WHITE WABBIT ORANGE
The White Wabbit Orange record shop opened in 1997 by KK, indie scene figurehead and bassist for the post-rock group Nipples, as a way to promote underground music in Taiwan as well as lay the seed for a homegrown label that would eventually release local indie band material. The shop, originally hollowed out of a bathroom at the now defunct Zeitgeist live house, is now located at The Wall complex near the Gonguan university area along with J's Tattoo parlor, the Impo clothing shop, a practice studio and live music mecca The Wall. Before and after shows, musicians, concertgoers and assorted hipsters can be seen in the shop and at the tables outside making it a cool place to hang out on a show nite. Not only can music hunters find local Taiwanese music ranging in alternative genres from folk to punk and post-rock, but White Wabbit Orange also carries a wide and ever-expanding selection of imported Japanese and western underground music. The label also acts as a distributor, filtering licensed indie rock releases by the likes of Broken Social Scene, Caribou, +/- (plus/minus) and Dinosaur Jr. into the Taiwan market. White Wabbit Orange has become synonymous with indie rock and experimental music as well as a fixture in the Taipei scene making it a must-see landmark for audiophiles visiting the city.
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