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A Forest

April 28, 2008

Had to take a trip way out into west Berlin this morning. Staring out the window, I kept catching myself thinking about how green Berlin is—parks, plants, forests appear everywhere. Somehow, this is going to segue into a post about a brilliant performance of The Cure’s A Forest from 1980.

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What are Curses?

April 21, 2008

Very Short List guided me to a bizarrely edited clip of Charlie Rose talking to Charlie Rose about technology, which somehow led me to Animal Collective’s new video for Water Curses, directed by Andrew Kuo, whose data visualization of recent Boredoms shows was featured last week in the New York Times.

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Re-TROS! Live!

January 29, 2008

We’d never actually seen Re-TROS (Re-establishing the Rights of Statues and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) play live but we’d heard a lot about them from our friend Damon, who’s been extolling the band’s virtues for several months now. We finally had the chance the other night at one of Beijing’s most popular live venues, the Mao Livehouse. One of the more established indie bands in Beijing, the three-piece had the place packed with their biggest fans. They sounded great and we were pleased to hear a few Bauhaus covers towards the end!

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Song Beijing

December 5, 2007

Beijing music connoisseur and promoter extraordinaire, Neebing, is launching his new restaurant/bar venture, Song, inside of The Place on Guanghua Lu. Described as a location to “promote local creativity in Beijing, Sòng has brought the best local design and creatives together to create a warm, cosy and chilled environment for good food, great music and drinks.” The opening party on December 12 will feature the seminal dance music duo Coldcut.

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October 24, 2007

FM3’s Tuesday night performance at 2 Kolegas was certainly a treat. The defining element of FM3’s sound is the drone collage – a technique they developed through their much lauded Buddha Box performances. The highlight of the show was the final number in which the drone of loops and guitar built to a glorious crescendo with Jonathan Leijonhufvud of PK14 joining in on drums. When the fog finally settled, the set closed out with the audience joining the band in an a cappella rendition of a traditional Chinese folk song. One of the few moving performances I’ve seen this year.

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September 27, 2007

Pleasantly surprised by what I heard at MAO Live House last night. After catching the end of New Pants power-pop set, I ran into James Chang, who happened to be VJing the next act. He seemed pretty confident that it would be worth hanging around for – turned out he was right! IGO is a new collaboration between B6, a well-know electro dj from Shanghai, and vocalist JJay, who sings in English and has clearly studied at the alter of Dave Gahan. Throughout the show I was reminded of Red Flag – another Depeche Mode disciple that played big, catchy hooks and danceable melodies, but never quite stepped out of the shadow of its influencers. These aren’t sounds you haven’t heard before, but they are fun, well produced and refreshingly not in line with Beijing’s largely punk-based music output. They’ve got a few tracks on their MySpace page. Give em a listen.

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All Cats Are Grey

July 31, 2007

Ok, so we went to Hong Kong this weekend. And The Cure was playing. And we went. And Robert Smith is still amazing. They played a 3+ hr long set that included most of the hits as well as some crate diggers (Kyoto Song, 100 Years) and a blazing second-encore rendition of A Forest that made me very happy.

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Hao Pengyou

June 5, 2007

At the edge of Beijing’s old driven-in theater is a little club called 2 Kolegas. Nothing fancy, but they regularly book some of the best local musicians – like PK 14. Always a welcome sound in the Gray City.

Finished the night off at the unfortunately named China Doll. Yeah, they have lights. Yeah, they have techno. What?

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Wang Lei

December 10, 2006

It’s a crime that more people didn’t show up for Wang Lei’s performance at Yu Gong Yi Shan this weekend. The man has got style. And it shows in his music.

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Rear Window

September 10, 2006

Preparing for their daily constitutional, our neighbor’s peigons will fly circles above the courtyard between our apartment buildings before returning to their roost.

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