Video and music collective based in Shanghai.
Xiao Di Fang (小地方)
Shanghai based electronic artist Reykajavictim’s newest release.
“Wild Goose” - Sparrow
The latest release by Beijing based electronic artist Noise Arcade. Each track titled after stops from Beijing to Shanghai via the fast train.
Chui Wan(吹万), a band from Beijing, China who defined their genre as “New Psychedelic”. The name Chui Wan吹万 comes from a quote of this Chinese Philosopher Chuang Tzu, who lived around the 4th century BCE during the Warring States Period and is known for Taoism.
I remember learning one of his quote from 莊周夢蝶The butterfly dream in high school：
“Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)”
And 吹万ChuiWan comes from the quote “夫天籟者，吹萬不同，而使其自己也，咸其自取“，which simply means “blowing in the wind” in my opinion. The use of filling, squealing syncopated guitar plus Eastern reverb flow together into this wet Chinese psychedelia. Admitted that the whole album, especially Another kind of love totally reminds me of bands like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils etc, but where else can you find this cheesy but sultry ancient vibe coming all the way from 2,000 year ago.
And for the Taoism part, don’t take it too serious.
- Written by Jade
The Sound Stage - Episode 29: Alpine Decline
Our good friend from Pairs, Xiao Zhong’s mix tape on 20 bands in China.
I went and made a mixtape with 20 Chinese bands. Yes I do want a fucking medal and yes I do want a chest to pin it on.
Take what you want or need. Feel free to download and spread it around. Or if you make your own, let me know and I’ll post it!
Click here to be taken to the soundcloud page to download.
1. Yantiao - 扭曲的房间 - site.douban.com/yantiao
2. Colourful Z-bra - 和谐号 - site.douban.com/ColourfulZ-bra/
3. Belly Mountain - Traveling - site.douban.com/bellymountain/
4. Alpine Decline - Alligator - site.douban.com/alpinedecline
5. 比卡超- 鬼斯通(现场) - site.douban.com/pikaqiu/
6. Islet -二十一 site.douban.com/islet
7. 炸脖龙 - 合适 - site.douban.com/zhabolong
8. The Fuzz - Postpunk is cold (demo) site.douban.com/fuzz
9. Chinese Football - ·飞鱼转身（DEMO）- site.douban.com/chinesefootball
10. Round Eye - Carne Seca - site.douban.com/roundeye
11. Cheesemind - Bush with heart-shaped leaves - site.douban.com/cheesemind/
12. Your Boyfriend Sucks - 波兰首都是上海(live acoustic) site.douban.com/ybs
13. Naohai - Outsider - site.douban.com/naohai
14. LowBow - FAST EDDY -site.douban.com/lowbow
15. Deer - Fade into the night - site.douban.com/deer
16. Next Year’s Love - I know - site.douban.com/nyl
17. 吴维纯 - Night Side B XL - site.douban.com/blinde
18. Thruoutin - Chicano Heaven Blast - site.douban.com/thruoutin
19. 路新配 - Fail - site.douban.com/luxinpei/
20. The Last Three Minutes - 青蛙 - site.douban.com/pinyin1243/