Results tagged “video” from Andy Best

Videos: Astrofuck live in Yuyintang

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Warning: this is my band, lack of objectivity alert.

Some media is coming in from Saturday's show. Here are two and half tracks from Astrofuck's set, available in Tudou (China) or Youtube. I say half, because Love is Shit had a mid way break for computer hijinks, we kept the moment in because it's quite funny. Also, you can hear Chris Ginn at the start, pleading for a shorter song length. Did he use telekinesis to get his wish? 

Dog Fucker's Manual tudou youtube
Love Is Shit tudou youtube
Five Kuai Bullet tudou youtube



Video: xLost in Painx live @ Yuyintang

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Here's a ten or so minute set from Shanghai's xLost in Painx taken at Yuyintang on Sunday. They are joined on stage by Before The Daylight's Moli about halfway through.


Video: Guren live @ Uptown

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I see a bunch of touring cultural stuff here and I usually separate it from 'the scene' and therefor mostly from the blog. I saw these guys on three separate occasions this week, including some collaborations that have prodded me to write a post, coming up shortly, so here's a taste of their stuff in its purest form.

DJ B.O. brought them down as part of his ongoing Rock Nadaam series. Altan-Od is a Khomeii expert (Mongolian throat singing) from the town Darkhan. Khongor is a specialist in the Morinkhuur fiddle and is from Ulaanbataar. Together they are Guren. The video has two short sections.

PS: I have laid out my definition for 'the scene' in regards to this blog many times, but most clearly in here.


Tudou: The Other live @ Yuyintang

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Here's a video of The Other playing at Yuyintang. Later tracks were even better but I'd got one and wanted to just enjoy the show. So here you go.



Stego parodies our vid: "Sunny Bono"

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A little while back, our band Astrofuck released our first video "The Funeral." You can see the original here. Now, Shanghai rock band and tricksters Stegosaurus? have done a parody video. No matter if you're not familiar with us or Shanghai in general you can still enjoy this video for Bren's performance as Sonny Bono. If there's some kind of Shanghai music scene comedy award, he should get it for his expression and look directly after he eyeballs the guy passing him coming the opposite direction. 



Video: Skip Skip Ben Ben Last Light live

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Here's a video of Skip Skip Ben Ben performing their track Last Light live at Beijing Mao on May 10th, just a few days ago. It's from the recent album Sacrifice Mountain Hills, which is amazing. I got it from Maybe Mars' Taobao after seeing them in Yuyintang last year. Plenty has written about this band already, grab the album to support.



Vid: Astrofuck "The Funeral"

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Note: if you can't see the embedded Vimeo player (best quality) try these: Youtube Youku (China)

VJ Tina Sprinkles and Redscale Studios have made us a video for our dreamy, abstract track, The Funeral. It just happens that wandering around Shanghai actually feels like this at times.



Astrofuck "The Funeral" from Redscale Studios on Vimeo.

Video: Queen Sea Big Shark Bling Bling Bling MV

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Queen Sea Big Shark are a Beijing band who started out with a retro-rock album, Lightning Metropolis, and who then moved into retro-dance and decided to be the champions of the emerging festival and sponsorship scene. 

They did it. Their Douban numbers rule Douban underground band pages. They also seem to be able to randomly throw in more indie rock oriented tracks into the middle of their electro material and get away with it. It's all fueled by their charismatic singer Fu Han and well planned live shows. It would be dishonest of me to blog the China scene and not check in with these guys from time to time, they are right up there.

Check out Glow In The Dark from the demos here, to get a feel for their recent style. And here's a newer music vid:



Video: Nova Heart My Song 9 (Live)

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Here is a well produced live video of Nova Heart playing My Song 9 live in Beijing. It comes courtesy of Live Beijing Music, who also shot it. 

Nova Heart is the latest project from former Ziyou and Pet Conspiracy singer Helen Feng. It has evolved into a full band. Strangely, it has re-united Atom and Bo Xuan from the original Hedgehog line-up too. If you click on Nova Heart but are not a Chinese reader, the music is in the second tab along, under the band name.



Be in a Shanghai scene music video this Saturday

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Photo: Rob Zombie

Shanghai garage / retro rock band Roundeye are shooting footage for a video this Saturday. Frontman Chachy says it's 'Zombie flick' themed, and that it will be fun and there will be beer. 

It will be shot in the dungeons basement rooms that house Juju, Post Tape and Studio Pony. That's under the Huashan Gardens complex at the junction of Huashan Road and Huaihai Road (a bit to the north of Xu Jia Hui.)

They are meeting out at the intersection at 12.30 on Saturday (23rd February). That's 12.30 around lunchtime.

Anyone not confident about just showing up can get more details from Chachy via this e-mail: roundeye (at) outlook (dot) com

Video: Twos If You Want To

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Long term local scene veteran Batman Li Xing has a new act which sees him paired with Robin (really) for an adventure in electro-guitar crossover. They are called Twos and I'm not sure how to really describe them. Luckily, they have provided a clear vid for us to check out. Thanks, guys.



(ruling) Video: Anyone can learn to count in Chinese

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All previous attempts to make so-called "laowai" videos or funny takes on life in Shanghai can but cry on their knees as this video beats them down, eviscerates them then relieves itself on their still warm corpses.

And the winner is ... Death To Giants



Video: Tinderbox, Shanghai pop

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Shanghai four piece Tinderbox (听盒) , formerly Biu Biu, play straight saccharine pop with no irony. However, the band members all came up through the independent scene in various bands and write and play everything themselves. They are honest. Longer term followers of the scene will know bassist KK from Bang Bang Tang.

Here is their latest vid.



Video: Chinese Football 飞鱼转身

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Wuhan band Chinese Football play somewhere between jangly Brit indie and older post-rock. I'm no good at classifying. Check out their page and demos here. And watch the vid.



