Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 10/13/16

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The Pet Shop Boys recently released a new album, Super — and it lives up to its name! Thanks in part to some catchy synths and some keen insights from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe but also thanks to the golden touch of superproducer Stuart Price (that man knows his stuff!).

As you may know, the Pet Shop Boys will visit DC to perform at the Warner Theater on Nov. 11… and the show is super sold-out. Well, we cannot help you with that. But we can toast the arrival of the Pet Shop Boys with a special edition of our Careless Memories: A New Wave Party.

Join Parklife DC on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Dodge City for a Toast to the Pet Shop Boys to celebrate the hits of the Pet Shop Boys and to hear some of that new album as well. While we’re at it, we will use the Pet Shop Boys as a reference point to explore the intersections of new wave, disco, house, techno, and more! (Okay, we won’t have a lot of techno per se, but you’ll be surprised how some of our wave artists lean into techno on occasion, no?)

Enjoy the classic music video for “Opportunities” by the Pet Shop Boys on YouTube:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di60NYGu03Y]

Be prepared for a night of listening to the Pet Shop Boys, The Human League, ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Marc Almond, New Order, the Associates, Saint Etienne, Giorgio Moroder, Bronski Beat (*and* The Communards), Wham!, and probably quite a bit of various projects by Vince Clarke. Oh, and some David Bowie. It’s a night of very literate disco!

You can RSVP on Facebook or simply show up — admission is free!

A Toast to the Pet Shop Boys
Careless Memories: New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Oct. 13
Show @8pm
Free admission
21+

Around Town: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 9/8/16

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Echo & The Bunnymen (Photo courtesy the band)

Did you score tickets to the sold-out show by Echo & The Bunnymen at the 9:30 Club on Friday? Want to celebrate? Join us Thursday at Dodge City for Careless Memories: A New Wave Party as we present a Salute to Psych, which will include an extra big dose of songs by the Bunnymen.

Did you miss out on tickets to the sold-out show by Ian McCulloch and crew at the 9:30 Club on Friday? Then what better way to make up for it than to join us at Careless Memories on Thursday, where we will play a healthy amount of classic tracks by Echo & The Bunnymen and make our own Bunnymen party!

This month, Careless Memories is paying tribute to the crossover bands of neo-psychedelia and new wave, and taking a look at how one subgenre informed the other! This means you’ll hear more than usual from bands like The Church, The Psychedelic Furs, The Teardrop Explodes, XTC, and more!

But of course, our primary concern will be to raise a glass to the leaders of this pack — Echo & The Bunnymen.

Watch the official music video for “Bring on the Dancing Horses” by Echo & The Bunnymen on YouTube:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_bJf3foa5I]

Last week, Parklife DC gave away a pair of tickets to see the Bunnymen show, and in so doing we asked folks about their favorite Bunnymen songs! People overwhelmingly named “The Killing Moon,” but we also saw love for “Bring on the Dancing Horses,” “The Cutter,” “Lips Like Sugar,” “The Back of Love,” “Rescue,” “Villiers Terrace,” “In Bluer Skies,” “No Dark Things,” “Crocodiles,” “Never Stop,” and “Read It in Books!”

I’m going to try to play our fair share of those tracks, so don’t miss it. You can RSVP on Facebook or simply show up — admission is free.

Careless Memories: A Salute to Psych
Dodge City
Thursday, Sept. 8
Show @8pm
Free admission
21+

Ticket Giveaway: Echo & The Bunnymen @ 9:30 Club, 9/9/16

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Ian McCulloch (Photo courtesy Echo & The Bunnymen)

Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant are bringing Echo & The Bunnymen back to DC in a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 9! To celebrate, Parklife DC is throwing a little new wave party that we are calling Careless Memories: A Salute to Psych, where we will play a lot of the neo-psychedelic jams that gave classic new wave a hazy electronic edge.

I invite you to join our party, which will be held at Dodge City on Thursday, Sept. 8 (right around the corner from the 9:30 Club on the night before The Bunnymen perform)! You can RSVP on Facebook or show up — admission is free.

But wait! To take the celebration to the next level, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out Bunnymen concert! Now, that’s smart thinking! Ian would be proud.

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Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 9/8/16

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Echo & The Bunnymen, Clapham Common, Calling Festival, London, on July 4, 2015. (Photo by Drew de F Fawkes)

Last month’s edition of Careless Memories: A New Wave Party at Dodge City was a hit! And it also had a theme: the songs of early MTV.

