In September 2009, Beijing based label Modern Sky took three of their bands on a road trip across the US of A. You can read all about it HERE. It was the subject of some fierce debate.
The tour was actually a precursor for Modern Sky’s ambitious Sing for China album, which was in the making for a couple of years, and was released in January this year. It was a Herculean effort: 44 tracks spanning 3 CDs, featuring artists from all over the world, with a predominance understandably to Modern Sky artists. Independent record labels Kill Rock Stars, DFA, Vice and 4AD are represented, alongside a single banner name: Yoko Ono.
You can see the full tracklisting HERE, and you can see the 4* average review HERE.
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In September 2009, indie Beijing label Modern Sky put into action something that had been in planning phases for over 2 years. Sing for China was a hugely ambitious undertaking: 15 cities across the USA featuring 3 Beijing based bands – Queen Sea Big Shark, Hedgehog and Casino Demon. This is what we, after much thought, conclude from this laudable incursion.
The New York arm of Modern Sky records have put together a US tour for three of their biggest bands. It is called Sing for China, features the sonic talents of Hedgehog, Queen Sea Big Shark and Casino Demon, and kicks off in Tucson, Arizona on September 5. In the following 22 days, it takes in 15 dates, finishing at a “Modern Sky Festival” at New York City University and the Chinese Cultural Festival in Washington. The tour is in aid of the China Aids Orphan Fund, and the artist share of performance money will go to this very worthwhile cause. Check it out HERE and donate. We are just about to!