Video: Pairs "Surgeon"

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Hot off their delayed release Grandparent, Pairs have put out their double vinyl If this cockroach doesn't die, I will. Here is the video for the song "A surgeon at a hospital in Shanghai severed a nerve in my groin." It starts with Xiao Zhong in bed and ends with a show at Shanghai's Live Bar.

Get the album here at Bandcamp



Video: Pairs Hotel MV

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Here is another one of the Redscale Studios videos from the Pairs album Grandparent. This one is for the track Hotel, which is my favourite on the album and a noise-punk anthem.



Video: 15 years of Reflector = die hard fans

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Beijing based pop-punk band Reflector have posted this video from their 15 year anniversary tour. They are very popular on the scene. I saw them at Yuyintang a few years back and the place was crazy filled to the point of danger, with fans you don't see at the other shows.

In this video we see them playing Little Bar in Chengdu and it's unsurprisingly packed and includes crowd surfing and sing-a-longs. The track is 只有音乐才是我的解药 Music is my only medicine (my liberal translation.)



Pairs MV Gig of the Week

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Pairs worked together with Redscale Studios to create a video for each of the tracks on the new album Grandparent. You can get the album and all the videos on a custom USB key/card from the band. I got one, it's ace. And you don't get the slight quality loss you get from Chinese vid sites like Youku. 

I may be biased, and I like noise punk and lofi, but I think the following video would be cool and would rule on any particular music site you care to mention globally. Before you disagree, remember that those sites love Karmin and Sleigh Bells.  

Here's track one: Gig of the Week



Video: Banana Monkey Double Trouble MV

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Shanghai retro-rockers Banana Monkey have been on and off since their 2006 heyday when they momentarily ruled the scene. One of their oldYYT shows was a real highlight of my time here. Now they are on again and have posted up a video for the track Double Trouble. The song is old but the vid is new and cut from a YYT performance. Check it out.



A Very Special Video: Top Floor Circus 上海童年

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Here is a one of a kind video from Shanghai's Top Floor Circus called Shanghai Childhood 上海童年. It features photos from fans uploaded to Douban of their own Shanghai childhood. The song is sung in Shanghainese and features the usual mix of Lu Chen's sly humour and genuine love for the local culture.



Video: Duck Fight Goose Glass Walls

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Duck Fight Goose have just posted up their new video for the track Glass Walls. Check it out.


Video: Hedgehog The Burning Sun in the Morning

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Here is a new video from Beijing's Hedgehog. Hedgehog started off as a grunge inspired power trio and have had an interesting journey adding many influences via legendary live shows. I also ran into them at the NYL Vinyl release the other week which was a bit of a fanboy moment for me having been to all the Shanghai shows since Happy Idle Kid.



Video: Full live set from Fuzzy Mood

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Beijing based band Fuzzy Mood play a mix of styles falling somewhere in the range of dream pop, post rock and shoegaze ... I dunno. They are good anyway, and liked. A cheer goes up when the first vocals begin. 

They are nice enough to have put up a whole set from this month. Enjoy.



Video: Da Bang cut cut cut

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Beijing band Da Bang, previously also known as Bigger Bang, have posted up this official music video to their track Cut Cut Cut. 



Youtube: Early Androsace video

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Continuing with the theme of regular bands in Shanghai that are breaking up or changing, here's an older but cool looking video of Androsace. This is from when they supported White Eyes in 2010. 

They have recently had to stop all activities and refit after first losing the original bass player and then their Guitar player / songwriter Sasha. 

Youtube: Duck Fight Goose at SXSW

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Duck Fight Goose manager/fifth member Brad Ferguson has been keeping a blog of the band's SXSW festival trip in Texas. Read it here.

Here is a video he posted of the band performing there. Youtube only right now so turn on your VPNs.


Video: Skip Skip Ben Ben @ Yuyintang

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The band have already put up a video on Youku from the Thursday night show. And it's a pretty good representation of the show, I feel. This is the song Kaze. It's a build up type affair so stick with it. Great China style noise indie.

And props to J.C. (the Shanghai based musician, not the fictional character) for finding out what guitar Ban Ban was playing. It was an Italia Mondial.



Video: Shanghai's Must Be Red

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Readers of the blog, or people here who know me, often hear me talk about the Shanghai metal scene. Most of the bands are younger or students but they have Chaos Mind's Sam Dust (Lao Gao) holding things together through his Playful Warrior promoter. The shows are fun and well attended and usually have a good mix of an experienced band to go with the newer bands.

So here's a video just posted by Shanghai band Must Be Red. They are playing at YYT with Chaos Mind on Saturday afternoon.


Video: Cold Fairyland live in Finland

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And now ... for those of us who like our music polished, technical and professional here is an excellent video of Shanghai's veteran folk rockers Cold Fairyland playing a show in Finland. 



Video: whole live set from 21 Grams

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Shanghai post-rock group 21 Grams recently played Yuyintang. Here is a video of their whole set that night. The sound quality is really good. Check it out.



Video: Smegma Riot Fire Fighters (with bonus book)

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Smegma Riot are real unsung heroes. They are based in Kunming and have been there a while. The band are traditional punk style and I saw them when they came to Shanghai on a tour once. It's not hard to imagine some Italian guys in Shanghai putting on obnoxious/funny/anarchic punk rock shows, but in the farthest reaches of Yun'nan? 

Now they have a book all about it. It's only in Italian, but I can think of two people off the bat who can read that and read the blog so here you are: Punk Road in China

And here's a Kunming based video for their song Fire Fighters.



Video: PK14 Behind All Ruptures

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Here is a video of PK 14's Behind All Ruptures directed by David Harris. The video may seem subdued at first but stay with it, the final shot is way weird and very PK 14. 

