Ourselves Beside Me

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Ourselves Beside Me's Li Yangfan

Semaine du 19 août 2008 / Week of August 19th, 2008

Cette chronique hebdomadaire sur la musique indépendante chinoise est diffusée à Radio Centre-Ville (102.3FM), les mardis entre 22h30 et 23h30. L’émission complète est disponible sur ce fichier MP3, à partir du lendemain de l’émission.

This weekly segment on independent Chinese music is broadcasted every Tuesday between 10:30PM and 11:30PM on Radio Centre-Ville (102.3FM). The full-length show is available at this MP3 file, starting from the day following the show.

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Malheureusement, je déménage cette semaine, et mon nouveau service d’Internet (Bell Internet Total, pour ne pas le nommer), après un retard / erreur de livraison, ne pourra être activé avant peut-être de trois à six jours. Au moins, j’ai le dial-up (oui oui, j’ai un modem téléphone dans mon portable), alors je peux au moins vous écrire quelques mots sur Ourselves Beside Me, faute de pouvoir téléverser leur chansons…

Well, the songs that were played tonight were from a recording made by a friend’s friend’s friend (who are Chinese currently or formerly living in Beijing). Apparently, the CBC had a piece on rock music, specifically on the D-22. Despite being a relatively new band, Ourselves Beside Me (sic) are regulars at the live house in the northwestern district of universities (walking distance from Tsinghua and Beida, the two most prestigious Chinese universities). OBM started around the end of 2007, and I think that this recording was made during a show at the D-22 (or the Mao?) in the Spring.

OBM is characterized as a “post-punk revival band”. It does have a really classic sound. One band member was with Hang on the Box, but it sounds nothing like them. It’s more low-key than HotB – very good music to pass out on a couch with a couple of beer bottles under your belt.

I went to the D-22 as well, in mid-April, when OBM opened for Vancouver-based You Say Party! We Say Die! I recorded the whole show with my portable voice recorder. The quality isn’t great, but the recording of OBM’s performance is still up on this previous post. I’ll put up the songs if home Internet will finally arrive.

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