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hi! I stumbled upon this community by accident while looking for lyrics, but I'm glad I did. sorry about the title - I've had Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend stuck in my head ever since I discovered she recorded the chorus in Mandarin (ha ha). anyways, I hope I can contribute to this comm one day. 
also, I got a little too into favourite Chinese artists/styles....

Name/handle: you can call me Megan or everside!


Your level of Chinese: about a Chinese elementary schooler's level? I just finished taking AP Chinese and got a 5, but then again I'm a 华裔 (huayi - foreign citizen of Chinese origin) so it was kind of expected.. oh wait I forgot to mention that I can only speak Mandarin. Cantonese is a mystery to me. :( and I can't speak any special dialects. I can understand minimal Changsha dialect though. 

Do you read Traditional or Simplified? simplified all the way! but I can sort of guess my way around traditional characters.

Favorite Chinese artists/styles: oh boy this is kind of hard. beware a ramble.

some of my big favourites are Khalil Fong, The Life Journey, Mayday, Soft Lipa...I like some of Jay Chou's older stuff, and I have a lot of respect for Wang Leehom despite only owning one album from him. I'm a little in love with Hedgehog especially after hearing their new album (Sun Fun Gun). JJ Lin's voice = my love, and I like how he's been experimenting with a little jazz. clearly, a lot of my favourites are guys haha but I do like female singers! they're more of a recent thing for me though, so I haven't known them long enough to consider them some of my favourites (or I have known them for a while but they're not really my thing, like S.H.E. or Fish Leong). 

going on...I'm in love with Qu Wanting and Jane Zhang's voices, although Jane's songs can be meh sometimes. I'm liking R. Chord after hearing his 于是长大了以后 album, and I kind of adore Yen-J. I like some songs from Hou Xian, but his singing is weak, unfortunately...his music overall sounds a bit too 'thin' for me. D: Anthony Neely has a lot of good songs. I really like some of Liu Xin's songs (one of the new Super Boys; his Chinese name is 刘心). I recently stumbled upon the awesomeness that is SingerSen; she is fantastic. I like a few songs from The Girl and the Robots, Carrchy, and Queen Sea Big Shark. I like Wang Wen for background music (haha). I've been kinda into The Honeys lately. Crowd Lu's music is adorable. I really like Waa / Wei Ruxuan. I like Yoga Lin. And G.E.M. too because she's a good pop singer. I love Zhang Jie's voice. And I have a soft spot for Top Combine because they were my first boyband love (I was pretty late to the idol scene lol). and um I end up listening to a lot of traditional erhu/guzheng/other instruments such as matouqin music and old folk music (possibly Mongolian? he is from Gansu province) because my dad plays it a lot.

I've recently been listening to PixelToy, and I have a fondness for some of B6's stuff, including what his duo IGO released. I've also finally started to listen to Bibi Zhou, Sodagreen, NyLas, Deserts Zhang, and a bit of Snapline (apparently they are industrial rock? I'm not good with genres), and I like what I hear. And Cheer Chen! Laure Shang is cool too. Her French is amazing. *_*

tl;dr - I like pretty much everything except for metal. 


How you want to be credited: my LJ username/my Tumblr username (boardingoose) + my music Tumblr (eastimpressions)

Favorite furry mammal: I like cats. but pandas and polar bears are also cool. C:

