end and what we are going to leave behind. How do you think the world is coming to an end? Will it be Aliens, Meteors or the Dinosaurs returning? What’s your bet?

Pairs: I think it will be people turning on each other and fucking eating each other. People are fighting for all reasons but mostly no real reason. People are pretty dumb, so I think the world will come to an end one way or another by people fighting each other.

Azchael: So how is Shanghai doing in that respect?

Pairs: Yeah, fuck yeah, I’m sure you’ve read about what’s been happening here. But even at work we are already fighting each other. You know, it’s interesting to work in China and working with Chinese. At the beginning everything is fine, but then people start to turn on each other in really vindictive ways so to feel like they are getting ahead, which they aren’t. Just like two days ago in a work meeting I saw a very blatant attempt to hurt someone on our team.

Azchael: So how about Shanghai music scene? Is there also a lot of fighting happening? Or is there a big unity?

Pairs: If there is fighting I am probably the guy causing it! In terms of unity, I don’t see it a whole lot, but Twin Horizon and Zhang Nan have brought a few things together. But I see a few bands riding on coattails and that kind of jive. But that may be me projecting and being too jaded.  I think in the scene we are kind on our own at the moment. It’s my fault. Well no super close ties with one band or one group. We drift along.

Azchael: So what should change?

Pairs: We had that interview last year where I already complained a lot. This is a city of fucking 22 million people and there is just a handful of places to play. People shit on each here – myself included, the bookers are so unorganized, -I mean, they don’t send out emails asking for bands, they wait for the bands to contact them and the bands wait for bookers to come to them. They are so lazy. Nothing has changed since last year! Be great if we had one big night a month, something that could become a tradition or just a cool momentum, but venues aren’t really up for the growing pains thing. They want instant success, and that’s understandable when your dealing with something as fickle as business in China, but still, it’s all about the short term.

Azchael: After our interview, the compilation We Are Shanghai was released including a song of Pairs. Why did you participate?

Pairs: The organizers behind the compilation are really nice guys, and we were not super aware of the foreign heavy lineup. For us it was sending a 50 seconds song. It took me 3 minutes to attach it to an email, so there was no effort involved.

Azchael: They are planning a “We Are Shanghai 2”, will you participate again?

Pairs: They don’t want to have repeat bands on the compilation, but yes, if there is no effort involved, like in the first compilation, we would participate. Good things came from the first compilation, people listening to our song and contacting us for more. So, yeah. But if they wanted a new, un released song, then nope.

Azchael: Are there any other projects like this happening in Shanghai at the moment?

Pairs: Probably but nothing that I can think of off the top of my head; no one is so organized. And even the We Are Shanghai didn’t get out of China much. We brought it to New Zealand, Rainbow Danger Club brought a few copies to the USA, but then I think it’s mostly a bandcamp page.

Azchael: You brought it to Australia via tenzenmen?

Pairs: Yes, he is a mad man.

Azchael: I saw him shipping mostly Maybe Mars records, right?

Pairs: Yes, he gets them probably from Nevin now. In the beginning we have helped him to get the CDs. We ordered them from taobao and then to him, but we have stopped doing too much on Taobao and now he gets them directly from Maybe Mars. Makes more sense, I guess.

Azchael: Now, in terms of going international, you mentioned that you are heading for Malaysia and Singapore in December. Are you organizing that by yourself DIY or via a tour company.

Pairs: Cher at 7X07X7 is helping us to get everything sorted. They are great! They are dedicated, loyal and organized and they have a system that supports you. It’s really a joy working with them and they are much better than the fucking bookers in Shanghai.

Azchael: For me Pairs is a DIY and now you say that you are using a tour company instead of doing it yourself, isn’t that contradictory?

Pairs: Contradictory in your thoughts but not in mine! 7X07X7  is a DIY group, they don’t make real money with that, that I’m aware of. It’s more like a group that has a system in place, something like if a band contacts you and asks for help in Macau, then you would know the right contacts, right? So we have not talked money yet, but I will not pay money directly and I don’t think they are expecting anything.

Azchael: How you got to know them?

Pairs: Via a friend, Dostav, as it usually happens, someone knows someone and refers that to us.

Azchael: Why are Shanghai bands not using that?

Pairs: Shanghai bands are pretty happy in Shanghai, I guess, plus the occasional trip to Beijing and Wuhan. They should get to Malaysia though, I heard it’s an awesome scene there with a small shack  of 50 kids, screaming, dancing and stage diving. Great venues there.

Azchael: So what venues are there in Shanghai right now?

