LOVE BANG MIX FOR JUE FESTIVAL 2013

Here it is – our exclusive, official mix for the 2013 JUE Festival happening right now in Shanghai and Beijing.

mixed by DJ Caution and Heatwolves

TRACKLIST

1. BAWANG Intro
2. Gang of Four – “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time”
3. AV Okubo – “Old Game”
4. Frank Turner – “Four Simple Words”
5. Let’s Get Weird and 黑暗 with 排球女将
6. Cinema  Soloriens – ??? ripped from YouTube
7. Zhongshan Park – “Wut R Treats?”
8. AM 444 – “Interloop 2″
9. Grimes – “Vanessa”
10. Downstate – “Mist”
11. Ital – “Dub Me for Tonight (Saviour’s Love Megamix)”
12. HONEY, 蜂蜜!
13. Grimes – “Genesis”
14. Super Ayi Cleaning Team – “Tigerwoman”
15. S L V (Downstate & Hamacide) – “Toi”
16. Acid Pony Club – “P.O.P – Scratch Boom”
17. Little Yellow Bird Gonna Help You Out
18. How To Dress Well – “Lover’s Start”
19. WUT DID YOU STEAL??
20. How To Dress Well – “You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’”
21. Kikuyu – “2 Appointments (Super Ayi 阿姨机器人 Vocal Remix)”
22. SHANGHAINESE SIGNOFF, 再见

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The Story of Detroit’s Robocop Statue IRL

I planned to post this picture yesterday, and i’ll be god damned if today i wasn’t reading mLive, Michigan’s aggregate news site, on my phone and came across the story of the year. Detroit is getting an eight-foot tall Robocop statue, and all because of some Twitter posts, a Kickstarter project that exceeded the original goal of $50,000, and a bunch of  folk who like Robocop and see him as a symbol of hope for Detroit, a city plagued in real life by crime, poverty, drugs, and corruption, or just think it would be ridiculous and funny to have an eight-foot Robocop statue in downtown Detroit.

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s set his classic 1987 film in a dark vision of future Detroit, but also offered a hero in Peter Weller’s ROBOCOP character, a cyborg law-enforcement officer created by classic evil big-corporation OCP. The statue idea appeared on Twitter in early 2011, when a Robocop fan in Massachusetts  tweeted @ Detroit Mayor Dave Bing:

to which the mayor, or someone in his staff, responded:

 

Although the original poster admitted the post was a joke, this bizarre social media exchange sparked a Kickstarter crowd-raising effort by The Detroit Imagination Station that raised $67,436 as of March 13, 2012. Amazingly, the statue should be up sometime in 2014 according to the latest reports.

Diving further I learned that The Imagination Station is a non-profit organization that aims “To construct a creative campus in Detroit built on community, technology, sustainability and the arts.” They intended to do this in two blighted old properties in Corktown, Detroit, but they recently burned down. A nice little article about those houses over at Corktown blog.

However, not all Detroit citizens look forward to the eight-foot bronze Robocop’s presence.  Supergay Detroit’s  “10 Reasons Why a Robocop Statue Is A Bad Idea” argues that the statue would reinforce Detroit’s reputation as a “believable dystopia,” is offensive to law enforement, and is “low culture.” I stopped taking this author’s whiny criticism seriously in just the second paragraph, when he states “I don’t have strong feelings about the film “Robocop.”

Supergay Detroit’s post recieved 99 comments, many supporting the negative position. Some opponents portrayed the the project as funded by “hipsters,” for example:

“…These hipster kids are adorable and everything and I’m glad they’re here, but this really is a slap in the face who is old enough to remember what Detroit was like in the 1980s and what a wave of pissing on the city this movie helped create. It’s a self-consciously ironic, silly created by people who, if tey do love Detroit like they claim to, should be channelling their energy and creativty in much better ways and understand what a thumb in the eye it is to people who have been through really awful times here.”

Although many equate Detroit with Robocop, let’s not forget that Detroit was, and still is, filled with crime, poverty, and corruption. But Robocop gave us a hero that eventually overcame the darkness. Unlike other sci-fi/horror/action films of the past 30 years, we remember Robocop for its hero protagonist. Think about it – Alien, Predator, Chucky, Jason, Freddy, The Terminator, Dante from Saw, and almost any other memorable franchise – we remember them for their central villain. What was the name of Nicholas Cage’s hero in The Rock? Who the fuck knows, or cares. But we remember Robocop, the hero, and even his human character Officer Murphy.

