Category Archives: Music

Love will tear us apart

Like many other Chinese Americans of my generation, New Order was an integral part of the soundtrack to much of my junior high and high school days. With cassette tapes (YES!) of Substance, Technique and Low Life riding around in … Continue reading

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So close . . . no matter how far

This story begins in high school. When I was a junior at Bonita High School I had Advanced Chemistry class and in our class there was a senior girl (whose name escapes me right now) who for some reason was … Continue reading

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Celebrating America’s 237th while abroad

It’s always a little strange to celebrate July 4th while being abroad, while living in an international city. There’s the surface similarities of barbecues and some red, white and blue bunting and I think a lot of people feel even … Continue reading

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Surfin’ PRC

I grew listening to the Beach Boys. A lot. One of the stations on my car’s radio was an oldies station, I had the Best of the Beach Boys on cassette somewhere and I still think Pet Sounds is one … Continue reading

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The Pains of Being in Shanghai

(First of all, sorry about the malware issue that beset this blog for the past couple of weeks. Finally got it solved with the help of some outsiders) No, this isn’t a complaint about living in Shanghai or China, but … Continue reading

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Concert Tuesday: Nouvelle Vague and . . .Eels (not really)

A rare Tuesday night concert in Shanghai. Openers were French new wave cover band Nouvelle Vague. The Shanghaiist discription was that they played New Wave and punk covers – but in more of a bossa nove fashion. And I thought: … Continue reading

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Queen Sea Big Shark @ Mao Livehouse

Queen Sea Big Shark is one of Beijing’s most well-known indie bands. I would say they’re like if Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs fronted Franz Ferdinand with a lot more Korg keyboards and a spacey sound. People around … Continue reading

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Caught Up

On Saturday March 12, Usher Raymond IV performed at Shanghai’s Mercedes Benz Arena. Best known for his R&B hits such as You Make Me Wanna, Caught Up, Confessions Part II, DJ Got Us Falling Love and the title of his … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan

From a Boys Climbing Ropes opening gig about 7 weeks ago.

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Yo Yo Ma in Shanghai

Since I’m way behind on everything, here’s some catching up. A couple of weeks ago, the greatest current living cellist Yo Yo Ma was here in Shanghai. Tickets were pretty expensive but I figured how many opportunities do you really … Continue reading

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