i was a par avion kid -- club par avion los angeles 2000 to 2007

journal of club par avion
work in progress


in the summer of 2000 I moved to los angeles from montréal. as i didn't know a single angeleno, i decided to throw a party and make friends by handing out paper flyers outside of britpop danceclubs at three in the morning. intended as an internationalist complement to the thriving indie, britpop, mod and 60's scenes, club par avion filled dancefloors to bursting until 2007. it remains for me the most personal of creative projects i have worked on; the one of which i am the most proud; but also the one which is the most difficult to look back upon, because ultimately the end of this party was the triumph of my self-doubt, anxiety and a debilitating fear of hubris.


Club Par Avion was unlike other parties: 
-Unpretentious and self-effacing,
-Par Avion shunned popular appeal
-and favoured 
-the spirit and aesthetics of  
-underground clubs, abandoned warehouses and sweaty basements.
-Once you were in the know,
-it felt as though you had been welcomed amongst the intimacy of the cognoscenti; 
-a secret fellowship of adorable, multi-lingual broken toys.

Inspired and modeled upon the
formative, life-changing parties of 
my ska, punk rock and northern soul youth  
Par Avion was one of those parties 
where the music was feverous
the dancefloor was packed 
-the mixes which gave you chills 
and the dancers made it rain
--
which is the effect, at once both musical and metereological, 
when the sweat and smoke inside a small, under-ventilated dance space 
rises to the ceiling to the point-of saturation, 
the walls weep and the ceiling drips,
completing the dancefloor water-cycle and 
thus making it rain.
The Par Avion Kids know what I'm talking about.

The inspiration for the party ultimately came from the great parties that came before us: 

Listening to ska and two-tone in my teens, I came to believe that every party should be like the Dance Craze 2-Tone Records film: a raucous, vivacious affair, dripping in sweat, cool, sex appeal and dancing fun. 

The Montreal Ska scene from 1995 to 2000.

Ska Hops
Two-Tone
Montreal Ska Scene
Northern Soul parties at mod scooter rallies 

international colouring contest Toronto
international colouring contest was SUCH a good party. britpop/mod/indie intermingled with #shibuya-kei and #clubpop in Toronto circa 1999. the first time I heard Puffy on a dancefloor (back before they were called #PuffyAmiYumi), played alongside #Stereolab #Pizzicato5 and the cannon of late-1990's #britpop and indie.
[our first CPA-ICC crossover episodes happened in September and October of 2001]

bardot a-go-go SF
-oranj
-pink frankenstein



cafe bleu
blow-up toronto
bang! LA










Guided by a DIY ethos,
in the early days, 
-made zines 
-sold zines 
-pressed our own buttons and badges
-handmade cut, paste and copy flyers

started completely analogue
-2000 Make-Out Club 
-2001 Friendster
-2003 Myspace
-2006 Facebook


DJ's
Soju
Alfie
Ornaj
Maurice de la Falaise
Cody



from maurice de la falaise:

