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PART TIME PUNKS takes place at The Echo on 1822 Sunset in Los Angeles, every Sunday night.

PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…

  • 06.26 THE CURE NITE with Guest DJs Alex Transistor & Nowhere Girl

    Come spend an evening devoted to one of PTP's all-time favourite bands: THE CURE.  Dance from 10pm to 2am to tracks spanning the 35 years of THE CURE's back catalogue...from the punky stylings of The Easy Cure to the band's lovely/catchy 2008 comeback, "4:13 Dream"...and of course all the records in-between...  PLUS, you can expect tracks by Robert Smith's collaborations (Cult Hero, The Glove & Siouxsie And The Banshees), Simon Gallup's side projects (Fool's Dance & Lockjaw),  some Cure-clones who are so close you won't be able to tell the difference (The Essence, just to name one), and possibly some trax by The Presence & And Also The Trees for good measure...

    With Guest DJs Alex Transistor from The Smiths & Depeche Mode Conventions (and regular collaborator from PTP's Depeche Mode, Pulp & Britpop Nites) AND DJ Nowhere Girl (from The Lash & Amoeba)!

  • 07.03 DAVID BOWIE NITE w/Guest DJ Jose Maldonado [from SWEET & TENDER HOOLIGANS]

    Part Time Punks devotes an entire evening to the 40+ years of David Bowie's brilliant back catalogue... From psychedelic folk to glitter and glam, from funk to soul and the thin white duke. From Ziggy to Iggy to Eno to Fripp to Bolan to Lennon to Jagger and Lou and Andy and Freddy (Mercury) and even Nicholas Roeg and David Lynch...all the best of Bowie's collaborations will get a spin, too, not to mention his glam contemporaries and post-punk disciples...  

    AND since Monday is a holiday, which means no work, no school and ALL can ALL come out & dance 'til 2am (and still hit all the BBQs the next day!)


    Toronto underground staple ODONIS ODONIS bring their industrial surfgaze sound to The Echo stage for the first time to celebrate the release of "Post Plague," their new LP on the Felte Records label!  "Post Plague" delivers a powerful blend of electronic and sci-­fi horror saturated with industrial strength synth beats. Dean Tzenos’ vocals sit clear and upfront, delivered with a foreboding intensity accented by his synth motifs and soundscapes. Denholm Whale’s carefully crafted bass figures / electronic percussions are strategically placed like demolition charges throughout the sonic foundations of each track that Jarod Gibson, like some futurist architect's constructs pulsing destruction, ever a beat away.

    Listen to ODONIS ODONIS.

    Also a first:CLOUDLAND CANYON make their 1st appearance at PTP to celebrate the release of their amazing new LP "An Arabesque" on Medical Records. Cloudland Canyon's third LP, An Arabesque, was spearheaded by founding member Kip Uhlhorn but fleshed out with contributions from Memphis rock royalty such as Ross Johnson (Panther Burns, Alex Chilton), Lesa Alridge (Big Star) and Jody Stephens (Big Star), alongside collaborative accents by Ezra Buchla, M. Geddes Gengras, Kliph Scurlock (ex-Flaming Lips), David Scott Stone (ex-LCD Soundsystem), and Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum), who also co-produced the album. While past recordings on Holy Mountain and Kranky flirted with drone and krautrock modes, An Arabesque skews in a more rhythmic direction, with shades of naive disco and new age. This particular set of songs benefits from having been heavily road-tested over the last two years, resulting in greater distillation and focus.


    CELLARS is the unabashed vintage synth-pop project of Allene Norton. Her second album, "Phases," produced by Ariel Pink, sounds zapped straight from the sepia-toned dance floor of a long-forgotten high school prom. (And is chalking up one rave review across the country after another -- like that opening you just read paraphrased from the recent Pitchfork rave.) Another great quote from Kevin Lozano's well-written P4K review: "Phases perfectly internalizes these two ways of being, excess and constant evaporation. You feel the overload in the album’s selection of palatial synths, bubbling percussion, sugary bass lines. And the threat of melt is in Norton’s voice and drawn out intonation, which hangs like a diffuse cloud of dry ice around the soupy mixture of sounds." Really stoked to be welcoming the band to The Echo stage for their 1st-ever PTP show as well!

