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Editorial Reviews

Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000's: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city - the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It's punk, it's American, it's New York... it's the color of something you were looking for.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Master Of My Craft
  2. Borrowed Time
  3. Donuts Only
  4. Yr No Stoner
  5. Yonder Is Closer To The Heart
  6. Careers In Combat
  7. Light Up Gold I
  8. Light Up Gold II
  9. N Dakota
  10. Stoned And Starving
  11. No Ideas
  12. Caster Of Worthless Spells
  13. Disney P.T.
  14. Tears O Plenty
  15. Picture Of Health


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: December 1, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE
  • ASIN: B00AEB39LM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Parquet Courts are torn between the twin pulls of chaos and order. Lead vocalist, Andrew Savage, bounces like an electron around the stable nucleus of guitar, bass and drum. Despite the rigid tightness of their playing, the music of Parquet Courts can't help but sound a little unhinged. And rather than having these competing directions take away from each other, somehow they form a complimentary sound. Parquet Courts's debut albums, Light up Gold, showcases a band that has arrived fully formed, a band who has so clearly internalized its influences that, when filtered through an album this great, the sounds of the past immediately come out invigorated.

Light up Gold relies on Parquet Courts's striking dynamic. Borrowing from early Pixies and Pavement, many of the songs take on the appearance of an unfinished puzzle, allowing the listener to fill in the missing pieces. At the same time, the band has perfected the disciplined, ironic tone of bands like Devo and Talking Heads. You can never quite take Parquet Courts at face value. In fact, the band excels at crafting an absurdist personality from the beginning. On the track, "Stoned and Starving," the Savage sings, "I was reading ingredients /
Asking myself `should I eat this?' / I was so stoned and starving," before listing off all of the possible foods he might consider ingesting.

But this slacker aesthetic belies the bands impressive musical and lyrical craft.
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GOD-DANG!!! A fantastic debut album. It should make any fan of Pavement
(and especially the "Slanted and Enchanted" album)as happy as a squirrel
in a barrel of nuts.

Maybe some of my enthusiasm for Parquet Courts is fuelled by my love for
all things Pavement, and even though songs like "Careers in combat" and
"N Dakota" could be mistaken for Malkmus compositions, Parquet Courts
are no copycats. They bring their own flavor to the table, and this
excellent collection of short and sharp songs about sex, food, drugs
and loneliness gives me some of the same excitement as hearing "is this
it?" by The Strokes for the first time.

Recommended songs: Master of my craft, Borrowed time, Yr no stoner,
Careers in combat, Stoned and starving, Disney P.T.

Some parts Pavement, some parts Wire, some parts The Spider Bags,
some parts Guided By Voices, some parts The Fall, some parts Strokes.

All parts Parquet Courts - New York City Punk Rock at its finest.
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Don't download this album, buy the CD or Record. There is quite an experience which comes along with holding the artwork and reading the short descriptions of the band members. You feel like you know this too smart to work, too talented to not play band. Then understand that this is album is for everybody. PC sounds like your favorite local bar/DIY punk band from the last 30 years. Particularly, I am prone to the Jim Caroll vocal afflictions and delicate yet driving drums. While the album has a "cowboy" on the cover, this is not a second rate cow punk album which drags, it's quick and in your face and give Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory, a run for it's money. Buy this album.
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Ever since the Modern Lovers this casually grooving, mostly short form garage-rock has been picked up every couple of years by disillusioned 20-somethings and is primarily distinguished by the brazenness of the attack. Here the anxiety is reflected upon and also self-amused, and because of the blunt lyricism (read along, it helps) the effect is empowering. As always the record turns hollow once the hooky guitar lines recede. But the clever turns of phrases you'll sing-shout nonetheless.
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Maybe the closest you'll ever get to Pavement but it'll draw up images and make you re-listen to Wire, Voidoids, Gang of Four and the even more obscure Eddie Current Suppression Ring.

It draws up for me the random Sunday evening show I attended in the 90's in Columbus, OH, who after listening to side A of Pavement's first album repeatedly, a friend of mine dragged me off to Staches to see Pavement for a mere $5. I was christened to that masterful work even if they couldn't find their drunk drummer who was for some reason checking IDs at the door.

After several listens of Parquet, let the guitars do their work on you and you'll here the Pavement influence (and maybe some of the Eddie Current drone and a little Tom Verlaine or Glenn Mercer lyrical-guitar work). And what first appears as a smart guitar album better served as live band will surprise you with a punk class consciousness and poetic sensibility even if they lack Stephen Malkmus patented "voice." And if the drums seem a bit simplistic and repetitive--don't forget that was the way Mo Tucker and Velvets liked it since it allowed the ringing guitars to feedback and enhance one another. Seeing them live was every bit as good as the record and it made sense they ended their show with a spoken word number that was drowned in feedback fuzz. After seeing them live, the "Light Up Gold" album got better with each listen and makes one wonder about the difficulty of well thought out guitar lines, a la Television--who could only do it once on "Marquee Moon." Parquet, the ball's in your court.
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