Mooncakes Go To The Moon This Mid-Autumn Fest

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It’s that time of year again, when all the aunties, uncles, grandmas, and grandpas line up for mooncakes and we all get a few days off work. But do you know the real story? It’s kind of a dark tale. This woman named Chang’e drank so much Chinese medicine that she flew to the moon and got stuck there forever. Her only company – the only living creature up there – is the Jade Rabbit, who spends his days making Chinese medicine.

That’s the inspiration behind this flyer that Cecilia drew. This mooncake wanted to taste the strongest Chinese medicine in the universe, so he traveled to the moon, shook down the rabbit, kicked it with Chang’e, and came back just in time for Love Bang on Saturday night.

Special guest this weekend is this young, up-and-coming producer from Beijing named Puzzy Stack. He’s in town for the Concrete & Grass festival, DJing for two of my favorite Chinese rappers, BLOODZ BOI and Young Peach. Definitely don’t sleep on that festival! The lineup is insane (A$AP Ferg, Machinedrum, HEALTH, a bunch of metal bands, The Go! Team, Edison Chen, and about fifty other artists).

Ahead of Saturday night, check the mix Puzzy Stack recently did for my Xi’an fam, The Boring Room. Definitely look them up if you’re ever in Xi’an City.

Party is Saturday, Sept 17 at 10pm. Support from DJ Caution, who doesn’t really get down with mooncakes.

New Love Bang Shirt and Video Release Party Sept 1 in Shanghai

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Hey fam it’s almost the end of summer, and we’ve got something good coming up on Thursday, Sept 1 @ Elevator Shanghai. It’s a night of cartoon screenings, hazy beats by the homie Damacha, and rare desserts (Parfaits!!) by Ox from The Shanghai Bakery. The poster by Cecilia is insane.

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We’re dropping the first in a series of eight limited-edition, hand-printed Love Bang shirts. Each piece tells the story of one of Xu Dong Mei’s eight cat babies and their lives in the big city, and this one is about her firstborn son, Xu Xiao Qiang. He’s a hardworking, loyal, and stubborn jian bing seller who can fight like hell if he’s pushed too far. Only thirty shirts available in China, each screen-printed by hand in Kalamazoo.

At the party: For your viewing pleasure, Love Bang have curated “Video Parfait” (2016), a trippy, three-hour mash of obscure but essential cartoons, cut up with PSAs, classic commercials, animated music videos, and puppet insanity. If you remember the PSA compilation we dropped a few years ago, it’s like that but bigger. For snacks, we have the ultra limited-edition Love Bang Parfait, made by Ox from The Shanghai Bakery, plus bowls of classic cereal and fresh juice.

Cartoons go from 8pm-11pm with an intermission for the coloring contest, followed by music, dancing, and ping pong. It goes down at the neon nest, Elevator club on Xinle Lu, a.k.a. New Happiness Road.

Address: 4/F, 新乐路218号, 近富民路 (218 Xinle Lu, near Fumin Lu)

To get you in the mood for that, here’s some recent tunes by Damacha. Get familiar!

Love Bang x Spread The Bagel Mixtape

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Sorry it’s been [more than] a minute since the last post, fam. Been busy with life and lots of Love Bang these last few months. Here’s a story, AND the chillest mixtape of the summer. Tune in.

So one Friday in April, Love Bang teamed up with Spread The Bagel in Xintiandi for the day and made a special menu with all of Xu Dong Mei the cat’s favorite snacks and drinks. The clear sandwich winner was “OMG CATS LOVE MEAT”, but the pulled pork nachos with whipped jalapeno cream cheese were classic as well.

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A bunch of friends new and old came through to enjoy some coloring activities. Later in the night some dude from the milk tea shop wandered over to sell some tanghulu, those candied hawthorn skewers. That’s so random and great.

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And… Cecilia stitched up this Xu Dong Mei flag (and designed everything else). Big shout out to Spread The Bagel boss Christine [right] for letting us this crazy project happen!

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Due to the winds of circumstance, we couldn’t have any human DJs, though we did have a really nice soundsystem and this mixtape. Fortunately, Xu Dong Mei is a cat, so she was able to play some tracks from her USB.

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Anyway, a lot more has happened in these past few months. Maybe we’ll get to those stories another time, but for now, you can just download the whole mix. This is a just-wake-up-and-throw-it-on kinda mix, and a summer nights kinda jam at the same damn time. Lots of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, and soul on this joint. And some chopped up commercials for cat food and bagels.

As for Love Bang, you can catch us on May 20, DJing on a boat, on the Huangpu River, for cats drinking free-flow craft beer from Shanghai’s own Boxing Cat and wilding the fuck out.

Then on May 28 with the Come Correct homies at new club Reel To Reel in Xintiandi. This is the after-party for one of the biggest breakdancing battles in China, Battle in Shanghai.

Shanghai’s Second Annual Anti-EDM Festival

Breaking news! Crazy neighbor is back! Somehow he’s out of jail!

!!!!ERrrrrrrrrr

We interrupt our your scheduled content for a special bulletin…

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This Sunday, Love Bang and the Xu Dong Mei Anti-EDM Foundation present a proper house party (actually in a house — a mansion) with BBQ, good beers, and 10 of our city’s finest DJs and crews dropping hip hop, dancehall, house, bass, juke, rock, and **zero commercial EDM** on two floors until at least 6am.

Because Shanghai deserves better than corporate parties and wasteman EDM…

Because, well, a house party really is the opposite of an EDM festival.

Because no one has to work on Monday.

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The fest begins at 4pm with some crates of beer and BBQ that the Love Bang Ayis ordered from CityShop. Backyard vibes in the beginning, then moving into the basement as the night progresses. Here’s the music lineup:

4.30-6.30pm: DJ BO (Old-school funk and rock)
6.30-8.30pm: Skinny Brown (Indian Set and Reggae Set)
8.30-10.30pm: DJ Maze (Dancehall / Reggae)
10.30-11pm: Dead702 (Live MPC Set)
11pm-12.30am-Come Correct Crew (Hip Hop)
12.30-1.30am: Baby Carnival (CantopopTrap???)
1.30-3am – Love Bang (Juke & Rap TURNUP)
3am-5am: Push & Pull feat Zean (UK Bass / Dubstep / Grime)
5-7am: Minimalist feat Means&3rd (Proper House & Techno)

Address: Dynasty Villa – B18, 851 Hongjing Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu
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Note: After 8pm, the door is ON Yan’an Lu (north side of the road), between Hongjing Lu and Hongqiao Lu.

Cover is 100 love bang gummy crocodiles, including five drinks. Cash also accepted in the absence of gummy crocodiles. Come thru!

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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