Parquet Courts – “Light Up Gold” (Stereogum Premiere)

In a move atypical for blog culture, we are defying content-farm expiration dates in order to premiere an MP3 from an album that’s already released. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT. This is the way it always should be, really: blogs that champion songs without regard for the PR cycle, bands that are good enough to inspire such behavior. Parquet Courts are that band at the moment. The band includes Fergus & Geronimo’s Andrew Savage and are from Texas, though their sound owes much more to their adopted hometown. The album is called Light Up Gold, a fluid set of swinging NYC downtown post-punk from the Television era packed with vivid lyrics, ragamuffin hooks, and sneaky wit. These two songs, “Light Up Gold” and the previously released “Borrowed Time,” are good entry points:

Parquet Courts – “Light Up Gold”

And another:

Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time”

“Careers In Combat” and “Stoned And Starving” are equally, if not even more, ripe for single treatment. Try out this album. It’s called Light Up Gold, and it’s out now via Dull Tools. Their touring resumes after Christmas, too:

12/26th – 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