Ni Howdy, Shanghailanders
You might have heard that luwanrock is relocating to Jakarta soon. Pondokrock? Lombokrock?
Anyway, part of the process is unloading some books. If you see something you want, leave me a comment and I’ll invite you over for a pickup or organise some suitable alternative. 1 free beer per person per visit*
There are some real gems in there and it’s hard to part with some of them. Eco, Irving, Murakami, Chabon, DBC Pierre, Easton Ellis . . .
Anyway, here’s the list:
|Adichie||Chimamando||Half of a Yellow Sun|
|Ajami||Fouad||The Dream Palace of the Arabs|
|Akunin||Boris||The Winter Queen|
|Allende||Isabel||Ines of My Soul|
|Alvarez||Julia||In the Time of the Butterflies|
|Arenas||Reinaldo||Singing From the Well|
|Bolana||Roberto||The Savage Detectives|
|Bradbury||Ray||Classic Stories Vol 1|
|Brende||Eric||Better Off: Flipping the Swith on Technology|
|Brooks||Geraldine||Year of Wonders|
|Burroughs||Augusten||Possible Side Effects|
|Carey||Peter||My Life as a Fake|
|Chabon||Michael||The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay|
|Chang||Raymond||Speaking of Chinese|
|Chen||Da||Colours of the Mountain|
|Collins||Nancy||Angels on Fire|
|Conrad||Joseph||Heart of Darkness|
|Coupland||Douglas||Life After God|
|Ellis||Brett Easton||Lunar Park|
|Erickson||Barbara||Tibet: Abode of the Gods, Pearl of the Motherland|
|Evans||Nicholas||The Horse Whisperer|
|Gray||John||Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus|
|Greenfield||Susan||The Quest For Meaning in the 21st Century|
|Gruen||Sara||Water for Elephants|
|Haase||Hella||The Tea Lords|
|Hahn||Emily||No Hurry To Get Home|
|Harris||Joanne||Five Quarters of the Orange|
|Hartung||William||How Much Are You Making on the War, Daddy?|
|Hellenga||Robert||The Sixteen Pleasures|
|Hustvedt||Siri||The Sorrows of an American|
|Irving||John||A Son of the Circus|
|Irving||John||The World According to Garp|
|Jacobson||Howard||Coming From Behind|
|Kerouac||Jack||On the Road|
|Krakauer||Jon||Into The Wild|
|Krauss||Nicole||The History of Love|
|Kristoff||Nicholas||China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power|
|Kundera||Milan||The Unbearable Lightness of Being|
|Lama||Dalai||The Universe in a Single Atom|
|Larsson||Stieg||The Girl Who Played With Fire|
|Lohr||Robert||Secrets of the Chess Machine|
|Marquez||Gabriel Garcie||One Hundred Years of Solitude|
|Mayes||Frances||Under the Tuscan Sun|
|McGregor||Jon||If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things|
|Miller||Henry||Tropic of Cancer|
|Murakami||Haruki||South of the Border, West of the Sun|
|Murakami||Haruki||Kafka on the Shore|
|Niffenegger||Audrey||The Time Traveller’s Wife|
|Obama||Barack||The Audacity of Hope|
|Patchett||Ann||Truth and Beauty|
|Pierre||DBC||Ludmilla’s Broken English|
|Pirsig||Robert||Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance|
|Roy||Arundhati||The God of Small Things|
|Rushdie||Salman||The Enchantress of Florence|
|Safran Foer||Jonathan||Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close|
|See||Lisa||Snow Flower and the Secret Fan|
|Smith||Wilbur||The Seventh Scroll|
|Tolle||Eckhart||A New Earth|
|Ung||Loung||First They Killed My Father|
|Vergese||Abraham||Cutting For Stone|
|Walls||Jeanette||The Glass Castle|
|Welsh||Irvine||The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs|
|Modern Chinese: Beginner’s Course|
|A Chinese Dictionary|
Anyone Can Learn to Count in Chinese – Death to Giants
Luwanrock is very proud to have two albums pass through the studio and out to you these past few days.
Friend or Foe had a great launch for their new remix album on Friday night at 390. As well as FoF there were great sets by some other contributors to the album:
iAmalam , made up of regulars Ryan Baird and Nick Muzyczka (from The Song Dynasty) plus ring-ins Heidi Wohrle and Yam Aquino did a stunning 35 minute version of their remix, Lie to Me. They crossed genres, time signatures and general boundaries of decency and they made it through unscathed. Spectacular.
Death to Ponies features three contributors to the remix album – Nichols aka Renmin Beats (Excessive Touching) on bass, Ivan Belcic (no remix) on drums and The Horses (Burnt Out Buildings and Crazy Eye, and producers of the original Claw album) on synths and screaming. Wicked stuff.
I also contributed one track to the album and I mastered it.
Listen/buy the album here.
Friend or Foe also have a new website that looks pretty sweet.
Scene favourites Rainbow Danger Club also release a new EP today. It’s called Into the Cellar. In typical style it transports you to another world, this time it’s under the sea as RDC takes you on a journey to Atlantis. But it’s so much more too – it’s lo-fi, it’s beautiful. In short, if you don’t know these guys, you should. They’re really very good.
Album mastered by me and available here.
The Booshkabash is on again this year. And this year there is the added extra awesome of a student band competition and a “drum-off”.
I know that all four of my readers are teachers. So if you have any students at your school who want to win stuff, get their entries in real soon. Make the music teachers at your school aware of this. It’s a seriously awesome thing they’re doing. Entry is 80 kuai per band. Cover bands, originals, all are welcome. As are solo artistes.
Prize for the band competition is 6 hours in DB studios.
Prize for the drum competition is a DW drumkit.
The Mongol Arts and Culture Festival is on at Yuyintang tomorrow night. It’s being put on by Shanghai’s Mr. Mongolia, DJ BO.
Get on down for a mind-blowing night of . . . (you guessed it) Mongolian Arts and Culture. There’s milk tea and milk candy, some live music from Inner and Real Mongolia. You could compare and contrast and write a paper on the differences between the musics of the two Mongolias if you felt like it. There will be Mongolian art and even a Mongolian game involving sheep bones.
Full info on banbook: http://www.facebook.com/events/411749208879603/permalink/414372801950577/
I tried logging in and downloading my playlist but all I got was this (translated): ”According to local laws, regulations and policies, some of the songs were not”.
How’s that, Xiao Zhong?
Friend or Foe has found a new Bill to kill and are ramping up for some fall action.
To celebrate the arrival of our future prey, we would like to invite you to a little warmup gig at the new and improved Beedees this Friday, September 14th. The action kicks off around 10 pm, but feel free to come a bit earlier for a beer and chat. We’ll be playing most of the hits, plus a couple newbies. Would love to see you there.
Copies of the 2011 album “My Claw is Never Limp!!!” along with many other gems from the Shanghai scene are available at Inferno Bar (480 Yongjia Lu near Yueyang Lu).
You can also download the album at friendorfoeband.bandcamp.com (no minimum donation).
Friend or Foe is also getting closer to releasing the remix version of the album, entitled “What Have You Done to My Claw!?!?!?” It features production work by The Ponies, Luwan Rock, Wu Mao (Nickles), Super Ayi Cleaning Team (Caution & Heatwolves!), LON, Kaobang, Thruoutin, and more! Look for a proper release and party for that in the coming months.
Check out Luwan Rock’s badass remix of “Smith & Wesson” as a taste.
[If you want to download it, copy and paste this address into your browser and press ctrl + S: http://www.luwanrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Smith-and-Wesson-Luwanremix.mp3]
We will be rocking with a few of our favorite Guangxi ren at the end of this month, then getting back to prepare our second full-length, tentatively titled “Shanghai Degenerate”.
But, yeah, come out this Friday at Beedees. 10 PM. Follow us on Weibo (weibo.com/therealfriendorfoe) for more news and childish antics.
. . . or is possibly undergoing very serious renovations. Let’s take a look at the photos.
Here’s how it looked a few weeks ago. My suspicions were aroused.
It’s been closed for a while every time I’ve been past . . . until this morning. It looks pretty worked over.
And then this afternoon came the kiss of death.
Ah, Shanghai – city of unexpected endings and new beginnings. You might have already worked out that the new bar I mentioned a few posts down is actually Sacco’s new 390 bar.
So what’s next for Sinan lu 107? It began life as a Jazz Bar before morphing into the second version of Logo. I’m hoping for a Lanzhou lamian joint. Or another Lawson.
I’m very excited about this one, and not just for the free grub. Ever since I finished that little rock opera project a few months ago, I’ve been working reasonably hard on two albums from Stegosaurus? The first, an album of B-sides, was released last month and is available here.
The second release in as many months is the main album, Purple Pachyderm. You may remember that their first album had a whopping fifteen tracks on it. This album is somewhat easier to digest, with only ten tracks (though the B-sides record has eight tracks, meaning I’ve still been working hard for the money). Bass player, Bren, has been writing a lot more and his songs are great. Personal favourites off the new disc are Yao Chi Liang and Monkey Island. Come down to the show, get a CD and see what you think.
Here’s what the lads have to say about it:
Venue: Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Lu
Time: August 17, 2012, 21:00
The time has come once again for a crazy, fun filled, stomach filled CD release show from Stegosaurus?! Named after Les Claypool’s famous wine, Purple Pachyderm will see the light of YYT after two painful years of delivery and labor. Come for the FREE CD, FREE New York Style pizza and maybe a hint of Purple Pachyderm wine. Come early for the refreshments. Wine and Pizza will go quick! Support from Dragon Pizza. 40 Yuan.