I really wanted to know more about the Imagination Station, but but the email address listed on their website bounced back. Here’s the letter I sent them:

“Imagination Station,

First off, I like the name. Nevermind the haters. I’m originally from Kalamazoo and I work in Shanghai now and write a blog at http://www.heatwolves.com .

I saw the story of the Robocop statue on mLive for the first time just two days ago. I’m a huge Robocop fan and totally support the statue. If I had known about the Kickstarter campaign earlier I would have donated for sure.  Naturally, I started writing a blog post about this incredible story, and the more I dug into news articles about the statue, the station, and the fire, the more intrigued I became.

When I stumbled upon Supergay Detroit’s blog post “10 Reasons Why a Robocop Statue Is a Bad Idea,” I realized that your project faced some resistance. There were almost 100 comments on that post. Heavy.

I also came across the unfortunate story of your two houses burning down last June. Sorry for your loss; it sounds like people put a lot of time and love into renovating those spaces.

I couldn’t find any news about the fire after the initial June 27th reports. Was the case ruled arson? If so, was it anyone who had beef with the Imagination Station? Is there any possibility that the fire could be related to the Robocop statue or a perception of the Imagination Station a “hipster” project? (note: this comes from  comments I’ve read on web forums).

I’d love to talk more about this story on the phone/Skype, or if it’s more convenient to answer my questions by email, please feel free to do so. I’m happy to call you at a time of your choice, just leave a phone number please.

Heatwolves

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Conclusion: We are balls deep in the postmodern condition. We have trap music because of Ableton and the Internet, and we have people around the world who want to erect a real life statue of the Robocop in Detroit, and they can because of social media, crowd-funding, and the Internet. Although I didn’t grow up in Detroit, I love the movie and I don’t see anything wrong with the statue. He’s a hero for a dark city, and reflects the classic Detroit theme of using technology and innovation to overcome. Finally, I predict more weirdness as the internet, technology, and our lives continue to converge and interweave.

Now enjoy this classic Detroit techno track by Cybotron.

Cybotron – Clear

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Note: If for some reason you haven’t seen the original Robocop, get on that with the quickness. If this article convinces you of anything, I hope that is to see the movie. A classic American sci-fi film* on equal standing with Alien, Blade Runner, and The Terminator, but different from those films in the use of dark humor and social commentary mixed with extreme violence, much more so than any of the aforementioned films.

*should note that the director is Dutch, which calls into question whether we can call this a classic American film, or an outsider’s vision and critique of America. that makes no difference though. Please note that this is my idea, but rather one that I came across on the Hipinion forum.

 

Monday – Tracks from Vessel “Order Of Noise”

hey it’s Monday.

we back on the train, back to work.

but we’ve got that sunshine.

and some nice music, on one of my favorite labels.

Vessel – Plane Curves

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Vessel – Lache

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what’s good (musically) in shanghai this weekend

i dunno, mane. i’ve been sick and homebound for days and days. feelin like Old Yeller. more on this in the next post.

1) Skrillex is coming to town @ G+ Saturday night, and while I honestly do wanna go to see what his live show is like, tickets are over $100 US, a price I would pay to see:

a) Prince, anywhere

b) Lil B in a small venue with like, 100 person capacity

c) Raw Power era Stooges

d) Surfer Rosa-era Pixies

e) Banana album era Velvet Underground

f) Bowie, anytime before the 80s really.

Skrillex not on that list.

2) Hip Hop Hijack @ Zeal Friday night – should be a good night of hip hop from my friends and guest DJ Scratch, who produced for EPMD, Busta Rhymes, and others. If you don’t wanna hear house tonight, this is probably your best bet

3) Acid Pony Club @ Dada Friday night – if you DO want to hear house music, this is the place. Great tunes by my neighbors, who I constantly run into on my building’s front steps like some 1970s sitcom set in NY called “We’re Ze New Immigrants!”

4) I’m DJing @ Mural Friday from 10PM – midnight. I love playing warm up sets, and I haven’t really been out of my house in five days (except the two restaurants and supermarkets downstairs..i finally understand “convenience).

5) Lo-Fi @ Arcade Friday Night – Downtempo triply shit and great, albeit taxed, cocktails and Dead Guy Ale on draft. Really good tunes by my buddy ADO8, plus Hamacide and R3.

