PARTS & LABOR

The Ocropolis is Dead. Long Live the Ocropolis!

Today the Village Voice reports that Monster Island the long standing Brooklyn artist space which houses both Secret Project Robot and Oneida’s recording studio The Ocropolis will close at the end of September. Before then there are still plenty of events scheduled including the annual Monster Island Block Party, taking place this Saturday. Since 2004, Monster Island has been a home to the reemergent Brooklyn scene housing tons of music events including early Todd P shows. Dozens of bands have recorded at the Ocropolis, and tons of artists have either shown their work in the gallery space or used the studio space to launch their creations. The good news is both the Ocropolis and Secret Project Robot will be moving to a yet to be disclosed new space in Bushwick.

Oneida and Parts & Labor help launch the Emergencynth

Meet the Emergencynth a new boutique, limted edition synthesizer and sequencer that will be released tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 1). The device is designed and hand-assembled by Karl LaRocca AKA Kayrock. Members of both Oneida and Parts & Labor contributed to this project. The Emergencynth is limited to 350 copies available either at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, or through the Emergencynth website HERE. More details:

“It has 8 oscillators which can be tuned in unison, spread out over a range of many octaves, or set to various preset harmonies. The oscillators can be set to one of 8 different waveforms: sin, two triangles, two saws, and three square waves. Switches control pitch sweep and 4 amplitude envelopes.

The 32 step sequencer has programmable memory for 8 patterns. It comes with preset patterns written by members of Oneida, Trans Am, Parts & Labor, and Roxy Pain, but you can save over them with your own creations.”

You can see the Emergencynth in action below:

 

Parts & Labor Cover Kanye West’s “Runaway” Tour Japan in July

Parts & Labor recently participated in The Onion’s Undercover series going for gold and putting together an amazing cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway” which you can watch HERE. When asked why they covered Kanye P&L’s Dan Friel responds “We found your list pretty challenging… So in the end we just decided to do the one that seemed the most difficult and ridiculous.” Well Parts & Labor nails it, adding their own signature squall and hard rocking aesthetic to Kanye’s tour-de-force.

In July Parts & Labor will make their first excursion to Japan for a week of shows (tour dates after the jump). P&L has released a number of their albums through Moorworks in Japan, and for the release of their 2008 album Receivers they recorded a version of the lead single “Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese, renaming it “Dokonimonai” check it out below. You can also catch Parts & Labor later this month at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary.

MP3: Parts & Labor “Dokonimonai” (“Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese)

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Parts & Labor Do Daytrotter

New Daytrotter session with Parts & Labor playing extended versions from their new album Constant Future. From Daytrotter:

The one thing that you can never deny this ultra-creative trio is that, even when it sounds like 20 drag races to the death, happening simultaneously, busting out windows with their hauling ass decibels, lighting their clothing, our clothing, the fields, the barns all on fire in doing so, waking everyone within a hundred miles up with its monstrous cacophony, it still comes to us, almost sweetly.

We couldn’t agree more. Check out the session HERE.

The Gold We're Diggin by Parts & Labor

Rest by Parts & Labor
Constant Future by Parts & Labor
A Great Divide by Parts & Labor
Fractured Skies by Parts & Labor
Nowhere Nigh by Parts & Labor

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