Xianyang China, in Pictures

I just spent the last ten days in Xianyang, a small city of five-million people, located right next to Xi’an in middle China. This is what they call a third-tier city. It’s connected by a subway line to Xi’an and has grocery store chains that sell some international cookies. There’s no Starbucks but they have Duncan Donuts. Here’s some of my favorite photos from the trip, all taken by my gf cause I don’t have a smart phone.

This first one comes from a day in the park on the first day of the new year. The park has everything, from decrepit roller coasters now out-of-operation to an outdoor roller-skating rink where boys show off their hot moves in a pretty homoerotic manner. Not much grass in this park.

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Here’s that roller skating action. These dudes can skate like no one’s business, often while holding hands or even skating around in the spider position. Eventually they pulled some girls into the action too, so my guess is that while they look gay, they’re actually just really fashion.  rollerskating

Went to the KFC tonight cause I couldn’t eat another meal of Chinese food. Met a nice guy from Omaha, Nebraska who was there meeting his fiance, whom he met on the Internet. This was his first time in China, and the first time meeting his fiance. The whole fam, all up in KFC. Nice dude. Foreigners in smaller-tier cities tend to be way chiller toward other foreigners than people in places like Shanghai. After KFC we hit the mall.

I don’t know why, but when I see these two ladies, I just think of Waka Flocka Flame saying “I got a whole lotta money, bitches count it for me.”

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In the mall we found a shop with a lot of military gear and Hitler memorabilia, one shelve above a stack of Family Guy sew-on patches that said “Fat Chicks Need Love Too.”

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Just an American infantry bro chilling in the middle of the mall in a third-tier Chinese city, with a sign that says “Freebase” in the background.

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“I am this type of person.” So…the type of person who jumps off buildings?

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Speaking of fashion, this is my new favorite brand. Just wish they sold some quesadillas too.  mexicaneverywhere

For real though, I need all my international sexy girls to stand up.

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And we’re out. Shout out to C for all these photos. See you in Shanghai this weekend.

Happy Chinese New Year

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

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Pictureplane – Gang Signs

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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.

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FIRST LOVE BANG OF 2014 @ DADA

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“Yellow living room set; lemonade Gucci shoes for my girl.” – Gucci Mane
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This poster is about migrant workers like yrs truly trying to buy a train ticket home for Chinese New Year. Unfortunately for many, including me, that was impossible this year because [allegedly] the ticket scalpers, known as 黄牛 (yellow cows), had some special software that allowed them to grab hundreds of tickets in mere seconds.
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More about this – 2014 is the year of the horse, hence the horse, and the yellow cow is talking all gangster like with his uddering of “怎么说” which roughly translates to “whadda’ ya need, playa?” Lemonade shoes were inspired by Gucci Mane’s song “Lemonade” played by DJ Cavia at Shelter last Wednesday. Flyer drawn Ms. C and Dr. Wolf. This is what some have described as “hood mario kart” music.
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Gucci Mane – Lemonade aka Huangniu (黄牛) Theme Redux

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And this ain’t no ordinary Saturday night on Xingfu Lu. We’re joined by the homie NAAAH from Push and Pull, a club night dedicated to “Pushing Jackin’, Garage, Grime and LDN house” [read: loud, bassy music from the UK. Heads down, vibes ting innit m8]. No really though, dude has serious skills on the DJ and producer tip. Check out his new tune “2much” right here on the soundclouds.
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See you on Saturday at Dada.  Don’t lurk, say what up! Here’s one more song about lemonade.
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Chi Ali – Funky Lemonade

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TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP, FUTURE

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Some might lump Atlanta’s Future in with Lil Wayne, Migos, and other current Southern rappers who make throwaway tracks for ratchets. I did at first. In fact I hated his Pluto album so much that I pitched it in the trash.

But then I heard the Karate Chop Remix and realized that Future’s sound has more in common with the Dungeon Family and Outkast than other current southern rappers. That makes sense because his cousin Rico Wade is part of Organized Noize, the crew who produced a LOT of Outkast and Goodie Mobb’s solo material and even worked on TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

As much as I dislike Auto-Tune, Future uses the pitch-shifting vocal tool tastefully, almost like vocoders in italo disco or the Talkbox on Chromeo’s tracks. The auto-tuned voice becomes an instrument instead of just an effect, rendering the songs something like like a trap version of Giorgio Miroder’s epic tunes. Forward-thinking and epic.

Future – Karate Chop (Remix)

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Just ignore Lil’ Wayne’s verse on the remix above and check these other Future tracks:

Future – Turn On The Lights

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Big K.R.I.T. feat. Future – Just Last Week

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No one sounds like Future, but you’ll hear a lot more rappers trying to sound like him in 2014.

Sunday Sleaze

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Another fast weekend in Shanghai. Big thanks to everyone who came out to Shanghai All-Stars on Friday night! Next one is on February 7th.

