Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hawaii Pidgeon Fridge Poetry







Just found these on my hard drive.
My friend Shane Okouchi is a poetry genius. Circa 2004

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dirty Beaches - Paris

Dirty Beaches - Paris from Alex Zhang Hungtai on Vimeo.


From Night City cassette, released on Night People Records, 2010, USA. Video footage taken from C'était un Rendezvous ("It was a date"), a short film made in 1976 by Claude Lelouch, showing a high speed drive through Paris.

Can't wait to be there.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

US Girls - If these walls could talk

U.S. Girls: 'If These Walls Could Talk' from Palmist Records on Vimeo.


I love meghan. just saw her perform this song a few days ago in Toronto, always so inspiring. A lot of her new material is produced by Slim Twig and the beats sound amazing. she is currently on tour with NOVELLER. Go see her play when she's in your town.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ela Orleans / Dirty Beaches - Double Feature Split 12" LP


Beautiful art work by Shawn Reed

Split 12"LP with my friend Ela Orleans out now!!!

Background info on my side of the split:

These songs were recorded the same time as badlands, and in a way are the b-sides of the album. sonically they didn't flow or fit in with the original concept and were unfortunately axed from the final cut. I was very pleased to have found a home for them when Night People and La Station Radar approached me and Ela last year about this split. the songs were then edited and submitted shortly after badlands were submitted for mastering with zoo music. Woven like a alternative narrative story ark in the saga of badlands, its very much a short film in essence. Perhaps what I love the most about this batch of songs is its feminine quality and the female characters that come into play in the foreground of this story.

watch the videos

HERE

*Note:
If you live in North America, order from NIGHT PEOPLE as the shipping will be cheaper to save some unnecessary spending and if you live in Europe/other territories I would suggest ordering from LA STATION RADAR / ATELIRR CISEAUX

xo
Alex

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Celestials of Saltwater City


On Friday I will be performing live improvised sound pieces in accompanying artist Howie Tsui's most recent art installation Celestials of Saltwater City at Vancouver's CENTRE A. I've met up with Howie recently after I was contacted and recruited for this project, and I'm very happy to be included in this as Howie did some really extensive research on the senior Chinese immigrants in Vancouver and of Canada in general. What he discovered were not only tales of their hardship but also ghost tales of folk lore, legends from previous generations during the construction of the Pacific Railway, and other supernatural tales from the muted generation of immigrants who left behind their homes in hopes of venturing a brighter future for their family. Like me, Howie is a first generation immigrant that came to Canada in the early 80's during one of the booms of migration in Canada, having spent time growing up in Hong Kong and Nigeria, I sat and listened to his stories over a pint of beer yesterday, and joked around about our mutual love for campy 80's Hong Kong horror B-movies.

For more info, such as location and time of exhibition, go to:

CENTRE A

Monday, June 6, 2011

RADIO FRANCE



Was asked recently to curate and put together a playlist for France/Belgium college radio, the theme is modern underground music. I've selected some of my favorite friends bands, whose music I love and listen to on a regular basis, who I think are interesting artists of our generation now, constantly growing and changing. Some which have already shown up on my blog, as you might be familiar with them. But for new European audience this might be new, I hope they will enjoy the mix I made for them.

Please support us and watch us grow.
xo
A

RADIO FRANCE play list:

1) red ford radio - us girls
2) blue frame - hot & cold
3) kicking the coals - parallel pyres
4) club night stalker - rene hell
5) champagne bubble bath - wild safari
6) crude vessels of sound - lantern
7) cult electric annihilation - wet hair
8) ces't ce qu'on appelé la renaissance de lame? - femminielli
9) water park theme take 2 - dirty beaches
10) side a - soviet pop