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MP3 Monday: In the Year 2013

What 2013 has in store for you: Godspeed, Thee Oh Sees, Mi Ami, Zola Jesus and oOoOO, all playing live this coming year in Shanghai.
By Dec 24, 2012 Nightlife


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.

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Originally I was working on a “Best of Mp3 Monday” for the last article of the year, but after being bombarded with so many damn end of the year lists I think it’s time we look to the future. The future, you say, Shanghai? Yes, the future. After taking a poll with some of Shanghai’s biggest promoters and club owners I’ve compiled a list of the acts they plan to bring out in the year 2013. As not all of them are 100% confirmed, I’m going to leave out dates and places, this is just a fluffer piece to keep you semi-hard about this little thing we call rock’n’roll (and wibbly wobbly music).




Let’s start out with the rock bands planning to come. Basically it’s the year of psych rock for Shanghai. If you want to stay ahead of the curve you’re going to want to start dressing somewhere between ’60s hippie and steam punk to keep up with the times. Split Works has already confirmed San Francisco indie rock giants Thee Oh Sees for late February. Fronted by John Dwyer, who’s been in a number of bands such as Coachwips and Burmese, these guys destroy the stage live.

Then, in March, the indie label Thrill Jockey is bringing to China one of their best acts, psych rockers Mi Ami. One of the most anticipated imports coming in 2013 is a 23-year-old Russian-American girl who goes by the name Zola Jesus. If freak folk is more your bag then you’ll be excited to hear the band MV & EE are scheduled to come to Shanghai in May. Finally, in my top five gigs to look forward to in 2013 is an epic band in the form of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, you heard it here first kids…

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Moving on to the wibbly wobbly music, now. Shanghai has always had a pretty rich imported electronic scene. This year is no different, with an eclectic array of artists planning to stop on by our humble little town. The act I’m most excited about is Egyptian Lover. His music can only be described as “Sex Music”. The E Lover has been active on the hip hop / dance scene since 1983. Sex music is great, but how about a little non-music in the form of oOoOO, the witch-house / chill-wave act that will send you running to the hills.

To keep you dancing hard all night there is Horse Meat Disco, scheduled to come in April. My suggestion is don’t fight the pansexual future, embrace it! Wait I know, you’re into ironic sweaters and vegan donuts, right? Well you’re in luck because hipster house outfit ITAL are gracing the Shelter in March. My final pick is Alexander Robotnick, who is schedule to be one of the new Logo’s opening acts in January. Robotnick is an Italian music producer in his 60s who is just not giving up the dream.

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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.

TELL EVERYONE

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  • CharlieD

    bring on 2013!! here's to some great shows!

  • FuLei

    Great news! Please keep us updated!

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