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Light Up Gold

by Parquet Courts

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PARAGUAS
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PARAGUAS Too amazing for words Favorite track: Yonder Is Closer To the Heart.
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thepirc A glib and wry album delivered to you in the crispest punk rock form, Light Up Gold is one of the best records released in the last ten years. In so many ways it's a party record. It never takes itself too seriously, even though it has a lot of say. Favorite track: Light Up Gold II.
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armando I play this album reguarly Favorite track: Borrowed Time.
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KimmyJimmyShimmy Absolute masterpiece, this album shows a collision of appreciation from it's sparse Minutemen-inspired kinetics to its warm Pavement indie sensibilities to the Velvets worship at the center of it. Brilliant performances, amazing band chemistry, and great production. Awesome stuff, just a blast to listen to. Favorite track: Master Of My Craft.
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beefat99 It starts at full speed and doesn't pull off the accelerator until it ends. Favorite track: Borrowed Time.
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    When WYR heard about all the On Time festivities they raised their hands to the heavens and breathed a deep sigh of relief that the worst has passed... However after checking the stock levels on the Parquet Courts classics LUG and SBA they gasped to see availability of those
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    Just found a box of Light Up Gold LPs on Neon Orange Vinyl that was produced as a limited edition for a retailer back in 2021

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about

Little was said about Parquet Courts' debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band's first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band's early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.

“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990's 'you can be anything you want', Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America's scandalous origin," writes Savage in the album's scratched-out liner notes. Recorded over a few days in a ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, 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.

Austin Brown guitar
A Savage guitar
Max Savage drums
Sean Yeaton bass

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released January 1, 2013

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Parquet Courts Brooklyn, New York

Parquet Courts are Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton and Max Savage. They’ve toured everywhere and will continue to do so.

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