You’ve noticed probably that the frequency of posts is a bit on the downside and that mostly due to juggling a full time job with a my opening of a little Sports Bar. The amount of time i have to check out shows is still decent but I’m not finding enough time to write. That said, last Friday, Beijing had one of those “must see” shows where one drops everything they’re doing and goes to attend: In this case, it was Hanggai’s unplugged gig at 2 Kolegas right before they set off to tour Europe and the US. Extra bonus point, the show was outdoors. The story behind this one is that a few months ago, the band was in Europe and they suffered a power outage right before the show. They decided to give it a go unplugged and had tons of fun.. they had so much fun that they decided to do it again.
BEIJING DAZE: I’ve criticized Voodoo Kungfu just as much as I bathed them with praise in the past, Much like their charismatic leader, I was not willing to settle with anything less than greatness from them. Tell you what folks, 2 weeks ago, as they delivered their last performance ever to a packed Mao Livehouse, they were at the top of their game. Put it this way: words that could describe the power, intensity and overall feeling of that night do not exist.. I can’t think of any that would do them justice!
To say Mao Live was packed would be an understatement… it was a death-pit and a catastrophy waiting to happen but no one cared! The 600+ faithful that gathered to pay their tribute to one of the most charismatic figures and entities that graced the Yaogun Scene. The place was covered in small chunks of paper carrying calligraphy. Those were hanging on the ceilings, on the instruments, thrown on the stage, into the audience etc… The place was packed by 8:30 even though the band didn’t start until much after 9:30.. it didn’t matter, it was the calm before the storm!
With Daze Feast preparations well underway, and BD’s new baby, Cuju, due to open next week, things are little busy here at Daze HQ, but you can be sure that’s not going to stop us catching some tunes! Here’s a few of the shows that have caught our attention this weekend:
Friday June 1
HitWeek China 2012 @ Tango 3rd Floor
Italian acts La Fame di Camillia and Negrita are joined by local friends Shanren for night two of cross-cultural fun at Tango. The party kicks off Thursday night with Subsonica, La Fame di Camillia along with Zhou Yunshan & Ruins.
BEIJING DAZE: Core in China Compilation Released… Get a Free Taste for the Heavier Side of Yaogun in the Big Silly
BEIJINGDAZE: A couple of months ago, the team behind Rock in China wiki and good ‘daze friends set out to collect samplers from all around China to get a feel for what was happening in the ‘core side of things… by ‘core they meant hardcore, nintendocore and all kinds of other terms i’d never heard off. I also discovered in the process that there was something called Folkcore, I kid you not.
BEIJINGDAZE: There are bands that make 1 CD in 15 years and then there is Mamer.. The Kazakh eagle is kicking off 2012 with a bang by releasing 5 solo records in one go. I’m a huge fan of his album from last year which has made it into my top albums from China in 2012. Here’s what he’s got coming:
BEIJING DAZE: There’s been a lot of grumbling and ramblings on weibo and among musicians in Beijing about the new proposed copyright laws put forward on March 31st. Let’s just say they’re not happy about this at all and I don’t see foreign IPR holders being happy about it either. Here is an extract from China.org