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"Real People" is a breath of fresh air at the Oxygen Bar; Ghostface Killah proves he's Wu Tang's No. One.

Wednesday, Jun 23 2004
It's possible that DJ D:Fuse would have toiled away in relative obscurity had he not been touched by the hand of God -- that is, Paul Oakenfold. From a pool of nearly every mixmaster in the known universe, the legendary trance DJ picked the Texan-born D:Fuse to open for him on his North American tour in 2000-2001, and D:Fuse has been gaining momentum ever since. While regular clubgoers are probably familiar with his remix of U2's "New Year's Day," which circulated around dance floors last year, D:Fuse's excellent 2003 release, People_2: Both Sides of the Picture, showcases both the downtempo and hi-NRG sides of this househead. Not surprisingly, D:Fuse is no stranger to Ten 15 Folsom, where he'll take to the decks on Saturday, June 26, as part of "Release"; for more info, call 674-9208 or go to
-- Charlie Amter

After a slow, blue-balling week at work, Oxygen Bar, Sushi & Sake Lounge -- which, in the past, had featured only gimmicky oxygen inhalants and virgin elixirs for relaxation, in lieu of alcohol's sweet release -- wasn't the most logical place to blow your load. Now, after getting both a much-needed booze license and a makeover, the place is finally making its mark with regularly scheduled DJ nights, notably Sunday's "Real People" event, which features local poet and DJ Jamez showcasing his mellow eclectica (anything from ABC to Lena Horne to Siouxsie & the Banshees to Frank Zappa) to help ward off the melancholia of the week ahead. Drag performer and hostess Ivy Drip also makes an appearance to guide the night's festivities, which begin at 6 p.m. For more info, call 255-2102 or visit
-- Brock Keeling

Whether used to slap-box with Jesus on "Daytona 500," sing his mother's praises on "All That I Got Is You," or issue paeans to his favorite celestial being on "The Sun," Ghostface Killah's strained, throaty voice hints at an unspoken desperation, a creeping paranoia that each line he spits may be his last. Ignoring the rules of what you can and can't say in rap, his songs create a ghetto-surrealist, stream-of-consciousness collage that suggests equal parts Romare Bearden, Jack Kerouac, and Slick Rick. While other members of the Wu-Tang Clan have gradually lost their luster -- trading in their Shaolin swords for sticks of deodorant (Method Man hawks the stuff in TV spots) -- the recently released album Pretty Toney reasserts Ghostface Killah's status as one of hip hop's premier MCs. Expect a high-energy live show when he takes the stage on Tuesday, June 29, at the Fillmore; for info, call 346-6000 or go to
-- Sam Chennault


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