Ten of San Francisco's hottest underground DJs tell us where
they're at, what they love, and what they're looking forward
to this spring and beyond.
By Marke B
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the Bay Guardian
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Bus Station John
What's he like?
Where Giorgio Moroder Street meets Klaus Nomi Avenue, just
past the entrance to Afrika Bambaataa Freeway, there lives
the vinyl purist Bus Station John. He's usually wearing a
fur coat, a porkpie hat, and a skinny tie, but you'll know
it's him for sure if a sudden wave of Casiotones grabs you
by the moon boots and shakes you all the way down. His grooves
are rarer than rare (he won't play a track if he thinks you
can buy it), and his sound combines yellow brick road-era
gay bathhouse classics and early New York downtown-scene electro
with disco tracks from Pluto (or a storage space in Berlin)
– and right now he's hot with three ts. "I'm taking
the people who know down memory lane and introducing retro-homo
music to a younger generation," he says.
Where's he at?
* Tubesteak Connection,
Thursdays at Aunt Charlie's Lounge 133 Turk, S.F. (415) 441-2922,
* The Rod, second Saturdays
at Underground S.F. 424 Haight, S.F. (415) 864-7386, www.undergroundsf.com.
Note: this information has been updated.
What's he love?
"Shall I be frank? How about 'nowhere'? The contemporary
gay nightlife scene has become hideously enervating. You know
things suck when even free booze doesn't help. I can only
hope my music offers some blessed relief from the din of the
modern mainstream. That said, I do enjoy the Eagle Tavern
beer bust on Sunday afternoons, as well as weekend nights
with the incomparable Hot Boxxx Girls at Aunt Charlie's. Otherwise,
I've retreated to the past, where I dwell happily with my
pre-AIDS, pre-crack, pre-MTV, pre-PNP vinyl collection. Greetings
from 1981! Visitors are welcome."
What's he looking forward to?
"I'll be taking up club hostess Juanita More's slack
on select Sundays at the new Cafe Flor this spring and spinning
at her big do on Gay Pride Day. I'll also be doing a benefit
for Creativity Explored on April 28 at 111 Minna and some
upcoming gigs in L.A. and New York. I'm devoting a lot of
thought to how I can help the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender people of Jamaica in the near future – it's
really bad for them right now."