August 15, 2013
Flying under the radar earlier this summer was the second installment in Fuzz City Records‘ Summer of Fuzz compilation series, released exclusively on cassette back on June 10. As with last year’s debut, Summer of Fuzz Volume 2 is chock full o’ hot summertime cuts from a host of bands from around the Bay and beyond, including Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones, White Mystery Drags, Part Time, Sabba Rabba, and label founder Matthew Melton’s band Warm Soda.
Melton was kind enough to share a few tracks from Volume 2 with me recently, and you can hear those cuts (from Drags, Part Time, and Sabba Rabba) below. A fourth track off the comp – Warm Soda’s “Tell Me In A Whisper” – was released in July as a limited edition 7-inch via Italy’s Goodbye Boozy. When you’re done whetting your palette with those teasers, head over to Fuzz City’s website to snag a copy of the new tape and keep your Walkman and boombox busy during the waning days of summer for a mere five bucks.
Drags, “Free Light”
Part Time, “Past The Sleeping Guards Of The Mausileum”
Sabba Rabba, “You Don’t Have”
August 5, 2013
San Francisco’s synthpop outfit Part Time recently dropped their sophomore LP, PDA, on Mexican Summer, and the record is a push forward for the band, not out of 1980s synth-driven territory but further into it, offering familiarity, a thorough harvest of vintage sounds, but also experimentation. Even with its layers of production, silky smooth transitions and cartoon samples, PDA is still driven by the vocal stylings David Speck, whose provocative delivery is sometimes sarcastic and other times downright sexy.
Part Time kicks off a small West Coast tour on Friday, August 16th, at The Chapel along with Berkeley’s Sam Flax and Oakland-based outfit Ruby Pins. The band is streaming “All My Love and All Your Love (Together We Are Fine),” off of its new album on Fader, and the track features Speck repeating the same line of lyrics in a faux British accent. It definitely feels sarcastic, and probably a little sexy too, but as always, its mostly warm, familiar and dripping in lo-fi synthetic sounds.
June 20, 2012
San Francisco’s 80s-inspired murk-pop group Part Time is out with a hilarious video for their latest single, “Is It Magic”, off their new album, What Would You Say?, recently released on Mexican Summer Records.
As if their catchy throwback beats and David Byrne-y vocals in the tune didn’t provide enough to like, the video’s protagonist will make you fall in love with the song instantly. A super nerd who earned my respect immediately with his choice of shirt (RAINBOW PLAID!), it’s hard not to fall for him as he embarks on a powerful journey to win the heart of a girl who is clearly, far, far out of his league. He prepares a candle lit dinner, brings her flowers and balloons, and, well, watch and find out the rest.
May 2, 2012
In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It seems we’re in a “when it rains, it pours” sort of place for significant new local albums, and this mix only scratches the surface of the latest in Bay Area records, with songs from Ty Segall & White Fence, Sleepy Sun, Whirr, and Blasted Canyons. On the touring front, Herman Dune and Royal Headache crossed different oceans to come do some U.S. shows, but both are stopping in SF in May. Additionally, if you don’t immediately recognize some of the names in this playlist, you might recognize their main bands: Dana Buoy is Dana Janssen of Akron/Family’s solo project, while Naytronix is the experimental pop of tUnE-yArDs’ Nate Brenner.
Finally, the month closes with two great local festivals over Memorial Day weekend. In San Francisco, the 2012 installment of the SF Popfest includes several strong indie pop shows. Meanwhile, Oakland’s 1-2-3-4 Go! Records has a packed slate of East Bay shows for a new festival called The Go! Go! Whatever your pleasure, listen to the mix and then go see some shows!
About the bands:
Amidst busy solo careers, Ty Segall & White Fence (“I Am Not A Game”) found time to collaborate on Hair, a new record out now on Drag City. Locals Shannon and the Clams and The Mallard support them at The Independent on May 2.
Royal Headache‘s (“Girls”) debut LP came out last year in Australia, and it’s available stateside this month on What’s Your Rupture? The band is performing at Vitus in Oakland on May 26 as part of 1-2-3-4 Go! Records’ The Go! Go! festival.
Blasted Canyons‘ (“Holy Geometry”) second record is a new EP called 2nd Place, out now on Castle Face Records. The band headlines a top-notch lineup at the Rickshaw Stop on May 23, with Sunbeam Rd and Fine Steps.
April 20, 2012
Mexican Summer recently posted this video for Part Time‘s “I Wanna Take You Out.” The song is from What Would You Say?, which came out in 2011, but Part Time is on tour right now with The Drums and Craft Spells. (via Stereogum)
The Drums, Craft Spells, Part Time
Great American Music Hall
May 12, 2012
March 7, 2012
Rad things now and ahead for Part Time: a new video (above), the Saturday Night tape is out now on Burger Records, and David Speck’s going to be touring the US with The Drums and Craft Spells. That tour hits the Great American Music Hall on May 12th.
Part Time’s SXSW dates can be found below.
January 5, 2012
SF’s Part Time has a new 7″ out this week on Loglady Records, and you can watch the video for the A-side, “Visions of the Future,” below. For all of the nostalgic synth-pop haze, there’s a tangible melancholy that makes this song quite moving. It’s a worthy successor to David Speck’s terrific debut LP last year.
Part Time performs on Sunday, January 15th at the Hemlock Tavern with Permanent Collection and Tint.
December 14, 2011
We might be biased, but, from this vantage point, 2011 reconfirmed that the Bay Area continues to have the most vibrant music community nationwide. The SF scene cranked out a ton of amazing albums this year, and our final podcast of 2011 highlights twelve great releases from Bay Area artists over the past twelve months. This isn’t a “Best of” list per se, but these acts did create some of our favorite music in 2011. We’ll be doing more year-in-review coverage over the next few weeks, but, for now, enjoy this collection of great songs from this year.
Lumerians – Atlanta Brook”
Dominant Legs – “Where We Trip The Light”
We’d been awaiting Dominant Legs’ full length for a while, and Invitation did not disappoint. The SF band created a unique world of buoyant, shimmering pop on the album, with Ryan Lynch and Hannah Hunt’s vocal interplay a particular highlight.
Mikal Cronin – “Get Along”
Before this year, Mikal Cronin had collaborated with Ty Segall on Reverse Shark Attack, and released records with Moonhearts, but his self-titled solo album allowed his unique psych-pop talent to take center-stage.
Exray’s – “Hesitation”
Part Time – “I Wanna Take You Out”
As Part Time, David Speck released a collection of synth-pop gems on Mexican Summer in July. He’ll be following up What Would You Say? with a new 7″ soon.
tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”
Does this one even need any observation? tUnE-yArDs’ profile skyrocketed with the release of the universally-acclaimed w h o k i l l, and we couldn’t be happier.