Back by popular demand, Liquid Lifestyle Promotions presents Flava Friday with QBert tonight at Luxy. Tomorrow the Filipino-American will head down to Taichung to play at Xaga in Taichung. The club is located at Tiger City, 120 Henan Rd Sec 3, Taichung (台中市河南路三段120號老虎城). Call (04) 2326-7373 or visit www.xaga.com.tw.
Although his percussive music is not to everyone's taste, the turntablist's scratching skills are impressive, and have raised the rafters on his previous visits.
And as Taichung's new addition to the fold, Xaga, puts a stamp on the local scene, the good people of Taiwan's third city can expect many of the top-notch DJs that play Luxy to make it down.
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Moving on to Taiwan-based talent, Michael Phonic started DJing over 11 years ago, playing ambient music to weary Toronto ravers. Then, when he moved to Taipei in 2001, he switched over to house and techno. What hasn't changed, however, is his belief in vinyl. Playing MP3s at clubs, he says, is a disservice to both clubbers and producers.
Staying true to his word, his latest mix CDs This City is Made of Light and La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin are MP3 free. Both double discs, they showcase the depth and breadth of Michael's record collection. The first, This City, is a romp through minimal, electro, and acid techno. Monstrous basslines, robotic sguiggles and blips, as well as New Romantic vocals feature throughout. Michael's capable mixing glues it all together, letting each track breath, taking us from minimal groovers to 4am club territory.
La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin is a completely different affair.
Warm jazz breaks from Rainer Truby and the Kyoto Jazz Massive begin the mix. From there, the beats go 4/4 and soulful vocals with organ melodies take over. The BPM jumps up when the Lawnchair Generals' micro-funk house drops by, but Herbert and Nouvelle Vague chill everything out in the end. It's an exciting and unique mix from a DJ who's obviously a diehard music fan with a deep knowledge of dance music. To snag a copy of your own visit web.mac.com/michaelphonic.
In what is being billed as the last beach party of the season, Summer Groove will provide three stages — two electronic music stages and a hip-hop stage — featuring “Taiwan's top DJ talent,” including Andrew Ford and Paul Energy. The first electronic music area also features a foam party. Admission is NT$350, or NT$300 when purchased in advance.
Admission includes access to all of Summerland and its activities, rides and facilities.
For discount pre-sale tickets, call Andrew 09 3344 6553 or send an e-mail to Andrew@DJAndrewFord.com.
Greenbay is located one hour outside of Taipei City. Take a bus from Taipei Main Station or on stops along Zhongxiao East Road bound for Jinshan (金山) to Greenbay (翡翠灣) in Taipei County. The stop is located in front of the Greenbay Howard Beach Resort. Summerland is a three-minute walk up the street. For more information, visit www.summer-aquarian.com.
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide
June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
The morning after the ride, my hands ached in a way I’d never before experienced, and my palms looked slightly bruised. Flexing my fingers as I waited for my coffee to cool down, I knew exactly which part of the previous day’s excursion had done this to me. As the go-to-work rush hour ebbed, I’d set off inland on my 125cc scooter. I took Provincial Highway 20 as far as Tainan City’s Yujing District (玉井). From there, I took Provincial Highway 3 into Nansi District (楠西). The route I’d planned would take me past the eastern side of Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫)