This used to be Logo Bar, on Xingfu Lu. If you just moved to Shanghai this year, that means nothing. But this was a special place.
Aside from the crowd who frequented it, what made Logo special is that basically anyone could go there and play music, and there would usually be someone to listen. Saturday nights were a guaranteed dance floor till at least 5AM, no question.
Logo closed last fall, and I understand why. I felt bad for the elderly neighbors who lived above and dealt with the…externalities on the daily. It’s a legitimately disconcerting feeling stumbling out of a den of sin, into the sunlight, and crossing paths with people my grandparents age just starting their day.
So this space will soon be a fruit shop. I’m not mad about that. The fact that this space is two minutes from my house and now provides fruit instead of gateways to excess has immeasurable implications for my good health. I’m just fucking happy it’s not turning into a real estate office. I’d probably have lost it, no joke.
No, the new Logo isn’t like the old Logo. It’s in a yuppie neighborhood (Taikang Lu) and looks like a cabaret. But the spirit of the old Logo is still alive. If you wanna go play music there, just ask Maxime or Taipei, and you probably can if you’re not half-retarded. There’s convenience stores two minutes away and the sound is much better than Lune too.
Just remember that Shanghai is a revolving door, and that goes for both people and buildings. There’s not a ton of places in the world you can just walk in and get a show, so be thankful.
As I get a bit older, this band makes more sense.
The Walkmen – The Rat
The Walkmen – Wake Up
The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone