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…
Like Tom Waits, art-pop concern Mahogany keep getting weirder while staying the same. Mahogany synthesize myriad ideas and carefully constructed sounds into a full-blown mini-suite that plays as much as a mediation and art project regarding a beloved form as it does a coherent piece of music. The group -- here just the duo of Jaclyn Slimm and founder Andrew Prinz -- fuses elements of Cocteau Twins bass-chord groove with every manner of analog drum patches, pristine cello work and Ms. Slimm's elegant vocals. Incorporating elements of dance music will hopefully win Mahogany an even larger share of fans, although it is the complicated joys of its non-traditional compositions that should really wow admirers.
If you've listened to Part Time Punks radio show on KXLU 88.9FM anytime in the last 6 months then you already know that TENDER AGE are one of PTP's favorite new bands of the year. With only a lone 7" and a handful of other tracks up on the band's Bandcamp, these are all the proof one needs to swoon. Think Slowdive fused with Galaxie 500 and "Disintegration" era Cure and yer halfway there.
Brand new LA-based femme-fronted janglenoise outfit, BLOOD CANDY, make their debut at PTP tonite! Blackpsychotambourinecandy.
Part Time Punks takes over Los Globos to throw a new monthly dance party fusing the best indie & alternative music of the 1980s & 90s...! But what is "Alternative Music?" you ask. Why, that was the then handy-dandy rock journalist term for the very best in indie music that was coming out at the time. A broad, non-genre specific term that described bands as disparate (and remarkable) as The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Morrissey, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Pixies, The Pale Saints, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, Front 242, NItzer Ebb, Nick Cave, The Fall... And that's exactly what you'll hear all nite long courtesy yer selecters Michael Stock from PART TIME PUNKS and Jose Maldonado from SWEET & TENDER HOOLIGANS... AND it's a fucking SATURDAY! (Which means NO work and NO school the next day, so you all can stay out late and dancedancedance...)
DEPECHE MODE NITE returns to Part Time Punks... With Guest DJs Alex and Ray, who do the Annual Depeche Mode Convention (as well as AM/FM, Reflex, Club Planet Earth and Transistor)
So. Come spend a nite on the dance floor dedicated to tunes spanning the thirty year career of Depeche Mode (plus a healthy dose of synthpop and minimal synth tunes by DM's contemporaries & clones). And, of course, PTP photog Dylan aka D-M-A-X will be there with cut-out Dave Gahan for yer endless dancefloor photo ops.
One of Slumberland's best-ever signings, TERRY MALTS, have been putting the finishing touches on what promises to be one of the best LPs of 2013. [Their debut LP on SLR making PTP's top 5 LPs of last year, btw.] Their recordings are The Ramones meets Psychocandy-era Jesus And Mary Chain. And if you caught the band when they played PTP last spring, you'll know they're even more blistering live. Fun night fun night fun night fun night!!!
Listen to TERRY MALTS.
Slumberland's latest signing, LITERATURE, channel classic sounds of Orange Juice, The Smiths and Stone Roses. Autumn of 2013 saw the band begin work on their second album, Chorus, with lauded engineer Gary Olson (whose body of work includes records by Crystal Stilts, Mad Scene and The Beets) at his Marlborough Farms studio in Brooklyn, NY. As a beautiful autumn turned into one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Olson and the band began stretching out, enhancing the album with studio techniques dating back to the late 60s including true-tape flanging, sending vocals through Leslie speaker cabinets, and the same analog style of automatic double-tracking created at Abbey Road Studios.
A romantic clash between your Dad's long lost favorite psych record and the soundtrack to a John Hughes film, Heaven ride a massive sonic wave in delivering their dear and dreamy tracks. Matt Sumrow and Mikey Jones created Heaven in the wake of touring and recording with artists such as DEAN and BRITTA, SWERVEDRIVER, AMBULANCE LTD, the COMAS, SNOWDEN, THE BIG SLEEP and others. After supporting and touring with other artists for years, they have finally arrived at making their own albums in their own band, Heaven.
