Beijing Slice Ep.05: The Creators Project

Beijing Slice Ep05
Here it is, The Good Doctor’s video from Saturday’s The Creators Project at 798′s Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts, featuring a long DJ set by former LCD Soundsystem lead man James Murphy. Take a long hard look, Beijing: this is you. Kind of. Not you. I don’t recognize you. Come to think of it… aren’t you... Read more »

Beijing Slice Ep.04: The Taco Bar

Beijing Slice Ep04
The crew headed into the hutongs to watch Kin make tacos for his Taco Bar, a hole-in-the-wall joint whose reputation is spreading through word of mouth. The music is Mexican Fly, by Serakina. Video by The Good Doctor. Previously: A Taste of Home. |Beijing Slice Archives|

Beijing Slice, Ep.03: A Taste Of Home

Beijing Slice Ep03
The Good Doctor, Candice and friends were recently invited to cook for Cambodian acrobats at Beijing International Art University. A chance to give hard-working kids a taste of home? Of course they accepted. The music that starts at the 4:12 mark is “Pagode Onirique” by Real Rice. Previously: Boating in Beijing. |Beijing Slice Archives|

Franz Nicolay Of The Hold Steady Fame Delivers Memorable Performance At Yugong Yishan

Franz Nicolay Yugongyishan featured image
Allow me to categorize, in an admittedly clumsy manner, the options expats have for international music in Beijing: * Foreign bands, usually rather amateurish, that live in China. * Past-their-prime bands or solo acts that have little more than nostalgia on their side (think Ian Brown or any individual Ramone). * Super big-pop acts that no one really likes (Lil' John, Akon). * Up-and-coming bands that may eventually make it big, or may suck rather hard (Common, Owl City). For music lovers, that's not much to look forward to, so it's incumbent upon us to take chances. I hit the jackpot last night at Yugong Yishan.

A Guide On How To Be Cool: Becoming A Rock Climber In Beijing

Rock climbing
By The Good Doctor I have a theory about what makes Beijing so attractive to so many expats: whatever activity it is you’re interested in, you can advance to a higher level here more quickly than you could back home. And if there’s an activity you’re interested in, it’s much easier getting started in Beijing... Read more »

The Medullary Paralysis In Beijing

The Medullary Paralysis
By The Good Doctor Friday night’s show at MAO Livehouse featured an Italian band called The Medullary Paralysis. I could write a lot about the experience, but I think a quick summary of facts will tell you everything you need to know: 1. Half the songs sounded like a lost Nine Inch Nails album I never... Read more »

Beijing’s Proliferating Graffiti Art

Graffiti - Xibahe South Rd
It's hard to miss the recent proliferation of graffiti in Beijing's public spaces. The underpasses, bridges, and neighborhood walls have been hit hard by the pandemic, and I'm not just talking about scrawled telephone numbers and advertisements (though you'll see your fair share of those). It seems the increased public vandalism, which stretches from deep inside Second Ring Road and extends to the outskirts of the city, is yet another sign of Beijing's burgeoning metropolitanism.