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…
Xeno and Oaklander are a minimal electronics girl/boy duo, and they are based in Brooklyn, NY. They began writing music and soundtracks in 2004. Liz Wendelbo is French / Norwegian and Sean McBride is from Maryland. They record their songs live in their Brooklyn studio and play analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively. They have worked with NY producer Chris Coady, and have recorded with producer Drew Brown at Hospital studios in London. They have toured the US, Europe and Russia numerous times, and they play extensively in New York in music venues, art establishments and festivals such as Chaos in Tejas, Buchla Source of Uncertainty, and the Moog showcase at SXSW. They have also performed at SF Moma, PS1 Warm Up, Miami Art Basel, the Zrich Kunsthalle and the New Museum in New York. Xeno & Oaklander have recently scored a soundtrack for Swiss artist Fabian Marti. Their latest Remixes are for British legend John Foxx; and French electronic artist Philippe Laurent.
If you've listened to the Part Time Punks radio show on KXLU 88.9FM in the past year, then you already know that WINKIE are one of PTP's favorite new bands of the year. Truly a unique blend of shoegaze textures, minimal electronics and deep dark waves. Think Seefeel, MBV, Cocteau Twins and Clan Of Xymox all mixed together and you'll have something of an idea...
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.
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.
Meet RADWASTE. The third generational post-punk spawn of The Urinals and 100 Flowers. Formed in 1986, founder John Talley-Jones summed up the band then as this: "I thought it'd be a good marriage with rock 'n' roll. Rhythm machines and beat boxes have become such a standard now. They have some good capabilities, but I'm tired of the sound. By having a lot of different percussionists, you can get more complicated beats--things that a beat box could do but a single drummer couldn't. And we're doing it with real drummers, real human beings flailing around." With all this thumping going on, you might expect the music to get swallowed up in a cacophony of percussive sludge, but the guitar, bass and vocals come through clearly. Talley-Jones and Kory write skittering, guitar-led songs that evoke both 100 Flowers (Gang Of Four) and the Minutemen.
For the genre-inclined, EGRETS ON ERGOT are deathrock but not so dead, post-punk with a bit more punk, no-wave that says “yes” once in a while. So, yeah, it’s a bit hard to pin down.With a name that references birds in flight and LSD, you get the sense that this is a band that doesn’t want to be restrained. With production guided by the able hand of L.A. punk legend Paul Roessler (Screamers, Twisted Roots) they aren't. And certainly aren't for the faint of heart.
Part Time Punks hosts the official afterparty for 2014's Echo Park Rising...and get this...it's FREE.
BEACH DAY are like the band that sonically beats-up the resident surf rock bands. Cut from the same cloth as Dum Dum Girls, Raveonettes, Black Lips and all the others I feature here on a normal basis, Beach Day have a slick and steady 60s garage rock sound with those girl group vocals you crave. For fans of The Beach Boys, The Shangri-La's, The Sonics, The Ramones, and maybe Hole's "Celebrity Skin".
One of PTP's favorite new shoegaze bands in the country. With a handful of tapes out and an LP in the works, CRISIS ARM have been earning the term 'doomgaze'. Tapping into the dense gazey tapestries of Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3 and Godspeed with the buried melodies of Slowdive and 'Isn't Anything' My Bloody Valentine...prepare for this band to become one of yer faves too...
Proclaimed variously as 'the loudest band in San Francisco,' 'purveyors of blackgaze' and the Tegan and Sarah of sheogaze,' AIRS are another of PTP's favorite new shoegaze bands in the country. Like touring mates (and pals), Crisis Arm, Airs are drawing from the darker and denser elements of shoegaze. Husker Du's 'Zen Arcade' and Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation' being just two examples. Or, as the band's FB page proclaims: 'San Francisco based shoegaze band. Get sad.'
With an uninhibited musical dynamic that could only be birthed from three friends, Amanda X delivers with ethereal vocal harmonies, heavy hits and solid guitar work. Formed in late spring of 2012, Amanda X’s members set to work and self-released their first EP on tape a few months later. The ladies finished their first full length with Jeff Zeigler of Uniform Recording in the dead of winter. Currently, Amanda X is planning a May tour and await
Burger Records aliens GAP DREAM meld psychedelia with garage and krautrock influences. Not quite centered in any one decade and hovering outside at least half a dozen genres. Point yer antennae this way and tune in...
PART TIME fairly resonates and bubbles bedroom pop, echoing 80s film scores, neon lights, fog machines and nightlife, a generous sampling of New Romance in a post-capitalist world, its heart going out to everyone who hasn’t abandoned their silk shirts in favor of more practical attire. The home studio shell and canned dynamics of Part Time quickly dissolve to reveal some serious jammers in the midst, the image of a man pouring his heart out into the psychotropic fronds of the lounge at the Venusian Holiday Inn. Pour yourself a yard of liquid acid and float along.
Cosmis synths, Krautrock and waaaaaay out there prog via DX-7s and guitarmonoies...behold...L.A. TAKEDOWN.
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!
PTP presents a new dance nite devoted to Darkwave, Cold Wave, Minimal Synth and EBM...!
Part Time Punks takes over La Cita Bar in downtown LA to throw a new mutant breed of dance party fusing the best indie 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 with no work or school the next day, you all can stay out late and dancedancedance...
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