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…
MEDICINE was formed in Los Angeles in 1990 by guitarist/producer Brad Laner as a means for marrying raw experimental textures with classic psychedelic/pop song craft. Considered by many to be the foremost American purveyors of what some called Shoegaze or Dreampop, Medicine were one of the few U.S. bands on Creation Records and highly unlikely residents of Rick Rubin’s American Recordings where they released three LPs and many EPs between 1992 and 1995. At the time, these records elicited confused head scratching from most and ecstatic devotion from some. Despite Medicine’s willful obscurity, they subversively reached mainstream consciousness via their appearance in the 1994 film (and its #1 soundtrack album), “The Crow”. Medicine imploded in 1995 and Brad Laner has gone on to release an ongoing series of solo LPs and guest appearances on albums such as the current M83 album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”, Brian Eno’s “Another Day On Earth” and Caribou’s “The Milk of Human Kindness” . Following Captured Tracks' reissues of the band's entire catalogue last year, Medicine releasesd their first LP in nearly two deades last August. This year, on Record Store Day, CT will release a special limited edition LP of the band's entire 8-song Part Time Punks Radio Session. The band will have copies of the LP on hand (because this is the record release party!)
Legendary LA post-punk outfit (and PTP fave) SAVAGE REPUBLIC make their long-overdue return to The Echo stage, celebrating their release of their new album. Fusing dub and tribal rhythms to sparse and chopping guitars, SR are Neubauten meets Godspeed. Beware.
Los Angeles synthgazers TROPIC OF CANCER have released three 10” singles through the much revered Downwards label, as well as a recent EP on Blackest Ever Black, The Sorrow Of Two Blooms. Following a lengthy European tour with HTRK last fall, UK press described Tropic Of Cancer’s sound as “melting gothic ambiance with shoegaze grit, resulting in a blissed-out drone,” and their latest EP on Mannequin finds the band expanding and enriching their sound. The band’s sparse, synthgaze soundscapes invoke Factory Records’ producer, Martin Hannett’s coldest, crispest productions, while singer Camella Lobo’s ensnare and unfold in shades of Nico, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. These are the songs for the loveless.
Celebrating the release of their new LP on Coredark, THE PRESENT MOMENT achieves a stunning hybridation and an infectious blend of dense cold-wave’s electro grooves, cyclical droning interferences, vigorous epic industrialism, dolorous nocturne-goth weirdness superbly sustained by a seductive eighties flavor. Ritualistic in nature, the whole musical trip offers a dark, delightful and rather unique breathtaking atmosphere, sometimes revealing enthralling lysergic electro-ambiences. The Present Moment is situated in an in-between and non stabilized musical region which authorizes astonishing connections.
With their debut LP recently dropped on the Felte label, FLAAMINGOS is poised to be more than just one of PTP's newest favouritest darkwave bands. Imagine a collection of extraordinary Depeche Mode b-sides circa "Speak & Spell" that you've never heard before + the imaginary Kraftwerk LP recorded between "The Man Machine" and "Computer World" and you're almost there...
Electronic body music discharge mutant punks body fluid exchange go. This is SSLEAZE.
LabXIV ... appealed to our predilection for forward thinking takes on classic synth tropes ... [they] deftly tread the line between the sterility of mid-eighties EBM and post-industrial and the melody and warmth of classic electropop ... Debut LP out NOW on Coredark ...
DEPECHE MODE NITE returns to Part Time Punks...to celebrate Dave Gahan's 52nd birthday! 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.
Part Time Punks is proud to present the legendary psychegaze band LOOP...! Their first LA appearance in decades at THE CHURCH ON YORK in Highland Park. This show WILL sell out so get yer adv tix quick folks.
Part Time Punks pays tribute to legendary Mancunian record label, FACTORY RECORDS... So. In short ALL Factory Records ALL for freaky dancing ALL nite long. Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Section 25, The Wake, James, Minny Pops, Crispy Ambulance, OMD, ESG, Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Stockholm Monsters, James, Quando Quango, Blurt, Abecedarians, Tunnelvision, Royal Family & The Poor, Thick Pigeon, Biting Tongues, Nyam Nyam, Shark Vegas, Crawling Chaos, Ike Yard, Swamp Children, Abecedarians, Red Turns To...and any other requests you make...!
PART TIME PUNKS takes over The Church On York in Highland Park (4904 York Blvd in Highland Park) to host an early evening of shoegaze & dreampop with NOTHING + WHIRR + some very special guests TBA soon...
If you've listened to the PTP Radio show in the past few months then you already know that NOTHING have just released one of the best LPs of 2014. Fusing the textures (and volume) of shoegaze with anthemic 90s fist-in-the-air melodies, NOTHING create a serene funnel of noise. The vocals are ambient, but barely audible with lyrics that preach of broken homes, lost youth, and time spent in isolation. The guitars bleed and blend into a single powerful wave, and the rhythms create a thunderous repeating pattern that puts you in a seemingly opiate induced slumber.
Northern California's WHIRR (formerly Whirl) make an effects-laden noise that is as blatantly loud and heavy as it is beautiful, giving the sounds of 90's shoegaze a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. The young sextet's wall of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listeners into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang in perfect balance.
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