News Month: March 2012

It’s been a while since any of the LCD/DFA posse have graced the boards at the Works, but this Friday Eug and Bootsy of The Face present Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney on the decks at Public Works. Whang played keyboards and provided backing vocals and Mahoney played drums  in LCD Soundsystem, a band that loomed large over the musical landscape of the 2000s by taking the collision of post-punk, electro, techno, disco and house that started in small clubs in NY to large audiences all over the globe.

The band was on DFA, the label that also gave us The Juan MacLean, The Rapture and Hercules and Love Affair, among many other acts. These acts had many stylistics aspect in common, but another shared quality they had was the ability to rock out on stage and behind the decks with equal zeal. The last DFA posse member who rocked … Read more ›

Joey Negro (or Dave Lee as he’s known to the lady at the dry cleaners around the corner) is coming to rock the living sh…shtuff out of Public Works on Friday, April 20th. Lee was a die-hard disco nut in his native Isle Of Wight in the early to mid-80s. In ’86 a move to London and a job at a record shop gave him the idea to fuse the feel of his beloved disco and boogie records with the modern sound of the hot house and garage tracks coming out of Chicago and New York at the time. By 1988 he had set up his own label, Republic Records, and was licensing tracks from cult stateside imprints like Abigail Adams’ Newark, New Jersey label Movin’  (genuflecting), Fourth Floor and Sleeping Bag.

In 1989 his rework of Exodus’ Paradise Garage classic “Together Forever,” which he renamed “Forever … Read more ›

Or maybe it will go off. Either way it’s gonna rock. Opulent Temple is in the house at the Works and you know what that means? Syd Gris is gonna be bringing the noise and the madness with a line-up that’s beyond awesome. Headlining the show is French techno DJ, Popof, a guy who has been around since back in the ’90s (love that phrase), starting out with the infamous French free-party rave crew, Heretik System. As a prolific producer He has recorded material for a who’s who of techno labels, including, Turbo, Cocoon, A.F.U, Cr2, and Mistakes.

On top of that he has remixed Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Moby, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Tiga and Martin Solveig, among others. And his tracks are  regularly playlisted in the charts of heavy-hitters such as Tiesto, Benny Benassi, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Sven Vath, John Digweed, Tiga, Sasha and Erol Alkan. As a DJ Popof tends … Read more ›

And we can guarantee that. I thought I would put the guarantee part at the start of the post instead of the end, just to throw youz all off. It’s been a while since L & B played here last, and from what I can remember it might have been at the late ’90s/early noughties club that defined excellent house and techno in SF, Staple. I missed the party but I clearly remember people talking about Layo & Bushwacka’s set for a good month after the party. They may have played here since then but that gig really made an impression on the dance music community in SF. This time around we have them at Public Works on Friday, March 16th. Along with other UK ds like Terry Francis and Mr. C, Layo & Bushwacka defined the sound of tech-house in the mid to late ’90s. They were … Read more ›

The Do Lab down in LA know how to throw a dang-good party, as do their friends Pocket Underground. Well, they’ve teamed up once again to deliver a kick-ass shindig at Public Works on Saturday, March 10th. Yessirree, this will be a good one, just look who’s on board. The headliner is John Tejada, the LA-based producer who has been putting out quality music for the body that also tickles the head since way back in the mid-90s. Check his most recent long player, Parabolas, on Kompakt for a lesson in how to craft danceable techno.

Also on the bill are Idiot Savant, a DJ duo comprised of Ron Levy and Jesse Wright. They’ve been on the Pocket Underground team since 2004 and their sound is organic, psychedelic, sexy and completely Kosher…Glatt Kosher, so be prepared.  Next up is Markie B, an SF DJ who was baptized at the Pink … Read more ›