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Bay Area hip hop stands proud with San Quinn 

Wednesday, May 31 2006
Those seeking to sum up the curious sonics elicited by German Jan Jelinek need only look to the title of his breakthrough album, 2001's Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records. While still grounded in the austere glitches and crackles of contemporaries like Pole, Thomas Brinkmann, and the Mille Plateux roster, Jelinek roots for the woozy and snug areas between the 0s and 1s. Usually he finds them on obscure jazz and soul records (the latter bubbling up on 2003's La Nouvelle Pauvreté), where they get diced in his devices to reveal new subtleties and nuances. For his most recent release, Kosmischer Pitch, Jelinek sounds like he's on a mushroom hunt in the Black Forest, his components getting mossy, dewy, and web-woven. Not one to be cloistered within his computer, Jelinek re-creates his music well in a live setting, improvising not just with the Triosk trio but tonight with multi-instrumentalist Andrew Pekler and drummer Hanno Leichmann. They perform on Thursday, June 1, at BOCA at 10 p.m. Admission is $8-$10; call 756-8890 or visit for more info. — Andy Beta

Aptly titled new club night "Future Soul" promises a refreshed vibe each month, featuring different live electronica and acoustic acts to kick your butt onto the dance floor. To wit: the Portland-based electronic outfit Surrounded by Ninjas and San Francisco's very own Beatropolis christen this monthly with their unique brands of free-form electronica and down-tempo drum and bass beats, respectively. From there, Future Soul could easily host anything from nerdy laptop battles to, um, exotic tabla/sitar duos to powerhouse vocalists — with a focus on groove-friendly beats rather than esoteric experimentalism. The Soul starts this (and every first) Saturday, June 3, at 10 p.m at Amnesia. Admission is $5; call 970-0012 or visit for more info. — Brock Keeling

Yeah, he was featured on the MTV special My Block: The Bay, and his local hit "Hell Yeah" is still on constant rotation on KMEL and Wild 94.9. But San Francisco vet San Quinn still deserves more props for staying in his city and representing it proudly throughout his almost 15-year career. His most recent album The Rock could challenge any other in national rotation; it's a multilayered concept containing club bangers and introspective tales of the aftermath of street bloodbaths. Passionate about this city's socioeconomic disparities, all San Quinn needs is a louder megaphone to help spread his message. A diverse hip-hop bill that also includes fellow Bay Area rapper Tech N9ne (a politically aware dynamo himself) awaits at a venue more typically known for its headbanging shows on Sunday, June 4, at the Pound at 8 p.m. Admission is $30; call 826-5009 or visit for more info.— Tamara Palmer


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