Next weekend it’s going down. More on this soon. And that radio show, it’s cookin!
So 11/11 is Single’s Day in China. We don’t have this holiday in meiguo but people make a big deal of this in China. Basically this means:
1) There’s huge sales on Taobao, China’s biggest online retail network. It’s something like eBay without bidding. You can often get 50% off of everything from down coats to artificial hearts. Ok maybe not artificial hearts, but my girlfriend did get her maid from Taobao and I’ve found everything from rare turntable parts to custom silk-screened shirts. Unfortunately you can’t find second-hand car parts because China has strict regulations about second-hand auto parts and used cars. Ever wonder why you don’t see cars older than fifteen years old in China? Yeah it’s not allowed.
2) People go out to bars and hook up. It’s basically a day for celebrating casual sex. Just remember to wear a condom when you’re out there. Unfortunately that won’t be the case for many because sex ed is a joke in China.
So in celebration of consumerism and casual sex, I’m gonna play a set tonight at my favorite local dive – Dada Bar. Free entry, cheap drinks as usual. Motown, Stax, Northern Soul, Slow Jams, Jodeci.
Yo we’re back at Dada for a free dance party this Saturday night after the beach party [more on that soon.]
♫♫ runs from hip hop and house to dancehall and dubstep all mixed up on two turntables, Love Bang style…basically the kind of music I post on this blog and more. No Top 40, no smoke machines, no Gangnam style.
If you dun know, Dada is a world-class dive bar right by Jiaotong University/Xujiahui. You can walk there in about five minutes from metro line 10/11. The drinks are cheap and real, the sound is pretty decent (great by Shanghai standards), and the vibe…well you can’t beat it. It’s where Love Bang was born.
Starts at 9PM and goes till it’s time to eat some noodles with an egg on top over at the taxi driver spot. Add a pork chop to that and call it a night.
Come down and say what’s up – there’s lots of new heads in town and we wanna meet ya’ll.
Oh one more thing – if you’re feeling what we’re doing with Love Bang and this site, please take a second to like our page on facebook.
Amazing what you can buy on Taobao, the wildly popular online-market/cross between eBay, Amazon, and QQ. This is just a fraction of all the inflatable friends we bought for today. Still got whales and turtles on deck. Everything came delivered in a OG Thai Red Bull box smaller than a Jansport backpack, for around 250RMB ($32) shipped.
Anyway, it’s sunny, we got inflatable friends, and you gots to get down to Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu cause it’s going down.
JJ Doom – Winter Blues
Little Dragon – Sunshine
Distal – The Sun
Slugabed – Sun Too Bright Turn It Off
We cannot compete with this Shaq Pool party, but god dammit we’re gonna try.
We’re back this Saturday, August 24th, at an outdoor pool oasis in Xujiahui, big soundsystem, four of Shanghai’s best DJs, tables in the water, BBQ, waterfalls, affordable drinks – what more do you need? Party from 10:30AM to 8:30PM. If thunderstorms show up, party moves to Sunday, August 25th. PRICE = 80RMB **BEFORE NOON** AND 150RMB AFTER. Pool is at Oriental Manhattan – Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu. Fine music by DJ Cavia, Misloop, and The Super Ayi Cleaning Team. For table bookings please email email@example.com (get on that quick, they’re filling up).
本周六，8月24日 – LOVE BANG泳池派对第四弹！位于徐家汇的室外泳池，加上四位上海最厉害的DJ：Cavia，Misloop还有超人阿姨打扫卫生帮！你可以坐在水里的座位上，吃BBQ看帅哥美女，酒水超实惠，在夏天结束前快来吧！门票12点之前80元，12点后150元（ RSVP/定位 to firstname.lastname@example.org）
Note: Just received a big shipment of inflatable toys from Taobao - ghosts, fish, whales, octopus, and lots more.
What’s really good in Shanghai this weekend…the weekend of 1997.
