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…
100 FLOWERS (previously known as THE URINALS) were a power trio whose sole 1983 album is an enduring document of the Southern California underground. Based in crime-ridden '80s Los Angeles against the backdrop of juvenile hardcore and vapid hard rock, 100 FLOWERS crafted a sound that rests between the inspired bursts of THE MINUTEMEN and the pastoral jangle of THE DREAM SYNDICATE with similarities to the equally oblique MONITOR and THE GUN CLUB (who even included a URINALS cover in their set). The trio wielded a gripping visual aesthetic and hyper-literate lyrical content that reflected their art-school backgrounds, while a ferocity and frustration borne out of their bleak urban environment permeates their songs. Strains of UK post-punk can be heard on "All Sexed Up" and skittish tension on "Presence of Mind." A far cry from the beach punk and surf rock of their contemporaries, album closer "California's Falling into the Ocean" contains all of their signature qualities: off-kilter delivery, subversive sentiments, and an irrefutable pop sensibility that reflects their immersion in LA's burgeoning Paisley Underground scene. The band splintered shortly after the release of this album, but time has only intensified the urgency of 100 FLOWERS' music. But hopefully with the recent reissue of the band's complete output on Superior Viaduct, a new generation of fans is about to emerge...
THE SO SO GLOS are rock n roll band of brothers from Brooklyn, New York who formed in 2007- a band that has taken their own 21st century slang term and re-appropriated it to define themselves. The band has said that they call themselves by the street term as incentive to combat this type of behavior.Their earliest recordings were done on tape cassette and have often been described as "punk" sounding. Critics and historians have much debated over whether this decision to sound punk was intentional, or that its youngest member (alex) was three years old at the time. Despite differences in opinion by historians, they continued to grow as did the "rough around the edges " sound that would go on to define the band.
With SHARK TOYS long-gestating LP finally out, the band have prepared a very special set of songs for the show...channeling equal parts Desperate Bicycles, Subway Sect, Tronics and the early Flying Nun catalogue. It was easy, it was cheap, you should go do it too! Form a band! What's YOUR excuse??
The first handful of MINKS singles were released amidst Captured Tracks' first wave of dreampop in 2010, alongside labelmates, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, Craft Spells and Catwalk, with their near-perfect debut LP released shortly after in 2011. (All of which have received heavy airplay on the PTP radio show since their release.) Their new LP, "Tides End" finds the band fusing dreampop with electropop textures, at times channeling early Depeche Mode, mid-period New Order, or even Denim (aka Lawrence's post-Felt fusing of pop and electro). And on every track, singer/songwriter Sonny Kilfoyle's vocals are lovelier than ever. This is MINKS first-ever headlining show on the West Coast, and his appearance at PTP has been in the planning stages for something like 3 years now, so don't miss this rare opportunity to (finally) see the band live!
CATWALK's debut LP is finally completed, and is due out this spring... (The dreamier side of MBV meets The Wake and Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils...) And if you thought the debuts by Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing debut LPs were good, just wait til you hear Catwalk's! The band have promised to unveil more new songs tonite, so you're in for a real treat...because the live show is just as good as the recordings!
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.
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...
@ THE ECHOPLEX (1154 Glendale Blvd.)
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.
Spend yer New Year's Eve on the coziest dance floor in the city, dancing to a sing-along mix of Britpop, Bowie, Glam, Morrissey, Post-Punk, New Order, Joy Division, The Cure and Iggy, the Velvets and Blur and Pulp and Suede and The Clash!
Spend an evening dancing to New Order, Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, Section 25, Happy Mondays and the rest of the radical sounds released circa 1978-92 on Tony WIlson's Factory Records label out of Manchester! PLUS a live performance of Joy Division covers by BOY DIVISION at 11pm!
Part Time Punks is proud to welcome TOY to The Echo stage for their first-ever live appearance in Los Angeles. Hailed as the UK's best shoegaze band since Ride with the release of their debut LP last year, the bands new LP finds them growing at light speed, incorporating dreamy elements of psychedelia and the chugging, insistent motorik rhythms of Krautrock, as well as bits of Britpop and even some Factory Records sounds... "Join The Dots" is certain to make most critics' lists for Best of the Year (including PTP's), and their live show is certain to sell out (and sooner than later) so get yer tickets ASAP folks...
Come celebrate David Bowie's 67th birthday (!) in inimitable style at PTP as we devote 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... No work or school on Monday for MLK means there's no excuse to miss this!
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