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.
September 12, 2011
Every Monday, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.
Saturday: The 2011 Rock Make Street Festival!!
Obviously, our top pick this week is the 2011 Rock Make Street Festival (Facebook event), our fourth annual free, all ages, all day celebration of local arts, crafts, and music, taking place on Saturday, September 17th on Treat Avenue at 18th Street (12-7pm, Free, All Ages). The lineup of bands is crazy awesome, so be sure to come and see Tartufi, Battlehooch, Birds & Batteries, Bare Wires, Phantom Kicks, James and Evander, Cannons & Clouds, Sean Smith, ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted, Mist Giant, Vons De Qua and the SF Rock Project’s House Band.
Also, don’t miss our Rock Make pre-party at the Verdi Club on Wednesday night!
Teen Daze celebrates the release of A Silent Planet
Teen Daze‘s new A Silent Planet EP was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Out Of The Silent Planet. The album comes out on September 13th, the same day that the Vancouver electronic pop artist performs with locals Yalls and Speculator at Public Works (8pm, $6).
Recommended, 9/6-9/11: Born Gold/Part Time, Mission Creek at McLaren Park, P.S. I Love You, Chromatics
September 6, 2011
Every week, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.
Born Gold bring Bodysongs to The Knockout
This month, frenetic Canadian electro-pop band Born Gold (formerly known as Gobble Gobble) releases its debut LP Bodysongs, which collects a variety of the band’s recent singles. The group’s North American tour comes to The Knockout on September 8th (9pm, $6). They’ll be joined by locals Part Time and Religious Girls at the epicsauce-presented show.
Saturday: Mission Creek Music Festival at McLaren Park
Mission Creek‘s annual free McLaren Park show is this Saturday, September 10th (11:30am-8pm, Free, All Ages), and this year sees performances by Spindrift, Sam Flax & Higher Color, Actually (ex-Hard Place), The She’s, Skystone, and Carletta Sue Kay. The amphitheater in McLaren Park is one of the city’s hidden gems, and this is an excellent reason to check it out.