Serious nightlife shit going down. plus: Nightlight Music, Tormenta Tropical, and Tiefschwarz
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SUPER EGO Gurl, my phones have been ringing themselves right out of my brand-new Safeway paper bag purse. The pink one, the silver one, the little lavender one I usually keep tucked in my Dita Von Teese fringed mesh teddy they're all off the hook, jingling like sequins in daylight. Bitches are chatty scandal for the holidays, how novel and you know I'd rather gag on Josh Groban or jack off to the L.L. Bean winter catalogue than keep the gossip from you.
Besides the dish that a certain local magazine is paying clubs to have its "personalities" staff the door at parties (drag queens as product placement I love it) and the rumors flying around that many long-running weekly parties are shutting down (congratulations, Miss Trannyshack 2007 Pollo Del Mar!), there's some serious nightlife shit going down. The "not in my backyard" whiners of our gloriously gentrifying city are squawking up a storm, and the San Francisco Police Department and the Board of Supes might actually be listening.
After-hours clubs and restaurants are feeling the heat (North Beach barhoppers may have to do without their postparty slices of pizza soon, and possibly any new bars as well), some up-and-coming neighborhoods may be zoned to exclude any nightlife or "adult" establishments, and I'm even hearing that new bars with liquor license transfers are being pressured to shout "Last call!" at midnight. Say quoi???
On top of all that, violence. Several bars have been brazenly robbed of late, and most clubs are rightly reminding their patrons to stay aware of their turbulent surroundings. Yet nothing can stop the dance floor love. Be careful out there, don't mix up your mace and your mascara, and check out some great parties before we're all forced to boogie softly in our bedrooms.
Folks I know and trust have been living for Love It! Wednesdays at Icon Ultra Lounge lately. And given the DJ lineups that often include some of my new faves like No Battles, the dirtybird boys, and way-too-cute Tee Cardaci, I can hardly deny them their bliss. I'll even be partaking gladly of it Dec. 5, when San Francisco's very own tidal wave of techno, DJ Alland Byallo, washes over the dance floor to showcase his new label, Nightlight Music. Joining him will be Berlin-via-Detroit techno nomad (technomad?) Lee Curtis, whose live set of tweaky synths, sticky bass, and lo-fi disarray will surely rock the fuzzy Kangols off the crowd. Also glowing lively: a tag team liveversus-DJ set by Nightlight stablemates Jason Short and Clint Stewart. Brutal with the millimeter, kids.
Cumbia electro-hop? Ah si, it's happening. And global-eared local DJs Disco Shawn and oro11, of the new label Bersa Discos, are bringing it straight up. "We both went down to Buenos Aires and discovered this crazy experimental cumbia scene," Disco Shawn recently MySpaced me. "Bedroom producers were mixing the classic Latin American sound with electro, hip-hop, dancehall.... We're bringing this music to the other side of the equator, to unleash it on gringo nightlife." Feel the tap-tap-typhoon of the Bersa Discos boys' awesome cumbiaton discoveries at their new monthly, Tormenta Tropical, Dec. 7 at Club Six, as well as other synced-up styles of electro Sudamericano, baile funk, and live spazzy hip-hop from the mind-blowing Official Tourist.
Surely one of the best video mashups in the cyberverse is "Tiefschwarz Is Burning" on YouTube, wherein some enterprising goofball laid UK electropop sweetness Chikinki's "Assassinator 13 (Ruede Hegelstein Remix)" over scenes from Paris Is Burning. The hypnotic minimal techno tune, which turns out, oddly, to be the perfect soundtrack for voguing '80s downtown queens RIP Willie, Anji, Pepper, Venus was taken from Teutonic duo Tiefschwarz's Essential Mix for BBC's Radio 1, and before this explanation gets any more complicated, just look it up and fall into a Yubehole about it, already. Better yet, check out Tiefschwarz live (they're hot, they're brothers why not?), courtesy of Blasthaus at Mighty on Dec. 15. German techno soul isn't, amazingly, oxymoronic.
NIGHTLIGHT MUSIC SHOWCASE AT LOVE IT! WEDNESDAYS
Wed/5, 9 p.m.2 a.m., $5
Icon Ultra Lounge
1192 Folsom, SF
Fri/7, 9 p.m.2 a.m., $5
Dark Room, Club Six
60 Sixth St., SF
Dec. 15, 9 p.m.2 a.m., $20
119 Utah, SF