found a payphone

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Have you ever tried to find a payphone in China after your phone credit dies and you gotta wander a dimly lit street looking for a store with that big orange public phone but really you won’t even find that big orange phone these days but you still ask  “ni hao, ni you dianhua wo keyi yong ma?” and an auntie clutching a baby in one arm says “bu bu bu..meiyou…” dismissively like you asked for a blank VHS tape and nor does she know of any other public phone? I’ve lived in China for almost six years, and until tonight I’d never seen a pay phone that accepts coins.

Never seen a coin-operated payphone in Pudong airport either. Fucking PVG.  Payphones in China use an “IC Card.” This is the payphone cousin of the “IP Card,” that weird international calling card that says 100 RMB but can be purchased for as little as 25RMB. Big convenience store chains like Lawson and Family Mart don’t sell these cards but the xiao mai bu or lil corner shop will probably have them.

Well…finally found a proper pay phone tonight on Changle Lu. Domestic local and long distance calls for just 1 mao per minute! That’s ten minutes of talk time for like twenty cents. Incredible. Calling the  US, Canada, or Singapore? Just 1RMB per minute, or about six minutes for a dollar. From a payphone! How much did that cost in like 1985? But if you need to call Nigeria, Ecuador, or anywhere else, that’ll cost you 8RMB, or about $1.20 per minute.

Do Chinese kids make prank calls? Do American kids even make prank calls anymore? I remember teenage days of a county sheriffrif showing up at my friend’s’ parents’ house after someone made an extended and troublesome series of calls as a mentally special character named “Bobby.”

This phone looks like good cheap fun. Hoping for more coin-operated payphones. This song reminds me of payphones at night.

Jam City – Pink Snow

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WHAT’S GOOD IN SHANGHAI THIS WEEKEND??

this:

tracklist coming after the weekend -

update: weekend in Qingdao was out of control. more on that soon.

so this is a mixtape intended for and inspired by rides on public transportation [shanghai in my case] – to work, school, or recreation.

it’s twenty minutes, so it’s good for a gym warmup too. uptempo bass music, mostly current and from the UK. Trick Daddy and Game of Thrones show up too, plus field samples i took then filtered through secret portals and chambers. peep this on headphones, there’s a lot going on.

here’s the tracklist:

artist/song

1. 上海地铁九号线 (HEATWOLVES CHOPPED & SCREWED)
2. ??? a Speed Garage track from the 90s
3. Conqueror – Highest Order VIP
4. Boddika – Acid Jackson
5. Pasteman, Herobot – Off The Chain
6. Jon Convex – Bump And Grind
7. French Fries – Smoke Wine
8. Trevino – Tweakonomics
9. Jam City – HER
10. Pangaea – Release
11. DJ Funeral – The Killing (VIP)
[slightly sampled, filtered, and cut into......]
12. Game of Thrones Theme Song (Nacey Bootleg)
13. Jam City – New York
14. Singapore Public Transit training video i found on YouTube
14. Xujiahui Station 到了,谢谢

Jam City – Shut The Lites Off (Devil Refix)

great stripped back grime riddim by Jam City here. i’ve been after the white label vinyl since it came out in 2010. this three-track EP goes for > $50 on Discogs…I’d pay that much. it’s probably the best Night Slugs release; all three tracks are perfect.

this one took the longest to grow on me.

Jam City – Shut The Lites Off (Devil Refix)

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[this is a vinyl rip]

arcades that r hood as fuck

Went to eat some fine Xi Bei food last night. What you know bout oat noodles, homemade tofu, and lamb everything? SmartShanghai did a full writeup on the place here.

As my friend described it, it’s on the 5th floor of a “really ghetto shopping mall.” No exaggeration there. And what would a run-down shopping mall be without a really hood arcade?

Note the shanzhai name “Sigga” instead of “Sega.” This should tell you what you’re in for.

Only about 70% of the games work. Unfortunately, wack-a-mole does not. Nor does this dog-walking game.

The air hockey table only produces small, random bursts of air. This makes the puck leap off the table, causing potentially serious hand injuries. No joke, that shit hurts. The worker dude said “you need to pay attention or you’ll get hurt!’ like wtf this is air hockey not a chemistry lab.

The place was full of Chinese dudes in their 20s and 30s. Some of whom were clearly there for days on end. Note the compulsive Double Happiness cigarette smoking and lack of blinking in these subjects. I saw one dude go get tokens – RMB1,000 worth! That’s like $150…

Despite the hood-ness of this place, I’d go back. America has almost no arcades these days so we’re lucky that we can still play Street Fighter II, Time Crisis, and bizarre music games outside of our homes.

Zomby – U Are My Fantasy (Street Fighter II Theme Remix)

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Jam City – Aqua Box

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Jam City has been one of my favorite producers since his massive Night Slugs white label came out last year, and of course, “Magic Drops.” His Waterworx EP just came out on Night Slugs and you can cop it here – it’s really, really good.  He’s got a great all-vinyl podcast available for download over at disko404 as well.