More Yaogun Internationally

So in addition to the news that Cui Jian is finally available in digital form properly and internationally (check iTunes, Spotify and other purveyors of digital sounds streaming and selling), there is more yaogun about to make waves outside of China…

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The Now Sound of Sichuan: Baishui in the USA

South by Southwest (SXSW), that massive music industry gathering that sees thousands of artists, industry folks and onlookers descend upon Austin, Texas, is over. Followers of this blog know that your humble narrator was along for the ride with Yibin, Sichuan native Baishui, to help bring his unique brand of prog-, goth-, experimental- and folk- (neo- and traditional) tinged rock to the Texan masses. A showcase, some parties and a fair bit of BBQ was taken in, and now, Baishui – the individual and the band he leads under his name – heads further afield. DC-, NYC- and San Francisco-based folks should take note…

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Sub Jam

Sub Jam, the “experimental art organization” headed up by poet, critic and musician Yan Jun, just put online an archive that is a treasure trove for fans seeking China’s outer-edge music history. Compiling over ten years’ worth of events, publications and photos, there is a lot to go through. But anyone interested in a window into how the edge of yaogun mapped itself out should head there and check it out.

Sub Jam’s, and Yan Jun’s, story is you might say, typical of yaogun in its atypicality…

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