And the music is PK 14, of course. I like them, and a few other people in China seem to also.



Tis the season to be angry

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Well. Here at Kungfuology Towers we are not unaware that a lot of you are about to enter a period of rest and reflection. You will have your feet up and some time off.

So, if you were going to pick a Chinese band to listen to, you'd have to pick this one. I'll be imagining Michael Buble actually being roasted over an open fire. Have a punk holidays everyone.



Shallow Sleep: animation short with music by The Curry Soap

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Here's an amazing surreal animation short by Chinese art students Gao Yuan and Yue Ming (高源, 岳明). It features original music and soundtrack by Shanghai band The Curry Soap.

It is great and here it is. By the way, there were all sorts of other people involved too, so be sure to read the credits at the end for full props.



Tudou: Manbanpai go to the Strawberry Festival

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More video, this time from Shanghai indie pop outfit Manbanpai. Manbanpai is the full line up project of Zhu Lu He Feng Folk singer Hama and songwriter Fish

In this slickly put together vid, the band plan a set list on the train to the festival, arrive at the grounds then play a set. It's all nice, light and vaguely uplifting. The band's logo says: Slow life is good ... so enjoy music.



Youku: Fengyi (The Fallacy) full live set

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Here is a video of Henan post-punk band The Fallacy (疯医乐队) playing live at Ark in Xin Xiang, a town to the north of Zhengzhou. Watch through the first few minutes and it becomes a straight unedited taping of the show. 

The band also have a full album out now on Beijing label Modern Sky called The Terrible Silence.


Youtube Youku: Hedgehog 最后,我们会一起去海边

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Hedgehog are a Beijing based grunge trio whose career spanning four albums and shows all over China have been a microcosm of the 00's scene itself. 

On the most recent album, Honeyed and Killed, the band took on a more reflective style with longer songs and a new live atmosphere with more noise, jam influence and headbands. Here's a new video from them. Go to the page to see another recent video Sparklehorse.



Youtube Tudou: BCR Grow Up

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To round up the series of posts on X is Y and Boys Climbing Ropes' joint album Summer and Winter Warfare, here's a video for the track Grow Up. 

Enjoy.



Youtube Tudou: AV Okubo Ultraman fights the Buffalo Beast

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Wuhan band AV Okubo have just put out a new video via their label Maybe Mars.

The band are known for their mix of punk rock, electronica and Chinese/East Asian pop culture. They have one full length album under their belt already entitled The Greed of Man. This can all be found at their page. Here.

Note. Translating the video title is tough because Ultraman is from Japan and the monster names in Chinese are very very rough translations. I don't suppose anyone knows the original Japanese name for it do they? Searching Wikipedia now - complete list of Ultrman enemies ... oh my god, here it is.



Youtube Tudou: Xiao He

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Beijing's Maybe Mars label has just put out two music videos for the alt-folk artist Xiao He. One of them The Nineties 《90年代》has a cleanly shot short movie, complete with subtitles, as the vid. Well worth checking out, even if you're not so into Xiao He's thing (shame on you). 

Also, while looking about the label's Douban site, I noticed that they have taken The Molds under their wing. The Molds were brought down to Shanghai by promoter Abe Deyo back in the day and played with The Subs at the Dream factory. They are a Cramps inspired nihilistic rockabilly band ... kind of ... check them out here, scroll down for the demos.

And now, the Xiao He vid. 


Video: Hama recording for ZLHF Folk

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We're often banging on about label Zhu Lu He Feng at Kungfuology Towers. They are a local label who formed and then immediately signed a roster of Shanghai bands. They have Pinkberry, Sonnet, Joker and Plastic Chocolate among others. 

Founder Lezi's biggest achievement was to break into the universities for the first time, in a meaningful way. He now has regular tours of city campuses that include multiple stops. This was genuinely ground breaking.

A lesser known part of ZLHF's business is their sister imprint ZLHF Folk. Where Beijing is famous for its strong folk scene that features trad folk acts with strong northern influences such as Mongolian folk music, ZLHF Folk is centered on young singer-songwriters. 

The newest addition to the roster is Hama:


Here's a video of her during recording sessions for her upcoming EP on the label.

PB festival video, University tours and more

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I still have blog issues of many kinds. In the last post I gave out some clues for using Douban to track bands. Here's a few things floating around.

Label Zhu Lu He Feng are starting round four of their university tour. I can't stress the importance of this. This is completely new ground that label head honcho has cracked then built up to the point of being able to put on a 12 date campus tour - in about two years. 

Here's round four

L.A. two piece Alpine Decline have done a handsome Furs and relocated to Beijing: here's their new Douban page.

And here's a video of Pinkberry at one of the many festivals across the summer. It's Shanghai, there's a beach. Must be Zebra.



Youtube Youku: Low Wormwood MV

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Here is an excellent video and song from Chinese band Low Wormwood. They have an album out on Maybe Mars and are playing Shanghai this Friday night at Mao Livehouse. Fans of modern folk rock rejoice.


Youtube Tudou: Loudspeaker @ Yuyintang

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loudspeakersatNote: Tudou is now doing an auto play thing and I can't figure it out just yet so the video will be after the jump. If it doesn't resolve I'll just go to Youku. Sorry.



Shanghai metal-core trio Loudspeaker have been around for years and they are punk in the true sense of the concept. They love to play, have their own private room at Ju Ju and just keep going and going because they love it. 

Here's the track I Will Be Back from YYT on Friday. Hear the recorded version on this page. Scroll down to see the MP3 player.



Youtube Youku: Mushrooms need you

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The Mushrooms are having a special gig at Mao Livehouse on September 12th where they are making a call to get 1000 people to the show, then they will get the long awaited album out. Here is a video showing various people from the scene recording bits to support the event.

It's Chinese language only.

