Archive | September, 2008

SHOW LAST NIGHT

I think the show that we (Start From Scratch Records) helped organize (just making it clear that we weren’t the organizers – it was organized by the Warehouse we just helped find the bands) was probably one of the best shows we’ve ever helped in terms of quality of bands. We had altogether 4 bands/artists perform: Justice League (hip-hop), Attention to Piss, Audio Traffic, and Hardpack helped us out by getting on stage without even practicing to be the 4th band to play because one of the 4 bands we confirmed canceled last minute.

Right from Justice League – we could tell that the quality and standard of tonight’s musicians was going to be amazing. Justice League is an amazing local group of hip-hop dudes who are AMAZING…if you haven’t heard them then go to their myspace to check it out: www.myspace.com/mastamic Masta Mic got on freestyle rapped and he was INSANE!!! So good…he just asked for people to give him any prop and he started rapping about that prop! CHI SIN!!! Masta Mic was such a nice dude…I kept apologizing about the turnout (there was seriously only like 40 people) but he kept saying not to worry! He got on stage and KILLED it…

Attention to Piss came on and once again proved to the world that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing music, sometimes people who are good songwriters just ARE good songwriters regardless of how long they’ve been playing. They played only new songs last night and they’re incredible…better then all their old stuff combined! They were so good…

While Attention to Piss was playing all of a sudden Kevin of Hardpack asked if it was okay for them to get on stage since all of Hardpack’s members were here anyway! So I asked Warehouse’s Cathy and she said sure! So Hardpack got on stage and played 4 songs!!! Without any practice or discussion…that was amazing!!!

Then came the kings of the night Audio Traffic…they really showed what a “professional” band should be like. They were tight, incredibly well rehearsed, super nice, and had a good time even though they were tired as hell and even though there was only like 40 people in the audience. Their drummer Ferdie even had to miss out his daughter’s birthday to play this show! NOW THAT’S CALLED DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT.

It was a great night of bands…too bad the show wasn’t promoted well because it would’ve been a great show for the general public to attend to see just how great HK bands can be.

After a terrible week last week where I realized a lot of things, it was nice to end the week with a good show watching REAL bands with REAL musicians who love and commit their lives and hearts to the music/band they play in.

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TOUR CANCELLED 取消巡演

对不起大家…我也不知道怎么样通知大家这个不好的稍息…

我们需要取消我们十二月的巡演…原因是我们其中一个成员最近开始了新工作所以他突然不能请假…

写这个稍息的时候真的很难受因为我自己等了很多年终于有这个机会上去内地巡演…我们八月底确定了这个巡演之后我每天真的特兴奋…我每天跟我们内地的经理 (Paul) 开始了很多计划…特开心的计划…突然什么都没有了…全部计划要取消…

这几年我们从很多内地的城市收到不少的email. 他们很希望一天可以看到我们的表演…我真的以为终于有机会可以见面然后谈谈中国hardcore的发展. 反正现在希望你们会继续支持我们…我也很希望一天我们真的可以上去做一个特大的巡演…

还有我们已经确定了机场演出…现在Paul需要通知他们我们的情况…我很窘迫…希望这机个场地的经理会继续支持我们…因为我还希望我们一天真的有机会上来…

最辛苦是我觉得我浪费了我们的特好兄弟Paul的时间, 热情和努力…对不起my brother…

I’m in an embarrassing position to announce to everyone that we have to cancel our upcoming December tour of China. One of our band members recently accepted a new job and is so no longer able to take those days off to tour. The most humiliating part is that we’ve already been announcing the confirmed dates and we’ve been receiving emails from our supporters throughout China who are so excited that we’re finally coming up…especially since the last time we went up was 2000…Now we can’t come up…

We confirmed that we were going to tour in August and so everyday I would come up with awesome little ideas for this tour with our brother Paul (our China manager). We would come up with this and that…and now all of a sudden all of those plans are over. Paul now has the embarrassing task to inform these venues that we can’t come up. I hope these venues aren’t going to “blacklist” us or anything like that – I do hope someday we can come up.

The worst feeling is that I feel like I’ve wasted my brother Paul’s time, energy and passion. He’s even more passionate about King Ly Chee and King Ly Chee’s future then I am! He sees a future for us that few people see…

Anyway…sorry Paul, and to everyone that was helping us with this tour…we hope someday we can actually do a real tour.

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BEIJING HARDCORE BAND: Unregenerate Blood北京硬克乐队: 不复之血

The only piece of news that you need to know right now is that our brothers in Beijing hardcore band Unregenerate Blood has put up their first official WEBSITE!!! CHECK IT OUT: http://ubhardcore.com/

你们只需要看一个新闻…我们的特好朋友北京硬克乐队不复之血上载了他们的网站!!! http://ubhardcore.com/

加油兄弟!!!

