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Parquet Courts release “Dust” into the airwaves, details on new album

It seems like every few months, Parquet Courts creates new music. Their most recent EP, Monastic Living, was released last November, and now they’re back with more. Frontman Andrew Savage talks about the origins of their new album, Human Performance:

“I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance. I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus. Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

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Their prolific activity could be traced to Savage as well the band’s restlessness. Parquet Courts also released a single from Human Performance, “Dust,” with video of an unkempt schlub working and eating noodles in what must be a skeevy office, because the cameraman keeps wiping his video screen.

“The unavoidable noise of NYC (that) can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer and guitarist Austin Brown, who also produced and mixed the album. The new album is said to be a direct descendent of 2014’s Content Nausea and its analysis of modern anxieties

Human Performance is out April 8 on Rough Trade. New tour dates are below the tracklisting.

1. Dust
2. Human Performance
3. Outside
4. I Was Just Here
5. Paraphrased
6. Captive Of The Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. On Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It’s Gonna Happen

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Mon. Feb. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Love Of Everything
Tue. Feb. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Love Of Everything  – SOLD OUT
Thu. Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Love Of Everything
Fri. Feb. 19 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar
Sat. Feb. 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Dumb
Tue. Feb. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Wed. Feb. 24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Woolen Men
Fri. Feb. 26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish (Noise Pop) w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sun. Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall
Sat. Mar. 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths w/ No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Sheer Mag
Thu. Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr.15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Soda 
Sat. Apr. 16 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Soda 
Sun. Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit w/ Soda 
Mon. Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Soda 
Wed. Apr. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater 
Sat. Apr. 30 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
Mon. May 2 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s 
Wed. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ B Boys 
Thu. May 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ B Boys  
Fri. May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ B Boys 
Sun. May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon. May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ B Boys 
Tue. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ B Boys 
Wed. May 18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ B Boys 
Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ B Boys 
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 12 – London, UK @ Field Day
Tue. June 14 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed. June 15 – Liverpool, UK @ New Kazimier
Thu. June 16 – Edinburgh, UK @ La Belle Angele
Fri. June 17 – Leeds, UK @ Irish Centre
Fri. June 18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla


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Parquet Courts sign with Rough Trade, reveal details on “Monastic Living” EP

Protopunk aficionados Parquet Courts said today they’ve signed to Rough Trade Records and have announced several tour dates to take them through the U.S., Canada and Europe.

They’ve also announced a new EP, “Monastic Living,” with a release date of Nov. 13.

Hopefully more details will be on the way soon, but you can preorder “Monastic Living” here.

Thu. Aug. 27 – London, UK @ Birthdays
Fri. Aug. 28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 29 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Sun. Aug 30 – Paris, France @ Rock En Seine
Wed. Sept. 2 – Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Thu. Sept. 3 – Limerick, Ireland @ Dolan’s
Fri. Sept. 4 – Belfast, Ireland @ Limelight 2
Tue. Sept. 8 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
Wed. Sept. 9 – Oslo, Norway @ Blaa
Thu. Sept. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
Sat. Sept. 12 – Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalloza Berlin
Mon. Sept. 14 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
Tue. Sept. 15 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
Wed. Sept. 16 – Ravenna, Italy @ Bronson
Thu. Sept. 17 – Rome, Italy @ Monk
Sat. Sept. 19 – Athens, Greece @ AN Club
Thu. Nov. 5 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Fri. Nov. 6 – Sat. Nov. 7 – Austin, TX @ FFF
Mon. Nov. 9 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Tue. Nov. 10 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Wed. Nov. 11 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Fri. Nov. 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis
Thu. Dec. 3 – Northampton, MA @ Flywheel w/ Pill
Fri. Dec. 4 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Pill
Sat. Dec. 5 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace w/ Pill
Sun. Dec. 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Pill
Mon. Dec. 7 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle w/ Pill
Tue. Dec. 8 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ Pill
Wed. Dec. 9 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s w/ Pill
Fri. Dec. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw w/ Pill

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Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage to have his first solo art exhibition

Parquet Courts’ frontman Andrew Savage never stops moving.

Besides putting out two albums last year and forming successful side projects, Savage is now heading in yet another direction.