"In late August, 2000 I was djing at a house party in L.A. when a guy came up to me and ask me if I could please play anything by BIS and "I could go to his dance club party for free forever!" If I did.  Sure I said and I played "Eurodisco" and he went nuts and danced like a kid without ritalin. That guy was also handing out flyers that listed Air, Pizzicato Five, The Cardigans, Bjork, Stereolab, BIS, Saint Etienne, etc. as music to be played for a party called Club Par Avion happening in Little Tokyo (I believe) I thought it was really interesting since everything at that time at the clubs in L.A. was mainly britpop, 60's or 80's clubs, and this party was playing music from bands I love, so I asked my best friend at the time Thomas Phillip to go with me to check it out. The night was cute, not too many people but the right people. My friend and I felt really comfortable there. We danced a bit and mingled. The music was mostly J-Pop, Soul, 60's and IndiePop. I can't recall how I exchanged information with the party dj/promoter but somehow I sent him a cassette tape mix (possibly through mail) and a few months later I got this email: >From: "Christopher Graper" >To: bigtimesensuality1@yahoo.com >Subject: par avion for maurice de la falaise!! >Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 08:23:42 >Hello Maurice!! This is chris from par avion here. I loved your tape and we really should talk about the next par avion. E-mail me at this address mohairlad@xxxxxxx.com for the time being or call me at 213 388 XXXX. I'll be in Iceland until the 6th of March, so call me then!!! Your tape rocked!! >chris avion And a few weeks later: Mar 6, 2001 at 1:40 AM Chris Graper <mohairlad@xxxxxxx.com> To: bigtimesensuality1@yahoo.com Hey maurice, I'm in the works on trying to get the next night going, I'm not sure the date just yet, but you'll be the first to know.  When is your next thing in TJ going on? And out of curiosity, does the band and song list on the tape you gave me cue up with the songs that are actually on the tape?  I'm not totally sure, but some of those songs are just mind blowing and I just want to know who is behind them.  E-mail me back or better yet, give me a call at 213 388 XXXX, in a day or so specifically, as I am snowed in on the east coast for awhile. Chris I had made him a mixtape with songs from Stereo Total, La Casa Azul - Oficial, Andreas Dorau, Figurine, Le Mans, Niza, Flans, La Monja Enana, France Gall, Jeanette, Mirwais, etc. A couple of months went by and Chris and I started talking more and he was planning the next party and wanted to include me, alongside with his other dj partner Kula Baker aka DJ ORANGE which who had been a part of Par Avion back at Micelli's Basement in Hollywood (which I never got to go because of schedule conflicts) and start again at Alterknit-Lounge inside the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Blvd. an all ages space with a room capacity of 49 (which we ended up breaking that rule several times) On May 17th, 2001 our first night together was about to commence. I drove to the venue early and parked on the street next to a gift shop that sold film roll I wanted to get for my camera. I was a bit nervous going in, I had just really known Chris through email mainly and wasn't sure really what to expect but I said ok let's do this. The beginning of the night, I played for a bit to warm up the room, it was slow and quiet, the crowd seemed very interested in the music yet shy to start dancing. About a couple of hours in, more people started coming in, seeing familiar faces made me more at ease (and possibly a few $3 screwdrivers!) when it was my turn to dj again I felt more comfortable and played most of the songs I had included on that mixtape, and more people started dancing, it also helped that my friend Scarlett Casanova was there along with La Rae and other friends and broke the ice on the dancefloor. Our first night had been a great night. I had found a place that I felt comfortable being me and playing the music I love. (I had officially moved to Los Angeles three months earlier only knowing a few friends and still driving back and forth to my hometown Tijuana almost every weekend because I missed my friends) This time I started to meet new people, great people whom I am friends to this day. ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.250175595556... ) a few months later DJ Cody Codeine aka Cody Wayne had also joined the party (one of the  most avant-garde music connoisseurs and one of the few djs that first started playing electroclash in the city) The L.A. Times wrote an article review on us: (https://www.facebook.com/clubparavion/posts/10159138067005557) and we started to get more attention from other club promoters that would come to our parties and we started collaborating. We stayed at The Knitting Factory for a couple of years and in that time we got to do dj sets for Stereo Total, Momus, The Gossip, etc. Thanks to one of the best bookers ever Courtney Knopf. We then moved to a new location, a basement/lounge bar inside The Ramada Inn on Vermont Ave. with a hypnotizing light up dancefloor that seemed magical. By this time, our beloved DJ Orange had moved on to other things. Chris and I have grown closer in friendship, he was always the one setting up the gigs, organizing everything for everyone. This venue had a bit more space and we could basically do whatever we wanted with it. By then we had put out a compilation CD on Eenie Meenie Records with songs that reflected the music that we played at the parties and somehow Rolling Stone Magazine got a hold of it and wrote a review and gave us 3 (out of 4) stars. ( https://mauricedelafalaise.tumblr.com/.../mauricedelafala... ) After a while of doing Par Avion similar parties started around the city, some even using the same concept (remember Air Club?! lolz) and other parties by our club patrons started as well. By 2007, Chris moved back to Canada for school. Cody and I tried to keep the same music format going with our own party (FANCY! Pop Club) for a year or so and then finally we all parted to fulfill other projects. The end of Par Avion That story time is accompanied by a few mixes I made of all those songs I used to play at Par Avion all those years. I took me a while to put them together mainly because when I started recording I would get very nostalgic and my mind wandered off. A few of the songs and mixes I had to re-record and transfer from cassette tape to digital (I used to record my mixes on tape when practicing) some of the volumes are not pristine, but you'll get an essence of what those nights were like. Par Avion will forever hold a special place in my heart and it's something unique we created 💙 (in the comment section I will leave links to the rest of the mixes, enjoy)"

the par avion sound

track list?













YOUTUBE MIX CLUB PAR AVION FOREVER JAMS


party photos, flyers and artwork

- Corrupted Photos
Missing Photos


2002


2002.02.09 and 23
2002.03.09 and 23
flyer 16


2002.02.09


2002.02.09


2002.02.09


2002.02.09


2002.02.23


2002.02.23


2002.01.12 and 26
flyer 15


2002.01.26


2002.01.12
flyer 15

2001


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31
fais do-do
flyer 14


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31
fais do-do
flyer 14


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


club par avion and club underground
2001.12.31


2001.12.08
2001.12.22
flyer 13


2001.12.08
2001.12.22
flyer 13


2001.12.08


2001.12.22


2001.11.10
2001.11.24
flyer 12


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.08


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.11.24


2001.09.07 in toronto
2001.10.13 in los angeles
flyer 11


2001.09.07 in toronto
2001.10.13 in los angeles
flyer 11


2001.09.07 in toronto


2001.09.07 in toronto


2001.09.07 in toronto


2001.10.18
la times


2001.09.01
2001.09.15
2001.09.29
flyer 10


2001.09.01


2001.09.29


2001.09.29


2001.09.15


2001.08.18
flyer 09


2001.08.18


2001.07.05
2001.07.19
2001.08.04
flyer 08


2001.07.05


2001.07.05


2001.07.05


2001.07.05


2001.07.05


2001.06.21
flyer 07


2001.06.21


2001.06.21


2001.06.21


2001.06.21


2001.06.21


2001.06.21


2001.05.17
2001.06.01
flyer 06


2001.05.17


2001.05.17


2001.05.17


2001.05.17


2001.05.17


2001.05.17


2001.02.22
flyer 05

2001.02.03
"I don't like young people, and I don't like dancing"
jim freek's la weekly article eloquently detailing the move from Hollywood to Little Tokyo and back


2001.01.06
2001.02.03 (cancelled)
flyer 04


2001.01.06
i was a par avion kid


2000.12.02 -- the third one is the one that really popped
flyer 03


2000.12.02
cover art of the short-lived, copy-and-paste club par avion zine


2000.12.02
cover art of the short-lived, copy-and-paste club par avion zine


2000.12.02
welcome dj oranj to the fam, seen here casually smoking in a bar like its totally normal cause its 2000

2000.12.02
welcome this irrepressible birch to the fam
dj cody


2000.10.07
flyer 02
the move uptown to miceli's basement in hollywood


2000.09.07
flyer 01


2000.09.07
the first party
(trust me you missed it cause nobody came)


2000.09.07
the original arrow