Entries tagged with: Parquet Courts
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts at Death by Audio 11/3/2014
Parquet Courts were the surprise guests at Death by Audio on Monday (11/3), playing with old friends Detroit's Tyvek. "Parquet Courts would not exist without Tyvek, no doubt," said PC's Andrew Savage on stage that night. Their DbA set leaned heavily on Light Up Gold, playing all but a couple songs from the album, plus a few from this year's Sunbathing Animal and the front half of the room was pretty much going mental for the whole show. After the show, co-frontman Austin Brown called it a "classic DbA Parquet Courts set." Setlist is below.
Parquet Courts' second album of the year (but as Parkay Quarts), Content Nausea, is out next week digitally via What's Your Rupture? (CD on 12/2, vinyl early next year) and you can stream the whole thing in this post. Made mostly by Savage and Brown on a four-track, written and recorded and mastered in two weeks, it's a little weirder than what they've done before, but its also got some of their catchiest songs yet -- including "Pretty Machines" which sounds like "Sweet Child O' Mine" if covered by Warm Jets-era Eno. Also: a fairly straight-up cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walking." Listen below.
With bassist Sean Yeaton (who'll be part of NY Rock Lottery) a new father and drummer Max Savage finishing school, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are touring Europe as Parkay Quarts (as well as some with PC Worship members as PCPC), but the whole band will be back together for their NYC show at Webster Hall on December 11 with PC Worship and Blues Control (tickets). Parquet Courts have also just announce a 2015 North American tour staring in January. No new NYC date for that.
All dates are listed, along with the Parkay Quarts album stream and DbA setlist, below...
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.
by Andrew Sacher
PCPC at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
As discussed, members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship have joined forces as PCPC. They made their live debut opening for Thurston Moore at Saint Vitus last week (read our review), and now they've put out their first recording, "Fell Into The Wrong Crowd." In our live review, we said that PCPC have shades of Bad Moon Rising-era Sonic Youth, and this 11-minute jam definitely does but it's also covered in vocal distortion and a little druggier than SY. It's good, noisy stuff and you can stream it below.
Meanwhile you can catch PC Worship at Trans Pecos tonight (10/29).
Song stream below...
photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.
Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.
The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.
Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...
We had wondered before why Parquet Courts were billing themselves on some upcoming shows at Parkay Quarts and now we may have the answer: frontmen Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are releasing an album under that name, titled Content Nausea, which will be out digitally on November 11 and physically on December 2. Brown and Savage made the record mostly by themselves, with help from Jackie-O Motherf*cker's Jef Brown on saxophone and Eaters' Bob Jones on violin. It's also got a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking." You can stream closing track "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" below.
Meanwhile, the various forms of the band have shows coming up, including NYC shows as PCPC (their collaboration with PC Worship) with The Thurston Moore Band (both NYC dates are sold out), and their year-end spectacular at Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control and PC Worship (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with Parkay Quarts song stream and album tracklist, below...
As metioned, Parquet Courts and Future Punx are on either side of the latest split 7" in Famous Class' LAMC series. The single, proceeds from which go to the music education Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music, is out next week (buy yours). Both sides are good and you can listen to them in this post.
Parquet Courts will be on tour with PC Worship, both as their own bands (Webster Hall on 12/11) and collaborative noise project PCPC (including two NYC shows w/ black metal lover Thurston Moore). It seems within the realm of possibility that Parquet Courts might squeeze in a show at Death by Audio, too, before it closes. Future Punx, meanwhile, just played twice on Sunday (9/7) and don't have any dates currently on the schedule.
Stream that LAMC 7" below...
Parquet Courts @ Sugarhill Supper Club in June (more by Joe McCabe)
As you may know, Parquet Courts and PC Worship will be on tour together this fall, concluding with a holiday show at NYC's Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control (tickets). But those two are doing more than just touring together, they've formed a new band called PCPC who will also play smaller shows along the tour. Andrew Savage explains:
Like P-Funk, MinuteFlag, Ciccone Youth, Loutallica and Red House Chili Painters (bet you didn't know about that one), PCPC is what happens when two legendary rock juggernauts join forces. In this instance, members of PC Worship and Parquet Courts have merged into a NY noise-rock confederacy, each band bringing their own sonic distinctions. Spawning from a long history of playing shows together as separate entities, PCPC is born out of an aesthetic solidarity, and will to create something new. Look for them this Fall in select cities throughout USA and Europe.PCPC will first bring the noise as opener for Thurston Moore's upcoming Northeast tour, including both the 10/21 Saint Vitus (tickets) and 10/26 Rough Trade (tickets) shows. All Parquet Courts (and Parkay Quarts, which they're being billed as for some reason) and PCPC dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Parquet Courts have a new video for "Bodies" from this year's Sunbathing Animal. It was shot at their sweaty record release party at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who made the new Nick Cave movie, 20,000 Days on Earth. You can check that out below.