Well, this month I return with a fresh theme: A Salute to Psych. You see, I’m inspired that Echo & The Bunnymen perform at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 9! And so Careless Memories (A New Wave Party) salutes the neo-psychedelic artists that had great crossover hits between the parallel lines of new wave and neo-psychedelia.

Watch the official music video for “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo & The Bunnymen on YouTube:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hGcJA8fXvU]

Turn up at Dodge City on Thursday, Sept. 8 (the night before The Bunnymen perform) for an extra dose of The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, The Church, The Psychedelic Furs, XTC, probably even The Bangles, and other bands that produced hazy electronic cool.

You can RSVP on Facebook or simply join us — admission is free!  And let me give you an early word for reading this: We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see the sold-out Echo & The Bunnymen show at the 9:30 Club! Check back here tomorrow for details.

Careless Memories:
A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Sept. 8
Show @8pm
Free Admission
21+

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Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 8/11/16

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MTV turned 35 on August 1. (Thanks to Televisione Streaming for the photo!)

Come to Dodge City, and celebrate the early songs of MTV, with our Careless Memories New Wave Party on August 11!

This past Monday marked the 35th anniversary of MTV. Of course, MTV was a very different animal in 1981 than it is today. So it’s a bit easy to forget its cultural impact — which at the time was tremendous!

To celebrate the animal MTV once was, Careless Memories: A New Wave Party, brought to you by Parklife DC, will present selections that helped define an era. In the middle of 1982, the second British Invasion hit US airwaves, and with the help of early MTV, America fell in love with a host of new wave artists. Of course, the underground scenes of US cities like New York and Los Angeles already saw a great deal of guitar-heavy new wave bands bubble up in their clubs. It wasn’t long before the rest of the world caught up!

Watch “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles (the first video ever played on MTV!):
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwuy4hHO3YQ]

So come out and listen to MTV staples like The Buggles, The Vapors, The Talking Heads, David Bowie, Split Enz, The Cars, Blondie, The Pretenders, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Psychedelic Furs, Adam Ant, and more more more.

Also, this Friday, August 5 at the Warner Theatre, the Go-Gos play their final DC show as Belinda Carlisle and company embark on a farewell tour. So we will have a special salute to the California sweethearts, who also saw MTV embrace their first three albums and their spunky videos.

Watch “Our Lips Are Sealed” by the Go-Go’s:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3kQlzOi27M]

Alas, we may not show the videos ourselves, but we have plenty of the timeless tunes that put the M into MTV!

RSVP on Facebook, or simply show up and join us. Admission is free.

Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Celebrates MTV
Dodge City
Thursday, August 11
Show @8pm
Free admission
21+

Around Town: Careless Memories: A New Wave Party @ Dodge City, 7/14/16

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Get your dose of OMD and other new wave bands at Careless Memories this Thursday at Dodge City!

Come by Dodge City on this Thursday night to listen to a night of new wave tunes from yours truly, recently returned from slumming for several weeks around Europe, where I refreshed my own careless memories of some of the best music to come out of the Second British Invasion and other great stuff.

Our party is inspired by the fact that I cover many great bands in the blog here at Parklife DC, and fulfilling a niche to listen to those bands in a fantastic space like Dodge City had been lacking around town recently!

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So join us for an evening of Simple Minds, Howard Jones, Wang Chung, The Human League, ABC, Modern English, Falco, the Eurythmics, Alphaville, Gary Numan, Tears for Fears, Ultravox, Yaz, OMD, Spandau Ballet, and more, plus favorites from our big guns like David Bowie, Duran Duran, New Order, Depeche Mode, and others.

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You can RSVP on our Facebook event page, or you can simply show up for free!

Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, July 14
Show @8pm
Free admission!
21+

Don’t Miss: Careless Memories: A New Wave Party @ Dodge City, 7/14/16

New Wave & Punk

Last month, I visited Durham, NC, for the Moogfest 2016 synthesizer festival. Among other things, I caught three nights of synth pioneer Gary Numan as he performed his first three albums.

While in Durham, I also took some time to explore the city. At a comfortable little club room called Arcana, local DJs host a monthly new wave night called “Durham Durham,” imitating the name of top new wave band Duran Duran. (The sign for the new wave club night mimics the cover of Duran Duran’s album “Seven and the Ragged Tiger!”)

Driving back to DC, it struck me: Our fair city no longer has a monthly party dedicated solely to new wave music. We have plenty of retro parties, many of which are very new wave-friendly. But at this time, we were lacking a dedicated monthly party for bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, New Order, The Human League, ABC, Culture Club, Eurythmics, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Ultravox, Visage, Blondie, Talking Heads, DEVO, Missing Persons, Berlin, Romeo Void, The Cars, and many others.

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