A New York based label and regular event that channels authenticity through analogue “retro-resistance”.
Wierd’s retro-resistance is more ideological. They resist the mass media’s belief in novelty-as-quality, resist the forced ‘progress’ of neo-liberal capitalism – where ‘progress’ means a drive for efficiency at the expense of human interaction.
(The Wire, 08/2010)
One of the longest running weekly music parties in New York City, the Wierd Party was established in 2003 by artist and DJ Pieter Schoolwerth and has long been NYC’s premier showcase for artists and DJs working within the Cold Wave, Minimal Electronic (aka ‘Minimal Synth’), and Experimental Electronic/Industrial Noise genres of alternative pop and dance music. The party began as a small group of friends spinning records weekly at the Southside Lounge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn who in 2004 began staging larger, roaming monthly live music events in lofts and warehouses nearby. By the end of 2006 the party had outgrown its Brooklyn home and relocated to Home Sweet Home on Chrystie St. in Manhattan where it is held every Wednesday evening to this day. In addition, with the move to Manhattan Pieter expanded the party into a record label – Wierd Records, which has released music by many of the bands who have DJed and performed live at the party.
The Wierd Mix for PLAYBerlin:
1. Martial Canterel – ”Arctic Invention’
2. Automelodi – ‘Buanderie Jazz’
3. Xeno & Oaklander – ’4th Wall’
4. Frank(just Frank) – ‘Ride of Lifetime’
5. Staccato du Mal – ‘Su Ultimo Secreto’
6. Epee du Bois – ‘Misery’
7. Kindest Lines – ‘Baltimore’(demo)
8. Figure Study – ‘Another Side’
9. Led Er Est – ‘Poll Gorm’
10. Three to Forgotten – ‘Frostbite’