Obviously, blogging was pushed far back in the shelf of priorities this 2015. Instagram has taken over the diary role, despite being blocked in China. Wechat, too, though less thought was put in curating content there.
BORIS – QSW Culture Center, March 13
Five Japanese rock music events this year in Shanghai, makes it less compelling to really to plan for a trip to the music’s country of origin, really. It should happen, but I’ve seen most of who I wanted to see in this lifetime. I will make an unquestionable exception for them, though.
Emilie Simon – QSW Culture Center, March 19
I first heard Emilie Simon almost a decade ago from a lovely French-Chinese girl I met at a rock festival in Shanghai. I had the chance to watch a gig of hers back home some years after, but it didn’t get enough press, and I found out only the day after the event. I think she performed here last year, but it was one of those gigs I’ve inexplicably missed (like, oh, Behemoth, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, DJ Shadow), and greatly regretted not going.
One can call it a photo-pilgrimage of some sort (I went there 2013), but I didn’t manage to visit the Longhua Temple, Shanghai’s largest Buddhist temple, for last year’s Chinese Lunar New Year’s day. The queue was massive, and I wasn’t really what you would call early for the occasion. This year, however, I decided to head on over as my sleep-deprived self -due to a social gathering the night before- aboard the earliest metro trip possible.
Swans was not a band I would brag about knowing before I’ve seen them. There was a mention of the band online somewhere, and my curiosity wasn’t triggered. They had a reputation for being loud and immense-sounding, and that they still live up to that reputation in their current performances as well. So, news came up they had a gig here in Shanghai. Snatched a ticket since it was the usual price the organizers would charge for other foreign acts anyway.
We were provided 3M earplugs before entering the venue. Neat.