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!

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Sorry it’s been a minute since the last post. Between work and digging for music, haven’t had much time to blog. But Saturday night, it’s going down. Hip hop, star-funk, party trax, classic Chinese love songs by DJ Caution, Dave K, T-Plus, and introducing Li Bao Guo the raccoon cab driver… This is the place to be in Shanghai on Saturday.

Here’s an example of what you might hear on the warm-up tip..

Stevie Wonder – All I Do

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Love Bang Sunday Mooncake Vinyl Jam

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Hey so people in China don’t have to work on Monday because it’s the Mid-Autumn Festival, a.k.a. the Mooncake Holiday. So we’re throwing a Sunday night party at this really cool new cafe/bar/radio station in Jing’an. If you wanna read more about the place, check this link here.

DJ Caution and myself playing hip hop, moon house, bass, and classic Chinese songs on a seriously nice soundsystem. Affordable drinks, cheap coffee, and vinyl for sale. Cool place. Goes from 9pm–3am. Free entry.

ADDRESS: 999 Xikang Lu, near Anyuan Lu

周一就是月饼节了!意思就是说不 上 班!所以周天晚上LOVE BANG将在uDance的新酒吧办派对!Caution和热狼将用那里老牛逼的音响系统为大家放些Hip Hop、月亮神曲、Bass和经典中文老歌。好吃好喝,咖啡超便宜,还有黑胶碟卖,从晚9点一直到凌晨3点,免费入场。

Who is Pictureplane and Why Should You Care?

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Last fall my crew Love Bang brought Egyptian Lover to Shanghai for a live show and we packed out 390 Bar and had Mr. Egypt banging out beats on the 808, rapping, and dancing like a pharaoh at the same damn time. We don’t bring international acts in that often, but next week we’re linking up with our good friends Split Works to bring one of our favorite artists of recent years – Pictureplane. These shows are going down at two of the best venues in China – Arkham, Shanghai and Dada Bar, Beijing.

Wait, who is this bro? First off, he’s not a DJ, he’s a producer and he’s playing live and singing. Peep some of his tunes to start.

Pictureplane – Trance Doll

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Pictureplane – Gang Signs

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Emotional dance music made by a DIY punk kid. It all sounds like a rave in a computer junkyard after the end of the world. Genderless, high-tech, and neon, all with a coat of static and noise. The first PICTUREPLANE track I ever heard was his remix of HEALTH’s “Lost Time.” Years later I bought a used copy of his 2009 album Dark Rift oh a whim while record shopping in Kalamazoo.  I played that record non-stop for months and it’s still in heavy rotation.

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The sequel to that album, Thee Physical, came out in 2011 and sounds much bigger due to co-production by Jupiter Keyes, the guitarist from LA Noise Rock band HEALTH. This one further explores the weird links between technology, gender, emotion, and trance.

Pictureplane – Real Is A Feeling

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Pictureplane – Sex Mechanism

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PICTUREPLANE grew up playing in bands, and for several years lived in a Denver art community/DIY warehouse space called Rhinoceropolis before relocating to Brooklyn, where he’s working on his third album, releasing clothing lines with Mishka, remixing and producing for other artists, and frequently collaborating with peeps like GRIMES. A$AP Rocky and AraabMuzik showed up and played a set at his party.

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Pictureplane – Real Is A Feeling (GRIMES Remix)

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So he’s coming to China to play at Love Bang. We’re going all out with this – Pictureplane + three of Shanghai’s most on-point resident DJs, huge sound system, lights, inflatable animals, treats, errrrrythang.

March 7th @ Arkham Shanghai w/DJ Caution, Misloop, and Heatwolves

March 8th @ Dada Beijing w/DJ Caution and Heatwolves

Pre-sale tickets for the Shanghai show available over on SmartTicket. Get ‘em for cheap and somebody gonna deliver those tickets right to your door.

 

Heatwolves’ Castle At Lune, Feb 15 2014

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Yo world, here comes another rare event – Heatwolves’ Castle at Lune on Xinle Lu/Fumin Lu. The corner where the smiley, Gandolf-lookin’ hobo hangs out with beautiful ethnic women and sketchy dudes in hoodies pace around asking “weed, hashish…?” It’s the cousin of Yongfu Lu, with better food options.

I’m DJing all night up on the 4th floor, playing tracks that I might not play at Love Bang, which is more party-music oriented. Expect more left-field music, headnod beats, italo disco, 80s new wave, rock, weird samples, and Chinese music. Gonna bring a stack of vinyl out too.

That’s Saturday night, from ten till late. No cover.