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.

 

more fun with SIGNS // Pictureplane – “Gang Signs”

We’ve all seen creative-but-understandable English on signs in China, but we’ve got another category – the mystery sign, e.g. this map of my friend’s apartment building. Some of my Chinese friends don’t understand it either.

为什么有两个21C1??

Those are real gold bricks. Shit is mad opulent and palatial.

And then this photo – not taken at the zoo or an adventure park.

“….I can’t remember if I parked in Elephant or Camel… ”

This is at Hongqiao airport, which you should always choose over Pudong if at all possible. Much closer to downtown and even Lujiazui, and just a more pleasant experience from start to finish. You won’t find a bit of fun at Pudong International Airport, I assure you of that.

I appreciate the creativity and color here. The only possible detractor is that some may spend a long time contemplating where to park due to their loyalty to a particular animal. I’d find trouble choosing between Kangaroo and Horse for sure. Really need to consider which one I identify with more, like I am right now. Pretty much all people look somewhat like one particular animal, e.g. rabbit, baby dinosaur, or turtle, but that resemblance alone doesn’t determine a persons favorite animal. I know some people that look like turtles and they’re not crazy for turtles or anything.

Side story about animals. I asked the owner of the Muslim noodle shop by my home about the pig water in Shanghai, and if Muslims can drink the water now. He said that as long as the water source is moving, like a river, it’s ok. Lakes are ok too, apparently. I couldn’t understand everything he said, but he mentioned a filter too. 21st century problem for sure.

Here’s a song about another kind of sign -

Pictureplane – Gang Signs

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Really hope Pictureplane comes to Shanghai sometime.

Xingfu Lu Park and the Mystery of the Seafood Gang, Pt 1 of ??

Solid birthday, which ended like this…

Was eating ice cream with cold drinks in the park on Xingfu Lu (by Dada/Chongqing Restaurant) this morning around 1:00am.All was quiet. Suddenly a middle-aged woman grasping a big flashlight came down the stone path, then walked up, down, and around the rocks surrounding the pond, pointing the light around the water.

She climbed to the highest rock, looked around frantically, and yelled “出来了” (“come out!”), then ran back in our direction, looking distraught, yelling “你在哪里!?” (“where are you!?”) before disappearing back down the path.

I thought she had lost her child. This was number two in a series of strange circumstances in this outing, the first being the policeman hat lying on the sidewalk just in front of the park’s entrance steps.

Auntie returned five minutes later, this time with an eight-foot long pole with a net, and a man with a bucket. They ran back up the rocks (which look scarier at night); “刚刚在这里!” (“it was just here!”).

I asked “你找什么东西?” (“what are you looking for?”) – got ignored the first time and asked again, louder.

“找好玩的东西.”(“Looking for a fun thing”)

A new character appeared on the left side of the pond, smoking a cigarette with a bucket and flashlight in hand.

Really started to wonder, so just pushed the question like “are you looking for fish??”

[begrudgingly] “是抓鱼的!” (“yes catching fish!”)

“…是很大的鱼吗?” (“A really big fish??”)

“螃蟹.” (“Crab”)

Seems Ayi saw giant claws moving around the pond and ran back to the neighborhood to round up the seafood gang for a good old fashioned moonlight public-park crab hunt.

They crept around the pond for fifteen minutes, pointing lights, waving nets, and arguing. Sometimes yelling”Let’s go home” and “There it is!”

After a while, the auntie and a dude climbed atop two opposing rocks ten feet apart, each with a net extended, the third man pointing a light around the water. I caught a climpse of the baskeball-sized crab in the murky water, the flashlight beam bouncing off its shell. The seafood gang made their move, but he ayi nearly fell off the rock and the pangxie darted away into dark corners of the pond. The hunt finally ended, with no crab… but they already had three huge fish in the pail.

Where will these fish be served? On family tables in the broken bricks hood? Or in restaurants…?

Heatwolves can’t help but dive deeper into the dark intrigue of Xingfu Lu park and The Seafood Gang…

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Music time.

Pictureplane’s “Dark Rift” is one of my favorite vinyls. If you’ve been in my living room, you’ve definitely heard it at one point or another. He’s from Colorado and does some of the best electronic music around. Sounds like 90′s rave, with trance samples, singing, lots of emotion. That may sound extremely wack but he pulls it off with class. And he stepped up the production quality noticeably on this (claims to make all his music in his bedroom, on a really old computer with no vocal booth or anything; some previous tracks, while great, couldn’t really be played in the club due to mastering quality).

His new album Thee Physical just dropped last week on Lovepump United. Get it.

Pictureplane – Sex Mechanism

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