That’s right, China – legendary, experimental, synth punk pioneers Primitive Calculators are headed your way this coming March for a string of dates you’re not going to want to miss out on at any cost! Since reforming in 2009 (after a nearly three decade hiatus) at the behest of the King Badseed himself, Nick Cave, the Calculators essentially picked up right where they left off with their iconic 1979 debut single I Can’t Stop It b/w Do That Dance. For China-side fans of unrelenting proto-darkwave, this is your chance to take a pitch black journey back to the future – an evening with the original lineup of a band certain museos in the know from Copenhagen to Chicago would bend over backwards to catch live. Presented by Split Works in conjunction with well…us, the ever humble people at Genjing Records, who just happen to also be releasing brand spanking new Primitive Calculators material in the form of an upcoming split 7” single with Shanghai’s Torturing Nurse, to coincide with the tour, this is, once more, a justifiable reason to clear your calendar for at least one of the below dates. Don’t blow it!
Just in time for the “Best Tracks of 2014″ you post on your Tumblr for the world to see, backslash, appreciate your most excellent taste in left of center tune-age, we, the ever busy bodied people of Genjing Records are beyond thrilled to announce our newest foré into the world of 7″ split singles – the latest works of electro-inflected, transcendental blues by two sets of brothers who couldn’t be more similar, both socially and circumstantially. Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to cordially introduce you to Joshua + Simon Frank and Edwin Mathis + Andy White, collectively/ individually known better as Hot & Cold and Tonstartssbandht.
December: Typically, for a whole slew of fairly obvious reasons, our colleagues in the music industry go into official hibernation, or put out holiday oriented stocking stuffers [i.e. Dylan/Stones box sets] that don’t involve original, brand spanking new (musical) content. Here at Genjing Records World HQ, we say, “Bah Humbug!” to that bologna! Hell, while we’re making exclamatory statements here, we may as well shout out a big, hearty “Happy Record Release Day!” to Wang Wen! Their seventh long player (and first for Genjing) is entitled Eight Horses and is a true master-stroke of post post rock awesomeness. Yes, you read that correctly: Post Post Rock. You know, like, when you take post rock so far you actually come almost full circle and start properly rocking?! This might be a little lazy, but imagine if you will, Explosions in the Sky covering an early 764-HERO tune and you’d sort of have an inkling of what certain bits of this record come across like, sonically. Specific adjectives which come to mind upon dropping the needle on this ‘beaut: eclectic, wistful, dreamy, romantic, unpredictable, searing, delicate, whimsical…we could go on and on here folks, but we’ll leave it up to you to form your own Eight Horses oriented adjectives. As always, have a listen below. We’d be willing to bet you get through two or three tracks max before you head over to our shop. Don’t forget to buy one for your little brother or sister (or both) too. It is the holiday season after all, ‘ya know!
That’s right netizens of the indie-sphere, Christmas has indeed come early and we at Genjing Records couldn’t be more excited to finally let this particular cat out of its proverbial bag: Beijing’s own After Argument do indeed have a new LP and it can now be yours with the click of a button! Why, you may ask, are we record label types so over the moon with regard to this particular long player? Shit, just read ahead and have a listen below, ‘cuz we’ve got words and music galore to clue you into just why This Is Not Your Game has come along just in time to warm the cockles deep within your winter scorched heart.
When isn’t GUIGUISUISUI (aka Dann Gaymer) ever out on tour? Answer: Pretty much never. This time around Dann, his “Diddly Board” (a skateboard turned guitar we wonder if he ever pops ollies or grinds rails on) and a documentary film maker by the name of John Yingling trained, planed and automobiled around (pretty much) the whole of China promoting GUIGUISUISUI’s Genjing debut, The Court of Kind Necro 7”, a DIY crafted masterpiece literally silk screened and pieced together by all manner label types and, of course, GUIGUI himself! Ambitious to say the least, right? We think so. Anyhoo, Dann and John shot a lot of stills throughout their journey and we liked ‘em so much that we decided to post our favs here on the blog. Have a gander after the jump!