Oh snap. Had to work up the Hemmingway sweat after chillin with Dr. Jing last night just to write this. Too much lamb, too much goose. Coming a bit early this time as there’s so much on. Everything from two different Chinese hip hop acts on Friday night to Korn sharing a lineup with a Korean boy band, [pause], to Come Correct at The Shelter with the legendary J. Rocc from The Beat Junkies on Saturday night. AND there’s a pool party on Saturday at that Xujiahui Oasis where you can catch a set by The Super Ayi Cleaning Team from 2PM – 4PM.
THURSDAY – VINYL NIGHT @ Logo
“On the third Thursday of each month the society convenes to play their favourite records across all genres. All vinyl all night. Comfortable underground bar, cheap beer.” That’s friends from Push and Pull as well as a special guest from VOID tonight at Logo. No CDs, no laptops, no iPods, just good tunes on vinyl. Music leans more towards house, grime, dubstep, and techno.
THURSDAY – EXPERIMENTAL @ The Shelter
My friend and neighbor Laura from the Acid Pony Club makes beats all day and DJs all night – one of the hardest working cats in Shanghai. His Thursday affair on Yongfu Lu, “Let’s Get Naked And Listen To A Bunch of Drones,” brings your weekly dose of weird, trippy beats and film soundtracks. Here’s one of the latest experimental tracks he’s done, out on his SVBKVLT beat tape.
Friday – HIP HOP.
Ok I got love for Hijack but I gotta rep two Chinese hip hop shows going down Friday. First off, you already know we got our club night Love Bang at 390 with local beatmaker/manga character Ceezy, but you might not know about another show by Beijing rappers 阴三儿 (in3). I don’t know much about dudes, but local friends tell me they’re some of the best MCs in China. “Real underground Beijing style.“ They’re on Friday night at Arkham with a RMB100 cover. Peep some of their tracks over on Douban. Really nice tunes there.
Friday – ELECTRONIC
Most people know Dada Bar, but some newer heads might not know the history. Dada was started by Michael, a dude from The Bay Area, and before he started his own club he founded one of Shanghai’s original club nights pushing better music in a town full of shit tunes – Antidote. From humble 2005 beginnings in dungeon-of-vomit C’s Bar to packed nights at The Shelter, then parlaying all this into starting two of China’s most well-known underground clubs, dude deserves a lot of props. Well Friday it’s the 8th anniversary of Antidote, with a lineup of OG Antidote peeps – mostly local Shanghai dudes who’ve moved onto big tings themselves: B6, MHP, Fish, Ozone, and Drunk Monk. Sure to be good.
Saturday – ROCK AND DARK WAVE
There’s no better way to avoid attracting corporate branding than naming your band Astrofuck. That’s one idea that went into the name of this new band formed by three friends of mine: DJ Cavia, music-blogger don Andy Best, and singer Kaine. Saturday night they’ve got heaps of brand new material to play at Yuyintang, probably the best place in Shanghai to see a rock show, especially with that lush park in back. Check out their tunes over on Douban. Here’s what Andy had to say about the show, via Kungfuology:
“It will cost 40 rmb on the door and feature post-punk, experimental, gothy and dark bands. That’s probably an inadequate way to describe it. DJ Tzu Sing will open from 9 playing darkwave and industrial styles. Then The Other will play, then us doing a 45 minute plus set including completely new songs we have never played before. We also have HIMDONG closing out with some loop madness. It will be awesome and the perfect antidote to the thrown together, generalized, overpriced SH Summer Sonic night on over at the Stadium. I can say that cos SMG is a multi-billion corporation and we are just some friends putting on a 300 ppl show underground.”
Saturday – HIP HOP. J. ROCC AT THE SHELTER (yrs truly’s pick of the weekend)
Yet another big name DJ passing through town – why should you care about this one? Cause he’ll murder your favorite DJ on the turntables and turn the party out. Coming out of LA, J. Rocc and his crew The Beat Junkies birthed an entire generation of hip hop artists during the 90s. Turntablism and party rocking with class is how they roll. This dude is an absolute legend who ran in the same circles as J. Dilla and Madlib. He’s on at 12:30AM at The Shelter and I’m expecting to dance non-stop for his two hour set. No idea what I’m gonna play after this dude from one of my favorite labels ever, Stones Throw. Plus we’ve got a scratch showcase by the god from Guilin LJ and sets by T-Plus and DJ Caution…don’t sleep on this one!!!
