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

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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

good indeed, but he doesn't come off as the most easy-going guy in the world does he?
https://tapeop.com/interviews/126/andrew-savage/

niels, Monday, 30 July 2018 16:59 (two months ago) Permalink

haha did he ever?

great interview, thanks for the tip - i let my tapeop subscription lapse.

flappy bird, Monday, 30 July 2018 17:59 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

punk songs
i thought that they were different
and i thought that they could end it
no, no it was a deception

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Of course it was a deception... but was his takeaway from that realization: “Maybe Danger Mouse production will do the trick?”

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:56 (two months ago) Permalink

To elaborate (rather than snark & run): “Pretty Machines” is a great, catchy song about (I think) realizing you can’t escape being a subject of consumer culture and mass media, and a complicated relationship to rock ‘n roll as part of that.

And yet this band seems to have de-evolved to ever-clumsier “political” moves — to the point that it’s now yelling “I’M WIDE AWAKE!” over a bed of moar cowbell.

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:26 (two months ago) Permalink

The lyrics on their most recent album are their best, IMO.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 18 August 2018 08:15 (two months ago) Permalink

huh, I never took 'Wide Awake' as meant to be literal

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Saturday, 18 August 2018 08:28 (two months ago) Permalink

it's just a goofy little punk/funk jam with an arch lyrical conceit, y'know? I think it's fun

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Saturday, 18 August 2018 08:29 (two months ago) Permalink

And it's one track

Mark G, Saturday, 18 August 2018 08:31 (two months ago) Permalink

🖲

Mark G, Saturday, 18 August 2018 08:31 (two months ago) Permalink

It's fun and the Danny Krivit re-edit is well fucking banging

davey, Sunday, 19 August 2018 12:16 (two months ago) Permalink

He shouts out eva hesse and KoBrA in a song where he also says “fuck tom brady!” You rarely see the battle lines between earnest art kids/adults and conservative jocks drawn so clearly in a song.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 13:01 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s all extremely arch and maybe obnoxious but also fun—like they’re giving us our very own 80’s.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 13:02 (two months ago) Permalink

At they’r best though this band has amazing lyrics, especially that song pretty machines which i always liked but have come belatedly to really, really like. “But these days I fear my window was just a reflection.”

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 13:09 (two months ago) Permalink

To me, it feels like the wit & poetry have largely been stripped from his lyrix, and replaced with awkwardly expressed rage (with, yes, some good lines here & there), and oblique sloganeering that doesn’t even have the directness & appeal of good hardcore (although I guess “Fuck Tom Brady!” qualifies).

Of course, if I liked the song themselves more (music, melodies), I could probably overlook this...

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 15:43 (two months ago) Permalink

confession... i thought he was saying Fuck Tom Petty

flopson, Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:00 (two months ago) Permalink

lyrics on the new album are so great

flopson, Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:01 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah lyrics are the best they have been, for both guys really.

total football makes some (mostly superficial) allusions to soccer and the line "swapping parts and roles..." is a specific reference to the title concept in soccer. i'm pretty sure the fuck tom brady line is about football (soccer) vs football (nfl), underscoring which the song is referring to, and probably revealing a personal preference too.

you know, there's a US band from the 90s who also had a thing for soccer...

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I don’t think the song’s about soccer at all, it’s about the NFL protests (and related issues, I guess)

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

the line "swapping parts and roles..." is a specific reference to the title concept in soccer.

Ok, I see

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:51 (two months ago) Permalink

So it’s using this soccer technique as a metaphor for political action?

Collectivism and autonomy / Are not mutually exclusive

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah it is. the song is about collective action in general, and the nfl protests as part of that. i didn't mean to suggest the nfl wasn't also being referenced.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:01 (two months ago) Permalink

What U.S. band from the ‘90s are you referring to, Polvo?

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

the other P band, who we're discouraged from mentioning on this thread

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Pavement?

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:06 (two months ago) Permalink

those would be they

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:08 (two months ago) Permalink

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

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:09 (two months ago) Permalink

just having some fun "treeship"

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:12 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

I thought Pavement was all about betting at the horse track

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:16 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

It was those lyrics about "Using" in Freebird 2

Mark G, Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

Hahahahahaha

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 20 August 2018 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

10 minutes in. they are talking about The Strokes

flappy bird, Monday, 20 August 2018 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

had no idea he was in Wiccans, that band ruled

flopson, Monday, 20 August 2018 22:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Of course lel

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 20 August 2018 23:44 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

brutal hearing chapo rap opinions for like 15 mins

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:19 (one month ago) Permalink

AS has a great vocabulary, just said “tantamount”

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:20 (one month ago) Permalink

painful discussion founded on a misunderstanding of poptimism

flopson, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:31 (one month ago) Permalink

That was among the worst Chapo episodes ever imo.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 02:05 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

niels, Saturday, 1 September 2018 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink


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