Happy New Year! Hopefully your Monday night festivities were as fun as ours were. But just in case they weren't, you'll have ample opportunity to make up for lost time and start 2013 on a high note. Yes, things are a little mellower than usual, but that doesn't mean there aren't some serious party opportunities. Get your brain back in gear and take a glance at this list. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, Jan. 4, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
The recent closure of Deco Bar has caused a stir in local nightlife. One party affected is Haçeteria, the long-running retro rave that's played a major role as a live space for an emerging scene of avant-garde dance music producers. No longer at its old haunt, the party found a new home at Slate -- the club formerly known as Som -- and luckily not much has changed. This month it welcomes The Antacid Crew, a duo from with a taste for rogue warehouse parties, acid house, and archaic electronic instruments. Listen to "Moonbeam Acid," "Chintzy Rinse," and this live jam session for an idea what to expect. As usual, resident DJs Nihar, Smac, Jason P., and Tristes Tropiques will be on hand to keep things ravey until last call.
Friday, Jan. 4, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
The arrival of Public Works in 2010 was one of the best things to happen in San Francisco nightlife. A large venue with a good sound, wood flooring, and ridiculously well-curated bookings, it's become one of the city's major weekend destinations . Yet, while the club is celebrated for its globetrotting guests and extravagent productions, sometimes the talents at work behind it get glossed over. One such person is Peter Blick, a man who wears so many hats his job description is "This and That/Fog Machine Operator...Talent Booking / Promotion / Production /Publicity/DJing and whatever else." As it happens, he's also had a long DJ career that stretches back to the latter half of the 1990s. This Friday, he's set to man the decks in the club's upstairs lounge for a five-hour journey through the music he loves -- with a special emphasis on the techier side of deep house. Get an idea of the direction by listening to this podcast recorded for DISTRIKT a few years ago.
Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
DC10, Amnesia, Space -- these Ibiza mainstays are the kind of places you can expect to find Martin Buttrich. A longtime face on the worldwide scene, he specializes in a clean yet muscular brand of minimal techno best heard on his classic "Full Clip." These days he's known for co-founding, with fellow Germans Loco Dice, Desolat, a forward-thinking techno/tech-house label that was responsible for some of the biggest club cuts of 2012. (To hear what we mean, have a listen to Pirupa's "Party Non Stop"). It's rare that he makes an appearance in San Francisco, but it's rarer still when he performs live at such an intimate venue as Monarch. Get in the mood for madness with his recently recorded "Live @ ADE, Desolat Mixmag DJ Lab."