Slow, slow week for news folks, but here's something. To build some hype for their upcoming Echo Park music festival a.k.a. Black Rabbit Redux, promoter Split Works did a group chat "live announcement" today, but apparently you had to have a bank card link to join, and efffffffff that.
And we got the list of names anyway. Here's who's coming through on September 19–20.
After last week's talk with rapper Young Peach, who Milli Vanilli-ed through a 96% lip-synched show at Arkham, we spoke with someone in a another lane of Chinese hip hop. Endy Chen runs Groove Bunny Sound Machine, one of The PRC's most colorful hip hop / beats labels. They release chill, underground hip hop that's often lo-fi, jazzy, smokey, and blippy, and weaves in samples from old Asian music. That imprint and Endy are based in Jinhua, a city in Zhejiang two hours south–west of Shanghai that's famous for the smell of their Jinhua ham, similar to Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Endy takes the fast-train to Shanghai often. He and Cookie a.k.a. DJ ollo-MAM run the monthly Daily Vinyl Sunday market and zine. This Saturday night he's at The Shelter playing a set of all-Chinese music from the '60s through the '00s at 10pm for music website Wooozy.cn's vinyl showcase. Ahead of that, we talked about life, the music he plays for his young daughter, and his five favorite Groove Bunny trax.
Sorry kids, if you're jonesing to go FREAK OUT at The Mansion this weekend, think again…
The "cultural centre" / party house / festival organizer / "work in return for stay" hostel / DJ school / pool / extreme games venue just dropped the motherfuckin' gavel. Let's examine some clauses in the "Mansion Law".
China loves Korean soap operas, and beauty products, and boy bands, and plastic surgeons, and miniature juice drinks that aren't really that good, and fried chicken. Well, that's what the Korean-Chinese team behind new Koreatown nightclub Reach are betting on anyway. I went out to Wuzhong Lu in Gubei last night after seeing one of Reach's bar staff post about the place on Resident Advisor -- generally a sign that someone takes their music somewhat seriously. It's a boom boom club for sure, but remixed by Korea and full of those wild 2008 vibes.
Vice China does another party at Arcade, with a Street Fighter and Bubble Bobble tournament. DJs SSOSO, Billy Starman, and KRZA are dropping beats, too. Starts at 10pm and goes late. No cover. Happy hour prices until 10pm.
Hey it's The Horde, that ragtag bunch of folk and bluegrass enthusiasts. Guess they're gonna keep on keepin' on without Franco. These guys play some nice acoustic tunes. Show starts at 10pm, and cover is 50rmb.