    Listen to CELLARS. 

  • 07.17 Tribute to Johnny Thunders with WALTER LURE [from THE HEARTBREAKERS] + THE GEARS + DIRTY EYES

    A night of stunning ethereal music for you fans of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and Flying Saucer Attack.

    Listen to THEM ARE US TOO.

    Listen to ALTOCAMET.

    Listen to DROWSE.

  • 07.31 DEADBEATS record release party + RIKK AGNEW + EGRETS ON ERGOT
  • 08.07 MOVING UNITS presents the songs of Joy Division!

    One-time only special performance by MOVING UNITS doing one set of classic Joy Division tracks and one set of classic Moving Units tracks!  This WILL sell out without a doubt, so get yer tix NOW!

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    Earlier this year Medical Records released the first full length LP in 5 years by longtime PTP fave, GENEVA JACUZZI. To say Jacuzzi is a multifaceted artist would be an understatement. She is well known for her uncompromisingly obtuse synth-driven pop and one-of-a-kind performance art that is comprised of one time only spectacles and installations. Her works have been presented in famous art institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA and numerous other venues across the globe. She has developed a very focused cult following in the art AND music scenes. She was originally well known for her multitude of self-released home recordings but also released a full length Lamaze in 2010 on the Vinyl International to much acclaim. Not to mention her track The Sleep Room featured on The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol 2. Technophelia is the culmination of a hybrid of DIY and professional studio recordings (with the help of esteemed producer Chris Coady) that resulted in this exquisite album. Features the soon-to-be-hits I’m A TV and Cannibal Babies. Lovers of unique and left-field wave such as Gina X, Ronny, and the like will be transfixed by the raw, oozing newness of it all.

    Listen to GENEVA JACUZZI.

    Close yer eyes, imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs; open them and meet ROLADEX. Roladex was formed in Texas by Tyler Jacobsen and Elyssa Dianne. Producer/Member, Tyler Jacobsen holds an MFA in Electronic Art and this becomes apparent as they find lyrical and musical inspiration through the films of David Cronenberg and John Carpenter, the works of authors such as J.G Ballard as well as video artists such as Vito Acconci and Nam June Paik. Jacobsen has been on a hiatus from his work as college art professor since the formation of the group. Using an arsenal of analog instruments, Roladex nostalgically borrows ideas from music of the past to carefully craft a unique brand of futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Weaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies to create a bed of sound where they layout a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream pop, Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts such as Ariel Pink as well as Synth contemporaries like Police Des Moeurs and Black Marble. With previous singles on Night-People Records, AMDISCs, and Beko, Medical is proud to present their debut LP. At times their music cold and moody, at others it is bright and dimly warm. Themes such as nuclear war, cosmology, false memories and technology as the “opiate of the masses” become apparent as the listener plays through the LP. The opening track “Anthem For The Micro-Age” sets the tone with dreamy atmospheric synth textures and interwoven male and female vocals. “Love Surgery” is chock full of pop hooks and synth leads interspersed with angular guitar accents. “Empty Streets” has an almost minimal John Bender bedroom aesthetic. The Last track, “Nuke Em' Out” is an apocalyptic disco track for the end of the world, and the electro-mechanical new wave Cathode Rays (for the the group produced a video) is one of the catches tunes on the record. Fans of early Wire (esp 154), Drinking Electricity, Fad Gadget and even noisy 90s shoegaze are sure to enjoy.

    Listen to ROLADEX.

