- 10th October
- 2nd October
You’re born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you’re up in the rarefied atmosphere and you’ve forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son.Eddie Temple from Layer Cake
- 24th September
Earlier this month I covered Naomi Punk on Wooozy. I first heard of the name while I was still in Brooklyn, but it was not until my friend Zaza told me they play awesome live that I decided to give them a listen. So I went to their bandcamp, there was only one album but all the songs from that album were free to stream, with a link that directed you to buy the vinyl record. It was out in April but seemed that nobody actually knows about it - You couldn’t find a single piece about them on pitchfork, stereogum or whatever hype machine out there.
Since then a little bird told me that they were signed by Captured Tracks, one of the most elite labels these days. In other words, they are on their way becoming a buzzband and their albums will sell out. I could sense the hype is being built, and I was pretty curious about when it would happen and what it would lead to.
So today, there’s an official announcement out from Captured Tracks, right after that, pitchfork post a short news saying Captured Tracks gonna reissue their debut LP and the first single is here blah blah blah. I went to their bandcamp again. The record purchase link was replaced with “LP IS SOLD OUT PLEASE WAIT PATIENTLY”. Most songs were taken down. I listened to the only two remained, but they were apparently too short to remind me of any feeling I had while I was digging the whole album weeks before. And I couldn’t find it anywhere else, since it’s “sold out”. Oh yes, I once thought about scheduling an interview with them, not sure if this is still doable since not too many buzzbands bother to do an interview with an indie music blog in China… What a difference a month can make.
The hype is finally out there, while I am the one not prepared.
Update: The reason why the debut LP sold out is because Captured Tracks bought all the remaining copies and I guess that’s essential when building the hype.
- 20th September
My poor brother who doesn’t speak English asked me to translate this thing into Chinese for him today
This who I am：
Smart，sensitive and simple
A Quiet, graceful lady in front of strangers
An active and interesting friend
Serious and responsible co-worker
Easy-going，romantic person with filial piet
And I am looking for：
Someone who can understand almost every words above without looking into an dictionary
Someone who loves the person who I am rather than how I looked
Someone we were meant to be with each other for the rest of our lives
If God give my hand to you, please do take it, and hold it, never let go.
I don’t know which girl he falls for this time, but apparently he won’t get a single chance, since he couldn’t understand a single word in this post. While apart from some obvious mistakes, I found this post irritative, superficial, and most importantly, boring. Therefore, I went ahead to put together my own one.
This is who I am:
sensitivesentimental and naive
A nobody in front of strangers
A loyal friend
An unqualified employee
Shy, day-dreaming and able to cook
And I am looking for:
Someone who doesn’t care too much about what I think I am looking for
Someone who believes in what I can be in the future rather than what I am right now
Someone who I can be friends with forever, no matter how our relationship ends up with
If there’s a God, and he decides to give my hand to you, please do take it, and shake it, with a genuine “Thanks for being you”.
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