If you’re a regular at this here space, especially a European regular, you’ve most likely (already) read about or even physically seen Genjing alums Fanzui Xiangfa and Bad Nerve as they blazed their way through Northwestern Europe in an 18 shows in 18 days tour-a-thon!
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As you’ll see just to the left of your screen, we, the ever entrepreneurial boyz and goils of Genjing Rekkids recently gave metaphorical birth to the Opium b/w Heroin 7″ by infamous Wuhan troublemakers (backslash) disco punks, AV Okubo. You guys prolly already knew that though, ‘cuz if you follow this space regularly, you’re most likely as big a fan of these guys as we are and already have this color on color curio spinning atop your turntable. If this is somehow news to you, well, we’ve got several different gift packages, loaded with all manner of limited goodies (like hand pressed button sets, AV Okubo tote bags, Genjing package sets, signed copies of the release and much, much more) which you can find/purchase both here or here. Of course, if you really wanna deal directly with us and grab up this must have, soon to be out of print sonic platter, there’s always our shop. Sales pitch aside, we sat down with AV Okubo main-man, Ludi, to discuss all kinda interesting shit, including the recording of this 7 inch in diameter masterpiece, working with post punk legends Martin Atkins and Andy Gill and the future of AV Okubo. As per usual, dude was a wealth of information. But don’t take it from us, see for yourself after the jump!
If you’ve ever perused this space, you know we sometimes like to warble on ad nausium regarding our wares and the dealings of the excellent (mostly) Chinese artists who create them. Well, after viewing this stunning piece of video with eloquent verbiage scrolling Star Wars style over seemingly endless highway clips of ‘Merica & Canadia (all shot, scribed and soundtracked by the band)…well, for once folks, we’re pretty much plum outta words. So, dim the lights, pour yourself a glass of whatever floats your proverbial boat and settle in for the ride. Jonathan and Pauline have truly turned in a mood altering juggernaut of entertainment here – not that we expected anything less from Alpine Decline or anything. Shit man, what can’t these two do?! It almost pisses us off…but, erm, not really/really. Whatever, just watch this thing, already!
As you may have noticed, our latest foray into the medium of 7″ in diameter wax platters is a split between Genjing lifers Fanzui Xiangfa and hardcore leaning, genre-bending Swedes, Bad Nerve. If that monumentous (if that isn’t a proper term, it should be) musical development has somehow flown under your radar, well, naturally, we’re here to help, folks! Both bands are literally powder kegs of manic energy that’ll make whatever sound system you’re currently rolling with wish it took a couple of Xanax. For serious. What’s more, both bands are currently drinking 3/4 of the squats and punk rock friendly hovels throughout Northern Europe out of whatever free liquid offered them: In other words, they’re currently touring together. Gejinger/Fanzui Xiangfa axe man, Nevin Domer took time away from eating pickled herring or whatever they eat over there, to interview his tour mates and the results are highly readable. These dudes go way back, share members and gots stories, people, stories I tell you! Basically, if you don’t find this interview half as interesting as we do, you’ll find a 1 kuai coin behind your left ear upon completion of reading. Okay, that part’s bullshit, but take our word for it anyway. Ain’t nothing bullshit about Bad Nerve, kids – easily one of the most under-appreciated groups of hearing loss assistants hailing from the European continent. Period.
Bluesy horror-core troubadour Dann Gaymer (aka GUIGUISUISUI) is truly one of the busiest DIY personalities we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with here at Genjing Records. The guy plays something like 1.2 million shows throughout Asia and beyond per year and when he’s not on the road, which is like never, he’s busy jamming with what seems like half of Beijing or, more recently, recording his Genjing debut, The Court of King Necro at Psychic Kong with the one and only Yang Haisong (P.K.14, Dear Eloise, After Argument). Our very own Gerda van den Dool caught up with Dann to discuss his blues lineage, future touring plans, getting wrecked on “moonshine” in Indonesia and the difference between Dann Gaymer, King Necro and GUIGUISUISUI… amongst many, many other things. Buckle up folks, this is one hell of a read!