At long last Sleep ∞ Over make their debut at PTP. Founding member of the synthgaze scene, the band's debut LP on Hippos In Tanks garnered raves from Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan and the rest of this country's journo-illuminati. And deservedly so. Alternating long hypnotic Seefeel-esque tracks with Cocteau-esque frozen lullabies and jagged experimental pieces ranging in tone from sublimely ambient to jagged, far-out and even transportative. Like "a slurry Hope Sandoval trapped in a bell jar," as Pitchfork described (quick to point out this is a compliment).
Featuring a former member of The Soft Moon and current members of Wax Idols, VANIISH are one of PTP's favorite new darkwave bands. Their debut LP, "Memory Work," poised to drop on June 10 is a pretty breathtaking fusion of shoegaze textures with coldwave desperation and the atmosphere of early 4ad. (The Cure, Sad Lovers & Giants, Clan Of Xymox and early Cocteau Twins, all the names to drop here.)
Sharing a member with Sleep ∞ Over, these are the sounds of darrk, electronic, live music from one carbon-based lifeform.
Formed in the Spring of 2012, Arizona’s Body of Light are a relatively new creative force in the modern synth scene, only now becoming understood. From the archaic drones of their first releases, to a more realized psych soundtrack of their Sonoran Desert home, the duo has now come to finish their fifth release, “Volontà di Amore”. Hesitant to define themselves strictly as a synth-pop act, the Jarson brothers incorporate a wide variety of sounds—they are attempting to construct a path, unique with decaying, warbled tape loops, old VHS home-movie sound samples from their childhood, and cold lyrics buried in chorus and delay.
NOTE: this will be in THE ECHOPLEX; enter on 1122 Glendale Blvd. Doors open at 9PM.
The musical mind of CHRISTIAN BLAND seems to overflow with colors. The lyrics and even titles of his output with his primary project (the psychedelic mothership, THE BLACK ANGELS) drip with kaleidoscopic imagery. “Indigo Meadow”, “Black Grease”, “You In Color,” ... “Yellow Elevator #2”. His side project, Christian Bland & The Revelators has followed a similar path, and has released a red album, 2010's The Lost Album, and 2012's Pig Boat Blues. "Unseen Green Obscene", records the third solo flight from Bland and his band, The Revelators. Like all his work, it’s richly detailed with references to Bland’s musical and artistic influences. The thread that runs through all of Bland’s work - whether it’s his visual artwork, music with The Black Angels, and the myriad projects of The Reverberation Appreciation Society - Austin Psych Fest and it’s offshoots, the record label, and now an East Austin record store - is a timeless spirit of rock and roll, and in particular the psychedelic kind, circa 1968. He champions it. Lives and breathes it.
3 journalists' thoughts on LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE: (1) "The Guadalajara duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete play a real deadly nightshade brand of psychedelia." (2) "Still brewing a hot pot of shoegaze and Krautrock bubbled through a psych filter, the band knows how to ride the edge of groove and gently cut back to spacey atmospherics to superb effect." (3) “The Mexican duo sear their way through a heady mix of shoegaze and psychedelia that wobbles when you think it’s going to run straight into the foam and scorches just when you’re least expecting it to catch fire.”
Last spring Castle Face released BURNT ONES' 3rd LP. bit of a surprise to fans of the band on first listen - it's far more psychedelic than their previous work, a potent blend of wide-eyed strummers on shifting sands, punctuated by blinking oscillators, left turns into wispy sound collage and tape manipulations, drug-rug wrapped lushness and telephone whispers from a supremely stoned sounding Mark Tester, our guide through this cultish and at times vaguely sinister headphone-scape.
Not only will Jose Maldonado be Guest DJing this time around, but he will also performing a very special acoustic set of Smiths & Morrissey tracks with some very special friends--starting at 9:30pm!
Then, stick around and spend the rest of 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...
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