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Stacey Pullen headlines "The San Francisco-Detroit Connection." "Feather" breathes new life into disco

Wednesday, Aug 17 2005
"Triple Lab Milk" is a funny, not to mention confusing, name for a party, so let's break it down: This is the third night at local club Milk brought to you by New York's choice record store/Web site Turntable Lab (, with cooperation from urban clothiers Triple Five Soul. Representing the Lab will be Andrew Mason, aka Monkone, the shop's record buyer who's also the resident DJ on the long-running hip hop radio program The Underground Railroad, as well as an editor at the super-cool music mags Wax Poetics and Scratch. As his mix CDs for the Lab's Money Studies label demonstrate, Monkone throws down with anything from original reggae rockers and the overlooked sassy ladies of '70s and '80s soul to of-the-moment floor-movers from the electronic and hip hop worlds. He'll be joined by Blu Jemz, Money Studies' in-house producer, and Blu's second cousin, Roger Yamaha (aka Blu Jemz and Roger Yamaha are Second Cousins). These guys don't discriminate against good grooves, and diligently search across genres and moods to find them. Take their funky bumpy on Friday, Aug. 19, at Milk; call 387-6455 or visit for more info. -- Tamara Palmer

If Detroit's holy trinity of techno innovators, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May, had a son, it would be Stacey Pullen . Pullen was mentored by both Saunderson and May, assisting each with original productions in the early '90s, eventually achieving his own success in technophilic capitals such as Belgium and Germany. Today, Pullen crafts music that ranges from abstract electronic jazz to the most unrelenting techno. He prefers to spin three- to four-hour sets, during which he'll most likely be dancing harder than you are. In addition to Pullen, "The San Francisco-Detroit Connection," as it's being billed, hosts DJs Nikola Baytala, Mattski, Lucas Rodenbush, Jenö, and Adnan, and will serve as the CD release celebration for Leathal (aka San Josebased genre-defying DJs Christopher and Paul Leath). It all goes down on Friday, Aug. 19, at Ten 15 Folsom; visit for more info. -- Tamara Palmer

The disco sound has been nearly destroyed by drunken bachelorette parties, a Reagan-era backlash, and, most recently, Homosexual Pride, with its corporate-sponsored floats pumping out awful Gloria Gaynor and Village People classics. But disco consists of much more than gimmicky platform shoes, polyester suits, and doin' the Hustle -- none of which you'll find at the following party. Marcia and Ryan, the inspired team that produced last year's legendary "Rehab" Sunday brunches, return with a summer afternoon series called "Feather" at the Bambuddha Lounge. Don't think of worn-out camp crap like Saturday Night Fever; instead think of the sun-drenched pool-party scene in Boogie Nights. Think of macramé and oversize sunglasses. Think of lounging about. This is a disco party West Coast style, bathed in an amber hue, with a creative yet approachable crowd milling around an indoor-outdoor poolside setting. You won't find a disco inferno blazing here, but you will hear DJs Omar and James Glass playing Italo-disco and electro sounds. Miss Anna Conda also performs when the wine spills this and every third Sunday through Oct. 16; call 885-5088 or visit for more info.-- Brock Keeling

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