Crispy had a gig last week, and also participated in the big anti-nukes protest march in Taipei. It was a soggy day, but that didn’t deter the crowds.
Elephant Gym opened for Tricot at The WALL on Saturday night, playing at least one brand new song. I really hope to find some video from that night!
2 nights of gigging in Beijing - Nahash+Noise Arcade at XP on thursday, Acid Pony Club Live at Dada on Friday - lots of gear, even more fun!
————————I love these shots!
That electronica rig looks so complicated, I think I would take a photo of it before break-down at the rehearsal room so I knew what goes where when it was time to re-assemble at the gig. =D
Acid Pony Club
Just Googled XP (小萍) Beijing, a venue formerly known as D22, and started by people from Maybe Mars label. (Info from SmartBeijing.com)
Nice informal acoustic version of 火星物語 (Mars Trip) by Skip Skip Ben Ben from the other night. This song was originally on the 2007 album 我不懂搖滾樂 (I Don’t Know Rock n Roll) by Ben Ben’s old band, 雀斑 (Freckle).
The original version is a riot, with Ben Ben on piano and singing & shouting. Quite jazzy, actually. =D (go have a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWQs4hCeMw8 and let it play to the very end)
So I’m here at Stages in Houston, I got here kinda early. Wonfu is scheduled for 10 pm start. I hope they are selling CDs, otherwise I have nothing for them to autograph. (I have some of their music from iTunes, maybe I could get them to ‘tag’ the song files, LOL)
Really excited to hear Wonfu live and here in Houston! If nobody yells at me, I should get some nice photos =)
Some new stuff:
小翼Wing / Wing Yu announced a few dates for March, including her band SEMi-UKE as well as with PiA樂團. Wing just revealed that she used to be a drummer. =D
The other day, Queen Suitcase officially called off their picnic in the park gig because it was going to be so rainy today (Saturday). But then Carla mentioned they would still be there, I guess in case anybody showed up or didn’t know the event was canceled. Looks like they still had a great turnout and a lot of fun! They’ll try again to have the actual picnic concert later this year. =D
P!SCO posing at the end of their gig last week. They are bringing ‘Slugger’ to Taichung (TADA Ark live house) next weekend.
When Wonfu arrived in Houston last night, Xiaomin found this guitar. (Art installation, probably related to sxsw 2014?)
Manic Sheep grazing far and wide again this year! =D
Here’s what they posted with the promo:
Hi US! Here we come again. Tour of seeking a “charming” “skillful” “grooving” support drummer in US. Anyone?
You know, I saw the recent photos from the Re-Noise Too Loud To Love gig they played and I didn’t see a drummer onstage, but I thought it might be just the angle of the shots. I guess they really have been doing duo gigs.
So to suggest a drummer…
Well, last year at SXSW 2013, Dupi from Wonfu played with Peggy Hsu & Le Cirque.
By the way, I think the first 3 US dates are incorrect. March 14 is Friday, and March 15 is Saturday. That Saturday is gonna be a long day for the Sheep, playing a set at the Taiwan showcase starting at noon, then driving 3 hours to Houston to play at STAGE Lounge.
I should be able to see Manic Sheep at STAGE! Too bad I don’t play drums, LOL
Following on from the previous post, here’s another of the new songs from My Skin Against Your Skin, called Youth.
I love this one, and can easily imagine this pulsating beat overwhelming a crowd. This is gonna kill live! =D
By the way, this is from their official channel, in case you want to check out some of their live clips and older songs.
My Skin Against Your Skin (激膚樂團) posted 2 new songs in the last few days, both with the comment ‘Coming Soon’.
That would imply that there is a new release just around the corner! =D
This song is called 17. I’ll post the other song next…
Star Radio in Kaohsiung on Sunday.
Summer Hsu & we.man.Love promo for Witch House, and then a photo from that gig! Playing again at ThERE Cafe tomorrow.
Also happening tomorrow is another big No Nukes march. I swiped this promo from Ma-te Lin, but many indies are mentioning it.
General sale for Waa at Taipei Dome started yesterday (Thursday), and 80% were snapped up! 0.0
Echo (回聲樂團) posted the cover for their next album, with a bit more info HERE.
Info from Bo Cang - Echo Orchestra ECHO latest album “To the pure life" 3/14 pre-order; 4/11 official release; 4/12 album release show @ Legacy (http://www.indievox.com/legacy/event-post/14420)
I wasn’t able to find Daydreamer (空想家) on YT, but there seems to be a lot over on Youku. I think this from a late 2012 or early 2013 gig at YuYinTang in Shanghai.
This is a really cool song, lots of energy and a playful chorus.
But it may take a while to load (connection seems to be slow, at least for me just now), so perhaps launch this in a separate tab and let it load for a few minutes.
If you are having problems viewing, you might want to bypass tumblr and try the direct link for this clip: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ4OTg2ODMy.html
[The Chrome-tumblr-youku combination is not working, but Firefox-tumblr-youku works, I just tried it.]
Daydreamer (or for most people, 空想家) have been going since mid 2011. They are one of the very first Chinese bands I ever encountered when I became active in booking shows, at that time for GLM. I tipped great things for them back in the day - they always, and still do, give consistently…
I Enjoyed both the Daydreamer (空想家 Kōngxiǎng jiā) tunes and their singer Chen Lee aka Lily (陈粒)'s solo songs. The solo Lily songs are gentle acoustic folk, and the band rocks out a bit more. I love her voice. =D (By the way, I just noticed that there is a second page of Lily's songs on douban, click the second tab.
I’ll try to find some YT video…
Nahash, Noise Arcade, thruoutin, Charm
Might as well get this one in early - for all you closet noise freaks out there, this one’s for you. An array of electronic artists looking to dig their way into your eardrums, either through sheer brute force or through sublime charm. Take your pick. I mean, looking at the lineup, you’re really getting the whole spectrum here. From the catchy indietronica groove thruoutin, to the hairpin glitchy allure of Charm, to the improvised IDM-friendly ambient mayhem of Noise Arcade (who just released yet another album), all the way to the pitch black nihilistic heavy soundscapes created visiting Shanghai artist Nahash (his latest horror movie soundtrack was released today), tonight’s shaping up to be quite the headtrip. Ready to take the red pill? 40 RMB
————————Beautiful promo poster for the event! =D