Pairs: Live Bar, Lune, YYT, Melting Pot, 696, Beedes 390, Harley’s, Mao, Corner Bar in Songjiang, D Club… That’s about it.

Azchael: Last year we had an interview that I think many regarding as rant on Shanghai. Any new things to rant about?

Pairs: Fuck man, it’s still the same, nothing has changed. You know, just recently we were booked with another band and the date got changed. So I contact their bassist and asked if that is cool for them. He didn’t reply. I went ahead and added the new date on weibo, changed the poster, etc. A week later I check with him again, so he says “oh yeah, it’s cool with me, but I don’t know about the other two band members”, then 5 minutes later he comes back and says “our drummer can’t make that date”. That is pretty fucking dumb! There is no communication. That guy knows for a week about the date but can’t check with his guys even though it only takes 5 minutes for him! Dealing with things of this nature almost weekly, if not daily – that’s one of the reasons that our new record is so full of frustration!

Azchael: Can we have a preview song of the new record?

Pairs: Sure no issue, I can send you the song that I did screaming about the Shanghai bands, I think that catches the frustration pretty nice.

Azchael: What’s that song about?

Pairs: I wrote the song one night and it’s all about my feeling towards the Shanghai band scene on that particular night. I don’t name anyone in particular but if you see the lyrics I guess a lot of people will recognize themselves somehow in that. Probably see me on the end of a lot of drunken ‘who is that about?’ conversations.

Azchael: When I check your facebook, I often see photos of e.g. Pairs and comments about Pairs being nominated for the Oscars, etc. What is that supposed to mean?

Pairs: That’s just some bullshit about a shit eating expat magazine here They only know 4 bands and as I am a white guy and speak English and am in constant contact with the English media, we get somehow on those “best band” etc. lists. They have no idea about the scene and no real interest in supporting it, except their new person, Kat is awesome! However, we were nominated for Best DJ’s one year.  Man, I don’t know if I really belong in Shanghai.

Azchael: So where do you belong to?

Pairs: Nepal? They have a good scene there, I heard!

Azchael: Any last words?

Pairs: Congratulations on reaching 10 million visitors at Rock in China!

An honest review of touring China – by Leighton Koizumi

Thanks to Cool Ghoul for pointing out this highlight of a tour diary / tour summary, written by Leighton Koizumi. The usual tour diary of a foreign band reads something like “Wow! Awesome! Great! So hard! Still so good! Let’s do it again!”, bringing forward the typical “it’s a developing country, so don’t expect much” attitude paired with the enthusiasm of finally being discovered (for so many bands that came, well… are not so famous back home).

As such it is refreshing to read a piece of experience that is very personal in its writing style and yet offering a lot of advice once one has discarded all the one-time negative happenings. The complaints about lack of equipment, lack of tour management, shitty accomodation, endless train rides, etc. reflects probably what most bands are experiencing.

Some might call it a rant, I applaud him for his honesty and guts to just say what he feels!

Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Photo, courtesy of Azchael, Raging Mob at 13 Club, unrelated to the above blog posts but still cool looking foreigners in China.

Even Less | Depressive Beijing Rock

Another discovery of mine, thanks for the vast Pest Productions bandcamp page: Even Less, a depressive Beijing rock band. Since their formation in 2009, they have produced two major records: A 2011 single of 11 minutes run time called In Another Life and a 2012 record called Soundtrack of a Wasted Day.

Enjoy!

We Are Shanghai Vol. 2 – Call For Artists

The WE ARE SHANGHAI compilation is a free online compilation of Chinese artists released to be a snapshot of the scene and to represent Shanghai. Now, the makers of this compilation make their plans true: Vol. 2 is going to be released. Here is their call for Shanghai artists:

Music-Makers of Shanghai,

It’s time to begin working on the next installment of We Are Shanghai!  We’re inviting you to submit a song for Volume 2, to be released later this year.  Volume 1 was well-received, and we’re looking forward to putting together a stellar lineup of bands and artists for the next one.

Here’s the deal: You have until the end of June to submit to us a high-quality .wav file of a song of yours.  We’d prefer it if songs were under 5 minutes in length, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.  Last time, we had more submissions than we could use, and we’re really hoping to get even more this time around.  We’re looking for good songs from a wide spectrum of genres. We want songs and artists that represent what’s happening in Shanghai and who are actively shaping the city’s music scene.

While all tracks are welcome, this compilation is a great opportunity for you to showcase new music.  As such, we hope that you’ll provide us with something that was recorded relatively recently, if not a new song altogether.  If you guys need help, JC and Nichols may be available for mixing and other recording assistance.

Also, if you are a graphic artist and would like to contribute to the cover art, let us know! Please send your submissions and other questions to jc@twinhorizon.com.

