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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

you had me at

a record that isn't smothered in reverb

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 01:00 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

Band name is terrible

nostormo, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:40 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

Counterpoint: I dig the band name

anonanon, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:42 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:56 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

"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 (nine years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 20 January 2013 17:55 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

""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 (nine years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

this is good!

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

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

anonanon, Monday, 21 January 2013 20:04 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

i love the transitional blank between parquet and courts.

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

...and the two tracks themselves

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anonanon, Monday, 21 January 2013 23:18 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

dmr, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 18:09 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 18:48 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

modern lovers is a great ref point

the late great, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:42 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

^^^ 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 (eight years ago) link

ok nevermind i am really into this album now

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

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 (eight years ago) link

i'm listening to it on spotify right now

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

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

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:08 (eight years ago) link

are you u.s.?

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:24 (eight years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:24 (eight years ago) link

those would be they

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:08 (three years ago) link

I think you can talk about pavement. They’re not a NSBM band last I checked

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:09 (three years ago) link

just having some fun "treeship"

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:12 (three years ago) link

When did Pavement mention soccer? (I know they had football lyrics...)

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:13 (three years ago) link

Feel like stephen makmus would be down for a kick around, maybe if he happens to be in a park on a crisp autumn day and others are playing

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:15 (three years ago) link

I thought Pavement was all about betting at the horse track

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:16 (three years ago) link

Weezer are more closely identified w/soccer... maybe Parquet Courts are the new Weezer!

https://amp.theguardian.com/football/2008/jun/29/popandrock

https://consequenceofsound.net/2010/06/weezer-releases-unofficial-u-s-soccer-song-represent/amp/

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:22 (three years ago) link

It was those lyrics about "Using" in Freebird 2

Mark G, Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:31 (three years ago) link

malkmus is def a jock but he’s way more into basketball as I understand

still like the new one a lot, but if the ones i’ve heard, “light up gold” is still their best to my ears

k3vin k., Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:39 (three years ago) link

new interview with a. savage: https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house/bonus-interview-with-parquet-courts-a-savage

flappy bird, Monday, 20 August 2018 16:37 (three years ago) link

Hahahahahaha

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 20 August 2018 16:44 (three years ago) link

10 minutes in. they are talking about The Strokes

flappy bird, Monday, 20 August 2018 16:44 (three years ago) link

had no idea he was in Wiccans, that band ruled

flopson, Monday, 20 August 2018 22:49 (three years ago) link

Of course lel

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 20 August 2018 23:44 (three years ago) link

the chapo interviewers are talking at them a bit too much. i like his talking voice + he seems very nice and chill, a bit ilxian in his opinions if i dare

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:03 (three years ago) link

brutal hearing chapo rap opinions for like 15 mins

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:19 (three years ago) link

AS has a great vocabulary, just said “tantamount”

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:20 (three years ago) link

painful discussion founded on a misunderstanding of poptimism

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:31 (three years ago) link

That was among the worst Chapo episodes ever imo.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 02:05 (three years ago) link

I liked how he immediately threw them off with We kinda thought the Strokes were poseurs, and they had to recalibrate

President Keyes, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 02:28 (three years ago) link

painful discussion founded on a misunderstanding of poptimism

― flopson, Monday, August 20, 2018 7:31 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is the least surprising thing ever

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 02:37 (three years ago) link

I liked how he immediately threw them off with We kinda thought the Strokes were poseurs, and they had to recalibrate

― President Keyes, Monday, August 20, 2018 9:28 PM (fifteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

One of many volleys in a rousing match of boring opinions pong.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 02:44 (three years ago) link

Chapo sucks; podcasts are terrible & i wish it was the 90s; I don’t want to be put off this band by a lame interview; this band is great

🦅 (Trϵϵship), Saturday, 1 September 2018 15:20 (three years ago) link

yeah I got a few minutes into that podcast but it was unlistenable

niels, Saturday, 1 September 2018 18:49 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

the band before us just covered Parquet Courts and a dude started skanking, so yes my night is going very well thank you for asking

— noey wrong (@_josephwright_) September 26, 2018

verlaine & rambo (morrisp), Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:36 (three years ago) link

why you gotta be so ruuude

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:39 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Their new single is atrocious… sounds like 3rd-tier Franz Ferdinand.