    Skeleton Hands is a self-described coldwave duo from Cincinnati, OH and they make music to make the bones dance and rattle ... features foreboding and sorrowful vocals with an upbeat 80s-synth aesthetic — like goth-goes-dancing. It’s atmosphere is colorful and stylishly romantic.  

    Listen to SKELETON HANDS.

    Say hello to ARI MASON, one of Part Time Punks' newest favorites. (Which, of course, you already know if you've listened to the PTP radio show in recent weeks.)  These are ethereal dream sequence electronics. With mood, melody & atmosphere that seamlessly fuse cold & dark waves with synthpop. And behind it all the power of her voice: plaintive, passionate and chilling as she draws you into her arms and her world with tales of nihilism and lust...

    Listen to ARI MASON.

  • 08.21 80s MIXTAPE NITE with Guest DJs Alex & Ray [from The Smiths & Depeche Mode Conventions]

    Part Time Punks devotes by an evening to the coolest of indie & underground dance floor sounds of the 1980s. What to expect? Why, lots of sounds from PTP stalwarts, The Smiths, New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Bauhaus, Siouxie & The Banshees, Sisters Of Mercy, Nitzer Ebb, The Normal, Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Chameleons...

    PLUS a whole slew of sounds from labels like Factory, 4ad, Mute and Rough Trade. AND, of course, some of your very favorite guilty pleasures by the likes of OMD, Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Psychedelic Furs, Pet Shop Boys, Flock Of Seagulls, Berlin, Bronski Beat, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Sinead O'Connor, Kate Bush and John Peel only knows what else...

    With PTP's good friends and regular collaborators, Guest DJs Alex Luevano and Ray DeVries (who host the annual Depeche Mode and Smiths Conventions here in LA).

    For fans of MTV's rule & groundbreaking program 120 MINUTES and classic "alternative music" of the 1980s...!


    Yes, it is unbelieveable isn't it?!?!  But it is TRUE. Legendary 4ad darkwave/dreampop pioneers CLAN OF XYMOX are playing at Part Time Punks in August. This is years in the planning & a very literal dream come true.....!

    Listen to CLAN OF XYMOX.

    Ariel Pink meets Fad Gadget meets Ziggy Stardust meets Genesis P-Orridge making lo-fi darkwave dreampop post-psychedelia occult-style shoegaze on cassettes (in his bedroom). This is DRAB MAJESTY.  Behold, thee Majesty, and not drab at all.

    Listen to DRAB MAJESTY.

    This show sold out The Echo in just 9 days, so it's been moved to THE ECHOPLEX.  And there's no doubt it will sell that out too. Just a question of how fast, don't sleep on getting adv tix...

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  • 09.04 SMITHS/MORRISSEY NITE with Guest DJ JOSE MALDONADO [Sweet & Tender Hooligans]

    Come spend the evening oscillating wildly to the songs that saved your life...aka your favourite tunes by Morrissey and The Smiths!  With a healthy dash of Moz's inspirations and contemporaries (and even a few Smiths clones thrown in to see just how big of fan you really are...)  Of course Cut Out Morrissey will be there courtesy of PTP photog, Dylan Gordon aka D-M-A-X, for all your endless dancefloor contortions and photo op demands...

    [And since Monday is a holiday you don't even hafta call in sick to work or school!]

    @ THE ECHOPLEX (1154 Glendale Blvd.)

    Doors open at 9PM sharp. As with ALL PTP events, anyone 18+ is welcome!

  • 10.30 THE NAMES [Factory Records] = Rescheduled date! Tix on sale NOW!

    Factory Records legendary act THE NAMES will finally make their first-ever US appearances! Their debut LP, "Swimming," produced by Martin Hannett remains one of THE best LPs of the 1980s (and has gotten regular airplay on the PTP radio show since the very beginning). And hosting THE NAMES is very literal a PTP dream come true. So do NOT miss out on history this night. They've NEVER played the States before and this show WILL sell out, so get yer tix NOW gang.....

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