The Japandroids gig at Yuyintang happened way back August, and I have never been out for my usual haunts since then. Burned out? Probably. Just this week, black metal outfit Behemoth, and rock veterans Amorphis played here, and I just decided to keep myself warm from the fall weather at my new place in the far-away-from-most-things district of Baoshan.
NOIShanghai LIX cum EarAgainstTheAmp vol.1
696 Live Bar
May 31, 2013
The peak season of Shanghai’s music festivals is over, and though I did go to one, none of the photos I took are worth posting. Two gigs just recently happened though: one with Wye Oak, an NPR music and critic favorite, and This Will Destroy You, a name all too familiar from when I was still heavily into post-rock more than half a decade ago.
I think it was late 2011, when scouring the latest updates in Jpop, when I discovered Kana Nishino. Her singles always topped the charts, but like a lot of Jpop groups and artists, there wasn’t that much of an appeal to me, I was quick to judge her as dry and generic. I eventually did give her music a try, starting from songs from her third album, Thank You, Love.
So, yes, the day actually came: I have fallen in love with a Japanese pop star.
Let me start by thanking TimeOut Shanghai for picking me as the winner for free passes to the gig. Pity I didn’t have a “+1″ to bring.
The news that Gang of Four was playing in Shanghai as part of the Jue Festival came at a time when there were too many things going on for me. I did want to go, since I do like the band, but I’ve skipped the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Hong Kong leg of her world tour a few weeks ago, so yeah, if I don’t see this one either, I’ve suffered a more significant loss already.
There’s someone in me that wishes what I just wrote was a joke.