LIVEBEIJINGMUSIC: Skip Skip Ben Ben @ Xiaoping
Birdstriking - 7pm Television (punk/noise-pop/beijing)
[from their self titled 2011 release]
Duck Fight Goose - This is the Circus (Prog Pop/Psychedelic/Shanghai) from their 2011 Maybe Mars release ‘SPORTS’
DEAD J & SULUMI @ XIAOPING; MAY 30th
XIAOPING 北京 西城区 XP俱乐部 (地安门十字路口，西南角)
douban event: http://www.douban.com/event/16555021/
(Party is Over, Pornostar - 2010)
A nice rollicking rocker out of China.
DONGDONGDONG (Brad Seippel DJ set)
DAN LENK DJ set
In a city where cannabis is scarce and sunlight scarcer, it may seem strange that reggae music should flourish – but if Beijing has nothing else, it’s got talented musicians with a hunger for innovation. We can likely thank the latter for the birth of the Chinese mainland’s first-ever reggae band, Longshendao.
Though Chinese immigrants played a well-documented role in the birth of reggae more than 50 years ago, the genre didn’t catch on in the Chinese mainland until 2006, when a handful of seasoned Beijing rockers-turned-dreadheads launched Longshendao (龙神道), a name as cultural as it is hippified that means “the Tao of the dragon god.”
Though 2006 may seem like a late start for Chinese reggae, singer and bassist Guo Jian (XTX and Cold Blooded Animal) says the band actually started fiddling around with reggae in 1997. “We were all daily friends, and we all liked this kind of music, so we just naturally got together,” he says. Those friends form a veritable who’s who of 90s and early 00s Chinese rock: like Guo Jian, zither player Zhang Wei played with XTX and Cold Blooded Animal, as well as Buyi; keyboardist Fei Fei played with Zhang Chu, and drummer Gao Fei played with Secondhand Rose. Despite the band members’ high profiles, for nine years the music remained a private hobby. “At that time, there weren’t many people in China who liked reggae music,” Guo explains.