I have, in this space and others, previously written of yaogun’s experiences with and breaking into the mainstream. There is yaogun’s appearance on The Voice China (中国好声音)’s past episodes as well as the show’s recent addition to the judges’ panel of rocker Wang Feng (and this little ditty, “I Want To Rock,” sung by Liu Yating who says she started singing rock when she “got fat”); Cui Jian’s best-known song sung, in competition, by a Super Girl contestant; yaogun soundtracking CCTV’s World Cup coverage; and more.
Now, more news from yaogun’s adventures in the mainstream—or is it the mainstream’s adventures in yaogun…? 逃跑计划, the band formerly known as Perdel, and now known by the translationally more accurate (though not as much fun) Escape Plan.
Continue reading “Voices, Idols, Yaogun, Midi and the Mainstream”
More film news… At the end of October, A Chilling Cosplay will be released in China (check out the preview here). It’s a thriller, titled, simply ‘Costume’ in Chinese, about murders and cosplay (‘costume’ and ‘play,’ says Wikipedia, about the nature of the term, which is just as much about putting on a Toy Story-inspired costume as it is about re-enacting hard-core Japanese manga), and stars Hong Kong actor Simon Yam alongside Taiwanese Vivian Hsu.
But that’s not why you’re reading about it here.
Continue reading “Subs at the Movies, and Plans for New Album”
So yaogunner number one, Cui Jian, and Scottish musician and producer Howie B get in a Masarati and drive across Italy…
Continue reading “Drive Like the Godfather”
One of the most important bands to come out of Beijing’s underground, Tongue, has recently re-emerged after a short absence, playing a handful of gigs, one of which was filmed by the folks at Le TV.
Continue reading “Tongue Returns”
Stumbling through and around Weibo, one comes across this video and announcement, of a tour of massive proportions.
Continue reading “100 Cities”