Can we talk about how awesome Parquet Courts are?

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I've had this record on repeat constantly for the last month. Finally saw them last night. Easily the most direct "indie" band I've seen / heard in ages. It's amazing how refreshing it is to hear a record that isn't smothered in reverb. It's also nice to be reminded how lucky I was to get to see The Yummy Fur so regularly in Glasgow during the 90s.

Oblique Strategies, Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:51 (five years ago) Permalink

so ... SPIN called it the first "must have" (or whatever they call it) of 2013, but hasn't this record been out for months? i was listening to it on bandcamp in the fall, and i know you could order vinyl then.

is there a reissue on a bigger label happening right now?

and yes, it's a great record.

alpine static, Saturday, 12 January 2013 21:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it got picked up by a label for 2013. It was previously self-released.

Fantastic record.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 12 January 2013 23:03 (five years ago) Permalink

saw them for free last night on a whim, never having heard anything by them ... they were f**king killer! i was too stunned to clap or hoot, really. must-see band imo.

the late great, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 23:35 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't mind the record in a very early strokes-ish kind of way but maybe they're a band one needs to see live to 'get' properly

dutch tl;drs (electricsound), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I've never once thought "The Strokes" when listening to this record. It's more like early-80s sloppy Slash Records stuff and a bit of Bob Pollard creeping in from time to time.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:19 (five years ago) Permalink

i definitely hear similarities between master of my craft & the modern age. it was not intended to be a slight.

dutch tl;drs (electricsound), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:53 (five years ago) Permalink

you had me at

a record that isn't smothered in reverb

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 01:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Here's my reference point much more than the Strokes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cckxia_T4po

Oblique Strategies, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 01:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Band name is terrible

nostormo, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:40 (five years ago) Permalink

they're "blowing up" at the same time as Foxygen, so i'll give them a pass

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Counterpoint: I dig the band name

anonanon, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I like the name too.

And compared to Foxygen, I'd rather listen to the 4 Fat Guys Blues Band at my local pub than listen to another second of their horrible record.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:55 (five years ago) Permalink

(Foxygen's horrible record, in case that wasn't clear.)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:56 (five years ago) Permalink

I like this band so far, as solid indie rock. The Fall-via-Pavement graphics thing should probably be retired. They remind me a bit of Black Lipstick (see B.O.B. F.O.S.S.E. by that band on Spotify vs. Stoned and Starving) who were Texas arty punky slackers from the 2000s with similar influences, though less Pavement and more VU.

dlp9001, Sunday, 20 January 2013 17:02 (five years ago) Permalink

"The Fall-via-Pavement graphics thing should probably be retired"

thats the biggest problem with this record. over used.

nostormo, Sunday, 20 January 2013 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

No way. The cover is what drew me to it in the first place.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 20 January 2013 17:55 (five years ago) Permalink

saw them do an instore in Nashville a couple wks back. had listened to the 2011/2012 cassette release American Specialties and Light Up Gold before I saw them.

I really see the comparison to something like the Feelies, also Pavement and Sonic Youth. For that matter, That Dog. I thought the cassette release had some great ideas on it, in terms of basic rock 'n' roll song form plus guitar riffage. some pretty good riffs. disposable riffs is a line from their song about how they find rock 'n' roll boring. to me, some of the new one sounds like the Vibrators. in fact the whole thing is kinda like Pavement ("N Dakota") crossed with the Vibrators' Pure Mania. but like I say, listen to that cassette, you'll hear a band trying to cross the basic with the twisted in the olde-time punk way, like I say, some great ideas in there. for that matter, they sound like the Individuals on "Stoned and Starving," the Hoboken-Chapel Hill guitar pop nexus.

Edd Hurt, Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I mean, I guess on some level the cover art drew me in too, since it makes it clear that the band knows The Fall and Pavement. But maybe they should just put a sticker that says "We liked Paint Work" on the front, and then design original graphics...? I don't know. It's not a big deal at the end of the day.

dlp9001, Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:07 (five years ago) Permalink

""The Fall-via-Pavement graphics thing should probably be retired"

thats the biggest problem with this record. over used."

i meant their music, not the cover art

nostormo, Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

don't really hear the strokes at all

kind of a Feelies vibe, that dry, nervous sound

fieri inna babylon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 21 January 2013 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

this is good!

fieri inna babylon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 21 January 2013 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Not in love with the album yet, but loving the transition between the first two tracks.

anonanon, Monday, 21 January 2013 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I listened to a bit of this record the other night and liked the bits I heard.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:48 (five years ago) Permalink

i love the transitional blank between parquet and courts.

miesepeter (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:50 (five years ago) Permalink

...and the two tracks themselves

[self xpost]

anonanon, Monday, 21 January 2013 23:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Definitely agree with the Pavement sentiment, as well as The Feelies. Never really listened to The Fall, so I cannot comment on their influence.
The only Strokes influence I can hear is really in the lead guitar parts at times, but that's pretty much it.
Stoned and Starving is my favorite song. Regardless, this is a really good record!

scubasteve, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Here's the most overt Pavement/Fall crossover this side of Conduit. Though I vastly prefer Fall to P, I'm pretty fond of this one...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_STY9g7-YPA

dlp9001, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

i think the skwm callout in the pitchfork review ruined this record for me.

an eagle named "small government" (call all destroyer), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:59 (five years ago) Permalink

in that it wasn't an accurate callout in the least? yeah, i was a little disappointed that there weren't more guitar jams or anything else skwm excelled in. such a weird name to check considering all the other, more obvious influences. still, i really like this record.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:37 (five years ago) Permalink

love this album. so fun.

