bigbandtaiwan:

「Forests 森林 」今年4月參與PIPE LIVE MUSIC 波形遊戲 的現場演出 !!

樂團成員: 

Guo (Bass), Jon (Synthesizers/Drums/Vocals), Zun Long (Drums/Electronics)

Forests 森林 with a song from their 2015 album, Dead Species. (bandcamp)

All 3 members of the group were in the shoegaze band Boyz & Girl w/BenBen, 2010-2012, according to the fb timeline.  I think Guo is also playing gtr in the full band version of Come on! BayBay! 來吧!焙焙!; Guo & Zun Long are also in Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車.  It’s good to keep busy, LOL

More about Forests in this 2014 profile by David Frazier in the Taipei Times

Interview (2015) with Jon Du by LiYang for Brown Noise Unit.

bigbandtaiwan:

「Forests 森林 」今年4月參與PIPE LIVE MUSIC 波形遊戲 的現場演出 !!

樂團成員: 

Guo (Bass), Jon (Synthesizers/Drums/Vocals), Zun Long (Drums/Electronics)

Forests 森林 with a song from their 2015 album, Dead Species. (bandcamp)

All 3 members of the group were in the shoegaze band Boyz & Girl w/BenBen, 2010-2012, according to the fb timeline.  I think Guo is also playing gtr in the full band version of Come on! BayBay! 來吧!焙焙!; Guo & Zun Long are also in Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車.  It’s good to keep busy, LOL

More about Forests in this 2014 profile by David Frazier in the Taipei Times

Interview (2015) with Jon Du by LiYang for Brown Noise Unit.

What is going on, Taipei Times?

Two different weekly columns in the Features section announced that this was the last edition.: The Vinyl Word (Marcus Aurelius-Contributing reporter) and Live Wire (Joe Henley & David Frazier-Contributing reporters).   =(

We’ve linked to Live Wire columns a bunch of times, and I considered it a must read for understanding the TW indie scene.  First the Gig Guide closes up shop, and now this.  

I’m very disappointed.  So many times in my Google searches for FYCI, it was Live Wire going back several years that helped out with info (in English!) about festivals, bands, venues, etc..

At least the Event and Entertainment Listings is going to continue.

I left a comment at the Live Wire link above. I encourage you to do the same.

What is going on, Taipei Times?

Two different weekly columns in the Features section announced that this was the last edition.: The Vinyl Word (Marcus Aurelius-Contributing reporter) and Live Wire (Joe Henley & David Frazier-Contributing reporters).   =(

We’ve linked to Live Wire columns a bunch of times, and I considered it a must read for understanding the TW indie scene.  First the Gig Guide closes up shop, and now this.  

I’m very disappointed.  So many times in my Google searches for FYCI, it was Live Wire going back several years that helped out with info (in English!) about festivals, bands, venues, etc..

At least the Event and Entertainment Listings is going to continue.

I left a comment at the Live Wire link above. I encourage you to do the same.

Live Wire: Prairie and the New Psychedelia – Taipei Times

Lots of love for Prairie WWWW (落差草原) from David Frazier of the Taipei Times!  =D

“In case you’re wondering, the four Ws in Prairie’s band name are not to be pronounced, serving as a pictogram for a waveform.

The techno-naturalism is in keeping with the group’s brand of indie rock neo-psychedelia, which mixes computer-programmed beats with hand drumming, tribal face paint, group harmonies, folk guitar picking, field recordings and a sort of space rock experimentation that every once in a while coalesces into a marvelously tight, magical and catchy tune — almost a pop song.”

“We knew we wanted to do something different from post rock,” White Wu says, noting the dominant trend in Taipei’s band scene at the time. “Something more humanistic, and more experimental. We wanted to be drum-driven music, not guitar driven music.”

Live Wire: Prairie and the New Psychedelia – Taipei Times

Live Wire: Prairie and the New Psychedelia – Taipei Times

Lots of love for Prairie WWWW (落差草原) from David Frazier of the Taipei Times!  =D

“In case you’re wondering, the four Ws in Prairie’s band name are not to be pronounced, serving as a pictogram for a waveform.