At the beginning of 2010 I'm sure they could have pulled this off. They filled Yuyintang to capacity several times and had old Mao looking close to full and had really built a fanbase. But after signing with David Tao's new label they all but disappeared for over a year. There have also been line up changes in the guitar department. 

Also the gig is on a Monday at two in the afternoon. Is that a public holiday then? I'll be there providing my wonderful employer doesn't make us work on a holiday. 



Youtube Tudou: Broken Promises live @ Yuyintang

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I took a few videos this time around, at the Summer Screaming show, but there were all kinds of glitches for some reason. Ah well. This shorter clip of Shanghai's Broken Promises came out pretty good. So in the review I mentioned they had a cool singer who really looked the part and led the charge. So here you are ...



Youtube Tudou: Puppets of Distortion

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Here is a video of the Shanghai band Puppets of Distortion taken at the All In Black night on Friday. I'm jostling at first but the video/sound gets clearer at about a minute in where the atmospheric break ends and the heavy riffs kick back in.

If you like heavy music, it's just awesome either way.



Video: Dabaoge: Little Punk

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Via The Push Shove

Quick note, sorry Andy, sorry Nick ... there are all kinds of sites and stuff like this that I don't post because of their involvement with the ad industry A.K.A. Satan. In this case though, I think the guy behind it is a genuinely nice person who I've met and like. It goes a long way.

Little Punk of Shanghai indie band Boys Climbing Ropes has a solo album, which regular readers of the blog will know. The style is lo-fi indie-folk. Here it is on Bandcamp for free DL.

Now here she is doing a video with Dabaoge. LP and BCR guitarist Jordan perform acoustically in one of Shanghai's old lane neighborhoods. The picture quality is pretty good despite being compressed for a streaming site (Miller, tell me how you did it!) and it's so Shanghai. The vocals seem quiet at first but watch on.


Youtube Tudou: Forsaken Autumn live @ Yuyintang

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Here's a video of new Shanghai shoegaze band Forsaken Autumn.

They were on second on Friday for the 0093 four year anniversary (of 0093 YYT shows). This vid came out really well showing the band's wall of noise sound, measured pace and dreamy vocals.

Check it out. I hope they stay together and put in the work as Shanghai doesn't have many bands of this style at the moment.


Youtube Youku: Carsick Cars interview with Mogo

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This video comes courtesy of label Maybe Mars and their Douban page.

Go there for a great selection of tracks from all their bands: go go go scroll down on the first page you see there for the tracks.

This video is a 5 minute long interview with Carsick Cars frontman and creative force Shou Wang. There is a little bit from bassist He Fan too. But, for those without Chinese skills I should mention it's all in Mandarin with no titles. He talks about the new line up and then his influences and his work with electronic sounds also. It's set to a nice montage of songs and various classic photos from their career so far.




Youtube Tudou: Color 4 and Monkey Shines

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Here are two live videos of new Shanghainese bands Color 4 and Monkey Shines, both featuring members of Little Nature strangely. One ex and one current.

Color 4 are seen here at Mao and play pop-punk. Monkey Shines play emo and are seen here at Yuyintang. Interestingly, they are both not far off members' other projects musically. Xiao Ding who sings for Monkey Shines also sings for Forget and Forgive. 

Note: the sound quality for the Monkey Shines video is bad and goes in and out: but it still gives a good impression of their energy and how they rocked YYT that night.




Youtube Tudou: 8 Eye Spy live @ Yuyintang

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Here's the song I recorded from the 8 Eye Spy show last night. As always, remember I use a small compact and condensed mic, I also only vid the one song ... you know, cos I'm enjoying the show the rest of the time. So it's limited quality.

Anyway, here's the band. Great show.



Youtube Youku: BCR play in Beijing

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Shanghai was representing in the capital last weekend with X is Y and Boys Climbing Ropes playing in Yugongyishan and 2kolegas respectively.

Beijing DIY music blog Pangbianr blogged it all here.

And here's the video of BCR at 2kolegas, the track is Little Person. And if you like your post-punk stylings, BCR and IDH will play Yuyintang this Sunday 21st.



Youtube Youku: Fearless Lords of Twilight

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Here's an older video, well, from the end of June, showing Shanghai metal band Fearless playing their newest track Lords of Twilight. The song has replaced their cover of The Trooper by Maiden as their strongest live song and the band have come along way. I love the chorus, especially when they transition to it from the dual guitar hook at around the 4.00 mark.



White Eyes coming to YYT, rejoice!

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We've been following Taiwan Chinese Punk band The White Eyes at Kungfuology Towers for a while now. Beijing were lucky enough to get at show at Mao but no Shanghai, until now. The band are trying to play a bunch of mainland dates to promote their new album Kiss Ur Eyes. This band are superb and should not be missed. The show is promoted by STD so there's a mild chance of dance music DJs, obnoxious behavior, electrics blowing, fights and well, the tickets are reasonable at 50.

It's at YYT on Saturday, November 6th. 

Seriously though, great band, support this show, YYT ... and STD. Here's a preview: 



Video: Rakasasa at Yuyintang

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Oh my god, I haven't taken video of gigs for ages but this one was worth it. Hefei metal band Rakasasa came to town and blew the lid off Yuyintang. Singer Huizi has a voice the devil would be proud of and this track rules.

Be sure to watch all the way as the track and performance go different places. For me, the highlight is the "grind-out" at the very end. Sorry about a couple of blackouts early on, caught in a mosh.



Video: Guai Li "Devil Rabbit"

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Beijing new wave punk band Guai Li have just posted this video to their Douban page. They are now on Maybe Mars and have a new album coming out soon. This is Devil Rabbit.


youtube Youku: Pinkberry @ Zhangbei

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Shanghai pop-punk band Pinkberry have just been up at the Zhangbei festival. Here's a video of them there. It's not the most intelligently shot vid I've seen with no crowd or indication they're at a festival but I'll take it. 

