We hope you had a refreshing time working all week, because this weekend's going to be hectic. It almost doesn't seem fair, does it? Just when you thought you had time to relax, the city's summerish winter nights begin calling you with their siren-like promises of good times, good tunes, and other good things. For this week's listing we have two big-budget events, and two others for the more economically minded. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, Feb. 3
Where: Public Works
When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: DJ Hell predates the popular arrival of electroclash by a good five years. If that sounds like a good opening line for you, then you ought to check this out. Sunset is bringing the legendary Munich-based producer for his first San Francisco performance in a long time. A cult favorite, Hell's music is sexual and abrasive in all the right ways. Tracks like "For Your Love" and "Dominatrix" show off just how forward-thinking the producer was in 1997. Of course, that's not all he's famous for. Hell also logged a lot of time in the early '90s producing avant-garde house records for labels like R&S. We could get lost for days in "My Definition of House Music." Head to Public Works on Friday and you'll have the opportunity yourself.
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Martin Buttrich has recently been recognized as one of Berlin techno's leading lights. A longtime face on the worldwide scene, Buttrich was previously known for poppier and lighter projects like the Sugarbabies, Sounds of Life, and his Grammy-nominated remix work for Tori Amos. It wasn't until the mid-'00s that Buttrich gained widespread notoriety in the underground dance scene. Tracks like "Full Clip" on Carl Craig's respectable Planet-E label, "Cloudy Bay" on Poker Flat, and "Crash Test (Hoochie Mama)" all show off his brand of sparse orchestral techno. His most recent achievement came with the founding of the Desolat label with Loco Dice. Buttrich comes to San Francisco to play Club Bad with a literal who's-who of heads from the local scene. Check out this video of Buttrich doing his thing live.
Saturday, Feb. 4
Where: Deco Lounge
When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Why: Readers of this column ought to be familiar with monthly party Haçeteria. The art-damaged dance party famously came to the attention of many when New Order's Peter Hook issued them a cease-and-desist order. That was when they were called Hacienda. Now that they've changed their name, they're back in business slinging late-'80s house and club tracks to a devoted following. This month, the party returns with a live, all-hardware performance by Greg Zifcak under his Breath Control moniker. Known as a member of Eats Tapes and Wav Dwgs (featured in our list of the 10 Best Bay Area Electronic Records of 2011), Haçeteria describes Zifcak as someone that "excels in steering around the unpredictable bend, obscured by the fog and darkness." If you want to know what that means, I suggest you find your dancing shoes. Get hyped on the party by listening to DJ Tristes Tropiques' February Haçeteria Mix.
What: CULT of the Acid House
Where: 222 Hyde
When: 8 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: 222 Hyde had a rough year in 2011. The small club with the city's best DJ rig was cited by the fire marshal and forced into a long remodel. Now the watering hole has re-opened with a brand-new patio area, enlarged dancefloor, and downstairs bar. To commemorate the moment, 222 Hyde is jumping back into gear with a weekend of superior partying. CULT of the Acid House is a party put on by longtime fixtures on the S.F. rave scene Jeno, Andre, and Danja. Expect the music to be beautifully clear courtesy of the club's Turbosound installation and ludicrously expensive Allen & Heath rotary mixer. To add to the appeal, there will be no cover charged all night. Pro tip: get there early (after 8 p.m.) and enjoy a pizza while appreciating the ambiance of Carlos Campos' "All '90s San Francisco Rave Get Together." Still not convinced? Check out Jeno's classic Bang the Drum mixtape.