All Posts — Dan on October 25, 2008 at 2:17 am

OMG, as the kids say. The fine folks of Part Time Punks who you may remember from their special tribute to a very special record label, are at it again and up to all good. They’ve managed to put together a crazy awesome line-up of “post-punk” (or punk, or rock, or whatever you want to call it) bands, both young and old but young at heart. And what bands! A Certain Ratio! Pylon! Medium Medium! Savage Republic! The Nightingales! Nervous Gender! The Urinals! Wild Stares! Some of these are classic west coast legends, while some have never played out there. You know who else has never played out there in LA? Yours truly, DJ Dan Selzer on the wheels of steel, stuck in freeway traffic. I’ll be joining the esteemed Chuck Warner from Hyped2Death as well as David freaking J from Bauhaus and Love and Rockets and Dave Newton from the Mighty Lemon Drops playing records between bands, during sound-checks and other inappropriate times. I’ll probably play only 7″s. On top of that, the night before there’s a little pre-party show with a live performance by Adult. and DJing by Hang the DJs, Part Time Punks and…yes…myself. A little late-night disco-punk/disco italo wave dance CD set.

So did you get that? Saturday the 15th, Adult., Hang the DJs, Part Time Punks and Dance Selzer DJing. Sunday the 16th, a million awesome bands, as the flyer above says…it’s all day Sunday November 16th at the Echo in Los Angeles, city of night. Isn’t that how the song goes? LA post-punk festival, sunday afternoon, drive through your suburbs, into your blues.

Man, even the new bands are awesome. Vivian Girls are the hottest thing in Brooklyn, easily the second coolest borough in New York, Ariel Pink just so happens to be something of an Acute label-mate, the Muslims I have no idea about but I think they’re playing upstairs at Santos tomorrow where I plan to be for Greg Wilson’s DJ set downstairs, so maybe I’ll hear a bit in the hall. And the Softboiled Eggies? Awesome. Other bands? Probably awesome.

But can we talk about these oldies? The Urinals! The purity, the simplicity, the harmonies, as good as it gets, folks! And the Nightingales! I have a vested interest as they were the Prefects, but as a live band the Nightingales of today are probably better than the Prefects or Nightingales ever were. Probably better than the Fall, Captain Beefheart and Faust as well. Savage Republic? I saw them in Park Slope a few years ago on a cold winter day. They were setting oil drums on fire and taking their shirts off. A Certain Ratio??? I just got a copy of their “Live in America” CD on Melodic, which is just fantastic (thanks David). OK, it’s from 1985, but if they’re half that good I’m set. Pylon? Medium Medium? Nervous Gender? I have no idea, but seriously, even if you’re only into some of these bands, how can you miss this? That’s why I’m mentioning this in advance, so you can book your flights. I’ve already got my itinerary. Fly to LA. Go to Amoeba. DJ some. Sleep a little. DJ some more and see 1,000 amazing bands. Forget CMJ.


oh yeah, there’s also gonna be all kinds of videos and stuff. Check out the Echo website and the Part Time Punks myspace page.

And soon this blog will be more then me promoting DJ appearances (though I’m always down for more of those). We’ve got a new CD coming out in a week or two, a bunch of Viva show to catch up on, and who knows what else.


  1. This is quite easily the coolest festival ever. If only I could jump on a plane to LA.

    Comment by MTS — October 25, 2008 @ 10:14 am
  2. Do it!

    Comment by Dan — October 25, 2008 @ 10:49 am
  3. tristes tropiques will prob see ya there!

    Comment by josh — October 27, 2008 @ 2:03 am
  4. Hey Dan,
    Have a safe trip. If you have time and make it down to San Diego hit me up. I can show you around. We do have records stores also :).

    Comment by DJ BWYSE — October 29, 2008 @ 5:55 pm
  5. I wish I could travel around some more but just coming in for a day or two. Some day!

    Comment by Dan — November 2, 2008 @ 10:28 pm
  6. heyyyyyyyy dan-
    i usedta see pylon a lot on the east coast in the early 80s…
    they were one of the best live dance bands i ever saw!!
    they even had jaded scenesters dancing when they played out here in l.a!! yer in for a treat!
    insect surfer dave

    Comment by David Arnson — November 3, 2008 @ 8:19 pm
  7. […] music, for the dance party. Then sunday is the all-day Part-Time Punks festival I talked about here. I’m really excited for […]

    Pingback by Acute Records Blog » LA UPDATE — November 14, 2008 @ 11:03 am
  8. Hey Dan,

    It was groovy talking to you at the fest. That was “something” wasn’t it? Total aural gluttony!


    Comment by Ethan - Savage Republic — November 20, 2008 @ 5:35 am
  9. likewise. Though I actually missed you guys! I was running around so much and got myself stuck working the merch table during your set. I’ll post a re-cap soon. It was pretty ridiculous, so many bands. I think at some point I saw you talking to some other bands and it occured to me that some of these bands may have crossed paths a lot back in the day. Did Savage Republic ever play with Urinals/100 Flowers, or even Pylon while on tour?

    Comment by Dan — November 20, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

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