Two tracks, watch through for Pinkberry Song.



Yet more video: yet more Pairs

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Sorry everyone. Youku user Laohutracy has put up three Pairs videos and this one is full length from the same show. Worth a watch. I dunno exactly how to describe it, low-fi noise-indie? Watch it and give it a go. 

So here it is:


Video: Pairs @ YYT

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This is a short clip from the end of Pairs' last Yuyintang set. Xiao Zhong (Rhys) invites someone else to play the drums and let's loose a bit. The song is the end of Yangpu Qu.



Youtube Youku: Fearless live at Yuyintang

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Here's a an excellent vid of Fearless playing their new track at Yuyintang last Friday. It's complete with vocals this time and at about 3.10 you can hear some awesome dual guitar work.

I'm a bit annoyed with some comments after the last Fearless vid though. Check them out here. It's a bit much to write off a band completely just because they are not 100% groundbreaking and clearly original. By that logic you'd have to hate on 90% of all bands in the world. People seem to do that more easily with Chinese bands, like it's a superiority thing. Then Erik goes on to name some bands he considers examples of better bands - the implication being that they are strikingly original. But doesn't rejoin to link any of them.

Where's the vid or track to show us what you mean? Watch this vid, Fearless are clearly a great band, their gigs are rocking and this is definitely a side of Chinese cultural activity you won't find on a tour group. I spent my teen years hardcore in metal and, like in Shanghai, it's a solid community with no haters. 



Youtube Youku: Fearless rehearsal vid

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Lets kick off the month with some metal.

Shanghai melodic death metal / speed metal band Fearless have just released a video of their latest track in rehearsal. The quality is good and it's worth a watch if you like the style. This version is instrumental. 

Death to false metal, of course.



youtube Youku: FAF @ Yuyintang

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UPDATE: here's the edited version showing only the song we want and with much better quality.

Here's a video someone took of the first two FAF tracks at the Yuyintang show last night. However, they have the long intro and the mic on the camera obviously can't handle the sound during the first song. So follow my instructions please.

The great moment of the video (and of the night) comes at 8 minutes. It's their famous track Parasite. Youku loads up fast and if you hover the mouse over the bar it will show you the time. Try it now, it works even when not playing. Just find 8 mins in and click.

After you've watched it, remember these are a young first time band who have not been on the circuit here a year. They can rock a show.



Great Videos: Carsick Cars live @ Mao Shanghai

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This was a good moment. That's all I have to say. This band are worth the hype. I was there up front, as should you have been.



Where's Jake / Indie Everything

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About time for some general updates. 

So where's Jake. Poor Jake works very very hard for the nice people at Time Out magazine, of which he represents 25% But, he still blogs because that's how much he loves us all. Currently he's having a bit of a holiday with his dear old mum. Seriously. 

So, once he's back we'll start planning the next series of Podcasts and blog posts will flow again. Just remember we have the two blogs and one will always have something each week. 

Also, the stuff we've been doing has made me think a lot. There's the blogs and the pod, there was some events and some music and, as yet behind the scenes, there's long form writing too and even IF games. There was even a video about the 3 Million RMB Douchebag at one point.

I was also re-reading No Media Kings lately.

Why not watch Jim's slideshow Time management For Anarchists

So, I'm often reflecting on being at the edges of the global arts industry which itself is crumbling and being redefined by the net. I moan about how it's becoming a wild west for Ad People and PR but also heap praise on those who build communities and succeed on their own terms. 

We've reflected a bit on how much we've been able to do in our spare time with very little effort and funding and how it's based on helping each other and just doing it without expectation and letting momentum build naturally. It would only take a small step up to start putting out some really good stuff. Blah blah blah ...

... jump cut to ...

I'm thinking of adding to Kungfuology with a new blog called Indie Everything where i'll document all projects i'm involved in from blogging to the Pod to music to whatever and just drop all secrecy or whatever and list all the costs or equipment or facilities or methods we use ... or whatever. Then people who read it can have a real and practical stepping off point to do the same themselves. It's sort of our endowment as humans to be aware and express ourselves. The idea that we shouldn't do it if it doesn't lead to financial gain needs to be swept away for a while. Well, forever.

Why am I telling you all about this? I just wanted a chat. And, I think the blog should be open for everyone to share/post. 

More to come.

Reflector back in Shanghai

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Beijing based pop-punk band Reflector are coming back to Yuyintang on April 3rd. Here's the event page at Douban. Talking of Yuyintang you can see their complete March line up in poster form right here - you'll need to read Chinese to get most bands though.

Now, why am I making a point of posting this? 

This is why. Watch this video of the last time they played Yuyintang. They tore the place up and it was rammed. Believe me, stick with the vid and after the one minute point you'll start to see the throng of people going nuts. People love 'em. Great track too.



Bored? Watch Torturing Nurse

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I find the new year here to be boring. There's no real, decent festival action, traditional kung fu, temple fairs or anything like that. You'd have to be in the exclaves for that. Anyway, I'm bored.

Enter an e-mail, from a newly arrived blog fan looking for noise gigs. I direct him to the Torturing Nurse page and the info for the next NoiShanghai meet. I check the page and think it would make a good post to show some of their highly entertaining live show gallery

Then I find the real gem. The vids there are mainly recent but right at the back is a classic 2008 gig featuring, in my mind, the classic line up when Jia Die gave them the extra visual/psychological dimension. It's the one with the hot wax SM and the primal screaming.

Really, never mind the obvious stuff like the candle lit SM/nudity (ruined mainly by the flash photographers who would blatantly wet their pants if they saw merely an ankle anyway) - the real high point of this performance is three or so minutes in when Junky smashes the guitar and they go into sustained primal screaming.



youtube Tudou: Zhang Qianqian on TV

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I recently posted about the rise of indie-folk artists on the pages of Douban. You can read that here. I featured an artist called Zhang Qianqian.

