I’m writing while listening to Earth, Wind & Fire , their very early albums from the 70s, maybe you’ve already listened to them, I didn’t and since some weeks ago I’ve been having a great time with these guys, they were awesome! I knew they were fun, but I didn’t know they were these amazing on their beginnings, so talented, and creative, their music has such a nice vibe. If you want to listen to them leave a comment or email me and I’ll send you some of these albums to your email. It’s just a shame nobody told me before they were this great, I would have …. well, I would trade the time I’ve spent listening to useless talks about hair, guys, and uf! American football for some very useful time with the music of Earth, Wind & Fire.
This week, since last weekend, has been busy busy, and this weekend is not giving a truce, and there’s a festivals rush time coming soon, we should get ready to be even more busy with music. I did go to all the gigs I picked last week, and even I made it to some more: the good bye jam session for Jon Parker (nice friend, and great! sax player) at Lune last Sunday. And Nortec on Monday at Dada that was like a Saturday night party, and yesterday to Alec Haavik and the Friction X to JZ, that was also Alec’s birthday celebration. I’m a bit groggy actually, that’s why the picks are coming today and not yesterday.
Anyway. Here they are.
Friday September 17th
The Shelter – The Party Formerly Known as Bananas
If I’d go out today this would be my first stop, but today is Adam Crossley’s birthday and they are already starting the hang at one of Shanghai’s rooftop.
Morgan interviewed the guest DJs for this night (I have to check the music of Jandek that Morgan’s talking about there). The line up also includes Trix, I like his style a lot, and also Dan Battle, I didn’t know he’s back and I’d like to say hi. Anyway, the “formerly known as Bananas” parties have been always succesful parties with nice music. And if you don’t know this, then you are new Shanghai ren, or you have been living in a bubble different from mine, so maybe it’s time to try a change of air in yours.
Starts at 10 pm
Address: 5 Yongfu rd.
Price: 50 rmb
Node Lounge – ShangHigh Reggae Bashment Vol. 3
If I’d go out, and I’d be out until late after Bananas, then I’d go to Node Lounge. I have a weakness for Japanese DJs and musicians. Reggae is not really my thing, but I’m curious about it, and more if it’s play by Japanese guys.
Node Lounge is pretty nice, the first time I went I thought the high-in-the-top-of-the-sky DJ booth was kind of fun, now I’m not thinking the same really, but besides that and the expensive drinks (although it’s a Japanese bar, so from that point of view is not so expensive), I like the space, the garden, the design, and the Japanase DJs all over the place. Specially Baru.
Starts at 10 pm
Address: Inside Red Town, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu
Price: 100 rmb includes one drink
Saturday September 18th — Viva Chile Mierda!!!
Chile’s Pavilion – Chile’s Independence Day (200 years celebration)
My plan is to wake up, get up, and go to Chile’s Pavilion at the Expo. I haven’t been there yet, I’m not really much into going to the Expo but for music, and well today to have liters of Chilean wine, Chilean pisco, empanadas… and who knows, maybe they’ll have Chilean barbecues (those are sinful!), and wouldn’t it be wonderful to find myself again in front of tons of avocados, and ceviche, and … I better stop now, or this can get mad about Chilean food and drinks. Well, I’m going for that, and for some beautiful cuecas, I have to remember to bring a handkerchief to dance.
Bafochi, one of the classic dance and folk groups of Chile will be performing too, so if you have no plans and you want to get drunk spinning cueca and drinking the best wine on earth, come join me.
Starts around 12 am.
Address: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
Price: 160 rmb all day ticket and 90 rmb the afternoon ticket.
And just to tempt you through your eyes, this is a very tiny sample of a Chilean barbecue (I just couldn’t stop thinking about the food)
JZ – Theo Croker and his Afro Sonic Orchestra
These guys will have a break after this Saturday, so this is worth the effort to go even after a big day of drinking wine and dancing to real Latin music. Theo has done a very cool production for this project, he has arranged beautifully songs that go from Fela Kuti to Michael Jackson and the repertoire includes also some of his own originals that are every time better and better. The eleven piece orchestra is totally awesome, and the hang at JZ is a classic of Shanghai.
Starts at 10pm
Address: 46 Fuxing rd. near Yongfu rd.
Entrance: usually 30 rmb.
LOgO – ZAOGAO
If I’m still able to do something after that, then I’ll stop by Logo, Mau Mau, The Uhhh, Trix again, and Empfab, all delicious DJs. How to miss them, specially if they are promising a lot of bass sounds.
Starts at 10.30 pm
Address: 13 Xingfu rd. near Fahuazhen rd.
Price: 20 rmb.
Sunday September 19th
I’m sure there’re things to do this Sunday here in Shanghai, but I won’t do any of those that are out of my home. I’ll be watching some sci-fi series, and listening to more Earth, Wind & Fire, and I’ll cook some Chilean food, while listening to some Chilean rock too.
But if I’d be in Chile today I’d go to La Yein Fonda, to check some of the coolest creole music shows around the fondas (ramadas), and to drink more wine, eat more empanadas, and tons of chorizos, and meat, and … buddha! i’m doing it again, food madness. Well, if you want to have a Chilean Sunday just let me know, and you’ll get it.
Viva Chile mierda! and Viva China!