6) DJ Alta Birthday Spectacular @ Lune, Saturday – Ok it’s not called that but it is his birthday and he’s DJing at Lune, which seems to be getting better and better (though the sound system still isn’t quite there is it?). Bass-heavy electronic music from the United Kingdom by some people and… some other people, innit.

(christ, there’s lots on this weekend)

7) Juan MacLean @ Shelter, Saturday – Straight from NYC and DFA Records, this is good house music. Brought to you by Ding Dong Disco, a Euro-dance DJ crew who apathetically play [and trainwreck] vinyl because it’s cooler but DO bring some great artists over, e.g. these guys, Levon Vincent, that one guy from Detroit…

8 ) Stay at home, eat oatmeal, and draw cartoons and think about making some beats or a mix or something.

and here’s a track you may have missed. i did. thanks to Bicep for closing one of their sets with this gem.

Daft Punk – Face To Face

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reconsidered thoughts on VJs, via Chromaphase/a bunch of music

i usually hate on VJs*. in clubs, i like dark rooms with big subwoofers. i can’t tell the difference between a dvd of doraemon or lupin and a real life VJ manipulating some cartoons and video clips, because i’m not looking at the screen. for me, clubs and dance floors are a rare haven from the ever-pervasive screen.

but this dude Chromaphase gets a pass, cause he’s on some next level shit. like, if Actress was teaching trigonometry…something like that.

Actress – Wrong Potion.

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no idea how this works because there was only one projector. sometimes different images flashed around each individual panel simultaneously. the coolest sequence showed a map, then a building-level flythrough of that city, then a faster flythrough of what looked like the cyber networks that connected the city. props.

haven’t posted much music lately, but i’ve been listening. here’s a bunch of tunes i’ve been feeling.

The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets (feat. Adrian Younge & MRR)

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LIL UGLY MANE – SERIOUS SHIT

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Justin Martin – Molokini (French Fries Remix)

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Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique (GIL COOL MIX)

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Trimbal – Saying (Harmonimix)

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*Olivepixel and Tina also get a pass, they dope.

GOOD MUSIC ON HENGSHAN LU – OTAKREW x LOVE BANG

moon cakes definitely in dis bitch.

this Saturday we’re starting the October holiday proper with a party at the brand new Mural Bar.

It’s in the same space as the old Panic Room but upgraded with a new soundsystem. should be good, it’s a nice space.

Cavia x MC One Con x myself, all night. No cover, cheap drinks.

A little about the flyer – in Chinese, male prostitutes are called “ducks,” or 鸭子, and female hookers are chickens, or “鸡.” Hengshan Lu is notorious for having the full spectrum of prostitution on one long street – everything from talking girls to semi-pros to full-on hooks. Everyone is throwing theme parties these days so here’s ours. Hooks and ducks.

Just kidding. Fuck theme parties.

The music on Hengshan Lu is basically stale top 40 mixed badly or not at all (but always loud). For example, Phebe 3D club. The name says it all. We want to change that cause it’s a nice street to walk on and there’s a decent late-nite kebab spot one minute away from the new Mural.

It’s been around wayyyy longer than Dada, Shelter, Logo, or almost anywhere else you can think of in SH. Mural bar sat just off Hengshan Lu and kept it real for ten years with Latin nights and a famous open bar, and they’re moving to the main strip this weekend. Expect hip hop, reggaeton, party music, club music…the same house party vibes we always bring.

Really feeling this track. Don’t know why someone didn’t think of mixing ghetto house chants with disco before, but leave it to the ecclectic Chrissy Muderbot (reppin Chicago) to do it well.

Chris E. Pants – Pass It Around

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PERSEUS – RUNNING BACK

i don’t often include cover art on the site, but i love this one so much. for some reason it reminds me of the old manga series Gunsmith Cats.

this isn’t a brand new track but i still play it out whenever i can. it stays on my iPod even through massive purges. woke up this morning and it was already playing in my head.

this track is like lemon frosting on carrot cake. the vocal, that arp, the Biggie sample…basically a perfect song.

Perseus – Running Back

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from the awesomely titled Russian Girlfriends EP on French Express.

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NEW MUSIC FROM BICEP & EJECA – “YOU”

feels like it’s been years since Bicep came through and rocked Love Bang in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, but that was just in March.. this city, god damn.

their output since then has been insane, getting 55,000 plays on soundcloud for $tripper…scoring 4.5/5 on RA for their last two EPs…props!

played this one at Dada early Sunday morning bout 4AM, the perfect time for it really. great bassline.

it’s just out on AUS, go cop it!