She has been on the TV in a documentary that features two intercut stories. One person comes to Shanghai from the west of China, the other goes back to Qinghai. That second person is Zhang Qianqian, who popped back to her home area to shoot a music video. 

It's all subtitled in English and her MV is shown in full right upfront from just before the three minute mark. 



Youtube Tudou: Six Shot @ Yuyintang

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Finally got my Friday footage uploaded. This is from the Playful Warrior show at Yuyintang.

So. Fans of proper heavy music rejoice. OK, the quality is not so good. But, stick with it as it goes through to a second song. I was taken with their new grind sections with slow but punishing beats and a guitar that sounds like it's tuned right down ... right down to hell. 

Sorry. When I get into metal, all writing bets are off and out comes the cheese and cliche. By the way, death to false metal, satan's minions await you.



Youtube Youku: Chaos Mind @ Yuyintang

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My own footage of Six Shot, and the busiest crowd of the night, won't upload because of the GFW and Shanghai Online's pathetic service some connection problems I'm having. 

So here's someone else's footage from the same night. It's Chaos Mind and their song Just Waiting For.



Youku: it's not always a Perfect Day in the China music biz

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Oh the internet can be a marvelous thing, even when it's limited and erratic in your place of abode.

What started as an innocent Google search for a certain keyword related to the Shanghai scene ended up turning out a surprise video. I can immediately deduce the details but I'm not telling you how or what. All I can say is it looks as if some employees need to be treated with more love by their bosses (joking chaps) and that this vid has made my day, well ... perfect.

This is genius, and believe me, it's all about the finger biting moment at 2.35 onwards. I almost fell out of my chair. But then again, I may have an odd sense of humour.



Youtube Youku: Mushrooms @ Yuyintang on New Year's Eve

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The Mushrooms played Yuyintang on New Year's Eve. Here was the report. The show was delayed from a police raid but it finally went ahead. As usual at their shows, it was packed, nuts and everyone sang all the words.

The video is of varying quality, but as it goes on you can hear all the fans singing and cheering the entire track. So, yeah, this is 为什么你爱他 (weishenme ni ai ta).


Emo-cam: FAF live @ Yuyintang

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Not long back I wrote this post claiming that new Shanghai emo bands Double Control Where and Forget and Forgive were breaking through. I just want to say that this is not like two years ago when watching new bands was twenty people in the room and it felt a bit like hipster band spotting night.

I read a couple of lists and review articles on Shanghai live music in 2009 lately and saw that they reflected what I see at these gigs, almost no ex-pats bar the 5 or so usual suspects. But the thing is, these bands are no longer the prospects or the maybes. They are filling up Yuyintang and bringing new people to the scene. Their gigs, especially the Mushrooms, are the kick-ass shows where it goes off in the crowd. And ... they are really connecting to local fans who come ready to sing along to every word.

I present to you item one, a video of FAF playing their catchy-as-fuck tune Escape in YYT recently. There is an intro medley thing at the start so please note, the song actually starts at 1.43 minutes in. Once the song starts, the sound is great, the local kids are dancing and the singer 丁丁 can even point the mic to the crowd for the chorus ... after barely 8 months since forming fully. Believe me, Youku loads fast, skip to 1.43 and be amazed. Unless you are down on Emo, of course. Ha.



Video: Misandao "F*cking Cops"

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So, I'm a journalist for Time or CNN or whoever and I've heard Carsick Cars ... why aren't Chinese bands political? What? There are other bands? Why wasn't I told about this, it's my job to project my middle class values all over anything I touch, research is for our interns!

Anyway, watch the video, it won't be there for long. PS Misandao state they are an anti-fascist band on their page. The end of the video is them taking the swastika you see at the beginning and burning it - so watch the lot.


Youtube Youku: Joyside "Sunday Morning"

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So Joyside are done and they've had their last ever show. But, they seem to be as productive as ever since the split. They've posted a bunch of songs up at their Douban page, as well as some videos. And there's even a trailer there, via Tudou, of a documentary film of the last show to be released next year.

For now, here's an animated video for their anthem "Sunday Morning". You may also recognise it from here



Youtube Youku: Gala

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A little over a year ago I saw Beijing band Gala play live at Yuyintang. Revisit the review here. The surprise was how popular they were and that YYT was packed with student fans who you wouldn't normally see at a rock club. After a bit of research I discovered it was because they had the underground equivalent of a hit single with their song Young For You, which you can check out at their page here if you want to know what interests the local kids who are not necessarily actively into indie music. 

Well, I was looking them up today and saw a post from the band on their Douban group dated March 2009. They basically apologize to fans for having done basically nothing in the five years since their Young For You CD. You can read it here but it's Chinese langauge only. 

Fittingly, there's also this nostalgic sounding video available there:



Youtube Tudou: Second live @ Mao Shanghai

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A little while back I reported on the Rock Shanghai anniversary party at the newly opened Mao Livehouse Shanghai. This show was organised by 0093 rehearsal studios and was basically a re-run of their regular showcase nights at Yuyintang.

Now, before you watch this video we need to add some context. Well, firstly the quality is not good and it seems to have been done on a phone. But ...

Imagine you are back in your home town. Imagine that a local bar or hall is letting completely amateur unsigned bands play that night. The band is made up of mainly younger students and they've barely been playing together six months and part-time. They are playing their first original material. What would that be like? Well, on the Shanghai scene it's like this. This is Second (重结晶乐队) with their song 《如果可以 》 If I Could. 

Hint: They were good and the venue is great. 



Youtube Vimeo: Bigger Bang @ Yuyintang

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Back in the heady days of September 21st 2009, Jake reviewed the kick ass Bigger Bang show at Yuyintang. Here is the review.

