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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

you had me at

a record that isn't smothered in reverb

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

Band name is terrible

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

Counterpoint: I dig the band name

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

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

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

this is good!

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

i love the transitional blank between parquet and courts.

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

...and the two tracks themselves

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

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

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

modern lovers is a great ref point

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

ok nevermind i am really into this album now

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

i'm listening to it on spotify right now

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

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

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

are you u.s.?

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

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

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

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

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

yeah. only track i keep coming back to is "Steady on My Mind." light up gold is the most consistent but with all their records there are only a couple songs that stick for me.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

good on them for being so prolific, though.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 17:03 (one year ago) Permalink

so this album is pretty good

feel that this level of enthusiasm is pegging red where the quarts are concerned

Keks + Nuss (contenderizer), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

and i like them alright

Keks + Nuss (contenderizer), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

it's weird that a band can have so many albums and yet not one riff

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

they have a couple great ones: drop D riff that comes in halfway thru "Everyday It Starts" and the chorus lick in "Borrowed Time."

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

There's loads of great riffs on Light Up Gold - Stoned & Starving, Tears O Plenty for starters - I can't really recall a single one on the new album after 3 listens, that's my problem with it.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Um,the 'dust' one for a kickoff?

Mark G, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 21:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I would like to like this band more. In some ways they remind me of Butterglory (who I also thought were pretty good, fwiw) in that they're doing moderately catchy tricks with the basic elements of the indie rock playbook, but not really bringing anything hugely exciting to the table. I sort of hope that they stay popular-ish, keep churning out releases, and eventually stumble across something that makes them a great band.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 23:09 (one year ago) Permalink

This might be my favorite of their releases yet. Feel like they're working a really rich vein right now.

o. nate, Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:26 (one year ago) Permalink

This is the first of their releases I keep coming back to. Have only ever streamed any of the records, to be fair, but I've possibly already felt compelled to listen to this more times than any of the others. Unfortunate though that 'Already Dead', which currently comes up as the (quite appealing) opener on Spotify, is seemingly absent from physical copies.

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Is it not the last track?

Mark G, Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Not on my CD it's not, digital bonus track according to Wikipedia.

nate woolls, Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:23 (one year ago) Permalink

oh.

Mark G, Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:26 (one year ago) Permalink

It's marked as 'digital only' and as track 1 in Spotify in my part of the world. Someone will likely correct that any instant but it's a pleasingly 'WTF?' way to start the album while it lasts.

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:52 (one year ago) Permalink

There's loads of great riffs on Light Up Gold - Stoned & Starving, Tears O Plenty for starters - I can't really recall a single one on the new album after 3 listens, that's my problem with it.

How bout that Spanish surf of "Berlin Got Blurry"?

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Not sure the new album is really about riffs, but the songs seem to hold together well. "Steady on My Mind" seems almost a reprise of "No Idea" from Light Up Gold. That picked guitar figure is very similar.

o. nate, Friday, 15 April 2016 02:32 (one year ago) Permalink

http://www.avclub.com/article/parquet-courts-sean-yeaton-hates-don-mcleans-arrog-234698

This feature is usually terrible and it's insanely long but I loled pretty heartily at this:

The backward example of it is Chumbawamba. They’re famous for that “Tubthumping” song, but their roots are in anarcho-punk and Crass Records and shit. They have a 7-inch EP that’s fucking phenomenal anarcho-crust-punk. It’s a great record of truly political fucked-up awesome punk rock music. I use it as a party trick. I love busting it out and being like, “Guess who this is.” And they’re like, “I don’t know! Who is it? I’m hammered drunk!” I’m like, “It’s Chumbawamba!” And they’re like, “Who cares?!” But I care. It’s awesome.

JoeStork, Friday, 15 April 2016 17:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Which record does he mean though?

