Okay, this isn’t, like, a secret or anything, but all of us here at Genjing World HQ Beijing PRC are pretty massive fans of the transcendental, globe-trotting, motoric, synth ‘n bass stuff brothers Josh and Simon Frank make under the moniker, Hot & Cold. Not only are these gentlemen wildly talented and retardedly intelligent as stand alone individuals, they’re just fucking incredibly nice…so nice in fact, that we are borderline intimidated by their über healthy bravado, pretty much, full stop. In order to counterbalance this well adjusted bullshit, we tasked label douche, Matthew Kagler, to interview these elusive cats who consistently travel, travel and travel some more “sans computers”. Check out the interaction between these three below the jump. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, Genjing recently put out a (biological) bros vs. bros split featuring none other than Tonstartssbandht and, you guessed it, Hot & Cold. We’ve literally got six copies left of this release that aren’t already in distribution. Just ‘sayin. Anyhoo, enjoy.
Hey Beijing! Cancel whatever you had planned this Saturday night, ‘cuz local concert promoters, Kou Niao’s anniversary show is gonna go off! We don’t normally post events here on the blog that aren’t specifically Genjing related, but look at that fucking lineup. Holy shit! If you’re into or even remotely interested in the local independent music scene, you’d best get your ass over to Mao, like, early on Saturday – “The Bunker” (aka Mao) is gonna be a sardine tin by 10pm, wethinks. Oh, bye the bye if you’re into Carsick Cars and/or Av Okubo, we’ve still got a couple copies of their latest Genjing releases sitting around the warehouse. Snap ‘em up!
As most of you are aware, Genjing rung out the year that was 2014 with a shit hot split pitting our two favorite bands of brothers, Tonstartssbandht and Hot & Cold, against each other. The result of this most natural pairing of musical siblings turned out startlingly well, so well, in fact, that after a little piece from our friends at Noisey hit and Tonstartssbandht set off on a lengthy December/January tour of Australia and New Zealand, them little handsomely packaged 7” records became quite scarce. Subtle Hint: if you don’t own this thing, you’d best make a move over to our shop, like, right now and snap one up before that becomes an impossibility. Anyhoo, promotional skew aside, wanna know more about the inner workings of Tonstartssbandht? So did we. So, we dusted off/fired up our Commodore VIC-20 and contacted one half of the ‘Bandht, Andy White, who was kind enough to discuss all sorts of shit with us. It’s a good, dare we say, “informative” read – and no, we don’t bother him with any questions about his day job as Mac Demarco’s guitarist. We’d like to think that Tonstartssbandht’s, erm, “artistry” should stand on it’s own, ‘cuz…it does. Super stoked I could fit the term artistry in there! Whew, that felt good. Check out Andy White’s mind after the jump.
In celebration of the newly released Primitive Calculators/Torturing Nurse split 7” we threw a big ‘ol party in the hallowed halls of Yugong Yishan, right smack in the middle of the Red Capital. Those Beijinger’s lucky enough to make it to this officially sanctioned JUE Festival event were treated to some of the best independent music this fair city has to offer in the form of Birdstriking and SUBS, which is basically a show unto itself, in our books – but it was the main event most in attendance were after and the Primitive Calculators completely and totally delivered. The four piece played an inspired set culled mostly from their debut album, The World is Fucked. In short, they slayed. Just in case you slept on this one, we sent along photographer Seth Grant, who does things with fancy cameras we don’t necessarily understand. The party starts (again) after the jump.
Hey, 2015! Over the course of a single month (thus far) you’ve straight-up embarrassed 2014 when it comes to releasing new and amazing musical content on what seems to be a weekly basis. Color us impressed! Anyhoo, not to be outdone by our fellow ear-candy purveyors the world over, we, the mostly sentient peoples of Genjing Records are beyond pleased to officially announce our first internationally distributed release of 2015, which (rather seamlessly) pairs two legendary noise pariahs of the atonal variety: namely, Melbourne, Australia synth punk demigods, Primitive Calculators and Shanghai’s harshest sons, Torturing Nurse. This limited edition 7″ in diameter split single captures stunningly dark, new material from both outfits just in time to embrace what’s left of the winter chill here in the heart of the Red Capital and beyond.
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!