Well Shanghai Soundbites (Tim Franco) have put together a video montage of the show including live action, sound check and incidental. It seems to be set to the CD version of the track and not a live recording. But anyway, it shows some good live footage of a full YYT show and people who know what me, Jake and friends look like can spot us in the jumping section.

So yeah, there has never been clearer vid footage of a decent YYT show. Here it is:



the bigger bang ! 大棒 ! / in shanghai from Tim Franco on Vimeo.

Youtube Tudou: Holiday recycler Pinkberry

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It's the holidays. You have time, you're relaxing with your own computer, with sound. You're on this blog, so you like Chinese indie bands. So watch this.

This is Pinkberry headlining a big show at the Dream Factory that was so disastrously organised that they didn't get on until almost one a.m. and most people had gone home. However, this vid shows Pinkberry ripping away with one of their more simple, rawer tunes. A glimpse into the amazing potential than has been on and off lately due to all kinds of controversies and line up changes.

When this Pinkberry show up, it's worth it.



Youtube Tudou: A look in Mao Shanghai

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Warning: yes, this is a look in Mao Shanghai. However, it is a hastily shot vid done on a point and shoot variety digital camera's video mode. 

I give a brief intro. But after the "40 seconds" are up and we can clearly see the stage, I change my mind and stay on it for two Momo tracks. So maybe this should be called Momo live @ Mao Shanghai.




Youtube Youku: New BBT video out

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Just a month ago, Jake told us of a video shoot for Shanghai indie-pop act Bang Bang Tang (Lollipop). The Yuyintang footage plays a very small part but if you watch carefully you will see Jake's blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. 

But never mind that. Check out the band and video. This is 我最爱缺陷男 (I Love Flawed Men Best)



Video: Pinkberry play at the Dream Factory

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Here's the other video I took at the Dream Factory show on Friday. I'd like to say it's some kind of a look at the new lights and sound there since Soma took over the venue. But I don't really think my little Sony DSC stills camera is a good judge of that. Saying that ... here it is.


Video: Momo playing at Dream Factory (2009)

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Soma managed girl group Momo have come a long way. From underground garage rock stylists to slick indie-pop performers. It doesn't seem like yesterday that I first saw them at one of Banana Monkey's five dollar shake parties at the old YYT in Long Hua. They are still around should have a debut album out any day now.

This one is for the cutesy fans. 



Tudou: Hanging Gardens as The Cure @ Yuyintang

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Hanging Gardens are great guys and they love music. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they always seem plagued by either sound problems/tech problems or indifferent turn outs for the bands they are supporting. 

However, at the 0093 return to your dream's start party they were the highlight, playing to a packed house. It was so surprising that guitarist Ryan drops a note in shock at the beginning of an otherwise flawless version of Lullaby. This is a band who fully deserve to do well.



Hard Queen movie online

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Up From The Underground is a documentary film about Shanghai indie pop band Hard Queen's CD release show. The kind people at Daedalum Films have now made it fully available online via Vimeo. And here it is.



Up from the Underground from Shanghaiist on Vimeo.

Youtube Youku: Mutant (突变乐队)

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We have a had a huge string of packed out, quality gigs by bands who have emerged as finished products lately. We've had labels, festivals and international acts. And what I can't help thinking is: what's going on with Tu Bian (Mutant), the student nu-death-metal band with the cool singer. The girl who went so effortlessly between death-grunting, singing and some rapping.

So, I had a poke around and found exactly what I was looking for. A poor quality video of a sketchy early show by Tu Bian up in Live Bar. Plus, its on Youku so the upload drops so many frames that the song always goes out with the picture. Bonus.



Youtube channel roundup for March 2009

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It's that time of the month again. And it's time for the obligatory notice for newbies. Most of the live videos I post here are taken by myself and stored at the blog's Youtube Channel. You can see a link in the sidebar.

Or you can click here to visit.

So, we have a new number one, discounting my Sick Sunday parody vid which is at almost 2000 views. Hard Queen have just opened their new website in anticipation of the CD launch next month. They posted up some vids there and included one of mine. The new views have pushed them all the way.

Here we go then. if these are all old news to you, be sure to check my movers and shakers below that:

1) Hard Queen live @ YYT (August): 444 views watch
2) The Rogue Transmission live @ Dream Factory: 378 views watch
3) Bang Bang Tang live @ Yuyintang (Oct): 338 views watch
4) Bang Bang Tang (Lollipop) older vid: 324 views watch
5) Boys Climbing Ropes live @ Dream factory: 319 views watch
6) Bang Bang Tang live @ Yuyintang (Nov 2008): 299 views watch

Among hot new vids are Reflector @ YYT and Momo @ Gua'er

Youtube: Red Banana live @ Yuyintang

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Hefei rockers Red Banana played Yuyintang on Friday night, opening with their track Hello. I managed to get a vid of the song. I'm also sick right now so that's all the write up my brain can manage. Enjoy.



I wasn't planning on posting a video from last night as we already have the excellent Reflector clip. And ... before we go on, this video is a bit of a piss-take by the band. Tianpin Dian are really good and usually have two vocalists with MC YKE being accompanied by Melody Li - hence their inclusion on a female singers night.

So for their main stuff you could listen to their demo or watch the same track live.

People in Shanghai have Shanghainese as their first language and Mandarin second. People I know tend to associate using Shanghainese with humour, cursing and kicking back. Maybe it's because the standard Mandarin is associated with school, the gov and bland 'ol TV. Whatever the reason, when local bands break out the Sang-hei-e-wu the gloves come off and the air turns blue. Even Momo did it last night, telling a joke in a break where the punchline was old women doing a folk dance while saying 'everyone rub your balls'. 

