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Weekend Tunes

By May 5, 2010 Nightlife

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MP3 Monday is a weekly SmartShanghai column, serving up mp3s from bands living and making music in China (or coming to China, or thinking about coming to China, or whatever). Copyright holders: if you would like your song removed, please email us here, and we'll honor your request promptly.

Your MP3 Monday corespondent was in Beijing for the holidays at the Modern Sky Strawberry Festival. One of the good things the shopping mall orientation of Strawberry was that there were a bunch of CD stands and I was able to pick up some good CDs from some Beijing-based labels, which are pretty hard to come by in Shanghai. Lots of people trying to sell you shit. Sometimes you actually are looking to buy it. Funny how that works. We'll be ripping those with sizable prejudice over the coming weeks, but for this week, we'll turn our attentions back to Shanghai, and to two big shows this weekend. If previous years are any indication, May is when things start calming down a bit on Shanghai stages, and things get pretty dead for the summer. It gets too hot to do anything and people start going on vacation. We'll see if this summer is any different with the influx of people for the Blanghai Blexpo. But you might as well take advantage and go see some bands while you can.

Before the MP3s, just a reminder that Reptile & Retard are back in Shanghai and playing at Yuyintang this Thursday. If you missed them opening up for Peaches this is your last chance to see them before they move on. They are coming back in from Beijing after ripping up the Strawberry Festival. It was quite a sight. The singer climbed the scaffolding up to just under the very top of the lighting rig, some 40 feet in the air or so. Scary stuff. The police didn’t look too pleased.

Anyways, the first MP3s are from Swedish garage rock band Sahara Hotnights, playing at Yuyintang this Saturday. Sahara Hotnights got kind of big back in the day in the Swedish invasion of the early '00s, along with The Hives, The Sounds, and a few others. Music is 'vintage' punk rock a la New York Dolls and The Heatbreakers, and this first one is a cover of a classic Undertones song, "Teenage Kicks". It's a pretty Hives-y version. Good stuff. "Teenage Kicks" was apparently John Peel's favorite song and he's got some of the lyrics written on his tombstone. There's a bit of cocktail party trivia for you. When asked why the song is so great Peel said: "There's nothing you could add to it or subtract from it that would improve it." Very true.

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This next one was off their 2001 album Jennie Bomb.

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Sahara Hotnights is this Saturday at Yuyintang. The Fever Machine opens. Event details here.

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This next one is from Throw Me The Statue, which is a band Split Works is hosting this Friday at LOgO. Singed to (American) label Secretly Canadian, Throw Me The Statue do feel-good indie pop / college rock that sounds like they grew up listening to a lot of Neutral Milk Hotel and Guided By Voices. If you like your synths buzzy and your Fi Lo, don't miss out. Here's one that was making the blog rounds last year from their 2009 disc Creaturesque.

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Split Works pres. Throw Me the Statue this Friday at Logo. Event details here.

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    Swedish chicks thrashing out Teenage Kicks. I want my wicked way with them. All of them.

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