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Video of the Moment #2836: Parquet Courts

By on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 at 6:00 pm

Not long now until we get the new Parquet Courts record. The delightfully anarchic group from Brooklyn are doing something different this time around: Danger Mouse produced ‘Wide Awake!’ but at the same time, judging from ‘Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience’, they’re still keen on making a big noise. Or so I thought.

In the latest revealed track from the group, the title ‘Mardi Gras Beads’ suggests a level of debauchery, but the song is actually a lot quieter than I ever expected. The probable reason? A different primary songwriter on it, Austin Brown. Watch its accompanying video filmed in New Orleans below. ‘Wide Awake!’ will be available on Friday, the 18th of May, on Rough Trade Records. For more on Parquet Courts on TGTF, go here.


Video of the Moment #2797: Parquet Courts

By on Tuesday, 27th February 2018 at 6:00 pm

It’s been 2 years since Parquet Courts‘ last album ‘Human Performance’. Just a few days ago, they announced details on their next LP, expected in mid-May. ‘Wide Awake!’ will drop on the 10th of May on Rough Trade Records. It’s a bit of a surprise that Danger Mouse was chosen for producer duties. The first taster and lead single from the upcoming record is the mouthful ‘Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience’, which has its own promo video. Part animated video, part lyric video, it’s a bit off the wall, which means it’s very Parquet Courts. Watch it below. For more about the music from the NYC punks, us here.


Live Gig Video(s): Parquet Courts play ‘One Man, No City’, ‘Outside’ and ‘Paraphrased’ in a Rough Trade session

By on Thursday, 14th April 2016 at 4:00 pm

Continually highly buzzed about band Parquet Courts were recently in the UK and laid down three tracks live as part of Rough Trade session similar to what Girl Band did late last year. In the black and white presentations of ‘One Man, No City’, ‘Outside’ and ‘Paraphrased’, all songs from the punk band’s new album ‘Human Performance’ (their fifth?!?), which was released last Friday.

There’s a line in the press release for these videos made me laugh: “Please note: although filmed in black and white, the band are currently operating in colour.” Someone at Rough Trade clearly has a good sense of humour! Watch the live videos below. For more on Parquet Courts on TGTF, try this link.





The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Friday): Parquet Courts perform ‘Black and White’ at the Park Stage

By on Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 9:00 pm

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

The punk of Parquet Courts was a nice kick in the arse Friday on the Park Stage at Glastonbury 2014. Fists in the air, bodies shaking…sounds like a pretty good time to me. Watch their performance of ‘Black and White’, from current album ‘Sunbathing Animal’, below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.



Video of the Moment #1537: Parquet Courts

By on Wednesday, 4th June 2014 at 6:00 pm

As its title would suggest, Parquet Courts have filmed a monochrome video to accompany song ‘Black and White’. It appears on the Brooklyn band’s second album ‘Sunbathing Animal’, out now. Watch the video below.



Album Review: Parquet Courts – Tally All the Things You Broke EP

By on Thursday, 17th October 2013 at 12:00 pm

Parquet Courts Tally All the Things You Broke coverAre you going to say it, or am I? It won’t be awkward, will it? The Vaccines are great and everyone loves them. They’ve released two albums and are already being touted as headline act material. I mean, what’s wrong with sounding like The Vaccines?

Oops, dropped the ball there and said it. Sorry!

Parquet Courts’ frontman Andrew Savage’s opening aural assault on the ‘Tally All the Things You Broke’ EP’s opener ‘You’ve Got Me Wondering Now’ (video below) is dopplegangerous with Justin Hayward-Young’s vocals from their first EP. Hardly a bad thing, I must insist as The Vaccines are fucking ace.

But when I hear people screaming from the hilltops that this band are so innovative, ground-breaking, throwing curve balls at us left right and centre, I can only assume they mean one of these curve balls being the apparent use of what I can only assume was a child’s farmyard animal sound generator toy during the closing 3 minutes of ‘He’s Seeing Paths’. I was half expecting a “the cow goes moo” sound bite. Hell, they’ve even flung a recorder in the first song. Innovative? Sure. Good? No. On ‘Fall On Yr Face’, we are treated to some Beastie Boys-esque sampling, which serves to move this record away from the textbook guitar record it was in danger of becoming; it also lifts the pace considerably midway through the five-song EP.


And there’s a definite progression from the post-punk stylings of their debut album ‘Light Up Gold’. Savage’s songwriting has obviously progressed in swathes in the brief interlude between ‘Light Up Gold’ and EP title track ‘Tally All the Things You Broke’. ‘He’s Seeing Paths’ may be draped in the bizarre, but the story of Savages’ cross-eyed journey through the streets of New York featured some captivating storytelling. The Brooklyn via Texas boys draw on their personal experiences, much in the way that they did on their previous release; however I get the feeling that this was a far more delicate record for the brothers Savage.

Parquet Courts have also stamped down their credentials as an incredibly hard-working band, simply with the improbable speed with which they have managed to cobble together this record. With the EP’s slowly maturing sound as it moves on though, perhaps the speed could have been done away with in favour of added quantity: while the songs are most certainly not lacking in length and substance, with only five to peruse, it seems a little short.


The ‘Tally All the Things You Broke’ EP from Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts is available now on Mom and Pop/What’s your Rupture?


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