A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands
July 27, 2013 6:00 AM   Subscribe

"Beijing-based music critic Wang Xiaofeng says that when he heard Lao Qiang for the first time about 18 years ago, it reminded him of heavy metal: very physical and somewhat operatic."
posted by deathpanels (6 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Wow. I want to hear more! I wonder if Einstürzende Neubauten got any inspiration from Lao Qing, because I can hear a lot of early EN. Get Blixa out front and you've got yourself some 倒塌的新建筑*.

* Probably a terrible google translation
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:54 AM on July 27, 2013

This is great! I want to play it really loud.
posted by moonmilk at 7:34 AM on July 27, 2013

Cool, thanks for the post.
posted by spitbull at 7:55 AM on July 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

Excellent music, thanks for sharing.

I wouldn't have thought to compare it to Einstürzende Neubauten. The rhythms are not nearly as boring / tedious, and the energy / attitude is completely different.
posted by idiopath at 8:10 AM on July 27, 2013

The energy / attitude, as you put it, kind of reminds me of Okinawan folk music. Not that I know very much about that either!
posted by moonmilk at 8:28 AM on July 27, 2013 [2 favorites]

Excellent rhythms. I am better for knowing this exists. Thanks!
posted by ignignokt at 11:05 AM on July 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

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