Peep this video of J. Rocc killing it at the Beat Junkies 20th Anniversary for a taste.
SATURDAY – CHARITY
What if you had severe eye problems but couldn’t afford the surgery you needed, or even had access to the right medical facilities? Well this charity ORBIS literally flies around the world in a plane equipped with a full hospital onboard and performs surgery for kids like this on the spot. They’ve got a charity cocktail ball on Saturday night, with all proceeds from the RMB200 ticket going to their good cause. There’s no app for blindness yet.
SATURDAY – POOL PARTY
Yep, back at the same pool this weekend although this party comes to you via PX Productions, aka Panda Express. The homie Eoin from PX actually hooked us up with the pool so we owe them big. Catch DJ Caution and myself spinning from 2PM – 4PM. Really pumped to actually just play a set there instead of focusing on e.g. someone lost their ring or getting ice for drinks. Expect a lot of Three 6 Mafia and G-Funk. That’s at Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu and just RMB80 to get in before noon.
Alight I could go on about Korn and Limp Bizkit both playing Shanghai this weekend, and how the shared lineup between the “inventors of dubstep” and a Korean boy band bound to attract hordes of tweens could create a potentially hazardous standoff between them and hundreds of metal fans in Shanghai Stadium, but I gotta go beat Conrank at squash. See you in the streets – come say what up if you’re out!
Oh PS, it’s not a rave! Please stop throwing this word around, it’s already lost meaning. If your sound system = some portable speakers with a USB-port that your friend helped you buy on Taobao, it’s not a rave. Also, there’s no such thing as a “private dinner for 150 people” that’s open to everyone on Facebook. Aight Audi 5,000.
Big up to SmartShanghai for posting some pictures by Dace from the last party!
We’re right back in the pool this Saturday with waterfalls, rubber ducks, gummi sharks, and special guest DJs BAIJIU ROBOT (白酒机器人) plus Choyce Kutz and DJ Caution in the cut repping Come Correct. Hip Hop, New Jack, House, Dancehall, Reggae, and House.
Weather forecast looks perfect for Saturday so we’re gonna start a bit earlier with a special deal – get there before noon and it’s only RMB80. After 12 it’s RMB150. Party goes till 8:30PM then you can join Mau Mau and the Yo! Banfa crew at Dada for a free afterparty.
你知道吗？肤色越黑越有钱！本周六8月10日跟Love Bang一起在水里玩儿整天。我们有四个DJ, 牛逼的音效，景好人美，气氛一级棒。早11：00到晚8：30. 中午12点前门票80元，12点后每位150元。定位请发邮件到 email@example.com
Peep this mic recording from DJ Caution’s set last Saturday to get a taste of the music we play at the pool.
The first pool party was so good we gotta do it again on Saturday, in Xujiahui. And we can finally disclose the location:
Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu. look for the golden gate, enter the apartment community, and look for the sounds or listen for the music. Or just ask a friendly uncle “叔叔请问一下，游泳池在哪里？”
You can walk there in five minutes from the Xujiahui metro station, that’s lines one and nine.
Really proper DJ lineup this time. Expecting to get turnt up. Here’s the press blurb…
“This Saturday from 11:30AM till 8:30PM it’s round two of the Love Bang Pool Party, The Life Aquatic! If Wes Anderson made a 90s rap video, it might look like this… We’ve got an outdoor pool with waterfalls, five DJs playing hip hop, reggae, dancehall, and deep house, affordable food and drink, manicures, massages, and a location right in the city center: Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu (文定路红桥路). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee a spot. Tickets= 150RMB per person, including free entry to afterparty at The Geisha all night. ”