Results tagged “8 Eye Spy” from Jake Newby

It's a big weekend of live music

p458963873.jpgUPDATE: Check out the comments where a couple of people in the know have made up for my ill-informed support act ramblings.

So things are supposed to quieten down here in the summer. Someone forgot to tell the local promoters evidently, as there's a whole bunch of 'shit, I'm really not sure which show to go to' moments coming up this weekend. Here's how it's going down:


Not Me, FREE! It might not be live exactly, but Sacco's Indie Heart Attack is off. The. Hook. Go, go, go.


MAO Livehouse, 40RMB. Duck Fight Goose and Boojii bring their Adventure of Strange Rock tour back home with a show at MAO. The Fever Machine are in support so make sure you get there promptly (9pm). As if that wasn't enough, the bill is completed by 8 Eye Spy, the Nanjing experimental rock act whose album Yang Haisong says is the record he's most proud of (he produced it).

Zhijiang Dream Factory, 150RMB. Caribou, the Canadian guy and his band, not the Pixies song, hit town thanks to the good people at Splitworks. Not sure who's in support, but it's a big show all the same.


MAO Livehouse, 80RMB. By all accounts excellent Beijing bluegrass act The Redbucks come down our way to promote their new album.

Not Me, 25RMB. The latest Mini-E showcase sees Sun Ye take prominence with new material and remixes of his stuff by ZiSTER and MHP, the other two acts to play on the night.

Yuyintang, 40RMB. More Canadian band action as Jets Overhead land at Yuyintang. If you were at Midi in Zhenjiang last year, you probably remember them. The brilliant Pairs are in support, which makes for a nice match up at 40 kuai.

696 Livehouse, 50RMB. 696 haven't revealed the name of the local band that they've booked to play tonight. Wonder why? Maybe they're a bit controversial or something? Who knows? They're promising a (ahem) top (ahem) act though so might be worth heading up to Hongkou for a look...

That lot should keep you busy anyway.

A few things to listen to and watch

| here's a round up of what's been put up on Douban recently.

There's a new track up from the Curry Soap, one of the acts that this blog likes to follow closely. It's called Old Hong Kong and you'll find it here.

Another track comes courtesy of Runaway Snail. Their's is called Argentinians' Melancholy and can be heard right here.

Army in the Cupboard is the name of a new track from Sun Ye, which you can have a listen to by following this link. It's pretty different from his other stuff, but as always I recommend you give it a go.

Chaos Mind have added a recording of Fxxk Me Hard taken from a practice session back in August. I'm not sure what Fxxk could mean, but it certainly rocks hard. Check it out here. They've also put up some videos of their recent YYT show, one of which is embedded on the right here. The rest are here.

Hama (her out of Second) has a new demo up as well. It's called Secret and is here. As a special New Year's treat, she's also made the track Philosopher available for download. You'll see it on her artist page as well.

Finally, Nanjing's 8 Eye Spy performed at D-22 in Beijing recently to celebrate the release of their new album, How Damn Far to Yinma Lane? There's a whole load of videos from the show and an interview with MOGO, right here

China: A Mixtape

For a while now, I've noticed someone called Tenzenmen popping up on Douban leaving comments on the artist pages for a lot of people I like and asking about how to get a hold of the music. Turns out, it was Shaun from the Sydney-based Tenzenmen label and he was putting together a mixtape of all those artists.

You'll notice quite a few blog favourites on the tracklisting:

01 - Low Wormwood (Di Ku Ai) - Who - 5.11
02 - The Curry Soap - Little Northern Europe - 4.18
03 - Godot - No 4 - 6.26
04 - Demmy - Will You Remember Me Tomorrow - 6.42
05 - 21 Grams - 21 Grams - 7.58
06 - 8 Eye Spy - Live - 2.10
07 - Cover People - Trip To... - 3.07
08 - Snapline - Nice Dream - 3.11
09 - White - 47 Rockets (For Wan Hu) - 5.10
10 - Little Nature - Different World - 3.00
11 - Sonnet - A Nice Song - 3.10
12 - I.D.H. - Final Trial - 3.53
13 - Boys Climbing Ropes - Dirty Bots - 4.35
14 - Lava Ox Sea - Regnarts! Yeh - 6.15
15 - 24 Hours - Mr Stevenson (with Train) - 3.24
16 - You Mei You - All Talk No Action - 1.36
17 - Mortal Fools - Drink! Drink! Drink! - 2.04
18 - Muscle Snog - Think and Shit - 3.48
19 - Fanzui Xiangfa - Kill Your Television - 1.04
20 - The Curry Soap - You Keep Everything But His Heart - 1.06
21 - D!O!D!O!D! - A02 - .53

You can download the mixtape for free and read a bit more about it and Shaun here. Go check it out. One comment which is particularly telling from Shaun is this: "Even without understanding the language it's fairly simple to click around these sites [douban and] and discover the motherlode of music you never heard before." Exactly...

