Fubalanche of sound: DJ Diaper + DJ Press/Play = New Year’s Eve fun


Call it the iTunes match-up of the millennium: DJ Diaper and DJ Press/Play hit the decks at Fubar this Saturday night to right-click party-goers into 2012.

DJ Press/Play, formerly DJ Running with Scissors, is considered the “king of minimalism” in the burgeoning “less is more” underground music scene. “Ever since the accident, I basically push that play button, sit back and let the magic happen,” he says oh-so-nonchalantly.

DJ Press/Play is fan of tech house, trance, funk, electro jazz, retro-nasal dubstep with a Chicago deep dish twist – “oh, pretty much everything”, he says – though he plans to play a set focused on C+C Music Factory, Black Eyed Peas, and the like on Saturday. He cites as other influences over-the-counter medications, “significant relationship issues” and a “not-so-chance encounter” in 2006 with a UFO and its probe-happy alien occupants.

A recent interview with Slipped Disc magazine revealed more of this musical genius:

“Why the name ‘DJ Press/Play’?”

I actually have a codependent relationship with my equipment: it presses me as much as I press it. Imagine a kung fu master punching through a 12-inch wall of bricks — made out of cotton candy. Know what I mean?”

“What is your pre-set meal?”

Skippy peanut butter. In. Out. Like soul glue. A religious experience. My toaster is like Jesus — bread goes in soft and comes out crispy, a miracle to the technologically uninformed. Skippy takes me to another dimension — specifically, the eleventh one.”

“Let’s go through some of your rivals.”

[DJ Diaper?] How do you prepare for a guy who drops off the kids in his pants instead of at the swimming pool, if you know what I mean. You seriously don’t want to be number two in the DJ booth behind him. [DJ Blackie?] We were friends – before the accident. Then he kept saying, “Why don’t you change your name to ‘DJ Walking with Scissors‘, ha ha.” Go back to your lotion, tissues and ABBA albums, Blackie. And a warning: I’m keeping an eye on you, even if it’s the only one I have left. [DJ Black Tooth?] I wish he’d get that thing pulled.

Hopes and dreams?

When they look back at me, I want them to say, “He didn’t press that play button too hard or too soft but just right. I also hope to launch my own hat line for hipsters. Unknown to the wearer, each hat would be rigged with a pretentiousness meter and explode when a certain level is met. It’s not that I’m for violence, it’s that I’m anti-knob.

Meanwhile, DJ Diaper – the cover of Slipped Disc magazine screams “he’s the poo!” – has been raising a stink in the music scene for nearly two years and it is easy to see why. After all, what can one do if one wishes to play a 12-hour set, drink copious amounts of energy-giving asparagus juice and not waste time on toilet breaks? Wear a diaper. And not just any diaper: these babies are custom-made with the most up-to-date anti-leak technology, extra absorbency and trunk space. So popular has DJ Diaper become that his used undergarments now fetch thousands of euros in online auctions.

DJ Diaper cites his influences as Flavor Flav, Frank Zappa, The Teletubbies, the International Asparagus Juice Association and the philosophy of DJ Chunky. “Like him, I am a proponent of continually turning the volume up and down,” he says. “In the trade, we call this mixing.”

You can catch him in action with DJ Press/Play on Saturday night at Fubar, just a few doors down from George’s, which will be hosting the Beijing Beatles, in case people are looking to hit several venues in one night.

Note: If you are wondering, “Gee, I wonder if Boyce designed that poster himself?” The answer, believe it or not, is yes. I am particularly good at stretching or squeezing fonts.

Funk Fever pace: Migas caps busy year with New Year’s Eve bar opening

That was good...


Migas will cap a busy year this Saturday night by opening its new and adjoining venue — The Bar at Migas.

This Spanish restaurant and lounge in Nali Patio ranks among the more intriguing places of the past 12 months given its interior design, its rooftop parties that attracted patrons by the thousands, and its efforts to help bring over Spanish chefs and involve them in cooking classes, market visits and special dinners.

