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MP3 Monday: Say Sayonara

Mp3 Monday says goodbye to our favorite spicy tuna roll of a man, Toshi San, plus it’s Clampdown with Kaobang live. 

By Jan 28, 2013 Nightlife

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There has been an exodus of Shanghai musicians in the past couple months. While I know this is just the circle of life and there will eventually be a new lion king to sing Hakuna Matata, the suspense of waiting for the new scene-makers is just killing me. This Sunday at Yuyintang, Shanghai says goodbye to our most active Japanese import, Toshi, with a going-away show called The Last Swingin' Supply. To those of you not in the know, Toshi is a guitarist and vocalist from Nerima-ku, Japan, who for the past 10 years has been contributing to the Shanghai scene by starting bands and putting on countless shows. Many are the times he lost his own money bringing bands over from Japan and beyond.

There are a couple noteworthy live gigs before Sunday’s going away daytime shindig, such as Friday’s Clampdown party featuring French band Kaobang and Saturday’s CD release party of Baltic States at Yuyintang. But now we pay homage to Toshi San, first by recognizing the (at least) six bands he has been a member of here in Shanghai. There were The Drop Kicks, formed way back in 2006, the garage surf outfit The Beat Bandits, a brief but potent stint in The Snots, my personal favorite classic hardcore band The Instigation, then, more recently, Spill Your Guts, Hujiahuwei and the Macaronians. All three of those are playing this Sunday’s show.



The Macaronians lead singer Sarah also doubles as Toshi’s main squeeze and will be joining him on the move back to Japan. So, this Sunday we also say goodbye to Sarah, and we’ll all miss her great vintage style and warm smile around the scene. Now, let’s take a stroll down MP3 lane and give a listen to each of Toshi’s slam-dancing, spectacular bands that have scared that hell out of club owners for the past decade…



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On top of playing in local bands, Toshi also puts on shows featuring international bands, often under the Trash A Go-Go banner. Most of the shows consisted of garage / punk / surf-rock bands from all over the world. In my opinion his strongest contribution was importing Japanese bands to play in China. It’s easy to take shows for granted in Shanghai, however it takes lots of planning, logistics, luck and money to pull off bringing a band to China.

Then there is a special type of person that helps bands come over, knowing there is little chance of making the money back for travel expenses and all that legwork to make the tour happen. Toshi is that kind of person, and every band brought over helps create ties with independent music scenes around the world. Here are my top three Japanese bands who came over to play Trash A Go-Go shows, my very favorite being The Fevers who just slay it...

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Moving past the land of the rising sun, Trash A Go-Go also put on garage rock from Italy and Australia, hard rock from Mongolia, all-girl retro rock from Norway, swing-dance tunes from the UK, and that’s just the tip, buddy. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Toshi, for all your contributions and work here in the Shanghai rock scene. Hopefully there will be kids who step up and accomplish half of what you’ve done, maybe a spicy kimchi-a-billy rocker from Korea? I know you’re out there.

We will end with my top three picks of Trash A Go-Go’s Western bands. Everyone head down to Yuyintang on Sunday for the Macaronians final show and slam dance like you’ve never slammed before. 



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This column is written by DJ Sacco, who runs Uptown Records, Shanghai's dedicated vinyl shop. Ironically, they don't sell Mp3s or dabble in anything digital, instead they have 7" and 12", EPs and LPs from rock to electronic, rare pressings, DJ equipment and band merchandise. Find them in an old bomb shelter at 115 Pingwu Lu.


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  • B.OStyle

    The spicy singer played two weekend shows in Shanghai already. You want more of the same?

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