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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Weekend Party Preview: Sasha, Richie Hawtin, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Kassem Mosse, and More

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Sasha's into jesus poses. - CHOUCRI BECHIR
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Hope you've got a thing for big names, because this week is dominated by them. But then again, who could complain? Starting this evening, there's a procession of serious talent, with appearances by superstar DJs, techno messiahs, young turk bass heads, and plenty of other buzzy types. Sound expensive? Not to worry, there's even some fun lined up for all you cheapskates. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

Thursday, June 7

What: Base Presents Sasha

Where: Vessel

When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: "Sasha Mania: The First DJ Pin-up?" read the headline of Mixmag's December 1991 issue. Since that early date, this bombastic Welshman has managed to maintain a status as one of the world's most enduring DJ superstars. A part of that is due to Sasha's omnivorous taste in music: listen to his sets and you'll hear cutting-edge garage, jazzy house, and even some muscular techno. Get a feel for what Sasha's been up to lately with this excellent mix recorded live at Berlin's Panorama Bar in 2011. He normally plays at clubs like Ruby Skye, so his arrival at Vessel provides a rare opportunity to catch a big room legend in a more intimate setting.

Friday, June 8

What: Blasthaus presents Richie Hawtin

Where: Mezzanine

When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Why: Richie Hawtin is inarguably one of the biggest figures in techno. Originally based out of the Canadian city of Windsor, he soaked up the futuristic sounds bubbling up out of neighboring Detroit and took up production. Back then he went by the name of Plastikman, and his tracks -- like 1993's "Spastik" -- would produce an obsessive fan base that's stayed with him to this day. Lately, Hawtin has set down roots in Berlin, a place he uses as a home base for his many global tours. Always at the forefront of the technology game, he's become an advocate for the new frontier of possibilities in digital DJing. Watch this mix he recorded on Boiler Room for an hour-long snapshot of what he's like live.

What: As You Like It presents Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Kassem Mosse

Where: Beatbox

When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Why: Last month, As You Like It was awarded the coveted "Best Promoter" award in SF Weekly's 2012 Best Of issue. If you haven't had a chance to go, this is a perfect opportunity, with a stacked lineup that manages a balance between deep Europeans and local favorites. Following the recent move towards non-DJ performance, this week AYLI is offering three killer live sets. Topping the bill is Kollektiv Turmstrasse, a Hamburg-based duo that makes beautifully minimal techno tracks in the European mold. Listen to "Mondschein Primaten," "Schwindellig" and "Tristesse." Sharing the stage is Kassem Mosse, a Berliner who makes avant-garde techno best understood through sonic excursions like "Untitled (Workshop 12)," "No Peace No Love No Unity," and his Fact mix. Finally, local hero and 100% Silk-affiliate Bobby Browser will round out the evening with a set of his acid-tinged cuts like "Smooth Cruise" and "Always Many."

What: Push the Feeling presents Yalls

Where: Underground SF

When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: Amidst a backdrop of expensive parties, it's always good to have a cheaper option. Push The Feeling is a regular party at Underground SF that spotlights new talent while offering an evening's worth of entertainment for the low price of free (with RSVP). This month it's bringing out East Bay producer Yalls to headline the event with a set of indie-infused electronic music. Check out "Germs" and "How Much We Have Lost" to get a feel for the vibe. Also on the bill is Lost in the Night photographer Avalon Emerson (full disclosure, my girlfriend), who'll be DJing a set of tracks along the lines of "Horoscope" and "Church of Soma."

Saturday, June 9

What: Tormenta Tropical vs. Body High SF

Where: Elbo Room

When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: It's been a while since we've put anything about Tormenta Tropical in print. This month the staple returns with a collaborative (or competitive) evening spent with the Body High crew from L.A. A tastemaker label with bass-music leanings, Body High has been behind some of the most innovative American contributions to the mostly UK-dominated subgenre. In this appearance, it's represented by DJ Dodger Stadium, the DJ "super group" that's comprised of Samo Sound Boy and Jerome Potter of LOL Boys. Check out Body High's FADER mix for a better preview of how the evening might turn out.

What: No Way Back w/ Mark E Quark, Conor, Solar

Where: 222 Hyde

When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Why: Recently, No Way Back has become something of a roving party, with big events held at Monarch and Public Works. While the party has moved on to larger venues, there will always be a charm to those nights it throws in 222 Hyde's intimate basement. This Saturday will see one of those evenings, as the Tenderloin venue will be taken over by the No Way Back crew to host a rare DJ set by Mark E Quark. An integral player in San Francisco's storied '90s rave scene, Quark moved here in '96 and quickly found himself playing spots at The Gathering, Sunset, and Stompy. Listen to this mix recorded in 1997 at a By The People Party to hear where he's coming from. As always, No Way Back residents Conor and Solar will lend support with vinyl sets drenched in acid, italo, and classics.


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