Thanks,
Bren, Nichols, Adam, JC and Ivan

上海的音乐人,侬好

差不多是要准备下一张《We Are Shanghai》的时候了!在此我们邀请你们为即将在今年底发布的合集第二弹贡献提交一首歌。第一弹反响特别好,所以我们期待再次集结一批闪亮耀眼的乐队和艺人。

你们所需要做的就是,在六月底前提交给我们一首高质量wav版本的作品。若非必不得已,时长五分钟以内为好。去年,我们所有的提交作品远比我们最终录用的多得多,期待今年能够收到更多优秀作品。我们不限定曲风,欢迎任何歌曲和艺人来展现上海现今活跃的音乐氛围。

我们欢迎任何歌曲,也正因如此,加入这张合集也是为你展示新歌的好机会。所以如果你们没有录制任何新歌,我们希望你能提供给我们一首相对较新的作品。如果你们需要任何帮助,JC和Nichols可以为你们混音或者帮助你们录音。

最后,如果你是个平面艺术家并且乐意贡献给我们一张图片座位封面,请告诉我们!请发你的歌或者任何问题给jc@twinhorizon.com.

谢谢,

Bren,Nichols,Adam,JC和Ivan

Experimental music from and in Beijing | Pangbianr’s Take No. 2

Pangbianr has done it again! They have made good quality music available for free for interested listeners worldwide! In their own words:

This year’s compilation documents fresh-born newcomers, the deepening maturity of the Beijing 20-something noise set, and new moves from the Old Guard. In the last year, new bands like Mr. Ray (Beijing) and Stalin Gardens(Shanghai) have sprung up to say, “I see that weird post-punk shit you’re doing and we can do it too, and better, and younger!” In the last year the college-age-ish crowd around D-22′s Zoomin’ Night came into their own, reaching a peak just in time for the last ever Zoomin’ Night in January, mourning & celebrating the end of D-22‘s near 6-year life. The Zoomin’ kids have caught the attention of their forerunners, prompting scene godfatherYan Jun to include some of the young bucks in his recent “improv committees.”

Here are the Credits & Track Notes:

Cover artLulu Chow

1. Fat City – “Familiar (熟悉)”

outtake from the Fat City/Luxinpei “Super Split”:gbjd.bandcamp.com/album/super-split

2. Stalin Gardens – “Osteosarcoma”
demo track from new Shanghai band: site.douban.com/sg

3. 1/2 Heavy Korean – “乃哥的歌 (Joe’s Song)”
practice room recording, April 2011. more here: soundcloud.com/halfhk

4. MeiZhiYong (梅志勇) – “Good swing”
new, unreleased track from Northeastern China’s MeiZhiYong. check out his cassette label, Fuzz Tape: fuzztape.com

5. Xiao Hong Yu Xiao Xiao Hong (小红与小小红) – “未命名 (unnamed song)”
live @ D-22′s final Zoomin’ Night, 10 January 2012. recorded by Zhu Wenbo.site.douban.com/xhyxxh

6. Mr. Ray – “鱼 (fish)”
live at D-22′s Zoomin’ Night, 11 October 2011. recorded by Zhu Wenbo.site.douban.com/mystery

7. Carsick Cars + Li Qing + Yang Fan – “Fishing”
studio outtake, 17 February 2012

8. Chui Wan (吹万) – “new song/improv (新歌/即兴)”
live @ D-22′s final Zoomin’ Night, 10 January 2012. recorded by Will Griffithsite.douban.com/chuiwan

9. Soviet Pop – “System * System”
Live recording of Soviet Pop`s “System * System” performance at Three Shadows Photography Gallery in Beijing, 24 April 2011. They used one 4-track recorder, two cassette players, and two modular synths. They recorded 4 different tracks of sound at different speeds. The samples are from Stockhausen and Tenjo Sajiki. more info on Soviet Pop:site.douban.com/sovietpop

10. Vagus Nerve (迷走神经) – “A Recurrence of 3600 Years”
Vagus Nerve is Li Jianhong and Vavabond. This is the last track on the unreleased Vagus Nerve album “Go Back to the Sirus.”

11. Ad Hoc Improv Committee (临时即兴委员会) – “Half-Animal workshop (excerpt)”
Ad Hoc Improv Committee plays at Half-Animal workshop (music as field recording), 1 March 2012, The Pavilion, Beijing. artists: Yan Jun, Olaf Hochherz, Yan Yulong, Zhang Shouwang, Li Zenghui, Li Qing, Shi Yang, VAVABOND, Iku Sakan. workshop concept by: Olaf Hochherz.