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.
This week's huMP3s come from Chengdu psychedelic rock outfit Proximity Butterfly, who take to the Nuts Club stage once more this Saturday as they embark on the second leg of their national "Pillars of Creation" tour, fresh off of a main stage, festival opening performance at the third annual Zebra Music Festival. This time around they're promoting their latest album and first release(out 5/31) on the lauded Maybe Mars imprint, "The Reprieve." The self-produced album, and subsequent tour, is drawn from the band's personal encounters with the "devastation that reshaped Chengdu's community," just over 3 years ago. The multitude of emotions evoked by the disastrous 2008 Sichuan earthquake, or "5.12," guide the album's ethereal, imaginative sound, and though born of a cold, dark place, warmly welcome listeners to the "unmistakeable sound of Proximity Butterfly."
The two tracks below are from a previous album, as I've yet to get a hold of any of their new material, but give a good indication of what to expect from Saturday's show.
**"Hump day," is an American slang term for Wednesday. "huMP3," is a feature on CQSCENE where every Wednesday we(try to) bring you free MP3s of music by artists who will be performing in or around Chongqing.
Its been a while since I've posted any music on here, so I figured I'd revive what was once a weekly occurrence (even if it just this once).
The reason for the revival coincides with the reception of a recent mix sent to us by 'local' DJ the Kalakuta Kid, whom we interviewed here a few weeks back, and the upcoming party "Swing High," this Saturday night at Nuts Club. I could go on about the Kalakuta Kid, and his unparalleled(in CQ at least) abilities and overall exquisit taste in music, but I'd rather let the music do the talking, so download the CQSCENE exclusive mix Melted Pot below, and make sure to head over to Nuts Club in Shapingba Saturday night!
if you're a fan of "huMP3 day" or receiving free music from CQSCENE.com in general, please let us know in the comments.
Wang Wen, the first ever band we highlighted on CQSCENE, and one of our favorites in all of China, will be performing at Nuts Club, Saturday 11/13. Recognized as the forefathers of Chinese post-rock(instrumental rock), the Dalian based band seldom make it out this far west, so we highly recommend catching them while you can.
Daniel Hart is a multi-instrumentalist whom after coming to China as a member of the band St. Vincent, is back. This time on a more extensive, solo tour which will bring him to Chongqing on Saturday, November 6, with some tough competition in the form of Taiwanese pop mega-star Jay Chou performing at the same time across town. Along with playing Violin and Guitar, smartshanghai is reporting that he also uses a Nintendo Power Pad to dance out drum beats. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Here's a track from Daniel's band The Physics of meaning.
You can catch Daniel Hart and his Power Pad, this Saturday(11/6) 20:30 @ Nuts Club. 30 RMB
And the forecast for the next few days calls for angst! Both Thursday and Friday are sure to have their fare share, as punk band Buyi, and thrash metal band Inner M will bring they're mosh inspiring sounds to Chongqing, before the weekend clears up with something a bit less likely to leave you with bruises.
Sinne Eeg, one of Denmark's premiere jazz vocalists, will be performing both at Nuts Club, and Bossanova(Nan Ping), but as I'm sure she has enough money to sue me, I'm gonna spare you the mp3s, but you can give her a listen on her website.
This week's huMP3 day features music from one of the more established, and arguably most 'popular' of Chongqing's very own rock bands. The Wheels, having gained massive exposure in last year's nationally televised pepsi battle of the bands, have over the years earned themselves quite the following with their tight, energetic pop-punk. Friday marks the beginning of their national tour, and as it is their only home town show on the tour, the mosh pit at nuts should be in rare form.
The WHEELS play Nuts Club Friday, 10/9 @ 20:30. Supported by No.2 Story
This week's huMP3s are brought to you by Thursday. For it is Thursday, when the artists who's compositions I give to you, will put their talents on display. And it is Thursday when we have the opportunity to experience a bit of the old China, as well as some of the new.
The former, in the form of folk artist Old Street's song "Wang(hope)," an 8+ minute piece of acoustic guitar mastery.
Old Street plays Nuts Club Thursday night(9/30) at 20:30. Tickets are 30 RMB, 25 for students.
The next couple of tracks, the "new" China, come from local producer of electronic music, eclove23. The ambient/electronica musician will be doing a live set as part of Baroque Bar's Post Garden party, which also features DJ Teacher, and live visuals from Beijing(via Chongqing) VJ Banana.
The Beats and Visuals begin at 21:30, Thursday night.
This week' huMP3 day comes from 3 bands that will be in Chongqing this weekend to celebrate Nuts Club's third anniversary. The first, whom we've probably mentioned more than any other here in the scene, comes from our fair city, The Deep Green Sea (TDGS), has been a favorite of ours, as well as the locals' for many years now, and are one of a host of local acts to take the stage this Saturday night(9/18)
the Cave Singers
The next two artists come not only from out of town, but out of the country. The Cave Singers, from Chongqing's sister city of Seattle. Having been described as indie-folk, lo-fi folk, and our favorite freak-folk (whatever they are I assure you they rock), will play on Sunday(9/19).
Knuckle Bone Oscar
The other export, hailing from Helsinki Finland, is known for their high-energy performing and electrifying stage presence. "Half Human, half ape", Knuckle Bone Oscar's "ADD blues" is the final act of a weekend(also on Sunday), and are guaranteed close out the festivities emphatically!