SUPER EGO So, there is a hipster church called Reality SF. (Not to be confused with the pretty great, all-singing, some-dancing hipster synagogue, the Kitchen — www.thekitchensf.com. "Slow down, Jew up.") I'm not sure what all goes on there because Jesus is kind of mainstream. But I do know that every Sunday morning when I'm crawling home from whosever's house, there's this amazingly fly and fashion-forwardy crowd of young people on the sidewalk outside Swedish American Music Hall. The hot hair alone had me praising the Holy Spirit. I needed to know more.
Turns out the Reality church dealie — www.realitysf.com, founded in 2010 — comes with indie-flavored music (plus set lists and free downloads), slick videos and podcasts, roving locations, and a charismatic leader named Dave. And, for the month of January, the glamorous congregation is meeting at Everett High School for "slow church" Sundays, including food trucks and a climactic re-baptism using a giant kiddie pool. Paging Portlandia: our SF reality is basically writing your next season. In any case: yes, it's gay-friendly, but it's still a bit conservative, so you probably won't get laid there. However, you may get some great tips for your 2k13 look.
Faith, now with food trucks. Can a super-twee mobile artisan church-truck, possibly called Holy Rollin', be far behind? I'm still waiting for my mobile leather bar/sex club truck, Glory Holellujah.
ALLAND BYALLO VS. DAVE AJU
The effervescent Housepitality weekly pairs two of SF's international techno heavyweights, the now-Berlin-based Byallo and the globe-hopping Aju, for some juicy tag-team table collab. It'll be a little bit wiggy, a lot dancey. With Craig Kuna, Joel Conway, and JP Soul.
Wed/9, $5 before 11pm, $10 after. Icon, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.housepitalitysf.com
H-FOUNDATION AND SLAM
Classic Cali house DJs Hipp-e and Halo, aka H-Foundation, are flying in fresh from Mexico's heated BPM Festival with some major comeback tailwind. They're appearing with premium Glaswegian techno duo Slam, bringing some great '90s energy.
Fri/11, 9:30-3:30am, $15–$20. Public Works, 161 erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Is minimal techno retro yet? Of course, the scintillatingly clean sound (once dubbed "Windex music" by our own Greg Bird of the Kontrol crew) never really went away. But essential minimal label Poker Flat was launched in 1999 (the same year Richie Hawtin dropped seminal Decks, EFX, & 909) — next in line, after a forthcoming drum and bass revival, on our retro creep up the '90s. Poker Flat founder Steve Bug's appearance should be a treat for those who want to revisit the sound -- and see what tech-house-y things Bug's been doing with it.
Fri/11, 10pm-4am, $12-$15. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.blasthaus.com
RJD2 AND PREFUSE 73
One of my musical high points of 2010 was seeing dreamy glitch-hop pioneer Prefuse 73 at Slim's, engaging in a ear-blowing impromptu jam session with a live guitarist and gonzo future bass guru Gas Lamp Killer on drums. As the live opener for beloved Philly trippy-hopper RJD2 (also live), I'm sure more sparks will fly high.
Fri/11, 10pm-3am, $20–$25. 103 Harriet, SF. www.1015.com