#11 Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts is a four-piece indie-rock band that got together back in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York. Their cassette-only debut LP, "American Specialties" came-out a year later in 2011. "Wide Awake" is their sixth album, released last May. Produced by Danger Mouse (I've said many times that there is very little that Danger Mouse touches that I don't end-up loving,) this record is a loud rollicking party with a mixture of singing & shouting from lead singers A. Savage and Austin Brown. Their commentary on the world and life has just the right amount of humor to make everything work. There are a bunch of great tracks to choose from on this record including "Almost Had to Start a Fight/ In and Out of Patience," "Total Football," and "Freebird II" (which thankfully does not remotely resemble Freebird-1.") I'm going with the title-track from "Wide Awake." It's #11 in the Lights-Camera-30 countdown!
Camera: Photo #11
Today's photo is a shot of the Prudential Tower in Boston from the morning of March 14th this year. Looking at all that snow might remind you that we had a relatively benign February followed by a slew of Nor'easters in March. You just never know what you're going to get next here in New England. Count on Spring to show-up sometime around June 15th.
It's been seven years since Sacramento, California band Cake released their sixth album, "Showroom of Compassion." I saw them on the tour for that record in what was a very fun show at the Wang Theatre in Boston in May of 2011. Near the end of last Summer they dropped a new single entitled, "Sinking Ship" and spoke of a new LP, which lies-ahead perhaps sometime in 2019.
In the meantime, their third album "Prolonging the Magic" celebrated its 20th-anniversary this year. Riding the hit-single, "Never There," the record went Platinum within a year. My favorite track is "Sheep Go to Heaven..." Let's give that one a spin on the Anniversary-30 playlist. Happy Listening! -Kristen