Here’s Some New Music And Notes On America

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One of the best parts about America is public radio and satellite radio. The joys of driving around in a Subaru, switching back and forth between presidential campaign coverage, nihilistic rap, and chill dub reggae… Been traveling through Michigan and Los Angeles over the last month, and noticed / remembered that:

1) Uber has completely changed the ability to travel around LA (and other sprawling cities) without a car. Uber drivers range tremendously in age, ethnicity, and background, and their profit margins are quite small. One Filipino lady driving a Prius claimed that “China owns the Philippines, and you never see a funeral for a Chinese baby, because they just get a new one sent over from the mainland”. Also, LA’s public transport is pretty chill and more people should ride that.

2) Unlike Shanghai, which is totally safe, American cities go from “OK to walk around in” to “Christ, there is gang graffiti everywhere and there’s a homeless dude with a baseball bat walking towards us on this empty street” in about two blocks. Fuck Google maps. I wonder how many people have gotten murked because that devil app led them down the wrong path.

3) Infrastructure and mental health in American cities is falling apart and people in the suburbs are still worried about non-issues like gay marriage and legalization. In the eight years I’ve lived in China, the PRC has built about, oh…150 high speed trains connecting major cities. America has built none that I am aware of. Chicago to NYC and LA to SF seems like obvious places to start.

4) Paying for dental appointments in cash is something that people just do not do. Also, dentists are not keen to accept new patients who pay in cash.

5) Going through airport security is not bad at all and TSA are doing a fine job. Not sure why people complain about due diligence. That said, American domestic airlines are far behind say, Emirates, Korean Air, etc, in terms of customer service, but I still feel confident in the pilots. Also, riding in small planes for short distances, e.g. over Lake Michigan from Kalamazoo to Chicago is hella fun.

6) 24-Hour gyms are becoming the standard and China needs to get on that shit.

7) Everything contains / is mostly made of some corn products. Even treats.

8) Race is a big issue but class is dividing America even more.

9) Poor people in China eat way more fruits and vegetables than poor Americans, who subside largely on a diet of corn-based processed foods and fast food.

10) QR codes are just not a thing in America, unlike China. Saw some QR codes, but seems like no one knows how they function. That’s cool, because fuck QR codes anyway. Also, more and more people have ditched landlines for cell phones, which seems like a bad idea in the event of emergencies / cyber wars.

11) China can learn a lot from America’s great urban planning mistakes of the 20th centuries. These mistakes include building cities for cars, discouraging walking by getting ride of sidewalks, getting ride of bike lanes, and breaking apart social capital. The Death And Life Of Great American Cities is a nice place to start.

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[Kalamazoo from the window of a small plane]

Alright enough chat. Here’s some new tunes.

Damacha – tapt_new  (coming out next week on Groove Bunny Records!)

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Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn & Taso – You Never Show Your Love (feat. DJ Rashad) [Teklife Mix]

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DJ Paypal – bEbay (just an unbelievably good DJ, this guy…)

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Dr. Dre – One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop)*

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*Can’t help but point out the influence of Yeezus / Death Grips on this album, specifically this track. And yeah the album slams, though much like the new Kendrick album, it does not contain many obviously single-ready / club-ready tracks, which <i>Chronic</i> and <i>2001</i> had plenty of. Perhaps that’s in response to the retarded number of purely functional, quick-to-expire West coast rap singles by DJ Mustard and Co.

Future – Blow A Bag (so many good tracks on Dirty Sprite 2…hard to choose)

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Deadboy – White Moon Garden (Black Magick Mix)

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Crazy Neighbor Is Gone

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Well, we knew that was coming. Our crazy old neighbor downstairs tried to light the building on fire. That’s the same guy who scrawled curses such as “your wife is being fucked and you don’t even know it” and “your family is dying and you don’t realize it” after we threw away some corroding medicine boxes and rotten fruits from his mountain of trash in the hallway. The same wretched old man who viciously cursed and snarled at my girlfriend for walking down the hall with a foreigner.

Crazy Neighbor had long displayed an affinity for fire. He would often leave a fire extinguisher at the top of the staircase, with the hose pointed up, or light small fires in the landing. Well, he is in jail now. According to the security guard, they are trying to determine if he’s crazy.

It was a sad situation. Who knows what the man had been through. He probably lived through the worst of the ’50s and ’60s. Our landlord – a doctor – had shrugged off the situation with “oh, he’s crazy – don’t talk to him”. The affable grandma next door warned us not to interact with him. Even the security guard downstairs just cracked one of those nervous laughs, like, “…oh…hehe…not much we can do about him”. Shanghainese people don’t like trouble, though some neighbors eventually organized to remove the trash from the hallways though, as rats began throwing parties in the refuse.

And we just kept saying, “he’s gonna light the god damn building on fire one of these days”.

Most residential buildings in China do not have smoke detectors. Certainly not in the common area. That is very troublesome. Imagine if one went off when someone was sleeping! It might wake someone up. So we equipped our room with smoke and CO2 detectors and avoided dude. He really seemed like the kind of guy that, as his big last move before death, might just strangle someone in the hall.

Upon returning from America last week, the third floor was oddly silent. Usually Crazy Neighbor would leave his TV on full volume 24 hours a day. We’d often return from the club at 4am to a dark staircase, lit by screams from war dramas and Chinese infomercials.

The security guard confirmed our suspicions that dude had been removed from our building, a fine piece of French architecture from 1933, where the American journalist Agnes Smedley once lived. This means no more of Crazy Neighbor’s classic routines, like “Hey It’s 11pm Let’s Slam The Door Fourteen Times In A Row”. Good riddance.

While it’s incredible that dude lasted in our building so long, after hanging out in downtown LA for a few days earlier this month, I can say the mental health situation in America is not much better. More on that later.