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everside
Aug. 28th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
whoops, sorry! Douban's my automatic go-to for any Asian artists, and for some reason, they didn't have it listed under her discography, so City looked like the latest one...although they do have the album on the site. I guess Douban forgot to add it there ._.?
I'll give it a listen! it's a shame since she's great. I feel like a lot of Chinese music goes untranslated, or maybe it just seems that way because the industry is so big (if you're counting mainland, HK, and Taiwan).
siutou_amy
Aug. 28th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I feel like only the major mainstream players get any translation from fans, and even though Deserts is signed on Sony, she's relatively not known outside the Chinese-speaking community. I feel a similar thing happens with Bibi xD everyone speaking Mandarin knows Bibi, but none of her stuff gets translated T_T
everside
Aug. 30th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
yeah...and more Taiwanese artists over mainland artists, I think. at least for big stars like JJ Lin and Jolin Tsai as opposed to Chris Lee or Anson Hu or, well, Bibi Zhou. Bibi's great, too..but mostly only mainlanders know her. and I guess a lot of people are in on the Taiwanese pop scene, which mainland artists haven't really broken into yet (there used to be restrictions on them, but apparently they were lifted a few years ago? I'm not sure how mainland artists are faring in Taiwan now), so that could be a reason.
it's like a vicious circle :'D people don't really get into fandoms that they don't know about, and then there's no one to translate. it makes me sad that pop artists like Laure Shang or Bibi don't get recognized, and then it's even worse for the Chinese indie scene lol - which is really promising.
siutou_amy
Aug. 30th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I just did an interview with Laure :) (you can check it on YAM Magazine)
But I agree on your opinion on mainland pop stars (they're just getting started) and the chinese indie scene. SingerSen being one of them ;P
everside
Aug. 30th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
the one about Ode to the Doom? o: that's awesome!! her idea on writing songs in English is interesting..
SingerSen's sound is so polished. but I have no idea how she does the things she does since I don't see any info saying that she's backed by a label, which is confusing. (wait, did you mean she's indie? if you were, I was referring more to bands under labels like Modern Sky or Maybe Mars, but if you weren't, just ignore me lol)
siutou_amy
Aug. 30th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I mean. Singer is indie. She's got a team, obviously, but they're doing their own thing.

Modern Sky music, well... ex-Modern Sky xD I like Milk@Coffee. haha But yeah, I know what you mean. No information in English at all xD If you google Milk@Coffee you end up with Starbucks haha

What are your favorite indie mainland? I'm curious xD
everside
Aug. 31st, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
oh okay, no wonder!
lol Milk@Coffee isn't too bad. they are very hard to find English info on, but I think hits like 没时间 helped them out, esp. because they're indie pop.

mainland indie is a new thing for me - only got into it this summer - so I've mostly been listening to the more well-known artists to start with. well, er, mostly bands, haha. I'm just feeling my way around. here goes: Hedgehog / 刺猬, The Life Journey / 旅行团, SoundToy / 声音与玩具 (1 album), Mosaic (1 album; they're kinda just fun to listen to), The Gar / 嘎调 (1 album). and SingerSen, of course!
and artists I haven't listened to enough to really call my favourites would be people like Cao Fang / 曹方, The Honeys / 甜蜜的孩子 (but I really love the little I've heard from their album 水 because throwing in some traditional instruments is awesome), Sulumi (8-bit), B6, Sound Fragment / 声音碎片, Carrchy / 卡奇社, Snapline, and Residence A / A公馆..and um, there's this one very obscure band called Sol Spaceship / 太阳飞船 that I can barely even find information on even in Chinese - can't even find information on their discography.. but it seems like most of their activities are in Chengdu, so I'm assuming they're a mainland band. I've only heard two of their songs, one of which was kinda reggae, but I love them. *__* and I've only heard three songs from another band called The Dada / 达达 which I all loved, but I'm not sure if they're still considered indie.
everside
Aug. 31st, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
er I kinda just vomited a lot of artists up - really sorry about that :'D (but I missed a lot of big players like Joyside, Carsick Cars, Casino Demon, P.K.14, et cetera) and I realized that they're pretty much all just rock bands save for the occasional electronic artist and whatnot. I get a lot of English info from the Rock in China wiki, hence the massive rock bias lol. do you have any good mainland indie soloists to recommend? that are maybe not rock? :P

Edited at 2012-08-31 02:52 am (UTC)
everside
Aug. 31st, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
whoops forgot to put 马赛克 for Mosaic....sorry again for the small comment flood!