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Slow burn
By Amanda Nowinski

THE BAY GUARDIAN is now issuing official sick notes to professional and/or attractive party people. So if next Friday is another beautiful, sunny day, call in sick, sit naked on your roof, smoke as much pot as your lungs can handle, and don't worry about a thing – we here at pinko-commie-leftie headquarters have your back (don't you feel safe?). At four, take a two-hour disco nap and don't leave your house until you've burned at least three sticks of Nag Champa and a whole wad of sage – to chase away the last of the evil spirits still dwelling in your closet. By sunset you will be psychically prepared to catch Fila Brazillia, the sun-kissed, warmly psychedelic duo from Hull, England, who, according to rumor, stirred audiences into fits of happy hysteria last week at the Knitting Factory in New York.

Fila – Dave McSherry and Steve Cobby – are here to promote the release of Jump Leads (23), their eighth album since they formed 10 years ago. Fila take listeners on a detour from their previous downtempo and chill-out styles, picking up the beat in places with playful, electronic funk, jazz-rock fusion jams, and space-age R&B. They maintain their trademark stoned, parallel-universe sound throughout, though, adding those good old ambient touches whenever they're needed.

Later that night swoop over to Townsend for some after-hours house action at Come-Unity, which Chicago's Gene Farris headlines. Part of the second generation of Chicago house producers and DJs, Farris struck out on the scene in the mid '90s with his disco-inflected, hard-jacking house work on labels such as Force Inc., Relief, Casual, and his own label, Farris Wheel. Should be interesting to catch him alongside Come-Unity stalwarts Jenö, Tony, and Simon.

BeatDown is back for its fifth spring-and-summer rotation at Jupiter in Berkeley. Resident DJs Delon, Yamu, Add1, and Tequila Willie wind up with downtempo and ambient, pick up with breaks and jungle, and then end the night with house.

Fila Brazillia. Fri/5, 9 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, S.F. $15. (415) 474-0365.

Come-Unity. Fri/5 (with Gene Farris), 10:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m., Club Townsend, 177 Townsend, S.F. $15. (415) 974-6020. www.come-unity.com.

BeatDown. Thursdays, 8-11 p.m., Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck, Berk. Free. (510) THE-ROCK, www.thebeatdownsound.com.

Nice Collective. The S.F. design label hosts a sample sale, with DJs and a photo exhibit, Sun/7, noon-6 p.m., SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, S.F. Call for price. (415) 668-4633, www.nicecollective.com.

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