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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

I watched a half hour or so of Shanghai Love Motel's set at Luna Lounge this evening, and was sorely disappointed to have to leave so soon. They make beautiful music -- combine straight-ahead rock and roll with abstract, cerebral lyrics in a way that reminds me of my two perhaps favorite artists, Dylan and Robyn Hitchcock. (The Dylan influence is clear and goes almost without saying, and they played a dynamite cover of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" when testing the sound system before the show; the Hitchcock influence I'm pretty sure about but am waiting on confirmation or at least non-denial from Bill Millard, the band's bass player, before I assert it. But still I can say their music reminds me of R.H. without being roped into having made a statement about their influences, right?*)

Anyway -- I can't say too much more about the music because I only heard 5 songs -- but by all means go listen to their next show if you're in town. I will post about it before it happens.

*Bill responds that yes, he thinks they do have a bit of influence from Hitchcock.

posted evening of July 6th, 2004: Respond
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Sunday, January 6th, 2008

🦋 Shanghai Love Motel

Don't believe the lack of hype: Shanghai Love Motel is going straight to the top (of?). Listen to some great music for free at their MySpace page, go listen to them on Saturday in Brooklyn (Jalopy, 315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Ave. and Woodhull St., 10 pm), anticipate their forthcoming first record. Anticipate!

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Friday, February 15th, 2008

🦋 Shanghai Love Motel

We're off to see them this evening, at the Yippie! Museum. Cool!

A little vacation coming up; on Monday we're flying away to St. Thomas for a week. I'm going to try and stay away from computers while we're there, unless a work emergency intrudes; so not blogging. Also I think I will take a vacation from my music: not bring along an instrument or an iPod, and only listen to new sounds. Send me your address (by Sunday) and I will send you a postcard.

Hmm, no SLM for us this evening. We did not feel up to the journey into the city -- instead we had a very nice dinner at home and watched Time Bandits, which Ellen has never seen before. What a great film -- I think it is the best ... fantasy? movie -- I hesitate to call Time Bandits "fantasy" but I guess all the lesser movies I associate it with are in that genre.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2009

🦋 Shanghai Love Motel

They have a new website and a new record! Buy it, listen to it, share it with your friends -- this is honest music.

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