Here’s a few tunes from my late-nite set at The Shelter on Friday. I got inspired by DJ Ozone’s 80s hip-hop set last week and wanted to mix early 80s hip hop with the Paradise Garage disco/morning music sound from around the same time in NYC. That early hip hop was so much more creative and positive than the “pop a molly get turnt up” shit that dominates the charts nowadays (not that I don’t play that sometimes). Time and place for everything.

T La Rock – It’s Yours

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Taana Gardner – Heartbeat

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The Treacherous Three – Feel The New Heartbeat

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Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent

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Midnight Star – Midas Touch

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Rah Band – Messages From The Stars

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I first heard “Messages From The Stars” when Stones Throw Records boss Peanut Butter Wolf played at The Shelter last month. His set, basically a retrospective of dope music from the second half of the 20th Century, convinced me that Serato Video doesn’t have to be corny. Easily one of the best shows of 2013. Shout out to Henri for requesting and identifying this one!

LOVE BANG SEX TAPE #1

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WARM WINTER LOVE NEXT TO YOUR HOLOGRAM FIREPLACE.

You’re stuck inside but you’re not alone – it’s time for love. Here’s some timeless baby-making music to light your candles. Songs for winter foreplay under warm covers or just on the floor, mixed by Shanghai’s LOVE BANG crew with help from Pleasure Robot #8888. Look out for the X-rated sequel dropping on Feb 10th 2014.

外面冷死了, 想做爱在全息照相的壁炉旁边 ? 听这个MIX就可以.

IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS SOUNDCLOUD, JUST CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD:

TRACKLIST:

1. “If I Was Your Girlfriend (热狼 Jr. Wolf Edit)” – Prince
2. “I Wanna Be Down” – Brandy
3. “All The Way Down” – Cassie // Mijimisha // Elash Gorilla
4. “One In A Million” – Aaliyah
5. “Inside My Love” – Minnie Riperton
6. “The Buzz” – Med, Blu & Madlib feat. Mayer Hawthorne
7. “I’d Rather Be With You” – Bootsy Collins
8. “As Long As I’ve Got You” – The Charmels
9. “U-Luv” – J Dilla
10. “Sweet Stuff” – Sylvia
11. “Computer Love” – Zapp & Roger
12. “Go All Night (Let Me Roll)” – Kelela

WHIPPO

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This is Wippo, an Alpha Critter. I’ve had the Alpha Critter letters that spell my name for twenty-five years, but I always thought they were some locally-made toys by old hippies in Michigan. Turns out that Alpha Critters was heavily international. They even had a cartoon and it sucks. It’s like some bootleg Schoolhouse Rock with an annoying girl who can’t read until she meets some letters who talk too much. But the letters are so plush.

This fascination started a few months ago while digging through an old-toys store in Macau and I found Wippo and freaked out like wtf I grew up with these letters now they’re in a box next to some Dragon Ball grandpa and sexy anime figurines. No love for Wippo apparently cause he was 90% off and had been floating around Asia in his original package since 1986! Sounds like some English teachers I’ve met. Well I asked the internet about these Alpha Critters and here’s some of the best, shout out to Ghost of The Doll for these pics.

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Fuzzle. As in I just tried to talk to that girl but I fuzzled hard. DJs be like ” I fuzzled up that mix mate…”

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Lopper the L. By the way the idiom “Quiet as a church mouse” does not make sense to Chinese people they think Mice are mad loud.

Have you ever tried to spell out a letter?

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The rather intense Xif, but I’d be intense too if I had ears for arms.

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Yotto’s Confucian-lookin ass.

Keagle

Keagle. Wow kids back then could read better the youth now would be like wtf is a Ke-agle but actually Keagle is a cousin of the bird called Eagle.

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At least one animal had to look high as fuck. Reebit like “oh dammmmmmn….W is double-u.”

I wore Wippo on a chain and won a DJ battle once. True story.

Anyway this is one of the realest Fonts ever. If someone makes this into an downloadable font I’ll put money in your Paypal.

Did anyone else grow up around these letters?

cartoons and mopey tunes.

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If you find yourself in Instagram galaxy you should check out the @lovebanguniverse. That’s the club night and label side of all this. Got cartoons coming every day as long as it stays rainy and probably longer, plus a lot of what’s going on in Shanghai and random culture bits that you won’t generally find on this blog.

To match the rain and sky in this countryside Blade Runner megalopolis, here’s some dreary classics that I hope the youth will know.

You may find danger walking down the sidewalk sometimes, whether it’s muggers or e-bikes. This song revels in that danger. Some Michigan Music right here, from 1973.

The Stooges – Gimme Danger

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I don’t know what Morrisey is on sometimes but the band killed it. Guitar like no other. This one from 1985.

The Smiths – How Soon Is Now

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Another pretty obviously classic but it’s so good let’s put it up anyway. One of those tracks you recognize from the first eight bars. Coming at you from 1979.

Joy Division – Disorder

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And then comes the calm…”Psychocandy” by The Jesus & Mary Chain is an album to put when you feel mad fucked up, especially after traveling/benders/etc. These guys were infinitely way more fucked when they made this music, and it shows. If you like Yeezus you’ll probably feel this album. Got this stone cold classic from 1985 at a record store in Tokyo a few years back.

The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

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