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Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:33:39 +0000

 



Wherein cassettes are very big right now.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:01:04 +0000

We have some fancy new furniture in the restaurant! They are "Taybles". I ordered them from a Kickstarter almost a year go, back when Codeword was still open, thinking they'd go well there. But they finally shipped this weekend, because that's how Kickstarters go... They have some features that are nice for a coffee table in your home, but less nice when turning our customers loose on them. The cupholders are removable, so I glued those in and drilled drain holes in the bottom. And the "tape" side of it flips open and has a little storage area inside. At home, you might store your remote control there. In a restaurant, that's where drunks will chuck their leftover pizza to rot. So I had to seal all of those openings. Also I put taller, stronger legs on them. The tape label is a dry-erase surface, but I'm sure it will be unrepairably tagged in no time, because people are terrible. So, I don't expect these to survive for very long here, but oh well, I already paid for them. Enjoy them while they last! And if the tape comes out, please use a giant pencil to wind it back in. Upcoming shows of note: Friday we have Mercury Soul with their cool hybrid of classical music and EDM. Their last couple of events were really fun. There's a nice write-up about this one in 7x7. And then Saturday we have Koi Division, the world's greatest fish-pun-themed Joy Division tribute band! It's going to be kind of like that time Ian Curtis rode a roller coaster: Here's something that hasn't happened in a while: Hubba Hubba Revue got a cease-and-desist nastygram from a lawyer for calling their recent animal-themed burlesque show "Wild Kingdom". (Did you know that show is still on the air? Neither did I!) Oh, trademark lawyers. They are so lovely, and not in any way parasitic blights: Trademarks: the good, the bad and the ugly: Genericide is rare, though. Microsoft doesn't advertise "google it on Bing!" and Miele doesn't sell a line of "hoovers." Genericide is mostly a spectre, and like all spectres, it serves a purpose. That purpose? Full employment for trademark lawyers. Trademark lawyers have convinced their clients that they must pay to send a threatening notice to everyone who uses a trademark without permission, even where there is no chance of confusion. They send letters by the lorryload to journalists, website operators, signmakers, schools, dictionary publishers -- anyone who might use their marks in a way that weakens the association in the public mind. But weakening an association is not illegal, despite the expansion of doctrines such as "dilution" and "naked licensing." When called out on policing our language, trademark holders and their lawyers usually shrug their shoulders and say, "Nothing to do with us. The law requires us to threaten you, or we lose our association, and thus our mark." This is a very perverse way of understanding trademark. So we have retconned that show to be called "Hubba Hubba Revue: Cease & Desist: Formerly The One With Animals". Of which there are photos. But first, the last of the Halloween photos have come in: All Hallow's Eve Booootie Death Guild And some other recent events too: Turbo Drive: Tonebox Trance Family: 4 Strings Warning Turbo Drive: Protector 101 500th Bootie Hubba Hubba: Cease & Desist Bootie: Britney



Wherein we are your one-stop shop for the 5 day Halloween weekend!

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 21:02:10 +0000

Here at DNA Lounge, we take Halloween very seriously. Very seriously indeed. If you are spending any evening this weekend anywhere but here, I sincerely believe you are making a mistake. Allow me to direct you to our fantastic lineup: Friday. So Stoked. Graveyard! Saturday. Booootie. Sunday. Turbo Drive. Protector 101. Monday. Death Guild + Hubba. Tuesday. All Hallow's Eve. Our Main Event! Friday: So Stoked: Graveyard When someone says Halloween you think candy, and when someone says candy, you think candy rave. Right? There will be so much candy. Sooooo much candy. Ten international headliners. thirty-two acts. thirteen genres! Saturday: Booootie For the 8th consecutive year, it's our massive four room Halloween Booootie! Cash prizes and trick-or-treat goody bags for Best Overall Costume, Best Group Costume and Best Mashup Costume, plus nine DJs and, of course, a certain spooky mashup rock band! Sunday: Turbo Drive SF's ground zero for synthwave brings some neon cyberpunk dystopia to your Halloween weekend, which means one thing: Radical Retro Costumes! Dress up as one of your favorite synthwave and retro icons... DJs in Above and Dazzle, plus live performances by Protector 101, The Encounter and Street Cleaner! Monday: Death Guild Look, it's Halloween weekend. If you say to yourself, "I think this is the weekend to skip the oldest goth party in the nation", I don't think I can help you! It's the Monster DJs of Goth in three rooms spinning all the classics. Also featuring terrifying and hilarious gothic burlesque from Hubba Hubba Revue. Tuesday: ALL HALLOW'S EVE This is it! This is the big one! Now entering our sixteenth year, DNA Lounge brings you the greatest Halloween party in the whole damned world. DJs from the extended DNA family in all four rooms, a massive costume contest, ambient ghostly aerialists and circus syrens throughout the night, gho-gho-ghost dancers, and a spooky early burlesque show upstairs! Buy your tickets now and skip the line! Remember, people. It's a marathon, not a sprint. It's going to be a real... death-march... for your liver, your feet and your costumes, but you can make it all the way until Tuesday! We know you can! We believe in you! In related news, the 2017 SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay is out, and we won again! Thank you all! Best Overall Nightlife Venue: DNA Lounge. Best Overall Dance Party: Bootie SF. Best Burlesque: Hubba Hubba Revue



Wherein we have angered Poseidon once more.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:44:01 +0000

If you are thinking that this looks really expensive... ...then you are a very perceptive individual! This latest disaster is going to cost at least six grand. Apparently the drain pipes under the main bar have turned to dust. The reason the floor sinks weren't draining properly is that they were draining directly into the sand and burnt timber upon which our building rests. These aren't even ancient pipes: they date back only to 2001, when we installed the main bar against the front wall. But the plumber we had back then was a complete crook, so I'm sure he screwed us by cheaping out on it in some way or another. Would you like to join the DNA Lounge Adopt-a-Sewer program? Perks include the floor not being wet or smelling like rot! Head on over to our Patreon, what do you say!



