Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts are a breath of fresh air, and their Light Up Gold was one of the best, most relatively slept-on records of 2012. (It did claw its way onto our Top 50 list, thankfully.) In posting the LP’s title track, I pointed to “Stoned And Starving” as a favorite, so it’s nice they’ve put it up today. “Stoned And Starving” is a real charmer that chugs along with sounding like a post-punk band from Television’s NYC, but with the more expansive, vamping sensibility of Youth Of America-era Wire, or guitar bands with a taste for motorik. The lyrics are deft and fun, inhabiting the mind of a drifting street urchin with more modern references (“walking through Ridgewood, Queens” and not, like, the Bowery; “reading that smoking kills”), getting baked and visiting bodegas, trying to walk off that timeless, smart-punk malaise. Listen up it’s a treat.

Light Up Gold is out via Dull Tools. It’s recommended! Some tour dates, starting just after Christmas:

12/26 – Detroit, MI @ Jumbo’s w/ Protomartyr
12/27 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
12/28 – Omaha, NE @ The Middle House
12/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Manheiman
12/30 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bad Granny’s
12/31 – Denton, TX @ RGRS w/ Wiccans
01/02 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
01/03 – Beaumont, TX @ Victoria House
01/04 – Oxford, MS @ Lamar Lounge
01/05 – Nashville, TN @ The Owl Farm w/ Dirty Dreams
01/06 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station
01/07 – Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon St.
01/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Kopec’s w/ Psychic Boots, Crappy Funeral
01/09 – Washington, DC @ The Rocketship w/ Priests, Teen Liver
01/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Priests

Comments (6)
  1. There really are not enough superlatives for this album. Easily in my top 5.

    I can pretty confidently say that you’re not going to find a better one-two opening punch than Master Of My Craft/Borrowed Time.

  2. This sounds really great. Hearing a little Sonic Youth in here (or maybe just SY’s Television influence). Amrit, you should post more reggae, I still bump that Vbyz Cartel track you put up.

  3. Damn, I’ll have to look into these guys.

  4. I don’t hear enough people talking about Jonathan Richman and Pavement when talking about these guys. So here I am.

  5. Oh my God, how did I miss this album? This is everything I want from music. EVERYTHING.

  6. Love this record!!! It’s got a Double Nickels On the Dime kinda vibe to it. Awesomeness!

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