Special shoutouts for new releases
SUPER EGO This time of year, everyone's showering their Top 10 lists down upon an eager, listless world. I'll get to mine just as soon as I finish this bottomless pomosa, but I want to give a special shoutout to a couple recent local releases I've been digging that may have slipped past your Beatport. (Remember to always use a water-based lubricant with digital. Safety first!)
The first is the absolutely lovely Brick by Brick (Nightlight) by Alland Byallo which sounds excellent either on the dance floor or on a rainy Monday, chilling as you attempt to pour some bottomless pomosa into a giant thermos in your backpack without the waitress seeing, like I am now. As the title suggests, this is a minimal-techish release, building up numbers with a very limited set of elements. Those elements are impeccably produced snatches of sound that propel each track forward with an unfussy chug and even a few flashes of wry humor. Standout tracks like "Bebring" and "Casual Sax" break the minimal mold by giving us some good ol' funk.
Also yummy: the recently released An-ten-nae Presents Acid Crunk Vol 2 (Muti) acts as a superb compendium of the still intriguing if increasingly in-jokey glitch hop sound. The mysterious An-ten-nae splits his time between L.A. and the Bay, spinning and promoting up a storm, and here he's gathered a whirl of big names like Marty Party and ill.gates to follow up his first EP. Many seem on their best behavior, but tracks like Akira Kiteshi's "Ulysses" and Robot Koch's "Hard to Find" are more than just wobbly punchlines.
OK, my bottomless stocking's full — let's go find a party.
CHRISTMAS DAY COSTUME CALAMITY
At first I was going to write "Just try saying 'Christmas Day Costume Calamity' real fast three times," but then I tried it and I could! Yay! The medication still works. A whole bunch of party kids staying in town for the holiday — Richie Panic, Kirin Rider, Willie Maze, Similak Chyld, more — are taking that whole Nightmare Before Christmas mashup seriously and throwing another Halloween for Noel. (Noelloween?) You don't have to dress as Santa, just dress as something and rock out.
Dec 25, 10 p.m.–4 a.m., free. Som, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com
Direct from the past but wholly of the knees-deep-in-disco-revival present — and looking amazing, might I add — Steve Fabus, one of the city's most admired DJs from some of San Francisco's most storied clubs (including the Trocadero Transfer) joins the younger generation of groove-heads at the very fun Go Bang!
Sat/26, 9 p.m.–late, $5. Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF. www.decosf.com
FLOW THE FUNK
Vinyl. It is back. And not just in that fetishy backlash way where some people just hate everything new so they pretend nothing after 1995 happened. Avant-techno musicians like the Durian Brothers are wringing crazy textures from "prepared" turntables, much like composer John Cage did from prepared pianos in the 1940s. Underground dance music artists have released a flood of colored-vinyl rarities to increase their PR potential. And, on the more fun side of things, all-vinyl nights have taken off at such DJ-nurturing places as Triple Crown. Appropriate, then, that DJ M3, Triple Crown's commander-in-chief, would be pulling out an all-vinyl marathon session from his bag of tricks at the new flapper-styley Eve. Five hours, no digital, all free.
Sat/26, 9 p.m., free. Eve, 575 Howard, SF. www.eveloungesf.com