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LEHMAN BROTHERS雷曼兄弟完全失败…

I think this Lehman Brothers debacle/fiasco whatever you want to call it is a wake up call to all those people who just work, work, work, work, and do more work. These people spend hours upon hours at their office during the week, then on the weekends, all with the hopes and dreams that one day they can stop working and live off of all their hard work and retirement.

But just like that, all these people who have worked thousands of hours at their meaningless jobs selling/buying meaningless things at banks like Lehman Brothers, etc., have had all their money, savings and retirements disappear just like that.

For those of you who live your life solely around your job, office, and work…I hope this Lehman Brothers fiasco is a WAKE UP CALL for all of you! WAKE UP – life is not about making money, it should never be solely about making money. In the end of the day, all that money is going to disappear. And what memory will you have? Your only memory is that you stayed in your office for thousands of hours upon hours upon hours. While the rest of us have toured all over Asia playing music, meeting friends all over the world…

THINK ABOUT IT!

我觉得这个雷曼兄弟完全失败的情况应该可以wake up 很多人!!! 看到这个那么舊和大的银行公司可以这样失败还有突然所有钱都没有了应该可以让大家明白钱和追钱是完全没有意义的事情. 你看在这样的公司工作的人每天可以二十四小时工作. 为了什么 ?为了钱 ?为了一天可以退休? 可是如果突然你没有钱你会不会那么努力工作呢? 你那么努力在工作为了老的时候可以退休有什么意思呢 ?你老的时候真的可以做什么? 你还有能力出巡演吗 ?可是如果你们是跟这间公司的人一样突然什么钱都没有了 – 你会不会有后悔吗? 如果你这样每天工作做到天光然后突然什么都没有了, 你会有什么回忆? 可能只有一个回忆 – 每天在办公室睡觉, 工作, 做到笨蛋一样…

我很希望这个情况可以让多人想一想对他们的生活什么东西是最重要的。 花多时间跟你们家人一起和你的爱人一起应该是更重要…如果多人反而会花时间追他们的梦想这个世界会不会再开心一点儿的地方吗 ?追钱真的有意思…一点点都没有.

ANYWAY:

There’s an interesting little video about Straight Edge up here…actually, it’s kinda lame but at least for those of you who don’t know anything about Straight Edge can get some sort of idea about it…在网站我看到一个关于Straight Edge的短片…我自己觉得是一个很无聊的短片…可是如果你关于straight edge什么都不知道那你看这个短片有点儿意思…http://current.com/items/89031821_wasted_not_me

Yesterday I saw a link to a punk/hardcore band called The Departed that features members of Fall Out Boy and Misery Signals. Interesting right? The vocals suck a big fat ASS!!! 昨天我看听到一个新乐队有Fall Out boy和Misery Signals 的成员. 我觉得特有意思…你可以听听 。。。主唱的声音特难听…http://www.myspace.com/thedepartedband

Rise Against has uploaded a new song from their upcoming new album Rise Against上载了新歌…这是他们将会出新唱片的第一首歌: http://www.myspace.com/riseagainst

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WAKING UP AT 3:30pm

Dude…waking up at 3:30pm must be a sign of just how tired I get from work and all the extra stuff I do after school to make some more money to stay alive. It sucks…I slept the entire day away today…

I’m fasting today so that’s another reason why I just want to stay in bed…

Anyway…our old friend Hala (ex-Qiu Hong guitar player) now lives in Beijing and she emailed me yesterday to ask if her husband’s band The Falling can play with us when we arrive in Beijing on our tour! That’s so cool that bands want to play with us on this tour!!! Hala is also very interesting because I’ve actually been friends with her WAY BEFORE Qiu Hong started…I remember her old band called Bra which I interviewed a long time ago fo rmy old zine etc…cool girl and I’m happy she’s found happiness up in a great city like Beijing…我很舊的朋友Hala (以前是秋红的吉他手)昨天有email我问我他老公的乐队可不可以在我们巡演join我们北京站! 真的很幸福有这样的乐队那么有兴趣跟我们一起玩!

Here are some cool links to new stuff:

1. Comeback Kid DVD trailer!!!他们将会出的dvd!!! http://vimeo.com/1737737 2. AC/DC new video for new song!!! SOOOO GOOD!!! 他们的新歌!!! 特好听…新唱片将会十月出的!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lermqfhhJx4 Their new album is coming out in October!!! 3. Envy – my favorite Japanese hardcore band…is releasing a split CD with Thursday and at this link you can hear one of the songs from it 我最喜欢的日本hardcore乐队将会跟Thursday出一张两个乐队的CD…这是他们其中一首歌: http://www.punknews.org/bands/envy 4. The Geeks – new song up from Korean hardcore legends!!! 他们有出一首新歌好像是一首Sex Pistols的cover歌! http://www.myspace.com/townhallhq

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