Yesterday I watched The Mummy Three in the cinema. Yes, I paid to see it on the big screen. This will tell you two things about me. I love good ole fashioned adventure and I love torturing myself. This is quite coincidental.
This weekend's line up at my usual haunts is just not for me. The show of the weekend is going to be Motek at either Yuyintang or Live Bar, depending on which day you want to see them. Motek are from Norway and they play post-rock. Check out their blurb:
passion ends in the infinite... Likewise, Motek is driven by instinct and the
thirst for sultry recollections of forgotten emotional states. Sticking layers
of effect-laden guitars, underpinned by a needy bass and entrancing drums
create the texture of great music for the best moments of your life. This sonic
dream closes the gap between wishes, wants and imagination with melancholy,
madness, consolation and hope.
I'm only going to stick out more post-rock shoegazing if the band are local and relevant to the scene. Not because I have something against polished, signed acts from abroad - because, as a personal entertainment choice, I have something against post-rock.
So what am I going to do? I'm going on an adventure.
First of all, I'm going to get a sandwich at Kommune cafe in the Taikang Lu arts area. I swear down it's nothing to do with trying to be hip or a true scenester. It happens to be near the bar and their build your own sandwich deal includes baked beans on the fillings list. Baked beans. Other Brits abroad know what I'm talking about here. After that I'm going to Bar 288, The Melting Pot, to hang out and watch whoever happens to play there.
Why is this such an adventure? Their house bands include Little Nature and Crazy Mushroom Brigade. They are famed as a local muso hangout. Check out this recent news/endorsement of their credibility, talking about the China Now event:
festival being organized by the people behind Taikang Lu's 288 Melting Pot bar
is part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival. According to Head Organizer Ruby
Hsiao, "It is the government's intention to support original music, and to earn
more attention from the younger generation in Shanghai - Chinese or expatriates."
you read this earlier
on when I was last there? They filled the dance floor area in
front of the stage with tables and let people play dice games with their backs
to the great band who came all the way from
Korea. They delayed the show start an
hour and fifteen minutes because someone there had a birthday and wanted their
friends to perform some pop hits to a backing track. They are not trying to support local music, they are treating it like a background cover band and even bumping it for a keyboard guy. And I hope that quote was added in by enthusiastic newspaper editors - letting two rock acts play a park for tourist day does not compensate for the past three months. Unless support
actually means kill
in the above case.
Since they seem to inspire annoying critical rants in me, I'm going to try again.
I will conquer my fears and my hate and head out of my immediate area at night. Then again, I've just had a thought, perhaps it's some kind of psychological thing. The closer you get to Taikang Lu, the more you start to think and behave like a dismissive, holier-than-thou hipster. Well, lets see what happens on my adventure. Will I actually come back with a good report from a great Mushrooms gig ... or will it all go down the pan and I have to be bailed out by yetis - my god, that film was s*%t! I mean ... yetis!