PC Worship's new album, Social Rust, is out this week and can be streamed below too.
Dates are listed, along with the new Parquet Courts video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC's PC Worship have been making noise around their hometown for years now, and their new album Social Rust is their most cleaned-up (and possibly best) album to date. It comes out next week (9/9) as a split release on Northern Spy and Dull Tools (their first for both labels), and throughout its running time touches on dark post-punk, psychedelic rock, and outsider folk, while still finding some time to keep their noisier roots intact. Fans of anything from Parquet Courts to The Young to Destruction Unit should check this out. The album stream premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
If you like what you hear you can pre-order the vinyl, and all vinyl pre-orders come with a free edition of the "PC Worship - Dead Rust" cassette, which features alternate versions of songs from Social Rust, recorded and produced by Ben Greenberg.
PC Worship also have a tour coming up which includes three previously discussed NYC shows. First they play Palisades on September 10 with Naomi Punk (tickets), then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, Free Time and Guerilla Toss (no advance tickets); and finally they open for Parquet Courts with Blues Control on December 11 at Webster Hall (tickets).
All dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...
Parquet Courts mural in Williamsburg (via @whatsyrrupture
Parquet Courts have had a pretty good year so far, with an acclaimed third album and a full slate of touring. They just played Lollapalooza on Saturday (8/2), Pickathon on Sunday (8/3) and Seattle on Monday (8/4). While the band are taking a breather, they have lined up a holiday show in their hometown, their biggest NYC show to date: Webster Hall on December 11, playing with Blues Control and PC Worship. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (8/11) at 10 AM.
While in Seattle, Parquets Courts stopped by KEXP for an in-studio session which you can listen to here. Also, next time you're in Williamsburg, look out for the Sunbathing Animal mural that's currently up on N. 10th and Driggs.
photos by James Richards IV
Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.
Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.
Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...
photos by Joe McCabe; words by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts / Protomartyr (bottom) @ Sugarhill Supper Club
Parquet Courts have been on tour with pals Protomartyr for a while and when it came to the tour's hometown stop, they planned something a little different. The show happened at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club. The place -- maybe you went to the Crystal Ark show there three years ago -- feels like 1981 frozen in amber, somewhere the "disco sucks" movement never hit. There were at least four bars in the place, including one on the large astroturf patio that also housed an old Jaguar. Sugar Hill does not have a lot of live music and certainly not a lot of punk rock shows. Stage lighting was bright like a studio set (they were filming the show).
It was a bit of a culture clash at first. Security was serious business at the door, where all exits were final. "This is like a hipster jail," remarked Protomartyr's Joe Casey. "Have all the fun you want, you just can't leave." Touring with Parquet Courts has done a lot for the Detroit band who seemed looser than the two times I'd seen them previously this year. Casey really is like an American version of Mark E Smith -- though the band is more like a garagey Chameleons -- with wry observations and rants about the many things that irritate him. Nowhere is this displayed better than "Tarpein Rock," a litany of archetypes he finds loathsome and would like to see thrown off a cliff: "Rich crusts, adults dressed as children, do-nothing know-it-alls...most bands ever." For that one, they were joined by Parquet Courts bassist Sean Yeaton who sang the "Throw them from the rock!" part, and Austin Brown then joined for the last song of their set.
Parquet Courts have gotten very good at playing off of one another and while the show -- like the band's very good new album -- had a few jammy passages, they kept things exciting and Brown and singer Andrew Savage's interplay is pretty essential to their sound. Near them end, Brown (who looks more like Thurston Moore every day) was playing his guitar with a bottle of Lone Star. There was a little stage diving and crowdsurfing, which made the Sugar security a little nervous, but things stayed cool for the most part. Except for the actual heat and humidity, which was pretty bad by the time of PC's set. The band front-loaded their set with tracks from the just-released Sunbathing Animal, before unleashing most of Light Up Gold's shoutalong hits -- pretty sure everyone joined in on "Socrates died in the fucking gutter!" No "Stoned and Starving" though.
The rest of the bill was filled out by friends. I got there in time to catch a couple songs from openers Xerox who came in from Iowa City just for the show. Their slashy, snarly style definitely fit into Parquet Courts' sonic world. (They've got a name-your-price EP on Bandcamp that's really good.) Future Punx, which features Andrew Savage's old bandmate Jason Kelly as well as his Dull Tools partner Chris Pickering, played a short, sharp set of their jittery new wave. If you haven't seen them yet, do make a point to, they're a lot of fun.
