Parquet Courts

Episode 176: Parquet Courts - Human Performance

Episode 176: Parquet Courts - Human Performance

Is the "white male voice" dead in indie rock? David Turner at MTV certainly thinks so. 

Parquet Courts are back with another durable set of slow-burn rockers. Is Human Performance the sound of a band hitting its stride, or are they just delivering more of the same?

DC's Brushes has emerged from the shadow of proto-rockers Baby Bry Bry. We've got a taste of the what's good off of their debut EP, whatever, again.

Episode 96: Best of 2014

Episode 96: Best of 2014

2014 was a huge year for great music, so in like fashion we’ve got a HUGE podcast to finish the year out. Paul, Adam, Quinn, Tori, Brian, Carrie and Seàn join Kevin in the basement to talk about their favorite songs, albums and artists of the year, and what everyone is looking forward to in 2015. PLUS! One last round of “Prince is a dick” to decide once-and-for-all if Prince really is…well…you get the picture.

So strap in loyal listeners as the ChunkyGlasses gang takes on the year that was on Episode 96 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best Of 2014!

Best Of 2013 (So Far): Justin's Picks

2013 will officially go down as they year I felt old. Not out of touch, per se; I kept up with new music and listened to just as much as I always have. But as every major release came and went, I found myself asking what it was I was missing. People raved about Daft Punk and all I heard was glorified disco. People freaked out about Vampire Weekend and all I heard was grating, cutesy pop that for whatever reason reminded me of those four douchebags singing “Constance Fry” in Trading Places. Worst of all, people flipped their lids about the National – a band that I truly loved at one point – and all I heard was exceedingly dull music that was only appropriate for a therapist’s waiting room. “It grows on you,” people said. So does fungus and flesh-eating bacteria.

All that said, while I seem to have developed a Chunky Kevin-esque “get off my lawn” streak, man there’s been some good music this year. Granted, it’s a bit on the lighter side than my favorite album of last year (and the last five years), Celebration Rock, and two of my ten selections were released just this month, but these are ten of albums I’ll have a hard time bumping from my year-end list.

10.  Savages – Silence Yourself

Yeah, I’m on board. A brilliant amalgamation of blistering punk and 80’s goth sensibilities (a little Mission UK mixed with singer Jehnny Beth’s Siouxsie-sounding caterwaul) make for a furiously wonderful romp.


9.  Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Perhaps you’ve shied away from this album because of an inherent hate of any country music made after 1990. I get it. But there’s something about these 12 extremely confident, well written tunes that make Musgraves sound much older than her 25 years. This is less Taylor Swift and more John Prine or Lucinda Williams.


8.  Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

As much as Savages are a throwback to the 80s, Northampton, Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz is a throwback to the 90s. Sadie Dupuis’ vocals channel Liz Phair, or to make a more 90’s reference, Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon. Combined with nift sounds-sloppy-but-is-actually-brilliant rock reminiscent of Pavement or Built to Spill, Major Arcana marks the arrival of a fantastic new band.

TRACKING: Parquet Courts - "Borrowed Time"

SOUNDS LIKE: Television meets The Oranges Band 
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: This is one band to definitely keep your eyes and ears on in 2013

As 2012 began to wind down and people were posting all their year end lists left and right, everybody in the blogosphere started talking about Parquet Courts.  A genuine "internet buzz" was about them, a buzz that one isn't really able to acquire in this day of instant and immediate consumption.  Their album, Light Up Gold, came out back in the summer but apparently got looked over.  But now that it's a new year, did we all skip out on a truly solid album from some no name band from Brooklyn by way of Texas?

While Light Up Gold is a rather solid debut full of nods to 1970s post punk and 2000s indie rock, "Borrowed Time" stands out as a song that is rather timeless.  The two-and-a-half minutes that make up the song are driven by anthemic guitars, a classic 4/4 beat, and not several false endings that make you think this great jam of a song is already over, though thankfully it is not.  The nostalgia is everywhere, from the lyrics to the guitar tones, and is definitely an album everyone should spend some time with it in 2013 since we all missed out on it in 2012.

Light Up Gold is out now on What's Your Rupture?