Those hip New York punksters Parquet Courts head on down to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Detroit. They play a show, to rapturous reception, and then cut said show straight into the deep grooves of a vinyl LP, old-time style (just how Jack likes it). Unvarnished and direct, Live At Third Man Records is very nice.
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I’m not a massive fan of the live album, nor particularly of Parquet Courts. ‘Sunbathing Animal’ did simply nothing for me. Jack White, however, presumably likes both as he’s invited the band to perform at Third Man, have their performance recorded and released on Third Man records. Now, I’m not going to wade through their back catalogue to try to work out which songs they are playing here. No, I’m too lazy for that. I’ll just tell you what it sounds like to my ears. If I could choose one word I’d say ‘raucous’ ...or ‘ragged’ ….or ‘garage rock’.
They are certainly having a blast - the music is wiry, edgy and full of vim and vigour the vocals sound like those of a man who has been on tour too long. On and on it goes, one simple two chord post Jonathan Richman song after another. Sounds like it would have been a blast to have been there and fans of Parquet Courts are going to want to get this to file along their many studio albums. It’s perhaps not the best place to start for the uninitiated but which live album is with the exception of ‘Frampton Comes Alive’?
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