[press start]

when i was eight, my parents wouldn’t let me hang out at the arcade by myself because of all the pedophiles hanging around there. seems like back then, people could smoke cigs in the arcade (they still can in china). one day, someone stole all my tickets, which i had stuffed into an empty ant-farm container. that’s when i realized there are bad people in the world.

also, after standing in line for Killer Instinct for forty minutes, I realized and accepted that I would never be great at video games.

when i was twelve, my parents wouldn’t let me go to the skatepark because of all the derelicts hanging around smoking cigs there. later that year, my assistant basketball coach gave me a pack of Marlboro Reds. still can’t figure out why.. either he was a pedophile or he just wanted to get me addicted so he could sell cigs to me.

this is the second cig/stuffed animal claw-game i’ve encountered here. this one was just chillin on the corner up in north jing an. bringing families together?

here’s some songs from my “BLURRRRRRD” folder that remind me of the arcade

Hayzee – Press Start

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Samiyam – Where Am I

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Slugabed – Sun Too Bright Turn It Off

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we’re so lucky that both Samiyam and Slugabed have played at Shelter in the last two months. 2012 gwan be huge.

SAMIYAM

Somehow made it through that weekend. Desto and Drunk Monk killed it at Shelter on Friday. I stayed till the end and slept four hours, ran to the mall to host a DJ battle for Pioneer and met a bag of ten Big Mac’s and a cordial, elderly Japanese boss wearing a white suit. He was not feeling my public-speaking-on-no-sleep skills.¬† Unfortunately all but one of the scratch DJs sucked. One dude like drummed out the piano lines from Linkin Park “In the end,” super offbeat and not in a cool way. Painful.

The one dude with skills didn’t win – but he is gonna come through COME CORRECT on Wednesday @ Shelter to play a special set. DJ Casper, straight from the slums of Xiamen.

Rooftop party, also legend status. Big up to the Ice Cream Truck for having me play at 8PM and 12:30AM. And the lamb party at Rico Rico…god damn. Speaking of lambs, and this has been done before by some cats i know, but i wanna get like fifteen – twenty people together to throw down on a WHOLE lamb or sheep at a Xinjiang restaurant. It’s about RMB1200 but I reckon that could easily feed twenty of us. Holla if you’re interested.

And really pumped about this – SAMIYAM, from Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, coming to Shelter on Thursday with the Beat Conductorz fam (Ceezy, Hamacide, and SIG). Dude also has releases on Hyperdub and lots of other top-tier labels. Glitchy as fuck, syrupy rap beats. Something like the music from this #ghettoasfuck bootleg nintendo that my friends and i found in an abandoned building last night. We fought a feral raccoon for this but felt bad when we found out it doesn’t work. Peep how the controllers are attached to the system. Also, it’s “100% Ninteno compatible” [sic] according to the box.

SAMIYAM – Return

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SAMIYAM – Roller Skates

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If you’re in Shanghai tonight, come down to Dada for a classic 80s horror/comedy flick – Fright Night. Free.

And I’ll be in Beijing this weekend. Big things coming in November so need to dip out of Shanghai for a minute. What’s good in Beijing? Holla.