The newest project, The Bar at Migas, is next door and includes a stage, DJ booth and glassed-in demonstration kitchen. When I visited Monday night, the place was on the verge of getting its custom-made sofas, said GM Eduardo Gutierrez, who added the commissioned paintings might take a little longer. He noted the island bar, with a “favela” feel, is made from recycled corrugated metal, wood skids, window frames and doors. Around the corner is a glassed-in demonstration kitchen that can hold a dozen students or diners. It will be equipped with two video cameras to provide big screen closeups of cooking techniques and will be available for use to chefs from other restaurants, said Gutierrez.

As for New Year’s Eve, Migas will have a seven-course meal at 7 PM — last orders 9 PM — with everything from oysters in gin and tonic to wagyu beef carpaccion with pistachios — see the menu here. The price is rmb500, or rmb900 with Champagne and four Spanish wines, and includes a ticket to the party that will see Funk Fever in Migas and Dance Dangereaux in The Bar at Migas. Otherwise, entry is rmb150, with a glass of Mumm’s Champagne.

I’ll have more on that demonstration kitchen in 2012…

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White Christmas in Beijing: A photo essay…

Last night I heard a few homesick souls lament the lack of a white Christmas in Beijing. Putting aside that some traditionally white Christmas-y parts of the world went brown this year, and that this city rarely gets snow, I went through my photos for some pics that will hopefully cheer these souls up. Here are a dozen photos from the past few years — most of them including snow. And if that doesn’t raise your spirits, try a half-dozen Brooklyn lagers…


Sips & bites: Starfish, Paddy’s, Grinders, Beer Mania

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Lots of Christmas dinner, lunch and brunch options this year and the English-language mags have plenty of listings (here’s an example). A few options, mostly from my inbox…

Seafood restaurant Starfish on Dongzhimenwai Da Jie will be taking the menu down a notch in size but up one in terms of luxury tonight as it focuses on the likes of crab, lobster and “surf and turf” with lobster and T-Bone steak. Also, oyster fans: Starfish currently has a dozen varieties, says owner Alicia Bailey.

Nearby, Paddy O’Shea’s is doing a rmb168 turkey dinner deal for the next three nights. You get soup or salad, turkey and the fixings, and a glass of wine. Add rmb30 for dessert.

I noted here that Ole in Sanlitun South is doing Christmas Eve dinner and Bang Bang in Shuangjing is doing Christmas day lunch. Relative neighbor to the latter, Grinders will have turkey dinner tonight and tomorrow from 5 PM. Soup, bird and fixings, dessert and a bottle of wine for rmb400. First come, first served.

And for those seeking a liquid meal, dress up like Santa Claus and go to Beer Mania tonight, and you get happy hour prices on bottled Belgian brew — that means 20 percent off — all night.

Beijing bar-wrecking party tonight: Includes hard hats, rmb10 Belgian draft

Look for Jun Trinh and company to don hardhats and swing sledgehammers tonight to make way for the new place that will soon feature his Southeast Asian food. Trinh is into capoeira, which I hear involves martial arts and dance, so expect some fists to go through walls in 4/4 time.

The evening will also feature draft Maredsous at the consumer friendly price of rmb10, says Nick Papa of supplier Duvel-Moortgat. He told me to write something such as “we want to send someone to Havana in two pieces with this event” or “sponsoring such events is part of our overarching plan to establish veritable evidence that Big Foot has resettled into Houhai. [Let me guess. He's roommates with Yeti. - Ed] Ideally, we can use the Maredsous to lure him out into the open, where he will be gifted two round trip tickets to the lost city of Atlantis.”

I’m not sure what he is talking about but I do know the true purpose of such events is to get someone so drunk he or she agrees to hand wash the (no doubt extremely ripe) polar bear mascot outfit Papa regularly wears. Not an attractive prospective given his expression in the photo below clearly says, “I just make poo-poo“.

The party starts around 9 PM, at 27 Dashibei Hutong, which is southwest of the Drum Tower and site of the former Orange Tree.

“I likes warm and squishy!”