Interview with Jef Vreys of New Noise

New Noise Music is a Sichuan-based promotional agency and independent record label that is doing some great things in that fiery province deep in southwest China. In addition to coordinating Dalian post-rock outfit Wang Wen’s Fall 2012 European Tour—a major step forward in cementing musical bonds between China and the international community—New Noise has brought numerous international recording artists to both China and the surrounding region, including post-rock superpowers pg.lost, Mogwai and MONO.

They’re our partners in the upcoming split 12” between pg.lost and Wang Wen and we’re excited to be working with them. We caught up with founder Jef Vreys to discuss the label’s origin, how to strengthen the bonds between China and Europe, Chengdu’s growing community of vinyl lovers and much more.

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Happy Holidays!

If they’re anything like us, the music lovers in your life probably enjoy the occasional seven inches of pleasure. Check out our holiday discount packages:

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Interview with Tiny Ghosts

The frontman of the German melodic rock outfit fills us in on silkscreening, the benefits of vinyl and the band’s latest effort, this summer’s three-song “Alien in a Box” 7”.

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Interview with Wang Wen’s Xie Yugang

For fans of Chinese post-rock, Wang Wen needs no introduction—the long-running Dalian quartet has spent the past decade plugging away to refine their gorgeous cinematic soundscapes while remaining true to their unique creative vision.

On the eve of their latest release, a self-titled split 12” with Swedish post-rock outfit pg.lost, Wang Wen co-founder and guitarist Xie Yugang discusses the band’s recent European tour, the band’s songwriting process and the state of DIY in the People’s Republic of China.

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Interview with Antonio Contiero

This past October saw the wedding of two very creative talents when shoegaze outfit Dear Eloise joined forces with the Italian design firm/specialty label Bubutz Records to create the packaging for “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” the Beijing duo’s fuzzed-out rendition of the Velvet Underground ethereal psychedelic pop classic reworked with Chinese lyrics.

The result, a limited edition set of 30 handmade 7” picture discs individually lathe-cut and mounted on printed wooden bases, has set a new standard for packaging in the country with its lovingly-crafted exterior matching the heartfelt contents contained within.

We had a chance to catch up to mastermind Antonio Contiero to discuss his creative process, how he got dialed into the Chinese rock scene and what’s next for Bubutz Records.

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pg.lost / Wang Wen (罔聞) split 12”

Sweden and China join forces with a collaboration between Scandinavian superpowers pg.lost and domestic post-rock outfit Wang Wen (罔聞)

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Round Eye takes on Beijing

Don’t miss the Beijing debut of Shanghai freak-punks Round Eye this weekend! You can catch them and pick up copies of their new record tonight at Old What and tomorrow at XP.

Listen to Round Eye’s track Kenting below:

The Fever Machine release La Chupacabra

In Shanghai, a city where the independent music scene is characterized more by noise, lo-fi garage rock and ambitious, navel-gazing experimentalists than guys with Gibsons, multinational outfit the Fever Machine are a welcome rarity: a shit-kicking rock and roll band that lays down meaty, no frills riffs with psychedelic overtones.

On Sat, Nov 24, the trio will unveil their latest offering, “La Chupacabra,” a two-song 7” slice of whoop-ass that combines the swirling, spacey elements of psychedelia with melodic hooks and progressive song structures that harness the raw power and grime of stoner rock and proto-metal without buffering out the dents. It’s a refreshing back-to-the-basics listen in the face of the increasingly-complex experimentalism that is being generated by their peers at a blistering clip.

Prior to the Beijing release party, we caught up with guitarist/vocalist Dan Shapiro to pick his brain on releasing music on vinyl, the band’s DIY ethos and growing up in suburban America.

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Interview with Shanghai’s Round Eye

Experimental Shanghai punk outfit Round Eye are primed to bring their choreographed chaos to Beijing on Sat, Dec 1 in support of their upcoming release, Full Circle

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Wang Wen (惘闻) head to Europe

Autumn: wind-swept earthy scents blown through whipping trees alongside aching nostalgia, images that domestic post-rockers Wang Wen convey exquisitely with their cinematic soundscapes that run emotional relays from melancholy to guarded hope—and back again—multiple times within single songs.

The long-running, DIY-friendly Dalian outfit—they formed in 1999 and have released six full-length records, including this past spring’s critically-acclaimed 0.7—kick off a six-date whirlwind tour through Northern Europe next Tuesday, bringing their gorgeous, seasonal-appropriate sound to crowds in Sweden, Denmark and Belgium in support of Swedish heavyweights pg.lost and Japanese post-rock heroes MONO.

Full schedule below:

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