Remember how it was 106 degrees a month ago? After the hottest summer ever on record in Shanghai for the 2013, fall crashed the party like a gang of bros rocking fake New-Era hats. But instead of bringing warm cans of Qingdao, fall brings rain, cold fronts, crumbling, toe-destroying pavement, deadly ammonia leaks, and a lot of good as well.
The question is not “How is the weather in Shanghai?” but “What’s worse, Shanghai summer or Shanghai winter?” This place is known for a short spring and fall sandwiched between long, tortuous winters and summers. Enjoy these fall weeks.
And shout out to subway Line 11, shout out to public transportation. Now it’s really simple to transfer within and from the South Side, AKA the best side, to Line 2 at Jiangsu Lu. For example, if you live at Jiaotong University and wanna get to Jing An, you can take line 11 one station to Jiangsu Lu, transfer, and roll one more station to Jing An. Or you can take bus 76 just opposite CityShop on Panyu.
As usual there’s a lot of shit on this weekend and some serious gems, so let’s take a look at what the 周末 has to offer.
FRIDAY – 1950s/60s Music/Rockabilly/Old Records Played By Someone Who Knows The Deal @ The Shelter
Keb Barge is apparently that dude. A pioneer who’s been DJing since the 1970s, he strictly drops good old tunes on vinyl 45s. He doesn’t like house or hip hop and won’t be playing any of that, but you’ll hear a bunch of classic tunes you’ve never heard before. Surely you’ll hear some hip hop though, with this dope, all-Shanghainese support lineup featuring The Grumpy Pig AKA V-Nutz playing a rare set, Ben Huang, plus the homies Ceezy and HBD. You can read a lot more about the show over at Smart Shanghai. Only 50RMB – highly recommended. On the get-ready tip, here’s one of my favorite Northern Soul tunes.
The Trips – Love Can’t Be Modernized
FRIDAY – Standup Comedy with Joe Klocek
This one’s put on by the Kung Fu Comedy Club. Only been to one of their shows, Butch Bradley last fall, and that was great. Peep this YouTube video of tonight’s guest pwning a heckler. It’s 200RMB at the door. Damn, comedians can charge a lot at the door. I wonder if in five years there’ll be loads of wack comedians here bringing down the market price?
And the new DJ booth should be up and running at Dada tonight – what do you think? Get down there Saturday night for Popasuda if you’re into dancehall and music without English lyrics.
SATURDAY – TRAPPED ON A BOAT [PARTY]
Saturday night, boat party on the Yuangpu. I DJed at a boat party for NYU last Friday and that was mad fun; like 400 kids dancing on the top deck. Dry boat but everyone was wilding out regardless. Saturday night’s affair has a full bar on deck(s) plus music by Yen, Caution, CJ, and myself. Music on each floor, lots of booze, and the beautiful Huangpu River with dual skylines chillin in the background. There’s a few tickets left over at Dragon’s website, hop on that. RMB200 with free drinks and RMB500 for free-flow alcohol including champagne. It’s a three-hour voyage, with an afterparty at Shanghai Rose, a century-old, historically-preserved Victorian spot that housed the Shanghai Rowing Club back in 1905. Chill architecture. That party is RMB50 with a drink or free if you’re on the pleasure boat. That’s got The Super Ayi Cleaning Team playing erotic dance music and Xujiahui Trap all night. Strictly for the North Bund ratchets.
The North Bund is a funny place. Lot of ratchets, for real. Last time this lady tried to get me to come in her bar and was like “don’t worry i’m not gonna kidnap you and sell you or anything” and her pink-faced and obese lao laowai husband was like “yerrrrrrr come on in.” There were babies crawling around, all quite surreal.
Usually it’s a flower ayi trying to sell you a rose, but for this flyer we flipped the already-bizarre reality into a flower selling aunties. Art by the always on-point whoiscecilia and myself.
SATURDAY – HOUSE AND DISCO FROM TIM SWEENEY (BEATS IN SPACE) @ 390
Repping DFA Records and the hugely influential Beats In Space radio show, currently on episode #693, it’s New York’s Tim Sweeny. Support from Mau Mau, American Booze DJs, Santo Chino, and Lindberg. Looks to be the spot for house and disco on Saturday. Peep this Boiler Room mix by dude, just came out three days ago. Only RMB60 with one drink.
Saturday during the day there’s a flea-market at Cotton’s on Xinhua Lu that promises pop up shops, BBQ, music, etc.. Dope venue so worth stopping by if you stay in the South Side/Changning hood.
Alright there’s more but I’m done. Hit the streets, see you out there. Get that 2GT and holler at dem North Bund Ratchets. Will end this one with some brand new tunes from local producers.
Here’s a house tune by DJ Doggy, repping Anhui. This one out on the DOT Records sampler that just dropped.
And this serious disco burner by two of my favorite French people, Laura Ingalls and El’se. No DL on this but I’m sure if you ask them nicely they’ll hook you up. It’s out on Disques Pony.
El’se + Laura Ingalls – Crydgejohn
哦！还有一件事请想告诉你们…Tonight on Shanghai’s English-language TV channel, catch the world premiere of a really *special* cooking show starring yrs truly, DJ Caution, and our good friend Sal, who’s written for this site before. Sal also happens to have his monthly Latin/World Tunes party at Dada Saturday night as well, with guest super-friend DJ Cavia also reppin’ the An Hui. Anyway the TV show premieres tonight on ICS at 8:30PM Shanghai time. That’s 8:30AM Kalamazoo time, a perfect way to start your Friday in the office. Something like an adult sesame street in the Shanghai hood. Steam it live over at ICS. Here’s a shot from when we were cutting records in the kitchen while cutting up some vegetables.
If you have an event in Shanghai, please send the info/flyer over to email@example.com and we’ll see about it getting in this column.
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.
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. ”
Here it is – our exclusive, official mix for the 2013 JUE Festival happening right now in Shanghai and Beijing.
mixed by DJ Caution and Heatwolves
1. BAWANG Intro
2. Gang of Four – “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time”
3. AV Okubo – “Old Game”
4. Frank Turner – “Four Simple Words”
5. Let’s Get Weird and 黑暗 with 排球女将
6. Cinema Soloriens – ??? ripped from YouTube
7. Zhongshan Park – “Wut R Treats?”
8. AM 444 – “Interloop 2″
9. Grimes – “Vanessa”
10. Downstate – “Mist”
11. Ital – “Dub Me for Tonight (Saviour’s Love Megamix)”
12. HONEY, 蜂蜜!
13. Grimes – “Genesis”
14. Super Ayi Cleaning Team – “Tigerwoman”
15. S L V (Downstate & Hamacide) – “Toi”
16. Acid Pony Club – “P.O.P – Scratch Boom”
17. Little Yellow Bird Gonna Help You Out
18. How To Dress Well – “Lover’s Start”
19. WUT DID YOU STEAL??
20. How To Dress Well – “You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’”
21. Kikuyu – “2 Appointments (Super Ayi 阿姨机器人 Vocal Remix)”
22. SHANGHAINESE SIGNOFF, 再见