The techno-naturalism is in keeping with the group’s brand of indie rock neo-psychedelia, which mixes computer-programmed beats with hand drumming, tribal face paint, group harmonies, folk guitar picking, field recordings and a sort of space rock experimentation that every once in a while coalesces into a marvelously tight, magical and catchy tune — almost a pop song.”

“We knew we wanted to do something different from post rock,” White Wu says, noting the dominant trend in Taipei’s band scene at the time. “Something more humanistic, and more experimental. We wanted to be drum-driven music, not guitar driven music.”

Live Wire: Prairie and the New Psychedelia – Taipei Times

Live Wire: Folk, feminism and multicultural music: Witch House turns 20 – Taipei Times

http://festival.witchhouse.org/ 

Really informative feature by David Frazier: “The festival will be held outdoors in some high mountain grassy lawns near New Taipei City’s Wulai District (烏來), about 40 minutes south of Taipei, with around 90 acts performing on four stages over three days.”

核桃 KurumiQ just posted this on their way in:

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Funny how the photos posted to the 文山農場 fb have the location label Taichung, but the festival is in New Taipei City.  Skynet is confused… o.0

Live Wire: Folk, feminism and multicultural music: Witch House turns 20 – Taipei Times

Live Wire: Folk, feminism and multicultural music: Witch House turns 20 – Taipei Times

http://festival.witchhouse.org/ 

Really informative feature by David Frazier: “The festival will be held outdoors in some high mountain grassy lawns near New Taipei City’s Wulai District (烏來), about 40 minutes south of Taipei, with around 90 acts performing on four stages over three days.”

核桃 KurumiQ just posted this on their way in:

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Funny how the photos posted to the 文山農場 fb have the location label Taichung, but the festival is in New Taipei City.  Skynet is confused… o.0

Live Wire: Folk, feminism and multicultural music: Witch House turns 20 – Taipei Times

Live wire: The music festival night market – Taipei Times

David Frazier always gives great info about the TW scene!  This is a roundup of recent festivals (Beastie Rock & Unlimited Freedom) and this weekend’s events: G103 Music Festival (車庫103搖滾派對) and Rock Bandoh (搖滾辦桌).

He raved about *No Party for Tsaodong (草東沒有派對)’s set at Beastie Rock.  =D   *I always see it as No Party for Cao Dong

p.s. the weekly Taipei Times Events Listing is HERE.  I’m know I’m late with these links – the weekend is almost over – but not too late if you’re reading this in TW, there’s a lot happening on Sunday.

Live wire: The music festival night market – Taipei Times

Live wire: The music festival night market – Taipei Times

David Frazier always gives great info about the TW scene!  This is a roundup of recent festivals (Beastie Rock & Unlimited Freedom) and this weekend’s events: G103 Music Festival (車庫103搖滾派對) and Rock Bandoh (搖滾辦桌).

He raved about *No Party for Tsaodong (草東沒有派對)’s set at Beastie Rock.  =D   *I always see it as No Party for Cao Dong

p.s. the weekly Taipei Times Events Listing is HERE.  I’m know I’m late with these links – the weekend is almost over – but not too late if you’re reading this in TW, there’s a lot happening on Sunday.

Live wire: The music festival night market – Taipei Times

山海屯音樂節 – Timeline Photos | Facebook

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UPDATE: Here are the new schedule grids for HeartTown 山海屯音樂節.  You can see how they crammed in all of the Friday bands into Sat & Sun. The festival days will start earlier, and the set lengths on the smallest stage (the orange column) are only 20 minutes.  In fact, most sets except for the headliners have lost 10 minutes.  Many bands will time their set during rehearsal, choosing their strongest material, trying to progress from song to song without a hitch. Now they’ll all have to lop off ten minutes. (And eliminate chatty MC time with the audience!  =p )

HeartTown festival is adjusting their schedule to avoid problems within the typhoon. Merging all of the Friday sets into Saturday & Sunday, something like that. Also adjusting set times and lengths. If you’re attending, you probably can also read the announcement and will understand what’s going to happen much better than I do!  They’ve answered MANY questions at that page.

In other band-typhoon news, Cicada announced they’re canceling Friday’s gig at Witch House. Their next show is at Kafka on September 19th.

柯智棠 Ko Chih Tang postponed his weekend gigs in Kaohsiung and Taitung to September.

