Peanut Butter Wolf and DaM-FunK with an all 45s set at the Works

If you haven’t been under a large stone on the Aleutian Islands for the last two decades, or if you’ve lived in or near the Bay area or in California for the same amount of time then you know who Peanut Butter Wolf is. He is Chris Manak, a son of San Jose, who has been a mainstay in hip-hop since the early ’90s when joints like “Run The Line” — on his own Stonesthrow label — defined the sound of undergound Bay Area rap and laid the groundwork for the explosion of hip-hop culture that gripped San Francisco in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

In fact, to me, PBW bookended the close of the glorious ’90s and the beginning of the horrible Bush era. I saw him dj at The Top in the lower Haight on the night of September 10th 2001, the night before it all went pear-shaped (as they say in the UK). He was dropping disco cuts, hip-hop jams and at one point in his set as he was playing “Good Times” by Chic, he mixed the Smiths’ “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” flawlessly over the Chic track’s delicious disco break, creating the most perfect and succinct commentary on what was lost and what was to come. Little did we know what was looming the next morning.

Regardless, we truck on. And on the night of February 26th Noise Pop presents Peanut Butter Wolf and prolific Stonesthrow labelmate, DâM-FunK playing sets comprised solely of 45s. In an era of instant djs using the contents of someone else’s hard-drive this should separate the men from the boys and prove to be a night of top-notch fun and funk. How could you say no to two of Cali’s finest. You can’t, so don’t sleep.