Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold (’12)

It’s about time someone released a half decent album that is absolutely not forward thinking. Parquet Courts’ debut LP Light Up Gold is the throwback to 90s American grunge that the music scene wasn’t aware it needed. They’re not trying to impress anyone with hip-now sounds or progressive styles. Fuck off chill-wave. Fuck off psych. Parquet Courts are here. Andrew Savage, previously of Fergus & Geronimo moved from Texas to the hipster mecca of Brooklyn, NY. Originally released on cassette, Light Up Gold has since been rereleased on What’s Your Rupture? early this year. It’s pure post-punk, garage rock pleasure […]

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Frank Sinatra – Watertown (’70)

There’s more to Frank Sinatra’s musical career than meets the eye. In 1970, he released Watertown, a concept album many consider to be his magnum opus. You read that correctly, Sinatra did a concept album. Unsurprisingly, it was a commercial failure, marking it as his only release not to break into Billboard’s top 100. Watertown is the one oddball record in Sinatra’s discography, an overlooked classic that has an entirely warranted cult following – nothing Sinatra released before or after compares. After a cursory listen the narrative seems to be a simple love story that ended badly, one that traces […]

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