Unfortunately we don't have pictures of Xerox and Future Punx at Sugar Hill but there are a couple shots from the BV instagram below. Protomartyr will be back next month for a free show as part of the Seaport Music Festival. More pics from their and Parquet Courts' sets below...
Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
Everyone has their own opinions on what makes for a memorable day of Sasquatch. Some believe that it's a chance of a lifetime headliner. Others think that it's a day filled with warm temps and unceasing sunshine.Sasquatch 2014 came to a close on Sunday (6/1) with sets from Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, tUnE-yArDs, Rodriguez, Parquet Courts, Tycho, Kid Kudi, Elbow, John Grant, Waxahatchee, Brody Dalle, La Luz, Lucius, Bob Mould, Major Lazer, comedians like Hannibal Burress and Kate Berlant, and lots more. Pictures from Sasquatch day 3 are in this post.
But what really makes an unforgettable day at the Gorge's perennial Memorial Day festival is a day where no matter the time, there's always a mind-blowing performance to be found. The final day this year was one of those days.
Starting promptly at 1 p.m., the first few hours of the third day were stacked with some of the best female offerings that Sasquatch had provided yet. Seattle's fun loving punk rock outfit Tacocat jammed out to a jaunty set of tunes and kept the audience rapt with a combination of irreverent humor and a hurricane of bubbles that swirled in front of them. They were immediately followed on the Yeti stage by their Hardly Art label mates La Luz who kept it cool and breezy with an engaging display of their modern surf-rock sound.
The bevy of fantastic women performers continued with another epic one-two punch on the main stage starting with bona fide punk rock ass-kicker Brody Dalle. Tune-Yards kept things thumping shortly thereafter and got the crowd moving with her one of a kind, drum-driven world music inflected sound. Dozens of people burst into a legitimate full-tilt run down the gorge as she kicked into her song "Gangsta." - [The News Tribune]
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Parquet Courts at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Parquet Courts, whose tour includes a Bed Stuy show in June with Protomartyr and others, have already released "Black and White" and the title track off their new record, Sunbathing Animal (due out 6/3 via What's Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop) and they're now back with a third track from it, "Instant Disassembly." Listen (via Pitchfork) below...
As we reported they would, Parquet Courts made their Late Night with Seth Meyers debut last night (4/30), performing new single "Black and White." You can watch that below, and listen to the studio version too. The song is is on their new album, Sunbathing Animal which is out June 3 on What's Your Rupture/Mom & Pop. If you pre-order the vinyl, you get a complimentary "Black and White" 7" that's on split black-and-white vinyl (looking much like the delicious cookie).
Parquet Courts' tour starts later this month and will hit NYC at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 with Protomartyr, Future Punx, and Xerox and is now sold out.
Parquet Courts doing "Black and White" on Late Night and the stream of the album version of the song are below...
by Bill Pearis
Frida the cat and owner Andrew Savage
Most everyone likes internet cat videos (perhaps you were just watching one), and Parquet Courts have now added to the bandwidth via the video for "Sunbathing Animal," which is the title track of their new album, due June 3 via What's Your Rupture. The video, co-directed by Andy Capper and PC singer Andrew Savage, stars Savage's cat, Frida, who didn't do as much sunbathing as they'd hoped. Savage tells Noisey:
Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip.You can watch the video below. If you've played the mostly-one-chord "Sunbathing Animal" to death, Parquet Courts will premiere a new song on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 30. The show, which only has musical guests twice a week, hasn't had the most exciting rock booking so far. (Though I think it's pretty solid otherwise.) So let's hope this is a turn for the more interesting as far as that goes.
NYC's next chance to see Parquet Courts is at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11, with a hand-picked line-up featuring tourmates Protomartyr, plus Future Punx, and Xerox. Tickets for that show are now on sale.
"Sunbathing Animal" video below...
Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chaos in Tejas won't be a "giant fest" this year, but it's still happening in some form (a "weekend" at least), and the just-announced initial lineup looks pretty great. Bands playing include Floor, Destruction Unit, Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Nothing, Protomartyr, Beth Israel, Back to Back, Glue, Institute, Marshstepper, Deskonocidos (reunion) and many more. The fest takes place across multiple Austin venues from May 29 to June 1. More bands, venues and other details TBA.
Initial lineup below...
Protomartyr @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Detroit's Protomartyr will release their second album, Under Color of Official Light, next week (4/8) via Hardly Art. There are a lot of bands out there mining post punk territory these days, but few do it as well, such conviction and great song after great song, as Protomartyr do here. (When singer Joe Casey chants "nothing you can do" over and over in "Scum, Rise!" he means it.) It's one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far and you can listen to the whole thing now via NPR.
