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2nd Annual Part Time Punks Festival

LA-based Rough Trade and Factory Records fans are in for a treat. This weekend, the Part Time Punks Festival is taking over, and it's bringing along post-punk legends and newbies inspired by it alike! PTP pulled out all the stops and put together an AMAZING line-up, including:

The Raincoats

This 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

Don't be Mean

Section 25

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.

Looking from a Hilltop

Gang of Four

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 - as well as behind the decks, marking Gang of Four's West Coast DJ-debut.


Part Time Punks Festival

Sunday October 11, 2009

2:00 PM – 2:00 AM

The Echo & The Echoplex (2 conjoined venues)

Echo Park

1154 Glendale Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 413-8200

Get your
advance tickets here!

The weekend's festivities kick off Saturday October 10th, on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles with the Part Time Punks Poolside Pre-Party from 2 - 8pm.

Vinyl will be spun all afternoon from...

GANG OF FOUR (Hugo Burnham & Dave Allen)

THE GERMS (Don Bolles)



PUNKY REGGAE PARTY (Boss Harmony aka David Orlando)

and of course

PART TIME PUNKS (Michael Stock)

Also, a number of the bands performing at the Festival will be doing record signings on Saturday, including members of...







The Saturday Pool Party event is FREE and open to all.

Part Time Punk Festival Kick-Off Party

Saturday October 10, 2009

2:00 to 8:00 PM


The Standard Hotel

550 S Flower St

Los Angeles, CA 90071-2501

(213) 892-8080

and in NYC...

The Raincoats, Viv Albertine, Soft Power, & Marnie Stern will be performing this Friday at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn as a part of the Royal Flush Festival.

Friday, October 16, 2009
Doors 8 p.m. / Show 9 p.m.
$22 advance / $25 day of show
18 + w/ ID. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue

1 comment:

Amit said...

Part time punks is the best!

Nice post, Thulasi.