Rad new record store RS94109 cues up the TL. Plus: Maya Jane Coles, Sapphire Slows, Dance Party Boys, Lyfe, I-Beam tribute, more nightlife
SUPER EGO A dream, a mirage, a miracle, or what? Am I not down off that pill? Deep in the Tenderloin, right where White Walls Gallery used to be... suddenly, there's a full-on dance music record store, brimming with hundreds of vinyl gems. Pristine classics from Westbam, Frankie Bones, Masters at Work, and Jeff Mills up through smoking-off-the-press releases from L.I.E.S, Laether Strip, Delroy Edwards, even black metal act Raspberry Bulbs, because why the hell not — nothing's real, right?
Oh, it's real. It's RS94109 (835 Larkin, SF. www.facebook.com/RS94109onlarkin), a decks-head fantasy run by super-sweet, early 20-something, East Bay-raised Afghani twin brothers Sohrab and Askander Harooni along with Oliver a.k.a. Vereker, whose noisy techno sets are making big club waves. All make their own tunes, and the store draws genuine inspiration from barebones, rough-and-tumble urban spots like Berlin's recordloft, where Sohrab worked, and the fabled Submerge in Detroit, where they scored a lot of their records. In fact, RS94109 instantly put me back at the Detroit stores I grew up in, Record Time and Buy Rite.
"The digital age has lost a lot of its excitement," Sohrab, who scoured the world buying collections for RS94109, told me. "We're taking it back to local and hands-on, with a serious commitment to the neighborhood and the local scene" in the form of in-store events, co-presented parties, and more.
(Pro-tip: Go on a Sunday afternoon and hit up the Gangway bar next door for five-dollar Bloody Marys, crockpots of chicken adobo, and quite possibly a transgender beauty in a floor-length purple gown up on a bar stool lipsyncing "I'm Every Woman.")
Along with the new Vinyl Dreams in Lower Haight and the new Rasputin in Upper Haight, the vinyl rebirth is gaining real momentum. Drop the needle and pinch me.
DANCE PARTY BOYS
OK, despite the name this isn't a dance party, but let's freak out! Gayish punk-metal outfit Dance Party Boys (which includes several members of the nightlife scene, including former Pansy Division back-up dancer Xavier Breff) hit the 924 Gilman stage with Brave Ulysses, Black Bones, and NslashA for some good ol-fashioned moshing.
Fri/1, doors 7pm, show 8pm, $10, all ages. 924 Gilman, Berk. www.924gilman.org
MAYA JANE COLES
Young UK decks wiz takes over the As You Like It crew's "Freaky Friday" party with absolutely fantastic Romanian techno player Cosmin TRG. Plus, in keeping with the latest retro craze, the loft at Public Works will be converted into a classic chill out room with Cubik and Origami. Nice.
Fri/1, 9pm-4am, $20 advance. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
Excellent Tokyo deep–tech dreamer melts live, sensuous, echoing vibes over the monthly Haceteria party. Also: an invasion by LA's 100% Silk label, with Magic Touch (he's so good), Bobby Browser, and Roche.
Fri/1, 10pm, $8. Balancoire, 2565 Mission, SF. www.facebook.com/haceteria
Acid house all day, all night — it's all right. This deep, dark, glowing smiley face night features Wicked kids Markie and Jeno and a special appearance by that classic wiggy house cult, Dubtribe, playing live. Squelchy!
Sat/2, 10pm-5am, $10. f8, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.feightsf.com