We're now a week on from Paris Hilton's DJ debut and Deadmau5's flame-baiting blog post. Thankfully, the world hasn't collapsed, and it seems as though both events have prompted some serious discussion about the place of the DJ in contemporary society. For those of you interested in such things, we recommend you read Philip Sherburne's roundup of the key pieces (with some mixes thrown in for good measure). We can't promise with 100% certainty that the following parties will live up to the potential highs of DJ culture, but we can at least say that they'll get pretty close. Read on--your weekend awaits.
Friday, July 6
When: 10pm - 2am
Why: Taking its name from The Normal's post-punky JG Ballard-influenced dance cut, Warm Leatherette has long been a staple for those interested in the darker side of nightlife. Venture out to its monthly residency at Sub/Mission (an appropriately grimey crust punk venue), and you'll be greeted by an obscure soundtrack of synthesizer-based music from the '70s and '80s. Now, for its third anniversary, the party will host live sets by nouveau industrial practitioners The KVB and Deathday. As always, DJs Nihar, Justin, Jason P, and Riegler will be on hand to make sure things get gloomy enough to whip out that pack of illegally imported clove cigarettes. Read our comprehensive review of last month's party for a better idea of how this one'll play out.
Where: Public Works
When: 10pm - 4am
Why: Within the world of underground dance music, few labels have risen to dominance as fast as Hot Creations and Visionquest. Both emblematic of a new school fusion of house and techno, they represent a way forward into a future of drugged-out vocals, crisp percussion, and sneaker-massaging basslines. Though the sound is well represented in San Francisco, this Friday's party with Danny Daze (Hot Creations) and Lee Curtiss (Visionquest) offers an opportunity to see two up-and-coming artists at the peak of their game. Tracks like Daze's "Your Everything" and Curtiss' "Freak On" show off the infectious, near-pop sensibility that's made this style so popular. Check out this review of Danny Daze's previous visit to Public Worksand this mix Lee Curtiss recorded last last year.
Saturday, July 7
What: Hard French
Where: El Rio
When: 2pm - 8pm
Why: At this point in time, Hard French might as well be a local institution. Now into its third season, the Motown-heavy queer day party presents itself as a viable alternative to the usual Saturday hangover damage control. Head down to the El Rio and you'll be able to catch six hours of "hard dancing and hard cruising" curated by the twin force of DJs Carnita and Amy Brown. Within that time frame there'll be a free BBQ, an hour dedicated to $1 beers, "jiggalicious dance babes," and even a photo booth. And, because it's a day party, you can start off here and still have plenty of time to enjoy the evening. This video does a pretty good job of summing up the overall experience.
What: Gene Hunt
When: 10pm - 4am
Why: Every weekend needs its all-night sweatbox, and Monarch is finally prepared to fill that role. The club recently announced that it's received its late-night license and can now keep the music going (on its award winning soundsystem) until 4am. That's good news, because this Saturday will see the basement dance floor in the capable hands of Gene Hunt. A card carrying member of Chicago's old-school, Hunt has been behind some of the Windy City's rawest house cuts with a list of associations that includes both Trax Records and Ron Hardy. Listen to "Living in a Land", "Twilight People," "Body Heat," and this recent mix, to get a feel for where he's coming from.