Part Time Punks Festival Weekend: Raincoats, Gang of Four, and more.
Michael Stock is the man and the man behind the man.
Not only has the Part Time Punks DJ earned the highly coveted Best Afternoon DJ from this honorable publication (and reportedly a runner up for this award), but this weekend he curates 48 hours of post punk madness. Bringing in bands and DJs from across reservoir (Silver Lake's) and the pond (the Atlantic), Stock presents a DJ set on the Standard's roof on Saturday and Sunday's main event offers the best Post-Punk this side of 1978.
POOLSIDE PRE-PARTY AT THE STANDARD HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, 2-8pm with DJ sets by members of: GANG OF FOUR (Hugo Burnham & Dave Allen),THE GERMS (Don Bolles), PUNKY REGGAE PARTY (David Orlando aka Boss Harmony), PART TIME PUNKS, LTM RECORDINGS (James Nice), ACUTE (Dan Selzer)
SUNDAY: PART TIME PUNKS 2ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL. (Buy Tix)
ABE VIGODA, BLESSURE GRAVE, CHRISTMAS ISLAND, Dave Allen, DAYTIME TELEVISION, KID CONGO POWERS, MEDIUM MEDIUM, RAINBOW ARABIA, SAVAGE REPUBLIC, SHARK TOYS, SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY, THE INTELLIGENCE, THE JAZZ BUTCHER, THE SLITS, VIV ALBERTINE, WEAVE
+ guest DJs +
Brendan Mullen (THE MASQUE)
Dave Newton (MIGHTY LEMON DROPS)
James Nice (LTM)
Dan Selzer (ACUTE RECORDS)
Rick Taylor (WE FOUGHT THE BIG ONE)
Check out Michael Stock's Band-by-band break down after the jump:
From Mr. Stock himself. Grab a cup of coffee, tell your secretary to hold all calls, and peruse Professor Stock's Syllabus)
The 2nd Annual Part Time Punks Festival will mark the first-ever L.A. appearance of THE RAINCOATS. Formed in 1977, The Raincoats were the world's second all-girl punk band. Only, by the time Rough Trade released their debut album in 1979, they weren't making punk music any more, but post-punk, and more akin to The Velvet Underground's first LP or the records it shared the racks with: The Slits' "Cut," Young Marble Giants "Colossal Youth" and The Cure's first LP. The only reason the band remains lesser known is that their three albums remained out of print for more than a decade before Kurt Cobain tracked them down during a pilgrimage to London in the early 90s. Cobain was also responsible for "convincing" his label, Geffen, to reissue The Raincoats three albums in 1993 (co-writing the liner notes with Kim Gordon), which paved the way for the Riot Grrrl movement. It seems only fitting, then, that Kill Rock Stars will be reissuing the first Raincoats LP the week before the Fest.
"If it weren't for the luxury of putting on that scratchy copy of The Raincoats' first record, I would have had very few moments of peace.
-- Kurt Cobain
The Part Time Punks Festival will also mark the first L.A.. appearance of Factory Records' own SECTION 25 since 1982. Dismissed by many journalists in the post-punk era as clones of their labelmates, Joy Division, the band has since been recognized in the highest echelon of Post-Punk innovation, alongside Public Image Limited, Wire and...well...Joy Division, for fusing punk with psychedelia and the surging motorik rhythms of Krautrock bands like Can, Faust and Neu. This credit is certainly largely due to James Nice, whose LTM label has re-issued the band's entire back catalogue (along with most of the rest of the Factory Records back catalogue) as well as their last two albums, "Nature and Degree" (2009) and "Part Primitiv" (2007) - both of which were released to universal critical acclaim.
GANG OF FOUR need no introduction. Though perhaps their involvement in the Fest does... Last year, just before the Part Time Punks Festival, the band's drummer Hugo Burnham sent Part Time Punks' founder/booker/DJ/artmaker Michael Stock an email, raving about the Festival line-up and how he wished he could be there. Michael suggested that perhaps next time, he could be. And now, eleven months later, he will be-along with bassist, Dave Allen-and behind the decks, marking these chaps' West Coast DJ-debut.
THE JAZZ BUTCHER are also returning to Los Angeles for the first time in over two decades-featuring original members Pat Fish, Max Eider and Kevin Haskins (of BAUHAUS & LOVE AND ROCKETS).
KID CONGO POWERS. Consider the pedigree alone: former Bad Seed, founding member of The Gun Club and The Cramps. Then see him live, and you'll wonder why he and Jonathon Richman didn't form a band and take over the world.
MEDIUM MEDIUM and SAVAGE REPUBLIC are the only two bands from last year's festival who have been asked to return this year. Both bands fuse dub and tribal rhythms to sparse and chopping guitars, though while MM add a near-No Wave layer of sax to the festivities, SR opt for massive oil drums (flames optional).
VIV ALBERTINE, founding member of THE SLITS, will also be performing a solo set, featuring original Slits cuts and tracks from her forthcoming full-length album on Manimal Vinyl.
The rest of the bands on the roster feature the future of post-punk. Which is to say, a handful of some of the very best new bands around-all of whom were inspired by Post-Punk sounds.
ABE VIGODA have actually cut their teenage teeth at Part Time Punks (and not just the smell), increasingly fusing their racket with complex songwriting and the sonic sheen of shoegazing gone surf.
WEAVE laces the punky reggae rhythms of The Slits with Banshee-style guitar chops and tribal whoops worthy of The Raincoats, Liliput or Malaria.
RAINBOW ARABIA take their Siouxsie-isms and fuse them with Eastern rhythms and sounds and come out sounding like a breathless update of Chris And Cosey.
THE INTELLIGENCE and CHRISTMAS ISLAND are forging the new path in post-punk on In The Red Records fusing Swell Maps with analog tape, Tronics and yer finer Messthetics moments.
SHARK TOYS actually cover the Tronics track, "Crush On You," and as they also hail from the burgeoning DIY scene in San Diego, it sorta makes sense. Don't wait 'til the A&R guy from Matador hears them in six months. Come early. Listen now.
BLESSURE GRAVE and SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY also dwell in San Diego's hemisphere...albeit the darker regions, filed next to the 4ad back catalogue: Clan Of Xymox, In Camera, Birthday Party and the first The The single. Want a cred check? Then consider this: they're on two of the best indie record labels in present existence: B.G. on Captured Tracks (run by Mike Sniper & his Blank Dogs) and S.P. on Sacred Bones.
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