Thanks for making this thread. I always think about posting stuff in the “Music no one knows about” thread, but then decide not to because it is in fact music some people know about, so now I can post that here.
I’ve been reading Between Sobriety and Numbness, by Shang Xiao, the original drummer of the longstanding punk-turned-new-wave band New Pants. It’s a memoir about him quitting the band and going to Tokyo to chase after this one lady that he likes. While reading it I’ve been listening to a lot of late 90s/early 2000s Beijing punk, since it seemed thematically appropriate, even though early on Shang Xiao renounces Chinese punk to the dismay of the Japanese lady he likes, and spends the whole book listening to, like, Limp Bizkit. (Well, he still ends up talking about Chinese rock a lot.)
Anyways, I think my favorite one of these bands, besides New Pants, is Catcher in the Rye: