The CLUAS Archive: 1998 - 2011

One of the albums I’m most enjoying listening to is Drinking Alone, the debut CD from Beijing blues band Black Cat Bone. I like the signature track, having found it on the band’s MySpace site, as it’s belted out by an Irishman in Beijing, Des McGarry, who looks and sounds the part of seasoned blues man. Wrapped in some of the smartest artwork you’ll find on any Christmas market, the album met the press on Saturday night at the Yugong Yishan club. The band commandeered and loaded onto a local tri-cart for a rollick through Beijing’s alleyways for the black and white artwork photos. We'll hear more from Des on Beijing Beat in the coming days. I'm particularly curious to hear where the band will distribute this album, since Beijing's thousands of CD shops sell mostly pirated pop and junked stock clearences from the European CD shops.

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