Tonight In LA: Target Video’s Raw Power

Fellow Angel City residents! If you love love music and obscure video, tonight – Thursday April 30 – holds a very special treat. Joe of Target Video, a legendary San Francisco-based punk video archive, has gathered some rarities from the past which The Silent Movie Theater will screen tonight only. On the menu, from Target Video’s newsletter:

Joe’s gone through and put together some gems from the past including: the Suburban Lawns, Middle Class, Nervous Gender, the Bags, the Minutemen, TSOL, the Mau Maus, Catholic Discipline, Castration Squad, the Plugz, BPeople, Chrome, Tuxedomoon, Young Marble Giants and favorites like the Screamers, the Dils, Devo and Black Flag. He’s even dug up a Mentors clip. There will be tidbits like Nash the Slash, who’s virtually unknown in the US.

Unlike our “Underground Forces” series, this show is more MTV style so that we could get in as many bands as possible. This stuff is direct from the library, and unrefined.

Need I convince you further? Well, I’m afraid I can’t because finding all those band links has rendered me incapable. However, here’s Castration Squad, rocking their way into your hearts straight from Hollywood, 1980.

“Jack is 53, doesn’t look any more dead than me” Ahh, yess.

Whether this will be a roaring trip down memory lane or an introductory crash course depends on you, but one thing is certain: this night is not to be missed! I’ll be there honing my knowledge and toasting the event with cheap champagne, if my last visit to this theater is any indication.

The Silent Movie Theater is located 611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-655-2510
The show starts at 7:30.
[Of course there will be sound]

11 Responses to “Tonight In LA: Target Video’s Raw Power”

  1. Tequila Says:

    That’s a pretty high level of awesome…some of those I’ve only heard and have never actually seen footage of.

    “Need I convince you further?”

    Depends on how much of that cheap champagne there is to go around :P

  2. Zoetica Says:

    Tequila, you know you need to go tonight. That’s just all there is to it.

  3. Ita Says:

    I have been to most of the other punk rock movies during the course of the last 8 weeks, and they have all been good.

    And while the theater will not give out champagne, they do offer free beer. They hand out a couple of boxes through the course of the evening.

  4. Zoetica Says:

    Ita, we bring our own champagne! Will you be there tonight?

  5. rickie Says:

    how long is it going on for? i may stop by later.

  6. Zoetica Says:

    Rickie, about 2 hours! Come out!

  7. Vivacious G Says:

    I can’t go. Humph. Take pictures or else.

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  9. Tequila Says:

    @Zo…I don’t think the crowd would have appreciated the “Is he coughing up a lung?” cough I still have. Some would probably freak out thinking I have the swine flu :P

    Look forward to pics and the full report about it…or at the very least some drunken ramblings via twitter.

  10. Zoetica Says:

    You’re probably better off, Tequila – it was sold out [barely made it in], though they did add a second 11pm show to compensate.

  11. Tequila Says:

    Sad I missed it but happy to hear it sold out. That’s actually cool they added a second screening.