(the girls of Burning Angel)

So I am heading to China for April. My lil sis is there teaching college kids English, so I'm going to visit, photograph (aka work), and travel. One thing I would love to explore is the music scene in China, punks, hip-hop, metal, etc. I hear most of it is in Beijing, so I'm planning to visit there for a while. If you or someone you know happens to have any connections into music scenes in China, please get in touch. I won't have a lot of time there, so I'd like to set up possible connections beforehand. Also, I am looking for recommendations of where to travel in China. I'll be based in Suzhou at first, just outside Shanghai, but other than Beijing I'm still undecided. South to Taiwan and beaches? West to mountains? It's a damn big country. Chime in with your thoughts, tips, recommendations, secrets, whatever. Thanks!



Hot-new-song-of-the-moment alert (albeit a bit on the late side). I played this last night while pseudo-djing a little get together for Humble Arts Foundation. People were digging it.

• Peter Bjorn And John - Young Folks

A band's place in myspace.


  1. sucka pod = best cocktail party dj ever!

    as for china - chengdu in the SW is a hell of a city and very cheap. other people i've talked to agree that it's unique, as far as the big cities go. and watch your ass in beijing, that's all i can say.

  2. Woohoo! Good food and a good currency exchange rate.
    You could check out the Terracotta warriors in Xian, the Shaolin, or climb the steps at TaiShan.

    I’m partial to Tianjin (the mainland’s fourth largest city; just south of Beijing). They have a bicycle population of over 8 million. It’s like a giant city full of country folk, and they stare at foreigners like you're some sort of amusing animal. If you go to the great wall, Badaling is the main tourist section, but you can hike into the wilderness and camp on old crumbled sections (good for launching Chinese fireworks, pissing off the military, invoking ancient spirits, and murderous swordplay). Also, here’s a good Chinese movie called Beijing Bicycle and a source for MP3z.

  3. I spent a few years living in China, and there are a lot of pretty good places to see music and such in Beijing. The Wudaokou area has a lot of bars, most of which are full of international students and are pretty lame, but 13 Club usually has shows going on and is worth checking out. There are other decent venues like Nameless Highland and Get Lucky Bar have shows going on pretty often as well. The best way to figure out what to do in Beijing is get a copy of City Weekend (www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/) or That's Beijing magazine - they're usually at better restaurants or touristy hotels. I don't know about the whole "watching your ass" thing - I lived in Beijing for a long time and never had problems. But I agree with the comment about Tianjin - cool city, great for biking, cheap, and you can get there from the Beijing train station by train or bus - bus is cheaper but more crowded.