December's here, and that means things really ought to be winding down in expectation of the approaching holidays. But that doesn't seem to be what's happening. Maybe it's the threat of the approaching Mayan apocalypse, but San Francisco's promoters only seem to be ramping up. Let's go to Corinthians 15:32 in the New American Standard Bible for an appropriate quote: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Saturday, Dec. 8 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
For five years now, Tormenta Tropical has been the main Mission destination for dancers into Latin-tinged global rhythms. Regularly held on the first Saturday of the month, it's played host to a dizzing variety of artists, including Maluca, Toy Selectah, and DJ Rupture. Though stylstically diverse, the party's friendly atmosphere makes it one of the best monthlies in the city. Now, in honor of its fifth anniversary, Tormenta Tropical is going back to its roots for a rare evening with no guest whatsoever. Instead, the night will feature a tag-team set by founders/resident DJs Shawn Reynaldo and Oro11. Check out this review of the party's four year anniversary for an idea of what to expect.
Friday, Dec. 7 10 p.m. 2 a.m.
It's been through quite a few changes over the last couple years, but Underground SF remains the Lower Haight's only real dance club. Lately it feels like there's a good, developing scene of cheap locally oriented parties there. Deep Crates, an event dedicated to the more obessive side of DJ culture, is one such party. The premise is simple: each month, residents and assorted guests show off the furthest reaches of their record collections. While inherently nerdy by nature, in practice this has resulted in some really good parties soundtracked by some pretty far-out dance sounds. This month's guests include the globetrotting Dave Aju, Sweaterfunk resident Guillermo, and Sidecar resident DJ Idiom.
Friday, Dec. 7 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Back in town after a short minute spent in Los Angeles, Lights Down Low is back with yet another major event. This time it's all about ludicrously accomplished, Minneapolis-based producer Matthew Masurka (a.k.a. Gigamesh). In his short career, Masurka has released a blinding rush of remixes, as well as some very high-profile originals. Of these, his most recognized material is the production work on Mike Posner's multiplatinum single "Cooler Than Me." But when it comes to the dancefloor, peoiple really go crazy for Masurka's speciifc brand of breezy, indie-hued dance remixes. Listen to his take on Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" for an idea of where the basement at Monarch might find itself after last call.