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Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts, an Punk Rock band based in Brooklyn, formed in late '10. They issued their debut album, "American Specialties," as a limited edition cassette (later re-released on LP). That was followed by the full length album, "Light Up Gold" ('12), which initially was on frontman Andrew Savage's Dull Tools label but later reissued on What's Your Rupture? in '13.

"Light Up Gold" received acclaim from both the DIY underground and mainstream Rock press, landing at #11 on Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the best albums of 2013. That same year, Parquet Courts issued the EP "Tally All the Things That You Broke."

Next up was '14's full-length effort "Sunbathing Animal" which peaked at #55 on the Billboard Album chart. Both that album and "Tally All The Things That You Broke" served as the foundation for the group's "Live At Third Man Records." The set, recorded on 6/5/14 in Nashville, came out the following year, with versions of the title track, "Bodies Made Of," "Instant Disassembly," and "Into The Garden."

But before the live set dropped, Parquet Courts took a turn masquerading as their alter-ego Parkey Quarts. They issued "Content Nausea," an album recorded in about two weeks.

The following year, the band released a mostly instrumental, experimental EP, entitled "Monastic Living."

Inching back toward the mainstream, Parquet Courts rolled out their fifth studio effort, '16's "Human Performance."

Savage claimed recording the album was similar to The Beatles "White Album." "I imagine it's what recording (that album) would've been like except the whole band was getting along and nobody's girlfriend was there." Despite numerous accolades the album failed to crack the Billboard Top 100.

They needed to enlist a heavy hitter. Fortunately, there was a volunteer.

Produced by longtime fan Dangermouse (Brian Joseph Burton), whose resume included the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck, "Wide Awake" dropped in '18. The songs were written by Savage and guitarist Justin Brown.

Parquet Courts label, Rough Trade, called the album "groundbreaking," adding that it had "traditional Punk Rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness." And just to cover all the bases they said it was "about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism." Neat trick.

Parquet Courts Discography


2011 American Specialties
2012 Light Up Gold
2013 Tally All The Things That You Broke EP
2014 Sunbathing Animal
2014 Content Nausea (as Parkey Quarts)
2015 Live At Third Man Records
2016 Human Performance
2018 Wide Awake

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