SUPER EGO My unholy trinity of nightlife bibles: Deck Hebdige's essential Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Zeshu Takamura's gorgeously illustrated Roots of Street Style, and — along with anything by Brit crit Simon Reynolds — the surprisingly poetic history of disc jockeying, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton.
2007's Last Night just got a nice paperback reissue (revised and updated to fit our re-edit times) from Grove Press, the discovery of which occasioned a skip through some other recent, great-looking books on music and nightlife. For vinyl-lovers, scrumptious coffee table tome Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Elion Paz offers portraits of flat plastic obsessives, while Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich gets really deep (as in, she goes scuba-diving looking for 78s) about antiquated slabs.
For those on the button-pushing side, Playing with Something That Runs: Technology, Improvisation, and Composition in DJ and Laptop Performance by Mark J. Butler goes full bore into analyzing what really goes on up there behind the glowing apple. Another nightlife bible, 1994's Street Style — anthropologist-photographer Ted Polhemus's survey of 40 years of subcultural expression — recently got a nice reissue. And, timely with all the Bay Area peeps still heading there, editor Geoff Stahl's Poor But Sexy: Reflections on Berlin Scenes looks at everything from that burg's burgeoning Turkish gay underground to its kooky, folky Russendisko movement. The more you know!
BENEFIT FOR IAVA
Celebrated local dirtybirdie basshead Justin Martin headlines, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza joins in (with Shiny Objects and Disco Knights) for this benefit for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America advocacy group. Healing through music, friends.
Thu/7, 9pm-3am, $15. Monarch, 101 Sixth St, SF. www.monarchsf.com
BEATS. BALLS. BOYS.
Gay-friendly rugby champions SF Fog are raising funds to go to the big Bingham Cup in Australia. How? Sexily, of course! With DJs Jason Kendig and Robert Jeffrey, photos by Shot in the City, and a bunch of hulking, sweaty mens.
Fri/8, 10pm, $10-$15. Beatbox, 314 11th St, SF. Facebook invite
BEATS FOR PEACE
This benefit, drawing together a huge number of young Bay rave players, is raising money to help out techno DJ Trevor Mills, who suffered a spinal stroke in May — and it's dedicated to the memory of bass DJ Foobz, who passed away in his sleep last month.
Fri/8, 9pm-4am, $15–$20. F8, 1192 Folsom, SF. www.feightsf.com