More bounce to the ounce
This one goes to 11:
This Tuesday will be DJ Shaun Slaughter and DJ Roger Carpio’s final Lipstick dance night at Old Ironsides. After 11 years, the two deejays will be hanging up the night’s signature indie-dance and Brit-pop tunes and moving on to other projects—namely, Rough House, the duo’s Friday-night party at TownHouse Lounge in Midtown, plus Roger’s occasional movie night at TownHouse and Slaughter’s moonlighting as producer D.A.M.B. (http://soundcloud.com/damb) in addition to his other gigs, such as Thursday nights at Golden Bear.
In a farewell letter on Facebook, Slaughter reminds that, some 11 years ago, there were but a handful of deejay-dance nights in the city, not the flood of a 100 deejays that exists today. He remembers sitting with Roger waiting in a Carl’s Jr. drive-through in 2000 and deciding to start a dance night where they’d play what they wanted to play, not trendy Top 40, but different stuff, “uplifting” and “timeless” dance tunes, songs that he calls very outside the norm of the pop-dance scene back then. The two started out partnering with a few other deejays, but eventually carried the torch for a decade on their own.
Slaughter says his favorite tracks over the 11 years are the Unicorns “I Was Born (A Unicorn),” Phoenix’s “If I Ever Feel Better” and LCD Soundsystem’s “Yeah.”
The night of the very last Lipstick is this Tuesday, March 1, at Old Ironsides, 1901 10th Street; all night, $5. Slaughter promises a very special band to perform, but will not divulge. He did reveal recently, however, he’ll be returning to Mix Downtown for a forthcoming club night with special guests, not unlike his Bravado night a couple summers back. (Nick Miller)
Not just a couple of hippies:
The 15-track digital album that local beatmakers Hippie Sabotage dropped a couple of weeks ago is definitely good headphone music. I was familiar with the duo, which consists of So Crates and Sour Beats, because of work they’d done with local emcee Mean Doe Green—specifically the track “Blue Ribbon Rap,” which also featured Raekwon, Nicatyne and Planet Asia. But their beat tape, called Vol. 1, is a nice primer of instrumental, retro-inspired, keyboard-drum beats dressed with samples. Such as “Smoke Screen,” which samples Dazed and Confused and sounds like a speakeasy horns-and-drums romp before a circuslike synth gets things crazy.
The beat tape, which also features production by local Chase Moore, can be streamed and downloaded at www.hippiesabotage.com. (N.M.)
I was at once disappointed and surprised when, on Saturday night, I turned a corner and bumped into members of Chk Chk Chk here in Midtown, dressed up like late-’70s funk four-piece Zapp. The occasion was the annual Halloween Show, a tradition going on nearly two-decades strong where local bands dress up and play cover tunes for a night. This year’s theme was the Midwest, and acts included Peggy Lee, Devo, Ike and Tina Turner, the Replacements and the Flaming Lips. If you missed the fun, that’s because it’s an on-the-DL event. But you can still catch Chk Chk Chk, and relatively soon: They play Midtown on April 12, before heading south to Coachella. (N.M.)
Come on, pop the noise:
San Francisco’s annual Noise Pop festival works like this: Venues throughout the city book locals and touring headliners for a six-day celebration of live music. And Sacramentans get in on the act. For instance, Sister Crayon—whose debut album Bellow dropped this week on iTunes and in stores—are playing a sold-out show with Dan Deacon on Wednesday before a more-than-a-consolation-prize gig on Thursday, February 24, with K. Flay at Milk Bar. Former Sacramentan Chelsea Wolfe, who’s forthcoming album will be on Rough Trade Records, plays Cafe Du Nord on Saturday. And Kevin Seconds will be playing with Ted Leo on Thursday, February 24, at Bottom of the Hill. Most shows are sold out already, be warned, but badges go for $150 and get you in to everything. (N.M.)