“Electrifying China” Documentary Trailer

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Earlier this year some Dutch documentarians got in touch and did some research on the underground music scene in Chengdu. This is the trailer for their film, which is being first shown at Melkweg in Amsterdam on October 21st, 2016. I am looking forward to checking it out!

If you haven’t already, check out the Chengdu Underground Vibes documentary which was released just a few months ago: Chengdu Underground Vibes

Published on October 7, 2016

Song of the Day #200: Anvil

Lorn – Anvil

Lorn is a Milwaukee based electronic producer who signed with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label in 2009. This stupendously well produced music video includes the description:

The year 2100. In an effort to combat overpopulation, the postmortem social network “Anvil” is released and made mandatory to all. A fusion of both Japanese and Belgian comics inspirations and sensibilities, such as Ghost in the Shell, Akira or Peter & Schuiten’s work. “Anvil” invites us on a journey through the eyes of a young woman in her final moments on earth.

Song #200

Well, this is it. I think I’m done with this project. It has lasted more than 6 years, starting with Beck’s Deadweight (released almost exactly 20 years ago, in 1996 on Odelay). It has been a lot of fun to look back on these songs even now, which I’m sure will only become more interesting as more time passes.

I will create a page/post to list all of the songs soon. And then perhaps create a series of mixes to include all of the songs (which was the original idea when starting this project).

Published on September 22, 2016

Talking About China on The Third Eye Podcast

Last week I met up with some new friends and was a guest on their podcast, called The Third Eye, to talk about China. They record and publish new podcast episodes every week, half in English and half in Chinese. Both of these guys speak very good Chinese.

What was interesting and different about this podcast (different from say, the Chengdu Living podcast) is that there was no pre-determined subject or direction for the conversation to go in. Thinking we were just chatting, I asked nine minutes into the podcast: “Are we recording?”

Here’s a link to check it out, or you can listen below on the embedded player: The Third Eye Podcast – Chengdu Living

Published on September 5, 2016

Chengdu Underground Vibes & Dojo

Dojo has been one of the most exciting projects that I have been involved with in the last five years. So recently when a pair of local documentarians (Deven & Harry) produced this short program about the underground music scene in Chengdu, I was excited to participate. It is great to see the story be told and to have it reach a wider audience, and I love the ending. I hope that you enjoy. If you didn’t get a chance to attend a Dojo event, you missed something special.

Published on September 2, 2016

Chinese Rapper Kafe Hu Live in Chengdu

For those that know about my life in Chengdu, you will probably already know that Kafe is one of my best friends here. We met in 2005, the year that both of us first came to Chengdu. We performed together for years (him rapping, me DJing) which led to him writing his own songs, then producing his own songs, and then making his own albums basically by himself. It has been an amazing thing to witness. These photos are from the Chengdu stop of his nation-wide tour, for the release of his second full-length album.

Kafe at Space (3 of 11)

Kafe at Space (11 of 11)

Published on August 24, 2016