The Fall-via-Pavement graphics thing should probably be retired.

The Fall via Pavement MUSIC thing should probably be retired and yet "Careers in Combat" is one of the best songs on this. (reminds me of "Two States")

I like that it's not all Pavementy art punk straight through though. some of it has more of a Modern Lovers thing goin on. and so did the Strokes so I can see how you could hear early Strokes in this.

dmr, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

in that it wasn't an accurate callout in the least? yeah, i was a little disappointed that there weren't more guitar jams or anything else skwm excelled in. such a weird name to check considering all the other, more obvious influences. still, i really like this record.

― HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:37 AM (47 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yup. gonna give it another shot tho.

an eagle named "small government" (call all destroyer), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

iceage, royal headache, tronics, parquet courts <--- that is a pretty awesome run of re-releases & reissues btw

dmr, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

not sure why foxygen is in this conversation. I don't really wanna hear anyone trying that hard to do exile on main street unless it's royal trux.

dmr, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 18:10 (five years ago) Permalink

weird, silkworm is not a band that i would even remotely compare this to....

silkworm is the fucking greatest

kl0ppa john's (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 18:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, let us please leave Foxygen out of this (or any other) conversation.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

agree with everyone that this is a good band that sounds nothing at all like silkworm

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:18 (five years ago) Permalink

modern lovers is a great ref point

the late great, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

i can't tell how much i like this band vs. how much i just miss bands that sound like this, i guess it doesn't matter but i am feeling old

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^ yeah, i was wondering earlier today how much of my enjoyment comes from just missing bands like this so much. also, silkworm are fucking awesome. speaking of which, tangetially related, i was excited to see that iTunes now has the three exclusive tracks from that bottomless pit import collection thing. much cheaper to but the three tracks on there than fork out $22+ for that when i've already got all the other material.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 21:43 (five years ago) Permalink

ok nevermind i am really into this album now

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

It's been pulled from Spotify. ;_;

Still on bandcamp, tho: http://dulltools.bandcamp.com/album/light-up-gold

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:06 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm listening to it on spotify right now

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Hmm, it's telling me "This album is not available"

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

are you u.s.?

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i can't tell how much i like this band vs. how much i just miss bands that sound like this, i guess it doesn't matter but i am feeling old

― congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:30 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha yeah i can see feeling that way

bert yansh (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:11 (five years ago) Permalink

btw listening now on spotify, i'm in the USA

bert yansh (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Hmm, it's telling me "This album is not available"

if you click on the band name you'll see the one that's still available, there are two versions for the two record labels it's been out on

dmr, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm in the us. idgi...maybe my spotifies is broken.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, I see! I had the old one bookmarked in a playlist.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:24 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah Almost Had To Start a Fight is good

niels, Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:57 (one month ago) Permalink

new song & video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iir8HyAKqQM

flappy bird, Monday, 30 April 2018 17:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds a little like an R.E.M. song

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 30 April 2018 17:41 (one month ago) Permalink

(specifically, one w/Mike Mills vox - like "Texarkana")

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 30 April 2018 17:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Boring

nostormo, Monday, 30 April 2018 18:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Always liked the Savage songs better

nostormo, Monday, 30 April 2018 18:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds a little like an R.E.M. song

Yes, I can definately hear Peter Buck´s signature strumming style. But why are they teasing so many songs? I prefer to have the album release now.

EvR, Monday, 30 April 2018 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Boring

― nostormo

yup. i'm pretty evenly split on Savage & Brown, i think they both have a lot of duds.

flappy bird, Monday, 30 April 2018 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

First half of the record is good. 2nd half is sometime boring sometime just plain bad.

nostormo, Monday, 7 May 2018 17:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds like a Parquet Courts album

flappy bird, Monday, 7 May 2018 17:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Mmm..i think HP was better. More homogenic.
Though Total Football and Had To Start A Fight are some of their best records

The Austin Brown songs are the weakest link i think.

They try new sounds and genres here but they should stick with what they know best if they asked me which of course they won't lol

nostormo, Monday, 7 May 2018 18:21 (one month ago) Permalink

what they know best = that well is pretty dry

flappy bird, Monday, 7 May 2018 18:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes they are not the greatest/most original band but i like them enough

nostormo, Monday, 7 May 2018 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqZTK_NneOA

flappy bird, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 05:38 (one month ago) Permalink

there's a lot to like about the new record but it is pretty weird, and i'd say willfully incoherent. the title track certainly isn't the only thing they try that doesn't quite land. it's early still but i suspect this won't be an album of theirs that i put on start to finish too often in the long term.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the idea of playing white funk by injecting slap bass bores me, but, yes, ,I hear enough weirdness on this album to keep me listening. I like the mid tempo and ballads best ("Mardi Gras Beads").