The Astro Bunny / Yi-Cheng Yi-Ching show at APA mini is still on for Friday, but the final decision will be made tomorrow. It’s already tomorrow, and the gig is postponed all the way to January, date to be determined.  (JANUARY?!)

Zulin Wu postponed his Friday gig until next Thursday.

Chocolate Tiger’s Super Summer Slippa Saturday gig is pushed back to Monday. As a matter of fact, all of the Friday/Saturday Slippa shows are now on Sunday/Monday.   More info HERE!

And the Taipei Times has a story in English about the re-jiggered HeartTown festival as well as how they moved the location to a bigger venue this year, after landing Limp Bizkit as a headliner.

88balaz (八十八顆芭樂籽) have 2 gigs this weekend that are postponed by a day or so.

ANN just postponed her Saturday gig until next week, but she has other events in her immediate future. 

@tradchinesechars noted that, “Depending on the wind speeds of the typhoon, the high speed rail (and regular trains) may not be running. It’s safer for everyone to reschedule.”  

I’m surprised that I’m still reading bands (U.TA 屋塔 and Taipei Cases 台北公案 at Revolver Bar) posting they are going to play tonight, ‘rain or shine’ (Friday). There will be bands set up with no one there to watch them play, and elsewhere, people showing up to find closed venues.  I agree it would be best to just put a big X through Friday. 

Team Ear just announced that The White Eyes 白目樂團 gig at Revolver Bar on Saturday is canceled. 

山海屯音樂節 – Timeline Photos | Facebook

山海屯音樂節 – Timeline Photos | Facebook

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UPDATE: Here are the new schedule grids for HeartTown 山海屯音樂節.  You can see how they crammed in all of the Friday bands into Sat & Sun. The festival days will start earlier, and the set lengths on the smallest stage (the orange column) are only 20 minutes.  In fact, most sets except for the headliners have lost 10 minutes.  Many bands will time their set during rehearsal, choosing their strongest material, trying to progress from song to song without a hitch. Now they’ll all have to lop off ten minutes. (And eliminate chatty MC time with the audience!  =p )

HeartTown festival is adjusting their schedule to avoid problems within the typhoon. Merging all of the Friday sets into Saturday & Sunday, something like that. Also adjusting set times and lengths. If you’re attending, you probably can also read the announcement and will understand what’s going to happen much better than I do!  They’ve answered MANY questions at that page.

In other band-typhoon news, Cicada announced they’re canceling Friday’s gig at Witch House. Their next show is at Kafka on September 19th.

柯智棠 Ko Chih Tang postponed his weekend gigs in Kaohsiung and Taitung to September.

The Astro Bunny / Yi-Cheng Yi-Ching show at APA mini is still on for Friday, but the final decision will be made tomorrow. It’s already tomorrow, and the gig is postponed all the way to January, date to be determined.  (JANUARY?!)

Zulin Wu postponed his Friday gig until next Thursday.

Chocolate Tiger’s Super Summer Slippa Saturday gig is pushed back to Monday. As a matter of fact, all of the Friday/Saturday Slippa shows are now on Sunday/Monday.   More info HERE!

And the Taipei Times has a story in English about the re-jiggered HeartTown festival as well as how they moved the location to a bigger venue this year, after landing Limp Bizkit as a headliner.

88balaz (八十八顆芭樂籽) have 2 gigs this weekend that are postponed by a day or so.

ANN just postponed her Saturday gig until next week, but she has other events in her immediate future. 

@tradchinesechars noted that, “Depending on the wind speeds of the typhoon, the high speed rail (and regular trains) may not be running. It’s safer for everyone to reschedule.”  

I’m surprised that I’m still reading bands (U.TA 屋塔 and Taipei Cases 台北公案 at Revolver Bar) posting they are going to play tonight, ‘rain or shine’ (Friday). There will be bands set up with no one there to watch them play, and elsewhere, people showing up to find closed venues.  I agree it would be best to just put a big X through Friday. 

Team Ear just announced that The White Eyes 白目樂團 gig at Revolver Bar on Saturday is canceled. 