According to DIY, Savage will hold his first art exhibit in Brooklyn, titled “Color Studies.” It’s set to run July 10 to Sept. 1 at The Shop, 181 Howard Ave., New York.

andrew savage-Parquet-CourtsHis artistic side did not come out of nowhere — he studied art at University of North Texas. He’s also done the artwork for all of Parquet Courts’ albums.

Here’s some examples of his serigraphy (silkscreen) artwork — it’s a little bit comic-book-style, a little Andy Warhol, and a little existential.

According to Savage:

“I called the show Color Studies because I wanted to focus on colors that don’t appear in my palette often; you’ll find a lot of salmon pink and pastel colors — basically stuff I’ve been afraid to use because I wasn’t quite sure how. I like images that are familiar and ordinary, but hinged on an unsettling emotion.”

According to their website, the work finds influence in John Wesley, Edward Hopper, Ray Johnson and Raymond Pettibon.

There’s more info on Parquet Courts’ website.

Andrew Savage:

Andrew Savage: “Confession”

andrew savage heather with nug

Andrew Savage: “Heather With Nug”

Andrew Savage:

Andrew Savage: “Men In Love”

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Parquet Courts is back — as Parkay Quarts

The highly prolific Parquet Courts is back, again, this time as Parkay Quarts, a name they’ve alluded to in their EP “Tally All the Things That You Broke.”

Their new album, “Content Nausea,” is the indie-punk band’s second of the year after “Sunbathing Animal” and is due Dec. 2 on What’s Your Rupture?
Parkay Quarts on Oct. 16 released a new song “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth”— a slower, ballad-ish tune.
Two members of the band have gone off for a bit to live the traditional life (a degree in math, starting a family), so vocalists/guitarists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are pulling the weight and getting help from Jackie-O Motherf*cker Jef Brown on sax and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle. Hence the name Parkay Quarts, reflecting the fractured state of the band right now.
“Content Nausea” is rather short, clocking in at about 35 minutes, but according to band members, they were looking to help out listeners, to give them something to “live with over the winter.” According to a press release it was mastered in just two weeks on a four-track tape machine.

1. Everyday It Starts

2. Content Nausea

3. Urban Ease

4. Slide Machine

5. Kevlar Walls

6. Pretty Machines

7. Psycho Structures

8. The Map

9. These Boots

10. Insufferable

11. No Concept

12. Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth

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Welcome to the funhouse: Parquet Courts raise freak flag with new EP

By Emily Reily

The playful and raucous set served up on Parquet Courts‘ latest five-song EP, “Tally All the Things That You Broke,” sounds like their sitting at the controls on a Saturday afternoon, the adults are gone, and they’ve got the house to themselves.

Tally All the Things That You Broke

As proven from their 2012 full-length “Light Up Gold,” the indie-guitarpunk band has a clever knack for addictive guitar and  bass hooks that dig into your brain and settle down for the night.

Their music is sometimes irreverent and always  frantic fun. These guys like to poke fun at themselves and their music, but they still know how to put out precision punk-rock.

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Vocalist and guitarist Andrew Savage practically spits out the lyrics and serves up a spoken word diatribe in a nagging  monotone. Savage always seems appropriately spazzed out.

The pan flute on “You’ve Got Me Wonderin Now” lightens up the song. It sounds the closest to their August 2012 full-length release “Light Up Gold.” Listen to “You’ve Got Me Wonderin Now” here.

The song “The More It Works” is a rambling sweat-fest as it experiments with guitar noise and feedback built around a repeating guitar riff and rapid drumming.

“Fall On Yr Face” (the shortest at 1 min. 26 seconds) employs a Southern-drawl guitar riff — a signature sound for Parquet Courts. Vocals are shifted around and manipulated like it’s an android from the movie “Westworld.”

He’s Seeing Paths” is the goofiest, longest (at 7 mins., 39 seconds) and most enjoyable tune on the EP. It’s offbeat and loaded with Beck flavors. Something that sounds like a cowbell runs rampant as the vocals are manipulated up and down, fast and slow, and some strange Middle-Eastern chirp follows behind. Guitar distortion and hand claps are thrown in– it’s like a giant steaming pot of funk stew.

It’s not THAT experimental when you really think about it. But they are stretching their limits as far as weird sounds go, and that’s never a bad thing.

Dig It or Ditch It: Dig it

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