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i like mardi gras beads a lot, his other couple tracks i am less sure about so far. one thing with austin is that when he has an idea for a song he never writes it just once.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

How are these guys live?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they've been great every time i've seen them, altho the last time now was the tour for sunbathing animal. but i am seeing them tomorrow nite at a slightly larger venue so i can report back after that.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

please do!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

decent review here https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/parquet-courts-wide-awake/

niels, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not a huge Parquet Courts fan, but this new album is a step in a good direction, especially some of the more keyboard-heavy tracks.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah that last song with the piano is my favourite so far (only after 2 listens though)

nate woolls, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I found that Pfork review totally baffling

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i thought it was great but mike powell's one of my fav music writers

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm finding Savage's vocals sort of unbearable at this point.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I listened to half of that p4k concert yesterday afternoon, all new songs I think, sounded good.

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

show last night was great. the best i have seen them, afaicr. they were very on, lots of energy, seemed to be enjoying themselves. the new songs sounded very good, total football was an explosive opener. even inspired the always-embarrassing indie mosh. fuck tom brady was unexpectedly well received (in boston). interesting setlist overall, mostly stayed away from the singles from previous records but they are still playing master of my craft>borrowed time and light up gold ii, god bless them. we got a very loud, extended jam, audience participation version of wide awake which even to me sounds horrible as i type it but was honestly incredible, like they were leaning in to the ridiculousness of it. minor quibble would be that they biased the sound towards the loud songs so those really popped but the more midtempo stuff lost something. even so, i think austin's songs are always a bit more convincing live, and mardi gras beads was a highlight.

anyway, highly recommended. so glad i went, as i had been on the fence and in the end only really decided to go because of the support (goat girl - also terrific)

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that's good to hear about borrowed time & show overall, would def see them again

flappy bird, Friday, 25 May 2018 05:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Can't believe all the hate upthread for Wide Awake -- I think it's their best album since LUG.

enochroot, Saturday, 26 May 2018 01:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

At least each of the other intervening LPs had one or two great songs that I would put on a playlist or something. They’ve completely lost me here.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 26 May 2018 02:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Even the all-offending title track isn't that bad

PaulTMA, Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Unofficial anthem of World Cup '18

FUCK TOM BRADY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP9l9HBJ1o0

Dark Mavis (Michael B), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:53 (six days ago) Permalink

panini design in the video is a delight

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:16 (five days ago) Permalink

so, how awesome are they?

flopson, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:32 (five days ago) Permalink

That is one of the best lyrics video I’ve seen in my life.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:22 (five days ago) Permalink

SUAC!

Mark G, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:12 (five days ago) Permalink

(That's "Stands up and claps" which probably doesn't exist but hey)

Mark G, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:13 (five days ago) Permalink

So I cooled hugely on this band when I heard Sunbathing Animal... BUT this album is really really really good fun.

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:49 (five days ago) Permalink

Do people hate the title track? It's a highlight for me

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:50 (five days ago) Permalink

Mardi Gras Beads = Range Life. Not my favourite on the record. But as a whole, the record has this cut-up chocolate box selection vibe that kind of reminds me of Check Your Head for some reason

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:53 (five days ago) Permalink

the Wide Awake song grew on me, still find the Dangermouse production useless and off-putting - just adds low end, rounds the bass, softens everything, a slightly weaker version

no doubt this will be fun live

niels, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:57 (five days ago) Permalink

wide awake (the song) has grown on me too

Dark Mavis (Michael B), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:00 (five days ago) Permalink

I like all their albums bar "human performance" which was kinda dreary - "Berlin got blurry" is a good track from it though

Dark Mavis (Michael B), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:02 (five days ago) Permalink

It was the song that stood out when I first heard it, but then I'm very susceptible to tracks where bands deviate wildly from their usual style, and also lightweight whiteboy new wave funk, so

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:03 (five days ago) Permalink

Wide Awake the song is pretty inoffensive, was never getting the 'worst song ever' vibes as mentioned upthread. The video seemed to be the most annoying element (didn't bother me)

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:36 (five days ago) Permalink

i mean, it's hilarious and tongue-in-cheek and self-deprecating and manages to self-consciously out-do LCD Soundsystem at their own game in just a couple of minutes, so for me it's win/win

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:38 (five days ago) Permalink

i can see how people would hate it for those exact reasons but if i wanted to hear more Pavement nostalgia I'd reach for Sparkle Hard

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:39 (five days ago) Permalink

That's the thing -- LCD needs to go away, not get outdone.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:39 (five days ago) Permalink

i'm not even a big fan of LCD - can take or leave them, but it's a jam and it would fit right into a mix between the Rapture and Lescop

Specifically:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HP04nfUi4g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njpw2PVb1c0

also makes for light relief about 3/4s into the album

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:45 (five days ago) Permalink


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