Part Time’s got a new synth-pop jam: “My Jamey”

David Speck's Part Time is hitting the road later this month, right around the time he releases a new split 7" with tourmates Gap Dream. "My Jamey" is the sort of warped synth pop that Speck does so well; if you dig this, do seek out last year's PDA, an under-the-radar gem of an album. The new 7" is out on Burger/Lollipop Records on August 26th. Dig all of the Part Time/Gap Dream dates, which kick off at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall with Danny James on August 23, below. 8/23 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and [...]

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Fuzz City releases second annual 'Summer of Fuzz' cassette

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 [...]

Part Time kicks off mini tour in SF

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 [...]

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Video: Part Time – "Is it Magic"

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 [...]

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Live This Month: May 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #278)

Live This Month: May 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #278) 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 [...]

Video: Part Time – "I Wanna Take You Out"

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 9pm, $17

By |April 20, 2012|Tags: |

Part Time releases 'Visions of the Future' 7"

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.

By |January 5, 2012|Tags: |

Mixtape: Twelve Bay Area Highlights from 2011 (Podcast #263)

Mixtape: Twelve Bay Area Highlights from 2011 (Podcast #263) 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 [...]

Recommended, 9/12-9/18: Rock Make Street Festival, Teen Daze, Deerhoof at SFMOMA, Part Time/Pamela

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 [...]

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