SUPER EGO Holy star charts, I can hardly keep up with the recent explosion of creativity at the clubs lately. Did someone pop an artsy cork at New Year's and squirt sublimity all over S.F.? The wild, weird combinations bubbling up from the underground spell effort and I love it. Wet your brushes, grab a sequined smock, and we'll canvass the week.
SUPER EGO The Bay Area nightlife community is pulling out all the stops (and the big guns) to aid the victims of that horrifying earthquake in Haiti this week. There already have been some stellar benefits at Afrolicious, Element, Levende East, and others — and even our local stars of comedy came together at Deco last week to lend support. Below are some more huge efforts, as our club kids continue to spread the love and funds.
SUPER EGO Is Party Effects the sickest crew of self-proclaimed "East Bay acid thugz" ever to drive-by diss you from a doorless Grand Marquis? Will its latest online download Party Effects Compilation reset the clock on electro, looping it back to its dirty 808 roots? Is the Party Effects aesthetic — a jiggly cube of proto-gangsta CorelDraw marketing schemes from Planet Animated Gif — the best look for 2010?Read more »
SUPER EGO Some foaming bloviator recently, misspellingly commented on sfgate.com that the Guardian was about nothing more than "the lasest [sic] freaky sex worker or drag queen DJ." Which reminded me — it's been literally and figuratively forever since I featured a drag queen DJ, lasest or no. (I'll save the freaky sex workers for myself, thank ye.) Trollface, this one's for you.Read more »
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!)Read more »
Guardian illustration of DJ AM, Daft Punk, and Steve Aoki by Matt Furie and Aiyana Udesen
DECADE IN MUSIC Good lord. Who can remember all the strobe-lit twists and turns that Bay Area nightlife slid down in the past decade? Even if I wasn't utterly and gloriously hung over from 10 years of being 86ed, it would still be a sweat-drenched, dry-iced, hypnotic blear. That's a lovely thing. Read more »
SUPER EGO Child, there is no better place to digest your Thanksgiving giblets than a leather bar. (For all my non-homo homies and vegan amigos, meet me at the rather hopping Mission Hill Saloon 491 Potrero, SF for some cheap après-pie Chimay. I'll bring the family-recovery Vicodin. Is Vicodin vegan? Anyway.) Hunky and slightly distressed-skin leather queens will actually cruise the holiday fatoff those chunky drumsticks poking through your peek-a-boo chaps with their hungry, hungry, laser-beam eyes. Read more »
SUPER EGO Say what you will about trance: it happened.
In fact, it happened two ways. The first, in all its flaming-poi-twirling, shaman-transcendentalist, goa-gamma-psy-matrix glory, is rooted in underground dance movements of the 1980s, and still provides a few subversive, head-pounding kicks. Read more »