Saturday, November 23, 2013

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold/Tally All the Things That You Broke EP (What's Your Rupture?) 2012/2013

So first things first. This is mainly a review of the brand new EP but I have to address the fact that Parquet Courts hit one completely out of the park on their second album "Light Up Gold". Easily one of the best things I have heard in the past year. The bands this album references are all excellent ones but you can't really call it a rip off. The band touches upon The Fall, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Pavement and definitely The Modern Lovers. All these influences swirled together make for an excellent sound that owes a great deal to the past while having one foot firmly planted in the future. The melodies these guys write are all their own and damn catchy, every one of these songs could be a single(and should be) This is one of the most fun albums to have come out in years and everyone should give it a spin, it's pretty much ideal for any situation. Now having said all that I will address the EP and some of the issues I have with it, for better or worse. The EP is very short, 5 songs, 4 of which dont break the 3 minute mark. These 4 songs are very much in the same vein as the previous album. I really cant complain about em except that a couple dont really grab you as much as the earlier material(i am assuming these were made during the same sessions and they were cut out of the full length) I'll take those songs and be happy we have access to them. Now the final track is the one most people are no doubt talking about. This track is a 7+ minute pseudo rap about riding your bike through the city called "He's seeing paths". The song rides a cheesy drum machine/synth beat for the entirety of its 7 minute run time with a few detours into deconstructed noise. I have to say I love this new direction, albeit it could have been paired down a minute or two but i do like that they are stretching out and trying something new/old but new to them. The track is very reminiscent of Beck's Loser or something along those lines. So yeah these guys are definitely worth your time, Light Up Gold is essential listening and the EP is good for a download. CHECK THESE DUDES OUT!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Colleen Green - Sock It To Me (Hardly Art) 2013

This is the second album by Los Angeles resident Colleen Green. It is a laid back fuzzy affair. The music is mostly fuzzed out and distorted guitar and bass over cheap drum machine beats. The style is in that of the hazy sounds of some of the more lo-fi Breeders songs. Throw in a little Best Coast vocal melodies and lyrical influences and you have an ode to "alternative" rock era songwriting as well as a healthy dose of pop punk attitude. This music is very "high school" in a good way. It captures a young spirit, one that embraces the rush of young love and the mundane simple pleasures that are, to a 30 year old, lost to time. The lyrics read like naive diary entries(in a good way). Songs about crushes and who you eat lunch with, etc....This also has the attitude of a turned down Be Your Own Pet. Youthful exuberance after it's told to "shhhhh" by the chemistry teacher. There is nothing relevatory about this album, nothing shocking, just chilled out, fuzzed out punk rock without pretension. Some will love this, others might find it boring and played out. I find it to be pretty alright.