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.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP: BEST HIP-HOP TRACKS OF 1992

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Hey fam sorry for the lack of posts lately. Been out in the real world, or hiding from it due to pollution and construction. But we’re back with a brand new radio show, coming at you every Monday not-live from Shanghai. This week we pay respect to the year 1992, ahead of Wednesday night’s COME CORRECT party at The Shelter.

In 1992, Clinton stepped into office, Dr. Dre dropped the Chronic, Mario Kart and Street Fighter II gave us calluses, and Wu-Tang Clan crept onto the scene out from the slums of Shaolin. There’s loads of good dancehall, jungle, and rock tunes from ’92 as well but in this first episode of Love Bang radio we count down the best hip-hop jams. West-coast gangsta rap for cruising in plush LS400s and cold NY street rhymes for blunt circles. Though this wasn’t the best year for hip hop ever, some of the best hip-hop tracks ever come from ’92.

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Catch Heatwolves and Caution from Love Bang guesting at COME CORRECT, Shanghai’s weekly hip-hop party, this wednesday Dec. 4th at The Shelter, which just turned six years old. One year living on Yongfu Lu is like 36 regular years. The theme this Wednesday is 1992, so expect at least 92 tunes from that year, everything from dancehall and rap to R&B and new jack swing.

LOVE BANG TOP TEN HIP-HOP TRACKS OF ’92

10. “How To Roll A Blunt” – Redman
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8. “I Missed The Bus” – Kriss Kross
7. “Let Me Ride” – Dr. Dre
6. “Crossover” – EPMD
5. “Halftime” – Nas
4. “After The Laughter Comes Tears” – Wu-Tang Clan
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Here’s the direct link if you can’t access Soundcloud (it’s now blocked in China – why?)

And here’s a couple of tracks from ’92 you might have missed, that didn’t quite make it on this list.

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – On The Run (Untouchable Dirty Version)

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Apache – Gangsta Bitch

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I left off Pete Rock and CL Smooth I’m really not a fan of the raps. The beats and production are ace though. And I can’t stand Das-EFX, Fu-Schnickens, and all that gimmicky rap that dominated the charts. That’s why I say ’92 wasn’t the best year for hip-hop though a lot of good tunes and albums came out. If you know of some good jungle or dancehall tunes from ’92 please leave em in the comments!

Love Bang Halloween Mixtape 2013

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Happy Halloween ya’ll.

Blood, drugs, poison pills disguised as candy – it’s all here in the supreme Halloween mix from Shanghai’s supreme DJ collective, LOVE BANG. Everything from rare 80s synthwave gems to trap, stoner metal, apocolyptic club music, and of course some Three 6 Mafia. Download for free and dance till you die!

I spent about thirty hours getting this one right.

1) Nahash x Halloween Safety Intro
2) Zomby x ASAP Rocky – Godzilla Night (Heatwolves Blend)
3) Juicy J ft. Wiz Khalifa – Know Betta
4) Youngstar – Dimension X
5) Halloween Theme (Heatwolves Murked in Baltimore Edit)
6) Zomby – Tears in The Rain
7) Black Sabbath – A National Acrobat
8) The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets (feat. Adrian Younge & MRR)
9) Nightmare On Elm Street – Freddy’s Coming To Get You
10) Mr. Flagio – Take a Chance (DJ Apt One Remix)
11) Three 6 Mafia – Weed Is Got Me High
12) Kingdom – Fukin Jaker
13) Laura Ingalls – Editing Time Is Over
14) A-Jackpot – Uno Dos Tres
15) Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?
16) Egyptrixx – Everybody Bleeding
17) The Theme From Psycho Remix
18) Rye Rye vs Hijack – Hardcore Girls Possessed (DJ Ayres edit)
19) TOMMY KRUISE – REAL BUCK
20) Future Brown – Wanna Party ft. Tink
21) oOoOO – The South
22) Three 6 Mafia – Bin Laden
23) Caracal – Elements
24) Twista – Adrenaline Rush
25) Zomby – Pyrex Nights
26) Kingdom – Hood By Air Theme
27) Baauer – Swerve
28) Big Punisher – Leatherface
29) Captain Crunch Halloween Cereal Special Edition
30) 1984 Detroit Devil’s Night Arson
31) Ghostbusters Cereal (No High Fructose Corn Syrup)

See you at Dada tonight.

Live Recording From Dada Last Night

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Played a three-hour set over at Dada Bar last night and the recording came out pretty nice. Just uploaded the warm-up section, full of disco and italo heat and a little bit of that love music. No tracklist but I promise there’s loads of gems inside.

Back at Dada on Tuesday night then off to America for a month! Doing shows in Kentucky, NYC, Kalamazoo, and more. Stay tuned for more info on all that. For now, just come down and say goodbye if you’re in Shanghai on Tuesday.

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Love Bang Pool Party #2 – The Life Aquatic

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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 holler@lovebanguniverse.com to guarantee a spot. Tickets= 150RMB per person, including free entry to afterparty at The Geisha all night. ”

 

Love Bang 30 – Why We Moved House to 390 Bar.

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Alright it’s going down this Saturday at 390. We’ve moved our club night from Dada into a new space and perhaps you’re wondering why we’ve moved it to…gasp.. a gay bar?

We did Love Bang at Dada for about three years and while we love that place, we need a bigger dancefloor. Yuyintang? Nope, no one cares about DJs there. Arkham? Too big for local nights. Geisha? Too glossy. Pheobe? Fuck’outta here. Shelter? Hard to book a night there.

390 fits about 400 people and that’s perfect for our night. Also this spot feels a bit more grown and sexy but not rich and ignorant, a la Bund bars. There’s two floors, two bars, neon everywhere, and the sound system bumps. In other words, it’s perfect.

But what about it being a gay bar? Well, it’s an interesting concept, 390 Bar. A partnership between Sacco, a stalwart of the indie scene, and the owner of Shanghai Studio, it’s half livehouse, half gay bar. They do gay nights and nights for everyone, including rock shows from some of China’s biggest up-and-coming acts like Nova Heart and Snapline. The owners also run Uptown Records, Shanghai’s premiere spot for vinyl.

Love Bang has always been LGBT friendly so we don’t care, and if anything, the gay bar description will keep some of that young, aggressive fresh-off-the-boat/omg-china-so-cray bro cohort away. This is a mixed night open to all who wanna dance. If you’re looking for a really gay party, Obama Club is still the biggest gay night in town on Saturday’s with over 1,000 peeps on the reg.

And what about the drinks, you ask. There’s Stella draft for RMB35 and Asahi and Qingdao bottles for RMB30. Mixed drinks are RMB40 – 45 plus some fancy cocktails for a bit more.

So come down this Saturday and check out the new spot. It’s free entry before 11PM if you RSVP to holler@lovebanguniverse.com, and RMB50 w/one shot after that. We’ve got two special guests, El’se from Acid Pony Club/Bar Rouge and ADO8 from Lo-Fai/STD, plus residents DJ Caution and yrs truly. You already know we only play the best hip hop, house, dancehall, and _____step.

390 at 390 Fanyu Lu, a five-minute walk from Jiaotong University metro station (Line 10). If you live in Jing An, you can take Bus 76 right to the front steps. Line 1 Xujiahui is about a twenty-minute walk, so is Line 2 Jiangsu Road.