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.

 

Site Update – We’re Back

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Sex toys or pet toys? Meow.

If you tried to access the site last night, thanks. But you may have noticed that heatwolves.com was blocked/banned. Somehow this site received over one million spam comments and pingbacks in one week, and then got shut down by my web hosting company for something called ASO abuse – basically over-consuming resources due to oceans of spam. No shout out to the spammers.

But, there is a cookie at the bottom of this wack brown paper bag lunch. This shutdown forced me to fix up the backend and make the site look better. It should load much faster now and look better on your phone. What do you think of the new design?

Here’s some music I was listening to ten years ago that still sounds good.

Interpol – Obstacle 1

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Interpol – Say Hello To The Angels

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Dinosaur Jr. – Sludgefest

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The Go! Team – Huddle Formation

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Love Bang Heartbeats 2 Mix by DJ Caution

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Love Bang had to drop a dope tape for Valentine’s Day. Here it is – forty minutes of 80s boogie, sleaze, and synth-pop in the first half then icy R&B // lovestep vibes in the second half. Even Mike Tyson shows up to talk about sex for a minute. Selected and mixed by DJ Caution.

This tape was too sexy for Soundcloud this so we just threw it up on Zippyshare. Click the orange “Download Now” button to grab it. Here’s the link.

Tracklist coming soon. You can catch DJ Caution at Love Bang Presents: TRU LUX @ CA Club in Xintiandi next Thursday.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.