Hey gang I’m posted up in Xianyang, China. This place was the capital of the Middle Kingdom for several dynasties and they’re still digging up stone tablets, jade Buddhas, and miniature bronze statues over here. Apparently anything you find underground in China belongs to the people, not you, so you can’t slang that precious Jade you found under the pee mall* on Taobao. Bummer.
*There’s a mall here called “the pee mall” because everyone pees there. Not like, in the bathroom, just on the floor or the corner or whatever. It’s like a ghetto Chinese version of “the mall that white people used to shop at” from xx suburb, but with more pee.
The pollution index here dwarfs those hazy skies in Shanghai by about..infinity. I tried to play basketball the other night and missed like twelve passes from close range.
Yesterday I ate pig brain, fish stomach, cow intestine, chicken feet. Fish stomach wins, followed closely by cow intestine (great texture, weird taste). No love for chicken feet, ever. Chicken feet are one of the key mafan foods that Chinese people love, i.e. foods that take a lot of time and effort to eat, like sunflower seeds and lotus flowers. Lots of work, little payoff. Good way to kill time though.
I’m about to go climb a mountain and find some fresh air, so peep this music. First up, here’s a re-up of the classic Love Bang Valentine’s Day mixtape from 2012 – Heartbeats. If you weren’t lucky enough to grab one of the 50 physical copies we handed out or catch one of the 1,000+ download, get this now. Then look out for the sequel next week.
Then we’ve got a couple tracks from Pictureplane. This is one of my favorite artists and Love Bang and Jue festival are bringing him to China in March for some live sets. His style is kinda like science fiction mixed with trance and rave with live vocals.
Pictureplane – Beyond Fantasy
Pictureplane – Gang Signs
March 7th – Love Bang x JUE Festival Presents Pictureplane @ Arkham, Shanghai (support by Caution, Misloop, and yrs truly)
March 8th – Love Bang x JUE Festival Presents Pictureplane @ Dada Bar, Beijing (support by DJ Caution and yrs truly)
Oh one more thing – get down to Shelter this Friday night for another installment of Shanghai All-Stars. Hip Hop, funk, breaks, 80s electro, and all dem hot jams you expect from the Come Correct Crew.