January 2012 Archives

Strawberry Shanghai?

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midi calendar.jpgWhen it comes to China festival rumours - and let's face, there's going to be a lot of them in the coming months - it's going to be hard to beat this one. Still, another one doing the rounds on the rumour mill at the moment is that Modern Sky will finally bring their Strawberry Festival to Shanghai this year. After the harmonised Strawberry Suzhou and the allegedly 'stolen' Strawberry Zhenjiang, Modern Sky are apparently looking at doing a festival in Century Park in April. Pure speculation at this stage however.

This picture on the right here incidentally, is of some revellers at the 2010 Changjiang Midi Festival and forms part of Midi's 2012 calendar. Recognise anyone?

Duck Fight Goose interview on Noisey

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If you were at Duck Fight Goose's release for their brilliant new album a few weeks back, you'll have noticed a bunch of cameras in Yuyintang. Some of them were from Noisey, the music channel thing from the Vice people. This here is the resulting video. More on DFG and the album here.

Rank Moist Vegetation need a drummer

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Want to play in one of the best-named bands in Shanghai? Here's your chance. Rank Moist Vegetation are after a drummer and the situation is pretty critical. RMV's Julien says:

'We will break up very soon if we don't find one (not that anyone actually gives a flying fuck).'

Show them you care and drop him a line if you can help: rankmoistvegetation[at]gmail.com

MAO Livehouse to host Shanghai Rock Awards

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b618e507308d349.jpgA couple of years after Midi launched their awards up in Beijing, MAO Livehouse have announced that they are to hold their very own Shanghai music awards. It'd be easy to write a snide post at this point, so very easy, but to be fair to MAO, while a lot of the best performance nominations are slanted towards bands who appeared on their stage, they've at least kept themselves off the list of 'best venue' nominees and Crystal Butterfly's name is nowhere to be seen, so it's at least a step up from the Miserable Faith Midi Awards. 

Of course, there's plenty to be said about whether Shanghai needs this or whether anyone will really care, but you can check out the nominees on the right here. No word on how they'll be judged yet, but the event itself will take place on Saturday February 18 and MAO promise that 'this night will make history.'

2acc00a62d529bf.jpgThere are two shows on at Yuyintang this weekend where you'll get paid 1RMB each if you attend them. Yes, instead of forking out 40 kuai to watch a show, the promoters will pay you. If you haven't heard already, this is the brainchild of DJ BO and Dabei's Xiao Wei. The idea is to get more foreigners to see Chinese bands and more Chinese people to see foreign bands in Shanghai. 

The line-ups are as follows: 
Saturday Dabei, Prank, Senlinmu, Baiyu, Loudspeaker
Sunday Pairs, The Horde, Icenine, Moon Tyrant, Pacific

So if you've ever fancied going to see some of these bands and not got around to it, this weekend seems like a pretty good opportunity to do so. Check out more details here.

Basket case

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blank-2.jpgThis is good idea. The people over at Wooozy.cn, together with a few friends, have organised a big basket of local music CDs to give away to one lucky person for free. All you have to do is tell them what you think of the current Shanghai underground music scene and the basket could be yours. Not sure when the deadline is, but think it's still running - go here for more details anyway.