written/non-written things by me (from 2005-2008)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Yaogun Yue ("Rock'n'Roll")

Haidian district is near Tsinghua University and some other big colleges so there is a huge student music scene, one which approximates pretty much any punk/indie scene anywhere in the world. I actually prefer it to Sanlitun because in Sanlitun you might find a music club playing the ubiquitous covers of the ever-loved-by-Chinese The Eagles "Hotel California" (even 21 year olds like it, and oh gosh). I have been in several taxis where when I get in the driver fumbles through his tapes and then pops in his Hotel Calfornia tape and proceeds to ask me if I like it and I have to feign appreciation for their nod to American music....uhhh...

Yes, so Jackie and I went to D-22 in Haidian last night to listen to the 30-year tribute show to the Velvet Underground.

The Scoffs, meeehhh, okay. They did rockabilly covers, but the singer didn't really move much and it was awkward to watch, like a 7th grade talent show or somesuch.

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