Technically she's just a mammal, but any 6 year old little girl that can swim across the Yangtze river in less than 28 minutes, might as well have gills.
And thats just what Tan Jiajia, a Chongqing first grader did, as she "easily" swam a 1,500 meter stretch of the river in a time of 27 minutes, 24 seconds.
Wang Lijun, a Chongqing police chief who was given the nickname "Robocop," after playing a massive role in Bo Xilai's 2009 mob crackdown, was elected vice Mayor in a unanimous vote.
In related news, prices of the futuristic street drug "Nuke" have sky-rocketed in Chongqing and the surrounding areas.
This week's selection of free musical goodness comes from Arms and Sleepers, a chilled-out, almost melancholy, post-rock/electro band from the U.S., with a sound evocative of Animal Collective and Sigur Ros, while at the same time maintaining its own identity. The duo of Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic with regular appearances by guitarist Ben Shepard, formed back in 2006, and since then have put out 13 releases while extensively touring North America and Europe. Their first ever tour of Asia brings them to Chongqing tonight(Tues. 6/14), in a show that promises to bring a breath of fresh air to the Nuts Club stage.
The first track Architekt, from their most recent release Matador, is a male/female vocal duet, sounds like it could have been produced by Massive Attack, and would not be out of place on the soundtrack of any number of movies. Listening to a selection of Arms and Sleepers' work gives evidence of a strong cinematic influence, made ever so clear in this song.
The next song, The Catcher Elsewhere, dates back to the band's 2009 release From the Inland Sea. A more ethereal, dare I say up-lifting track, that starts minimally with nothing more than a piano and bass, builds into a fuller, yet no less soothing piece, when the piano gives way to a xylophone, synth, and drums.
Arms And Sleepers play Nuts Club Tuesday, June 14, 20:30. Below is a cool promotional video that the band put together, and their music videos, which you can view here, are worth checking out.
This week's musical selections come from a couple DJ/Beatmakers, who will be rocking the dance-floor at the Nuts, this Saturday night, as S.T.D., one of Shanghai's premiere independent party promoters, make their first Chongqing appearance with S.T.DJs R3, Linfeng, and Max.
Having become synonymous with not only herpees, S.T.D.( Sonically Transmitted Disease), has also become mean PARTY! For several years now, S.T.D. has thrown some of China's best parties, often including performances by both live musicians and DJs. This weekend's party will feature the later, as some of the country's finest DJs and producers take a break from rocking Shanghai's clubs, to bring their dance inducing tunes to our fair city.
The first two tracks come from R3 and Linfeng. Both, are remixes of the Beijing garage/dance rock band Queen Sea Big Shark. The third, 'Remember to Forget,' is an original production from R3.
It appears that the Japanese may have left something other than hatred, behind in Chongqing.
Reported here, on May 25, a reported emergence of the ancient Japanese tradition of the Samurai, a woman in Chongqing municipality failed in an attempt at Sepuku, literally "stomach cutting," a ritual suicide, by way of disembowelment, that served as a sacrificial, and therefore honorable way of dyeing.
Clearly shamed by the failure of her attempt, the woman claimed, she cut open her stomach, while trying to remove a painful build-ip of fluids, because she couldn't afford the surgery to do so. However, imaginary 'sources,' tell me that the family is in-fact wealthy, and merely fears the secret of their samurai clan will be exposed to the authorities.