PaulTMA, Friday, 15 April 2016 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

this is great. they have either moved away from or haven't got the kind of individual stand outs from light up gold anymore but the overall level of the songs is so high. i think with content nausea they achieved consistency at the expense of the variety of light up gold and the latest has managed both.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:22 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

performance with Bun B!

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

mizzell, Friday, 15 July 2016 13:31 (one year ago) Permalink

wow

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 July 2016 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

is there a Judgment Night remake coming out?

Οὖτις, Friday, 15 July 2016 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

i realized i listened to this when it came out, liked it, and completely forgot about it

global tetrahedron, Friday, 15 July 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

nothing really stands out on this one to me, but it's very nice throughout

niels, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I only really like the Savage songs, but there's a lot of good ones on this album.

o. nate, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:03 (one year ago) Permalink

The other guy did write Master Of My Craft tho

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:07 (one year ago) Permalink

I like this album; it's about the only album recorded by white guys playing guitars that might make my ballot.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:23 (one year ago) Permalink

If you like this album you should check out the new Tyvek. A little noisier but in the same vein and very good

Immediate Follower (NA), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:42 (one year ago) Permalink

The other guy did write Master Of My Craft tho

He's written a lot of good ones, but on this album, I'm not feeling them as much.

o. nate, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 01:15 (one year ago) Permalink

tyvek sounds nice too! def more noisy

niels, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

borrowed time is a perfect song

flappy bird, Thursday, 26 January 2017 06:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLa5n3frfR4

EvR, Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:51 (three months ago) Permalink

sounds good!

often feel Danger Mouse softens the edges too much, but here it's fitting

niels, Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:08 (three months ago) Permalink

did we already talk about A. Savage's solo album in here? thread bump reminded me of it. got a promo email about it maybe a month ago, it's called Thawing Dawn, out October 13th.

https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/595ffe9a850f7f5d01b52db7/master/pass/DT020web.jpg

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Didn't know about that Savage solo album. Will be looking forward to it. Not immediately sold on the teaser track, but the concept is interesting.

o. nate, Friday, 18 August 2017 00:29 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Love that single and Wild Wild horses.
Looks like a very interesting solo album.

nostormo, Thursday, 7 September 2017 21:24 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Can we talk about how good is the new A Savage solo album is?

Sort of like Bill Callahan meets John Cale. Great producrion too..

nostormo, Sunday, 15 October 2017 13:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for reminding me it's out now. Will give it a listen.

o. nate, Monday, 16 October 2017 01:17 (one month ago) Permalink

given the constant pavement comparisons it's funny how much the first song on this sounds like range life

na (NA), Monday, 16 October 2017 02:17 (one month ago) Permalink

that record does indeed sound great

niels, Monday, 16 October 2017 18:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes, i'm surprised it doesn't get much publication.

nostormo, Monday, 16 October 2017 20:18 (one month ago) Permalink

enthusiasm for them peaked with Light Up Gold, I think. I like em decently, they're good for 3-4 great songs per record, I but I find them frustratingly mediocre and, especially in Savage's case, totally lacking in self-awareness & a sense of humor. Still haven't listened to his solo record, will tonight. Encouraged by posts here.

flappy bird, Monday, 16 October 2017 23:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I loved them live. Also I thought Monastic Living was grebt but admittedly I only listened to it once. Loud.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:44 (one month ago) Permalink

First take on this new one is that there's a thin line between good A. Savage and bad A. Savage, and he doesn't always know where it is, but the good stuff is pretty good.

o. nate, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:55 (one month ago) Permalink

buried review at p4k today, still have to listen to this https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/a-savage-thawing-dawn/

flappy bird, Monday, 23 October 2017 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

the linked track in that review is great

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 October 2017 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

AllMusic review of Milano by Daniele Luppi/Parquet Courts

EvR, Sunday, 5 November 2017 20:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sounds p good to me, they sure have a recognizable style

niels, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 20:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love the record with luppi. just 9 songs over half an hour but all of them great.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 17 November 2017 03:17 (one week ago) Permalink


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