Handsome Furs Rock Out New Sound Kapital

Earlier this year Alexei Perry Cox of the Handsome Furs contacted me out of the blue about using the name of my book, Sound Kapital, as the name of their new album. Since most of the songs were related to their experiences in China, she thought it would be a cool way to pay homage to the alternative music scene and further their connection to the Middle Kingdom. I quickly consented, of course, after which Alexei made a further request to include my photography in the album design. She proposed to juxtapose my blueish Tuanjiehu waterpark series with an orangish nightfall Portland series photographed by Bradley Sellers. The results are quite stunning. Moreover, the music is great and getting solid reviews by Pitchfork and Spin. This is the first time I contributed to album art outside of Chinese bands, and I am proud to have provided the name of my book to their own musical ventures. The Handsome Furs are touring like mad right now in support of their new album. I am lucky enough to catch them on August 18 at the Bowery Ballroom. Rock it out if you can.

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      […] The new Handsome Furs album, Sound Kapital, features many references to China. Not least of which are of Matthew Niederhauser’s photos, and the title Sound Kapital (coincidentally, also the name of Matthew Niederhauser’s book). Read up on Matthew’s site: Mdnphoto.com […]

      Aug 17, 2011 @ 12:46 am

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      […] it was bizarre to read this — it turns out that the name of the album is from a book about the Beijing music scene, and […]

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