The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Week
Cassy plays Vessel this Thursday.
A small public service announcement to everyone who thought the world would end yesterday: the apocalypse was always scheduled for Dec. 21, not Dec. 12. That said, we've got a little over a week left before the big day, so let's try to have fun, alright? It shouldn't be very hard to do when things are looking as good as they are. Fans of Berlin institution Panorama Bar should take note: There are some can't-miss parties on the way. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
DFA-affiliated New Yorkers Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang are back for their second turn behind the decks at Public Works in 2012. Just like last time, they're headlining Face and bringing their unique, disco-centric sound with them. Both ex-members of the now disbanded LCD Soundsystem, they've since gone on to find success on their own. Whang sings for The Juan Maclean (listen to "Happy House"), and Mahoney DJs with James Murphy as Special Disco Version. For a refresher, check out this SF Weekly interview from the last time they were here. Expectations for this one run high -- as it says on that article's comments section, "THIS WAS THE BEST DJ GIG IN YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHRS." Local support comes by way of Face resident DJ Eug and -- full disclosure -- myself.
The Glasgow party outfit returns to San Francisco for another intense evening at No Way Back. This will mark their third appearance together in San Francisco since their debut in 2011. Legendary in its native U.K., Optimo is the combined product of DJs JD Twitch and JG Wilkes. Together (and seperately) they specialize in a wild jumble of dark-colored styles both past and present that includes things like obscure acid house, weird industrial, and b-side post-punk. Get a feel for what they're all about by listening to this mix and reading this review.
As stated above, this is a week for fans of Berlin's Panorama Bar. Located on the second floor of the world famous Berghain nightclub, it's a space for tasteful house music of all flavors. UK-born, Austria-based DJ Cassy is one of the residents of this modern nightlife institution. She got there because of her unique playing style, which was eloquently summed up by Resident Advisor in a recent piece: "A one-time acting student at a top London conservatory, Cassy thinks about playing records the way a method actor approaches a role, letting herself speak through music rather than let it speak for her." It's a rare occurrence for her to be in San Francisco, and it's rarer still that she'd play at a free party (yes, that's right, RSVP and this one's free). We recommend you get ahold of her Panorama Bar 01 mix, but barring that, listen to this recording of her live at Cocoon Ibiza.