JOSH: The small & beloved WHAT BAR is having its annual “holy shit we’re still here!” shindig over the October holiday, which will be a tense one given the whole massive international conflict/major power transition about to go down things that are making Beijing a tense place to be these days even if you’re not posted up literally right next to the nation’s military & political headquarters. How’s that for a run-on sentence!
pangbianr celebrates on Oct 1 w/ some of them old familiar sounds:
100 Flowers is a roots-level view of the of the contemporary Chinese musical underground. The aim of this column is to articulate the contingencies of the Chinese scene and arrive at a parallax view of Chinese society from the perspective of its most peripheral negotiators. Read the previous entry here, and email the author here.
“To speak of ‘experimentation’ in China means to discuss it literally: Every single person in the entire country experiments daily and tries out new things. This is particularly true of the last decade. In pre-Olympic Beijing any street, building, restaurant, store, company or regulation could be transformed or even disappear at any given moment. The Nike advertising slogan ‘Everything Is Possible’ reflects the spirit of these times.”
Part 1 第一部分：
Li Jianhong Solo (20-30 min) / 李剑鸿个人 (20-30分钟)
Li Zenghui + VAVABOND (20-30min) / 李增辉 + VAVABOND (20-30分钟)
Part 2 第二部分：
Mind Fiber (Li Jianhong, VAVABOND, Li Zenghui) (20-30min) / (李剑鸿 + VAVABOND + 李增辉) (20-30分钟)
ticket 门票：40元 (students 30 / 学生30)
location: SW corner of Di’anmen West st / East st / Inner St / Outer st, behind Qiu Li Hong (秋栗香) roasted chesnut stand
The mid-to-late 90s saw a huge influx of Western music in the form of 打口 (da kou): surplus cassettes and CDs with chunks cut out, presumably destined for third-world dumps. These articles of capitalist excess were sloughed off by Western labels as a cost-cutting measure, “gashed with a saw to prevent resale.” They nonetheless spawned a thriving black market in China, prompting Deng-era entrepreneur types to stock Nirvana, Metallica, The Cure, Joy Division, and other Western alt staples in unsorted piles nationwide.–