Listen here

pupu.jpgThe Mushrooms have made the full length demo versions of several tracks available for streaming on their Douban artist page. Go check them out now by clicking here. I still feel The Mushrooms are best experienced live (like this), but these are some decent recordings and it's nice to have the full versions available. With tracks like this, someone should sign them to a label or something - it'd be easy to get these recorded and a proper album put out pretty quickly right? What? Oh.

I shan't bang on too much about why The Mushrooms are so good but, even if you don't dig these recordings, you should really check them out live some time. They are a fantastic live act. Look at the reactions on the faces of the crowd in these photos - tells you all you need to know.

Another quick listen that I'm going to tag on the end here just because - 8 Eye Spy have put up a track from their forthcoming (or maybe out now?) album. It's called 上西天 and you can listen to it here.

On those Maybe Noise albums (8 Eye Spy and Muscle Snog), the latter certainly seems to be out in Beijing so it's just us down here in Shanghai waiting for it now. You can probably find it on the Taobao (I haven't looked yet), but Shanghai Tattoo have said they'll let me know when it's in. When they do, I'll let you know too (as long as there's a copy left for me when I go to get one).

Podcast Four: Muscle Snog "Call It Pop Song"


Correction: We were so hyped in the podcast that we called the song Not A Pop Song. It is, in fact, called Call It Pop Song.

Here it is then, podcast number four. In this week's outing, we ask whether all the hype was justified over Pet Conspiracy as well as discussing the MAO show in general and the bizarre case of the t-shirt snatching photographer. We also talk about Hanggai's bai jiu fuelled gig the following night at the Dream Factory before moving on to look at two very exciting upcoming CD releases - new albums from Muscle Snog and 8 Eye Spy. Finally, we take a look ahead to this weekend's action before playing you out with an exclusive Muscle Snog track, which we manage to give the wrong name to (Jake was thinking of the Curry Soap's This is Not a Sad Song at the time).

And here's the links to go with it all if you're the multi-tasking type:

Pet Conspiracy at MAO
The nudity and the hype
Pet Conspiracy on the MySpace
Boys Climbing Ropes
Duck Fight Goose
The write up
The photographers debate

Hanggai's MySpace
The write up

Maybe Noise
A little bit about Muscle Snog and their Douban
8 Eye Spy's MySpace
A review of RESO 8 (organised by Mai Mai)
the Curry Soap
A little bit about Sun Ye
[As we were recording, Maybe Mars released an announcement on Douban to say that Mind Shop is now on sale - allow a couple of days for it to get to Shanghai though]
Stockist details

Dan Shapiro's weekend preview
Candy Shop
Black Luna
Forget and Forgive
Why Andy can't forget or forgive Lightninger
Chaos Mind
Screaming Saviour
Six Shot
October Capricorn
Mr Chelonian

Muscle Snog and 8 Eye Spy CDs coming your way soon

8Eyespy.jpgFor real this time.

Back in late September, I said that the new Muscle Snog album - their first and possibly last studio long player - was due out on October 1st. It was, I wasn't lying. Trouble is, there were some problems with the ability to print the artwork and the CDs got held up at the factory. Same thing happened with 8 Eye Spy's record. It was frustrating.

But the latest word from Maybe Mars (both records were produced via the Maybe Noise label - a collaboration between the Beijing lot and Miniless) is that Mind Shop is being shipped to distribution points right about now and that 8 Eye Spy's album will be out this week too. That means you can soon get your grubby little hands on them right here in Shanghai. Brilliant. You'll find them at the usual places: Shanghai Tattoo down at the Cool Docks and 2049 (300, Guoding Lu, near Wujiaochang). Given that neither of these places are the easiest to get to (unless you're a student at Fudan or work at Kebabs on the Grill), you might want to call ahead to check they have them before you set out.

And these are a couple of records you are definitely going to want to buy. Don't believe me? Check out the new recording of Happy Dreamer on a Sad Bed that Muscle Snog just put up on their Douban artist page. Try the other tracks on for size too. You'll like them. For a taste of what 8 Eye Spy have to offer, hit up their MySpace


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