As soon as I realised what was going on, I had to get out the camera. Melody Li joined the audience, the band swapped instruments and out came the filthiest joke version of jingle bells you have ever heard.



Youtube: Reflector raise the roof

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Note: the video starts a bit dark and shaky but it clears up and lights up around 58 seconds in. Stick with it.

This is possibly the best video on the channel so far. Not a surprise as it came from one of the most insane shows Yuyintang has ever hosted. This was the place to be across this packed weekend of various shows.

Somehow I managed to whip the camera out and shoot mid near death experience insane action and get a whole song and shots of the audience. So check it out.



Other people's Youtube: Jue Festival review

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In January 2009 Splitworks put on the Jue Festival. It was an urban festival of art and music held across many venues in Beijing and Shanghai. It ruled and mastermind Archie Hamilton put on two excellent indie rock shows at the Dream Factory. They were Demerit and the Maybe Mars Showcase.

Now Spilt have put up a video looking back at the highlights. Archie really went beyond the commercial promoter role here to put on something diverse and meaningful. That's not surprising to people who know him as he really cares about music. Enjoy.



Youtube: Boojii live @ Yuyintang

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I must start this off by saying that the visuals on this video are a complete write off. The set was purposefully dimly lit and my little Cybershot bootleg vid could not handle it. The sound however is good and the track is excellent so please treat it as an audio.

I'm wary of putting these posts out too close to the review itself. If you haven't already seen it, just scroll down one post or click here.


This is a great track from experimental rockers Boojii whose iconic singer San San (who you can't see in the video) cites early Syd Barret as an influence. The set was atmospheric and intense and the band will record later this year. It is well deserved.



Other people's Youtube: Chinese rock and roll!

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Got to love that exclamation mark in the title. Here is a two-part documentary on the Chinese rock scene from Indeep Films. It has great footage from Yugong Yishan, the Max festival in Qingdao and interviews with TooKoo and others. Take it all with a pinch of salt though as it's woven together aimlessly and peppered with some typically condescending commentary. It's worth a watch for the band footage.

Well, you know my policy. Watch it and make your own mind up.



Youtube: A_Z band play live @ Yuyintang

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It was indie folk night at Yuyintang this weekend although the presence of tables and table people brought it into the mainstream a little. Wu Zhuoling, who also opened for Jose Gonzalez last week, and Asiaeyes have joined forces for a CD and some shows. The name is A_Z band. 

So, sit back and watch a track from the show and enter the world of Shanghai indie folk bands. Check out this review for links to their homepage and MP3s.



Youtube channel roundup for Feb 2009

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It's that time of the month again. And it's time for the obligatory notice for newbies. Most of the live videos I post here are taken by myself and stored at the blog's Youtube Channel. You can see a link in the sidebar.

Or you can click here to visit.

The top six is ranked by all time views, not month by month. So, after the regulars, I'll be linking a couple of newer vids that are moving up fast. The major story of this post is indie pop band Bang Bang Tang (singer Xiao Bai pictured) who have taken three of the top six places.

Also, a quick note for those who read the posts as they come out. There's something going on with the net here and it's playing with my ability to access my server at normal speeds, hence the quiet few days. 

Right then:

1) The Rogue Transmission live @ Dream Factory: 360 views watch
2) Boys Climbing Ropes live @ Dream factory: 291 views watch
3) Bang Bang Tang live @ Yuyintang (Oct): 287 views watch
4) Bang Bang Tang (Lollipop) older vid: 280 views watch
5) Bang Bang Tang live @ Yuyintang (Nov 2008): 265 views watch
6) Self Party live @ Yuyintang: 260 views watch

And now, the two fastest risers from recent times. One is the DIY music video I made with Pinkberry for Runaway. The others are red hot Shaoxing Brit-poppers The Way. Enjoy.

Youtube: Qi Ri live at Yuyintang

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Qi Ri (Seventh Day) are one of the tightest bands in Shanghai's melodic death metal scene. They played Yuyintang on Friday night opening for Screaming Christ and Tu Bian (Mutate). Qi Ri have their own spin on the genre as their singer often utilizes operatic vocals. So sit back and enjoy the stylings of tight riffs and gothic organs. 

Death to false metal! Death to Daft Punk fans!



Youtube: Da Fresh live @ Yuyintang

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After some last minute cancellations and shenanigans, Da Fresh were the only band of real note playing Saturday's 0093 showcase.There was a good turn out and the band played a good set. So come on feel the Brit Pop.



Youtube: Demerit live @ Jue Festival

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I saw six bands across two nights at the Jue Festival and got some footage for the channel. As well as the video i'm posting here you can see Pinkberry and Ourself Beside Me by clicking on the names.

Demerit are a hardcore punk act from Qingdao who live in Beijing to be in the scene. They started to develop the music by adding a guitarist and experimenting with more riffs. Demerit won the Friday night headlining slot on a reputation as excellent live performers and it was well justified. So check it out.

 

 

Other people's Youtube: Joyside clip

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This is all Beijing. I just came across this clip that was posted only a couple of weeks back. Regular readers will recognize it as the music from my recent spoof video. China music fans will just recognize it, it's a classic.

So, sit back and enjoy a quality clip of Joyside performing Sunday Morning at D22. You might also want to read more about the D22 and Maybe Mars Records community here and here at China Music Radar. The Maybe Mars showcase is on this weekend on Saturday night as part of the Jue Festival.



Youtube: The Way live @ Yuyintang

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The Way are a Brit-style Indie rock band from Shaoxing, a famous town a couple of hours on the train south of Shanghai. This is their second trip up to Yuyintang since I started the blog. The Rogue Transmission played with them down in Ningbo and a few more people showed up this time around.

So, here is The Way showing that being away from one of the larger cities/scenes has no effect if you happen to have talent and be super cool.



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