Protomartyr will be spending a lot of time on the road this year. Their tour with Austin's Spray Paint starts next week and hits NYC for two shows -- Death by Audio on April 12 and Cake Shop on April 14. After that, Protomartyr will join up with Whatever Brains, then a string of midwest shows with Cloud Nothings.
Then in June, they'll be out with Parquet Courts (who have a new album soon), including the show at Brooklyn's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 with Future Punx and Xerox. Tickets for that are still available.
They are definitely worth catching if they're playing near you, they were one of my favorites at SXSW this year. Updated Protomartyr tour dates are listed below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Parquet Courts @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Parquet Courts will release their third album, Sunbathing Animal, on June 3 via What's Your Rupture / Mom & Pop. The album's mostly one-chord title track -- which you may already know via its sheet music -- can be streamed below.
The band previewed a few of the album's new songs at our SXSW Saturday day party last month, and the band will be touring for most of the summer. Those dates include the previously-mentioned show at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11, with a hand-picked line-up featuring tourmates Protomartyr, plus Future Punx, and Xerox. Tickets for that show are now on sale.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gigstock is a 2-day mini-festival which "[mixes] showcase-length sets with conversation" going down at NYC's Greene Space on April 9 and 10 (located at 44 Charlton St). The festival, co-presented by WNYC Soundcheck and OhMyRockness, has a pretty great lineup, with local indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Parquet Courts on day 1, and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst with Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow on day 2. You can get tickets for day 1, day 2, or pick up a 2-day pass now.
Meanwhile, you can also catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Rough Trade NYC on Friday (3/28), which is sold out but we're giving away tickets to. And catch them again when their tour with Fear of Men hits Bowery Ballroom on May 22 (tickets).
Conor Oberst also has a tour with Dawes that hits The Space at Westbury on 5/22 and Central Park Summerstage on 7/27 (tickets), and James Vincent McMorrow brings his tour to NYC for sold out shows on 4/9 at Bowery Ballroom and 4/11 at MHOW.
Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
Trust / OFF!
Like the one the day before, the second of our three BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties happened on both stages of Red 7 on Friday (3/14). Outside, the show opened nicely with Columbus, OH indie rockers Connections, followed by intense garage rock trio The Blind Shake, whose members were all decked out in uniform with tight black zip-up jackets and shaved heads. Then came together PANGEA with more garage rock but more on the melodic/accessible side, and they were followed by the punky pop of Upset, who count ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler and ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel as members. After them came a wild set from more veteran musicians in the Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF!, and they were followed by ex-members of Women making shouty, jammy post-punk in their new band Viet Cong. Then came more (but darker and backed by a drum machine) post-punk from Beth Israel, and finally the show wrapped up with a headlining set from Parquet Courts...
"I can't remember a better show in the last five years--maybe 10--than the one Parquet Courts put on at the Brooklyn Vegan day party. It all depends on the show, right? Sometimes you can be transformed by an arena show or knocked over by some random punk band in a shoebox. But this was seeing a band that is RIGHT NOW! They have 1.5 albums under their belt, they have no fat, they have no gimmicks, they just flat-out torched the landscape. This was it, this is what seeing live music is about, this show--THIS BAND--is why I love music so much. A jaw dropping show." [The Portland Mercury]
Parquet Courts photos by Tim Griffin
Meanwhile, inside things got off to an eccentric danceable start with Parisian band La Femme, who were part new wave, part surf rock, part ye-ye, and highly entertaining. (NYC: We're presenting their show this weekend at Glasslands.) It stayed in upbeat mode for psych rock trio The Entrance Band, but then calmed down a lot for the orchestral indie pop of Mutual Benefit. Tomas Barfod was supposed to go on next but had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, though once Classixx took the stage it returned to dance mode. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys followed with a set that was partially solo, partially with accompaniment and fully entertaining, and then we got downtempo electronic pop from Jessy Lanza before inside stage closed with the gothy house pop of Toronto's Trust.
Gruff Rhys / MixRadio thing & Marshall stack
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson, not to mention all the Veri organic soda that was on hand to keep you hydrated. We also let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too. Maybe they fed you a free piece of pizza?
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible. Pictures from Thursday HERE. Check out more pictures from the whole day Friday below (and a second set at BV Austin)...
Austin band Beth Israel do spare, jagged postpunk really well. Is "bleak" a positive? In the case of the band's debut album, it most certainly is. That record is being released by Dull Tools, the label co-run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts and Beth Israel will play right before them at the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party. In advance of that Beth Israel answered 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
I gotta say the Flat Bang in Memphis had the best queso we've ever experienced. We were like "Okay, so, could this get any better?"
2) Tell us about the worst show you've ever played.
The Strong Bow in Delta had the worst queso we've ever experienced. We were like "Okay, so, where's the good stuff?"