I'm going to start this post with an excuse
a preface - just for Aric
. I really just like to focus on the shows and bands here and it's just my personal blog. I have previously mentioned that covering other sites is futile as they disappear quickly and blah blah blah ... but
, I have become a post whore.
Let me define that.
Post Whore: Someone that posts something only vaguely related to the usual content, or perhaps something they previous swore off on principal, in order to obsessively maintain a high monthly post count on their blog.
Okay. So, this month I surfed into a brand new Shanghai Music Scene website while googling TooKoo. It's called Layabozi (spicy duck neck) and you can find it here:
It's thoroughly modern and combines elements of traditonal web layouts and blog/2.0 features. I was just reading their post on tonight's PK-14 show when I thought to make a post of my own. The first thing I noticed about it is that mysterio thing a lot of netizens do. Someone who makes a site like this is obviously a regular on the scene but declines to give away their real identity anywhere on the site. I do suppose though, that to anyone who knows them "Chilean amateur flautist" probably makes it pretty obvious. In fact now I already have an idea that I met them at TooKoo last night. The real drawback is that you may write something they don't like, having no idea who they are, and be heading to your doom at the next show.
The site itself is more into the China Music Radar
territory and wanders into several scenes and genres, also the 'biz' in general. It covers Jazz and has a review of a Joy Division CD along side reports on underground rock shows. Another sign that the site aspires to 'magazine standards' is the writing style. Here's an excerpt from the latest post:
This is the pagan celebration of music, the dancers around
the fires of creation celebrating the force of live music, turning on the
inspiration, the hearts and the engines. For all of those about to say there's
no rock in Shanghai, we recommend extreme care before pronouncing these words,
you may be slapped by one of the dark wings of the demons flying over Shanghai.
It's as simple as if you don't feel it, it's just not for you. And for those
chosen to participate, join the lines and spread the word: Rock is striking out
Shanghai. Hell Yeah!!!!
Here is a description of Brad Ferguson:
Ferguson is one of the demons of Rock, who as many custodial
demons, has been called to protect and feed the fires of Rock&Roll and
during this present age Shanghai is the proud designated zone under his dark
So, if you're into this style, perhaps Layabozi is the music mag you have been missing, check it out.