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Editor’s Picks, January 14-17

January 14th, 2010 by

The U.S. is a very boring place. Why? I believe suburbs have become so sprawled out that we have literally lost contact with each other on a physical, interpersonal level. That’s why we Americans invented reality TV: To enter into codependent, voyeuristic relationships with attention whores who would otherwise be insignificant. One supposedly “cool” way to experience this interaction is to participate “ironically”; that is, to delude oneself into believing that this participation is based on some sort of cultural, sociological curiosity, rather than mere titillation and boredom. There’s that way and there’s also the way of believing that what you are seeing is actually reality and that the people are not just acting out their roles (poorly). Can you imagine how contrived every interaction would be if you were being followed around by a camera crew? That’s what no one thinks about. What a farce. One of my favorite pastimes while in the U.S. is to try to figure out which path of distraction is more pathetic (and I have participated in both.) I think right now I have settled on the idea that it’s a tie.

What I’m trying to say is: I might need these Editor’s Picks more than you do. I’m glad to be back and ready to make a splash. Let’s get on with the (reality) show.

Thursday, January 14th

History of DJ Krush Documentary
I’m not necessarily going to recommend that you go to see a movie about DJ Krush inside the sinister lair that is The Shelter. All I’m going to do is relay a quote I have come across from his back-story.

Early into his career as a yakuza underling, Ishi discovered a severed finger wrapped in paper on his desk. Later, after discovering that it had belonged to his best friend, he decided to leave the yakuza and cut ties with the criminal underworld.

A Japanese gangster who decides to leave the life, watches the movie Wild Style, and decides to become an internationally famous DJ. Is that a story you might be interested in?

The Shelter, 10:30
5 Yongfu Lu,
near Fuxing Xi Lu

Boom Boom Tschack ft. Mau Mau and Ben Thriller
How many electro nights can this city sponsor? A google? I think we’re going to find out soon. DJ Mau Mau seemingly has a DJ night every night. This kid’s fingerprints must have fallen off from spinning so much. O, Heatwolves!, where art thou? I think Boom Boom Tschack might be replacing Indie Heart Attack as my favorite recommendation for ruining your Friday morning.

C’s, 9-late
685 Dingxi Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu
Free w/ cheap drinks

Friday, January 15th

Good Jive ft. Duck Fight Goose, Boys Climbing Ropes, et al.
“An organization to promote interesting, fresh, awesome music in Shanghai”? Hmm. Would you be interested in an original overture written for skin flutes? No? Just checking.

YuYinTang, 9 or 10ish, I would guess
1731 Yanan Xi Lu,
near Kaixuan Lu (entry on Kaixuan Lu, behind the Metro Station)
40 RMB

Quality Control pres. DJ Krush
I dare someone to put a wrapped-up pinky on the turntables before the man comes on. I triple-dog-dare you! Just kidding. That would be cruel. Besides, where are you going to get a pinky? They’re not putting times on these gigs anymore. Just show up as late as you possibly can. You’ll still be early and then you can check out the Lab Crew.

The Shelter
5 Yongfu Lu,
near Fuxing Xi Lu
80 RMB

Saturday, January 16th

RockSH.cn pres. Shanghai New Sound
Double Control Where are one of the better new bands I have seen around. They sport precise and energetic post-rock sounds. They also have a lot of hair. Not sure if that sways you in either direction, but just thought I’d add it in. I’m making like the old school Adam West Batman and still have not caught the Joker (another new Shanghai artist on the bill). Wow. That joke was putrid.

After this show, please, support the Shanghai electro dance scene. It’s hurting and needs your help. Whether it’s a dance party based on a concept for a shitty sci-fi movie (Dada), the country France (Bar Rouge), or the word for “terrible” in Mandarin (LOgO), you must get to one and help save this endangered species. You’re our only hope.

115 Xingfu Lu,
near Fahuazhen Lu

Bar Rouge
7/F, Bund 18,
18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu,
near Nanjing Dong Lu
Free before 12:30, 100 RMB after

13 Xingfu Lu,
near Fahuazhen Lu
Sunday, January 17th

Sunday, January 17th

ZheJiang Bands Showcase
Don’t tell me this clip doesn’t get your motor revved. I don’t know. It’s rough, but it does it for me. I feel like this could be a good, if subdued little show. If you don’t go to this, make sure you stay home and do this.

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  • zack - January 16, 2010:

    Whoops, looks like I got Double Control Where mixed up with Triple Smash. Anyways, sorry about that.

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