This Thursday – Vinyl Night RETURNS to Logo

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黑胶社会要会来! 本周四.

God damn it’s already the third Wednesday of that month, and you know what that means – tomorrow night we go down to Logo with a bunch of records and hope the turntables work. All vinyl, all night, at Logo Bar. We do it for free and for the love, so come down if you wanna hear some music you won’t hear anywhere else in a nice dive bar. Lots of UK Garage, House, Dubstep, and Jungle, plus the odd Cameo or Kate Bush record, mixed live on two Technics turntables.

Tmmr night we’ve got special guest Drunk Monk from Sub-Culture Shanghai/SVBKVLT/Uprooted Sunshine/The Shelter. Word is he’s playing at Outlook Festival in Croatia this summer with his wife ChaCha, one of the illest MCs in China. Dude also owns one of the biggest and baddest vinyl collections in the continent. Dubplates, super rare records, and some crazy shit you’ve never heard before, guaranteed. Badman. He’ll be down at midnight.

It’s happening on Xingfu Lu, a street where thousands have danced to something different than the music on most other streets in Shanghai. I’ve never heard the Titanic soundtrack or some Bosanova playing from a CD-hawker cart on Xingfu Lu, and that’s  the soundtrack of this damn city. 喔唷你们卖CD的人,你们换歌吧!听腻了.

Word is Drunk Monk is holding several copies of Kode9′s “Xingfu Lu” EP on Hyperdub vinyl. I’m hoping to grab one. You may remember Kode9 from his lectures on military applications of sound/sound as a weapon, and other esoteric topics at Dada Bar.

Anyway that’s Thursday, July 18th at Logo Bar (298 Xingfu Lu, near Pingwu Lu, near Jiaotong University Metro Station, Line 10). 10PM – 3AM, then we eat crayfish and are careful not to cut our hands. There are 叔叔 uncles soaking their feet in kiddie pools of cool water at the crayfish spot, drinking cold Suntory beer and eating crayfish after crayfish, with a Gucci t-shirt rolled halfway up their belly.

I’ve posted this before but here’s the recording from our first night with guests Shanghai Ultra and DJ Skinny Brown AKA DJ Sal. Thanks to all the listeners! We promise to try to get a recording tomorrow night, just in case you’re not in Shanghai or you are but you gotta do some bullshit or aren’t sure what ur friends are doing yet or dun really know logo is dat a new place??? or u hva early mornin or u might hav3 other planz, but you still want to listen. Well I got the Zoom X2 portable recorder ready with a fresh SD and some White Elephant brand batteries.

Crickets are mad loud huh. Amazing. Imagine if crickets over-bred so there were like, billions of crickets in the city and everyone had to use earplugs and communicate by text????

 

TONIGHT @ LOGO! It’s Heatwolves’ Castle

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Hey I’m DJing tonight from 10PM – 2AM @ Logo Bar on Xingfu Lu.

Jams like this:

Mala – Changes (James Blake Harmonimix)

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and this:

Cassie – All My Love (Kingdom Edit)

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Nice basement dive with plush couches, cheap-ish drinks, and good tunes. Come say what up.

 

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This used to be Logo Bar, on Xingfu Lu. If you just moved to Shanghai this year, that means nothing. But this was a special place.

Aside from the crowd who frequented it, what made Logo special is that basically anyone could go there and play music, and there would usually be someone to listen. Saturday nights were a guaranteed dance floor till at least 5AM, no question.

Logo closed last fall, and I understand why. I felt bad for the elderly neighbors who lived above and dealt with the…externalities on the daily. It’s a legitimately disconcerting feeling stumbling out of a den of sin, into the sunlight, and crossing paths with people my grandparents age just starting their day.

So this space will soon be a fruit shop. I’m not mad about that. The fact that this space is two minutes from my house and now provides fruit instead of gateways to excess has immeasurable implications for my good health. I’m just fucking happy it’s not turning into a real estate office. I’d probably have lost it, no joke.

No, the new Logo isn’t like the old Logo. It’s in a yuppie neighborhood (Taikang Lu) and looks like a cabaret. But the spirit of the old Logo is still alive. If you wanna go play music there, just ask Maxime or Taipei, and you probably can if you’re not half-retarded. There’s convenience stores two minutes away and the sound is much better than Lune too.

Just remember that Shanghai is a revolving door, and that goes for both people and buildings. There’s not a ton of places in the world you can just walk in and get a show, so be thankful.

As I get a bit older, this band makes more sense.

The Walkmen – The Rat

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The Walkmen – Wake Up

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The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone

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