Wherein it's the Incident Report of the Week!

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:24:42 +0000

Ok, this is not actually a weekly feature. Thankfully. But this one is a good one. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, our customers: At 9:30 on Friday night, a customer by the name of Joshua H_____ decided that during changeover he would pour a drink from a bottle of Jameson on the centermost front VIP table. After seeing him do this, drink it, spill it, and mess up the table, we escorted him outside. I told him we escorted him out because he stole booze from a table, those bottles cost $350 and now we can't sell it. I gave him the option of paying up, or calling the police. He opted for us to call the police. I called the police at 9:39. They said it would be a few minutes. He then decided to pay the money and went to the ATM. He pulled out $40 but left his card and money in the ATM. And he didn't notice. At that point, after arguing drunkenly with us for 10 minutes, his buddies told him to just run. Which they did. He ran two blocks up Eleventh Street. We watched him run into traffic and almost die. About 5 minutes later, he came stumbling back down Eleventh. The police had shown up and were about to leave when I led them to the guy. They convinced him to pay us instead of going to jail. We gave him his forgotten ATM card and $40. He pulled out the remaining money and the cops left after watching him stumble down to Harrison. Badge Numbers ___, ____; Car ___. The video webcast is still down, as there has been no progress on the latest Youtube fuckery, nor have they responded in any way to my question about what the hell they think the problem is. But, here are some recent photos. Hubba Hubba: Murder Mansion Hotline Control: Netsky Control: Gentlemens Club



Wherein the video webcast is down again, because the Youtube robots are capricious and fickle.

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:01:25 +0000

The video webcast is down again. This time, it is because Youtube has put us on Double Secret Probation for some unknown reason. (The audio archives are fine, it's the video stream that is down.) Their belligerent robots have this to say: Proceed with the appeal of the Community Guidelines warning strike for the following videos DNA Lounge Live Stream The YouTube team will review our decision and reinstate your video if appropriate. It is possible that the strike may be removed but your video will remain down. Elsewhere it says, "Live stream restrictions last for 90 days or until the associated issue(s) are resolved." But since they won't actually come out and tell you what the "issues" are, good luck with that. Why did it happen? Who knows. All they will tell you is, "It was probably one of the hundreds of possible vague reasons in this FAQ entry". Could it be that some band's backing video triggered a pattern match against a video? Maybe? Could it be that some disgruntled customer "reported" us for something, and all it takes is one griefer to take your stream offline for three months? Maybe? Who can tell! Only the robot know and they aren't talking. Anyway, it's fair to assume that we can't use Youtube any more. Youtube was always a flaky, halfassed solution anyway: for the last three years, we've been webcasting silent video through Youtube while simulcasting the audio from our own server, and having your web browser press play on both streams at the same time. Which is awful because it means audio and video can never, ever be in sync. But if we ever allow Youtube to hear our audio, their robots completely freak out and shut us down because they have no mechanism to understand that, as a nightclub, we are, in fact, fully licensed to play Other People's Music. So. Do you watch our webcast? Would you like to continue doing so? Then help me figure out how to solve this problem without spending any money. Here are some possibilities, unlikely though they are: Befriend someone inside Youtube who can make this go away. (Right.) Find me some service who will rebroadcast my video stream for free, 24/7. They need to support video ingestion via RTMP, not a custom app, or I probably can't make it work. Show me instructions for installing free software on a CentOS 6.9 system that will let me run my own RTMP-based video rebroadcaster. Bonus points if you have actually done this successfully yourself. Going this route will probably require massively throttling the number of simultaneous viewers. You pay for it! Set up an EC2 or DO server running the aforementioned RTMP server, let me broadcast through, and and let's just put the bandwidth bill on your credit card instead of mine, ok? Long shots, I know. But absent something like that, I guess the plug on the video has finally been pulled. Meanwhile, please enjoy this month's mixtape 188. That first video is by Lucy In Disguise + Tonebox who are performing here this Friday at Turbo Drive.



Wherein the Clownpocalypse is nearly upon us.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:35:56 +0000

The fabulous R. Black has outdone himself again with this year's Halloween poster, featuring what is certain to be the most overexposed costume of 2017! If you don't have enough scary clown in your life, or specifically on your walls, you can also purchase this fine poster for just ten of your American dollars. Also, please to be joining us this Friday for Hotline, our massive four room indie dance party. The last two installments of this party were really fun! If you'd like us to continue doing this sort of thing, maybe even more often than quarterly, showing up is the thing that you should do. Also here are some new galleries -- Perturbator was amazing again -- and jwz mixtapes 186 and 187. Perturbator The Seeds Wander