Shallot Shortage 2021 (morrisp), Thursday, 19 August 2021 05:10 (five months ago) link

Kind of low energy for FF, more Kasabian IMO

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 19 August 2021 05:33 (five months ago) link

Blur

nostormo, Thursday, 19 August 2021 13:10 (five months ago) link

Yeah I'm not feeling the song, but the cover art is amazing as usual

https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/611c6367b8f9347b25a1e100/master/w_1600,c_limit/SympathyForLife_cover_web.jpg

J. Sam, Thursday, 19 August 2021 13:27 (five months ago) link

Hopefully the rest of the album can make up for it.

This band sadly is becoming less and less my thing as time goes by.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 20 August 2021 12:11 (five months ago) link

Yeah, Wide Awake was the first single from the last album (shitty song, good album) , so there's hope.

nostormo, Friday, 20 August 2021 12:35 (five months ago) link

That's my take on it, yes. The track is alright, Joe Strummer fronting The Fall, a bit.

Mark G, Friday, 20 August 2021 13:36 (five months ago) link

Weird how, in my estimation at least, funky post-punk is pretty easy to make sound cool. Plenty of bands do it. I'm in a band that does it. But they somehow make it seem so corny. Both Wide Awake and this. They have the straight-ahead wiry punk formula down so well. They excel at it. But when they try this type of thing it's somehow so awkward.

They premiered some other track a couple months ago that was pretty exciting I thought. More like Can or something, blurry and low key with lots of delayed-out organ, but I only heard it once a couple months ago I don't remember much about it. I was stoked on the new direction. This new one is yuck.

SA, Friday, 20 August 2021 15:02 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

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

Not feeling his singing with this one at all.

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 23 September 2021 17:41 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

I'm on the fence about the vocal, but I dig the video.

birdistheword, Friday, 22 October 2021 17:06 (two months ago) link

I like this new album and I like Black Widow Spiders. Album vacillates between more traditional rock numbers and downtempo Remain In Light funk

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 12:36 (two months ago) link

Among other things, Byrne had interesting commentary on modern life... Savage's lyrics at this point are like grumbly tweets by a guy you keep meaning to mute.

juristic person (morrisp), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:23 (two months ago) link

Agree that the lyrics aren't up to much, but I kind of dig them turning a little jammy.

"Black Widow Spiders" has quickly grown on me, and the other singles (or the ones with videos) are pretty great too. Will have to pick this up. I love this band and Wide Awake! was my AOTY but for some reason I've been wary about this one rather than looking forward to it.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:38 (two months ago) link

I don’t love it but very much prefer it to Wide Awake!.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:41 (two months ago) link

I love Byrne and Talking Heads but most of his lyrics were strung-together phrases that sounded good coming out his mouth, especially on RIL. I really like the lyrics on BWS.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:48 (two months ago) link

As a fan of pre-Human Performance PQ (though that record has moments), it will surprise no one that I’m a little obsessed with “Homo Sapien”.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 17:07 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that was one of the videos - great track. Light Up Gold, Sunbathing Animal, Human Performance and Wide Awake! all made my year-end top ten lists pretty easily. They're kind of like Spoon in the sense that I always liked them, but after releasing four great albums in quick succession, HOW much I liked them really snuck up on me, as if I underrated them and suddenly realized they had been my favorite band of the past decade.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 18:43 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I'm enjoying the whole thing, but "Homo Sapien" does make a really nice and well appreciated diversion back to the LUG era. I dig it.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 22:28 (two months ago) link

"and space is so passe"

this is lots of fun.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 22:40 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Nice B-side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TP8WoWAmqY

Apparently they played this on Ellen DeGeneres's show in angry fashion, leading some to think they were sending a message to/about DeGeneres.

birdistheword, Thursday, 13 January 2022 22:53 (one week ago) link

Should have searched - there's a clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4inigGayAq0

birdistheword, Thursday, 13 January 2022 22:55 (one week ago) link

Screengrab looks like Fred Armisen

i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Thursday, 13 January 2022 22:56 (one week ago) link


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