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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Top Six Parties This Weekend, at 222 Hyde, BeatBox, Elbo Room, and More

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Tiger & Woods are not exactly the most photogenic DJ duo.
  • Tiger & Woods are not exactly the most photogenic DJ duo.

With everyone gone off to Burning Man, I almost feel like I'm writing this preamble for the benefit of some rag-tag group of post-apocalyptic survivors. You know the drill: "If you're reading this message, then chances are you made it to the fallout shelter. Since you may be consumed by a tribe of radiation-deranged surface dwellers, we've left you with a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew, 30 cases of C-rations, and some re-runs of The Cosby Show on VHS." Well, maybe it's not that bad. Definitely not that bad. Actually, it's pretty good. So good, in fact, that we've decided to rank this list of ours so as to better appeal to your basic desire for structure and hierarchy. Wait, what? Read on -- your weekend awaits.

6. Blasthaus presents The Field @ Mighty

Friday, Aug. 31, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Look back on the collected discography of Axel Willner (aka The Field) and you'll find a slow moving arc of lush and almost inhabitable soundscapes. His three studio albums have so far managed to pull together aspects of minimal techno, shoegaze, and ambient music to create a sound that's both relaxing and emotionally intense at the same time. Listen to "Night," "Looping State of Mind", and "Kappsta". Now, Willner is headed to Mighty this Friday to perform his material live with a full band in tow. DJ support comes by way of Portable Sunsets, who you can get a feel for by way of this website full of mixes.

5. Dub Mission's 16th Anniversary @ Elbo Room

Sunday, Sept. 2, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

What to say about Dub Mission beyond the fact that it's one of the city's oldest still-going parties? Well, for one thing, in this case, age certainly doesn't translate to a loss in taste. In its long existence, Dub Mission has been a tireless promoter of all things sweet, smokey, and dub-related. This Sunday marks a continuation of that tradition, as Dub Mission eases into year 16 to the slow-moving fanfare of flying cymbals and brain-massaging bass tones. Resident DJs Sep, Ludachris, and Vinnie Esparza will keep the reggae crowd jumping -- as they do every Sunday -- with a dancefloor-ready combo of favorites and obscurities. And, to make 16 a good year, the party's bringing down Seattle-based toaster Mista Chatman to get "lively pon di mic throughout the evening." Sounds pretty good to us.

4. #Trustme @ Amnesia

Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

What do you know? It's an all-new party with some familiar faces. Though it's not exactly set up for dance music, Amnesia has long acted as a haven for Mission-based fans of four-on-the-floor rhythms. With a nice lineage behind it, #Trustme follows in the tradition of similarly minded parties at Amnesia like 2 Men Will Move You, OK Hole, and I Can't Feel My Face (well, back before it moved, anyway). It's a pretty simple but effective setup with no big name guests. That's not the focus; instead it's all about the music and vibe, with three local DJs that know what they're doing: Primo from 2 Men Will Move You, Nonamoan from the Body Current crew (check out the Strictly4TheeDancers5amMixxx), and producer/epically dexterous DJ Mega_Lo (check out "Disco Extacy"). As it says on the party's Facebook event page, "It's gonna be a BLAST!!! TRUST ME."

3. Odyssey @ Public Works

Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.

People who stay out all night dancing tend to use terms like "odyssey" and "journey" when referring to their experiences. Yeah, sure, a lot of that stuff is hyperbole, but sometimes it's the only way to describe what's going on. And, in the case of Robin Simmons' Odyssey parties, it's entirely warranted. Long an underground thing with a cult following, Simmons is now in the process of moving out from the shadows and into a more accessible location. For this, its inaugural above-ground event, Odyssey is taking over the main room at Public Works with a crew of familiar faces. As always, the soundtrack will veer towards the house and disco side of things, with selections by P.Play, Stanley Frank, Doc Sleep, Sergio Fedasz, and even Simmons himself. Also, Donovan Drummond will be on hand to provide old-school psychedelic visual accompaniment with his trippy LightsOut Lightshow. Oh yeah, and if you get hungry, we hear there'll be someone slinging some gourmet paninis onsite.

2. As You Like It presents Tiger & Woods and Lovefingers @ BeatBox

Friday, Aug. 31, 10 p.m. - 4 a.m

Disco heads are in for a dose of euphoria this Friday at As You Like It's latest offering. This week's edition is a special celebration -- a birthday event for co-founder Jeremy Linden -- that will feature some of the party's favorite previous guests. Headlining the night is Tiger & Woods, the shadowy golf-flavored disco re-edit duo that lit up dancefloors last year with its loopy debut LP Through the Green. Listen to "Gin Nation" and read our write-up of the outfit's floor-shaking debut appearance in S.F. last year. Also on the bill is DJ Lovefingers, the musical curator behind the phenomenal -- but sadly, copyright-neutered --Lovefingers.org, ESP Institute label, and Black Disco parties in LA. As a DJ he doesn't stray away from the weird; in fact, he revels in it, with an eclectic style straight out of the Balearic/disco-not-disco/cosmic leftfield. Check out this mix he recently recorded at Aoyama Tunnel in Tokyo.

1. Lights Down Low presents Body High @ 222 Hyde

Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

"The Ritual is Complete. All the crystals are charged. We laid down upon the alter [sic] and entered the Astral Plane allowing the spirit of...." Er, I'll just stop quoting right there and let you click on over to the event's Facebook page for the full boilerplate. But don't let the New Age terminology turn you off -- this one's a must-do event for dancers and club kids addicted to the shuffling sound of "bass" music. The L.A.-based Body High label/collective is made up of some of the genre's most dedicated practitioners, with an overall style that stays skipping while weaving in a subtler vein of old-school club cool. If that sounds intriguing, then this party ought to offer a near-full spectrum of the label's direction, with sets by DJ Dodger Stadium (aka label heads Jerome Potter and Samo Sound Boy), LOL Boys (rising stars in American dance music; check out "Changes Ft. Heart Streets"), and Floyd Campbell (listen to "Multipass" and "Taped"). Support, as always, comes from the full roster of LDL residents.

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