Ariel Pink – Picture Me Gone

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Love Bang Number 33

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Not sure quite which number we’re on, but 33 sounds nice. About to go pick up some new T-Shirts from the factory now too. Finally put birth control cat on a T-Shirt, as well as the new dog pictured on the flyer above. Will have some of these available in America in late July / early August as well.

Been mad busy with work lately and only DJing like twice a month, which means lots and lots of new trax. Really enjoying DJing way more now that I don’t eat from it. Here’s a little sample of the monster jams to expect at the club on Friday night.

JETS – The Chants

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Initially wasn’t feeling the new EP from Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) a.k.a. JETS, but it’s a grower.

Jamie XX – Girl

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Never liked “Far Nearer” but dude went ahead and dropped one of the best albums of

2015. Brilliant flip of the sample from Freeze’s “I.O.U.”

Les Sins – Talk About

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Speaking of sample flips…

Big Dope P – Hit The Block (Rustie Remix)

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“Maximal” Peak-time banger

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Freddie Gibbs & Kaytranada – My Dope House

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Kaytranada’s one of the freshest hip hop producers in a long, long time…

Chief Keef – MCM

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Every time I see someone rocking MCM I think of this tune now. “I don’t wear no fuckin’ MCM”. Those bells sound like winter in Chicago.

Kingdom – No Type Refix

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Kingdom turning some Top 40 hip hop into pure evil.

There you go, some new jams. Catch you on Friday night at Dada Shanghai. Also DJing at the Shangri-La in Lujiazui on Sunday afternoon, but expect more laid-back, sunshine music for that one.

 

 

 

 

Love Bang Show Recording From Dada Shanghai

Much love to everyone who came to Dada last Saturday night. Didn’t expect that wild of a night…We got home at like 6.40am. Anyway, here’s what the party sounded like from 11.30pm–1.30am. DJ Caution x Heatwolves live on two Technics and Serato. Recorded with a Zoom H2 mic in the corner. No tracklist.

VELVET STARSHIP | 丝绒飞船

[update: the first one was a banger and we're doing this again on Thursday, March 19]

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What up. So, Love Bang recently got the opportunity to do a bi-weekly Thursday party at Lola Club – the same place Derrick Carter, Josh Wink, KiNK, and the like play when they come to Shanghai. Funny side story, these French dudes I know are making this documentary about underground music in Shanghai, and they asked Derrick Carter for an interview or a big up, and Derrick was like “Your shit, is not my shit”.

Anyway. We’re taking over two Thursdays and flying this starship through a detour from their usual program of house. It’s gonna be eclectic, but not as much as a Love Bang party. Lots of ’80s sleaze, breakdance tunes, music inspired by space travel, all kinds of good shit you can groove to. The place has a Funktion One soundsystem, one of the world’s best. Really looking forward to the first flight this Thursday.

Place: Lola

Address: 570 Yongjia Lu, near Yueyang Lu | 永嘉路570号4号楼, 近岳阳路

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The sound of VELVET STARSHIP is like..

Mary Jane Girls – Candy Man (12″ Mix)

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Casco – Cybernetic Love

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Midnight Star – Operator

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Skream – Rollercoaster ft. Sam Frank

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Prince – Clouds   [btw if you haven't peeped the new Prince album you need to get on that]

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And we’ll go much deeper into the cybernetic funk galaxy, and even play some classics… Been digging a LOT for this one.

 

So, unlike a Love Bang party, you won’t hear anything like this:

Chief Keef – Citgo

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No tech-house either

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Love Bang Valentine’s Day 2015

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Sorry it’s been a minute since the last post. Between work and digging for music, haven’t had much time to blog. But Saturday night, it’s going down. Hip hop, star-funk, party trax, classic Chinese love songs by DJ Caution, Dave K, T-Plus, and introducing Li Bao Guo the raccoon cab driver… This is the place to be in Shanghai on Saturday.

Here’s an example of what you might hear on the warm-up tip..

Stevie Wonder – All I Do

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Love Bang “Birth Control Cat” Sweatshirt Release Party

Hey so my label Love Bang just made a new sweatshirt for winter. This one is inspired by all those homeless cats in Shanghai and all the soon to be baby-mama cats howling in heat out on the streets.

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We’re releasing it Thursday night at this vinyl bar called URVC in Jing’an. The show will broadcast live on the uDance Radio website. The place is rad. There’s like 30,000 records on the walls and the soundsystem is like a fine velvet cake.

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That’s the upstairs bit. Here’s the sweatshirt design.

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We’ve got 25 of these sweatshirts available, plus free stickers for everyone who comes through. AND SOME TREATS.

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So yeah, that’s 8pm on Thursday night. 999 Xikang Lu, near Anyuan Lu. DJ sets by DJ Caution, Will A, myself, and some special guests…

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Come say what up! It’s free. And drinks are buy-one-get-one until 11pm.

 

Love Bang Radio

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Hey sorry it’s been a minute since the last post. Been busy writing other places…

BUT…

As far as new music, I’m playing the hottest old and new jams every Thursday night live on a Chinese internet radio station called uDance. You can stream that live every Thursday from 8pm-midnight (Shanghai time) on the uDance website.

And if you’re in Shanghai, you can just come hang out at the spot. It’s a really dope new vinyl bar/café called URVC. They’ve got thousands of records for sale, plush couches, and a ridiculous soundsystem with speakers from 1972 and amplifiers by brands I can’t pronounce. We get guest DJs in every Thursday too, including some of the incoming DJs playing around Shanghai on the weekend.

And it’s free to get in, with buy-one-get-one drinks until midnight. So stream that live or drop in and say what up.