山海屯音樂節 – Timeline Photos | Facebook

獨立樂團推手 年收8千萬│蘋果日報

Apple Daily finance section has a profile on Orbis Fu Chien Wen, CEO of The WALL Music.   Google Translate is not making much sense of the article, I can’t really explain what they’re saying about him. There is discussion about the evolution of the original venue, The WALL Live House, and the expansion to spinoff venues and festivals (Megaport and Formoz)

UPDATE:  Help from tradchinesechars“The article goes through the history of The WALL, by making live houses legal and taking care of its business aspects. It also talks about the different expansions – festivals and managing 滅火器 (Fire Ex.). I’ll post a more thorough translation later.”   

Thank you so much!!  (On the fb page where I saw the appledaily link, there are several comments to the effect of, ‘he should take some of the money he’s making and put it into fixing the air conditioning at The WALL.’)  =D

However, there are very informative articles in English about Orbis and The WALL: this one by David Frazier from 2013 at The Taipei Times and one that’s a dead link from Taiwan In Depth. 

Here’s a relevant section I had saved from the Taiwan In Depth piece: In 2003 Freddy Lim, lead vocalist of Taiwanese metal band CthoniC, discovered that the basement of the Broadway Theater, in the Gong-guan area and not far from National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Cheng-chi University, was for rent, and cheaply at that. He talked to a *couple of like-minded friends, convincing them to work with him to scrape together NT$3 million and transform the space into a venue capable of holding 500 people. **The moment he took the reins, Fu instituted radical reforms. He moved performance times forward, and took inspiration from the Japanese live house booking model, which ***requires scheduled bands to take responsibility for selling a certain portion of tickets themselves. 

(*Spring Scream founder Jimi Moe and The Chairman guitarist A-chi (阿吉))

(**2005?)

(***This is probably why bands like P!SCO promote their The WALL shows incessantly – yes, they love to play for a crowd, but might actually lose money if the crowd was thin!)

Okay, so if you are interested, definitely read both pages of the David Frazier piece; page 1 starts out talking about The WALL, moves on to a segment on a competing club called The Park, and then concludes with much more about The WALL situation on page 2.

獨立樂團推手 年收8千萬│蘋果日報

獨立樂團推手 年收8千萬│蘋果日報

Apple Daily finance section has a profile on Orbis Fu Chien Wen, CEO of The WALL Music.   Google Translate is not making much sense of the article, I can’t really explain what they’re saying about him. There is discussion about the evolution of the original venue, The WALL Live House, and the expansion to spinoff venues and festivals (Megaport and Formoz)

UPDATE:  Help from tradchinesechars“The article goes through the history of The WALL, by making live houses legal and taking care of its business aspects. It also talks about the different expansions – festivals and managing 滅火器 (Fire Ex.). I’ll post a more thorough translation later.”   

Thank you so much!!  (On the fb page where I saw the appledaily link, there are several comments to the effect of, ‘he should take some of the money he’s making and put it into fixing the air conditioning at The WALL.’)  =D

However, there are very informative articles in English about Orbis and The WALL: this one by David Frazier from 2013 at The Taipei Times and one that’s a dead link from Taiwan In Depth. 

Here’s a relevant section I had saved from the Taiwan In Depth piece: In 2003 Freddy Lim, lead vocalist of Taiwanese metal band CthoniC, discovered that the basement of the Broadway Theater, in the Gong-guan area and not far from National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Cheng-chi University, was for rent, and cheaply at that. He talked to a *couple of like-minded friends, convincing them to work with him to scrape together NT$3 million and transform the space into a venue capable of holding 500 people. **The moment he took the reins, Fu instituted radical reforms. He moved performance times forward, and took inspiration from the Japanese live house booking model, which ***requires scheduled bands to take responsibility for selling a certain portion of tickets themselves. 

(*Spring Scream founder Jimi Moe and The Chairman guitarist A-chi (阿吉))

(**2005?)

(***This is probably why bands like P!SCO promote their The WALL shows incessantly – yes, they love to play for a crowd, but might actually lose money if the crowd was thin!)

Okay, so if you are interested, definitely read both pages of the David Frazier piece; page 1 starts out talking about The WALL, moves on to a segment on a competing club called The Park, and then concludes with much more about The WALL situation on page 2.

獨立樂團推手 年收8千萬│蘋果日報