Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold
The photo on the cover is dated 1978, which is about right, but the music is much more CBGB’s than cowboys-on-the-ranch as Parquet Courts mix heady songwriting with powder-keg-punk energy to perfection. The bombast and fuzzy guitar rock is enough on its own, but it’s the songs that’ll keep you coming back. Start with Stoned and Starving which immediately enters the pantheon of great tunes about being high, and then bounce around to the rest each with its own charm, energy, riffs and wit.
Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
Yeah, that’s a hell of an album title, but don’t be fooled this is a monster of a straight-up rock and roll. After a solid EP last year, the LA Duo has opened up, centering their full-length release on a single sound. Think of an entire album’s worth of material inspired by the Rolling Stones circa 1978-1980, right down to an updated Jaggeresque vocal ; little bit rockin’, little bit groovin’, little bit “out there. Derivative, but not too derivative, this is a refresher in what smart rock music can be. Enjoy!
Spotify: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
Rhapsody: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic