As You Like It 4 Year Anniversary with Todd Terje, DJ QU, Maurice Fulton, more
Friday, August 22, Public Works, $30 at the door, 9p.m.- 4a.m.
Todd Terje may not yet be a household name, but that surely will not remain the case for long. Terje is a Norwegian golden child whose modern take on disco is impossible not to love. If you’ve spent any time at all on a dancefloor over the past 2 years, there’s a good chance you’ve lost your head to “Inspector Norse,” his euphoric disco anthem that will likely go down in history as one of the best pieces of dance music ever written. (If you haven’t already heard it, that’s not hyperbole — it’s simply perfect, the kind of tune that makes you glad to be alive.)
This Friday marks the debut of his solo live performance in the US. (He played live in New York last year with fellow disco producer Lindstrøm.) He recently performed with a full band who won’t be coming to the States, but as Terje explains it, that might not be a bad thing: “There’s actually no musicians on stage with me for my solo show, but when we played with the band in Oslo last weekend, I had to choose songs that fit a band. Now that I’m playing completely alone in SF, I’m allowed to choose more ‘techy’ and danceable songs.” Get your dancing shoes ready.
If you’ve been a Terje fan for awhile, you know that he started off making essential edits and remixes of old disco cuts. When I ask him if we can expect any more in the future, he says “it’s doubtful that any edits will come from me in the future. It was exciting many years ago, but the reasons why I did them, to have something unique to play out, are gone.”
No matter — after listening to his new record, appropriately titled “It’s Album Time,” you get the sense that Terje’s career is just beginning. Catch him live while you can so you can say you were there.
And since this is As You Like It’s 4th anniversary, there is loads of other talent on the bill — New Jersey’s DJ QU and Baltimore’s Maurice Fulton headline alongside a bevy of San Francisco’s best local DJs. Advance tickets have sold out for this one, but there will be tickets at the door for those who arrive early.
Hey Young World presents Nick Monaco and Baby Prince
Thursday, August 21, Monarch, $10 presales , 10p.m.-2a.m.
Nick Monaco is a San Francisco native, and this Thursday he’s throwing a release party for his new album, “Mating Call,” on Soul Clap Records. It sounds like a sexy, sultry take on the kind of indie-dance music popularized by DFA in the mid-aughts — imagine if The Rapture had listened to a bit less Gang Of Four and a little more Prince and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. He’s joined by Baby Prince, another compatriot on Soul Clap / Wolf + Lamb, whose sound is slower and funkier, but no less steamy.
[jump] 1015 Folsom and DJ Dials presents Jamie xx / Four Tet
Friday, August 22, 1015 Folsom, $50 at door, 10p.m.-3a.m.
Two of the most hotly tipped musicians-turned-DJs of the past decade are descending upon San Francisco for a three-hour back-to-back DJ set. Jamie xx, best known for his beat-programming duties for indie darlings the xx, has spent the past couple of years breaking out on his own as a house music producer and DJ; Four Tet, once known for his left-field post-rock, is now a house and techno wünderkind. Expect to hear the latest and greatest in British techno, house, and bass music — but get there early if you want to check it out, as presale tickets have sold out, with a limited number to be available at the door.
Living DJ legends are few and far between these days, but Terre Thaemlitz, a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, is one such DJ. Coming up in the 1990s in NYC’s queer ballroom and house scene, her productions — beautiful ambient music as Thaemlitz early in her career, pitch-perfect deep house later on as DJ Sprinkles — are rightfully regarded as some of the best in the business. Behind the decks, Sprinkles lets the groove unfold, taking it slow — it’s not uncommon for her DJ sets to last three hours or more; what you can be sure of is a journey to the depths of house music and beyond. And since this is a Honey Soundsystem production, expect bespoke visuals and stage designs.
Galaxy Radio is a monthly party focusing on the outer-space sounds of cosmic disco, funky electro, italo, and classic house tracks — music from the future as seen through the eyes of the past. This month, they’re joined by veteran local selector Chris Orr, whose knowledge of disco, boogie, and italo (among others) is simply voluminous. Galaxy Radio’s resident DJs will keep the party going until it hits outer space — if you like Egyptian Lover just as much as you like Giorgio Moroder, this party is right up your alley.